Well, not really- it’s still sunny and eighty degrees here in California. But our Ohio (and TSUN and Buffalo) readers certainly could use a break from all of the snow and ice, and might enjoy a trip to some warmer climes. So, perhaps we can celebrate Ohio State’s break with a soundtrack that will encourage and enlighten your Winter Wednesday.
Well, as you can imagine, it’s not all “rainbows and lollipops” in cancer research..
A drug that doctors were hoping would extend the lives of those with the most-common type of adult brain cancer has shown no benefit in a large study.
Researchers compared Avastin — generically called bevacizumab — to a placebo in more than 600 patients with glioblastoma and found similar survival rates. Worsened quality of life and a decline in cognitive function were more common in the group that received the drug…
The results point to a need to better understand how to personalize care for brain-cancer patients and figure out which ones — based on genetics and other factors — might respond best to which drugs, said Dr. Arnab Chakravarti, who had a leading role in the study and is chairman of radiation oncology at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes too often, and why clinical trials are so critical to cancer care. As Dr Chakravarti states, it also highlights the need for a ‘personalized’ treatment protocol.
On the brighter side, The James has developed into a “destination” location for top cancer researchers this past decade.
“We’ve become a talent magnet,” he adds. “Cancer experts from all over the country are flocking here to be part of a world-class cancer-fighting team. If you talk to the physicians who are here now, they’ll tell you that this is one of the best places in the country and in the world.
“It’s one of the jewels in the crown of cancer care and cancer research.”
Click on the link to see the article and see the short video with Dr Michael Caligiuri. (Dr. Caligiuri is from Buffalo.. just thought that I’d throw that in. You’re welcome..) Read More
Over the weekend, we had another incident. No, not with a Buckeye, but with our culture itself.
If you haven’t heard or seen the reports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with domestic assault of his fiance, Janay Palmer. Palmer was also arrested for the altercation and reports are still emerging, but it appears to be a violent episode. There’s footage of Rice trying to drag her unconscious body from the elevator (presumably to the couple’s room).
There’s no argument to be made here that this type of violence is unique to athletes, but the most highly-publicized cases of it seem to come from sports figures. It should go without saying that something needs to be done to stem the tide.
Over the summer, Ohio State fans were witness to a series of events that threatened to shake up the Buckeyes’ roster when top running back Carlos Hyde was accused of assaulting a woman at a bar. Video footage supported the accusation of assault, but also laid the groundwork for a legal defense for Hyde (i.e. it appeared as if the female in question may have struck him first).
Let’s get this clear right away – there may be a legal defense that will prevent a conviction, but there is no excuse for assaulting a woman. None.
Hyde was never charged for his actions that evening, but Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer took a stand. Hyde was suspended for three games (and sat for most of the fourth game, tallying only five carries).
2013 was supposed to be Hyde’s big year, a potential Heisman ballot and a first-round draft pick were on the line. Missing 1/4 of the season ended those hopes, and Hyde showed remorse following the Northwestern game (week 6). Read More
And so, we draw closer to another season in Ohio Stadium. Senior Day is always special, but this one even more so… and there’s more work yet to be done. Aw, heck… I’m getting all choked up just thinking about it. Here, listen to the soundtrack and enjoy your Thursday.
Week 7 has come and gone in the NFL and 3 former Buckeyes continued their stellar seasons.
For the second week in a row, former All American kicker Mike Nugent kicked the game winning FG as the Benglas beat the Lions 27-24.
AJ Hawk showed another strong week as the Pack destroyed the Browns 31-13. Hawk has shined with most of the starting LB’s hurt for Green Bay. Hawk registered 12 tackles in the win.
Joining this trio of former stars was James Laurinatis. The Rams haven’t found the team success as the aformentioned, but James is turning in a great season. Laurinatis had 11 tackles in the Rams 30-15 loss to the Panthers. Laurinatis’s former teammate, Ted Ginn had 2 catches for 34 yards in the win.
