Non-Revenue: Golf Update

Written April 24th, 2014 by Ken
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Frederick Hammer

Men’s Golf 

When we last reported on the intrepid Ohio State men’s golf team, they were showing signs of life with several improved Spring performances and prepping for the Boilermaker Invitational. Well, the work paid off with the Buckeyes finishing in 5th place as a team and Boo Timko finished 4th in the individual medal play. Timko put together rounds of 76-66-71. The highlight was probably Frederick Hammer’s hole-in-one (4-iron, 220 yds) in the final round.  Although Hammer finished t-47th (of 81 golfers) his ace buoyed his spirits, no doubt. I know it would mine..

A couple of thoughts. First, a 220 yard par-3 is an obscenely long par-3. I would need a lot more club than a 4-iron to reach it.  Although there are long odds (5,000 – 1, low handicap amateur) there is a good bit of luck to get an ‘ace’, but it starts with the tee shot. If it’s well struck and on line, “luck” will tend to side with you.

The Buckeyes ended the 1st round of the 3-round event tied for 12th place (of 15 teams), then moved up to 7th place after the 2nd round before finishing the weekend in 5th.

Next up for the Buckeyes is a trip to French Lick, IN on May 2-4 for the Big Ten Championships.

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Silver Bullet Points Is Ready To Battle On

Written April 23rd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Like the rest of Ohio, we’ve got Stanley Cup fever here… we’re on a series of shots and medications, but to be honest, we hope it sticks around for a while.  So, in preparation for tonight’s game, here’s a little something to help you get ready to #BeatPittsburgh.

Gametime

Gameday

Buckeye 411

  • The League- Pretty good week for Buckeyes in the NFL, as Cam Heyward’s 5th year option was picked up by the Steelers.  This comes one day after Terrelle Pryor was traded from the outhouse to the penthouse the Raiders to the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. Rumor across the league were that the 49ers and ‘Hawks were both pursuing Pryor diligently, with Pete Carroll finally winning the day. Good luck in the Emerald City, Terrelle… be sure to pay for your doughnuts, m’kay?
  • Next Men Up- NFL news on Tuesday also included Draft Day invitations… and not to the latest Costner flick. Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier will both be in New York City; here’s hoping that neither win the Brady Quinn Sitting Around By Yourself For A Really Long Time Award.
  • Night Moves- Ohio State added a fourth night game and a third one on the 2014 home slate on Tuesday, when the BTN announced that the intra-state tilt against Ohio’s BCS Team would be under the lights in the ‘Shoe.  There’s still the possibility that the number could grow- the game in East Lansing might just be pushed into prime time if both the Spartans and Buckeyes have the seasons most are projecting.
  • Flippity Flop- Over the weekend, Ohio State “lost” one of their 2015 recruits, as Ben Edwards followed up his “soft verbal” comments to North Carolina by giving his verbal to the Auburn Tigers. As you can imagine, this unleashed the highest in philosophical and intellectual debate among some Ohio State fans… many of whom are way too emotionally invested in the lives of 16-17 year old boys to be healthy.  One question, though… Would you as a fan rather that the staff pursue in-state kids that are sure to be 100% Buckeye but may not be the caliber of other recruits, or would you rather that they continue to pursue out of state players who may not end up in Columbus but could make a bigger impact? I look forward to your answer in the comments; be sure to show your work.
  • Next Man Out? As if the Edwards news wasn’t discouraging enough, Tuesday’s Canton Repository had the following blurb about one of the other OSU verbals in the 2015 class:

There was a relatively serious altercation involving McKinley quarterback Eric Glover-Williams and another McKinley player during the school day last week at the high school. New McKinley football coach Thom McDaniels declined to comment on the situation, other than to confirm there was an altercation between Glover-Williams and a player who is a senior.

There had been speculation that Glover-Williams had a previous incident in the fall as well, so it’s possible that this could be the issue that costs him his shot at an OSU opportunity.  Eleven Warriors has video of the end of the altercation in question, even though it’s in “crappy cell phone quality” it does serve as an interesting Rorschach test for folks to judge what might be the consequences/outcomes for EGW, both from the school and from Ohio State.  Stay tuned…

Chad Lindsay Is A Buckeye !!

Written April 22nd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Let the “Transfer U” jokes continue, as Ohio State receives a verbal commitment from their third in a month, and the first for the football program.

Former Alabama center Chad Lindsay, a Texas native, has chosen to complete his graduate degree in Columbus and use his final year of eligibility to play for the scarlet and gray.  Having started four games for the Crimson Tide, he’s expected to be an immediate contributor for Coach Warriner this fall.

