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What lessons can the new batch of first-year NFL head coaches learn from Kevin Stefanskis 2020 season? – cleveland.com01.26.21

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Imagine if a Browns head coach ever said this at their introductory press conference.

Were going to kick you in the teeth, all right, and when you punch us back, were going to smile at you and when you knock us down, were going to get up, and on the way up, were going to bite a knee cap off. And were going to stand up and then its going to take two more shots to knock us down. And on the way up, were going to take your other knee cap. And were going to get up and then its going to take three shots to get us down. And when we do, were going to (get up and) take another hunk out of you. Before long, were going to be the last one standing. Thats going to be the mentality.

Whoa. I respect the fire of new Lions coach Dan Campbell, but did that even make sense?

Biting someones leg seems like a good way to get kneed in the face, again. For as much flak as Campbell earned this week, part of me thinks hell do all right. He served as Miamis interim head coach in 2015 and was successful. His five seasons under Saints coach Sean Payton certainly help.

But Kevin Stefanski is the new bar for a first-year head coach.

Will Campbell transform the Lions into a double-digit-win team and help them win their first playoff game in over a decade? Probably not right away. However, considering this is a copycat league, Campbell would be wise to mimic as much of Stefanskis blueprint as he can.

In fact, Arthur Smith (Falcons), Brandon Staley (Rams), Robert Saleh (Jets), Nick Sirianni (Eagles) and hopefully Eric Bieniemy would be smart to seek advice from the 2020 coach of the year.

Here are the top three lessons this years first-time NFL head coaches can learn from Stefanski.

1. Hire the very best assistant coaches

As obvious as the above subhead reads, head coaches and GMs filling out their staffs with the most qualified assistants isnt commonplace. More often than not, top NFL decision-makers hire their friends (often recycles) rather than the best option.

Take the Dallas Cowboys for example this season. Head coach Mike McCarthy named Mike Nolan his defensive coordinator despite Nolan being out of the NFL since 2014. Dallas had one of the worst defenses and Nolan was fired.

Meanwhile in Berea, Stefanski placed top priority on hiring what I consider are the five most important coaching positions under a head coach. All three coordinators and both front-line coaches. Alex Van Pelt did excellent work in Green Bay and Cincinnati. Joe Woods is near the top of a long list of minority coaches in line for future head coaching jobs. Mike Priefer won a playoff game this season. Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin succeeded as the 49ers pass rush specialist a year ago and Bill Callahan is the best offensive line coach in football.

Cleveland Browns interim head coach Mike Priefer walks the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Wild Card Playoff game in Pittsburgh. Joshua Gunter,

Often Stefanski passes his praise to his coaching staff and for good reason. He is the man at the top. But by delegating work to five excellent coaches under him, the Browns functioned smoothly and won games as a result.

2. Build a bounce-back mindset

So much of what Stefanski and the Browns accomplished this season was rooted in changing the culture. Culture can mean many things and often does. Something as simple as using specific buzz words around the facility can contribute to changing a culture.

For example, University of Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has all his coaches and players say their day is elite when asked how theyre doing. Basically, if they experience anything positive while at the facility, that experience can only be described as elite.

However, thats a college gimmick and often not sustainable. Rather than cling to such tropes, Stefanski developed an organic and result-driven culture changer by never allowing the Browns to lose back-to-back games.

En route to 11 regular-season wins, Cleveland didnt make losing a habit, literally. By not dropping consecutive games, the Browns naturally built a bounce-back mindset that leaned heavily into Stefanskis embrace the suck mantra.

Its impressive because though every coach plans on ending a losing streak, losing back-to-back NFL games happens often. Like any coach, Stefanski likely tried speaking a bounce-back into existence after a loss. But for him, it worked. The last time a coach of the year winner didnt lose consecutive games was in 2017 when Sean McVay and the Rams went 11-5.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, right, said hes not going to reveal his starting quarterback for the Wild Card playoff game during the week leading up to the game.AP

3. Be about the work

If the Browns ever win a Super Bowl under Stefanski, Im confident a fan will tattoo be about the work or something regarding work on them. It quickly became Stefanskis favorite word during interviews or locker room speeches.

Thus far, it seems he means it. The Browns became one of the more disciplined teams in football this season. Cleveland committed 20 fewer penalties than in 2019 while offensively being asked to do a lot more.

