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  • SPORTS MOMENT: January 1st, 1997. Pasadena, California. I was always a Buckeye before, but after seeing this game in person at a young age, it was all over from there.
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: USMNT, Columbus Crew, Arsenal F.C., Celtic F.C.

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Comment 16 Jan 2017

It's tough, especially with basketball where you get a limited number of people to recruit. Thad put a lot of his eggs in one basket trying to get some of these stud Ohio players in recent years and it's hard to really crucify him when the players opt to go to the Duke, Kentucky and Kansas type programs of the world. Those are blue blood schools that live for basketball, they pretty much recruit themselves. Ohio State losing a recruit to one of those schools is like Kentucky fans losing their minds that the top player in their state opted to go to Ohio State or Alabama to play football. It's also worth pointing out that a lot of the time, Thad has gotten the top recruit in the state. Sometimes those guys wind up being as good as billed, sometimes not so much. David Lighty, Jon Diebler, Kosta Koufos, BJ Mullens, Aaron Craft, Jared Sullinger, Marc Loving, Jaesean Tate, Daquan Cook to name a few stud Ohio high school players he did land. With the exception of Craft, Lighty and Tate, those were the top players in the state of Ohio in different seasons.

And, Ohio aside, lets not pretend that he hasn't brought in top 10 recruiting classes almost every year he's been here and had the ability to recruit (some years he's only had one or two schollies available to offer). He's brought in significant talent, the problem I see is that there's a lack of leadership and backbone with some of the people he's brought in. The Scott, Williams, Thompson, Ross class is a classic example and then Marc Loving is perhaps the best example yet. Then we have another great class come in last year and everyone leaves because they're not playing the minutes they want or are not taking coaching very well. 

I have a lot of concerns about the team and the direction and am having a hard time really arguing for Thad anymore...but there's a lot of fallacious arguments being perpetuated, such as his complete inability to land the best players in the state (when he has landed several of the best players in the state...and players leaving Ohio for blue blood programs has been the case since waaayyyy before Thad got here). He misses a couple players in recent memory and suddenly he's completely unable to recruit in-state.

Another one of those arguments being that he can't develop players. That one's hard to argue with some of the recent busts we've seen, but a lot of what I've seen are players rated very highly coming out of HS that wind up having a lot of limitations and very low ceilings for improvement. It's worth keeping in mind that he's done some of the best developmental work on some guys as well. Evan Turner, good lord I don't even need to say more. David Lighty, big time! Jon Diebler showed up with major confidence issues and Thad helped turn his confidence around to become the best shooter in school history. Deshaun Thomas went from being irresponsible, terrible defender, volume shooter off the bench to B1G POY candidate by his junior year, averaging 20 a game and showing significant growth defensively. Even guys like Lenzelle Smith went from basically nothing to key players. Evan Ravenel was never going to be anything important, but became a strong, solid player by his senior year. Dallas Lauderdale went from being a nobody to being one of the, if not the best rim protector in college basketball, as well as contributing on offense by shooting over 70% from the field. Othello Hunter went from being nothing to being a really strong all around player and potential NBA draft pick despite being undersized. Ron Lewis and Ivan Harris showed a lot of growth. He took a good player in Terence Dials under O'Brien and turned him into B1G POY by the time he was done.

There's some issues going on, I won't bury my head in the sand and pretend there aren't. But his critics can't bury their head in the sand and believe that there's an epidemic with his program either. He's definitely getting harder to defend, but I think the guy has built at least some equity, enough for us to show him some faith and give him a chance to see if he can get things turned in the right direction.

Comment 31 Dec 2016

It's not old school, because that's misguided. Old school was Woody Hayes who changed our uniforms and helmets plenty of times even before anyone else was ever doing that, yet people like to cite "Woody would be rolling in his grave right now!" No, he probably wouldn't give a shit as long as we won the game. That's an even better tradition than what color our helmets look like IMO.

Comment 30 Dec 2016

We've been pretty insanely blessed at the CB position historically and very recently. First we wondered how we were going to replace Bradley Roby and Doran Grant stepped in and was just as good. Then we wondered how we'd replace Grant and Eli Apple stepped in and was just as good...and Gareon Conley stepped in and was even better. Then how do we replace Apple...Marshon Lattimore might be the best one yet.

