Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Here we are, end of June, which means we are getting closer to football season. If your appetite needs whetting, you can check out Patrick’s weekly season opponent preview series. Since your appetite is now properly whetted, grab whatever beverage that you need, appropriate for time of day of course, and let’s proceed.
We have a little something regarding The James, some baseball and our Sunday Song. Of course, accompanied by our article soundtrack from Maroon 5.
Our friend Clair participated in Saturday’s fantastic event at the WHAC; I guess when they put you on the poster, it’s kinda’ a required thing. She’s been gracious to jot down her perspective on the experience- she’s more than just your average fan, as you’ll see. Be sure to give her a follow on twitter and “like” her professional page on Facebook.
The second annual OSU Women’s Football Clinic proved to be a success yet again. Almost 300 additional women attended this year’s clinic, and with a shortened itinerary, it was a day stuffed full of Buckeye fun for a great cause, the James Cancer Research Hospital. The den of champions that is the Woody Hayes athletic facility housed the enthusiastic campers and truly is every Buckeye fantasy manifested into real life.
My story, however, started long before I attended the clinic. So many layers of my psyche were melded together to form my experience at the OSU Women’s Clinic on Saturday. I consider myself to be a football connoisseur. I know football. I play football and have for over ten years. I watch the sport with laser focus, follow recruiting, drafts, and believe NFL Sunday Ticket might just be the greatest invention ever. All this being said, I have a special love for The Ohio State Buckeyes. I’ll tangle with anyone on Buckeye Trivia past and present. I was born and raised a Buckeye, in the epicenter of Buckeye Mecca, Columbus, Ohio. The history, the pageantry, the tradition and the domination is unmatched at The Ohio State University.
Being an athlete I have great appreciation for the dedication, mental strength and God given talent it takes to be part of such an elite program. As an NPC competitor, our diets are restrictive, our training is time consuming, andStab our sport is very expensive. We often miss out on family functions and are alienated by loved ones. And I don’t have the NCAA, coaches, parents and boosters breathing down my neck and scanning my every move. The coaching staff at the clinic gave all the campers a miniscule peek into the reality that is the life of a student athlete.
And the last layer to form my experience was my connection to breast cancer research. My beautiful, talented and spunky grandmother Kathleen R. Jones was taken much too early from this earth from complications from breast cancer. Until the day the cure is found, I will continue to donate, to research and participate in these events that highlight the drive for the cure for breast cancer. The James Cancer Research Hospital was the beneficiary of the proceeds for this year’s clinic. The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer also had a strong presence at the camp with an ocean view room donated, then auctioned off live for over four thousand dollars. A silent auction was also very successful with the help of the Clinic’s sponsors. Read More
A couple newsworthy items regarding The James this week. First, a notice that The James will again be offering free skin cancer screenings on Monday May 5th. The 2nd item is an update on breast cancer research.
JAMES CANCER HOSPITAL TO OFFER FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James) and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s division of dermatology will offer free skin cancer screenings from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday (May 6th), on the fourth floor of Ohio State’s Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Tower Building, 2050 Kenny Road.
People who have any of the following symptoms should schedule a screening appointment: moles that are changing in color, size or shape, new skin growths, skin lesions that are painful, itchy or bleeding, or skin sores that will not heal. To register for an appointment, call The James Line at 614-293-5066 or 800-293-5066. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Free parking is available in the attached surface lots.
We are back with a brand new addition of The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour! This week is chock full of great content, as we are blessed with some great guests and solid commentary from our friends here at tBBC.
In our first segment, Eric and MaliBuckeye swing by to chat about the recent happenings on the court.
Eric, Mali and I recap the season, discuss Deshaun Thomas’ legacy, break down the national championship game and how the refs have helped TTUN’s run to the final Game.
Mali also gives us his perspective from Los Angeles as he took in the West Region as a member of game management staff.
Eric also breaks down how the Buckeyes will replace Deshaun’s scoring and inside presence next season.
Then we are joined by Dave White of On The Banks, to dissect the Rutgers saga that has rained down on New Jersey basketball fans. White gives us his opinion on the latest from Chris Christie, who could fill the vacancy of head coach, and just how long it will take the program to rebuild from the wreckage.
Finally, Buckeye Great Chris Spielman joins us to talk about the 14th annual Stefanie’s Champions Awards and the luncheon accompanying them on Wednesday. The event will take place at noon in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom of the Ohio Union. Event tickets and registrations are available by clicking here — or calling 614-293-3752.
As a Buckeye and Detroit Lions fan (yes they exist), it was an honor to talk to Chris. Yet my fandom for his play on the field doesn’t even come close for my admiration of the dedication he has toward the fight against Cancer. What a great man with a strong will and dedication to win.
Once again thanks to our guest for joining us, and thanks for listening!
In the past few months we’ve seen a number of examples of the OSU coaching staff reaching out to Buckeye fans in a number of ways. Most impressively was the inclusion of the students in the spring practices, and the active and exciting demonstration of drills with students. It seems to be hallmark of this team to be ever more involved in the larger aspects of the OSU family, and that new tradition took another step forward this weekend.
On Saturday, the Ohio State Football team invited women to participate in a football clinic. The purpose of the clinic was two-fold, to help raise money for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, and to give the fairer members of the OSU fanbase a chance to gain a better understanding of the game. Over 700 women flocked to the event, which was clearly an instant hit.
Luckily for us, close blog friend Margaret participated in the clinic and willingly agreed to talk about the experience and share a few pictures with us.
tBBC: What was the purpose of the camp?
Margaret: The primary purpose of the camp was to raise money for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. So we not only learned football but we also heard from a cancer researcher, dietician and chef from the James Cancer Hospital. In their brief talks they did get the point across that diet and weight control / healthy lifestyle is important to keeping cancer at bay.