The Locker Room

Go beyond the shows!Here in The Fan Locker Room you'll get insight and commentary from your favorite Fan personalities and reporters. Everything is game here, so you're guaranteed to find out what 97.1 The Fan thinks.

Keep Your Friends Close And Your Rivals Closer?

Ohio State Buckeyes, we are told, don’t give a darn for the whole state of Michigan.

But that’s only true in the same way that liberals don’t give a darn for conservatives, and yet spend entire shows carving up Rush Limbaugh; and conservatives don’t give a darn for liberals, yet seem obsessed with some guy named Barack Obama.

Unfortunately, “We’re actually constantly driven to outdo the whole state of Michigan in every way, shape and form,” makes for an awfully clunky song lyric.

Judging by ticket sales, it is even possible that some Ohio State fans are more interested in Michigan’s game this weekend than some Wolverines supporters are.

Reminded that the Maize and Blue will be playing Appalachian State, OSU linebacker Joshua Perry, for instance, admitted he’s familiar with the history there. “That would be something to see. I remember a few years ago, when they went down to those guys.”

Obviously, he’s hoping for a repeat, right?

“I doubt that they’re going to let that happen again, and I want them to play really well, so that when we play them, it’s going to be a big game.”

While he’s not pulling for the upset, note that Perry doesn’t refer to Michigan. He doesn’t even call them the School Up North. He just calls them, “them.”

Buckeye tight end Jeff Heuerman, on the other hand, is cheering for a Mountaineers victory. “My high school coach is the linebackers coach at Appalachian State, so I’ll be obviously rooting for him,” Heuerman said. “I’ll wish him luck before the game, as he always does to me.”

Buckeye Defensive lineman Chris Carter has another perspective still. Once Ohio State’s game with Navy wraps up, he’ll have more pressing things to do than to check in on the Maize and Blue.

“The first thing I’m going to do is call my brother, who’s in his eighth year in the Navy, and he’s stationed in Djibouti,” Carter said. “And my father, who’s a Navy vet.”

After those phone calls? “Then maybe I’ll find out the score,” Carter laughed.

So if you ask an Ohio State fan on this, the eve of their college football season, if they’re also eager to know the outcome of the Wolverines game, they might tell you, “Frankly, I don’t give a darn.”

But tomorrow is another day.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 29, 2014 0 Comments

OSU's Last Media Availability Before Navy

Ohio State players and assistants met with the media Wednesday for one last session previewing their season opener against Navy. Here are Michael Bennett, Curtis Grant and our favorite "Rocket Surgeon" Tom Herman.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 28, 2014 0 Comments

EDDIE! Eddie George Joins 97.1 The Fan

Buckeye great Eddie George joined Bishop and Rothman August 27, 2014. Here's the video of his appearance:

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 27, 2014 0 Comments

Manziel Throws Some Good Wishes Miller's Way

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had surgery to repair a torn labrum this morning.

“Everything is good. He just sent me a picture of him and the doctor and his dad, so it’s very positive,” said coach Urban Meyer, “All reports are there were no surprises, and everything went well.”

Happy to hear the news was Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who joined the list of Miller’s well-wishers.

“It’s tough to see a friend like Braxton…I mean, it’s rough. I don’t wish that for anybody. I don’t wish that for him especially. Hopefully everything in that situation works out for him,” Manziel said.

Miller has said that his plan is to graduate in December and then attend graduate school, thus returning to the Buckeyes in 2015.

“I hope he can…because first and foremost, I’m a fan of Braxton,” Manziel said. “I think he’s incredible for college football. I think he’s incredible for Ohio State and the state of Ohio.”

While Miller is out, redshirt freshman JT Barrett is expected to take over, and Manziel had some advice for the young signal caller.

“I think more than anything, he needs to depend on Coach Meyer, who’s been through it all. Their quarterbacks coach is a very creative guy, who is a standup guy as well. I would say lean on those guys. Lean on the older players that have been there. They have a lot of playmakers, so you get the ball to those guys in space, and they can really do a lot with it. Don’t try to do too much. I would say rely on your coaches. Rely on what they’re telling you, and most of all, have fun and go out and play football like you did in high school and like you’ve been doing your whole life.”

In the end, what Manziel would like to see is pretty simple.

“Man, I really wish them nothing but the best,” he said, “And I hope Braxton is OK.”

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 26, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Looks Ahead to Navy

The Buckeye football team held their first weekly media availability today. Hear from Coach Urban Meyer and his players:

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 25, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Moving On After Miller Injury

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 20, 2014 0 Comments

"Just Devastating News for Ohio State"

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit weighs in, talking about what he sees in the Buckeye football team, how impressed he is with Urban Meyer's transformation of the roster, how the quarteback battle plays out with Braxton Miller hurt and who the favorite is now to win the Big Ten.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 19, 2014 0 Comments

"It Is An X-Box Game Today..."

