Lunardi On Ohio State

Ohio State hosts Wisconsin tomorrow in their regular season finale, and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi feels a victory over the outright Big Ten Champion could go a long way to helping the Buckeyes in the postseason.

In fact, when it comes to their NCAA Tournament seeding, there’s only one thing Lunardi thinks could help more, and that’s going back and playing a better non-league schedule.

“Of course, that horse is out of the barn,” he said. “It’s legitimately an anchor for them and has been in terms of evaluation all season.”

The Buckeyes game against the Badgers is at 4:30 Sunday and airs on 97.1 The Fan.

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The Exceptionally Rare Healthy Columbus Blue Jacket

It only took a couple of games. David Clarkson succumbed to the curse almost immediately after being traded to Columbus; and now he’s out, most likely for the season, with a torn oblique.

Yes, that would be the same David Clarkson whom the CBJ obtained because Nathan Horton was hurt.

Injuries have so decimated the Blue Jackets this season that it seems a healthy CBJ skater is incredibly rare. Dare we say endangered?

For this reason, we actually contacted the Department of Fish and Wildlife, who gave us the following response:

The healthy Blue Jacket “cannot be listed under the Endangered Species Act because they do not qualify as a distinct species or subspecies.”

So there you have it.

No matter how many man-games the Jackets lose (currently 406…and counting), they cannot get federal protection from a Cal Clutterbuck hit or a Jordin Tootoo high stick.

The very nice folks at the Department of Fish and Wildlife did wish the Blue Jackets the best of luck. Heaven knows they need it.

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Jarmo Kekäläinen On The Trade Deadline

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Removing The Lock From Locker Room?

Ohio State men’s basketball plays Nebraska tomorrow. Poor Nebraska, ruled by petty tyrant (or–if you prefer–Petteway tyrant) Tim Miles, who has stripped the team of locker room privileges until their performance meets expectations.

To these children of the corn, the Buckeyes offer sanctuary.

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Buckeyes At The Combine

Jeff Heuerman
6’5″ 254 pounds

  • 26 reps on the bench press
  • second best performance on the bench of this year’s tight ends
  • did not participate in other testing (40-yard dash, three-cone, etc.) as he’s recovering from an ankle injury
  • suggests the Browns have a real need at tight end that Heuerman could fill

Devin Smith
6’0″, 196 pounds

  • 4.42 seconds on the 40-yard dash
  • 10 reps on the bench press
  • 39.0″ vertical jump
  • 122.0″ broad jump
  • 4.15 second 20-yard shuttle
  • compared him to DeSean Jackson
  • reporters who cover the Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Bears, and 49ers have all written about Smith in conjunction with their teams

Michael Bennett
6’2″, 293 pounds

  • did not participate in testing because he’s still recovering from a groin injury
  • was widely cited as one of the most impressive at the podium during media interviews
  • the Detroit Lions seemed especially interested in the defensive lineman

Doran Grant
5’10”, 200 pounds

  • 4.44 seconds on the 40-yard dash
  • tied for third best time on the 40-yard dash of this year’s corners
  • 21 reps on the bench press
  • second best performance on the bench of this year’s corners
  • 33.0″ vertical jump
  • 116.0″ broad jump
  • 4.33 second 20-yard shuttle
  • teams linked to Grant have included the Patriots, Broncos, Steelers, and we know he interviewed with the 49ers

Ohio State’s Pro Day is March 13th.

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Hey, Pumpkin. Watch This!

Lettuce take a moment to enjoy the high-fiber workout of Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen. The two Blue Jackets forwards squash the corny notion that you can’t play with your food.

Now enjoy as you watch them pepper the net.

You know, I think that first “vegetable” might be an avocado. Technically, that’s a fruit. How do you like them apples?

Foligno certainly didn’t like having to pay up after (spoiler alert) losing the race.

“Don’t quit your day job, Foligno,” might be my favorite Morgan Freeman line since…Oh, heck. Everything Freeman says is an instant classic.

For similar battles, click here. The other food fight is pretty good, albeit kinda bananas.

Like these videos? They were uncovered by the great Alison Lukan. I’m giving her a hat tip, you should give her a follow.

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Terrelle Pryor Is “Homeless”

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has a new team, having signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, and he’s settled in by visiting the local veterans and children’s hospitals.

That hasn’t earned him any goodwill with at least one of the locals, though…

So for all the recent talk about how great the Duke/North Carolina basketball rivalry is (and last night’s game was fantastic), today score one for Ohio State/Michigan.

Hat tip to friend and colleague Tim Hall.

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