Are The Reds & Indians Buyers or Sellers?

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With the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline looming, the question needs to be asked, are the Reds & Indians “Buyers or Sellers”?

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At the time this was written the Reds were at .500, 52-52 and 6 games back of NL Central leading Milwaukee.  They were 4 1/2 games out of the final NL Wild Card spot.  The Reds’ offense has been in a word, putrid, this season.  Star players 1B Joey Votto & 2B Brandon Phillips are out of the lineup due to injury and don’t look to be returning soon.  Quite frankly, I think the team is more hurt by the loss of Phillips than Votto.  So it would seem the best option would be to trade for a second baseman.  Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays and Chase Utley of the Phillies would be the gems to go for, but Cincinnati doesn’t have the payroll to afford either one of them.  Would either team be willing to eat contract to unload them?  If so, that would be a blessing…but don’t count on it.  Plus, Tampa has played itself back into contention, so it has grown more unlikely they would give up Zobrist.  Daniel Murphy of the Mets would also be a nice addition to any squad but once again, he is eligible for arbitration and would not be cost effective.  The Reds are much more than one player away from contending.  They did play themselves to within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central lead before the All Star break but that was due to ‘getting fat’ on weak chum like the Cubs.  After the break they found themselves in the midst of a 7 game losing streak and sliding back into the bottom of the pack.

VERDICT – SELLERS
Now the question needs to be asked, if they are sellers, do they look to unload contracts that could be problems in 2015 or go into full ‘fire sale’ mode?  Players like Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and Aroldis Chapman could bring prized prospects…but do you want to risk angering a fan base?

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At the time this was written the Indians had a record of 52-53 and were 6 1/2 games behind AL Central leading Detroit.  They were 3 1/2 games behind Toronto for the final AL Wild Card spot.  The Indians somehow have been able to stay in relative contention with a team that has no real stars and a squad that is horrific defensively.  Even some of the Indians players themselves expressed amazement at being in the race at the All Star break.  The Tribe came roaring out of the All Star break by taking 3 our of 4 from the Tigers but then turned around and lost series to the Twins and Royals, games that were much needed against division foes.  3B Lonnie Chisenhall, OF Michael Brantley and P Corey Kluber have had great seasons so far but aging veterans like Nick Swisher are being counted on to fill roles they just can’t fill.  Unfortunately, the Indians seem to be in a position similar to Cincinnati…a team that is more than one player away to make a difference.  And just like the Reds, they can’t afford to take on any more payroll.

VERDICT – SELLERS
The Indians seem to be more of a candidate for a full out ‘fire sale’ than the Reds.  SS Asdrubal Cabrera and P Justin Masterson would be good pieces to trade to other teams for prospects.

BOTTOM LINE- All of this sounds good, but honestly I don’t see either team doing anything of note; buying or selling.  There might be a minor deal here or there, but look for the Reds and Indians to stand pat and finish their 2014 seasons on a boring (.500) note.

Columbus Sports Best “Top 10″ Moments

In Honor of “Top 10 Tuesdays” on The BIG Show with Matt Finkes, here are our Columbus Sports Best “Top 10″ Moments!
We are going to ‘count it down’ from 10 to 1!

10) COLUMBUS CREW WINS THE 2008 MLS CHAMPIONSHIP 
crewchamps Led by Head Coach Sigi Schmid, the Columbus Crew had a 17-7-6 record and defeated the Chicago Fire & Kansas City Wizards in the MLS Playoffs to advance to the 2008 MLS Cup.   Alejandro Moreno, Chad Marshall and Frankie Hejduk scored goals, all of which were assisted by Guillermo Barros Schelotto to lead Columbus to a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls for the MLS Championship. Schelotto was named MVP of the final, matching his MVP award for the regular season.

