Championship Rings = Buckeyes Bling

The National Champion Football Buckeyes finally received their full set of three championship rings along with a special presentation for some very special seniors.  Watch the accompanying video for the presentation along with powerful words from Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell and other Buckeyes coaches.

NCAA Mens Basketball Championship On 955 The Game!

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955 The Game is Your CBus Radio Home for Westwood One’s Coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship!
Duke & Wisconsin will face each other after being victorious in the Final Four!
Duke smashed Michigan State & Wisconsin took down the previously undefeated Kentucky Wildcats.

Get pumped up with these “Hype Videos” for each team involved in the Championship from Campus Insiders!

It’s been a great edition of March Madness.  Join Us for the exciting conclusion beginning at 6:30p ET Monday, April 6th!
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Let’s Play Ball!

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Another Major League Baseball Season is upon us.  What should we look for from the Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians?

CINCINNATI REDS
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The 2015 Edition of the Reds is a curious one.  Is there enough on this team remaining from it’s recent playoff years to make it competitive or has enough been lost to make it a bottom dweller?  Yes, this team was racked by injuries in 2014, but it always seems lame to use that as an excuse.  The St. Louis Cardinals deal with injury issues with quality back-ups and call-ups from their minor league system.  You have to have depth.  First Baseman Joey Votto is back but who is he? The Votto of his MVP year or the “New” Votto who is more concerned with taking walks and on-base percentage.  2B Brandon Phillips & 3B Todd Frazier are back.  Brandon is another year older….is he still “DatDudeBP” or a player on the decline?  Frazier is solid at 3rd, but can he be a leader on a team that desperately needs it?

Marlon Byrd was a nice pickup to replace Ryan Ludwick in LF, but he is 37 years old.  His line of .264, 25 HRs & 85 HRs from 2014 will be an improvement.  Speedster Billy Hamilton is an asset in CF with his speed and glove, but will he ever hit enough to justify being in the leadoff spot?  RF Jay Bruce has a great glove, but will he ever “get over the hump” to become a superstar?

The starting rotation is taking a hit with the departures of Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon in trades.  Rookies Anthony DeSclafani (acquired from the Marlins in the Latos deal) & Raisel Iglesias (Cuban prospect signed in free agency) are being asked to fill crucial roles plus retread Jason Marquis is part of the mix.  Will Homer Bailey rebound from his 2014 late-season forearm injury?  Of course, Johnny Cueto is the ace, but for how long?  If the Reds are out of it by the All Star Break (don’t forget, the Reds host the 2015 All Star Game), Cueto could be dealt.  The bullpen does have phenom flamethrower Aroldis Chapman but getting to him is now a problem.  JJ Hoover is back for another season?  Ouch.

What will come of Bryan Price’s second year at the helm?  A mediocre season at best can be the Reds hope. 82-80.

CLEVELAND INDIANS
Well, well, well…look who (along with the Chicago Cubs) is a trendy pick for the World Series.  The freaking Tribe.
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I like Terry Francona as a manager and of course, Corey Kluber is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, but World Series?  I believe the staff at Sports Illustrated needs to be drug tested.  At very best, the Indians should finish third in the AL Central.  Lonnie Chisenhall finally became the solid 3B everyone hoped for in 2014, Michael Brantley is an All Star in LF but what should be expected of Michael Bourn in CF and will newly acquired Brandon Moss be a liability in RF?  Moss has a power bat but isn’t known for the leather.  The Indians were butchers in the infield last season and while SS Jose Ramirez should help don’t expect much from this squad defensively.  2B Jason Kipnis is coming off an injury plagued year.  Can he rebound or will he still be hampered by injury?

The starting rotation to me is a question mark after Kluber.  Trevor Bauer has been known as a head case and Carlos Carrasco & TJ House are not pitchers I would put a lot of faith in.  Plus, touted prospect Danny Salazar will not start the season in Cleveland but in Triple A Columbus instead after a disappointing spring training.  I look at the bullpen and see names like Marc Rzepczynski, Bryan Shaw, Nick Hagadone and ancient warrior Scott Atchison.  I am not impressed. Francona has been a miracle worker in the past, but I don’t see it here.  Look for a Tribe season of around .500 when it’s all said and done.

