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The Big Ten: 10 reasons why Jim Harbaugh is an absolute nutcase

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There’s no question Jim Harbaugh is a weirdo. He’s been caught picking his nose on the sidelines, he essentially wears the same outfit every single day no matter the occasion, and his personality is about as bright as a military general on cocaine. In other words, Harbaugh is set in his ways, and his ways are strange as shit.

But there’s more to this man’s madness than booger flicking and khaki pants. He’s a weirdo that wears many hats (but not many different variation of pants). And we have 10 reasons to prove it to you.

1.) Jim Harbaugh, the Spongebob fanatic.

To quote the coach on a radio show in Ann Arbor, “I love his attitude. He attacks each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind! I’ve kind of modeled my behavior after him. We all should. What a great employee he is. He’s a go-getter. He’s always got a bounce to his step. He’s got pizzazz. He puts his heart and soul into making those krabby patties. I think he’s awesome.” Uhhh, sure. Whatever you say, man.

2.) Jim Harbaugh, the house guest.

“Mom, can coach Harbaugh stay the night tonight?” Those were (probably) the words of Michigan’s current kicker, Quinn Nordin, as well as the defensive end from USC, Connor Murphy. In an effort to get the two recruits to commit to Michigan, Harbaugh took trips to visit the athletes. Perfectly normal. What’s not normal is Harbaugh crashing at the recruits house for the night. Dude, you are the third highest paid coach in college football. You’re either too cheap to buy a hotel, or you’re too odd to realize this was a weird ass move.

3.) Jim Harbaugh, the music man.

If you haven’t had the luxury of watching this music video, put this magazine down and pull up YouTube. Rap duo, Bailey, produced a Michigan hype song to promote the 2016 season titled “Who Has It Better Than Us?” which featured Harbaugh literally screaming those exact words for the chorus. This is just as much weird (Harbaugh’s rap career isn’t looking good) as it is ironic as the Wolverines would go on to lose to Ohio State and in their bowl game against Florida State. We can think of at least two schools that have it better than ya’ll…

4.) Jim Harbaugh, the conspiracy theorist.

He said they were a “nervous bird.” We’re not even gonna attempt to explain this. Here’s what a former Michigan quarterback, Wilton Speight, had to say to Bleacher Report about the hate against chickens: “He thinks some type of sickness injected its way into the human population when people began eating white meats instead of beef and pork. And he believes it, 100 percent.” … Riiiiight.

5.) Jim Harbaugh, the babysitter.

Turns out that fateful night he stayed with Connor Murphy wasn’t the first time. Harbaugh has stayed at the Murphy residence in the past, when he was a head coach at Stanford, to recruit Murphy’s brother, Trent. During the night, Connor and Trent’s mother went into labor forcing the father to take her to the hospital to give birth. As for Harbaugh and, at the time, 12-year-old Connor? Here’s what Connor told the LA Times: “Coach Harbaugh sat on my living room floor with me and we drank milk and played chess.”

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6.) Jim Harbaugh, the patriotic music man.

If coaching doesn’t work, it seems like Harbaugh is eyeing a career in music. In 2016, rapper Lil Dicky came to Ann Arbor to preform. For reasons we have absolutely no way of understanding, Lil Dicky brought Harbaugh on stage to… sing the national anthem? And, as on brand as the mother fucker is, he was wearing those damn khakis for the performance. He probably flicked a few boogers backstage, too.

7.) Jim Harbaugh, the president?

Apparently rapper Wale and Jim Harbaugh are cooking something up for a presidential run. In 2016, Wale tweeted at the TTUN coach and endorsed him for a presidential campaign. Harbaugh responded back eager to bring Wale on as his Vice President. Let’s play a game, Buckeye Nation, would you rather have Trump as president, or Harbaugh?

8.) Jim Harbaugh, the khakis man.

We all know how much the man loves his Dockers, but do you really know how deep that love runs? The man worksout in his khakis. We’re sure that never gets too sweaty. The man swims—SWIMS!!—in his khakis. And he’s even been spotted running around the practice field shirtless showing off that pasty-white dad bod, but still in those damned khakis.

9.) Jim Harbaugh, the dietician.

