Weekend Wonderings: Thanksgiving Edition

Written December 1st, 2013 by Ken

thinkerWelcome to this week’s Thanksgiving edition of Weekend Wonderings. Grab a drumstick, some pumpkin pie and let’s wallow forward..

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

We have a couple items this week.

  • Here we have an example of creative research being done by staff at the Wexner in developing the use of a common cold virus (reolysin) to actually enter cancer cells and kill them. Go ahead, it’s a good read, I’ll wait.

A breakthrough in cancer treatment is unfolding in Central Ohio, targeting pancreatic cancer by using the common cold virus.

Pancreatic cancer has a high mortality rate. 94 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within five years. But a new trial is using the common cold to kill cancer. The cold virus is part of a new trial at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

As the article states, pancreatic cancer is a particular fast moving and lethal form of the disease. This treatment can be profound.

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Weekend Wonderings: Pre-Holiday Edition

Written November 24th, 2013 by Ken

Searching for BCS sanity

Welcome to this week’s latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab a beverage and let’s proceed. Based on my commentary, we are indeed going through the looking glass this week. We have a couple news items from The James/Wexner, my thoughts on Ohio State’s BCS status, and an ode to Autumn.

The James/Wexner

As expected, we have a couple items this week. First, the FDA has approved the drug Imbruvica to use in the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma . Here’s the article on the testing by the James’ staff.

Next up, here is a link to an interactive survey on family health history. It provides an estimation of health risk by reviewing patterns of cancer, heart disease and related conditions in a family. I tried it and it took me only a few minutes to complete. This is a nice base document that you and your health care provider can review. Read More

tBBC Fans Interact: SDSU

Written September 11th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye
Come out and meet some former Buckeyes and boo the refs

Pay It Forward

Week two of tBBC Fans Interact, and what a difference a week makes! It appears the Buckeyes will have many choices for their picks each week and the ” ‘ol right hander” made it real easy for most.

Huge shout-out and thank you to Roy Hall for being our special guest this week. One of my favorite charities to help is his DRIVEN Foundation, so please go help them out, and become a part of the #DRIVENOffensiveLine like me. Gary and I and a few of our friends will be officiating “Cancer is ScUM” on October 5th at Bloom Carroll high school. Several former Buckeyes will be playing, so it’s a great opportunity to meet them and boo the ref’s!
Their impact on communities is becoming boundless. They recently lost a benefactor of one of their events, Ballin’ for Boston Charity Basketball, four-year-old Boston passed away a week after the event. His passing has effected many people and reminds us to keep going. Do your part to help whoever you can, whenever you can. DRIVEN is making a profound impact on the community and you can help, it’s that easy. Be sure to vote for the in the Miles of Smiles campaign as well.
Lets see what Roy had to say!
Roy Hall and co-founder Antonio Smith at one of DRIVENs many summer events for kids

Roy Hall and co-founder Antonio Smith at one of DRIVENs many summer events for kids

#SDSUTopPlay We knew Braxton “#Xbrax360″ Miller could run, but watching KG bolt to the end-zone on a 44 yrds run was Saturday’s Top play!

#SDSUOMVP Kenny Guiton’s performance was smooth, calm and confidence building! I don’t call him PEANUT BUTTER BABY BOTTOM for nothing! #PBBB

#SDSUFAV PlayGreat receivers are judged by how they catch the ball in traffic! Phily Brown made a spectacular catch in the 3rd qtr over two defenders!

#SDSUDMVP I don’t watch the defensive line as much as I should but this week Michael Bennett had a monster game!

#SDSUSTMVP Drew Basil! Why? He was 6/6 on PAT’s and had excellent placement on kickoffs. Plus, 2 weeks ago he blocked for KG on a 2-point play! #VERSATILITY

#SDSUOUnsung Jack Mewhort helped keep Kenny G off of his back this week and because of the great protection allowed KG to lead us to victory.

#SDSUDUnsung Leadership can’t always be seen but having Bradley roby on the field added a much needed edge and attitude to the defense!

#SDSUMorePT I would like to see Chris Fields get a few more touches this week. 2 TD’s in the opener and 0 catches last week.

Big thank you to all who participated this week, we look forward to tBBC Fans Interact growing into a full time occurrence. Thanks to you we will use it for many Buckeye events!!! How close did our fans come to Roy’s choices? Read More


Written August 17th, 2013 by Ken



Hopefully, it won’t be quite like this.

Here’s an event that I want to bring to your attention, The Ridiculous Extreme Suburban Excursion event RESE for short, is scheduled for Saturday morning, August 31st   at 10:00 am. It’s the equivalent of a Warrior Race / Mud Run.  If you’re in shape, or even think you’re in shape, this could be an interesting challenge for you. I’m neither, and live in Buffalo, not Columbus, so I come up empty all the way around. You may be more fortunate than I am.

