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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 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.

Comment 12 Aug 2016

Hope Solo still faces trial for the domestic violence charges.  She has suffered zero punishment from the USWNT or her pro team.

Comment 12 Aug 2016

The charges were dropped when the abused family members just wanted to move on after Hope Solo blamed every thing on the 17-year-old kid on the Today Show.  The Washington courts took the rare step of reinstating charges and the case is still proceeding.


Comment 12 Aug 2016

The double standard is clear.  Domestic violence charges get players suspended in all of the other sports.  Solo was not suspended by the USWNT or her pro team.  In fact, I was nauseated by the ESPNW pieces about how Hope Solo is just "complicated."  Is Ray Rice "complicated?"

Comment 10 Aug 2016

I like this.  Kai-Leon Herbert, the young man who did the Walking Dead commitment video, accidentally gets sent back 30 years into the past, where he must get Bo Schembechler's help to get back to 2016.  

The scene where 1985 Bo asks how Michigan did between 2007 and 2015?  


Comment 08 Aug 2016

I don't know.  This seems like a relatively respectful and interesting exchange.  Without investigating more, it seems like Boone makes it clear he didn't like what Pryor was doing "at the time," which seems to indicate he acknowledges that both of them are several years on.

Pryor's response is equally mature.  He admits he was in a different place years ago and doesn't blame Boone for feeling the way he did.  

Isn't this how we should all feel about what transpired with others when we were young?  There are people I didn't particularly care for when I was younger...I didn't always act in a 100% mature manner, either...we're all older and wiser now and (within reason) what's in the past is water under the bridge.