Weekend Wonderings

Written July 13th, 2014 by Ken

weekendwonderingsWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  I hope that everyone  enjoyed their 4th of July celebrations and promptly got back to being productive at work on Monday. As always, grab your beverage of choice and let’s proceed. Of course, joining us this morning will be Maroon 5.

The James/Wexner:

Happy Birthday - This past week marked the 24th “birthday” of The James.  Congratulations!

Here is a link, in case you need it. Hopefully you don’t, but here it is. It’s a notification and registration for a webinar for non-small cell lung cancer treatment. The speakers are Gregory Otterson and Tracy Ruegg of The James. Webinar dates are July 24th and August 16th.

Don’t forget, Pelotonia is coming up next month. Here is a list of four studies supported by Pelotonia. We recently completed a successful Ride for Roswell in Buffalo. Now, it’s your turn Columbus.

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Welcome Home, LeBron James!

Written July 12th, 2014 by Jeff

The King is back – where he belongs, in Northeast Ohio.

Friday afternoon’s announcement that LeBron James was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers was Earth-shattering, but it really should not have come as a surprise.  In fact, the only reason it was a shock was because of the inept and biased reporting at ESPN, which did everything in its’ power to belittle the Cleveland franchise.  Every piece of evidence that LeBron wanted to return to the Cavs was met with an avalanche of attacks.

This, coupled with the “we’re used to crushing disappointment” attitude that we Clevelanders have grown accustomed to, were the biggest reasons that doubt crept in as The Decision 2.0 was being made.

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Silver Bullet Points: Midsummer Dreams Edition

Written July 9th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Thanks for popping by on a Wednesday morning, even if the news for today probably won’t be as exciting as it was seven days ago. Thanks, too, for your patience with the website this week… the people responsible for the tech glitches have been appropriately dealt with. Given our lead bullet point today, here’s your Wednesday Musical Distraction.

We’re Watching…

Buckeye 411

  • Hey y’all… Watch This! It’s “pre-season watch list” time again, and the Ohio State squadron is pretty well represented as you might imagine. Braxton Miller returns to the Maxwell Award list for the best player in the nation, while tight end Jeff Heuerman finds himself on the Mackey Award list for the best player at that position. Wrapping up the offensive, Dontre Wilson is on the list for the Paul Hornung award, given to the most versatile player in the country. A pair of Buckeyes anchor the Bednarik Award watch list for the best defender in America- that both Joey Bosa and Michael Bennett are on there says quite a bit about the state of the Buckeye front. UPDATE: You can add our favorite Aussie punter to the “list list”, as he’s a candidate for the Lou Groza award. Hopefully he’ll get zero chances to earn it this year.
  • Getting Freaky- Bosa’s on there due to his excellent play as a first year student, but he made another list due to his amazing athletic ability.
  • Redemption- We talked a few weeks ago about how Buckeye fans should respond when there favorite players end up on their least favorite pro franchises, and used Ryan Shazier’s tenure with the Steelers as a prime example. If you needed another reason to pull for Mr. Shazier, how about the fact that he’s taking the roster spot and jersey number of a former Wolverine who’s not real excited about those turn of events?
  • Cost Of Attendance, Yay! So sayeth our favorite athletic director… who also highlights my passion that student athletes should be allowed to complete at least one degree if they’ve been a part of revenue production for the University.
  • I Demand A Recount- Ohio Stadium finished second to LSU’s “Death Valley” in a recent survey… which was supposed to assess “Best Stadium”, but seemed to be more about “Best Gameday Experience”, given the parameters outlined by the Athlon staff. Speaking of surveys, this one is total crap.
  • Wanna’ See For Yourself? Single game tickets go on sale on Thursday… and my grandmother is convinced that those game tickets are sure to find that special someone someday.
  • Let There Be Lights! If you get tix for one of the night games this season, you’ll get to enjoy the new luminescence. I’m glad this is finally happening; we can’t always rely on God to drop a beam of light onto his favorite team.
  • A Bit Late- but happy anniversary to Coach Meyer and Shelley!
  • Cover Your Opening- With Oregon Nike doing their annual “It’s not creepy to fawn over high school kids, no not at all. Nope.” event in Beaverton this week, you can bet your bippy that the Buckeyes are well represented (and recruiting others to join the #Elite15). Even though yours truly has connections in Oregon, my schedule this year kept me from traveling north… so I’d strongly advise you to follow longtime Buckeye Brother Jeremy Birmingham, who’s on site and covering the gig for Eleven Warriors. From the sounds of it Hilliard, Cornell, and Tyler Green are all in the ears of Damien Harris (RB), Van Jefferson, Torrance Gibson, and Josh Sweat. Two or three of those fellers would be ice cream on top of the icing on the cake.
  • As If That Weren’t Enough- Sounds like there’s at least one other Buckeye at the Opening preaching the gospel of Scarlet and Gray as well-

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Weekend Wonderings

Written July 6th, 2014 by Ken

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  I hope that everyone has enjoyed their 4th of July celebrations and are finding relaxing family time this weekend. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner:

Obviously, a cancer patient goes through numerous and profound physical and emotional changes during treatment. Here is a list of several physical changes to expect.

Here is a great pic of the new James Hospital framed by a rainbow.

Finally, here is a brief video introducing the BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Unit at the new James.

