Did everyone survive the best weekend in college football in recent memory? Me neither. I honestly can’t remember a game like that since 2002 – both which had national title implications. To top it off, Ohio State was given an early holiday present by Auburn with one of the most outrageous plays in college football history. With Ohio State firmly in control of its own destiny, all eyes turn to Indianapolis where Ohio State will take on Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game. If you want to laugh/start your Monday out right, check out some awesome fan reactions to the Auburn game - including the best dad ever.
College Gameday will be on hand for the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis. The game will be played this Saturday, December 7th, at Lucas Oil Stadium. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Indianapolis, as both an awesome city to visit for a sporting event, as well as the general hospitality of the people. Hats off to Indy for always handling their business, whether it’s for the NCAA tournament, The Super Bowl, and now College Football Championship games. We’ve been told Basey’s Downtown Grill and Spirits, literally in the shadow of Lucas Oil Stadium, is one of the great spots to go before games. While the 10,000 tickets allotted Ohio State have already been sold out, there are still other places to find tickets for Ohio State’s first Big Ten Championship game.
Katzinger’s Goes Online
For those unfamiliar with Katzinger’s Delicatessen, the food eatery can be found in German Village and has been nationally recognized on the Food Network’s, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Katzinger’s has been family owned and operated since 1984, and they just flat out know what they’re doing. In any case, Katzinger’s Delicatessen has just opened an online grocery, with everything you would ever need for you to create your own gourmet sandwiches including deli, cured, and smoked meats, breads and an assortment of cheeses. Check it out at http://katzingersgrocery.com/
Columbus Underground has put out an article reporting that JDS Companies are seemingly ready to start a new apartment housing project in Italian Village. The 56-unit apartment complex will be built on the corner of East 2nd Avenue and North 6th Street. The apartments will be one-bedroom and spread across four buildings interconnected by walkways. The buildings will most likely be used as housing for young professionals entering the Columbus job market.
For your consideration here is a video of one of the most talented Ohio State teams of the 90′s losing to a Nick Saban lead Michigan State squad. People don’t forget…
The Ohio State football team just beat it’s last opponent before facing that team up north this Saturday. Yes, The Game is next on the docket for the Buckeyes. While Ohio State/Michigan has produced some fantastic football games, the talk around town is that this could be reminiscent of the 90′s games that saw Michigan play spoiler to Ohio State’s prestigious season. I don’t think it will happen, but hey, it adds to the drama. Hopefully Ohio State goes on the road and takes care of business. In addition to rivalry week, there have been a few musings around Columbus in the past few days. So without further ado let’s see what’s happening around Columbus.
The Mirror Lake Jump Gets Muddy
For those unfamiliar with the Mirror Lake Jump, it’s an annual tradition that started in 1990 when a group of students jumped into Mirror Lake the Thursday before the Ohio State vs. Michigan game. The tradition took off from there, garnering approximately 12,000 attendees – either jumping or watching – in 2009. The Mirror Lake Jump has moved to the Tuesday night before the game after a Big Ten scheduling change in 2010. This year however is going to be a less communal jump than in years past. Instead of fans and alumni from around Columbus being able to attend, only students will be able to get a “beat Michigan” wristband in order to attend the Mirror Lake Jump. While the increased organization and police presence is supposed to aid in the safety of the students, some feel that it neglects others within the Columbus community. While I can see both sides to the coin, safety should obviously be the highest priority to the school, and with the recent tragedy earlier this September involving a OSU Ph.D. candidate, the added safety measures should have been a foregone conclusion at least for this year.
Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of the holiday season. And what’s that? Buzzfeed released a “Buzzfeed” (Disclaimer: I still have no idea what to call Buzzfeed’s “articles,” because if picking an arbitrary number and putting simple sentences next to pictures is considered writing an article, then 6th grade me deserved a Pulitzer) about 19 great ways to cook your Thanksgiving Turkey. And while the above disclaimer may sound like I need to get off my high horse regarding Buzzfeed, the article gives pictures and links to great Turkey recipes including Alton Brown’s turkey recipe, deep fried turkey – be careful! – and even how to cook a Turducken. If cooking isn’t your forte, but you still wish to enjoy that wonderful Thanksgiving meal, look no further than The Whole Foods Market. You can literally buy everything you need for a Thanksgiving meal, including 7 different types of Turkey! You can check out the whole menu here.
Giving thanks for basketball
The Ohio State Basketball team has two games this week – Tonight at 7:00 pm against Wyoming, and Friday at 5:00 against North Florida. Tonight’s showdown will see Wyoming try to take down the Buckeyes. The game – televised on BTN – will probably be better than just another early season match-up, as Larry Nance Jr of Wyoming, son of Cavs legend, Larry Nance, is averaging 11.8 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Wyoming has two other players that are averaging double figures, and Wyoming has not given up a fast-break point in four of five games this season. This could be a scary game for Ohio State.
Everyone have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, especially those traveling to see family and friends!
Holy clogged arteries Batman! There’s a new restaurant in town and it’s super cheesy. No it doesn’t have a bunch of lame Dad jokes written on the walls, Melt Bar & Grilled specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and boy, do they look delicious. Melt Bar & Grilled has expanded from their first location in Cleveland to five new locations including one located in the Short North. Melt, as it is affectionately referred to, boasts tons of awards including Best Restaurant by Cleveland Scene Magazine, Best Cheap Date Spot by Cleveland Magazine, and One of the Best Sandwiches in America by Esquire.
Melt’s founder, Matt Fish is the man behind this magical place of cheese and beer. Matt says that the idea for Melt came from his fandom of the grilled cheese sandwich. After attending culinary school Matt perfected the Melt menu and then in opening the restaurant, he was able to cultivate the feel of an intimate and inviting setting. Matt’s mantra: Don’t forget to have fun! And who can argue with that?
