Bob Hunter commentary | Rumblings: Bettors like Ohio State's chances at title

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Kevin Bradley, sports book manager at the gambling website Bovada.lv, noted that the odds of Ohio State winning the national championship recently dropped from 15-2 to 6-1. Alabama is still the favorite at 5-2.

“Those two teams have taken more volume than any other,” he said

Oregon is the third favorite at 9-1, followed by Georgia, Louisville and Texas A&M at 14-1.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has become the favorite for the Heisman Trophy at 9-2. After a trouble-filled summer, 2012 winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M is 12-1 and behind South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (13-2), Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron (10-1) and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (10-1).

After last night, the Clippers and Indianapolis Indians both have two home games left in a tight race to lead minor-league baseball in attendance. If the Clippers win, it would mark the second time in the five-year history of Huntington Park. They also led in their inaugural season there. This is the fourth time in franchise history they have drawn more than 600,000 fans.


Rolling Stone is joining the publications to question the way accused murderer Aaron Hernandez was treated by current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer when both were at Florida.

The magazine reports that Meyer “may have helped cover up failed drug tests, along with two violent incidents — an assault and a drive-by shootout outside a local bar.

”The operative words, may have, leave plenty of room for interpretation. The writers used an unnamed Florida beat reporter as a source on how Meyer might not have been forthright with the media about why Hernandez, a standout tight end, served a one-game suspension in 2008.

It’s believed he was suspended because of a failed drug test, but the beat reporter said they were led to believe it was because of injury.

After leaving Florida, Hernandez played for the New England Patriots until he was arrested.

When Meyer was asked this week whether anyone from the magazine tried to contact him, he said not that he could recall. His spokesman also said no request was made. Coaches are not permitted to discuss the results of drug tests. 

 

Things can change quickly in the NFL. Reports surfaced last weekend that the San Francisco 49ers were looking to trade or release former Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Then came the news that McCoy had agreed to take a 50 percent pay cut. After a game against Minnesota, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh named McCoy the backup to Colin Kaepernick.

“I feel real good that Colt is the backup,” Harbaugh said.

 

Brandon Phillips’ low on-base percentage is apparently a sensitive subject with him. After Cincinnati Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans tweeted about Phillips’ .310 on-base percentage this week, Phillips interrupted an interview with Reds manager Dusty Baker with a scattershot of expletives aimed at Rosecrans:

“Hey, Dusty. The (expletive) on the end, he worries about my on-base percentage. … The (expletive) over there. Make him happy, Dusty. The (expletive). You talking that negative (expletive) about our team, dog. I found out your Twitter name now, (expletive). It’s a wrap. Just so you (expletive) know. (Expletive).”

Baker wore a sheepish look while Phillips was talking and told Rosecrans: “I ain’t in that; that’s between you and him.”

Phillips has good numbers otherwise — .264 with 16 home runs and 95 RBI — but with the Reds third in the National League Central, he might want to channel some of that anger toward winning.

Bob Hunter is a sports columnist for The Dispatch.

bhunter@dispatch.com

@dailyhunter

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