By Johnny Ginter on August 20, 2014 at 9:15a

Eight years ago some dudes met in a dank cave, far beneath the waters of the Olentangy River. After sacrificing several thralls to their blood-god Woody Hayes, the shrouded Founders joined hands and pressed a giant red button to officially bring forth Eleven Warriors dot com into the world.

In that first year of operation, 11W struggled to hit 100,000 page views. At the end of this year, we'll likely be closing in on 200 million all time. This website has gone from an obscure little backwater swamp of the Ohio State sports universe to a legitimate mover and shaker that has employees, interns, a kickass tailgate, and a mission to bring people sports information about the Buckeyes that is accurate, reliable, and free for anyone to read.

And that's thanks to you, the person reading this.

Without the support of the incredible Ohio State fanbase, we never would've been able to develop an 11W fanbase, and that's what keeps us going. You guys are awesome, and every new birthday that this site passes is a testament to your passion for the Buckeyes and your commitment to making this place great.


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Doc's picture

Happy Birthday Eleven Warriors!  You guys are Awesome Sauce!

CJDPHoS Member

The Official DDS of 11W

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Vinsaniti's picture

You took the words right out of my mouth.

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grantmeaname's picture

It must have been while you were kissing me.

Groveport Heisman's picture

Happy birthday fellows!

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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Barnsey69's picture

Best invention EVER! 

A big thank you to 11W for providing the best Buckeye coverage on the planet...at a fair and reasonable price.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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AndyVance's picture

Three cheers!

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CALPOPPY's picture

Hip, hip, hooray!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

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UFest57's picture

Hip, Hip, Hooray! 

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Idaho Helga's picture

Hip, Hip, Go Bucks!

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

Even only being around for the past three years, it is awesome to see the growth and commitment to excellence that this website offers! I check back here probably a dozen times a day and have it open on at least one of my devices 24/7! You guys are amazing! Enjoy your birthday, you deserve it!

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

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daveyt11's picture

The first site I hit every morning and the last one I hit at night...Thanks for a great 8 years!!

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Hovenaut's picture

...and many more...

Happy Birthday, 11W!

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Pavs38's picture

Damn, I was going to use this one :)  Nice work :)

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ek68's picture

Happy Birthday 11W! Keep up the great work!




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dubjayfootball90's picture

Happy Birthday, 11W. I joined almost three years ago and if I have an internet connection, I check the site at least once a day. I love it (fiance rolls her eyes when I am on it). BUCKEYE FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL AND EVERYTHING BUCKEYE!!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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Burritos Noches's picture

Happy Birthday 11W. Here's to hoping The Dispatch will actually source your hard work in 2015.

"3 yards and a cloud of dust" - Woody "Pow Right In The Kisser" Hayes

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Phillips.449's picture

Happy Birthday!  Thanks for all the work you do!

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LILBUCKEYE's picture

Happy Birthday!! This is my homepage, thanks for keeping us up to date with the best!!!

The Ohio State University '17

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WarriorBuckeye's picture

Happy Birthday! Love this place (except when it goes down due to too much traffic as a result of news that Braxton Miller is hurt). Thanks for making it!!

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apack614's picture

Just kidding guys! Thanks for all the hard work! You guys are awesome

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

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TheAFBuckeye's picture

Happy Happy Birthday!!!

Let's Go BUCKEYES!!!!!

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brandonbauer87's picture

Congrats! Free drinks for the staff, on me, in the premium lounge. 

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

You ain't in the premium lounge!

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

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brandonbauer87's picture

Please. I've been in the premium lounge since the 1k barrier was introduced. I've been scraped off that floor more times than I can count. Whiskey recommendations are great as long as you don't try them all at once. 

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bodast67's picture

Happy Birthday 11Warriors !

Celebrate safely guys, cause this.....




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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Denny's picture

I got you this cake made out of horse meat, I hope you like it. Now, let's all smash a bunch of pint glasses together.


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Johnny Ginter's picture

lemme see if i can find bupbupbup and we can party

GreatLakesBeer's picture

Happy b day keep up the good work best web site on this internet thing

If you will it dude, it is no dream

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Buckeye419er's picture

Happy Birthday 11w!!! 

There can be only one

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osusteveb5875's picture

I discovered 11w meeting Chris L at a casino in Vegas 5 years ago during March madness.  as I was wearing an OSU hat. I told him it was my birthday and he bought shots and told me about his site.

I appreciated the shot, but the better gift was letting me know about the awesome website.  Great site, better guys.

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hspbuy1's picture

Happy Birthday 11W!  Keep up the great work! Love this site!


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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

While it is all true that customers, or in this case readers, are the lifeblood it is us who should be thanking you.  The quality, professionalism, and just damn good writing that the staff brings every single day is second to none.  So thank you to all the staff that spends countless hours making this site what it is.  Some (all?) of you do this on the side and that can't be easy.

