Category Archives: General Sports

The basic miscellaneous category.

Interview Stories

Greetings readers,

I’d like to advertise an interview I was recently a part of. If you’d like to read it for yourself, you can do so by clicking this link

The website is called PBP (Play-by-Play) Stories, where all the interviews are from Michael Hirn. On the website, Hirn has interviewed other broadcasters, such as the voice of the Dallas Cowboys Brad Shum, Dallas Mavericks PBP voice Chuck Cooperstein, and many more.

Hirn is the Play-by-Play voice of the Lima Warriors, a football team in the Heartland Football League.

Recently, Hirn also partaked in the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game, you can read his live blog here.

Thanks for the interview, Michael!

Until next time,

-Lee

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CBS Sports – An App Review

 Greetings readers,

Today I am reviewing the CBS Sports app, available on Android’s Google Play and the Apple App Store. The CBS Sports is developed by OneLouder.

Currently (as of 4/16/2013), CBS Sports has an average rating of 4.4 from 16,501 votes on Google Play and a combined rating of 3 out of 5 from 50,517 votes at the App Store (but the current version  has a 4.5 out of 5 from 109 votes.)

This app was previously called SportCaster, also developed by OneLouder Apps (they also make TweetCaster which is an app I use quite frequently.) Eventually, the CBS name took over the app and the SportCaster name was dropped after.

One thing I loved about the old SportCaster app was the tweets about games and teams. None of the apps I reviewed had that feature, so that’s what made SportCaster unique and on my mobile phone. Fast forward from 2011 to 2013, and CBS Sports still has that feature. You access it from the settings menu.

One thing that was worked on was the lack of sports. From my old review of SportCaster, there was only American Football (NCAA and NFL.) With CBS Sports, you have the options to follow your favorite teams as well as numerous European Football leagues, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, and both pro and college basketball.

You can also receive notifications on your favorite teams or any breaking news of major events from CBS Sports. These are customization options for these, including turning them off.

The front page is the big news stories. To get to the scores, you pull the menu down to pick the league you want or pick “My Teams” to see those scores. On the score screen, you can pull down news stories and see tweets from the team representatives (writers, actual teams Twitter, etc…)

While finding the tweets and news stories take a little bit getting used to, it is a good setup. I like the customization of the app, and I think it deserves a home on your mobile device. From this sportscaster, it’s a recommended app.

Sources of info from the Google Play and Apple App Store sites. Ratings/votes are current as of 11:57 AM on April 16th, 2013.

Until next time,

-Lee

Raiders of the Lost Pool

Greetings readers,

Today I’d like to share with you an organization that’s been in the Dayton area for a while and recently made the news on a big purchase. This organization is the Dayton Raiders.

The Dayton Raiders have been in the area since 1981 (actually longer than that if you count the Dayton Dolphins and the Wright State Raiders, which you can read the entire history here.) It’s an organization for younger people who would like to train and receive coaching all year long.

Recently, the Raiders bought the Beavercreek YMCA for a training site starting this May. While the Y off of Grange Hall Road will still close, the community programs will stay and the Raiders will use this pool to train. For the 2012-2013 season, the home meets are at Wright State University (the pool’s right next to the bookstore.)

The Raiders have won a lot of awards and accomplished a lot of records  as a team, including breaking the American record for the 200 backstroke in short course meters, three Raiders winning U.S. Juniors National Championships, several hundred representatives in the Ohio High School State Championships, and many Raider reps went on to swim on the collegiate levels (including Wright State University.)

There’s also opportunities for people interested in helping out the team. The Raiders use a volunteer point system, to make sure everyone chips into the team.

The 2012 senior class of the Raiders include many reps from Centerville and Beavercreek High Schools, as well as a few reps from Yellow Springs, Miamisburg, Vandalia-Butler, Oakwood, Northridge, Tippecanoe, and Fenwick High Schools. These seniors have decided to go to college, including one to Wright State.

While never a rep of this swimming organization, I’ve seen a plentiful amount of Dayton Raiders gear since I was a kid. I saw a lot more of this in college, and I always wanted to ask what the Dayton Raiders were (I knew it wasn’t college related, since UD is the Flyers.) Turns out, it’s a big organization reaching out to the Miami Valley for swimming.

This purchase of the Beavercreek YMCA is a great one for the Raiders, as it continues to give the swimming organization a good link to Greene County (Wright State is another link to Greene County.) It gives the team a pool to practice swimming and prevents another building turning empty.

If you’re in the area and want to give your kids a chance to learn swimming, give the Dayton Raiders a shot!

Sources of information from WDTN Channel 2 and the Dayton Raiders. Picture from the Dayton Raiders.

Until next time,

-Lee

Get to Know Your Voice

Greetings readers,

This is just a quick share with all of you. As you might know, I’m the play-by-play voice of the Dayton Demonz hockey team. I usually interview the coach and players for the post-game show. Afterwards, our cameraman uploads the highlights and interviews to YouTube.

There is one I wanted to share, in case anyone would like a little history on myself. I talk a little about when I started and about our hockey team in Dayton.

Before I forget, my color commentator Michael Lause and I are running for the best broadcaster(s) of the Federal Hockey League. I know we’d definitely love your vote. The link is located here.

Well, sorry for the short post today. I’ll think of a new topic to talk about next time.

Until then,

-Lee

Delay in the Play

This is the map for Forest Fair in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s before the first name change. Note where Bigg’s is on the second floor.

