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November Sports Wrap

November 30, 2011 - Al Stephenson
November ends today and it seems like a good time to take a look at what's happening in the wacky and wonderful world of sports.

It seems we have forgotten that the NFL regular season almost didn't get off on time (you know, like another professional sports league). Alas it did and fanatic fans and fantasy participants (I guess they can overlap) are enjoying our Sunday afternoon fix. The Packers are lighting it up, the Lions are trying to right the ship (although stomping on an opponents arm is not the way to help your team Mr. Suh) and the Browns are, well the Clowns. Only in Cleveland can games (note the s there) be lost with a bad snap on a field goal attempt. They took care of the problem supposedly, as the snapper got cut.

Quarterbacks in the NFL are going down at an alarming rate. Matt Cassell and Matt Schaub are out for the year and Schaub's replacement - Matt Leinhart - couldn't even play an entire game before breaking his collar bone. He's through too and you have to wonder if the Falcons Matt Ryan is wishing he had a different first name.

Ohio State gave the Michigan Wolverines a contest in a very entertaining game (unless of course winning is the only thing that matters to you) that gave Luke Fickell his one and done chance as head coach in the rivalry. OSU announced that they have hired Urban Meyer as the new head coach and most Buckeye fans think this is a coup. I really don't know what to make of it. I'm still unhappy with what Jim Tressel did and would like to think that a football program can be run cleanly. Then again perhaps I'm living in my own little fantasyland.

Time will tell if Urban Meyer can bring the Buckeyes back to national prominence. I'm guessing he will, but all those player arrests at Florida has me concerned.

On a more cheery note, you had to like what the Buckeye basketball team did to Duke last night. We may get to see them deep into March.

Locally Seneca East has indeed decided to leave the MAL. I am going to try to get some info on why the move took place. Stay tuned.

Finally the NBA owners and players have come to an agreement on how to share all that loot and the shortened season will begin on Christmas Day. The view from my seat says - Big Whoop!


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