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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 22 Aug 2015

You're absolutely right.  People who signed up for Ashley Madison were making choices that I don't endorse or even like on a personal level.

But they were not breaking the law.  They were hoping to engage in activities that I personally find reprehensible, but that's not a justification to publicly shame someone and to release their credit card information.

Hulk Hogan was cheating with his friend's wife.  Do I approve of this legal behavior?  Absolutely not.  But Gawker didn't have the right to publish the sex tape without his consent as a result of his lapse of morality.

The (mostly) women involved in that release of hacked photos: do I think it was a good idea for them to take nude pictures of themselves?  Absolutely not.  (Not that I believe there's anything dirty about the human body.)  Those hackers had no right to subject these women to public shame and embarrassment for their lapse of judgment.

Comment 08 Aug 2015

Absolutely fantastic news.  I happened to know the gentleman just a little during his time at Ohio State.  He's obviously a great player on the field, but he's also a hard worker off the field and a decent young man off the field.

Comment 03 Aug 2015

This is an interesting point.  On one hand, a male fighter would probably be reluctant to want to lose to a woman.  On the other hand, it seems as though a significant percentage of fight fans respect the heck out of Rousey and wouldn't blame a guy for losing to her.  I sure wouldn't blame him. (Especially if it's an MMA bout and not straight boxing.)

Comment 17 Jul 2015

He's not into playing sports, which is one of the things that set Hope off, according to the police reports.  He's a theater person.

A 17-year-old boy, surprise, surprise, tried to convince his world-class athlete aunt that performing on stage required an athletic mindset.  Hope said he was "too fat and overweight and crazy to ever be an athlete."  The mother asked Hope to leave and that's when everything started to go down.


Comment 17 Jul 2015

Are you saying that tall people are inherently violent and are always the cause of fights that take place off of the basketball court or football field?

Comment 17 Jul 2015

I am pretty much in awe of Rousey, too.  She seems like a fascinating person and I wouldn't mess with her, either.

Redlegs points out that pro sports have been attacking domestic violence of late.  I thought I might point out that just last night, Hope Solo was honored at the Kid's Choice Awards, even as she and her attorneys are preparing for hearings about her case in which she's accused of hitting...that's right.  A kid.

Comment 15 Jul 2015

It's amazing how a little bit of time can change how we feel...

Comment 13 Jul 2015

I just don't think that Harbaugh can be what TTUN wants him to be, aside from winning football games at some point.  He doesn't strike me as having the kind of fiery dignity that most great coaches have.  Harbaugh definitely isn't the kind of Michigan Man, do-it-the-right-way exemplar that they all seem to think they are.

Harbaugh reminds me of Rob Ford, that crazy mayor from Toronto.  Everyone else can see that there's something wrong with his brain, but the people in his hometown love him and keep electing him.

Comment 12 Jul 2015

I agree that Jimbo should just ban all of the players from going to bars.  I just thought I'd point out that the rate of violent crime has dropped.  It's not a "what's going on these days" thing at all...these days are better than ever, even though we increasingly think otherwise.

Comment 09 Jul 2015

Sloopy is older than I am, too, but I connect with it because it's tradition.  Tradition makes old things new for each generation.  Abraham Lincoln was President like, so long ago...why do we even talk about him anymore?  Because he's an important part of understanding our story.

New traditions will arise, too.  Chanting the White Stripes song is fairly new; in ten years, the kids won't believe the White Stripes speak to them.  (If they know who the White Stripes are at all.)  And see?  We did find a more contemporary song to weave into Buckeye tradition.