Prayers for Stephanie Spielman, Ohio State vs. Michigan Preview

Good Morning Sports Fans,

After ten years of battling cancer, Stephanie Spielman, wife of former Ohio State linebacker and radio host Chris Spielman, passed away yesterday at the age of 42. Stephanie was involved in the community with raising awareness about breast cancer and will be missed. Stephanie was truly one of a kind.

I didn’t know Stephanie personally but when I helped out with the Spielman Scramble event one summer when I interned at Radio Ohio in Columbus, I heard nothing but positive things about her. She made a personal appearance that day to talk with the people organizing the event and to thank those who took a day to support a great cause. I never heard a bad story about her during that entire day or internship and she always seemed courageous to me by how well she conducted herself and battled through the disease.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Spielman family at this time. Before you take time to sit down and pray yourself, make sure to send a prayer to the Spielman family as well. Also take time to be grateful for what you have and don’t forget to tell those you love how much you care about them.

Taking a look at the big game this weekend, the Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the Michigan Wolverines in one of the most classic and historic rivalries in all of college football. Ohio State has won the past several meetings between these two historic programs and has a ticket to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Michigan, on the other hand, has rebounded from a tough 2008 season and will be playing in front of their own crowd.

The Buckeyes have limited their mistakes in the previous games but defense will be key in this contest. The Buckeyes will need to stop the Wolverines passing game and stop them from moving the ball. Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel likes to play conservatively but doing so in this game will cost him. Tressel has nearly lost a couple of games this season by playing it safe and with Rich Rodriguez and a fired up Michigan team on the other sideline, getting creative will be the way to go. Terrelle Pryor will have to limit his interceptions in the game and move the ball down the field.

Taking a look at high school football now, the Solon Comets will try and win their second regional championship in school history Saturday as they will take on the Glenville Tarblooders at Byers Field in Parma. Solon has not played well offensively in the past couple of games but at times, have put the points up on the board when needed. Glenville, who has become a national powerhouse, has speed and quickness and will want to take the Comets and their crowd out of the game.

Glenville is one of the top teams in the state and Solon will have to be ready to handle their speed and size. The Tarblooders are a talented team that can hurt you in so many different ways. If Glenville plays solid, mistake free football, they could easily put the Comets away early. If Glenville comes out and makes mistakes early on, Solon could take this game if they are playing well offensively and moving the ball down the field. Solon has struggled on offense during the past couple of games but can make this one competitive if they are moving the ball down the field.

Taking a look now at the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets dimmed the Dallas Stars last night 4-1 on the road. With goals by Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius and Raffi Torres, the Jackets took a commanding lead early on in this hockey game and kept the Stars from taking over. With impressive goaltending from Steve Mason, the Jackets were awesome in this game and deserved to win.

Last season, the Jackets had a choice between keeping Steve Mason or Pascal Laclaire as their goaltenders. Laclaire was almost an All-Star for the Jackets one year but spent lots of time on the disabled list. Mason has been superb for the Jackets and has really only been out for the flu at times. Keeping Mason was the right choice for the Jackets and has helped them succeed.

That’s it for now. Keep it real.

 

Jeff

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~ by jeffrsabo on November 20, 2009.

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