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

Rob Oller commentary: Baseball rules-makers tinker with blinders on

dispatch.com — Pitchers and catchers have reported. The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians begin full-squad spring training workouts today in Arizona. Another season of America's national pastime is upon us. Or is it America's national past our bedtime? Major League Baseball apparently thinks so, because last week it implemented measures to speed up the game.

Rob Oller commentary: D'Angelo Russell can't do it alone; Ohio State teammates must help

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Ohio State freshman guard D'Angelo Russell is the best player on a team that desperately needs him to be more than that. The Buckeyes need Russell to perform like the best player on either team. That didn't quite happen Sunday in Ohio State's 64-57 loss to Michigan at the Crisler Center.

Rob Oller commentary: Autistic wrestler fits right in on mat

dispatch.com — Mark Turkelson just wanted to fit in, just wanted to walk the hallways without having students stare at him or look at the floor when he passed. So the autistic kid from Upper Arlington went to the mat. "I got involved in wrestling because I just wanted to make new friends and learn how to live in this world," Turkelson said.

Rob Oller commentary: New Ohio State quarterbacks know what they are getting into

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — For those unfamiliar with how recruits mull their college choices, picture showing up at a popular restaurant and wondering whether the food is worth the 45-minute wait. There's another place right down the street where you can get right in, but you don't like it quite as well and, really, you're hoping 45 minutes at The Football Factory actually means 15.

Rob Oller commentary: In end, Seahawks outsmart themselves

dispatch.com — The creators of those confusing, contrived and inconsiderate Super Bowl commercials need to write a thank-you note to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for letting their companies off the hook.

Rob Oller commentary: NFL jobs, like others, come with obligations

dispatch.com — The Super Bowl is on Sunday outside Phoenix, but Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch might want to skip the game and instead wander over to the Arizona Football League, an amateur club where players never have to say a word publicly. Lynch can remain quiet and wear whatever Beast Mode hat he wants, without getting fined.

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."
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Mar 02, 2015

RT @JJWatt: Single-sport specialization amongst youth today is troubling. Let kids be kids. They'll become better all-around athletes & hav…

Mar 02, 2015

RT @Aportzline: #CBJ have resigned Cam Atkinson to a three-year deal, $3.5M AAV

Mar 02, 2015

RT @ChadGraff: Jordan Leopold's 11-year-old daughter Jordyn wrote this letter before the trade, according to @KFAN1003. pic.twitter.com/8RpWT9LpgL

Feb 28, 2015

Longtime Dispatch high schools reporter. RT @BlackiePreps: Hell has indeed frozen over. I’ve finally joined the masses on Twitter.

Feb 24, 2015

RT @BuckeyeXtra: #OhioState football: 'We are good,' Urban Meyer texts from cruise ship stuck at sea dispatch.com/content/storie…

Feb 24, 2015

RT @MaryKayCabot: #Browns will still have Brownie elf as secondary logo, but he'll get a wardrobe update, w/more vibrant orange. Source said he's excited.

Feb 24, 2015

Browns miss mark with updated logos. Should have featured the old blockhead. #Charlies. bit.ly/1JHiUoN pic.twitter.com/ryTA5fduwV

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