An Apology

Johnny Ginter's picture
March 26, 2013 at 8:19a

I just wanted to apologize to everyone for today's Skull Session, and explain a bit about what happened. I already talked about it on twitter, but the short story is that I had not slept for a few days, ended up having to work a much longer workday than usual yesterday, and when I was finally able to start the Skull Session I simply passed out in the middle of writing it. I know mistakes happen, but I've been writing for 11W for almost three years now, written hundreds of posts, and this is the first time that I can remember doing something like this.

I hold both myself and 11W to a higher standard than that, and to be honest I think you guys deserve better than a half finished post written by a semi-lucid and exhausted dork. I will do everything I can to make sure this doesn't happen again, and again, I'm really sorry for this morning.


PS, the joke that I was going for with the intro is that I was so filled with rage over my bracket being awful that I couldn't even enjoy Aaron Craft being awesome. So maybe it's better that I didn't finish and spared you guys that.

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AllDay028's picture

Things happen. Especially when you are essentially working two jobs. No worries.

Poison nuts's picture

Bummer. I just woke up & was refreshing over & over wondering what happened - I mean a day without a Skully is like a day without sunshine...

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

ArTbkward's picture

Or like a snowstorm in the spring?

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Oyster's picture

I'll confess and man up to this being my fault.  I took the blade off my tractor two weeks ago and got the mower deck out of the shed, even sharpened the blades.
My apologies to all.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Oyster's picture

I think you should have left it up, it was taking on a life of it's own.  Fido (I think it was) even tried to pick up the slack and add actual content with links and a really bad joke added for good measure.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

CALPOPPY's picture

I had just logged in to start making Weird Al references. After all, somebody's gotta do it.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Yeah, it actually was one of my favorite threads I have ever been a part of on this site.

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

THE Ohio State University

MN Buckeye's picture

Sometimes life just catches up with us.  Hang in there, Johnny.

LouGroza's picture

Good Lord man! If the members can't allow an over-worked man to pass out here and there, what good are we? No worries Johnny. We all have times here and there where things don't work out. You will be harder on yourself than we will on you. "Fuugget about it" a terrible attempt at a New Jersey accent.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Sh*t happens; thank you for all you do!

"2014 National with it!!!"

20sider's picture

Get some zzz's man! It happens, no worries.


CALPOPPY's picture

I figured it was a happy accident but think you should have left it up. That was fun. Accidents happen. But I do want reimbursed for the monthly membership fee you told me I had to send to you, Johnny. I know you said we need to keep it on the down low, because it was super secret, but it'd be nice to get that money back. For $100 per month,  I should expect more reliability.e
edit: but seriously, I don't pay you and the site is free. I've fallen asleep at the computer before and know the freak out feeling. We did have fun in the comments but my comments (nor others) weren't meant to be insulting. I enjoy your skull sessions and the podcast so I, and I imagine others, don't mind an error like this. At least you tried rather than saying F-it and going to bed.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

daytonbuckeye's picture

Super secret? Is that kinda like double secret probation?


3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

Seth4Bucks's picture

No worries Johnny! Btw, does this mean no skully today?

DJRoss926's picture

Ramzy tweeted he'll have something later. I couldn't figure out how to embed.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Kyle's got a 10am piece, Vico's got Better Know a Buckeye while you're eating lunch and I will run some nonsense at 2:30pm. 


Unky Buck's picture

I don't know about anyone else, but I enjoy nonsense.

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

Oyster's picture

I agree, nonsense is the best. 

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

740 BUCKEYE's picture

Did somebody mention nonsense? I'm in!

Normal Buck's picture

You guys are solid teammates.  Here, we have a behind the scenes look at the rest of the 11W staff picking a brother up:

Jack Fu's picture


mitchjacobsen01's picture

No worries.  It happens.  I was enjoying the banter in the comments section though.  It was kind of neat to see the 11w community trying to finish it.

Unky Buck's picture

Don't worry about it, Johnny. As Forrest one eluded to, shit happens. You guys do enough as it is...I think we can survive one day. <sarcasm>But don't let it happen again!</sarcasm>

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

Poison nuts's picture

<more sarcasm> Johnny, apology not accepted, I award you no points, may God have mercy on your soul. <\end sarcasm>

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

droessl's picture

Now I feel like I've missed something great. Can anyone give me a recap? 

smith5568's picture

Me too. I wish it would have been left up. 

BucksfanXC's picture

It was pretty good still. I think you should throw it back up in the forums or something if that is even possible, because it was Hall of Fame worthy.

“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

Baroclinicity's picture

The comments were really funny!

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

jeremytwoface's picture

I feel asleep once...

