This is a college football blog first and foremost, but obviously I have lots of interests. I do a lot of reading, and I have a lot of thoughts from around the sports world that might not fit into 140 characters.
I’ve been thinking for a long time I needed to get into the habit of blogging on these types of things, but I always let something get in the way. I had a few, “This Week in Big Ten Football” posts last year that were fun, but I still never made them as much of a habit as I should have.
We’ll see how long this one sticks, but that’s a primer for what we’re doing here.
BREAKING: Ohio State Planning Potentially Not Terrible Alternate Uniforms
I was going to lead with LeBron, but Ohio State takes the top spot thanks to a little news item that dropped this afternoon.
In a general news update emailed to reporters, the school confirmed what was reported over the weekend: The Buckeyes will wear an alternate uniform at some point this season that pays homage to Chic Harley, one of the team’s first All-Americans and the star of the first Ohio State team to win a Big Ten championship and the first to beat Michigan.
Harley scored all of the points in a 7-6 win over two-time defending league champion Illinois as the Buckeyes went undefeated in league play in 1916.
Three years later, the Columbus Dispatch front page blared, “Harley-led Buckeye gridiron warriors bring back to Columbus town that long-coveted Wolverine scalp” after he was a dominant force in a 13-3 win in Ann Arbor that ended 21 years of futility for OSU against Michigan. Continue reading Monday Musings: Not Terrible Alternate Uniforms Edition
Well I still don’t want to get into the habit of anointing or damning players after every game, but obviously it’s impossible not to be impressed with what LeBron James did in the first three games against the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals and such chatter continues. So why not?…
Despite missing potential game-winning shots at the end of both of the first two, LeBron James has lifted his undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers squad and put up ridiculous numbers as they have taken a 2-1 series lead against the Golden State Warriors.
The assists are the best proof of what he is doing and a differentiator from Michael Jordan in that Jordan didn’t have those because he had Scottie Pippen who could bring the ball up at times and also the Bulls actually ran an offense so multiple people would actually touch the ball to generate shots.
I still at this moment am sticking to both my desire to avoid proclaiming a new or old winner in the MJ-LBJ debate now and my belief LeBron couldn’t pass MJ this year regardless.
But I’ll admit if LeBron posts two more games (the minimum his team will need from him to win the series) and they win the series (even if he has a clunker or two and they end up going seven) I’ll have to reconsider. Continue reading LeBron changing the narrative again?
So, who ya got: Michael Jordan or LeBron James?
Seems premature to have this discussion when James is so far from finishing his career — or even the 2015 postseason — but it’s already out there and we’ve got another day to kill before the 2015 NBA Finals so why not?
Well, first of all we need to define the debate. Continue reading Basketball talk: Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James
The biggest sports story in Ohio this year — and perhaps in much longer — is the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years in Miami.
Ohio State has long maintained a relationship with the Akron native, even setting up a locker for him in the men’s basketball locker room and wearing LeBron-branded stuff. Continue reading The Ohio State response to the return of LeBron James
So, anything interesting happening in the world of Ohio sports today?
Yeah, I know it was a long holiday weekend and now there are some major rumblings that a huge homecoming could give folks even more to celebrate than America’s birthday, so how about we get all caught up on what happened while you were out watching fireworks and grilling, shall we?
The Heart of It All:
How could this be anything but the ever-moving free agency of one LeBron James, the best basketball player to come out of Ohio in the past 50 years and and probably ever?
Sam Amico at FoxSportsOhio.com did his best to round up the rumors and reports that emerged over the weekend while adding his own reporting, while Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports 1 and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, experts on the NBA and LeBron, respectively, brought even more to the table this morning, painting a rosy picture for the Cavaliers’ outlook in bringing James back to the club he began his career playing for then backhanded on his way out the door four years ago. Continue reading Ohio sports holiday weekend rewind: LeBron, baseball, etc.