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Comment 02 Mar 2015

I was at both 1996 scum and 1998 msu. The quietest I have ever heard folks leaving the Shoe. 

Comment 02 Mar 2015

The 2002 OSU-Michigan game was the end of the innocence for gameday tailgating. People have to imagine the scene on Lane Avenue. Lane was only three lanes wide. You had Hineygate at the Holiday Inn on the Lane and the Varsity Club rocking. Lane Avenue would close sometimes. It was wide open, anything goes. People buying cases of beer at the 7-Eleven and going to the middle of Lane Avenue and drinking. 

The events of that evening, ironically 10-12 hours after the game and a mile southeast of Lane, changed everything forever. 

Comment 01 Mar 2015

I started at OSU in the fall of 2001. That first year, I lived on south campus. Those pictures above are from that time period. I remember the first quarter or two that I was a student, the bars were there on south campus. Then, everything was bulldozed and it remained that way for a while. The construction was completed after I graduated.

I believe redevelopment and cleaning up areas are positive things to do. I think where Campus Partners and OSU have been lacking is that they have catered to corporate chain type places instead of small businesses. There is something special about a Too's or an Out R Inn. Yeah, it's dirty and disgusting, but the memories there. All of the writing on the walls of those places and the stories those walls could tell! There is something compelling about places like that. 

I have just believed for a long time that Campus Partners and OSU's redevelopments have been seen through the eyes of adults living in the suburbs. It feels like some perspective is missing. 

Comment 20 Feb 2015

Tommy's has one location west of the Schott and one location east of the Schott. It's good stuff.

Varsity Club has good pizza.

Roosters, Canes, and El Vaq are all north of the Schott. Good eats.

Comment 20 Feb 2015

More like 5 great mayors in a row. They all did it different, but the same basic game plan for the growth of the city has remained. Jack Sensenbrenner, Tom Moody, Buck Rinehart, Greg Lashutka, and Mike Coleman have all had a lot of successes in their tenures. While many cities in this region have sputtered since the 1960's, Columbus has thrived. While many of the leaders of the business community in this city have ALWAYS been deeply involved and passionate about Columbus, it has been those 5 mayors who had commanded the ship very admirably. 

What made Buck the best was his energy and personality. 

I am concerned about the leadership of the city after Coleman leaves this year. These guys are unknown. In relation to this website, I always say: A strong Ohio State is good for Columbus and a strong Columbus is good for Ohio State. 

Comment 19 Feb 2015

I grew up here with Buck Rinehart being he first mayor I knew.

Columbus has been blessed with good mayors going back years. None of them were the total package that Buck Rinehart was. No mayor had the outgoing, can do personality like Buck. Buck did it his way.  Buck was not the tallest guy, but he had the biggest grapefruits of any elected official in this city's history. I totally believe he told Les Wexner that.

A lot the folks who have moved here in recent years will say Mike Coleman is the greatest ever. I just laugh and think you never knew Buck Rinehart. Ask longtime residents what they think of Coleman, Lashutka, Moody, or a Sensenbrenner, you get nods. Ask them about Buck, you will get a smile.

Pancreatic cancer is a killer. It claimed Sheriff "Big Jim" Karnes and Mayor Buck Rinehart, two guys this community beloved. Work needs to be done to fight it.

Comment 16 Feb 2015

I will reserve judgment until I hear as Paul Harvey always said, the rest of the story.

I am familiar with the area. The areas around the Continent, Northland Mall, Forest Park, and Minerva Park were great neighborhoods for many years. There were many nice homes. It was affordable. There was plenty of stores, restaurants, etc. that were nearby. 

Sadly, this area has deteoriated very quickly. Many businesses have moved out of the 161 and Morse Road corridors. The Continent is pretty much abondoned. Northland Mall is gone. Drive down the roads by the shopping centers in the area and you see a lot of vacancies. It has had a negative impact on the residential areas. Crime has gone up in this area. 

There are other hotels and businesses near this Super 8 that have had issues with cleanliness, drugs, prostitution, crime, etc. Multiple hotels in this area have closed and are abandoned. The local authorities around here are not afraid to shut a place down that has had problems. Just ask the folks at Charlie Bear what a string of incidents can do for your business.

Comment 05 Feb 2015

Things change and time moves on. I understand that.

The decision to replace Fowler last year with Musburger was one I disagreed with. As an announcer, Musburger is not on a top level with an Al Michaels or a Jim Nantz, but he is on the level right below. He does bring an aura of a big time, big game. You know it's going to be OSU-USC or Cowboys-Packers on weekend prime time with those guys.

Chris Fowler is a studio guy or desk guy. He isn't a big game announcer. He is like Greg Gumbel. You know who the guy is, but you know its Virginia-Georgia Tech or Chiefs-Dolphins on a weekend afternoon. If ESPN wanted to replace Musburger, it should have been Brad Nessler. The combo of Nessler-Blackledge, in my opinion, is ESPN's top combo. 

Now, Rece Davis is a good studio guy. I think he is a good host. The problem is Gameday has turned into a clown show. Sure, Corso was crazy, but everyone knew he was crazy and loved it. Corso and Herby complemented each other. Problem is, guys like Pollack and Howard are not on a level of Gameday. There are too many actors, I mean analysts, getting pub time and it's drained the talent. 

Comment 05 Feb 2015

When I was in Dallas for the championship game, I was wondering why SMU didn't go after Herman. Well, SMU's loss is Houston's gain. 

