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from Coldwater, Ohio

Member since 19 January 2013 | Blog

Registered Nurse in the State of Indiana. Huge Buckeye, Blue Jackets, and Bengals fan


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The Coldwater Cavaliers coming back from 21 with 7 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter against Kettering Alter to win in triple overtime by a final score of 59-52. They later went on to win state against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Fair weather fan
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 22 Feb 2017

Yea,I kind of want home ice advantage just so I can get a better chance to go to a couple playoff games as a season ticket holder based off my probable work schedule that first week :)  You won't get a huge "home environment feel" especially against Pittsburgh or the NYR in the playoffs either.

With the playoff run in 2014, I had just started a new job and had to skip the one home game I had planned on going to..  I'm going to be upset if I have to miss a couple of home playoff games with my work schedule this go around as well lol.

Comment 22 Feb 2017

As a big Columbus Blue Jackets fan, getting the 1st wildcard spot is definitely the better of the top 2 options.. However, as a season ticket holder.. I don't think I can root for that to happen.  I'd like to get the 2nd seed and face Pittsburgh or the Rangers with home ice advantage.  Even though that is a tough draw.  However, Pittsburgh and New York could probably just as well solve that dilemna for me with how good they are :)

Going through the Atlantic would be a blessing though.. Other than Carey Price and the Canadians, the goalies would definitely be easier to face and the teams aren't nearly as stacked..

My hope- If Oliver Bjorkstrand can heat up and play like he has the past 3 games to end the year- That is an added top 6 young skilled player that can pot some goals.. Maybe allow us to move Foligno down in the lineup and help out the 3rd line.  I do think that the Jackets are pretty well set up for the future with prospects, so I wouldn't really do anything drastic come the trade deadline.

Comment 18 Feb 2017

I don't pay too close of attention to which games are scouts are attending.  I think it's part of being thorough.  I really don't foresee too many deals getting done with the Jackets come trade deadline.  Trade deadlines are usually a seller's market in the NHL, expansion draft worries.  And, I honestly don't know how desperate the Jackets are to make moves compared to other teams.  I think Jarmo realizes this club is set up decently well for the future and doesn't need to swing for the fences here in this playoffs.

Things I consider- Bjorkstrand, PLD are probably off limits.  I could foresee Milano being on the trade block, but he's currently out indefinitely for Cleveland Monster's.  Also, we are probably without a 2nd round draft pick this upcoming draft (Tort's hire).  Not sure how willing we are to trade our 1st round pick either.  I don't see any huge "trade chips" that we put out there.

I'm kind of sitting back to see what happens.. Could see us trying to get a backup goalie, depth center (especially if Sedlak is out for a while)

Comment 13 Feb 2017

Yes, they are currently playing like a team that might get swept right now.. But, that doesn't mean that's how it will go.  So, I guess the "playoffs don't matter now"?  

This is an 82 game hockey season that has good, bad, in-between moments.  We had some key defensive injuries- David Savard, Nutivaara out for a couple weeks.  Bob had kind of regressed to league average in terms of his stats, where he was playing as a Vezina candidate for the first 3.5 months of the year. Our powerplay had regressed in that time as well.  Plus, we are trying to figure out if Korpi can regain his hot streak last year and be a NHL backup.

I'm not saying this team is as good as the 16 game win streak.. I think we played above our heads.  I don't think this is a Stanley Cup winning team yet either.  But, I don't necessarily think this stretch defines this team.  In an 82 game NHL season, you will have periods of streaky players, injuries, etc.  

I honestly think this team can get back to playing better.  As a season ticket holder the last couple of years, I would like to see the playoffs return to Nationwide Arena and Columbus.  And, I think we have a team that *could* make noise there.  If Sergei Bobrovsky can find his level of play again, watch out.

I know this stretch is a bit frustrating, but this stretch might not define this team.

Season's not over, Go Jackets!

Comment 07 Feb 2017

Ah, I remember following his recruitment a bit.. But, it was insane how we quickly rebounded and became major competitors in his and other's recruitment with Urban's hire.  

I typically don't lose sleep/get down when we miss out on a big 4 star or 5 star kid (especially with Urban at the helm).  I mean it's ultimately the kid's decision.  We all know Urban will go all out in getting the recruit.  But, I do like the series in revisiting how these recruits we missed on had turned out.. I'm a huge nerd for going through past NHL or other sports draft classes and seeing what "could have been" for the heck of it.  

But, I do not like getting beat out on "national" type recruits that Ohio State wants that are also from Ohio.  Thinking along the lines of Trey Depriest from years ago, although that was partially foreseeable.

Comment 07 Feb 2017

Not much of a basketball fan.. If anything I'm a fair weather fan that can tune into a game if Ohio State has a good b-ball team or the Cleveland Cavs are in the playoffs and I'm off work/free to watch it.  I just prefer to watch hockey now a days..

