Welcome to Monday Musings, glad that you decided to stop in. Grab your beverage of choice and let’s get to this. If it’s early enough in the day, coffee will suffice. If the sun is over the yardarm, I’ll trust you can handle it from there.
This week’s photo pays homage to Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” references from last week. We’re often multi-dimensional here, even if it’s by accident.
I have a couple of items regarding the James/Wexner this week. The first one is an update on the new facility construction, with a good interview with Dr. David Schuller. The feature was prepared by Channel 4. Th folks doing the segment are justifiably proud of the investment in Ohio State, the medical community and the Columbus area. We all should be.
The next items is a heads up about an upcoming fundraiser in the Columbus area, “Steps for Sarcoma”, a 5K/1 mile event. This is the 4th year for the event, and through the 1st three years, $66,000 has been raised for research, $37,000 last year alone.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Orthopaedic Sarcoma Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Sarcomas represent a family of rare cancers that originate in the connective tissues, which includes fat, muscle, bone, cartilage, nerve, fibrous tissue, and blood vessels.
As you can see, sarcoma is one of the nastier cancers around. And, as you can see by the fundraising momentum, the Columbus community has been stepping up and Paying It Forward. Well done, folks, thank you.
Things were kind of ‘doldrum-ish’ while we bided our time until game week. So, I’m sure influenced by some good basketball news from the women’s and men’s OSU programs, and some offbeat Twitter notification (see, I warned you guys about social media, but nooo), our staff at tBBC, or some of us, got into a lively and spirited email exchange about LeBron James; his time with the Cavs, the circumstances around his departure, the Miami Heat, etc., etc.
It started when one of the writers expressed his disdain for LBJ, yet would welcome him back. At that point, with the chain of emails unfolding, hilarity ensued. Actually, it was one of the funniest, perhaps if not intentionally, exchanges I’ve seen. To everyone that took part, a job well done. It was a fun afternoon.
So, you may or may not be asking, what’s my takeaway on the whole in-house discussion? Well, since you may, or may not have asked that, I have two conclusions. First, it’s never a good idea to get into a discussion to make a point when emotions are inflamed. Logic tends to go by the wayside. Second, there seems to still be a lot of touchy, bitter fans regarding the whole ‘LeBron affaire’. I’m glad that I didn’t have the temerity to bring up the “Art Modell=>Browns=>Baltimore” transaction.
Another Favorite Cavalier
Which, long story, brings us to one of the good guys who played for the Cav’s, and had three season’s (’05-’07) in Cleveland, Donyell Marshall. Although Donyell was a star at University of Connecticut (a member of UConn’s All-Century Team and is a Huskies of Honor member), his NBA career was literally as a journeyman. His time with the Cav’s represented his 6th of 8 NBA teams. Although not a star, Donyell did average over 11 points and over 6 rebounds per game over 15 seasons, so he was a guy you’d want coming off the bench.
Donyell has recently been named an Assistant Coach at Rider University. One other thing of note; Donyell’s great uncle is former Colt running back Lenny Moore. Congratulations to Donyell on his appointment and best of luck to him.
This week, we’re going to touch base with one of my favorite groups, the old cosmic rockers, The Moody Blues. I’ll ease you into it with Voices in the Sky, first recorded in 1968.