What you missed in Columbus for Aug. 30

Hurricane Ida ravages Louisiana, ESPN appears to get punk’d by an Ohio charter school and more from the weekend

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Jones Park in Gulfport, Miss., is flooded early Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, from Hurricane Ida's storm surge ahead of the storm's landfall.

As Hurricane Ida pushed inland, weakening into a tropical storm, scores of coastal Louisiana residents were stranded by floodwaters, while the state’s electrical grid was left decimated. Late Sunday, word circulated that the entirety of New Orleans was without power. The city’s emergency office posted on Twitter that the only power in New Orleans was coming from generators following “catastrophic transmission damage.” As of this morning, Ida has been blamed for only one death, but the scope of damage caused by the powerful hurricane will likely come into sharper focus in the coming days.

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ESPN appears to have been tricked into airing a high school football game between Florida’s IMG Academy and its elite athletic program and Bishop Sycamore out of Ohio, an online only charter school whose football program is not affiliated with the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Awful Announcing broke down the details here, relaying how Bishop Sycamore appears to have lied about having multiple Division I prospects on its roster (the team was 0-2 coming into the game), leaving the in-game TV announcers flummoxed. 

Here’s the dialogue between commentators, as captured by Awful Announcing: 

“It’s very, very clear that they can’t match up.” “No, they can’t match up. And you already saw Trillian Harris, their quarterback, get dinged up. And the last thing you want is to have this showcase on national TV. …The point to finish here is, you look at IMG and this is the most talented prep team in the country. Bishop Sycamore told us they had a number of Division I prospects on their roster, and to be frank, a lot of that, we could not verify. They did not show up in our database, they did not show up in the databases of other recruiting services. So, okay, that’s what you’re telling us, fine, that’s how we take it in. From what we’ve seen so far, this is not a fair fight, and there’s got to be a point where you’re worried about health and safety.”

Adding to the weirdness, Bishop Sycamore apparently played a game on Friday, as well, meaning that the team was logging its second game in three days.

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Politico reported that there was more than one call that took place between former president Donald Trump and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan during the insurrection of Jan. 6. One of the calls, which also included Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, took place after lawmakers had been moved to a safe room, a call in which Jordan and Gaetz reportedly asked Trump to tell his supporters to stand down. The source Politico spoke with declined to say how Trump responded. These discussions, Politico noted, will likely be of interest to the Democratic-led committee currently investigating the events of Jan. 6.

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Reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry died Sunday at the age of 85. No cause of death was given. Perry’s massive influence as a musician and producer stretches across genres, bleeding into post-punk, rap, dance and more, leading Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards to describe Perry as “the Salvador Dali of music. He’s a mystery. The world is his instrument. You just have to listen.”

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If you missed Guided By Voices’ return to the stage at the Athenaeum Theatre on Saturday, Rolling Stone has a recap of the Dayton band’s 60+ song performance here.