DRIVEN Food Outreach: 100,000 Blessings

Written January 11th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

How many people does it take to pull off a miracle? It’s kind of a trick question, since ‘miracles’ usually imply divine intervention but the amazing truth is that many inspired and faithful people are looking to find ways to create daily miracles for those who live near the heart of Ohio. What follows the pictorial update is the original article helping get the word out about the DRIVEN event that took place on December 15th. As you will be able to see, many families were blessed by this event and these three wonderful people are the DRIV(ing)EN force behind it.

Former Buckeyes Roy Hall and Antonio Smith with DRIVEN do-all  Josselyn Timko.

“The DRIVEN Food Outreach has just as much impact on me as it does the families in attendance. Giving to others means so much to me! Giving breaks the back of greed!

Playing at Ohio State and in the NFL were some of the best days of my life, but I can honestly say that scoring touchdowns or playing “that team up north” is not even close to as important as it is to help others! Everyone reading this had someone, at some point, that helped them through a tough time. What if that person hadn’t been there? My goal is to make sure that people can ALWAYS count on the DRIVEN Foundation to BE THERE. We will impact the world, starting with Columbus, OHIO. Everybody can be great because ANYBODY can serve!” – Roy Hall Read More

DRIVEN Flag Football Game Benefits Spielman Fund

Written November 2nd, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

This past Saturday at Thomas Worthington High School in Columbus, The DRIVEN Foundation hosted it’s Flag Football game featuring former Buckeyes and benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund. Several former Buckeyes were participating as well as others representing The Columbus Christian Center Church who also sponsored the event.

The weather may have put a damper on the attendance, but it did not put a damper on the spirit of the event or those playing. The day started with Driven founder and President Roy Hall organizing everyone and getting them ready to play by leading them through warm-ups. He also took the time to have a pre-game get together in the locker-room with all of us to do a meet and greet and Pastor Davis Forbes led us in a wonderful prayer. Let’s take a look at who took the field.


Black v. Pink

BLACK. Pastors- David C. Forbes Jr.(Pastor at Columbus Christian Center Church) , Minister Rick Davis (CCC), Former Buckeyes- Roy Hall, Maurice Clarett, Antonio Smith, Stan Jackson, Gary Berry. Cory Waite (Columbus resident, plays baseball at BW), Jeremy Ford, Darren Hawkins(Frosh @ DeSales)

PINK. Former Buckeyes- Maurice Lee, Nate Oliver, Trevor Robinson, Matt Trombitas, Dimitrios Makridis. Dominic Jones(CCC, played at Minnesota). Members of CCC Church; Dexter Dodson, Dave Walker, Tarquin Carroll, Onesiaum Glass. Christian Yanok (Kicker for both teams and plays at North Albany) Read More

Paying It Forward: Marrow Donation

Written October 21st, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Earlier this week, we talked about the importance of getting more involved in issues than only giving financially- “Paying It Forward” in ways that only Buckeye Nation can do.

This morning, I got an email from a long time reader and friend regarding a way for folks to help out with something impacting his family. We don’t usually run these kinds of “articles”, but thought that this one was worth an exception. After talking with him further, here’s what he’d like to get out to you:


That was some game yesterday, wasn’t it? The good news (the win) got even better (Braxton deemed symptom-free) as the day wore on.  Unfortunately, the news was tempered a good bit.

Ironically, this note is a follow up to your commentary on health issues ‘awareness’ compared to health issues ‘action’ in your SBP this week.

To shorten the story a good bit, I found out yesterday afternoon that my cousin who lives with her family in the Columbus area, Kim Roper, has had a recurrence of her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. She has no siblings, so that type of match is out of the question.

There is an appeal for people to be tested, and hopefully able to be in a position to donate. Information is on this website for information. Hopefully, your readers, the BBN community and Buckeye nation can be of help. Thanks for giving me the blog space.