9) BASEBALL RETURNS TO COLUMBUS
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Minor League Baseball had been a staple of the Columbus sports scene with teams such as the Redbirds, Senators, Giants and Jets producing Major League all-stars and Hall of Famers like Richie Hebner, Al Oliver, Doc Ellis, Enos Slaughter, Branch Rickey, Mordecai Brown, Joe Tinker & Dazzy Vance.  Sadly, in 1971 after declining attendance and a stadium that was falling into disrepair, baseball left Columbus and headed to Charleston, West Virginia.  In 1977, baseball returned to the Capital City after a groundswell of support from civic leaders and sports fans.  Jets Stadium was refurbished on W. Mound St to become, at that time, the jewel of minor league baseball, Franklin County Stadium, which would eventually be renamed Cooper Stadium in honor of Harold Cooper, the Franklin County Commissioner who led the charge to bring baseball back.  The new team was named the Clippers, who still play to huge crowds at beautiful Huntington Park in Downtown Columbus. 

8) COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS MAKE THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
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The Columbus Blue Jackets came into being in 2000 and while that was a great event in Columbus sports history, we decided that the CBJ first entry into the Stanley Cup Playoffs was worthy of a spot.  While fans were still supportive of the Jackets they were starting to become disgruntled as the team headed into a new decade.  Led by rookie goaltender Steve Mason and Captain Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets finally got the fans enthused as they finished the 2008-09 NHL Season with a 41-31-10 record and a seventh seed berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Unfortunately, the Jackets started the Western Conference playoffs versus the defending champion Red Wings and Detroit provided a rude awakening, sweeping Columbus 4 games to 0.  Even with the sad result in the series, it was a milestone in the franchise’s history.

7) JACK NICKLAUS WINS HIS 6TH MASTERS TITLE
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The “Golden Bear” is Columbus Sports Royalty and on August 13, 1986 we saw why.  At the age of 46, Jack captured his 6th Green Jacket and became the oldest golfer to win at Augusta and second oldest to win a major.  Nicklaus won the tournament by one shot over Tom Kite and Greg Norman.  He shot 30 on the Back 9 the final Sunday and had to withstand challenges from Seve Ballesteros, Kite, Norman and Nick Price to pull off the feat.  Jack still holds the record of 18 major championships and brought PGA golf to Columbus with the “fifth major”, The Memorial Tournament.  

6) ARCHIE GRIFFIN WINS HIS 2ND HEISMAN TROPHY
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 Archie Griffin is the greatest player in Ohio State Football History and on December 2nd, 1975 that was proven as fact when Archie won his second Heisman Trophy.  During his senior season, Griffin extended a stretch of 100-plus-yard games to 31 (during which the Buckeyes went 29-1-1) and amassed an NCAA record-breaking 5,177 career rushing yards.  Unfortunately, Archie’s success as a collegian did not pan out in the NFL but he is still a wonderful ambassador for Buckeye Nation as the President & CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association.  Former Ohio State Football Coach Woody Hayes said of Archie,  “He’s a better young man than he is a football player, and he’s the best football player I’ve ever seen.”  Nothing else needs to be said after that.

5) OHIO STATE FOOTBALL WINS THE 2002 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP
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Coming off a 7-5 season the year before including a victory over Michigan under first-year coach Jim Tressel there was optimism for the Buckeyes but a National Championship?  The Buckeyes ended up undefeated for the 2002 season but it wasn’t without some nail biters.  Ohio State survived scares versus Cincinnati, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State, Purdue and Illinois heading into “The Game” against Michigan.  The Wolverines came in with a 9-2 record looking to upset the undefeated Bucks.  Once again, it was a nail biter as it took a Maurice Hall option pitch from Craig Krenzel into the endzone from two yards out with 4:55 left to win it 14-9.  The Buckeyes headed into the BCS National Championship Game against the Number One ranked and heavily favored Miami Hurricanes.  The Championship Game was a classic that headed into not just one but two overtimes.

In the first overtime, the Canes scored a TD on a 7-yard pass to Kellen Winslow. Ohio State had no choice but to play for another overtime, with Krenzel completing a fourth and 14 pass to Michael Jenkins, giving Ohio State new life. On fourth and 3, after an initial signal of defensive holding, a pass interference penalty was called by official Terry Porter on Miami DB Glenn Sharpe. However the penalty was flagged after the play was completed and while Miami was celebrating an apparent victory, causing the call to become controversial.  With a first-and-goal at the two, Krenzel scored three plays later on a one-yard touchdown run, sending the game into another overtime.

