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Comment 03 Jun 2015

This is big news in Columbus. The Dispatch has been a fixture in this community for years. 

Why did this happen? A couple of reasons. First, the print business is not what it once was. Second, John F. Wolfe is in his 70's. He has two (maybe three) daughters. Maybe the family just decided it was time. 

It is a sign of the change in media, technology, and Columbus. 


The above article is from Columbus Monthly in 1986, pre-Wolfe Family ownership. John F.'s cousin, John W. Wolfe, was the big guy then. This story tells you how big the Wolfes and the Dispatch were and are in Columbus. 

Comment 16 May 2015

It sure seems like OSU is having a helluva time trying to install a replacement. It has me thinking back to right after Waters was fired, a lady called into a radio show in Columbus. She said she was a band alum. She was not happy about the firing. One comment stood out from her. It was that whoever replaced Waters was going to be hated by the band community and that individuals who would typically jump at the opportunity for the job would not because of what happened to Waters. 

I don't blame Jon Waters for the lawsuit. I know some folks are saying he is embarrassing himself and he needs to move on. We all saw Jim Tressel and Gordon Gee move on. For Jon, he is a younger guy. I am willing to bet he doesn't have the financial resources that those guys did. He is fighting for himself and his family. 

I don't blame Ohio State for not settling the case. They shouldn't. They have to fight every case because one settlement is an invitation for more lawsuits in the future. 

I would say employment litigation/separations are the nastiest things out there. It is worse than divorce court, which has changed a lot since the days of the 1970s and 1980s. I have seen business partners "break up" and not speak to eachother for years. We saw how nasty the Ohio State-Jim O'Brien suit got. It is safe to say Jim Tressel and Gordon Gee have some bitter feelings too. 

Comment 11 May 2015


Comment 29 Mar 2015

This was about a week before Woody died. 

Eight months before the Earle Bruce firing, which saw Rick Bay resign. Boy, I remember my mom when I was little hating, I mean hating, Ed Jennings. Never heard anything good about Jim Jones, who was AD between Bay and Andy Geiger, either. It's interesting seeing videos from long ago and seeing how things turned out since that time.

If OSU offered him, Lou Holtz would have been coach here. The comment about the Ohio-Michigan border war was funny.

Comment 17 Mar 2015

Another issue that I don't think gets talked about enough is the playing surface. The field turf of today certainly is not the horrible product that the old AstroTurf was. Remember, of the NFL's 28 teams in the 80's and 90's, only Browns, Dolphins, Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, 49ers, Packers, Buccaneers, and Redskins did not use AstroTurf. Of the original Big 10 teams, all but one had AstroTurf. It was thin carpet above concrete. It makes you wonder. 

I am not convinced about field turf either. Maybe I wasn't watching much in the day, but it sure seems like guys have the wind knocked out of them a lot more on field turf than they did on grass. It is softer than the old AstroTurf, but it does not feel like it has the give or cushion as grass does. 

Comment 15 Mar 2015

I do remember the horrid days of the 1990's. Thank God Ohio State basketball is nowhere close to that era. I am not one of these folks that want Thad fired. That being said, the pressure is undoubtedly heating up.

My biggest worry is Thad's health. The Bob Hunter column was very revealing to me. 

Comment 15 Mar 2015

Huggins chance to coach here was 1997. Many people were against it then, for obvious reasons. This was a few years after the Damon Flint recruiting saga which got OSU on probation. Damon Flint's high school coach was Mick Cronin, who is currently Cincinnati's coach. After the Flint saga, where he ended up landing at Cincinnati, Huggins hired Cronin away from the high school ranks to Cincinnati. Read between the lines there folks.

OSU welcomed back Maurice Clarett and someday it will welcome back Terrelle Pryor.  OSU will never welcome Bob Huggins. 

Comment 15 Mar 2015

It sounds like you have a solid foundation with savings. Even in this era of low interest rates, you have to have savings.

One thing to watch out for on investments: fees! Look over the fee structures of your investments, especially if you have mutual funds. 

One thing I love is dividend reinvestment. There are plenty of dividend reinvestment plans on the Internet. It is a cost-effective way for the little guy to get started. Again, watch your fees here too, but you can get started investing in terrific companies. 

Comment 08 Mar 2015

I saw the recent 30 for 30 on Boz. He said he was ashamed of wearing that, mostly for the problems he caused Oklahoma and Barry Switzer. Nonetheless, the shirt had a point. 

Comment 07 Mar 2015

In the mid-1990's, Columbus did not have a large arena. The powers-that-be at OSU during that time, such as Gordon Gee, Andy Geiger, et al, saw how much trouble and opposition there was to building a downtown arena. The mayor of Columbus during the 1980's and early 1990's, the recently deceased Dana "Buck" Rinehart, tried to move heaven and earth to build an arena. The mayor in the 1990's, former Buckeye Greg Lashutka, was trying to do the same. The opposition to a downtown arena stemmed from opposition to tax increases. The embarrassment of having the city's minor league hockey team play their playoff games in Troy, Ohio because their arena was occupied by a circus, could not persuade Columbus voters to vote for a tax increase. 

Gee, Geiger, et al, saw this and decided to build a large arena of their own. Some of the downtown crowd would say OSU did behind the scenes stuff to hurt a downtown arena. OSU probably envisioned hosting big events at the Schott. What OSU did not envision was some in the Columbus corporate community, notably Nationwide CEO Dimon McFerson and Worthington Industries CEO John H. McConnell, to say the hell with it, we'll build it ourselves.  That is what happened and people got behind it. As a result, there are two arenas within a couple miles of eachother. 

OSU does not get the number of events at the Schott that they envisioned. It is too big for basketball and hockey. The Schott isn't even 20 years old. It makes you wonder if OSU is going to do anything with the Schott. OSU has put a lot of money into it. I think at some point, there will be a basketball only arena of 13k-15k and a hockey only arena of 6k-10k. 

The ticket woes are going to continue. I think all sports around the country are having this problem. Tickets + concessions + parking....after a while, the cost adds up.

Comment 07 Mar 2015

Looking back, there was probably only one of those Super Bowls that they had a legitimate shot at winning. That was the first one against the Giants. The Redskins were a juggernaut in 1991. They rolled over everyone. Don't even think about asking Chris Spielman about it. Then the Cowboys of the 1990's were arguably the greatest team ever. 

Like someone mentioned, the AFC at that time was historically weaker than the NFC. During that time frame, John Elway and the Broncos went to three Super Bowls and got smoked. Dan Marino and the Dolphins only went to one and got smoked. The only team to come close were the Bengals and the Bills during that time frame.

While the AFC teams had solid offenses, so did the NFC teams. The NFC teams had superior defenses. Fact: During those 13 years, only one AFC team got more than 25 points in a Super Bowl. 

Comment 02 Mar 2015

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

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.