As you’ve noticed, this is the morning of the Buckeyes’ opening game hosting the University of Buffalo. If you can’t make it to the game for whatever reason, don’t worry. After the event there will be tailgating with brats, burgers and beer for you Buckeyes. It’s important to get rehydrated and nourished.

The charity component, because you knew there’d be one, is that portion of proceeds go towards the Dresden Sister City Marathon exchange. The German’s send five runners in exchange for five runners from Columbus. These five runners take part in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon which in turn helps raise fund for the hospital and associated child welfare programs.

The number to call to register is (614) 336-2582. Here are links to flier and poster regarding the event.


This is also listed on the Ohio State ‘Your Plan for Health’ website.

Full disclosure: my nephew is organizing this, so you loyal readers out there; please do the right thing and take the opportunity to participate to support the Dresden Sister City Exchange.

Saturday Night at The Movies (for a good cause)

Written July 11th, 2013 by Ken

I just received this “Media Advisory” from my friend at The James.  Movie nights to support a great cause. And, check out the locations; it’s an athletic site tour de force. The weather forecast for Columbus looks great for Saturday, so this series of events is not to be missed.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Athletics Peloton, which is part of Team Buckeye, will hold three movie nights in different Ohio State athletic facilities to raise funds for this year’s Pelotonia.

The first movie night will feature “The Sandlot” on July 13 at 9 p.m. on the Nick Swisher Field at the Bill Davis Baseball Stadium, 560 Borror Drive.

The second movie night will feature “Wreck-It Ralph” on July 20 at 8 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, 2491 Olentangy River Road.

The third movie night will feature “Avengers” on August 2 at 9 p.m. in the Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Drive.

Admission for each movie is $5, and all funds generated will benefit cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center –  Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Pelotonia riders agree to a personal grassroots fundraising commitment that involves requesting donations from friends and family. Over the past four years, thousands of Pelotonia riders have raised more than $42 million for cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Thanks to the generosity of Pelotonia’s funding partners, the organization is able to direct 100 percent of all money raised by riders and donors to life-saving cancer research.

Silver Bullets Point To Hope

Written May 22nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

What’s really important

Continued thoughts and prayers to our friends in Cowboy and Sooner land… soundtrack should be obvious for today.

Buckeye 411

Simon’s contract has a total value of $2.545 million, including a $385,652 signing bonus. The deal includes base salaries of $405,000, $495,000, $585,000 and $675,000.

Passing Along Some Silver Bullet Points

Written May 15th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s not summer yet, no matter how many days of 90+ degree weather that we have in Los Angeles… but the summer blockbuster season is upon us. With that in mind, let’s revisit an SBP favorite for this week’s soundtrack.

Buckeye 411

It’s Disney? Rats…

The beauty of it is, kids are kids and people are people, and if they first and foremost feel that you care about them and that you really are there to serve them, it’s easy. I’ve had the chance to hone those skills for many, many, many years, and to me it’s second nature to want to see what I can do for someone.

This also sounds familiar,

That marketing and television and all of the funds that are involved in major college athletics have certainly taken a little bit of control, not just for the institution, but I think it’s affected the experience for the youngsters. It’s not necessarily what I believe in, and I worry a little bit that there’s so much time invested into that singular passion, that — are we giving them the experiences that they are going to need through the rest of their lives?

Akron students… I hope you know how fortunate you are.

Buckeye Hoops

Monday Musings: Birthday Edition

Written March 11th, 2013 by Ken

The evolution of the birthday cake..

Another Monday, another week. Grab your coffee and let’s get right to it. Before we begin, I want to wish a (some posthumously)  happy birthday to:

  • Ralph Abernathy (civil rights)
  • Vannevar Bush (analog computer, Manhattan Project)
  • Helmuth JG von Moltke (Nazi resistance)
  • Rupert Murdoch (media mogul)
  • Lawrence Welk (band leader)
  • Shawn Springs (Buckeye)

I’m sure there are others, but we need to move on.

Spring Practice began with a couple practices this week. Mali has some (Silver Bullet) points on it. The biggest take-away for me is that after the first day, Urban didn’t think the team looked like a “clown show”. Which he did last year, prior to the team going 12-0. If things have changed that much, I’m somewhat optimistic about this year.

The other item that caught my eye, was some prose by a fellow Big Ten blogger. He had little regard for OSU fans/commentators expressing their relief that Bollman left Purdue to take a better position at MSU. Evidently the source of his disregard is that “we (and he wasn’t clear if “we” were his fellow front pagers, Purdue fan base in general, etc.) don’t like Ohio State a whole bunch.” And then he goes on from there..

And, it took him 330 words so say that he didn’t care. Seriously. I get the (probably Freudian) antipathy towards All Things Ohio State. However, regarding the Purdue coaching staff, they do need to acknowledge their debts to Ohio State (Marcus Freeman), Muskingum University (Jon Heacock, brother of Jim) and both schools (Darrell Hazell).

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