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Comment 27 Aug 2014

In 2004, I was starting my senior year at Ohio State. About a month before Neutron Man died, I was attending a Buckeye/political event in Grove City that was hosted by the U.S. Representative who covered the western half of Franklin County at the time, Deborah Pryce. Two notable former Buckeyes, Mike Lanese and Greg Frey, were at the event. There were more former Buckeyes there, but those were two I remember. There were many state and local politicos there, given it was an election year and Deborah Pryce was one of the most powerful politicos in central Ohio at the time. 

Nevertheless, the star of the event wasn't Deborah Pryce, one of the state or local politicos, or one of the former Buckeyes. It was the Neutron Man. The crowd at the event absolutely loved it! You could tell Neutron Man loved the people and the people loved him back, whether it was in that banquet hall in Grove City or at Ohio Stadium. Yet, he didn't try to make himself the star that night. In a couple of that night's big moments, which included TV cameras present, he moved away from the cameras to make sure to let Deborah Pryce and the former Buckeye players get the publicity. 

I was able to say hello and talk with him for a moment that night. Just a very nice guy. He had a smile all night! Then, a month later or so, I heard on the news that he was gone. 

As I look back, I wish I got a picture with him that night, but I will always have the memories of seeing him bring joy to so many that evening.

Comment 22 Aug 2014

Parents who like to make a scene, usually involving giving the coach crap in relation to their son, do not realize the problems that they are creating for their own child. That kid is going to get so much crap. Sure, the coach will be pissed about it, but the other kids are going to be far more vicious. The kid will be seen as a baby by other kids and that is a mild example of what usually happens. This type of thing is something that has ramifications for a long time.

In addition, the other parents see you as an asshole and don't want to be around you. 

Comment 17 Aug 2014

I have been fortunate to see some great running backs over the years. Starting with Carlos Snow, Raymont Harris, Eddie George, Antonio Pittman, Chris Wells, and Carlos Hyde. I particularly remember Eddie George and Carlos Hyde taking over games later in their OSU careers.

However, none of these guys were anywhere near Maurice Clarett's level when they were freshmen. None of them. 

Comment 08 Aug 2014

Your comments sound exactly like how Nixon stated it during the eulogy at Woody's funeral.

Comment 05 Aug 2014

I concur with the point made by Citrus. The reaction on 11W initially disappointed me too. There was one particular poster, M Man, who made valid points about the state of Title IX today and how it is impacting universities around the country. The criticism of M Man, in my opinion, was over the top.

Comment 08 Jul 2014

I saw Indianapolis had a rough weekend too. Seven people were shot in a section of the city called Broad Ripple. The next night, an Indianapolis cop was shot and killed. It was the eighth Indianapolis cop that was hit with gunfire in the last 18 months. Indianapolis is on pace for 160-170 homicides this year. 

Comment 19 Apr 2014

I think a lot of the "Coach Speak" that people refer to Tressel as doing was done for a reason. It was no secret that Tressel was not a fan of the media. That even included the local media here in Columbus. That feeling was mutual. He didn't want to be around them. 

You have seen Coach Meyer and his wife interviewed on local media. You have seen the family active on social media. During the Cooper era, even though the methods of communication were much fewer, you did see Coach Cooper and his family on TV and around the team. It was not the same for Tressel. You saw him do his obligated appearances, but that was it. Unlike the Meyer's and Cooper's, you never saw much of the Tressel family. Sure, Tressel's wife was around, but I don't remember her speaking to local media like Meyer's wife. 

I have heard stories of Jim Tressel away from the spotlight, camera, and microphone. He seems different in those stories. What I have heard from folks who knew Jim Tressel during his time at Ohio State was the football was not his whole life. He had other interests and hobbies. He was just like another person. 

Coach Speak was not the real Jim Tressel. It was done because he hated the media and the press conferences....and so forth.

Comment 07 Apr 2014

The system currently set up needs to change. The players are going to have to realize that things will change for them. If professional athletes today have to pay taxes on their earnings and endorsements, so will you. 

I would be for a system that allows players to have small endorsement deals with local businesses. For example, an Aaron Craft doing a deal with a Tommy's or Adriaticos. I would encourage athletes, and other students, to look at ways to raise funds for the university and for them to get a cut of it. 