Top March Madness Games Of All Time

Ian Powers of the New York Daily News has put together his list of the Top 10 NCAA Tournament Games of All Time.  How many of these do you agree with? What March Madness games would you have in your list?
Jim Valvano leads North Carolina State to a national title in 1983 after beating Houston in one of the greatest NCAA Tournament games of all-time.

Jim Valvano leads North Carolina State to a national title in 1983 after beating Houston in one of the greatest NCAA Tournament games of all-time.

We remember the moments from those special games. Where were you when Christian Laettner hit the shot? Did Memphis just throw away the title?

It is the classic games, some of which you wished you could have witnessed yourself such as North Carolina beating Wilt Chamberlain’s Kansas in three overtimes or N.C. State ending UCLA’s streak of seven national titles in an overtime thriller.

Here’s our list of the 10 best games in NCAA tournament history. No, the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird final of 1979 didn’t make it, although the historical implications of the game and its hype changed college basketball and March Madness.

10. Indiana 74, Syracuse 73

1987 National Championship

In a clash of two of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, Bob Knight won his third and final national championship with Hoosiers when he faced Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Syracuse point guard “General” Sherman Douglas led a star-studded Orangemen with 20 points and seven assists. Center Rony Seikaly had 18 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Derrick Coleman grabbed 19 — count ’em 19 — rebounds.

The Hoosiers were led by Steve Alford, who scored a game-high 23 points, including seven three-pointers. But when Syracuse began to deny Alford, Keith Smart took over in the second half and the last two of his 20 points will forever live in tournament lore, when he took a pass from Darryl Thomas on the left elbow, dribbled toward the baseline and skyed for a jump shot as time wound down for the victory.

9. Kansas 75, Memphis 68, OT

2008 National Championship

John Calipari made the most of the one season he had with future NBA MVP Derrick Rose to take the Tigers to the championship game against Bill Self and his senior-laden Jayhawks at the Alamodome in San Antonio, but this will be more remembered as the one that got away from Coach Cal’s team. This was the only season all four No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four (North Carolina and UCLA were the other two).

Rose had 18 points and eight assists and Chris Douglas-Roberts had a game-high 22 as Memphis built a 60-51 lead with 2:21 left.

But then the Tigers’ knees went wobbly at the foul line and Kansas did almost everything right on the other end of the floor. Douglas-Roberts missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:15 remaining and then two more free throws with 16 seconds left.

Leading 62-60, Rose made one of two free throws with 10.8 seconds left, giving Kansas time for a tie. Sherron Collins nearly lost the ball, but was able to pass it to Most Outstanding Player Mario Chalmers, who buried a three-pointer from the top of the key with 2.1 seconds left to force overtime and the Jayhawks rolled in the extra period for their first title in 20 years.

8. North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62

1982 National Championship

Dean Smith, John Thompson. Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd. The Superdome.

Entering the game, Smith had the reputation of being unable to win the big one, having been to five previous Final Fours and multiple national title games without a title. With Ewing in his freshman season, Georgetown was entering an epic era of three national championship games in four seasons and the 7-foot center didn’t disappoint, and despite being called for goaltending five times in the first half, his defense of the rim was undeniable. He finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Worthy led the Tar Heels with 28 points, but it was a jumper by Jordan, also a freshman, from the left side that put Carolina up, 63-62, with 15 seconds left. Georgetown calmly inbounded the ball and Fred Brown ran the offense from the top of the key. Worthy got caught over defending on Brown’s right, but Brown thought Worthy was a teammate and incomprehensibly passed the ball to Worthy, who dribbled out the clock in Georgetown’s backcourt.

7. Duke 79, UNLV 77

1991 National Semifinal

The drama for this game began a year before when the Runnin’ Rebels thumped the Blue Devils, 103-73, in the national championship game as Jerry Tarkanian’s group rambled through most of the bracket and took the title running away before winning the first 34 games of the 1990-91 season before the rematch at the Final Four.

