The Ohio State Buckeyes, a deaf fan, and a lawsuit…

SPORTSbyBROOKS has an article today concerning an Ohio State fan’s lawsuit against the school for not adequately accommodating his disability (he’s deaf). Before everyone gets up in arms though perhaps we should think about his complaint. He wants all the screens in the stadium to be closed-captioned. Brooks has this to say:

You can’t follow a game without closed captioning? Your handicap isn’t broken ears, Vincent. It’s a cot-dayum broken brain. You follow a game with your eyes, son. Incredulous dismissal of Sabino’s claim by an angry blogger aside, the Americans With Disabilities Act requires that venues make “reasonable” accommodations for fans. The aforementioned game and scoreboard is surely plenty reasonable for anyone with a brain.

Hell, have you ever attended a college football game? Most of the time, the announcers and referees are drowned out by tens of thousands of raucous, drunken fans anyway. Even people whose ears work fine have a hard time hearing things at games. Hey wait…having a hard time hearing things? Maybe hearing fans have a case, too. How much money could we make, anyways? Vincent, call write us and let us know!

And that ladies and gentlemen, is a sassy response. OK, I pretty much agree with what he had to say about this lawsuit, but where I think the fan has a point is this: Would captions be so bad on the screens? Geez, I might enjoy having some too and I hear fine. Brooks himself admits that you can’t hear anything at a game, captions could conceivably then benefit everyone. I don’t think this situation should require monetary compensation for the plaintiff, but a little compromise wouldn’t hurt.

Here’s an idea, how about we twitter the captions do those who need them? Just check your phone after every play…OK, maybe not such a great idea. Anyway, I think some middle ground could be reached without too many pounds of flesh paid. And then we can all go back to hoping the Buckeyes lose. Oh, did I mention I’m from Michigan?

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Kansas vs. South Florida
Seeking a repeat of their 2007 season, Coach Mark Mangino leads the 13th-ranked Jayhawks into Miami’s Raymond James Stadium on Friday night, when they face-off against #19 South Florida. This will be the second meeting between the two schools, the other was in 2006, a 13-7 Jayhawk victory in Lawrence. (click here for Anthony Stalter’s game preview)

Ohio State vs. USC
This game is being billed as “The Collision at the Coliseum,” but the Jaws of Life might be needed to save the Buckeyes if they do not bring their “A” game to Los Angeles. The key to this matchup is for OSU’s offensive line to get physical with Southern Cal’s defensive front. If they do not win the battle at the line of scrimmage, it will not matter who is running the football for Ohio State (RB Chris “Beanie” Wells, ankle, is a game-time decision). Road wins against the Trojans are a scarce commodity in the Pete Carroll era, as they hold a 39-3 mark at the Coliseum. This contest will played on Saturday night in front of a nationally-televised audience on ABC at 8:00 PM EST.

Wisconsin vs. Fresno State
The Badgers will travel to Central Valley, California to play in the most important game in Bulldog football history. Fresno State dominated Rutgers in their season opener, but they will need a victory Saturday night to keep their hopes of a BCS bowl berth alive. Wisconsin just needs a win to stay in the national title hunt. Tune in Saturday night at 10:30 PM EST on ESPN2 for this pivotal non-conference game.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Brewers are trying to avoid another late-season collapse after coughing up an 8 ½ game lead in the NL Central last season. The Phillies will try to use this series as a springboard in getting back to the post-season. This is a key four-game series for both teams, with the Brewers three games ahead of the Phillies in the NL Wild Card race after losing the series opener last night 6-3 in Philadelphia.

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
Too many injuries for the Chargers to overcome this week, with Shawne Merriman on the mend until 2009 and now LaDainan Tomlinson and Antonio Gates each nursing injured big toes. (But both are expected to play on Sunday.) The Broncos offense appeared to be in mid-season form in their opener on Monday night.. Were they that good or were the Raiders that dreadful? That question will not be answered for at least another month, but a victory in this game could go a long way in establishing the Broncos as an AFC contender. Check your local CBS affiliate to see if they are televising this game at 4:00 PM ET.

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