Houston is a terrific job for Herman. A school in the fourth largest city in America. A school with a new stadium. A school in the middle of a hotbed of high school talent. He could stay in Texas and Louisiana for recruiting. 

It was bittersweet to see him go, but you could not blame him. I have a feeling some powerhouse schools will be looking at him in a few years.

Comment 26 Jan 2015

The 2003 and 2015 celebrations represented different emotions for me as an OSU alum, but also a lifelong Columbus resident.

Growing up here, in the 80's and 90's, there were minor league teams like the Clippers and the Chill. We loved going to the games, but the only game in town was The Ohio State Buckeyes. The only time Columbus was on TV, it was because of the Buckeyes. Boy, there were great teams in the 90's. We would get pumped in school talking about Buckeyes. The quietest days in school during my childhood was the Monday after The Game because we were heartbroken by another loss. 

It was all those heartbreaking losses that made 2002 so special. It was the first championship for any of my favorite teams. It was my hometown team and I was in school at OSU when it happened. There were years of emotions that let out at that point. 

Now, I was not able to go to Tempe in 2003, but I did go to Dallas this year with my dad. After the game, I run into a buddy of mine from grade school who lives in San Diego. He runs across the plaza and jumps to give me a hug. He is one of many guys and gals I went to grade school with who just go nuts about the Buckeyes and they live elsewhere now. Many of them didn't even go to OSU. 

This year, with the NHL All-Star Game going on the same weekend, it was a sign that Columbus is now a big player on the national scene. It is a little shocking for someone who grew up near a two-lane Bethel Road in northwest Columbus. Columbus has grown up a lot in my lifetime, but I think we will look back on January 2015 one of the biggest months in this city's history. The reviews from people from outside this city are phenomenal. The NHL folks were even in awe of the celebration crowd. For years, it was Ohio State that made Columbus. Now, I think we are entering an era where Columbus is doing big things for Ohio State. A strong Ohio State is good for Columbus. A strong Columbus is good for Ohio State. 

For me, the celebration in 2003 was a culmination of childhood dreams growing up in Columbus. The 2015 celebration was a realization that Ohio State and Columbus have entered an era where some very big things could happen.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

The season never seemed to take off at all. You don't want to make excuses, but no team is going to have success when 40% of the team is out with injuries. 

Comment 19 Jan 2015

We took one of the alumni trips to Dallas. I have driven through and flown through DFW, but never really got to see the city. We got to go around Dallas on our own for a bit to see the city. The Hilton Anatole is a top hotel. That being said, the Metroplex is so spread out. It was a 20-30 minute drive from Dallas to Jerryworld. It seemed like there was not a building over 40 years old in Dallas and boy did those 40 year old buildings look old. As a poster above said, there isn't much going on in Arlington. I wouldn't mind going back to DFW, but I'm not clamoring to do it. If it came down to DFW against Atlanta, I get the vibe folks would like to try something different and go to Atlanta.

I do think Atlanta has the positives that DFW has. Easy to get to. Drivable for many. Airports that are accessible from many locations in the nation. Probably easier to get a hotel than a New Orleans. 

Glendale and Tampa are the next two sites for the title game. I think folks would like going to those locales.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

People wonder why athletes then will not sign autographs or acknowledge the fans. You wonder why there is a fence around the parking lot at the Woody? You wonder why the players are now being encouraged to personalize their autographs? It is stuff like this. 

Folks, let's say it how it is here. It is downright frightening that there are people who look up the home address of a player's parents who live hundreds of miles from Columbus. 

Comment 13 Jan 2015

Love this!

No doubt that having Pedro Cerrano on the coin toss at the beginning of the playoffs gave the Buckeyes what they needed. 

Comment 03 Jan 2015

Also, looking at year's prior......

In the Cooper era, OSU would have got in probably as a 4 in 1996 with Florida State, Arizona State, and Florida. 1995 would have come down to a controversy for the last spot between OSU and Tennessee. 

In the Earle Bruce era, only the 1979 team would have been in a 4 team playoff.

It would have been interesting to see how long Bruce and Cooper would have lasted at OSU if they had the four team playoff. I am still surprised to this day that Cooper made it to the mid-1990's. 

Comment 03 Jan 2015

Looking back over the BCS years, there would have been some interesting decisions for a committee. The years discussed below are when OSU would have been in the discussion by a committee.

1998-OSU would have been either a 3 or 4 seed. The other teams would have been Tennessee, Florida State, and probably Kansas State. UCLA and Arizona would also have a case.

2002-Miami and OSU would have been the top 2. Georgia, USC, and Iowa would have been fighting for the final 2 spots. 

2003-LSU, Oklahoma, and USC. The Game would have been the win and in game.

2005-It would have been USC, Texas, Penn State as the 3, OSU as the 4.

2006-OSU, Florida, and Michigan would have been in. It would have been between LSU and USC for a last spot.

2007-OSU and LSU would have been the top 2. Three 2-loss teams, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, and Georgia would have been fighting for the final 2 spots.

2010-The Wisconsin loss would knock us out of the discussion as Stanford and Wisconsin would have been fighting for the final spot. Auburn, Oregon, and TCU would be in.

2012 aka Gene's Folly-Notre Dame and OSU would have been top 2. Alabama at 3. Oregon, Florida, Georgia, and Kansas State fighting for 1 spot.

2013-Michigan State knocks us out on final weekend.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

Give him 10 Buckeye leaves for that block last night. He did his job.