Hottest Fans Of The AFC North

NFL Football is upon us again and we can’t think of no better way to celebrate than with the “Hottest Fans of the AFC North”!

Cleveland Browns
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Cincinnati Bengals
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Baltimore Ravens
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Pittsburgh Steelers
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We hope you are now sufficiently pumped up for some football!!

Cribs: Buckeyes Style

Ohio State linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada clearly put in some time watching MTV at some point in their childhood. We can only assume as much for the two Buckeyes, or at least the team’s video production staff, after seeing this funny knock off of “MTV Cribs.”

Burger and Fada show off their swag, a fog machine and even have the “this is where the magic happens” line delivered on point when the tour reaches the bedroom.

Check it out below, courtesy of Ohio State.

Mmmmmm….Buckeyes In Butter….

The American Dairy Association Mideast`s annual butter cow and calf sculptures share the spotlight with The Ohio State Buckeyes football team.This year`s butter sculpture at the Ohio State Fair pays tribute to the team`s 2015 victory in the first-ever College Football Playoff. Fairgoers can view the display in the Dairy Products Building from July 28 to August 9.

One of the favorite events at the Ohio State Fair, the annual butter sculpture display was unveiled today by the American Dairy Association Mideast and is sure to spread Buckeye spirit.

This year’s butter display commemorates the Ohio State Buckeye’s national championship victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

The full display features the butter cow and calf standing next to a life-size Urban Meyer and Brutus Buckeye sculptures, national championship trophy and two Ohio State Football helmet carvings.

The display took more than 500 hours to complete and was made from 2,000 pounds of butter donated by the Dairy Farmers of America.

The sculptures will be on display in the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., July 29 through Aug. 9.

For more information, visit www.drink-milk.com and www.ohiodairyfarmers.com.
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A Tale Of Two Quarterbacks

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It won’t be long before NFL Training Camps open and when it comes to the quarterback position for the Bengals and Browns things couldn’t be more different….or is it?

Dalton is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to have thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, alongside Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck as well as just one of five to have passed for at least 20 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons, joining Manning, Luck, Russell Wilson, and Dan Marino. Dalton is the only quarterback to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to four consecutive playoff berths, and just one of five quarterbacks to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons. He is also the Bengals franchise record holder for passing yards and touchdowns in a season.

Under a West Coast-style offensive scheme, Dalton and receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals’ 2011 first-round selection from the University of Georgia, have become a prolific quarterback/receiver combination.  Dalton and Green broke NFL records for completions and yards for a rookie quarterback/receiver combination, even without the benefit of an offseason.

However, in the playoffs, it is a different story for “The Red Rifle”…

Andy Dalton in the Playoffs
Date Opponent Result Comp. Att. Comp.% Yds. TD INT
Jan. 7, 2012 @ HOU L, 31-10 27 42 64.3 257 0 3
Jan. 5, 2013 @ HOU L, 19-13 14 30 46.7 127 0 1
Jan. 5, 2014 vs. SD L, 27-10 29 51 56.9 334 1 2
Jan. 4, 2015 @ IND L, 26-10 18 35 52.4 155 0 0
Total 0-4 88 158 55.7 873 1 6

via Pro-Football-Reference.com & ESPN.com

In Cleveland, calling Johnny Manziel’s rookie season a “dumpster fire” would be complimentary.  Drafted with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, “Johnny Football” came to the Browns organization with much fanfare and excitement.

On August 22, 2014, he was fined $12,000 by the NFL for a hand gesture (flipping the bird) that he made in a preseason loss to the Washington Redskins.  Fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer was named the starter over Manziel for the opening regular season game.

Manziel made his regular season debut on September 14, 2014 against the New Orleans Saints, handing off twice to Isaiah Crowell and throwing an incomplete pass intended for Ray Agnew.  On November 30, 2014, Manziel entered the game against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter after an ineffective performance by starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Manziel went 5 of 8 for 63 yards, and scored his first NFL touchdown on a 10-yard rush in the fourth quarter. The Browns lost 26–10.

Manziel made his first NFL start in the Browns’ Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Manziel completed 10-of-18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions for a 27.3 passer rating while being sacked three times. The Browns lost 30-0.

Manziel completed three of eight passes in his second career start against the Carolina Panthers on December 21, 2014. He left the game with a hamstring injury with less than two minutes remaining in the first half and was replaced by Brian Hoyer. The Browns went on to lose 17-13.

Manziel was ruled out for the Browns’ regular season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

Overall, Manziel completed 18-of-35 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions, and rushed nine times for 29 yards and one touchdown. Manziel’s work ethic and commitment was questioned by over 20 sources within the Cleveland Browns. An anonymous player even called Manziel’s rookie season a “100 percent joke.” 

On Wednesday, February 4, Manziel checked himself into an unknown rehabilitation center for treatment related to an alcohol addiction.  

After exiting rehab, Manziel declared he would be getting rid of his “Money Sign” celebration.

But are both situations really that much different?  Both quarterbacks enter their respective seasons under much fire from their fanbases.  Dalton for being unable to lead the Bengals to a playoff win and Manziel for just being a flameout.

Will things change for both or either?
Keep it on 955 The Game and find out!  We are YOUR Home for the Browns & NFL Football in Columbus!!

It’s MLB All Star Week!

