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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 26 Apr 2016

I hope Markell plays another year of HS ball and joins the Buckeyes in 2017. But I'd be OK with him coming in 2016 if he has the maturity to do so, realizing that coming in late doesn't help him with playing time. Because he still has to learn the college coach's system.

I'd also be OK with him learning what Buddy Hield (Naismith College Player of the Year) had to say about playing as a freshman.

Comment 26 Apr 2016

Lyle might leave after next season and no I don't think he'll be ready to turn pro but if he thinks he is regardless of what Matta or anybody else thinks, he's gone. 

With the NBA allowing guys to get feedback about their potential to get drafted (as Trevor Thompson is doing), there may be fewer kids wrecking their careers by leaving school too early, as LaQuinton Ross and Deshaun Thomas did.

Comment 22 Apr 2016

 The truth is that there is no crystal ball, no mock draft seer, no bloviating pompadoured draft gurus...

What? OMG, there certainly are bloviating . . .  What?

...who can accurately see into the future..

Well, OK then, that's right. Dang "rest of the story."

Comment 21 Apr 2016

FYI, here are the top teams nationally in FG%, 3FG% and FT% for 2015-16:

  • St Marys’ (CA)  50.4 FG%   (Indiana was 3rd at 50.2%)
  • MSU  43.4  3FG%    (Izzo had remarked this season that his kids could really shoot treys*)
  • UConn  79.3  FT%   (National Champ Villanova was 2nd at 78.2%) 

These are teams with very talented shooters that have really bought in and were listening to their COLLEGE coaches (vs their HS or AAU coaches or parents / friends) and applying that coaching--over a season or more. OSU has players who do not shoot that well and Matta & staff had to take time specifically to coach players on their shooting motion this past season. I don't know how much time Jent can legally spend with each player between now and the beginning of fall practice, so it could be yet another year before we see any improvement.

* And look what happened to them in the NCAAT.

Comment 20 Apr 2016

I'm a West coast cord-cutter, who does way more (book*) reading now that I'm not watching TV, although I do watch Netflix. Cable costs or paid streaming (at $30-40/mo as Apple was hoping to do) costs too much IMO. YMMV. But I do pay $10/mo to stream live audio of OSU football & hoops. And I watch replays of key plays and whole games on the web. If I could stream video of games for $20/mo, I would do that, but even $70/mo is too much. There's too much competition for entertainment money, and there's higher quality stuff than cable TV offers. Back in the day, these games used to be free to watch over the air.

* BTW, books are usually MUCH BETTER than the movies or TV series, and reading makes you smarter. Plus, there are no annoying commercials.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Thanks, JPFB, for that shooting % data. 

I suspect acceptance of coaching is different for someone (LeBron) who is very serious and committed to being the best, than it is for someone whose attitude may be "Change my shot? Really?" or "Well maybe, if the new shooting form is instantly better," or "Sorry, I just don't have time to practice this."

Comment 11 Apr 2016

My bother attended and later taught at the USNA, and my Dad berthed his sailboat in Annapolis. So we enjoyed many excellent seafood dinners at restaurants in downtown Annapolis. So that November weekend will be a gustatory event for Buckeye seafood lovers.