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Worst. Season. Ever. It’s incredible to think, in the 18 years since the Cleveland Browns returned to the NFL, the 2016 season was their worst. One win. One win in overtime after an 0-14 start…

By David Heasley

Next Man Up

J.K. Dobbins No. 2 Running Back, Freshman Look, I know it’s a popular—borderline irritating—notion to get excited about the back-up ’back when there’s already a capable starter in place. And look, no offense to Mike…

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 Daniel Herlensky

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…

Photo by David Heasley

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…

Brandon Dubinsky, CenterColumbus (2) vs Minnesota (5) Preseason

The Year of The Cannon

There’s no place in Nationwide Arena for cynical thinking. Not this year. Not while such palpable energy surrounds our best four-year run in franchise history. Not with such a hungry, talented new crop of prospects…

Photo by David Heasley

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…

Photo by Meg Mantia

Behind the Buckeye Makeup

When John Chubb speaks, the rest of the world stops. He speaks with unbridled passion, his voice bellowing throughout the century old stadium towering behind us. The questions I prepared are immediately proven worthless and…

Photo by David Heasley

Next Man Up (Again)

While they may be calling this season “The Edge,” it’s the above headline that’s been OSU Football’s unofficial motto for the last three years. Initially, it took root after the then-devastating injury to Braxton Miller…

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Before the League

On February 7, people all over the world will gather around televisions to see the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. They will watch to see who prevails, the aging…

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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Catch a Rising Star

We ran an article in our September issue last year (“Adopt a Buckeye”) that pointed to five unheralded players we thought could become household names by season’s end—Cardale Jones, Corey Smith, Darron Lee, Eli Apple,…

Illustration by Alix Ayoub

Real Talk with Fake Urban

Urban Meyer has already inspired many things since arriving at Ohio State—players, students, fans, and probably much to his chagrin, a parody Twitter account, @FakeUrban. Sample tweet—FACT: we’re selling booze in parts of my stadium…

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 David Heasley

View from the Top

Last year’s improbable national championship was made sweeter by being unexpected. It was made sweeter by 12 years of waiting, 12 years of near-misses, 12 years of agonizing defeats. It was made sweeter by more…

Photo by Chris Casella

A New Spin

Half a dozen bizarre mallets are piled up near the entrance to the caged court on 11th Avenue. Kind of like croquet equipment placed in a blender—neon green, hot pink, beat-up white, black, all attached…

Illustration by Alix Ayoub

The Green Mile

Editor’s Note: Three months ago, long-time (614) Contributor Steve Croyle pitched his idea of a Municipal Golf Crawl, a marathon of city-course golf, dually prepped as a fun writing exercise and a bonding experience amongst…

Photo by Chris Casella

Golfing in Paradise

I’m on the first tee at Pebble Beach. Sun and blue skies atop immaculate green fairways, the slightest touch of breeze rustling through tree branches—postcard weather. A couple practice swings and then I address the…

Photo by Cody Cousino

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…

Live-in Guru

As students stretch their hamstrings and wiggle their toes in preparation for the Saturday morning basic “Yoga-Well-Being” class, Sipra Pimputkar limbers up her equipment – a two-way video chat program. Pimputkar, owner of Yoga-Well-Being Movement…

High Horse

Known as the “Sport of Kings,” it’s inherent that polo is not for everyone. It’s expensive. It’s high maintenance. A perfect day of polo requires a well-manicured lawn stretching three football fields, a stable of…

Sweat Equity

I’m not typically a fan of activities that require modifiers: “power” yoga, “total insanity” workout, “Dance Dance Revolution,” “TaiChi2K…” Not that I am a purist when it comes to exercise, but the steroid-ification of so…

All Hands on Deck

The stadium is bright with snow. A thick layer shrouds the field and the stands, muting the colors and muffling the sounds. Beneath the winter cloak, there is change: creatures are stirring, seeds are germinating…

An Hour with Arnold

In mid-January, I sat down with Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss the Arnold Sports Festival for (614)’s new Fit Columbus magazine. Here’s a brief glimpse of our city’s favorite adopted celebrity._ Today appears to be like…

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