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Comment 14 Apr 2015

I don't play much anymore but I used to play a lot and all my vacations were planned around trying a different golf course usually. 

The top ones Ive played in no particular order;

TPC Sawgrass, Atlanta Athletic Club, East Lake, Bandon Dunes, Ocean Course at Kiawah, Bethpage Black, Whistling Straits, Torrey Pines, Ocean Club at Sea Island, Greyhawk in Scottsdale, Ghost Creek in Portland, Scarlet Course and Pinehurst.

The best golf experience I had ever was on a course right off Kiawah called Cassique. Very exclusive, one of about ten groups on the course all with our own caddies.  No blade of grass was unattended to.

Finishing birdie birdie birdie par on Sawgrass to shoot 77 was without a doubt the best result on all the courses.  Though it was about the 5th or 6th time Id played Sawgrass most of the others I only played once.  Bogeying 18 for an 80 at Bethpage was my best first time effort

Comment 18 Mar 2015

Ive had 3 hole in ones but Im most proud of finishing the TPC Stadium course birdie, birdie, birdie, par to shoot 77. Hit it to about 4 feet on 17.

As a 9 year old I struck out 17 batters in a 6 inning game.

I played against future NBA player Tom Chambers in high  school..... for about 24 seconds (technically we were just on the floor at the same time)

Comment 26 Feb 2015

I lived in So Cal in early 70s and saw or ran into a number of celebrities (Burt Reynolds, James Caan) and I went to school with "Peter Brady" and "Jim Bob Walton"  but the best story form that time was getting a chance as a 13 yr old to play at the Fabulous Forum in front of 17,505 at halftime of a Laker game.  We played our first three quarters before the game and then at halftime we came out and played our 4th quarter.  We all met the Lakers pre game and sat right next to the bench from about the 4 minute mark on of the 2nd qtr so we could get on the court quickly.  

This was the team that won 33 games in a row with Chamberlain, West, Goodrich, Hairston, Baylor, Erickson and former Buckeye Jim Cleamons. They played the Rockets that night and The Big E Elvin Hayes was battling Chanmberlain.   Sitting court side and smelling the action was very memorable as was getting a huge cheer from the crowd when I hit a 15 footer from the right baseline (my favorite shot!)

Comment 24 Feb 2015

No actually I graduated from the Emory Univ program in Atlanta quite a few years ago......31.

Comment 24 Feb 2015 one.    Im a PA anesthetist, more recently called AA

Comment 23 Feb 2015

I am a non physician anesthetist (I get to play doctor!) and I specialize in cardiac and vascular anesthesia.   

Comment 21 Feb 2015

Great news!  I saw that thread this morning and Ive been checking this site about every hour since then (I must have checked right before DJ posted this).

Let me just say I am proud of the way my fellow Buckeye fans reacted.  It was a cryptic comment that could have been ignored and blown off but you didn't and obviously there was some real reason to fear the worst here.   Most of us wouldn't know 618 if he walked up in front of us but the connection via 11W is real and to me it shows a real value for these social networks.  10-15 years ago the opportunity to feel valued and appreciated, just as a human struggling the same way all of us have at one timer another, would not have been here and who knows what would the outcome would be.  We made the world a very intimate place for him, a place where he wants to live for now.  We all seek to be part of something and its easy to get disconnected in this enormous world  but we have the ability to shrink it for a moment and give each other a place to stay.

Lets not forget that we just took the first step though and he's likely not the only one feeling that way.  Its real easy for us to think happiness is the default position because the large majority of us have it pretty good.  But a lot of people do not and haven't for a while. Sometimes being depressed is the proper response to a situation.  Suicide is not the proper response to depression but sometimes the gravity of ones situation makes it impossible to smile or feel joy.  We cant eliminate depression nor should we try but we want to allow it to exist in a healthy manner which means only for a limited period of time and without self destructive responses.

Any way, great job guys.

Comment 19 Feb 2015

Lets see

Citrus Bowl '92 vs UGA (L)

@Michigan '99 (L)

vs Michigan '02 (Biiiiiig W!!!!)

vs PSU '08 (L)

vs Wisc '09 (W)

vs Miami '10 (W)

vs CU '11 (W)

opener '12 (W)

vs Purdue '12 (W)

So 6-3  but 6-1 @home

Hope to catch at least one a year for a few years now that my son lives in CBus and can get alumni tickets.

Comment 02 Feb 2015

22 huh?  I would have stopped counting at 10.

Big places like SoCal and CBus are a little easier to go unnoticed as well. Sometimes there is more trouble to be had in the small places. Not because of the number of opportunities (it only takes one) but because of the percentage of eyes watching you.  In small places you are less able to hide sometimes   

guys who are going to get in trouble will find it wherever they are

Comment 20 Jan 2015

Take a look at the offenses that 02 team went up against guys.    Texas Tech in their heyday, Wash St, Michigan when they were real good and that Miami team that had Winslow, Andre Johnson and McGahee to name a few.  That Cinci team was pretty good so was that Penn St team with Larry Johnson.  As good as our D was by end of year this year we gave up 35 to Bama and their trio of Henry/Yeldon, Cooper and Sims doesn't touch the aforementioned trio of Hurricanes.  We were also prone to TOs in many games this year and I don't think our 2002 team would have squandered the opportunities that others did against us.   I love this years team but that collection of guys in 2002 was pretty special too.  The 02 team had that ability to completely shut down good offenses (held PSU to 180 TOTAL yards... lowest of Paternos career to that point)  while this team was great at times defensively we were not dominant for 60 minutes but once (BiG title game).   

