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Recent Activity

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Why is this confusing? They did it to Hyde consistently last year.

Some of the staff have a completely revolutionary thought process for football strategy. It used to be, "run it until it stops working." Now it's, "If it works, stop running it right away and confuse the heck out of everyone."

It think it's Art of War ... so on, and so forth.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

A few thoughts:

1. Urban is not a god. We expected way too much too soon. A coach can win that way to feed the 'win needful' but that coach also needs to be able to sleep at night.

2. The more time goes on, the more I understand Jim Tressel's football philosophy. Vanilla can be good for green guys. His 'achilles' was that he sometimes didn't know when to stop going vanilla as his players had developed.

3. Braxton means more to this team than I thought he did. I had a gut feeling they were going to be just fine. But they're not fine just yet.

4. I'm really glad they showed Nascar on the West Coast.

5. I am hoping that we stop over-hyping Ohio State Football six months before season starts. It's a distraction to the team, it raises expectations to intergalactic levels. It makes us look foolish when we drop a game. Like this.

6. I still love Ohio State football, I still believe in Meyer. But so far this year, it's NOT Fickell's fault. (Not that it was last year)


PS. I don't think Hermann is overrated. I just think he over-thinks. Perhaps too smart for his own good.

Comment 03 Sep 2014

This is what happens when you let girls run things ... ;)

Comment 30 Aug 2014

I'm satisfied with the result. I think the Defense is much improved. They kept us in the game. And barring injuring (I'm biting my tongue as I write this) they will only get better. Our offense has talent we just need to mellow out with the playing calling and play basic football. BTW Navy is a GOOD football team.

Comment 30 Aug 2014

Everything is stinking politics any longer. There is no more merit involved in making it.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

How do we go from "Braxton is not throwing a lot in practice, nursing a sore shoulder." to "Braxton ripped his arm out of socket and is out for the season" ????

Comment 14 Aug 2014

If Title IX was violated, it was violated by Drake (among others) as much as Waters by virtue of inheritance. Except, it turns out Waters ACTUALLY tried to change the culture.

Which is why Waters got fired. ...

Comment 12 Aug 2014

A couple of weeks ago I warned everyone not to just accept these reports as law.

In this day and age, the higher ups will cut you loose (regardless if you're guilty or not) just to save their own image and to continue to be in the good graces of a political regime. So it makes TOTAL sense that Gene Smith supports Drake. Total, sense.

Smith did this same exact thing to Tressel a few years back.

Comment 05 Aug 2014

This seems to be the nature of all things 'news' these days. Go with the sensational in the beginning to garner attention and build the base and then backtrack into objectivity. You get the 'non-journalists' for the beginning, this way you can excuse the behavior under the assumption that they're just stating opinion or aren't really journalists and, then you pull in the real deal to start the news.

Meanwhile, we're all on the website debating. Alas, it's business. But if it's business this means we have to be responsible consumers or you just end up believing anything. And that's how culture falls apart. I've implored you guys not to take things at face value. EVER. Especially if you really love something ... don't listen to the logismoi.

I love Ohio State. I'm a former student. But I also know that the University to be a huge institutionalized bureaucratic monster as well. You don't win if the wheels start turning against you. Waters is done here. I would be very, very surprised if he wasn't. To this end, it doesn't matter what he actually tried to do. I encourage him to save face if he needs too, however. Truth is truth.

I asked the question at the onset: I want to see who they bring in as his replacement. You don't make change at Ohio State quickly without doing harm or changing the form of the matter completely. That is what's scary. A person made a comment above (who was destroyed btw) about a "political replacement" Why does this surprise or offend anyone? This is the reality of world we live in. Entitlement over merit.

Another reality of the matter is that TBDBITL may in fact never be the same. Current culture speaks loudly and it doesn't like old traditional stuff. It also doesn't like even a hit of 'good ol'boy masculinity.'  We have to face this. And that stinks ....