Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: O-H-I-O The <3 Of It All

Written April 25th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

I check in with you this week with only a little about the Buckeyes and it’s not that good.  We’ll also touch base(once again sigh) about fan base actions that disappoint.

I want to throw out a S/O to my good friend Michael Doty Sr. for hitting a grand slam earlier this week with his guest article about offensive needs for the Buckeyes. He told it like it is and said what everybody was thinking, IF Braxton goes down to injury, the Buckeyes are in serious trouble. We better hope it happens early in the conference season. Let’s get started with the really good for this past week.

Rumblin’

I am not a hockey fan in the sense that term is meant. I will support the Columbus Blue Jackets simply because they are a professional sports team in Ohio as I have at some point rooted for all of them at some point in my life because it’s the right thing to do as an Ohio guy. I will be honest and say that I haven’t been a fan of the Browns since Pruitt/Sipe/Rutigliano days and have my own issues being a fan of the Bengals obviously. In football, it’s really difficult to support both of them and as of late, there hasn’t been much of a Browns Bandwagon rolling.

CBJ Fans "We Are The 5th Line"

CBJ Fans “We Are The 5th Line”

Enough about me, let’s discuss what the CBJ have accomplished, and what they’re meaning to the city a lot of us love! The series is tied 2-2 headed to game five in Pittsburgh on Saturday and has been an amazing round of hockey. Every game so far, the losing team was up 3 goals to 1 and wound up losing 4 – 3. CBJ has won their first two playoff games in dramatic fashion and has made two of Pittsburgh’s better players look silly in both. The fans have been remarkable and they have taken it to a whole new level because there is a large seething hatred for anything in Pittsburgh for just about all sports.

Fans from just about every walk of life and team that cannot stand the Penguins or Steelers or Pirates have gotten behind the Blue Jackets for that very reason. They want Pittsburgh to lose. I have enjoyed following the first round and will honesty continue to do so because this team has something a lot of champions in professional sports do. Great leadership and they let the other team know they are there to compete. I look forward to many more games for this team and the great fans that support them. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Is Ready To Battle On

Written April 23rd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Like the rest of Ohio, we’ve got Stanley Cup fever here… we’re on a series of shots and medications, but to be honest, we hope it sticks around for a while.  So, in preparation for tonight’s game, here’s a little something to help you get ready to #BeatPittsburgh.

Gametime

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  • The League- Pretty good week for Buckeyes in the NFL, as Cam Heyward’s 5th year option was picked up by the Steelers.  This comes one day after Terrelle Pryor was traded from the outhouse to the penthouse the Raiders to the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. Rumor across the league were that the 49ers and ‘Hawks were both pursuing Pryor diligently, with Pete Carroll finally winning the day. Good luck in the Emerald City, Terrelle… be sure to pay for your doughnuts, m’kay?
  • Next Men Up- NFL news on Tuesday also included Draft Day invitations… and not to the latest Costner flick. Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier will both be in New York City; here’s hoping that neither win the Brady Quinn Sitting Around By Yourself For A Really Long Time Award.
  • Night Moves- Ohio State added a fourth night game and a third one on the 2014 home slate on Tuesday, when the BTN announced that the intra-state tilt against Ohio’s BCS Team would be under the lights in the ‘Shoe.  There’s still the possibility that the number could grow- the game in East Lansing might just be pushed into prime time if both the Spartans and Buckeyes have the seasons most are projecting.
  • Flippity Flop- Over the weekend, Ohio State “lost” one of their 2015 recruits, as Ben Edwards followed up his “soft verbal” comments to North Carolina by giving his verbal to the Auburn Tigers. As you can imagine, this unleashed the highest in philosophical and intellectual debate among some Ohio State fans… many of whom are way too emotionally invested in the lives of 16-17 year old boys to be healthy.  One question, though… Would you as a fan rather that the staff pursue in-state kids that are sure to be 100% Buckeye but may not be the caliber of other recruits, or would you rather that they continue to pursue out of state players who may not end up in Columbus but could make a bigger impact? I look forward to your answer in the comments; be sure to show your work.
  • Next Man Out? As if the Edwards news wasn’t discouraging enough, Tuesday’s Canton Repository had the following blurb about one of the other OSU verbals in the 2015 class:

There was a relatively serious altercation involving McKinley quarterback Eric Glover-Williams and another McKinley player during the school day last week at the high school. New McKinley football coach Thom McDaniels declined to comment on the situation, other than to confirm there was an altercation between Glover-Williams and a player who is a senior.