Ohio State tight ends coach Tim Hinton shares some interesting information about how the technology surrounding the sport has changed since he first went into coaching.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 18, 2014 0 Comments

Pryor Regrets

Terrelle Pryor spoke to 710 ESPN Seattle today and was asked about the Ed O’Bannon ruling.

Although he made it clear that he didn’t know the details of the most recent legal decision, Pryor did say that he feels college football players could–and should–be better compensated for their commitment.

“When I was at Ohio State, all you would see if you were at the game, was a red sea; and you would see a lot of number 2’s,” he told Mike Salk and Brock Huard. “Now their argument would be that could be for Michael Jenkins [or whoever else] was number 2. It’s hard for me to believe that when people are screaming your name [as you're] coming off the field. You’re meeting little kids. Was your kid that same size a couple years ago?”

Pryor added that he knows of players who went to school, were steered into easy courses, and didn’t end up with the education they needed, especially if injuries cut their playing career short.

And he also said that when he broke NCAA rules, it was to provide for his mother. “I’ll never regret that. The only thing I regret from that is hurting* fans, teammates and coaches.”

While he may not like the NCAA rules on amateurism, he does like playing for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Eventually, though, he may want to head somewhere he can have a bigger role. “I will start in this league, and I will be a big-time player,” he promised. “Somebody who loves the game so much, and loves the quarterback position so much and respects it so much and watches so much film? I think you’re going to get your chance, and you’re going to have your time to succeed.”

If he does succeed, that will be something he has in common with his famous first cousin: Ken Griffey, Jr. Due to a rift in the family, he’s never met Griffey, but Pryor did say that growing up, he rooted for the Mariners as a result of Griffey playing there.

You can hear the entire interview here

*Although some transcriptions have Pryor saying he regretted hurting “certain fans,” he didn’t actually offer this qualifier. He stumbled when speaking, and thus said “hurtin” twice.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 12, 2014 0 Comments

When Will It Be Miller Time Again?

Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller says he’s “100 percent now,” but he’s been limited in practice. So has he completely recovered from offseason shoulder surgery?

“If the game was tomorrow,” coach Urban Meyer admitted on Media Day, “because of where he’s at, we’d be very cautious with Braxton.” Then he pointed out that the game is not tomorrow. It’s a little less than three weeks off.Braxton Miller works on his throwing motion 8-6-14

“I anticipated this. I’ve dealt with guys with arm issues before, and we’re being very cautious. He’s right on schedule,” Meyer assured reporters.

It certainly sounds like that schedule includes one more week of Miller taking it relatively easy.

“If this was next week and he didn’t go, that would hinder his progress,” Meyer said.

Tight end Jeff Heuerman, who’s returning from a foot injury himself, added, “Hopefully at the end of this week, we’ll have it all put together, and we’ll be full steam ahead.”

However, Miller seems eager to prove his mettle now. “I feel good. I can throw right now…You want to run a route?” the signal caller challenged a reporter.

Ohio State opens their season August 30th at noon against Navy. Hear it on 97.1 The Fan.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 12, 2014 0 Comments

We're Not Sure LeBron Can Top This

It's true. LeBron may have to settle for being second best...

At least when it comes to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

NHL forward Paul Bissonnette (aka Biz Nasty) takes it up a level when he not only douses himself with cold water to raise awareness of ALS*, but he recruits a helicopter pilot and makes creative use of a mountain glacier to accomplish this.

(And yet the most daring part of Bissonnette's video might be those skivvies!**)



So now LeBron, as well as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson have 24 hours to respond. While waiting, you can enjoy these other videos of athletes, coaches and mascots doing their part for the cause.

And, yes, this is a cause, not just an excuse to look silly on social media. So consider donating to ALS research here--if you have some cold, hard cash lying around.


Springfield Falcons Ice Bucket Challenge

Ryan Johansen Ice Bucket Challenge

Cam Atkinson Ice Bucket Challenge

Nick Swisher Ice Bucket Challenge

Frank Beamer Ice Bucket Challenge

Indiana AD Fred Glass Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt Ryan Ice Bucket Challenge

And feel free to send us a link to your favorite Ice Bucket Challenge, or suggestions on how LeBron can top Biz Nasty's video, via Twitter!

*Despite the information at this link, the Ice Bucket Challenge did not originate with Pete Frates, but he certainly popularized it.

**Yes, boss, I looked up skivvies on my work computer. I had to see if there was one "v," or two. I swear the search was legit.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 12, 2014 0 Comments

Refresher Course

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer once gave a speech telling his players that they were to go two steps beyond what the staff asked of them.