Lindsay was also considering Oklahoma, Cal, and Michigan; his decision to head to Columbus rather than Ann Arbor has made folks up north a bit conflicted.  As you may remember, Lindsay’s former coach is the new Offensive Coordinator for Coach Brady Hoke… and yet he spurned the Wolverines to join the good guys.

While his initial foray into college football came with some scrutiny, it’s worth noting that the Tide have a tradition of excellent line-play to support their running game.  They also have a tradition of over-signing on National Letter Of Intent Day, so it’s nice that OSU could help them out with that as well.  Win, win.

Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Chad!

One Fan’s Opinion: Offensive Wish List

Written April 22nd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Once again we’re joined by a faithful reader and great Buckeye fan to give us his thoughts on the Ohio State program. Today, Mike checks in with a post spring-practice look at the areas where Ohio State will look find leaders to step up for the 2014 season. See what you think about his look across the offense, and be sure to give him a follow on twitter.

This is what I see the biggest needs are on Offense after the team’s Spring preparations. I will hit on a couple of positions, depth (or lack thereof), and finally I will give you who I think breaks out this year on offense. For the sake of this reflection, I’m not going to address our stable of Running Backs or Tight Ends… Ohio State is an embarrassment of riches at those positions.

Of course, when the fall comes and the rest of the rookies join the program, there may be some changes.

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Offensive Line:

Our true biggest need is replacing 4 starters on the Offensive Line. We know Decker can play and will start at LT, he has gotten stronger and a potential leader that this offense will surely need especially with such young guys needing to step up. Next up, Pat Elflein who will most likely line up next to Decker and start at LG as he has some experience and proved he can play at this level, maybe not elite but better than average. Then you have Jacoby Boren, who I think will be the starting Center day one. I know what everyone is thinking, what about Billy Price? Well I see Billy Price starting at RG and becoming a dominate player of the next couple years. His mean streak and strength is what every Offensive Lineman (or Defensive Lineman for that matter) should have.

I would have loved to see Kyle Dodson be that starting RT, but unless the light comes on by fall camp, I see him as depth right now (which is a shame due to his talent level) which would open the Door for Evan Lisle to step in at RT. I think this RT battle will continue through spring with one of these two guys as the starter. The one wild card here Kyle Trout (He will be a Tackle) who is enrolled early, if he can get the system down after being in the weight program with Mickey Marotti he could be the real sleeper in this Offensive Line group, in my opinion.

With all this being said, we have some nice freshman coming in who will provide some much needed depth. This is my biggest concern on the Offensive side of the ball right now. We need young men to be developed and then they need to “Step-up” and seize the opportunity.

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Around the Diamond: 4/14- 4/20 Recap

Written April 21st, 2014 by Gary Russell II

As Easter wraps up so does another week of Buckeye action on the diamond. On the ladies’ side, the softball team continues to struggle to score and stop their opponents from scoring.  After Tuesday’s game at Wright State was cancelled due to weather, the Buckeyes then traveled Lincoln for a three game set against Nebraska.  Ohio State failed to make it past the 6th inning of any game in losing all three to the Cornhuskers.  The Buckeyes record falls to 20-23 overall and 6-9 in B1G play.

The men continued on their rollercoaster ride of a season as well.  The week started with a loss at West Virginia followed up with loss at home on Wednesday to Ball State.  Murray State then came to town for a three game set in which the Bucks were able to take two of three from the Racers.  Ohio State’s record moves to 23-18 overall while remaining 4-8 in conference play.  Let’s check some of the highlights.

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4/18: OSU 1, Nebraska 14 (5 innings)

Ohio State got out to a quick start by jumping on Nebraska in the top of the first.  With Caitlin Conrad standing on second, Cammi Prantl smashed a double scoring Conrad and putting the Buckeyes on top 1-0.  The Cornhuskers wasted no time answering by smashing 3 hits and scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first.  The damage could have been worse if it weren’t for Kiki Stokes being thrown out at the plate by Keelia Nester. However, Ohio State was not able to build from that momentum failing to score anymore in the game.  Nebraska scored again in the second, third, and fourth innings before finishing off the Buckeyes 14-1 in 5 innings.

4/19: Game One: OSU 0, Nebraska 8 (6 innings)

Nebraska continued their hot hitting by scoring early against the Buckeyes.  The Cornhuskers’ Tatum Edwards led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run.  That was followed up with anothe solo shot by Kylee Muir and an RBI single by Hailey Decker.  The Buckeye deficit was 3-0 before they even knew what hit them.  Ohio State’s only offensive threat came in the fourth but they were unable to score after a a feilder’s choice and a groundout.  The lone highlight for the Bucks came when Taylor Watkins did her best impression of Kenny Lofton and scaled the center field fence robbing Muir of her second homer.  It wasn’t enough as Nebraska drubbed Ohio State 8-0 in the opener.

