What does one do with down time?

Chad Clinger - cclinger@civitasmedia.com

I don’t do a lot of column writing, so to speak. Sure, there is the occasional look into the NFL, NBA or MLB (is it baseball season yet?) but as far as just putting fingers to keys to just entertain, not so much. Well, I find myself with my first real “down time” in my short career at The Galion Inquirer and need to get a few things off my mind.

So, here it goes as they say…

Let me start this hullabaloo with the recent election of Donald Trump.

I will be the first to admit that I don’t know enough about politics to hold an even remotely-educated conversation about them. I do know this though, he won and Hillary Clinton lost. Simply understated. I can honestly say that neither one of the main choices seemed to be a good one, but the votes are in and Trump is our man. We shall see how things go come January but, let’s move on please.

What better to follow politics with than weather? It seems to be getting colder by the day, daylight is gone before dinner and soon the snow will fall. Yeah, I’m not looking forward to it either, but this is Ohio folk. You know better. Which reminds me, anyone know where I can get a good deal on some tires? Traveling to these winter sporting events just will not do with the tires I currently have on the “dad van.”

Ah yes, winter sports season is already here. This is a very good thing because I am sure readers don’t want to sit and read my incessant babbling about Trump and snow and daylight savings time and tires.

Scrimmages for the high school athletes are already starting and the boys basketball coach at Galion hasn’t even been made official. I am ready to dive into sports season No. 2 at the Inquirer, and I hope I can keep everyone informed on how area athletes are doing. Winter may be fairly tricky, because I admit I don’t know a lick about wrestling or swimming. In my high school days — which seems like forever ago — I played basketball. The closest I ever came to understanding swimming came from the little knowledge I picked up while dating a member of the swim team. But every day is a great day for learning something new and I know that coaches Brent Tyrrell and Ted Temple will help me out along the way. Also, Galion has boys and girls bowling teams this year.

Anyway, the college football season is heating up; the NBA is just getting started; the NFL has been everything but predictable so far this season and I am still trying to compile all of my winter sports preview stuff from Crestline, Northmor and Galion. Colonel Crawford coaches … a big thank you as I have already completed your previews.

I will continue to improve my live tweeting on Twitter — @GalionSportsGuy — and I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. Oh yeah, it kind of snuck up out of nowhere didn’t it? Cherish your loved ones, be overly kind to everyone that you meet and remember that Thanksgiving is for family and for being thankful for what you’ve got, not for getting a great deal on something you probably don’t really need.

There, I’ve said my piece. Want me to do it all again? Let me know via email, phone or Twitter.


Chad Clinger


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Find Chad on Twitter @GalionSportsGuy

Reach Chad at 419-468-1117 x2048