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2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 12)

It’s a great week to be associated with Buckeye Football. It started on Thanksgiving Day through the weekend when a few Buckeye alumni set the tone for the current Bucks.

Ezekiel Elliott went over 100 yards rushing for the third consecutive game to take the NFL lead for rushing yards. Zeke ran for 121 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in a 31-23 win over Washington to tie atop of the NFC East division. He also caught 5 passes for 22 yards. Rod Smith carried the ball twice for 7 yards. Noah Brown caught one pass for 22 yards.

New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas was held in check by the Atlanta Falcons. He only caught 4 passes for 38 yards in the 31-17 win over their NFC South division rivals. Eli Apple led the Saints defense with 10 total tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery. Vonn Bell was second on the team with 7 total tackles, one for a loss and a fumble recovery. Marshon Lattimore totaled 5 tackles and 2 pass breakups, while Kurt Coleman made 2 total tackles in the win.

Joey Bosa looks like he hasn’t missed a beat since missing most of the 2018 season with a foot injury. Bosa made 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss and a total of 5 tackles for the LA Chargers in a 45-10 beat down of the Arizona Cardinals.

Malcolm Jenkins intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to help the Philadelphia Eagles defeat their NFC East rival New York Giants 25-22. Jenkins also made 6 total tackles and broke up another pass to help the defending champions keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Punter Cam Johnston kicked 4 times for a total of 201 yards (50.3 avg.) and downed 2 inside the 20.

Gareon Conley broke up two passes, one that was intercepted in the end zone on the tip drill and collected 2 total tackles for the Oakland Raiders in a 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins registered 3 total tackles.

The leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the year, Browns cornerback Denzel Ward registered 4 tackles and one pass break up in Cleveland’s 35-20 domination of the Cincinnati Bengals. Sam Hubbard collected 4 total tackles in the loss for Cincinnati.

Jeff Heuerman caught 2 passes for 44 yards; his longest for 29 yards in a 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, he broke three ribs during the game that will end his season. Bradley Roby made 6 total tackles and broke up a pass, but gave up a 97-yard touchdown pass in the win. However, he did redeem himself by forcing a key fumble on James Conner in the red zone that thwarted a Steelers scoring opportunity. Cam Heyward made 3 total tackles and was credited with half a sack in defeat.

Carlos Hyde rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries in a 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Darron Lee made 6 total tackles for the New York Jets in a 27-13 loss to the New England Patriots.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett caught 2 passes for 22 yards in a 30-27 win over the Carolina Panthers. Curtis Samuel also caught 2 passes, one for a 7-yard touchdown, for a total of 17 yards and rushed once for 25 yards in the loss.

Raekwon McMillan totaled 7 tackles, while his linebacker partner Jerome Baker totaled 3 for the Miami Dolphins in a 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Malik Hooker made 2 tackles and broke up a pass for the Colts in the victory.

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2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 7)

The current Buckeyes embarrassing performance on Saturday night against Purdue must’ve really hurt a few of the alums in the NFL, because they had some rough days of their own on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 33 yards on 15 attempts in a 20-17 loss to Washington. The 33 rush yards are the second fewest he’s rushed for in a game in his three-year career. He also caught 2 passes for 9 yards.

Bradley Roby picked off a pass, broke up 4 more and made 2 tackles for the Denver Broncos in a 45-10 route of the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football.

Nate Ebner made one tackle on special teams for the New England Patriots in a dramatic 38-31 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Malik Hooker made one tackle for the Indianapolis Colts in a 37-5 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Rookie Sam Hubbard made 2 total tackles for Cincinnati in a 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward made 4 tackles, a tackle for loss, and broke up 2 passes in a 26-23 loss in their fourth overtime game of the season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple led the G-Men with 6 total tackles in a 23-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Apple was traded the day after the game to the New Orleans Saints for a 4th round pick.

Speaking of New Orleans, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught 7 passes for 69 yards and a 5-yard touchdown in a 24-23 comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens. On the defensive side, Marshon Lattimore made 3 total tackles and broke up 2 passes, Vonn Bell registered 3 total tackles, and Kurt Coleman added 2 tackles to aid the victory.

Curtis Samuel scored his first career-rushing touchdown on a 14-yard carry to start the Carolina Panthers 17 point comeback against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also caught one pass for 16 yards in the 21-17 win over the defending Super Bowl Champions. Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins collected 7 total tackles and broke up 2 passes in the loss. Cameron Johnston punted 3 times for a total of 135 yards (45.0 yard average) and pinning one inside the 20-yard line.

New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee registered 2 tackles, one pass breakup and one hit on the QB in a 37-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Friday the Cleveland Browns traded running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He didn’t play in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, but is expected to suit up next week.

