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The Seattle Mariners did the unthinkable today and outbid the New York Yankees for their own marquee free agent by signing Robinson Cano for a lofty $240 million over the next 10 years. Signing Cano had become the hottest topic in the MLB over the last few weeks and recently it had come down to the Mariners and the Yankees, with the Yankees saying they weren’t paying over $200 million for the talented second basemen.
After the Cleveland Browns got blown out by their division rival Cincinatti Bengals on Sunday, they did what most teams do. Packed it up and headed home. About that time, everyone in eastern Ohio was watching the weather crawls on our TV screens and hearing that it was going to be a long night full of high winds, power outages and tornado watches. We were preparing for the storms that had wreaked havoc on the midwest earlier in the day and that were now moving across the Buckeye State. I am willing to bet that no one, myself included, gave a second thought to the Browns travel schedule and how the weather might effect it.
Two big pieces of news regarding the Ohio State vs Michigan rivalry game, lovingly referred to by many as “The Game”, were given to us this morning. The first news was that the game would kickoff at noon November 30th. Each year, we are forced to wait to make plans as the Universities and other powers that be decide when the game will start. It is never going to be a night game because of the tailgating and alcohol consumption involved. A night game would be a death wish. So usually we have a noon or 3:30 kick off. This year, we have been awarded the former, so plan accordingly.
It’s one thing to posterize someone. It’s a whole other thing to do it from a step inside the free throw line, in game, in transition. Raphiael Putney had to earn some respect while making a Youngstown State player feel his wrath. Sheesh.
In the second quarter of the Buffalo Bills eventual victory over the New York Jets, a fan in the third deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium was trying to slide down what looked to be a handrail of some sort. Towards the end of his journey, he lost his balance and flipped backwards over the rail, plummeting down on to a fan in the section below. What is crazy about the entire thing is that CBS, almost certainly unbeknownst to them, caught the entire thing on camera and showed it live.
The unidentified male who fell sustained a shoulder injury while his cushion sustained a head injury. The police report for the injury will not be available until later this morning but one can almost assume with great certainty that alcohol had something to do with it.
Back in October, Eleven Warriors gave us the details on the new ESPN 30 for 30 film “Youngstown Boys”. It would be featuring two former Ohio State National Champions and Youngstown natives, running back Maurice Clarett and head coach Jim Tressel.
Obviously, with Thunder Treats headquartered in the Yo, we were all pumped to hear that there would be a story on ESPN about our community. It will air after the Heisman ceremony on December 14th at 9pm. Below is a press release from the World Wide Leader that gives us a little more detail and what we can expect.
On Monday night, the Sharon High School (PA) Tigers suited up for their PIAA Class AA playoff game against the Girard High School (PA) Yellow Jackets. The problem was, this game was supposed to be played the Saturday before. The game had been postponed after a car accident on Friday night claimed the lives of two of their teammates, Corey Swartz and Evan Gill, and put two other teammates, twin brothers Greg and Craig Osmon, in the hospital.
The crash also claimed the life of John Zdelar Jr., 50, who was driving a truck that Corey Swartz struck when he crossed the median with his passengers. Also in Zdelar’s truck were two young boys. Evan Wallace, 10, was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital while Blake Yenderak, 12, was released after getting medical treatment.
With heavy hearts, the victims families were “adamant” that they play this playoff game and after a team vote, they decided to do just that.