Merry Christmas (and Happy Chanukah to our chosen brethren) from all your friends at Land-Grant Holy Land. If you’re reading this on a brand new laptop, tablet, or smart phone, allow us to be the first to say, “LUCKY!” (/extremely Napoleon Dynamite voice).
Whether you’re celebrating the holidays, enjoying time away from the hustle and bustle with loved ones, or being a bit of a grinch -- we’ve all been there! — we’re thrilled you decided to spend even a few minutes of your Christmas Day with us at the Holy Land.
Those of you who’ve been reading us since the beginning know we have a series called “Why Is This News?”. It runs each weekday usually between 4:30 and 6 p.m. ET.
The premise is simple: We riff off three to five quotes to know, linking/crediting the source of those talking points and writing about what they mean for Ohio State fans. We close things with some silly off-topic links we call “STICK TO SPORTS”. It’s one of our most popular and well received regular pieces.
Well, what with it being Christmas and all, we figured what better time than to do a bit of a spin on WITN? (as we’re known to abbreviate it) and remix it with a little bit of an Advent Calendar flair? Unfortunately there’s not exactly a lot of news, news happening as the Buckeyes get ready to make their way to Phoenix to take on Clemson December 31 and with the holidays and all.
We’ll try and keep it light and fun accordingly, mixing sports and non-sports, and hey, maybe if you like what you see, you can come back each week night and take in more? Deal?
Happy holidays again. Thanks for your continued support of Land-Grant Holy Land.
Former Ohio State standout Joey Bosa was back on the field in the great state of Ohio for the first time since the 2015 Michigan State debacle. He capped off his first Christmas Eve as a pro appropriately with two sacks and five more tackles to go with it.
While his first ever trip to the Dogpound didn’t go exactly as planned, the outcome did guarantee the Browns wouldn’t join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go winless in NFL history. Another win for Ohio over Michigan, no?
Bosa’s rookie year has all but put him in the driver’s seat for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. You’ve certainly heard of the guy likely a mortal lock for the offensive award too.
For all the on the field highs of the Urban Meyer era, recruiting analysts have been pretty uniform in stating it wasn’t the College Football Playoff national championship that’s most benefitted the Ohio State recruiting industrial complex; it’s the explosion of the number of guys drafted and their subsequent success in the pros that’s helping ensure more and more future supertalents head to Central Ohio.
If you’re lucky enough to have kids, were any of yours fortunate enough to get their very own The Elflein on The Shelf?
Ohio State football took to Twitter bright and early Sunday morning to give everyone some holiday cheer with the above great video featuring Rimington Trophy winner Pat Elflein.
Elflein, one of the “Loyal 11”, who honored their Ohio State commitments after the tattoo-for-bartering scandal culminated in the firing of then head coach Jim Tressel, had quite the Buckeye career. From lowest rated prospect in his class, to national champion, to the most decorated center in the country after not having played center primarily any of his previous seasons in scarlet and gray.
The Buckeye captain’s personality helps showcase why he’s such a force in the locker room. Whenever OSU’s 2016-17 playoff run comes to an end, Elflein will be one of a number of upperclassmen we’ll miss dearly.
“That’s the first thing you think about when you wake up,” Lewis said. “I’m thinking ‘Dominate’ as soon as I wake up.”
Even with the holidays here, with the looming challenge of a rematch of the 2014 Orange Bowl just on the horizon, it's impossible to get Ohio State football players' thoughts too far from the task at hand.
Buckeye football players get the morning to themselves but have to report back to The Woody (aka the Woody hayes Athletic Center) in order to get everything in order for a Monday flight to Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.
As the venerable Tim May outlines, even when spending time with family and friends, Buckeye football players fill the gaps by watching film on their iPads or trying to visualize how they’ll do their jobs when the situation calls for it as the No. 2 seeded Tigers attempt to return to their second straight national title game and the Bucks seek to upend them to make their second in three seasons.
New Year’s Eve can’t get here soon enough.