Skull Session: Life in the 11W Slack, Cade Stover Makes His Mom Proud and Ohio State’s Tailgate Scene Needs Respect


When the Big Ten announced their record-breaking media rights deal with Fox, CBS and NBC on Thursday morning, Eleven warriors senior editor Johnny Ginter sent three separate messages to the company Slack.

9:59 am: SEVEN

9:59 am: BILLION

9:59 am: DOLLARS

At 10:22 a.m., deputy editor-in-chief and chief football writer Dan Hope sent an update that Sports Business Journal estimated the seven-year deal at $8.05 billion. Johnny replied again with three messages.

10:29 am: EIGHT

10:29 am: BILLION

10:29 am: DOLLARS

That was exactly my reaction to Thursday’s news. Fox, CBS, and NBC supported the Brinks truck for this deal, and the Big Ten got paid.

With the approval of the conference’s member schools, Commissioner Kevin Warren changed the future viewing experience for fans of Big Ten teams: what they’ll watch, how they’ll watch, and where they’ll watch. We’ll find out in 2023 whether those changes will actually make watching Big Ten football better for fans, but we already know the conference will reap the financial rewards.

Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff and have a great Friday, shall we?

WAIT – ONE ONE THING. Okay, I lied. Sorry I’m not sorry. This CBS video is too good and I need to get everyone to watch it. If you’ve already seen the clip, watch it again and take it all in.

It is beautiful. Get ready to hear that music a lot next fall.

O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN! Ohio State’s six captains are CJ Stroud, Kam Babb, Tyler Friday, Tommy Eichenberg, Kourt Williams and Cade Stover. The latter name has gone through many changes during his Buckeye career, including several position changes between linebacker and tight end.

Regardless of where Stover has played for Ohio State, he has always been a leader, and it shows in the way the team’s coaches speak of him and his impact in the locker room. Take, for example, this video in which Kevin Wilson, coach and offensive coordinator for tight ends, calls Stover’s mother to share the news that he has been named captain.

“This is going to be a special, special year,” Wilson said in the video. “Not only does he make plays, but he also makes a lot of plays behind the scenes. The way he works and the connection with our players – he’s just a special man and a special talent.”

When asked what it meant to him to become a team captain, Stover said he feels blessed and honored to be so highly regarded by his teammates, whom he considers brothers on and off the field.

“It means a lot,” Stover said Monday. “I really have no words. I like this squad. I love the people around me.”

Cheers to Stover for what was seemingly a great off season. May the state of Ohio make more use of the tight end this season than ever, and may Stover reap the rewards of his hard work in 2022.

HELP ME HERE. I usually don’t pay attention to a Twitter user named Big Game Boomer. On Thursday, however, he released a list that caught my attention.

The Boomer ranks all things college football, such as coaches, players, or even the best eateries on college campuses, among others. This time, he created five tiers for the best tailgating schools in college football, and the Buckeyes fell into the third tier. They were also the third best Big Ten school in the tailgate division behind Michigan and Penn State.

Now I’ve been to fewer lifts in Ohio State than I could count on one hand. Still, I felt a deep disrespect that the school where I earned a bachelor’s degree was not respected as one of the best playing environments in college football.

Am I wrong to feel this way? Please tell me whether or not the Boomer’s placement of the Ohio state tailgate scene is warranted in the comments.

OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Ohio State women’s ice hockey won the program’s first national title in 2021-22 with victories over Quinnipiac, Yale and Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA tournament.

When head coach Nadine Muzerall lifted the trophy, it fulfilled a prediction she’d predicted at the college athletics department for the season: that she owned a championship-class team that could win anything.

“At the start of the year, Muz was in front of all athletics and said, ‘We’re going to win a national championship this year,’” said Ohio State forward Clair DeGeorge after winning the title. “We now look back on that and realize that we have actually delivered on that. It’s huge.”

Muzerall’s undisputed conviction, coaching and instruction combined with the Buckeyes’ collective talent on every line propelled Ohio State over the mountaintop last season. Now the team’s historic championship win will live on forever in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

I think those items would look perfect next to the Stanley Cup. A little Ohio state memorabilia next to that big silver trophy would be really nice.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Feels Good” from Danny’s Dead.

CUT TO THE CHASE. Buffalo Wild Wings adds chicken wing pizza to its menu… Streaming services surpass cable networks for the first time… Kid Cudi and Kanye West fight again… Japan encourages young people to drink more… Michigan woman wins the lottery with a randomly found lottery ticket.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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