The 11W Heart of It All Classic: Final Four

By Jason Priestas on April 4, 2014 at 10:55a
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We're down to the Final Four of the 11W Heart of It All Classic. 71,000 votes have been recorded and you've picked Bob Hope, the Wright brothers, Jesse Owens and Ulysses S. Grant as the Ohioans to emerge as champions of The Arts, Business & Science, Sports and Politics & Military regions, respectively.

The Elite 8 saw the closest voting of the tournament, with the Wright brothers knocking off Thomas Edison, Hope defeating Paul Newman, Grant edging his colleague William Tecumseh Sherman, and Owens topping the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus.

Final Four voting won't be easy. One matchup features Hope vs. the Wright brothers, while the other contest will be between Owens and Grant.

Updated HOIAC Bracket | Elite 8 Results

The polls for this round will close at 12 a.m. Sunday, April 6, with voting for the final four set to open Monday morning.

#1 Bob Hope vs. #3 Wright Bros.

Bob Hope (The Arts Region): Bob Hope was born in London, England in 1903, but like so many others, soon made his way to the United States via Ellis Island in 1908.

His family would settle in Cleveland and Hope was already entertaining streetcar patrons by the age of 12. When his 60-year career came to an end, Hope had appeared in 70 films, hosted the Academy Awards 14 times and earned "honorary veteran" status in the U.S. military thanks to his extensive work with the USO.

Hope rolled No. 16 R.L. Stine, taking 86% of the vote in the opening round. He'd follow it up with easy wins over No. 8 Halle Berry (83%) in the second round and No. 4 Dean Martin (78%) in the Sweet 16. In The Arts region finals, Hope defeated No. 3 Paul Newman with 59% of the vote.

The Wright Brothers (Business & Science Region): Thanks to these two brothers from Dayton, the state of Ohio can slap "Birthplace of Aviation" on anything it damn well pleases (and it does).

Working out of their bicycle shop, the Wright brothers designed and built the world's first successful airplane and later made the first controlled, powered and "sustained heavier-than-air human flight."

The Wright brothers have steamrolled everyone in their path on the way to the Elite 8. In the opener, they crushed No. 14 Roger Ailes, taking 97% of the vote. In the second round, they destroyed No. 11 William Procter, hauling in 94% of the vote. As an underdog in the Sweet 16, the Wright brothers upset No. 2 John D. Rockefeller by a 3-to-1 margin. The Wright brothers upset No. 1 Thomas Edison in the finals of the Business & Science region with 58% of the vote.

#1 Jesse Owens vs. #1 Ulysses S. Grant

Jesse Owens (Sports Region): The "Buckeye Bullet," as he was known, was the most dominant track and field athlete of the 20th century (sorry, Carl Lewis).

As a senior in high school, Owens tied the national record for the 100, famously set four world records in 45 minutes at a meet in Ann Arbor (where the Wolverines honor his performance with a monument), won a record eight individual NCAA championships – four each in 1935 and '36 – and then topped it all by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

Owens has dominated this tournament, crushing No. 16 Branch Rickey (98%) in the opening round, No. 8 Jerry Lucas (95%) in the second round and then the patron saint of Ohio State football, No. 4 Woody Hayes (72%) in the Sweet 16. In the Sports region finals, Owens handily defeated No. 2 Jack Nicklaus, earning 73% of the vote.

Ulysses S. Grant (Politics & Military Region): Born in Mount Pleasant, Ohio in 1822, Grant would become the Supreme Commander of the United States Army, and led the Union Army to victory over the Confederate States Army in the Civil War.

He's the only man to ever force the surrender of an army of the United States (semantics), and is the reason students in the South don't pledge allegiance to the Stars and Bars today.

Following his military career, Grant won election to the White House, becoming this nation's 18th president. Today, we honor him with the fifty-dollar bill.

Grant rolled No. 9 Paul Tibbets of Enola Gay fame in the opener, with 95% of the vote. He followed that up with easy wins over No. 8 William Howard Taft (89%) in the second round and No. 4 Tecumseh (76%) in the Sweet 16. In the final of the Politics & Military region, Grant rolled his buddy, No. 2 William Tecumseh Sherman, with 67% of the vote.

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Owens and the Wright Bros in the final for me. That should be an incredible fictional match-up.

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Knarcisi's picture

Both could say they were "First in Flight"

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alust2013's picture

I bet Owens takes it. If UM has a statue of an OSU athlete on their campus, you know he did something darn impressive. And his shredding of Hitler's racial ideals in the Berlin olympics was even better.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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allinosu's picture

Hate to say it but Germany won the Olympics by 31 metals.

