Columbus Dispatch sports columnist; gatekeeper of Scarlet & Gray Matter.

Rob Oller commentary: Factors conspire to inflate NFL's Deflategate

dispatch.com — When determining how Deflategate has ballooned even as it has removed air from Sunday's Super Bowl, I recall the words of a pilot friend who understands the potential fallout from fluctuating atmospheric conditions: "It's usually a series of small mistakes or accidents that build upon one another until concluding in catastrophe," he said.

Rob Oller commentary: By season’s end, Ohio State stood alone

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — As the college football season sailed along in 2014, one thing began to stand out: Good teams dotted the landscape, but missing was that undeniably great team.  There was no 1968 Ohio State, no 2001 Miami, no 2004 Southern California, no 2009 Alabama. The Associated Press preseason poll included the usual suspects: 1.

Rob Oller commentary: Blatt learning how to turn Cavs into winner

dispatch.com — CLEVELAND - The two coaches stationed in the Cleveland Cavaliers' locker room created an awkwardly fluid situation. There was Urban Meyer, who walks on water. And there was David Blatt, who is trying to keep his head above it.

Ohio State football: Title win changes lives, players say

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — The morning after Ohio State won the first College Football Playoff title, former OSU running back Leo Hayden felt compelled to share his feelings on Facebook. Hayden, who played on the 1968 national championship team, wrote of how proud he is to have played for the Buckeyes and how the 2014 team has "stirred the hearts and memories of old football players."

Rob Oller commentary: Ohio State defense hits stride in time for postseason

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — For fans, watching how Ohio State's defense opened on the first drive against Oregon was akin to parents seeing their teens get twisted and turned upside down on an amusement-park ride. Even as Mom and Dad think, "Oh, that can't be good," the kids are screaming: "Bring it on!

Rob Oller commentary: Cardale Jones staying at Ohio State, but not to hold a clipboard

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — The ever more mature Cardale Jones would never blow up Twitter - the way he once did by questioning the purpose of attending classes - with a tweet complaining about being caught up in a three-way quarterback quandary. So allow my adolescent side to post for him: Quandary?

Ohio State football: Close to a dynasty? Shelley Meyer says not yet

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — DALLAS -- As Ohio State players made snow angels in the confetti, the boss weighed in on whether the young Buckeyes -- stocked to the top shelf with super sophs -- are on their way to winning another national title next season. The boss is not Urban Meyer, by the way.

Ohio State vs. Oregon: Scarlet & Gray Matter

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — The game at hand If this were Short-attention-span synopsis: Urban Renewal is complete. Until next year. From A (abs) to Z (Zeke), Buckeyes ride Elliott to school's sixth national title. Pregame buzz: Bucks vs. Ducks. Hurry-up vs. Slow 'em down. Would Ohio State be able to keep Heisman winner Marcus Mariota in check?

Ohio State vs. Oregon: Buckeyes ‘bring joy’

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — DALLAS - The Ohio State Buckeyes are good medicine. Just ask fan Josh Meyer, who turns to the football program for healing. Beyond the Buckeyes, Meyer hasn't felt so good lately. In July, the 35-year-old from Fort Myers, Fla., was diagnosed with stage 4 appendiceal cancer, a rare form of the disease that recently claimed the life of ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott.

Visit by Joe Paterno helped Doug Plank get to ... Ohio State

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Doug Plank was a self-described maniac on the field for the Buckeyes. The cornerback loved to hit, and it didn't matter if the recipient was friend or foe. After graduating from Ohio State in 1975, the Pittsburgh-area native played eight years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, where he - or at least his jersey number, 46 - became famous as the name given to Buddy Ryan's 46 defense.
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Jan 29, 2015

RT @BobHarig: Tiger to make his 2015 debut at No. 47 in the world. Fell to 58th in 2011, climbed back to No. 1 -- where he was a year ago this week.

Jan 29, 2015

Fire alarm shenanigans. Next up, TP'ing the Patriots' houses. espn.go.com/boston/nfl/sto…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @DBriggsBlade: As for what OSU should do with QB logjam, Tom House said, "Throw them out there and let the best man win." bit.ly/1HkphwY

Jan 28, 2015

RT @joevardon: Blatt working the hallway and media room like he won an election. "I'm feeling good tonight"

Jan 28, 2015

Cavs now 6-0 since Urban Meyer spoke to team before Bulls game. #nbacoachofyear

Jan 28, 2015

Irving's 55 points proof of incredible talent. How he reacts to it will be proof of growth in leadership.

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