Last updated: February 12. 2014 3:53PM - 1044 Views
Vince Koza



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I don’t like rumors.


Never have.


Some become true.


Some never get to reality.


I believed the latest rumor that had been running rampant about a certain school thinking of ending its on-field relationship with another local school.


That upset me.


But I also believe that the two schools have decided to continue to play each other, after all.


That’s good news.


Look, the Lima Senior/LCC boys basketball game Tuesday night turned out to be a blowout, but did you see the attendance for that game?


For a Tuesday?


LCC athletic director Ron Williams said it was “by far” the Thunderbirds biggest crowd of the year.


And while the game turned out to be a blowout, the previous four matchups had been down to the wire affairs.


Meanwhile, I have talked with several people that went to the LCC/Elida boys game Saturday night at the Fieldhouse and said the atmosphere there was electric.


Big crowd.


Great game.


Has there been a better game in the area this year?


How about the Elida/Lima Senior boys game back in December?


Big crowd.


Great game.


You wouldn’t think this column would need repeated.


But I feel the need to remind everyone.


A local school playing another local school in a non-conference game works.


It works for the communities.


It works for saving travel expenses.


It works for the schools in ultimate media coverage, too.


Tuesday night, there were three local radio stations broadcasting the game.


Three!


Also, a TV station broadcast the game. And another TV station taped highlights of it and The Lima News was there to write about it.


HELLO!


Fans of your respective local schools, urge your school’s administration to continue to play local schools.


And in every sport.


Maybe even local athletic directors get together to organize playing one another and there is an end of the year trophy for the team that has the best record.


It is a win-win for everybody.


OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:


*Loved Browns owner Jimmy Haslam firing his CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi on Tuesday. Browns nation was not a fan of either, and while Haslam has been criticized nationally and by his own fans, for how he has run the team to date, let’s face it — the program can only go one way. With 10 draft picks and $35 million to $40 million dollars to spend on free agents, it is important to get it right this off season. Lucky for the Browns that the draft is a few weeks later than normal-May 8.


*Pitchers and catchers reported to the Indians training camp in Goodyear Arizona on Tuesday. They had to be excited about the Tribe locking down one of their most consistent players. Outfielder Michael Brantley gets a four year deal worth $25 million. In this era, that is a steal for a guy who doesn’t put up big numbers, but consistent ones. He has batted just about everywhere in the batting order (except ninth), and is solid defensively. Love the move!


Also love that spring training is beginning which means the weather has to break here sometime, doesn’t it?


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