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Anatomy of a powerhouse: Expectations at Ohio State now go beyond the Big Ten and Rose Bowl – Buckeye Extra

Posted: September 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

Rob Oller| roller@dispatch.com

Editors note: How did Ohio State football become a Buckeye Nation of true believers? In a 14-part series, we explore aspects that shaped OSUs evolution from Saturday afternoon diversion to near-religious experience. Today: Chase

Not even two Heisman Trophies can bookend the regret that slides off the shelf of Archie Griffins most painful Pasadena memory, when undefeated Ohio State lost to underdog UCLA in the 1976 Rose Bowl, costing the Buckeyes a national championship.

Thats the one that haunts me, Griffin said, grimacing more from the recollection of that 23-10 loss than from the sore back that now hampers his golf game.

The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and United Press International polls, had defeated the Bruins 41-20 in the Los Angeles Coliseum earlier in the season and entered the New Years Day game as two-touchdown favorites.

Yet despite coming up short again Griffin finished 1-3 in Rose Bowls, with two lost chances at national titles the former tailback would not describe 1975 as a failed season just because the Buckeyes were not voted No. 1.

It cant be national championship or bust, he said.

It cant? Try telling that to Ohio State fans too young to recall when a successful season could be defined by a win over Michigan and playing in the Rose Bowl. These days, anything short of a College Football Playoff appearance, culminating in a national championship, leaves many fans, players and coaches feeling frustrated.

Before the Big Ten reinstituted football on Wednesday, Ohio State coach Ryan Day tweeted we still have an opportunity to give our young men what they have worked so hard for: a chance to safely compete for a national championship this fall.

Woody Hayes did not think that way. The former OSU coach considered a national championship the outcome of a special season not the goal. Win the Big Ten and Rose Bowl and the chances of being voted poll champions were pretty good.

But there were no guarantees, which explains why Hayes and the next two Buckeyes coaches, Earle Bruce and John Cooper, focused their attention more on winning the conference than winning a national championship that was decided by media and coaches poll voters. During Hayes time, and before, voting to determine the national champion took place before the bowl games were played.

As Griffin explained it, You could win your bowl game and might win the national championship, but it in the end it was still up to the voters.

Cooper learned that the hard way in 1996 the penultimate season before the Bowl Championship Series began when the Buckeyes lone blemish was a 13-9 loss to Michigan in The Slip game. Ohio State dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 in the polls, then defeated No. 2-ranked Arizona State 20-17 in the Rose Bowl.

Cooper hoped voters would bump the Buckeyes to No. 1, but OSU finished No. 2 to Florida after the Gators defeated No. 1 Florida State 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl.

Im envious of the (playoff) system, the 83-year-old Cooper said. I had a couple teams that, Im not saying they would have won it but they would have played for the national championship.

Cooper admitted, however, that such wishful thinking fails to consider context and a changing win-at-all-cost culture.

Times have changed, he said. The goal back then seemed like it was win your games, beat Michigan and go to the Rose Bowl. It used to be you win the Big Ten, youre going to play in the Rose Bowl.

I coached at Oregon State and UCLA, and even out there the goal was to go to the Rose Bowl. Bowls were a reward for a good season. Later on, it became you had to win the Rose Bowl.

The BCS changed everything when it arrived in 1998, pitting No. 1 vs. No. 2 in a championship game that removed some subjectivity from the equation. Schools still had to be voted into the top two spots, but the title was decided on the field.

By the time Ben Hartsock arrived at Ohio State, in 1999, the tight end already had put most of the Rose Bowl mystique in his rearview mirror. He grew up listening to his father rave about The Granddaddy of them All, but as a player, Hartsock knew there were bigger fish to fry.

The importance of the Rose Bowl felt to me like something my dad focused on, Hartsock said. I knew how big it was because I was raised in a house that taught that curriculum, but I transitioned away from it.

When Jim Tressel arrived at Ohio State in 2001, he immediately replaced Rose Bowl with national title.

When Tressel came in, the main focus was Michigan. It starts with beating Michigan, then winning the Big Ten and the national title, Hartsock said. And winning the Big Ten was the only way to get to the national title. You could argue thats not the case today.

A team now can fail to win its regular-season conference championship and still win a national title, as Alabama did in 2011 (BCS) and 2017 (College Football Playoff). The playoff selection committee emphasizes that its only mission is to choose the four best teams.

Left unsaid is the reality that any team outside the top four and any bowl outside the two semifinals and championship game becomes an afterthought.

Its now all about making the playoff. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in 2014 even gave a name to the quest: The Chase.

That doesnt mean coaches minimize conference championships. Meyer stressed in 2014 that we wake up every day to compete for championships in November. But those conference titles are more a means to an end than the ultimate goal. In Ohio States case, the first job is to win the Big Ten East Division, which gets you into the conference championship game, then win in Indianapolis to hopefully earn a playoff berth.

As for the players, todays Buckeyes are more aware of the drive for a national championship than their predecessors. With 24/7 sports media, tuning out the playoff noise is impossible.

Of course, some things never change, no matter the ultimate goal.

