‘HELL IS REAL,’ and so is FC Cincinnati’s threat to Columbus

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This story originally ran for Four Four Two on June 15, 2017

CINCINNATI — When Jimmy Harston erected a massive “HELL IS REAL” sign alongside Interstate-71 over 25 years ago, his intentions were to warn every passerby of eternal doom.

Ohio soccer supporters interpreted it differently. (continue reading here)

Muhammad Bah: The long-shot kicker looking for another chance

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The rule was set.

By now, the season opener against Washington, D.C.’s Archbishop Carroll was three days away, and anyone interested in playing for the 2015 Shroder High School football team already missed the deadline to join.

Head coach Gerald Warmack wouldn’t budge, not even for the kid standing on the side of practice watching. It didn’t matter that he spent the summer in Atlanta, or that he could be the team’s new kicker. Warmack remained insistent.

Until he heard the thud. (continue reading here)


Many rivers to cross: Maurice Ndour’s four-continent quest to the NBA

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This story originally ran in The Post on Nov. 3, 2016

CLEVELAND — The locker room was gloomy following a 117-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Inside, the New York Knicks spoke softly and subdued.

Except for Maurice Ndour.

As teammates sulked in towels and sweatpants, Ndour donned a slim dark suit, his dreadlocks tied tightly and his face cemented in a smile.

“I’m doin’ great, baby,” he said.

Despite his teammates’ frustration, Ndour was radiant, soaking in his first NBA appearance — even if he didn’t play — making him the first former Ohio Bobcat on an NBA regular season roster since 2005. (continue reading here)

Post Pick: Clay Johnson, Ohio’s biggest student fan

This story originally ran in The Post on Dec. 1, 2016

There are two sides to Clay Johnson.

One side is a junior studying accounting and sports management, the other is an Ohio athletics fanatic.

“That’s just a different Clay,” he said.

Whether he has two identities or not, Johnson is unarguably the biggest Bobcat fan at Ohio University.

Columbus-born, both of his parents and many of his family graduated from Ohio. So naturally, he grew up a fan of the Bobcats.

Disliking Ohio State for as long as he can remember, he went to his first Ohio football and basketball games in 2005 or 2006 — he can’t remember which — but became obsessed.

When it came time to apply for college, an application was sent to only one school.

“It was just a perfect fit,” he said. (continue reading here)

Louie Zervos: Too good for Ohio’s own good

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This story originally ran for The Post on Sept. 22, 2016

Louie Zervos can only control Ohio’s field goal production. And through three games, he’s kicked more field goals than anyone in the country.

But there is a problem: Ohio doesn’t want to kick field goals.

It is nothing personal against Zervos, coach Frank Solich just wants to score more points. And for every field goal Zervos has kicked — he is 13-of-14 through three games — those three points could have been replaced by touchdowns.

“You don’t want to kick field goals,” Solich said Saturday, after Zervos made four first-half attempts at No. 15 Tennessee. “I don’t think there’s anybody in the business that wants to kick field goals.” (continue reading here)