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Unky Buck's picture

But how'd they do in the medal count?

I'm going with Jesse Owens and his symbolic middle finger to Hitler and his belief of a supreme race.

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allinosu's picture

Jesse shook hands with Hitler and got mad when the press said Hitler refused to shake hands with him. We all want to make our hero's greater than life itself but others won gold over Germany also. The Germans thought the Olympics were a great success for them with the coverage that blew people away and winning the overall metal count by so much. That being said Jesse's accomplishments will always fill our hearts with pride.  

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

How much metal did Germany produce that year?Must have made a lot of Panzers with all that metal  :-)

 

"Statistics always remind me of a fellow who drowned in a river where the average depth was only three feet." - Coach Woody Hayes

 

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Unky Buck's picture

I wasn't saying anything about what the German's did with the Olympics, minimizing their accomplishments, or that Hitler himself refused to shake his hand when Jesse stated it did. It was basic commentary on how Hitler viewed everyone outside of the Aryan race and how they were supposed to be a superior race to all others and Jesse basically disproved that whole notion several times...the big symbolic middle finger was to that view basically and that's why he fills my heart with pride.

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HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

I'm pretty sure he just didn't understand that you were correcting his usage of the word "metal".

That being said, you gotta go Jesse Owens. No disrespect to Mr. Grant, but Jesse has the added advantage of being an Ohio State Buckeye.

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Unky Buck's picture

Oh yeah, he missed the boat completely on the "metals" comment, but I took his comment as me going along with the preconceived notions of what people say happened when in fact it had nothing to do with that at all. I think he read a little too much into what I originally wrote.

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Hovenaut's picture

Tipping my hand heavily here, I'm taking this opportunity to promote military and politics on 11W - without actually posting about either.

Things (and the achievements of his final four cohorts) might have been a little different had it not been for the achievements of my choice to win it all.

 

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AndyVance's picture

Damn difficult not to vote for Jesse Owens, but one might hypothesize that had General Grant not led the Union Army to victory, Owens' accomplishments might never have happened (I've watched Back To The Future, so I know these types of hypotheses are... Heavy).

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BucksfanXC's picture

Wait, are you saying Bob Hope is his own grandpa?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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AndyVance's picture

Could be... Either way, I want Christopher Lloyd playing Hope in the TV movie.

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Jason Gruber's picture

Great Scott!!!! 

"You win with People" Woody Hayes

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Torpedo Vegas's picture

Ooo, a lesson in not changing history from Mr. I'm-my-own-Grandpa

dan_isaacs's picture

Sherman did the work.  I'd have chosen him over Grant.  

The only team I'd have trouble putting over Owens are the Wright Bros.  This final is gonna be a tough choice.

Dan Isaacs

Abe Froman's picture

Sherman deserves credit, as ALL do on the list, but the fact remains that U.S. Grant become the boss.  If Sherman doesn't rank above Grant in his own time, no way History should remember him any different.  '"history is written by the Victors."

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

dan_isaacs's picture

I live in NC.  Sherman is still HATED.  Nobody gives a shit about Grant.

Dan Isaacs

UFest57's picture

My exact reasoning for my USG vote

Denny's picture

Wonderfully reductive resumes for the final four:

"It's 'supported the troops' vs. 'first to fly', with the winner meeting the winner of 'beat hitler' vs. 'beat the south'! Stay tuned, haters of nuance!"

Taquitos.

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BucksfanXC's picture

PR influencing public point of view and mindless masses deciding things tends toward simplistic idealogical norms? Never. Yay democracy!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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collards's picture

Uhm Grant brought victory in the Civil War. This is far greater than any other accomplishment.  His end to the war saved a million or so soldiers killed or maimed and families torn apart.  What could be better than saving lives.

Collards

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HattanBuck85's picture

I love Grant but Sherman should be in the Final Four. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

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dan_isaacs's picture

Amen.  Any man whose name is an obscenity to millions of red necks, is a man I love.

Dan Isaacs

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

 

I'm sorry but They don't say "Like Grant through Richmond" for nothing ya know!

"Statistics always remind me of a fellow who drowned in a river where the average depth was only three feet." - Coach Woody Hayes

 

DoubleB's picture

All 4 amazing Ohioans. I've got the Wright Bros. vs Grant in the final with Grant taking home the hardware. While Owens' feats are amazing (F Hitler and all that), Grant's accomplishments made the rest possible in one way or another.

