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Comment 26 Jul 2016

I like DJ as much as the next guy, but skull sessions were better when they were split among the writers. I always looked forward to DJ's day because I felt that was when he brought his A-game. 

I think having to write skull sessions every day, especially during the offseason in addition to buckshots and other updates, can be exhausting and would leave most writers struggling to be fresh and witty. And too much snark (dj seems to pattern his work after the deadspin staff, mainly drew magary) can leave me fatigued. 

Comment 26 Jul 2016
  • As an alum I utterly loathe the cowards that make up the BOT at this school. Actually, the university as a whole has been falling out of favor with me for a while. Campus Partners has been destroying the university district for years, charging sky high rent to businesses that are eventually forced to relocate, and I hope the CampusParc offices are crushed by a giant Looney Tunes anvil. They won't be getting any donations from me until they change their ways. The school wastes too much money on junk that they don't need and pay crap tenured faculty members way too much. 
  • Quick cals and the 7 Nation Army stink. "Buckeye Swag" is ok but boring as all hell. 
  • My only fault with Urban is that I think he underestimates the HS talent in Ohio and holds recruiting service rankings in higher regard than he should. Recruiting is an inexact science, and while you should always look beyond your state's borders, I think that doing it too often may eventually bite him in the ass, especially if players start going to Michigan. Out-of-staters are sometimes flaky (see the basketball team) and looking to transfer if they don't get early PT. 
  • I don't think Tate Martell will finish his career at OSU. I think he's a wasted scholly. 
  • I hate when people use scUM, meatchicken or cross out the letter M. IMO Either call them Michigan or TTUN. 
  • I think college football message boards are pretty toxic and that most people on these (including myself, unfortunately) get too wound up and nasty to people that we would otherwise have decent discussions and debates with face-to-face. 
  • I'm not a huge fan of Ohio natives that live out of state, root and rep for the state teams but otherwise speak of living in Ohio like it's a prison sentence. If you can't enjoy this state that's your problem. There's Always something to do. 
  • Ticket prices to OSU games are too damn high. 
  • They keep putting the wrong types of barbells on the bench presses and deadlift/power clean/snatch stations in some of the OSU gyms. And they replaced half of the squat racks/boxes at the RPAC with these ridiculous faux smith-machine concoctions that don't really have any benefit and make all of the freeweight squatters cram the 7 remaining free weight squat racks. As a trainer and lifter these things have always been a pet peeve of mine. 
  • Im jealous that the students at osu now have fancier dorms with air conditioning. 
  • every bar on the north fourth street area of campus blows. The patrons at those bars are a bunch of MLS weenies and children that can't hold their liquor. Give me the classic dives (library, mamas, out-r-inn, stube, scholar and VC) any day of the week. 
  • I wish people would lay off the hate for Cincinnati. Divisiveness doesn't help out cause. I say this as a stone cold Cleveland fan. 
Comment 25 Jul 2016

He wouldn't have seen as much action during his first two years but a Butt/Vannett combo at TE this past year would've been stellar. and regardless of the depth chart, Baugh has been a frequent visitor to Urban's dog house since he's come to OSU. there's obviously still time for Baugh to salvage his career but at this point Butt would've been the better option

Comment 25 Jul 2016

I know this isn't popular to say, and thankfully this hasn't come back to hurt us, but: Urban should've recruited him over Baugh. Hindsight, yes. But this is a case where he gave too much credit to the recruiting services and chose the hot shot out-of-stater instead of taking a decent look at the talent in his own back yard that, even despite this anecdote, would probably have come here if offered. Baugh's career thus far has been a series of self-inflicted wounds and, frankly, he's lucky he didn't get kicked off the team several years back. Meanwhile, Butt has gotten better every year and appears destined for a solid career. But again, it hasnt hurt us (yet) so im not too upset about the way things worked out

Comment 19 Jul 2016

I can only speak for myself, but quick cals suck the sweat off of the dead man's balls. The hive was an infinitely better pregame ritual. It gave me goosebumps to hear the slow buildup of "hell's bells" and see the players locked in unity; the student section also locked in arms as the crowd noise grew louder and louder. 

