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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

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Comment 25 Apr 2017

The rape kit only determines whether sex took place and whether fluids were left behind.  In this case, Conley seems to have said he didn't have sex with her at all, so it will look very bad indeed if his DNA is found in the kit.  Failing to find his DNA would fail to prove anything either way.  

Comment 25 Apr 2017

How do you prove that you didn't do something?  It's very difficult, isn't it?  And even if you do have some proof, others may often have doubt.

Joe Blow's neighbor had a cat.  The cat has gone missing.  How can Joe Blow prove that he didn't kidnap the cat and dispose of it?  

It's far easier to prove to me that you did have pizza last night than to prove to me that you didn't have McDonald's, isn't it?

You're committing what is called the "argument from ignorance" fallacy, assuming that guilt is the default position in the face of the inability to determine what happened.


You said: 

 However, if nothing comes of this investigation, and it is unable to be proven that it didn't happen, this will linger over Conley's head for the rest of his life. 

How do you prove that something didn't happen?  (For bonus points, how do you do so to the satisfaction of those who already make positive claims as to what happened in this case?)

Comment 25 Apr 2017

I wasn't being a pedant or a jerk, sorry if it came out that way.  I made my comment because I love that we have such a system, as slow and as cautious and occasionally flawed as it is.  In general, both accusers and accused will receive a fair hearing in a court of law.

Comment 25 Apr 2017

You said that he must believe "science and math" are "propaganda."  

It's perfectly fine to invite him to watch the film.  But what if the criticisms of the film are correct?  Have you bothered with those? 

Comment 25 Apr 2017

The NFL is a private entity that has determined they will only hire people who are three years out of high school.  That's not the NCAA's problem.  College football players are welcome to play elsewhere or to get another job suited to their skills and needs.  

Why do colleges need to outbid each other financially?  Students receive many tens of thousands of dollars of value a year, including cold, hard cash.  

They are more than welcome to sell their labor to the highest bidder.  There are many other jobs other than "football player."

Many businesses do offer housing and books in addition to salary to employees.  In fact, college football students are far, far better off than the majority of recent college graduates.

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.