2017 season in perspective through a different window/Prayers for the Lyle, Diop & Tokes families

I’ve been wanting to write and comment on Ohio State’s season.

The last time I published something was after Northwestern had won (74-72) it’s 1st game in Columbus since 1977.

Since then:

  1. Ohio State picked off Minnesota at home, 78-72.
  2. Was dealt a disappointing loss, 85-72, at Iowa.
  3. Lost a close one at home, 77-71, to Maryland.
  4. Won at Michigan, 70-66.
  5. Defeated Rutgers at home, 70-64.

For Ohio State to win the game at Maryland tomorrow would give the Buckeyes a shot of adrenaline. I’ll watch that game but I will now see it’s outcome through a different window.

That window came into perspective today.

After becoming aware of the news from the Ohio State family that both JaQuan Lyle’s sister and Keita Bates Diop’s brother are experiencing serious health issues, I’m reminded the game of basketball holds little importance in comparison to the gift of life.

Each of our lives is a miracle of timing and subject to a myriad of interconnected circumstances.

The probability of you existing at all comes out to 1 in 102,685,000 — yes, that’s a 10 followed by 2,685,000 zeroes!


Human beings are fragile. Somehow we have life today but any day past this one is not guaranteed. Each time we breathe, each time our heart beats is yet another miracle to be thankful for.

Life is to be cherished.

In this immediate time I’ll be thinking of and praying for both the Lyle and Diop families and for anyone associated with the Ohio State men’s basketball program.

I would love for Ohio State to walk onto the floor at Maryland tomorrow afternoon and win a game for their two teammates and the uncertainty in crisis both of their families are going through.

But in truth, I don’t have a care in the world if Ohio State wins that game or not. There’s something much larger involved.

My thoughts will be with JaQuan Lyle and his sister (I don’t know her name), and JaQuan’s entire family.

My thoughts will be with Keita Bates-Diop, his brother, Kia, and Keita’s entire family.

Both of those young men are today experiencing a difficult part of what life consists of.

Not a single one of us escapes these events. My best goes out to all involved in their passage through.


While I’m at it I’m going to go ahead and mention the need for prayers, too, for the family of deceased Ohio State student, Reagan Tokes. I don’t know a whole lot about the situation but I do know her death is a tragedy. Cares, concerns and mercy to the Tokes family.



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