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OSU 1990-1, 1992-1996, graduated BA with honors after switching majors a couple of times. Now I work as a business and life coach, after jobs in desktop publishing and IT (Computer Science Dept. at Cornell).


  • SPORTS MOMENT: how could you pick the best? but this one is my favorite right now
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals, unfortunately
  • NHL TEAM: let's talk about MMA instead: Jon Jones
  • NBA TEAM: I live in AZ now, so I watch the Suns
  • MLB TEAM: Reds, I guess
  • SOCCER TEAM: what?!? man up!

Recent Activity

Comment 26 Mar 2014

This is the line that scares me:

"The offense will have a different flavor this year, Herman said. The power run-game probably won’t be relied upon as much as it was past two years."

Hyde at one point was almost threatening to quit the team because they wouldn't give him the damn ball. I don't know if it's Meyer or Herman, but one of them hates the power run game. I love the power run game! Hyde was dominant last year; what's wrong with that? Can't they see that having a big scary back running down the middle makes the stuff on the edges work? Or didn't they see Stanford beat Oregon again?

If we don't have a big guy that scares people up the middle the offense gets predictable, and we're back to losing big games against good defenses (did we ever leave?)

That being said, if Cardale ends up with the job, he's got the size to run up the middle... a la Timmy T

And fwiw, i think Ball is getting overlooked. If Smith doesn't grab the job, I'm pulling for Ball; he seems to run angry (like Eddie George, like Beanie, like Hyde)

Comment 20 Mar 2014

i remember doing the Scoonie Penn years we played Dayton; i went to the game. Someone with google should look it up ;) but i think the halftime score was something like 18-6; it was two pretty good defensive teams (Dayton was a great defensive team) but we pulled away in the second half. The first half was a little boring, but mostly a pretty good game to watch. 

Go bucks! :)

Comment 09 Feb 2014

Thanks big Meech. You pretty much just summed up why every REAL fan loves tOhio State. Family, love, taking care of people, purpose, getting the job done. 

Best of luck; looking forward to seeing you play on Saturdays. 


Comment 15 Jan 2014

Is that really true? wasn't TTUN ranked in the top 5 at one point? Did losing Hand and a couple of defections drop them that far?

If so, i wouldn't go declaring the B1g as back just yet... we might have the highest paid coaches, but if they aren't getting in top 10 recruiting classes then its not going to matter much.

(Ok, except for Dantonio, but i'm not convinced he's a real threat; if we had a pass defense above 50 instead of 115, we would have won that MSU game by 10. Minny--Minny!--held them to 14 just the week before... it's Bollman fer crissakes!)

Anyway, if--if!--UM3 fixes the pass defense with these new hires, tOSU should still blow out every team in the B1g for the foreseeable future. (Assuming Wariner can mold another super OL and somebody can fill Hyde's shoes.) At least until the sanctions come off PeeSU. Neither Dantonio, nor the Hokester, nor Anderson, nor Franklin have the kind of coaching chops UM3 has, although they're all good coaches (ok, maybe the Hokester is only a recruiter. But the rest are good!). 

Go bucks!!!

Comment 12 Jan 2014

I'm not sure i want an NFL guy; although spread and option offenses are trickling up to the NFL (San Fran is winning as we speak), he's probably not seen anything like some of the offenses he would have to stop in college. Every offense in the NFL is basically the same; the different kinds of offenses you have to prepare for at the college level is crazy. And yes, he is also unproven as a recruiter. But so was Vrabel. 

The only thing I'm sure I don't want is Heacock back. This is exactly the kind of lazy hiring that 11W's article posted today was claiming the B1g is turning around. I like Heacock, he helped us do great things, but he also coached the defense that caused 41-14. He was great against mid- to low-level talented B1g teams (meatchicken included ; ) but couldn't handle offenses at or above our talent level (Texas, USC, FL, LSU). You have to pressure teams like that. Or, i just hate zone defenses. As you like.

But I'm sure UM3 will hire somebody good; is sounds like he's taking his time. So I'm sure he'll get somebody that's a better fit and will be more aggressive. 

Go bucks.

Comment 17 Dec 2013

unfortunately, that was never the question; the question is can our defense stop anybody? and unfortunately, again, the answer seems to be no... 

i'm kind of hoping Clemson kills us throw the air so that UM3 has the fuel he needs to make some changes... 

Comment 08 Dec 2013

I'm not sure you should have high hopes for the offense improving. This might be the best offense we see in a long time. What all these spread-to-run teams need is a legitimate threat to run up the middle; that's what keeps the defense from being able to defend the edges. With Tebow, UM3 had a big QB that could run up the middle. This year, UM3 had El Guapo. It doesn't matter what position does it, QB or RB, as long as there is someone big enough to do it. 

So when UM3 finishes getting "his own recruits" in place, we'll see if it includes someone big enough to run up the middle like El Guapo. See, i don't think UM3 would have recruited someone like El Guapo; like all these teams (Oregon, especially) the coaches are so enamored with speed--they love recruiting speed freaks--that they overlook how important it is to also have power.