The Buckeyes took the field again on offense, moving down the field quickly and capping the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by Maurice Clarett. Miami began its second overtime possession with no options except to score a touchdown. Backup quarterback Derek Crudup, who came in for a play after Dorsey was shaken up, converted a fourth down pass to Winslow, which was followed by facemask and pass interference penalties against Ohio State that now gave Miami an identical first-and-goal situation at the two-yard line. The Hurricanes were stuffed on the first three plays, and pressure forced a desperation throw by Dorsey that fell incomplete in the end zone, ending the game with Ohio State as the 2002 Champions.

4) OHIO STATE BASKETBALL WINS THE 1960 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
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For all of it’s rich basketball history, Ohio State has only won one NCAA Basketball Championship, which came in 1960.  The 1959-60 Buckeyes lost only one game during the Big 10 season, to Indiana and steamrolled in the NCAA Tournament beating Western Kentucky, Georgia Tech and NYU dominantly.  The NCAA Title game wasn’t much different as the Bucks demolished California 75-55.  The team featured two Hall of Famers in John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas, six players drafted by NBA teams and the volatile Bobby Knight who is a legend when it comes to NCAA Basketball Coaches.  Led by Lucas’ 26.3 points per game, Ohio State outscored it’s opponents by an average of more than 20 points.  The team averaged 90.4 points per game; a school record & 20 points higher than the NCAA average that season.

3) JESSE OWENS WINS 4 GOLD MEDALS IN THE 1936 OLYMPICS
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 Jesse Owens was born in 1913 in Oakville, Alabama but his family headed to Cleveland for a shot at a better opportunity in life.  Jesse came to national attention as a student of East Technical High School in Cleveland when he equaled the world record of 9.4 seconds in the 100-yard dash and long-jumped 24 feet 9 12 inches at the 1933 National High School Championship.  Jesse then attended Ohio State where he won a record eight individual NCAA championships, four each in 1935 and 1936.  Owens’s greatest achievement came in a span of 45 minutes on May 25, 1935, during the Big 10 meet at Michigan, where he set three world records and tied a fourth. He equaled the world record for the 100 yard dash; and set world records in the long jump (26 ft 8 14 in, a world record that would last 25 years); 220-yard sprint (20.3 seconds); and 220-yard low hurdles (22.6 seconds, becoming the first to break 23 seconds).

In 1936 Owens competed in the Berlin Olympics which Adolf Hitler wanted to use as a platform to show a resurgent Nazi Germany.  Owens foiled those plans, winning the 100 meter sprint with a time of 10.3 seconds, the long jump with a leap of 26 ft 5 in, the 200 meter sprint with a time of 20.7 seconds and being a part of the 4 x 100 sprint relay team that won with a time of 39.8 seconds, a world record in the event at that time.  Sadly Owens still suffered persecution despite these feats.  He had to eat at “blacks only” restaurants and stay at “blacks only” hotels as an athlete at Ohio State.  He did not receive a scholarship as well, having to work part-time jobs to pay for school.  Even after his performance at the 1936 Olympics, Owens did not receive honors from President Dwight D. Eisenhower or his successor, Harry S. Truman.  However, time has changed that and Owens is now recognized as a legend.

2) BUCKEYES WIN THE 1968 NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
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The 1968 Ohio State Football team is considered one of the greatest teams of all time.  With 11 All Americans and six first-round NFL draft picks, it is hard to argue that.  QB Rex Kern, RBs Jim Otis and John Brockington led a solid offense & NT Jim Stillwagon, SS Jack Tatum and CB Tim Anderson led a fierce defense.  Of course, Head Coach Woody Hayes molded all of these stars into a cohesive unit.  This also was the first team to receive Buckeye Leaves stickers for their helmets to reward good plays by athletes.  While many viewed Woody’s teams as “3 Yards & A Cloud of Dust”, the offense averaged 440 yards per game.  The breakout game for the Buckeyes was against #1 Purdue.  The Boilermakers had defeated the Buckeyes 41-6 the season before and came into the game with All-American QB Mike Phipps and RB Leroy Keyes, a Heisman Trophy candidate.  The Boilers averaged 40 points per game.  The Buckeyes defense shut them down as they beat Purdue 13-0. 

