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

Rob Oller commentary: End of child's high-school sports career tugs at heart

dispatch.com — David Letterman had it relatively easy, signing off from the comfort of his cushioned chair. Dave didn't have to sit for five hours on an aluminum bench in 45-degree weather, waving goodbye to a high-school sport and to the graduating sons and daughters who play it.

Rob Oller commentary: No promises in future for Cavaliers

dispatch.com — The inconvenient truth is that the Cleveland Cavaliers need to win now. Not next year. Now. Because the future is a fooler. A fibber. A Pinocchio-nosed liar not to be trusted. The future says the Cavs will be an NBA championship contender next season and the one after that.

Rob Oller commentary: Golf-course chat between Urban Meyer, Nick Saban might go like this

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — As spectacular scenarios go, the only thing more entertaining than Urban Meyer paired against Alabama coach Nick Saban on the golf course would be if the Ohio State coach went shopping for khakis with Michigan madman Jim Harbaugh.

Rob Oller commentary | Update: Criticism of Faldo's comments misses the context

dispatch.com — Nick Faldo is finding the line between golf entertainer and record-holding competitor more narrow than a U.S. Open fairway. The Hall of Fame golfer, who now works for CBS as a golf announcer, is taking heat for comments he made yesterday at the Ohio Union during the Legends Luncheon fundraiser benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Rob Oller commentary: Faldo's candid approach is refreshing

dispatch.com — Nick Faldo of England opened his mouth on Wednesday in the presence of Jack Nicklaus and spewed syllables that showed us Yanks our concept of golf as a gentleman's game is somewhat daft. Or maybe we are simply confused about what it means to be a gentleman?

Golf | Memorial: Jack Nicklaus says Tiger Woods told him he will play

dispatch.com — Jack Nicklaus takes Tiger Woods at his word that the former world's No. 1 golfer will play the Memorial Tournament on June 4-7 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Nicklaus said Woods told him two weeks ago at the Masters that he would compete in Dublin.

Rob Oller commentary: Significance of Sullivan Award not lost on Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Forgive Ohio State tailback Ezekiel Elliott if his mind went blank upon learning he was one of six finalists for the Sullivan Award, which will be handed out on Sunday. Like most of his millennial peers, Elliott had no clue about the 85-year-old award, given each year to the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete.

Golf | Memorial Tournament: Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson commit for 2015

dispatch.com — Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama joins two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and top-10 player Dustin Johnson in commiting to play the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club, tournament officials announced today. Matsuyama, 23, defeated Kevin Na in a playoff to win the 2014 Memorial for his first PGA tour victory.

Rob Oller column: Golf ball can attest that Jordan Spieth is worthy Masters champ

dispatch.com — My name is Titleist and I am tired of being told to "sit down" by some 21-year-old Texan named Jordan Spieth. Sit down? Ten minutes before telling me to stop short on Sunday during the Masters, Spieth ordered me to "Go hard, go hard, go hard. Go!" So which one is it?

Rob Oller commentary: We persist, but golf always has last laugh

dispatch.com — I thought my high-handicap golf partner would go moist in the eyes as he gushed about how Tiger Woods seemed to have rediscovered his short game at the Masters. "It got to me," he said, unashamedly. This perplexed me, because my duffer buddy has never been a big fan of Woods.
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May 23, 2015

A personal, Letterman-like look at waving good-bye to our graduating sons and daughters. dispatch.com/content/storie…

May 21, 2015

RT @OhioStAthletics: Dept. of Athletics mourns the loss of Steve Snapp; Vietnam vet spent 38 yrs promoting Buckeyes go.osu.edu/Snapp2015 pic.twitter.com/PT37un001W

May 21, 2015

Letterman almost giddy about Peyton Manning participating in top 10 list.

May 20, 2015

RT @SamAmicoFSO: Cavs' LeBron James tells @FOXSportsOH he didn't like how he closed out Game 1 win over Hawks: "I allowed them back in it with my nonsense."

May 20, 2015

RT @CBSSports: LeBron James: Kyle, get out of the way I'm going to dunk. Kyle Korver: Okay. vine.co/v/eAVmTOBvlgX

May 20, 2015

From LeBron to Letterman. Hope Dave slams it.

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