Winchester- How an interstate highway changed the face of one small town Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr

NFL online? Keep it coming

The Bills and Jaguars kicked off this past Sunday as one of the NFL’s attempts at finding a new audience by having the game exclusively streamed online.

A huge amount of people got up at 9:30 a.m. for a game between two of the more pathetic franchises in the sport and people ate it up.

The World Series began last night and the television ratings from last year’s matchup were the third worst since 1984. I’m beginning to fear for baseball.

The lowest rated World Series ever took place in 2012 and with the exception of the magical run the Red Sox had in 2004, television ratings for the World Series has been on a steady decline since Kirby Puckett dazzled us all in 1991.

Ratings may go up from last year with a team from New York in it this year, but this ship is taking on water and has been for quite some time.

Figures for those at the ballpark aren’t that promising either. 17 out of 30 teams saw a decline in attendance this year even though a few more total people went through turnstiles than in 2014. When you start looking into the numbers you begin to understand why baseball has chosen to go the way of expanding their playoff system to generate more interest.

If you look at television ratings of the NFL playoffs it puts the national pasttime to absolute shame. Those figures double and in some cases nearly triple World Series figures. Last year’s wild card games, including smaller markets like Cincinnati and Indianapolis scored just below 30 million viewers. New England and Baltimore averaged 34 million which means even more people were tuning in at the end to see the finish.

Part of the issue baseball has is that it’s exactly made for TV. There’s a fair amount of standing around between pitches and batters looking at balls instead of making it a home run derby.

But, to be fair to baseball, American football isn’t exactly a highlight reel itself. According to the Wall Street Journal, that 60 minute NFL game includes only 11 minutes of actual playing time. The rest is spent basically standing around, huddling up, killing the clock and reviewing plays.

I say 60 minutes, but in reality it’s over three hours because you have to also include commercial breaks seemingly ever five minutes whenever the league decides it wants to sell you some Coors Light.

Touchdown followed by the point after. Commercial. Kickoff. Commercial. Do you ever notice that? Because it happens a lot. Yet for some reason we eat it up like it’s the last game we’ll ever watch. Even if the only way we can watch two bottom-feeders of the NFL is through an online stream.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

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Charles Grove

Sports Editor

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