The 11W Heart of It All Classic: Sports Region Voting

By Jason Priestas on March 18, 2014 at 10:00a
69 Comments

Day two of The 11W Heart of It All Classic is upon us and we're now tasked with selecting the survivors of the first round of the Sports region. This region is stacked, but potential upsets loom.

If you need a refresher, you can read up on the full rules and seedings. Here's your printable bracket (PDF).

Winners of first round games in the Sports region will be announced Saturday night with the second round of voting opening up Sunday morning.

#1 Jesse Owens vs. #16 Branch Rickey

Jesse Owens: At the age of nine, Jesse Owens' family escaped the institutional racism of the South – Oakville, Alabama in this case – and moved to Cleveland. While attending East Technical High, Owens tied the world records for the 100-yard dash (9.4) and long jump (24 feet 9½ inches) at the 1933 National High School Championship.

Later, at Ohio State, Owens won a record eight individual NCAA championships – four each in 1935 and '36 – but he's most remembered for a 45-minute span during the 1935 Big Ten Championship at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he set three world records and equaled his 9.4-second 100 again. He was so dominant that Michigan – the University of Michiganbuilt a monument for him.

Having smoked everyone in the United States, the "Buckeye Bullet" went to Berlin for the 1936 Summer Olympics and promptly won four gold medals, putting a crimp in Hitler's notion of a master race.

Branch Rickey: Wesley Branch Rickey was born in tiny Stockdale, in Pike County, Ohio and attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he played baseball and dabbled in semi-pro football.

In 1913, Rickey was hired by the St. Louis Browns for a role in the team's front office. After taking time to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War I (where he commanded the likes of Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson), he returned to baseball, accepting a job as the president and manager of the St. Louis Cardinal.

As a manager and executive, his team would win the World Series four times, but he's most known for his role helping to break baseball's color barrier when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945.

#2 Jack Nicklaus vs. #15 Buster Douglas

Jack Nicklaus: "The Golden Bear" won the first of five straight Ohio State Junior titles at the age of 12. And then, for the next four decades of his life, he kept winning and winning.

While at Ohio State, Nicklaus won the U.S. Amateur twice (1959 and '61) and the NCAA Championship in 1961. As a junior, he finished second to Arnold Palmer at the U.S. Open, recording a 65 on the final round – still an amateur U.S. Open record to this day.

He notched his first professional win in his 17th start, defeating Palmer at the 1962 U.S. Open. The following year, Nicklaus won two more majors, The Masters and the PGA Championship. He'd collect 15 more majors before retiring, including the 1986 Masters at the age of 46. His 18 majors and six wins at Augusta are both records.

Buster Douglas: James "Buster" Douglas was born in 1960 to the son of professional boxer William "Dynamite" Douglas in Columbus. While attending Linden McKinley High School, Douglas starred in football and basketball but returned to boxing following a short stint playing community college basketball.

During the first eight years of his career as a professional boxer, Douglas ran up an impressive 29-4-1 record, but was knocked out by Tony Tucker in his only title fight. In February of 1990, he earned a shot against heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, then 37-0 and considered the baddest dude on the planet. Douglas would enter the bout as a 42-1 underdog.

Fighting just 28 days after his mother had passed, Douglas put on a clinic, battering the invincible Tyson before eventually knocking the champ out in the 9th round. The fight shocked the boxing world and is still considered the biggest upset in the history of the sport.

#3 Paul Brown vs. #14 Don Shula

Paul Brown: Some men are put on earth to win football games. Paul Brown was one of those men.

Born in Norwalk, Brown built a juggernaut at Massillon Washington High School before getting the call to take over at Ohio State. He spent three seasons in Columbus, winning the school's first national championship in 1942.

In 1945, Brown accepted the head coaching position for the new Cleveland team in the All-America Football Conference. The team took his name and promptly won four league titles. He would coach the Browns to three NFL championships after the merger before helping to found another franchise, the Cincinnati Bengals.

There are two major stadiums named for Brown in the state of Ohio and his coaching tree is more of a coaching forest.

Don Shula: Born in Grand River, on the shores of Lake Erie, in 1930, Don Shula starred as a halfback for Painesville's Harvey High School. He played his college ball at John Carroll University in Cleveland and was picked in the 9th round of the 1951 NFL draft by – wait for it – Paul Brown and his Cleveland Browns.

