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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

RIP Smolin Joe - Holy Cow, Kentucky - Friday Return For Sidney Crosby A “Possibility”- Where Are They Now: Andy Katzenmoyer

Where Are They Now: Andy Katzenmoyer

Many of you know that OurBuckeyeHub counts Maurice Clarett and Dee Miller among our members, two standout Buckeyes from the past. While thinking about these guys, I began to wonder what other notable Buckeyes may be doing these days and so I figured I would add a “Where Are They Now” category to Chatter Box. This category is for posts related to former Buckeyes, whether they be former athletes, students, or any other notable person from the ranks of Buckeye Nation. To kick-off this new category I have decided to create a short post about Andy Katzenmoyer, the standout linebacker from the late nineties. I chose him because I recently ran across his website and figured he would be great as a start, not to mention he attended OSU while I was there as well.
Here’s the bio for the Big Kat from Wikipedia:
Andrew Warren Katzenmoyer (born December 2, 1977) is a former professional American football player and the first Butkus Award-winning middle linebacker to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Katzenmoyer wore number 45 at Ohio State, a number which was previously worn by two time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin.
Katzenmoyer was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He suffered a neck injury during his first season with the Patriots that eventually forced him to have surgery and miss half of the 2000 season. During training camp in 2001, Katzenmoyer walked out citing concern about a feeling in his neck. He was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. The Patriots released Katzenmoyer before the beginning of the 2002 season, and he has not returned to professional football.
We Buckeyes know that the Big Kat’s career at OSU could not be summed up in two short paragraphs. He brought many lasting memories to those who followed his stay at OSU. Katzenmoyer is the image I recall whenever someone says the “prototypical linebacker.” Size, speed, and agility, he had it all!
So what is the Big Kat up to these days. Katzenmoyer is now owner of Katzenmoyer Performance, located in Westerville, OH. It is a 2,000 sq ft training facility that is stocked with the latest and greatest workout equipment. His website is http://www.katzenmoyerperformance.com. You can also follow him on twitter at @ andykatzenmoyer. If you’re looking to get in top physical condition, be sure to stop by his facility and help support one of the Buckeyes that brought us so many great memories. Go Bucks!

Kentucky’s exhibition score can hardly be believed
John Calipari got his wish – and then some.
After lackluster start during an exhibition win last Wednesday, the Kentucky coach tweaked his starting lineup to add freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – perhaps their best defender – to the mix in hopes of a better start. The result was a score that can hardly be believed: 125-40
Yes, the rout was vs. D-II school Morehouse College, but the sheer overwhelming numbers are impossible to overlook. Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal provides an excellent rundown:
The Wildcats obliged, breaking open a 30-point lead in just seven minutes, a 41-point lead after only 12 minutes and taking a staggering, 74-13 edge into halftime. At that point, UK was shooting 75 percent from the field, had 11 steals and had held the Maroon Tigers, an overmatched and overwhelmed Division II team, to 16.7 percent shooting.
The 74 first-half points are the most since the 1996 national championship team dropped 86 in the first 20 minutes of a game against LSU.
UK scored 29 unanswered points at one point in the first half and led by as many as 89 in the second half.
Even the most rabid Kentucky fans don’t expect a performance to match this during the season. Kidding. Some of them will, starting with Friday’s opener vs. Marist.
But it’s important to note just how scary that Wildcats defense can be – their top six guys are all long and athletic – when it’s motivated. And this seems to be a squad that responds well to Calipari’s tactics.
As an added bonus, the result didn’t go unnoticed by 2012’s top recruit:


Friday Return For Sidney Crosby A “Possibility”
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said on Monday that his first game back could come on Friday, according to CBC Sports.
“That’s a possibility,” Crosby said of returning Friday. “Just like however many games left there are [a possibility]. … I’d love it to be [Friday], but I would have loved it to be on the West Coast trip, too. There are a lot of different guesses but, like I said, everyone’s guesses are as good as mine.”
Crosby has been out since early January with a concussion. According to CBC Sports, Crosby unexpectedly flew to Pittsburgh on Sunday to meet with concussion specialists, sparking talk that his return to game action was imminent. Penguins Head Coach Dan Blysma, however, said that nothing has changed; Crosby continues to practice with the team and is evaluated periodically by doctors.
“I just tell them how I feel,” Crosby said. “That’s usually how it goes, giving feedback and letting them know how I’m feeling. They usually have tests or ways of evaluating. It’s kind of a combination of what I’m telling them and their expert opinion.”
According to CBC Sports, Crosby’s contact at practice has been limited, but his speed looks close to game-ready.
“We are not waiting for an epiphany to make a decision,” Bylsma said. “He’s progressing. He’s going down that road. I’ll reiterate to you again, there is not a timetable or a date right now that we know and you don’t.”

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