In Jimmy Crum's heyday, the common catch phrase among great sportscasters like Jimmy was, 'let's go to the video-tape."
It's because video was new in the 70's and it allowed for sports fans to see hilites or soundbites from their favorite athletes and coaches faster than ever before.
Technology has brought us along way since the 70's. Sportscasters don't say "let's go to the viedo tape" anymore. In fact video tape as we knew it then is rarely used anymore.
Football coaches used to say they watched hours of film on an upcoming opponent. Athletes still say they spend a lot of time in the "film" room but I would bet not a single player on Ohio State's roster has watched on second of actual film.
Coaches and athletes watched "video" for awhile but technology has blown video out the door too. You can find the tape machines out by the dumpsters next to the unversal gyms and single bar football helmets.
We all live in a digital world. "video" of everything from Uncle Charlie's rainbow trout caught in Montana 5 minutes ago to Hannah Montana's bump with the law in Hollywood 30 seconds ago is available online and on your phone provided you're in a hot spot.
So why, a week after Carlos Hyde had his less that sweet moment in Sugar Bar II are we still waiting to Urban Meyer to tell us he's seen the video of the event and is prepared to act accordingly.
All sports have instant replay in their game telecasts. Almost every sport has instant video review which settles disputes as benign as where a ball should be spotted or whether a shot was a two or a thre pointer.
Why are we all hanging on the world's longest video review to determine whether or not Hyde did something wrong?
The people at the Sugar Bar have seen it. We know Mindy Drayer at NBC4 has seen it.
Has Urban Meyer seen it? Carlos Hyde? Hyde's attorney?
Facebook and Twitter are filled with every kid of video you could hope to find.
Almost everyone with a full-time job has some type of smart phone that supports video.
I'm guessing a football coach pulling in $4 million a year would have a pretty smart phone.
If not, he definitely has an entire video department at his disposal that can edit a 4 quarter football came into 100 specific game situations faster than a chef at a Japanese steakhouse can slice your steak and shrimp. Pretty sure he could handle a three minute security cam video.
Let's go to the video tape and put this latest Ohio State controversy to rest one way or the other.
Athlete-student. All the time.
Long before I went to college. Long before Woody Hayes came to Ohio State. Long before Bear Bryant went to Alabama.
Long before the first BCS National championship game and long befoe ESPN College Gameday, college football coaches drooled over talent.
Not the talent to solve long equations or write brilliant prose. They're not knocking down the doors of the kids who ace chemistry exams or win spelling bees.
College football coaches want fast, strong, big kids. A quarterback who can throw it 60 yards in the air. A 300-pound lineman with quick feet. A receiver who runs with the wind. A tailback with gaudy stats.
If they happen to excel in the classroom, that's a bonus. Coaches want players on the roster who can lift weights not the school cumulative GPA.
They are called student athletes because it sounds like the school in question gives a damn about an athlete's academic performance.
In fact they are student athletes because going to class is the only way they can stay eligible to compete.
Now to Ohio State's most recent issues. 4 players including two guy who may well have been named team captains later this summer, experiencing some type of brush with the law.
A high profile tailback is listed as "person of interest" in a Columbus Police Department case in which a woman was allegedly struck while in a bar in the Arena District.
A potential All-America defensive back was involved in a scuffle in a bar in Blomington, Indiana. Why an Ohio State football player would walk into a bar in another Big Ten town late at night in the first place is rather suspect but that's another topic. There was an altercation, polic were called and now this player is in trouble for the first time in his career.
The names here are not important. Frankly, neither is the school.
These "student athletes" could play anywhere.
The trouble with student athletes getting themselves in trouble lies as much within the system as it does with the individual.
Athletes are not recruited based on their ability to make wise decisions in bars late at night.
They are not recruited because they know how to back down from a fight.
They are not recruited because they are lacking confidence to win wheter it be the attention of a woman or a football game against Wisconsin.
The Columbus Dispatch ran the picture of a sign in Ohio State's football bulding. The sign says:
"Decisions. Honesty, Treat women with respect. No drugs. No stealing. No weapons."
The accompaning column discusses the merits of recruiting talent over character.
And that is the crux of the issue whether the school is Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame or Michigan.
The premium is and always will be on talent. Speed, strength and size make a Division I college football recruit not honest humility and charity.
It'll never change. If anything with college football becoming closer to the NFL every fall, it was probably only get worse.
So, shake your head at the arrests and the bad decision making all you want. As long as your team wins on Saturdays everything will be okay.
Everyone knows Urban Meyer is a competitive son of a gun.
Here's another peek into just how competitive he is.
Let's be honest with one another CBJ fans.
You did your homework before the NHL draft and knew a little of the talents of Alexander Wennberg, the Jackets first pick Sunday.
You may have also known that the Jacket's second pick, Kerby Rychel is following the NHL footsteps of his father who won a Stanley Cup while playing with Colorado in 1996.
And you may have even known that the Jackets third pick in the first round, Marko Dano skates with current Blue Jacket Marion Gaborik back home in Slovakia.
Great. They all will be wonderful members of the team....someday.
What mattered most was the best save of the summer.
The CBJ's best save since Sergei Bobrovsky stoned the Nashville Predators in April.
The Jackets coming to terms with Sergei Bobrovsky on a new two year deal relegates the three first round picks to the next page in team news for the week.
This is not to diminish any of their burgeoning skills.
It's all about Bob.
The flurry at the Jackets draft table in the hours leading up to the draft had little to do with pick number 14 and everything to do with number 72.
Reports began to circulate that Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets were far apart in negotiations and that the Vezina Trophy winning goaltender was on the trading block.
That got my phone buzzing. News rocketed through the Blue Jackets draft party at Nationwide Arena quickly to the point that the opportunity for fans to have their picture taken with the Vezina was in jeopardy.
Team officials were poised to bring a hasty end to that promotion if Bob had decided to take his talents elsewhere.
John Davidson, a former NHL goaltender himself, may not be the team's general manager. But as President of Hockey Operations, you know he had more than a glove hand in saving the Bobrovsky negotiations.
The fact that he and GM Jarmo Kekalainen put together a workable deal for both sides is what fans are celebrating.
The team, frankly any NHL team needs to be solid from the goaltender out. Had Bob and the CBJ not comes to terms, that dynamic would have been much tougher to achieve.
But Davidson and Kekalainen did it. Making the biggest save of the off-season.
It certainly put a little more Red in the Red, White and Boom celebration. And a little more green in the pocket of the man who brought some boom back to Nationwide Arena.