UNLV eclipsed the 100-point mark 14 times during the regular season with a veteran group led by Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony and Anderson Hunt and the closest game the Running Rebels played all season was a 112-105 win at Arkansas.

Duke, still smarting from that loss a year earlier, received a 28-point effort from Christian Laettner and 12 points and seven assists from Bobby Hurley as Mike Krzyzewski had his team prepared this time. The game had 17 ties and 25 lead changes. UNLV took a 76-71 lead on a George Ackles tip-in with 2:32 left. Hurley hit a three-pointer and then Duke forced UNLV into a 45-second shot clock violation. Duke’s Brian Davis converted a three-point play the hard way for a 77-76 lead. Johnson made a one free throw. Laettner made two more and Hunt’s three-pointer from the top of the key to win it didn’t convert, setting off the wild Duke celebration two days before it would win its first national title.

6. Villanova 66, Georgetown 64

1985 National Championship

When the Big East ruled college basketball and sent three teams to the Final Four, Georgetown’s 77-59 win over St. John’s in the semifinal was supposed the be the de facto national title game, but Rollie Massimino’s Wildcats, who had lost two games by a total of nine points to the mighty Hoyas and Patrick Ewing, had other ideas.

Eighth-seeded Villanova practically played a perfect game, shooting 78.6% from the field, Harold Jensen scoring on all five of his shot attempts and Gary Mclain on all three of his. Most Outstanding player Ed Pinckney (16 points, six rebounds, five assists) took the game to Ewing (14 points, five rebounds) and the rest is history.

5. N.C. State 54, Houston 52

1983 National Championship

Jim Valvano’s Wolfpack needed to win the ACC tournament to gain a bid and then survive a first-round overtime game against Pepperdine during a magical run to the final. Houston’s Phi Slamma Jamma of Clyde Drexler, Hakeem (Then Akeem) Olajuwon and Michael Young had beaten Louisville and Milt Wagner and Rodney and Scooter McCray in the semifinal at The Pit in Albuquerque.

With the ball in the hands of Sidney Lowe and Dereck Whittenburg, N.C. State forced the game into a halfcourt game to keep the Cougars from getting into their transition game and the Wolfpack led 33-25 at the half.

Houston then explodes on a 17-2 run and a 42-35 lead, but N.C. State, who continuously puts the poor-free throw shooting Cougars on the line — comes back to tie it at 52. Valvano tells his kids to foul freshman point guard Alvin Franklin with 1:08 left and he misses the front end of the one-and-one. N.C. State calls timeout and holds for the last shot. The Wolfpack gets the ball to leading scorer Thurl Bailey on the left side, who passes to Whittenburg, but the ball nearly gets away from him as the clock is winding down. Whittenburg gathers it, turns and shoots from 25 feet for the win, but it appears as if it will fall short before Lorenzo Charles leaps from nowhere to grab it in front of the rim and slam it at the buzzer for the win.

4. North Carolina 54, Kansas 53. 3OT

1957 National Championship

Frank McGuire’s bunch of New York kids in Chapel Hill, led by Lennie Rosenbluth, were 30-0 when the Tar Heels arrived in Kansas City, Kan., where they proceeded to beat Michigan State, 74-70, in triple overtime and the next day had to face Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain in the Jayhawks’ own backyard. Kansas had crushed San Francisco in the other semifinal.

McGuire knew his kids could beat the favored Jayhawks and sent a psychological message by putting 5-10 Tommy Kearns, another New Yorker, to take the opening tip against the 7-1 Chamberlain. who averaged 29.6 points and 18.9 rebounds per game during the regular season and was averaging 33.3 points and 16 rebounds per game in the tournament. That silenced the home crowd from the start.

