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Former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small, who spent almost his entire Buckeye career (2006-2009) in Jim Tressel’s doghouse and even suspended a couple of time for repeatedly violating team rules, recently recorded a cell-phone video apology. In the two-part video, Small repeatedly apologizes to friends, family, former teammates and coaches, and Buckeye Nation. Click on the headline to see for yourself.
Apparently a Big Ten team adding another Big Ten team as a "nonconference" opponent isn't as outlandish as it might have first sounded. For an explanation on why it's still unlikely, but not impossible, click the story's headline.
Did you catch Boston’s playoff hat trick?
No, I’m not talking about David Krecji’s 3 goals against Toronto in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
I’m talking about the 3 Massachusetts writers, who this morning took aim at Bruins fans, making collateral damage of Blue Jackets supporters in the process...
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Here's a little breaking news from Thursday night's Bobcat Caravan event, which is going to have Brady Hoke sooooooo confused. To read the details, click the story's headline...
The Big Ten today released the league's schedule for 2014. With that in place, we now have a complete picture of how the 2014 schedule plays out...
To see the lineup of OSU games, click the story's headline.
Among the questions Lakers great Magic Johnson was asked today, would Columbus be a nice home for an NBA team? To find out his answer, click the story's headline.
About this time of year, we always hear that NBA stars are constantly getting the benefit of the whistle, both on offense and defense.
So I decided to take a look at the stats of the players still alive in this year’s postseason. You can do the same by clicking on the story's headline!
A few former Buckeyes were working out in the Ohio State weight room today, while they wait to get their NFL careers underway in earnest. John Simon is back from rookie mini-camp with the Baltimore Ravens. Zach Boren spoke about how his free agent deal with the Houston Texans came together. And Jake Stoneburner talked about his disappointment over going undrafted will give him an edge with the Green Bay Packers.
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Even for really, really, really short flights the Cincinnati Reds are fed well. Hey big name free agents.....take a look at Cincy if you're looking around.
Former Buckeye and soon to be NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter threw out the first pitch Monday night at the Reds vs. Braves game. Carter will be inducted into the Hall on Aug. 3rd and is back in his hometown of Middletown today where he will be honored for his achievements. Read more about his homecoming trip HERE.
Intrastate rivalry teams like the Reds and Indians generally don’t make the most common or realistic trade partners. It may be because a bad trade can hit a little too close to home or maybe there’s just a little too much state pride to deal with the neighboring club. Whatever it is, the two Ohio clubs have broken that status quo in the past couple of decades with multiple trades, and adding in the early returns of their most recent trade, it looks like the Reds may be continuing the trend of getting the better end of those deals. Just look at how a Reds/Indians trade from 2002 contributed to the Choo-Stubbs/Bauer deal in 2013...
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany admitted that when the conference realigned itself for the 2014 season, the league’s foremost concern was geography, then keeping rivalries intact, and then competitive balance.
Despite having balance as the third consideration, Delany argued the new East and West Divisions exhibited a lot of parity…even though a cursory look at the time period from 2002-2012 doesn’t make it seem like that is the case...
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The Ohio State head football coach points to some drawbacks with college football's new playoff format. I on the other hand, respectfully disagree.
Mr. Irrelevant has a home. You know what that means? The draft is over and the draft analysis is coming in. Click the story's headline to read what the experts are saying about what the Browns and Bengals accomplished.
Attendance for the Blue Jackets season finale was 19,002, and watching those fans fill up Nationwide Arena was an apt metaphor for a season that would start slowly, but build into a storyline that eventually captured the attention of Columbus and beyond.
Cam Atkinson said the roar of the crowd gave him butterflies. General manager Jarmo Kekäläinen told us he got goosebumps. Hear from Atkinson, Kekäläinen, Jack Johnson and Nick Foligno, as well as watch CBJ supporters pack the house, click the story's headline...