When the Big Ten announced its record media rights deal with Fox, CBS and NBC Thursday morning, my colleague and Eleven Warriors editor-in-chief Johnny Ginter sent three separate messages in the company’s Slack.
9:59 am: SEVEN
9:59 am: BILLION
9:59 am: DOLLARS
At 10:22 am, deputy editor and chief football writer Dan Hope sent an update that Sports Business Journal valued the deal at $8.05 billion over seven years. Johnny replied again with three messages.
10:29 am: EIGHT
10:29 am: BILLION
10:29 am: DOLLARS
That was exactly my reaction to the news on Thursday. Fox, CBS and NBC backed the Brinks truck for this deal, and the Big Ten got it paid.
With the approval of the conference’s member schools, commissioner Kevin Warren changed the future viewing experience for fans of Big Ten teams – what they will watch, how they will watch and where they will watch. We’ll find out in 2023 if those changes actually make watching Big Ten football better for fans, but we already know the conference will reap the financial rewards.
Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff and have a good Friday, shall we?
WAIT – ONE MORE THING. Okay, I lied. Sorry, I’m not sorry. This CBS video is too good, and I have to make sure everyone watches it. If you’ve already seen the clip, watch it again and take it all in.
– CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 18, 2022
It is beautiful. Get ready to hear that music a lot next fall.
OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN! The six captains of Ohio State are CJ Stroud, Kam Babb, Tyler Friday, Tommy Eichenberg, Kourt Williams and Cade Stover. The final name mentioned endured many changes during his Buckeye career, including several position changes between linebacker and tight end.
Regardless of where Stover played for Ohio State, he was always a leader, and that’s evident in how the team’s coaches talk about him and his impact in the locker room. Take this video, for example, where coach and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson calls Stover’s mother to let her know he’s been named captain.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 18, 2022
“This is going to be a special, special year,” Wilson said in the video. “He not only makes plays, but he makes a lot of plays behind the scenes. The way he works and the relationship with our players – he’s just a special man and a special talent.”
When asked what it meant to him to become a team captain, Stover said he feels blessed and honored to be held in such high regard by his teammates, whom he considers brothers on and off the field.
“It means a lot,” Stover said Monday. “I was really at a loss for words. I love this team. I love the people around me.”
Cheers to Stover for what appears to have been a tremendous offseason. Get Ohio State to actually use the tight end more than they ever have this season, and Stover can reap the benefits of his hard work in 2022.
HELP ME HERE. I usually offer no consideration to a Twitter user named Big Game Boomer. However, he published a list on Thursday that caught my eye.
The Boomer ranks all things associated with college football such as coaches, players or even the best places to eat on college campuses, among other things. This time, he created six parts for the best post-secondary schools in college football, and the Buckeyes fell into the third category. They were also the third-best Big Ten school in the tailgate division behind Michigan and Penn State.
College Football Tailgating Tiers pic.twitter.com/YjPvl00irL
— Big Game Boomer (@BigGameBoomer) August 18, 2022
Now, I’ve been to fewer tailgates at Ohio State than I can count on one hand. However, I felt deeply disrespected that the school from which I received a bachelor’s degree was not respected as one of the best game day environments in college football.
Am I wrong to feel this way? Please tell me if the Boomer’s placement of the Ohio State tailgate is justified in the comments.
OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Ohio State women’s ice hockey won the program’s first national title in 2021-22 with wins over Quinnipiac, Yale and Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA Tournament.
When head coach Nadine Muzerall lifted the trophy, it fulfilled a prophecy she foretold to the university’s athletic department before the season – that she possessed a championship-caliber team capable of winning it all.
“At the beginning of the year, Muz stood in front of all of athletics and said, ‘We’re going to win a national championship this year,'” Ohio State forward Clair DeGeorge said. after winning the title. “We look back on it now and realize that we actually made it happen. It’s huge.”
Muzerall’s unquestionable belief, coaching and instruction combined with the Buckeyes’ collective talent on every line pushed Ohio State over the top last season. Now, the team’s historic championship victory will live forever in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) August 18, 2022
I think those items would look perfect next to the Stanley Cup. A little Ohio State memorabilia next to that big silver trophy would be really nice.
SONG OF THE DAY. “Feels Right” by Danny’s Dead.
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