So one day after going three extra periods against the Spartans, the Tar Heels went three more extra frames against the Jayhawks. Rosenbluth went for 20 points and Pete Brennan had 11 points and 11 rebounds as North Carolina HELD Chamberlain to 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Rosenbluth, however, fouled out with 1:45 left in regulation, so the heroics were left to Joe Quigg (10 points, nine rebounds), who, while trailing, 53-52, with 13 seconds remaining, drew a foul by Chamberlain and hit both free throws for the 54-53 lead. Then, in the final moment, Quigg tipped a pass intended for Chamberlain to Kearns to seal it.

3. Loyola-Chicago 60, Cincinnati 58, OT

1963 National Championship

Three years before Texas Western’s all-black starting five beat Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky for the championship, little Chicago Jesuit commuter school Loyola started four black players of its own.

The Ramblers’ seminal moment amidst the the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement came earlier in the tournament in the Mideast Regional Semifinal against Mississippi State. Due to a state law that prevented the Bulldogs from playing against schools with black players, Mississippi State had to decline previous tournament appearances. In 1963, however, coach Babe McCarthy and the team snuck out of the state to make it to East Lansing, Mich., for the game and proceeded to lose, 61-51, but not before Mississippi State captain Joe Dan Gold went out to shake Loyola captain Jerry Harkness’ hand.

Loyola then proceeded to make the final against two-time defending champion Cincinnati. In the game, the Ramblers trailed, 45-30, midway through the second half, a near-impossible deficit to overcome in the pre-shot clock era, yet Loyola found a way and Harkness hit a baseline jumper to tie it, 54-54, with six seconds left to force overtime.

With the score tied at 58 in the final moments of overtime, Loyola’s Leslie Hunter forced a difficult shot and missed, but Vic Rouse was there to tip in the winner.

2. N.C. State 80, UCLA 77, OT

1974 National Semifinal

When Notre Dame ended UCLA’s 88-game win streak earlier in the season, the Bill Walton Bruins finally looked vulnerable in their march for an eighth straight national championship.

The Bruins had a crack opponent in the Final Four in North Carolina State, which was led by athletic freak David Thompson, 7-4 center Tom Burleson and diminutive 5-7 floor general Monty Towe. Plus the Final Four was staged in Greensboro, N.C.

Walton did his part, scoring 29 points to go with 18 rebounds and four assists, and helping the Bruins to a 49-38 lead early in the second half, but Burleson’s strip steal of Walton and layup gave the Wolfpack a 63-61 lead with five minutes left and the teams wound up tied at 65 to end regulation.

A Walton jumper gave UCLA a 71-67 lead, but missed free throws doomed the Bruins down the stretch and Thompson (28 points) hit a jumper for a 76-75 lead and then hit two free throws to for a three-point lead. Burleson then intercepted a pass intended for Walton on the ensuing possession and the Wolfpack had the game in hand to end an era. N.C. State won the title two days later against Memphis.

1. Duke 104, Kentucky 103, OT

1992 East Regional Final

Tough not to have a national title game or Final Four game as the No. 1, but Duke vs. Kentucky. Krzyzewski vs. Pitino and a ton of drama.

Defending champion Duke had all the integral parts back — Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Thomas Hill, Brian Davis — and had gone 31-2 leading up to this matchup with a once-proud program resurrecting its image after a two-year postseason ban for recruiting violations during Eddie Sutton’s tenure.

Four seniors on the 1991-92 team — Richie Farmer, Deron Feldhaus, John Pelphrey and Sean Woods — known as the “Unforgettables” stayed with program through that time and played major roles in getting the Wildcats back on the national stage.

This game had so many elements outside of the storylines. Christian Laettner making all 10 of his shot attempts for 31 total points. A kid from Cardinal Hayes named Jamal Mashburn scored 28 for Kentucky. A moment where the polarizing Laettner gave his haters their No. 1 highlight, when he purposefully stomped on Kentucky’s Aminu Timberlake.

The last moments of overtime could be its own movie. With the score tied at 98, Laettner and Mashburn trade baskets (and a free throw for Mashburn) and Mashburn then commits his fifth foul to put Laettner on the line for two three throws and a 102-101 lead. Woods, an Unforgettable, then hits a wild running floater for a 103-102 lead with 2.1 seconds left.

