Welcome to my blog

Hello,

I’m Mark.  I hope you enjoy my blog.  I hope to have fun with it and hope it is something that can be a benefit.

Jackie Robinson’s epitaph reads “A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.” I hope that this can have an impact.

Thanks ahead of time for anytime that you check out my blog.

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Can The Price Be Right Again?

A few years back when the media and seemingly every Reds fan wanted Dusty Baker out after the team made it to the post-season for the third time in a four-year span (accomplished only one other time in franchise history), which wasn’t good enough – I was in correspondence with Lance McAlister of WLW radio – warning him to be careful what he wished for – citing that Michigan football fans wanted Lloyd Carr gone – and look what happened – they are just now recovering and it took two coaching changes to get Jim Harbaugh, Kentucky basketball wanted Tubby Smith gone and have since got it right with John Calipari, but had to endure the nightmarish tenure of Billy Gillespie along the way.

Lance’s response to me was two-fold – one – you can’t be afraid to pull the trigger (fair enough) and two – he asked me if Reds management could sell Dusty Baker to the fan base for another year?

Fast forward three plus years – I hate when I’m right. People will, and have argued that is not Bryan Price’s fault – fair enough – but please name for me a manager who was actually at fault for getting fired. If that’s the case – Dave Miley and Jerry Narron should have never been let go. Dave Miley had worse teams than Price has had and didn’t get near as much of an opportunity. My response – would be the same as Lance’s – one – just because it’s not his fault you can’t be afraid to pull the trigger – and two – can you honestly with a straight-face – believe that Bryan Price can be sold to the fan base again?

If Dusty can be remembered and ridiculed and not forgiven for ruining pitchers (which in actuality he only ruined one – Mark Prior – and Prior doesn’t even blame him for it – and he had terrible mechanics, which I’m sure had nothing to do with it) – then Bryan Price can be remembered for the fool who was out of his league that dropped 77 F-bombs and a slew of other profanities in a five-minute time period, because the media was actually doing their job. Price actually made me defend C. Trent Rosecrans, which is an accomplishment.

McAlister also points to the Astros rebuild – and the patience involved – he conveniently leaves out one point – they made a manager change along the way – although perhaps it was Brad Mills’ fault though?
It was 15 years in between playoff berths for the Reds (1995-2010) and then they went 3 out of 4 times and all of sudden it was easy – well it’s not so easy now. Care to wait 11 more years? Me neither.

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Listen To Him (Audio Sermon)

http://wheelersburgchurch.com/sermons/sermons/2017/04/16/listen-to-him

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Instant Replay: It’s about Getting the Call the Right, Right? Not even close!

Proof today that instant replay in baseball is NOT about getting the call right. The home plate umpire was terrible today calling balls and strikes in the Reds game and not one time was it permitted to challenge any of those “calls”. I have never been a proponent of instant replay – and never will be – I have begrudgingly accepted it because what choice do I have?

The human element will always be a part of the game. This applies to other sports as well. Don’t tell me its about getting the call right when certain calls can’t even be challenged. Also, you want to speed up the game get rid of instant replay.

The one challenge that did happen took two minutes and the umpires got the call right. It’s two minutes of nothing to tell us what we already knew. Then we had to sit there and watch the home plate umpire affect the outcome of the game with his bad calls at home plate all afternoon – and nothing could be done about it. Even if baseball comes out tomorrow and says the home plate umpire was wrong (which they won’t) like in other sports – how does that change the outcome? It doesn’t. I know instant replay is a necessary evil – but don’t insult my intelligence and tell me its about getting the call right when it clearly isn’t.

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Sparty In The Dance: Give Me a Break

Interesting how Michigan State is firmly in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Ohio State had a better conference record than MSU does this year and their regular season mark is essentially the same – and in my opinion the Big Ten was worse this season than it was a year ago.

Pre-conference schedule has a lot to do with it, but Michigan State didn’t exactly light it up in the pre-conference slate, losing to four ranked teams and “mighty” Northeastern. They have one quality win – over Wisconsin and only two wins against ranked teams. Did Ohio State deserve a bid last year? No. Neither does Sparty this year, unless they win the Big Ten Tournament.

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Thad Matta: Do You Really Want Him Gone?

Thad Matta has turned into Dusty Baker of sorts. Nobody cares about his past success, blasts him because he’s never won the big one, no longer gets any credit when his team wins and completely gets the blame when his team loses. Is he the perfect? No, Can you question his recruiting? yes, but if you want him fired – be prepared for the program to go backwards.

Matta, to me has done the impossible at Ohio State. Basketball used to be something OSU did in between football season and spring football season. Now, everyone loses their mind when they lose a game – just like football.

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High School Hoops Slate for Jan. 3

We are back at it on Tuesday with a full slate of games on Hometown Broadcasting.

Boys High School Basketball
Tuesday January 3, 2017
Alexander at Minford Mix 99.3
South Webster at East 107.5 The Breeze
South Point at Portsmouth Fox Sports 1260/WNXT Sports Stream
North Adams at Ports. West WNXT2
All games begin at approximately 6:50 p.m.
Other games
New Boston at Ironton St. Joe
Wheelersburg at Jackson
Northwest at Huntington Ross
Waverly at Hillsboro
Eastern Pike at Ripley
Wellston at Oak Hill
Gallia Academy at Ironton
Chesapeake at Rock Hill
Coal Grove at Fairland

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Bengals Football Post-Mortem 2016

Final game today for the Bengals this season – seeing as how they will not make the playoffs this year, which again, I have learned through the “wisdom of social media” that just making the playoffs is mediocre or something not to be celebrated.

It’s amazing Bengal fans would feel that way, it’s not like their “trophy case” is littered with championships. But I digress, changes are afoot, but I would not get too excited for all those who want Marvin Lewis gone – he has one year left on his contract and Mike Brown is not one to pay a coach to coach and pay another not to. I wouldn’t be shocked if he got the ax tomorrow, but I certainly wouldn’t bank on it.

Besides, if you apply the “Reds fan and media logic” to it – it really wasn’t Marvin’s fault this year. He didn’t miss those field goals and extra points, he didn’t play on an offensive line that was very porous, he didn’t play on a defensive line that generated very little pressure on the quarterback, he didn’t play in a secondary that consistently got burnt – or missed tackles or committed stupid penalties. And of course – he is not responsible for the injuries.

Personally I think he’s taken them as far as he can and appreciate what’s done for my favorite pro football franchise. But I also think his message has gotten stale and is no longer resonating in the locker room.

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