Braxton_Miller_vs_Michigan,_November_2013_(cropped)The quarterback: Who’s going to play it? How will he do? Can he be dependable? The questions involved make it easily the most polarizing position in all of sports. We’re constantly comparing the current to the old, the “in their prime” moments of one to another.

For Ohio’s major college program and two professional outfits, the quarterback discussion is all over the map. What role will backups play, who will start, the questions abound. How about we take a quick dip into the Bengals, Buckeyes and Browns signal callers heading into the 2014 season? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Buckeyes

There is no question that Braxton Miller is the undisputed starter heading into 2014. His backup? Well that’s another story.

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WNR Special Edition: Homecoming

Written March 17th, 2014 by Jason

There was a time when as kids when we would meet outside for pickup basketball or football games. Sometimes games would run long and have to be continued the next day after school. During those epic battles for neighborhood superiority, we all envisioned being our heroes from the professional or college ranks. And typically those players would fall into one of several categories: They came from the team your family passed on to you or they played for the local city/university.

Donte Whitner is finally home

Donte Whitner is finally home

For me, being 10 or 11 years old on “the field” out behind our house in the Youngstown suburb of Struthers, I wanted to be Bernie Kosar. Not only did he play for my local-inherited team the Cleveland Browns but he was specifically local in that he went to high school at Boardman, the next town over. I still remember driving with my parents down Mathews Road by Zedakers Horse Farm and seeing the newly installed sign that read “Welcome to Boardman: A nice place to call home, Hometown of Bernie Kosar”. The legend grew.  Read More

Weekend Wonderings

Written October 6th, 2013 by Ken

thinkerWelcome to the latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon and let’s carry on. This will provide a nice break from lawn work for you.

The James/Wexner

As mentioned last couple of weeks, there is more effort given to MicroRNA in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. We’re at it again, with what I think is a great announcement; Ohio State is partnering with Micro Bio, Inc. This partnership licenses nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents.

 The Ohio State University today announced the signing of an exclusive world-wide agreement with Microlin Bio Inc., licensing a large portfolio of Ohio State’s groundbreaking cancer discoveries. The portfolio includes nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents that could lead to entirely new, more effective and more targeted ways to diagnose and treat prostate, ovarian, colon and lung cancers. Additionally, Microlin Bio Inc. has licensed a novel nucleic acid delivery technology to deliver these transformational therapies to cancer cells.

I’m actually glad to see the commercialization of OSU’s research. This arrangement gets the patent information into the hands of an entity that can, hopefully, take this work and “bring it to market” where the OSU results can be use for diagnosis and treatment. Similarly, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in Buffalo has licensed/spun off various research into commercial endeavors to get their research to market. Ohio State will also have an equity position in Microlin Bio Inc.

“Our goal is to support the researchers at Ohio State in the commercialization process,” says Erin Bender, associate director of Ohio State’s Technology Commercialization Office, whose team worked on the license deal. “We believe that the licensing of these technologies will transform the care of cancer patients in Ohio and throughout the world.”

I think it is interesting that OSU will take an equity position in this venture. I’m speculating, since I don’t know the deal details, but it seems that OSU, in addition to receiving financial licensing benefits,  will have a significant say in the development of their work. I like this business model. It’ll be good for OSU and it will be good for the medical community.

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Wednesday’s Rumble: E. Gordon Gone

Written June 5th, 2013 by Jason

Good morning/afternoon/evening/whenever you are reading this! We are yet another week closer to the start of fall camp and finally having actual football to talk about. However, for now, the dead period rolls on. One of the things we’ve discussed is the importance of Ohio State football players keeping themselves out of the news during the dead period. Someone forgot to mention that idea to the schools president. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

E. Moron Gee

E. Gordon Gee was the bow tie wearing “hipster” president at Ohio State. Certainly you’ve all seen him at one time or another and I’d bet most of you instantly cringe at the first letter of his name being pronounced. He’s been a maverick. He’s gone to other schools around the country and done some great work. He’s done some great work at Ohio State. But, it was time for him to go. And yesterday, he did the right thing for The Ohio State University and announced his retirement effective July 1st.

Make it stop

Make it stop

During a meeting on December 5th, 2012 with the Ohio State Athletic council, Gordo let a few huge bombs slip. What he didn’t know was that someone was recording it and sent it to Sports Illustrated.

Gee on Notre Dame: “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.”

When talking about what the Big Ten was looking for in a school during expansion Gee said the top goal is to “make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won’t see us adding Louisville.” Gee went on to add that the Big Ten wouldn’t be adding Kentucky, either. Read More

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