The undefeated Buckeyes crushed Michigan 50-14 and headed into the Rose Bowl versus #2 USC and RB OJ Simpson.  The Trojans went up 10-0 early as OJ cut through the Buckeyes defense on an 80-yard TD run but Ohio State responded by going 69 yards in 13 plays capped off on a 1-yard run by Otis, and Jim Roman added a 25-yard field goal with just three seconds left that tied the game at 10-all at halftime. Ohio State took the lead for good in the 3rd quarter when Roman added another FG and Kern tossed two TD passes in the fourth quarter as OSU defeated USC 27-16 to eventually claim the national championship.  Kern was named the Rose Bowl’s Most Valuable Player after completing 9-of-15 passes for 101 yards and two TDs.

1) BUSTER DOUGLAS KNOCKS MIKE TYSON OUT AND BECOMES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
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 James “Buster” Douglas was born right here in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in the Linden neighborhood.  He attended Linden-McKinley High School and even led Linden-McKinley to an AAA Ohio Basketball Championship in 1977.  He played basketball for some community and small colleges but returned to Columbus to focus on boxing.  Douglas eventually connected with trainer John Johnson.  Douglas began his pro career on May 31, 1981 and had an okay if not spectacular career until the night of February 11, 1990 in Tokyo.

Buster was coming off an unanimous decision win over Oliver McCall that gave him a shot at the undisputed heavyweight crown held by “Iron” Mike Tyson.  We all know what Mike Tyson was about.  Knocking out chumps in record time and leaving us wondering why we bought another Tyson pay-per-view.  It was widely recognized that Buster would be another one of those ‘chumps’.  Buster’s mother, Lula Pearl, had died nearly one month before the bout.  Buster surprised everyone early in the fight by dominating Tyson from the ‘get-go’.  Douglas’ 12-inch reach advantage was being used to perfection.  He hit “Iron” Mike at will with jabs and avoided Tyson’s punches.  Tyson looked slow and out of shape for the bout and by the fifth round, Tyson’s left eye was swelling shut due to Buster’s many right hands.  In the eighth round though, Tyson landed an uppercut that knocked Douglas down but Buster was able to get back up by a nine count.  Mike came out aggressive in the ninth looking for the big punch that would knock Buster out.  Both exchanged strong blows but survived for the tenth round.

Douglas dominated the tenth from the outset. While setting Tyson up with his jab Douglas scored a huge uppercut, followed by a rapid combination, and knocked Tyson down for the first time in his career, making boxing history. Tyson struggled to his knees and picked up his mouthpiece lying on the mat next to him. He awkwardly attempted to place it back into his mouth. The image of Tyson with the mouthpiece hanging crookedly from his lips would become an enduring image from the fight. He was unable to beat the referee’s count, and Douglas was the new heavyweight champion of the world.

Now a personal note; you may wonder why I chose this as #1 for the list.  It was a night I will never forget as a Columbus sports fan.  I was out and about with a good buddy of mine and we ended up at the Bier Stube on the OSU campus. Quite honestly, the fight was on as something in the background.  But as the fight continued a ‘buzz’ (non-alcoholic) began to envelope the bar, people stopped talking & drinking and started to watch intently.  People who didn’t know each other became close friends hugging and cheering every time Buster landed a big punch.  When Buster finally put “Iron” Mike down the place erupted in mass hysteria.  The next morning you could tell the City of Columbus was on “Cloud Nine” and proud of it’s new found “Hometown Hero”.

 

 

Will You Show Derek Jeter “RE2PECT”?

