I am really enjoying where this article takes me from week to week because I have the ability to pretty much say whatever I think about certain topics. At times I have obviously been agitated while writing it and have chosen to leave out Bumblin’ this week. Staying as positive as I can about our Buckeye topics, or Ohio as the case may be. Let’s get rolling with the good!
You have to be happy, as fans with the current state of affairs for all professional sports in Ohio. Yes, the Cavaliers season didn’t end well and left a lot of people wondering if Irving was still gonna be around next season. There are some issues there that some fans feel that only Lebron James can fix. My position with this is he isn’t coming back and if he did, what makes fans think he can do it by himself when he couldn’t do it before. Like I said, more issues than just one player. Thats about as negative as I will be today because there is soooo much good.
We have fans in the great state of Ohio who will support just about any of the teams. The Columbus Blue Jackets single handedly converted thousands of fans to hockey and they appear to be here to stay, finally for those who have been fans from the get go! Those who support the two NFL teams have an opportunity to be excited for whats on the horizon, and the upcoming draft is no different. Both teams have an opportunity to supplement two already pretty decent rosters and the Browns in particular will make a giant leap. The battle for the North may actually take place two times in Ohio this season and only time will tell.
Baseball is in full swing and although neither is leading their division, both teams have fan bases that are more passionate than any other in MLB and would love nothing more than seeing each other in a World Series some day. That won’t happen this year, but it could some day. The fans in Cleveland love the players and really love Terry Francona and what he brings. The Redlegs are in a transition of styles in coaching. Bryan Price hasn’t won over the fans just yet, but it’s pretty clear he has faith in the pitchers he’s helped develop by leaving the ball in their hands, and his aggressive style should take hold as the season moves along.
I will never understand the color choice by those who selected them for the Columbus Crew, but the black and yellow seems to work pretty good for them. The Crew are the leaders of the Eastern Division in MLS and have a good team approaching great. Good coaching and leadership that’s developing young stars will give Columbus more to cheer about later in the season. Soccer has been growing rapidly over the years and they have a very strong fan base- One of the best in all of soccer! Look forward to continued success and a reminder that our friends at 95.5 The Game is the home for Crew broadcasts on radio which was a big get for the young station making noise!
I had a great conversation with followers on twitter this past week about Bradley Roby and his latest trouble. The talk was with regards to how much bad attention his actions actually brought to the team. I love varying opinions because it gives me a chance to see someone else’s perspective and since I am usually wrong(according to my loving wife) it helps right my own ship so to speak.
The largest belief I got from most fans is that any trouble will cause the program grief. Even though I waited until after reading tweets to form my own opinion about it, I can see their point. The Buckeye football fans are gun shy, and rightfully so. All of us have been through quite an ordeal, but it’s being fixed. Closure is coming. It’s being taken care of by a great coach who is probably going to win several titles in Columbus. The beauty of those who think it effects the team, is it’s their opinion and a great one.
With regards to Roby’s situations over the past few years, and there have been a few, the last two I do not believe effected the team in a bad way. Even though he did plead guilty to the charges they finally agreed upon, he was pretty adamant that he was innocent. One thing is for sure with the OVI case, he was only hurting himself and his draft chances. The issue last summer came at a bad time but in the end, the bouncer of the bar was the one who actually had charges filed against him after security video was viewed and Roby was exonerated.
The stumblin part of all of this is our (the fans) need to blame someone for the teams struggles. We went through a situation that made it very easy to blame one individual (T. Pryor) when clearly, several people were responsible. The team has not suffered any penalties, and the university hasn’t been motivated to do any damage control because of Roby or even Baugh, so there’s the reasoning behind my believing the team perception is almost repaired as far as we fans go. Don’t sweat what other believe, they do not matter and the majority of them hate the Buckeyes anyway. What effect does that have on us? Nothing.
Thought I would take a poke at officiating this week!