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Member since 23 July 2013 | Blog

30 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 28 Aug 2016

Exactly.  Not sure why so many hate Romo; he's got great numbers.  Granted he has had some ugly losses over the years so I understand some of the hate.  I liken Romo to Tebow where a high number of people just liked to beat on Tebow for really no good reason at all as a pro and even when he played college ball; he hung it out there on every play and was guilty of simply showing emotion and being a Christian (as if those are somehow bad things).  Romo has done some amazing things for the Cowboys and any shortfalls the team has had are not on his shoulders alone; the team and coaches have failed to get to the Super Bowl not just one player.

Comment 26 Aug 2016

YES!  A go to album any day.

On the note of album playing = who has a recommendation on a great LP player?  I have been thinking of getting back in to vinyl and haven't made the leap in to a player.  I have the most amazing speakers, Klipsch, and need/want to pair them to a great record player.  Thanks!

Comment 22 Aug 2016

I've been collecting for over 30 years and based on your description;  you haven't got more than something to start fires with.  Sorry.

Comment 18 Aug 2016

Tillman''s act to join the military was, and is, epic but one needs to remember that many other professional athletes did the same during every major war we have been involved in while others (e.g. Muhammad Ali - aka Cassius Clay) ran from it... 

That being stated; it was not necessarily a heroic effort to join because many people were inspired to join post-9/11.  I'd call it PATRIOTIC more than heroic.  His efforts as a warrior in the field of battle were, and are, heroic and he sadly paid the ultimate price.  One day I hope that the truth about just how he dies comes out (not sure if many know but there is a lot of debate that he died due to friendly fire not enemy fire). 

Comment 16 Aug 2016

One more = TRAVELING in what used to be a rule in the sport of basketball... apparently that word no longer exists.

Comment 16 Aug 2016

Hero or Heroic in any terms of sports... sorry folks, unless someone is engaging you with a weapon then it ain't "heroic".

One more: Winslow Jr's use of "soldiers"... < no you aren't/weren't no matter how hard you tried.

Comment 15 Aug 2016

I have the DVD of that game and still fear we're going to lose each time I watch it. 

Bad game called by the refs but our talented and hungry team got it done.  GO BUCKEYES!

Comment 15 Aug 2016

Go to Ace Hardware, they sell Orion Cooker's there, and give it a shot for about $130. 

This thing allows you to place your smoker wood of choice inside around the drip pan, load the three racks full of meat, close the top, light the upper ring and lower ring using charcoal and return a few hours later = SUPER EASY BBQ that is fantastic. 

Comment 13 Aug 2016

Huge fan of BBQ and have had nearly every type of grill and smoker under the sun.  After many years of smoking (6 to 8+ hours) each time I wanted BBQ, I gave one of these a shot and I have zero regrets.  The Orion Cooker!!! 

Cook times are significantly lower (I've cooked 6 huge boston butts for pulled pork, in 3 1/2 hours).  Flavor is amazing with just a small amount of wood chips inside.  Meat is super juicy and tender.  Fill it, cap it, light it, walk away, come back at the designated time and all is done.  No fuss.

Comment 08 Aug 2016

Well then... that is pretty much a black eye that Canton didn't need. How is it that the field crew had ALL YEAR to prepare isn't ready to play on? Someone is going to be fired over this one (or at least should be) and his title starts with Head of Grounds Crew...., hell don't stop there, take the entire grounds crew with him while they're at it.

Comment 07 Aug 2016

My Dad with 40 years at Timken Roller Bearing and never missing a day of work nor was he ever late didn't hurt either.

Comment 07 Aug 2016

First job was delivering newspapers around Lake Cable in Stark County for The Canton Repository = the job taught me many valuable lessons.  In High School I worked a series of jobs with no real issues to speak of because I was happy to be putting food on the table of my young family (married at barely 17 in my senior year of high school) so again; many lessons.

The worst job ever was after High School and I needed work so I started doing industrial/commercial and residential roofing.  Each day I found that I was the only sober person on the work site because everyone else was drunk and stoned and put everyone on the work site at risk where the guys would get wasted at lunch then go back to work...

It took three events for me to end up where I am today (will get to that in a minute).... one day on a residential roof one of the drunk/drugged idiots dropped two packs of shingles on the ladder jack (held) roof plank and next thing we all know we're on our way down the roof (it had a huge pitch) and we nearly all died, the next roof was an old industrial roof that you could see holes through and the drunks/druggies got wasted and put us all in danger when they began cutting what was left of the roof without any safety measures in place and we all nearly died..., then the third and final was one day we were returning from lunch and one of the drunk/druggy asshats stepped on a board that had an 8 penny nail sticking through it and it went through his foot and stuck through the top of his tennis show and he thought it was funny to walk around with the board on his foot.... the day ended with all of them drunk and gambling their paychecks via what they called "paycheck poker" where they bet against the serial numbers on their checks = I went in the Navy the next day and that was 30 years ago this month.  I've never regretted my decision to join.

Comment 31 Jul 2016

Just don't care for them.  I'm a traditional and vintage kind of collector; it's just my style plus the newer stuff is mass produced and does not retain value in most cases either.  Sorry. 

Comment 31 Jul 2016

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 46 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).

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

1919 Harley of mine:

Going in line with the 1919 items above and another item that I have never seen before: my 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. 

The 1919 season marked the first Ohio State win over Michigan and since 1919 The Rivalry = Ohio State has 46 victories, Michigan has 45 victories, and they share 4 ties. 

Comment 30 Jul 2016

Sorry but I hate the newer generation of bobbleheads; I just do. 

Here are two of mine that I simply love - the one and only original bobblehead.

One flawless 1962 (forgive background, it is a photo from the guy I bought it from) and one "child painted black" option 1962 (my place). I love them both. What do you have?

Comment 30 Jul 2016

Sorry but I hate the newer generation of bobbleheads; I just do. 

Here are two of mine that I simply love - the one and only original bobblehead.

One flawless 1962 (forgive background, it is a photo from the guy I bought it from) and one "child painted black" option 1962 (my place). I love them both. What do you have?

Comment 27 Jul 2016

I just can't put my finger on the reasons I like the Olympics... but I most certainly enjoy them.

Comment 23 Jul 2016

Great article.  It's hard to read it and not want to write more than "great article" but 11W posting rules prohibit political discussions so I'll leave it to I just hope Ohioans are willing to invest in candidates (at all levels of government) whom understand business and have led people.