In early August, when the Big Ten was adjusting its schedules to eliminate nonconference games during the coronavirus pandemic, OSU quarterback Justin Fields tweeted, I dont care when we play Michigan, I just want to play them and beat the brakes off them.

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Spineology Announces FDA De Novo Grant of Minimally Invasive OptiMesh Expandable Interbody Fusion System – OrthoSpineNews

Posted: September 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

September 21, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn.(BUSINESS WIRE)Spineology Inc., an innovator in anatomy-conserving surgery, is excited to announce the FDA grant of its proprietary Spineology Interbody Fusion System, now called the OptiMesh Expandable Interbody Fusion System. The grant follows the successful completion of the SCOUT (Spineology Clinical Outcomes Trial) Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial. OptiMesh is a unique mesh device that expands in three dimensions, enabling surgeons to perform interbody fusion procedures through the smallest access in the spine industry.

The SCOUT IDE trial outcomes data was presented at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) Annual Meeting in November 2019, by the trials lead investigator, John Chi, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Chi is Director of Neurosurgical Oncology at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chi and his co-authors reported:

We have found this innovative, minimally invasive device to be a safe and effective option for lumbar interbody fusion procedures, said Dr. Chi. The outcomes, including high fusion rates, improved function, reduced pain and high satisfaction rates, are very favorable. Additionally, the minimal exposure requirements yielded an exceptional safety profile.

Spineology is preparing for a Q1 2021 launch of the OptiLIF procedure utilizing the OptiMesh device. This procedure enables enhanced recovery and exceptional efficiency, and its outcomes are supported by prospective FDA IDE clinical data.

OptiLIF is the least invasive lumbar fusion procedure that I can do, said Dr. Stephane Lavoie of DeLand, Florida, an investigator in the SCOUT study. The unique OptiMesh implant can be inserted through a one-centimeter incision and then expanded to restore anatomy, which provides neural decompression and optimally conforms to a patients endplates. As a result, patients recover quickly, and the impact to procedure efficiency is significant. OptiLIF will have a major impact on the standard of care related to low back and leg pain.

The FDA De Novo grant of the OptiMesh Expandable Interbody Fusion System opens the door to commercialization of Spineologys OptiLIF procedure, which supports Spineologys anatomy-conserving product strategy.

I am pleased to announce the De Novo grant of our OptiMesh implants and instrumentation to support the OptiLIF procedure. Based on the strong SCOUT study results and experiences of our investigators, we are preparing for a full market launch in Q1 of 2021. I anticipate OptiLIF will help take surgery for low back and leg pain to the next level through its ability to provide excellent patient outcomes, enhanced recovery and exceptional efficiency, said John Booth, Spineologys CEO.

About Spineology Inc.

At Spineology, we are dedicated to transforming spine surgery by providing innovative, anatomy-conserving technologies for surgeons and their patients. Our proprietary mesh technology is used in the OptiMesh and Duo implants, which expand in three dimensions to create large footprints and allow placement of anatomy-conforming interbody fusion devices through very small incisions. This technology preserves spinal anatomy, increases procedural efficiency, and accelerates patient recovery. Learn more atspineology.com.

John J. Booth, Chief Executive Officer651-256-8511jbooth@spineology.com

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Behind-the-Scenes Photo Has Fans Angry at Nico All Over Again – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Posted: September 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

Even though the coronavirus pandemic is very much still in full swing, some things are coming back. For example, some shows have resumed filming.

One of these shows is Greys Anatomy, and thats a good thing. Fans need new episodes of Greysto get them through these trying times. Plus, the global pandemic has provided a lot of inspiration for the writers behind the show. The cast is back at work, and posting pictures wearing masks, and socially distancing from their fellow stars.

A recent behind the scenes photo of Alex Landi and Jake Borelli on set has fans fuming. Its not over their safety precautions, however.

Landi and Borelli are appropriately spaced out and wearing masks for the photo. But that doesnt mean that Nico and Levi will be keeping their distance in the upcomingGreys Anatomyseason.

Fans on Reddit though that Landis presence on set was a sure sign that Levi and Nico would be getting back together. A lot of fans were upset at the prospect.

Nico left Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in season 16. He took a job with the Seattle Mariners. Many viewers hoped that Nicos departure would be permanent. Others speculate that the new COVID-related episodes have given the writers a reason to bring the character back.

As one fan wrote: Since they are working the COVID storyline in that will likely affect it since he was leaving to go to a sports team.

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Fans were really riled up over the picture of Landi and Borelli. Most of them were worried that Nico would return and mistreat Levi, the budding doctor and fan favorite. Fans hate Nico and Levi together, and were happy to see Nico go.

According to one fan: this picture actually made me mad; i was so hopeful he would go away.

Other fans dont hate Nico specifically, but dont think hes a good fit for Levi. Fans commented things like Levi deserves so much better than Nico, and i just hope levi realizes that he deserves someone better.

Still others just downright hate Nico for his boring personality. Another redditor wrote Ugh Nico no personality or character. The hate for Nico on reddit is real. One fan went so far as to write they should give nico covid just saying.

