One down, one to go.
Mr. Pace was born in Sandusky, OH, where he was a two-sport athlete at Sandusky High School. He was named to the Parade magazine high school All-America team as an offensive lineman and the USA Today All-America team as a defensive lineman. Not satisfied with being a ‘one-sport wonder’, Pace was also named 2nd team all-Ohio his junior season, averaging 18 points, while playing center. Talk about a post presence.
You think I’m kidding? Watch this. (Warning: Commentary of Brent Musberger and Dick Vermeil).
Ohio State University
Orlando anchored, in every sense of the word, The Ohio State University offensive line from ’93 -’96. Considering the number of talented players that have come through Columbus, that is exceptional (more later). To be honest, I’ll use bullet-points from OSU athletics site, because Orlando’s accomplishments are just too many and too great. Here they are: Read More
This is not too shabby:
(Unless it’s a prequel to a horrible uniform announcement, that is)
UPDATE: From the twitters-
@BCastOZone: Russ Hoeflich from OSU video dept made this for Nike, it is his production, not something Nike made!
Welcome to another Monday Musings episode, I’m glad that you stopped in. Grab your beverage of choice and let’s get to this.
A Bit of Context
This past Saturday marked the 43rd anniversary of one of the more horrific events in war/policy protest, free speech exercises, 1st Amendment type of stuff. May 4th 1970 was a sobering, tragic day at Kent State University; the day of the Kent State Shootings when 4 students were killed and nine injured. May 1970 was spring of my freshman year at Muskingum, which is just less than two hours south of KSU.
The period of late 60’s/early 70’s was a turbulent period; really the first that I can remember of an “us vs. them” mentality. Somehow the fact that we were all Americans escaped a lot of people. As a nation, we’ve seen much worse, and managed to work our way through it. There is currently divisiveness in various political/social topics. Frankly, the “us vs. them” mindset is a false dichotomy. My father had a saying that’s appropriate here; “folks are the same as people”. Indeed. So my advice is to relax, we’ll get through this.
5/1 – Ohio State swept Northern Kentucky on Wednesday by scores of 9-8 and 6-5. Joe Ciamacco & Aaron Gretz each had three hits for the Buckeyes in game one while pitcher Greg Greve improved his record to 3-0 for the season. In game 2, Greve earned a second win to improve to 4-0 on the season while teammates Ciamacco, Pat Porter, and Jacob Bosiokovic each had two hits.
5/4 – Ohio State dropped its series’ opener at Northwestern on Saturday 8-0. Ryan Cypret & Jacob Bosiokovic each had hits for the Bucks.
4/28 – Ohio State tied for fourth at the Big Ten Championships last weekend with a total of 38-over 1190 after four rounds. Illinois won the team title with an 11-over 1163. Buckeye sophomore Boo Timko finished fourth overall with a 3-over 291. His fourth-place finish earned him a spot on the All-Big Ten Championship team. Read More
Since moving to Australia last year I have grown used to talking with people who do not understand many aspects of America. Things like US politics, our view on guns, our appreciation of good Mexican food, etc… seem to baffle many Australians. This lack of understanding continues to sports and one of the things that many Australians seem to have a hard time understanding about Americans sports, other than our realization that cricket is boring, is our love affair with college sports. It’s not that Australians do not understand or appreciate American sports, the NFL, NBA, and MLB all have decent followings over here; NFL and MLB games are on free television here at least once a week and you can find NBA jerseys in many sporting goods stores here. This interest in American sports does not extend to the college ranks though and many Australians cannot understand the passions that Americans have for college sports and the amount of money that is involved in them.
A big reason why Australians do not understand the love of college sports is that students here have a very different relationship with the university they attend than students do in the States. The obvious difference is that college sports do not exist here but it goes even beyond that. When most Americans go to university they live in the dorms for at least a year and then move to an apartment, normally near campus. This means that most American students spend a major portion of even their non-class time on or near campus. It is a very different story in Australia where dorms are pretty much non-existent, the small amount of on campus housing that exists is mostly in the form of residential colleges which function as a sort of academic fraternity in many ways, and a large percentage of students live at home due to the high cost of housing. This means that students here tend to spend far less of their non-class time on campus.
A couple newsworthy items regarding The James this week. First, a notice that The James will again be offering free skin cancer screenings on Monday May 5th. The 2nd item is an update on breast cancer research.
JAMES CANCER HOSPITAL TO OFFER FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James) and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s division of dermatology will offer free skin cancer screenings from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday (May 6th), on the fourth floor of Ohio State’s Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Tower Building, 2050 Kenny Road.
People who have any of the following symptoms should schedule a screening appointment: moles that are changing in color, size or shape, new skin growths, skin lesions that are painful, itchy or bleeding, or skin sores that will not heal. To register for an appointment, call The James Line at 614-293-5066 or 800-293-5066. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Free parking is available in the attached surface lots.
.. not so much, but I’ve a few thoughts on this year’s NFL Draft and, to me, the relative paucity of Buckeyes chosen. The pre-draft chatter regarding Buckeyes indicated that there likely were not many going to be drafted and those who were, not going very high. Let’s start with the draftees.
Who Got Drafted?
This section won’t take too long to cover, since there were only three Bucks drafted.
Jonathan Hankins New York Giants 2nd round
A good pick for the Giants. They need help in defending the run, and Big Hank should provide it. You can be sure that Coach Tom Coughlin will demand high effort from Hank. A year under Urban may help with this transition.
John Simon Baltimore Ravens 4th round
The Ravens need help at LB, so Simon should get a legitimate opportunity to make the team and see playing time. I see this as a good match between a hard-nosed player and a hard-nosed organization.
Reid Fragel Cincinnati Bengals 7th round
I was hoping to see Fragel go higher, but glad that the Bengals took a flyer on Reid’s potential. I’m going to be interested to see his development. [Note to opposing coaches: when Bengals are in goal-line situation and Fragel checks in as eligible receiver, you need to pay attention to him.
The Leaders and the Legends will sing their swan song in 2013. The NFL draft has come and gone: Where did the Buckeyes end up? How stupid or smart were the Cleveland Browns? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
Don’t go away mad, just go away…
“It’s good for the fans, it’s good for the players. It strengthens our schedule from the perspective of the postseason and binds the conference together in a powerful way.”
And with those Jim Delaney comments, the Big Ten has realigned for the 2014 season. The first year to include Maryland and Rutgers will also include the newly realigned Big Ten East and Big Ten West.
Let me say it, Hallelujah!
Last week I mentioned in Quick Hitters that the BCS had tapped the strongest of their think tanks to come up with the name of the college football playoff and appropriately named it The College Football Playoff. Kudos to Delaney, Gene Smith and the guy who ruined Domino’s Pizza (can you really ruin something already terrible?) and is now AD at TTUN for bringing in some world class nerds to do major research and realize that the fans of the Big Ten were almost unanimously in favor of one thing: Michigan sucks. What I meant to say is they were in favor of the divisions being called anything other than Leader and Legends and preferred a more simple approach like North/South or East/West. Thanks to Jim Delaney and those crazy eyebrows for finally giving the people what they want.
Side note: I remember being in favor of Lakes and Plains over what they chose.
The Buckeyes are in the East division with Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers and TTUN.
Meanwhile the West will be home to Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota. Read More