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Chestnut Ridge Buckeye 12th Warrior

Bear Rocks, PA 1 hour southeast of Pittsburgh (via Mount Vernon, OH)

Member since 20 November 2013 | Blog

I was not really an Ohio State fan in childhood even though several members of my family were. I guess I'm guilty of being a "bandwagon" Buckeye, since I signed on during the "68 season. I was there at the Horseshoe when "Woody went for two", but I was oblivious enough to be completely ignorant of the significance of the game I was watching. "Is the game with Michigan that big of a deal?" Fortunately for me, the game program i pored over once we got home filled in some of the gaps in my knowledge.
My partner of 17 years (whose favorite college football teams are WVU and anyone who beats Penn State) and I live in southwest PA on Chestnut Ridge with our 3 Golden Retrievers, who are also Buckeye fans. My handing out treats when the Bucks score a touchdown may have something to do with that.
Buckeye football has been an important part of my life since that first taste in'68, and attending games in the Horseshoe with my dad was one of the highlights of what was often a difficult childhood/adolescence.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: I became hooked on OSU football way back in '68, after SI had said in their college football preview-in which Purdue and Leroy Keys were their pick for #1-that the Big Ten title might well be decided in October when the Boilermakers came to Columbus. There, Woody Hayes was about to unveil the best crop of young players he had had in years. I listened to that game on the radio as OSU crushed Purdue 13-0, and was so exhilarated I could hardly stand it. The score doesn't really give a clue as to how dominating the Buckeyes were that afternoon.
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: The estimable Mr. Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Browns-and I live in Steeler country.
  • NHL TEAM: Penguins if I had to pick; Mario Lemieux is a god
  • NBA TEAM: Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Indians (are my Cleveland roots showing?)

Recent Activity

Comment 19 Sep 2016

 THINGS GOING WELL IN SOUTH BEND. Famed mustachioed Michigan State coach Mike D'antoni whipped a rental car to South Bend, Indiana on Saturday and hit Brian Kelly in the back of a head with a brick. 

Kelly woke up shirtless in a ditch carrying $10,000 of fraudulent credit card debt with his shoes strung around a power line.   

DJ, when I sit down at my dining room table this Thanksgiving to feast on roast skunk weasel, I am going to say a prayer of thanks that you are on our side. Your stuff always brightens my day!

Comment 18 Sep 2016

I remember all those guys, and am pleased to remember that a top-notch punting game is one of OSU's unsung traditions. Cam Johnston does seem to be in a class by himself, though. I hope his teammates show him sufficient appreciation, and I like the idea of the punt fake. Just make it against TTUN when OSU has a big lead. 

Comment 05 Jun 2016

I have to say if a version of these became available for purchase, I would be interested. And it is solely because of its resemblance to the Harley era uniform. I'm always interested in finding appropriate ways to honor his memory and accomplishments. IMHO he's second only to Woody in the Buckeye pantheon. 

Comment 10 Feb 2016

The first basketball game I distinctly remember watching was the national championship game in 1960.  The picture was snowy and small but we still enjoyed that victory anyway.

That's uncanny! I remember watching this even though I was too young to understand any of the rules except for baskets=points.

And yes, a small snowy black and white picture was all we had. 

Thanks much for  this DJ.

Comment 07 Jan 2016

Just wanted to say I have enjoyed reading the comments here. Haven't read the article; will try to get around to it. 

Comment 03 Jan 2016

It was basically a 1960s through the 1980s thing. Competitively, it had started to fade even before Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore.

Now it's another sad northeast Ohio historical artifact; no longer really relevant, so it requires explanation for young people. 

Today the Steelers hate the Ravens and vice versa, as noted above. 

Comment 31 Dec 2015

I don't know if he will; I certainly hope he does, because I want to tell him what a magnificent piece this is. He outdid himself on this.

Reading his commentary is one of the high points of my day, but this is on a whole other level.  

Comment 12 Dec 2015

Then the best possible advice to be had is: don't imagine it. It's best not to worry too much about stuff you can't control anyway.

Comment 01 Dec 2015

I have grudgingly but firmly come to believe that torturing their fans has become their entire reason for being. What other plausible explanation is there for their unending incompetence? Perhaps their front office is secretly being run by Al Queda. 

Under those conditions, best of luck to Terrelle. But I think he deserves better. 

Comment 23 Nov 2015

I think that's true of Sparty's O line as well. They played extremely well when they had to. Chalk this up to Dantonio's brilliance as a head coach; he motivates players to perform above expectations. Having watched this game a second time, while I fault offensive play calling, I really am now inclined just to give MSU credit for coming in very well prepared and knowing what they wanted to do. It wasn't pretty, but it was enough to win. 

Comment 17 Nov 2015

IIRC, it is "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown", but my recall isn't what it used to be.

Comment 13 Nov 2015

^^^^^^This x1,000. Reduced to its simplest form: facts don't generate clicks, thus 0 $.

Comment 13 Nov 2015

DJ, you never cease to amaze me! I couldn't agree more with your observations about hypocrisy and mega money and their corrosive effects on college sports. 

And I'm curious to see if the release of the video of Barrett's OVI arrest doesn't, in the long run, backfire against those who would be hypercritical of a 20 year old. It's a dull video because he handles his awful situation so well, at least better than I would have at his age. And it humanizes him; JT Barrett has to put up with the same crap as the rest of us-at least some of the time. I was upset that this young man, whose intelligence on and off the field I so respected, could do something so dumb. But his "handling of adversity" in this instance,-self-inflicted I admit-still has the potential to burnish his reputation. I wish it hadn't happened, naturally, but this video may help to neutralize some of the negative talk about him. 

Again, this Skully is a great way to start my Friday.