955 The Game signed on April 1st, 2013 to give Columbus Sports Fans an alternative when it came to sports talk in the Capital City. With the power of CBS Sports Radio and personalities like Jim Rome, it began an ambitious quest to gain the ears and loyalty of Central Ohio sports fans. Long-time QFM96 stalwart Arch Madness was the first local personality to be heard on the station. Bringing his high spirited energy and sense of fun, Arch was soon joined by former Buckeyes & NFL star Matt Finkes to create the “FnA Show”. Yes, “FnA” covered the ins and outs of our obsession for Buckeyes sports but also made sure to give fans of the Blue Jackets, Crew, Reds, Indians, Browns, Bengals, Cavs & the PGA an outlet on a regular basis. Even NASCAR & Auto Racing were given ample coverage with Michael Shank Racing.
Crew games were broadcast on 955 The Game for one season (and no, we didn’t hate soccer fan much to the belief of some). Neil Sika, Frankie Hejduk and other Crew dignitaries were heard on a regular basis.
Sadly though, radio can be a cold business and Arch was let go & Matt went solo with “The BIG Show”. Personalities like Bleacher Report’s Ben Axelrod & former Buckeyes Basketball Star George Reese became regulars on the show. We also would like to think we had a small hand in helping The CBJ Artillery’s efforts in getting “We Are The 5th Line” off the ground for Blue Jackets fans.
Browns & Cavs games also became part of 955 The Game’s coverage. Heck even Super Bowl 49 made 955 The Game’s airwaves.
Eventually Finkes & 955 The Game parted ways and a long time Columbus favorite, The Torg, returned to sports talk with a hour long show at Noon. Torg brought a lot of fun to The Game with segments such as “I’ve Got Some Bad News” & his very own rant line. Plus, WWE talk…yes, the show was not ashamed or afraid to have some ‘rassling talk. Torg, of course, would also like you to know that he is the only sports talk host in Columbus qualified to talk Blue Jackets hockey. Humble braggart that he is.
“The Stiller Project” also became part of The Game lineup at around the same time as Stiller, a native of Northwest Ohio, finally realized his dream of being able to talk Ohio State Football & Basketball in Columbus itself. Of course, Stiller couldn’t resist taking shots at his producer “Research”, who sounded a lot like Torg’s producer “Lovestain”.
Stiller was a driving force for the Clark Kellogg Classic Radiothon, which aired on 955 The Game. With the help of many Buckeyes luminaries, the Radiothon raised funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Columbus, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
So many were instrumental in making 955 The Game a reality from Ron O’Harra to Eric Reiser to Adam Sabie, who I am grateful to for letting me be a part of “Columbus’ Sports Station” when the opportunity to blog and do social media for the station opened up.
I am a lifelong Columbus resident and sports fan & when the chance was presented to me to blog and post for 955 The Game, I pounced on it. I enjoyed it very much…the opportunity to see what was on the mind of sports fans in Central Ohio.
Sadly though, 955 The Game has come to an end. The reality of the radio business means stations are sold and when stations are sold, formats are changed. I would like to say on behalf of those who were a part of 955 The Game, thanks. Thanks for listening, thanks for calling, thanks for tweeting at us and thanks for posting on our facebook page…yes, Kenny McCoy, even you. Thanks for being a part of it.
It’s the point in the fall that every Buckeyes fan dreads. The bye week.
What will we do without Buckeyes Football? What will we do?
What are we going to do? Pick pumpkins? Bob for apples? Actually talk to our families?
Wait? What? There are other college football games we can watch? Whew. Let’s go for that.
We can make it to next Saturday…
It’s been 25 years and those lovable scamps (I’ll never forget the night Bo Biafra flipped me off at the LC Pavilion or whatever the hell they are calling it now) and haters of everything maize and blue, The Dead Schembechlers, are at it again. They have released their ode to Wolverines’ coach Jim Harbaugh, “Harbaugh To Hell”.
So put on your best Buckeyes gear and give it a listen…
I am not a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic. The only thing of his I even remotely like is “Amish Paradise”. Everything else of his I find rather annoying. But I will be damned, Al & Company just perfectly captured the world of sports media in a 3:30 skit.
Watch the genius that apparently I have missed all of these years–
So, on “Back To The Future” Day & being tortured by a man named Murphy, the same name held by the goat that cursed them, the Chicago Cubs were swept by the New York Mets and knocked out of the MLB Postseason. And once again, Cubs fans experienced deep sadness and disappointment that has haunted them since 1908 (yes, their last World Series win).
(Screengrabs courtesy of TBS)
The 2015 Cincinnati Reds Season has mercifully come to an end & what can you say? At least Cincinnati got to host the All Star Game & festivities. It was truly a thrill to see Todd Frazier win the Home Run Derby, but it was not a thrill to watch him tank the second half of the season. I always thought it was such a fallacy to hear about how Home Run Derby destroys a player’s swing afterward but I saw it happen right in front of my face this year. Frazier was a shell of himself in the second half. What seemed like a lock for 100 RBIs did not happen.
The Reds overall had one of the worst seasons in their storied history. They finished dead last in the NL Central at 64-98 and lost 14 of their last 15 games in a stretch that was painful to watch as the team quite obviously was “mailing it in”. It was a dreadful end to a season that actually started out with four straight wins in the team’s final at-bat. The Reds once again showed a propensity to not be able to hit with runners on base and with the exceptions of Aroldis Chapman and JJ Hoover, the bullpen was a dumpster fire. Of course trading away Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake did not help things but those deals were pretty much assumed before the season started. Plus, the Reds did acquire some very good young pitching from the Royals in exchange for Cueto. It is just going to be very painful to watch Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb learn trial by fire in the majors. In addition, young, green starters Michael Lorenzen, Anthony DeSclafani and Raisel Iglesias will also be run out in the 2016 starting rotation until Homer Bailey can return.