After a seven-year career in the NFL, Shula got his first coaching job as an assistant at the University of Virginia. The following season, he jumped to the University of Kentucky, and then, a year later, to the Detroit Lions in 1960. In 1963, at the age of 33, he was named the head coach of the Baltimore Colts, where he went 71-23, but lost Super Bowl III to Joe Namath and the New York Jets.

In 1969, he took his talents to South Beach, appearing in three Super Bowls – and winning two of them – in his first four seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He spent 26 seasons in Miami and finished his career with 347 wins, an NFL record.

#4 Woody Hayes vs. #13 Roger Staubach

Woody Hayes: Born in Clifton, Ohio, and reared in Newcomerstown, Woody Hayes became the face of Ohio State football, despite his ignominious exit from the college game.

Following a stint as the commander of PC 1251, a submarine chaser, in World War II, Hayes returned to Denison University, his alma mater, where he coached for three years before moving on to Miami University. In 1950, his Redskin team went 9-1, defeating Arizona State in the Salad Bowl.

Hayes accepted the Ohio State job in 1951 and went 205-61-10 in his 29 seasons with the school, winning national championships in 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968 and 1970. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983, is honored by the school with a statue outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and to this day, inspires Ohio State fans to pay it forward.

Roger Staubach: Before Roger Staubach found Drew Pearson for a last-second, 50-yard bomb to win a 1975 playoff game for the Cowboys, that type of play, arguably the most exciting in the game, did not have a name. Following that 17-14 victory over the Vikings it did: the "Hail Mary."

Staubach, born in Cincinnati, starred at the U.S. Naval Academy, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1963. He then served as a Supply Corps officer for the Navy in Vietnam before entering the NFL as a 27-year-old rookie in 1969.

"Rodger the Dodger" spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Cowboys, winning two Super Bowls, earning six Pro Bowl selections and entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

#5 Pete Rose vs. #12 Jim Tressel

Pete Rose: Rose would have an argument for a top-three seed, had he not bet on his team, earning a lifetime ban from baseball.

For his achievements in the park, he'll be remembered as one of the best baseball players to ever play the game. The Cincinnati native is Major League Baseball's hit king, finishing with 4,256 hits during his 24-year career (only four other players have more than 3,500). He owns MLB records for career singles (3,215), games played (3,562) and seasons of 200 or more hits (10), in addition to National League records for runs (2,165), doubles (746) and five-hit games (10), among many others.

Still, it's the 1989 Dowd Report, which concluded Rose had bet on baseball, including his own team, which forever haunts his legacy.

Jim Tressel: James Patrick Tressel was born in Mentor, Ohio, to the son of a football coach. Following graduation from Berea High School, Tressel played quarterback for his father, Lee, at Baldwin-Wallace, and then embarked upon his own coaching career, which would be impressive.

In 1975, Tressel accepted a graduate position at Akron. He coached three seasons each at Miami and Syracuse before finding his way to Ohio State, where he coached quarterbacks under Earle Bruce from 1983-85. He then became the head coach at Youngstown State and proceeded to roll teams in FCS, then known as Division I-AA. In 15 years at YSU, he won 135 games and four national titles.

Following John Cooper's exit in 2001, Tressel took over at Ohio State, winning 106 games in 10 seasons, including the school's first national championship in 34 years. He was particularly effective against Michigan, going 9-1 against the Wolverines. Despite his "resignation" for covering up NCAA violations, he rivals Woody Hayes for the affection of Buckeye fans.

#6 LeBron James vs. #11 Archie Griffin

LeBron James: Perhaps the most physically gifted athlete to come out of Ohio, LeBron James was born in Akron in 1984 and attracted attention on the basketball court not long after.

As a freshman at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron, James led his team to a 27-0 record and the Division III state title. By his junior season, he had appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated (the first prep underclassmen to do so) with the header "THE CHOSEN ONE" and then killed any jinx by becoming the first junior to win the boy's basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year Award.

By the time he was eligible for the NBA Draft in 2003, he had become the most hyped prep basketball player ever. Cleveland took him with the No 1 overall pick and James confirmed the hype in his first game by dropping 25 on Sacramento. In his 11 years in the league, he has two NBA championships and four league MVP awards.