Greetings readers,

Let me take you back to April of 2011, when I published this article. Now fast forward to January 2013, and let me share with you this article by the Dayton Daily News. Yes, that rink was supposed to open this month, is still not yet a reality. In fact, it still reminds as an abandoned part of a gigantic building which is mostly empty (see this video here if you don’t believe me.)

For a simple preview, this is about building a rink/sports complex where Bigg’s used to be at the old Forest Fair Mall (yes, there was a mall with a supermarket in it back in the day.) The mall changed names four times (now back to Forest Fair, according to this article…but if you drive by, it’s still labeled as the Cincinnati Mall.) In the post from about two years ago, I mentioned the plans for the mall. Hotels, restaurants, a club ran by retired police officers, an agricultural museum, and a water park.

If you were around this area in the 1990’s and about my age, you might remember the awesome rides and the arcade machines at the Forest Fair Mall.  If you remember any commercials from this same time period, you might remember this commercial, when Forest Fair had a Moore’s Fitness gym. If you don’t remember any of this, just take my word for it. Back then, the amusement park in the middle of the mall was the place to be if you were young back in the day. Nowadays, the mall is virtually empty. Sure there’s Kohls, Bass Pro, Arcade Legecy…and…uh…yeah.

How awesome would it be to have sports in this building? Very cool, considering there is an arcade in the mall ($10 gets you all the gaming you want), a place to sport if you like to hunt/fish/motorboat. All a sports fan needs is a sports shop (because both of the good ones in that mall have closed) and possibly an indoor go-kart track, and this could be a sportsman’s paradise.

Cincinnati Sports Zone, which was announced in November 2011, has yet to open where Bigg’s was for about twenty years. The plan is to make a complete sports complex for $8 Million. That’s 270,000 square feet of sports once it’s finished and according to the DDN article, that includes three sheets of ice, 30,000 square feet of turf, 12 volleyball/basketball courts, a fitness center, a clinic, a sports bar complete with a party room, and finally office space. Also mentioned on the article list is the fact the courts could be used for AAU tourneys.

The new goal is to have the Cincinnati Sports Zone open by September 2013. Will it happen? I hope so, that building needs something to bring it back to the level all those moons ago. Like I sometimes say to close out a post, only time will tell.

Sources of information/pictures from Dayton Daily News, FOX 19, YouTube, and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Until next time,

-Lee

End of the Line – 2012 Style

Greetings readers,

2012 is almost over, and I’d like to share what all I got to cover this year.

To start the year, I was doing a few games with WSWO in Huber Heights and I still was with the Air Strikers. I saw a lot of basketball (and one baseball game with WSWO) earlier this year. The Air Strikers were at Trent Arena, then moved to Dayton Boys Prep Elementary Gym and occasionally held games at the Payne Rec Center in Moraine. The Strikers finished a spot away from the Premier Basketball League playoffs. After the season, it was rumored that the Air Strikers folded, but then it appeared that they would play starting this November in the Independent Basketball Association….but then that didn’t happen for a reason or another. (Interesting note, now the IBA and the PBL are merging for Spring 2013. Read that story here. Maybe I’ll write on this for the first post of 2013.)

In April, I accepted an internship to broadcast 30 home games for the Richmond RiverRats. That was a great summer, and a fun internship too. The RiverRats play in the Prospect League, a summer collegiate wooden-bat league. The 2012 Season was the first one that axed out interleague games (no East vs. West Division games), so Richmond had faced the same five teams (Butler, PA; Chillicothe; Lorain County; Slippery Rock (PA); and West Virginia.) Richmond sent it down to the final few games, but were eliminated in the end. The West Virginia Miners were the champions of the Prospect League, by sweeping the Dubois County Bombers (who are no longer in the league, left for the Ohio Valley League.) Great summer, hanging out with a great team.

I was also exposed to Australian Rules Football in June, just three days before my birthday. My first game was in Cincinnati (actually, Fairfield) against the Columbus Jackaroos. While the Jackaroos were victorious that Saturday afternoon, it was my first time calling a new sport where the general public don’t usually see/follow. It led me to broadcast the 49th Parallel Cup in Columbus…

…which leads me to a position I’m in currently with the Ohio Sports Radio Network. I’m the General Manager of the station, where I pick games for us to cover. I also do play-by-play for the majority of the games. So far, I have covered several high school games, several Central State University matches, and Dayton Demonz hockey games. So in this opportunity, I’ve covered professional, collegiate, and high school sports. As well as broadcasting several games (around 40-50 at the moment), I’ve done a couple of remotes at local sporting bars. I’ve done a couple of remotes with the Dayton Sharks and one for a high school preview show.

That’s my 2012 wrapped up in a blog post. I don’t know what all 2013 will bring, but I bet sports will be a big part of the year. The Richmond RiverRats will be celebrating their 5th year as a franchise, the Cincinnati Dockers will keep on rolling, the Dayton Demonz look for their first trip to the playoffs in their inaugural season, the Dayton Dragons will have the Midwest League All-Star Game for the second time in franchise history, and the Dayton Sharks look to make a splash in their first year as a team.

As for myself, I hope a full-time job is on the way soon in 2013. If I keep piling up the experience, hopefully someone will think I’m a great candidate for an opening.

Sorry for the lack of updates in 2012, but I’ve stayed busy with sports and trying to stay afloat. Hopefully I’ll be back running in 2013.

Until next year,

-Lee

The Unofficial 2012 Final Post – You Know, For Blog Stats!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

I might have missed the 2011 one, but maybe there wasn’t stats for that year. Oh well. Anyway, this isn’t the final post for 2012, as I have one brewing up right now. Stay tune for that post, coming later today.

-Lee