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Member since 06 July 2013 | Blog

Fellow Buckeyes, I didn't particularly care for college sports until the beautiful day in 2007 when I learned that I had been accepted to Ohio State's stellar Creative Writing MFA Program. From that moment, I have found great happiness in succumbing to the benign tribalism that comes with being a fan of Buckeye sports. (I don't REALLY think that the Wolverines are evil subhumans, but it's fun to engage in good-natured taunting.) Ohio State has a stellar history of nurturing both great writers and great athletes. I hope to contribute poems that will continue both traditions and reinforce that Buckeye sports are really a long and wonderfully complicated narrative.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2008 Michigan Game. At the Shoe. We win. (Of course.)
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Current: Kenny Guiton. Past: Brandon Saine.
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Current: Aaron Craft. Past: William Buford.
  • MLB TEAM: Detroit Tigers

Recent Activity

Comment 13 Feb 2017

Yes, it makes sense to theorize that Jerry assaulted him, too.  (Though I hasten to add that we shouldn't consider all victims of molestation dangerous.  They just need the mental health care we all deserve.)  

Let's do some rough math.  (I have a Creative Writing MFA from Ohio State, so feel free to double-check my figures.)  Jeffrey was adopted as an infant.  In March 2015, Jeffrey was 39, so let's just say he is 41 now.  So Jeffrey was around Jerry since 1976.  

Allegedly, Sandusky raped a boy in 1971 and the victim told Paterno about it.

Paterno was notified in 1976 about another boy who claimed to have a run-in with Sandusky.  

If any of the many cases that took place in the early 1980s and before were true, and if Paterno knew about them, he may have done a grave, grave disservice to Jeffrey.  The kid could have been taken from the Sanduskys and could have received counseling.  If only Paterno had done something in the 40 years he seems to have known what Sandusky were up to...

Comment 13 Feb 2017

And any job is "lucrative" in this context.  Even if the salary is only the same as what the guy was getting at his high school, his resume gets a massive boost because of his time as a coach at TTUN.  That's worth a lot of money.

Comment 30 Oct 2016

We all hope to live in a country where victims are protected and perpetrators are punished.

I do wonder what would happen if the accuser were treated like the accused in these kinds of necessarily emotional cases: named, their recent "bad behavior" broadcast in the media, prevented from earning a living...

Comment 14 Oct 2016

I agree.  No matter now much I dislike the team or the player, I want "my" teams to face opposing teams at full strength and on a fair basis. In football, that's a tall order.  Everyone gets dinged up every week.  

That sentiment goes double for high school kids who are still just playing ball.  

Comment 10 Sep 2016

Are you being unpleasant?  I spend most of my time on the site lurking and most of my posting on making fun of TTUN.

Comment 01 Sep 2016

I made this one yesterday and I selfishly want more people to see it and chuckle.

Comment 27 Aug 2016

I disagree when you take it into the realm of employment.  (These are college athletes.)  How much of our lives belong to our employers?  They own us 24/7?

And testing welfare recipients has been a big money loser for the few places it has been done.  In Florida, for example, Governor Rick Scott (who just happens to own a drug testing company) passed drug testing for welfare recipients.  There was a 2% positive test rate and the state ended up losing $40,000 on the whole deal.  (Rick Scott, of course, profited.)

Comment 27 Aug 2016

Depends on which account.  You have the "clean" account where you tweet about how excited you are to go to class.  Then you have the real account where the normal stuff happens.

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't friend an employer or someone like that on my social media.  Too many opportunities for misunderstanding.

Comment 27 Aug 2016

I'm going to guess that some players have multiple accounts or fib about what accounts they have, so the staff is sussing out what is really going on.  And yes, I'm guessing they may go beyond "monitoring." 

Comment 24 Aug 2016

Teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates did this kind of thing for decades.  They had a payroll of around $18 million for years because they could.  The bare minimum of fans would show and they would still make money because of revenue sharing, TV contracts and the like.

Comment 16 Aug 2016

No worries.  We all love and fear our 11W mods in equal measure. :)

(And this new information about whatever the new suspensions are could be on a new "Harbaugh Cray-Cray About Suspensions" post, but that's okay.)

I do contend that no D-I athlete has an excuse to be ineligible for academics.  They have every single fair and perfectly legitimate advantage at every D-I school, as well they should.  

Comment 16 Aug 2016

Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I saw the Harbaugh flip-out story and wished there was a dedicated thread instead of a continuation of a nearly week-old thread.   

I'm just thinking of The Game.  It's going to be sweet to beat him.  Again.

And I saw some people spinning this story as Harbaugh defending his players.  I don't think that's really what was happening.