Think back to the Browns offense a year ago. Do you recall much pre-snap motion or multiple players shifting before the play? It wasnt happening.

Mastering motion and not jumping at hard counts takes immense focus. Honing such mental sharpness starts at practice, which by definition is work.

It goes deeper than just penalties. The Browns finished fourth in red-zone efficiency. Red-zone football is chess, not battleship. As passing windows shrink closer to paydirt, offenses must deploy sophisticated attacks to counter. And any detailed plan takes work to develop.

Think about this: Baker Mayfield threw 26 touchdowns, and 21 of them came from 20 yards or closer. Of his eight interceptions, zero were thrown in the red zone.

The Browns and Mayfield were about their work.

What we learned

Studying precisely how Stefanski accomplished all he did during the most complicated season in NFL history would largely expand the above list. By being about his work, hiring great assistants and building an organic culture, Stefanski changed football in Cleveland.

I bet Lions, Jets, Jaguars, Falcons, Eagles and Texans fans all hope their new guy took notes.


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Proud Boys among groups being watched as inauguration approaches. Do they have Northeast Ohio ties? – Akron Beacon Journal01.20.21

Stephanie Warsmith|Akron Beacon Journal

The Proud Boys call themselves Western chauvinists.

They wear black and yellow Polo-style shirts that make them easy to spot.

And, increasingly, the group is being tied to demonstrations that have turned destructive and deadly, including the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week.

With President-elect Joe Bidens inauguration next week and threats made to target Washington D.C. and state capitals, many are concerned that the Proud Boys and other radical, right-leaning groups could wreak more havoc.

Youre seeing a lot of rhetoric revolution, attacks on statehouses, Bidens inauguration, said David Licate, a University of Akron criminal justice professor who once served on an FBI team that studied violent extremists. You have to take it seriously. They (Proud Boys) are becoming more violent.

Though the Proud Boys have been gaining national notoriety, they havent drawn as much attention in the Akron area.

I have heard of this group in a national context, said Lt. Michael Miller, an Akron police spokesman. I am not aware of any local activity or chatter.

But in the past two years, there have been signs of the groups presence locally and in Ohio:

Proud Boys sent a press release to the Canton Repository, another USA TODAY Network Ohio newspaper, last month promoting food and toy donations in Canton and Lorain around the holidays.

However, the Beacon Journal was unable to find anyone involved in the group locally to talk to for this story. No one responded to a request for comment made on the Proud Boys website or an email sent to the address on the poster hung in Wooster.

We dont talk to the media, said Dan Ciammaichella, who was identified as a media spokesman for the Akron-Canton Proud Boys in the release sent to the Repository. Thank you very much.

Proud Boys is a relatively new group, kicked off in 2016.

Gavin McGinnes, co-founder of Vice Media, started the group and called it a club for men. He espoused misogynistic and anti-Islamic views, as well as racist overtones.

He claimed they were not alt-right, not white nationalist but pro-west, like a fraternity, said Licate, a 20-year UA professor.

The groups tenets, according to its website, include: minimal government, maximum freedom, anti-political correctness, anti-drug war, closed borders, anti-racial guilt, anti-racism, pro-free speech, pro-gun rights, glorifying the entrepreneurand venerating the house wife.

To become a Proud Boy, a man must declare he is a Western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating a modern world, according to the website. Leaders of the group define this chauvinism as patriotism or extreme nationalism.

The groups name is a nod to a song in Disneys "Aladdin" called Proud of Your Boy.

I just made it up, McGinnes said in a video on the Proud Boys website.

McGinnes said the group has gained thousands of members all over the world, including in Africa, Japan and Australia.

New Proud Boys members must be beaten up by five men until they can name five breakfast cereals, quit porn and get a tattoo, McGinnis said.

McGinnis recalled a timewhen he went to New York University to give a talk and the group's members clashed with protesters.

We beat the crap out of them, McGinnis said in the video, drawing cheers and applause from the audience.

McGinnis has now stepped away from the group and Enrique Tarrio, who is originally from Cuba, is the new leader.

Licate said the group has gotten more violent and well-armed.

New members are now asked to beat up someone they thinkis liberal or left-leaning, Licate said.

They went from a pseudo-fraternity that gets it name from an Aladdins song and has to recite cereals to becoming increasingly militant, Licate said.

