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


  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John Havlicek (was lucky enough to meet him)
  • NFL TEAM: 49ers: Also met Joe Montana, R Lott, S. Young.
  • NBA TEAM: Muscleball? Nope.
  • MLB TEAM: Go Giants!
  • SOCCER TEAM: Offside rule, as enforced, is lame.

Recent Activity

Comment 8 hours ago

I'm more for being cautiously optimistic than quaffing the B1G Championship or Playoff invite kool-aid. Let's see what our lads can do before anointing anyone or anything.

To me, it should be interesting to see a Meyer OSU team spread the ball around to a slew of playmakers rather than to over-rely on a freakishly gifted running QB (BM).

Still I want to see them play well, and for their record to reflect that. I have relatives who attended Navy, Va Tech and lots more who live in Cincinnati, and I'm not eager for razzing from them. Also I want to see OSU also do well vs teams from TSUN. And I'd like to see our fans support these youngsters no matter what. After all, we're not UM fans.

Comment 8 hours ago

Perhaps you're right. My point was that I don't want another QB injury while the OL gains needed experience. This preseason, OSU has already had a player re-injure a repaired shoulder and a player re-injure a repaired ACL. That's enough.

And Urban's already said both QB's will likely play.

Comment 9 hours ago

Should be interesting how Buckeye Nation (E+R=O) responds as JT (or Cardale) grows.

Inevitably, there will be turnovers. How patient will we be with that?

Or will we put our energy into chanting for the other QB, or for more running plays, or other different play calls?

Comment 10 hours ago

Isn't the guy in the Yale letter sweater Perry Hale?

Yes, as Jack Park wrote about the 1902 OSU team:

Perry Hale, a former star player at Yale, took over the coaching reins. Hale brought several new innovations to the program...O.S.U. won its first four games by shutouts...

Yale was much better than OSU in that era, so having a Yale star coach the Buckeyes could only raise their prestige. Per Wikipedia:

The Bulldogs were the dominant team in the early days of intercollegiate football, winning 27 college football national championships, including 26 in 38 years between 1872 and 1909.

Unfortunately, not enough of that dominance rubbed off on the Buckeyes, who didn't score a single point vs UM in either year Perry coached in Columbus. 

Comment 11 hours ago

Meyer visited Chip Kelly in the off-season and is said to be implementing some of the techniques he learned. I hope one is this:

“One of the benefits we have from practice and the no-huddle offense...is our second and third [teams]...get almost twice as many reps as other teams...Because of the reps we get in practice, our guys get a chance to develop a little more."

If implemented, this is not only good for future seasons, but for this season as well. Especially since we're hearing "Next man up: too much.

Comment 12 hours ago

guys who have to get going or we'll recruit right by them.

Is Meyer implying these guys brought a heaping helping of entitlement with them to OSU?

And this is his way of squashing it?

Comment 21 Aug 2014

Glad to see this. Quality opponents are good for the program, as they can provide a measuring stick to your team's quality. Games against lesser teams also help: you can hone your skills on both sides of the ball and boost the team's confidence a bit.

Comment 21 Aug 2014

Time of possession isn't a valuable statistic

I say hogwash. As Mark Twain said. "There are lies, damn lies and statistics." Except for a safety, the opponent can't score when you have the ball. If your defense is poor, especially if prone to big plays, or you turn the ball over a few times, then TOP won't tell the whole story. But with a decent defense, including return defense, TOP gives valuable information.  Still, no single stat tells the whole story consistently. And Cardale's stats illustrate that.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Before getting too giddy about how great Barrett is or will be (e.g., Guitonization), remember that JT has not played a down of college ball, and wears a no-contact jersey in practice. As Mike Tyson said, "Everybody has a plan until they get hit."

Let's wait and see how he and Cardale do before we coronate either.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Let's not go too crazy, as JT is only slightly ahead of Cardale.

If Jones comes on in the next week, he could be the starter vs Navy.  Since the OL will probably go thru some growing pains, I'd rather have a 250-pounder taking on blitzers than a 210-pounder with repaired ACL. And I would prefer that our backup QB not be the 4th stringer in the first week or so.

Comment 18 Aug 2014

Hoping there are some teaching moments in all these games, where the youngsters listen & learn.

There definitely will be such moments vs Louisville, Carolina (who can't be as bad as their August record), and hopefully Marquette.

Comment 18 Aug 2014

TBO & MM, are you using net yards on these punt statistics? Or are they reflecting just the kick, without subtracting return yards?

It seems that Urban is requiring punts that minimize (or eliminate) return yards, thus going for net yards.

Comment 17 Aug 2014

I'm really concerned about all these hamstring injuries, and I'm disappointed in the Buckeyes conditioning. Pushing too hard can be counterproductive, especially if the defensive backs that end up playing in the first few games are the 2's or 3's. I'm no expert either, but I found this online:

A grade 1 hamstring strain hurts minimally, there is no pain walking, and motion isn't hindered, but will take about a week of recovery time. But it is imperative not to exercise your leg. Increased work and stress can be put on the leg after week one. If you jump into  exercising immediately after the injury, there is a good chance of increased severity.

With a grade 2 strain, there is when walking, constricted range of motion, and tingling and pulling sensations in your leg.  It will take 2-3 weeks of recovery for proper healing to occur. Too much stress on the leg during this time will just increase the length of recovery time.  Until these symptoms are almost diminished, avoid physical activity.

I sure hope OSU's coaches and trainers are letting these guys heal so these "nagging injuries" don't cost our athletes several games or allow any TD's.

Comment 17 Aug 2014

Zwick might not have had great mechanics, but he was a leader and an enthusiastic Buckeye. As I recall, he led the Buckeyes to some big wins when he got his chances.