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Reynoldsburg, Ohio (via Hillsboro, Ohio)

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Southern Ohio farm boy writes about the business of agriculture for a living.
Writes about politics because he's a closet policy-wonk.
Writes about Ohio State football because on Saturdays in the fall, nothing else matters.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being in the stadium when Ohio State defeated Arkansas in the now redacted Sugar Bowl.
    Close second: being in the stadium for Kenny G's near-miraculous last-minute drive against Purdue.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Archie Griffin (of course); John Simon, Zach Boren
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: The '80s-'90s era Los Angeles Lakers
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 29 Jul 2014

I had forgotten that Dino was at MSU during the Saban years, so I went to the Gnomes of Wikipedia to read up on his resume. It's pretty impressive, really:

Dantonio began his coaching career at Ohio University, where he was a graduate assistant. In 1981, he made his first stop in the Big Ten Conference when he moved on to Purdue University as a graduate assistant. He spent two years, in 1983 and 1984, as a graduate assistant at Ohio State University under head coach Earle Bruce. In 1986, he began a five-year stint on Jim Tressel's staff at Youngstown State University as a defensive secondary coach. In 1990, Dantonio led the Penguins' defense to an 11–0 record and a #2 ranking nationally. Glen Mason hired Dantonio in 1991 to be the defensive secondary coach for the Kansas Jayhawks. When Nick Saban was hired at Michigan State in 1995, he hired Dantonio to join his staff in East Lansing where he remained even after Saban left for LSU. After Bobby Williams was named head coach in 1999 following Saban's departure, Dantonio was promoted to associate head coach where he remained through the 2000 season.

So year, he's worked for Earle Bruce, Jim Tressel (twice), Glen Mason and Nick Saban prior to his first head coaching gig in Cincinnati. That's not a bad pedigree.

Comment 29 Jul 2014


Comment 29 Jul 2014

Being a writer at heart, this thread has been good balm for my soul. I was pretty tickled at Weird Al's latest foray into the grammatical shortcomings of our society, and I'm surprised no one has shared it yet in this context:

Pretty great, right? Well, that was until I read this excellent rebuttal by Grammar Girl

But just as I’m thinking “Maybe I could love this,” he heads back into negative territory, beating on how he wants to kill people who use literally to mean “figuratively,” and generally insulting people. This is where he completely loses me:

You write like a spastic.

I hate these word crimes.


Get out of the gene pool.

Try your best to not drool.

I could easily overlook the lack of subtlety in his grammar lessons. I don’t expect a music video to get into the details, but what I see is that he’s appealing to the base instincts that I’m tired to the bone of seeing: The call to feel superior and to put other people down for writing errors. Prescriptivism sells. Encouraging people to rant against the “morons who can’t spell” sells. 

So to the original poster I say, "You're damn right the rampant abuse of the English language in our society drives me up the wall." And yet Grammar Girl gave me pause to realize that - for the reasons some of you have already mentioned - those who don't exhibit the same care for the language aren't necessarily mouth-breathing morons.

It's complicated, isn't it?

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Great video M Man. Not hard to see the Woody Hayes influence on Bo in that speech; I love watching clips of those two guys. Never a pair of friends/rival better in this sport. Never.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

The unit was overshadowed at times last season by a shaky back seven – vulnerable linebackers and below average secondary. It resulted in 164 points allowed in the season’s final three games. But along the way, Ohio State recorded a Big Ten-best 42 sacks.

If that isn't a real-life example of cognitive dissonance, I don't know what is... How these two things can be true of the same team would be baffling had we not seen it with our own eyes.

Also, hearing Bennett talk about "how bad it was" when the D-Line was one of the most dominant units on the field is a true illustration of how Johnson's philosophy is going to pay dividends down the road. If this D-Line can play fresher in the fourth quarter, how much will they improve over last year's performance? Let that sink in and tell me you're not excited for the season and the Silver Bullets to get here.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Totally agree - talk is cheap, etc. etc. I just find it amusing that we're all so amused by his comments - as if he was supposed to whine and moan about being on the hot seat, or whatever.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Earle...awesome change of the avatar.

Whoa. Mind = blown. Thanks for pointing out the avatar change since Earle didn't have the decency to post a thread announcing the new pic.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

He said all the right things. These are the things I would expect a coach in his position to say; Nussmeier can't help but be an improvement, Peppers will bring his ridiculous talent, and Gardner will almost certainly be better with a year's experience under his belt.

And the "Hoke is fat, har har" jokes really do wear thin after awhile. Get some new material guys. There's a lot out of hilarity out there without going fifth-grade playground (except for Hove's strikethrough - that was clever).

Comment 28 Jul 2014

It's a great photo, nonetheless. Ohio State needs to dial up some swag aerial photos at one of the 27 night games we're playing this year. This Dispatch photo is pretty cool, but we can do much, much better.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Ugh... I was hoping I would never hear that phrase again.

Oh, I try to take it easy on Millen... Most of us have said really stupid things at one point or another, we just don't say them on national television on a weekly basis.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

The Decker comparison is a really great example of why I'm not sweating our offensive line this season. After that first game or two, people were talking about Decker like he was the gosh-darn plague. End of the year, and he's one of the best heavy movers we've had in a while. That transformation is what we're going to see from two or three other guys this year - coaches Warinner and Mick do amazing things with young talent.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

LOVE this photo. Very cool father-son deal.

Is there any doubt that Ohio State is Linebacker U? Nope, didn't think so.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I agree to an extent with your analysis of Fisher's comments. I think the reason a number of coaches are seemingly okay with their players going to these "gurus" is that they are limited by the NCAA rules as to the amount of time they can coach a player in the offseason. I'm not 100% conversant in the specifics of those rules, but I think that has to play a role to some extent.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Come to think of it, we have never seen them in the same place at the same time...

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Absolutely - you could tell he was grinding through some obvious pain.

Braxton also confirmed something we long figured: He played 98% of the Orange Bowl dinged up:

...or as one sage commenter put it, he played "like one hurtin' Buckaroo."

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Easily my favorite season opener away from home, the 1998 Buckeyes took to the hills of Morgantown, West Virginia to battle the 11th-ranked Mountaineers at night. The atmosphere was electric as WVU students prowled the scene outside the stadium in packs, racing up and screaming in the face of Ohio State fans about the thumping top-ranked OSU was about to take.

I've always been surprised that we've never developed a regional rivalry with WVU. They've had a pretty decent program over the years, and one would think that a home-and-home with them would provide a solid out-of-conference foe and generate some good cross-border trash talk.

Comment 27 Jul 2014

I'm with you chief. The site is full of personalities, many of which don't bring any content or insight with them. Ah well, with popularity comes drama. 

Hey - I resemble that remark!!

Comment 27 Jul 2014

All good Mike - I'm just hyper-attuned at the moment given the frivolous down voting we've seen lately. I think newer members of the community might assume (perhaps understandably) that the votes are a method for registering their opinion).

Comment 27 Jul 2014

Additional HS are awarded, or revoked, based on other readers giving you a thumbs up or thumbs down. 

Just to clarify Mike's otherwise sound advice - I especially want to echo the part about being thoughtful and respectful - remember that the helmet sticker system is not used to express disagreement, but rather to give a hearty "hear hear" to great comments from the community while also playing whack-a-troll with those who stray outside the lines of civility.

In other words, up vote more than you down vote. Up votes are best given out like candy at Trick-or-Treat, while down votes should be reserved for comments that violate the commenting policy or basic rules of good taste. Don't use down votes to express disagreement.

Don't use down votes to express disagreement.