So on behalf of everyone in this community, thank you.  And here is to another 8 years, even better than the last.

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HandsOfSweed's picture

I am deeply honored to be 31 years to the day older than 11 Warriors. I always knew you were a Leo too, 11W.

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Sloopy_HangOn's picture

Happy birthday from one Aug. 20 baby to another!

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1MechEng's picture

Make it 3! Today is a good day for birthdays!

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NOLABuckeye's picture

4 and counting... Me too. 

Paralyze resistance with persistence. -- Woody Hayes

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

Happy Birthday, Congrats & thanks!

Champions.  Undisputed.  

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PG_BUCK's picture

Happy Birthday! Thanks for all that you do!

Yesterday our company IT temporarily blocked the site as a security risk (probably a M*ch*gan fan or they just knew that I didn't need the pain of Braxton's injury news during my work day),my life was in shambles for a solid 4 hours, they have since wisely decided against that and all is well in the world except I still have to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day.


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BucksfanXC's picture

Today is also my son's birthday!

I remember when you guys sent me some stickers that I then put on my car and my laptop and my corkboard in my room. Come along way guys. Happy Birthday!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Habu71's picture

Happy Birthday 11W, and many many more to come hopefully. 

Hopefully also you won't begin something you want me to read with "Eight dudes met in a cave" 

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Sloopy_HangOn's picture

First of all, congratulations 11W! The work you guys do is incredible and we are all grateful for you for enabling our Buckeye addictions. 



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Doc's picture

Or is it fantasy?

CJDPHoS Member

The Official DDS of 11W

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CALPOPPY's picture

Caught in a landslide.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

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OH1O State's picture

No escape from Reality.

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Rusty Buckeye's picture

Open your eyes, look up to the sky and seeeee...

Tressel Forever

ARMYBUCK's picture

11W makes every day seem like MY birthday. Thanks for all you do guys and Happy Birthday!

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LouGroza's picture

Happy Birthday 11W!  Nice work.

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mjfiore's picture

Happy Birthday!  And thanks for changing the game. 

Buckeye love in the Big Apple

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Poison nuts's picture
Happy Birthday...you're 8! That's a long time in computer years. Now that you're old enough, I'm gonna give you some brutal honesty...stop crashing every time something big happens. All of your friends are going to laugh at you behind your back! 
In all seriousness, I have been to this site every day since I found it & it's the best damn blog in the land bar none. Excellent writing, tons of content, breaking news, it's all here & keeps me from going crazy in the off season. Love the staff as well as the commentariat. Go 11W!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Bucki78's picture

Happy Birthday 11W!!!  

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

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Vinsaniti's picture

Happy Birthday! Thanks for providing a good place to curb my productivity one hour at a time!

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

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Baroclinicity's picture

Happy birthday, and thank you 11W!

Can I threadjack and say we should wish 1MechEng a happy birthday as well?

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Nappy's picture

Did you say 8?

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

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USMC11917's picture

Happy Birthday and I just wanted to inform you that it is also my youngest daughters birthday today as well. She turned 6. So, this date shall always be remembered by me.

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buckeyestu's picture

Happy Birthday 11W, I stumbled upon this site looking for any news about rumors that Urban was to become head coach. I think I have been to this site everyday since then. This is a fantastic place to drop into. Someday I may check out the premium lounge, and have a non alcoholic drink, maybe a star bucks coffee, if it is available. Some fiery wings would be quite tasty too. Thanks for all you do for the Buckeye fans, staff.

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Bamabucknut's picture

This site is my home page....and I revisit several times a day.Thank you for providing many of us with THE way to tune into our favorite subject !

H A P P Y      B I R T H D A Y !

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Faded Trey's picture

You've aged gracefully 11W. You don't look a day older than seven.

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MackRM408's picture

Been coming here every morning since my freshman year in old Mack Hall back in '06 

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mhermanson4's picture

Happy Birthday to my favorite site on the interwebs!  Don't forget to treat yo self!

Scared money don't make money!

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airbuckeye's picture


And a grateful thank you to the staff who make this one the best OSU Site's on the net and to all my fellow 11 Worriors who contribute some of the best insite info and humor that make this site so great THANK YOU.

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TMac's picture

Happy Birthday 11W and thank you for giving us all the daily presents!!

ONE Not Done!

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toad1204's picture
At first I was thinking this was appropriate
But this is more fitting

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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buckguyfan1's picture

Congrats 11Warriors!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Happy 8th from Nick Saban in the deep, black heart of SEC Country!

But seriously, thanks for being the best free sports site in the world!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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RBuck's picture

Ah, they grow up so fast.

Long live the southend.

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buck i's picture

Happy birthday 11W 

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Idaho Helga's picture

Have the happiest of Birthdays, 11W!  8 is great!

