Recap - Worst 12 months in Ohio history

On May 1st, 1803 the Ohio territory officially joined the United State and became the 17th state. When President Thomas Jefferson agreed to the ratification of Ohio into the Union, never in his wildest dreams did he imagine the eventual pain and suffering of Ohioans.  The sheer pain and tragedy that these people faced between May 14th, 2010 and May 30th, 2011 would surely make Jefferson question his decision to ratify the state in the first place. If you are fortunate enough to live outside of Ohio, and have missed the 2010/2011 sporting apocalypse, here is a recap of the shit storm that has rained on Ohio over the last 12 months.

The first punch, to the already ugly face of Ohio, came on May 14th, 2010. On this fateful day, the beloved Cleveland Cavaliers were spanked by the Boston Celtics in game 6 of their second round series and were ousted from the playoffs. This day began the end of King James reign in Cleveland. After his teams early exit fromthe playoffs, LeBron realized what little the state had to offer him, both on and off the court.  Wisely, he "took his talents to South Beach" to play with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh for the Miami Heat. This move, crushed the economy, the spirits of the state of Ohio, and completely dismantled the Cavaliers as a franchise. In the 2011 NBA season, the only thing the Cavs won was the first pick in the 2011 NBA draft. The Cavs won a measly 19 games and finished in last place in the Eastern Conference. To make matters worse, the Miami Heat thrived with LeBron. The Heat finished in second place in the Eastern Conference and are currently in the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

The second bludgeoning the state of Ohio took over the past 12 months came from the Buckeyes in Columbus. The Buckeyes seemed like the shinning star in the State of Ohio, consecutively winning 10+ games per season and consecutively beating Michigan. BUT, all the sunshine and rainbows in Columbus had to come to an end. On December 23rd 2010 the NCAA announced the suspension of star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four of his teammates for the first 5 games of the 2011 season.  Pryor and his teammate broke NCAA rules and sold championship rings and memorabilia for cash and discounted tattoos.  Things seemed like they could not get any worse for the state of Ohio at this points. WRONG. Not only did the five players break NCAA rules, but their coach Jim Tressel also LIED about his knowledge of the situation. The NCAA eventually discovered Tressel's withholding of evidence, and handed him a five game suspension as well for the 2011 season. Embarrassed and distraught by his actions, Tressel resigned from his position as The Ohio State University football coach on May 30th (Memorial Day) 2011. And to top it all off, the Buckeyes may have to vacate all of their wins from the 2010 season, including their Sugar Bowl win.

So it would seem that things could not have gotten much worse for Ohio over the past 12 months. Wong again. Not only have the Cavaliers and Buckeyes public images been knocked out like baby fighting Mike Tyson, but every-other team in the state of Ohio has been awful as well. No other professional team in the state of Ohio made it to the playoffs. The Blue Jackets, Browns, Bengals, Indians, and Reds have all been somewhere between mediocre and just plain abismal. Furthermore, the Browns were so bad they had to fire their head coach Eric Mangini.  With all of this in mind, I know for a fact that Thomas Jefferson would in no way wish this kind of pain on any American. If Jefferson had the chance, he surely would let Canada takeover and settle the territory of Ohio just so no American would have to live a life filled with so much pain and misery.

So things may seem like they have hit rock bottom in Ohio. I can give you a nice pep talk about how all the different teams had valuable learning experiences in the 2010/2011 season's but, lets be real here for a second, this was just a pretty awful year for sports in  Ohio.  If you are an Ohio sports fan, you can be happy that Peyton Hillis made the cover of Madden 2012 and the Indians are doing just fine in the A.L. (even though they have a four game losing streak going).  So buck up buckeroos, at least there are no rumors that Ohio State is going to hire Rich Rodriguez.

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