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Bucksfan


Member since 30 August 2010 | Blog

One day I changed my icon, and the entire internet almost collapsed in on itself and destroyed the known universe. Good news is that we're all still here and can laugh about it. Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: My friends and I getting our picture taken with Brutus Buckeye on the field after beating Michigan 14-9 in 2002 to finish 13-0 with the scoreboard in the background.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Craig Krenzel
  • NFL TEAM: Trying to give up the NFL. Entering a 12-step pro
  • NHL TEAM: ?
  • NBA TEAM: ?
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: No. Just...no.

Recent Activity

Comment 13 hours ago

Well, their infractions were different.  Tressel was in a legal pickle when it came to the Tat-5.  Pryor, et al., are the ones who did the pickling.

But, it was a scandal that should never have been as huge as it was.  Tressel should have gotten leeway from the NCAA given how his knowledge was given to him inappropriately by an investigating lawyer.  The Tat-5 suspensions levied by the NCAA similar to other incidents of that magnitude $ amount.  The 5 year ban from Ohio State's campus, though, was completely, 100% uncalled for.  Why does that make any sense at all?  "He's a grown man now?"  F-you, Gene.  He was a grown man when he plowed over Taylor Mayes as a sophomore.

Comment 06 Jul 2016

Easily my choice as well.  I've never gotten over that one.  Unforgivable game.

I also choose it largely because it probably wouldn't have changed the course of events.  Ohio State would still have gone on to lose to Purdue and wind up in the Rose Bowl against Oregon.  Pete Carroll would finish 7-5 instead of 8-4, and still bolt for Seattle.  The game would have done nothing to affect Tressel's eventual fate.  It might have eased the 3-year reputation of losing on a national stage at night - but that would have faded the second after USC lost to Washington the following week.  It would have done nothing for Ohio State's reputation against the SEC.

Why pick it then?  Because it would have felt REALLY good.  It was USC.  We still haven't beaten them since 1974.  We lost that game because of everything Jim Tressel's style came to represent.  And at that moment, I was pretty sick and tired of it.  Punting on 4th and 11 from USC's 36???  With Terrell Pryor???  It was indefensible, and I was ready for a change at the top to get back to winning big games with big talent.  It was the moment I turned on Tressel.  If I ever get a moment alone with him, this is the game I'm most likely to bring up saying, "2009 USC - WTF, man?!"

Comment 05 Jul 2016

Yes.   Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Comment 23 Jun 2016

These parallels are pretty weird - I didn't even think about them.

Really happy for Cleveland.  LeBron is really the only reason I watch the NBA - and I got behind the Cavs in those runs over the last decade.  I understood the Cleveland curse all too well, with my dad having grown up there.  And I have to say, even as a loosely affiliated fan of a Cleveland team - those losses were hard to swallow.  I was running with a lot of Boston natives in 2010, and I had to watch that crap with them - most of the time they were bitching about how the Celtics were crap despite 20-point blowouts.  This year, everytime I saw the Cavs lose a playoff game to the 3-point chucking Warriors, I was like, "we're getting Turkoglu'd again."

LEBRON!

Comment 02 Jun 2016

Thanks for clarifying.

Yes, the split caused a lot of damage to the series's popularity and sponsorship.  With that said, even at its most well attended, the Monaco Grand Prix draws less than 100,000 people, and it has never been nationally televised (this year it was on NBCSports, you had to tune in at 6AM Eastern).  NASCAR's attendance has fallen off a cliff, and they no longer provide estimates of race attendance (this started in 2013).  The Brickyard 400 is a NASCAR race - and no one goes to it anymore.

Compare that with the Indy 500 - even in its worst days of the early/mid-2000s, that race was still drawing 250,000 people to the track.

The talk of its demise has been greatly exaggerated.

Comment 30 May 2016

Was there for the 26th straight time - the mass of humanity yesterday was simply astounding.  I was in awe most of the day, and just couldn't believe how wild it was.  Just awesome.

Comment 30 May 2016

I really miss when the Indy 500 was THE race on Memorial weekend Sunday. I've never been an auto racing fan and wasn't yet around when it was at its peak

These two statements make no sense when put together.  If you have never been a racing fan, and weren't around when it was at its peak, then how can you have any perspective at all, let alone have feelings of nostalgia for a time when it was THE race?

Comment 18 May 2016

If it had nothing to do with football, then why did a mass of people turn over a news van in a mouth-breathing riot when the complicit coach was fired over it?

I find it revisionist to ignore the role football played in this.  When the Catholic Church harbored rapist priests instead of turn them over to authorities, would you argue it had nothing to do with the Church per se?  Wouldn't you agree that there are members of the clergy to this day that deny any of that ever happened?

I don't disagree with Ramzy very often.  In this case, denying it had anything to do with football seems to only be the position held by people who like Penn State football like it's a religion.  This isn't a coincidence.

Comment 11 May 2016

I haven't seen all the numbers on Cincinnati's candidacy, and I do think their basketball program deserves to be in a major conference.  But when it comes to the amount of money that big conference schools demand for football tickets, I don't think that Cincinnati's football fanbase is ready for it.  My dad has been a UC season ticket holder for 25 years now, and he's worried about it.  Season tickets at UC right now cost about as much as a single ticket face value to the Mich-OSU game.  Nippert doesn't sell out as it is, and it only has about 40,000 seats.

I'm a UC basketball fan 'til I die - but these moves are all football-based, and they don't make any sense for that school.