Because I couldn't go for 3.
-Woody

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BuckeyeDale's picture

Bob Hope was born in England, and Jesse Owens in Alabama.  IMHO, they're as much Buckeyes as James Laurinaitis.

 
BuckeyeDale
GO BUCKS!!

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JozyMozy's picture

...man, that's just odd reasoning. All other things aside: if you go to The Ohio State University, win 8 NCAA championships, set 4 world records- all without a scholarship, no less- you should be able to claim "Buckeye" status easily, birthplace be damned. 

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BucksfanXC's picture

This is a tough Final. Wright Bros is a slam dunk. The other two, whoever wins is the slam dunk champ

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Kid Gloves's picture

I see where you're coming from and I couldn't agree more

bigDbuck's picture

Very difficult!!! Especially Owens vs. Grant! As mentioned before though, have to go with the man that brought an end to the worst war that Americans fought in.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Owens is a no brainer. Many forget how many great generals there were in the civil war. Many forget that it was Meade, not Grant, who led the Union to the most significant, bloodiest Civil War battle that really turned the tide and sealed the Confederacy's fate. Gotta go with Owens and the Wright Brothers. Gotta love how Owens gave a big "up yours" to Hitler in '36. He's by far the greatest Buckeye (Although John Glenn is terribly underrated.)
 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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collards's picture

Meade was at Gettysburg but his refusal to finish Lee off there caused the war to go on almost 2 more years. Meade also failed in the fall of 1863 to bring the war to a close.Sherman just executed Grant's plan. Grant came in and fought unlike the previous Generals. He also won at Vicksburg which was almost as crucial as Gettysburg.

 

Collards

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I was not lauding Meade, simply pointing out that too much credit is sometimes given to Grant. However, I am no Civil War buff, as I find it to be quite an embarrassing time in our country's history. Grant was a great general to be sure, but Owens is, IMO the better Buckeye.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

Nick's picture

A sporting accomplishment is no where near the accomplishment of keeping our country together. Not even close. 

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

If nothing else, the Wright Brothers were the inspiration for this amazingness.

 

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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Unky Buck's picture

But R. Kelly wants to pee on you...drip drip drip.

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allinosu's picture

As time passes Neil Armstrong and the Wright brothers will probably win out. Jesse seems to be a little more important to us than most.

Ohio1St81's picture

How important is it/should it be for the man to be born in Ohio? Jesse Owens was born in Alabama and lived there for his early childhood, but his greatest achievements took place as an Ohioan. 

jamesrbrown322's picture

Owens is an Ohioan. He may have been born in Alabama, but he wasn't permitted to go to college there. He came to Ohio State. Alabamans didn't consider him an equal, and didn't want him. Thus, he's an Ohioan, not an Alabaman.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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HomeBrewed's picture

 

Clever Statement

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hetuck's picture

Every time I see the billboard for the Jesse Owens Museum alongside the interstate north of Birmingham, I chuckle. It's the same image used on the postage stamp except the OHIO on the jersey is omitted. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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jamesrbrown322's picture

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"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

Squirrel Master's picture

I chose Owens over Grant. I know Grant won the war but thats more of him being a national hero, not quite an Ohio accomplishment. Owens is known for the Olympics story but he also did a lot while in Ohio and at OSU. I just think the winner should be known more for what they did in Ohio than what their biggest accomplishment is. Although if you do want to go big, Grant's victory was nationally recognized, Owens was globally recognized. Of course this reasoning is foolish when comparing equally great men.

I also went with the Wright Brothers. Nothing against Bob Hope but seriously...

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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collards's picture

Grant was but one of 7 men born in Ohio to become President (The first Harrison was born in Va. but lived in North Bend). He was also 1 of just 43 men born in the USA to become president. That is quite the feat and known in not just the US, but in all the world. While president, he defeated the first wave of the KKK and fought for civil rights. In 1859 Grant freed his only slave when he was flat broke and could have used the money. His civil rights views were more than political it seems. Grant also fought for the reversal of Indian Policy. He was against removal of the tribes and wars of extinction. He has them protected as wards of the state and thus educated them. As you can see, Grant was more than just a General. he was an early day civil rights hero in America. His actions are just now being seen and his reputation as a President has grown. Plus the park by his birthplace is a wonderful place for a picnic and to watch the Ohio River. I can also see him as a sideline to sideline lb captain of the Silver Bullets.

The Wright Brothers built the plane mostly in Ohio , but flew it in NC.

Collards

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

The Wright Brothers built the plane mostly in Ohio , but flew it in NC.

