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Abe Froman

Hilliard (via Middleport, OH)

Member since 13 February 2011 | Blog

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Grew up in a small town, went to OU and now buy coal for a large utility. I used to work at a power plant, now I buy 12 M tons per year for them. I have the largest CO2 footprint of ANYONE on 11W.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: High school football undefeated of course.
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: What is this NBA?
  • MLB TEAM: Redlegs
  • SOCCER TEAM: That is not football!

Recent Activity

Comment 12 Apr 2014

I had to think about this for a moment.  Not that I had all that many moments, but one in particular stands out as it shaped my later years.  I was a good high school football player, undersized for the O line at 5'7", but I was also a good high school wrestler so I understood leverage and position more than most.

 The story: in 8th grade we were a good team in football with one loss or something and tied with around 2 minutes left in the game.  We were on defense and I was playing defensive tackle.  Not strong enough to bull rush the guy, I typically had to use quickness to fake line way and then go another.  At this point I was tired and my move didn't pan out and I was late getting into the backfield but just in time to see the ball squirt out of the pile.  I reached down, scooped it up and it was off to the races.  With the goal line about 70 yards away I ran as fast as my short legs would carry me.  Around the 20 yard line I looked to my right and left, seeing teammates I eased up just a bit and was suddenly tackled from behind at the 4 yard line.  We had about a minute and a half and 4 plays.  We didn't get it in.  On the bus back, everyone, coaches, players and even the friggin cheerleaders said, "if you were just a little faster."  That summer I promised myself that I would become much, much faster.  I ran that summer.  Living in the country, I had railroad tracks to run on so I chose the challenge and worked on my foot speed by making myself hit nearly every railroad tie while I ran as fast as possible.  

The next time I took the football field, I was the fastest lineman, not one of the slowest.  We went on to go undefeated my senior year with 8 shutouts but didn't make the playoffs due to computer points.  I played both ways and ran a respectable 12.0 seconds in the 100M.  Even though I had 10 varsity letters in football, wrestling and track, I will never forget those words.  Yes, I listened to the Rocky soundtrack on a cassette player while running.

Comment 08 Apr 2014

No mention of Branson and the possibility of an offer to walk on?  Also, you crazy kids and your soccer links.........

Comment 05 Apr 2014

Sherman deserves credit, as ALL do on the list, but the fact remains that U.S. Grant become the boss.  If Sherman doesn't rank above Grant in his own time, no way History should remember him any different.  '"history is written by the Victors."

Comment 04 Apr 2014

I still have trouble with Thomas Alva Edison getting beat out.  The man had over 1,000 patents for such devices as the phonograph (record player for you youngsters), camera and light bulb (straight from Wiki).  Now I am a little biased understanding the implications of a world without electricity (the field in which I work) in each and every home, so my bias is exactly that.  But until each and every one of us has a flying car, your life is not impacted the same way by the Wright Brothers as it is by Edison.  Edison even tried to take down those pesky Alabama mascots long before OSU was good in football.

Comment 25 Mar 2014

At what point do you cut them free?  Elsewhere we give 18 year olds a weapon and ask them to defend our Constitution, so why do we need to wait until they are 21 for them to fail?  If they squander their money away, it is their own damn fault and I don't feel sorry for them at all.  Maybe the NBA should take a portion and put it into a Trust for each one, sort of like a 401K for he inevitable collapse.

Comment 22 Mar 2014

Amir improved at free throws, but that is all.  Thompson added some range and a jump shot that is still in progress.  Smith added even more inconsistency and Ross added the ability to lose the ball in traffic, but did hit the glass hard.  Who was the bright sumbitch that decided to screw with Craft's shot over the off season?  He'll he wasn't great by any means, but he at least hit the rim last year.  

Comment 19 Mar 2014

Just plain old common sense!  Why wait until they get their own?  I do like Johnny's historical look at these guys.  Such a conundrum when we examine the times these people lived in and compare them with our own values.  Even VintonCountyBuck took time out from a good old fashioned cock fight to comment on here (I jest VC Buck, I am no better being from Meigs County).  

Comment 19 Mar 2014

That's interesting but since I am not a fan of the Cavs, I couldn't give a rat's a$& on whether LBJ went to Miami or not.  Two rings later we are still watching him grow.  You may not like the man, but his achievements exceed those of Archie and he's not done.  Remember, everyone who voted for Tressel over Rose, it is not a vote for OSU.  If Rose was penalized for betting on his team to win, then Tatgate should at least count due to the sanctions incurred by OSU.  As an outside observer for LBJ, would you feel the same or different for him if he came back?  Mark me down for an 'X' Jason.  Made of bacon....

