Their positions in the alphabet
I get nothing exciting from that. Columns add up to 94 and 77 respectively. I'm just posting this useless information so that anyone considering doing these things will save their time and try a different approach.
I'm not sure whether the isolation of the "o" is significant, or whether we're solving for the other letter in that row.
As far as the sports angle goes, I'm not knocking it but I'm not getting anything good out of the World Cup or the Olympics. I'm not sure what else is big enough to be "general knowledge".