Maybe EzE can do it, or Dunn or Ball will emerge... but i doubt it. Cardale is never going to start at QB unless there are injuries. 

So i wouldn't expect more from the (historically high scoring) offense. The frickin' defense needs to get fixed. 

But, like others have said, i'm happy for Dantonio. If he was still our DC we would have won that game ;)

Comment 25 Nov 2013

The first time I heard this song was penny-cent draft night at maxwells. But that's besides the point... You can consult it whenever you forget the words to Schwarzenegger's quote:


Comment 22 Nov 2013

Dear Ross, just to give you proper dues; this is the only column I read every week now. It's replaced Gerd's 'Buckeye Watch' as my favorite column. Thanks.

I'm curious about this 'freshman defender' UM3 mentioned in his call-in show:

'Ohio State might have to play a freshman defender who hasn't played yet this season due to plethora of injuries.'

i read we were getting Perry back, so who would this be? Is he talking about taking the redshirt off Mitchell? Or maybe Vonn Bell has earned his way on the field?

I'm guessing he's not talking about moving Smith, Dunn, or Ball to LB... ;)

Comment 09 Nov 2013

i love Craft too, but he's no Scoonie Penn. ;)

Seriously, i love him but he doesn't have the offense we need and through the first half it looks like he's never going to have it

but Scott is playing well... 

Comment 29 Oct 2013

Baby Carlos! i'm excited we're going after somebody with some size... it tells me the coaches understand how important having a back like Hyde is to this offense.

Does anybody have links to film?

Comment 20 Oct 2013

Are you kidding? What's the over/under on Indiana scoring 47 on us? I would trade our defense out for MSU's or even Wisky's in a heartbeat. Thank god they also have a sorry defenses; it's not like we're going to win any defensive slugfests this yr.

We're going to need Oregon and/or Bama to lose, but I think it happens... As long as we take care of business ourselves (and figure out how to shore up our leaky D).

Go bucks!

Comment 14 Oct 2013

I said the same thing to my friend yesterday; watching their highlights their offense looks just like ours but better; maybe a little bit more speed and less power (no Hyde).

So it would come down to defense, which is not a comforting thought... 

Comment 26 Sep 2013

Great stuff. Thanks Ross :)

why was Roby underneath on that play? Was it just an under thrown ball? Or did he release his man and come over? I can't see the whole field... It looks like he let his man run by him expecting the safety help to pick him up, and was just there to catch the under thrown ball. Do you think it was the pressure that caused the QB to throw off his back foot resulting in a short throw?

Comment 21 Aug 2013

Better than the guy from USA Today, anyway, who hasn't heard yet that Blake Thomas is gone.

And the Eli Apple pick is uninformed, since Coombs already announced Reeves has the job and Apple was being outplayed by Conley in practice... 

These guys should read the 11W practice reports before they give "opinions"... ;)

But i'm impressed you got all these guys together ? i thought it was a joke when i first saw the list of names... and it is nice to see what the impression is among the national guys (even if they aren't as well informed ; ) they're voting and i'm not... 

Comment 19 Aug 2013

No PAC12 team is going undefeated. None of them have the defense, except Stanford, to do it. And Stanford doesn't have the talent level to compete with 'bama. But they'll lose before that, somewhere. 

It depends on some of the final scores; if we have to beat Purdue and Wisky in OT again, then yes, we will get jumped--and rightfully so. But if UM3 pounds some teams this year that will get noticed. 

And the pasting ND took in the title game last year also got noticed, so they're not jumping us. FSU beat the hell out of a crappy ACC for years and went to the title game; Bobby just ran the score up when he could. UM3 will do the same. If we crush a couple of deadbeats, score 70 somewhere during the season, beat UM on the road, and then win the B1g title game we'll make the MNC game. UM3 has assembled the only team talented enough to take on 'bama, and anybody who's paying attention knows it. 

Comment 18 Aug 2013

i'm pretty sure this one is in the bag as well. they might show some offense, but as long as we don't allow the 2 long TD runs again from the noname RB (jeez), then i don't see how they compete in this one.

Last year's defense was confused, trying to play a new system they didn't understand, and lacking any leadership on the field. Even with Boren gone, i think the safeties should provide the leadership, and a serviceable MLB will be found (again). 

But the most important thing is the clown show won't be making an appearance again. ;) Even if the D gives up some points, our O this year will run them off the field. It will be a beating, MID. 

Comment 18 Jul 2013

lol the following statement is true, the preceeding statement is false... ;)

Comment 14 Jul 2013

Herbie has had his moments for me; when he picked tOSU on sports center in '97 I went crazy... (Crap we should have won that game. F u Woodson!!!) 

But Spielman blows him away--he's the one of the few analysts that make sense, and if you listen to him sometimes you even learn something about the game.