I believe I just entered into an alternative universe or simply had a flashback from my college days in the early 80's. Whatever just happened it was not pleasant.
I have been in Florida since 1994. First in SE Florida and now in Clearwater/Tampa area. Although I run into Buckeyes all over the state there is nothing like coming home to Columbus to visit family and friends.
Ramzy - Thank you for a wonderful respite from what is a very grey and rainy day here in the Tampa Bay area.
Yesterday I received a phone call from my wife who informed me that we had just received our notice as to which game the Alumni Lottery had bestowed on us. Lo and behold it was THE GAME. Later on that morning word was handed down The Buckeyes had received commitments from two of the most sought after young men in the country. Based on all that was happening on my way home from work I have purchased lottery tickets. Well two out of three isn't bad.
In regards to THE GAME - I have always wanted to take my wife to that game so she could share in the experience of an entire fan base coming together to root for one cause - BEAT MIssigan!!!!! The other great thing is the chance to come home and be with family for Thanksgiving. Life is short and family tops all else - So being surrounded by my mom, brother and sisters as well as over 100,000 plus members of my Buckeye family inside and outside of the Shoe for THE GAME is something I will be thankful for this year.
Thank you very much for including the article The Things That Carried Him in the WMD's. I can unabashedly say I could not stop tearing up and had to wipe my eyes constantly as I read the article. It is an article that should be read and passed on to others to remember those men, women and families who have sacrificed more than we can imagine.
To those who have served, I want to take the time to say THANK YOU for the sacrifices you all have made to allow me to live in relative comfort. I also want to say THANK YOU to the families of those serving for your sacrifices which are unfortunately taken for granted at times. This is one person ( of which I know there are millions more) who wants to let you know your sacrifices and efforts are not taken for granted.
So on this upcoming Memorial Day weekend - Take time to thank the soldiers and their families - For without them we would not be living in the nation we currently do.
God Bless to every one of you.
Poison Nuts- 7 years straight and it never gets old. Raising money for a great cause, meeting new people and renewing friendships from past cruises.
You have to go if you can.
This is year 7 for my wife and I - Could not be prouder to call myself a Buckeye!!!! What a great cause and we will continue to go until cancer has been beaten down like Ichigan!
My wife and I are going on our 7th Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. It is a great time for a great cause for which all Buckeyes whether attending or not should be extremely proud to proclaim WE ARE BUCKEYES!!!!.
AMK1616 I will be more than happy to hoist an adult beverage or two with you on the cruise. You will be able to ID me by the OSU floppy hat (when living in Florida we take our protection from the sun seriously) along with some sort of beverage in hand while at pool side. If you are arriving for the pre-party reception at the Marriott on Wednesday, I'll try and be identifiable then as well.
I said this in a previous post; But my final thought would be we could have cruise that celebrates The James finding a cure for one of the many cancers out there. I don't care which one but let's start with one and move on from there.
KLFeck - well timed idea and thought.
On Thursday, approximately 3,000 Alumni, Former Athletes, One current Head Football Coach, Alumni Band Members and Cheerleaders board a cruise ship (unfortunately for the 7th year in a row) to raise money for cancer research at The James. All monies raised go to the James. This is another prime example of why I am proud to be a Buckeye alumni.
I say unfortunately as I for one would like one of the cruises to be a giant bash where The James has come up with a cure for one of the many types of cancer out there.
Fantastic attitude by Ash. Now perhaps we can get back to the days of having shutdown corners and safeties who know their assignments and punish those who cross the back middle of the field.
Wow.. Is all I can say. When I was his age I was blessed with parents who (1) Allowed me to gather information on my own and then speak with them regarding upcoming decisions. (2) After speaking with them they allowed me to make a decision on a direction to take and backed me 100% - They called it growing up, wanted the best for me and see where my decisions led me.
Sometimes my decisions came back and bit me in the ass. Other times they worked out for the best. It is called LIFE. Parents have to realize they cannot protect kids all of the time and kids need to be able make their own decisions to see where they lead.
I hope the young man and his family can come to a consensus which allows Malik to attend the university he TRULY wants to attend.
