Cincinnati would love nothing better than to unleash some hostility on Ohio State in their 6 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The Bearcats have long resented OSU’s unwillingness to make room for them on their basketball schedule.
It is easy to be outraged by the videotape of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee unconcious in a casino elevator. It is much harder to answer why we needed to see it to become repulsed and demand accountability from Rice, the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL.
No one knows if Johnny Manziel can play a lick, but he’s clearly the star attraction on a roster no one had much interest in until he showed up and made it cool to be a Brown.
Suddenly, with just one draft pick, the Browns are as relevant as they’ve been since coming back into existence in 1999.
It’s a great show, and a great story, and one the Ohio sports-loving public should embrace. The Columbus Blue Jackets…are for real! Read more from Bruce Hooley in today’s Press Pros inside feature.
Bubba Watson thrills the PGA Tour because he’s seen as an everyman, a guy who grew up on a public course, never took a lesson in his life, hits it a mile and then, as Jack Nicklaus once famously said of himself, finds it, knocks it on the green and then knocks it in the hole.
If the Browns passing over the Pro Day workouts of prospects like Jadeveon Clowney puzzles you, consider the days when they did show up for Gerard Warren, Tim Couch and Brady Quinn. Nobody does it better, eh?
First came the painful loss to Dayton in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, then the departures of two players with remaining eligibility for the pro ranks and finally the decision by Ohio Mr. Basketball Luke Kennard of Franklin High School to attend Duke in the fall of 2015. What next?
The arc of Ohio State’s once-promising season intersected with the last fleeting seconds of Aaron Craft’s career Thursday in an ugly epitaph for both.
The tale of the tape on the Buckeyes? Their maddening offensive inconsistencies are always lurking to trump their defensive excellence.
They broke the five-game losing streak Thursday, but Thad Matta is the first to admit that the Buckeyes are anything but repaired…yet!
Jim Haslam came on like gangbusters and with truckfuls of money. But the firing of Rob Chudzinski, and the halting, ponderous search for his replacement has sucked every last breath out of all but the most ardent optimists.
What he lacks to make scouts salivate, he’s unlikely to add to his game as the Buckeyes’ quarterback next year. Braxton Miller pretty much is what he is, particularly given the set of blueprints with which he works.
Maurice Clarett has made great strides in recognizing his own culpability for what happened at OSU. But not enough of it does amid the stereotypical, hackneyed portrayal of him by ESPN as some undeserving victim.
What Urban Meyer said once as coach at Florida could come back to haunt him now as coach of the Buckeyes. Or could it?
Walking Into A Trap?….With OSU’s recent domination of the series the Ohio State-Michigan game lacks the pre-game drama it once held. It looks like Ohio State-Michigan, but has this rivalry, like many others, seen its best day? Read more from Bruce Hooley in today’s Press Pros inside feature.
The BCS fortunes of Ohio State are intrinsically linked to the fortunes of another OSU this Saturday, with a far tougher opponent than the Buckeyes.
Here’s hoping what transpires Sunday leaves Art Modell and Paul Brown rolling over in their graves, staring coldly beyond each other’s souls.
Eventually, we’ll lose interest in Martin and Incognito, after either one or both, along with a few coaches and front-office executives, are scapegoated so this never happens again (wink-wink).
Despair not. History actually tells that the Buckeyes are in a wonderful position to make the final BCS pairing. The old song…”Something’s Gotta’ Give”? It usually does.