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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 23 hours ago

M Man, your point is well-made and well-taken.

Others have said it, but here's the reality:

  • Concussions are a much bigger deal now than they were even 2-3 years ago, for multiple reasons of which we are all aware (media scrutiny, the various related lawsuits, etc.)
  • Coach Dantonio had a LOT more political capital at his disposal at that point in his tenure than Hoke does at this point in his. The former was on his way to being revered, the latter is damn-near reviled at this point.

I think that if the Gholston situation occurred today, Coach D would get a lot more heat than he did then, but you've said it well yourself: the biggest source of criticism of Hoke's handling of this situation is coming from within the fanbase, not from without. It is viewed as a symptom of the much larger problem (that Hoke is grossly unqualified to lead this program and that Dave Brandon is well on the way to destroying everything good about Michigan football), as another poster put it, the proverbial straw that might well break the camel's back.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

Washington State rallied from a 21-0 first quarter deficit to win 28-27 at Utah.

Speaking of the transitive property of football, this now tells us that Rutgers > Washington State > Utah > Michigan, so Rutgers should have no trouble toppling the Skunkweasels in Piscataway this Saturday, right?

Comment 29 Sep 2014

One can certainly see a lot more potential in the East, because the traditional powers in the West - Nebraska and Iowa, I am looking squarely at you - need to step up in a big way. With Nebraska, this is a very real possibility, and perhaps even a likelihood. With Iowa, who the frack knows what to expect.

Wisconsin should continue to be a legitimate contender under Gary Andersen, and one would be wise not to sleep on Jerry Kill, the stone-cold stunner from St. Paul.

In the East, Penn State was clearly overhyped under the aura of Franklin's PR machine (aka, SEC creds), Rutgers hasn't been as bad as advertised (give it time?), and Maryland looks legit. We all know what's cooking in That State Up North, both the good (Sparty, yes?) and the raging dumpster fire. The state of Indiana continues to be an enigma that offends the football gods.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

I think the fact that Coach is talking about us now finally seeing the tempo offense for which Tom Herman was hired is a good reminder of how long it truly takes to install a new scheme or system on either offense or defense, and probably underscores why Chris Ash was so... testy... in response to questions about our pass defense after Saturday night's contest.

If it's taken two years to really get the offense working the way it's supposed to, is it any wonder we haven't seen Ash resurrect the Silver Bullets in just four games?

Comment 29 Sep 2014

So here's what happened: I arrived at the Dubgate around 4 p.m., made my contribution to the fine cause, picked up a frosty Yuengling and headed toward the barbecue line... I was the first guy to get the dreaded "we're all out" sad face from the City BBQ guy (he did give me some nice coupons, at least). So I watched a little football on TV and hadn't been there hardly long enough to get my bearings when the friend I was taking to the game called - he's an alum who hadn't been to a game in 7 years, so I met him out on Lane and gave him a walking tour of campus so he could see some of the changes (like the fact that our dorm was torn down earlier this year to make way for some of the new North Campus facilities).

Not meeting Marion's biggest media titan since Warren G. Harding was perhaps my biggest disappointment of the day, and now I have to add not meeting you to that list, too.

I did get a pretty killer picture of the Shoe that night, however:

Comment 29 Sep 2014

Clearly 101 plays are not enough in one game, because we need to get several guys more touches. This is a good problem to have.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

DJ, how fitting is it that the pre-roll ad on the YouTube video of Bosa and Bennett talking about the Schlegel body slam was for Skyline Chili? That's pretty icy right there, if you ask me.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

I'm with Droessl - the term "deserve" is one I'm not sure I can use in this case for the reasons he cites, above. I would have voted for an option that indicated that he's getting the correct amount of touches currently, because it's damn difficult to argue with a 700-yard performance.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

You are 100% correct that guys like Herman and Narduzzi are bound to be head coaches at some point, but I'd think long and hard about taking the gig at KU. In-state rival Kansas State is a much better program, and there are as many Mizzou fans in the eastern reaches of the state as there are KSU or KU teams. The cupboard is probably fairly bare after so many years of losing, and the in-state recruiting pool is nowhere near as strong as it is in our part of the country.

Comment 28 Sep 2014

Wow does that take me back - the production value of 1980s television... yikes! And I had totally forgotten that The One Man Gang went by Akeem during the Twin Towers era.

