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It's been a while

July 21, 2010 - Seth Staskey

Well, I am back....FINALLY I know!

I've been on vacation and it's taken me a few days to get my bearings straight after being at Jamboree in the Hills.

Anyway, since I've last blogged, LeBron James announced he was leaving Cleveland for Miami, the OVAC All-Stars reported to camp and now the OHSAA has announced that the state finals will be taken to Columbus and Ohio Stadium in 2014.

A lot to touch on in a brief amount of time.

First off, I didn't like the way LeBron James went about announcing his decision to leave for Miami. I think he should have informed the Cavs' brass of his decision before going on national television and announcing it. As far as leaving, I don't have an issue with it. I've stated several times, the Cavs didn't do enough to get him any help. I don't want to hear about Larry Hughes or Antwan Jamison. Those guys are good, but not good enough. LeBron saw the perfect and probably once-in-a-career opportunity to team up with three other perrenial all-stars and took advantage. Can't say it was out of greed because he took more money. He wants to win. He's got enough money and will have enough money, but he lacks rings and that's what these guys play for (on top of the money).

Secondly, OVAC All-Star Camp is in full swing. The players reported this past Sunday and the band and cheerleaders began their official preparations Wednesday. The game is this Sunday and I personally believe the West Virginia squad has as good a chance to win as any game in the last 10 years. I think Tom Bruney is a fine coach and I think he drafted his team to win this game. Saying all that, I am still picking Ohio to win in a much closer game than we've seen in recent memory.

Thirdly, just today (Wednesday) the OHSAA announced the state finals will remain in Canton/Massillon until 2014 when Columbus will host the next two. I am torn on this decision as well. Personally, I like the games in Stark County. There's great atmosphere in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and Fawcett Stadium, but the appeal of hosting the games at the mecca of football in this state seemed to be just too much for the OHSAA to overlook. Other than football, all but two state championships (softball and volleyball) are held in the greater Columbus area and it's the most central point. I like how the OHSAA was true to Stark County because its committee has done a brilliant job, but they took plenty of things into consideration.



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