Archie Griffin: The only two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy, Archie Griffin was born and grew up in Columbus, starring for Eastmoor High School.

In 1972, the first year the NCAA permitted freshmen to play varsity football, Griffin arrived at Ohio State and cracked the lineup early, rushing for 867 yards that year. As a sophomore, Griffin ran for 1,577 yards, topping it with 1,695 yards as a senior, before finishing his Ohio State career with another 1,450 yards as a senior. His 5,589 rushing yards set an NCAA record and he became one of only two players to start in four Rose Bowl games.

As many Ohio State fans have come to realize, Griffin was quite the man off the field, too. His coach, Woody Hayes, once remarked, "He's a better young man than he is a football player, and he's the best football player I've ever seen." 

#7 Cy Young vs. #10 Bobby Knight

Cy Young: When pro baseball names one of its most prestigious awards for you, it's safe to say you had one hell of a career. Cy Young, from one-church Gilmore, Ohio, had all of that and more.

In 21 seasons as a Major League pitcher, Young threw longer, harder and better than anyone then or since. He holds MLB records for wins (511, or 94 more than No. 2 on the list, Walter Johnson), complete games (749), starts (815) and consecutive hitless innings pitched (25⅓) among many others.

Young tossed three no-hitters, the first perfect game in baseball's "modern era," was a second-ballot Hall of Famer and was named to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team.

Bobby Knight: "The General" was born in Massillon (the same year Paul Brown was winning his final prep national title just down the street) and grew up in Orville, near Akron.

In 1958, he arrived at Ohio State to play under Fred Taylor. While there, he was part of a team that won the 1959 NCAA Championship and finished second the next two seasons 1960 NCAA Championship. Following graduation, Knight entered into coaching, first at Cuyahoga Falls High School and then for six years at West Point.

In 1971, Indiana chose Knight to lead the Hoosiers and Knight quickly found success, reaching the Final Four in his second season in Bloomington. In his 29 seasons at IU, Knight won 662 games, including NCAA Championships in 1976, 1981 and 1987. His 1975-76 team is the last team to have capped an undefeated season (36-0) with a title and his 902 career wins set an NCAA record that was eventually eclipsed by one of his protégés, Mike Krzyzewski.

#8 Jerry Lucas vs. #9 Ken Griffey Jr.

Jerry Lucas: The pride of Middletown (with all due respect to Cris Carter), Jerry Lucas dominated the game of basketball at every stage of his career.

As a 15-year-old sophomore, Lucas led the Middies to an undefeated season and a state championship, going off for 53 points in the state semifinals, and then 44 more in the finals. He would lead his team to a then national prep record of 76 straight wins, collecting two national player of the year awards on the way to breaking Wilt Chamberlain's high school scoring record.

With John Havlicek, Lucas led Ohio State to a national title when both were sophomores. Although the Buckeyes would lose the next two national championship games to Cincinnati, Lucas was named national player of the year his final two seasons.

As a pro, Lucas won one NBA championship, was named an all-star seven times, to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, and the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ken Griffey Jr.: The son of a Cincinnati Reds great, Ken Griffey Jr. attended Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, where he was named the nation's high school baseball player of the year in 1987.

Later that year, he was selected No. 1 overall by the Seattle Mariners and recorded a double in his first MLB at-bat two years later. A true five-tool player, Griffey led the AL in home runs four times, while winning Gold Gloves for 10 straight seasons from 1990-99.

The 1997 AL MVP was a 13-time all-star, made the MLB All-Century Team and is enshrined in the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. In 2016, he'll be eligible for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Rapping Bum's picture

JO, Jack, Paul Brown, Woody, Tress, Archie, Cy Young, and Jerry Lucas.

Help is on the way.

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osubuckeye4life's picture

Same here & there is no way I'm not voting for Archie or Tress. Mostly chalk in this region. I would have probably voted for Lebron and Rose had they been against pretty much anyone else . 

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Bucksfan's picture

That 5-12 matchup is brutal.  And anyone who votes for the South Beach talent-bringer over Archie MF'ing Griffin deserves a lifetime ban from Ohio.

