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Voting Record: 1976 / 341

28 years military, still active, live in Sicily.

Grew up in Ohio and have been a lifelong fan of The OSU.

Drop me an email if you have any unique, rare, etc. Ohio State football items. [email protected]


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Too many to list.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Charles "Chic" Harley.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Catania (Sicily)

Recent Activity

Comment 19 May 2015

Seeing this reminds me that all of us our on a stage at ALL TIMES.  I am constantly aware of my surroundings and it sucks to be honest because I am active duty military and have a lot to lose, one wrong statement, action, comment, or other, and "there's the door" and not the way I'd like to wrap up a 29 year career.

Something as simple as grabbing a piece of pizza after a really shitty game and just gathering one's thoughts gets captured, for no reason really, on video and it looms... for really no reason.

Comment 17 May 2015

Thinking deep thoughts on how he was going to kick the nation's ass the next year; turns out pizza during alone time is a good thing.

Comment 17 May 2015

Funny skittle story: a group of us were in the US Virgin Islands on liberty from a ship I was assigned to.  We had a whopping $50 between the lot of us (first years of military life = low pay) and we set out to buy alcohol.  Found a place that sold alcohol and discovered that bottles of Bacardi Rum and Bacardi 151 Rum were $2.50 per bottle so of course we bought as much as we could buy but left $5 to buy some cokes... turns out that Coke products are quite expensive there so we bought $5 worth of bags of skittles which equated to:

1 shot + 1 skittle + repeat multiple times = rainbow colored vomit.

Comment 16 May 2015

The absolute worst way ever that I had to "watch" the games was when I was when I was assigned to one of the three different submarine tours I did and during any one of a number of sub patrols that were a part of the sub life... we'd get the scores for the entire day on a teletype printout that provided nothing more than the final score.  We used our imagination a lot in those days. 

Comment 16 May 2015

Listening on the radio forces us to open our mind and visualize the game in a more emotionally attached way; hard to believe I know but try it some time for those of you that have never done what Buckeye3M is talking about. 

I grew up listening to the Browns games on radio with my Dad (1970's) because Sundays were always an all day event at our Church.

Comment 15 May 2015

I live in Italy and the night games, although I love them, coming on at 0200 (2 AM for you civilians) and it's brutal. 

Luckily I have Armed Forces Network which does a decent job of showing The OSU games and when they aren't covered I watch online via one of the many live streaming sites you guys always provide (thank you).

Comment 14 May 2015

Another one of my photos from the Oct 21, 1922 Ohio State vs Michigan Stadium Dedication game.

(I have two of these in case anyone is interested)

Comment 14 May 2015

Another one of my photos from Sept 13, 1920 (two full years before opening) and speaks to the fundraising for the new stadium in the press release that remains attached to the image that was used for newsprint publication. 

Comment 13 May 2015

I figure if Harley and his mates could raise a $1,000,000 during some of the leanest years of our country to build the stadium then perhaps we could do a fund raiser to raise a bronze statue at the stadium. 

Comment 13 May 2015

All of us can spread the word; he's a legend of college football not just Ohio State football.  Certainly in the top ranked RB's of the first half century of football up there with the likes of Jim Thorpe and Red Grange.

Comment 12 May 2015

** I had received correspondence from the University and they had stated they are in the planning phases of making something to honor Chic.  I think that nothing shy of a bronze statue in front of the stadium is the right way to go... after all, it is "The House That Harley Built".

No offense to many but any Buckeye fan that does not know names such as Charles "Chic" Harley, Pete Stinchcomb, Lynn St. John, Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz,  Howard "Hopalong" Cassady,  and so on does not know their team.  

It is vital that fans know their team history, again... no offense, or how can you really call yourself a fan?  Just saying.

Please take a few minutes and share my above post on your Facebook and write an email to the President of the University and anyone else that you think will take action.

Comment 11 May 2015

Shoeless Joe Jackson received a lifetime ban in baseball for:

"During the 1919 championship, the slugger made no errors and racked up 12 hits, a World Series record that stood until 1964. His batting average for the series (.375) was the highest on either team.

Debate has raged ever since over the extent of Jackson’s participation in the scheme. He claimed his teammates gave his name to the gamblers even though he hadn’t agreed to participate, and the other players admitted that Jackson never attended meetings about the fix. Though Jackson signed a confession in 1920 stating that he was paid $5,000 (out of the $20,000 he was promised), he later asserted that a team lawyer manipulated him into signing a document he didn’t fully understand. (Jackson never learned to read or write.)"

Brady - bye bye and life ban.

Comment 11 May 2015

What would be amazing about it going in the location you stated is that Lynn St. John was like a father to Chic. 

Not sure if you recall but I had posted up an open letter thread to the President of The OSU about a year ago:

I just bumped the thread: 

Comment 11 May 2015

Bump to get this moving.

Folks, please write write and write some more to the University, Governor, and anyone else that might help construct a statue for Chic Harley at the Shoe.

Comment 09 May 2015

Then again, we've come back on Illi a few times as well. 

During his explosive 1984 season, Byars found himself looking up at a 24-0 deficit to Illinois in the Horseshoe on October 13 in front of more than 89,000 uneasy Buckeye fans.  Byars turned in an amazing performance to lead Ohio State back, rushing for 274 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 45-38 win.

Byars ignited the crowd with his fourth touchdown of the day, a 67-yard run that featured a cutback at the Illini 35, where Keith threw a shoe and still outran the entire defense for the score.

His fifth touchdown came in the final minute of the game to win it for the Buckeyes. The Shoe went from crypt-silent to pandemonium over the course of the performance. Byars grew stronger and throughout the game and wore down the Illinois defense. It was one of the great comebacks in Ohio State history!

I present THE GAME BALL that was presented to Byars and is now a part of my collection:

Comment 09 May 2015

I recall sitting at my dining room table working on homework for college while stationed in Cape Canaveral, Florida listening to the radio and the news broke that he was gone. 

I still do not believe the "how" his life was taken, it just always seemed odd that a long weapon was used PLUS his wife was/is bat shit crazy.....

Comment 09 May 2015

Our woes against Illi go back a tad further:

1919 Ohio State vs. Illinois.  Chic Harley’s final college game and the 1919 OSU Homecoming.  Subsequently the last game of Chic Harley’s Ohio State career that resulted in his only loss while playing three seasons for the Buckeyes (1916, 1917, and 1919).  It has been stated that Harley was absolutely devastated, took all the blame for the loss, and remained in the locker room until well past midnight.  Center Fritz Holtkamp wrote “Chic Harley… was as wonderful in defeat as he had been after his many victories.  The only difference was that in defeat he took all the blame for the loss, while in victory all his praise was for the other man”.

part of my collection, the program and ticket to the game.

Comment 03 May 2015

See, this is where I disagree.  In fact, I'd love to see how a draft would go IF front office's gave a nod toward their fan site.  Let's be realistic, indicative of the time fans spend focusing on their teams and drilling down in to stats, etc. why not?  It's like having an army of informed advisers...

Not saying give 100% weight to the fan base but would it hurt them to take on a 25% weigh-in stance? 

Comment 03 May 2015

1919 OSU vs Kentucky program.

Saturday, Oct 18, 1919. The Ohio State Buckeyes won the game by a score of 49 to 0.


1919 OSU vs Kentucky program (1906 to 1918 scores).


1919 OSU vs Kentucky program (follow the team to Michigan).  This was the first year we beat them and it was due in large part to the amazing team we had that year with Chic Harley on the team, among other outstanding folks.