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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 17 Apr 2014

Remember that in cases of sexual assault, the issue is as much or more about power/control than it is about sex. The abuser is exerting power over the victim, and that's the "thrill" as it were, for the sick twist perpetrating the assault. If one were to view it through that lens, elite athletes are who have almost been by definition trained to believe they are gods and who are rarely if ever told no... Well, you can draw your own conclusions about the potential combustibility involved in an alcohol- and testosterone-fueled situation like the one described in the NYT piece.

Comment 17 Apr 2014

Best political/news cartoon ever. Extremely well done, and heartbreakingly so.

Comment 17 Apr 2014

Right on George. Arrogance is in the eye of the beholder, it seems.

Comment 17 Apr 2014

It's interesting how people respond to our "The." I travel quite frequently and deal with alumni from several Big Ten schools on a regular basis, and I find that the people who are most obnoxious about the THE are not Ohio State people, but people who want to bring it up and make a big deal about it as though it were some sort of running joke. It's tiresome.

The Ohio State University is the friggin' name of the university. Everyone should get over it and move on.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

The first two are no-brainers in my book... Fitz is really good, but I think #3 is probably a bit high, and the fact that they've ranked Franklin at #4 before he's coached a single game in the league either says something about how bad the coaching is in the league, or that SN is giving the guy a whole lot of credit for being quasi-competitive in the conference that shall not be named.

Andersen probably deserves to be higher up the board in my estimation, at least compared to Fitz and Franklin.

Comment 15 Apr 2014

I'm a little surprised that the Spartans didn't pick up Smith's gauntlet on the idea of a night game in East Lansing. And perhaps this is a stupid question, but if getting the boys home at 3 a.m. is a big concern re: night games away, why not put them up in the team hotel for the second night? I know there's expense there, but for Ohio State that's not really that big of an issue...

Comment 15 Apr 2014

Michigan State's Rose Bowl win might've done real damage to Ohio State's effort to convince the rest of the country that we're the fast lil' bunnies that we say we are.

Perhaps, but the upshot is that Michigan State's trouncing of the Cardinal probably helped the Conference's street cred a bit, and should help Ohio State immensely if/when we topple the Spartans in East Lansing this fall.

Comment 11 Apr 2014

He definitely got railroaded out of football, and I think I'll always be a little salty about that... Even so, if these schools pass on hiring him, it'll further weaken my faith in the academic bureaucracy.

Comment 11 Apr 2014

Joe, you've always been one of my favorites, but as a fellow writer who hasn't blogged at his own personal blog for many, many moons, I can totally empathize. Happy trails, and best wishes.

Comment 10 Apr 2014

One family in our neighborhood has two of them, so they can park three cars in a two car garage. Damnedest thing.

Comment 10 Apr 2014

Vin Scully is a boss. His voice and delivery are reminiscent of my radio hero, Paul Harvey, in that folksy "I could listen to them talk about anything" sort of manner. Picture the legendary Harvey talking about a crack pipe, just for kicks (remember to insert the famous Harvey pregnant pause in between the words crack and           pipe).

Trivia: The 86-year-old Scully's 65 seasons with the Dodgers (1950–present) is the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single media outlet. Who gets the runner-up honors? Agricultural broadcaster Orion Samuelson, who has been with WGN-AM in Chicago since 1960.

Comment 09 Apr 2014

Nobody wonders if Lucas is possibly the best player to ever live. 

Best ever? No, perhaps no one says "Jerry Lucas was better than Michael Jordan," which seems to be the nonsensical standard by which this nonsensical question is judged (personally, I think Magic Johnson or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rank ahead of MJ, but that's because I was a huge Lakers fan growing up during their Pat Riley dynasty years).

But Lucas is without a doubt one of the greatest players in history: The NBA named him one of their 50 greatest of all time during the leagues's 50th anniversary festivities, Slam Magazine said he was #38 on their all-time greatest list in 2011, and he was named to Sports Illustrated's five-man College All-Century Team in 1999. He is also a seven-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, being inducted in 1980 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the 1960 Olympic team.

Lucas averaged a double-double across his 11 seasons in the NBA, with a career average of 17 points per game and 15.6 rebounds per game. He finished his career having scored 14,053 points and 12,942 boards (not to mention 2,732 assists). He shot 50% from the field in 829 games played, and more than 78% from the charity stripe.

So yeah, if you wanted to argue that James or Havlicek were better ballers in the grand scheme of things, fine. But Jerry Lucas certainly deserves to be in the conversation, and I have no qualms with him being described as the greatest Buckeye basketballer ever. His resume speaks for itself.

Comment 09 Apr 2014

Ah, yes, I mentally flipped UConn and UNC in '10 and '11. Your correction is appreciated and my underlying point remains 100% valid.

Comment 09 Apr 2014

LeBron DEFINITELY would have won multiple titles. Especially if he would have went to Ohio State as he claims he would have. Plus remember if he would have stayed until his senior year he would have been on the same team as the Thad 5.

Well, if I accept the premise that he would have helped Ohio State win one title - which I don't think you can do in the context of the modern NCAA tourney - I sure as hell don't accept the premise that he'd have won multiple titles. In the past 25 years, only Duke ('91 & '92) and Florida ('06 & '07) have won back-to-back titles, and Kentucky is the only other team to win two titles in a four-year period ('96 & '98).

Your stunningly declarative prediction assumes A) that LBJ would have played more than one year, which seems unlikely, and B) that Ohio State would have been magically more dominant than the UConns, Michigan States, North Carolinas and Kansases of the world, none of whom have won multiple titles in the span of one players' career in the past quarter century.

Comment 09 Apr 2014

Hard not to love Havlicek. He also was a boss. It's kind of like asking who was the better running back, Eddie George or Archie Griffin... you could make a cogent argument either way, right?