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Good Morning Buckeye Nation

Not Surprising: Emory Sports Marketing Analytics did a study of the best fans in the Big Ten. The study is based on the last ten years but even if you went back further I’m sure the results will still be the same as to who the top team is. The Ohio State Buckeyes do have the best damn fans in the Big Ten. The study breaks down fan attendance and stadium revenue.

Alumni Weekend: Ohio States Baseball Team has announced the schedule for their fourth annual Alumni Weekend October 11-12,2013. There will be a golf outing in Dublin on the 11th and then a Alumni baseball game on the 12th. Sorry but as an Indians fan I am hoping Nick Swisher won’t be there playing on his field but still playing in the playoffs. Go Tribe.

Gold and Silver: Buckeye’s Lacrosse head coach Alexis Venechanos lead Team Canada against Team Usa in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup. Alums Kylee White (Canada) and Regina Oliver (USA) also represented Buckeye Nation in the World Cup.

Fore: The Ohio State Women’s Golf Team has announced the 2013-2014 season. Head coach Therese Hession announced the new schedule yesterday.The Buckeyes will host two tournaments in the spring, the season starts in September.

Back in the Pool: Members from both the Men’s Swim Team and Women’s Swim Team are participating in the U.S. Open Championships in Irving California. They will be participating in events until Aug. 3rd to get ready for their upcoming season. good Luck Buckeyes.

Until next time Buckeye Nation…

These guys are good (usually)

GolfThis week brings my favorite sporting event here in Columbus, outside of Saturdays in the Horseshoe — The Memorial Tournament. Like most sports fans, I’m a fan of playing the game of golf, regardless of my handicap (don’t ask, it’s not pretty). So I always get excited about the best of the best coming to play in Dublin at Muirfield Village Golf Club. This field once again sports the best golfers in the world (from 15 different countries, in fact), including the top ten players on this year’s money list.

I try to make it to at least one of the rounds, usually on Saturday. Watching these guys play is amazing. They really “are good.” But the first Memorial I attended left a different impression.

I don’t remember who it was, but the first person I watched tee off that day (about 8-9 years ago) completely shanked his tee shot into the trees left of the fairway. It wasn’t a hook or a slice, it was a horrible shank. For those few brief moments, I thought to myself that even I had never shanked something that badly. Of course, his second shot was a beautiful recovery shot and was up and down to par the hole, but for those few minutes, I felt superior. It was fleeting, but it was glorious.

So I’ll be there once again this year (accompanied by my buddy Zeke) hoping to see another drive go flying into the trees, rooting for my homeboy, Baby Blue Sergio Garcia (I root for anyone Spanish, having lived in Spain for two years) and hoping to get a glimpse of the great ones. Maybe my being close to them will somehow allow me to absorb some of that golfing karma.