Catching Up…

The Memorial Tournament is coming up, and today it was announced that Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose and Vijay Singh will be part of the field.

Speaking of welcome announcements, the start time of The Game has been released. The first chapter of the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry featuring Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke will kick off at noon in Columbus on November 24th. If you want to know more about what the Buckeye offense will look like in that game, the Big Ten Network has done an interview with offensive line coach Ed Warinner.

In his interview with BTN, Ed Warinner talks about Urban Meyer’s success on the recruiting trail, and that success is one reason ESPN speculates that Meyer “won” the vote for the Big Ten’s most disliked coach…even though he has yet to coach a game at OSU.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team will be taking part in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and their opponent has now been unveiled. The Buckeyes will battle North Carolina on November 28th.

Aroldis Chapman was arrested for speeding near Columbus, Ohio…and then he went 100 miles an hour. Skipper Dusty Baker said the incident involving the Reds closer was overblown, pointing out that he was once stopped in Mexico because he was unfamiliar with the area and, as a result, was going the wrong way down a one-way street. The police were demanding Baker see the comandante, “And I speak more Spanish than [Chapman] does English.” Despite the run-in with police, Chapman was on the mound in the ninth to close out Cincinnati’s 4-3 win over the Braves. The Fox Sports TV graphic indicated he touched 100 mph at least twice.

The Indians started a key 3-game series against the Tigers with a 5-3 victory. It ended the Tribe’s 10-game skid against Detroit.

Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Kenny Lofton took issue with the decision of pitcher Chris Perez to criticize Indians fans for not attending games. In a great interview with 92.3 The Fan, Lofton said, “You’re in first place for a couple of days, and you think you’re big time? That’s not how it works.” Lofton also pointed out that community involvement is key for a team in building relationships. “I’m not sure they do that anymore…When it comes to the fans, this is their city. As a player, I came into their city. You have to earn their respect.”

That’s something for the Blue Jackets to remember should they start experiencing success. Given their history, it’s not unreasonable that fans would wait until the team proves they’re not a fluke to return in full force.

Of course, the Blue Jackets more immediate concern is the draft, and there are now rumors that the CBJ will trade up to get the number one pick from Edmonton. Also, the Dispatch broke some news regarding the Columbus Arena Management group and whether they’ll be able to operate Nationwide Arena without public oversight.

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