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My favorite stories of 2017

These are some of the stories I wrote in the past year that I like the most or that stand out for what came next.

There's upside with new Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann

How does Chris Holtmann compare to Archie Miller and more part of my reaction to another college basketball coaching change.

Where has Ohio State found its basketball coaches?

Ohio State has a long and perhaps unsung history of winning in basketball, but there seems to be no common thread.

Dayton basketball can keep dreaming big thanks to Archie Miller

I haven’t been back in town long enough to consider myself any sort of Dayton Flyers insider, but that might help me have some unique insight on the impact of Archie Miller as coach of the Flyers.

Dayton gets its man; can Anthony Grant keep the Flyers on the upswing?

I still think Anthony Grant looks a strong hire for University of Dayton basketball despite an inconsistent start to his first season.

Why does the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee hate fun?

The 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket was kind of a disaster from the start thanks to the way schools like Dayton and Wichita State were treated.

Historic Patriots rally or epic Falcons choke job? Super Bowl LI had both

Can a football game have both a great comeback and an incredible choke job?
Yes.

How should Marvin Lewis be remembered by Cincinnati Bengals fans?

The Cincinnati Bengals winningest head coach reportedly isn’t coming back in 2018. What will his legacy be?

Sports Today: Where did it go wrong with Bengals, Marvin Lewis? 

Bengals crash again but at least college basketball went pretty well over the weekend

Cincinnati Reds GM dishes on Joey Votto, shortstop, when club will be buyers again and more

Dick Williams also discussed Raisel Iglesias and the outfield logjam at the MLB winter meetings.

George Iloka and Mike Mitchell are right to be concerned about the direction of football

After the Steelers beat the Bengals in an extremely physical game, a lot of people had a lot of dumb thoughts about what is next for football. They would be wise to listen to safeties from each team.

College Football Playoff: 5 takeaways from Alabama getting in over Ohio State

Ohio State missed out on College Football Playoff despite winning the Big Ten Championship. That felt less wrong than Alabama actually getting in.

How Wisconsin has become Ohio State’s weirdest series and unlikely rival

Ohio State and Wisconsin played for the Big Ten championship in December, which probably would have surprised someone from the early 1990s very much. And that’s not all...

Daughter’s request leads Travis Trice Sr. to new challenge at Wayne

Travis Trice Sr. changed the profile of Wayne boys’ basketball in 10 seasons as head coach. Now he is the coach of the girls team thanks to a heart-felt request from his daughter.

Why the FC Cincinnati-MLS saga makes no sense

Successful new club needn’t bend over backwards for league with years of questionable moves and a terrible brand.

7 numbers to know about the Ohio State-Michigan series

The Buckeyes have made up a lot of ground in the series this century.

Greg Schiano: Are we OK with angry social media mob deciding coach’s fate?

Buckeyes defensive coordinator was previously a head coach at Rutgers. He could have become head coach at Tennessee if not for a very disingenuous uprising by Volunteer fans.

Ohio State football and the mysterious disappearing tailback runs

Ohio State’s shocking blowout loss at Iowa created a lot of questions and led to the reexamination of others.

The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The worst thing that ever happened to ESPN was the success of PTI.

Everything that was wrong with the targeting call against Ohio State

Denzel Ward was thrown out of the game against Maryland on a questionable call.

Sports Today: At least Reds have some better problems to face this winter

They found some bats but more importantly maybe some arms.