This melted cheese haven opened their first location in 2006 with one goal in mind: “To provide gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and as many beers as possible in a cool and comfortable environment. No bar food. No boring choices on tap. And something for everyone: it’s Cleveland-friendly, slightly kitschy, and memorable. It’s relaxing, energetic, and fun. ” – Melt Bar and Grilled
Melt is also a lively restaurant with an ever-changing menu, as well as a food challenge. The Melt Challenge – aptly named – is Melt’s “monster grilled cheese featuring 13 different cheeses, 3 slices of grilled bread and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw.” – Melt Bar and Grilled
It’s over 5 pounds of food with a side of heart attack. If you can finish this delicious death sentence without any bathroom trips you will be awarded a Melt t-shirt or Melt pint glass, a $10 gift card, and a picture on the online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame.
Melt is sure to be a hit in Columbus, and I can’t wait to get my paws on some delicious grilled cheese.
Can you feel it!!? No, I’m not talking about the new cold winter weather, I’m talking about local heart throb, Aaron Craft, throwing up an alley-oop for Sam (Slam) Thompson to slam down on cowering opposing defenses. That’s right, Ohio State basketball returns to the hardwood floor tonight at 8 pm against the Ohio University Bobcats on the Big Ten Network. In fact, if you’re reading this on November 12, then you are in the midst of a college basketball marathon that started yesterday and goes through today, culminating with the 1 vs 2 marquee match up when the freshmen phenoms of The Kentucky Wildcats take on the grizzled veterans of The Michigan State Spartans at 7:30 in Chicago, and broadcast by ESPN. However, let’s focus on our hometown dribblers for the time being.
Last year The Buckeyes made a nice NCAA tournament run, ending in a loss in the Elite 8 to Wichita State. The loss of Deshaun Thomas to the NBA/Europe is going to hurt this team, as he was the most viable scoring option on the squad, however this team has some great veteran leadership that might help them make a surprisingly deep run in the tournament this year.
The 2013-14 Ohio State squad is lead by seniors Aaron Craft, and Lenzelle Smith. To go along with the seniors they will also see production from juniors, Shannon Scott, LaQuinton Ross, Sam Thompson, Amir Williams and Trey McDonald. With a total of 7 upperclassmen, this teams leadership has to be a strength if they want to make a run this year.
The most glaring question this year is where the production is going to come from to replace Deshaun Thomas’ scoring prowess. Most look to LaQuinton Ross as the next offensive weapon, however I’m of the opinion that Amir Williams is finally going to realize his potential, shed his “foot-hands,” and become a weapon in the post. In addition, I’ve been hearing great things about freshman Marc Loving, especially with him buying in and doing the dirty work to get playing time.
This is sure to be an interesting year with all the veteran leadership, but also the need for an offensive identity. This is going to be a fast team that can run the floor, but, in typical Thad Matta fashion, they will be defined by their defensive prowess, which will rely heavily on Shannon Scott, and Aaron Craft withtheir backcourt defense, and Amir Williams and Trey McDonald altering shots in the paint.
Notable games tonight:
1. Ohio University vs. Ohio State; 8:00 BTN
2. Michigan State vs. Kentucky; 7:30 ESPN
3. Kansas vs. Duke; 9:30 ESPN
4. Florida vs. Wisconsin; 9:00 ESPN2
5. VCU vs. Virginia; 7:00 ESPN2
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There has been a plethora of new real estate news in the past few weeks, of which we would like to address. So without further ado..
Rental Property Owners Answer to New Judge
The Columbus Dispatch dropped a major cover story today that might have some central Ohio Property owners shaking in their boots. There’s a new judge sitting on the Environmental Court, and he is no chump. Judge Hawkins seems to be dedicated to holding rental property owners accountable for maintaining their own properties. Hawkins, who received 51 percent of the vote in the recent November election, is not afraid to put pressure on landlords to keep their properties in good condition for their tenant. In one case Hawkins has already issued jail time to a landlord that didn’t meet the requirements that Hawkins laid out for him. The Dispatch says that this new, “fair but stern” style that Hawkins has adopted is a far cry from what it once was under Judge Hale, who would often issue minor $100 fines for egregious charges filed against property owners.
North Market Gets a Makeover
According to Columbus Alive, Columbus’ oldest farmers market is getting a major overhaul – The North Market is getting a $1.2 million dollar renovation, which features a center piece of a new HVAC installation. That’s right, no longer will patrons exit the market smelling like every type of meat. In addition to the renovation, two new venders will also be coming to The North Market: Pistacia Vera, and a “tributary of an elite delicatessen,” which Columbus Alive cleverly guesses, Katzingers. In addition The Barrel and The Bottle will now be able to serve alcohol that you will be able to enjoy with your meal at “The North Market; they will feature around eight craft beer taps, as well as wine dispensed from a state-of-the-art Napa Technology WineStation system.”(Columbus Alive). The renovations are supposed to be done by Thanksgiving, however there is speculation that it will take until January 1, 2014 to finish.
Central Ohio’s Most Exclusive Streets
The Dispatch recently released its report of Central Ohio’s most exclusive/expensive streets. To no one’s surprise Bexley and Upper Arlington topped the list, with some Dublin and New Albany Streets sprinkled in. The most expensive home on the list was on Dublin Road, specifically the west bank of the Scioto River, north of Hilliard Cemetery Road, coming in at $4.3 million dollars. Parkview Avenue in Bexley had the most Million dollar homes coming in with 26, with Tremont road coming in 2nd at 24.It’s an interesting read if you have some time to kill, as well as educational (How many people know where Squirrel Bend Road is?).