It’s Derek Jeter’s final season with the Yankees and his final appearance in the Major League Baseball All Star Game as a player.  Nike’s Jordan Brand has unveiled a new commercial to pay “RE2PECT” to “The Captain”.  Give it a view-

World Cup “Knockouts”

In honor of the teams that have made it to the “Knockout Round” of 2014 FIFA World Cup, we present our “World Cup Knockouts”; the hottest fans of each team!  Let’s start with the good, old US of A.  These lovely ladies wear the red, white & blue VERY well!
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Algeria is looking “All Right”!
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Belgium ‘rings our bell’….
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What a wonderful host country Brazil has been…lovely ‘welcoming committee’….brazil

This fan of Chile is HOT…..

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We love how this Colombian fan looks on the pitch…

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These Costa Rican fans give the saying “two are better than one” credence…

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“Ooh La La”…this French fan is not surrendering…

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This German fan is adding some color to the festivities…

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“Greece” is ‘the word’…

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This Mexican fan is so hot that a ‘cold one’ is needed…

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Netherlands…(ok, we were going to make a ‘nether regions’ comment but thought better of it…)

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Nigeria!  Nice to see ‘both of you’!

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This ‘Swiss Miss’ is as hot as a cup of cocoa…

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We actually don’t know if Miss Universe Uruguay has been to the World Cup; but she is so freaking hot we had to include her…

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Enjoy the remainder of the 2014 World Cup!

Is #CBus “Reds Country” or “Tribe Territory”?

reds-indians  First of all, let’s state the obvious…Columbus, Ohio is NOT a baseball town.  Being a resident of CBus and a HUGE baseball fan, it pains me to type that…but it’s true.  The average fan in Columbus cares more about a five-star recruit that has just committed to Ohio State than either the Reds or Indians.  Not criticizing it, but it is what it is.  That being said, when it does come to baseball season, which of the two Ohio MLB teams does CBus favor?

Columbus definitely is included in the region known as “Reds Country”.  Now this may have been more prevalent in the 1970s during the Redlegs’ ‘hey day’ as they dominated the National League and quite frankly, baseball itself.  But still Cincy’s foothold is strong as thousands make the trek each season to Great American Ball Park.  Plus, Cincy media has a presence in Columbus.  The Reds’ flagship radio station, 700 WLW, can be heard quite clearly in Columbus, so personalities such as Marty Brennaman can be heard in one’s car talking Reds.  Plus, we can’t forget one Jim Day of Fox Sports Ohio, who is from Westerville, a suburb of the Capital City.   Columbus also is one of the major stops on the Reds Winter Caravan as huge crowds show up to see and talk to players, broadcasters, managers, coaches and front office personnel of their favorite team.

However, a case can definitely be made for the Indians; though I didn’t notice it until the Tribe’s winning run during the 1990s.  I will admit though when scanning the dial, reading the newspaper or watching the nightly CBus sportscasts, they seem to lean towards the Tribe.  Why?  Maybe they figure since Cincy media seems to have a foothold in Columbus, they need to ‘even it out’ somehow.  Plus, Indians fans can point to the very fact that the Tribe’s AAA affiliate resides right here in Columbus at Huntington Park.  However, whenever the Reds’ AAA affiliate visits for a series, fans of the Redlegs turn out in droves.  I also noticed the Indians did not send their Winter Caravan to Columbus this year.

Since I am a Reds fan, I am going to be biased and say “Hell Yes, Columbus is Reds Country!!!”
But more importantly, what do YOU think???  Is Columbus, Ohio “Reds Country” or “Tribe Territory”?

Eddie George: ‘Gridiron Great’ to ‘Dominant Daddy’

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BREAKING NEWS!  Heisman Trophy Winner & Buckeyes Football Legend Eddie George will be a part of The BIG Show with Matt Finkes on Monday, June 9th!  Why, you ask?  Here’s why–

LOS ANGELESJune 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Former Heisman Trophy winner and 4 time NFL Pro Bowler, Eddie George has been named 2014 Daddy of The Year by Daddy and Company, the leading supplier of gifts for dads. Robert “Daddy” Nickell, CEO of Daddy & Co. and host of the groundbreaking web series, My Life As A Dad, bestowed the honor of 2014 Daddy of The Year to George for being a true family man and being so proactive in raising his two sons.

