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Valley of the Sun (via C-bus)

Member since 20 March 2012 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: All the wins, some of the losses.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: All the Offensive Linemen
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: FK Pelister, FK Partizan, Crew, PSG

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Comment 20 Jun 2016

I was born and raised in Columbus. But Cleveland (Northeast Ohio) has always held some authority in our sports culture.

Growing up, Northeast and Southeast Ohio seemed to be either "Wolverine or Irish Country." With Jim Tressel and Lebron James, all that changed.

It's good to be unified. And, it's good to celebrate for Cleveland. They deserved this win for many more reasons than a golden trophy.

Many years!

Comment 16 Jun 2016

I get it men. I don't want another Coach, I don't want another system. Meyer cares about TheOhioStateUniversity and, he cares about the players. He's loyal to the University.

If you remember in that propaga  - er uh - documentary ESPN filmed a few years ago. Meyer said he had a plan and the plan was infallible.

His infallible plan or system requires competition to put the best guys in the positions in order to win. The better the guys the better chances of winning. It's an odds game, and quite frankly it works. Of course, there are some other factors, but this is plan.

And I agree with the plan, but there is a caveat. And, in my line of business, I have to believe in this caveat. Functional Business/football plans are 99.99% of the battle. However, the caveat is that I don't believe them to be infallible. EVER. What makes them perfect is space for mystery, for the human spirit, for things that are set apart from the measurables but that we cannot always explain.

I think the big miss in this infallible plan, was with this young man when he was offered the gray shirt. They took a shot at his spirit, and the mystery that is love for this adorned football program. They paid it lip service, but did not do it justice.

The plan is viewed as infallible and it seems not to have room for the variable that this young man is a Buckeye-at-heart. That he wants to be a Buckeye, and would most likely -fight like a Five Star even though the pundits gave him four - for the very simple reason that he was going to wear the scarlet and gray.

The truth is, the infallible plan that Meyer has is somewhat of a machine and it pushes the human spirit, the mystery, to the wayside a bit. This doesn't sit well with me. Even if we win National Championships. That's just who I am. You can disagree with me.

Don't get me wrong, men. This doesn't mean I don't want Meyer as a Coach. It only means that I would agree with him if he tweaked his plan a bit to let kids who commit a year in advance after being offered because they love TheOhioState and allow them to keep that commitment and not lose it over the out-of-state kid with one more star just because it gives the infallible plan a higher statistical chance of working.

The out-of-state kid should have been offered the gray shirt.....

Comment 16 Jun 2016

Yah. I'm going to go out on a limb here and state that just like Fickell and his defense three years ago, Beck didn't deserve the brunt of the criticism he got for last years' offense.

I'm more concerned with the fact that Dantonio has Meyer's number. It had nothing to do with Beck. Meyer was in on those calls.

Plus, we had an AA RB with an illness that could have well taken his life the week before.

Comment 08 Jun 2016

This is great.

I really hope the Bills see the sheer, raw talent and work with him a few years, not expecting too much too early

My little old heart couldn't take his Arnold Jackson face with a frown on it ...

Comment 01 Jun 2016

Band of Brothers - Pacific - Escape to Victory (Victory) - Born On The Fourth of  July - Platoon - Apocalypse Now - Glory - Lone Survivor.

As far as books - I strongly suggest every male on the planet read Robert Leckie's "Helmet For My Pillow."

That is all.