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Zimmy07's picture

Happy Birthday, 11W & That Cake!

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KevinJ's picture

Happy Birthday and I raise my glass to propose a toast for many more.


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Lincoln's picture

I am a terrible contributor but an awesome lurker. I spend more time here than anywhere on interwebz - thanks for making me suck at work but better as a Buckeye fan!

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DMcDougal24's picture

Happy birthday Eleven Warriors!! Thanks for being my go-to Buckeyes site. 

One criticism- "Eight years ago some dudes met in a dank cave" is not a very nice way to refer to one of your parents' basements. 

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Dougger's picture

Where would I be without you guys!! Thanks, hope the site keeps growing (because you're writers are the bomb.com) and you have many more fruitful years/parties/BUCKEYE VICTORIES!!!!!

Edit: also getting married in two years today. Knew it was a good day!

I like football

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BuckeyeNation's picture

Happy 8th Birthday 11W! Looking forward to what the future holds for the next 8!

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PortlandBuckeye45's picture

"After sacrificing several thralls to their blood-god Woody Hayes" Greatest thing i heard all day!

Happy birthday 11W!!!!!!!

Only 10 more days!  O! H!

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GoBucks10's picture

Happy Birthday 11W!  Best website out there!

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

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BED's picture

Time for a birthday dance!

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

GOOMBAY's picture

Welcome to Birthdaytown! Population: You.

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1MechEng's picture

Read some of the posts above. There are a few of us sharing this birthday with 11W! Population is 3 and counting ...

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OHinTN's picture

Can't believe I just discovered this site last week, but extremely glad I did!

Happy Birthday!

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Young_Turk's picture

What Sriracha sauce does to food = what 11W does to the internet.  Happy 8th 11W!


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SafetyGuy's picture

Best. Buckeye. Site. Ever.

It's truly amazing how fast my day at work can go with the aide of 11W!!!

Thanks for all you guys do to make Buckeye fans more informed and entertained.


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Unky Buck's picture

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

First Queen; now the Beatles!

This is gonna be a whoop a$$ shindig!

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Jpfbuck's picture

Happy Birthday 11W, You have become the first site i visit everyday, keep up the great work!!!

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Gametime's picture

Now for a present to yourself and the rest of us, could you PLEASE bargain with 97.1 to have a 11W radio show? That would be the awesomest of sauces...especially since they cite you guys so often anyway!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

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Angry Panda's picture

Happy Birthday!...I don't remember how I got Buckeye info before and (like with my ex's)....I don't really wanna remember... 

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JOhio1560's picture

Happy Birthday 11W!  Upvotes all around!

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

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Citrus's picture

You've built something terrific here guys. Nice work. 

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Buckeye1996's picture

Awesome site. Thanks for everything and Happy B Day!

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Congratulations! A good excuse to celebrate.


“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Wife: "Honey, what are you doing?"

Me: "Looking at Buckeye porn!"

Wife: "Anything interesting on 11 Warriors?"

Me: "*ichigan still sucks!"

Wife: "Tell me something I don't know!"

Me: "Note to self - roses, diamonds, chocolates - whatever that girl wants"

Happy birthday, 11 Warriors! Thanks for my "porn" addiction that is totally ok with the Mrs.!

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klfeck's picture

With only 3 years of membership, I feel like a new guy......

I always bring up Elevenwarriors when I discuss OSU with other fans. More and more often, they already know the site. Can't say thank you enough for being my go to place for OSU news over the last 3 years.



Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Happy Bday, 11W!!!!!!!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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lamplighter's picture

What they all said.  Huzzah!

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BroJim's picture


I season my simple food with hunger

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Northbrook's picture

Happy Birthday guys. Great job overall but there is still something that needs fixed. You know what it is.

I love this site and appreciate all your hard work. 

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The Rill Dill's picture

Thanks guys!!  Who says addiction is bad!!

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D56GoBucks's picture

It is a pleasure to call this site my number one source for all things Buckeyes. 

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn"

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rightfield's picture

Happy birthday 11 Warriors! You guys make up about 80% of my computer time a day. No joke.

Its good to be the king

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allbucksallthetime's picture

Happy Birthday 11W!  A special 'thank you' also goes out to all current and former staff members at 11W who have created THE site for all things related to Buckeye sports.  Your selfless efforts put us fans at the forefront of Buckeye coverage 24/7/365.  Go Bucks!

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BuckeyeRef's picture

Happy Birthday Eleven Warriors!!!! May you have many more so that us Buckeye fans can come here and quench of thirst for all things buckeye-related....

Go Bucks!!!!

Jason Gruber's picture

"You win with people." Woody Hayes

"If winning isn't everything, why do we keep score?" Vince Lombardi

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯" Joey Bosa

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