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Columbus (via Columbus)

Member since 24 October 2013 | Blog

After leaving the grueling life of a rodeo clown, I ventured back to the land of Ohio, where I re-planted my flag, grew a thriving business, and then joined a fast growing local publishing firm. I have a healthy respect for bulls.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2003 Fiesta Bowl, of course
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: EZE / JMarsh / Braxton / Carlos Hyde / Randy Gradishar / Mike Doss
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Mike Conley / Aaron Craft / Clark Kellog / Jimmy Jackson / Herb Williams
  • NFL TEAM: Broncos
  • NHL TEAM: Bluejackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 05 Feb 2016

Not that any of these guys were hired directly to OSU

Therein lies the distinction. Almost everyone coaching football got their start coaching high school ball. But very few of them go directly from high school to a position coach or coordinator at a major program like Meatchicken. Most coaches go from high school to a non-power 5 or FCS school. 

Malzahn is one of the few that I'm aware of, that went straight to a high profile position, and may be the only one who did so with any measure of success.

Comment 05 Feb 2016

I agree with what you're saying, but a kid has to understand that they're committing to attend a university for the next 4-5 years. There are zero guarantees that the head coach will be there for those 4 years, and much less so their position coach. They have to make their decision based on many factors, but the most important is, 'which school best provides me with the opportunities that I aspire to fulfill?'

Comment 05 Feb 2016

I think what he's saying is that man to man is easier to play, you match up with your guy and you try to defend him. Zone is much tougher, requires good communication and everyone has multiple responsibilities. It's tough for experienced defenders to play good zone, it's especially tough for a team comprised of almost all 1st and 2nd year players.

But I agree, I've always thought that we should always be able to play zone a little, just to catch the opponent by surprise and change things up every once in awhile. All it requires is a few possessions in a row, here and there, to be effective.

Comment 04 Feb 2016

tl;dr -1. After your first paragraph, I had heard enough. Sorry, but not many people are gonna agree with you, as far as recruiting goes especically, and his 93 team went 10-1-1 (tho lost big to a bad 8-4 Meatchicken team, but it was @Meatchicken), and Co-Big Ten Championship (Wisconsin also went 6-1-1 and went to the Rose Bowl) and finished #10 in the final rankings.

Comment 03 Feb 2016

He wont do shit against Malcom Pridgeon so im good.

Not running Gary down, or saying that he sucks, just expressed confidence in one of the guy's he'll line up against.

None of them have played on a National Championship team. None of them have won their conference. Let's welcome Gary to that illustrious group. You need more than one guy like that to win a conference title and a National Championship.

Again, doesn't insult Gary, or run him down, just states facts.

I'll stick with Meyer's recruits over what that school up north gets any time, any day.

I 100% agree with this statement, if you disagree, feel free to elaborate.

#1 USUALLY acquire mental issues from being called the greatest player from the time they are 17-19 years old.

Once again, doesn't say Gary sucks, just points out how SOME of these top guys have inflated egos.

Nothing like beating tun when they have their saviors on board

You can also enlighten us on what part of this statement denigrates Gary, or what it is you disagree with here.

Comment 02 Feb 2016

I would call him a good coach, but very good or great remains to be seen. He seems to start off well (Stanford and San Fran), but can't seem to sustain it. That and his questionable talent evaluation (ran Alex Smith off, even though he clearly had a lot of good football left in him, couldn't figure out how to use Ginn, Vernon Davis, etc), he has yet to do anything that makes me think he could be a great coach. With the creepy weirdness, he just doesn't have the total package that elite coaches all have.

Comment 02 Feb 2016

But skilled offenses can be brought down to earth by quality defense. I think a good comparison is Tom Crean, who emphasizes offense over defense, choosing to outscore his opponents. That works for him, until he plays a team with a great defense. Which is why Matta has a winning record head to head against Crean. On the flip side, Matta can get in trouble when he plays a good offensive team that gets hot (IU this last time, UConn and @Md). But this last game against Md, tough defense took Md out of their comfort zone and made them earn their points.

