It's been a while since I've done one of these. Now that the plague I was enveloped with earlier in the week has finally subsided it would appear my head is finally clear enough to write this. I'm only about 25 percent fuzzy now. But since I'm usually 20 percent fuzzy on the best of days anyway we're good to go. Now that there's no longer dizziness and disorientation with every breath, it looks like a lot happened while I was sleeping the days away with Nyquil, Vitamin Water and the thermostat cranked up to 80. Frankly, it looks like there's about to be a whole lot of winning going on, and a lot of it's locally.
- Ohio State hired Urban Meyer. A few years back Buckeye fans looked upon Meyer with utter disdain. He was a smug, pompous, arrogant son of a you know what and nothing or no one was going to change their opinion on him. Of course that is until he got hired, and it's the next best thing to the second coming.
Urban Meyer is going to make Jim Tressel look like John Cooper. Tressel is going to be such an afterthought in 10 years that Buckeye fans will wonder why they ever liked him so much. If Meyer stays healthy, and if he is the Buckeyes head coach for the next decade, he will not just win a national title, he'll win multiple. Put Ohio State's talent with his offense and the team's already insatiable defense in the Big Ten, and Ohio State is going to absolutely roll opponents. Their schedule is tailor-made every season to be in the national title hunt.
This season was a fluke that snowballed from a series of bad events and decisions that seemed to just keep happening. OSU will contend as early as next year for a national title, and Meyer will have a chance to make the Big Ten look as good as the SEC is. He's only gonna have to beat the SEC once - presumably in the BCS title contest. Meyer was great at Bowling Green, he was insanely good in Utah, everyone saw what he did in Florida and now we're gonna get him 24/7. He's going to make college football a whole lot more interesting in these parts for a long time to come.
- Tiger Woods is back. I know this is two days early, but Tiger is going to win the Chevron World Challenge. He's leading after two rounds at his own event on a course he absolutely owns. As long as he doesn't get sick or injured, he'll run away with it. Finally we can watch golf again with its proven leader doing what he does best in smoking his competition from tee to green. I get it's a silly season event event with only 18 golfers, but all he needs is the one to get him started. 2012 should be the year we've been waiting for from Tiger Woods.
- Mount Union is demolishing opponents per usual in the Division III football playoffs. Tune in for the Stagg Bowl on its special 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16 starting time to watch the Purple Raiders do what they did the last time the Bowl was played at night. Win it. They haven't been challenged yet in postseason play scoring 40 and 20-point wins respectively. I really wouldn't expect them to be until the Friday after next.
- Congrats to Western Reserve for their long playoff run. We've long championed Western Reserve football at the Salem News, and this is why. As stated in an earlier column, Western Reserve is the product of kids buying into a great system put in place in the mid-2000s, and then those same kids and some fresh faces taking it to the next level. It really would've been nice to see the Blue Devils playing today, and I truly think they are the best team in Division VI from top to bottom when they are playing their best. They just fell a little short last week. But 13-1 is certainly nothing to hang your head about. Congrats to head coach Andy Hake, his entire staff and the entire team on a great year.
- Congrats again goes to Cardinal Mooney for their eighth state championship. The Cardinals wrapped things up Friday and were equally as impressive in 2011 as their other state title runs. Regardless of what's going on around them or what's happening in the Mahoning Valley economically, it's a great thing to see Cardinal Mooney always in the thick of things when it comes to the state high school football playoffs year in and year out.
'til next time ...
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