Jim Tressel is officially the former head coach of Ohio State football and the impact of his resignation will be felt far beyond the towering walls of Ohio Stadium. Many campus area businesses said game days are also big paydays. According to a 2005 study published in the “Journal of Sports Economics,” OSU athletic programs generated an estimated $100 million for the local economy in 2003. But with the football program in turmoil, will football Saturdays still be a windfall for local businesses? Michael Weisgarber, a fourth-year in English and history, said he attended almost every home football game last season. Next year, however, he is considering sitting out some games because of the scandal. “A lot of the popularity of the football team has to do with image,” Weisgarber said. “I think Tressel is pretty integral to that image.” John Miles has been working the register at Tommy’s Pizza and Subs on West Lane Avenue for five years and he said it’s not easy to predict if a lot of fans will skip games and impact sales. “It’s hard to say, it might drop off a little, but nothing major,” Miles said. Tommy’s often does about $2,000 of business on a Friday, but game days can bring in $10,000 to $15,000, Miles said. During the University of Southern California game in 2009, that figure was about $17,000. But Tommy’s has been serving pizza and subs to the OSU community for more than 25 years, and Miles said it is confident business will remain strong, even without the Senator at the ‘Shoe. “I think people care more about the school than Tressel,” Miles said. That is true for Nathan Rodriguez, a fourth-year in electrical and computer engineering. Rodriguez said he goes to a couple games every year. “I don’t see myself being any less likely to go,” Rodriguez said. “I still will go to a couple games.” Buckeye Donuts on North High Street is another game day favorite and owner Jimmy Barouxis said it’s common for the restaurant to serve more than 1,000 customers. “It definitely matters how well the team is doing,” Barouxis said. “As the tension and excitement builds when the team is doing well, we definitely do more business.” Barouxis said game-day business might drop off by a few percentage points now that Tressel is gone, but the donut and sandwich shop will be fine. “We’re not worried,” Barouxis said. “We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing.” Some businesses are even hopeful their sales will improve. Leah Reynolds is a Columbus artist who sells prints of hand-drawn portraits of Tressel and former OSU football coach Woody Hayes through the online crafts site, www.etsy.com. Reynolds said page views for her Tressel prints went up after the embattled coach resigned. Her online store sells full portraits as well as cards and magnets that feature the legendary OSU coaches and other artwork. “Right before football season I sell more Woody Hayes and coach Tressel prints,” Reynolds said. “If you live (in Columbus), you have to be a fan.” Reynolds said she has no intention of taking down the Tressel prints. “They won’t go off (the website),” Reynolds said. “There will still be Tressel fans, just like there are still Woody Hayes fans.” The artist said some people might buy the Tressel prints as a gag gift for a Buckeye fan. But Reynolds isn’t dwelling on the past, in fact she is already working on her latest piece: a portrait of coach Luke Fickell. “I will absolutely have a print of him (Fickell),” Reynolds said. “I’m planning on getting that up just as soon as I can.”
Junior forward Jake Lorbach (34) takes a shot during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen Ohio State junior forward Jake Lorbach made the men’s basketball team as a walk-on before last season, coach Thad Matta had only one thing to say to him.“He (told me), ‘I don’t want another Mark Titus. So just try not to do that.’ But sometimes you can’t help yourself,” Lorbach said Friday.Titus, a former OSU walk-on who graduated in 2010, gained stardom in his Buckeye career after starting a blog known as Club Trillion. He has since written a book called “Don’t Put Me In, Coach,” chronicling his time as OSU’s goofball whose goal was to play in as many games as possible without recording any statistical significance.Matta’s lighter side is mentioned throughout Titus’ book, but the former player’s antics — making faces behind his head coach after the team won the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, for example — led some to believe his popularity got on the coach’s nerves. Lorbach hasn’t taken the goofing around to Titus’ level quite yet, but did photobomb LeBron James during a sideline interview when the football team was taking on Wisconsin Sept. 28.Matta denied having told Lorbach to avoid following in the footsteps of Titus, though.“I don’t think I told him that,” Matta said with a laugh Friday. “I love Mark, still do … (but) Jake’s done a tremendous job for us.”Lorbach made a splash Wednesday when he entered OSU’s 86-48 victory against Bryant and scored six points, the first two on a breakaway dunk where he barely jumped high enough to put the ball over the rim.“When I was sitting on the bench for the majority of the game, my knees were feeling kind of tired from that week of practice and so I think once I got the ball on the breakaway, it was just like a lot of adrenaline and then me thinking about my knees and whether or not I was going to get high enough,” Lorbach said. “It was a split second, so fortunately I was able to get up high enough and put it down and that’s all that matters.”The Schottenstein Center crowd — and his teammates on the bench — erupted every time Lorbach got the ball and scored against the Bulldogs, but if he had missed the dunk attempt, they might not have been so nice.“I’m pretty sure the crowd would have reacted a lot differently,” Lorbach said with a smile.