We already know the man hates chickens, but did you know how much he loves cows? Almost as much as he loves khakis, believe it or not. Harbaugh is convinced that milk and steak are a “natural steroid.” Here’s what Harbaugh had to say about his affinity to “natural steroids” on a radio show in Ann Arbor: “I take a vitamin every day. It’s called a steak. … I truly believe the No. 1 natural steroid is sleep, and the No. 2 natural steroid is milk, whole milk. Three would be water. Four would be steak. [Steak] … it goes with everything.”

10.) Jim Harbaugh, the actor.

Why not? He’s a president, a singer, a rapper, a babysitter, and even a Spongebob stan. Of course he’s made a few appearances on television. The first time was on Saved By The Bell where he didn’t even get an excited “woo!” from the fake audience when he came on screen. Screech gets one every time he’s on camera and he’s a main character. The other time was when Harbaugh showed his true side on Detroiters for a skit. He loses his shit during a tailgating style game and ends up drilling the main character in the back of the head with a football. Okay so the Detroiters skit is actually kind of funny.•

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What live sporting event will be coming to Nationwide this summer?

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Update: This article has been updated with specific match information.

Columbus will get its first taste of live sports since the pandemic closed down the country in March.

The Basketball Tournament, a 5-on-5 annual single-elimination competition, won’t be missing its chance at displaying high-stakes basketball this year. The 2019 Tournament champion Carmen’s Crew, a team consisting of Ohio State alumni, will get the opportunity to defend its title in its hometown. 

Although the tournament won’t consist of the usual 64-team format or have fans in attendance, TBT is still dedicated to bringing live sports to Nationwide Arena for all 23 tournament games. Games will also be broadcast live on the ESPN family of television networks.

In its seventh installment, TBT will go with a condensed 24-team bracket. The tournament hosted an open application process earlier this year between March 15 and June 15. The pot for the winner-take-all tournament will be over $1 million.

Here are when the specific rounds of the tournament will take place:

  • Round of 24: July 4-5
  • Round of 16: July 6-9
  • Quarterfinals: July 10-11
  • Semifinals: July 12
  • Final: July 14

Here are when the specific games will take place:

  • July 4 
  • 3 p.m. – #9 Big X vs. #24 Jackson TN Underdawgs (ESPN) 
  • 5 p.m. – #12 Team Brotherly Love vs. #21 Stillwater Stars (Oklahoma State alumni) (ESPN)
  • 8 p.m. – #16 House of ‘Paign (Illinois alumni) vs. #17 War Tampa (ESPN) 
  • 10 p.m. – #13 Team CP3 vs. #20 Mid-American Unity (ESPN)
  • July 5
  • 2 p.m. – #10 Team Jimmy V vs. #23 Herd That (Marshall alumni) (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – #11 Team Hines vs. #22 Sideline Cancer (ESPN)
  • 7 p.m. – #14 Heartfire vs. #19 Men of Mackey (Purdue alumni) (ESPN2)
  • 9 p.m. – #15 Armored Athlete vs. #18 Power of the Paw (Clemson alumni) (ESPN2)
  • July 6
  • 7 p.m. – #5 Eberlein Drive vs. Brotherly Love/Stillwater Stars (ESPN)
  • 9 p.m. – #4 Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni) vs. Team CP3/Mid-American Unity (ESPN)
  • July 7
  • 2 p.m. – #6 Team Challenge ALS vs. Team Hines/Sideline Cancer (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – #3 Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse alumni) vs. Heartfire/Men of Mackey (ESPN)
  • July 8
  • 2 p.m. – #8 Red Scare (Dayton alumni) vs. Big X/Jackson TN Underdawgs (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – #1 Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State alumni) vs. House of ‘Paign/War Tampa (ESPN)
  • July 9
  • 2 p.m. – #7 The Money Team (TMT) vs. Jimmy V/Herd That (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – #2 Overseas Elite vs. Armored Athlete/Power of the Paw (ESPN)
  • July 10
  • 2 p.m. – Quarterfinal #1 (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – Quarterfinal #2 (ESPN)
  • July 11
  • 2 p.m. – Quarterfinal #3 (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – Quarterfinal #4 (ESPN)
  • July 12
  • 4 p.m. – Semifinal #1 (ESPN)
  • 6 p.m. – Semifinal #2 (ESPN)
  • July 14
  • 7 p.m. – Championship Game (ESPN)

For more information, check out TBT’s website here.

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MLB gets go-ahead to play ball, but what about the Clippers?

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Let them play ball.

Well, not all of them.

Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds fans can rejoice, however. MLB voters, in a unanimous decision, voted to move forward with the 2020, according to a report from ESPN

The shortened season will run just 60 regular season games, compared to the usual 162. The playoffs will also be expanded to 10 teams.

For now, the only date set in stone is the re-reporting to spring training, which will happen on July 1. The regular season has an unofficial start date of July 24.

As for our hometown Columbus Clippers, there is yet to be a verdict. According to a Columbus Dispatch report, though, the president of the triple-A International League put the odds of even an abbreviated Triple-A season at less than 20 percent.

In 2019, there were rumors that 42 minor league teams were on the chopping block heading into the 2020 season. Minor league owners said they wouldn’t let that happen without a fight. 

Things have drastically changed since. Minor league baseball brings a distinct character to towns and cities, sometimes often defining them. It would be a shame to see our beloved Clippers disappear, so here’s to hoping the minor league can rebound big in 2021, if they do in fact hold off on a 2020 season.

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Girls’ wrestling wants sanctioned by OHSAA

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Olentangy female wrestling coach says it’s only a matter of time

When she began wrestling at five years old, Grace Jones, 17, of London, Ohio, said there weren’t many distinctions between the male and female wrestlers; they were all just kids after all. But in high school, that’s changed for Jones.

“I have gotten a lot of backlash from other teams and other teammates because I am the only girl on my team,” said the London High School wrestler and 2019 State Champion.

Shown here is Grace Jones during a wrestling workout.

Jones is showing the world that not only are girls capable of wrestling, but they are part of the reason behind why wrestling has been identified as one of the fastest growing sports today. The Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association recognized that growth with its first-ever sponsored girls’ state meet, held in February. However, the meet was not sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

If a sport isn’t sanctioned at the state level, it limits the opportunities for competitive matches and, later on, college recruitment for scholarships becomes more difficult. Local girls’ wrestling coaches and advocates say that needs to change. This is why the SanctionOH movement through Wrestle Like A Girl was launched in June.

"Saturdays are for the Girls when it comes to wrestling and the current match schedule." 

“I think (sanctioning the sport) contributes to the bigger picture,” said Vanessa Oswalt, an assistant wrestling coach for Olentangy Orange High School and a full-time Ohio National Guard member. Oswalt is one of the primary advocates for SanctionOH. 

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“Some (high) schools are working to provide training and competitive opportunities right now as (girls’ wrestling) grows. Some schools are wary to add it unless sanctioned,” she said. “Schools do not have separate funding for coaching of a girls’ team, which limits coaches’ ability to take girls to separate all-girl tournaments. If a girl is limited to only compete against boys, how is a women’s college team supposed to recruit?” 

Many colleges are adding women’s wrestling to their athletic programs, Oswalt said.

Shown here is Ohio wrestler Taryn Martin.

“If we don’t sanction them at the state level, that will tear down the college programs as well, and we want to get them into the college programs,” she said. “I have colleges almost every week contacting me and asking me if I have girls in these weight classes. There are so many opportunities with wrestling.”

SanctionOH’s efforts are supported by local and national organizations, including Ohio USA Wrestling, Wrestle Like a Girl, Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association, National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), National High School Coaches Association, and the OH Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, according to its website.

Most importantly, there is a pipeline beyond college that exists for female wrestlers, making it another good reason to sanction the sport at the state level. For example, women’s freestyle wrestling has been part of the Olympic Games since 2004 and the World Championships since 1989. And this year, the NCAA will add women’s wrestling to their emerging sports status list, all according to the SanctionOH website.

Because of the sports’ growth locally and internationally, Oswalt said it’s only a matter of when, not if, girls’ wrestling will be sanctioned in Ohio.

Pictured here is Vanessa Oswalt, Olentangy wrestling coach and advocate for sanctioning girls' wrestling in Ohio.

“We have worked with the coaches’ association and Ohio Athletic Association to determine the criteria to decide if it can be sanctioned,” said Oswalt. The good news, she added, is that wrestling is a long-established sport, and there are already girls competing on teams.

“They (OAA) are open and listening to us. They have been amazing and have included more girls’ rules in the wrestling rules for Ohio. From my opinion, they see it and know it will be sanctioned.”

Jones said she’s grateful for all the support.

“The girls’ wrestling community here is really good,” she said. “Most girls don’t think they can do it. But it changes you. Before I started wrestling, I was a way different person than I am today. It’s challenged me and made me healthier.” 

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