Some Proud Boys members werent happy with the groups alt-light characterization and started the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights (FOAK), who are considered the groups bodyguards or strike force, Licate said.

Tarrio, the new Proud Boys leader, was arrested for burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church in a December demonstration in Washington, D.C. to protest Trumps election defeat. Tarrio also faces weapons charges and wasbanned from being in the Capitol, besides going to court.

Licatesaid he would characterize Proud Boys as a hate group. He said hes not sure if they meet the definition of domestic terrorists, which refers to a group that has engaged in violence for a political or social end.

Licate said Proud Boys were at the Jan. 6 protest outside of the Capitol, but he isnt sure if they were among those who breached the building.

Proud Boys, Three Percenters and Oath Keepers were among the right-wing extremist groups captured in photos and videos at the Capitol insurrection. Five people were killed, including a police officer.

Licate said Three Percenters and Oath Keepers both have an ex-military/law enforcement base and the Oath Keepers are staunch constitutionalists. He said Proud Boys lean heavier on misogyny and racism than these other groups.

They are all anti-left and hard-core conservative, Licate said.

Closer to home, Licate said hes aware the Proud Boys have chapters in Columbus and the Akron area but hasnt heard much about their activities.

They havent really made themselves known, beyond an online presence, he said.

The Akron-Canton Proud Boys had an open-carry display on the Kent State campus in September 2019 as a counter to a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Beto ORourke. ORourke had proposed a mandatory gun buyback program during a presidential debate.

The Proud Boys display featured an array of rifles and smaller firearms, secured with metal rope and padlocks. A sign on the front asked onlookers, Which one of these should be banned?

Were out here, pretty much, just to spark conversation with people, Ron Jones, a Proud Boys member, told the Record-Courier. Were hoping people from their side will come up and talk with us a little bit and maybe bridge the gap a little bit.

The event was largely peaceful, though a Kent student was arrested for throwing a milkshake on Proud Boys members.

In early November, a Proud Boys flier was hung in the front of the Spoon Market & Deli in downtown Wooster, angering the owners of the business.

The flier said, The lies of the left are meant to dissuade, distract and demoralize, and called Proud Boys the most lied about, slandered and targeted group. Why? it asked and included a website and email addressfor the group.

Patrice Smith, co-owner of the deli, posted the flier on her Facebook page, seeking information on the cowardly person or people who posted it. Her post drew both backlash and support.

We will not compromise our integrity, ethics and responsibility, Smith wrote.

The Akron-Canton Proud Boys, in an emailed statementto the Daily-Record newspaper, said its members distributed fliers in the Wooster area Oct. 30.

"Proud Boys wanted to send a message to the voters in America that we are EVERYWHERE, so they can feel safe casting their votes through November 3rd," said the statement, signed by the group.

Flyers also were posted in Amherst Plaza in Massillon.

More: Proud Boys, counter-protesters clash

In mid-December, a 43-year-old Akron man was among 39 people arrested after a group of Proud Boys protesting Trumps election defeat clashed with anti-Trump counter-protesters in Washington D.C.

Four people were stabbed, while others were beaten and pepper-sprayed and several churches were vandalized.

These Proud Boys are avowed white nationalists and have been called to stand up against a fair and legal election, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, told the Washington Post.

The Akron man is accused of being part of a large group spotted by an officer chasing down another man, knocking him to the ground and beating him with what appeared to be long, thin batons. The officer saw the Akron man take a running start and kick the other man in the head several times while he was on the ground, according to court records.

The man who was beaten fled and didnt return to the scene.

The Akron man wore black para-military style clothing, including a helmet, vest, backpack and gloves, as well as a yellow scarf. He also had a black plastic and rubber baton that was about 4 feet long, according to court records.

Police charged the Akron man with rioting, attempted possession of a criminal weapon and assault, all misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty in D.C. Superior Court and was released until his next court appearance.

Neither the Akron man nor his attorney could be reached for comment.

Law enforcement in the Capitol and across the country are worried that the type of violence seen in D.C. in December or at the Capitol could be repeated or escalated before and on inauguration day.

Licate said law enforcement must prepare for the worst, while weighing the right to protest with the need to protect safety and prevent destruction.

Were stuck in a holding pattern, Licatesaid. When people take the jump from word to deed, thats when law enforcement can get involved.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at, 330-996-3705 and on Twitter: @swarsmithabj.