It’s MLB All Star Week as the 2015 MLB All Star Game and all of its festivities hit Cincinnati!  MLB All Star FanFest gets it started on Friday, July 10th as the Duke Energy Convention Center hosts the largest interactive baseball event in the world. For five days, baseball fans have the opportunity to meet MLB Legends and obtain free autographs. Fans can also participate in baseball training drills, test out their batting skills in the All-Star batting cages, view hometown memorabilia and artifacts from Reds’ history, along with a collection of official awards and trophies of Major League Baseball including the World Series, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game MVP trophy and have their photo taken with the World’s Largest Baseball signed by Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays and many others. In addition to daily giveaways, fans also have the opportunity to purchase official 2015 MLB All-Star Game souvenirs in the MLB Clubhouse Store.
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On Saturday, July 11th it’s the MLB All Star Concert as pop sensations Demi Lovato and Rixton entertain the crowd beginning at 8p in Paul Brown Stadium!  Plus, a spectacular fireworks show wraps up the night!
Demi in pink  Rixton Performs At Santa Monica Place

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Sunday, July 12th the action begins at Great American Ballpark as the 2015 MLB Futures Game takes place with first pitch at 3pm.  It’s the USA vs. the World as Baseball’s Best Young Talent battles it out with Reds Legends Tony Perez (World) & Ken Griffey, Sr. (USA) managing the squads.
Take a look at the rosters HERE.

The 2015 MLB All Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game follows the Futures Game & should be a lot of fun featuring stars such as Snoop Dogg, Jennie Finch, Rollie Fingers and yes, even the Buckeyes’ very own Urban Meyer!
Get the entire list of who is appearing- http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/sunday_legends.jsp
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Home Run Derby takes center stage Monday Night (July 13th) as the Derby moves to timed rounds and bracketed competition.  Of course, Todd Frazier will be the hometown favorite as he competes against sluggers such as Albert Pujols and Price Fielder.  The photo below shows the entire bracket.
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Tuesday Night (July 14th) it all culminates with the Best All Star Game in professional sports—the 2015 MLB All Star Game! Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier, Joey Votto & Aroldis Chapman join the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis on a field shining brightly with superstars such as Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, Felix Hernandez & Andrew McCutchen.
Get the entire American League & National League Rosters HERE.

Plus the pregame festivities will be worth watching themselves as they will feature the announcement of the winners of MLB’s Franchise Four campaign. Four Greatest Living Players winners and selections from the Cincinnati Reds will make an on-field appearance.  Also, Columbus Blue Jackets anthem singer Leo Welsh will perform the Canadian Anthem!

Stick with 955 The Game as we talk Reds, Indians and the 2015 MLB All Star Game!

You Will Love This News

Remember that photo of Kevin Love & LeBron James having a poolside meeting that was tweeted out a few days ago?
Well it looks like it had some substance.  After all the speculation that Love & LeBron didn’t get along it appears that Kevin Love will once again join King James for another run at a NBA Title in Cleveland.

Kevin made it official in Derek Jeter’s Players Tribune.  Read it HERE.

Remember, 955 The Game is YOUR Columbus Home of the Cavs!

Get Ready For 2015 Buckeyes Football With “The Returners”

If you are an Ohio State Football Fan this “hype video” will get you PUMPED as the Buckeyes attempt to repeat as National Champions.  It won’t be long before The Shoe is rocking again!  GO BUCKS!

Are You Ready For Some Hockey!?

The 2015-16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Schedule has been released and already fans are pumped up for a season that should be a great one.  Many intriguing match-ups dot the schedule–

Right out of the box you have a back to back to start the season (October 9th & 10th) with Rick Nash & the New York Rangers.  The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks visit the ‘Wide to end the regular season on April 9th. That should be fun as most likely there will be something on the line for that match…and could we try to keep the Hawks fans out of the arena?  Speaking of which, the hated Pittsburgh Penguins swing into Nationwide the day after Thanksgiving.  Let’s stuff those turkeys and try to keep their “fowl” fans out of the building.  Alex Ovechkin & the Washington Capitals are in on Saturday, January 2nd for New Year’s Weekend…that should be a raucous affair.
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Let’s be honest.  If it weren’t for the horrific rash of injuries the Jackets suffered last season, they would have been in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Barring another unforeseen loaded disabled list, this season should be special for the Jackets and Jackets fans.  Remember 5th Liners to keep it on 955 The Game as we keep you up to date on the Blue Jackets!

Only Mother Nature Can Defeat Urban Meyer

Coming off a National Championship Season, Buckeyes Coach Urban Meyer can seem pretty unbeatable.

But he and his home took a loss at the hands of Mother Nature as these photos tweeted out this past weekend by his wife Shelley Meyer show.  Heavy rains and a broken sump pump flooded the Meyer’s basement.
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Is that a Tube TV in the Meyer basement?  We are guessing Urban can upgrade to a nice HDTV with some surround sound now…

Biggest Choke Jobs In Sports History

Dustin Johnson three putted on the final hole of the 2015 US Open to cough up the victory to Jordan Speith.

But where does it rank among the Biggest Choke Jobs In Sports History?

Edmonton’s Steve Smith in the 1986 Western Conference Finals…

Greg Norman in the 1996 Masters…

The Buffalo Bills’ Scott Norwood “Wide Right” in the 1991 Super Bowl…

Boston’s Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series…

And of course, “That Team Up North’s” Chris Webber in the 1993 NCAA Basketball Championship Game…

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