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Reynoldsburg, Ohio (via Hillsboro, Ohio)

Member since 22 October 2012 | Blog

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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 16 hours ago

The logical conclusion isn't more bowl games played in places like the Bahamas, but for playoff teams to play early rounds on the campus of the higher-seeded teams. Solves the problem without this nonsensical concept of football played on some studio backlot.

Comment 25 Dec 2014

Agreed. I still love the Big Bear, but maybe just a smidge less now, and that makes me sad. May Coach Holtz live forever.

Comment 23 Dec 2014

I agree JB - I don't think the Chryst hire is horrible at all. It lacks a certain "wow factor," but Urban Meyers aren't growing on trees. As Urbz and Pat Fitzgerald (and Steve Spurrier back in the day) have proven, having an alum as your head football coach is a pretty potent intangible.

I still want to know what the hell Nebraska was thinking, and even more so why Andersen ran as fast as he could from a perennial B1G title contender to a perennial PAC12 bottom-feeder.

Comment 22 Dec 2014

It's definitely not my sandbox - I'm just a humble member of the community, and one of the small band of moderators tasked with keeping the sandbox as clean as possible.

To that end, I tend to moderate pretty moderately, letting the commujity self-police most things as has always been our way, and stepping in when things get out of hand.

I get it - you don't like reading M Man's position on Title IX. I understand. As long as he stays on the correct side of the line, posters like you can criticize and downvote as you see fit. Personally, I don't think he's been out of line in this thread, and I think a lot of the pique he's drawing is a result of past threads in which things did cross the line. Hence my advice (tongue in cheek) to "let it go."

Comment 22 Dec 2014

M Man may hold that premise - but that isn't the same thing as saying that universities should not be in the business of prosecuting sexual assault cases, which is my position, and where I joined the conversation. That is not a political argument.

As to the question of IF Title IX is or is not being used as a political cudgel in cases such as the Gibbons or Waters situation, yes, that would be a political argument if it were couched as a criticism of the current administration. And yes, that has been the case in the past, and we all know that M Man has spent his time in the proverbial gulag, so I say to you in the words of the great Disney princess, let it go.

On the other hand, observing that schools are really toeing the line lately re: Title IX and sexual assault cases, that is not a political argument in and of itself, and one could rightfully posit that a fear of Title IX sanctions has influenced schools such as Ohio State to take an especially aggressive stance on questions of "a sexualized culture," for example.

But again, my reason for echoing M Man's comment was to concur with the assessment that universities should not be in the business of prosecuting sexual assault cases because they simply are not equipped to do so adequately, and the result of such "investigations" has almost always been a miscarriage of justice for either the victim or the accused.

Comment 22 Dec 2014

Deeming something a political argument doesn't make it so. I'm well aware that a few members of this board do not care for M Man's position on the Gibbons case, and that he has more than once tip-toed over the line into making a political argument. But that hasn't been the case thus far in this thread.

Argue your opinion or don't, but no one here has crossed the "no politics" rule as far as I'm concerned.

Comment 22 Dec 2014

Generally, my opinions are truer than other opinions.

In all seriousness, I respect the underlying concept of your hypothetical - that a university might or should choose to take action to discipline a student regardless of the machinations of the legal system (did I understand you correctly?). And in a sense, I don't disagree.

But where I concur with M Man's assessment is that universities are patently incapable of fairly investigating and competently judging the guilt or innocence of those alleged of conducting sexual assault or harassment. If you have not already done so, read the New York Times report on the Hobart College debacle, and then tell me you feel comfortable with a university determining the outcome of a sexual assault case. It was a travesty all the way around.

Comment 22 Dec 2014

All the more reason that allegations of sexual assault, no matter where they occur, belong in courts of law and not university office buildings.

Truer words were never spoken.

Comment 20 Dec 2014

Basketball is really tough to discuss around here because it seems like most of us fall into one of two camps:

  • In camp #1, Thad Matta is pretty much the greatest coach ever, and anyone who speaks ill of him is clearly a troll or a hater who doesn't know anything about basketball.
  • In camp #2, Coach wins a lot of ballgames, but never seems to make it as far as our (perhaps overinflated) expectations think we should go (i.e. a national title). In other words, he's the John Cooper of Ohio State basketball.

I've admittedly spent a lot of time in the second camp - I felt like Jim O'Brien couldn't recruit worth a tinker's dam but coached the talent he had probably two steps beyond their ability. With Matta, I've often felt that he is one of the best three or four recruiters in the country, but that he's coaching them a step or two below their potential.

I know that I don't know enough basketball Xs and Os to know if I'm right or not, but after watching the Buckeyes feast on cupcakes for years, but get solidly whacked by the Louisvilles and North Carolinas of the world, I can completely understand the frustration expressed in these threads.

Comment 19 Dec 2014

Bass is just referring to a CD drive, but I second his recommendation of a MacBook Pro. I've had a MacBook in one form or another since 1999 and they are perfect for what you'll be doing in college, although I can't speak to the engineering portion.

Also, I took my 2011 MBP and did a complete upgrade by installing a Crucial SSD and maxing out the RAM. If you're up for some DIY, that could be a route to consider.

Comment 19 Dec 2014

I hear you loud and clear, and admittedly I think far too many downvote things in contravention of the stated purpose of the downvote. Minus ten is no fun, but you'll be fine. Happy commenting!

Comment 19 Dec 2014

While I'm not the MOD who censored your post, I'll say that the previous poster hit it on the head - most members of the community police the "no politics rule" with a fervent zeal because while we have very few hard and fast rules, the ones that we do have keep this the most intelligent, respectful sports community on the planet.

So my guess is that you were down voted by people who felt that, unlike posts mentioning well-know orators of brilliance such as Churchill, Lincoln or Reagan, your attempt at humor was a toe across the line and policed accordingly. Your intent might have been pure humor, but political humor is still political.

Consider it a cheap lesson in the ways of our little corner of the world and laugh it off later. No harm in losing a few helmet stickers when one can so easily earn fresh ones by being a valuable contributor, right?

Comment 19 Dec 2014

Definitely going with General Patton on this one. A god among men.

Comment 17 Dec 2014

I have no idea if this story has legs or not, but let's face it: TSUN not only needs a home-run hire because they need to turn this recruiting class around and actually win games, but they MUST stem the tide of the "_ichigan is no longer a destination job" narrative that has developed since it became clear that Hoke was a dead man walking.

If there was one thing The Enemy From Beyond The Wall had going for it, even through the Rich Rod era, it was the perception that they were still a marquee program by historical standards. Now it's just a historically good program that has taken a historical fall from grace. From a brand-management standpoint, they have to do whatever it takes, even if that means spending a stupid amount of money on Harbaugh.

Anyone other than Harbaugh LOOKS like a failure at this point, especially given the Houston and Youngstown hires.

Comment 17 Dec 2014

I hope you're right. It was a surprise, though, to see him back this early, he didn't seem prepared for the match (since it seemed like he wasn't coming back for at least another month), and as you noted, he didn't seem himself.

I agree with what you said, I just hope the move to get him back for Mizzou doesn't backfire in the long run.