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Salem health department puts inspection reports on website – SalemNews.net12.31.20

SALEM Inspection reports for Salem restaurants and food service establishments can be seen online, giving both health officials and area residents an advantage.

Good enforcement tool, Salem city health district public information officer Lynle Hayes said.

For residents, they can learn more about the places where theyre eating, such as who has a history of not following the rules and who gets good marks for cleanliness.

The topic of the inspection reports and their availability online came up during a recent city health board meeting when city Health Commissioner Alanna Stainbrook talked about a restaurant being told their COVID-19 violation would be put online for all to see.

According to the website at, the inspection reports conducted by the city health district have been available to the public online since July 1, 2019. Hayes, who was health commissioner at the time, said that was a choice the department made. Putting the reports online isnt mandated by the state.

To access the reports, go the the health district website and click on environmental, then look under food program for the link at

Once there, visitors can look at inspection reports for food service operations, including restaurants and schools, convenience stores selling hot foods or check out the inspection reports for public pools or tattoo establishments, all in the city of Salem.

A description under environmental health said, The Environmental Health staff is responsible for licensing and inspection of food service operations and retail food establishments including restaurants, convenience stores, mobile trailers, food vending machines, and temporary food sales at events.

Environmental health also handles some COVID-19 related complaints, nuisance complaints and oversees inspections for public pools and tattoo shops.

With COVID-19, the sanitarian hasnt been doing as many of the standard inspections, but has been handling complaints, along with openings of new facilities such as Chipotle. One complaint dealt with smoking in a patio area. There was a complaint about cleaning wipes for carts at a store, also. Some of the past reports can be accessed, too.

Mayor John Berlin, who serves as chairman of the health board by virtue of his position as mayor, said everybody in Salem can see their favorite establishments report.

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Not all bad news in 2020: 45 good things that happened in central Ohio this year – The Columbus Dispatch12.28.20

Chandler Boese|The Columbus Dispatch

Video: What Central Ohioans are grateful for this Thanksgiving

It might be hard to see this good things this Thanksgiving, but these community members show there's still good. What are you thankful for?

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It's safe to say that 2020 has been, as a whole, the worst. Central Ohioans lost loved ones, jobs and time together. Events from Dublin'sSt. Patrick's Day parade to BalletMet's "The Nutcracker" were canceled. The Blue Jackets, Buckeyes and Crew went months without playing.

But it's not all bad. Central Ohioanscame together to support one another and found joy in the simpler things of life. The kindness, resilience, fortitude, talent and empathy of communitiesinspired.

Together, we made it through.

Holding on: Stories of love, suffering and resilience in a pandemic year

Here are 45stories from this year that brought some light to the darkness.

After years of fighting for a pardon so he could move on from a youthful mistake, Mickey Tate was finally granted clemency in January.I got all this support, all these wonderful people who spoke up for me, Tate said. What I can I say? I just feel blessed.

For the biggest Columbus sports fans, there was one shining day in February that allowed for an opportunity to celebrate all of the area's biggest teams. Some pursued a "sports trifecta" by attending a Blue Jackets, Crew and Ohio State men's basketball game all in one day.

Evenduringthe primary election, voting was cause for excitement for some central Ohioans. They got an early start on the first day of early voting in February, one woman even biking 40 minutes to cast her ballot.

Before the pandemic hit Ohio, some couples took advantage of a more enjoyable rarity Leap Day to tie the knot in a group wedding.

After years of construction and planning, Dublin's Bridge Park opened in March, highlighted by the first single-towerS-shaped suspension bridgein the world.

Ohio State honored the winners of the 1960 national basketball championship in early March. Despite the time that's elapsed since they played together, the men still see each other as brothers.

Graduations were one of the milestones most altered by the pandemic, but the feeling of accomplishment was not diminished, nor werecentral Ohio communities' determination to celebrate the graduates.

And a night to remember wasn't forgotten either. Prom was recreated in many forms by students and parents.

Love conquered all for central Ohioans who decided to get married during the pandemic, no matter how different it was from the day they had planned.

The Circus House landmark has been sold and looks like it will be restored to its historic glory.

Young people transitioning out of foster care got homes of their own when a subsidized apartment complex pioneered by the city opened in August.

Even Election Day, a high-pressure event for many, was a happy occasion from start to finish for a mother and daughter who maintained their tradition of going to the polls together.

