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Comment 11 Oct 2014

Just minutes ago on Twitter, this from Jim Cramer of CNBC:

@jimcramer: As a young sports reporter I covered the FSU 'Noles for the Tallahassee Democrat. It was "challenging" to be critical of off-field behavior

@jimcramer: First, I loved the 'Noles. Loved Bowden. But as a reporter I had to report the news, good or bad, and I was hated for it. Hated!!!

Comment 09 Oct 2014

It is very hard for TV guys to do radio. On TV, you read the teleprompter. Your time on the air is more limited. With radio, you have segments for several minutes. Your show is 2 or 3 hours. There is no teleprompter. You make the show go.

With that in mind, I never had an issue with Beau on TV. The same goes for Anthony Rothman and Demetrious Stanley. They are TV people who did their TV thing. Once they got on the radio, it became unbearable to listen to. Rothman and Stanley couldn't kick it to Clay Hall for a few minutes. It was all them. It was unbearable to listen to. It feels the same way with Beau.

Comment 09 Oct 2014

To borrow a phrase from Vince McMahon, Michigan screwed Michigan. 

I see what is going on up north. The reason I am not laughing is because I see similar things here. I have discussed this in the last month with friends and former roommates from OSU. All of them believed that something similar can happen here and that it is much closer to happening than people think. 

As the years have gone on, the most common thing people have to say about OSU is "all about the money." These aren't haters saying this. These are the good, hard working people of Columbus saying this. 

The only thing preventing a similar situation in Columbus right now is Urban Meyer and a winning football program. 

Comment 06 Oct 2014

I have great respect for Coach Bruce. Certainly there are many questions you could ask him from his head coaching days here. Some of you above mentioned questions about the week of The Game in 1987 and about Art Schlichter. I do believe those are subjects that to this day there is a lot of talk about. 

Many folks have deep resentment toward Ed Jennings, et al, about what happened in 1987. Regarding Schlichter, there are stories to this day you hear about. I am of the belief that Schlichter is the biggest scumbag ever to wear the Buckeye uniform. 

Anyhow, my questions.....

1. You led your first OSU team in 1979 to the brink of a national championship. Since then, you have seen Coach Tressel and Coach Meyer have banner seasons very early in their time here. What is it about a new head coach having great success so quickly?

2. What was the week of the 1985 Iowa game like? 

Comment 30 Sep 2014

1. Wunder is probably getting some sort of counseling for alcohol. 

2. Marc Collins is probably waiting to get a probable plea bargain. The prosecutors have bigger cases to deal with. 

3. Collins is probably going to get a continuance or two and find a date where the media attention is much less. Let a few Buckeye games pass by. Let some other news stories dominate the headlines and go viral. This will get settled in due time.

You have to believe Wunder is greatly humbled and embarrassed. Sure, he'll get guffed for a long time about it, but as time goes on it will be largely forgotten. A Friday pleading to the charge to take out the trash for the Friday afternoon news dump or sometime in the holiday season is what I see happening here. 

Comment 30 Sep 2014

There has been too much stink since this story broke. Or the saying, doesn't pass the smell test.

Drake isn't the only one I am disappointed in. As a couple of the band members said in a letter to him, this report was dropped in his lap the first weeks on the job. There are members of the administration who have some questions to answer too. Nevertheless, I have questions about Drake's judgment as a result of this. 

It is disappointing it has had to come to this, but I think there is no choice. It has to go to court. 

Comment 23 Sep 2014

I have been surprised at the lack of anger publicly coming from former players up there. This is going back several years too. When I look at the names of former players up there who had success at the next level, I am flabbergasted that there has not been more reaction in recent years to the events in Ann Arbor from former players. I can only imagine the outrage that would come from fans and former players here in Columbus. 

Comment 23 Sep 2014

I have wondered about some kind of deal with Toronto and McGill involving some of the non-revenue sports and the new B1G hockey conference.

Comment 20 Sep 2014

August 30, 2003 

Washington Huskies at Ohio State Buckeyes

Maurice Clarett under suspension. On the sidelines. On the Gameday set.

Comment 16 Sep 2014

http://www.foxsports.com/ohio/story/cleveland-browns-training-camp-location-possibilities-akron-kent-state-hiram-otterbein-081214

This is from a month ago. Otterbein University in Westerville, with help from the City of Westerville, was submitting a bid to host.

Comment 16 Sep 2014

Well, given how things are at OSU these days, Heuerman might get in trouble for promoting a sexualized culture.

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.