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Dublin, OH (via Steubenville, OH)

Member since 12 December 2012 | Blog

I'm a moderately cool guy born in Columbus, OH. Moved around to Steubenville, Pittsburgh, & Atlanta while growing up before coming home. Graduated from The Art Institutes via Cincinnati. Man of God, Family, & Friends and of course, a passionate Buckeye.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Anytime the Patriots & Michigan lose...
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Ezekiel Elliott (recently) Antoine Winfield (All-Time)
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: De'Angelo Russell (recently) Allen Iverson (All-Time)
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers
  • NHL TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: All in for LeBron - (I'm more a fan of players)
  • MLB TEAM: New York Yankees
  • SOCCER TEAM: FC Barcelona

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Comment 2 hours ago
Nah, not over it and won't be. I feel like the coaches kinda robbed this team of a legit chance to defend their title. MSU was a depleted team with two inexperienced QBs, and the coaches coached scared. They overreacted and refused to open up the playbook. If we call plays like we did today, we beat MSU by 3 TDs at least because they wouldn't have the firepower to come back without Cook. I know it's the woulda-coulda-shoulda scenario, but we can only hope someone in the top 4 loses next week or tonight and Notre Dame loses tonight and we still have a chance of sneaking into that #4 spot.
Comment 25 Nov 2015
We'll agree to disagree. It's easy to cherry pick highlights and say they weren't average. Of course they weren't, they're highlights! I'm talking about the raw numbers. Cardale was largely average overall, there's no way around it. It's not like I said he was trash, or wasn't good, and average is in between, good moments and bad moments, up and down. I also said he was definitely clutch and converted 3rd downs at a high rate and I think Tom Herman had to do with a lot of that for him and J.T.s production last season. Honestly, I've never bought the whole "Cardale's arm opened it up for Zeke" and it's not really founded. Urban himself said that wasn't the case, but the fact that the entire team was firing on all cylinders. I do agree that balance is key, but Zeke was having a great year last season with Barrett also and I think the recency bias of winning the title let's us over state certain aspects of the team during that run and it caught up to the team this season. Kudos for your opinion sir.
Comment 25 Nov 2015

Agreed, I think they put J.T. in and got way too conservative. I mean I just don't understand the lack of faith in the OL coming to the point where we just decide not to throw aggressively when the exact opposite approach was taken after last year's VT game.

Comment 25 Nov 2015

Well to be fair, J.T. beat him for the position last year and when you listen to how the players responded to him starting, they all seemed to say they felt like their chemistry was better with J.T.

I'd like to point out that Cardale was actually really, really average during the National Title run which is why I constantly emphasize that it was Ezekiel Elliott and the SLOBS along with Tom Herman's play calling that one those games. Cardale was clutch on third down - something we haven't been all season, but as far as completion percentage and ball security, Cardale actually wasn't that great at all, especially against Alabama.

We saw the near-disasters at the mesh point of the read-option which is the staple of Urban's Offense. They tried to change the offensive philosophy for Cardale which meant taking away a pillar, but we soon found out that without Zeke running wild, the offense looked pedestrian without a legit deep threat, plus the Indiana game proved that the gap blocking schemes worked without a deep threat and we could still run against stacked boxes.

The team went back to the zone-read because it works and makes the offense less predictable in the run game, especially while the passing game was floundering regardless of the QB. 

IMO, the switch certainly gave them a safety blanket within the run, but they abused it. The passing game never got fixed, and J.T. should've never lost the starters job to an injury. The guy was highly efficient and on pace to have 5,000+ yards of total offense by himself. Losing Devin Smith, Evan Spencer and Jeff Herueman's edge blocking, and Tom Herman's play calling hurt this team more than anything. Recently Urban was talking about how much he leaned on Tom Herman who got Cardale ready for those games and played to his strengths. Tim Beck is just flat out trash. 

Comment 25 Nov 2015

Good Lord, I had no idea it got that bad on here... I don't even know what to say to that... Dolo certainly didn't deserve any of that nonsense. 

Comment 24 Nov 2015

I didn't see too many people blaming Cardale solely for the offense being bad. Just the fact that when he's in the game, there's no read-option and with the pass plays they did call, he'd often hold the ball too long or make a poor decision and turn the ball over.

It would also change the rhythm of the offense, because we'd often nix going jet or tempo.

Zeke was still getting his 100+ yards and the Indiana game finally proved that Zeke could get 200+ yards rushing without a deep threat opening up the running lanes.

So in a sense, without a real passing game or deep threat, Cardale's strength wasn't utilized and his weakness hamstrung an effective element of the offense.

Still that all goes back to the offensive coaches for not realizing this sooner. 

Comment 23 Nov 2015

Damn that, Urban should've took over at halftime and took some chances. Take deep drops or throw from the shotgun and the Oline gets beat on a few plays, they get beat on a few plays, but give your skill guys a chance to compete!!!

One thing I miss about Tom Herman was the fact he would have plays scripted to run together. He'd have a series of passes or runs setup and got the offense into a rhythm and we would be on a roll. It seemed like we only saw that twice this year against VA Tech and when the QBs were alternating (I imagine Urban was very much involved for those).

