If you're having trouble finding interesting reads in the region's Incredible Shrinking Dailies, you might want to seek refuge at the nearest magazine rack. The September 18 Sports Illustrated
features a cover story about Troy Smith, the Glenville High grad and Heisman candidate who has Ohio State rolling toward a BCS game. The September 11 issue of ESPN The Magazine
has an interesting read about Glenville's coach, Ted Ginn
, who the magazine dubs the best high school football coach in the country.
Both articles chart Smith's winding course toward the Heisman: ESPN
recalls how he, among other Glenville boys, crashed in Ted Ginn Jr's room when his home life was disrupted during high school. SI
examines his development as a more traditional pocket passer; after scrambling much of his first two seasons, Smith has logged a whole -14 yards on the ground this season.
If you're not into football but are into sweaty men, Charles Fleck, owner of the new and unbelievably swanky bath house on East 26th
, just sent over an article from the October issue of Out
, which explores the bath-house wars that are brewing in Cleveland.
Or you can read Sam Fulwood. Up to you. -- Joe Tone