Off The Beaten Record: Area Wrestlers Gearing Up For Meat of Schedule

By ROSS BISHOFF Wrestling is a grueling sport. And the schedule itself can sometimes feel like a long exhausting march through the winter months. But once you hit mid-January, the schedule turns the corner into the meat of the meat-grinder. More

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Off The Beaten Record: Locals Dot the OHSAA Record Books

By ROSS BISHOFF I try not to be super high school sports nerdy or broadcast myself as such, but the fact is sometimes I fall down a rabbit hole. Such was the case this past weekend. Because I was a More

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Off The Beaten Record: Radical Idea For Football and The Bowl Committee’s Big Mistake

By ROSS BISHOFF   You want a crazy idea to improve professional and college football? End instant replay. Right, I know. You roll your eyes, and no, I don’t believe it will ever happen. But in my ever-growing minimalist attitude, More

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Off The Beaten Record: Four Things That Have to Happen Before the End of Bowl Season

By ROSS BISHOFF We have entered the thick of the college football bowl schedule, and yes, it’s a pretty exciting time. It’s an especially important time for many of those concerned with legacies and reputations, that goes for players, teams, More

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Off The Beaten Record: Lebron Still in His Prime, And That’s A Good Thing

By ROSS BISHOFF In case I have not said this loudly, or often, enough, LeBron James may be my favorite athlete of all time. More than likely, I probably have and you’re sick of it. That’s fair. But I’m not More

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Off The Beaten Record: Healthy Controversy Good For College Football

By ROSS BISHOFF Controversy and drama are what sparks our nation, for good or ill.  Of course, there’s a difference between healthy, fun controversy and, say, President Trump. College football seems to have enjoyed the perfect mix of healthy controversy, More

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Off The Beaten Record: 4 Reasons to Be Annoyed With College Football

By ROSS BISHOFF Believe it or not, my weekends rarely revolve around sports like they used to. Seriously, you leave behind a sports department and the 70-ish hour work weeks and you’re fine to watch, like, a few hours of More

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Off The Beaten Record: By-The-Numbers Look at the State Semifinals

By ROSS BISHOFF Marion Local is headed for its 16th Final Four appearance this week in the OHSAA football playoffs. The Flyers take on Liberty-Benton at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wapakoneta’s Harmon Field.  Marion Local’s 16 trips to the football state semifinals More

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Off The Beaten Record: Done Trying to Understand College Football

By ROSS BISHOFF So, wait, let me get this straight: Ohio State is still alive for the college football playoffs? How did that happen? A week after getting trounced by Iowa, the Buckeyes rebounded to squash Michigan State and now, More

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Off The Beaten Record: An NFL Season I’m Ready to Forget

By ROSS BISHOFF   Think back for a moment, back to that first time when, as a boy, you were kicked in the nether regions that first magical time. Remember that? Not a fun flashback is it? In fact, you More

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