Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ohio State national champions: a comeback within a comeback

Got to thinking today after speaking with a friend, and the topic turned to Ohio State's national championship win just 10 days ago.

Big comeback for the team, bigger still for Cardale Jones.  In spring 2014 practice, he was the no. 1 QB, got passed in the fall by J.T. Barnett.  He kept his mouth shut, head down, worked hard -- and his time came, and he was ready.  He electrified the nation for 38 days, leading the time to win after important win to make it all the way to the top.

This is what life is really all about.  The 2014-2015 OSU Buckeyes were all about comebacks, against the early VTI loss, against the odds (they were underdogs in their last several games, never favored to win), and for individuals like Cardale Jones.

If you can keep your mouth shut, head down, work hard -- even during adversity -- you can exceed your wildest dreams.

Having the chance to enter the NFL draft this year, Cardale opted out, and will return to Ohio State for his junior year.  We wish him, and the entire team, well for 2015.  They certainly provided those of us in Buckeye Nation with tons of thrills and chills this past year.

We also got to thinking about a tragedy that deflated the team along the way.  Sadly, the journey was marred by the November 26 suicide of a team member, Kosta Karageorge, 22, a talented wrestler and athlete and football walk-on who earned his spot among the very best.  We don't know much about his story, or his pain, but one wishes he could have been around for the triumph.  Suicide can never be the right course for one so young and full of promise.

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