Silver Bullet Points Is Aware Of The Issue

Written October 17th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

On Its Way

This week, Ohio State faces a Purdue coach that’s undefeated* against them, and seeks to rebound from a horrible defensive showing at Indiana.  So, yeah- our soundtrack is something that should be harped on, even if it seems a little paranoid.

Buckeye 411

  • Think Pink- Well, I guess this is a thing now, as this week’s game against Purdue is a “Pink Out” for breast cancer awareness.  Personally, I’d rather try to approximate the color by doing alternating shades of red and white, but no one ever asks me.  More on this event later in the program…
  • Getting Defensive, Part One-  Our friends over at Men of the Scarlet and Gray have taken to defending the Buckeye defense, first in looking at the state of affairs at this point in the season, and second highlighting the real culprit for the scoreboard woes- Special Teams Play.
  • Meyer’s Musings- In today’s B1G coaches teleconference, Coach Meyer talked about his role with the defense and that he was there to support the staff as they helped work on the fundamentals: 4-6 seconds of effort, Great leverage (positioning), and making tackles.  He sang the praises of Kenny G, and talked about how his attitude and effort had changed significantly than the winter where he was in line for a one way bus ticket back to Texas.  Coach said that Purdue will be a challenge for the Buckeyes, and that defensively they are two or three missed tackles from being great on the season.
  • Getting Defensive- Want stats and so forth? Check out where the Buckeyes rank nationally at Football Outsiders, who have Ohio State as the 27th rated team in the country. Argue away…
  • Hope Quotes- Also in the B1G teleconference, Coach Hope agreed with Coach Meyer that tackling has been an issue for the Boilermakers over the past two weeks, and that Wisconsin’s game compounded things with poor alignment.  He praised the Ohio State offensive line while remarking that Braxton can “do everything.  The Boilers expect their running back to play much more effectively this week; as you remember Bolden is recovering from knee issues suffered against Indiana at the end of last season.
  • Not So Fast- Several Buckeye fans have reminded us that the Purdue team that heads to Columbus on Saturday just got pounded by Wisconsin, and to expect an easy game.  We remind you merely that last year’s Wisconsin team did the same to Purdue, and the Buckeyes ended up with “Purdue Harbor 2″.  No easy games in conference play.
  • This Week In SammySilv- Great effort from El Guapo leads to this week’s poster: Read More

Monday Morning Commentary

Written July 16th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

It’s not often that I show my negative opinions publicly but this commentary has given me a great opportunity to get things off my chest so to speak. Remember that my opinion is not necessarily that of tBBC and should only be considered as my opinion. Here it goes, with both barrels.

I already said my piece in regards to how PSU fans were reacting to the Sandusky news and how people were attacking the university. They are not one and the same. Since I went on vacation we have found out that said university did play a major role in covering up his actions and that includes Joe Paterno. Here is my belief in the matter. The only way they will be able to start over or continue forward is to cut all ties with the situation. Does that include tearing down the statue that was erected in honor of a great coach? Yes it does because it will be a constant reminder of the part of him that wasn’t great. The statue must go for the betterment of everyone to be able to move forward.

Must come down to move forward

Does it also mean that the NCAA needs to step in and do something? Yes, if the answer is that they gained success in the football program by not reporting Sandusky as soon as someone knew. Imagine how long it’s going to take for the entire university to recover from this. Now, think about it before all of the victims were subjected to the horror they were? If they stopped it then, there may have been minimal damage to the program because they came forward and stopped a predator. Maybe would have been considered heroes for what they did had they taken care of business. Now, look at it from a pure football perspective. They gained recruits and success in their football program by not reporting a crime that was happening. That in itself, has to be considered a major violation just in the reason behind why they did cover it up. To preserve the football program and protect the university. Now, all of these years later there is a chance the university and its programs will not survive this at all. I feel for the victims and hope that the university does the right thing and helps to give them closure for what they have endured. Read More

Paying It Forward: The DRIVEN Foundation Hoops Event

Written June 29th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

One day after the NBA draft, we wanted to make you aware of a great basketball event that you’re going to want to be a part of.

