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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 20 Jan 2017

I found the one I like, so that's the one I drink :)

Comment 20 Jan 2017

Bourbon, Whiskey, or Beer - pick only one.

What's the fun in that? I'm like my friend George on this one: One bourbon, One Scotch, and one Beer.

Comment 20 Jan 2017

Filet.  It's the ONLY cut of meat.

I have a fully-stocked fridge and freezer that beg to differ. The filet may be the king of meats, but like good bourbon, there is more than one worthy choice in this conversation.

Comment 20 Jan 2017

You're potentially setting yourself for cognitive dissonance here... For all the people who clamor for football players to get paid, more games is just the thing you need to push that agenda. Either way, another bye week isn't bad at all, even if you're choosing the most cynical view of the proposal possible. Slippery slope, blah blah blah.

Comment 20 Jan 2017

Good point, CDub. I love football, so I tend to gloss over some of the ridiculous crap that happens in the sport, though it is a good time making fun of the "No Fun League" and the nonsense Goodell pulls on a regular basis. I'm not a huge baseball fan, on the other hand, so the steroid scandal(s), the strike(s), etc., etc., just seen really stupid and annoying to me. I suspect, however, that if the Reds didn't suck so bad, I'd overlook that crap and hop back on the bandwagon.

Comment 19 Jan 2017

Mahalo, Silver!

Bingo - President Gee is almost universally regarded as being at the top of his profession. I'm baffled by the venom toward him I see from some people, I just don't get it at all. It reminds me of the way the academics looked at Woody Hayes back in the day - they hated him despite the fact that he had the utmost respect for their profession.

Comment 19 Jan 2017

I didn't miss the point, I just don't agree with it. Yes, the Drake hire has worked out well, but that doesn't obfuscate the foolishness of firing Gee in the first place. You know who thinks this discussion is really cute? The Trustees of West Virginia University, that's who.

 If you could swap him out for a guy who does positive things, but doesn't bring negative headlines, then that's an upgrade.

The "negative headlines" are the unfortunate byproduct of the faux-outrage machine we've built with 24-hour news and social media. Getting teed up over Gee's witticisms to donors is majoring in the minors.

Comment 19 Jan 2017

instead choosing to serenade us with non stop offensive comments.

What is the most "offensive" thing Gee said during his tenure? Seriously, I'll wait. I too, was baptized in the church and didn't find his comments offensive. Was the Notre Dame joke bad? Sure it was. But in the grand scheme of things, did it matter? Not in the least. This has nothing to do with the "special snowflake" conversations of modern Twitter, but rather in saying it's important to keep first things first, and at some point deciding that a leader's accomplishments outweigh their quirks, not bowing to the faux outrage of the day.

Comment 19 Jan 2017

Except his accomplishments are already matched.

A.) This isn't a "Drake versus Gee" scenario. The philosophical positions that it was foolish to fire Gee and Drake is a good president are not mutually exclusive. Both are true, actually.

B.) None of what you said would have been possible or likely without the groundwork Gee laid during his tenure. Would Tressel have accomplished what he did without the groundwork laid by John Cooper in terms of recruiting and making Ohio State a national brand again? Probably not, at least not in year two. Likewise, would Urban have come in guns-a-blazin' had Tressel not already established Ohio State as a perennial title contender? Would Urban have come here at all? You can't say "Well, Drake has done more, actually," (which I'm not sure is quantifiably true at this stage in the game, btw) without acknowledging that most of what you just said is a direct result of the exceptional work done by his predecessor.

Comment 19 Jan 2017

"Facepalm about once a month?" Hyperbole of the highest order. As a fellow alumnus, I was never embarrassed to have Gordon Gee leading our University. His record of accomplishment is unmatched. For example (emphasis mine):

His impact at Ohio State centers on the mantra he instilled since his return of “one university,” getting disparate business units and 17 colleges and professional schools to act as a unit. The latest product of that is set to begin with the 2013-14 budget that trustees are expected to vote on Friday: Starting the hiring of 500 new tenured and tenure-track faculty over the next decade around three major research themes of health and wellness, food supply and food safety, and energy. The $5 billion operating budget before trustees is $1 billion bigger than the one in Gee’s first year.

Gee came into office with a plan to raise $2.5 billion, and that campaign is just kicking into its public phase while it loses its chief cheerleader, although he leaves with overall fundraising at record highs and major gifts rolling in.

Gee created a separate $100 million fund just for student scholarships, toward which he and other executives donated pay bonuses.

He has called for affordability for college education for Ohioans while increasing selectivity in admissions. Meanwhile the university still increased its tuition revenue by increasing its overall enrollment goals and its proportion of out-of-state students.

Anyone embarrassed or "faceplaming" about President Gee's off-the-cuff brand of humor wasn't paying attention to what really matters.

Comment 18 Jan 2017

 It is the best condiment there is.

Slow your roll there, Tiger. I'll grant you that Chick-Fil-A sauce is Top 10, without question. But "best condiment?" That's a big statement - Cane Sauce would have a solid argument within the "chicken dippin'" category, and with condiments in general, context matters.

I mean, let's say Mom's charred the beef and you need to choke it down anyway so as not to hurt her feelings... what do you do? You whip out the A-1, and no worries. Or you're at the ballpark and it's Dime-a-Dog night... do you reach for the Chick-Fil-A sauce? No way, man! Some nice spicy ballpark mustard and sweet relish all the way, baby! To borrow a passage from our resident Bourbon aficionado, there is a bourbon condiment for every situation. Sometimes the spirits sauces and the events overlap, which means that where bourbon condiments [are] concerned there can be more than one worthy choice.

Comment 18 Jan 2017

Agreed re: the Wilson hire. I have zero concern about this one - Wilson rubbed the IU administration the wrong way, and some helicopter parents thought Coach was too tough on their kiddies. This isn't a Mike Leach or Tim Beckman situation - this is a tough sonofabitch expecting his players to become tough sonsofbitches.

Furthermore, Jim Tressel and Gordon Gee proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that no man is bigger than The Ohio State University, so Mean Gene (and Dr. Drake, for that matter) aren't going to bring in someone they think will tarnish the brand. Nothing is bigger than the brand.

Comment 11 Jan 2017

I have zero concerns about this hiring. It sounds like he's a hard-nosed sonofabitch who didn't engender himself to the administration in Bloomington (who have been known to can hard-nosed sonsofbitches in the past, in spit of their winning ways), and didn't actually do anything that would cause a Beckman-type blackballing.

I believe in our coaching staff and do not believe, or rather want to believe, that Coach Marotti, the OSU medical staff, and Meyer himself would let players be abused or injuries not treated correctly.

That sums it up - the systems and people in place at Ohio State aren't going to let a coordinator or position coach put our talent at risk, medically. Hells bells, we got roasted for declaring Jamel Dean medically unfit to play just a season back, right?

Comment 10 Jan 2017

I'm not entirely sure I'd classify his tenure as a "failure;" in fact, most of us thought his firing was pretty shocking based on the significant improvement in the program's performance over his years of leadership. Were it not for what appears to be a huge conflict between Wilson and the IU administration and apparently unsubstantiated reports of "player wellbeing" concerns, one would expect him to be coaching away toward another season in Bloomington.

That said, your question is interesting - he's been coaching a long time now, and while he's not the oldest coach on the block, one wonders if he'll stick around for a while now.