5 Worst Sports Movies of All Time

Just call this our version of The Oscars, only in reverse.  Here are our choices for the 5 Worst Sports Movies of All Time.

5) “For The Love of The Game” (1999)
Kevin Costner tried to recapture the magic of “Bull Durham” and “Field Of Dreams” in this baseball movie about an aging pitcher looking back on his life while trying to spin a perfect game in his final outing.  John C. Reilly is ok as Costner’s catcher and Vin Scully is featured as the game announcer but the dull scenes with Costner and Kelly Preston just drag out this horribly long snooze fest.  We would rather watch the Cleveland Indians blow another game.

4) “Any Given Sunday” (1999)
A movie directed by Oliver Stone starring Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, Dennis Quaid and even Charlton Heston that takes on the bloat and greed of pro football….should be an epic hit, right?  Uh, no.  A dreadful bomb that at times was so schizophrenic it confused the viewer.  Also, clocking in at 2:45, it was way too long.  More bloated excess from Ollie Stone.  And what was up with those goofy uniforms?  The only highlight was watching John C. McGinley skewer Jim Rome.

3) “Caddyshack 2″ (1988)
Ok, we know including this is kind of a stretch but it is about golf (kind of).  But this travesty of a film needs to be ripped.  Chevy Chase was the only star to return from the classic “Caddyshack” while Jackie Mason, Robert Stack & Dyan Cannon are pale imitations of those who made the first film a part of cinematic history.  The plot concerns something about turning Bushwood Country Club into an amusement park but does it really matter?  All of the subtlety and sarcasm of the original is lost.  Somehow, even Dan Aykroyd was talked into this piece of garbage.  Unfortunately there is no way to destroy all copies of this movie.

2) “The Babe” (1992)
John Goodman looks like Babe Ruth…so why not make a big budget movie with Goodman playing the “Sultan of Swat”?  Once again a horrible movie built around a simple premise.  All of the cliches and stereotypes about The Babe are trotted out and the movie while trying to give an edge to Babe Ruth is just overly sentimental and hokey.  Plus, let’s be honest…Goodman looks more like Fred Flinstone not Babe Ruth.

1) “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh” (1979)
Never heard of this movie?  Consider yourself lucky.  A struggling Pittsburgh pro basketball team turns to astrology to change their fortunes.  So they adopt the name “Pisces” (get it, the fish?) and become wildly successful to the astonishment of the team’s star Moses Guthrie who is played by Dr. J himself, Julius Erving.  The movie definitely is a reflection of it’s time with a heavy disco theme.  It also stars comedic legends Jonathan Winters, Harry Shearer & Flip Wilson but it barely registers a laugh.  It is not only one of the worst sports movies of all time but one of the worst period.

RAW Is CBus!

The Superstars of the WWE invaded Columbus as Monday Night RAW hit The Schottenstein Center on February 9th.
In fact, our very own Torg & Ben Axelrod had the privilege of talking with Roman Reigns on air earlier in the day.
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You can listen to Torg & Ben talk WWE, Royal Rumble, the upcoming FastLane & WrestleMania HERE.

A packed house was on hand at The Schott as the “Road to WrestleMania” traveled through the Capital City!
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RAW began with another angle to salvage the Roman Reigns storyline that began to unravel at Royal Rumble.  Reigns & Daniel Bryan were put into tag team action against the Big Show & Kane.  Of course, this was just another way to create more friction between Roman and Mr. “Yes! Yes! Yes!”.
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Ryback then proceeded to get his ass kicked by Seth Rollins.  It took a long time for the loser (who actually won by DQ) to get back up in the ring.

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Then it was time for everyone to take a bathroom break or to grab a beer & pretzel as the Divas entered the ring.
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For those who care, Paige defeated Brie Bella.  They are pretty to look at…

The “commie” Rusev then entered the ring with the lovely Lana to deliver a ‘tribute’ to John Cena.
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Rusev actually got off a few funny zingers at Cena….if you could understand them through his thick, fake accent.

