By JOHN P. WISE
One Great Season
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- I had the privilege of knowing Paul Keels when I was a student at the University of Cincinnati and he was calling Bearcats football and basketball games on the radio in the early 1990s.
He was a funny dude. One time when we played in the Media Celebrity basketball game at UC's Midnight Madness, I grabbed a defensive rebound because I had and still have excellent leaping ability, and he and Denny Janson -- both on the other team's bench, of course -- started counting down from 3 seconds just as I turned and started to head upcourt.
Thinking time was running out, I launched a three-quarter court shot that unsurprisingly fell way off the mark. And when teammates shot me curious looks, I saw that the scoreboard indicated a full minute left in the game. Keels and DJ of course were having a good time at the expense of a college kid.
Anyway, I caught up with Keels at Jim Tressel's weekly media luncheon, and he riffed on a couple of his favorite stadiums outside the great state of Ohio. Keels said he enjoys the atmosphere best at Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium, and in the clip below that one, he explains why the 2002 OSU-Michigan game was the best one he's seen in that great rivalry, the best in all of sports.