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By Matt McCoy
Monday night's Cleveland Indians 7-3 win over Oakland featured one of the longest home runs in Progressive Field history. The Tribe's Mark Reynolds, who was hit by a Jarrod Parker pitch in the first inning got his revenge in the fifth. Reynolds launched one that landed in the back rows of the left field bleachers. It was estimated as a 460-foot blast and if you haven't seen it, you can check it out here.
D.Q'ed for what?
A story out of Columbus, Texas caught my attention Monday. A high school relay team won its regional track meet, qualifying for the state championship. As the story goes, upon crossing the finish line, the anchor runner, junior Derek Hayes raised his finger and pointed to the sky. That gesture effectively ended the season for Hayes' and his teammates.
The relay team was disqualified by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) for unsporting conduct. The point to the sky was viewed as an excessive celebratory gesture. Hayes' family claims it was a simple thank you to God.
I have to believe there's more to this story. Unfortunately, there is no video or photo of the gesture. If it was truely a simple point to the sky, the UIL decision is both embarrassing and inexcusable. Here's a story on the controversy from Fox 26 in Houston.
By Matt McCoy
The Blue Jackets late season run didn't produce a spot in the playoffs but it did something much more important...re-engaged the fan base.
As Jeff Bell reported in Business First this week, the Blue Jackets have sold three times as many season ticket packages than they had at this time last year. Season ticket renewals are trending better as well.
I've always thought the Blue Jackets have done a terrific job marketing the team so with an on-ice product to match it, I suspect those numbers will get even better before the puck drops next season...especially with ads like their latest.
My WTVN colleague and Fox TV Blue Jackets television host Dave Maetzold told me about the new Blue Jackets spot earlier this week but I had not seen it. Now I have, and it's terrific. It features President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out.
Jim Tressel in Blue??
This just doesn't quite look right to me. Jim Tressel in a BLUE sweater vest? Well, it's actually Akron Zips blue, rather than Michigan.
The Akron Aeros minor league baseball team is having a Jim Tressel bobblehead giveaway as part of University of Akron night Saturday. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will get one. The team is telling fans interested to arrive early because demand is expected to be high.
Just goes to show how popular Jim Tressel still is. I doubt there are many bobblehead giveaways for Univeristy Vice President's for Strategic Engagement...but Tressel is certainly a unique exception.
Golfing with Urban
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was one of the college coaches who participated this week in the "Chick Fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge," in Greensboro, Georgia. It's a charity event with teams from top programs across the country competing for scholarship money for their respective school.
Meyer represented Ohio State along with our good friend at WTVN, former Buckeye Jeff Logan.
"The one thing that we did prove is there's a reason why we do not play that game for a living," Logan told WTVN's Dave Maetzold who is filling in for morning show host Joel Riley this week. "We didn't play nearly as well as we wanted to, but we did bring back $20,000 to Ohio State University."
The event wrapped up Tuesday afternoon and on the final nine holes, Meyer and Logan were paired up against Alabama coach Nick Saban and former Heisman winner Mark Ingram.
"Ohio State, from a football standpoint has this whole thing called 'The Chase, and they're chasing a national championship" Logan said. "Well as soon as we got paired up with Nick Saban, I could see in (Meyer's) eyes the idea that we were going on a chase (on the golf course). He was pretty intense but we had a really had a good time."
If you want to know what it's like to spend two days in a competitive golfing situation with Urban Meyer, check out Dave's interview with Jeff Logan. You can listen by clicking HERE:
By Matt McCoy
A couple baseball videos from the "in case you missed it file." Monday night during the Indians 9-0 win over Kansas City, home plate umpire Paul Emmel tried...unsuccessfully, to call out Tribe third baseman and former Clipper Lonnie Chisenhall after only two strikes. Thankfully for the Tribe, Chisenhall was keeping count, corrected Emmel and was allowed to stay at bat.
Video number two is the best catch of the night...and it came from a fan at the Arizona Diamondbacks/San Fransisco Giants game. It's not often you see a leaping catch in the stands, but this guy pulled it off--while also catching his hat. Anyway--here's a couple of funny baseball videos you can check out.
By Matt McCoy
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has said he wants more night games in Ohio Stadium. In part because of the atmosphere in the stadium and in part because he believes that atmosphere is more enticing to recruits. What Urban Meyer wants, Urban Meyer gets.
For the first time in Ohio State history, the Buckeyes will host more than one night game next season. ESPN and ABC released its schedule of prime time games and Ohio State is featured three times, including the September 28 Big Ten opener vs. Wisconsin and the home game October 26 against Penn State.
"College football is changing and the more opportunities you can get when the entire nation is watching you I think it's good for your program," 610 WTVN football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Stan Jackson said. "And there's something about night time in general for most people. We don't have day clubs we have night clubs....and let's face it...the fans have longer to get sauced up."
The fans are sure to be sauced up in Evanston, Illinois October 5. The Buckeyes play on the road that night against Northwestern...the first meeting between the schools since 2008.
We might not be finished with night games for the 2013 Buckeyes either. The Big Ten network releases its prime time schedule next week. It's also possible that Fox will move the Buckeye game, at California September 14th to the evening.
To listen to 610 WTVN's Stan Jackson on the "Prime Time Buckeyes" click HERE:
Here is the current Ohio State schedule, with the kickoff times we know so far:
Aug. 31- Buffalo
Sept. 7- San Diego State
Sept. 14-at California
Sept. 21-Florida A&M
Sept. 28-Wisconsin 8:00 (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Oct. 5-at Northwestern 8:00 (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Oct. 26-Penn State 8:00 (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Nov. 2-at Purdue
Nov. 16-at Illinois
Nov. 30-at Michigan