“We might have laughed a little bit but told him to get it the next time,” junior guard Shannon Scott said Friday, speculating on the team’s reaction if Lorbach’s try had been unsuccessful.Lorbach, who played volleyball in addition to basketball at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, said his performance against Bryant has been recognized on campus and social media as well.“(I’ve) definitely gotten a lot more (Twitter) followers after that debut. People have come up to me a lot and said good job,” Lorbach said. “It’s cool getting the attention, it’s a lot different. Usually, I just walk through the shadows and now I’m kind of out there and people know who I am.”Having only played 10 minutes the past two seasons combined, the majority of Lorbach’s time is spent on the practice court getting the scholarship players ready for their next opponent. His hard work on his own game, though, doesn’t go unnoticed by his coach.“He does everything we need him to do,” Matta said. “For Jake, wanting to be a part of this basketball team and knowing that his role was never going to be significant by any stretch for the team, but we’re going to require him to be a great teammate and have a great attitude every single day and he’s definitely exceeding our expectations when it comes to that. For (the other players), basically the work he’s putting in, he’s here every second that they’re here and not getting to do the majority of the things they are, so when something happens, I think they’re excited for him.”Not getting the playing time others do is something that comes with being a walk-on, and even if he does not get a chance to play Saturday when the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on North Dakota State at 8:15 p.m., Lorbach said he is just happy to get any opportunity after all his hard work.“It definitely feels like it’s paying off finally,” Lorbach said. “I come to practice every day and do what I can to help the team and then finally, I was able to go out there and showcase what I’m able to do.”
Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) both helped lead the Buckeyes past Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 12 in Chicago. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — The Ohio State men’s basketball team was struggling through a rough first half in the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota as it opened the game shooting 1-of-12 from long range.Enter the Yin-and-Yang combo of senior guard Shannon Scott and freshman D’Angelo Russell.The pair combined for 44 points Thursday night as the Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 79-73, in Chicago to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.Scott scored 21 points, setting a new career-high, in the win and said he was aggressive from the start of the game.“I just looked for my shot a little earlier in the game. I think a lot of times I settle and pass the ball around the perimeter,” he said. “I think I looked at the rim a lot more and when I felt I was open I attacked from there.”Scott finished 7-of-12 shooting from the field and added a team-high six assists to go along with five rebounds.He said a motivating factor for his performance, and the team’s performance as a whole, was a 72-48 drubbing at home on Sunday against Wisconsin.“Our biggest thing was after our senior night loss, just to play our best basketball now. We went out at the (Schottenstein Center) not playing how we wanted to play,” Scott said. “So we had to move on past it and get going again.”Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored just four points in his first college tournament game, said looking to seniors like Scott is important as March gets in full swing.“We definitely have to look close to them, because they have been there before,” Tate said. “They know the atmosphere, and being freshmen, they may know what we’re feeling.”OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game that he was proud of the way his team responded coming off of a tough loss.“We had a couple great practices leading into this,” Matta said. “I talked about it before the game tonight, I think, in terms of the way we came out. I was excited to see that.”Russell who had five turnovers against Wisconsin on Sunday, started Thursday’s game 0-of-6 from long range with eight points in the first half. He said it was Matta who woke him up in the second half.“Coach told me, ‘It’s time,’ and I started making shots for some reason,” Russell said. “I don’t know what it was. They started calling plays for me and putting me in positions to score and capitalize and create for others, and that’s what I did.”Russell’s biggest play of the game came with 1:41 on the clock when the Louisville, Ky., native stepped into a 3-point shot with the shot clock winding down and buried it to extend the OSU lead to seven and ultimately out of reach for Minnesota.Scott said even though he has only played with Russell for one season, he has come to expect those kinds of plays from the freshman.“That’s what he does … The whole year he has made some spectacular plays for us. He is uncanny scoring the ball,” Scott said. “When he has the ball in his hands, we know there is a good chance it is going in.”The game marked Russell’s first post-season college game and now that it is out of the way, he said he is looking forward to Friday’s matchup with Michigan State.“It’s win or go home, anything can happen,” he said. “Whoever our opponent is, we are just going to treat it like another game and trust the system.”The Buckeyes dropped their only matchup with the Spartans this season on Feb. 14 in East Lansing, Mich., 59-56, something Russell said he has not forgotten.“They only beat us by a buzzer beater,” Russell said. “I give a lot of credit to them. They played the gaps well, they were physical on me. They capitalized when we made mistakes.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to tip about 25 minutes after the Maryland vs. Indiana matchup on Friday night.