Comment 18 Mar 2014

Couldn't agree more.  I think that many people vote for the name and not the accomplishments.  Look, it think Halle Berry is hotter than almost anyone, but she is an actress.  She is not nor has she ever defended Ohio or the U.S.  A good way to think of the military choices are "if you had an army of Choice A fighting an Army of Choice B, who would win?"  You have to base it on their accomplishments and not their name.  

Comment 07 Mar 2014

I am glad a read the comments before posting, but you are spot on with LeMay.  When a man (in a time of war) is responsible for more death than the bombs, he is someone to be reckoned with.  Not so much on SJP, but as far as Nelsonville goes she ranks slightly ahead of the great ones, Brian & Tom Bruce.  

Comment 04 Mar 2014

Great links today DJ.  Under the ancient cold link, they note we may even see giant viruses.  I need some of that gigantism.

Comment 16 Jan 2014

I agree.  Who wants a picture with Ron Jeremy's scrotum?  Not quite the same as putting yourself in the open holes of a picture at a Mexican restaurant.

Comment 14 Jan 2014

Great article on Maddux.  As a Reds fan, you couldn't believe the calls he would get but then, every pitch was within the glove location, no matter where the catcher placed it.  The men's BBall team needs some consistent play for sure.  Also, IMO, they are a better team when Craft or Scott penetrates and then dishes or attempts a layup.  This obviously breaks the defense down and at least the Bucks have a shot at a rebound versus when Smith Jr. takes a 24 footer with nobody in position to rebound.  Let's just sit back and see what Matta does over the next 4-8 weeks.  He's the coach and a damn good one.

Comment 03 Jan 2014

Damn, that 14 yr old boy had muscles on his hands.  His hands!

Comment 02 Jan 2014

Good job Sparty.  Really good job Nebrasky.  Not as good Whisky, but with a second string QB it was noted with an asterisk.  

Comment 01 Jan 2014

My guess is the SEC is a favorite by +10 points in each game.  For instance, LSU (ranked) will play Iowa (unranked).  A healthy UGA will play a weak Nebraska team that was never ranked in the top ten, in comparison to UGA's #3 ranking at one point before the slew of injuries.  It is possible the B1G goes winless as the best chances are OSU and MSU but when teams are evenly matched, losses can also happen.  If not for the supportive canvases of the B1G's teams, they wouldn't play these away games against teams of higher ranking.  Nebraska would end up playing Rice.

Comment 27 Dec 2013

I don't disagree with you.  On a side note, you generally have a change of heart regarding speed when you have a child.  At least the wife and I both did about 4.8 years ago.  Now we take side roads where the damage in an accident are significantly less than when some idiot decides to side swipe you at 75 MPH.  In fact, while going 35 MPH I don't even think I will die unless I am on a crotch rocket, which was traded in for a Jeep Wrangler years ago.  I think the safety issue on the 'Bahn is related to the lack of speed limit.  Here, some go the limit and others don't, which causes the issue.  Think differential.

Comment 26 Dec 2013

I agree Charlie.  This read, as many of @Ramzy's articles do, energizes the readers even more.  Sure it is a great day to meet the writers, readers and posters, but we all need to remember that it is just a game and being able to benefit DS or any charity is what is important.  This article is the body of the story, I will be interested to see how the conclusion is written in the future.

Comment 26 Dec 2013

Wow Chris, Princess Olga was one Baaaaaaad B!tch of a ruler.  Burning the best of the men alive.  Burying the others.  I love the education of the masses via a link on here and watching Northern Illinois play today is better than no college football.  Please throw out some love for Curtis Le'May in a link sometime.  Not only is he OSU, but he is responsible for the deaths of more people than Fat Man and Little Boy combined.

Comment 13 Dec 2013

At this point in his career, I agree.  He should be like KG and be trying to figure out how to graduate and coach.  

Comment 09 Dec 2013

I am okay with what Taylor Lewan said concerning OSU's rank.  After all, he ended up being prophetic.  The defense the team has fielded isn't a top ten defense.  Taj Boyd has to be smiling knowing that he will throw for over 400 yards in his last game.  I ought our linebackers played much better, but the DBs looked lost once again.  That being said, it was a nice ride, but just like everything else, it has to come to an end.