Our friend Roy Hall‘s DRIVEN Foundation is hosting an Ohio State Football Alumni Basketball Game on Saturday (6.30.12) at Mifflin High School in Columbus, with a 7:30 pm tip off.

There’s no cost for this event, and the participants will be signing autographs at halftime. The event serves as part of DRIVEN’s Community Outreach initiatives, raising awareness about the foundation and providing some entertainment for Buckeye Fans.

Who’s playing? Well, check out this roster:

Gary Berry
Bam Childress
Maurice Clarett
Derek Combs
James Cotton
Mike Doss
Andy Groom
Roy Hall
Stanley Jackson
Branden Joe
Devin Jordan
Maurice Lee
Thomas Matthews
Trevor Robinson
Antonio Smith

It’s a great way to get involved with an amazing charity AND connect with some Scarlet and Gray legends… don’t miss out!

Jim and Ellen Tressel – Charity King and Queen

Written May 31st, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

The Tressels

Jim Tressel is a great coach and will have a legacy at Ohio State that may be tough to match. From the relationships he forged with his players to the overall record that dominated the college football scene for ten years. He will be a tough act to follow in Scarlet and Gray even for Urban Meyer. One area in Coach Tressel’s life that will go unmatched by anyone is his involvement in charities. It will be difficult for me to honor all of the charities that Coach Tressel and his wife Ellen have been involved in. That is exactly how he felt when he responded to my e-mail asking him to answer some questions.

“Chris – I would not know where to begin to list all the charities that we have been involved with….I think I’ll opt to go with Paul Brown’s advice on your email template… as not to forget someone !!  Happy Memorial Weekend !!   JT”

What he is referring to is one of my favorite quotes. “When you win say nothing. When you lose, say less.”  I am sure that this is a quote he is very familiar with and basically means to let your actions do their speaking for themselves. I had hoped for more out of Coach Tressel but got something that was perfect for what I am writing about. It helped me sit back and reflect on a lot of things that I was considering writing about and all of the charities I was going to try to mention in this article.

I had the opportunity to interview Jennifer McDonald, Senior Director of Development, OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. She has spent a lot of time with the Tressel’s with the Tressel Family Fund there and it is the charity they spent a lot of time being involved in for good reason. Read More

Remembering Tress: Roy Hall

Written May 28th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

On this anniversary of James Patrick Tressel’s last day at work, several of the folks from tBBC are joining others in the BBN to talk about the impact that The Vest had in Columbus, both on and off the field.

We were fortunate to be able to talk with former Buckeye Roy Hall about his time at Ohio State and the ways that Coach Tressel shaped his life beyond football. Our conversation was over the phone, and we’re thankful that Roy took time out of his schedule to connect with us.

Can you talk a little bit about your favorite football memory from your time at Ohio State?

Wow- it’s gotta be The Game in 2006, #1 vs #2, Ohio State versus That Team Up North. I was finally healthy after being banged up for a couple of games, and Troy was looking for me early. I made a few key catches, and will never forget being able to score in my final game in The Shoe.

Hall For Six!

I was a freshman when we won it all in Glendale, so that’s something special as well, but the 2006 game is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life

That was an amazing game, and will go down in the history of OSU, Michigan, and B1G Ten Football!  What about your time with Coach Tressel- you were part of one of his first recruiting classes. Can you tell me something that stands out for you about your time under him?

What has always stood out to me is that he was a man of faith, and let it guide him in all that he did.  That was incredibly important for him- even when he recruited, he wanted to find young men who had high character; 40 times and bench press amounts were important, but always secondary.  He realized that we were only football players for a brief time, and challenged us to find what will sustain us after that was done- how do you make the most of your education and your faith.  He always treated us as men first and football players second. Read More