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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Off The Beaten Record: Oh Yes, We’re Talking Playoffs

By ROSS BISHOFF Since 2014, Trotwood-Madison had been a big, fat regional barricade standing in front of the Western Buckeye League’s playoff football teams. In 2014, the Rams got past Wapakoneta in a four-overtime thriller, 34-28 in the regional finals. More

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Off The Beaten Record: My Two Favorite Week 10 Rivalries

By ROSS BISHOFF My two favorite rivals square off in Week 10 There is no better week in football than rivalry week. And Week 10 brings us two of my favorite Lima area rivalries in the same week: Wapakoneta vs. More

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Off The Beaten Record: The Strange, Frustrating World of the NFL

By ROSS BISHOFF I’ve been griping a lot about the NFL lately and apparently, there’s no end in sight. Sunday, I got so annoyed by a single flag thrown I quit watching for the entire day. During the Pittsburgh Steelers-Kansas More

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Off The Beaten Record: 4 Matchups to Watch in Week 8

Four matchups to watch in Week 8 By ROSS BISHOFF This past Friday, Celina’s football team went into Harmon Field and knocked off Wapakoneta in a thriller. And with that, we officially hit the fever pitch of the regular season. As More

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Off The Beaten Record: Fine, I’ll Root For Cleveland This Month

By ROSS BISHOFF October is my favorite time of year, without exception, and one of the main reasons is the combination of football and the baseball playoffs. And because I’m super competitive and need a team to root for, and More

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Off The Beaten Record: College Football Beating the NFL in My Weekends

By ROSS BISHOFF I’m caring less and less about the NFL. And that’s not easy for me. It’s like a slow break up with a long-time girlfriend. As a lifelong NFL fan, a diehard fan, I’ve come to the uncomfortable More

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Off The Beaten Record: Bold Moves, Strong Coaching On Display in St. Marys/Shawnee

By ROSS BISHOFF This past Friday, Shawnee and St. Marys battled valiantly in a Western Buckeye League thriller. And at the end, it came down to a bold call by Indians’ coach Frank Crea. After St. Marys scored the first touchdown More

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Off The Beaten Record: WBL Proving Hard to Predict

By ROSS BISHOFF A big part of me loves it when things are messy and chaotic. I’m not a fan of following the script.   Templates, my friends, are for weaklings. So, through three weeks of the Western Buckeye League, I’m More

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