And the lovely Miss Elizabeth really was lovely. Wow, seeing Savage flung out the ring and laying out Miss Elizabeth, and the chaos that followed thereafter... Yeah, that had to be quite a birthday watch party.

Comment 28 Sep 2014

You know, I think it's a question of how much content you are interested in watching, because there's actually A LOT. I was honestly surprised. You have every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view EVER, as well as the NXT pay-per-views of recent years. In addition, you have literally thousands of hours of Raw and Smackdown, as well as old Saturday Night Main Event and WCW Monday Nitro episodes. Aside from the archive of old programming, they have current programming including Raw and Smackdown "pre game shows," and plethora of Network-specific content including series like WWE Legends House and a countdown series where they go through topics like "Top 10 Big Men of All Time," or "Top 10 Heels of All Time," and so forth.

The big sell, aside from the archive, is that for your $9.99/month, you get access to every pay-per-view they do now. So in the past, I would never have shelled out the $54.99 to watch Summer Slam or Survivor Series, but we sat down and watched their "Night of Champions" pay-per-view last weekend, and rather enjoyed it... It's kind of fun to watch an old Wrestlemania from the '80s and then compare it to the stuff they're doing now.

So for us, it's been money well spent from our entertainment budget, so to speak.

Comment 28 Sep 2014

Seriously.  I've never fully understood why calling us "Ohio" is an insult.

It's a foolish and ham-fisted attempt at an insult, and one that we should wear as a badge of honor. Consider, in fact, that in our alma mater the lyrics begin, Come, let's sing Ohio's praise/and songs to alma mater raise...

And likewise, in our fight song: Fight the team across the field/show them Ohio's here, Eleven Warriors brave and strong...

So yes, it's a silly insult. We are Ohio. We own Ohio. As Coach Meyer said, this team's goal is to "make the great state of Ohio proud."

Comment 28 Sep 2014

Having grown up in the glory days when Hulk Hogan was exhorting me to say my prayers and take my vitamins, when The Ultimate Warrior was the baddest dude on the planet, and when Andre The Giant was the largest human being man could ever contemplate (and when Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan were putting on nightly sportscasting clinics), I was a big fan of the World Wrestling Federation of olde, and followed most of its stars to the WCW in the early '90s. As an homage to my youth, The Stunning Mrs. Vance and I actually plunked down the $9.99 for the WWE Network, and I've been reveling in such legendary spectacles as the first Wrestlemania, and the WCW Pay-Per-View known as World War 3, in which the promotion ran a 60-man Battle Royal to determine the Heavyweight Champion.

We normally wouldn't consider going to TLC (though we thought about saving our pennies for a Wrestlemania trek one of these years), but with it being in Cleveland and with us going to town for a wedding that weekend anyway... It's damn tempting.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

My hat's off to you for mounting a vigorous, quite reasonable defense of your position. I understand where you're coming from, and in this day and age I actually could see some OSU bean-counter making Schlegel and the rest of the staff go through some manner of sensitivity training or other hippy-dippy film-flam.

But yeah, if your drunk ass wanders into the field at full speed, you deserve to get planted.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

Er, I don't know if I'd say that. I teach at OSU, and I've yet to hear students bring up Waters's firing in conversation. As long as there's a halftime show at every home game, I don't think the majority of the student body (or the faculty) cares.

I'd say you're spot on, as always, Professor. The only people I know talking about this are either here, or TBDBITL alumni in my Facebook feed.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

A zero-tolerance policy should be taken and new leadership has every right to bring in their own people if they choose to do so.

Two thoughts. First, re: zero tolerance, the problem with such policies is that they take no discernment, wisdom or leadership to administer. Any idiot - literally any idiot - can administer a zero-tolerance policy. While such policies sound good ("We do not condone, blah blah blah"), you end up with nonsensical stories where some third grader gets expelled for having a Super Soaker in his backpack. Or in this case, where a professional band director leading the best marching band in the country is fired summarily for working too slowly to change a culture that his predecessor apparently ignored entirely for 30+ years.

Secondly, re: "bringing in one's own people," that isn't exactly how it works. Yes, new administrations often restaff executive offices, but existing employees are generally moved to other positions or departments, or if they're fired, they are offered separation packages and incentives. Ohio State trumped up excuses to fire Waters for cause - they didn't give him a golden parachute because they "wanted to bring in new people." Big difference.