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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

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Comment 22 Mar 2017

now more than ever college athletes (of all races) come from middle class homes  with college-educated parents, which makes it less likely than in earlier times that the athletes would have grown up in poverty without the role models teaching them how to talk and present themselves. That stereotype has been prevalent for African-American athletes of late, but has pretty much always been present, even when those athletes came from the lower-economic sector in other ethic groups.  Even when someone is "not well spoken" (with an accent, or non-standard grammar, or less lofty vocabulary), that in no way makes them less smart , but just having been exposed to a different culture. There is also the phenomenon of young people choosing to talk like they're "from the 'hood" even when they are equally conversant in standard English. Again, this also happens in other ethnic groups. And it can give the impression that teh young people are less "well spoken."

Comment 21 Mar 2017

Baldwin got passed by a freshman (albeit one of the four star variety) and a TE. Grant got passed by a converted FB. Miller split time his senior season with a lower ranked transfer (from Purdue, was it?).  If you're looking for negatives, you can find them for all of these guys. And some three star recruits are, quite simply, were either ranked too low or out-performed what was, at the time, a reasonable ranking (think Darron Lee; the higher-rated LBs he surpassed should not be embarrassed).

Comment 21 Mar 2017

There is a lot of talent ahead of him, perhaps he gets his chance late and delivers late in his collegiate career. Was Steve Miller a bust? He didn't do much for most of his time in Columbus, but he had his moments his last year, saving his best moment for Alabama. Not EVERY recruit turns into a top draft pick or can even make a pro roster, but I wouldn't consider a guy a bust if he ends up being able to deliver down the stretch - a la Steve Miller, Curtis Grant, or Darryl Baldwin. Meyer doesn't have a Buckeye natty without those guys.

Comment 21 Mar 2017

I don't really care what a depth chart says. So what if they put "OR" for 2 starters and then another "OR" for 2 others as second stringers, if it gives guys affirmation who are doing well?  That being said, I want the VERY best playing most of the snaps, with the next best getting snaps to give the top players some rest, to fit player strengths to particular situations, or in mop-up duty.  But if there is even a slight difference between Player A and Player B, give Player A the bulk of the snaps.  On DL you want a deep rotation; I get that. I just don't think it's true so much at the other position groups. Let the guys who win the competition play.

Comment 17 Mar 2017

It may be "ok" legally if she's ok with it having happened. But unless she (or another woman) gives prior consent (and he damned well better have it documented), Zeke is stupidly playing with fire by doing something of this sort. His assumption (while drunk) that she'll probably be ok with it is pretty dangerous - no matter what their relationship is or isn't.

Legalities aside, perhaps it's because of my age, but I don't think it's "ok" to be (even partially) disrobing another person while in public, with or without consent.. 

Comment 15 Mar 2017

If his career more or less follows the path of Zeke, with special teams and mop-up duty his first year, I'm ok with that. Now if we're not having any explosive success without him in the lineup regularly this coming season, then perhaps he should see the field more. 

Comment 15 Mar 2017

One guy with 1,000, another with 750, a couple with 500 (except that one of these should be a TE), and then spread around the remaining 1,000. 

Comment 15 Mar 2017

Unfortunately, the most likely scenario (without videos, without video or even audio recording) is the NON-simple one:

#3. He (probably) did something, but not necessarily what she claimed, and either way, it would take going to court to get a determination which would provide a legal verdict, although not necessarily one everyone will accept, but may not happen anyway because she (sincerely or not) could recants on the charges, leaving someone or everyone dissatisfied.  In short, something or other did or did not happen, for real, but we may not ever know exactly what it is. 

Comment 15 Mar 2017

Now I freely admit that I don't know the OSU history on Hartline, i have seen it written that he was during his playing days an arrogant guy and he has some kind of beef with Pryor.  Setting that aside, word on the curb that I walk is that the current guys are really taking to his help and coaching with Zone6

He's not a coach, so he can't be coaching, as that would be against the rules on number of coaches. I'm sure he's helping the guys in some way, but just don't call it coaching.

Comment 12 Mar 2017
Which has happened more than once. Although I believe that, for the most part, players not expected to contribute are given "options" which may include some encouragement to consider playing elsewhere, uultimately it comes down to the players choosing themselves among the options. The fact that as often as not there is a scholly to offer a walk on or a late grad transfer suggests that it's more an inexact science, without there being a specific guy or guys made to leave.
Comment 07 Mar 2017

Quite frankly, I think that the conversation here - despite some clear disagreement - has stayed respectful and remarkably clear of "politics," especially avoiding the types of incendiary pronouncements that tend to be issued on many "political" topics. There has been discussion of "policy," true, but none of the side-picking and blame-casting that often comes with "politics." I commend the participants.

Comment 02 Mar 2017

they're going to have to be the second coming of Rex Kern to unseat him

Except that JT already IS the second coming of Rex Kern, more or less, being an incredible leader who can run the ball and distribute it. What Rex Kern was not was a great passer, being at best (more or less like JT) an adequate one. The team then had Ron Maciejowski (sp?) as the "passing quarterback." Don't take this as a slam on Kern (note on my profile that he's my "favorite college FB player"). What's needed in 2017, is a much better passer than JT was last year. I have confidence that the new offensive coaches will help JT achieve that.

Comment 02 Mar 2017

MOST people with HC tags are legit, whether or not the disability is obvious. There are exceptions. I know a guy whose disability must be that he's old.  He parks in the HC space at the govt building where I work, and the walks around the building and across the street to a luncheonette and after eating, because he's a social animals trolls down the block and back, stopping to talk with people in the various shops.  Almost invariably there are open parking spaces (but with parking meters) closer to where he's going, but that would involve dropping a quarter.

On the other hand, there are people like my dad (an OSU grad), who got his HC tag only because my mom made him, even though he had a serious war injury that severely limited his mobility. He could be persuaded to actually park in a HC space only when he was having a really bad day, or a parking lot was so crowded that he could be convinced that using the open space freed up parking fro someone else.  He always felt there was someone in worse condition who might really need the space.

And then there was my ex-wife's uncle who had a HC sticker so that he could easily park to pick up his mentally-challenged daughter once a month at the institution she lived in, but who would brag about the great spots the tag got him at athletic events and such.