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Comment 28 Feb 2017

I have a funny GGM story.  I have a friend who taught in various American schools in Latin America.  I can't remember where specifically it was, but she had the opportunity to attend a lecture/reading by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  After the presentation, he was available at a table to meet the audience and sign books.  My friend got in line and waited.  She finally made it, face to face with the world's greatest living author!  She told him how much she admired him and thanked him for the presentation.  She then handed him her notebook and pen.  He looks at her, sort of confused, and says in English, "I only sign books."  She panicked, scrounged through her bag and found an airplane trashy Danielle Steel novel.  It was the only book she had.  She handed it to him.  He looked at it for a second, then laughed ... and signed it.  

Comment 10 Jan 2017

Forgive me, but I'm grateful there are more beers than Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout.  That sounds less like beer and more like a laxative.  

Comment 31 Dec 2016

I was in Vegas this year for the Oklahoma game.  Just a solid, dominating win over a quality team on the road.  I remember telling a friend that the inter-sectional games used to scare me to death during the Tressel and Cooper eras, but since the arrival of Urban, I feared no one.  I really hate to lose that feeling.  I am hoping this is an aberration. 

Comment 20 Oct 2016

I was living in Atlanta at the time and thought we would steamroll the Gators.  Imagine my surprise ...  I hated him, but have since come to look upon that night NOT as an Ohio State humiliation, but rather, as a man nailing the best job interview of all-time!  :-)

Comment 15 Feb 2016

Anybody remember Marv Homan?  I thought he was great ... especially Buckeye hoops. In the days before seemingly every game was televised, a kid in Dayton had to find Marv on the radio to hear the Bucks.  I loved the way he said, "HornYAK!"

Comment 14 Feb 2016

Years ago, I worked with a guy whose Dad went to Denison with Woody.  My friend's father desperately wanted him to go Denison, as well.  He had made up his mind that is not where he wanted to go and was looking at other schools.  He said one Sunday afternoon the phone rang and his father picked it up.  After a brief exchange, the father handed my friend the phone, "It's for you."  My friend said, "Hello?" A booming voice come back, "Marty, this is Woody Hayes, what is this I hear about you not wanting to attend Denison?!"  

Comment 14 Dec 2015

I grew up in Dayton and spent a great deal of time in Yellow Springs in the late 60s, early 70s.  Man, you should have been there!  (I should add this was when Antioch College was in full bloom.)  

Urban was offered the ND job the same year he was offered Florida.  He chose Florida.  I think ND might be that girl that he went out with a few times years ago, and still thinks about now and then, but has no doubts that he ended up marrying the right girl.  

Comment 10 Dec 2015

This is a great parlor game.  I am old enough to remember all those teams.  I was 17 in 1969 and absolutely crushed.  Don't forget, the next year was all about revenge.  Woody had a carpet made for the locker room that the team had to walk over everyday with the score "Michigan 24 - Ohio State 12".   The entire focus of the season was on that game.  The Bucks ran the table again, locked in on Michigan and beat them in Columbus, finishing 10-0 and #1.  They promptly go to the Rose Bowl and lose to Stanford and Jim Plunkett.  I thought Woody had overemphasized The Game, to the point that the team felt like they had accomplished the primary goal - same as that '06 team when they beat #2 Michigan here.  I think that 68-70 team finished 27-2.  But everyone knows they should have been undefeated National Champs three years in a row.  

That said, I think this year is as disappointing.  We got used to "Coopering" during the Cooper years to the point that we almost expected Michgan to beat us (at least I did).  This year, we lost one game to the #3 team in the nation by 3 points.  Bama and Oklahoma had far worse losses, but the way system is set up, we lost at the absolute worst time.  But, for all the problems and issues cited on this site about the offense this year, they still won all their games except one.  This team was loaded, and it has the best coach, in my opinion, in Ohio State history.  We are going to look back and know we should have won the first two CFPs, and be considered one of the all-time great teams.