There had been speculation that Glover-Williams had a previous incident in the fall as well, so it’s possible that this could be the issue that costs him his shot at an OSU opportunity.  Eleven Warriors has video of the end of the altercation in question, even though it’s in “crappy cell phone quality” it does serve as an interesting Rorschach test for folks to judge what might be the consequences/outcomes for EGW, both from the school and from Ohio State.  Stay tuned…

WNR Special Edition: CBJ in the NHL Playoffs, round 1

Written April 15th, 2014 by Jason

For the first time since 2008, and only the second time in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The postseason birth was clinched last Wednesday as a result of a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Saturday nights season ending win over the Florida Panthers cinched up the 7 seed and top wild card spot. The Jackets now travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins for game 1 of the 7 game series starting tomorrow night at 7:30. WebRenew_Playoffs_400x255

If there were ever a time to get on the CBJ bandwagon it is now. And if you’re on the fence and you’re a Cleveland and Cincinnati sports fan, well I have two words for you: Playoffs and Pittsburgh. If that doesn’t get the adrenaline flowing you may not have a pulse. I want to beat Pittsburgh in everything from football to hockey to marbles.

The Jackets come into the series on a wave of momentum going 4-1 over a five game stretch in a mere 7 days. That’s like the Bengals or the Browns playing on Monday night, two nights later on Thursday night and then again on Sunday and winning 2 of the 3.

I’ve professed my new-found love for hockey by making sure to preface it with the fact that I still don’t really understand what I’m watching. Though the picture is getting a little clearer, for example it’s becoming easier to pick up on sets they are running and seeing plays develop, it’s still all so new. Read More

Sunday Bullet Points

Written March 23rd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

How ’bout a little weekend “catch up” of all the news and notes? Since it’s a Sunday, we’ve got to choose our soundtrack wisely- something sacred, perhaps.

Hallowed Ground

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  • Prendere i miei talenti a- A thousand apologies to those loyal readers who actually speak Italian; that’s what Google Translate gave me as a lead in for the Floppy Haired Mayhem’s exodus from Columbus and a return to Italy for a pro hoops career. Announced via his twitter account on Saturday and confirmed by the University, Amadeo Della Valle will be a professional basketball player sooner than later, and is reportedly going to make pretty good cash while the rest of this year’s college players are still waiting for their names to be called on draft day. Look, I’ve heard of celebrities swearing they’d leave the United States if their candidate didn’t win the presidency, but this is the first time that I’m aware of an actual candidate choosing to make the same commitment.  Best wishes and happy shooting, Amadeo!
  • Let’s Just Hope- Jim Tressel doesn’t take the same route should his presidential campaign not be successful.
  • Ross Next? According to insiders, LaQuinton Ross will be meeting with Thad Matta on Monday to let him know that he will also be leaving Ohio State early. This had always been the plan, particularly given the additional responsibilities and family commitments that “Q” has; it’s just a shame that he didn’t have that huge season to help his draft stock.
  • Champion, Times Three- Ohio State’s Logan Steiber won his third consecutive NCAA title on Saturday, becoming the first Buckeye to do so in wrestling. He did so one weight class above his prior two; it’ll be interesting to see where he chooses to compete for his senior season.
  • Mat Men- Senior Nick Heflin finished as a national runner up in OKC, after losing points due to a controversial stalling call AND missing takedown points at the end of the match by hundreths of a second.  A great career, Nick- best wishes for the next part of your journey!
  • Buckeye Bridesmaids- After beating #1 seed Minnesota earlier, Ohio State’s men’s hockey team faced Wisconsin for the inaugural B1G Championship title. While they dominated for most of the game, the Buckeyes gave up two quick goals late in the third and lost 5-4 in overtime. This concludes their season, but not hopes for the program, which made huge strides as the year progressed.
  • In Thawed Ice- The OSU synchronized swimming team also finished second at nationals on Saturday… eleven places ahead of Michigan.
  • Getting Defensive- Over in the WHAC, the defense “won” Saturday’s spring scrimmage and then had the honor of hearing from some true heroes.
  • Speedy Recovery- Sounds as if Jalin Marshall’s surgery on Friday went smoothly… looking forward to seeing him in action this July.
  • This Week In Make Believe Stories- If you read this article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, you might catch the following quote from Coach Urban Meyer,

Why should Georgia’s elite 2015 prospects consider Ohio State? “You get a premium education with the opportunity to go compete for a national championship in a large city that really has no professional sports team. There’s a lot to be offered up here.”

So, of course folks decided to make this statement a slight against the Crew and BlueJackets… because, Bianchi.  At any rate, we remind you of this:

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On Friday night the National Hockey League finished up it’s slate of games and shut down for the Olympics. For the next 15 days the league will be closed while it’s stars are in Sochi competing for medals in the Olympic world hockey tournament. I thought this would be as good a time as any to tell you that I gave hockey a shot a shot and you should too. More specifically, I gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a shot.join-the-battle-cbj

My goal tonight is to tell you of my experience and why I think you’ll love the Columbus Blue Jackets if you are willing to give it a shot. And hopefully tonight’s Rumble helps you decide in favor of checking them out when the Olympic break is over. Read More

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