The majority of testing to turn the prototype into viable aircraft took place in Ohio.

1958Buckeye's picture

I'd love to make this about the Civil War and which General was where, but moving on to a different civil war...  Grant was willing to fight to save The Union unlike other northern generals. He was largely responsible (see Abraham Lincoln) for the victory and reuniting of the nation. He went on to be our 18th president. Jesse Owens was a great athlete who won 4 gold medals in Hitler's Germany. Yep, 3 world records in 45 minutes in 1935. But perspective Buckeyes!  

"Without winners there wouldn't be any civilization." Woody Hayes

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allinosu's picture

You can drive yourself crazy over thinking this stuff. Most everyone has good points. Is life and death accomplishments more important or worldly ones or what most school kids would know?  It's a little like who has the best spouse or kids. I feel there is no wrong answer only how you feel about it. 

BuckFly's picture

"As soon as slavery fired upon the flag it was felt, we all felt, even those who did not object to slaves, that slavery must be destroyed. We felt that it was a stain to the Union that men should be bought and sold like cattle.

There had to be an end of slavery. Then we were fighting an enemy with whom we could not make a peace. We had to destroy him. No convention, no treaty was possible – only destruction."

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant secured victory of the Civil War, which set the stage for the success of the remaining participants in this epic 11W HOIA Classic. 

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Art Harrell's picture

Jesse Owens, and it was hard decision to vote him over Grant----Go Bucks

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Grant is a large reason why we currently have 50 states in this country.  Gotta give him my vote.

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German Buckeye's picture

Grant easily is the clearest no brainer.  Historic accomplishments, leadership in the most devastating time in out nations history, public service, one of the earliest civil rights leader, character, honor...etc.   Athletic achievements are wonderful (Owens) but cannot be viewed in the same light.  

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Knarcisi's picture

It was a little more than an athletic achievement. 

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Rocket Man's picture

One thing is for certain -- any of these four will be a fine winner. They are all amazing people.

 

Forgive me, El Guapo. I know that I, Jefe, do not have your superior intellect and education. But could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?

Buckeyeneer's picture

Jesse Owens vs. US Grant. Wow! That's a tough one. They both fought against the degradation of a race of people in their own way. One with guns and one with his feet.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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DWright's picture

Go Wright Bros because according to ancestry.com I am related to them. And because I have a bro myself whose last name is also Wright thus making me a Wright bro.

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btalbert25's picture

Jesse Owens needs to be the champ to me.  He gave the old eff you to Hitler on his home turf.  Has anyone ever saw or heard Bill Burr's segment on Jesse Owens and Hitler?  It's one of the best segments of standup I've ever heard.  Good Stuff. 

Go1Bucks's picture

Sad results.

Go Bucks!

allinosu's picture

The top of the page says ohioans. There is a difference between being a buckeye and an Ohioan, Just look at our roster, McMillan is a Georgian. I know he has a statue but Jesse is a great American first and a buckeye but he belongs to Alabama. After all Lincoln has a monument in DC but he belongs to Illinois. Look up gold metalists as states and he is listed as Alabama gold metalist.

btalbert25's picture

lol, if Jesse belongs to Alabama, then Abraham Lincoln belongs to KENTUCKY. 

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allinosu's picture

LOL, You got me. Good Job.

btalbert25's picture

I get why Illinois gets to claim him, but it always cracks me up how places all want to claim Lincoln.  Recently, I was driving in Indiana and one of their signs crossing the river said "BOYHOOD HOME OF LINCOLN". 

Go1Bucks's picture

For what ever reason Owens keeps winning, I will be all for the Wright brothers now.

just my opinion, no discussion needed.

Go Bucks!

Torpedo Vegas's picture

Here's where I make a pitch regarding U.S. Grant's record as president. Not only was it his strategy that helped win the civil war, it was his actions that made those gains stick. His leadership during Reconstruction helped to destroy the first iteration of the KKK and allow Blacks to vote and even hold office throughout the South. Unfortunately many of those gains were rolled back with the end of Reconstruction, but it went a long way towards moving the country past the Civil War. On top of that, he had some pretty forward thinking policies towards Native Americans and was the steward of a strong economy, a majority of his run at least. Sure, he didn't have the best second term, but most Presidents struggle through second terms. As an added bonus, he wrote an excellent set of memoirs that was published and marketed by his good friend Mark Twain.

This is not to take away from Jesse Owens. I think either would be a fine choice. Just wish there was more acknowledgment of one of our most underrated presidencies. 

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