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Comment 23 Jul 2014

My initial reaction to the question was "Jim Lachey", but, according to the OSU media guide, Lachey had only 4 starts prior to his senior year. It's interesting that, although he was 6'6", he played guard at OSU. He went on to become one of the best pass-blocking LT of all time in the NFL.

The media guide notes that Lachey was "Blessed with unusual speed and strength for a man his size". A friend of mine, who attended a high school in the same league as St. Henry, told me that Lachey ran the 100-yd dash in high school, and was pretty decent.

Comment 19 Jul 2014

Bruce deserves some credit; he and his staff did a great job leading the 79 team to the Rose Bowl; they were within seconds of an undefeated season and a national championship. That first season set expectations that they were unable to meet in subsequent years.

When Earle was fired, the team was 5-4-1 and had just lost 3 straight. His recent recruiting classes weren't highly regarded, and 8 Buckeyes were taken in the '88 NFL draft. Recall that, prior to John Cooper's first season, he said that some of his Tulsa teams had more talent than OSU; that's probably an exaggeration, but the overall talent level was down. There were also rumors that he and his staff had alienated many of the high school coaches in the state, so future recruiting, in state, was likely to be difficult. Had Bruce been retained, I doubt he would have been able to get them back to 9-3 anytime soon.

Comment 18 Jul 2014

Nice write-up, as always.

I think Jake Ballard would have done very nicely in this system. Unfortunately, while he was here, most of his routes went over the middle, where it seems Pryor was reluctant to throw the ball.

Comment 13 Jul 2014

Up until now, my impression of Mark Richt was (unfavorably) defined by the intentional excessive celebration penalties vs. Florida.

I suppose there's a lesson there... we form opinions about players and coaches, but we see only small glimpses of the total picture.

Comment 12 Jul 2014

Schlichter, at 6'3" 220 ... was a half foot taller and much bigger.

Well, Schlichter was certainly taller than Smith. Pro football reference lists Schlichter at 210; he probably didn't lose 10 pounds when he entered the NFL. Smith was pretty lean as a sophomore. But Smith was listed at 215 as a senior, and I remember him as big enough to be unfazed by a few hits from blitzing cornerbacks. (Smith seemed like he weighed 240 for the bowl game, but that's a different story...)

I saw Schlichter play; he was a great talent, with a strong arm and ability to run. 

It's hard to compare players from different eras; offensive and defensive schemes continue to become more sophisticated, players become bigger and faster, and rules and enforcement change (with the apparent goal of increasing TV ratings). 

And the QB position is hard to evaluate; we can see the runs and the throws, but it's hard to evaluate the audibles and the reads, the huddle presence, the leadership in the locker room, etc.

Comment 27 Jun 2014


Picking at #16, it's likely that the pick will be in the juniors/minors for a while; by the time he's NHL-ready, there's no telling what the CBJ's positional needs will be.

Comment 27 Jun 2014

MLB is a pretty distant third to the NFL and NBA in terms of ratings, revenues, etc. etc

I'm not sure about that, revenue wise; this article on wikipedia shows MLB a fairly close second to the NFL, and well ahead the NBA. Disclaimer: the revenues figures aren't based on the same year, so the MLB figure is probably inflated slightly; and of course, it's wikipedia.

Here in Columbus, the people that I know, who are involved in youth baseball, say that participation is way down from 10 years ago; they think that they're losing kids to lacrosse and soccer. I suspect that bodes ill for MLB revenues down the road.

Comment 25 Jun 2014

I realize that they got the 5th round pick for the right to negotiate with Nikitin; I should have been more explicit about that.

I wonder if there's anything in the CBA that prevents teams from contacting a player's agent before they make this kind of deal, just to see if they're in the ballpark, moneywise; otherwise it seems like a pretty risky move. 

Comment 25 Jun 2014

I thought Nikitin was pretty solid last year. Erixon may be a year away from matching that performance, but it's time to give him a chance, to see what he can do.

FWIW: Nikitin was a 5th round draft choice (by St. Louis) in 2004. The CBJ got him in a trade for Kris Russell; and St. Louis traded Russell to Calgary for a 5th rounder. So getting a 5th-round pick seems like a pretty fair value for Nikitin.

Comment 24 Jun 2014

LeBron will turn 30 before on December 30, 2014.

He has played 11 full seasons in the NBA, and the equivalent of 2 additional seasons in the playoffs; and he has played on 3 Olympic teams. He works hard on both ends of the floor. He's a large man with an impressive vertical leap, and his legs have absorbed a lot of impact. He has placed a lot of cumulative stress on his achilles tendons, menisci, and ACLs.

A man who is cheating the injury gods should not sign with Cleveland. He just shouldn't.

Comment 19 Jun 2014

My favorite:  Braxtisco  (Braxton Miller)

Ooh, that's fun to say!

Comment 10 Jun 2014

His season is off to a horrible start, that's for sure. 

But he's been a terrific offensive player in the previous 4 seasons, he's still just 28, and his salary is reasonable. Because of his bad start, I expect him to finish the year with the worst numbers of his career, but it's reasonable, based on past performance, to expect him to post good numbers the rest of the way.

Comment 10 Jun 2014

Agreed; 4 championships in 7 years is pretty special.

Looking at the list of FCS championsit's interesting that there aren't many coaches who have made the leap to "Big Time" success. Paul Johnson has had success at Navy and Georgia Tech; solid programs, but not perennial Top 20 teams. And Craig Bohl, who has won the last 3 FCS championships, will be at Wyoming in 2014. Tressel's jump, from FCS to a program like Ohio State, was exceptional.

(Incidentally, if Craig Bohl does very well at Wyoming, keep an eye on him. He was a reserve at Nebraska. Just sayin'.)