We’ve made it through our second sports-less work-week, with an indefinite more to go. However, Saturday and Sunday, the O.G. sports-watching days, are almost more dreadful than the rest of the week. Why even have a weekend if there’s no sports to entertain us? Why even have nice weather if there’s no baseball games to attend? Why even own a TV if there’s nothing on but replays? Yes, I overreact often. Why do you ask?
On the bright side, there is always something to read, catch up on, or listen to here at LGHL and around the Ohio State news cycle. So, we’ve listed all the links, news, tweets, etc. we think you might enjoy in today’s Buckeye Bits.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Buckeye Nation has been on the edge of its seat since Thursday night when the No. 1 running back in the class of 2021, TreVeyon Henderson, tweeted that he has finally made his highly anticipated decision.
I’ve decided!!!!— TreVeyon Henderson (@TreveyonH15) March 27, 2020
He then tweeted that he plans on making the announcement Friday evening, 7 p.m. EST. All signs are pointing to Ohio State for this one. Excuse me as I go knock on wood.
A whole lot of good stuff is featured in this week’s episode, including the sports that are missed the most, the NFL’s free agency (specifically Malcolm Jenkins), which women’s sports teams deserve more recognition and the organizations that are helping to pave the way for them.
Which includes some tidbits from Ryan Day’s latest press conference, what Pro Football Focus is saying about the Buckeyes in the upcoming NFL draft, and more.
We need your help in determining the best Ohio State play of the decade. It’s a tough call, but there can only be one champion.
From around the gridiron...
- The Big Ten Conference announced Friday that the suspension of all organized team activities will last through May 4, 2020. They will re-evaluate again at that time. In other words, Ohio State’s spring football practices will not resume.
- Ohio State running back Master Teague, who suffered an achilles injury in Ohio State’s first spring practice, has stayed in Columbus to continue his rehab with the hopes of returning for the 2020 season. In addition to “attacking his rehab”, and arguably even more worthy of noting, he’s also been using his down time to read to the kids at Columbia Elementary School via YouTube:
- Circa Sports at Golden Gate Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas released updated 2020 college football national championship odds and Ohio State has the second-best odds to win the 2020-21 national championship behind Clemson.
- Speaking of the 2020-21 national championship, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said Thursday he’d be “shocked” if the 2020-21 NFL and college football seasons even happen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Herbstreit said if he was in charge of the NFL or the NCAA, he’d already have announced the football season was being cancelled, according to TMZ.
- Ohio State tight ends coach Kevin Wilson wants Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert to play faster in order to receive more passes. Wilson said they’ve been watching a lot of NFL film—to study the best of the best tight ends in the league,— because he believes Farrell and Ruckert can play like them. Could 2020 be the year of the tight end at Ohio State? I’d believe anything you tell me at this point.
- Ohio State legend and Fox NFL analyst Chris Spielman tweeted some “House cleaning tips from a Linebacker,” and uhhh... I just feel like there’s easer, less exhausting ways to accomplish what he’s trying to do, ya know?
- Urban Meyer is safe, however, I’d have to disagree with Shelley here. His mask is far from fashionable.
Thank u to nice friend, Eliza, for these hand-made protective/functional, yet fashionable masks to help us thru the pandemic crisis (she lives in Fla so hence, the Gator influence). #BeSafeAndHeathy pic.twitter.com/x0QUBdIu1J— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) March 26, 2020
From around the hardwood...
- It’s still unknown, but if Keleb Wesson does decide to leave us for the pros, incoming freshman Zed Key is ready to take his place after his senior season and championship run was cut short due to the coronavirus.
“It’s a really big opportunity,” Key told the Dispatch. “They’re looking for me to come in and be a presence right away. I’ve just got to work hard every day to make sure I have that spot and get better every day. I’m excited to go out there.”
From around the mat...
InterMat named Ohio State 149-pounder Sammy Sasso its Freshman of the Year after he finished the season with a 24-3 record and No. 3 in the country. Sasso had the potential to win the NCAA tournament as the No. 3 seed but, well, you know...
Still, before the coronavirus ended all of our hopes and dreams, Sasso ended the season as the top-ranked wrestler in his class after taking down Iowa’s Pat Lugo in the Hawkeye’s arena.
From everywhere else...
- Gene Smith and all of the Ohio State coaches offer video-messages of encouragement and support for health care workers on the front lines of this pandemic.
- Fanatics and the MLB have partnered to manufacture masks and gowns for emergency personnel using the same fabric that MLB players wear
- ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke has tested positive for Covid-19, which was the last straw for many:
Me going to donate whatever body part I have to in order to save Doris Burke pic.twitter.com/yjPPVX4PB0— Cody Williams (@codyswilliams) March 27, 2020
Drake after finding out Doris Burke got the Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/18aTE4O3AA— . ✞ (@lakerhov) March 27, 2020