There were a few highlights. 1B Joey Votto had a stellar year (.314, 29 HRs, 80 RBI) and finished the year with a streak of getting on base 48 straight games, tying Pete Rose for a Reds record. 2B Brandon Phillips had an under the radar good year (.294, 12 HRs, 70 RBI) and played, for another year, stellar defense. Eugenio Suarez showed some flashes of stardom after taking over at SS for Zack Cozart, who was injured early in the season.
But that’s about it…back to the bad…RF Jay Bruce continues to underachieve & frustrate Reds fans and CF Billy Hamilton may be the fastest man in baseball, but you can’t steal first base. Too bad some of the magic that Dee Gordon had for the Marlins this year (NL Leading .333 Batting Average & 58 Stolen Bases) couldn’t make it to BHam.
The 2016 Reds, for a very early glance, look to not be much different than this season’s version. GM Walt Jocketty & Manager Bryan Price will return. It is probably a smart decision to go ahead and have Price finish out his contract since next year looks to be a lost one for the Redlegs. Pieces like C Brayan Pena and Pinch Hitting OF Skip Schumaker will be gone but much of what you saw this season will be back. The main question will be…what to do with Suarez/Cozart? Cozart was actually having a pretty good season before injury. Look for one, most likely Suarez, to move to LF.
So after lackluster wins against Hawaii & Northern Illinois, Buckeye Nation is officially in a state of panic. Yes, the win against the Huskies was a nail biter, but let’s be honest, Ohio State did shut out the Rainbow Warriors 38-0. And let’s not forget, this team did win a freaking National Championship last year after losing both Braxton Miller and JT Barrett at QB. But how soon we forget. Now the world is coming to an end in Columbus because both Cardale Jones and the aforementioned JT Barrett are playing below expectations. We are even outraged because, GOD FORBID, Ohio State players like Cardale and Joey Bosa have the AUDACITY to tweet!
Listen, I am a HUGE Buckeyes fan, been living in CBus my entire life (nearly 50 years) and yes, I was concerned throughout the Northern Illinois game but Buckeye Nation…you need to chill the f–k out. This is freaking Urban Meyer leading this team and as the kids say, “He’s got this”. I am sure Urbs will find a way to fix this minor blip, whether it’s kicking the offensive coordinator upstairs or taking more responsibility calling plays.
Now as far as Cardale goes, dude has done nothing to help his NFL Draft Stock. Instead of trolling the media last winter, he probably should have capitalized on his upward trending curve and declared himself pro ready. I do think it appears JT is the way to go as far as starting QB. But hell, shouldn’t Braxton be ready soon to throw at full strength?
Since I seem to be on a roll here or just typing stream of consciousness, could we all also take a “chill pill” when it comes to the sign taking a shot at Urban recently on College Gameday?
It’s a joke, people…does anyone remember laughter? Trash talking is common and expected among fan bases…but must we pull out the “politically correct card” when it hits home? Sure seems that way to me.
So in summation, let’s remember Buckeyes fans, Ohio State is still Number 1 and Urban Meyer is still the coach. It’s all good and the sky is not falling….at least not yet.
Our Columbus Clippers capped off a great 2015 International League Season with a Western Division Title and a berth in the Governor’s Cup Playoffs. Now while the Clippers drew very well during the regular season, drawing over 620,000 through the gates for a 7th straight year, the playoffs are a different story. I have been following the Clippers since their birth in 1977 and have seen it before. Great crowds during the regular season only to play before empty seats during the playoffs..
Why does this happen? There are a few theories. One being that when the playoffs hit, Buckeyes Football Season has begun and fans are spending money and focus on that. The other is it just seems to be that Clippers Season Ticket Holders, for whatever reason, just don’t show up for the playoffs. Not even the lure of Dime-A-Dogs, half price chicken wings, cheap ribs, soda & beer could get more than 3,000 fans for the first two Clippers playoff games.
So GM Ken Schnake and the front office conjured up a genius move. Why not keep the food specials but let everyone in for free? Yes, that is right, FREE. Not only let them in for free but even allow fans to call in to reserve tickets for pick up later! All of a sudden Huntington Park went from being cold and quiet to rocking and rolling. Crowds in excess of 11,000 showed up for Game 5 of the semifinals and Games 1 & 2 of the Governor’s Cup Finals.
Not only was “The Hunt” was rocking and rolling but the fans were treated to three straight games of comebacks and exciting baseball. It all culminated with a spectacular catch by CF Tyler Holt to win Game 2 and put the Clippers on the brink of a championship.
It was a brilliant move by the Clippers front office. Not only did you bring in Clippers and baseball fans, but also brought in those who may never chose to go to a baseball game if it weren’t for free. Those people may become “fans” for the future.
But I can’t help but feel a little sad. A little sad that it took free tickets and heavily discounted food specials to get people in the doors for playoff baseball. I am a huge baseball and Clippers fan. I would like to think that Columbus had enough baseball fans to get good crowds just for the fact that it was playoff baseball. But it is what it is. The free ticket promotion worked, brought in huge crowds and even got a lot of bonus media attention for our “Hometown Heroes”. Hats off to them.
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.