As a sports writer, it’s becoming more and more difficult to “stick to sports” lately. On one hand, sports are a great way to distract yourself from the horribleness that is our world right now. On the other hand, distracting yourself is a privilege that, for many, is not an option. Not to mention, distracting yourself does absolutely nothing to help drive change— something we so desperately need. I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you need a mental health break from taking in all the violence happening in every city in the country, take one. Sports content is a great way to do that. After that, however, I think it’s important that you continue to educate yourself on what it means to be antiracist, sign petitions, donate to charities and proactive groups, vote in local elections, and read these incredibly well written articles:
Our Matt Tamanini’s latest on Seth Towns’ protests and what we can learn from him.
And this one by Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises.
If you are an Ohio State football fan, then hear Al Washington. And Teradja Mitchell. And Zach Harrison. And Taron Vincent. And Julian Fleming. And Josh Proctor. And Tyreke Smith. And TreVeyon Henderson. https://t.co/27qPY0EysD— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) May 30, 2020
Now, here’s what’s happening around the Ohio State beat and beyond.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Column: How “no fan” sporting events might affect home field advantage
Meredith Hein, LGHL
In Meredith’s latest column, she highlights the many other types of advantages that playing at home brings, even without fans in the stands.
Column: TBDBITL has always made me cry, but sometimes those tears are exactly what I need
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
Matt capped off “Sports Moments That Made You Cry” Week by describing, in detail, the sports moment that makes him cry every single time without fail: The Ohio State Marching Band’s entrance into the ‘Shoe.
This upcoming season will likely be the first one since I was five that I will not get to see TBDBITL perform inside the ‘Shoe, which made this column even more of a tearjerker.
Podcast: I Want to Go Back - Chic Harley and the unstoppable 1916 Buckeyes
Jim Baird, LGHL
Next up on his podcast series I Want to Go Back, Jim talks about one of Ohio State’s most legendary running backs, Chic Harley, and how he shifted the entirety of college football.
Ryan Day has changed the quarterback position at Ohio State
Gene Ross, LGHL
If, somehow, you are still not sold on Ryan Day, Gene pulled some receipts for you.
From around the gridiron...
Coombs continues strong bid to land No. 1 Michigan recruit
Bill Kurelic, Bucknuts
Ohio State is a strong contender for Michigan’s No. 1 2022 prospect/ the nation’s No. 4 cornerback, who, according to 247Sports is not even considering Harbaugh’s Wolverines as his future team, which, according to yours truly, is hilarious.
Ohio State’s 11 most experienced players entering the 2020 season
Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors
Hope took a look at the 11 most experienced Buckeyes heading into the season, ranked by the number of snaps each of them have played in their Ohio State careers. When Chris Olave is listed as the least experienced, you know you’ve got a pretty good list.
Arm strength helps make Justin Fields Heisman-ready quarterback
Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row
Justin Fields was near perfect last season with just three thrown interceptions, 41 touchdowns, and over 3,000 yards. What’s scary (for other teams) is that he’s piling on a whole second year of training with some of the best quarterback coaches in the country, including QB Whisperer Ryan Day and the rest of Ohio State’s offensive staff, meaning he’s just going to come back...more perfect.
Ohio State Buckeyes alternate helmet concepts
Brad Crawford, Bucknuts
Check out these alternate helmet options designed by IU_Customs on Instagram. Not gonna like, I like all of them.
Predicting Ohio State football’s 2020 sacks leader: Buckeye Talk Daily Pod’s ‘Mark It Down Monday’
Nathan Baird, Cleveland.com
Now that Chase Young is off doing bigger and better things, who will be this season’s head quarterback terrorizer? Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means of Cleveland.com discuss their picks, as well as how many sacks they’ll tally up, in their latest podcast.
From around the hardwood...
Seth Towns continues to protest in downtown Columbus.
True voice is not found in words spoken, but in steps taken. pic.twitter.com/ke4qInLzQ9— Seth (@seth_towns17) June 1, 2020
Towns is already becoming many Ohio State fans’ favorite player and he hasn’t even worn a scarlet and gray jersey yet. No matter what he does on the court, I could not be happier that Chris Holtmann snagged this guy from Harvard.
New TBT podcast
BOOM!— Drive The Lane (@DriveTheLanePod) June 1, 2020
⬇️⬇️⬇️@JoeySmoke14 and @AndrewZoldan are teaming up with @thetournament this summer
Be sure to Follow @InsideTbt for TBT content all summer long! https://t.co/2z1kRlanpU
Lettermen Row’s Drive The Lane Podcast—hosted by former Ohio State men’s basketball captain, Joey Lane, and Andrew Zoldan— are teaming up with TBT to produce the official podcast for the tournament, Inside TBT, where they’ll provide TBT content all summer long.
From everywhere else...
Gene Smith supports Ohio State athletes’ right to protest, encourages them to participate in conversations about racial injustice
Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors
Gene Smith “wholeheartedly” supports Seth Towns’ and other Ohio State athletes’ right to protest, stating that “they have the ability to do what other generations haven’t done.” He also says it’s “extremely important” for head coaches to advocate for change, as well— something they have done, while other prominent head coaches have yet to do.
Hope has more on that, along with Smith’s personal thoughts on the matter.
Good news for music majors and performers!
$17 million gift to @OhioState's College of Arts and Sciences will support construction of a new music building & renovation of Celeste Laboratory + create endowed scholarships for @ASCatOSU students. https://t.co/Zc4JifnH5p— Ohio State News (@OhioStateNews) June 1, 2020
Ohio State is getting a long overdue new music building, thanks to a $17 million gift from alum Ratmir Timashec and his family’s charity foundation. It will be named the “Timashev Family Music Building” in their honor, and will “be among the most acoustically and technologically advanced facilities in the nation upon its completion in 2022,” according to Ohio State.
Former Ohio State fullback Dionte Johnson’s downtown Columbus shoe store, Sole Classics, was damaged and looted during a protest on Friday night.
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DONATION LINK IN BIO. Note: Due to limited inventory it may be hard to find your size on our website right now. We are still working on updating the inventory. Thank you for your patience and understanding. —————————- On May 29th our shop was looted and destructed by a group of individuals. In the moment we were angry and looking for answers, however, within minutes after the incident we began to receive an out-pour of love and support from our local and global community looking for ways to help. That love immediately helped to overpower the negativity. We have been asked to create a donation link to help in recovery efforts. Although we do not yet have a set dollar amount for recovery, we do believe that we will exceed our goal, so we will also be using any excess donations to contribute to neighboring minority-owned small businesses who have been damaged as well. Thank you in advance for your love, empathy and support. Link in bio.
You can donate via a link he provided on his Instagram to help pay for damages and stolen inventory. He states that any donations that exceed the costs of said damages will be donated to neighboring minority-owned small businesses who also suffered damages.