Natural Turf, Mr. Football and Shady Lobbying

By Jason Priestas on December 2, 2006 at 6:43p
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Artificial Turf

Ohio Stadium going back to artificial turf.
After the spring game of 2007, the natural grass will be yanked and replaced with any one of 30 varieties of newer artificial turf that looks and reacts like grass without the wear. The folks in tOSU's horticulture and crop science department are probably a little bummed, but this is a good move. The Buckeye speed will be even more evident. I am curious to see what some of the other uses for the Shoe mentioned in the article will turn out to be.

Mr. Football eats them up.
Brandon Saine, Ohio's Mr. Football and incoming Buckeye recruit, rushed for 226 yards including touchdown runs of 80, 52 and 29 yards in leading Piqua to a 26-7 victory over Pickerinton Central in the Division II state championship game last night. Saine is rated the 6th best running back in the nation by Rivals.com and joins the following players as Buckeye commitments:

Buckeye Football 2007 Commitments
NAME POS HT WT SCHOOL
Evan Blankenship OL 6-3 315 Monaca (Center Area), PA
Eugene Clifford DB 6-2 190 Cincinnati (Colerain), OH
Donnie Evege DB 5-11 185 Huber Heights (Wayne), OH
Daniel Herron RB 5-10 195 Warren (Harding), OH
Nate Oliver DB 6-0 195 Lakewood (St. Edward), OH
Dane Sanzenbacher WR 5-11 180 Toledo (Central Catholic), OH
Devon Torrence ATH 6-0 200 Canton (South), OH
Taurian Washington WR 6-0 170 Orchard Lake (St. Mary's), MI

Free backrubs for your bowl representative.
Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco has been busy lobbying representatives of both the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl on behalf of LSU. The Tigers are virtually a lock for the Rose Bowl, but the fact that the governor had Rose Bowl reps over to the Governor's Mansion during a trip to Louisiana last month has me wondering if there was any hot, steamy Juan Antonio Samaranch action going on down there...

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