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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 7 hours ago

Two things AwlIn:

  1. You are forbidden from referencing the commenting policy for the duration of this thread, and
  2. Lighten up, Francis.
Comment 21 Nov 2014

While he's much of the reason why the Buckeyes are playing so well, he's also a byproduct of a team that's surged back into the national spotlight.

I have to disagree with the characterization of J.T.'s performance as "a byproduct of a team." J.T. is the straw the stirs the drink, period. Yes, he's performed better as his offensive line and receivers have improved their games, but J.T. is not a product of a system - he's the most critical cog in the system.

Comment 21 Nov 2014

Diamont, who’s become somewhat of a game manager more than anything else, is completing just 47 percent of his passes for 282 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

If there was one term I'd happily erase from the collective football vernacular, it is the term "game manager." The quarterback is, by definition, the manager of the team's offense. He is, again almost by definition, one of two players who by design touch the ball on almost every single play of the game. He is, by definition, the player tasked with either handing off or passing the ball to the other offensive players on the team.

The term is meaningless, and is too often used as a "bless his heart" style phrase understood to mean "this kid really isn't that good, but he fills the spot and doesn't just fall down every time we snap the ball." It irked me when people used it at the beginning of the season to describe J.T. Barrett (who has proven to be so much more than a "game manager"), and it is almost meaningless in this context because the kid is clearly not playing the game well. Saying "Diamont is struggling at the quarterback position since taking over the role, completing just..." etc. etc.

My comments, btw, are not directed at the excellent Mr. Maks, but rather at the broader sports-speaking world. Stop using this term - it has become completely bastardized, and was a substandard epithet in the first place.

Comment 21 Nov 2014

I'm sitting here waiting on someone to jump in with the standard disclaimer that these stats don't mean anything 'cause Ohio State doesn't play anyone...

Comment 21 Nov 2014

Thanks for the additional context Tenn. This story now makes a lot more sense; reading the Tweets alone left me quite skeptical that I was missing something important in understanding why Mullen would "pull" the schollie.

I'm still left questioning Coach Neil's comments... Asking a kid to gray shirt isn't actually the same thing as "pulling the scholarship," so I'm wondering if Mullen asked the kid to sit a year, the kid said "no thanks," and Mullen said, "Fine, no schollie for you."

Still left with more questions than answers. But, still convinced that SEC over$igning is a big problem. Also, I get so bored with sportswriters' turning every story into another reason the NCAA is a corrupt plutocracy hellbent on destroying the lives of children for fun and profit.

Comment 18 Nov 2014

The Sugar Bowl in which Ohio State whupped up on Arkansas was amazeballs. I had a blast.

Comment 16 Nov 2014

I could not possibly agree more with this post. Baylor and TCU are hot garbage, and I am both offended and nauseated that they are ranked ahead of the Buckeyes.

Comment 15 Nov 2014

You completely misread my comment - AP writes the recap, and my guess is that a copywriter at ESPN writes the headline in their site, mobile app, etc., and these often differ. Read for comprehension before you put others on blast, mi amigo.