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By Matt McCoy
Thursday was a special day for the football Buckeyes. The players gathered at the Woody Hayes Facility to receive some bling...their rings for completing only the sixth undefeated season in school history. Pictured above is tight end Jeff Heuerman's ring--a photo he proudly sent out on Twitter. Other players did the same and a short time later, the ESPN analyst many Ohio State fans love to hate, Mark May, fired a shot across the bow.
"Just a checking my integrity meter didn't know you could give out 12-0 rings when your on probation or banned from bowls..just a thought." (Before you e-mail me about the grammatical errors, that is written exactly as May tweeted it.)
That started a social media dust up between May and Ohio State players and fans, recapped nicely by awfulannouncing.com. The back and forth included this tweet by the Buckeyes Jake Stoneburner: "You can give out rings when you win your division and your coach is the man @mark_may."
610 WTVN's Joel Riley had former Buckeye quarterback and WTVN football analyst Stan Jackson on Friday morning who summerized the Mark May vs Ohio State feud this way.
"It's a continuation. Mark May's always been (this way)," Stan said. "The last I checked his University (Pittsburgh) wasn't worth anything. Guys are jealous about Ohio State. When you're the top program in a conference like the Big Ten, you're going to get some shots so I like it. As long as they're talking about us, that means we're relevant so let Mark talk as much as he wants."
Stan also talked with Joel about Saturday's spring game and his expectations for Braxton Miller. To listen to the interview click HERE:
Trick shot kicker signed
28 year-old kicker Havard Rugland of Norway is going to get a shot at the NFL. He agreed to terms with the Lions and will compete for the kicking job with veteran David Akers.
That's not the interesting part of the story...it's why Rugland is getting a shot that is noteworthy. Last year, he put out Kickalicious, a trick shot kicking video on YouTube. It went viral and was seen by millions--including--NFL teams. Rugland has continued to work on his skills and is now getting a look from the Lions.
If you haven't seen his Kickalicous video--prepare to be amazed. It's pretty incredible.