Friday, September 5, 2014

TV networks need to pressure MLB to shorten games

For all the things television networks control in sports, I wish they would enforce their will on the length of baseball games.

For example:

On Sept. 2, the Tigers beat the Indians, 4-2, in a nine-inning game that lasted 3 hours, 52 minutes.

On Sept. 3, the Indians beat the Tigers, 7-0, also in nine innings, but in 2:37.

The latter worked out a lot better for the Indians. But also for fans who didn't spend an extra 75 minutes waiting for something to happen.

Networks decide what time games start, which games are broadcast and, in the case of college football bowls, what games happen.

If the TV executives can do all the above, they should also be able to tell their Major League Baseball counterparts: "Quit the excessive mound timeouts, get in the batter's box, and get your time of game down from 3:08."

- Howard Primer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2013

First day: With the OHSAA expanding to seven divisions, area playoff regions were shuffled.

Second day: Mentor takes to the offense with quarterback Conner Krizancic. From left, Brandon Fritts (1), Jake Berardinelli (18), Brandon Ray (60), Matt Zolcak (50), Jimmy Swider (63), Drew Noble (70), Mitch Morrison (72) and Corey Plavcan (8). In back, from left, Jerrell Jackson (20), Krizancic and Eddie Daugherty (40).

Third day: Area coaches Cliff Walton of Hawken, Larry Pinto of Mayfield, Steve Trivisonno of Mentor and Mark Iammarino of Chagrin Falls.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2012

First day: Mentor's Mitch Trubisky and South's Kareem Hunt with their fathers, Dave and Kareem Sr.

Second day: Reigning Division V state champion Kirtland. Coach Tiger LaVerde seniors: back row, left to right, Logan Georsky, Scott Eilerman and Evan Brettrager. Middle row: Bobby Matthews, left, and Ben Nye. Front row standing: Josh Iammarino and Damon Washington. Sitting: Alex Skiljan. The Hornets were state runner-up that season.

Third day: The first family of area football: John Gibbons, center, with son-in-law Tom Lombardo and  sons Tom and Mike.

Monday, August 25, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2011

First day: The digital revolution hits area football, led by Lake Catholic running back Louie Vettel

Second day: Mentor goes five wide with Jimmy Maffitt, Cameron Kavan, Brandon Fritts, Mitch Trubisky, Conner Krizancic and Warren Ashton

Third day: Geneva and University join the Premier Athletic Conference.

Fourth day: Ledgemont's Brad Seiler and Kirtland's Damon Washington were must-follows. Washington and the Hornets won the Division V state championship that year.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2010

First day: Area quarterbacks take flight, including Perry's Mitchell Hokavar, South's Ray Russ, Kirtland's Paul Guhde and North's George Gresko.

Second day: Lake Catholic's Chase Hounshell and Tom Strobel were ready to dig in to the season.

Third day: Ready to go for a ride with Kenston's Pat Porter, Ledgemont's Danny LaRosa and Lake Catholic's Richie Sanders?


Saturday, August 23, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2009


Fantasy football hits the area football scene. Featured were Mayfield's Tim Wetzel, South's Gary Harmon, Mentor's Mike Korecz and Lake Catholic's Richie Sanders. Wetzel won the Tony Fisher Award that season.

Friday, August 22, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2008


Teams hit the campaign trail in an election year, including Tony Fisher Award candidates Chris Fields of Harvey, Randy Greenwood of Lake Catholic, Patrick Nicely of South, Tom Worden of Mentor and Rossi Santo of Kirtland. A write-in candidate, Mike Hanhauser of Perry, won the vote that season.