Monday Musings: Happy Memorial Day

Monday Musings: Happy Memorial Day

Written May 27th, 2013 by Ken

Thank you, all.

Since this is Memorial Day, we’ll go with this stone sculpture. It’s only fitting. Welcome to Monday Musings, glad to see you. Grab your coffee and let’s get to this.


Let’s start with varsity rowing. The No. 3 Ohio State rowing team captured its fourth conference title Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. In a tightly contested championship, the Buckeye first varsity eight clinched the team title for Ohio State after placing first in the final race of the morning to tally 63 points towards the team total and championship record of 160 points and secure a program victory.

Congratulations to Coach Andy Teitelbaum, his staff and your 2013 B1G Conference Champion rowers.

B1G Champions!

B1G Champions!

Men’s Tennis

The #5 ranked men’s tennis team just fell short in the national semifinal match against #1 UCLA, 4-3. The Buckeyes conclude the 2013 season 35-3 overall and Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions. The match, and right to move to the Finals, came down to the #2 match between UCLA’s Marcos Giron and OSU’s Peter Kobelt. UCLA won the game, set & match when Kobelt double-faulted.

I really feel sorry for Kobelt, who, along with his team mates, had played very well all year, then to miss an opportunity due to an unforced error.  It was a great season, one to be proud of. Thank you guys.

Women’s Basketball

Kevin McGuff was busy filling his assistant coaching staff positions, hiring Patrick Klein (former assistant under Jim Foster at OSU) and Joy Cheek who comes to Ohio State from her alma mater, Duke University. So far, so good; I like these hires. Klein has performed well at OSU and provides a thread of continuity for the team. Cheek will be recruiting coordinator. I like what she brings to the organization. Coach McGuff has one more open position to fill.  I like McGuff hitting the ground running and his staff selection skills.


Last week, Charles had a very good article on disrespect and even violence towards game officials by fans and participants. If you need to refresh your memory, go back to re-read the article. It’s worth it, I’ll wait…

Back? Good.. I want to comment on a couple aspects of Charles’ article, the environment and his recommendation. First, these incidents noted are pretty good examples of attitudes of entitlement by players and parents, and a probably equally pathetic example of parents living vicariously though their child’s athletic accomplishments. I’ll address the 2nd point first; folks, (players parents, particularly fathers) this isn’t Glory Days.  Give it up. Your child may or may not be as good as you remember yourself to be. Any athletic accolades, particularly in developmental leagues, are fleeting at best. To the players, kid, you weren’t put on this team, let alone this earth, to have everything shake out as “fair”. Life is not “fair”. Accept what you see as a ‘bad call’ and move on to play the game. Chalk it up as a learning experience.

I played sports all my life and trust me, there were many times as a player and some as a parent where I’d be incensed at what I deemed  as poor, inept officiating. You know what? It didn’t make any difference to the outcome of the game. Neither that game nor the game of life game. These situations were so insignificant in the grand scheme of things. On a side note, as I’ve aged (matured, really) — I don’t get up in arms when I see a “bad” call during a televised game. The view from my sofa is a good bit different from that on the actual field.

I would like to add to Charles’ insight about different vocations, with higher stake outcomes, such as doctors, pilots, first responders, etc. I think, not being too familiar with officiating, admittedly, that doctors and pilots have probably a longer and more stringent training/qualification program. And those professions are more likely to have an elaborate support system (air controllers, nurses, technology, etc.) to assist them. I also agree with Charles’ comment about stopping in here for in-game chats; they are a lot of fun and there is a lot of gold-standard officiating going on. As you’d imagine.

Finally, I think that Charles is right about ‘toning it down’ in the youth through high school levels. At that stage, the officials, coaches and players are still playing for the love of the game. Let’s, as fans and parents, keep it that way.

The James/Wexner

Researchers are interested in exploring how sunlight, sleep and screens (like those on computers and TVs) may affect those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says Dr. L. Eugene Arnold, a child psychiatrist and ADHD expert at the OSU/Wexner Nisonger Center.

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Although ADHD is the most common neuropsychiatric/behavioral disorder of childhood and has been extensively studied in young children, it occurs in all age groups.


On a lighter note, Dr. Michael Caligiuri and Dr. David Schuller are showing several Victoria Secret Angels the still under-construction.

Five Victoria’s Secret Angels got an insider’s view of one of the world’s newest and most innovative cancer hospitals – Ohio State’s new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, opening in 2014 in Columbus. The 21-story, 300+-bed cancer hospital – part of The Ohio State University’s NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center with more than 300 cancer researchers and nearly 150 physician experts — will serve thousands of patients annually from across the nation and around the globe.  Its unique design brings teams of researchers and physicians together with a singular focus – to understand, treat and cure cancer.


Pictured are Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute; Victoria’s Secret Angels, Lily Aldridge, Adriana Lima, Lindsay Ellingson, Erin Heatherton, Karlie Kloss; and David E. Schuller, MD, vice president for medical center expansion and outreach.


When you click the photo above, I assume you’ll be able to figure out the good doctors from their tour guests.

Monday Melody
In addition to coming off a Memorial Day weekend, yesterday is Stevie Nicks’ birthday.  Here from a 2011 concert, when at the edge of 63, she’s performing Edge of Seventeen.  Fair warning; Waddy Wachtel’s three minute guitar intro may turn your brain to hamburger, so plan accordingly.


  1. GregNo Gravatar
    May 28th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Ken – also on the lighter side, but still an important aspect of patient life, the Wexner food management team was designated by Food Management Magazine as Healthcare Innovator of the Year. The excellence of Our Favorite University just keeps building. Here is the link to the article for any foodservice professionals who are interested:


    KenNo Gravatar
    May 28th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for the update and for the link. It’s a very complimentary article on Wexner staff’s forward thinking. Nearly all my career has been in food industry (logistics), so I found this article a great read. I’ve recently had some personal experience involving healthcare, and foodservice, and I’ll likely muse about it next Monday.

    Thanks again for your comment and link.


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