Bray Wyatt made his unique and spooky entrance to battle Dolph Ziggler.
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T
he “Showoff” suffered another loss at the hands of Wyatt.  Is Ziggler in the WWE “dog house”?

“Master of the Microphone” Paul Heyman then delivered a “FastLane” address on behalf of his client, Brock Lesnar.
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Heyman hilariously laid out the reasons why Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan should just forget any thoughts about defeating the “Beast Incarnate” at WrestleMania.

The Stardust/Goldust saga continued afterward….we apologize for no pictures, we took a “pee break” at this point.

Then Triple H demanded an answer from Sting as to whether he would accept his challenge to meet face-to-face at FastLane.  A buzz fell over the crowd at The Schott.  “Is Sting here?”  “Are we going to see the icon in person???”  Ok, so it was actually ‘Fake Sting’ who appeared, but it still was a very cool segment.

The Usos then faced Tyson Kidd & Cesaro in a very boring match but it was followed by the very cool announcement that the legendary Rikishi will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The very entertaining Miz/Mizdow storyline continued as Damien Mizdow faced Sin Cara with The Miz sitting in a director’s chair at ringside trying to do everything possible to sabotage his personal assistant’s attempt to win the match.  The Miz and crowd even got into a chant battle regarding “Columbus vs Cleveland”.
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Then it was time for Curtis Axel to jump in the ring to yammer about #AxelMania but the unstable Dean Ambrose put an end to that nonsense.

Unfortunately for Ambrose, Bad News Barrett put the brakes on Dean’s party.
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The show ended with more friction for Reigns & Bryan as they were pitted in a 5 on 2 match vs. Seth Rollins, Big Show, Kane and J & J Security.  It turned into a free-for-all (imagine that) with many superstars getting involved.  It all ended with Reigns delivering a spear to Bryan and creating more friction heading into FastLane & WrestleMania.
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Now for those of you viewing at home that is where the show ended.  But those at The Schott got a bonus as Daniel Bryan “recovered” after the Reigns spear to deliver an ass whooping to Jamie Noble of J&J Security.
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It is always exciting and fun when the WWE rolls into town.
We are sure it will be a packed house at Nationwide Arena when they return June 14th for Money In The Bank!!

What Will We Do Without Football!?

So the Super Bowl is over and the New England Patriots are your NFL Champions.  So has the depression sunk in yet?  The sadness of now knowing football is done for yet another season. Couple that with the fact that Central Ohio just finished celebrating a National Championship season for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the funk becomes even greater. Cheer up friends! There are plenty of things to get excited about until the start of the next football season.

Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball
Thad Matta, D’Angelo Russell & the Ohio State Hoopsters are already in the middle of another exciting college basketball season!  It should be another fun battle in the Big Ten Conference as we head to March Madness…where the BasketBucks will probably get upset by another mid-major.

Columbus Blue Jackets
We are coming off  of a wonderful NHL All Star experience here in Columbus, so why not get behind your Columbus Blue Jackets?  Why let little things like the CBJ digging themselves into such an early hole that the Stanley Cup Playoffs seem like a pipe dream or a roster decimated by injuries to stars like Nathan Horton and Sergei Bobrovsky keep you from being a member of the “5th Line”?

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians)
It won’t be long before the “Boys of Summer” will be in Arizona getting ready for another Major League Baseball season!  Don’t tell us you aren’t getting a little bit excited for a marathon 162 game season in which both the Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians will march in the hot summer sun to…..most likely mediocre seasons at best.
     

Who are we kidding??  We are going to be miserable without football.  So keep working on those mock NFL drafts and counting the days until the Buckeyes Football Spring Game.  We can make it until then, right?

Super Bowl XLIX on 955 The Game!

It should be a historic battle as the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1st!

The defending NFL Champion Seahawks looked to be on the ropes as they found themselves down 19-7 with 5:04 left in the NFC Championship Game after QB Russell Wilson threw his fourth interception of the game.  But a botched recovery attempt on an onside kick by the Packers and an improbable rally from Seattle led them to overtime victory and the NFC Championship.