Comment 12 Jan 2015

Well, everyone did keep thinking that the Bills were due and Kelly was as accomplished a pro QB as there was.  Mariota is outstanding, the Ducks are 'due'  but .....................  they still gonna lose!!!!

Comment 11 Jan 2015

If winning national championships is the measuring stick then yes they aren't blue blood status but they have been in the discussion for quite  few years in a row.   My hat is off to them.

Comment 11 Jan 2015

 As the moneybags paying his way through college, I nixed Miami ;-)

Well done sir!

Comment 11 Jan 2015

I gotta say though, I cant really criticize Oregon fans who have only been watching football for 15 years.  They have really only been relevant for 15 years so naturally a lot of people just weren't huge CFB fans before then.  Winning brings in fans.  Just because we have 7 more championships and 70 years of playing high level football doesn't make all our fans more knowledgeable per se.  In THIS generation, Oregon is a blue blood.   FSU was a girls school prior to the 60s and didn't start winning football games regularly til the 80s and they have a place with the biggest of the big boys.  I hope they don't pass an Oregon rule.  That would be a bullshit way to counter what they do. Everything they do is within the current rules of football so screw the Sabans and Bielemas. 

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Randy Vataha.......   that is a stupid name   ;-)

Comment 11 Jan 2015

All so true Cooper

I also remember just poring over the box scores in the Sunday sports section.  All the days games were on a couple pages and I would just look at the Buckeye game for hours seeing the line:   1st qtr-   P.Johnson 2 yd run (Conway kick) 11:34    and immediately see Pete Johnson running off left guard and plowing into the end zone carrying 2 defenders.   I would do this with each entry into the box score before I had made a movie of the game.   I only got to actually watch them a couple times a year and I think I was always excited AND disappointed when I got to see them because in person they were not as superhuman as I had seen them in my post box score reading mind.  Seeing the actual game with the missed tackles, tackles for loss, ineffective plays at times was a little deflating.   They were so much better when I made the movie up from the written word!!

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Honestly it was the Plunkett led Rose bowl loss to Stanford and the loss to Vermeils UCLA squad that I remember feeling the most pain after.

Stanford was a 3 loss team and we had killed UCLA earlier that year (in LA I think).  Those were two championships I thought we had "in the bag".  Those games taught me the valuable lesson that you NEVER assume a victory.

One thing I like about Meyer.  They won't assume victory, they are just going to come take it!!!

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Excellent read

That game was the same one that hooked me to the Buckeyes.  I had never watched a game from beginning to end before and I haven't missed many  televised Buckeye games since.  I tell people that was the day I put my self in the position to learn about heartbreaks. From the Archie years near misses, Bruces first team and then Coopers grand underachievers I fell asleep way too many New Years nights crying.  2002 was such a joy for me in that I finally, as an adult, got to experience a Buckeye championship and 2002 was the year MY son got hooked on OSU.......and in true Bickley tradition he suffered many disappointments in 2005,2006,2007  then 2013 and has learned how hard it is for your favorite team to achieve the pinnacle of its sport.  Hoping Monday will assure he doesn't have to wait 33 years between championships like I did.

Comment 11 Jan 2015

One must always be prepared for loss.   Winning is plan A but plan B is certainly a possibility.  We do need to figure out how we will handle it if it happens.   But my post is not just about that.  I am not simply trying to pre rationalize a loss I genuinely have liked Oregon through the last 15 years.  I liked the way they played, I liked that they were someone that took some of the spotlight off USC in the West and I have liked the Pac NW every time Ive visited (one reason I hate FSU is I think the Fla panhandle is mostly a seedy, depressing place I will never spend my money)

Comment 11 Jan 2015

That may be true but even so. I don't hate Michigan because their fans are knowledgeable and don't come up with silly conspiracies about NCAA drug testing I hate them mostly because Woody (and my dad) told me to and every Buckeye fan of the 60s 70s did what Woody said.

Comment 11 Jan 2015

I understand.  And I may find out tomorrow that I do lose a lot of sleep over it.  I am simply projecting how I feel now.   I knew how much I wanted Bama and It doesn't feel the same way.  I don't dread losing to Oregon they way I did Bama, and it has nothing to do with how likely either event is/was.  Maybe Im suffering an emotional letdown after the Sugar Bowl, I don't think so but maybe.  You can only hate so many things, you cant hate everything!!  At least you cant and still be a rational, healthy functioning human.     

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Sure they have ass hole fans, so do we, but I didn't form my opinion of Oregon up til now based on their fans.  I have just always kind of liked them and pulled for them.   I am not pulling for them tomorrow in any way shape or form but it will feel different.

All that being said..... I didn't hate USC til after 1975.   I didn't hate most SEC teams til after 2007.  I might hate Oregon after 2016 bowl season.

Certainly if I have to listen to their fans 24/7 for the next 8 months I might lose some of my graciousness but I don't live in the  Pacific NW so thats unlikely to be a problem