Good morning, OHD hive fans and welcome to your Monday. Christmas Eve is in one week and Hanukkah just wrapped up, yet, it is 55 degrees in Cleveland right now. This makes zero sense. Also making zero sense is the terrible tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Conn., Friday. I don’t want to dwell on it because we’ve already been over-saturated with news coverage, but I had a lot more difficulty processing the news of this than most tragedies we’ve seen recently. I think, like most people, the thought of someone hurting young children in the safest place their parents ever let them walk into is terrifying.
While most of our news was somber this weekend, there were some happy events that took place. Ohio State’s winter commencement was yesterday. Among the 2,910 graduates were Jake Stoneburner and Evan Ravanel, who continues to improve his performance on the court. Oh, and how could I forget that Jack Hanna, the amazing Jungle Jack Hanna, delivered what was possibly the best commencement speech EVER. In addition to being awesome, he actually brought out animals on stage as if he were paying a visit to Good Morning America. His point was “If you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to work again.” Gordon Gee, always trying to stay hip quoted Taylor Swift, and Archie, of course represented the alumni association. I can’t believe it’s been two and half years since I got my diploma, and I’m definitely jealous I didn’t get to have penguins at my party.
Sports. Sports. Sports.
Sports did happen this weekend! Ohio State wrestling went to Madison Square Garden to compete in Grapple at the Garden, the first ever collegiate wrestling tournament held at MSG. The Buckeyes and the Iowa Hawkeyes swept the day winning their dual matches with ease. These two teams will face off in January to really see who is the best in the nation. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 4.
The men’s basketball team came away with a blowout win of UNC Asheville Satuday, though the women faced an upset loss against WSU. The Buckeyes faced a bit more of a challenge than they’d imagined but still cruised to get the 90-72 win. The Lady Buckeyes also faced more of a challenge than they’d bargained for, but did not come out on top in the end. They fall to 6-3 and will most likely drop from the AP rankings.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team also dealt with two tough losses against No. 5 Miami. It’s interesting how, throughout the MAC, many of the schools have at least one non-revenue team doing things the revenue teams can’t. At Miami, it’s hockey. The Redhawks and the Buckeyes were in a close one on the ice, but Miami was just too dominant, especially in game two.
At least he’s being honest
This Deadspin article came out Thursday, so you may be aware of it by now, but apparently, when it was Maurice Clarett’s turn to speak about himself at the weekly Omaha Nighthawks’ post-training camp dinner, he had a whole lot to say. The introduction begins:
On the seventh night of training camp, Maurice Clarett, the troubled former Ohio State star, stands to speak at dinner. This is the introduction that many have been waiting for. The dining room goes utterly silent; there are no forks scraping plates, no ice tinkling in water glasses.
Clarett begins to speak, going through all details of his early life, balancing a love of football and a life of trouble, then proceeds to say:
I was living the NFL live in college. I got paid more at OSU than I do now in the UFL.
I suppose this isn’t shocking, in light of everything that’s happened in the last few years in college athletics. Clarett continues to discuss his downward spiral and ends talking about the ways prison helped him and how he’s doing now, regaining his life.
Links and things
Verlon Reed is transferring…Terrelle Pryor got to play!…Airport drama…Samuel L. Jackson is awesome and so are censors who can’t do their job…Michigan suspends some players, including mortified punter…NBC just loves to clown around with Al…Ohio residents, get gas like, now.