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

-1 HS
NC_Buckeye's picture

Just to add to what everyone else is saying Johnny. 11W is an important part of my day but I don't want you guys killing yourselves to the point where it affects your personal life. It's a matter of perspective. I wonder... maybe we need to get pink contracts for all of you 11W staffers?
Plus, this should always be fun for you guys. That more than anything is the spirit of this site.
Anyways, there's a big enough 11W community that one of us readers will pick up the slack with a Forum post. (Maybe Bucksfan could start a second thread about changing his icon?)

BucksfanXC's picture

The comments to the "Skully" did actually kinda take off and take over a mind of their own. It was really cool to see, and whether it was an intentional picking up of the torch or not, I felt like it was the community coming together to help Johnny out.
I am simply amazed that all the writers here have full time jobs that aren't this blog and yet they still deliver so much and so often. They could take the whole month of May off and I couldn't really complain since I pay nothing to read it everyday. But I would miss it and not know what to do with my life. And it's not even like the Skully will be the only thing today, so it's only a few hours without new 11W content, man I remember when there were only sporadic posts on here every few days, I'm so spoiled now!

“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

sloopy88's picture

Yes, this.  Take care of yourself and have fun!  If I wanted perfect corporate sludge I'd still be reading ESPN.

Hovenaut's picture

All good Johnny, the Skully that wasn't was still good for shitsngigs.....

Still poignant, still real, 11W still rises above imho.

d1145fresh's picture

If you are tired I would suggest consulting Mr. Kerry Coombs for a remedy to being tired. He won't let you have water but he will probably suggest a case of red bull and those caffeine pills you see at truck stops. 

cronimi's picture

And stretching. Definitely stretching. 

Johnny Ginter's picture

honestly i was so embarrassed about what happened that I ended up deleting the post immediately without looking at the comments. thanks for helping out guys, and thanks for the kind comments. it's hard not to beat myself up about this (since i'm generally the kind of guy who uses this kind of thing as motivation), but i'll move on and make sure that you'll have your regularly scheduled dubcast ready for tomorrow at noon.

Squirrel Master's picture

Hey Johnny, so did you post the SS when you were still out of it or woke up and posted it to get it in and decided you changed your mind?
either way is cool with us, I just have a funny image of you half asleep writing it up and posting it as your head hits the keyboard only to wake up and see what you did!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Johnny Ginter's picture

the way our publishing system works is that we try and enter in a publishing date before we start, so that our scheduled tweets about content go out in tandem when things are published. so basically i scheduled the post, started writing it, realized i was on the verge of passing out, tried to set my alarm... and then woke up with my phone and computer next to me, which was pretty infuriating.

Squirrel Master's picture

LMAO. Gotta laugh about it now though. We all don't mind!
So basically you set the deadline ahead of time and try to beat the ticking clock? Niiiiiice!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Kevbo714's picture

This sums up how I feel about this situation...

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

BuckeyeVet's picture

@Johnny - I was seriously pissed at my iphone this am because I thought it just couldn't access my favorite website. Then I got to work, turned on the computer & realized that I AM SOOO RIDICULOUSLY SPOILED BY THE BEST BUCKEYE WEBSITE OUT THERE THAT I WAS JUST ASSUMING THAT THE SKULL SESSION WOULD BE THERE.
Started laughing sheepishly to myself. Wow. Johnny, you & everyone else are entitled to a day off or an off day anytime you need/want one. No skull session required. No apologies needed. You get a free pass from this guy!
And always remember, man, "feces occurs". 

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

"The recipient of Oyster's ONLY down vote".

Denny's picture

And here I was, thinking that you were apologizing to the equine population of America for EATING A HORSE


Buckeyeneer's picture

Johnny, No worries man. If you had read the comments, everyone was having a good time and clowning around with it. No one was upset. Heck, we even started building a Skully for you. It was pretty cool to see a collection of people on the internet pull together like that. It was actually inspiring.

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

THE Ohio State University

439LawDog's picture

Would up-vote you Johnny if I could

Bucks's picture

Johnny, no worries! (Expletive) happens.
Even if it was said above, the commentary was hilarious. There are some upvotes I didn't get to give b/c by the time I got back home, it was all poof. To those people who had some clever comments and jokes, thank you. The last time I got that good of a laugh through comments, was the signing day live blog a year ago. You know ... where it all got temporarily derailed b/c some principal sung the praises of some girl and how OSU was amazing, to which she promptly committed elsewhere? Who knows if anyone remembers that. That and this morning, some priceless stuff.

OSUBias's picture

Nobody who was around for that will ever forget Meg. I'd also add in Bucksfan changing his Icon to the list of amazing comment threads.

