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  1. I don't what all those other college football divisions are thinking. Playoffs? Why do that when you can have the many glorious bowls in the FBS division (aka the division formerly known as 1A). Why deny fans the pleasure of seeing a 7-5 team face a 6-6 team in a gloried exhibition game in front of a half-empty stadium? And just feast your eyes on this amazing lineup of bowl games that begin playing today thru New Year's Day: Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (nobody celebrates like the Air Force Reserve!) New Mexico Bowl Presented by Progressive (usually the bowl name followed by the sponsor is reserved for historically prestigious bowls - like the Rose Bowl; maybe naming this the Progressive New Mexico Bowl would've labeled the entire state as "progressive" and so they choose this arrangement instead; maybe its because their playing at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque?) AutoNation Cure Bowl (jointly sponsored by AutoNation and the post-punk/new-wave/goth-rock band that is a 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl (its sponsored by Mitsubishi and its in Las Vegas - what else do you need to know?) Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Raycom beat out Viacom to sponsor this game in Montgomery, Alabama - why does Alabama get all the great bowls?) R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (the sponsor can meet all your freight shipping needs and its in New Orleans - what else do you need to know?) Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl (previously named the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl - was shortened to this because the other bowls complained that the previous bowl name was too awesome) DXL Frisco Bowl (you might be thinking this game is located in San Francisco - its not; its located in Frisco, Texas - the Dallas suburb where FC Dallas plays in Toyota Stadium) Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (one of these names is the bowl sponsor, the other is the bowl name - use the google machine to answer which is which) Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (could have been the winner of the Most Awkward Bowl Name - but the previous bowl name was the winner; at least its located in the Bahamas) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (another awkwardly named bowl - but this one is definitely not located in the Bahamas) Jared Birmingham Bowl (sponsored by the jewelry store and located in Birmingham, Alabama - not named after someone with the name Jared Birmingham) Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (because Lockheed Martin loves our Armed Forces - and the weapons they purchase from Lockheed Martin) Dollar General Bowl (because Family Dollar was too cheap to sponsor it; also located in Mobile, Alabama - again, why does Alabama get all the great bowls?) SoFi Hawai'i Bowl (an OK name and located in Hawaii - that alone beats out most of these other bowls) SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (I'm gonna need to reopen that Most Awkward Bowl Name category) Quick Lane Bowl (because Jiffy Lube was too cheap to sponsor it) Cheez-It Bowl (because Pringles was too cheap to sponsor it) Walk-On's Independence Bowl (the only game featuring only walk-on players for both teams) New Era Pinstripe Bowl (playing football on a Bronx baseball field in the winter is awesome!) Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (ironically named because its being played at the Houston Texans indoor stadium) Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (come for the mortgage sponsorship, stay for the country music) Camping World Bowl (Camping World Bowl is being played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando - now that's how you double-down sponsor!) Valero Alamo Bowl (should be named the Valero Alamo Bowlo - but they didn't have the guts to do it) Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (should be played on a Sunday - but they didn't have the guts to do it) Belk Bowl (who doesn't love a good belk?) NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl (should be named the ZONA Home Loans Arinova Bowl - but they didn't have the guts to do it) College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (winner of the Most Awkward Name for a game that actually means something) College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl (watch Alabama slaughter Oklahoma - unless they don't) Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman (because Northrop Grumman loves our Military - and the weapons they purchase from Northrop Grumman) Hyundai Sun Bowl (here's comes the hyundai sun, do do doo doo) Redbox Bowl (there was a Blockbuster Bowl when we used rent movies from there instead of from Redbox) AutoZone Liberty Bowl (when you think of liberty, think of AutoZone) San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl (at least the weather is guaranteed to be good) TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (don't get confused about what to slay) Outback Bowl (this bowl game is just like the restaurant sponsor - its not located in Australia) VRBO Citrus Bowl (also located in Camping World Stadium in Orlando - which will be renamed VRBO Stadium for this game because that's how you double-down sponsor!) PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (this is not an actual game, just a video game) Allstate Sugar Bowl (this is an actual game, it just doesn't matter because its not one of the Final Four playoff games) Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual (finally we get to the "Grandaddy of them all" - which it isn't this year because its not one of the Final Four playoff games)
  2. The financial pieces for #SaveTheCrew are coming together. From https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/12/11/city-council-passes-support-for-columbus-crew.html Columbus City Council voted Monday night to approve a "memorandum of understanding" with the Haslam/Edwards investor group and Franklin County to develop the new stadium complex in the Arena District, while redeveloping the existing Mapfre Stadium site into a new training facility for the Crew and new indoor and outdoor sports fields for use by the community. The City of Columbus is pledging $50 million toward infrastructure and public improvements for the stadium projects, primarily for the design and construction of the Community Sports Park at Mapfre Stadium. The City also will contribute to road, water, sewer and other improvements at the site on the western end of the Arena District that will host a new $230 million Crew stadium. Franklin County is expected to approve contributing $45 million over 30 years to a new community authority created to facilitate the initiatives. And in addition to this City and County assistance, it appears that the State of Ohio will be adding $15 million to support the new stadium in the Arena District: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181210/state-lawmakers-seek-to-kick-in-15-million-for-crew-stadium
  3. Columbo