The Columbus Crew beat the odds to win the MLS championship over the Seattle Sounders, rewarding the fans who fought to keep the team in Columbus.

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A Bexley woman who dedicated herself to helping others got community support when she came into tough times, including a move forced by a home foreclosure.

A family who had lost a daughter to addiction opened a home in Marysville in early March to help others through recovery.

From the very beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, caring community members did small things to show their neighbors they weren't alone, from goody bags and meal deliveries to loaning books and games that help fight boredom.

Two Clintonville children played a porch concert for their neighbor in self-quarantine. Soon, outdoorconcerts became a regular occurrence as a way to spread joy across central Ohio communities.

Moment by Moment series: Tales of central Ohioans' kindness and resilience as the pandemic set in

Employers went above and beyond to helptheir employees stay afloat amid closures, like the University District tattoo shop owner who bought groceries for his employees.

Virtual storytimes kept kids learning and educatorsemployed while givingparents a few moment of respite.

Again and again, communities showed their appreciation for their health care workers with cheers, treatsand even mobile homes.

Some of the health care workers returned the favor by showing their appreciation for then-Ohio health director Dr. Amy Acton, who helped lead the state's coronavirus response through the spring and early summer. Her neighbors did the same.

In response damage in Downtown Columbus done during protests for racial equity, some community members helped business owners clean up and demonstrators stay safe.

Business leaders and local arts groups also showed their support for the protesters, with murals, signs and resources.

The community returned the favor by flocking to Black businesses, a movement operators hoped would be sustained with long-term consumer interest and investment.

A group of Delaware County families is looking to bring some attention and business to the village of Kilbourne, in an effort to create a "quaint, rural, walkable community area."

It really has taken a village this year to support children and their education. Community groups from COSI to Boys and Girls Club have changed their operations to keep kids learning.

A survivor of sex trafficking reconnected with the officer who helped get her off the streets to raise money to help others like her by rappelling down a Columbus skyscraper.

A sanitation worker who brought smiles to everyone's face got some of that back for himself when the families on his route came together to raise money for him to get dental surgery.

In June, a group of local artists covered a closed freeway Downtown with a powerful message: "We are stronger together."

Even as they struggled to get their organic farm off the ground during the pandemic, a Johnstown couple helped feed the hungry by donating to food banks.

Some of the biggest smiles in 2020 came not from elaborate plans or grand events, but from the simple things that have always been there, that meant so much more this year.

There was the mailbox game of tic tac toe a Hilliard girl played with her mail carrier.

There's the daily walks a Bexley man took and the poems he sent to his brother,bringing back fond memories.

There's the whimsical watercolor paintings shared by an Upper Arlington woman that Dr. Amy Acton credits with helpingmany people get through the pandemic.

New animals were born at the Columbus Zoo the world's first litter of cheetah cubs conceived through in-vitro fertilization, giraffecalves born months apart, a siamang, a gorilla, a pair of red pandas and a sea lion pup.

Another joyful animal tale involved some human selflessness: Columbus police officer Dana Rogers drove to West Virginia to unite a dog lost for monthswith her owner.

London Middle School took a new tact to show its students what was special about them and overcome the negativity youth can sometimes bring. When the kids returned from winter break in January, the hallways were covered in their faces and reminders what matters about them.

A group of dedicated retirees and middle-aged central Ohioans continued their years-long habit of pumping Russian weightsat a Dublin health club. They call themselves the "Super Grannies."

A puppy boom among the Columbus Blue Jackets gave them something to bond over last winter. In February, some of the canines who had recently joined the players' families even tried out the ice in Nationwide Arena.

A rabbit rescue in Worthington worked to save bunnies, especially those bought on impulse for Easters past, and find them new homes.

Pet owners and admirers alike connected via social media, including some popular central Ohio accounts.

Movie theaters struggled, but drive-in venues hoped for new popularity.

Mike DeWine's pandemic escapes: Movies, walking dog, visiting grandkids through windows

In a hard year for businesses, the community helped some flourish. Among those is The Cheesecake Girl in Grandview Heights, who had to delay the opening of her bakery but managed to stay afloat.

Workers at twoLicking County nursing homes made a big sacrifice to keep residents safe. Several employees volunteered to move into the home for six weeks in an attempt to keep coronavirus out. It was working, as of July 29.

