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By David Heasley

Square One

It felt a little bit like Civil War medicine, the way it all went down. The program was wounded—bleeding and in danger of infection. The doctors in charge had two options: try to treat the…

At Your Service

“My goodness. There’s parking.” I thought this to myself as I pulled into the lot next to the new Middle West spot, Service Bar. Not just a ton of available parking in the area, you…

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The Wild Blue Yonder

Expectations are funny. One would think that after a season in which the Blue Jackets finished third in the conference (they’d never finished higher than seventh before that), tallied 108 points (they’d never recorded more…

Simple Done Right

For the residents of German Village, the decades-old Easy Street Cafe filled a niche—somewhere between the (relatively) upscale environment of Barcelona and the visitor’s guide dive vibe of The Thurman Cafe, there was Easy Street….

The Path of Totality

Ask around. By all accounts, last season was a letdown. Not an unmitigated collapse, perhaps, but certainly nothing close to success. Not for the players, not for the coaching staff, and certainly not for the…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Shedding Expectations

“No restaurant. We told ourselves—‘no restaurant.’” Greg Lehman, along with his partner Dave Rigo, knew what they were doing. They didn’t know necessarily how to do it at first, but they had a plan. Watershed…

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Winds of Change

When Kei Kamara was traded last May after an ugly on-field spat with Federico Higuaín, an already cloudy start to the season turned downright dark and stormy. A year prior, with Kamara the darling of…

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Act V

Late in the evening on March 31, 2012, the entire Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team and staff looked up at the scoreboard of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and smiled. They had roared back from multiple double-digit…

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Bucks by the Numbers

If there’s one thing Ohio State football has learned in the last few years, it’s this: Don’t lose late. Late last fall, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, a record crowd showed up to watch the Buckeyes…

Dirty Talk

There are many ways to describe Jim Norton’s act: raw, unfiltered, no-holds-barred. The press release practically writes itself. As I was driving to Buffalo, New York, I passed the time waiting for our phone call…

Star Search

Thad Matta, the winningest coach in Ohio State basketball history (men’s or women’s), has finished outside of his conference’s top five just twice in his 15-year career. The first was in his debut season at…

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Off the Chain

I wasn’t taught specifically to abhor chain restaurants. It just sort of developed over time—this general compulsion to discredit a restaurant for having multiple locations. After all, good food comes from good chefs, and good chefs…

Honor. Defend.

Confidence isn’t a feeling—it’s the repeated experience of doing something properly. In college football, it usually happens that many (if not most) of the players who finish as champions each year move on, leaving the…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Home Theater: Cocktail

Being a bartender is strange. In many ways, it is no different than being a server. Somebody makes something delicious—like a steak, or a bottle of wine, or a beautiful batch of single-barrel bourbon—and you…

Home Theater Chef

The life of a chef can be demanding, both physically and emotionally. Long, hectic hours, modest pay—so when chefs get time off, unwinding is top priority. Sitting in on Monday Pizza Day with Chef Meach…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Muy Bien

Friday night, 6:30 p.m.—prime time for any restaurant. For a brand new addition that sits about 50 yards from Nationwide Arena, half an hour before a Blue Jackets game is tantamount to DEFCON 1. Yet…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Whiskey Bent

Like any other, the alcohol industry has its trends. Rum-runners once ran rum. All the gin joints in all the world once poured the piney punch. Vodka took over in the 1970s and kept people…

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Life After Craft

In post-Craft Columbus, the status of Ohio State men’s basketball is in flux. Then again, around here, it seems we’re always looking at the back of someone’s jersey, wondering what the next season has in…

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Hold The Line

There were moments throughout 2013 during which it appeared that Carlos Hyde (7.3 yards per carry) could have pulled a jumbo jet down the field behind him. That identity is gone – at least in…

Back to Basics

There were some rumblings when it closed. There were some rumblings when it re-opened. People fear change; it’s true. But fear not. Bodega is back, and it’s singing an all-new tune. Bodega has been a…

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