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BuckeyeDevil


Findlay OH (via Cambridge OH)

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Long time OSU fan-attended my first OSU football game which was against Michigan in 1982. Former season ticket holder for basketball way back in the Perry Carter/Treg Lee days. I go to basketball and football games now as budget and schedule permit. My daughter attends the same high school that Aaron Craft attended so we made it a point to see him play in person.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Anthony Carter get crunched in the 1982 Michigan game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Anyone who helps us beat Michigan
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: It was Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Don't care about it-let Canada have it
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Why anyone cares is a mystery to me

Recent Activity

Comment 25 Apr 2015

I have no clue who starts. There could be a lot of experimentation with combinations with this group and I think the combos are plentiful.

There are some things that strike me (in addition to youth and relative inexperience) such as size (KBD, Loving, Mitchell, Bell, Giddens, Thompson are listed as 6-7 or taller; Lyle, Grandstaff, and even Tate are all listed 6-4 or taller) and some interchangeable parts (with the exception of Harris who is a true PG due to being vertically challenged, Lyle can play two positions, Mitchell can play 3 or 4, KBD seems as much or more of a small forward as he does a power forward, etc.).

Another issue is who leads? Loving certainly doesn't appear to have leadership qualities. They are all young and it is usually the older players who take on that role. This will be an interesting season. I think Thad gets a relatively free pass next year, but the following season will carry some high expectations IMHO.

Comment 25 Apr 2015

The VT loss was painful to watch but one of the best things that happened last year. Sometimes the greatest successes are a product of the worst failures. And being honest, after getting whacked by MSU in the B1G Championship, eaten alive by Clemson in the Orange Bowl, and then losing to VT, I thought that the program was quite a ways from winning a B1G title let alone a National Championship.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

With the exception of Carmelo Anthony at Syracuse (who had a good supporting cast), does anyone remember many instances where a team with only 1 one and done did well in the NCAA tournament?

Ohio State has never fared very well with only 1 one and done on the team (Koufos, Russell, etc.). Not even Duke has done well with only 1 one and done on its team (see Austin Rivers, Jabari Parker, Kyrie Irving-made Sweet 16 and may have done better but he was hurt that season).

I think history shows that if you can get multiple one and done players, there is a greater chance for a successful season (Ohio State in 2007, Duke this year, Kentucky, etc.). So for my money, unless you have a good team and can add a one and done to help put the team over the hump, it is better to be bringing more than 1 of these players for a season.

Comment 02 Apr 2015

Flags and twirlers in TBDBITL, may it never be!

Any college marching band pales in comparison to TBDBITL. Any hire MUST uphold the sacred traditions and excellence that is TBDBITL.

I never want to go to a football game and fail to feel the chills run up and down my spine or not have to repress my unmanly emotions during the ramp entrance followed by the Buckeye Battle Cry!

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Comment 01 Apr 2015

Bill Self  has a national title that kind of helps, don't you think?

Jay Wright? Kind of hard to defend him.

How about Gene Keady? Purdue tolerated a lot of NCAA tournament mediocrity and kept him around until he couldn't effectively do a comb-over.

Comment 01 Apr 2015

It may have taken Coach K 11 years but he had 4 Final 4's (86,88,89,90) prior to winning it all in '91. And I think it is safe to say that Thad is no Coach K.

I am pretty neutral when it comes to Matta. To a Thad supporter I would say that he can't really afford another sub-par season without being on somewhat of a hot seat. At the very least, next year has to be a promise of good things to come in the very near future. To a detractor, it is easy to defend his record and 4 Final 4's and also ask the question as to his replacement.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

You can' take away 109 wins in 4 years. That is an average of 27+ wins a season.

But their first two seasons they were more of supporting cast members on successful teams. The last two seasons seems to suggest that they were better suited for that type of role. When it was up to them to lead and assume the mantle of carrying the program forward, the results were 2 very average seasons.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Ohio State is in a state of flux for 2015-16. Five seniors are leaving, and if D'Angelo Russell declares for the NBA Draft as expected, the Buckeyes will have to replace 66.3 percent of this team's minutes. Next year could be ugly, and other programs in Ohio are suited to pick up if Ohio State suffers a downturn.

Setting the stage for another "ugly" sub-par season which could be worse than the last 2 seasons? And it could be worse if Loving leaves as many have speculated. He doesn't give the appearance of being able to lead a young team anyway with his demeanor.

If this is the case and another painful season is endured, next year better be a foundation year where it is apparent that a young squad has a lot of promise and that this basketball program is on the brink of a return to B1G contender/Sweet 16 status for 2017 with solid recruiting classes on the horizon.

