It’s hard to argue with the pick of OSU as Big Ten favorite

As this week’s Big Ten meetings in Chicago have reinforced, the expectations are again high for Ohio State’s football team this fall.

Despite losing star tailback Chris Wells, top receivers Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline and three of its defensive leaders in linebackers Marcus Freeman and James Laurinaitis and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, the Buckeyes were picked Monday by a panel of medial members who cover the conference to win the Big Ten.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

Odds and ends

There has been a flurry of major sports stories over the past week. Here are my thoughts on what has been going on of late in the sports world.

Poor Tom
It would have been one of the best sports stories of all time if 59-year-old Tom Watson held on to win the British Open. Watson has always been a class act and this would have been a fitting way to add an exclamation point to his career. It was painful to watch as his game unraveled in the playoff against Stewart Cink.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

Legendary performers do not disappoint

“I’m not actually Billy Joel. I’m Billy’s father,” the veteran musician quipped last Saturday as he opened his solo set in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where he shared the evening’s limelight with Sir Elton John.

  • Written by MIRIAM BAIER

Big crowd, Pryor highlight OSU spring game

COLUMBUS — A big crowd to watch the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium is nothing new. But when 95,722 fans show up for the spring game, it’s going to open eyes.

The huge throng of fans that showed up Saturday to take in Ohio State’s annual spring scrimmage made history as it was the biggest crowd ever to watch a college football team’s spring game.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND