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Starting up in March, 2018, Sports Talk encourages sports fans (and others) to comment about anything sports related--teams, individuals, concerns, complaints, whatever. All that is asked is to be nice.

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2018 at 5:59am

Well, shock and amazement!  Look what the Browns did.  They played 60 minutes of solid, mostly mistake-free ball.  Baker Mayfield ran a competent and occasionally creative offense while the defense did a better than average job of bottling up the Falcons' O.  And they WON!

Now the question becomes, can they make a habit of it?

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2018 at 7:45am

Well, I'm pleased to report (as a Buckeye partisan!) that, after an iffy encounter with the Cornhuskers two weeks ago, that the Buckeyes faced a tough Michigan State Spartans team and held them to six points, while showing some special-teams prowess which you don't see every day.  I mean at least three punts put INSIDE THE FIVE YARD LINE?!?

That'll do, Urban ... that'll do!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2018 at 7:17am

Watched a half of the first college basketball game of the season between #2 Kentucky and #4 Duke. With mostly freshmen, Duke overwhelmed Ky., 118-84. They looked unstoppable. I never saw this, either: both teams had identical halves of 59 and 42 points! (I went to bed at halftime.)

Comment by Randall Smith on October 29, 2018 at 7:33am

Whew! Baseball is finally over. I barely watched the World Series because each game was interminable-- batters and pitchers playing "cat and mouse". Pretty boring, all in all. Besides, I really didn't care who won. Plus, I got sick of all the players pointing to the sky after they did something "great". God cares. Yeh, right!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 21, 2018 at 7:38am

Hope some of you got to watch Purdue's walloping of #2 ranked Ohio State last night. Although I went to IU, I was rooting for the Boilermakers against the hated Buckeyes. It was a very emotional game, as the players and fans were supporting a fellow student suffering from bone cancer. Perhaps there is a god. (not really)

On the other end of the spectrum, my Indiana team lost a tough one, as usual, to Penn St. (33-28). As I was growing up, my father (an IU grad) would remind me not to expect too much out of IU football. 60 some years later, "t'was ever thus". Year in and year out, they're perpetual losers. I have a hard time watching them.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 9, 2018 at 7:10am

I might as well put all my "sports talk" comments in one post:

First, Drew Brees was magic last night, passing Peyton Manning for all time passing yardage. Both men have Indiana connections--Peyton played for the Colts, Drew for Purdue.

It was (and usually is) difficult for me to hear the announcers over the background crowd noise, thanks to "engineers" that place mikes all over the place. I usually mute the sound anyway. "Color" announcers drive me crazy. This "Booger" fellow is unbearable.

Third, replays. Watching a baseball playoff game, a first base umpire's call was overturned twice in two innings. That's a good thing, but I wonder how often game outcomes were affected by bad calls, pre-video replays? Perhaps championships?

And lastly, why do black men tatoo themselves when the tatoos can't be seen? 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 7, 2018 at 6:47am

My Indiana (U) team almost always loses to Loren's Ohio (St.), and this year was no exception (28 straight losses?). However, it's usually a hard fought game, so I was proud of the Hoosiers. Maybe next year? Doubtful.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 3, 2018 at 6:44am

Loren, I've been following the Browns, rooting for them as I do for most underdogs. I think they're on the right track.

After only one Cub run through 9 innings, I went to bed hoping my not watching would end the jinx. Alas, not to happen. They lost in 13. They're done. At least I won't have to suffer any more this season!

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 2, 2018 at 11:06am

Revisiting an older comment: Randall wrote about a game that he "sort of watched--book in hand, sound muted."

I experienced something like that at a band practice a year or so ago when our host, who's a rabid Eagles fan, had the game on, muted, so he could keep an eye on the score -- while we rehearsed!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2018 at 7:04am

Shall we also mention the Browns - Raiders game, which the Browns had won until they lost it?  They may have played far better than they did most of last year, and Mayfield is encouraging to watch, but it's still one more in the "L" column when, with just a bit more effort, it could have been a "W."

Just one more reason why I'm sick of the whole stupid mess.


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