Sports Columns

Cornhuskers’ tribute sets the bar high

Tributes to athletes are emotional experiences. Some of them are typical and rather ordinary, while others are humorous and light-hearted. The difficult ones are the ones based on sadness.When a player dies, whether it is after a lengthy battle with a disease or from a sudden tragedy, you have ...

Who cares about a Super Bowl rematch?

Boy oh boy, did the NFL blow a great opportunity with its schedule this week.There was a much better alternative to putting Carolina at Denver on national TV tonight, since we know what these teams are about.Heck, the last time I watched an NFL game, it was between Carolina and Denver in some ...

Packers’ failure equates to Vikings fans’ success

They somehow did it again. After pulling a rabbit out of their hat and taking advantage of an inept Lions' secondary earlier last season, the Packers pulled off another miraculous pass to save the day in the playoffs during January.Just like when I watched Green Bay's first prayer answered ...

The rinks are melting in Alaska

Out on the Last Frontier, polar bears are on the verge of extinction.The ice is melting rapidly and unless the legislature does something soon, the bears may no longer exist a year from now.I'm referring to the Nanooks hockey team at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks - the nickname is the ...

Don’t stop believing, Lions fans

Since I've moved to Michigan, I've tried to find one moment that sums up the woes of the Detroit Lions.Last season, that moment revealed itself to me as I compiled high school sports scores on the night desk at the Journal.After taking the final call of the night, I turned to watch the closing ...

Female athletes make Rio fun

Heading into the Rio Olympics, the two main storylines seemed to be how many more gold medals is swimmer Michael Phelps going to pick up, and whether an athlete was going to die or mutate into something after touching the polluted waters.As I wrote this Thursday night, he had earned four more ...

It’s now or never for the Tigers

Over my years of being a sports fan and the last few years as a sports writer, I've realized one consistent truth in baseball.That truth is that it's hard to see how a team will finish the year before the All-Star break, but the picture clears up greatly at the trade deadline.As I wrote this ...

Griffey a kid at heart

Last Sunday, one of the best all-around players in baseball history achieved his sport's highest honor when Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.And he did it with a record voting percentage of 99.32 percent. Neither of those facts were surprising to me - both seemed ...

Rain brings PGA to screeching halt

By DOUG FERGUSONAP Golf WriterSPRINGFIELD, N.J. - The PGA Championship was halted because of thunderstorms Saturday, raising the possibility of a second straight Monday finish in a major championship at Baltusrol.Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par, were 40 minutes ...

It’s going to be rough in Rio

In a matter of days, the Summer Olympics will take place down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the first Games held in South America.I remember when the announcement was made that Rio would host the Olympics back in 2009 and I was excited just to see the Games go to a different foreign destination ...

That was a smart decision, Tom Brady

Finally - the most ridiculous scandal in NFL history has reached its end.Earlier this week, the appeal filed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for a rehearing of his four-game suspension for his involvement in a football tampering scandal was denied by the U.S. Court of ...

NBA great Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame center, dies at 74

By PAUL ELIASAssociated PressSAN FRANCISCO - Former NBA great Nate Thurmond, a tenacious defensive center who played with Wilt Chamberlain and was an iconic sports figure in two cities, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74.The Golden State Warriors announced the death of ...

Do we need All-Star games anymore?

Since 1933, Major League Baseball fans have flocked to a different ballpark in July each year or have been glued to their radio or television sets to partake in the All-Star Game.It's been a fun tradition when fans can watch famous players that they normally might not see all together on the ...

How much does Durant add to the Warriors?

I remember quite well what I thought the last time I received a notice in an email that said I had become a millionaire by winning a sweepstakes.If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is too good to be true.And I'm thinking much the same of the NBA's Golden State Warriors with ...

College World Series a jewel often overlooked

There's a tournament that is known by many, but is overshadowed by other major college sports and tends to get lost in the shuffle.It's the College World Series, which takes place every year in Omaha, Nebraska.If the ESPN cable sports network didn't devote so much of its schedule - having ...

What is the new most miserable sports city?

The title drought has finally come to an end for Cleveland and I, like most fans, couldn't be happier for the city.For 52 years, the city has had to deal with heartbreaking championship games, teams leaving town and other teams just not being able to get on track.The Cavaliers winning the NBA ...

Believeland could be no more

One more. That's all the Cleveland Cavaliers have to do. Win one more game and all the pain of an entire city can go away.All of the disappointment, the anguish, the pain, the depression, it could all go away, at least for a while with a victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals tonight on the road ...

Indy 500 still big

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the chance to watch a truly legendary event.I returned to my former home of Indianapolis with my wife Shannon and friend Ryan Myrehn of Marquette radio station ESPN U.P. to watch the 100th running of the Indy 500.It was definitely a memorable experience.We ...

L’Anse bowler adds name to Junior Gold qualifying

Tucker Hemmila of L'Anse will be joining Brooke Fornetti of Iron Mountain at the Junior Gold national tournament in Indianapolis during July.That's because the former L'Anse High School bowler won a second JG qualifier held at Superior Lanes in Marquette on May 14 after Fornetti won her spot in ...

Perfection not on mind of first-time 300 bowler

Nothing like an end-of-the-season rolloff to get the competitive juices flowing.And take your mind off what you're doing on the lanes, placing it instead on how well the team is faring.That seemed to be the formula for success for Jesse Bianchi on April 20 in the rolloff for the Wednesday ...