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Oyster's picture

Jason told me that he plans on putting a red 'X' in the corner of everyones icon that votes for him.  Everyone will know what you did.  And Hester thought she had it bad.

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Buckeye5000's picture

Instead of a scarlet A they will get a scarlet T, for traitor.

Go Bucks!

osupolo's picture

Would it be scarlet and red?

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TMac's picture

Where would LBJ have been seeded IF he hadn't left, and/or in the manner that he did leave?

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Fear The Elf's picture

Had he stayed, I'd bet he'd still be the same seed, but Cleveland fans would hesitate voting Archie over him.

Basically, it would be the way Reds fans are conflicted over Rose v Tressel.

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Denny's picture

COME AT ME, BRO

Taquitos.

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JakeBuckeye's picture

I actually voted for LeBron over Archie. I think LeBron being from Ohio is something Ohioans should be proud of. He is the greatest athlete of his generation, and he's on a deadly track of potentially becoming the greatest basketball player of all time, and one of the greatest athletes of all time. I don't think Archie, however amazing his achievements, can live up to that.

The LeBron/Archie matchup wasn't exactly fair and unbiased being that this is an Ohio State blog... I'm surprised it was even as close as it was.

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Dougger's picture

I voted for LeBron. He's from Ohio, raised in Ohio, loves Ohio (and Ohio State), is very charitable to his alma mater. His name is arguably the most recognizable on the planet. The entire world.

I love Archie, who was also raised in Ohio and loves OSU; but to be honest his name is only really recognized in college football circles and throughout the university. He is not a world-wide brand. Both of these guys represent Ohio well.

I like football

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Abe Froman's picture

That's interesting but since I am not a fan of the Cavs, I couldn't give a rat's a$& on whether LBJ went to Miami or not.  Two rings later we are still watching him grow.  You may not like the man, but his achievements exceed those of Archie and he's not done.  Remember, everyone who voted for Tressel over Rose, it is not a vote for OSU.  If Rose was penalized for betting on his team to win, then Tatgate should at least count due to the sanctions incurred by OSU.  As an outside observer for LBJ, would you feel the same or different for him if he came back?  Mark me down for an 'X' Jason.  Made of bacon....

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

ULuvLucy's picture

1.) Jesse Owns, because F Hitler.

3.) Shula because LOL @ Browns.

4.) WAYNE WOODROW "WOODY" HAYES! The answer is too obvious. I have a hard time believing a single person here will vote Roger Staubach. If you're not voting for Woody, you can gtfo my 11w.

5.) Why are you doing this to us?

BrutusBlock O

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BucksfanXC's picture

Man, those are all some big time names. I just think what Ken Griffey could have done if he stayed healthy. 800 HRs? Probably.
 

“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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ScarletNGrey01's picture

A couple of the votes were done while wearing my Scarlet and Grey glasses.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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spqr2008's picture

5) is a tough one for me, because my mom was 6 months pregnant with me when she went to the game (on her birthday) when Pete hit 4192, and of course, Tressel is Tressel.

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GrayDay's picture

Amazing bracket, though not sure Buster Douglas should have made the field.  I like Buster a lot, but a greater and more significant Ohio fighter was Boom Boom Mancini.

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brandonbauer87's picture

Consider it blasphemy if you will, but I think Pete Rose deserves the nod. He owns an impressive record which will likely stand forever. 

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DannyBeane's picture

Pete Rose vs Jim Tressel was so hard. I really could have went either way but I've heard so many great Pete Rose stories from my dad growing up that my vote went to him.

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TMac's picture

If this particular poll question were asked on other than an Ohio State (Primarily Football) Blog, Rose probably cruises to the W. 

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BucksFan2000's picture

I took Tressel.  This must be the scandal matchup, but Tressel has been high-profile for his off-field work as well as between the lines.  I'm sure Pete's done some good work too, but his primary off-field objective is to promote himself.

Besides, this is an OSU site, and there's obviously a very short list of people that brought home a national championship.  I'm always going to lean towards those guys.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I probably would have voted for Lebron in many other matchups but against Archie, not a chance!

I went chalk accept for Archie and Tressel. Probably because they shouldn't be the lower seed to begin with!

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

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TMac's picture

There is an obvious ding on Tressel, but completely agree that Archie is seeded way too low. 

