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Jerry’s World Has Cowboys, Buckeyes & Horned Frogs

How great is the show ‘Westworld’?

Anyways: A poisonous chestnut and a horned frog meet in the Texas desert at a place called Jerry’s World…

Tomorrow night, the world of college football will zoom down into “Jerry’s World”/AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to watch #4 Ohio State vs. #15 TCU. This primetime matchup will feature a Buckeye team without its head coach, Urban Meyer, on the sideline. However, its coaching staff is very capable of filling the void for this particular game, especially given the insane amount of talent who will be sporting scarlet & gray.

The game should be a great one with various challenges on various fronts for both Ohio State and TCU. The Buckeyes want to make a statement that they are for real akin to its 2014 championship season, and TCU wants to make a statement that they are worthy of being compared with the top college football programs in the country.

Are you ready?

Am I ready?

OH-YES.

The Ohio State Buckeyes battle the TCU Horned Frogs tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Columbus, OH Is Thunderstruck

What did Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer know? When did Urban Meyer know? Why didn’t he act back in 2015?

Right now, there are more questions than answers in the breaking story concerning former assistant Zach Smith–the grandson of Mr. Meyer’s mentor Earle Bruce–and accusations against Mr. Smith regarding domestic violence against his wife. One answer we do know is that Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave while Ohio State investigates this matter.

A fair speculation we can presume at this point is that, like former OSU head coach Jim Tressel, there was an effort by Mr. Meyer to slide a critical issue under the rug to prevent a tough personal decision. Particularly given the severity of the situation, Mr. Meyer absolutely should have acted to protect Zach Smith’s wife, regardless of the lifelong family connection via Mr. Bruce.

More recently, Mr. Meyer should have told the truth when publicly asked about whether he knew about the aforementioned allegation against Zach Smith back in 2015.

This story will develop by the day, hour and minute. For now, in the immediate aftermath, it’s difficult envisioning Urban Meyer remaining the head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes.

FIFA Bids Farewell to Tradition in 2022

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup coming to a close this weekend–third place on Saturday and the final on Sunday–people are already starting to look to the next World Cup in Qatar.

You know, that soccer-rich culture crazy hot Middle Eastern country that surely has at least one soccer ball within its borders.

While I am not a fan of people immediately dismissing the moment for the future, there was news that broke today that was eye-opening. FIFA President Gianni Infantino (Swiss) confirmed that said World Cup in Qatar four years from now will be November 21-December 18. And in announcing the unorthodox schedule for a tournament meant to be played in June and July, Mr. Infantino added this remark.

“Leagues around the world have been informed already, and of course they will have to adapt.”

“…of course they will have to adapt” is quite the statement to make regarding a host country whose bid process was a bit shady, to say the least. The perception looked like a cash grab by FIFA and Qatar with accusations of corruption in the voting process.

Having traveled to Qatar years back, it’s a nice country and I’m glad I stayed the night, having taken in its burgeoning skyline. It’s sort of a mini Dubai–the new Dubai–to a restrained extent. But when other soccer-rich countries and cultures lost the bid for 2022, that seemed a bit odd.

And now the FIFA president has the gall to speak down to the world’s top soccer leagues–steeped in storied history and tradition, as well as world-class talent–to force them to adapt?

FIFA should have adapted to the traditional needs of the World Cup and its participating coaches and players in awarding the tournament for 2022. Particularly given the historical fallout via corruption charges waged against former FIFA President Sepp Blatter (Swiss) and Co. in 2015 and FIFA officials concerning the Qatar bid, FIFA has yet to earn back the benefit of the doubt in cases like the 2022 bid.

FYI – The road of redemption for FIFA will be long and weighed down in a myriad of heated debates. And it doesn’t help that this road for FIFA is being built to travel through Qatar in November and December.

P.S. Liquor is heavily restricted in Qatar. Well, at least soccer fans aren’t famously known for drinking an alcoholic beverage or two, in a stadium or a pub, when watching the beautiful game…

P.P.S. One unresolved issue still under review is whether the 2022 FIFA World Cup will include 48 teams. No, no and no. It may be time for a competitive marketplace of alternative governing bodies to emerge to challenge FIFA and its endless train of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad ideas as conducted by the Swiss. Perhaps it’s fitting this type of news broke on Friday the 13th. 

Just Keep at It

In the era when athletes and their BFF sports commentators promote every single shot, assist and human movement as the greatest feats the sport and world have ever seen, it seems fitting essential to travel back in time to the ’90s for a reality check.

The year was 1999, the sponsor was this small upstart called Nike, the advertising agency was Wieden+Kennedy and the player was Michael Jordan. Yes, arguably the greatest basketball player ever.

For a star athlete to look at basketball, sports and life that way would be quite the leap these days.

Happy Throwback Thursday.