“Daddy and Company takes great pride in choosing its annual Daddy of the Year.  This year we have selected Eddie Georgewho is a man of great achievement but in his heart his greatest moments come from being with his family and children.  I have personally interviewed Eddie and believe him to be an outstanding father who understands how to listen, and nurture his children.  We all know any man can be a father but it takes someone special to the dad.” said Nickell.

Named NFL Rookie of The Year coming out of The Ohio State University in 1996 and holding a host of NFL records, George could have stopped there, but he decided to go back to school get his MBA and begin to build businesses and a brand. Currently an analyst on Fox Sports and host of NBC’s American Dream Builder, Eddie continues to train hard and find balance to maintain his peak physical, mental and spiritual condition to meet the challenges of his demanding schedule.

Married to Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George, a Grammy®-nominated singer with the soul group SWV (“Sisters With Voices”), which sold more than six million records, they are the loving parents of two sons, Eriq and Jaire. They enjoy a busy life of friends, family and kids’ sporting events.

“I’m extremely excited and honored to be selected as Daddy of the Year.  I never really sought out to be Daddy of the Year, it’s just something I try to live every day, to be a better husband and a better father.  My sons motivate me on a consistent basis to be a better man and hold me true to my own principals.  They hold me accountable even when they’re not around, and to receive an award for that is truly an honor.” said George.

George becomes the second Daddy of The Year honoree for Daddy and Company. Passing the torch over to Eddie is 2013 honoree Ian Ziering. As spokesman for Daddy and Company in 2013, Ziering exemplified what a true family man and true dad really is to his two beautiful daughters. Said Ziering of the award, “Being a dad is the best role I’ve ever had. Being named Daddy of The Year is like receiving a daddy Oscar.”

About “My Life As A Dad”

“My Life As A Dad” is the first show of its kind to delve into the lives of celebrity and professional athlete dads to get the answers to important questions such as how they feel about being a dad; what their parenting philosophies are; how they balance their family life with their professional life, and, in some cases, how they relate their unique upbringing to being a dad today. “My Life As A Dad” captures fathers’ thoughts and heartfelt stories in their fatherhood experience from expecting fathers to empty nesters.

For more information about “My Life As A Dad,” go to www.mylifeasadad.com.

About Daddy and Company

Daddy & Company® is the offspring of Robert Nickell, who fathered his first four children more than 20 years ago. Daddy & Company® was conceived when Robert, who remarried in 2007, discovered he was about to be a father all over again in 2009! Daddy & Company is dedicated to providing dads in every stage of fatherhood a way to proudly proclaim, “I’m the Daddy!” Daddy & Company is committed to excellence and strives to deliver quality products at great prices while ensuring the highest level of customer service and satisfaction.

Daddy & Company vision is to be the leading supplier of gifts for dads – from the frantic first time dad to the more experienced dad; Daddy & Company builds and evolves every day in order to develop a cohesive line that has something for every dad while keeping each new product innovative, exceptional and meaningful. Daddy & Company is dedicated to families everywhere, and each I’m the Daddy product is designed to encourage involvement and engagement between Dad and Child – from the delivery room on. For more information about Daddy and Company, go to www.daddyncompany.com

***Be sure to listen to The BIG Show with Matt Finkes weekdays from 9am until 12pm on 95.5 The Game/app and online at www.955TheGameOnline.com!***

Admit It, Cleveland Fans. You Want LeBron Back.

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So the Miami Heat and LeBron James are back in the NBA Finals…again.  And once again, the ‘haters’ have come back out hoping for LeBron to choke in the series and fall flat on his face.  I understand.  The way he ‘did’ Cleveland for “The Decision” was painful for Cavs fans and Cleveland in general.  It was another embarrassment for a city that has become a ‘virtual punching bag’ for jokes.

