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Cleveland Heights, formerly all over Cali (via Defiance, OH)

Member since 13 December 2011 | Blog

I went to my first Ohio State football game when I was around 7 years old, and probably attended at least one game every season thereafter through 2006, when I moved to California. In spite of this, I went to Duke, and am a huge Duke basketball fan, which has made me feel pretty conflicted the last couple years. :-)


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The night before my law school graduation, I got to go to Game 6 of the NBA playoffs (Cavs vs. Pistons). My dad's friend had somehow nabbed 3rd row seats right behind where players would inbound the ball. Cleveland lost that game, but that wasn't the end of the night. We then went to the Foundation Room, where we dined with one of the owners of the Yankees, who let my dad and me try on one of his World Series rings. It was a loooong night, and I'm pretty sure I was still drunk at graduation (classy, I know), but it was completely surreal and something I doubt I will ever experience again.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: As far as current players go: Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Tyus Jones, probably. Duke has entered the one-and-done game, so it's harder to choose.
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 19 Mar 2016
I am a diehard Duke fan, but I don't support the tripping. 100% poor sportsmanship, which is disappointing. (I did my last two years of undergrad at CWRU, and loved it.)
Comment 19 Mar 2016
So you're saying it IS entirely inaccurate? :-) I'd take off the gold chain, and add a Dave Matthews Band cd. I might also change the deck shoes to some kind of sandals, perhaps Tevas (I was there in the late 90s).
Comment 24 Feb 2016

I think "obsessed" is overstating it a bit.  Do we care about our rivals? Obviously. They are our rivals! We want to know what they're up to, what they're thinking, what their moves are/might be, just as one would an opponent in war (albeit not so extreme, obviously). But obsessed? Nah.

Michigan is our historical rival. I think they always will be. In the past, the "obsession" was based on the painful Cooper years. Lately, it's been based on shadenfreude. Now, they have a coach that could bring the competition back, so there's curiosity (combined with the other two).

Michigan State could become a rivalry. I don't think it will ever rise to TTUN levels, but they have, unfortunately, beaten Ohio St more often. I still harbor bitterness from 1998 (not to mention 2015). That, combined with the respect you kinda have to give Dantonio, makes this matchup one to watch every year.

Is there a school that ISN'T "obsessed" with its rival in some manner?

Comment 24 Feb 2016

If I can change sports, and throw in Duke-UNC as a top rivalry, that one is great.

I consider myself very lucky. I grew up going to Ohio State games (4 of The Game, including 2002 and 2006), but went to Duke for my first two years of undergrad (camped out for one Carolina game). I can't imagine any other rivalries topping those two in the respective sports. I actually hate Carolina more than That Team. May the Heels lose every game, forever!

Comment 24 Dec 2015
I can actually sympathize with that guy. I played tennis in high school, and my right arm was enough larger than my left that I once couldn't buy a long sleeved dress for homecoming because it didn't fit over my right arm. :-)
Comment 09 Nov 2015
Duke v UNC hatred is most definitely on par with Ohio State v TTUN. I went to Duke for my first two years of undergrad, so had the opportunity to attend a Duke v Carolina bball game at Cameron. I've also been to a few Ohio State v TTUN games. I'd say they're about equal, though I actually hate UNC more. I think. :-)
Comment 01 Sep 2015
Wow, thanks everyone! Looks like I have a lot to look into! :-)
Comment 31 Aug 2015
So many wonderful suggestions, thank you! I've got Frenchman Street on my list, glad to get the go-ahead, so to speak, on that! :-)
Comment 31 Aug 2015
It normally comes out as y'all when I speak, but I was typin faincy. ;-) Thank you!
Comment 31 Aug 2015
I've got a res at Commander's Palace, also K Paul's and John Besh's restaurant August (yeah, lots of money on food, ha!). Can't wait. Thankfully, we're staying in the French Quarter, about 2 blocks from Bourbon St. Refillable Hurricanes? At 36, probably a bad idea, but I'm in! :-) Thank you for your suggestions!