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AAStagg 12th Warrior

Rural Maryland (via Columbus, Ohio -- the heart of America)

Member since 06 June 2012 | Blog

Been attending Buckeye games since 1954. College football is the greatest game ever invented. The NFL merely capitalized on the fame of the great college players it recruited to Play-for-Pay. Not anti-NFL really, just know that college teams are way more fun to watch and its players, way easier to cheer for.

Recent Activity

Comment 13 Sep 2015

Uniform question -- been a lo-o-o-ong time since I've worn one.  What are the thin bands many players wear on their legs, just below their knees, and arms, just above their elbows?  Seems they're mainly worn by the skill guys, but they look too thin and flimsy to provide support or to catch sweat.  What are they for?  Somebody help an old man please.

Comment 10 Sep 2015

As someone whose mental health can't be labeled pristine, this message hit a chord with me.

Me too.  But I'll tell you what, DJ Byrnes.    If you ever even think of hurting yourself, I'll drive back to Ohio and beat the crap out of you.  God put you here to write for the rest who can't.  You have a gift that I open every morning of my life.  Your writing is pristine.  Don't ever forget that.

Comment 02 Sep 2015

In 2005, in my late 50s, I had a bad fall that left me with a broken neck, fractured skull and crushed vertebra.  The kids I taught in Sunday school in Arlington VA sent Tress a letter telling him a Buckeye fanatic was now flat on his back at the Washington Hospital Center in DC.  In response, Tress sent me an 8x10 photo of him cheering on his players during the Miami national title game.  On it he wrote to me, "Get better soon, Geoff.  The Buckeyes are cheering for you.  Go Bucks, Jim Tressel."  I loved him even before that act of unexpected kindness, but now I fight folks who speak ill of him.  God threw away the mold after He made Jim Tressel.

Comment 14 Aug 2015

The designer cut off the two pointed tails -- the most distinguishing feature of our great flag -- to turn it into a non-existent 'weathered crest'.  I don't get that.  Give me a T with the true burgee and I'll 'buy 'em by the sack'.  But 'a weathered crest'?  No thanks.

Comment 01 Aug 2015

What does it say about the State of Ohio that every year we enshrine some famous Ohioan in butter?  Are we a little salty?  Are we smooth 'like butter'?  Do we go well with corn?  Whatever it is, I'm proud as hell of it.  

Comment 21 Jul 2015

This whole episode is perfectly revealing of Saban's character and Alabama's venal culture.  The Buckeye players were playing for love of each other and love of their University.  Saban and Alabama were playing for future earnings.  End of story.

Comment 21 Jul 2015

You're being prayed for, Zach.  Kick that cancer's ass.

Comment 11 Jul 2015

Great, informative piece on a wonderfully magnetic young man.  I'd never heard of the three color-coded levels of maturity and responsibility before, and think it's a brilliant technique.  Hope Cardale can climb up to gold before Fall camp.  I'd hate to see him lose the starting job because of off-the-field issues.  I try not to think about the QB conundrum -- it makes me sad.  Two really great Buckeye QBs are going to become back-ups.  Cardale needs to grow up fast.

Comment 04 Jul 2015

What stands out to me about Cardale and so many other Buckeyes is their gratitude.  They always mention that they're 'honored' to help out, or 'blessed' to be in the position football provides them to benefit others.  That Attitude of Gratitude will serve them well throughout their lives.  Great job, Cardale,  You'll always be a winner in life.  Your future is assured.

Comment 26 May 2015

In all my excitement over DJ's Skyline chili epiphany, I forgot to thank him for that Jesse Owens piece.  

Yeah, I guess you could say he was a BALLER -- an Ohio State athlete, permanently enshrined in Ann Arbor, for an athletic feat that will never be matched and simply could not be ignored, even by skunk weasels.  Whenever I brag about Ohio, I mention Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, Neil Armstrong ...and Jesse Owens.  He was an honest-to-God American icon before his 23rd birthday.  Just imagine that.

Anyway, DJ, this has been a good day's work.  So take the rest of the day off.

Comment 26 May 2015

Congratulations to DJ for manning up and admitting he's been wrong about Skyline Chili all these years.

A couple of months ago, after he'd cavalierly trashed the world's finest chili, I almost drove back to Ohio just to track him down and set things straight.  I moved to the DC area over 30 years ago to work in politics.  Over the years, I've suffered through about a million fundraising 'chili cook-offs'.  Want to know who usually wins here in the Capital of the Free World?  The guy who puts cinnamon in his recipe!  The guy who ate Skyline Chili one time, years ago, and has put cinnamon in his 'secret recipe from Tulsa' ...or 'Houston' ...or 'Santa Fe' ever since.  That's right -- Cincinnati posers.  Frauds.  Faux-Buckeyes!!  

If we had Skyline in Maryland, I'd be there every day till I died from the stuff.  Here, all we have is a pretty good dive called Hard Times Cafe which has two flags over the bar -- one from Texas and one beautiful Ohio flag -- signifying their chili roots.  Ohio outsells Texas' pretend chili 2:1.

Take pride, DJ.  Skyline is the Chili that keeps on giving.