A firefighter who survived COVID-19 early on was one of the first in the area to help others do so by donating his plasma for an experimental treatment.

After getting stuck at home in remote school, one teenager turned his boredom into a business an online sneaker shop. After The Dispatch wrote about him, the business boomed even more.

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A Look at Ohio State’s Five Previous Appearances in the Sugar Bowl, Including Its College Football Playoff Win – Eleven Warriors12.28.20

Ohio State will make its sixth all-time appearance in the Sugar Bowl when it plays Clemson in next weeks College Football Playoff semifinal at the Superdome in New Orleans.

After losing its first two appearances in the Sugar Bowl, Ohio State has won its last three, including the first-ever College Football Playoff semifinal at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. (The Buckeyes also played LSU in the BCS National Championship Game at the Superdome at the end of the 2007 season, which they lost 38-24, but that game was not considered to be a Sugar Bowl.)

As we look ahead to this years Sugar Bowl showdown between the Buckeyes and the Tigers (Jan. 1, 8 p.m., ESPN) in the Big Easy, lets take a look at Ohio States previous appearances in the game starting with the most recent games and wins.

If Ohio State going to the Sugar Bowl as an underdog for a College Football Playoff game against a team its never beaten before sounds like a familiar storyline, thats because it is.

The Buckeyes were in that same position six years ago as the No. 4 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff. No. 1 seed Alabama, which was 3-0 all-time against Ohio State entering the 2015 Sugar Bowl, was favored to win the game by more than a touchdown over the Buckeyes, who narrowly made the playoff after a roller-coaster 2014 season.

That didnt stop Ohio State from achieving one of the most iconic wins in program history.

Led by third-string quarterback Cardale Jones passing for 243 yards and a touchdown and superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott running for 230 yards and two touchdowns, the Buckeyes came back from an early 21-6 deficit to win 42-35, highlighted by Elliotts 85-yard run through the heart of the south. The game was full of spectacular plays, including a 13-yard touchdown pass from Evan Spencer to fellow wide receiver Michael Thomas and a 41-yard interception return touchdown by Steve Miller, and culminated with Tyvis Powell intercepting a last-second Hail Mary attempt to seal Ohio States seven-point win.

While Ohio State still had to win one more game against Oregon to win the first-ever CFP, this was the game that defined the Buckeyes 2014 national championship season, and a game that is now firmly entrenched in Buckeye lore as one of Ohio States most memorable victories ever.

This win technically doesnt count anymore, but it only takes a trip to YouTube or your own memory to confirm this game actually happened. And though the game was ultimately overshadowed by the Tattoo-Gate scandal that surfaced in the weeks leading up to the game and the sanctions including vacating the Sugar Bowl win and all other wins from the 2010 season that came after, it was an entertaining game at the time.

While Ohio State rolled out to a 28-7 lead in the first half, Arkansas battled back, scoring 19 of the games final 22 points before Solomon Thomas sealed a 31-26 victory by intercepting a pass from Ryan Mallett with 58 seconds left on the clock.

Terrelle Pryor, in what would ultimately be his final game as a Buckeye, led Ohio State to victory by throwing for 221 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 115 yards.

The win was Ohio States first-ever bowl victory against an SEC team, coming in what would also end up being Jim Tressels final game as the Buckeyes coach.

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After being left out from playing in the first-ever BCS National Championship Game, the third-ranked 1998 Ohio State Buckeyes were selected to play Texas A&M (who was not an SEC team at the time) in the Sugar Bowl. While the Buckeyes felt like they should have been playing for a national title they lost a regular-season game to Michigan State, but No. 2 Florida State had lost a game, too they were at least able to finish their season with the consolation prize of earning Ohio States first win in the Sugar Bowl.

Most of the games scoring took place in the first quarter, as Ohio State responded to an opening-drive touchdown by the Aggies by scoring three straight touchdowns in a span of less than seven minutes. The third of those touchdowns came when Derek Ross blocked a punt by Texas A&Ms Shane Lechler and Kevin Griffin scooped up the ball to stroll 16 yards into the end zone.

From there, the game turned into a defensive slugfest, as the Buckeyes would score just one field goal in the final three quarters but Texas A&M scored only one more touchdown, leading to a 10-point Ohio State victory.

In their final game as Buckeyes, Joe Germaine threw for 222 yards and a touchdown while David Boston caught 11 passes for 105 yards.