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

Earle's picture

Tell you what, Johnny.  You refund everyone's subscription for this month and all is forgiven.  What?  We get this stuff for free?  That's ridiculous!
Sure, we're disappointed at no Skully, but seriously, where can you get the kind of content 11W serves up on a daily basis for free?  Nowhere else.
Actually, I think I may be more disappointed in missing the commentary than the actual Skull Session.
Thanks for all your hard work, Johnny (and the rest of staff, too)!

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Cocaine's one helluva drug

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

pompano buckeye's picture

No apology needed, expected, or even accepted!  As an occasional visitor (troll) to a certain blog (not to be named), it is common practice for that long-haired-hippy-freak to intentionally stop posting because he is pouting about a butt kickin' at the hands of our Glorious Buckeyes!  And over the past several years, that has happened LOTS!
In the future, just put in for PTO (paid time off)...the only reason required.

“...indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.” Woody Hayes

OSUAndy07's picture

I was all like "where's mah skull session?" 
It's all good. No worries

"But I'm tryin' Ringo. I'm tryin', real hard, to be the shepherd"

OSUStu's picture

Although the morning Skully is usually sustains me during my morning, ahem, routine, I think we can all make it through one day without it.  We really do appreciate what you (and the rest of the staff) do for us here.  I look forward to your next Skully, and I anticipate it being doubly enjoyable.  At least you passed out while writing and not while flexing for your friends.


If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Squirrel Master's picture

I would have expected someone would crap their pants before they passed out.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Or is it absinthe?

Unky Buck's picture

That stuff just makes you crazy...

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

Squirrel Master's picture

I haven't seen that movie for a while now. Used to see it almost weekly on cable TV on weekend afternoons. Now, I haven't seen it anywhere recently!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

German Buckeye's picture

What does it say about our expectations of this wonderful site where we go bonkers over missing our morning routine piece of journalism?  I think we all have come to love this site and have the highest regard over the great work of the staff.  Makes me appreciate what we have here and how much this site has become a part of our daily lives as Buckeye fans. 

pjtobin's picture

I almost kicked my dog I was so mad! How could this happen? Then I thought maybe its me. It has to be me, right? I am kinda a prick. Or at least my avatar dude looks like one. I instead called off work. Took a few to many muscle relaxers. Washed down with some box wine. And I am now laying next to the dog on the floor. All because of case of it wasn't me. I gotta say thanks! I haven't felt like this since I ate those brownies in highschool. And you want to say sorry? Man your crazy! We all enjoy this site more than any other! I kinda luv it here. And I am glad it wasn't me. No worries my good man. I do have one problem though. I feel gassy and totally relaxed. I'm kinda thinking all that crap happens stuff may be literal in my case. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

TMargo's picture

The apology just shows the level of awesomeness and respect this site has earned.  No need for the apology but appreciated non the less.  Just give me more Craft articles and everything will be ok!!! 

cajunbuckeye's picture

Johnny, Johnny, Johnny. Where do I begin. I thought it was great. I was slightly hung over, so I reopened the site a couple times. Then I jumped on the band wagon with the rest of the early risers and starting posting. There was some funny $hit going on early in the A.M. I think you should throw up another one just like it next month, to see if we're awake!!! Thanks for the hard work you put in to help make this site the best.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

BammBammRiley's picture

The amazing creative crap that comes out of me, funny, intellegent, pure genius... when I go two+ days without sleep, I wish I could trigger that mode in me whenever I wanted without the horrible side-effects and consequences of the lack of sleep that follows. Seems to free up the side of of the brain that usually doesn't get used, like a backup overdrive or something. Only time I feel funny in a smartass but non offensive way, just clever.

End of introspective nonsense mumble jumble. You da man johnny!

BammBamm is my dog, Riley is my 4 yr old daughter, and THE Ohio state Buckeyes complete the three most sacred loves I cherish

bukyze's picture

Yeah, I too wish the Skully would've remained up.  I though it was absolutely hilarious, and it was pretty cool how the Skully took on a life of it's own.  I was looking forward to what else had been added while I checked out 11W over lunch.  Johnny, no big deal.  All of you guys provide a boatload of information for us, and we are all very appreciative of what you and everyone else at 11W does.  Don't let this stuff affect your health (or anyone other staffers as well).  This stuff is free, and it's the best OSU coverage there is!   Again, thanks for all you guys do!

steensn's picture

I thought it was funny, not worries.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

The only thing I'm disappointed about is that I didn't see it before it went poof.  It would've gotten a good belly laugh out of me...and I have a lot of belly, so...

Class of 2010.

Smanpoint10's picture

Sleep is for the weak johnny! jk it's essential for survival

Buckeyeneer's picture

The only question left is what to name this event? Standard media conventions suggest that it must end with -gate. So I submit something like Skullygate, Sleepgate, Johnnygate, etc.

