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

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

Rob Oller commentary: Competitive thrill can put athletes in harm's way

dispatch.com — Rory McIlroy needs to take up a new hobby sport, something safer than soccer. Something like auto racing. McIlroy suffered ruptured ligaments in his left ankle on Saturday while playing soccer with friends. The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland was running toward the ball when the non-contact injury occurred, putting into serious doubt whether the world's No.
Jul 06, 2015

For pro athletes like Rory McIlroy, the reward of competition is worth the risk of injury. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Rob Oller commentary: Switching positions in NFL could tax Terrelle Pryor

dispatch.com — Terrelle Pryor is a victim. Pausing here, to allow heads to explode. No, really, the co-conspirator of Tattoogate is being victimized as the target of flawed logic, of those who think the former Ohio State quarterback - who this week willingly switched to receiver with the Cleveland Browns - always was better suited to catch the ball than throw it.

Rob Oller commentary: Cleveland Cavaliers fans needn't take fatalistic approach

dispatch.com — The late historian Will Durant would have had an academic field day with the cultural phenomenon known as the Cleveland Cavaliers. A melting-pot city starving for a sports championship sees something of itself in this assembly of mishmash players from different backgrounds, a case study placed on a tee for any purveyor of immigrant civilizations.
Jun 13, 2015

Chin up, Cavs fans. Hope doesn't have to be a four-letter word. dispatch.com/content/storie…

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Jul 31, 2015

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

Jul 30, 2015

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

Jul 30, 2015

Never mind H-back position, with Jalin Marshall suspension, Ohio State's punt return just became more interesting. Braxton time?

Jul 30, 2015

Posted without comment. Joey Bosa was listed on today's Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list.

Jul 30, 2015

Joey Bosa, Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson suspended for #Buckeyes opener against @VaTech_Football buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jul 30, 2015

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Jul 29, 2015

Bill Belichick is one of a kind. Thankfully.

Jul 28, 2015

Today marks the 37th anniversary of the release of Animal House. But of course you already knew that. #foodfight #rammingspeed #Shout

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