Comment 29 Dec 2016

I wouldn't be surprised to see them slip next year. They don't have the friendly home flavored schedule next year and they're graduating most of their two deep (plus the "almighty" Jabrill is most likely headed to the pros). Their two starting receivers, three offensive linemen plus 3 or 4 of the primary o-line backups, 3 of their top 4 running backs (4 of 5 if you want to include Peppers), their top two fullback options, their entire secondary, all 3 linebackers (again if Peppers goes pro), and all 4 starting D-linemen. This year was their best shot to beat us. They had a two deep loaded with seniors and 5th year seniors. Their '14 and '15 recruiting classes were less than stellar, and I'd imagine, with a couple of exceptions here and there, their '16 and '17 classes will need another year or two until they're contributing at a quality starter level.

Comment 20 Dec 2016

Part because it's a local small batch distillery (Grandview), and part because it's absolutely delicious sipping bourbon: Watershed Bourbon. It has some pretty unique ingredients (including spelt instead of the typical wheat options used in many bourbons). It's a pretty young bourbon, I feel like the inputs can be picked out easily and it has a nice sweetness. It believe it's somewhere between 45-50% abv, but it's not harsh, it's really pleasant. Only downside to me was that it was named by Timeout New York as one of the 10 best bottles of bourbon in America a few years back...something Watershed likes to make sure we're all aware of...but I noticed that seemingly just after that, the price went from roughly $30 per bottle to roughly $40 per bottle. It'll vary a bit from batch to batch and I don't think I'd claim that it's the very best tasting bourbon I've ever had, but it's really damn good and what makes it my favorite is that it's from Columbus, Ohio.

Comment 14 Dec 2016

Ohhh, you were saying that he's trolling against ttun folks. lol, I misunderstood. My bad. I still don't feel like I've seen anything legit to make me think anything other than he's going to end up at ttun.

Comment 14 Dec 2016

That's probably why I'm confused. Birm trolling us to me is "HE'S 100% COMING TO tOSU!" The comment I was replying to said that Birm was trolling our fans by getting us all excited...yet Birm has maintained all along that, despite anything he's heard, he's skeptical and expects DPJ at ttun. That's gotta be about the opposite of trolling...if anything tempering expectations. I understand he's stayed silent out of respect and out of regard for his own professional integrity and reputation on some guys, but that's definitely not trolling either.

Comment 14 Dec 2016

I don't know why Birm would troll his own readers...but Birm has also said all along that he doesn't believe what he's heard and that he fully expects DPJ at ttun.

Comment 14 Dec 2016

I bumped into Eddie at a restaurant and as he was leaving my friends and I got up from our table to go just say hi to him...when that man turns around, looks you in the eye and shakes your almost collapse on the spot. His hand was like the size of my torso, it just swallowed mine. I couldn't think or talk straight and I think I might have half dissed him by just blurting out dumb shit...still one of my bigger life regrets lol.

Comment 14 Dec 2016

My only thing is if Birm knows more than he's letting on, it seems more so in the other side. He keeps saying he's hearing from a source or two that are usually correct but he still doesn't believe it himself that DPJ will come here at the end of the day.

Comment 14 Dec 2016

I have to say, I was pretty impressed with watching his film. He looks like he has a solid frame to build on size-wise and he looks like he has outstanding closing speed once he diagnoses the play.

Comment 06 Dec 2016

Yeah, I was using hyperbole...I obviously know it doesn't hold 1/3 of the capacity. But it does not hold 2000 more fans than Progressive. That is false. I've been to Fenway. It's old and feels very small. I've been to Progressive, it's not nearly as small. Capacity at Progressive has been reduced significantly in recent years. About 5-10 years ago, Progressive had the capacity for about 8,000-10,000 more than Fenway. Fenway also went through an expansion throughout the aughts. When we set the record (which, has since been broken a couple of times) for most consecutive sellouts from 1995 to 2001, we easily had Fenway beat in capacity (and in those days had greater capacity than an expanded Fenway does today). Regardless, this isn't about Fenway. This is about, if ownership actually shows signs of giving a damn, Indians fans do show up. 

