October 31, 2014

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Doug Clarke: Bill for the clear and the cream is due and baseball has to pay

For months, baseball and its fans have been lying awake in a second-floor bedroom staring at the ceiling, waiting for The Other Shoe to hit the floor. The first shoe fell long ago when it linked Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire to steroids. Bonds’ linkage was courtesy of the BALCO investigation, McGwire’s courtesy of Jose Read More…

Doug Clarke: It was an electric night at the Eagles Nest

You could feel the electricity. It danced along the rafters where pennants from past championships hung, sashayed through the balcony where the grownups sat and then skittered through the frenzied, war-painted, gold-clad student body. This was inside the Eagles Nest on Thursday night, where the Lakewood St. Edward High Eagles played host to Campbell Hall Read More…

Doug Clarke: Playoff only thing that can save BCS from itself

Basically, it wound up just the way Buckeye fans prayed it would: Ohio State vs. Somebody. The top two teams playing for the national title. Or are they? Here, just because no one asked, are Clarke`s Top 10 College Football Teams for this season: 1. LSU 2. Southern Cal 3. Oklahoma 4. Georgia 5. Ohio State Read More…

Doug Clarke: Buck proves priceless to Deerslayer

Friend of mine brought back an 8-point buck the other day. Had it strapped down over the trunk of his car for viewing. The neighbors watched his car pull into his drive and saluted. The driver gave a wave back that he hoped made him look like MacArthur returning after the Japanese surrender aboard the Missouri. Read More…

Doug Clarke: Serving up some leftovers from left field

One of the things I am eternally thankful for is that the day after Thanksgiving almost always turns out to be a Friday. You`d think the calendar people would mix it up more than that, wouldn`t you? Which reminds me. If you were one of those people who were standing in line at 6 a.m. Read More…

Doug Clarke: You need The Gameplan to enjoy The Game

The best thing about the Ohio State-Michigan game is the early start. If you were going to plan your day – and the night before – around it, your daily planner might look like this: FRIDAY NIGHT 9 p.m. – Watch “Friday Night Lights.” Or, better yet, actually get out and attend a high school Read More…

Doug Clarke: ‘Tis the season to buy your kid a book for a change

He was already gone when I got there. There was just the row of chairs, maybe 15 rows or so, stretching from the table where the author should have been seated to the back row. All of the chairs were empty. Two sales clerks stood behind the vacant table, putting books onto shelves. “It`s over Read More…

Doug Clarke: What’s that? Cavaliers’ season over already?

Of all things … In what has to be an all-time record — even for a city wedded to defeatism while having a fling with martyrdom — members of the sporting press have pronounced the Cavaliers season as being just so over.  After one game. • Someone tell me again about this Big Ten Network Read More…

Doug Clarke: Red Sox are baseball’s new villains

Of all things … With two World Series appearances in the last four years and two possible championships, the Bosox have become what the New York Yankees used to be: The Best Team Money Can Buy and the team everyone loves to hate. When the Yankees brass held “The Meeting” — the one in Tampa, Read More…

Doug Clarke: C.C. failed as ‘The Man,’ so Carmona can’t

Well, isn’t this a fine kettle of chowdah? As the actor John C. McGinley says to Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger) in “Platoon” when he’s asked to lead a small band into the jungle one more time, “I got a bad feeling about this one, Skip.” The Cleveland Indians are, for the third time in these Read More…