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AndyVance 12th Warrior


Reynoldsburg, Ohio (via Hillsboro, Ohio)

Member since 22 October 2012 | Blog

Advertising sales professional, broadcaster, writer and professional speaker.


  • 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.
  • 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 24 Aug 2016

What's your go-to adult beverage, AV?

Beer or Scotch, generally. If the former, tastes range from something akin to a Dos Equis Ambar to Yuengling, though I like porters & stouts after Labor Day. If the latter, Macallan, as old as my wife or expense account will allow.

Oh, and that Houndie tribute is for you, buddy.

The Houndie is Dead. Long Live The Houndie!

Comment 22 Aug 2016

Kyle wins and gene smith gets a golden bonus in pay. 

I know we all love to take ridiculous shots at Gene Smith, especially on his bonus structure, but does he really get a bonus for Kyle winning gold, or are you just throwing that out there for the hell of it? And for those who don't know, Smith's bonus structure does have a cap on it, so he doesn't get a bonus for literally every championship.

Comment 20 Aug 2016

The other thing that makes me a little dubious that the Carrington "mistake" was a "mistake" is that the Steelers put their numbers on the front of their helmets, so the designer had to photoshop out a 5 and a 0 from the Shazier photo. It seems wholly plausible that the designer couldn't find a Carrington photo in uniform because he didn't make it, and said "screw it, this dude looks vaguely similar when you slap a helmet on him" and figured no one would ever notice.

Comment 19 Aug 2016

Agreed, Huff - decathletes are elite athletes, any way you slice it. My posing the question wasn't meant to discredit their achievements, just an honest curiosity re: the differences in specialists versus the all-around athlete.

Comment 19 Aug 2016

I haven't looked at the actual numbers, but I'd be curious to see how the top 3 decathletes compare in each discipline to the medalist in each individual discipline... In other words, how far off the podium in the 110m hurdles is the gold medalist in the decathlon, etc.,?

Comment 19 Aug 2016

Absolutely, JB. It's so hard to overlook the technical aspects of any given sport. Even something seemingly as "simple" as Olympic weightlifting is in reality highly technical at the elite levels. Hell, even running the 100m has a technical aspect to it, really, when you're talking about winning by hundredths of a second; or when Phelps got "out-touched" and took the silver despite being the greatest swimmer of all time.

So how do you compare Phelps and Bolt, even? Who is the greater athlete?

Comment 19 Aug 2016

I came prepared to say the baseline expectation is always to win the B1G and beat TTUN... but in this era, I'm almost to the point of saying that a playoff berth is the goal each year. I'm torn, trying to decide if that is too lofty an expectation, or if that just goes hand-in-hand with winning the B1G.

Comment 19 Aug 2016

I'm guessing you're right about "world's greatest athlete" being a sobriquet for the gold medalist in the decathlon, sort of how Bolt is the "world's fastest man" by winning the 100m, or how they call the winners of the Crossfit Games the "fittest man/woman on earth."

The nifty thing about the decathlon is how well-rounded, at least from a track & field standpoint, the athletes are. They're essentially doing every event in a typical Olympic meet.

The challenge with naming "greatest athlete" is that it's a.) terribly subjective, and b.) damn difficult to split hairs when talking about athletes from very different disciplines. I've seen Muhammad Ali, LeBron James and Wayne Gretzky all mentioned in this thread, and all have an argument for being the greatest of all time in their respective sports... but how in the name of The Seven do you compare those three guys, athletically or otherwise? You can't - it's a fool's errand, though excellent fodder for a friendly discussion such as this.

Comment 19 Aug 2016

- he viewed himself as a coach of the other coaches, not of the players.  I couldn't imagine Meyer saying such a thing.

I've heard him say this before as well, and on one level it seems very intuitive - the Coach as CEO concept - but that really obfuscates a huge part of the head coach's job.

It's clear that Cooper made some critical miscalculations, among them ignoring the importance of The Rivalry and going into a shell when the chips were down... But as others have said, I'll always respect him for laying the foundation for the glorious era to follow.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

This seems like something Jack Bauer could figure out in one episode.

Eff yeah - Bauer would have this solved, and the swimmers freed from whatever kangaroo court jail they're in, by the third commercial break. Jack Bauer is a god among men.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

I'll never forget the time Earthquake sat on Hulk Hogan and broke his ribs, and they played it up as though it was damn near the death of the Hulkster... As a little Hulkamaniac who said his prayers and took his vitamins, I was beside myself worrying about Hulk. So, I wrote him a letter. It was the only time I ever wrote to a celebrity, and it was a big deal to me. Imagine my joy when Hulk wrote back!!!! Okay, looking back now I realize that it was a pre-printed postcard of a form letter, but at the time, it was an honest-to-goodness letter from Hulk Hogan! I was elated.

...and then imagine how I felt those years later when he turned NWO. Ayeeyah, I was pissed. I hated the NWO, though individually I really liked most of the guys in that stable.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby The Brain were the greatest. Just incredible chemistry.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

I never forgave Shawn Michaels for that. I loved the Rockers, and as a kid, couldn't possibly understand why he'd do such a lowdown dirty, horrible, terrible, gutless, cowardly thing.

Also, Brutus The Barber Beefcake was the man.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

Chipotle is bad, actually, and I salute you for going #TeamBibibop.

That said... Thanks for the review, Earle. I'd been wondering if the chorizo was worth a damn, but hadn't been willing to give it a try yet. Your comment about it being a bit dry is how I feel about their new carnitas offering. When they switched suppliers, they really screwed up because the new pork is much, much too lean, which means it's dry and flavorless. I used to be a double-carnitas orderer, but I won't touch it now because it's like eating a burrito full of kite string.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

Commercial chorizo is often made from the ground salivary glands of hogs. Just an FYI-I still like the stuff.

For what it's worth, hog farmers have long prided themselves on saying something along the lines of "we use everything but the squeal," which when you think about it, is a model for sustainability. Or something like that.