Ohio States win over Texas A&M was its second trip to the Sugar Bowl in as many years, as the Buckeyes also closed out their 1997 season in New Orleans against the team that would keep them out of the national championship game a year later.

That game didnt go very well for the Buckeyes, as Florida State pulled out a 21-3 lead before halftime and Ohio State scored just one touchdown for the entire game. Seminoles quarterback Thad Busby threw for 334 yards while Ohio State quarterbacks Joe Germaine and Stanley Jackson combined for three interceptions, and Ohio State kicker Dan Stultz went just 2-for-4 on field goals.

Florida State, who has not played Ohio State since, improved its all-time record against the Buckeyes to 3-0 with the 31-14 win at the Superdome.

As aforementioned, Alabama won its first three all-time games against Ohio State, and the first of those wins came in Ohio States first-ever trip to the Sugar Bowl to conclude its 1977 season.

That first-ever meeting between the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide was lopsided in Alabamas favor, as the Crimson Tide ran the ball a whopping 68 times for 280 yards and three touchdowns and Jeff Rutledge added another 109 yards and two touchdowns through the air to lead Alabama to a 35-6 victory.

Ohio States only touchdown of the day came on a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jim Harrell from Rod Gerald, who completed just seven of his 17 passing attempts for 103 yards with three interceptions.

The 29-point loss was Ohio States most lopsided bowl game defeat ever until its 31-0 loss to Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl.

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Give the gift of celebrities: Famous Ohioans will make personalized videos (for a fee) – Wooster Daily Record12.12.20

Mark J. Price|Akron Beacon Journal

Locked down during the pandemic? Unable to go shopping for Christmas presents? This year, why not give the gift of celebrities?

Personalized videos featuring your favorite stars can be ordered via Cameo, a Chicago-based website that allows fans access to more than 30,000 celebrities.

Naturally, theres a fee, and it varies from star to star.

A video from Caitlyn Jenner, for example, costs $2,500 while Dick Van Dyke charges $1,000, Richard Dreyfuss wants $999, Snoop Dogg fetches $900 and Chaka Khan seeks $600. On Cameo, you can find everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Charlie Sheen to Fran Drescher to Billy Dee Williams to Bo Derek to Andrew Dice Clay.

Fans go, search for a celebrity and request a video or a chat. When a request is completed, usually within seven days, Cameo will email and text a link to a video to view, share or download. If for some reason the video isnt completed, the hold on your credit card will be removed within five to seven business days.

So if your wife adores Matthew Perry or your husband digs LeAnn Rimes or your daughter reveres Boosie Badazz or your son idolizes Troy Aikman, a personalized video might brighten their holidays.

If you dont wish to pay for the real thing, Cameo also lists many celebrity impersonators, clearly marked as such. Amuse your friends with fake Tom Cruise, Elvis Presley, Kim Jong-un, Lady Gaga, Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marilyn Monroe or Robert De Niro.

There are also some names that stretch the definition of celebrity. Some charge as little as $1. Caveat emptor.

For this article, we scoured Cameo in search of stars with Ohio ties.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Cleveland native who hosts The Dr. Oz Show, requests $500 for a personalized video. Comedian and Family Feud host Steve Harvey, a former Clevelander and Kent State alum, suggests $450. Former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer seeks $250, with all proceeds going to charity.

Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, a retired skater from Toledo, collects $100. Cleveland restaurateur and celebrity chef Michael Symon requests $95.Former Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, a Medina County resident, asks $75.Gretchen Carlson, former Cleveland TV newscaster and former Fox News anchor, also seeks $75.

Here are some of the other Ohio celebrities we found on Cameo. Prices are subject to change.

Donna Marie Lombardi, a tattoo artist, piercer and cosmetologist from Cleveland who appeared on VH1s Black Ink Crew, $200.

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a Youngstown native who appeared on The Apprentice and served as an aide to President Trump, $99.

Nina West, a drag queen from Greentown who appeared on VH1s RuPauls Drag Race, $75.

Hazel-E, a rapper, publicist and entrepreneur from Cincinnati who appeared on VH1s Love & Hip Hop, $55.

Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, owner of Candy Apples Dance Center in Canton and a star of the Lifetime series Dance Moms, $45.

Angie Everhart, an Akron model and actress who appeared on Celebrity Mole, The Real Gilligans Island and The Ex-Wives Club, $30.

