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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. 

Comment 15 Dec 2013

Indianapolis is a good town. It is a good host city for this event. Our group that went lucked out. We now know what to do when we head out there next time.

Comment 15 Dec 2013

Some of you folks have watched wrestling in your earlier years, whether it be WWF or WCW. On those shows, you had Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan or Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler. It was an act. Everyone knew it. It could be funny and entertaining.

These media people are an act. That is why I don't get worked up about it. The difference between ESPN College Football and WWF Wrestling years ago is that the people on wrestling were funny.

Comment 08 Dec 2013

To ask a question about a point you made in your post: when was the last time a major college team went undefeated two consecutive seasons? Was it Nebraska in the 1990's?

Comment 04 Dec 2013

I agree that there is a fatigue. I believe a lot of that fatigue is because of the media. We have seen streaks before in sports. Of course, some fans wished for those streaks to end. They did end. 

In recent years, there have been many new media outlets opened. As a result, when people or stories get constantly repeated by many sources day in and day out, people get tired of it (e.g. Tim Tebow). They tune out. 

This is not just confined to the sports world either. You can pick many stories or people in entertainment, business, or politics that people get fatigued about. Sometimes, this is not a result of anything an individual did, but the result of the constant drumbeat from others, such as the media. 

Comment 04 Dec 2013

I checked on Twitter to see any reaction from this documentary.


There was one tidbit of information that was interesting. It was from an Anthony Lima, who according to his Twitter is a sports radio/TV guy in Cleveland. Lima said it was clear that Andy Geiger wanted no part of this project.


Of course, there are obvious reasons why Geiger would not participate. First, Geiger and Clarett did not end on the best of terms. At least on a public level, things started going bad in the days leading up to the Fiesta Bowl after Clarett's comments to the media. It is possible there is still bitterness there. Second, Geiger was not happy with ESPN and their coverage of events in 2003 and 2004. This was abundantly clear in the aftermath of the Alamo Bowl. Third, Geiger is an athletic director at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professionally, it may not be wise for him to participate.


After watching the documentary, did you come away with the opinion that Geiger wanted no part of this?

Comment 30 Nov 2013

Some players are remembered for one play in their career. Will Allen, interception against Michigan. Ryan Hamby, the drop. Lydell Ross, passing fake money at the nudie bar.

Marcus Hall, giving the double salute to the people of Ann Arbor.