But a new wrinkle has developed; more and more it sounds like that win or lose in the Finals, the Miami Heat are interested in breaking up the “Big 3″ of LeBron, Dwayne Wade & Chris Bosh, which opens up the possibility of “King James” returning to his hometown team.  What a great scenario for LeBron to challenge Michael Jordan as the “Greatest Of All Time” than back in Cleveland.

Now, I can hear a great majority of Cleveland fans already as they read this.  “Hell No!  Stay away, LeBron!”  “You betrayed us!  We don’t want you back in our city!!!”  “Go To Hell, LeBum!  Stay in South Beach and rot!!!”  “We don’t need you, LeQueen.  We have Kyrie!!”  Come on, get real.  If LeBron James were to announce later this summer that he was returning to Cleveland, all of you would get down on bended knee and worship the “King” on his triumphant return to the North Shores of Ohio and his attempt to make amends.  Admit it, Cleveland Fans.  You want LeBron back.
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The Memorial Tournament “Curse of Chief Leatherlips”

Leatherlips The Memorial Tournament has ‘teed off’ again for another year in Central Ohio and once again, the hope is that the “Curse of Chief Leatherlips” will be avoided.  Not familiar with the Chief?  A monument to him stands on Riverside Drive, about three miles north of the Scioto River Bridge at State Route 161.  Chief Leatherlips was executed in 1810 by members of his own Wyandot tribe not far from the Muirfield Village golf course site.  Legend has it that the ghost of Leatherlips brings the rain because the traffic and crowds of the tournament disturb him.

Measures have been taken to break the curse.  Take for instance this Associated Press story from 1997:

Rain is a common curse at The Memorial.  The 1990 tournament was shortened to 54 holes with Greg Norman declared the winner.  Though there is no evidence it is true, local lore has it that the golf course was built on an Indian burial ground.  In 1993, when The Memorial was delayed by rain for the fourth straight year and 11 of 18 years overall,  Jack Nicklaus’ wife Barbara decided to do something about it.

Arnold Palmer’s wife, Winnie, suggested that if Muirfield Village was built over an old cemetery that a glass of gin left at the burial site of Chief Leatherlips- it rests in the trees beyond the practice fairway -might mollify any angry spirits.  So late Thursday night during the 1993 tournament and again during a Friday afternoon suspension, Barbara Nicklaus made trips to the nearby cemetery and monument to Leatherlips.  Both times she left a glass with gin in it.  Jack even drove her Thursday night, albeit reluctantly.

“I had nothing to do with it, absolutely nothing,” Jack said at the time in mock disbelief.  “She just said, ‘Maybe I will give them a little gift this year and maybe next year it’ll be something really nice.’ “

Not even that worked.  Apparently being the most successful golfer ever carries clout with the USGA & PGA, but not with the weather.
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Let’s hope the Old Chief takes pity on us this year.
Remember, YOU can get FULL Memorial Tournament Coverage ALL WEEK LONG with The BIG Show with Matt Finkes & 95.5 The Game!
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A Memorial Day Tribute to Athletes Who Sacrificed for Our Country

Pat Tillman In honor of Memorial Day, we would like to pay tribute to those athletes who sacrificed  fame and fortune to serve the United States of America.  Some, sadly, paid the ultimate sacrifice of their life.  We and the Columbus Crew will also pay tribute to our Military & our brave service men and women Saturday, May 24 for Military Appreciation Night.

ted-williams-writers-photo-1  You can read more about the sacrifices star athletes such as Pat Tillman, Ted Williams, Bob Feller and Roger Staubach made in this tribute from www.Ranker.com HERE.

Please take some time this Memorial Day Weekend to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

Could We See These Athletes at “Rock on the Range”?

In honor of the annual rock fest at Columbus Crew Stadium, we present the Top 25 Athletes turned Musicians thanks to our friends at http://www.TotalProSports.com.  Could we see them at “Rock on the Range” someday?
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See the list of Top 25 Athletes turned Musicians HERE!

 

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