Other Buckeyes that shone in week 7 were:
Be sure to stop back next week to catch up on all the former Buckeyes in the NFL. We’ll take a look at all the Bucks and their stats at the mid way point of the NFL season.
Tony Gerdeman started things off wondering why the narrative against Ohio State’s strength of schedule had started so early, particularly when that wasn’t the case for other schools in the past. Hell, ESPN created the “Let Boise State Play!” narrative to counter the BCS “bad guys”, and now they seem to be denigrating a team on an 18 game winning streak.
Gerd points out something that Ramzy Nasrallah highlights as well- the Buckeyes are damned if they do and damned if they don’t- Beating Wisconsin/Northwestern soundly makes the conference look bad, winning close games makes Ohio State look bad. Nice of our old friend confirmation bias to show up before the holiday season.
Ramzy goes on to point out that paying attention to things outside of Ohio State’s ability to control is pointless, and that fans should enjoy every moment as they follow their team. What people outside of the program think is not only beyond your ability to adapt, it also shouldn’t matter.
As the 2013 football Buckeyes headed into their bye week, they Bucks of the past did their best to make the scarlet and gray proud on Sunday.
That group of former Bucks was no doubt led once again by Terrelle Pryor: Pryor once again was impressive in the 27-17 Raiders win. Pryor was 18-23 for 221 yards and 2 TD’s. He also carried the ball 11 times for 31 yards. It’s only week 5 but the Raiders seem to have settled on Pryor for the rest of the season by releasing qb Matt Flynn on Monday.
Other Buckeye standouts on Sunday pretty much stayed on the defensive side of the ball. AJ Hawk continued his solid season with 9 tackles in the Packers win over the Lions. Joining his former teammate with a solid performance from the LB position was James Laurinatis. Laurinatis recorded 8 tackles as the Rams rolled over the Jags.
Armed with a new name, Donte Hitner (formally Whitner) had 3 tackles and a forced fumble as the 9ers took care of the Texans. Kurt Coleman and Will Allen both recorded one tackle each as the Eagles beat the Giants and Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the Broncos. Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackles and a forced fumble as the Saints remained perfect against the Bears.
On the offensive side of the ball, Brian Hartline continued his solid season with 4 catches for 60 yards as the Dolphins lost to the Ravens. Devier Posey got in on the action for the Texans with 1 catch for 5 yards. Ted Ginn shined in the Panthers loss to the Cardinals with 4 catches for 78 yards.
The special team stars for week 5 included Mike Nugent who was 2-2 on FG’s, including a 50 yarder and was 1-1 on XP’s in the Bengals 13-6 win over the Patriots. Long snapper Jake McQuaide was dead on with his pin point accuracy on all his snaps for the Rams over the Jags.
It was the former defensive stars of the Buckeyes who took the headlines in week 4 of the NFL.
James Laurinaitis had his best game of the season registering 12 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 passes deflected against San Francisco. In that same game, Donte Whitner recorded 3 tackles, a tackle for a loss, and 2 passes deflected in the 9ers win.
Continuing the defensive theme, CB, Malcolm Jenkins of the Saints had seven tackles in their win over the Dolphins on MNF. Former Buckeye Brian Hartline hauled in 3 passes for 34 yards in the loss.
In Cleveland, former Buckeyes Mike Nugent and Dane Sanzenbacher contributed but it was too little too late for the Bengals. Nugent registered 2 field goals for the only points for the Bengals and Dane recorded his first catch of the season for 6 yards in front of many family and friends.
Other Buckeyes of note for week 4 of the NFL season:
John Simon – Ravens – 1 tackle
Cam Heyward – Steelers – 1 pass deflection
Santonio Holmes – Jets – 1 catch for 25 yards
Will Allen – Cowboys – 1 tackle
Jake McQuaide once again was spot on with his snaps during the Rams 35-11 loss on Thursday Night Football.