What you missed in Columbus for Feb. 14

The Cincinnati Bengals fall to the L.A. Rams in the Super Bowl; dangerous conditions close Hocking Hills State Park; ‘Ghostbusters’ filmmaker Ivan Reitman dies; and more from the weekend

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Super Bowl LVI (Rams 23, Bengals 20): Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp catches the game-winning touchdown pass as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple defends at SoFi Stadium.

No, the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t choke away the Super Bowl, even though the Los Angeles Rams did come from behind to win the game on a touchdown scored in the final minutes. Rather, the Rams' 23-20 victory was a combination of the Bengals offensive line — a season long weakness — gradually wearing down amid the relentless Rams pass rush — along with L.A. head coach Sean McVay, who spent much of the game floundering in his play calling following an injury to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., recalling on the final drive that wide receiver Cooper Kupp was actually still on the team’s active roster.

Ohio native (and Bengals QB) Joe Burrow acquitted himself well in the spotlight, playing with enough moxy that Cincy fans can maintain optimism for a future return trip to the big game, pending some needed fixes to that o-line.

Also, the halftime show was spectacular.

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Cinema Columbus, which had its 2020 inaugural year obliterated by the pandemic, will debut in April as an independent film showcase before returning in 2023 as a more traditional film festival.

The event presented by CAPA, in partnership with the Drexel Theatre and Gateway Film Center, will take place April 27-May 1, showcasing a curated selection of new, independent documentary, narrative and short films.

"This will also provide an opportunity for the film lovers of Columbus and beyond to experience works that will spark curiosity, conversation and a deeper understanding of the world through independent cinema,” Cinema Columbus Coordinator Molly Kreuzman said in a press release.

A full schedule of programming and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Over the weekend, I attempted to take one of our kids hiking at Sharon Woods Metro Park, only to discover the entire trail was a perilous, unbroken sheet of ice. As a result, the trip consisted of a slow-moving, 100-yard out-and-back, which my daughter still considered a success since we were able to spot a couple of deer just off of the trail.

Anyway, icy conditions have impacted hiking trails across the state, including Hocking Hills State Park, which will remain closed to visitors until officials deem conditions safe. With temperatures expected to rise into the mid-50s Wednesday and Thursday, fortunately it might not be that long of a wait.

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Filmmaker and producer Ivan Reitman died on Saturday at the age of 75. The comedy legend behind films such as “Animal House” and “Ghostbusters” died peacefully in his sleep, his family told the Associated Press.

“Our family is grieving the unexpected loss of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to always seek the magic in life,” children Jason Reitman, Catherine Reitman and Caroline Reitman said in a joint statement. “We take comfort that his work as a filmmaker brought laughter and happiness to countless others around the world. While we mourn privately, we hope those who knew him through his films will remember him always.”

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While tensions continue to escalate around the Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion, Russia’s top diplomat advised President Vladimir Putin to continue talks with the West.

According to the AP, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking at a meeting with Putin, said that Moscow should hold more talks with the U.S. and its allies despite their refusal to consider the main Russian demands. The talks “can’t go on indefinitely, but I would suggest to continue and expand them at this stage,” Lavrov said.

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Finally, if you’re a Bengals fan and/or a Cincy native looking for solace following the Super Bowl loss, the Onion has you covered.