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Kapolei, Hawaii (via Ft Myers, FL)

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lived in cincinnati until I was ten then moved to ft myers.Now residing in Hawaii..huge buckeye, bengals and reds fan even though I have lived in SW florida for the majority of my life..


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The official having the balls to call pass interference in the '02 NC game
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Recent Activity

Comment 9 hours ago

Judging by this forum clearly I am in the minority here but in my opinion it's Cardale's job to lose. Both Saban and Kirby Smart, two people who have forgotten more about the game than I will ever know, think C-Dale is the better QB. The thing with C is that he is much harder to gameplan against due to his size, arm strength and power running. While I have a great deal of respect for JT's leadership, knowledge of the offense and accuracy, I don't feel like the fear factor is as great as C's. When you are blessed with great size at the QB position it allows you to see over your line and absorb more pressure from smaller defenders while using your huge arm to make them pay in the back end. Rapelisnerder has made a career, probably HOF, out of using his size, big arm and feet to buy precious extra seconds in the pocket. DB's can only cover guys for so long and over the course of a season they make a huge difference. Before people get pissed, I am in no way saying C is as good as Ben I am just comparing the two based on size and how it is a BIG problem for D coordinators. Pun intended. With our O-line likely to be dominate this year makes me even more sure that Cardale should get the nod. I believe that we can all agree that Cardale has the higher ceiling and every tool in the bag to become great. Whether he will or not rests firmly with him. I would rather start the guy who makes defense's worry that every single inch of field is in play. Cardale

Comment 30 Jun 2015

Big Daddy!!! Even an out of shape and old Daddy would dominate..I would have to say him and P-Cake Pace were the 2 most dominate players I have ever seen at TOSU..because he played for the worst Bengals' teams of all time, people forget how amazing he was. He single handedly destroyed other teams' ability to run the ball 'tween the tackles

Comment 17 May 2015

Actually Origami the way I see it is MSU did us a favor by beating us in 2013. If we are being completely honest with ourselves we would have gotten pasted by FSU in the NC game. Our secondary was atrocious, Winston, Benjamin, Greene would have embarassed us, thus we probably wouldn't have made the playoff this year due to ESPN/national bias. Even Urban said we weren't good enough. I would even go a step further and say that, in my mind, MSU was the best team in the country at the end of the year and defensivelywould have given FSU a better game than Auburn..So I say thank you Dantonio and Co., for our title this past year

Comment 26 Mar 2015

Wow, I never knew Kennard had that good of a handle, for a bigger guy that was pretty impressive. I remember well the days before Thad got here and I know he single-handedly built us into a top 10 program, but it is kind of shocking why he seems to miss out on the elite in state talent. Does anybody have a guess as to why this has been happening? It seems to me that if he kept most ( can't have them all) of those guys home our roster would be incredibly stacked. But then again, what do I know

Comment 21 Mar 2015

We really need Loving to shake off whatever is bothering him. He looked like he had no idea what he was supposed to be doing. Hopefully he finds his stroke early and does better in the pick and roll game. Slam needs to go hard to the rim and get Zona's bigs in foul trouble early. Scott needs to take care of the ball and not force so many bad shots. If they do all of that they might cover the spread, but they need a lot of luck to win this thing

Comment 29 Jan 2015

For me personally, I am perfectly happy with Burrow who is much farther in his development than Gibson anyways. I think Gustin and Prince are the two big fish for us right now. For some reason, I just don't see Hill leaving SEC country. Obviously Birm has forgotten more than I will ever know but he strikes me as a dude who wants to be the guy close to home. I am still depressed about Carlton Davis. I envisioned him as superstar, Ed Reed type free safety for us. I say go all in for Gustin and Prince and let the others work it out

Comment 29 Jan 2015

I guess I am the only person here upset by this..even though Birm thought this was the likely outcome, I held out hope..if he receives any sort of good coaching whatsoever, he will be a stud FS..followed him at the semper fidelis bowl or whatever it was and his plethora of skills were on full display..good luck C-Murda, I hardly knew thee

Comment 22 Jan 2015

Armani Reeves, Gareon Conley appear to be first up. Then maybe some of the younger guys like Lattimore or even Jamel Dean if he has a great spring. Dean is a wild card due to being a true freshman but he is enrolled and has a unique size speed ratio, with long arms

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Anybody ( fans, media, observers) who remotely followed this team this year HAS to know that this was one of the best coaching jobs in the history of the sport. Every week seemed to bring another obstacle that needed to be dealt with, football and otherwise. If you don't know that then you obviously hate Urban or TOSU. What a season!!!!

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Barnsey, that his hilarious on so many levels...+1 sir

Comment 21 Jan 2015

YoDuh, where do you live in ft myers? I lived there for 25 years before moving to Sillicon Valley and now Hawaii