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GoBuckeyes1020 12th Warrior

Pleasant Plain (via Cincinnati)

Member since 28 August 2014 | Blog

I have always been a Buckeye fan but truly became a diehard after attending football camp under Earl Bruce back in the early 80's. My first car was a gray 1980 Cutlass with scarlet interior called the Woodymobile (bench front seat, an entire generation of kids have no idea how great a bench front seat is!). I grew up in Cincinnati (which should actually be part of Kentucky) where there are plenty of Buckeye faithful that are typically overshadowed by hillbillies, catholic school devotees, and cute little bearcat fans with massive inferiority complexes. I now live outside of Hamilton county where you see the Buckeyes flags fly 365 days a year. My favorite Buckeyes moments: a 3-way tie between throwing with Art as a sophmore in high school, watching Cie Grant toss Dorsey to the ground like a rag doll, and yelling like a madman as Ted Ginn returned the opening kickoff as I watched from 20 rows up in the 2006 NC game. Worst Buckeye moments: about 30 minutes after the Ted Ginn moment and watching JT fall on the sword for Gee and Smith.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching my son after his team battled through the losers' bracket to win the city north U13 baseball championship. Will never forget the smiles as they took turns hoisting the trophy. Best Buckeye moments....see above!
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Too many to name just one but rest assured they were wearing the scarlet and gray
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: David Lighty.....no question
  • NFL TEAM: The Bengals and whoever is playing the steelers
  • NBA TEAM: The Cavaliers now that LBJ is back home
  • MLB TEAM: The Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Warren County U13 (my daughter's team :))

Recent Activity

Comment 20 Apr 2016

Probably one of the safest contact drills there is. They start them so close there's not nearly the violent head to head impact you saw 'back in the day' during line drills where the two participants got a running start.

Comment 30 Mar 2016

I prefer to think of myself as just a few more google searches away from HR but I'll take lazy! 

Nice work! Go BUCKEYES!

Comment 15 Mar 2016

I'll buy a little on the winning percentage argument. Matta buys a few percentage points by a few more cupcakes a year but man the B1G championships and runs in the tournament cannot be questioned. More of all of those in a little over a third of the years. Every one of those runs including his four B1G tournament championships and other deep runs comes against good teams. You might get a cupcake in the first round of the NCAA if you are a high seed but everyone else you face is quality. Same can be said about the B1G tourney runs. Ohio State basketball was an afterthought and sometimes a joke in the three decades before Matta.

Not sure how to comment on the dumming down of Tressel's record in the two posts other than I find it EXTREMELY difficult to diminish what he did in his decade.  Michigan may have been down his last three years here but he was 6-1 against good Michigan teams including the only 1v2 in the game's history. 

Comment 15 Mar 2016

I, like everyone on here is bummed about the NIT but after reading this article I started thinking of how good we have it with Thad Matta the last 11 seasons.

The highlight of my 'Eldon Miller' years was suffering through the loss to Xavier in the NIT in the Cincinnati Gardens. We made it to the Sweet 16 a few times but Miller won just 59% of his games. We found out the next three seasons under Gary Williams that the Buckeye head coaching job at the time was just a stepping stone to a better job. He too won just 59% of his games. Randy Ayers had a few good years and a few B1G titles but I can't forget watching in person as Miami waxed us in St. John Arena. Ayers won just 53% of his games. The NCAA (with a lot of help from O'Brien himself) wiped out anything of note from Jim O'Brien's tenure. After the NCAA cleared the slate of any game that Boban Savovic played in O'Brien won just 47% of his games. Even if you count the O'Brien years along with the previous three coaches you get total of 1 NIT championship, 4 B1G titles, 3 Sweet Sixteens, 1 Great Eight, and 1 Final Four. That's in 28 seasons

In the 11 years with Matta at the helm he has won 74% of his games and we have 1 NIT championship, 5 B1G regular season titles, 2 Sweet Sixteens, 1 Elite Eight, 2 Final Fours including a runner up, and an NIT championship. 

Thank God for Thad Matta!

Go BUCKEYES!