4/19: Game Two: OSU 0, Nebraska (5 innings)

The day didn’t get any better for Ohio State as the failed to cash in on scoring opportunities in the second and third innings. Taylor Edwards got Nebraska on the board with a one-out solo home run in the third.  Things remained close at 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth.  After failing to cash in on another scoring opportunity in the top half of the inning, the Buckeyes gave up run scoring doubles to Tatum Edwards and Austen Urness in a 7 run game ending inning.

The ladies will be hosting Penn State on Wednesday for a doubleheader.  You can catch both games on the Big Ten Network.

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Weekend Wonderings

Written April 19th, 2014 by Ken

th_chimpWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. I hope that you have a nice, enjoyable Easter weekend and get ample “family” time. So, if you’re reading this on Sunday, I appreciate it, but get back to your family. You can catch this later Sunday or Monday.. Oh, and if you’re visiting, safe travels to you. Regardless, grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner

Study Identifies a Likely Key Driver of Colorectal Cancer Development and Progression

  • New targets are needed for agents that will more effectively treat colorectal cancer.
  • This study identifies a molecule that is probably a key driver of colorectal cancer.
  • The findings strongly suggest that this molecule could be an important therapeutic target and a valuable biomarker of colorectal cancer tumor progression.

A new study identifies a molecule that is a probable driving force in colorectal cancer and suggests that the molecule could be an important target for colorectal cancer treatment and a valuable biomarker of tumor progression.

“We found that miR-135b is up-regulated in both sporadic and inflammatory bowel disease-associated colorectal cancer, and that its up-regulation is associated with tumor stage and poor clinical outcome,” says principal investigator Carlo M. Croce, MD, chair of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, and director of Human Cancer Genetics at Ohio State and the OSUCCC – James.

Some more progress in James-led research. We’ve got to keep ahead of this stuff..

New Emergency Department at The James

The new James/Wexner will have an Emergency Department geared towards  the special conditions experienced by cancer patients.

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Is There A Doctor In The House?

Written April 19th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Short answer- “Of course”.  Longer answer- “Now, more than one”.

We take a brief moment from our mayhem and merriment to publicly congratulate our own Eric on successfully defending his dissertation on Friday night, meaning that he now holds a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics. Yup, he’s certifiably dense.

Given that his advanced degree is from Michigan State (B!1!G!), we’re still trying to determine if his researched was centered on the particular kind of thermodynamics that East Lansing is known for.

On his behalf, I’m also going to give a shout out to Ken. As is usually the case, he was a part of Eric’s process far beyond the call of duty by serving as a reader/reviewer of dissertation. In unrelated news, Ken’s insomnia seems to have been cured. Funny that.

For those of you keeping track at home, that brings the number of PhD’s on staff to two; Eric’s in Physics joins Charles’ in Astronomy.  I guess we can now fully attest that writing here sometimes is rocket surgery.

With one more staffer (cough) starting his own doctoral work in the fall, future roundtables might just be a bit more interesting.

Congrats, Eric… and thanks for using small words so the rest of us can follow along.

OSU Athletic Band Review: Spring Football Game

Written April 18th, 2014 by Charles

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Fans who attended the Ohio State spring football game last weekend were probably not surprised to see a band in attendance, after all, what OSU football game would be complete without a band to play Fight The Team and Hang On Sloopy? However as the game went on, there were many fans who were probably surprised and confused by some of the things that the saw from the band. Was the band wearing red polo shirt and black baseball hats, what happened did TBDBITL get new uniforms? And where was the traditional ramp entrance and what about Script Ohio? Wait, are those woodwinds in the band? The explanation for these questions is tied to the fact that the band at the spring football game wasn’t the Ohio State Marching Band which Buckeye fans are used to seeing in Ohio Stadium in the fall. Rather, it was the Ohio State Athletic Band, the other band on campus that performs at OSU sporting events over the course of the year.

Unlike the marching band which is all brass and percussion and limited to 225 members who must tryout, the athletic band also includes woodwinds and is a non-audition group; in recent years the band that performs at men’s basketball games has required an audition. The lack of audition does not mean that quality is not important to the athletic band; members are very talented and are expected to perform at high levels. The band rehearses twice a week for two hours at a time each semester as well as performing at games most every weekend, leading to a very busy schedule.

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