On the injury front, the New Orleans Saints placed Ted Ginn Junior on injured reserve with a knee issue that’s caused him to miss the last 2 games. The New York Jets released Terrelle Pryor with a tear in his groin. He’s expected to miss the next two weeks. New York would like to resign him then.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 1)

Rookies Marshon Lattimore and Pat Elflein share a moment after playing their first game as NFL players. Photo Courtesy: NFL snapchat

While Buckeye Nation attempts to process what happened Saturday night in the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, several former Buckeyes made their 2017 debuts in the League.

Seven Buckeyes were selected at April’s draft, three in the first round. In all, 42 Ohio State Alumni opened the season on NFL rosters.

The Indianapolis Colts have five former Buckeyes on their team. The New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys are tied for second with four each.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is the most notable of the former Buckeyes. Elliott’s team faced off against his former 2014 National championship teammate cornerback Eli Apple and the New York Giants. Elliott rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries and caught 5 passes for 36 yards in “America’s Team’s” 19-3 victory. Apple made 7 tackles (5 solo) in defeat for the “G-Men.”

New York Jets 2nd-year linebacker Darron Lee collected 10 tackles (7 solo) and a sack in his team’s 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward made their return to the Buckeye State in their season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Shazier had 7 tackles (4 solo), while Heyward had a sack, a tackle for loss and 3 tackles (1 solo) in the Steelers 21-18 win over the Browns.

The Carolina Panthers and their three Buckeyes of Kurt Coleman, rookie Curtis Samuel and offensive lineman Andrew Norwell lined up against running back Carlos Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers. Coleman made 6 solo tackles in Carolina’s 23-3 win. Samuel was limited with an ankle injury. Hyde rushed for 45 yards on 9 carries and had 6 catches for 32 yards in the loss.

Terrelle Pryor Senior caught 6 passes for 66 yards in his debut with Washington against NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles. 9-year vet, Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 4 tackles for the Eagles in their 30-17 win in the Nation’s capital.

The Indianapolis Colts quintuplets of Bucks had a difficult opening day against the Los Angeles Rams. LA won by a score of 46-9. Jonathan Hankins had 2 solo tackles, John Simon collected 6 tackles (5 solo) and rookie safety Malik Hooker had 4 tackles (3 solo) in defeat. Tyvis Powell and Jake Mewhort didn’t register any statistics.

Several Bucks had to wait until Monday night to start their 2017 season. Ted Ginn Junior, Mike Thomas, Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints took on center Pat Elflein the Minnesota Vikings. Thomas caught 5 passes for 45 yards, while Ginn Junior made 4 catches for 53 yards and had one rush for 5 yards in the Saints 29-19 loss. Defensively Lattimore made 4 solo tackles in his NFL debut. Elflein the 70th overall pick (3rd round) in the 2017 draft made the first start of his career.

Joey Bosa and the Los Angeles Chargers went to Denver to face Bradley Roby, Jeff Heurerman and the Broncos in the second of the Monday Night Football double header. Roby had 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 passes defensed and a key interception in the Broncos 24-21 win. Tight end Jeff Heuerman had one catch for twenty yards to help progress a scoring drive. Bosa made 6 tackles (3 solo), and 1.5 sacks in defeat.

City Game: Columbus, OH B.K.A Buckeye City

Come for the football in the fall, stay for the hoops through the winter.

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“Buckeye City” has more to offer than three yards and a cloud of dust. Photo Credit: Kavis Peak

Ohio is known as the cradle of Pro Football, the home of the best basketball player in the game in LBJ and more specifically the state capital of Columbus is known for being the home to the 2014 Kings of College Football, and THE most recognized, beloved and in some cases hated university football teams in the land. But, over the past fifteen years or so, the 614 has produced some of the top hoops talent in America.

NBA Live: Columbus doesn’t have a professional team, but if the Association looks to expand and bring a franchise back to Seattle; Columbus has been mentioned, and has made a case to be included. Downtown Columbus boast a 16 years young arena, that is currently home to the NHL’s Columbus Bluejackets. It’s the kind of start of the art facility the NBA covets for their teams, and has hosted several NCAA Tournaments in recent years. It’s also the center of a very vibrant arena district with restaurants and nightlife that compliments the arena. While city leaders continue their mission to get a team, the city is very well represented in the Association with players from the area who have made their impact on the games highest level.

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IMG_1941.JPG2004 NBA All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks and 2008 Gold Medalist Michael Redd (West High), 2013 Lottery Pick and 2013 John R. Wooden and James A. Naismith Awards winner Trey Burke (Northland High), 2010 Naismith High School Player of the Year, 2011 USBWA National Freshman of the Year and 2-time 1st-Team NCAA All-American Jared Sullinger (Northland High), Chris Quinn (Dublin High), B.J. Mullins (Canal Winchester High), 2002 NBA Champion with the L.A. Lakers Samaki Walker (Whitehall), 1997 #4 overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies and 1999 NBA Champion with the San Antonio Spurs Antonio Daniels (DeSales High), Gary Trent (Hamilton Township), Lawrence Funderburke (Eastmoor Academy), Calvin Booth (Groveport Madison High) and Kevin Martin (Zanesville High).

