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Member since 17 August 2013 | Blog

OSU grad, born in Cincinnati, now living on west coast.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Thee Thrillogy, especially 85ytthots
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John Havlicek (was lucky enough to meet him)
  • NFL TEAM: 49ers –Yorks. Met Joe Montana, R Lott, S. Young.
  • NBA TEAM: Warriors: Champs!
  • MLB TEAM: Go Giants!
  • SOCCER TEAM: USMNT, but: Offside rule, as enforced, is lame.

Recent Activity

Comment 11 Feb 2016

I'd rather see OSU do well in the NCAA tournament....next year. This team does need all the practice and confidence building possible, and that's more likely to happen if they play several postseason games. If they can get 2 or more games in the B1G tourney and maybe 3 or more in the postseason, that would be pretty darn good. OTOH, I am open to being wowed.

And for those shouting for DEVELOPMENT, it's there to see. Team rebounding and free-throw shooting is getting better, and turnovers are down. Defense is improving, but with the occasional lapse, and often from mental mistakes. They are starting to get it, and remember it, and implement what the coaches are telling them. As experience grows, so do consistency and confidence. But if you are (over)expecting one or several of these guys to turn into LBJ or Curry or Wilt, it's not likely to happen, even though there's  a lot of potential upside for a few of them. But I'd rather see them develop as a team than to have 1 player be the "go to guy." It's much harder to defend a team where any of several players can make a decisive play, than just stopping one guy.

Comment 10 Feb 2016

he just has to put it all together between his ears and he could be a top 100 player. 

The biggest & toughest part of being an effective QB is the awareness part: reading coverages, knowing who's blitzing and where space will be in the defense, and calmly delivering the ball there to the receiver who will run open.

Comment 10 Feb 2016

I know I'm beating a dead horse here but I'll say it again: ZONE DEFENSE.

Good, effective zone defense takes a long time to understand and implement, and these kids already gave a lot on their plates, which they are having trouble with. It takes a real commitment to learn zone like Syracuse plays. Good teams with decent trey-shooters will light up a zone if it's not at that level.

And Matta doesn't like zone. It's like forcing a square peg through a round hole.

Comment 09 Feb 2016

After a lackluster 1st half, OSU turned up both the offense 45 points and defense (hold NW to 30 pts) and hit 16 consecutive Free-Throws to end the game. Great performances by the starting 5 !


JaQuan Lyle 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 

Mark Loving 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO

Trevor Thompson 12 Pts 9 Reb, 

KBD 11 Pts, 8 Reb 1 Stl, 2 Blk,

Jae’Sean Tate  10 Pts, 7 Reb

BTW: Pregame, a coughing Coach Matta says he thinks the flu and colds have finally run through the team.

Comment 09 Feb 2016

I wouldn't be surprised if the NFL comes back and fines him for the play.

Yep. That egregious facemask deserved ejection, but I'm not sure league rules allow that. If the NFL is serious about reducing head/neck injuries, the fine should be $25k or more.

Comment 09 Feb 2016

Let's hope for the best.

Yeah, I'm going to choose optimism...

Accentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative, Don't mess with Mr. In-Between

If  When things start to click into place, these kids can hang with good teams. And win.  Go Buckeyes!

Comment 09 Feb 2016

DJ:  it pains me any time a Buckeye player is tagged as the root of the problem and incessantly dragged on social media. . . Feel free to search "Marc Loving" on Twitter tonight for a glimpse into some of the abuse hurled that young man's way. It's not right.

Agreed. IMO supporting a team means supporting ALL the players the coach enters into the game. It’s not surprising a player might conserve his energy when the coach requires he play 33 minutes per game. Perhaps more minutes on the bench would enable such a player to exhibit more hustle when in the game.

Amos Schurr, psychology professor who has studied winning, entitlement and cheating:

“But people who win competitions feel more entitled, and that feeling of entitlement is what predicts dishonesty."

Is entitlement more prevalent in 11W forums since Jan 2015, when Ohio State won the national championship in football, wrestling, pistol, etc? 

The apparent entitlement of many 11W commenters when it comes to football, men’s hoops, even recruiting in these sports, is stunning to me. 

Comment 05 Feb 2016

You couldn't have possibly thought that I was insinuating that Thad should be perfect

Wasn't sure, but my replies, in this public forum, are not just for you. Folks reading any posts--yours or mine--may take them literally. Just watch how commenters get amped up immediately following any OSU loss, football or hoops. I've noticed that a lot of readers don't post after losses: I wonder if they avoid the comments altogether then. And many of those who complain don't post after wins. Makes one wonder if they ever offer any encouragement.

Quite frankly- if your effort, or lack thereof, causes you to turn into an Internet meme and that in turn causes you to crumble and not perform well, then, yes, maybe big time college basketball isn't for you. 

A lot of coaches (and fans) at major D1 programs would disagree with you. If he is a good team player, and accepts coaching, I want that shooter on my team. Coaching is the art of managing different personalities: not everyone is handled the same way. I know Matta isn't just a nice guy coach, and he has demonstrated that on many occasions. But he is, by most accounts, a good coach and a good man. Some players are more difficult to handle than others, and remember, these are 18-22 year olds, many of whom need to be "de-recruited," as Urban would say. And it's easy to be critical or harsh from the cheap seats, especially after a loss. Coaching is a tough business, and attitude adjustment can be pretty difficult. Sometimes there isn't a father like the big farmer in Hoosiers (who makes his son apologize to Coach Dale after walking out) to help in that regard. We can all be knuckleheads at times.

Comment 05 Feb 2016

I have absolutely no clue why he plays so much.

There's something Matta knows that we don't. I give Thad, and other coaches saying he is doing a great job more credence than any 11W writer or commenter.

Thad has proven to be far from perfect as a head coach.

Who is a perfect coach? (oversized expectations ?) Duke has fallen out of the top 25 for the first time in almost a decade. Should Coach K be judged to have lost it and shown the door?  Kansas has lost in their 2nd NCAA tourney game the last 2 years. Should Self be shelved? If Kentucky is faltering, should Calipari be let go? Yes, Ohio State has not done as well over the last few years as in 2007 or 2012, when a lot of fair-weather fans jumped on the bandwagon. But I say it's time for them to jump off, not the winningest coach in OSU hoops history, who is still getting accolades today.

 If the stats and the eyeball tests show that Loving should not play as much, it is perfectly reasonable to question his strategy. 

Yep. But the character assassination that accompanies many of these comments is uncalled for and trollish.

Ohio kids leaving Ohio to play at other schools is now the fault of anonymous internet posters criticizing the play of the team?

Come on. Be reasonable. (Kids have lots of reasons for choosing one school over another.) But if unreasonable fans create a meme, it can have an effect, all other things being equal. BTW, notice how you used "fault" there. 

Call me crazy but I expect better effort and better results than what we have seen. 

There are those expectations again. The current Buckeyes are playing like guys who haven't played much B1G hoops before. (Like freshmen).

And if anonymous people pointing out stats and making observations about a player's performance cripples said player, I'm sorry, but maybe big time collegiate sports isn't for him... 

If someone is a good shooter, but is kind of quiet and reserved, they should go to a small school (like Steph Curry did) rather than endure the unkind spotlight of oversized expectations at Ohio State?

Comment 05 Feb 2016

My thanks to the moderators, and their bosses, for trying to make this site a place where OSU fans would want to come, and where their time is not wasted by inappropriate comments.

By someone who has noticed his sticker count decline, but has no idea which comment(s) and why