Football player running with the ball in his arm in brown and orange uniform
31 May 2017

A gay football player. Even today it seems to be something very rare in the game.

Growing up, football was always my outlet to get out whatever I had built up inside me. When those pads came on, I felt at home. I started playing...

Poster with photo of Native American on left side and big cartoony smily Indian face that is Chief Wahoo the mascot of the Cleveland Indians
05 April 2017

 My first recollection of  attending a Major League baseball game was seeing the great Mickey Mantle and the legendary New York Yankees play the Indians at the cavernous Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

Pitcher throwing a pitch with long hair flying
03 April 2017

These are boom times for the Columbus Clippers. Our hometown heroes are riding a wave of success that includes three straight International League West Division finishes and a Governor's Cup title in 2015. But as the cream of Cleveland'...

Very young blonde girl looking tough holding a sword
23 February 2017

When Tierna Oxenreider of Reynoldsburg told her parents she wanted to take up a sport that allowed her to use a sword, her parents let her chase her dreams like any loving mom and dad would do.

And while they were surprised their...

Black man in blue t-shirt standing next to a boxing ring
02 February 2017

“First Person Singular” is an occasional column that focuses on impactful personalities in Central Ohio. 

It is written by JP Marat, a DJ and Producer for WCRS FM Community Radio in Columbus.

Seth Jones a black hockey player
31 January 2017

When Columbus Blue Jackets defensemen Seth Jones was traded to Columbus two years ago hardly anyone took notice because the team was in their usual mid-season funk and headed for another year out of the playoffs.

But now the...


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