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Ezekiel Elliott shines in mini-camp for the Dallas Cowboys

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Buckeyes are doing well in the pros

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“For his part, though, Elliott has been both humble and hard-working as he is focused on helping Dallas get back to winning,”

Patrik Walker (cowboyswire)

Already in the infancy of mini-camp, Ezekiel Elliott is shining brought in Dallas. Video surfaced of the former ‘hero in a half shirt’ tearing through the defense and scoring a TD.

More impressive: the person Elliott darted past was Byron Jones, the unofficial world record holder at the broad jump.

Granted, this is just the prelude to the pre-season, but it’s always refreshing to see Buckeyes tearing it up on the next level.

Elliott has big shoes to fill as a Cowboy. The No.4 pick of the draft follows the mold made by Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith – legendary running backs to dawn the blue and white.

“Here’s the real reason 100,000 people show up for a very basic practice: Ohio State has created a caste system for its football fans,”

Jeff Long (Columbus Monthly)

It’s no secret that Ohio State people like their football. In the June edition of Columbus Monthly, Jeff Long delves into the reason why 100,000+ plus people would jam into a stadium to watch a glorified practice.

According to Long, a ticket caste system has been created for home games in the Shoe. If you want to watch the Buckeyes take on the likes of Tulsa, that’ll cost you about $75.

Want to see an Ohio State-Michigan game? *laughs incredulously * That will run you about $195 per ticket. As Long notes, that seat will probably be somewhere in the stratosphere (a.k.a. C-Deck).

NCAA Football: Ohio State Spring Game
Yes, 100,000 people showed up (and paid) to see a practice back in April. Welcome to Ohio State football fandom.
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The “premier” ticket created for bigger games in the Shoe is basic economics at work. Ohio State is riding high during the Urban Meyer era, and are virtually on either national television or primetime every week. Buckeye football is the hottest ticket in town, and Ohio State wants to make money on their product.

Now, is roughly two Ben Franklin’s worth a Michigan football ticket in the Shoe? That’s debatable. However, if the stadium can be packed for the spring game, then certainly someone will buy that ticket at $195.

As the National Football Foundations’ Hall of Fame Ballot deadline approaches, two Buckeyes wait for the call

Monday is the deadline for the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame ballot. On the ballot are two former Ohio State greats

Former running back Keith Byars (1982-1985) and fullback Jim Otis (1967-1969) represent the scarlet and gray on the list of potential members for enshrinement.

For Byars, the Heisman runner-up in 1984 (behind Doug Flutie) led the nation in rushing on his way to claiming the Big Ten conference MVP. On top of that, Byars finished his Buckeye playing days with 3,200 rushing yards, good for fifth all-time.

Before the Byars days, there was Otis. Otis was part of the 1968 National Championship team. In 1969, Otis picked up consensus All-American honors (of the first team variety) and was All-Big Ten.

In the name of politics, it isn’t too late to have your voice be heard for who you want in the hall. While you can’t go to a polling place to cast your vote, you can take to social media and push your football writers to make the pick on who is the most deserving to get that call for enshrinement.

I say this because I’ve looked at the ballot daily since it came out, and I can’t reach a final verdict on who to pick.

Here’s the full list of potential hall of fame members:

Mirror mirror on the wall, who do I pick to make the call? (please help)
Geoff Hammersley


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