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New Jersey (via St. Marys, OH)

Member since 26 July 2012 | Blog

Raised as the son of an Ohio State grad, I've been a Buckeye fan since a kid. Went out of state to college at the school that has since become the latest (associate) member of the B1G. Have lived in NJ virtually my entire adult life.Still get a thrill watching TBDBITL and Buckeye football.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: beating Eric Dearbaugh in the mile
  • NFL TEAM: The original Cleveland Browns
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 44 minutes ago

It may be a bit outside "recently released" since it's from a year and a half ago, but "Bridge of Spies" is a favorite of mine.

"Rogue One" is also pretty good. 

I've missed a bunch of recent ones I've wanted to see, like "Sully"

Comment 23 Feb 2017

Well done, Phi! (and sorry it took me so long to read this well-thought-out post).

Although we all know how critical player development is, we oftentimes forget how valuable fan development is to a program. When faced with an uninformed fan base, it's all too easy to figure the situation can be remedied by recruiting a bunch of 5 star fans in the next class, or perhaps picking up some transfers from another program. You have chosen the better path: coaching up the fans we already have.

Again I say, well done!

Comment 23 Feb 2017

I had the pleasure of meeting him at the wedding of my cousin when she married Randy Hobbs, who played bass both for him and the McCoys. I don't have much nice to say about Hobbs, but Johnny seemed like an ok dude.

Comment 22 Feb 2017

And he was a pretty good HS football player too, scoring something like 7 touchdowns in one game.  I also recall a report to the effect that he was the fastest runner on his team his first year in the Reds farm system - a team that included Ken Griffey Sr. 

Comment 21 Feb 2017

Right. When you're 2 years out of school, does anyone really care what your GPA was? Same thing with a player 2 years out of college - it no longer matters (except perhaps for the player in his salary) in what position he was drafted. Performance is what matters.  High recruiting ranking, high draft pick, and high GPA may have some correlation with later success, but these are not dispositive. It's what you do.

Comment 21 Feb 2017

Not just "one of his last season," but his LAST season. I've heard that Schlichter was pretty much promised the job in order go get him on campus. THAT, more than anything, is probably what indicates that Woody knew more passing was needed. Actually, I think Schlichter was a sort of a dual threat quarterback (I distinctly recall him beating TTUN with his feet one year), while Gerald was more of a running quarterback who WASN'T much of a threat to pass.

Comment 21 Feb 2017

I think there are some assumptions here, based primarily on recruiting rankings. Production (or developed skill/ability) doesn't necessarily follow those ratings. There is some great innate talent but what's the evidence that the Buckeye third string is better than other B1G team's first? Is it the fact that last year they were behind a pair of (inarguably good) former walk-ons in the depth chart? Some of these guys need to step up and fulfill their potential (and stay healthy of course). The fact that there may be no true MLB, requiring someone to play out of position, is also of some concern, though perhaps not a major problem. 

Comment 21 Feb 2017

I work in government and for too many years to count have used total costs to value my employees' time (and the equipment they use). When I have to seek reimbursement for services, it is the private sector people who grouse that I want to charge them for anything more than the hourly pay rate of the employees, especially since the cost of pension, benefits, SSI, paid time off plus vehicles and equipment used more than doubles what they consider to be my "fair" cost (i.e., hourly pay only). And yes, it's ludicrous not to include the full cost, no matter who is doing the calculation.

Comment 14 Feb 2017
I got As for handwriting via the shadow effect until halfway through fourth grade when a brutally honest replacement teacher suddenly started awarding me Cs, at which point I immediately "realized that handwriting doesn't matter" and stopped even trying. The regular blemish on my report card continued until the subject no longer existed in 3rd grade. Alas, typewriters didn't become a thing until I was in college. I switched to block letters until finally, once computers became the way to write, my block letter in, too, deteriorated so that now mine is my own secret code. And as anyone who has attempted to read my posts here can attest, I'm a terrible typist. Thankfully I'm old, because it has to be but a few more years until my ability to communicate "in writing" will be totally gone.