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Bucknut-in-the-South


Sylva, NC

Member since 30 August 2010 | Blog

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Pitching a one-hit game, still losing 4-2.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Owens, Hondo, Spielman, Tatum, Cleamons, Snouffer (my cousin-basketball)
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: national hormone league?
  • NBA TEAM: does cleveland still have a team?
  • MLB TEAM: Yankees

Recent Activity

Comment 20 Sep 2014

JK, as I was reading this I was thinking about Jim Bouton's book, "Ball Four", a revealing look inside the great Yankee teams of the late fifties/early sixties, detailing the shenanigans Mantle and the rest of the boys would perpetrate. Of course, back then, those things were never mentioned in the media (CBS owned the Yankees), lest the Boys of Summer become the Three Stooges.

Comment 14 Jul 2014

Double Ouch! As a kid all I had to read were Superman comic books, Hardy boys mysteries, and the women's underwear section of the Sears catalog. Welcome to the fold, Patrick. I think the best college football site on the internet just got a bit better!

Comment 04 Jul 2014

Randy Gradishar is simply the best linebacker ever to don the scarlet and gray. Apologies to Messers Spielman, Hawk, Johnson, and Katzenmoyer. He was a tackling machine, whose brain worked just as well as his body. He was a truly nice guy as well. Unless you happened to be hitting the three hole with hopes of positive yardage.

Comment 09 Jun 2014

My first two years in school at tOSU (1971-72) I lived in the dorm on the west side of the stadium. Back then, temporary bleachers were erected in the south end of the stadium during football season and taken down when it ended. One of our favorite winter activities was "liberating" a pitching machine, making a crapload of snowballs, and flinging them at unsuspecting pedestrians crossing the open end of the stadium. Maturity quotient - 1; Fun quotient - 10.

Comment 31 May 2014

I really thought it was funny, obviously, I posted three times. Apologies!

Comment 31 May 2014

Similar story - one of my college friends was named Richard Hertzer. We called him Big Dick.

Comment 31 May 2014

Similar story - one of my college friends was named Richard Hertzer. We called him Big Dick.

Comment 31 May 2014

Similar story - one of my college friends was named Richard Hertzer. We called him Big Dick.

Comment 24 May 2014

I come from a family whose men (and a couple of women) considered it not just a duty, but an honor to serve in the US military. They are also dedicated Buckeyes, and proud of that heritage as well. My father was a veteran of the Korean War, all 5 of my uncles and two aunts were veterans of WWII, and my grandfathers were WWI vets. I served in the Army during the Vietnam era, though I never saw combat. I think that I can speak for all of my patriotic forbears when I say that military service changed my life for the better, and it was a privilege to serve with the fine men and women I encountered during my tour. It is very gratifying to me, a soldier who, in my time, was criticized for my choice to serve, to see so many folks, young and old, so appreciative of the sacrifice a stint in the armed services requires. Thanks to all of you who value those of us who served, and a special thanks to all of those who shared that sacrifice, putting their lives on the line to preserve the freedoms we enjoy. God bless all of you, and thanks for the great article, Chris.

Comment 21 Mar 2014

Two quotes from Little Big Man sum up my feelings. First, when I think about Aaron Craft, the player, the student, the human being, "My heart soars like an eagle!" When I think about the fact that his career is over, and in such ignominious fashion, all I can say is, "Today is a good day to die." Thank you, Aaron, for four years of inspired and inspiring presence, both on and off the court. Your legacy will always be a part of the lore of Ohio State basketball, and your name will forever be sung in the hall of heroes. Godspeed and good fortune to you, young man.
 

Comment 19 Feb 2014

The whole football-as-an-analogue-to-the-military-thing has been around for a while, promulgated by a generation of coaches (Woody, Bo, etc.) who actually served as soldiers in WWII. As a veteran and a former football player, I see the similarities, but I also understand that having Navy Seals at your camp in the leafy Wisconsin countryside in no way equates to the live-bullet, sand-in-every-crevice-of-your-body, preparing-not-to-get-your-ass-shot-off training which the military provides. Kain Colter has no clue what military training is like, nor do the vast majority of his generation of athletes. Perhaps Mr. Colter was employing the time-honored rhetorical device, hyperbole, to drive home a point. I see no problem with that.

Comment 21 Jan 2014

I am in complete agreement with you, Nick, though I do understand Nutinpa's angst as well. I am old enough to have been present in the seventies, post-Hornyak, Witte, and Cleamons, when OSU basketball was synonymous with Nickleback, and the great hope for the program was Eldon "Smiling is for Losers" Miller. This year, both Kentucky and North Carolina, who have McDonalds All Americans sweeping up discarded Four Loko cans in the locker room, are bad. Just as bad as our brave boys in scarlet and gray. As head-scratching as this recent tailspin might be, it is clear to any objective observer that Thad Matta is the best thing to happen to OSU basketball since Fred Taylor rode off into the sunset. Though it is painful to watch this team right now, it is still my team, and, for good or for ill, I still believe better days are ahead.