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/12/11/columbus-crew-sc-transfer-zack-steffen-manchester-city-summer-2019 The transfer of Zach Steffen to Man City has been officially announced. Although it does have one twist that is good for the Crew. Instead of Steffen leaving the Crew during the next available transfer window of January 2019, he will join Man City in the summer transfer window that opens in July 2019 and he will begin the 2019 MLS season with the Crew. So at least we'll have Steffen for part of 2019. The MLS article did not disclose the transfer fee, but did say it was the most ever received by an MLS club for a goalkeeper in the league’s 23-year history. According to one of the comments, the BBC is reporting a transfer fee of 7 million pounds (about $8.7 million) - which is consistent with previous reports of a $7 million to $10 million range.
  4. The CU article about the CoverMyMeds project - which includes lots of renderings: https://www.columbusunderground.com/plans-unveiled-for-new-covermymeds-campus-in-franklinton-bw1
  5. Columbo

    Columbus: Arts News & Discussion

    Ticket tax passed by City Council; rate set at 5% with exemptions The controversial ticket tax saga is coming to an end, for now. Late Monday night, Columbus City Council voted to enact a 5 percent admissions fee on arts and cultural events in the city, with several exemptions: Events that charge less than $10. Events in venues with 400 seats or less. Events put on by 501(c) nonprofits that don't receive funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Fundraising events by GCAC-backed entities. Events by public and private educational institutions, and sporting events sponsored by the NCAA, including at Ohio State University (OSU will contribute $1 million a year to the new arts fund) A separate 5 percent tax on events at Nationwide Arena also passed council, setting up a fund dedicated to repairs and maintenance at the publicly owned venue. ... The taxes weren't approved without a fight. Several opponents stayed until late in the long-running meeting to tell council members what they thought, while organizers of a group opposing the taxes promised a ballot initiative to overturn them. Some previous opponents of the taxes have come around to support it, however. The All American Quarter Horse Congress, one of the city's largest annual gatherings, dropped its opposition after council exempted the nonprofit. The Columbus Blue Jackets also reversed its opposition. And Jim Lorimer, co-founder of the Arnold Sports Festival, said he could support the tax once it was dropped to 5 percent. ... The taxes won’t go into effect until July 1. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/12/11/ticket-tax-passed-by-city-council-rate-set-at-5.html
  6. Columbo

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    The downside to having multiple threads on the same subject. I'll go with my answer to Brutus_Buckeye in the Columbus: Downtown: Columbus Crew Arena / Confluence Village project and construction thread: "It is 99.9999999% done. You should've listened to me when I said we would #SaveTheCrew!" If MLS was still fighting against #SaveTheCrew, then I'd say there was a chance it could blow up. But with the Haslam/Edwards purchase pledge of the Crew, MLS has a chance to upgrade from an incompetent multi-millionaire like Precourt to a multi-billionaire like Haslam that also owns an NFL team. And with the City of Columbus and Franklin County also coming through with not only a beautiful new stadium at a great downtown location -- full details of this at https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/1415-columbus-downtown-columbus-crew-arena-confluence-village/?do=findComment&comment=866707 and at https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/1415-columbus-downtown-columbus-crew-arena-confluence-village/?do=findComment&comment=866753 -- but also reusing the current Mapfre Stadium as a new Crew training facility and new Community Sports Park -- full details of this at https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/1415-columbus-downtown-columbus-crew-arena-confluence-village/?do=findComment&comment=866513 -- this new Crew facilities arrangement is fully in line with the bigger & better aspirations of the current MLS. What's left is the final paperwork type stuff to make it 100% official. At last night's City Council meeting, the City of Columbus approved their part of the new training facility/Community Sports Park deal. If the County hasn't already done the same, its assumed they'll quickly follow suit. The transfer of ownership from Precourt to Haslam/Edwards is likely to be done either later this year, or very early next year.
  7. Columbo