Watching grown adults and drunk students fumble their way through this poor man's haka is embarassing. And nobody following along with this ritual in the crowd can do it with a straight face. It's silly

Comment 16 Jul 2016

I always laugh my ass off when people dismiss Griffin as LeBron's puppet. What he's been able to do with the roster requires accountant-level competency and strategy. Yes, he does run some of his moves by LeBron before he pulls the trigger. But the mathematical gymnastics that he's had to perform to assemble this team are far too complex for any player to comprehend. Also, the transactions to acquire Mozgov, Shumpert, Smith and Frye were Griffin's ideas, not LeBron's.

Regarding Blatt, I doubt LeBron went directly to Griffin and demanded that he be fired. I don't think he needed to. LeBron's body language made it very clear that he wasn't happy with Blatt, and it didn't sound like the other players did much to hide their displeasure with him. I think LeBron gets way too much "blame" (can people even use that term anymore after they won the title with Lue?) for getting Blatt fired when the reality is that Griffin made decision on his own after he saw the vibe with the team

Comment 09 Jun 2016

I was a serial cheater on homework and exams all throughout high school. I often conspired with my other classmates to do so, communicating with them in code during exams and stealing the answer sheets from teachers. As awful as it sounds to say, doing so helped me get into Ohio State when the school was becoming more selective with its applicants.

But I never cheated again once I set foot at OSU. You can get away with it in high school but it seemed damn near impossible to do so at OSU. You can forget about cheating when your taking a test in a crammed auditorium surrounded by TA's. And there is simply too much at risk for me to have ever been tempted to cheat on anything else. Colleges dont play around with that crap. In high school you may just get detention or an F if you're caught. Different story in higher education

Comment 30 May 2016

...they won the play-in game against the yankees. Don't know what movie you were watching.

Comment 18 May 2016

teams that reach the NBA Finals typically only face one or two excellent teams during the conference playoffs. Thats just the nature of how the league is set up. Oftentimes the 8 seed has a losing record. 

The Cavs' postseason schedule hasnt been historically daunting like OKC's but it has still included some solid teams that are no worse than what most top seeds have typically faced in previous years.

And I realize that snark was what you were aiming for in the skull session but it falls flat when the evidence points to the contrary

Comment 04 May 2016

It's very chilling that this article would come on a day when Denzel Ward's father would also die suddenly while being physically active

Comment 05 Mar 2016

He was outstanding. I think learned a new word on almost every page I read from his enormous books. The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini both had profound effects on me when I read them. His upbringing and family was both fascinating and turbulent. I encourage people to read his final book, The Death of Santini, which ties his life and all his novels together.
 

Comment 06 Feb 2016

2011 for obvious reasons. But I also contend that 2011 was the worst college football season since the teddy roosevelt administration. The sanctions against miami, the downfall of paterno, and the abysmal title game that ended the bcs all contributed to that toxic season. 

2000 started great but spiraled out of control. 99 just plain sucked. 2001 was also bad until a certain afternoon in Ann Arbor

Comment 04 Feb 2016

Most of the national champions during the last 15 years have relied heavily on players from different states. An example would be the University of Miami, which, despite being in talent-rich Florida, picked almost half of the starters from the 01-03 teams from other states. Alabama has also had to go outside of the state lines to compete at the elite level. Southern Cal did in the early 00s as well.

At the same time, I think Urban has a tendency to underestimate some of the talent in Ohio. He sometimes gets too wrapped up in the star rankings or high school scouting combines (see Mike Mitchell) and will miss out on someone like Jake Butt

Comment 23 Jan 2016

I encourage people who are skeptical about the firing to listen to Brendan Haywood's interview on siriusxm from earlier today. Haywood states that the Cavs are a better team with Lue as the coach. One example he cites was that Blatt tried to put Tristan Thompson back on the floor with five minutes left in game four of the East Finals against ATL while the Cavs led by 30 pts before the players and coaches essentially blocked the substitution.

Lue should've been the HC all along and Blatt should've started his NBA career as an assistant. Blatt did a solid job but I highly doubt he had the chops to outsmart the elite coaches in the game. And I absolutely believe that this firing is more about his inability to properly use Kevin Love than it is about his relationship with LeBron. LeBron can, and has, been coaching himself since the team fired Paul Silas. The funky rotations and the inability to fit Love into the offense were a huge part in Blatt's undoing