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“The Catch” is the stuff of legend, which might make George Will wax poetically on the George Will Sports Machine, if such a show existed.
Towards the end of the first half of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football game, a rowdy fan dressed in in a rushed onto the field at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
This unruly behavior was unwise to do around Ohio State Buckeye Football Assistant Coach Anthony Schlegel. The Buckeye’s conditioning (strength) coach was a linebacker for OSU as part of the class of 2006. In addition, Schlegel was a 3rd round draft choice by the New York Jets in 2006 as well as playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
So when the disruptive fan evaded a security guard while storming onto the football field, Coach Schlegel sprang into action. Schegel made a horse collar tackle and body slammed the disruptive fan onto the turf, but Schlegel was not penalized on the play.
The record setting crowd of 108,262 Buckeye boosters roared its approval. Security officials then escorted 21 year old Anthony Wunder off the field, who apparently is a 6’2″ Ohio State University Senior who hails from Cincinnati. Wunder will be arraigned on charges of criminal trespass for his stunt. No word on how many ice packs Wunder needed after his close encounter with Schlegel.
While the Buckeyes beat the Bearcats 50-28, the big winner of the day seems to have been Coach Schlegel for his protective tackle. Pro wrestler Steve Austin shared his kudos on Twitter, suggesting that Schlegel earned several performance perks usually reserved for players, Another enterprising Buckeye booster scored the scene into a music video titled “Here Comes the Boom”.
Former Representative Jim Traficant (D-OH 17th) was critically injured in a tractor mishap on his daughter’s farm in northeastern Ohio. The 73 year old Traficant was believe to be pulling a vintage tractor which tipped over him inside the barn and trapped Traficant underneath the machinery. Paramedics found Traficant unconscious and eventually medivaced him to a hospital in Youngstown, Ohio where he was kept in a medically induced coma to try to stabilize him before he expired.
In a case of sad irony, the accident occurred on the farm which became the focal point of the two month trial in which Traficant represented himself and was convicted on ten counts which included bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion. Thus, the House of Representatives expelled the eight term Congressman on a vote of 420-1 in 2002.
Traficant served seven years in federal prison before being paroled in 2009. While in prison, Traficant turned to art as therapy, which he would sell online to pay for more art supplies. But being in “Club Fed” did not deter Traficant from running for office. In fact, Traficant ran for his old Congressional seat while behind bars and won 15% of the vote vying against his former aide Rep. Jim Ryan (D OH-17th now 13th)
Traficant was a flamboyant figure on Capitol Hill. Traficant insisted on styling a pompadour which Traficant himself called “the weed whacker” but a hairdo which others likened to muskrats mating. In prison, it was became evident that Traficant just sported a bad toupe. Traficant also insisted on wearing out of style clothing in the well of the House, like denim suits and wide lapel sports jackets.
What drew great notoriety for Cong. Traficant was his eccentric, amusing and “earthy” One Minute Speeches.
Traficant would often punctuate his political rant by saying “Beam me up!”, thereby repopularizing the Star Trek catch phrase. Assuredly, Traficant’s quip of “Beam me up” sounds much better than supporters trying to sing it in a polka honoring the paroled Congressman.
These attention grabbing speeches would generate publicity as light hearted news for the low information voter, but these epic rants reflected the blue collar, common sense sentiments of his Mahoning Valley constituents.
James Traficant was a flawed but faithful fellow. May the heavens beam him up and he yields back whatever is left.
“For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling
concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands,
vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It
ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts
of money flowing in.”
Control access and effectively manage the message. So much for “All the news that’s fit to print”.
The site was turned into the Ebbets Field Apartments. However that did not destroy the nostalgia for the Ebbets Field and Brooklyn Dodgers among their die-hards.
Perhaps to overshadow this onslaught of bad news on the campaign trail, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) resorted to some colorful grassroots campaigning. As Senator Landrieu toured her old stomping grounds at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (class of ’77), she encountered a football tailgate in which young collegiates for the 58 year old senior Senator of Louisiana to partake in a keg stand as part of the Fighting Tiger’s home-stand against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.