Several old school guys who this current generation may not be familiar with; Granville Waiters (East High) who played with Michael Jordan in Chicago, Jim Cleamons (Linden High) who won 6 titles as an assistant coach with MJ, and long time New York Knicks player turned assistant coach Herb Williams (Marion Franklin High) all come from the 614.

Big Men On Campus: Thad Matta has turned the Ohio State Football Factory into a hoops hotbed. In his 12-seasons at the head of THE Ohio State University basketball program, Coach Matta has led them to two Final Fours (2007, 2012), two Sweet 16 finishes, a trip to the Elite-8, four Big Ten Tournament Championships (2007,2010,2011, 2013), and five Big Ten regular season Championships (2006, 2007, 2010-12). Matta has had four players drafted in the top three picks of the NBA Draft (Oden & Conley 2007, Turner 2010, Russell 2015) and had eight players drafted in the first round.

To many people’s surprise, OSU isn’t the only college in the “Capital City” with a strong basketball tradition. Division III Otterbein UniversityCardinals took home a National Championship in 2002 behind Division III National Player of the Year Jeff Gibbs (East High), who at 6’1″ tall, finished his career with a total of 1,469 rebounds.

Otterbein’s cross town rival the Capital University Crusaders have also enjoyed their fair share of success. The 2009 Crusaders, behind Head Coach Damon Goodwin won 26 games and a trip to the NCAA (Div. III) Tournament’s “Sweet 16.”

Prep Game: Columbus has been the hub for grooming young hoop talent in the Buckeye State since the late 80’s–early 90’s. It’s the home base for one of the most successful AAU programs in the United States; All-Ohio Red led by Jerry Watson. Watson’s program has turned out several Division I prospect and future pros in the NBA and overseas. All-Ohio teams have won 11 National Championships since 1989.

Trey Burke, now of the Utah Jazz, stared at Columbus Northland High School Jared Sullinger. Together, Sullinger and Burke led the Vikings to four Columbus City League titles, an undefeated record in league play in that span, a State Championship (2009) and a 21-0 regular season earning a #1 National ranking in 2010. The Vikings have another highly recruited prospect in Seth Towns who will begin his college career in the fall of 2016 at Harvard.

Brookhaven High School also turned out several highly touted prospects, 2003 McDonald’s All-American Andrew Lavender, Ron Lewis who made some big shots to help the 2007 OSU Buckeyes reached the National Championship game. Together, those two led the Haven as it’s known around the 614, to a State Title in 2002 and a very competitive battle against LeBron James and his St. Vincent-St. Mary’s squad.

Since I mentioned LeBron James; before LBJ, there was a smooth, 6’3″ left handed combo guard from Hartley and Independence High, named Esteban Weaver, who drew the National spotlight much like #23 did, but in a time when High School kids were just starting to make the jump from preps to pros. Weaver was dominating national prep camps and the Worthington Summer League Pro-Am at age 14 against the likes of NBA vets Jim Jackson, Dennis Hopson, Nick Van Exel and several other pros from overseas. Haven’t heard of him? Don’t believe me? Just read this, and check out the highlights from a documentary produced by local apparel company Homage.

In recent seasons the Central Ohio area has been dominated by schools from the suburban area. Westerville South, Pickerington Central and Gahanna Lincoln have produced several major conference Division I prospects. Jae’Sean Tate of Ohio State and Caris Levert of Michigan both graduated from Pickerington Central, where they helped the Tigers win the state title in 2012. Current Tiger Ibi Watson is headed to Michigan as a member of the class of 2016. Ohio State class of 2017 commit Kaleb Wesson (6’9″ 260) has led the Westerville South Wildcats to back-to-back OHSAA Final Four appearances and a 2nd-place finish in 2015. The Gahanna Lincoln Lions have two of the top 5 players ranked in the state for the class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com in Nick Ward and Matthew Moyer, who will be attending Michigan State and Syracuse respectively.

Five players from Columbus have been invited to participate in the McDonald’s All-American game, with two of them taking home the MVP award. The aforementioned Sullinger in 2010, and Kenny Gregory of Independence High in 1997. The ’97 game also featured future NBA All-Stars, Baron Davis, Tracy McGrady, Ron Artest and Lamar Odom to name a few. Gregory went on to have a successful four-year career at the University of Kansas before enjoying a pro career overseas.

