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Blog Archive for January 2011

SAVE THE DATE: The 2011 Morning Sports Report

Jan 31

SAVE THE DATE for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s eighth annual The Morning Sports Report.  The MSR is June 29th in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.  In 2010, GCSC showed the city’s Buckeye Pride by bringing together for the first time ever the Four Living Ohio State Heisman Winners: Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Archie Griffin, Eddie George and Troy Smith.

This year’s MSR will be another signature, exciting and high-level sport-themed celebration that continues to serve as a Town Hall Breakfast for Columbus’ sports teams.  With more information coming soon, take a look at this video to relive last year’s special moments from The Morning Sports Report! – LL

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Congratulations to the Winners!

Jan 28

It is with great pleasure to announce the winners to our first ever blog giveaway, Packy Moran and Greg Brothers.

Check out their favorite Columbus Blue Jackets experiences:

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MLL Expansion Brings Pro Lacrosse to Columbus

Jan 27

Last weekend, WSYX-6 ABC reported that from 19 markets in which it had interest, Major League Lacrosse announced that Columbus will join Charlotte as the two new professional lacrosse expansion teams.  Beginning in 2012, each of the league’s teams will play 14-game schedule, up from the current MLL 12-game schedule.  It has not been confirmed, but Crew Stadium is a possible venue for the expansion team.

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Win an AUTOGRAPHED Steve Mason and Anton Stralman Columbus Blue Jackets Hat!

Jan 26

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission loves all of Columbus’s awesome sports teams and we are very passionate about all sports! So… We are giving away…

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Support the Lady Buckeyes vs. Purdue at Nationwide Arena on February 10th

Jan 21

For a back-to-back, double dose of OSU basketball on our blog…the Greater Columbus Sports Commission is lending an assist to Ohio State Women’s Basketball for their game at Nationwide Arena on February 10th at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets have been discounted 50% (promo code “OSU”) and are just $10 with general admission seating.

Check out the Lady Buckeyes’ video for this game, which is special to Columbus because the city will host the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament – First & Second Rounds for the third time (2004, 2009, 2011), at St. John’s Arena in March.  We have had NCAA Tournament basketball on a consistent basis and will have the NCAA Men’s Tournament – First & Second Rounds in 2012.  Not many cities get that consistent presence of the tourneys and even less have had women’s and men’s regional games in back-to-back years.

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Ohio State: College Basketball’s Next Power?

Jan 20

Buckeye Fans…the Wall Street Journal, which has done a great job of really beefing up their sports coverage in recent years, has a great national article about OSU men’s basketball. WSJ’s Darren Everson asks the question: “Is Ohio State Poised to be College Basketball’s Next Power?”

With the Buckeyes off to an 19-0 start, which is the third-best in Ohio State history behind the 1960-61 team (27-0) and the 1961-62 team (22-0), you should definitely read the article because of its national perspective.  Some of the best takeaways are:

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GCSC Trip to USOC Training Center in Colorado Springs

Jan 14

Half of our GCSC Team made the trip to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. to present to USA Wrestling on behalf of Columbus hosting the 2012 Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling.  It was an adventure!

It took over 12 hours for our group to get there.  We were supposed to fly from Houston to Colorado Springs, but ended up stopping in Memphis, because of strong winds, to refuel and that made us miss our flight from Houston.  We ended up flying from Houston to Denver and then rented a van to complete the journey to the USOC Training Center.

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Award-Winning Mountain Biking Film “Ride The Divide” Premieres at COSI January 24th

Jan 12

Columbus is proud to host the premiere for an award-winning sports film on mountain bike racing this January at COSI. Ride The Divide, an award-winning documentary film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, will be kicking-off an 11-city, 11-day Midwest mid-winter tour with a premiere screening at the COSI Extreme Screen Theater in Columbus on Monday, January 24th.

Ride The Divide was named Best Adventure Film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival and chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile race named the Tour Divide along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.

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Arnold Sports Festival Seeking Volunteers!

Jan 10

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is seeking volunteers for the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival held March 4-6, 2011. The Arnold Sports Festival, co-produced by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer, is the largest multi-sport Festival in the nation and will take place in Columbus for the 23rd year.

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Ohio State to Play Georgia Twice in Football in 2020-2021

Jan 07

Less than a week before defeating Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, it was announced, most prominently by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that Ohio State and Georgia had agreed to play each other in a home-and-away series in 2020 and 2021.

The universities signed a “memorandum of understanding” on the games, with both being early season games and split between Columbus at Ohio Stadium and Georgia’s Sanford Stadium.  It hasn’t been determined yet which year the game will be played at which site.

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