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Fireworks, hot dogs and a parade salute to Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor

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Fans poke fun at Pryor, honor Tressel on Fourth of July

Twitpic via Jim Davidson (@Bucknik)

On Monday we celebrated the Fourth of July the only way we know how. Flipping burgers and hot dogs, smoking some ribs, drinking some American beverages of choice, shooting off fireworks and watching a parade down Main Street. I love a parade as much as the next guy but sometimes they get a little stale.

High school marching bands, local servicemen, Boy Scouts and Girl scouts and the occasional float or two. It’s all good fun and it is a way to honor our nation’s past so I have no issues with that. But I have to give credit to some Upper Arlington, Ohio residents who took the opportunity to get one last jab in at former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Professional sports photographer Jim Davidson set his camera up for the Upper Arlington parade on Monday and came away with some nice shots from the parade, including an Angry Birds themed float. But the car representing “Pryor’s Tattoo and Gold Exchange” takes top honors among college football fans. A poster at the end of the car depicts Jim Tressel about to be stabbed in the back by the Ohio State athletics department.

Which brings us to the other big Ohio State parade news of the day.

Doug Lesmerises, Ohio State reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, tweeted that there was a “Tribute to Tresel” in a Columbus parade that featured about 20 people dressed in sweater vests that played well to the crowd. Kids and adults walked down the street in gray sweater vests with a banner that recapped Tressel’s on-field success against Michigan, in the Big Ten and reminding everyone of his lone BCS championship.

Image via yfrog user Michael Calo (@MCalo10)

The Tressel idea may have been better if blindfolds were part of the gimmick, seeing as he pretended to know nothing about any past violations when given an opportunity to come clean to the athletic department, university and NCAA, but to each their own.

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I'm a Buckeye f
I'm a Buckeye f

People, you need to stop this bickering! What's done is done! Tressel and Terrelle (correct spellings, by the way!)are gone, and were forced out for lying to protect players and for being a problem-child, respectively. OSU will take their penalties, suck it up, and move on. Stop bringing race into this........."it's always the black man's fault", and so-on and so-forth. Please, GIVE ME A FREAKIN' HUGE BREAK!!! Who recruited Pryor to Ohio State to play for a really good team and to get a quality education (TP was an honors student with a paltry amount of hours left till he graduates)? Who threw away his career (maybe) protecting Pryor? Who was like a father figure to TP, a phrase he uses openly? I could go on and on. You guessed it, James P. Tressel, a white man!!!!!!!!!!! Fans blame JT just as much as Pryor! If you don't believe me, go down to the campus of The Ohio State University and see for yourself! Half are for Tressel, half are against him! And you Wolverine fans........STFU! You guys never do anything wrong. DickRod ring a bell? I thought so. The Fab Five-Ed Martin scandal, in one of the all-time biggest college sports scandals, ring a bell? Thought so! The Death Penalty? PLEASE! Are you serious?! Ohio State's List of Allegations is not/will not be close to that of U$C and N. Carolina's and won't be in the same hemisphere as $MU in the 1980's when they received that particular penalty. Remember, the SMU situation at the time involved the Governor of Texas, an SMU grad, making several payments to SMU football players. If you watched that ESPN 30 for 30 special on the SMU Death Penalty, no program comes that close to what they were doing. Their problems led to the end of the SWC years later, a conference death penalty, so-to-speak!

wad
wad

the blackeyes deserve everything they get for all the scandals and cheating they've done over the years. it warms my heart and makes my day.! GO WOLVERINES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JT
JT

Amazing how ignorant and or forgetfull some people are! A lot of these young kids grew up with nothing! They got to where they are through hard work. Then the colleges recruit them and treat them like the privledged from day one on campus! These athletes generate millions of dollars for the schools they play for! Jim Tressel didn't see black or white, he saw a young man make some bad choices driven by wanting the same things kids with wealthy families have! If you haven't played sports and understand how protective coaches feel about their kids you have no idea! Jim lied to protect his kids which was a bad choice. It cost him the thing that he loved the most and he was exceptional at, his coaching career! That is a pretty high price to pay for protecting your kids from the press that would have and finally did exploit those players for selling college football memrobilia! If it was Michigan, Nebraska or whomever it doesn't matter. The real issue is about bringing the NCAA up to this century. If you take away college football then you loose most all of the athletic programs on campus! What should expectations be for a handful of gifted warriors meeting head to head so we can watch on Saturday afternoon, knowing that on any play thier career or life could end with one bad accident! We pay for our tickets and drink our beer and cheer for our teams! They go back to the locker rooms bruised and beaten up getting ready for the next battle for us to enjoy! Meanwhile millions are being poured into the coffers and we expect our heros to be above making wrong decisions. If a student studying medicine were to sell an award that they were given for a presentation, should their career be ruined by the press?

tommy
tommy

lol this makes me laugh, Tressel was dirty from day one, look no further then Youngstown state, OSU was just a bigger school with a bigger booster budget to use to get the best recruits. Yeah he did win some games and 9-1 record vs Michigan and 1 national title (few other national title chokes in there as well), but when you give cars away like oprah you will get the best players.

kevin
kevin

Tell yourself whatever helps you sleep at night, ok?

donn richardson
donn richardson

osu was lucky not to be given death penalty. they deserve it; but wont get it because ncaa wont punish the so called big boys.

kevin
kevin

To all you haters, nobody is making you watch or participate in the parade, so get over it.