Chris Jamison, a former Capital University student who appeared on NBCs The Voice, $30.

Chelsie Webster, a Lexington native who was a contestant on ABCs The Bachelor, $25.

Gates McFadden, a Cuyahoga Falls native famous for playing Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, $180.

Beverly DAngelo, a Columbus native best known for portraying Ellen Griswold in the Vacation movies, $150.

Jake Abel, a Canton native who appeared in the Supernatural TV series and Percy Jackson film series, $150.

Jamie Farr, a Toledo native who starred as Corporal Klinger on CBS-TVs M*A*S*H, $125.

John de Lancie, a Kent State alumnus who played Q in the Star Trek series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, $100.

Miranda May, a Bowling Green native who stars on the Disney Channel series Bunkd, $100.

Adrianne Palicki, a Toledo native known for Friday Night Lights, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Orville, $75.

Dana DeLorenzo, a Youngstown native featured on Starzs Ash Vs. Evil Dead, $60.

Eddie McClintock, a Canton native and character actor best known for Syfys Warehouse 13, $50.

Kaitlyn Black, a Copley native who starredon the CWs Hart of Dixie, $25.

Ray Boom Boom Mancini, former lightweight boxing champion from Youngstown, $125.

Adrien Broner, a world champion boxer from Cincinnati, $100.

Buster Douglas, a former heavyweight boxing champion from Columbus, $60.

Ryan Nemeth, aka Briley Pierce, a former WWE wrestler from Cleveland, $35.

Jessica Eye, a mixed martial artist from Akron who competes in Ultimate Fighting Championship, $25.

Madman Fulton, a Toledo native and former WWE wrestler, $25.

Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, $320.

Former Browns players Bernie Kosar, $219; Joe Thomas, $173; Chris Spielman, $100; and Josh Cribbs, $75.

Current Browns players David Njoku, $200; Mack Wilson, $51; and Terrance Mitchell, $25.

Former Browns coach Hue Jackson, $60.

Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, $78.

Former Bengals players Terrell Owens, $350; Chad Ochocinco, $200; and Ickey Woods, $150.

Current Bengals players Trayveon Williams, $200; Khalid Kareem $20, Mason Schreck, $10; and Jordan Evans, $10.

Former Cleveland Indians stars Joe Carter, $129; Jason Kipnis, $100; Kenny Lofton, $75; Carlos Baerga, $30; Omar Vizquel $28; and Greg Allen, $20.

Current Indians players: Daniel Johnson, $50; Oscar Mercardo, $30; Jordan Luplow, $20; and Logan Allen, $20.

Cincinnati Reds legends Johnny Bench, $200,and Pete Rose, $150.

Former Reds players Sean Casey, $100; Eric Davis, $99; Bronson Arroyo, $95; Jose Rijo, $69; Rob Dibble, $50; and George Foster, $49.

Current Reds players Amir Garrett, $125; Hunter Greene, $75; Brandon Finnegan, $50; and Kyle Farmer, $25.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coaches Tyronn Lue, $216, and Mike Fratello, $75.

Former Cavaliers players Ron Harper, $105; J.P. Macura, $55; Jeff Green, $40; Jaron Blossomgame, $25; and Dhantay Jones Sr., $15.

Current Cavaliers players Dylan Windler, $25, and Matt Mooney, $20.

Eddie Levert, Canton native and co-founder of the OJays, $135.

Howard Hewett Jr., an Akron native and Grammy-winning R&B singer of Shalamar, $100.

Richard Patrick, a former Clevelander who fronts the rock band Filter, $70.

Slim Jesus, a Hamilton rapper known for the song Drill Time, $60.

Tim Ripper Owens, the Akron rocker who sang in Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Rising Force and other groups, $30.

Mike Protich, Akron native and lead singer of Red Sun Rising, $25.

John Caparulo, a stand-up comic from East Liverpool, $999.

David Wain, a comedian and writer from Shaker Heights, $100.

Alan Cox, afternoon host on WMMS in Cleveland, $30.

Dave Hill, a Cleveland comedian and musician, $25.

Luke Null, a Cincinnati native and former cast member of Saturday Night Live, $25.

Heather Haburg, former Miss Greater Akron, $25.

Caroline Grace Williams, Miss Ohio 2019, $20.

And remember: Celebrities are in lockdown, too. Your cash can help brighten their holidays. For more information, go

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