The Patriots had a much easier time in a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Title Game.  RB LeGarrette Blount bulldozed the Colts defense for 148 yards rushing and the New England defense made Indianapolis look clueless as QB Andrew Luck completed only one pass of more than 10 yards.

Of course, the AFC Championship Game has been overshadowed by “DeflateGate” as the Patriots have been accused of deflating footballs used in the game.

We believe the footballs in Super Bowl XLIX will be up to snuff to determine the NFL Champion.
955 The Game is Proud to be the Columbus Radio Home of Super Bowl XLIX!

Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, James Lofton and Mark Malone will bring you COMPLETE COVERAGE ALL DAY Super Bowl Sunday (so you don’t have to listen to Cris Collinsworth) and 955 The Game will bring you EVERYTHING you need to know during Super Bowl Week!

Welcome To NHL All Star Week, Columbus!

It is finally here!  NHL All Star Week in Columbus.  This is the Capital City’s time to shine and show the rest of the sports world that we are capable of putting on a great show on a big stage.  Who knows?  It just may lead to a “Winter Classic” being held at Ohio Stadium.  Imagine that…the Blue Jackets & Red Wings “getting it on” at The Shoe!  Just remember, put your best foot forward, CBus.  (Be nice to out-of-towners….even if they root for other teams.)

Here is the schedule of when, what & where—

The All Star Winter Park is already open at McFerson Commons across the street from Nationwide Arena .  It is anchored by an NHL-sized outdoor rink that will feature public skating, hockey, private events and various other programming. The rink will be equipped with bleacher seating for 500 people, a skate rental tent and four heated locker rooms.  Get more info and a schedule for public skating HERE.
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A “Snow Slide” will stand 34-feet tall at its peak and span 85-feet with an additional 175-feet running along Nationwide Blvd. The three-lane slide, which will be positioned along the westbound lanes of Nationwide Blvd. between Marconi Blvd. and West St., will feature three separate access points of varying heights to allow people of all ages to participate. The Snow Slide will be open Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25 at a cost of $2 per ride (cash only). Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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The NHL Fan Fair will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  As the official fan festival of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, NHL Fan Fair will offer hockey fans of all ages three days of family friendly interactive games and attractions, special appearances, trophy and memorabilia displays, live TV and radio broadcasts, music, food and dozens of other dynamic activities. All attractions will be included with the price of admission.  Get a full Fan Fair schedule & pricing info HERE.
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Both the NHL All Star Skills Competition & All Star Game at Nationwide Arena are sold out, but we would imagine there will be opportunities to either win tickets or watch the events on large screens in and around the ‘Wide.  The greatest hockey players on the globe will compete.  Plus, the Blue Jackets’ very own Nick Foligno has been named a team captain and joins Ryan Johansen & Sergei Bobrovsky as Jackets who will be a part of Sunday’s All Star Game.  The Skills Competition will be held on Saturday, January 24th at 7p and the All Star Game will start at 5p Sunday, January 25th. Both will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
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Show the rest of the world that Columbus is a Hockey Town!

Be sure to listen each weekday to the “UnNamed Torg Show” (12-1p; Replay at 6p) & “Stiller Project” (4-6p) during NHL All Star Week for Complete Coverage!

THE Ohio State Buckeyes! YOUR 2015 College Football Champions!

(The Sports Network)- A chant of “Zeke” reverberated around AT&T Stadium before Ezekiel Elliott powered into the end zone for his fourth and final touchdown.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes are back on top and they can thank the inaugural College Football Playoff for that.

Elliott ran for 246 yards, totaling over 200 for a third straight game, and Ohio State won its first national championship since 2002 with a 42-20 victory over Oregon in the CFP National Championship Game on Monday night.  In doing so, he won Offensive Player of the National Championship Game.

Elliott gained 220 yards and two scores in Ohio State’s 59-0 shutout win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game before following that up with 230 yards and two more touchdowns the Buckeyes’ 42-35 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Buckeye Nation vs The World

What a fantastic New Years Day it was as THE Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, exorcised the SEC demons in the Sugar Bowl and shut up the “haters” as they head to the National Championship Game on January 12th!

