Marcus Baugh, man, what are you doing? I can't find too much outrage about underage drinking or carrying a fake ID — two crimes I committed with impunity as a teenager — but I do take issue with unironically drinking at Charlie Bear. Friends don't let friends enter the Land of Dance for reasons that are probably pretty clear to Marcus right now. (He's scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. this morning.)
Actually, the entire Gateway is an area that should be avoided entirely; unless you're a fan of blaring pop music, obnoxiously drunk girls and frat guys wearing pastels. It's also Cop Central, precisely the type of area you should avoid if you're a highly recognizable athlete looking to illegally booze.
Yet, in America, you are innocent until proven guilty. A friend and I were cited for jaywalking at 11th and High (the exact location of Baugh's arrest). Thankfully for us, we fought the charges, and they were eventually tossed out due to the ticket being filled out incorrectly. (11th Avenue is on North High Street, not South.) So keep your head up, young Marcus, you may be vindicated yet.
I do, however, doubt these principles apply in the Court of Urban Meyer. If Baugh isn't suspended from the team — as Urban did last summer in punishment of Leakgate — I have a feeling Mickey Mariotti is going to own his soul until the next calendar year. May God have mercy on your soul, Marcus, because Mickey Mariotti sure won't.
BUCKEYE REBIRTH. Bill Rabinowitz, beat writer for the Columbus Dispatch, was granted unprecedented access to last year's Ohio State football team. The result is Buckeye Rebirth, a 272-page hardcover book on a team that went 12-0 and will ultimately have a special place in the annals of Buckeyes football history. (Some chill bro named "Earle Bruce" wrote the foreword.)
Rabinowitz is calling this book "the definitive tale" on the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes, and it focuses on the special motivation required by Urban Meyer to spur his players through a season with no postseason glory. Meyer cooperated fully with the project, and Rabinowitz was able to talk to all of Ohio State's assistants, Urban's family and even former players to flesh out just what kind of man Ohio State's football coach is.
The 2013 campaign kicks off in *checks watch, curses softly* in a little over a month, so there's plenty of time to scoop this book through Amazon and read it by the poolside while you sip alcoholic beverages out of hollowed out coconuts with little umbrellas in them. If you're into that kind of thing, of course.