Pete
Pete

You are free to move Skip ole boy.

pop
pop

how do you cheat??

banos
banos

Tressel is indefensable.. he lied.. he knew the possible consequences and still chose to lie.. He lied to the NCAA, the fans of OSU, and possibly to who he answered to at OSU. Is Pryer guilty.. of course.. just like all the players who got theirs before Pryer.. Is Pryer to blame.. certainly not.. Tressel lied.. period. He chose poorly.

Steve
Steve

Tressel was doing this long before he met Pryor. He was in trouble at Youngstown state, where his QB who won a national championship was found to have gotten improper benefits from a guy TRESSEL INTRODUCED HIM TO. His starting QB who won a Heisman trophy, was found to have gotten improper benefits. The top high school player in the country started for him as a freshman RB and led OSU to a national championship and was found to gotten improper benefits FROM A GUY TRESSEL INTRODUCED HIM TO. Bottom line, Tressel is a cheater and a liar. Can a coach watch every player? No, but I guarantee he knows what his top recruits are up to. I guarantee he keeps track of his starting QB's, Heisman trophy winners, national championship winners, and potential first round draft choices. Tressel was concerned about WINNING, nothing more, nothing less. Protecting his players? Give me a break. The real mentors are those people who DON'T COVER FOR YOU. If you catch your kid stealing candy, you drag his butt back to the store and make him confess, return it, then spank his butt. You don't eat the damn candy WITH HIM.

kevin
kevin

If it ticks off the sport journalist, OSU haters, and Michigan fans, then I'm all for it.

Woodmanor
Woodmanor

Racst trasy in a racist town. It's a good bet they wouldn't have a float like that in Chicago. Tressel had been doing his dirty deeds for years at other college football programs. Funny how many in Columbus forget or don't want to remember what that a-holle did at those programs. One things for certain he's toast. He'll NEVER get another coaching gig as sweet as Ohio State!!!

Skip
Skip

It is funny how people try to defend Tressel. Like free said it has been going on for years.. How do you think you beat Michigan so many years? YA CHEATED and the only thing worse then cheating is getting caught cheating.. The only thing worse then getting caught cheating is having to live in Ohio.

MiamiRedhawk
MiamiRedhawk

Being from Columbus, I can tell you that the reason that Tressel is held in such high regard is that he (and his teams) have done a great deal for Columbus and the surrounding area. The team has to serve the community in some way each year. Tressel has seen to it that the players are (each year) involved in something that benefits the community. Ask players, such as Beanie Wells, who say he was a father figure to them. In fact, if anything, that was his downfall. He tried to hard to protect them. He had the same reputation at Youngstown St. My husband was a professor there at the time, so we know from personal experience what kind of a person he is.

dsbuckeye
dsbuckeye

Ohio State did not cheat, Jim Tressel did not cheat. What he did was hold information on his players selling there memorabilia and signatures for gift in this case Tattoos. Coach Tressel should have taken the high road and forward those email to his boss and took action on the players. He should have had a meeting with his coaches and then his players and got a grip on making sure to stay in compliances with the NCAA rules. Some how everyone is judging this man who I believe had a good heart but did not use correct judgment. But what I see is thirsty men who have secret of there own. Going back to the wins against M*ch*g*n get over it they beat that team fair and square. No players were recruited with any money like Cam Newton.

kevin
kevin

Don't forget RichRod's own run in with the NCAA

tony
tony

Dude u r out in left field! WTF?

tommy
tommy

he did cheat when he with held the info to keep his players on the field, protect the kids lol if you believe that crap you are really dumb. he did it to try and keep his best players on the field and cover it up.

kevin
kevin

It couldn't possibly be from fielding a better team? Didn't Michigan have their own little run-in with the NCAA?

tommy
tommy

if Michigan was giving cars away like Oprah we would have had the recruits and OSU wouldn't have had those players

kevin
kevin

It's funny when Michigan was beating OSU during the Cooper years nobody made that same charge.

Chris
Chris

FREE you are a lame. Pryor is the one, among other players, who got OSU in this kind of mess. Tressel actually tried to protect him. I think all of this speaks to how impossible it is to coach athletes who feel like they are owed something and are treated like millionaires before they actually are. But of course you brought race into it. Typical BS, no substance response.

SLY
SLY

The only thing saint tressell was trying to protect was himself. He played players he knew were ineligible to try to win a title. He knew the big 2, little 8 was being revealed as championship posers and knew the 6 straight conference titles didn't mean much and had to win a natl. title to get cred. How did that go for you saint tress?

free
free

Of course they did, it doesn't matter that Tressel did the same kind of things at his previous job, or has been going on at Ohio State before Pryor, it's always the black man's fault.

Mike
Mike

If you cant get your racist head out of the ground, please keep your mouth shut. This black vs white stuff is not only stupid but its also discrimination against a man who ony tried to save his players name. If anything Tressel bent over backwards for his player, trying to protect him from his own folly.