But, when I got home last night from seeing my parents, I sat down and watched the last 7 minutes of the 4th quarter plus overtime.. Unreal game.  Each team had countering 3 shots much of the 4th quarter.  I can't believe they pulled it out after Lebron's travel and missed bunny.. That's a phenomenal pass from Kevin Love.  And, I mean phenomenal pass.  Little hesitation, moved to a better position and launched it 3/4 of the court to Lebron.  Lebron then just turns around and banks a 3 pointer off the glass falling into the stands.  The opposing fan reaction speaks to how amazing/unreal of a shot that was.. Just respect/awe in what they have been seeing.  Overtime-Kyrie.

Comment 06 Feb 2017

I doubt he's scared of Ohio State poaching Texas recruits to the level Ohio State did this year.  Let's enjoy having 3 of the best players in Texas due to all the schools having down times there.

I don't think he's scared of us coming down to this extent year in and year out... But, I do think a statement was appropriate in saying that he needs to lock the borders up in Texas to keep the talent there.  1.  Make it known that you are bringing Texas back to national prominence. 2. Letting players/coaches in state know how important recruiting in Texas is with your new regime.  3. If he can recruit/coach like he did at Ohio State and Houston and bring Texas back to national prominence, he won't have a very difficult time recruiting the state of Texas.  

P.S.- Shoot, I expect Urban Meyer or any coach at the Ohio State University to say what he did if this happened here in Ohio if we had produced similar high quality level recruits every year (Some years will be down years).

Comment 06 Feb 2017

This is sad.. Not sure how anyone could jump in with 9 other people and just beat someone up.  

And, there's not much "defending" yourself in that circumstance.  I'd be in the fetal position just covering my head.

Comment 03 Feb 2017

Hypothetically, I'm betting if said prospect was a "John Elway" type recruit, the program would probably extend a scholarship offer, despite how much money the family may have, especially if it was at a critical position.

I think Ohio State should try to convince Taron Vincent to come to Ohio State as a non-scholarship player/walk on so we can save an additional scholarship for another 5 star recruit.  His dad has the money to pay his ride here.  Total sarcasm here.  Could you imagine the melt-down this board would have if we were to miss on another 5 star defensive tackle? Lol.

Comment 24 Jan 2017

Biggest busts for me-

Jamaal Berry, Ray Small, JB Shugarts, Mike Adams, Pitt Brown, I guess Justin Zwick.

Should have seen the bust happening in retrospect, but I fell in love with recruiting rankings and combine scores- Mike Mitchell.

Slight disappointments to what I expected- Dontre Wilson (injuries, I thought star play in the making).  Curtis Grant (til senior year), 

Special mention to basketball- Amir Williams. 

Comment 20 Jan 2017

1. I thought it was well known that Hooker had problems adjusting to college life at first, asked for a transfer.  We all knew this was going to be a "project" with a guaranteed red-shirt year as he just started playing football as a junior or so in high school.  I don't know for 100% certainty, much like everyone else on here, but I imagine the coaching staff would feel more comfortable in Tyvis over him in 2015.  I'm betting he still had some coverage lapses, mental mistakes, or even his head wasn't completely into it.  Didn't we a see a mental error in the 2016 Spring Game where the coaching staff had to come talk to him about, even though he picked off the ball??  It certainly is possible to see jumps of production over a year or so.  Just look at Terelle Pryor.

2. Can we slow down the talk of which current 2017 recruits are starting this year on Day 1.  Shoot, I thought just last year we landed a pretty good recruit ranked nationally in Jordan Fuller.  It's January for heaven's sake. Let's just wait and see how it plays out.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

Maybe, it's just me.. But, I don't really like commitment videos like this.. Showing up in a limo, red carpet/lights on you, making a hollywood star for your commitment.  I get he's probably just trying to have fun with it and all, but I'm still not a huge fan.That wouldn't fly in my neck of the woods from parents, coaches, schools. (MAC Territory, Ohio).  This uninformed casual spectator is guessing he goes to UCLA/USC.

Comment 07 Dec 2016

I will say this as a self admitted "fair weather basketball fan".. Big fan of Ohio State basketball from the Oden/Conley years up until Craft's senior year.

I don't think we will ever get Tom Izzo, Coach K, Calipari here as the head coach.  I just don't see an Urban Meyer type hire.  I'm just being realistic.  We are not a traditional basketball powerhouse like football.  Incredibly hard to do in my opinion as well.  

I have defended and said let's keep Thad Matta around the last couple years, but I think a change needs to be made at the end of the year, if the program doesn't change.  We've seen little player development for the last 5 years as well.  Ohio State basketball is starting to really regress and I think we should make a change at the end of the year, rather than waiting another year or two for Thad to "turn it around"  I definitely think Ohio State basketball can be better than this.

Comment 14 Nov 2016

Huge Columbus Blue Jackets season ticket holder here-

It's been a better/good start to the season than I imagined.  Werenski is just a freaking stud at the age of 19.  Seth Jones and him look like a legit #1 pairing defense unit.  Bob has been great to start the season (last couple games appears he has struggled).  Alex Wennberg has made even greater strides than imagined. 

This is a different team, but I'm not quite ready to guarantee playoffs in mid-November.  It would help if Bjorkstrand could really find his scoring touch again up in Cleveland and be ready for the NHL.  As of now we are just rolling with 12 forwards so we can give prospects minutes rather than sit in the pressbox.