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

THE Ohio State University

CALPOPPY's picture

Probably Johnnygate. That's my vote.
Or hilaritygate because it was awesome.
Edit: That was before I saw Null Session. That's ahead of the competition.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

BucksfanXC's picture

I think you should throw up some hilarious poll question regarding this, maybe use 'Neer's idea of what to name this?

“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

Earle's picture

Null Session

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

Jason Priestas's picture

That is fantastic.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Seriously. Earle for the win.

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

THE Ohio State University

Geraffi's picture

So fantastic. March 26, 2013 the day of the Null Session.

Earle's picture

It was nothing, really.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

CALPOPPY's picture

Up vote for a punny quip.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Lincoln's picture

Get to work at 6:55: check
Make Coffee: check
Drink Coffee: check
Read Skull Session: uhhhhhhhh what?
Visit bathroom: check ( usually involves clicking on skully links, had to browse reddit today)
Work: sort of
My morning today. Johnny made me sort of start working 10 minutes earlier than I wanted. But I have more than made up for it by this thread. We good. I like many people here realized how spoiled I am getting to read FREE, GREAT Buckeye content every single day, I honestly started to day dream of what I would do if this site did not exist. It was a cruel imaginary world.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

This is me too. My whole day was off, but no worries. Thanks for all you guys do!

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

TNbuckeye91's picture

Yeah, well let ya off the hook this time... but next time im comin for you.

I come from a long line high, low, and in-between, the same as you. - TVZ

Baroclinicity's picture

This has pretty much already been said, but...
Johnny:  You should never have to apologize for falling asleep because your duties as a TEACHER kept you from getting sleep which ultimately led to you not getting content out on a FREE website!!!
I was hoping it was going to become spoken word on an impromptu Dubcast.
And, yes, mods -- put it back up!  I went to bed at 8:15am, but I didn't see anything bad in the comments section (hopefully there weren't any).  It was good for a laugh!

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

TNbuckeye91's picture

Oops forgot sarcasm font. Dont freak out everyone, this is just a drill.

I come from a long line high, low, and in-between, the same as you. - TVZ

Northbrook's picture

No problem Johnny. Everybody screws up sometime. I hold several records in that regard. Your work is always appreciated - don't sweat it.

buckeyestu's picture

myself i have worked 12 hour shifts 56 of the past 57 days. next day off i have no clue, so johnny i understand working and being tired.

MN Buckeye's picture

stu, you need a vacation! or at least a couple days off!

buckeyestu's picture

That is true, but i am trying to pay for a trip to the rose bowl next january.

Baroclinicity's picture

I hope you are hourly and not salaried!

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

buckeyestu's picture

definitely  hourly.

MN Buckeye's picture

good for you, then, and suck it up and keep going!  The Rose Bowl or NC are in the plan!  You might be working 180 of the next 181 to get there, but I hope not.

Colorado Buckeye's picture

hate that I was late to the half finished Skully party this morning... feels like I missed out on a piece of 11 Warriors lore!

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever!

FitzBuck's picture

Apology accepted.....
A free site with quality apology needed.  
Now go to sleep young man 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

740's picture

if we can step back and look at this objectively, it's really just hilarious and not a big deal at all.

sb97's picture

I wish the thread was still up.  I got a good laugh about it right when I needed one this morning.  I was pretty tired when I first read it and I thought it was some joke that I wasn't getting.  As far as I am concerned...  No apologies needed.

Zimmy09's picture

I blame it on Alex leaving yesterday!  11W is going to crap without him!   

741's picture

I missed out on all the fun. Dammit!!!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

like everyone said. Free website = no apology...just sad sad 11w'ers

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

SilverBulletNYC's picture

No need to apologize! You're the best, man! 11W is my favorite site and I visit it prolly about 30 times a day- and that won't change!! Get some rest! I look forward to your articles in the future.

The South will NOT rise again!

dubjayfootball90's picture

I automatically assumed that the 'Catching up with Kyle Berger" story was the skull session, so I continued reading it, and after I finished the first paragraph, I said to myself, "Man, this reminds me a lot of the 'Catching up with Kyle Berger' post the day before".
I moved my eyesight one inch higher and saw that it was, indeed, not a skully. haha. No worries Bro Montana!

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

Bucksfan's picture

Feel better, Johnny.

Unky Buck's picture

I'm dizzy...

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

Brutus Greyshield's picture

We've all been there before. My only advice is to know when to ask for help--something I learned way too late. 

Shock-G's picture

It's simple, Dikembe Mutumbo blocked the completion of your post Johnny.

I wanna go back to Ohio State ... 

danbrown7665's picture

This is why 11w is the BEST! everybody on the staff cares about all the readers!

"limitations, like fears are often just illusions"
-Michael Jordan, the greatest athlete of all time