It's a coaching choice, or more a style that a coach has been brought up with. Neither is superior to the other, necessarily, but I'll ride with a coach that knows how to play defense.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Too much standing around and no movement away from the ball. At this point, I would love to just see some effective pick and roll, but it rarely ever looks smooth. I do recognize the fact that there's only so much practice time, so people who complain about offensive inefficiency and poor free-throw shooting need to realize that there's just not enough time to be able to work on everything that a coach would want to work on. So time management becomes a huge skill for a college bball coach, and it's clear that for Matta, he makes sure that significant time is spent on teaching team defense.

On the plus side, our rebounding this year has been much better. They compete and hustle, and we even managed a high number of offensive boards yesterday.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Glad you've had good experiences, Quad. But they're awful on too many occasions to ever get my $, and I denounce them loudly everywhere I go.

Dan had just bought that monitor, tried to return it the same day, with receipt, and they refused. It's mind boggling how they could actually refuse to take it back. He's currently going thru "up-the-chain-of-command" hell trying to get his $125 back. Ridiculous.

Several of their employees have written blog posts about the internal policies that they had to adhere to. They do customer service the absolute wrong way, way too often, and much of it is not bad employees or even misinformed employees (which is also a big problem at BestBuy), it's bad policy.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Truth. SSD adds $100-200 to the price, and most people don't need that kind of performance.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

I hear what yer saying, but I've never had anything but a virus-free, smooth computing experience, on dozens of laptops for myself and my staff, and over the past 5 years have never spent more than $600 total.

You just have to know a little bit about good virus protection, and really, have some common sense about what kind of sites and behaviors to avoid (porn, free game sites, downloading free movies and music, etc)

Comment 01 Feb 2016

If you got burned on a Toshiba once, then by all means eliminate them from consideration. But, Microcenter is definitely the way to go.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Never, EVER buy anything at BestBuy. Too many horror stories to recount about the horrible customer service they give if anything goes wrong with your computer. Just had a friend tell me he went out this past week and bought a monitor for a project he was working on (needed the extra screen to compare documents). He went to BestBuy because he was in a hurry and it was close. Bought it, got it home it didn't work, so he tried to return it. They wouldn't take it back or refund his $, because it had internal damage and they said he had to have caused it. I'm not kidding, look up BestBuy horror stories, you will find thousands of people that have had similar experiences, or worse.

That's why I only buy at MicroCenter, or online.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

The key with open office is to configure it so that it auto saves all documents in Microsoft office formats. Do that, and every Office user can easily adjust to OpenOffice.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

I agree with the Lenovo recommend, but 16 GB of RAM is way more than she would need. Go to Microcenter, and you'll find multiple machines with an i5 processor and 6-8 GB of RAM, and those machines will be around $499. I buy all of the laptops and configure them for my small office of 25 staff, and I always find what I need there. The name on the laptop doesn't mean much, it's much more about finding the right processor/RAM combination, and I always find them with a 1TB hard drive, so plenty of space to store pics, videos and music. I've bought Toshibas, Dells, Lenovos and HPs, and have had good success with all of them.

Full disclosure: It definitely helps that I have A+ and Networking certifications, so I can fix just about anything that goes wrong.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

I was at the game yesterday, and our offensive flow is just non-existent. We look so herky jerky, and the overall effect is far from smooth or efficient. It's always been this way with Matta, but it's always been clear that he emphasizes defense over offense. That's not a bad thing, in fact it's defense that often keeps us in games. But when a team comes in and shoots lights out (@UConn, @IU, @Md), we get the kind of blowout results that we've seen.

I still love Matta, and always will, and he can coach at OSU until he's ready to step down. But I would love it if he could add a solid offensive-minded assistant to teach effective offense to his teams. We've even had years where our guys played good team bball and could score, but those years are few and far between.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Md is fantastic on their home court, but on the road? Not so much. Their 3 losses were all road games (@UNC, @Mich and @MSU)), and they've got narrow wins @Wisc (63-60) and @OSU (66-61) Their scoring drops a lot when they leave the friendly atmosphere at home. On a neutral court, that game is a pick em, and depending on the location, I could easily see Iowa being favored.