"Dawg Pound here we come! I'm going to pour my heart out for this team."
-Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns quarterback
The Kardiac Kids are long gone from Cleveland, but they may have been reincarnated in the Browns' front office. The Browns took their fans and the rest of the football world on an absolute roller coaster ride on Thursday night, trading picks down and up and up again before the day was done. Cleveland sent the number 4 pick to Buffalo for the Bills' number 9 selection, and then promptly swapped picks (plus some consideration) with Minnesota to move up to number 8.
With the number 8 pick, the Browns grabbed dynamic Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert. But what initially looked like a classic #BecauseCleveland draft strategy in the early stages turned into one of the smartest first-round plays in recent memory. Team after team passed on Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, and after the Dallas Cowboys let him slide by, Cleveland moved up from 26th to 22nd by sending a 3rd-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Browns got their man with a high-risk high-reward gamble, with a defensive playmaker and a likely top-ten pick from Buffalo next year to boot.
Manziel, who looked somewhat dazed as the bulk of the first round came and went, was animated when interviewed and seemingly unperturbed by the strange turn of events leading to his selection. The Browns, to their credit, had the last laugh--their massive haul also includes the 2015 4th-round pick formerly belonging to Buffalo.
"It's a dream of mine to play one day in the NFL, and I would be mad at myself if I didn't try to pursue that dream."
-Kenny Guiton, former OSU quarterback
Per The Lantern, Kenny G. believes he has what it takes to play football at the next level. The career backup to Terrelle Pryor and Braxton Miller had previously said that he would pursue a graduate assistant position with the OSU football program once he had graduated.
Guiton by all accounts had a lot of growing up to do when Urban Meyer first arrived on campus, but by the end of his tenure as a Buckeye he was one of the most beloved players on the team and was named a captain for the 2013 season. His late-game heroics against Purdue in 2012 famously kept the Buckeyes' undefeated season alive, and he set the OSU single-game passing touchdown record (6) against FAMU in 2013.
Kenny G. wouldn't be the first lifelong backup to hear his name called on draft day, as the Patriots took a chance on USC's Matt Cassel in 2005. Cassel went 10-6 filling in for the injured Tom Brady in 2008, and later went to the Pro Bowl as a Kansas City Chief.
"If it takes three hours to win the match, it takes three hours."
-Ty Tucker, OSU Men's Tennis Coach
The Men's tennis team has won 189 consecutive matches at home, and will look to extend that streak this weekend in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes (30-3) take on Bryant (18-10) today and with a presumptive victory will face either Louisville or Wake Forest on Saturday.
Per the Columbus Dispatch, the team has had some struggles this season thanks to inclement weather preventing them from practicing outdoors. The flip side is that the Buckeyes took home the national indoor title this year after all the extra practice on covered courts.
The Buckeyes, a three seed, are looking to improve on their fortunes in the tournament after falling to UCLA in the semifinals last year.
"I think in reality it's showing that concussions...are now being diagnosed more consistently--which is important."
-Joseph Rosenthal, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine at OSU
According to a study conducted by Ohio State, concussion rates in high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012. While this figure might immediately cause some alarm about the state of high school sports and the lack of protective measures within them, lead author of the study Joseph Rosenthal thinks the numbers point to a different truth.
"Our theory is that more people are looking for concussions, and athletes, parents, and coaches are being educated on the symptoms and the importance of removal from participation," Rosenthal says. In other words, it is not clear whether or not the number of concussions itself is trending upward, or if the people monitoring high school athletics are just becoming more reliable at reporting and testing for concussions.
Rosenthal treats patients who have experienced non-sport-related head injuries, and stresses the impact that concussions have on day-to-day life even after the game is over. Rosenthal's study, which looked at 100 high school athletics programs in the U.S., unsurprisingly found that football resulted in the highest rate of concussions of any sport.
STICK TO SPORTS
- Ohio natives The Floorwalkers are playing Columbus' Park Street Festival on June 7th. Listening yet?
- ICYMI: Like "Saved by the Bell"? Like baseball? Obviously, you do. Mr. Belding is making a star turn at the Columbus Clippers game tonight.
- Think you've invented the next big product? Pitch it when Shark Tank comes to OSU.
- Good news: Amazon will now deliver in Columbus on Sundays.
- Ohio farmers are apparently running behind schedule getting their crops planted.