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Comment 14 May 2016

Haven't these been known fr a while. I know that Bosa, Elliott, and Lee (at least) have been on sale with these numbers since within a week of the draft. 

Still, it's good to see the entire list. My son can't decide whether he wants a Chargers' Bosa jersey or a Saints' Thomas jersey, lol

Comment 11 May 2016

I love that my team drafted two Buckeyes!  Two that should play and succeed for quite a while, at that. But what I love even more is that my 7-year-old son is probably more excited about it than I am. Can't Guard Mike was his favorite offensive player on the team, and while he is still learning about the different defensive positions and their responsibilities (in a typical defense, to begin), he interested in tracking Bell's progress as well. The Saints sure do love the Buckeyes!  I'm pumped that the tradition continues this season via an outstanding draft duo... Bell will need a little time, and should round into a respectable rookie by season's end - but I have a feeling that Drew Brees will not need long to figure out a way to take advantage of Mike "human vacuum" Thomas' hands a la his former favorite pass-catcher Colston. These two will provide the Saints with skill and depth just where they need it, and hopefully more as they grow into their new roles and schemes.

Comment 26 Mar 2016

Is it against forum rules to open a new thread for different weekends?  Technically, all weekend threads could fit in here for the rest of eternity, and I can definitely see some people complaining about redundant threads if there was, say more than one per year. That said, it would really help me figure out whether i am reading about something current or that I should not waste my time reading through old information. 

Comment 22 Mar 2016

I'm with you here. Most of the schedule consists of games I have no interest in watching, even on tv. Aside from the B1G/ACC challenge there are really only a handful of B1G conference games that I will actually make time to see. The scheduling is really bad, and it doesn't really make me more interested to hear about how other schools do this too. 

Comment 21 Mar 2016

Agreed. This is a far more interesting topic to discuss than most of the inane nonsense I see (skip). I would love to see this kind of discussion more often!

Comment 21 Mar 2016

I agree with this point. There are other tangential issues, but location is the biggest problem today regarding the attendance and atmosphere. They finally "fixed" the student seating location, but most kids don't want to walk that distance unless they are going to see a great team or a great game. OSU has had some great teams, but honestly is not in the same league as Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA, or Duke, etc.  OSU knew this was an issue when they made the decision to build the Schott where it stands today, but weighed other factor$ a bit more heavily and figured it would work out ok for everyone.

At the time they didn't really have a good place to build at the scale of an arena on campus, the access and infrastructure was better off campus form a logistics standpoint (thinking about other uses/events), and most importantly they wanted the money from two levels of luxury suites. A shiney you new arena, with all the latest amenities, and enough capacity to house any event - plus luxury suite revenue - well they were convinced that it was a win-win for the university and the programs because what kid wouldn't want to play in an "NBA-type" arena?  

OSU is kind of a collection of autonomous parts, when it comes to projects funding. Athletics and their donors saw an investment and instant appeal, got the endorsement of people like Gee, and went for it. Gee did not make the decisions though. He helped sell it. As far as criticisms of the facility itself, they are mostly fair today, but remember that this building was designed and built 15-20 years ago - I can't recall exactly when. The point is that facility standards have changed tremendously in that time, along with the budgets fueled by more competitive recruiting cultures at all the big schools like OSU. And hindsight is always 20/20.

Step back and consider all that the building is capable of serving, it's flexibility and appeal at the time it opened. It was quite a nice facility from that standpoint. Now, as is always the case with big projects, the design and some amenities will be scaled back to some degree. I can see by looking at the exterior that it was probably stripped down from the original design, but that's how these things go in the real world. The functionality flexibility, and suite money drove the bus, but it he Schott was not necessarily a bad idea because of that. Ultimately its success - or the public's perception of its success and appeal is the result of differing priorities that we may have as opposed to the athletics department. No project is perfect and compromises are always necessary, but I would agree that location is probably the single biggest obstacle for the quality of atmosphere during university athletics events. 

Comment 21 Mar 2016

The same architect (though different designers) is responsible for both the Schott and the Union. I spent 3-1/2 year working there, mostly on the Union. I can tell you that there were many ideas introduced in the course of that project, but the client (student life) providing the funds ultimately makes whatever final decisions they want. In this case they had an idea of what they wanted to see from the beginning, and by the end of the project all of them thought they were expert designers. It's not atypical, but we shared the frustration you wrote about above when it comes to a compromised opportunity to do something exceptional. I still think it is a nice building and most of the design gestures are lost on the critics, but I do get the criticisms too. there are a lot of seats at the table in these endeavors, and the ones with the power sometimes forget their expertise. 

Comment 18 Mar 2016

Was thinking the same thing myself as I watched. But Tomasello was a little passive most of the match while Gilman seems to push the action more consistently. Both are great wrestlers, and you have to give Gilman the credit here. 

Comment 18 Mar 2016

Not really they probably have wrestled each other many times growing up. It's probably going to be an intense match that will be a lot of fun to watch. Bragging rights are on the line. 

Comment 13 Mar 2016

Preface: I do not expect every single season to be successful. They may not be completely reasonable. 

For OSU, a successful season, for me, is the make the NCAA tournament and win at least one game. That should be the minimum threshold for a "successful season". Most years I would expect the to win at least 2 or 3 games, and compete for the whole thing once or twice in a decade.