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Reynoldsburg, Ohio (via Hillsboro, Ohio)

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Broadcaster and sales professional at Feedstuffs, the weekly newspaper for agribusiness; 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 2 hours ago

The more I think about this, the more I see Coach Ryan as a guy who could become a Woody Hayes-type figure for the wrestebucks. If you think about Ohio State's football success before Woody, you think of Paul Brown and a graveyard of coaches. Woody made us a perennial powerhouse. I see Ryan as that guy for the Wrestling program - as someone who has taken an "also-ran" next to the incredibly stout Big Ten blue bloods of the sport to being a National Championship team. Here's to more where that came from, Coach Ryan.

Comment 30 Jul 2015

Im interested to know what you, as a media member, feel is the "fungus growing on the back of journalists"? Is the new media the second example l provided, or does that happen in both spheres? Also, do you have any examples of the new media that you hate?

The great thing about the "new" media is that there are no longer a few gatekeepers choosing what to report and how the news is framed. You don't have to get ABC/CBS/NBC or the New York Times to get your story out there, and that's not a bad thing at all. The flip side of that is that the journalists employed at traditional outlets such as the Wall Street Journal or the Times generally have their crap together, and have spent many, many years learning and honing their craft. They have a code of ethics that they (usually/mostly) adhere to in covering the news, and that isn't always the case - in fact maybe is rarely the case - with new media outlets.

Let's use the example of the widely-circulated rumors about various receivers and defensive superstars being in some measure of trouble. ElevenWarriors employed the journalistic integrity to sit on those rumors until they could reliably substantiate/source the story. Contrast that with any number of other places that "break" these types of stories with little more than some random Tweets as source material.

On the other hand, the 24-hour news cycle has created a class of journalists far more interested in being first than with being right. They are as much a source of my ire as the "new" media types operating with reckless abandon out there on the interwebz.

Comment 30 Jul 2015

There is definitely an interesting dynamic that occurs between "old" and "new" media, and as someone who operates in both spheres on a daily basis, I understand that friction... There are some "new" media outlets that I frequently look at as little more than a fungus growing on the backside of traditional journalism, and some "journalists" who have no business claiming the profession. is clearly not one of those, and this Hooley fellow is apparently continuing his long-standing tradition of being the voice of the bitter "I'm a Buckeye but I don't drink the Kool-Aid" ranks of our society. To which I say, "Get dumped then, Hooley."

Comment 28 Jul 2015

That's been the most frustrating thing - things got off to such a great start at the home place, and then it rained 30 out of 35 days in a row. I'll be really interested to see what the final prevented plant acreage looks like.

Comment 28 Jul 2015

Good man, Chief. Here's another pro-tip: when you're done getting you ribeye sammich from OCA, go to the American Dairy Association ice cream booth in the round building and order a hand-dipped milkshake. The shakes in the Butter Cow building are soft-serve... they're okay, but the hand-dipped shakes in the round building are bloody incredible.

Comment 28 Jul 2015

Can't believe I'm late to this party, but I'm happy to be here :)

The tech is pretty sweet - we can now manage a field down to sub-inch accuracy, taking care to plant the ideal seed, apply the ideal type and quantity of fertilizer, and apply the optimum type and quantity of soil amendments to improve soil health and fertility.

When people talk about sustainable agriculture, this should be what they envision - optimizing the available resources to produce enough food to feed a growing planet. The amount of crop inputs and fuel saved using these technologies is absolutely incredible.

Comment 27 Jul 2015

Absolutely brilliant. I remember the first time my Dad got jumped by one of those silver statue guys you see at public events or places... Pop almost jacked the guy's jaw just on reflex alone :)

Comment 27 Jul 2015

The great Col. Nathan R. Jessup had some solid advice along those lines for young Lt. Daniel Kaffee in the classic film A Few Good Men, suggesting that one should always maintain intimate relations with one's superior officers... Great minds, I suppose?

Comment 27 Jul 2015

Great insights, Cooper. I think the best example I can think of for me was Mike Mitchell. For whatever reason, he was a kid I felt I had read so much about in my early days haunting 11W, and I was really excited about seeing him on the field. How his story played out is probably the reason that I'm firmly in that camp I described above - no reason for me to get worked up about a kid who may never play a meaningful down in Ohio Stadium.

I'm assuming that the obverse is also true - that seeing Vonn Bell or Ezekiel Elliott actually pan out to be an incredible player had to be pretty rewarding if you'd followed his story for a year or two leading up to his first season on the field, for example.

Comment 27 Jul 2015

Good topic, and good discussion already.

The expectations have most certainly changed, in many different ways. In some cases, you see the explosion of the entitlement generation played out with the outlandish commitment ceremonies, or what some derisively think of as the diva-like behavior of highschoolers on Twitter (that's not me laying down judgment, just acknowledging that it is a common criticism).

For many of us, recruiting is only a passing interest - I love #BOOM days on 11W, but don't obsess over the nightly Hurry Up or who Crystal Balled who to where. When those "good ones" Keith introduced finally take the field in the fall, I might have heard of them, but probably don't know their life story.

...and as a side note, Keith Jackson was most certainly one of, if not the greatest at his craft. Loved hearing him call a game.

Comment 27 Jul 2015

From the Time story;

The Satanic Temple has chapters in Florida and Finland, in Italy and Minneapolis. Its headquarters are in New York, but the Detroit office is its first and largest outpost.

Not at all surprising that the largest Satanic Temple is in That State Up North...

Comment 24 Jul 2015

Andy and SL - are you all pooling your funds??

This theory presumes that The Stunning Mrs. Vance would allow me the discretionary funds for a friendly online wager. Therein lies the major flaw in the theory, I'm afraid.

Comment 23 Jul 2015

Well said, Doc, and on point. I'd love to sit down and watch the entire series with my Dad and Little Brother. We watched them as kids, and those are some of my favorite memories.

Comment 23 Jul 2015

Pretty good movie ranking there, actually, and I think you've hit on the accurate dichotomy of bonds: Connery and Moore were distinctly different Bonds, and every actor thereafter has fallen in one of their two camps (although, one could argue that Craig has forged his own path and broken from the Connery mold).

And yes, the books are great reads!

Comment 23 Jul 2015

You're being unkind to Brosnan here - he was most certainly a better Bond than Dalton, who only looked good in the role when compared to that poor bastard Lazenby. Connery is clearly the standard, and Craig has rightfully taken up that mantle and worn it well. Brosnan was much more the Roger Moore school of playing Bond, which was not a bad thing.

As Nolan/Bale reinvigorated the Batman character for a new audience, so has Craig reinvigorated 007. Brosnan was pitch perfect for that late '90s, early '00s timeframe.