Ryan Giggs has expressed his confidence that Garth Bale is capable of filling the gap which Cristiano Ronaldo has left after his move to Juventus.The manager of Wales has said this following Bale’s two-time scoring for Real Madrid in the club’s first two manages, which has brought victory for Madrid’s new boss Julen Lopetegui.Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has opened up an expectation about who will fill up his place, both in scoring and the threat he always posed for the club’s opponents. Real Madrid is known to have an on their target Neymar and Eden Hazard, with a large budget to support their bidding.However, Gigg’s hope on Bale is not dampened. “When someone like Cristiano leaves there is always going to be a spotlight on who is going to replace him goal-wise and threat-wise,” Gigg said, according to Sky Sports.Ryan Giggs vows not to be “stupid” with Gareth Bale Andrew Smyth – September 8, 2019 Wales boss Ryan Giggs promises to not take any “stupid” risks over Gareth Bale’s fitness ahead of Monday’s friendly against Belarus.“It’s a massive void to fill but Gareth has the experience now of being at the club for a long time. Every year there is pressure on him and he has handled it brilliantly.“It’s a bit different this year because Cristiano has left and there will be more focus on the players who are going to replace the goals.“But Gareth has shown his qualities in big games and that he can handle anything that is thrown at him.”Giggs is confident that Bale can achieve the replacement even with the injuries that have been plaguing his career. Bale is Wale’s all-time leading scorer, beating Ian Rush’s record earlier this year.
Kolkata: The members of two families from Purulia whose houses were visited by BJP national president Amit Shah on Thursday, joined Trinamool Congress on Friday.Sishubala Rajghar and her son Sanjay and Astami Rajghar and her son Puchu, came to the Trinamool office in Kolkata and joined the party.Dr Santanu Sen, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP, said that the families from Labda village are not associated with BJP in any way. On Thursday, Shah, along with other BJP leaders, went to their house and spent some time there. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”They got frightened after Shah and his team left and without wasting any time, they left for Kolkata. As they saw Abhishek Banerjee, the party’s Youth Congress president in a meeting, they came to Kolkata and took shelter in the party office,” said Sen.Sen said the persons are apolitical and over the past eight years, they have seen major changes taking place in the area, following the initiative taken by Mamata Banerjee.”The roads have improved and people are getting power and drinking water. People had been deprived of basic amenities in the past 34 years under the CPI-M rule. Children are going to school,” he maintained.Local people said the families had shifted to BJP recently. Their relatives still support BJP. On Thursday, some BJP leaders, along with Shah, visited their houses and stayed there for five minutes.Trinamool leaders alleged that BJP had brainwashed the poor people by making false promises and during the Panchayat election, they spent money to win four Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samitys in Purulia.
Kolkata: Metro services were disrupted for sometime in the peak hours of Monday evening after smoke was detected beneath a Dum Dum-bound non AC rake at MG Road Metro Station.The incident triggered panic among the passengers who were standing on the platform to catch a train. After the train entered the platform, the motor man spotted smoke billowing out from beneath the rake. The matter was immediately informed to the railway officials. The power connection in the third rail was immediately disconnected. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Metro personnel and the RPF rushed to the spot and evacuated all the passengers.The train was taken to the car shed. According to the Metro railway officials, train services between Maidan and Girish Park remained suspended for sometime due to the incident.Truncated services were being operated between Dum Dum and Girish Park in the Up line and between Maidan and Kavi Subhash stations in the Down.Some of the passengers were who were stranded at Esplanade Metro Station alleged that there was utter chaos at the station as services were suspended for more than half an hour during peak hours. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHundreds of commuters, who entered the stations, that are situated between Maidan and Girish Park faced inconvenience due to the disruption. Many passengers took buses to reach home.The passengers alleged that things were not properly communicated to them about when would train services resume between Maidan and Girish Park.Metro authorities are yet to ascertain the cause of the smoke which might have triggered due to some technical glitches, officials suspect.A senior official of the Metro railways said the situation was brought under control within a few minutes. The train services soon resumed between Girish Park and Maidan stations. A probe has been initiated in this regard.