Comment 21 Mar 2015

Let's face it, OSU's tournament fate was sealed thanks to a lackluster regular season in which the Buckeyes played their way into a 10 seed and sealed a round of 32 date with a 2 seed which happened to be a stacked Arizona team. Was it too low of a seed? Probably. But they gave the committee an excuse to make them such a low seed.

With just a couple of weeks to go the Buckeyes were ranked 23 and it looked like they would be a 5-6 seed which would have been more favorable. But they whimpered at the end and have only themselves to blame for being in such an unfavorable position.

Comment 21 Mar 2015

I understand the comments about Boeheim and I agree with some of the points. I am not a huge Boeheim fan. He seems like a bit of a curmudgeon to me.

True, there have been some mixed bag results in the NCAA tournaments over the years. Syracuse has had its moments of underachievement in the Big Dance.

But at the same time this is a guy who was a National runner up 2x and took his team to a Final 4 in four different decades. That is quite an accomplishment. Maybe you are too young to remember but the Orange lost a heartbreaker to IU in the 87 title game on a last second falling away jumper by Keith Smart. Would 2 national titles changed opinions about Boeheim? Probably.

I only hope that Matta brings us a National Title which we haven't had in 55 years and two more Final 4's before he goes.

Comment 15 Mar 2015

We could have had a worse draw in my opinion. No disrespect to the Rams and I am not necessarily saying we will win, but I would rather be playing a team out of the Colonial as a 10 seed than a middling team from the ACC (NC St) or Oregon or UC. I still don't see us winning more than 1 game in any case.

By the way, how does Duke get a 1 seed over UVA when the Yahoos won the regular season in the ACC? I say that while admitting that I like Duke. I just think that Virginia is more deserving.

Comment 15 Mar 2015

That is the kind of matchup that the NCAA is looking for in the early rounds. It would make great press for the next few days and it is an easy drive for fans of both schools.

But what a nightmare if that happens and we were to lose to Dayton and UC in back to back NCAA tournaments. Losing consecutive NCAA tournament games to inferior in-state competition can't be good for in-state recruiting (which seems to be an issue right now).

Comment 14 Mar 2015

Who exactly will this team overmatch? There typically is a lot of parity between the 7-10 seeds and that is likely where this team's seeding will be. I have a really hard time understanding how the team or any fan can be optimistic about a deep tourney run this season. I hope that I am dead wrong but I just don't see it. The thoughts of playing a 1 or 2 seed in the third round (formerly known as the second round) is not a pleasant thought.

I hate to say it but I will be happy if we win one game in the NCAA. I never thought I would have that mentality after the 2010-13 stretch.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

I have been watching Buckeye basketball since the late 70's and I remember a lot of lean years. I agree the past 2 years have been hard to take but I can't say these were the worst. Eldon Miller produced some real stinkers and one of the most underachieving teams I ever saw was the team with Kelvin Ransey, Herb Williams, Carter Scott, Clark Kellogg and Jim Smith. How about some of Randy Ayers' teams? At least the teams from this season and last will have made the NCAA.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

I will say it one more time, I think that Thad gets a free pass through next season based on past achievement and merit. If next year is sub par and devoid of promise-and let's face it, it should've been obvious that we were in trouble coming into this season-I think he will rightly be under pressure and increased scrutiny.

Just about the time I think a change might be for the good, I think of a friend who is an Illini fan that wanted to get rid of Bruce Weber a few years ago. How is that working out for them?

Comment 07 Mar 2015

I have got to give it to old Frank. He eschewed the lure of the NBA to play his senior year and enjoy life as a college player for one more year which is nice to see given the era of one and done's and other early departures.

Amir could go out with something slightly more than a whimper if he can help contain Kaminsky in his final home game as a Buckeye. But I have a problem seeing Amir out on the 3 point arc to defend. Seems like a mismatch to me.

Comment 07 Mar 2015

Timing can be everything in college sports. Shannon had to play behind or in someone else's shadow every year he was here. The fact that he stayed 4 years says a lot about him. A lot of guys would have transferred or pouted and he never seemed to do that. Give him credit for that and for being a great defensive player.

Comment 07 Mar 2015

Being a little kid in the late 1970's,  I lived roughly 2 hours from Pittsburgh and 2 hours from Cleveland. My friends were typical bandwagon Steeler fans since they won the Super Bowl regularly and pretty obnoxious in my young mind. If you didn't like the Steelers you liked the Browns. Not me. I decided to be a Bengals fan and go against the grain.

I don't typically switch allegiances. I will never be a Browns or Steelers fan. But I can't be a Bengals fan any more. It has been a painful experience and I really don't need the aggravation these days. I watch the NFL for marque matchups and the sheer pleasure or watching a good game with impartial interest.

Comment 04 Mar 2015

An old man and an old woman were going to get married. One day they were talking before the wedding.

The old lady says, "Honey I think I should tell you I have acute angina."

The old man says "Good, cause you got ugly legs."