But yes, there's no reason to have all the skill players on Offense returning save Heuerman, Spencer, and Smith - and have the offense be as vanilla and anemic as it has been. I think that squarely falls on Beck if he's the primary playcaller...but Urban has to trust his guys... it's amazing that Zeke also pointed out that the gap-scheme plays they ran were more effective and I don't know why we ever go away from gap blocking. 

Comment 22 Nov 2015

Passing play calls aren't aggressive enough, but I honestly think we recruited too many athletes and not enough legit WRs. A lot of the kids we have are "best player/athlete on the field" types who you just get the ball to and let them go, but not true WRs, so I hope the incoming classes can change that.

Comment 21 Nov 2015

Cardale doesn't deserve an apology for when he played poorly no more than J.T. does when he played poorly. The play-calling sucked since the Rutgers game. It's ridiculous. Our OCs didn't have any great plays scripted, we have no "money" plays, and they've hampered both Cardale and J.T. 

Comment 13 Nov 2015
I think somebody is going off tomorrow. I'm not sure who is going off, but I don't see the Buckeyes putting up less than 42 points tomorrow and I don't expect them to give up more than 20.
Comment 12 Nov 2015

I watched's cut and edited and the TMZ narrative tries to frame it as if he was using his pseudo-celebrity to get out of it; but really he sounded more incredulous about the situation...I remember being arrested for the first (and only) time over a bench warrant for a ticket I didn't pay and all I did was ask questions...I thought my life was over and I was about J.T.'s age at the time...but he obviously had a lot more to lose and a lot more to be responsible for...he sounded scared and desperate more than that haughty or arrogant...not really a bad look for him at all if we ignore TMZ's bullshit. 

Comment 03 Nov 2015

I like all the old school guys answers. Pull him over, have him explain his scenario. Run his record. See that he's a clean, good kid who made an honest mistake, make him park it and give him a ride home. It's really that simple.

Laws are laws, but there's gotta be room for common sense and morality - otherwise with that "laws are laws" attitude America wouldn't exist.

Comment 31 Oct 2015

I think it's being overanalyzed and the offense overstated. Cardale is the backup. J.T. is the starter. Cardale, no matter how he plays, is not going to usurp the job from J.T. like this, because it's a fluke, much in the same way Sam Hubbard & Parris Campbell didn't usurp Jalin or Bosa at the beginning of the year when they screwed up. They were playing against Hawaii the next week, and the team has rallied behind J.T. on twitter saying he made mistake and nobody is perfect.

Cardale will go out and do his job; J.T. will still support everyone and do that leader thing he does, then he'll play against Illinois and get back in rhythm in time for MSU and Michigan.

I'm calling it now - there will be no more #QBGeddon - it died a few weeks ago and Halloween isn't resurrecting it. 

Comment 31 Oct 2015

So much this^^^ ; but for the love of God this team has made some mental errors off the field this season. I mean it essentially looks like whatever Dame Webb did got him suspended for the season. Then lest we forget the beginning of the season where Corey Smith, Jalin Marshall, Joey Bosa, and Dontre Wilson were suspended for the first game of the season. 

The good news is that they all played against Hawaii (except Dontre for injury reasons). So Cardale goes in against Minnesota, but I fully expect J.T. to earn his way back in the next two weeks. 

Comment 29 Oct 2015

As a fellow Buckeye I could never allow you to do that, but since you're calling out the latest Johnny Ginter post; let me post some of the comments.

From Johnny:

"Count me as part of the camp that places a lot of the reason behind that on changes in personnel, especially after he lost his deep threat safety net that goes by the name Devin Smith. Smith, who accounted for 269 of Cardale's 755 passing yards in that magical three game stretch last season, probably made Cardale look a little more polished than he really was. That, and winning a got dang natty, might've set our expectations way too high for a guy who had been buried on the depth chart before a Lemony Snicket-esque series of unfortunate events."

There's nothing untrue or unfair about this comment. I'm among those who thought that a lot of Buckeye fans were suffering from recency bias given the fact that the numbers Cardale were putting up this season we're fairly similar to the playoff run, minus the timely 3rd Down Conversions and Devin Smith. The passing offense was feast or famine with Cardale in the CFP and the regular season and I'm also among those who believe Zeke and the SLOBS were the primary reason we won it all amidst the entire team peaking as Cardale took the reigns. 

Even in the post about the Blackout, the majority of posters are defending Cardale and deriding fans who were tweeting horrible things at him and even blaming the play calling (which I personally didn't agree with) and making the sentiment that Cardale did what he had to do, but the offense is simply better with Barrett at the helm.

For every example of some asshat unfairly criticizing Cardale there's at LEAST 2 or 3 replies refuting it. When the negative tweets came to Cardale before that, every post in this thread was defending him and blasting the idiots who were responsible. 

So I'm not sure if you're using hyperbole, but I'm sure you're not right on this one...but please, please, please, please, please, don't ever bet your fandom, especially at risk of being one of TTUN.