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Author Archive: Hayden Grove

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Opinion: Paradoxical journeys led LeBron James and me home to Ohio

July 14, 2014
The droplets trickled down my face, falling and creating mini oceans upon the speckled floor of the gym, when he uttered those unforgettable words. With a tank top and the chiseled physique I could only dream of, he walked towards me as the words slid so nonchalantly out of his mouth and into the air. “LeBron’s coming back,” the stranger said. “He’s coming back to Cleveland.” — Quite ironic that the announcement of LeBron’s arrival came amidst a workout, as workout routines were something that I’d never done as a boy in South Florida. Even as a high school football player taught daily the importance of rigorous workout regiments, I… Read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 8: Ezekiel Elliott

July 8, 2014
With two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks. No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running back Amidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season. Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left. Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the… Read more

Opinion: Kyrie Irving’s new contract offers new hope for Cleveland Cavaliers

July 2, 2014
On April 15, 2013, as the final buzzer sounded, he ran toward the locker room and wasn’t seen again for the rest of the evening. It was simultaneously the final game of the 2012-13 season at Quicken Loans Arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers and “Fan Appreciation Night” —  a night dedicated to the thousands of Clevelanders who watched the Cavs put together another atrocious campaign. While many players stood on the hardwood following the game to toss their shoes, uniforms and promotional giveaways into the audience as a sign of their appreciation, Kyrie Irving could not be bothered. All of a sudden, the 21-year-old prodigy, who offered a ray of… Read more

Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross join NBA Summer League

June 27, 2014
The 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night might have come and gone without an Ohio State player being selected, something that last happened in 2006, but two former Buckeyes are already taking the next steps toward their NBA dreams. Forward LaQuinton Ross and guard Aaron Craft have each agreed to take part in the 2014 NBA Summer League – Ross with the Los Angeles Lakers and Craft with both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors, according to multiple reports. The NBA Summer League is scheduled to take place in Orlando from July 5 to 11 and in Las Vegas from July 11 to 21, allowing players such as… Read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 10: Tyvis Powell

June 25, 2014
With the 2014 Ohio State football season quickly approaching, The Lantern is kicking off a 10-week series that will highlight the 10 most important OSU football players heading into the season. The countdown consists of a weekly column and will be based on a list of players compiled by the sports staff at The Lantern Media Group. Each of the staff members put together their own individual list of the 10 most important players going into the 2014 season and upon the completion of each, a final list was made combining the cumulative rankings in a point-based system. No. 10 Most Important Buckeye: Tyvis Powell, redshirt-sophomore defensive back It’s rare… Read more

Opinion: Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross facing another disappointing evening

June 23, 2014
The last time Ohio State fans saw Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross, both were crushed following a first-round NCAA Tournament exit at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Well, Craft and Ross, as well as Buckeye fans everywhere, could very well be disappointed again, this time as the result of an event in another New York town. After months of combines, workouts and physicals, it has become increasingly unlikely that either Craft or Ross will hear his name called at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday in the 2014 NBA Draft. While Craft and Ross led the Buckeyes through the majority of the 2013 to 2014 season in… Read more

Former Ohio State running back Jordan Hall signs with Pittsburgh Steelers

June 18, 2014
After being passed up in the 2014 NFL Draft and the subsequent free agent signing period, former Ohio State running back Jordan Hall, a Jeanette, Pa., native, has signed a deal to join fellow Buckeye and 2014 first-round pick Ryan Shazier with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the team’s website. The 5-foot-9-inch, 190-pound back, a high school teammate of former Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, spent five seasons at OSU, beginning in 2009. Hall rushed for just 409 yards in his first two seasons in Columbus, but nearly equaled that total in his junior campaign alone, when he rushed for 408 yards on 100 carries in 2011. Prior to his senior… Read more