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Happy 4th of July from tBBC

Written July 4th, 2014 by Charles

482-4th-of-julyOn behalf of the entire tBBC family, I would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July.  This is my third straight 4th that I have spent outside of the United States and my views on the holiday have definitely changed over that time.  Growing up I always enjoyed the 4th, it was a fun holiday that meant spending time outdoors, bbqs, watching a Capital Fourth and fireworks, and when I got older, having a few beers with Dad.  While all of this was enjoyable, I wouldn’t really say that the holiday had a lot of special meaning to me.  I loved America but the 4th of July always seemed more about having a day off work and enjoying yourself than anything.

I think some of the reason that the 4th of July didn’t have a special meaning to me was that I was sort of spoiled and took living in the USA for granted.  When one is always living in a place, it is easy to overlook what makes it great, especially when you don’t have a lot of experiences to compare to.  Living in Australia for just over two years now has been an eye opening experience for me in many ways as it has made me see myself and the US in a different light.  I definitely see America’s faults more clearly now; yes, we have them and more of them than we would like to admit but I’m not going to get into those as that is way off topic for this blog and beside the point.  However, despite all of its faults, I also see what makes America great far more clearly than I ever did before.  A few months ago I was talking with some people at work about how much of a pain it is that American citizens living abroad still have to file US taxes even if they aren’t earning any money in the US or living there, something that citizens of most other countries don’t have to deal with, and how the various US tax laws restrict my ability to travel back to the US unless I want to get taxed by two different countries on my Australian income.  One of the postdocs that I was talking to pointed out that I could get out of that by becoming a citizen of another country and giving up my US citizenship; he then asked if I would do that if I got a permanent job in Australia and became a citizen here.  I was rather surprised by the question as the thought had never crossed my mind but I didn’t hesitate in saying no, I wouldn’t give up my American citizenship.  The other postdoc was rather surprised by this, he is Canadian and said that if he was in my situation, he would give up his citizenship in order to avoid the annoying tax issues.  The Australians that were with us all agreed with him and despite my attempts to explain my reasoning, I couldn’t really get any of them to understand why being an American was so important to me.  Its not that these people weren’t proud of their country but there was just something different about how I felt about the US.

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Silver Bullet Points Provide Distraction

Written July 2nd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Look, I know that today’s SBP is the girl that you’re dancing with while you’re looking around the club for that special someone else.  I can live with that, and assure you that the news you’re refreshing your computer for will be here around… say… 10:00 or so. In the meantime this is stuck in my head (thanks Jason), so let it wash over you until you find your next dance partner.

Oooo! Shiny!!!

Buckeye 411

  • Hoops News- Well, after getting shut out in the NBA Draft, it’s great to hear that Craft and Ross have found great landing spots. Senor Swoon will start the summer playing for the 76er franchise in Orlando’s Summer league, and will have pretty good company. “Q” is headed my direction to play with the Lakers during the summer season, and we’ve even heard that DeShaun will be getting another look with the Spurs program during this evaluation time.
  • Recruiting News- Later today we’ll find out the futures of Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell, with Benedictine’s Jerome Baker to announce next week.  If that weren’t big enough, the Buckeyes could grab a verbal of the shooty hoops variety as well… stay tuned.
  • Boys Will Be Boys- Wherever Cornell and Hilliard end up, they’ll probably spend a lot of time talking about where they are now.  Because… sure.
  • Women’s News- The B1G will be kicking off it’s first women’s lacross season this coming year, and the Buckeyes are expected to be in the thick of things from day one.
  • Ticket News- Ohio State actually has some extra seats this year, and will be selling them starting next week.  If you’d like to gift those to any of your favorite tBBC writers, you know, with airfare and so forth…. that might be awesome. You know where they won’t be selling? Groupon.
  • B1G Air- With the newbies a part of the conference now, the mascots have taken over the DC Area and the Big Apple.  While it will be a minute or two until the basketball tournament will make it to Madison Square Garden, Brutus decided to show the rest of the folks what to eventually expect:

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Weekend Wonderings

Written June 29th, 2014 by Ken

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Here we are, end of June, which means we are getting closer to football season. If your appetite needs whetting, you can check out Patrick’s weekly season opponent preview series.  Since your appetite is now properly whetted, grab whatever beverage that you need, appropriate for time of day of course,  and let’s proceed.

We have a little something regarding The James, some baseball and our Sunday Song. Of course, accompanied by our article soundtrack from Maroon 5.

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OSUMB_logo2-300x280Summer is normally a slow time for Ohio State sports outside of recruiting. All of the spring sports are done and none of the fall sports have started practice yet, meaning that outside of recruiting there is little in the way of news. That isn’t true for all things connected to OSU athletics though as the past week has been anything but quiet for the Ohio State University Marching Band.
Summer Sessions
As I have previously detailed, the tryout process for the OSUMB is very demanding and highly competitive and prospective band members start preparing for tryouts well in advance. Prospective band members will spend the summer practicing their marching and playing, memorizing school songs, and hitting the gym to get in shape. In addition to their individual work, many prospective members will also attend Summer Sessions.
Summer sessions are optional practice sessions held at the band’s practice field where prospective band members practice and learn the OSUMB marching fundamentals that they will be evaluated on at tryouts. Summer Sessions are normally held every Tuesday and Thursday night during the summer, starting near the beginning of June, with occasional extra sessions occurring on other days; a full calendar of this year’s Summer Sessions can be found here. Summer Sessions start at 5:30 pm for percussionists and 6:30 pm for everyone else and goes until 9:00 pm. Squad leaders and experienced members of last year’s band lead the sessions, teaching new people the basic fundamentals and helping everyone to improve and polish their marching and playing. While primarily designed to teach the fundamentals to new people, lots of members of the previous year’s band will attend the sessions in order to polish their skills; during my time I would say that the majority of members from the previous year would come back.

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