Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by ZachDumas, Mar 8, 2005.
Didn't even realize that Harley wasn't in. ABSURD.
We, of course, have our own biases, and I'm honestly not all that upset about the list being a celebration of all Big Ten schools or about Archie Griffin being #4 (honestly, to me Heismans aren't THAT big of a deal). I only really have three OSU-related beefs:
1. Harley not being on the list. As he played so long ago that non-OSU people generally don't remember him, he doesn't need to be high up as an "icon", but with OSU football having the history it does and the 'Shoe being "the House that Chic built", he has to be on it.
2. Nicklaus at #18 is ludicrous. He has to be top ten at the absolute worst.
3. Owens at anywhere other than # 1 is utterly and completely indefensible: He's unmatched on both pure athletic and iconic criteria.
Back to ESPN, I guess.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B__Vso41II"]YouTube - Big Ten Icons No. 3 Jesse Owens (9 PM ET, February 20, 2011)[/ame]
I've seen the BTN show on Jesse, and overall it was a good episode that highlighted his achievements in Ann Arbor in May, 1935 and in Berlin in August, 1936.
It did mention that he won 4 NCAA Championships in 1935 (in LA) and 4 more in 1936 (in Chicago). There are other aspects of those two track meets that should have been mentioned, in order to fully appreciate Jesse's accomplishments - it's noteworthy that his 1936 NCAA 100-meter title set a World Record that stood for over 20 years. And this:
As an individual (counting his points separately from other Ohio State athletes), he would have placed second in the NCAA Men's Track and Field Team Championship in 1935, and third in the NCAA team event in 1936.
Included in the episode are comments from his 3 daughters: Gloria, Marlene, and Beverly. Marlene was the Homecoming Queen at Ohio State in 1960.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6rtTHahux0"]YouTube - jesse owens 1936 olympics adolf hitler[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScERTXCDXYg"]YouTube - SPORTS. JESSE OWENS HURDLE. BROAD JUMP. COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 1936[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOq7cyQQc"]YouTube - OLYMPICS. TRACK AND FIELD JESSE OWENS NATIONAL AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS 1936[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMyZ3XVJhXU"]YouTube - JESSE OWENS AT '36 OLYMPICS BREAKS TRACK RECORD IN 100 YARD DASH / SPORTS[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zn0zErRckc"]YouTube - JESSE OWENS WINS BROAD JUMP THANKS CROWD AT OLYMPICS[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLng4K69MWU"]YouTube - Jesse Owens Mini Documentary[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6IHbtyzZJ8"]YouTube - 1936 Olympics Berlin, Germany[/ame]
The other athletes honored are truly Big Ten Icons. And that's a very meaningful achievement, to be a Big Ten Icon.
Jesse Owens was an American Icon. Even more importantly, he was a Human Icon. So where he "ranks" according to the Big Ten Network's list is entirely secondary. Owens provided everyone in the world tangible proof of the lies embodied by the hateful Aryan Nation led by Adolf Hitler and his emissaries of bigotry. For that, he should be remembered forever, and his legacy will live infinitely longer than we will remember the other athletes honored by this series - longer than Red Grange, longer than Earvin Johnson, longer than Jack Nicklaus, longer than Archie Griffin, great as those athletes were for their accomplishments on and off the field.
Jesse Owens third among "Big Ten Icons?" Perhaps. But he looks down on us, I feel sure, aware of what changes he helped to make in the hearts of many, white and black; German, American, African. We're blessed that he chose to attend The Ohio State University, and that we have the privilege and honor to have our track and field stadium named after him.
new Jesse statue unveiled today....
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXFSx2l4sAM"]YouTube - Archie Griffin Reacts To Jesse Owens Tribute[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9i4nLvgMro"]YouTube - Chuck McMurray ('50)[/ame]
*sarcasm*The UK needs to consult with B1G marketing to get the real view on where Jesse stands as a sports icon.*/sarcasm*
Pretty remarkable consideration!
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