You crossed the finish line, he maintained, and kept going.

It meant players were to squat more weight, do more push-ups, run more miles, take more snaps…

So it’s notable that during training camp this year, there’s at least one way in which he’s asking them to do less.

“They’re making sure we get out of here at a decent time to get enough sleep at night,” safety Tyvis Powell said.

That’s right. Urban Meyer is kicking players out of the film room.

It’s all part of a new emphasis on performance recovery, and it also includes players recording how sore they feel after every practice, stretching with foam rollers during the lulls of team meetings and getting a whole lot of sleep.

According to wide receiver Devin Smith, players were even advised to download an app that would help them wake up when they are the most rested and relaxed. Many have used it and found it works for them, although Smith personally says he doesn’t need it. “Once I lay my head on that bed, I sit and think for a minute, then I fall asleep.” 

Part of this is just the evolution of football, especially football played at the greased zip-line pace of the no-huddle offense. Part of it is also the fact that coach Meyer’s staff met with the Eagles this offseason. 

Philadelphia is unique in that they are the first NFL team to hire a “sports-science coordinator.” Their workout plan helped the well-conditioned team go 7-1 in their last 8 games this past season, and they had fewer injuries than all but 4 other teams.

Is a similar approach working for the Buckeyes as well? The early returns are promising.

“It’s night and day drastic from last year,” defensive lineman Chris Carter said. “You don’t feel as drained.”

“I feel great right now. I feel excellent,” Powell added before laughingly volunteering this: “I could run a mile.”

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 11, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Media Day

Check out more videos from Ohio State players by clicking the story headline...

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 10, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio: The Leading Exporter of Juicy NFL Storylines

How impressive was Carlos Hyde in his 49er’s debut last night? So impressive that after the 23-3 loss to the Ravens, quarterback Colin Kapernick started out his press conference by discussing the tailback.

“Carlos Hyde looked really good” Kapernick said. “Ran explosively, made good decisions, had the speed to hit the edge and creased some things inside. “

Hyde had 5 carries for 39 yards, and admitted he spent a sleepless night before seeing his first NFL action. He also admitted that, at one point, he almost gave up on his dream of playing football professionally.

“There was a time in my life when I didn’t think football was the route anymore for me. But I had an opportunity to move to Florida and start my life over, and now I’m here,” Hyde told NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.

Speaking of former Buckeye running backs, Boom Herron appeared to be the target of an accusation made by a former Colts teammate. Chris Rainey’s now deleted tweets implied that Herron was part of some hotel hijinks involving a fire extinguisher.

On the field, Herron had 7 carries for 26 yards in a 13-10 loss to the Jets. He also caught 6 passes, including a 12-yard touchdown grab.

Some impressive numbers for Terrelle Pryor, resulting in observing that, “He had an overall positive day that should help him stick on the 53-man roster. You expect to see Pryor make plays with his legs — which he did — but the quarterback also looked comfortable in the pocket, completing several throws into tight spaces.”

Not that Pryor was flawless. While he was 9/16 for 137 yards, he also had a late interception that stalled the Seahawks’ comeback attempt in a 21-16 loss to the Broncos.

That would not be Pryor’s only gift to Denver. Defensive back Bradley Roby said after the contest, Pryor gave him a pair of his shoes.

And finally, an interesting note regarding another quarterback with Ohio ties. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis relays an anecdote regarding his signal caller Andy Dalton in yet another piece from

Apparently, as they were analyzing Dalton as a prospective draft pick, they sent him a mini playbook to memorize. When asked him to dissect to one of the plays, Dalton got only part of the way through before apologizing and noting that there was something about the play that didn’t make sense to him.

It turns out that he had such a grasp on the offense which had been presented to him, he’d picked up on a typo.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 8, 2014 0 Comments

On the Buckeye Beat

Would you like to rock out like the Buckeyes when you work out? Then this is the playlist you need.

These are the songs Ohio State football played at their practice on Wednesday:

Enter Sandman - Metallica

Fuel - Metallica

Trophies - Drake

Porn Star Dancing - My Darkest Days

Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revial

Back in Black - AC/DC

In addition there were multiple selections from the following movie soundtracks:



The Dark Knight

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Last of the Mohicans

The Ohio State quarterbacks sure seemed to get in the groove.

QB Footwork Drill

And we have an update with the music added during Thursday's workout!

Hell's Bells - AC/DC

Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

The Monster - Eminem

Hang On Sloopy - The McCoys

LeBron James - Yo Gotti

Wake Me Up - Avicii

A sincere thanks to the man who was a huge, huge help in my little game of name that tune, Lucas Morgan!

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 7, 2014 0 Comments