I upvoted both LOUGROZA and BARNSEY69 as they are both spot on. No one can tell which players will live up to the unnaturally high expectations lofted upon them or the influences (and/or lack of influences) placed on them by their parents.
Always hope for the best for those who do become a part of the Buckeyes. Do not disparage those who decided to choose a different route in attempting to better themselves.
I have heard him speak on two different occasions on the Buckeye Cruise Against Cancer. Excellent speaker and if you get the opportunity to hear him speak it is well worth it.
Thank you Jack for your selflessness and leadership of your fellow players. There is a young man we can all be proud to call a Buckeye.
This would be a great time for someone at OSU to reach out to Alex Boone who had to battle his own well documented problems with alcohol consumption. If he won't listen to his father or the coaching staff, perhaps Alex could speak with him.
What better person to speak with than someone who hit bottom and now finds himself a very successful husband, father and football player.
Good luck Marcus - We are all behind you young man.
I truly believe this is the year where we have more than one LB shine. They may be young but they were brought here for a reason. I am hoping we have a corp like Spielman and Pepper Johnson; Hawk, Carpenter and Schegel in the 2000's etc.
I know I left a lot of names off the list but these were the first to come to mind.
Thank you Ramzy. Watching Hyde run the ball was the highlight of the season. Time and time again the powers that be went away from him during the crucial situations noted above. Hopefully this is a lesson learned... When your back (not QB) is averaqing 4.5 yards a carry or more you do not stop feeding him the ball other than to go play action pass on occasion.
What do these names have in common - Clements, Doss, Gambel, Whitner, Chekwa, Whitfield? I am leaving a lot of great names off the list but these people not only could cover - they also tackled in space.
On rare occasions would they miss an assignment. They knew how to play zone and communicated effectively so each person knew their assignments. Wrong angles and pursuit were rarely a problem.
At least back in the days of our Bend but don't break defenses- opposing teams did not score at will. Our D coordinators knew when to dial up a blitz. The Defense of those years was controlled but also caused chaos.
I hope the young guys we saw play this year continue to develop and the coaching staff turns back the clock and looks back on what the previous defenses did. Better yet- study MSU forward and backward and play D like them.
Good decision in the end for the young man. If he can increase his passing efficiency and consistency he will do very well for himself in the NFL.
To Ryan Shazier- Thank you for the dedication and tenacity you showed week in and week out. You will be missed.
I voted "No" to the above question only in the sense of how he last 2 games unfolded. I was satisfied with the production of the "O" yet not the "D". I am satisfied with 24-2 over two years. Ridiculous.
The last 2 games showed me how much more growth these young men have to make in order to play on the big stage.
GO BUCKEYES !!! ONWARD TO 2014.
Games do not = Life. The people who tweet vile at players who make a mistake on a play or do not choose our school are those who belong on an island of misery with all the other malcontents. NOONE and I mean NOONE feels worse than Philly Brown does.
We can move on with our lives and guess what - The sun came up today and we are still breathing.
The post was great to wake up to as I was thinking many of the same things. Thanks to all of the young men and coaches who work so hard 365 days of the year in making our university a great one.
I would also like to add a thank you to the 98% of the fans and all of the staff at 11W who know how to separate games from real life. You also make me very very proud to say I am a Buckeye.
GO BUCKEYES IN 2014!!!!!!
We will need the D to have those magical moments during this game. The front four need to get pressure on Boyd. Dial up the blitzes at right time. Tackle, TACkle, TACKLE... Oh yes and take the right angle on pass plays.
I believe my teeth now hurt and my body has gone into a mentally induced sugar based diabetic coma. Good god man... Have a soul and some mercy on us.
The amount of goodwill and love you at 11W and the 11W community show is behind mere words. From a member of the 11W community - I say thank you to all of you and God Bless.
To all who tend to criticize prior to learning all the facts- To many of us, me included, have the propensity to react immediately to certain news which we think affects us. However in many instances we need to step back and take a breathe, wait for the dust to settle and then obtain actual facts of a situation.
The fact is the events which we believe affect us do not. At least not in the manner in which the events affect the actual people involved. For no matter how peaved, upset or disgusted we are at individuals who have done wrong in our minds- we are on the outside looking in.