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Before I could answer, the plastic surgeon looked up from my son and directly at me. He started yelling.

“AP? You’re with the AP? I went to Ohio State and you guys screwed us.”

I shouted back: “Finish what you’re doing! There’s plenty of time to argue about it later.”

Though almost everything else about that day is etched in my memory forever, I can’t for the life of me remember what year he was so aggravated about.


AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this story. Jim Litke has been an AP sports columnist since 1989. Write to him at jlitke(at) Follow him at