The Buckeyes of The Ohio State University may tip the election in President Obama’s favor. When they beat Illinois on November 3, they may subconsciously encourage the Ohio electorate to vote for the incumbent.

Economists Andrew J. Healy, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo show that wins by the local college football team increase the votes for an incumbent (president/governor/senator) by about 1.5%, in their article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The teams with ~read more~

goodbye, Mr. Tressel

Jim Tressel

I am deeply ambivalent about Jim Tressel’s resignation from the Head Coach position of the football program at the Ohio State University. There did seem to be a pattern of violations, including players trading memorabilia for tattoos, cars (and probably some for marijuana). Tressel seemed to be one of the good guys, earnestly trying to teach his student-athletes life lessons as well as win football games. However, when he could–and should–have been the one person that ~read more~

giving the Buckeyes credit

The Buckeyes are projected to play either in the Orange Bowl or the Capital One Bowl.  The ESPN prognosticators have OSU facing Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl (brought to you by the Discover card), on Monday night, January 3, 2011 – or facing Alabama in the Capital One bowl, at 1pm on New Year’s Day.  Obviously, there are a couple important games to play yet, but it does seem that they will *not* play in ~read more~

OSU-UM unscheduled?

The annual Ohio State – Michigan game may no longer be the final game of the Big Ten season–may, in fact, not happen at all in many years, according to Dan Wetzel’s column on rivals.com. One of the best things about college football is the pageantry and tradition, and if this happens, they are missing with a 103-year tradition. Five generations have thrilled to the final Saturday in November. I am not dogmatic ~read more~

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