First, let me say I love 11W. It's a great resource for keeping up on my Buckeyes.
I don't like the posts that criticize, or worse ridicule former Buckeyes. The individual that I've seen draw the most ridicule is Joe Bauserman. I lived in Canada, so I did not see him play. Regardless, I'm sure he doesn't deserve the criticism that is directed his way. He did not discredit the program. The worst thing that can be said is that his play did not live up to the ideal of game-play set by Troy, Terrell, Braxton. Pretty lofty company. I think it's time to stop using former players as easy targets for criticism. In my eyes, all it does is reveal a rather poor wit.
I am reminded of a scene in Master and Commander, that most excellent movie derived from the most excellent 20 volume series of novels by my all-time favorite author Patrick O'Brian. In the scene, they are waking Mr. Hollum, who the crew widely thought of as a "Jonah", somebody who brings bad luck to the ship. They crew expects the Captain to read the Jonah from the Bible. He starts, "The simple truth is, not all of us become the men we once hoped we might be. " I'm sure the crew is thinking 'Quite right, lets heap some more ridicule on Hollum' . Captain continues, "But we are all God's creatures. If there are those among us who thought ill of Mr. Hollom, or spoke ill of him, or failed him in respect of fellowship... then we ask for your forgiveness, Lord. And we ask for his."
We are all Buckeyes. Except for those that bring discredit to the program, let us not fail each other in fellowship. Peace. Love.