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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.

If the pen is truly mightier than the sword, I may be the most dangerous man I know...


  • 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 7 hours ago

First off, thanks for the compliment on my contributions to the site. Secondly, you've reminded me of the days when I started writing, and especially when I'd write something that was especially blunt or controversial... I'd often wonder exactly what my folks would think when they read it. Dad would usually tell me what he thought, and we were more often than not on the same page (Dad still calls from time to time based purely on something I've posted to Facebook, and that always leads to an interesting discussion).

The times when I was the most amused/annoyed were family get-togethers when I was writing a column for my hometown newspaper and would be home for the weekends at some family function. My grandmother and one aunt, in particular, were good about keeping me humble. "You're a little long-winded," one of them offered once; not to be outdone, the other added, "And don't you think you're being a little repetitive?"

They were probably right, upon reflection. Glad to meet you, btw, and good to talk with you. Have a great weekend.

Comment 13 hours ago

First we meet DJ's Mom, and now Dad makes a cameo, too? This is excellent! Welcome to the party, Papa Byrnes.

Comment 13 hours ago

Good on Gene Smith. The guy is the top AD in the game, and this move is a nice way to appease his detractors. Also, it ties his compensation to the things that truly matter in his job: titles in football and basketball pay the bills, and everything else is about graduating students.

Comment 30 Jan 2015

Excellent. My plan is coming together quite nicely :)

Comment 30 Jan 2015

Well I definitely appreciate your passionate contributions to the site, but I would offer a little friendly advice...

But it is not the first occassion I have been çalled outás it were due to my writing style.


Guess I'm just a little defensive today,because normally I try to ignore the critiques.

Such a cavalier disregard for spacing and punctuation isn't a "style." Your writing definitely has a style, and that's okay, but ignoring the space bar makes your contributions harder to read. Don't ignore the critiques, take them with the (I hope) good intentions intended, and continue to improve. Writing is a skill that like any other is learned and can be improved with practice. None of us are perfect (I find flubs in my own writing all the time, so don't feel bad), but don't just blithely march on with considering how you can improve your contributions.

Comment 30 Jan 2015

I do, however, have an issue with those in the 21st century still harboring such ignorance that the word "thug" is merely a synonym for young, confident black male.

I want to challenge one thing here, though, and this may be merely a thought exercise on my part - your definition of the modern connotation of "thug" is a bit skewed. You've used the term "expressive/confident young, black male," which I think is missing the essence of the "thug" stereotype. Cardale Jones is an expressive, confident young black man, and I haven't heard anyone use the term "thug" to describe him, and woe be to the poor bastard who does so.

The connotation is an extension of the "angry black man" stereotype of yesteryear, the notion that the African-American male is angry, aggressive, dangerous, etc. Sherman's rant fed into that stereotype, of course, because he seemed so, well, angry.

There are plenty of confident, expressive young African-American men who do not fit the "thug" epithet, but I hear the point you were making nonetheless.

Comment 30 Jan 2015

To be blunt, I think any sort of assumption from Travis here that Cousins would ever have been arrested derives from the "thug" stereotype America often so blindly and ignorantly places on expressive, young black males.

I agree with this assessment - Travis' assumption was likely based on his own, perhaps even subconscious, racial biases. That said, I part company with you on the Richard Sherman thing. As a guy who knew nothing about Sherman prior to his infamous post-Super Bowl rant, I made some of my own assumptions about him, and they were not glowing endorsements. But those assumptions were based on his behavior: he was extremely disrespectful to Erin Andrews in the way he handled that "interview." Plus I'm not big on all the trash talk - I can't recall who he called out, but it didn't impress me much.

All that said, I've really warmed to Sherman after reading more about him, learning about his background, what he accomplished at Stanford, and obviously his play on the field speaks for itself.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

Rill Dill, you are right on the money. Absolutely no reason we shouldn't be a two-sport titan. Look at Florida when Meyer and Donovan were bringing titles to Gainesville in the same year, or one year after the other. It can be done, and you'd be hard-pressed to argue that Florida is any more of a "basketball school" than we are.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

On top of this, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band were playing at Nationwide at the same time, and that place was pretty full. Oh, and Seger is one helluva concert. Highly recommend it.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

Notice I said "almost." That's my loophole for the fact that I generally check Birm's coverage so I'm not completely ignorant of what's happening out there in the futures market.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

Another reminder of why I (almost) refuse to follow recruiting. The whims of 17-year-olds are impossible to predict, and damn near as hard to observe objectively without frequently wanting to bang one's head against one's desk.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

It's all good Nutz. Don't feel bad about getting caught up in the hyperbole - I'm obviously not immune to doing so myself.

And I don't fault people for taking Lynch's side - I actually have some empathy for him if he really is uncomfortable talking to groups of people - but I'm always going to advocate for manning up and don't by what has to be done. It's not the biggest deal in the world, obviously, just a minor annoyance.

