The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


April 21, 2014

A Don McCormack column: If you could go back...

What sports-related ‘wrongs’ would you correct, if...?

Over the weekend, yours truly had an opportunity to catch on of his favorite, albeit more than a bit cheesy, movies — “The Final Countdown” — which starred Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katherine Ross, James Farentino and Charles Durning.

Having always been hooked on anything with the time-travel aspect to it, the tagline of the 1980 film more than reeled me in:

“On Dec. 7, 1980, the nuclear carrier USS Nimitz disappeared in the Pacific... and reappeared Dec. 7, 1941... the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.”

Seeing the flick immediately threw me into the wayback machine, which led me to this thought:

If I could go back in time and right a single sports-related “wrong,” what would it be?

“Wrong” meaning, of course the team I wanted to prevail did not emerge victorious.

With that in mind, I came up with a list, and this involves you, Loyal Readers. I want to hear from you in regards to what your “wrongs” would be, regardless of level.

They could be your favorite professional team getting the shaft from officials or umpires, or a college squad not taking care of business, or your high school alma mater losing a heartbreaking contest or even something from back in the days of being on the sandlot.

With that in mind, here are my nominees:

A bad break

I’m 10 years old, living in Middeltown, Pa. and playing for manager Tom Stipe’s Sureheat Fuels in the spring of 1974.

We reach the major division championship series, thanks mostly to the lightning-bolt right arm of speedball artist Melvin Livering.

Just before the best-of-three championship series — played under the lights, by the way — Melvin breaks his throwing arm while messing around doing something in his backyard.

With his broken arm went a bunch of broken hearts... including mine.

We lost the title series in two games.

Text Only
  • Norm He’s the Norm

    In the early part of the 20th century, as golf was taking off in popularity, it was not uncommon for boys to take up the game after becoming caddies.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: The journey is what’s most important

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard over and over and over how it’s been a half-century since one of Cleveland’s big three professional sports teams have won a championship.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murdick wins as Big Block Modifieds return

    The BRP Big Block Modifed Tour returned to Raceway 7 with 21 of the region’s fastest Modifieds turning out for the scheduled 35-lap event, the first for the Modifieds at the northeast Ohio speedplant since 2005, an event won by Todd Burley.

    July 21, 2014

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Chances for controlled waterfowl hunting

    Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The drawing dates and times are as follows:

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kingsville gets it done

    In a rematch of a previous softball clash between the Kingsville 9-10-year-olds and those from Conneaut, Kingsville had settled thing quickly and decisively in a mercy-rule triumph.

    July 20, 2014

  • TD Club golf A Chris Larick column: TD Club hopes to score

    Though its life was never seriously threatened, the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club has suffered in recent years.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Don A Don McCormack column: A heartfelt plea to curb violence

    Like everyone who loves soccer — and the rest of us whose interest level rises dramatically every four years when the World Cup comes around — Kevin Meier was appalled at the recent attack of soccer referee John Bieniewicz in Michigan by a player that resulted in Bieniewicz tragically dying.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • valor A valiant effort

    Paralympians from all over the United States experienced three days of competition, education and fun during the Valor Games Gold Medal Camp at Spire this weekend.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • swim SUMMER SWIM

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anthony From player to coach

    When former Lakeside offensive lineman Anthony Colucci went down with a broken leg in Week 6 of his senior year at Capital University, he got a peak into what his future in football looks like.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video