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.
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.
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.
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Congrats to Coach Matta.
He did this with health issues with his back. You can tell he is in pain.
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.
Any man would be big time with Stephanie......and in more ways than one.
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.
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.
I was at both 1996 scum and 1998 msu. The quietest I have ever heard folks leaving the Shoe.
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.
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.
Bye bye Bernie's, Too's, and the old Four Kegs. A lot of memories from those places.
The Dispatch write up says that a boutique hotel will be going in on this development. Just don't think a boutique hotel fits in with the neighborhood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Folks can say all they want about Jim Tressel nationally. It should be a feather in his cap that his team made Joe Paterno shit his pants on national TV.
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.
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.