Then, Pitino chooses not to guard Grant Hill on the inbound pass. Hill tosses the pass to Laettner at the opposite foul. Laettner, dribbles pivots and hits the fadeaway jumper to finish the classic in style.

Honorable mentions

Michigan vs. Seton Hall, 1989

Michigan State vs. Indiana State, 1979

Illinois vs. Arizona, 2005

Texas Western vs. Kentucky, 1966

North Carolina vs. Michigan, 1993

Let The Madness Begin!

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March Madness has begun!  Here is your guide to how the “Madness” is infecting us and you!

Remember the Dayton Flyers?  We are sure most Buckeyes fans do after last year’s tournament.  They will be a part of the “First Four” as they face Boise State Wednesday (3/18) at 9:10pm in UD Arena.  Yes, you got that right.  The Flyers will be playing a home game to advance in the NCAA Tournament.  If they defeat Boise State, they will take on Providence here in Columbus at Nationwide Arena Friday (3/20) at 9:57pm.  It should be a wild ride for the Flyers and their fans.

Columbus will be a part of the Madness as second round games will be played at Nationwide Arena. On Friday March 20th, 5th seeded West Virginia will take on the 12th seed and MAC Tourney Champion Buffalo at 2:10pm; 4th seeded Big Ten newbie Maryland faces 13th seeded Valparaiso at 4:40pm.  The evening session will have 3rd seed Oklahoma versus 14th seed Albany at 7:27pm and then the aforementioned Providence vs Dayton or Boise State game at 9:57pm.

The Buckeyes enter the NCAA Tournament as a 10th seed and will play in the West Region starting Thursday, March 19th. 7th seed VCU is their opponent.  The game will tip off at 4:40pm ET in Portland, Oregon.  VCU is known for it’s smothering defense and Shaka Smart is one of the game’s most underrated coaches.  The Rams won the Atlantic 10 tournament over Dayton. Senior G/F Treveon Graham was first team All-Atlantic 10 and averages 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. We are sure most of you reading this are familiar with the Buckeyes and their less-than-stellar season.  It should be a tough test for D’Angelo Russell & company.

Here is Thad Matta’s reaction to learning VCU will be Ohio State’s initial opponent in the tourney.

Need a bracket to fill out for March Madness?  Don’t worry we got you covered right HERE!

Cant make it to the games at Nationwide Arena Friday? Head out to the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill located at 775 Yard St. in Grandview on Friday, March 20th for an all-day March Madness viewing party. 95.5 The Game’s Torg and Stiller will host the party from 4-6pm. Purchase raffle tickets to win prizes from 95.5 The Game, Corona, College Traditions, and Dreamseats! Money raised from the raffle to benefit the Jimmy V Cancer Research Foundation. The Game’s TAKEOVER of the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill is brought to you by College Traditions, Dream Seats, Corona, Corona Light and Columbus’ Sports Station, 95.5 The Game!
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Beat The Blues With This Buckeyes National Championship Video!

Missing football?  Beat the blues of no football with this exciting video released by Ohio State recapping the thrilling National Championship victory over Oregon!

March Madness’ Hottest Hoops Honeys!

March Madness is here and what better way to celebrate than with the “Hottest Hoops Honeys”!

Kentucky fans are so passionate about the game they are willing to kiss the balls…
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Virginia Cheerleaders are so passionate about their team….and so perky!
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Go Gonzaga!  These cheerleaders are no “dogs”…
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Villanova fans are so smart…always willing to show off their superior spelling skills…
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These Duke fans are making us “Cameron Crazy”!
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That is one lucky bird behind the Kansas Cheerleaders…
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Being limber is always a plus for a cheerleader…
NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 Connecticutl at Notre Dame

It must be hot on the court in Louisville…
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Wouldn’t it be nice to have this Utah cheerleader greet you at your front door for some “March Madness”?
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Enjoy the hoops and enjoy the sights & sounds of March Madness!

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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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.

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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?

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