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Comment 26 Jan 2015

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.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

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. 

Comment 19 Jan 2015

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.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

People wonder why athletes then will not sign autographs or acknowledge the fans. You wonder why there is a fence around the parking lot at the Woody? You wonder why the players are now being encouraged to personalize their autographs? It is stuff like this. 

Folks, let's say it how it is here. It is downright frightening that there are people who look up the home address of a player's parents who live hundreds of miles from Columbus. 

Comment 13 Jan 2015

Love this!

No doubt that having Pedro Cerrano on the coin toss at the beginning of the playoffs gave the Buckeyes what they needed. 

Comment 03 Jan 2015

Also, looking at year's prior......

In the Cooper era, OSU would have got in probably as a 4 in 1996 with Florida State, Arizona State, and Florida. 1995 would have come down to a controversy for the last spot between OSU and Tennessee. 

In the Earle Bruce era, only the 1979 team would have been in a 4 team playoff.

It would have been interesting to see how long Bruce and Cooper would have lasted at OSU if they had the four team playoff. I am still surprised to this day that Cooper made it to the mid-1990's. 

Comment 03 Jan 2015

Looking back over the BCS years, there would have been some interesting decisions for a committee. The years discussed below are when OSU would have been in the discussion by a committee.

1998-OSU would have been either a 3 or 4 seed. The other teams would have been Tennessee, Florida State, and probably Kansas State. UCLA and Arizona would also have a case.

2002-Miami and OSU would have been the top 2. Georgia, USC, and Iowa would have been fighting for the final 2 spots. 

2003-LSU, Oklahoma, and USC. The Game would have been the win and in game.

2005-It would have been USC, Texas, Penn State as the 3, OSU as the 4.

2006-OSU, Florida, and Michigan would have been in. It would have been between LSU and USC for a last spot.

2007-OSU and LSU would have been the top 2. Three 2-loss teams, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, and Georgia would have been fighting for the final 2 spots.

2010-The Wisconsin loss would knock us out of the discussion as Stanford and Wisconsin would have been fighting for the final spot. Auburn, Oregon, and TCU would be in.

2012 aka Gene's Folly-Notre Dame and OSU would have been top 2. Alabama at 3. Oregon, Florida, Georgia, and Kansas State fighting for 1 spot.

2013-Michigan State knocks us out on final weekend.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

Give him 10 Buckeye leaves for that block last night. He did his job.

Comment 15 Nov 2014

I have been on Twitter for three years and use it less and less. I like reading the news and stuff that interests me, but 95% of the stuff there is garbage. 

The hashtag #HowAreYouSTILLNotOnTwitter made news this week in a message between former Presidents. When you see incidents like this, you get your answer. 

Comment 23 Oct 2014

"That's up to my boss." 

It is up to Gene. In other words, it is going to happen. It is not because recruits and players love them. It is going to happen because OSU and Gene can find another revenue source. If the universities couldn't make money off of them, they wouldn't give a crap about what some recruits or players thought about them.

Any decision OSU and Gene makes has the motive of positive cash flow behind it. 

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!!!