What you missed in Columbus for Dec. 9

Andy Downing
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver K.J. Hill Jr. (14) holds the Stagg Championship Trophy following their 34-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

It was a tale of two halves when Ohio State took on Wisconsin on Saturday.

The Badgers staked out a 21-7 halftime lead — sending Buckeye faithful into a mild panic — before OSU regrouped to dominate the rest of the game, winning by a final score of 34-21 over their No. 8 ranked rivals. The closer-than-expected game, combined with LSU’s throttling of Georgia, dropped the Buckeyes to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, setting up an opening round match with undefeated, dangerous three seed Clemson on Dec. 28. (Top seeded LSU and Oklahoma round out the playoff teams.)


Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the death of guitarist Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan), who was shot and killed onstage at Alrosa Villa in Columbus. Revisit this March 2005 Columbus Monthly feature on the shooting and its aftermath.


Safehome.org apparently thinks that you are dumb. (OK, OK, that we are dumb.) But the only dumb thing is the exhausting relentlessness of these meaningless city ranking lists. Columbus drivers are the best/worst in the nation! Columbus among the best places for young professionals! Columbus one of the top 10 places to retire for tall, silver haired white men named Gary! Moving forward, let’s make Columbus one of the top 10 least likely places to provide marketing for these websites/corporations by publishing lists based on cherry picked data that actually reveal nothing about the city or its residents. (And, yes, I realize we’re guilty of precisely this by even linking in here, but it’s worth it to make the larger point moving forward.)