Ray: As the public debate swings to the how and when of "reopening" America, I’m intrigued by what I anticipate will be the Battle to Save Football 2020, particularly college football. (I suspect the NFL will cobble something together.)


The thought of 105,000 fans packed a foot apart in Ohio Stadium on a cold November day when half of them have colds must give Gov. DeWine some pause.


Realistically, could Ohio State play a football schedule if there are no students on campus? No fans in the stands? If we experience late coronavirus surges in New Jersey, Minnesota and Nebraska, would the Big Ten field a slate of games minus those teams?


Could we have SEC and ACC football but not Big Ten or Pac-12 games? Would athletes be allowed to transfer from shut-down schools to participating programs?


Jon Armstrong, Columbus


Jon: That’s a lot to chew on, but I think all of them are worthy questions. Gene Smith answered a couple of them in Saturday’s coverage, essentially saying it wouldn’t make sense for student-athletes to perform in the latter role if the university deemed it unsafe for the former.


As for the rest, who knows? The thing that scares me, as an observer of the American condition, is that at the first sign of a flattened curve, people are going to make a run on bars and ballparks and shopping malls and "normalcy" and risk putting us all in the same position again. But what do I know?


Ray: There is an adage from William Shakespeare that says, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." This pearl of wisdom came to mind when I read the column by Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune on (Thursday).


The next-to-last paragraph reads, "There is a new phrase that is ruling sport at the moment, and it is this: We aren’t in charge. The virus is in charge. Sport will resume when the virus allows."


Such drivel as this not only disobeys Shakespeare’s edict, but stands in absolute violation of something we often lose sight of called common sense.


Are we in charge of our society and culture, our very lives, or is some bug or so-called germ? We cannot allow such thinking to permeate our core beliefs and thereby pull us down. We must rise above it and be in control.


Don Denton, Westerville


Don: Well, you show that so-called germ who’s in charge, then. Just stay at least 6 feet away from me when you do it.


Editor: What the heck is going on with the Buckeyes men’s basketball program? Five transfers out of the program in the past couple of years – kids who were four- and five-star recruits.


It makes you wonder what is really going on. Losing such highly recruited players like they have makes one think there is more to the story than the athletic director wants to reveal.


Mike Welsh, Westerville


Mike: As Adam Jardy’s story on Wednesday pointed out, though, there are as many players moving in as there are moving out, so it’s not like Chris Holtmann is running a gulag.


rstein@dispatch.com



Ray: What’s going on with the basketball Buckeyes? Three players opting to leave. Has Coach Holtmann lost his touch? Perhaps you might find the reason for this.


Also, I noticed that the players’ parents had more to say than the player himself.


Fausto J Garofalo Jr., Columbus


Editor: The (April 2) Sports In Brief has a quick story about the Nets injuries. What about our own injury plagued CBJ?! Maybe the most affected team in the NHL.


I’d be interested in a story about how OUR professional team is using the down time to heal and recover. Sports stories in general are hard to come by and here’s this gift horse.


P.S.: As a longtime reader, I hate this new old format.


Mark Berkowitz, Dublin


Editor: I opened up my Monday paper and saw a front -page article about Luther Muhammad entering the transfer portal.


When Kierstan Bell, one of the highest recruits ever for the OSU women’s basketball team, decided to do the same, there was a small blurb in your "Sports in Brief" section. Did I miss a more complete story on her transfer?


Deb Landig, via email


Editor: Day in and day out, Al Kaline would come into any ballpark and beat the living daylights out of our pitchers. But no finer man ever played the game of baseball. He played 22 seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers. He was not only a fierce hitter, but he was also a great gentleman.


Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Fla.