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Chestnut Ridge Buckeye

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 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.

Comment 10 Sep 2015

It's the latest one in roughly a half-century's worth of them. They have evidently established a goal for themselves to be the ongoing biggest joke/tragedy (depending on your rooting interests) in pro sports. I'd insert the "Factory of Sadness" video here if I knew how. 

Comment 30 Apr 2015

Your comments are correct in that this does not technically involve TBDBITL, but it's image is really going to take a hit as the media have a field day with this after last year's brouhaha with Jon Waters. 

All the more reason to show them our support. And I wish healing and justice to the woman involved.

This s**t's gotta stop!

Comment 29 Apr 2015

Yeeeahhh, I gotta be that guy…

DJ, I love your work, absolutely and always, but "has…went" doesn't ring grammar alarms for you? Just checking, but gotta do it 'cuz this site at least in part represents a university, and thus should be held to a higher standard. But I am sincere when I say I love your work here and this post is a good example of why. 

Comment 12 Feb 2015

"Ewww…Ewww…Ewww…EEEEEEWWWWWWW!" That is a direct quote of me watching that clip.

Comment 12 Feb 2015

As a PA resident myself, I couldn't agree more. This rush to restore his "legend" defines the phrase "indecent haste". 

I'd rather see a memorial to the kids who were chastised and threatened for coming forward to tell their stories. These people seem determined to forget the whole incident.

Very sad. 

Comment 23 Jan 2015

OMG! Thanks Vico!

I've said in previous posts that wins against TTUN's best teams back in the '70s made the whole winter warm and fuzzy. This is the best modern day equivalent that I can think of. 

And great to have the distilled essence. Sooo intoxicating!

Thanks again!

Comment 22 Jan 2015

Thanks for posting the '69 Rose Bowl game. I hadn't seen that since it was originally broadcast. Didn't remember the controversy over USC's final touchdown in the last thirty seconds. 

It really is amazing to see a football telecast from what now seems like the Bronze Age. 

Comment 14 Jan 2015

One of the wisest and truest lessons I learned while working as a therapist is that you cannot make assumptions, however obvious or intuitive they might seem, about what someone's body language appears to be telling you regarding what/how he or she is feeling. 

JT's twitter response sums that truth up beautifully.