    MLS: General News & Discussion

    Atlanta just finished a remarkable two-year opening run in MLS that culminated with Atlanta United defeating Portland 2-0 to win the 2018 MLS Cup in front of 73,000+. We've seen some MLS franchises come out of the gate fast, like Seattle, Portland and NYCFC. But Atlanta leads the way. All it takes to replicate Atlanta's success is this: Have the team owned by a multi-billionaire (they have Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL) Attract a high-profile coach (they got Tata Martino, who formerly coached Barcelona and the Argentine national team, and will be the next coach the Mexican national team) Use MLS' 3 DP salary cap exemptions to pay heavily for three offensive players in their prime (they got striker Josef Martínez from Venezuela, midfielder Ezequiel Barco from Argentina and Miguel Almirón from Paraguay) Have the DP striker set MLS scoring records (Martínez set an MLS season goal record of 31 goals in 34 games this year and he scored 50 goals over 54 games in the past two regular seasons) Attract a high-profile veteran goalkeeper (they got 34-year-old Brad Guzan, who played for the USMNT and two English Premier League teams) Wisely use the rest of the salary cap to fill out the remaining roster with quality players (they got Darlington Nagbe, Jeff Larentowicz, Héctor Villalba and Michael Parkhurst among others) Do all of that and your new MLS team can have a two-year run like Atlanta United just did. Easy right?
  8. Columbo

    Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion

    https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/11/30/18119113/november-2018-month-in-review-columbus-blue-jackets-cam-atkinson-sergei-bobrovsky-josh-anderson Above is the November CBJ review from the Jackets Cannon website. At 9-3-2, it was a very good November for the CBJ that saw them pay their way into the top two spots in the Metro. During November the team turned around some ugly PP and PK numbers from October and got some Vezina-quality starts from Bob to go along with some better-than-league-average scoring. However, since then, the Jackets have been in a short slump. In December so far, they've gone 1-3-0. This includes a wild 9-6 loss to Calgary last Tuesday and an ugly 4-0 loss to Washington at a sold-out Nationwide Arena on Saturday. In both of those losses, Bob got pulled from the net - after giving up 8 goals to Calgary and after giving 3 goals in the first period to Washington. The CBJ have their next five games at home between tomorrow and 12/20. This is the longest home stretch of the season for the CBJ and a great opportunity to bank away some points in the standings. But that opportunity will go unfulfilled if Bob (or Korpi) can't keep it together in the net and if the team can't stem this current December slump.
  9. With the most rabid of the Crew fan base focusing on #SaveTheCrew last season, this rivalry between the Crew and FC Cincinnati is something that's been on the back burner. But now that there will be a 2019 MLS season for the Crew, this Crew/FCC Ohio Derby (aka the Hell Is Real Derby) is something to look forward to.
  10. https://marketshare.tvnewscheck.com/2018/12/07/columbus-3-tv-stations-unite-honor-chris-bradley/ https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/10tv-nbc4-abc6-come-together-in-honor-of-chris-bradley/1642008847 https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/10tv-nbc4-abc6-come-together-in-honor-of-chris-bradley https://www.10tv.com/article/remembering-chris-bradley-leave-your-condolences-family 10TV (WBNS) and NBC4 (WCMH) and ABC6 (WSYX) are coming together to honor the life of Chris Bradley. All 3 broadcasters are partnering with Be The Match to air a special raising awareness for bone marrow donation and remembering friend and colleague Chris Bradley. On Monday, December 10 - from 5PM to 7:30PM - 10TV, NBC4, and ABC6 will air “Standing with Chris” an evening of programming promoting the importance of bone marrow donation and show Central Ohio viewers how they can help save lives. Each station’s viewers will be able to call in to speak with Be The Match volunteers.
  11. Those negative comments from the Debbie Downers used to bother me. But now I just expect them no matter how good a project is. There is always going to a loud anti-govt spending noise in the media - even if the govt spending is only for streets & infrastructure (something where govt spending is right and proper) and even if it leverages 8 to 10 times private spending as a result. The Buckeye Institute/COAST contingent never supports any government spending - unless it is for a new freeway lane or to fix a pothole in front of their house (and then its "govt incompetence" if they don't do quickly enough). So to for the "millions for my neighborhood - zero for downtown" crowd. I am mightily impressed with the local business/civic community response to #SaveTheCrew. We wondered if they could step up the plate and hit a home run (wrong sports analogy I know). But they did it. Much of this credit should go to Alex Fischer, head of the Columbus Partnership - the local group that brings business and civic leaders together. Apparently Fischer has a longstanding relationship with Jimmy Haslam - which was key getting MLS to buy into this deal. Although getting MLS to abandon an incompetent multi-millionaire like Precourt for a multi-billionaire that also an NFL team was probably one of the easier parts of this deal! I also wish that Coleman was still Mayor to trumpet this deal. He was a master promoter of "the swagger" as he called it. Ginther pales by comparison, but is still better than his public perception. Beyond the vast swagger difference between Coleman and Ginther, their administrations are very similar. The policies and personnel don't greatly vary between a Coleman and Ginther mayoral team. Ginther is decidedly more awkward and less smooth then Coleman - but policy-wise there's not a big difference. In other words, Ginther is just a normal boring public figure. (However, in the Trump-era, I've gained a greater appreciation for boring politicos who know how to do their jobs!) A little over a year ago, I just wanted to Save The Crew - and it didn't matter how. Now, after seeing these plans for a new downtown stadium with a surrounding mixed-use neighborhood and seeing plans for the re-use of Mapfre Stadium into a new Crew training facility along with a new Community Sports Park around it -- I couldn't be prouder of the Columbus community and the way they made this happen!
  12. Business First has a 14-image slideshow of the Hubbard Park Place project at the southeast corner of Hubbard & Park. The nearly finished $40 million development with 101 apartments and 12,000 square feet of office space is being built by Wood Cos. and Schiff Capital Group: SLIDESHOW: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/12/07/photos-move-in-begins-at-short-norths-newest-mid.html
  13. It is 99.9999999% done. You should've listened to me when I said we would #SaveTheCrew!
  14. ^ More about this from Business First today (I don't know how much of this is viewable for non-subscribers, so a synopsis and the graphics for the project are included below): $70M Brewery District project hopes to change the neighborhood A planned $70 million development would transform a prominent block of the Brewery District near downtown. Developer Dwight McCabe has spent a year lining up plans for the former Hoster Brewing Co. properties at 477 S. Front St. that would turn a complex of brick buildings into a 245,000-square-foot mixed-use project with restaurants, retail, offices and a new hotel. ... Phasing the project over a year and half will make it easier to get things done, McCabe said. The first phase would focus on 120,000 square feet bound by Front and Fulton streets and Ludlow Alley, where a 40,000-square-foot addition would go. It would include a 140-room hotel and 15,000-square-foot venue, 15,000 square feet of office space and 40,000 square feet of food service, restaurant, retail, coffee and a rooftop bar. The key anchor for the first phase of the development is a "unique, boutique" hotel, McCabe said. The second phase would redevelop about 100,000 square feet in the historic warehouse buildings west of Ludlow Alley. That would include 30,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and loft apartments. The third phase would be a new building – 66,000 to 100,000 square feet – south of the warehouses and west of the alley. It would house either office space or condominiums. The fourth phase would be a parking structure with space above for either office or apartments based on market need. The project would coincide with coming construction that will realign the I-70 exit ramp next to the property. Once it's finished, a significant portion of traffic coming into downtown will pass the property. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/12/06/70m-brewery-district-project-hopes-to-change-the.html
  15. A semi-comprehensive listing of Eleven Warriors articles about Urban Meyer's retirement and Ryan Day being named as the next head coach of the Buckeyes: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2018/12/100250/urban-meyer-announces-retirement-following-rose-bowl-ryan-day-to-take-over-as-ohio-states-next-head-coach https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2018/12/100295/ryan-day-to-make-45-million-per-year-on-five-year-contract https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2018/12/100255/mickey-marotti-mark-pantoni-ryan-stamper-and-brian-voltolini-expected-to-remain-under-ryan-day-per-report https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2018/12/100293/presser-bullets-urban-meyer-announces-retirement-ryan-day-named-ohio-states-next-head-coach https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2018/12/100298/urban-meyer-hopes-to-remain-in-columbus-and-stay-involved-with-ohio-state-even-after-his-retirement-as-head-coach https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2018/12/100306/urban-meyers-decision-to-retire-from-ohio-state-after-this-season-was-more-than-a-year-in-the-making https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/urban-meyer-retires/2018/12/100326/hiring-ryan-day-means-maintaining-what-urban-meyer-built https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2018/12/100323/becoming-ohio-states-head-coach-is-a-dream-come-true-for-ryan-day