Comment 16 Jan 2014

Any Skull Session which includes a reference to Donnie Baseball is a great Skull Session.

Comment 14 Jan 2014

Here I go again, playing the old-guy card. I matriculated at the greatest university in the universe in 1971. That was the year that Woody tore up his first yard marker and Fred Taylor placed an ad in the Lantern imploring anyone who could dribble a basketball and walk at the same time to try out for the team. Gone were the days of Lucas, Bradds, Hoskett, Hornyak, and Cleamons. The star of the team was Wardell Jackson, a decent player and better person who, in the current era, would have been Mark Titus's partner in hilarity. In less than two years, Taylor would be gone, replaced by the dour Eldon Miller, who, in spite of his sour pickle of a face, did elevate the level of player, though not necessarily the success of the team. I was spoiled by the great teams of the sixties, laughed and cried at the ineptitude of the seventies, slept through the early eighties, rejoiced when Gary Williams kicked the program into gear again, and blah blah blah...  I love Thad Matta and his teams. He is a great coach who does things the right way, overcoming debilitating physical pain to do so. Do I get frustrated when Z jacks a 35-footer with 24 seconds left on the shot clock? or when Amir fumbles his tenth pass in the paint? or when Q tries to dribble through 12 guys and throws up a prayer? Yes, by God, I do. But I am seasoned enough to know, after raising two amazing and frustrating kids of my own, that these are good young men who are working their asses off, both on and off the court, led by a once-in-a-generation coach. Personally, I am thanking God every day for the excellence we see on the court 90% of the time. I look forward to great things in the future, and I am well-satisfied that we have the two best major-sport coaches in the country. Thanks, Johnny, for a funny and well-aimed article.

Comment 25 Dec 2013

I had tickets to this year's ETB, but a family emergency prevented me from attending, much to my chagrin. Trust me when I say that I will try again. The cause you espouse is very dear to my heart, having known two families intimately who deal with Down Syndrome children, both of whom are loving, funny, and, thank God, productive human beings. But the path has not been easy. Great writing, funny gifs, interesting posters, and much lamented cute-girl writers aside, the thing that keeps me coming back to 11W every day is the quality of you folks who work so hard to make this the best college sports site in the galaxy. Thanks for all you do every day, and for your manifest compassion and humor. It is a distinct pleasure to be a member of such a great site.

And, hey, maybe next year I will have the chance to meet Ramzy, the living legend!

Comment 20 Dec 2013

Let's not be too hard on Flipper, DJ. If you had spent an entire television season listening to Andy Devine, you'd be confused, too.

Comment 15 Dec 2013

If you will allow me, I would like to compare Mr. Craft to another great in the annals of Ohio State basketball, one who is, in my view, the only player to compare favorably to the Ninja Heartbreaker. I was seven years old the first time I heard Jimmy Crum yell the word "Hondo," and I had no clue what he was talking about. I soon came to understand that he was re-naming a skinny young kid from Martin's Ferry, Ohio, to wit: one John Havlicek. Like the Crafty One, Hondo was all-out, all the time. No plays off, no loafing up and down the court. He was taller, so he not only harassed guards to the point of turning in their high-top chucks, but also forwards and occasionally a center or two. He, too, was a great football player, like Aaron, and could have played in the NFL had he chosen to. He was, like 95% of Fred Taylor's players, an excellent student, a great teammate, and a model of decorum off the court. Players like him, and like #Swoon only come along once in a generation. It is a privilege for me to have seen two such players in my lifetime. One day, when all of you youngsters are grey and creaky in the joints as I am now, you will look back fondly on the days when Aaron Craft stole the hearts of his enemies and his admirers alike. Savor every moment of the remarkable career of this outstanding young man. I know I am.

Comment 13 Dec 2013

I knew Fred Taylor during and after his heyday and thought he was a remarkable coach and a better person. Thad Matta deserves the same kind of credit in an era when consistent excellence is much more difficult to achieve.

Comment 13 Dec 2013

I get what you are saying, Oyster, but, if I'm Braxton, I'm thinking that getting two million bucks or so to take a pounding is preferable to twenty grand and a bowl of ramen noodles. Cautionary tales, like that of the noticeably beat up RGIII, are largely wasted on the young, especially when there is a family element in play.

Comment 22 Sep 2013

I work at Western Carolina, and this year the Catamounts (who would give FAMU a run for being the worst FCS team in the land) are playing two BCS teams. They already got their obligatory whipping from Va Tech and will travel to the Plains to take on the War Eagles/Tigers/Fighting Rednecks of Auburn shortly. Filling the coffers and embarrassing student athletes is a way of life in the FCS.

Comment 22 Sep 2013

Not to put too fine a point on it, Route4, but, last time I checked, NC State is still an FBS team. Not that defending Clemson is anything I am in the habit of doing. They looked more like the usual Clemson in beating the Wolfpack, and had a couple of very friendly calls along the way.