Our “buddy” Mark May had to eat some major crow after the game.
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So everyone is on board and ready to praise our beloved Buckeyes…or are they?

Vegas bookmakers immediately installed Oregon as a touchdown favorite over the Buckeyes and many are already crowing about how the Ducks will take down the Bucks.

Our friends at Bleacher Report are predicting a Ducks victory- http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2316918-an-outsider-no-longer-oregon-wins-a-big-one-and-will-win-the-next-big-one-too

Urban Meyer seemed shocked when he heard how badly Oregon had beaten Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

Hell, even Braxton Miller picked Oregon to win…kind of…
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The Buckeyes have been here before.  All of the pundits and seemingly the world against them.  Let’s face it, the Buckeyes are the “New York Yankees” of College Football.  Most outside Buckeye Nation want them to lose and when they don’t the “haters” find ways to knock them down again.

Prove them wrong, Buckeyes.  We at 955 The Game and Buckeye Nation are behind you.  Go Bucks!!

Happy Holidays From 955 The Game

Your favorite Columbus sports teams celebrated the spirit of the Holiday Season by sharing their time & talents with others.

Frankie Hejduk & Columbus Crew SC helped The Salvation Army by ringing the bell at Easton Town Center & with their Christmas Cheer program, which provides food and toys to nearly 8,000 families in need over a two-day period.  Learn more about The Salvation Army of Central Ohio and how you can help at http://co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/
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The Big Ten Champion Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team visited Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Urban Meyer, Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Bennett, Doran Grant, Jeff Heuerman, Cameron Johnston, Sean Nuernberger and Brutus Buckeye handed out presents, took photos and signed autographs for over 30 children, their parents and hospital staff.
Get more info on how you can help Nationwide Childrens Hospital here- http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving
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Members of the Columbus Blue Jackets spent a “Day of Service” helping build furniture for the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio & Mid-Ohio Food Bank, which will be distributed to individuals and families in need.  Learn more about their mission at http://furniturebankcoh.org/ & http://www.midohiofoodbank.org/

Take some time during this Holiday Season to help those who may need a hand.

Happy Holidays from 955 The Game.

Memes For Manziel

To say Johnny Manziel’s regular season NFL debut as Cleveland Browns starting quarterback was a disaster would be generous.  “Johnny Football” finished 10-of-18 for 80 yards, with two picks. Manziel also rushed five times for 13 yards as the Cincinnati Bengals rolled 30-0 for Round 2 of 2014’s “Battle Of Ohio” in Cleveland.  The loss basically sounded the death knell for any chance of the Brownies making the playoffs this season.

But there is a silver lining.  A performance of such horrific quality guarantees the internet will generate hilarious memes and of course, we can’t help but share…

From our friends @Boones_Goons on twitter…
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@NFL_MEMES
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Jeremy Thompson on facebook…
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@NFL_MEMES
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Joshua Arnold
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Too many shares to credit…
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Jed Hirsch
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955 The Game is YOUR Columbus Home of the Browns!  The UnNamed Torg Show (12-1p Weekdays) & The Stiller Project (4-6p Weekdays) talk and take your calls, tweets & texts on the Cleveland Browns!

In “real life”, I am Development Coordinator for www.facebook.com/TheOpenShelter, an agency in Downtown Columbus that helps the homeless and marginally housed in our community.  In my “other life”, I am “Harry From CBus”, a devoted fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes.  I also root for the Blue Jackets, Bengals and Columbus Clippers.  I also have been known to enjoy some NASCAR & PGA action.

On occcasion I also host the online sports show, “The Sports Bus” (www.facebook.com/TheSportsBus).

In December of 2013, I was given the opportunity to blog and do social media for 95.5 The Game, which I enjoy immensely being that I am a fan of sports, sportstalk & social media.  “Follow” me on twitter- @HarryFromCBus to get the insights of “The Most Interesting Fan of the Reds & Buckeyes”.

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