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Go1Bucks's picture

and What's the obvious ding on Tressel? I don't see one as I have stated many times prior.

Go Bucks!

TMac's picture

Show cause penalty, OSU bowl ban, (Which possibly translates to a NCG ban) B1G title game ban - I love Tressel, and the penalties are absurd, but I don't think you can see Tressel and the penalties as unrelated. Without the penalties/end of his Ohio State tenure don't you believe he is a higher seed here?

Go1Bucks's picture

I was being facetious, I have said numerouus times though that Tressel made one error, that of protecting his players. The rest is all on Smith and the Trustees.  IMO.

Go Bucks!

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bukyze's picture

I just want to know who the 3 people are who voted for Branch Rickey over Jesse Owens, and Roger Staubach over Woody Hayes.

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BucksfanXC's picture

 

“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

droessl's picture

Can the 3 bastards that voted for Roger Staubach go ahead and hit Alt+F4? That'd be great. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Catching up, just voted here, was stunned to see that 21 folks voted Staubach.

No denying his accomplishments, but I didn't even bat an eye voting for Woody.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

toad1204's picture

I see a four see making it to the championship, just sayin.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

RBuck's picture

Cy Young over Bobby Knight? Probably should have put Knight in the Arts (entertainment bracket).

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

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avail31678's picture

Ummm...how do we vote?  Just comment?

avail31678's picture

No pics :/  Must be a stupid IE thing.  Grrr...I hate IE and I'm not loving the new site much either.... But IE is all I'm allowed to have on my work computer.

RedStorm45's picture

15 of the last 20 head coaches to play for a national championship (CFB) have Ohio connections - either having previously coached in the state or from Ohio (that stat may be from a few years ago).

Shula over Chuck Noll? (Noll with the most Super Bowl wins in history)

Buster Douglas over Lou Groza? - I mean, I guess you want to diversify the sports in the region.

 

FWIW, Havlicek won 8 titles with the Celtics and was a 13-time All-Star.

John Heisman (yes, that Heisman) and Mike Schmidt left off, but not sure they can get into the top 16.

 

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Johnny Ginter's picture

i was a freshman in a high school in middletown (near cincy) when ken griffey got signed by the reds, and our dean of discipline literally went from room to room telling kids what had just happened so we could freak out about it. it was awesome, griffey was awesome, but his injuries made him so hard to watch over the years.

still the best looking swing ive ever seen in my entire life

Ashtabula's picture

The 10 people who voted for Buster over Jack must have had fat fingers...or are all named Tiger.

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DoubleB's picture

As a lifelong Reds fan, who's favorite player as a kid was Ken Griffey Jr, had to go Griffey.

Also Archie as an 11? I guess I see it sort of... he's not nearly as much as a big deal outside the Great State of Ohio.

Because I couldn't go for 3.
-Woody

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lvccacamcrca's picture

Tough matchup Rose vs Tress.............................all time hits leader is hard to ignore........I had to take Charlie Hustle

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PittBuckeye's picture

It would be a hard call if it weren't for all the stories about how Pete is/was an absolute dick vs Tress being up for nicest guy ever. Tress all day.

sgehrich's picture

How is the only 2 time Heisman winner a 12 seed?

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PittBuckeye's picture

Pro career, he's an all-time great buckeye, not the greatest Ohioan though.

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AngryWoody's picture

You can tell this site is mostly Cleveland pro sports fans by the Pete Rose vs. JT results.

Our Honor Defend!

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Fear The Elf's picture

Or just a small contingent of Cincinnatians

Oakland Buckeye's picture

And the Lebron hating!

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Fear The Elf's picture

Like how OSU fans hate any Ohioan who plays for Michigan?

nburns18's picture

How is Archie an 11 and tressel a 12?

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

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collards's picture

Seriously folks, Tressel was great, but Pete Rose is an all time great. I can't see this for tress with rose colored glasses either.

 

Pete was an all star at 5 different positions. He won mvp's and  all time leader in making outs. 

 

Both of them did wrong which tarnished their reputations., but Pete excelled for a couple of decades. Tress won at YSU which was great, but Pete refused to make the last out in the world series.

 

Hard, but Pete Rose is known world wide.

Collards

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collards's picture

Paul Brown invented modern day football and mentored Shula. He should be higher than a 3.

