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

Rob Oller commentary | Gut punch of 1969 season is a warning for Ohio State

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — If history indeed repeats itself, the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes hope they finish on the right and not wrong side of the here-we-go-again ledger. The right side would be the 2014 season, when Ohio State made an improbable run to the national championship.

Rob Oller commentary | Ohio State football: Offensive line will pave path to success

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Chris Ward was a third wheel on the great Ohio State teams of the mid-1970s. Or maybe the third and fourth wheel, considering he weighed in at 275. Ward played left tackle on an offense that included running backs Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson and quarterback Cornelius Greene, which means most fans only noticed him when he false-started or fell on a fumble.
Aug 27, 2015

Column: the #Buckeyes will go only as far as The Slobs can take them. Will it be all the way? buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Rob Oller commentary | Ohio State quarterbacks thrown into debate season

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — The only thing missing are the annoying robocalls. Otherwise, it is impossible to ignore the Ohio State quarterback campaign as the candidates - J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones - try to trump each other without Trumping each other with insults and pomposity.
Aug 14, 2015

Open for debate: which Ohio State QB should run for office, er, run the offense? buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie… #Buckeyes

Aug 13, 2015

Catch the OSU non-presidential QB debate here. (Any resemblance to the @JohnKasich campaign is purely intentional.) buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Rob Oller commentary: So much 'stuff' can get in the way of title repeat

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — This is why you pencil Ohio State into the college football playoffs instead of writing it in ink. Because 18- to 21-year-olds can be careless. Because banana peels are everywhere. And because, when mixed, those two realities produce slip-ups that create uncertainty out of certainty.
Jul 30, 2015

Why are back-to-back national titles so hard to achieve? Because stuff happens. #Buckeyes buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jul 31, 2015

Stuff happens. What does it mean for Ohio State's national championship chances? buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie… #Buckeyes

Rob Oller commentary: Cavs’ Delly gives hope to Craft

dispatch.com — Red-cheeked Aaron Craft never struck me as a rad-stoked surfer dude, but that definitely was him leaning into a new adventure last winter in waters off the Northern California coast. "I tried it a couple times, but the waves weren't cooperating when we went out," said Craft, who spent November through April starting at point guard for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League.
Jul 30, 2015

Experience of #Cavs’ Dellavedova gives hope to former #OhioState player Aaron Craft in his NBA quest... fb.me/20NBsc8eM

Rob Oller commentary | Let's talk business: Here's why Braxton Miller's decision on position change works

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — College football is big business, so it makes sense that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller made a business decision in adding H-back and punt returner to his job résumé. Nothing wrong with that. Businesses run on revenue, and Miller (personally) and the Buckeyes (collectively) will profit by having the former starting QB set up shop at the hybrid running back-receiver position.
Jul 25, 2015

Braxton Miller's business decision will profit the #Buckeyes and bankrupt Ohio State's competitors. buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Rob Oller commentary: Fun-loving Cardale Jones brings flair to game

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — I'm finished writing about Ohio State's three potential starting quarterbacks. At least for today. Instead, I'm more interested in profiling the most entertaining of the Buckeyes' QBs. What do you think of that, Mr. Cardale Jones?

Rob Oller commentary | Heated rivalries add spice to sports

dispatch.com — I can't stand the Denver Broncos. So sue me. And given our litigious society, someone probably will. My crime? A deep-seated hatred - oops, better make that dislike, because I can't afford the legal fees - of the NFL team that twice crushed my spirit three decades ago.
Jul 19, 2015

Wrote something on why heated sports rivalries should warm our hearts. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Rob Oller commentary | British Open might favor Spieth's style

dispatch.com — The British Open is readying to throw its weather weight around this week. Sideways rain. Gusts reaching 40 mph. It is typical soup for St. Andrews, the Old Course credited as the birthplace of golf. Into this maelstrom of meteorological elements enters Jordan Spieth, the American seeking to become the first player to win golf's first three modern major championships in the same season.

Rob Oller column: Innovative Urban Meyer could opt to play all 3 QBs

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Everyone thinks Urban Meyer needs to pick one quarterback and stick with him. But the Ohio State coach has proven to be one of the most innovative coaches in college football, and if anyone could play all three quarterbacks and be successful doing it, it's Meyer.
Jul 11, 2015

ICYMI. Would Urban Meyer dare rotate three QB's? You bet he would. Column. buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…#Buckeyes

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Sep 03, 2015

No sympathy for NFL in Deflategate, but just a reminder that innocent and not guilty are not one and the same.

Sep 03, 2015

A bad day for sports commissioners in every league.

Aug 31, 2015

Why would anyone rename Mount McKinley for a bottled water made by Coca-Cola? What's that? Uh, er, never mind.

Aug 30, 2015

The University of Houston couldn’t hire Urban Meyer, so they got his clone instead. wsj.com/articles/you-c…

Aug 29, 2015

@atomicphoto agreed. Essentially...awful. "Browns" on leg also horrid.


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