How We Do: Versatility is the name of our game. 7-footers don’t grow on trees around here. So our bigs average anywhere from 6’8″ to 6″5″ and can take you on the low block and dominate you with power and finesse moves; then take you outside and blow past you or shoot your eyes out. Our guards have slick hands, deadly shooting, and don’t be surprised if a 6′ or 6’1″guy takes you in the post and calls for the offense to run through him on the block or puts you on a poster.

Runs/Streetball: Columbus weather is very unpredictable regardless of the season, so it’s difficult to have one set place where the best run happens consistently. However, there are several places in and outdoors where you can find high quality competition. Your first stop should always be on the campus of Ohio State.

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“The Cages” on 12th Avenue are iconic in Columbus. Photo Credit: Kavis Peak

If the weather allows, there are several outdoor courts on the campus where you’ll find intense competition anytime of the day, and even a few Buckeye hoopers and football players getting in a run. The 12th avenue cages are legendary around the area. There are four courts right across from the dorms and players show up at all times of day, looking to get it in. The lights don’t go out until 2 a-m, which is necessary on many summer nights, because if you lose, expect to sit around a while before you can get another shot a redemption.

If you prefer indoors, you have a few choices. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has several gymnasiums strategically placed around the city where they host Men’s leagues that provide the best competition.

The Westerville Community Center in Northeast Columbus, located about 20 minutes from downtown, also attracts highly competitive players and games. You can take advantage of the adult men’s open gym nights, or their A-Level Men’s league that several former Buckeyes, overseas pros on break, as well as lower level D-I, D-II and D-III players.

Whichever spot you choose to lace up your sneakers, just bring your A game; because if you lose, it will be a long wait before you get back on, if at all.

 

I Love My City! But………

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I was born in Columbus, Ohio August 13, 1980. I lived here 26 years. This is my home. Know matter where I am I let people know it. Whether I am wearing scarlet and gray, a Homage Columbus Clippers tee, a Columbus Bluejacket hat or just shouting Dub C for Walnut Creek the neighborhood I grew up in, I am the 614. I always will be, but it’s not for everyone.

I’ve always said Central Ohio was a great place to live as a kid. It still is a great place to raise a family almost 30 years later. This area is great for those who are married and have a family and looking to grow. Not just in the suburbs either.

Downtown is booming with more family friendly events with the Nationwide Arena and the Clippers’ Huntington Park. But it is not a great place for singles, unless you’re a college student.

Singles in the age range of 25 to 35 will have it rough. I know, I’ve lived it twice now. First from 2003 after graduating college until I moved to Orlando in 2007. And now in 2012 after I moved back to be there for my family in difficult ties. The quality of single life is bare minimum. Unless you like carrying on like you’re still in undergrad into your late 20’s or early 30’s. I can only give you a man’s point of view, but the quality of women is low too. It seems the good ones graduate from college or trade school and bolt the city first chance they get. The only women left are the ones that are too young and still in school or the ones who have and breed more drama than Soap Net, Lifetime and the Hallmark channels combined. Who has time for that?!

The job opportunities aren’t the same for singles as for people in marriages or have kids either. My experience is, singles are looked down on as irresponsible, non-committal and unstable. Where as those with a family or just kids are seen as the opposite because they have that stable home life. Therefore they get those promotions because the guys and gals at the top feel they’ll be a better long term fit, where as us singles with our flexible life styles will always be viewed in their eyes as “one opportunity from leaving them high and dry.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth. If the opportunity is right we’ll stick around. But they are foolish to think a wife or husband won’t jump ship and uproot their entire family for a better opportunity too.

Singles and couples don’t mix well here either. It’s like Bloods and Crips, Democrats and Republicans or even sometimes as nasty as Palestinians and Israelites. They don’t want to be around us singles because we remind them of what they used to be. That carefree life or hanging out with your buds or your girlfriends without having to book time weeks in advance. And we don’t want to be around them because they remind us of the difficulties we’re going through to find what they have. Not to mention everyone knows everybody around here, so your business isn’t just your business. And if you’re a private person like me, that sucks worse than being kicked in the balls!

I have felt this way loooooong before I moved to Orlando. I knew this stuff when I was in high school. My older cousins put me on game then. But now that I have seen what is out there, and not just visiting a city every now and then. Having lived in another city and been invested in its community, my frustrations towards Buckeye City has grown stronger. I’ve seen the variety of other cities the same size as Columbus. I’ve seen a more sophisticated and classier level of community and I’ve seen a more overall better balance of single and family life blended together.

I know I just dumped on my hometown. Trust me, it pains me. But I’m real, and I’m not the only one that feels this way. There are statistics that show singles roll out as soon as they can because they aren’t happy here. You’ve never seen Columbus on the list of top places for singles to live. But I have seen other “college towns” like Austin, Texas make the list.

But I love Columbus, it has made me who I am. I will always represent the 614. I just know to be what I want to become, I can’t do it here.