As DJ would say, Namaste, my Buckeye brother.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

When I go out, I want to go out in a blaze of glory... today, however, is not that day :)

Technically I'm on the front edge of the millennial generation, but I have a hard time identifying as such. And you are correct about conformity, but being a nonconformist purely because it's the "hip" thing to do annoys the hell out of me. Jefferson and Franklin weren't standing up to the King to pick up women ;)

Comment 29 Jan 2015

I understand your point, I just don't necessarily agree with it. If the NFL lets Lynch off the hook here, they're essentially saying "if you're a good enough player, or a big enough pain in the ass, you don't have to follow the rules." What good then are the rules, or what is the point in having a contract?

How soon would it be before every player was negotiating a "no media" clause in their contract? Yes, many of the rules the NFL imposes - not being able to wear Beats at the presser because they have a contract with Bose, not being able to wear anything other than team-branded apparel on the sidelines, etc., etc. - are restrictive and help support the "No Fun League" appellation, but there is a reason the NFL is the #1 sports industry in the country, and it is in part to the fact that the League has its marketing crap together, including how it manages players' interaction with the press.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

The actual question is this..... if Marshawn or any player for that matter doesn't want to be subject to often pointless interviews then why shouldn't they have the right to decline???.. it's a fair question!!! Why shouldn't they be able to decline??? Why shouldn't each team be able to designate a list of players who are available for interview and a list of those who are not? 

There are two reasons that this topic really steams my clams: first and foremost, some of the comments in favor of Lynch's stance have thrown an entire profession of hard-working individuals under the proverbial bus. Go back and read some of these rants about how the media is the devil, reporters are self-entitled show-offs, etc., etc., and read them from the perspective of someone who goes and punches a clock every day with the express purpose of asking people like Lynch questions.

Secondly, and here's perhaps the bigger issue for me with people who think Lynch should be able to tell the reporters to piss off if he darn well pleases, is that the NFL provides these men with the opportunity to make a great deal of money, in exchange for certain services. One of those services is playing football and all that entails. But it also entails talking to the media, making certain appearances, etc., etc. There is a reason the NFL fines coaches for wearing something other than team-branded apparel on the sidelines (and yes, I think that rule is stupid because Tom Landry was kick-ass in that fedora). Just because I might think Lynch has the right not to talk to the reporter doesn't mean that he doesn't have the responsibility to talk to the reporter.

That's it for me, in a nutshell. Lynch is being disrespectful to the reporters, to the fans, to the Seahawks organization and the NFL via his antics. It might not be "that big of a deal" to most people, but it's a symptom of the broader millennial "me me me, I'm a special flower" attitude that so many employers today are struggling to understand and deal with in the work place.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

No worries, Lakes. I just look at the reporter as "the little guy" in this case. Lynch is being a pain here because he can afford to be.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

And as far as puttimg his body on the line for the enjoyment and entertainment of the fans? He do you think he gets paid? By people shelling out cash for tickets, jerseys and other revenue generating avenues.

No one is arguing that he doesn't take a physical risk every time he handles the ball, but my contention with this being used as a reason he can tell a group of reporters to go eff themselves is that he isn't taking that risk for my benefit as a fan - he's taking that risk so he can pocket tens of millions of dollars. That is the reason he "puts his body on the line."

Also, that phrase is just annoying. Soldiers, firefighters and police officers "put their bodies on the line." Lynch risks injury, of course, but the phrase makes it sound like he's walking into armed combat.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

So writing a report and asking questions is back-breaking while playing pro football is a child's game ?

Back-breaking? No, definitely not. But we're talking about orders of magnitude here - the average reporter is making average or below average money (trust me, the vast majority of people in media are not making the same kind of money as a Herbie, Fowler or Cowherd), and is paid to go interview Marshawn Lynch after a ballgame. Lynch is contractually obligated to talk with the media, and he is willfully flouting the terms of his contract, while also actively preventing those reporters from doing part of their job. It's the equivalent of one of those reporters stealing Lynch's cleats before the game.

Comment 28 Jan 2015

To say the reason he gets paid is to talk to a bunch of weiners with microphones doesnt do justice to what he brings to his team.

Weiners with microphones? And all this time I thought Lynch was the jackass in this story. Makes you think.

Also, Lynch doesn't "put his body on the line for [our] enjoyment," he does it for the tens of bloody millions the Seahawks pay him. Jesus, he ain't Mother Friggin' Theresa. Put his body on the line for our entertainment. I've heard it all now.

Comment 28 Jan 2015

We are comparing Lynch and the media and you are calling Lynch self-entitled?

Yes, Lynch is the self-entitled jackass in this case. Those members of the media you loathe so damn much? Most of them are making average or below-average wages, working back-breaking hours at a thankless task, and oh, by the way... they're paid to ask Marshawn Lynch questions.

So yeah, when a reporter making $38k to ask football players questions about football gets shit on by a man paid tens of millions of dollar to play a child's game - and who is contractually obligated to answer said questions - it reeks of self-entitlement and self-importance.

This business of letting Lynch off the hook here because everyone gets so damn worked up about the media is really tiresome.