Comment 07 Apr 2014

It sure does seem like the elitist academia types want no part of Tressel. Judging from the article, you can conclude that the criticism is probably coming from the law school at Akron. All of the interviewees are lawyers and legal types. Now they want to change the rules of the show cause? 

I am wondering when the media will get on the bandwagon. The media in northeast Ohio seem lukewarm toward the idea. The national media, like the Wetzels of the world, would have a cow if this happens. For one reason or another, the media and Tressel never had a good relationship.

Comment 18 Mar 2014

I am surprised by General Curtis LeMay losing here. A potential LeMay-Sherman second round matchup intrigued me. Bombs Away vs. Scorched Earth.

"If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting."--Curtis LeMay

"If they want eternal war, well and good. We accept the issue, and will dispossess them and put our friends in their place."--William Tecumseh Sherman

 

Comment 31 Jan 2014

I am not surprised by this at all. Columbus loves their Buckeyes. What a lot of people do not know is Columbus, in general, loves sports. It is a sports crazy town. Look at the TV ratings for any big sporting event. From the Super Bowl and March Madness to PGA Golf on CBS and French Open tennis. Columbus is at or near the top in the TV ratings for nearly every sporting event.

I can almost guarantee that Columbus will be a top 10 market, if not a top 5 market, in the TV ratings for both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. 

Comment 31 Jan 2014

Much deserved? Really? 

There is debate whether Gene knew anything about the scandal before it broke. A large number of people believe he did. People have a BIG problem with the way the aftermath was handled. Gene had the power to handle that and he did a poor job. His punishment for doing that? A raise, a promotion, a new contract with opportunities to rake in big bonus money. Only at Ohio State does mediocrity get rewarded with perks like this.

 

 

Comment 29 Jan 2014

For the last 20 years, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have done a lot of marketing in Mexico and all of Latin America. This has had a lot of success for the Cowboys, particularly in Mexico. I think Texas is seeing what the Cowboys are doing and are wondering if they have to do it. It will be interesting to see how this goes.

On another note, I have wondered when the B1G was going to make a marketing push into Canada. 

Comment 11 Jan 2014

I caught a little bit of his press conference. Franklin said his goal is to dominate the state and the region in recruiting. Unlike the Penn State of 15-20 years ago, he can no longer mostly depend on Pennsylvania. For many years, Pennsylvania was a Top 5 state in this country for high school football. Today, it is lucky to be a Top 10 state. 

I believe Pennsylvania has been hurt in high school football by two things: the loss of population in the western part of the state and the suburbs of Philadelphia, while growing, not producing the talent it should be. The western part of the state has produced a lot of talent over the years. If there is one area of the Rust Belt that has truly been hit by the loss of population with high school football, it's in Western Pennsylvania. 

That is why Franklin had to say dominate the region. He does have Northeast Ohio close by, but I think he will be looking at New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. New Jersey and Maryland, individually, have been producing more recruits than Pennsylvania. Northern Virginia has been growing in the past few decades and now you are starting to see it in their high school football. 

There has been controversy for why the B1G picked Rutgers and Maryland. This has been accompanied by rumors that the B1G might expand down the Mid-Atlantic coast into Virginia and North Carolina. There is already big population along Interstate 95 from Philadelphia northward. Today, you are continuing to see big growth along Interstate 95 in Maryland, through DC, and into Virginia down into North Carolina.

Today, it is up for debate whether these are good moves. However, there might be some logic to this in the long-term for the B1G. 

 

Comment 04 Jan 2014

You wouldn't need legislation. All you need is one County Prosecutor or District Attorney to file charges. In the end, it would probably be a minor misdemeanor, but the message will have been sent. Bring the TV cameras to the courthouse and let the Judge embarrass them even more. Message sent.

I do wonder if players, or celebrities in general, will shy away from this in the future because of crap like this. I know why the players are on there. Everyone in college is. Friends and sometimes family are. Most importantly, girls are. Yet, these no lifes and losers ruin it.

 

Comment 01 Jan 2014

I have always liked Mack. Texas is a tough place to coach. It is not necessarily the fans that you have to worry about there. It is the big money egos. It can be a mine field there. 

Mack was always complimentary of Jim Tressel, even after the scandal.