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Thursday, October 25, 2012 1:45 PM

Ohio State is planning its football schedules into the future.
A couple of days ago, Athletics Director Gene Smith announced the Buckeyes will play a home-and-home series with Oregon, with OSU heading to Eugene, Oregon, Sept. 12, 2020, and the Ducks coming to Columbus Sept. 11, 2021.
That was preceded two weeks ago by the Buckeyes announcing Texas agreed to a home-and-home series with the Buckeyes in 2022-2023.
Ohio State heads to Austin Sept. 17, 2022, and the Longhorns come to The Horseshoe Sept. 16, 2023.
I’m glad to see the major powers are starting to schedule more of these “intersectional games” against other major powers — apparently thanks to the planned playoff format coming to college football in 2014.
I’d like to see matchups with other non-conference powers in the same seasons as these but one step at a time. Tulsa and Central Michigan, are on the 2016 schedule; though they are programs trying to get up with the “big boys”, just aren’t the same as playing Oklahoma.
Maybe by 2030 when Urban Meyer is celebrating his eighth national title in Columbus!
The thing is: I’m not even sure what I’m doing tomorrow, let alone in 2020. They’re putting schedules together in 2023?
It’s almost refreshing.
The Green Bay Packers, the only shareholder-owned professional franchise in America — the people are the owners! —  have requested $58 million from the National Football League’s stadium construction program to renovate hallowed Lambeau Field.
The owners have approved the loan.
This was another one of those ideas that were part of the collective bargaining agreement signed last fall because both sides were concerned that stadiums remain viable experiences for fans.
I kind of like it. It’s their own money.
The Packers are not owned by a man or woman with mucho buckos or even a group of loaded investors. They rely on average Americans to buy shares and be active in doing their part in running the team.
Makes you want to be an investor!
I have been very harsh toward Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones and his handling of the team since he has become Mr. Everything in the organization.
However, he is still a human being and lost his 90-year-old widowed mother, Arminta Jones, Tuesday.
My sympathies go out to him.


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