There is one good thing about Nico coming back. The actor who plays him, Landi, is quite good looking. Fans were able to see the silver lining in Nicos return. Although none of them were happy to see Nico and Levi back together, they take solace in the fact that theyll have someone pretty to look at, even if they wont be enjoying the content.

One fan commented: Nico was super hot when he was first introduced.. but I got over that real quick. Im not the biggest fan of Nico. Another wrote: The only thing I actually like about Nico is his looks, and lets be honest, hes pretty hot.

Fans who love Landis looks but hate Nico can catch the actor on one of his other shows listed on IMDb. Hes also on NetflixsInsatiable.

His career is just taking off, and the role of Nico is his first long-term run on television. When the second season ofInsatiabledrops, Landi will be in that too. His character plays a stripper, which is good news for fans who love Landis looks. They also may find his character more palatable.

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The 5 Weirdest Things About Kirby’s Body, Revealed | CBR – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Posted: September 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

Kirby is one of Nintendo's most adorable characters, as well as one of its most bizarre. Here's what you should know about the pink puffball's body.

Nintendo's lovable pink fluffball has been around for over 20 years since his debut in Kirby's Dream Land on the Game Boy. Since then, Kirby has found himself in many adventures that have forced him to adapt to various situations, from getting turned to yarn to riding a giant robot through space, and that's not even getting into his signature copy ability,which changesboth his appearance and capabilities in battle.

Throughout Kirby's storied history, the hero of Pop Star has gone through many changes from great to small to incredibly strange, but always maintaining that adorably iconic silhouette. Here is a quick look at the various weird aspects of Kirby's appearance and biology and how it has changed from conception until now.

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Despite being powerful enough to eliminate gigantic magic space monsters and inhale black holes, Kirby's only officially listed height places himat under a single foot. This little factoid comes froma character profile promoting the release of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shardsin the Japanese-only Nintendo Online Magazine.

This listing should be taken with a grain of salt, as in the same game, it's shown Kirby actually reaches about half the height of his friend Adeleine, who is, for all intents and purposes, a normal human girl (albeit one that can paint pictures that come to life). Super Smash Bros. fans should also be awarethatheight hardly matter when it comes to Nintendo characters, as Captain Olimar from Pikminis barely the size of a quarter in his own game.

Considering how rubbery and pliable the little guy is, this should be a given, but it has been officially confirmed that Kirby has no skeletonand no teeth. How Kirby manages to hold himself up and maintain his shape is still a mystery.

RELATED: Smash Bros. Creator Sakurai's Undertale Anniversary Post References a Meme

The animeKirby: Right Back At Ya! (simply titled Kirby of the Stars in Japan) had an episode titled "A Dental Dilemma" where a dentist monster created by Nightmare Enterprises tries to find teeth in Kirby's mouth to clean, only to find he has none. Not that he needed teeth to begin with, since he vacuums up mountain-sized cakes and monsters on a daily basis.

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Greys Anatomy season 17: Are Owen and Teddy over for good? Tearful first-look released – Express

Posted: September 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

Greys Anatomyseason 17 will air this November with new episodes of the medical drama dropping weekly on ABC. Ahead of its return, a first-look trailer hinting at what is to come in the new season has been released - and it spells danger for Teddy Altman (played by Kim Raver) and Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd).

Fans of the long-running medical drama have been anxiously awaiting the shows return since its last season was cut short.

Now ABC has revealed how the new series of Greys Anatomy will begin on November 12 on the channel.

As the show gears up to its premiere, a first-look trailer has been released which teases what is to come next.

The biggest reveal from the brief clip is what the future holds for Teddy and Owen as a couple.

READ MORE:Greys Anatomy: Is Grey's Anatomy on Netflix?

Fans will remember how season 16 ended with Owen finding out the truth about Teddys cheating.

She had been having an affair with Tom Koracick (Gregory Germann) and accidentally revealed this to her fianc on their wedding day.

The storyline was a hard one to come back from for the pair and the new trailer teases it wont be an easy journey.

During the short clip, Teddy says to Owen in tears: I love you.

Owen is seen looking back at her, also in tears, teasing more heartbreak is on its way.

The future of their storyline on the show was also previewed by actor Kim Raver in an interview with TV Line.

She explained how the drama was going to get messier as more of Teddys past with a woman named Allison is explored.

Speaking about how she will deal with this, as well as her romance issues, she said: Its amazing to watch her - and frustrating.

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You want to throw something at your TV but its not like she has this aha moment, and everything resolves itself.

Its more like she has that moment but what is she going to do with it? Its like a grenade that she's holding.

Shes like Oh my God, it might explode! What do I do? But it definitely has some effects going forward.

Theres some crazy stuff that comes up in the subsequent episodes.

Other reveals in the first-look trailer include some stills of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) back in the hospital.

As well as this, viewers can see Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr) still recovering in his hospital bed.

Whatever happens next, there is sure to be some big drama coming to the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Greys Anatomy returns to ABC on November 12.

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Latest Trends & Growing Demand Of 2020-2026 Muscle Anatomical Model Market Leading Players Expected To Witness The Highest Growth 2026 | 3B…

Posted: September 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

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