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Member since 23 July 2013 | Blog

29 years military, still active, live in Italy.

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.


  • 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 hours ago

Seeing Houston's Offense spread all over the field makes me really miss Herman.  Our O was always trying to be cute, Houston's comes out and says "here's our 5 guys wide with a RB in the backfield, try to stop us". 

Comment 26 Nov 2015

Thanks Mr. Harley.  Appreciate the response!

GO BUCKEYES, let's rebound while leaving footprints over the backs of the TTUN's defense.

Comment 26 Nov 2015

1919 Ohio State vs. Michigan.  Our FIRST victory over TTUN.  

Prior to 1919 the Buckeyes had not fared so well and had lost 13 games and tied twice.  Since 1919 “The Rivalry” has Ohio State vs. Michigan nose to nose with OSU posting 47 victories, UM 45 victories, while sharing four ties.  Chic Harley made a huge impact in the game by intercepting four passes and scoring all points on offense.  Following the Buckeyes' 13-3 win, the legendary Michigan head coach Fielding H. Yost asked for and was granted a rare moment to address the Ohio State team and stated "You deserve your victory, you fought brilliantly.  You boys gave a grand exhibition of football strategy and while I am sorry, dreadfully sorry, that we lost, I want to congratulate you. And you, Mr. Harley, I believe, are one of the finest little machines I have ever seen."

Chic Harley made such an impact that someone wrote his name on the front of the program (that is not Chic in the photo, as this was at UM).

From our first victory over TTUN in 1919, the record in The Rivalry stands at 47 Wins for The OSU and 45 Wins for TTUN, with 4 ties.

I present my 1919 Ohio State vs. Michigan Program and Tickets:

Comment 26 Nov 2015

Going in line with the 1919 items above and another item that I have never seen before: 1919 Michigan season ticket mailing packet. 

This came by way of the family an early aviator who must have been a fan of TTUN (Michigan) and was on their season ticket ordering mailings.  The poor gentleman died in an aviation crash in the fall of 1919. 

What is really great about this group is that it shows several things about The Rivalry between OSU and UM, in that it was not yet a rivalry.  In fact the Minnesota vs Michigan game was played last on Nov 22nd and the ticket prices were much higher than the Oct 25th game with Ohio State. 

Comment 26 Nov 2015

Eleven Warriors - ever wonder where the name of the site comes from?  Here are the original lyrics from 1919.

Buckeye Battle Cry:

In old Ohio there’s a team
That’s known thru-out the land;
Eleven warriors, brave and bold,
Whose fame will ever stand.
And when the ball goes over,
Our cheers will reach the sky,
Ohio field will hear again
The Buckeye Battle Cry –

Drive! Drive on down the field,
Men of the scarlet and gray;
Don’t let them thru that line,
We have to win this game today,
Come on, Ohio!
Smash through to victory.
We cheer you as you go:
Our honor defend
We will fight to the end for O-hi-o.
Across The Field
Fight the team across the field,
Show them Ohio’s here
Set the earth reverberating
with a mighty cheer
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Hit them hard and see how they fall;
Never let that team get the ball,
Hail! Hail! the gang’s all here,
So let’s win that
old conference now.

Comment 25 Nov 2015

The video that he has been put on the bench over is at this link (along with a story about it):

Complete BS if this is what all the uproar is about.  Meanwhile Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, Michael Irvin, etc. all just went about their lives...

Couple that with this RAP SHEET of NFL player arrests and I'm not impressed with the direction the Browns, the media, and many of you, are going with the Manziel case:

He drinks, who cares?  Joe "Broadway" Namath didn't get that nickname by mistake.  Man have things changed...

Comment 21 Nov 2015

What do you guys collect?  It appears that out of the entire Buckeye Nation there are only a few collectors... I have a hard time believing that. 

Comment 21 Nov 2015

That right there is/was a fail = complete fail in every aspect, need a viagra (or 10) to get this thing moving.  WTF?

Comment 21 Nov 2015

I know where a few are.  As mentioned, the issue is getting folks to get them off of a wall, once framed, and selling.

Comment 20 Nov 2015

Probably was, but just think that it is a shame that Harley's statue is not on the stadium grounds.

In fact, I feel so strongly about it that I've written the President of The OSU several times over my thoughts on it.  Please read this thread to get the details of why this is an important thing to support:

^^^ Please read and support the effort.

Comment 19 Nov 2015

Are you referring to the one just above your post?  That's a replica of the 25' schedule made several years later.  On the statement of how many are around; not many at all.  I've been seeking an original one of the mid-twenties posters for some time and they just don't come up for sale as the ones that do exist have mostly been framed and are on display due to their bright colors and presentation. 

Here is one my more rare flat pieces (paper).  This 1926 Chicago Bears vs Louisville Colonels broadside is extremely rare.  It presents one of the great Buckeyes in our team's history, Gaylord "Pete" Stinchcomb whom played for the Louisville team at the time of this game.  These were nailed to telephone poles, pasted on flat surfaces, etc. to advertise games being played.  This item was sold just this week and I surely will miss it but it's going to another Buckeye collector whom I know will enjoy it for years and years like I did.

Pete had played his college days for The Ohio State as a Quarterback and Halfback, then went on to play for the following teams in the NFL. 

1921 Chicago Staleys
1922 Chicago Bears
1923 Cleveland Indians
1923 Columbus Tigers
1926 Louisville Colonels

Comment 19 Nov 2015

What's funny is that my collection takes up very little acreage and is mostly contained within one 4' x 2' x 2' weapons locker.  A few of the larger items (e.g. footballs, etc.) are outside of that of course. 

Comment 19 Nov 2015

Sounds interesting.  I'll pass on to a few collector friends of mine.

I've got a few things for sale as well - see within this thread:

Comment 17 Nov 2015

Pizza is NOT American.  Where the heck did you hear that?  Pizza's roots go back 7,000 years. 

Modern Pizza (as we know it now) is associated 100% to Naples, Italy and about the only thing the American continent contributed was tomatoes.  In fact, I've eaten at Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba in Naples, the first pizzeria in the World.

Read this article:

Comment 17 Nov 2015

Refs today would have got it all wrong even with video (e.g. Miami's knee down, block in the back, etc. play).

Comment 16 Nov 2015

It always makes me laugh a little when people think that Chicken Parmesan is "Italian" when it is, and always will be, an American invention.  Good - yes.  Italian - No.

Comment 16 Nov 2015

He'll see his brother in the NFL (just as their Father played the pro game as well).  There is NO way he doesn't enter the draft this year because there is simply too much on the line.

Comment 16 Nov 2015

Folks, please give Matt some props here because this is an extremely well written article.  I'm sorry but great threads like these get ignored while thread after thread of the same drivel are created.