Buckeyes’ Nike Gloves Incident Makes Big Ten New No Fun League

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The acronym slam “No Fun League” for NFL rules acting as a buzzkill to endzone celebrations has been around for a long time. And when you had incidents like Joe Horn pulling a cell phone out of goalpost padding and Chad Ocho Cinco (back in his salad days when he was know simply as Chad Johnson) pumping the football to give birth, I can understand why the league turned their referees into narcs.

But why exactly is college football following suit in becoming fascists against fun. I’ve always thought that the doing a somersault into the end zone bit is NOT EXCESSIVE. It really is pretty mild, but yet the R.A. mentality of the NCAA flags it every time!

When taking in last week’s HUGE rivalry game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines, a game tOSU absolutely destroyed their arch-nemesis, this practice and protocol re-surfaced.

By Paul M. Banks

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Buckeyes Dominate Football Portion of Michigan-Ohio Rivalry Weekend

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Assuming that it was planned and not just coincidence, “Michigan-Ohio Sports Rivalry Weekend” is a very clever and exceedingly marketable idea. I’m referring of course to the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets on the eve of THE GAME (In which the Michigan Wolverines were crushed by the Ohio State Buckeyes) in college football.

The only similar set up coming to mind is the annual November clash Florida St. and Florida used to have, where the college basketball teams play each other on Friday night and college football on Saturday. Of course, given the varying schedules of the leagues involved, it would be hard to pull this off every year.

The Wings took the NHL portion of the doubleheader, 2-1 on Friday night, and the Buckeyes dominated the football portion on Saturday afternoon, winning 37-7, in a game that was even more lopsided than the score appears.

By Paul M. Banks

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Buckeyes Jermale Hines Gives Ohio St. a Coach on the Field

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Chicago may be nicknamed “the windy city,” but there’s another place in Illinois, about three hours south, reknown for powerful wind. (The “Windy City” moniker actually has nothing to do with wind. It actually originated with New York City politicians condescending to Chicago city officials who talked a big game about the 1893 World’s Fair).

Zuppke Field, at University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, is a place where gale force winds can affect the outcome of a game as much as player performances and coaching decisions. You might recall 2002 Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, when Lions Coach Marty Mohrniweg made the ill-fated, bone-headed decision to give up the ball in overtime, in order to have that infamous wind at his back.

Ohio State senior free safety Jermale Hines noticed. “It was big because the offense is so limited. When facing the wind, they tend not to throw the ball too deep, a lot of short passes and things like that. And with the wind, they tend to try to go deep,” the 6-1, 216 pound DB from Cleveland said.

By Paul M. Banks

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Half of Ohio State Secondary named Thorpe Award Candidates

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Ohio State seniors Chimdi Chekwa and Jermale Hines were named to the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list. It lists the 35 of the nation’s best defensive backs.

Chekwa, a senior corner, recorded 43 tackles, one interception and seven pass break-ups last season and has three INT’s and 20 break-ups in his career. He’ll serve as veteran of the defensive backfield this season with 39 career games under his belt.

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