Weekend Wonderings

weekendwonderingsWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Yeesh, here we are, the next to last weekend in August.  In less than a week, college football 2014 will be here. We’ll have a couple updates on The James, comment on some football related events and wrap it up with a song in our hearts. To get us in the mood, here is permanent musical accompaniment by Maroon 5. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.

On this date, August 24th, one hundred years ago; the ebb and flow of the Great War ground on. On the Western Front, there was a general Allied retreat from the line of the Sambre and the Meuse, but the Germans were driven from Malines. On the Eastern Front, the Russians advance in East Prussia, but the Austrians advance in Poland.

The James/Wexner:

Here is a brief clip of Dr. Bekaii-Saab of The James discussing targeted drugs for colorectal cancer.

Here’s an opportunity to get an update on ovarian cancer. The session is Monday September 8th at 6:40PM at the Longaberger Alumni House. Click here for RSVP information.

The James and the Holzer Cancer Center of Gallipolis OH have announced their partnership. This will provide additional technological resources and research/treatment expertise to southeast Ohio and western West Virginia.


The big news around these parts is Braxton Miller’s season, perhaps career, ending shoulder injury. As you’d expect, upon hearing the news, we tBBC’ers had opinions on this. And, as you’d expect, we aired them in this weekend’s Roundtable article.

As you could imagine, or saw, the Twitter-sphere was ablaze early in the week.

Folks, we need to relax.

With the, to me anyway, mysterious injury merely by throwing the ball (surgery gone wrong?) this accelerated an event that I felt was going to happen at some point this season; a debilitating injury to Braxton Miller.  Brax has a history of incurring injuries, this just happened a little earlier in the season than I expected.

I know a common meme is probably something along the lines of “in Urban We Trust”. Frankly, I don’t think Urban has a lot to do with the team adjustments at this point. This is now in the hands of Coach Herman and Coach Warriner. Herman needs to come up with a philosophy and the game plans to enable JT Barrett, or Cardale Jones, to effectively/efficiently run the Ohio State offense. I think that just as much/more pressure is on Warriner to assemble a functional, cohesive offensive line to drive this offense. As Jason pointed out a couple weeks ago, it all starts up front. To help the offense get into its stride, Warriner’s players need to perform well. To take pressure of the offense, at least early in the season, Johnson’s players need to play to their capabilities.

So, what do we have? An unfortunate injury that has sidelined perhaps the most dynamic and productive player in football. We also have an opportunity for an emerging Ohio State team to rise and perform to its preseason expectations. Stay tuned. It’s going to be a hell of a season!

Sunday’s Song:

As I mentioned above, we’ve been in our new abode for almost a week. Welcome to Our House.


About Ken

Trifecta winner: husband, father, Ohio State fan. A native of Ohio living on the East Coast of...Lake Erie. Has been mistaken for George Clooney. Doesn't mind golfing when he gets the chance.