Comment 18 Oct 2016

1. Start reading the bible on a more consistent basis. 

2. Start trying to attend more family get togethers and spending some more time with relatives in the process.  Maybe even spending some time with my girlfriend's family.  In this past year, It's started to hit me more that family is important and I've tried to start doing family things when work doesn't interfere (it usually does)-

3. Start running more consistently where I can run half marathons with little difficulty and maybe in the process lose a few pounds.  Life's business and my weird sleeping/awake schedule has really made it hard for me to stay on top of it.

Extra bonus goals- Look at possibly buying a house in the next year. 2. Hopefully a continued relationship with my GF of about a year now

Comment 23 Sep 2016

I'm sorry, but that is a really rude and insensitive comment in my honest opinion..

I'm sorry that bikers might add a little more time to your daily commutes, but that biker is also a living human being that has family, loved ones in their life.  Making comments about hitting them while your driving a large vehicle with no qualms is very tasteless.  Hitting a biker with a large vehicle can cause serious injuries and death.  There was a woman in a town near me on a bike ride in town with her daughter just recently that was hit by a car and sadly ended up dying from the collision.

Also, your comment seems to display that you have some signs of road rage which is very dangerous for yourself and others. Everyone in this life can make mistakes, as we are human.  I don't think that makes it right to purposely commit vehicular assault on a pedestrian with no protection whatsoever.  I know I've made some mistakes when driving/running/biking, and I would appreciate it if someone would purposely not hit me with their car, just as I would likewise do the same for any other person driving/biking/running.

As hard as it is sometimes, I feel that we should treat others with decent human courtesy and respect, despite their mistakes/faults, as I likewise have my own.

Comment 21 Sep 2016

I like the optimism of folks thinking that Hooker and Lattimore should come back next year as well to further build on their resume's to improve the draft stock or learn more at their position to be better suited for the NFL.  But, I'm going to be realistic and say that they are gone at the end of this year.

To be honest, I don't think Lattimore or Hooker will need to build on their resume's with an extra year.  I'm betting they go very early in the NFL draft.  We all see the way this ball hawking defense and secondary is playing.. They are exceptional.

 I don't look at these guys and think "Ah, they should come back to Ohio State next year and improve their draft stock, prove they aren't just a one year wonder."

Comment 10 Sep 2016

Personally, I'm wondering if we are playing too many guys at WR right now (not a problem).. Receivers not getting seperation, couple of dropped balls..

So your solution is to put Malik Hooker who hasn't played offense in 3 years here at Ohio State and hope that he can suddenly learn how to play WR better than all of our other guys in just 

Comment 06 Sep 2016

Had to recheck it, because I remembered at least 2 commits during that time (Walker)

Kareem Walker, Shaun Wade, Bruce Judson.  I remember people were excited and I was calming my emotions about the commits seeing as how it was during a national championship game, enroll dates 1-2 years in the future, national recruit from Florida, New Jersey.

Turns out Walker ended up at Michigan and we signed Antonio Williams.  Bruce Judson decommited.  Shaun Wade is still a commit, but he has been seen as a possible decommit for a while now.

Comment 02 Sep 2016

Rewatched Weber's highlights again.. I feel he could be that small back that can power through the holes and come out of nowhere sometimes.

I like the fact that he doesn't go down easily.  You'll have to get low on him and solid wrap up tackling or else he'll fight through it.

Comment 31 Aug 2016

My family is season ticket holders in the club level which are pretty good seats overall if you want good seats, leg room, etc.. But, I end up buying seats off Stubhub in the upper deck on occasion to sit with friends or so my parents can sell good ones.  If you are a college student you can buy cheap seats through "CBJ Student Rush" the day of for 25 dollars lower bowl or 15 upper bowl.  

But, the other options for cheap seats through the Blue Jackets ticket site are Huntington Bank Green Seats but those are last row seats above the goal and only come available about 2 hours before the game.

Honestly, I think your best bet to save money is through Stubhub.  Seeing as how it is a weekday game and the Jackets will probably struggle again, the tickets will be really cheap there (especially upper deck).  I usually sit in the upper deck in a specific goal zone (like the 25 yard line in football terms) in the middle rows for less than 13 dollars per seat.  I'm guessing you can find seats in the lower bowl area for around 50-60 dollars (spitballing figure)

Enjoy the game! Hockey has became my favorite sport after going to a couple games.  Washington has Alexander Ovechkin, one of the best players in the NHL with a rocket shot.

Comment 31 Aug 2016

I bought cable, but I just got the basic "farmer's channels".. Been tempted to upgrade back to the full channels since football is starting up again with hockey, but I'm thinking that I'm just going to drive the 20 minutes to my parent's house to watch games.

Comment 29 Aug 2016

As hard as it is.. I'm choosing to remain neutral between both sides here..  As I do not know her or Torrance for this matter, I'm not going to assume that she is "just a wannabe girlfriend" out for revenge against him just from a rumor.

Fact is- I do not know what happened.  I do find it curious that Urban Meyer is sticking up for Torrance and saying he does not support the "university's decision".  I hope that this can be resolved and that Torrance can join the team next season seeing as how the appeal was supposedly denied.