My excuse for staying out of the way last week was that the Buckeyes' loss in the Big Ten championship game should allow for the airing of grievances. My excuse this week is that I'm more or less on vacation. Merry Christmas to all.
My excuse for staying out of the way last week was that the Buckeyes’ loss in the Big Ten championship game should allow for the airing of grievances. My excuse this week is that I’m more or less on vacation. Merry Christmas to all.
Ray: I am becoming concerned about the football Buckeyes. All this talk about Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier looking at leaving early for the NFL and, of course, Bradley Roby already heading to the NFL makes me wonder how much effort they will put forth in the Orange Bowl against Clemson.
Will they be more concerned about a potential injury that could jeopardize their draft status or will they play like true Buckeyes? I would hope they will play like true Buckeyes because Ohio State provided them the stage to highlight and show their talents.
— Tim Tomesek,Columbus
Ray: Just a note to thank Ohio State football for the past two seasons, with only one loss to a tough Michigan State team. We did not have our best game by far but were in the game with a chance to win or tie with six minutes left.
Our program will improve with incoming players and experience gained this season from our young players. Remember, a lot of teams would like to have only one loss the last two years. We will be knocking at the door again soon enough.
— John H. Saunders, Gallipolis
Ray: I have tried but can no longer sit and listen to the writers and talk-show hosts talk about something they really know nothing of, and that is coaching major-college football. If they could hear themselves, they are trashing a coach and staff that, in my opinion, were doing their very best with the talent level we had.
The linebacker situation was extreme last year and worse this year. Until we get depth in that position, the secondary and down linemen will struggle.
— Garen Eggleston, Westerville
Ray: The offensive play-calling clearly lost the Big Ten championship, not the defense. We know what we have with the defense — it is what it is — and we have been able to overcome that the entire year. Allowing 34 points wasn’t bad, considering the previous week.
Regarding those bonehead offensive decisions: screen passes to Carlos Hyde, no touches by Dontre Wilson, no use of the tight end in the second half, no creativity to take advantage of our speed (double reverses, etc.), and finally we run Braxton Miller to the short side (after a timeout) when Hyde is almost perfect in needed yardage behind one of the best offensive lines in the country.
— Dan Marowitz, Gahanna
Ray: It’s time for Columbus to wake up regarding the Blue Jackets. I’ve been a partial season-ticket holder since the beginning and am bitterly disappointed at the lack of attendance and support for our hockey team.
We currently have three of the four major components to have a perennial playoff franchise — a knowledgeable and experienced front office, a no-nonsense Midwestern coach and the best collection of young talent we’ve had in 13 years that are competing every night.
The only thing missing that will get this team over the top is a home crowd that carries the Jackets to a few wins a year. It’s time we as a city forgot about the past and realize we’re on the cusp of something special and that we have a vital role in making it happen.
Show up and get loud now, folks!
— Doug Etgen, Dublin
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Ray Stein is sports editor of The Dispatch.