Comment 06 Dec 2016

Are we claiming causality there? Because some might say that people stopped showing up to a shit product after fans were given the impression the ownership was more concerned with pinching pennies to support their bottom line than both the short and long term success of the team. And baseball, more than any other sport, is one where if you're penny pinching (be it on the roster, on parking on concessions, etc), the fans will stop showing. Lets also not forget that this fanbase at one point set the record for the most consecutive sellouts in MLB history. Like, how can Boston not sell out every game ever? They claim that Red Sox fans are the greatest fans in the world. Their stadium holds about 1/3 of the people of Progressive. It'd be disappointing if they didn't sell it out every game, being the greatest fans in the world and all.

Comment 05 Dec 2016

I mean, we're not awful. We've definitely gotten a lot better over the last 20 years, but we've seemed to regress since the '14 World Cup. There was a ton of optimism about the direction of the team going into it and coming out of it. We made it out of what was probably the group of death...and were one Wondolowski whiff in front of the goal from knocking off a Belgium team (that a lot of people had as their darkhorse to win the tournament) and advancing to the final 8. A bunch of our big name players came back to play in the MLS, most notably Michael Bradley, who has been in perpetual shit form for the US ever since. We're seeing an unprecedented amount of young US players moving abroad and some of the better ones even getting into some of the best and biggest name club systems and youth academies, so that's becoming pretty exciting.

You should get into it, it's really really infectious, fun and never ending. It's always evolving and the sport really goes year round. You start seeing some of the US players playing abroad and you start getting some interest in those leagues and teams and you've got an addiction. I always passively followed soccer, but when I decided to take the plunge into being a full on Arsenal supporter after a few years of mulling it over, I've been sucked into club soccer abroad big time. 

Comment 05 Dec 2016

Yeah, there are a lot of debilitating, systemic issues that are preventing the US from really having a good developmental system. It has gotten much better and it is one of the reason I was in favor of Klinsmann as a technical director, because he has a great knowledge of trying to take the steps to slowly start building the right infrastructure over time. The good news for US soccer is that European clubs are starting to make a scouting presence in the US and more and more youngsters are getting opportunities to go abroad to youth academies and major clubs' systems.

Comment 05 Dec 2016

I've heard Pulisic linked with just about every team out there, because tabloids and silly season in soccer come with the craziest, most baseless rumors. But it is true that everyone is taking notice of Pulisic. He's one of the best attacking prospects in all of Germany...which is saying he's one of the better attacking prospects in the world. The only real, true rumor about the pursuit of Pulisic that I believe is that of Liverpool. That one has been backed up a little more and it makes sense because Jurgen Klopp is the one who first brought Pulisic up into the Dortmund first team before he took the Liverpool job. He's not going anywhere though. Tuchel has made it perfectly clear that he has no intention of selling him. Dortmund reportedly publicly said recently that Liverpool need to not waste their time chasing Pulisic and that they'd be asking for an over $31M transfer fee at a minimum. He's forced Tuchel's hand to continue to play him as a rotation player. He's got a ways to go to be a regular you said Dortmund has a lot of depth, particularly at the wing spots. He's been fortunate to get some time due to injuries, but now players are coming back, most notably Marco Reus, and I could see his playing time diminish and go back down to less important matches again. But he's really forced Tuchel's hand to give him time, because he's exceeded expectations and delivered every time he's been given the opportunity. Really, I think Tuchel is best served to keep him as an energizing super-sub to come in whenever they need instant offense late in games.

We're at the first point ever that US players are playing on major European clubs. And young US players are being scouted and pursued as prospects at major European clubs. We have u21 players that have gotten first team minutes at places like Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Bayern, Dortmund and another several who have or are getting minutes at various 2nd tier clubs. Not to mention US teenagers that teams like Liverpool, PSG, Manchester United, Schalke, Fiorentina, etc have brought into their systems in the last year or so. It's kind of nuts. I've even read stories in the last year or two about a couple of American kids that have been scouted and brought into La Fabrica, the Real Madrid youth academy.

Comment 05 Dec 2016

We've had some solid young players who have done well at middle of the road type of clubs since the 80s. We haven't really had players make major impacts on a major European team. We had some players that looked good by American standards that went abroad and were pretty middle of the road over there and therefore never really amounted to much.