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Alice in Aggieland


Columbus, OH

Member since 25 September 2012 | Blog

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Proud fourth-generation Ohio State graduate and current Buckeye prof. Survived the Johnny Football era at Texas A&M.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Devin Barclay's field goal that clinched Ohio State's Rose Bowl berth in my final home game as an Ohio State student. There were tears involved.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Eddie George
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Whoever replaces Amir Williams
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: I don't believe in soccer.

Recent Activity

Comment 16 Nov 2014

Pretty sure that's Gracie Gold. Lucky for you, the US usually doesn't send 14-year-olds to the Olympics (cough, China and Russia, cough), so she's legal. (She's 19.)

Comment 13 Nov 2014

The pick-six and non-TD interception that gave Penn State great field position weren't the defense's fault. Eliminate those two major offensive mistakes (and JT's injury) and the game is a blowout in OSU's favor.

Comment 06 Nov 2014

I got a ticket from the Parcing [sic] Nazis after the kid who filled out my A-pass paperwork wrote down my license plate number incorrectly. The manager at T&P basically said, "Our bad," and shredded it. BUT STILL.

Comment 17 Oct 2014

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and American Gods are favorites of mine - Gaiman writes beautiful prose and throws in lots of wordplay. Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens is perhaps the funniest book ever written about the Apocalypse: The Antichrist is growing up in a suburb after being switched at birth, and the Four Horsemen tool around on motorcycles wreaking havoc.

Also a big fan of Isabel Allende - check out Zorro, her fictional biography of the character. Zadie Smith's On Beauty. Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale. Ooh, and definitely try Hillary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which are about the politics of the Tudor court during the reign of Henry VIII. 

Comment 03 Oct 2014

WRT your parenthetical, Nebraska uses NU to designate the university system (campuses, administration, sports teams) and UN+campus initial for the campuses (e.g., UNL is Nebraska-Lincoln, the flagship campus that houses the D1 sports programs; UNO is Nebraska-Omaha; UNK is University of Nebraska-Kearney, etc.). The NU regional campus system is a lot like Wisconsin's.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

The trustees might support the president but I seriously doubt if anyone else on campus does at this point.

Er, I don't know if I'd say that. I teach at OSU, and I've yet to hear students bring up Waters's firing in conversation. As long as there's a halftime show at every home game, I don't think the majority of the student body (or the faculty) cares. The band is an entity unto itself, and it seems as though most of the people who are really fired up about the situation are a) current band members; b) band alumni; c) friends of the aforementioned; and d) people who spend a lot of time discussing OSU-related things online.

Comment 17 Sep 2014

You...are not wrong. 

Though, to be fair, A&M's fanbase is more along the lines of "we are a RICH STORIED PROGRAM FULL OF HISTORY AND PRIDE while barely staying afloat in a good-to-middling conference" delusional, while PSU fans deify the enabler of a serial child predator. That's a whole 'nother level of creepy.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

In England they sell hard cider in 2-liter bottles. Ever played cricket while carrying a 2-liter of alcoholic beverage? You have not lived.

Hard cider is a pretty good mixer. Big fan of cider and black (Strongbow or Magner's with blackcurrant cordial, which I still haven't found Stateside after six years). Snakebite (cider and beer) will get you hammered in one pint. Bars in England won't sell it (makes the locals too rowdy), so you have to order two drinks and mix them yourself.

Or so I've been told.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

Yeah, after seeing the rest of the collection, I wish even more that the OSU athletic logo consisted of the simple Block O without the wordmark. (Confession: I hate that damn wordmark.) The buckeye leaves are cool, though.

Comment 18 Jun 2014

I think emphasizing the "The" in the name is obnoxious and a silly way to try and differentiate from other schools.

When I moved to College Station and, later, to Lincoln, I stopped adding the "The" because so many people would make preemptive cracks about it.

"I'm from Ohio." "Oh, did you go to THE Ohio State?" [Insert smug facial expression here.]

Also, I realized how douchey it sounds when you're the only one saying it.

Comment 18 Jun 2014

There is nothing worse than watching a noon game at the 'Shoe in September.

Even though it's elitist and ridiculous, I still get pissed off by bandwagon OSU fans who use first-person-plural pronouns when talking about Ohio State. And who somehow manage to get season tickets and/or prime tailgating space. I...just can't help how I feel.

We are, collectively, one of the rudest fanbases in the B1G. Nebraska's is the nicest (some of them actually apologized to me when Brasky beat OSU in basketball), and even UM's fans were super-polite at last year's game in AA. 

My older sister brought home a piece of turf from the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. We killed it by overwatering.

I took a certain amount of masochistic pleasure in Michigan State's B1G championship and Rose Bowl win. It's a bit of a relief to not have to carry the conference on our shoulders, right?

Also, I love Dino, and I kind of wish he were coaching the Buckeyes right now. ("Kind of" being the operative phrase.)

Comment 05 Jun 2014

After spending a year in Lincoln, Nebraska, I am absolutely not surprised that all it took for Husker fans to forgive Bo for his faux pas (paws?) was a Twitter account and a cat.

Seriously, most absurdly nice people ever.

Comment 04 Jun 2014

He mentioned how Michigan went 7-6 because of the coaching and the coaches lack of trust in the players. Michigan coaches would have you believe it is the players fault. He mention that OSU recruits the SAME TYPE OF TALENT that Michigan recruits and he won 24 straight games while Michigan goes 7-6. 

Ah, yes. Coming from ESPN or other media outlets, this is a fair assessment of the state of the Michigan football program. Coming from Urban, it's the slanderous defamation of a storied athletic tradition. 

Urban's shit-talking is funny 'cause it's true.

Comment 09 May 2014

If nothing else, the ownership is trying.  I guess they sold like 300 new season ticket packages immediately following the second pick.

The reactions of my friends in College Station ranged from "Oh, shit, we have to be Browns fans?!" to "I already ordered my Manziel jersey." Cleveland just managed to plant an orange flag in that very, very maroon town. Regardless of whether Manziel pans out at the next level, the next few seasons are going to be fun.

Comment 08 May 2014

Buffalo's pick at 9 and their first- and fourth-round picks in 2015.

And now we'll spend the whole season rooting for Buffalo to fail.

Comment 18 Feb 2014

Since Penn State, I think we've seen the NCAA take a hands-off approach to sexual assault cases (see: Notre Dame, FSU, TSUN). 

Honestly, what I find most disturbing about these cases is that the onus now seems to be on the victims to follow through on complaints. The moment rape survivors are labeled "noncompliant" their cases seem to be tossed by the wayside, even when there's a preponderance of physical evidence.

Comment 13 Jan 2014

Last year's basketball Buckeyes looked a lot like this in January, too: world beaters in OOC play, mortal in early B1G games. I think Matta likes to tinker with his rotations, and it's not until late in the conference schedule that his teams start to gel as a result.