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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 9 hours ago

Having just arrived back home from the airport, I cringe at some of the sartorial choices people make when going out in public these days. We've lost any concept of self-respect, it seems (hyperbole for effect).

DJ is right, sometimes we overly romanticize how good the good ol' days really were, but everything that comes with the March of Time isn't great, grand and glorious, either.

Comment 16 hours ago

Anybody else think the Tough Guy Writer with an Attitude schtick being done regularly on 11warriors is wearing thin?  It can be funny ... and it can get very old (quickly).


Comment 23 hours ago

It’s why, all of the sudden, games against Navy, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati in the first month of the season could get interesting. And what about Big Ten play? Can they really challenge Michigan State and whoever for a Big Ten title with that many questions hanging over it? Is Ohio State out of the national picture?

Since sports pundits love narratives, this is actually a silver lining in the Buckeyes' Miller situation. Games that were going to be looked down upon because they aren't against top-25 opponents will now be considered respectable challenges for the freshman-led squad. Assuming we perform well, this will make our resume look more impressive come November.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

In the second and fourth quarters, Herman and Fickell were a bit more on their own for adjustments. In the fourth quarter especially, they appeared to have a hard time against opposing coordinators.

Chris Ash steps in to renovate the passing defense, so defensive adjustments in the second and fourth quarters should improve. But what about the offense? Tom Herman has done a great job, but in-game adjustments don't appear to be his strength.

Flashbacks to fourth and short in Indy and Miami: GIVE HYDE THE BALL DAMMIT...

Comment 19 Aug 2014

This team is dying for a Craig Krenzel type season given the stable of weapons stockpiled on the offensive side of the ball. Barrett, by all indications, has that "football mind" that made Krenzel a champion. Not to mention that he's a pretty darn good athlete, too. I'll take our chances.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Pros and cons, gang:

  • Cons:
    • Braxton is out. All hail the king.
    • JT Barrett is untested as a college quarterback, and will be working behind four new starters on the offensive line.
    • Carlos Hyde is not here to save the day (also, flashbacks to 4th and Short - just give El Guapo the ball, dammit!
  • Pros:
    • Redshirt freshmen have done pretty well the past few seasons, and in both cases I will not mention their names.
    • Ohio State has done pretty well behind freshman quarterback lately. Miller held his own as a true freshman in a season we all want to forget, and Pryor went 8-1 as a starter his freshman season. In this offense, it is not hard to see how a freshman, especially one with a year in the system under his belt, can be successful.
    • Barrett was one of the top-ranked dual-threat quarterbacks in his recruiting class, and one we were all excited to see sign with the Buckeyes. He's still got all of those talents and intangibles we loved then.

Will we win 15 in a row and bring home the silver fleshlight? Time will tell. Will we be in capable hands? I certainly think so. 

Time and change will surely show...

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Unfortunately, yes.

Mr. Barrett, I believe that's your music they're playing...

And let's not forget the most important thing - here's hoping Braxton has a full recovery and that he enjoys great success in the future.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Dare I say I'd love to see some Tresselball now...

I said the same thing to The Stunning Mrs. Vance last night after reading the Braxton news: It's time for the rebirth of Tresselball. Back-breaking defense and efficient offense. From all indications, young Mr. Barrett has a good head on his shoulders and Coaches Ash, Fickell and Johnson have the Silver Bullets reprimed for a return to their rightful glory. Let's get 'em, gentlemen.

Comment 18 Aug 2014

Right on Urbz. It's not cool to cut and paste entire articles. Props to the OP for actually including the link and citing the original source rather than just pasting the entire article, but let's all learn to excerpt and attribute, please.

Comment 17 Aug 2014

LeBeau is pretty much the greatest defensive coordinator in the League, and perhaps even in the history of the League. He is definitely one of the most underrated/overlooked Buckeye All-Americans in the books.