 

Branch Rickey was good too. Quite an owner.

 

Ohio sure has had some great folks.

Collards

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Crumb's picture

By the numbers Tressel 9-1 > Rose 4256

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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harleymanjax's picture

Forget about all the conspiracy theories about pairing up OSU and Dayton, who stuck Pete Rose against Tressel?

All these years later and Pete is still getting the shaft! Did Bart Giamatti make these pairings?

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

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Bailey458's picture

Sorry if this has been said but how in the world can Branch Rickey be seeded below Buster Douglas?  Not that either could beat their respective matchups, but Rickey did truly historic things that exist outside the confines of sports themselves.  Buster Douglas had a great night (in Japan no less) and has rested on that laurel ever since (awesome feat but a lot of stars aligned for him to do it)

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ColoradoBuck's picture

I love the fact that LeBron was completely set up to fail

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Oakland Buckeye's picture

LeBron has the last laugh on this 'bracket" - even though the staff set him up by making Archie an 11 seed (joke), Lebron goes out vs DJ's Cavs and goes off for 25 in the first quarter!, 43 for the game on 14 of 19 shooting - In Cleveland!

 

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Here's why I love Ohio and why i tell my kids it is the greatest state in the Union:

Nicklaus - All time greatest golfer

Owens - all time greatest track athlete (his 4 golds have been since duplicated, but no one did it under the scrutiny of hat like Owens)

Rose - All time Hits King

Lebron - All time greatest Basketball player (he will, trust me)

Young - All time greatest (winningest) Pitcher, (THE pitching award named for him)

Griffey jr - All time Great - barring injuries-  perhaps the G.O.A.T.

Archie - (arguably) All Time greatest College Football Player

Plus more Presidents than any State in the Union! OH-!

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stubbzzz's picture

you're damn right good sir!  I think Paul Brown is the best football coach ever too, most innovative and most influential.  better than Lombardi even.  I mean, Paul Brown invented the Playbook, the face mask, the huddle?, the radio helmet, pass blocking?, the 40 yard dash, the regular use of field goal kicking as an offensive strategy, and the first NFL offense to really utilize the forward pass as a main ingredient ( basketball team in cleats ).  

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stubbzzz's picture

oh, and even though he's not from Ohio per se, Jim Brown, the greatest football player ever, played his pro ball for Ohio.

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Homey1970's picture

Won't vote for Griffey Jr.  He and his brother Craig (former Buckeye) stole a giant pixie stick from me at a laundromat near Tampa in 1977 during Reds spring training.  Sum'bitch! 

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stubbzzz's picture

haha you should write him a letter to remind him.  maybe you can come out of it with and autographed giant pixie stick to make up for it?

Homey1970's picture

Thought about suing him but the statute of limitations has long since passed.  Just think of the interest payment alone!

Jason Priestas's picture

This is awesome. Do we have your permission to engrave this on your headstone?

Homey1970's picture

...yes, you may.  I suppose his mother and my mother are more to blame.  If they weren't gossiping in between loads of tidy whities maybe Mrs. Griffey would have seen AND STOPPED the theft and I would have gotten my hands back on my stick.  I thought I was over it until I saw this poll.

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depbuck's picture

Bobby Knight...In 1958, he arrived at Ohio State to play under Fred Taylor. While there, he was part of a team that won the 1959 NCAA Championship 

Ohio State won the NCAA in basketball in 1960, not 1959. Cal beat WVU in 1959

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Jason Priestas's picture

Fixed, thanks.

otrain2416's picture
  • Jesse Owens
  • Paul Brown
  • Jack Niclaus
  • Woody Hayes
  • Jim Tressel
  • Lebron has trouble overcoming adversity in tough matchups. Archie Griffin wins by a landslide and Lebron goes to cry in south beach
  • Cy Young wins in a close matchup. Bob Knight throws a chair in anger
  • Ken Griffey Jr
bucked up's picture

Buster Douglas has no place on this list. Don King, Boom Boom Mancini and Kelly Pavlik were all more impactful to boxing. Also, no Mike Schmidt? No Bill Willis? No Jack Buck?

Buckeye Scottie's picture

Jr's swing is STILL the prettiest swing I have ever witnessed.

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