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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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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Buckeyes Football Post-Mortem 2016

I tried to tell everyone last year that the offensive problems for OSU did not solely lie with Cardale Jones as many claimed. I do not put it on all on JT Barrett either, although he’s not the end all be all he has been made out to be.

Ohio State has never recovered from the loss of Tom Herman. The play calling is way too predictable. That being said, execution was a problem tonight and was only compounded by the lack of offensive creativity and game planning.

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My Daily Reminder

Reminder to myself about God in my life – Construction In Progress. He’s still working on me.

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Three Thoughts

Three thoughts for us to ponder.

Do we believe God or believe in God?

We don’t see sin as God sees sin.

God makes the impossible possible.

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