Il_Padrino's picture



Member since 23 July 2013 | Blog

Helmet Stickers: 2,429 | Leaderboard

Voting Record: 1979 / 338

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 24 Mar 2015

Great item; the colors are amazing.  Would have liked to have seen Brutus Buckeye on there with his foot resting on the M in the lower right hand corner... :-)

Comment 04 Mar 2015

The image has to be hosted elsewhere (e.g. photobucket, etc.) and you copy the exact image location (URL) = go to the image on photobucket, right click and you will see an option called "copy image location" and click that; then. 

Here on this page, go to the little landscape (mountain) looking icon above the section of writing responses and you can paste the image URL there.  You have to also make sure you give the item a quick name (line under the URL line) and you should see your image herein.  Not sure why 11W makes it so tough for folks to place images, but that is how it has to be done.

Comment 01 Mar 2015

No images...  what game is the Inaugural Game?  Do you mean, the 1922 OSU vs UM Dedication Game or is it earlier? 

I have a panoramic (sort of, it's missing the center piece) from the first game held in the Shoe (see below)  This was used for newsprint (newspaper) release.

First Game Ever
Comment 27 Feb 2015

OK, I decided to throw a party tomorrow and having a large group of my Italian friends over.

7 pork butts for pulled pork (over 25 lbs of meat).
50 hand packed hamburgers.
49 (yes 49: Hebrew National Beef Franks come in pack of 7).
5 kg's (about 12 pounds of local made Italian sausage).
4 kg's (about 9 pounds of pork strip (like heavy bacon)).
5 kg's of thin sliced chicken breast.
Potato and macaroni salads.
Chips, dips, etc.

Party goer's, 25 to 30.
Bar - stocked.
Beer - tons.
Pool - perfect.
Weather - perfect.
Chicks - HOT (friends of the Mrs.)
Life - GOOD.

Apply a rub let rest for 6 to 8 hours, throw in my Orion Cooker with smoker wood inside and 3 hours later the pork butt is perfect; you can let them rest or place in a crock pot and let simmer for later when ready to eat.  Smoking times are compressed, you can't believe how well smoked the meat gets and the cook time is extremely short when compared to traditional smokers.  I like using this when I don't feel like spending 12 hours tending a smoker, this thing you just load the meat and wood chips inside, close the top, light the top and ring charcoal locations and come back 3 hours later.

This cooker is AWESOME and the best $130 I ever spent. 

Comment 22 Feb 2015

I understand the temptation to buy a helmet such as the ones mentioned before but if you are patient they come up for auction and are actual game worn helmets that have value and go up over time where items that are replica, etc. do not.  If you are buying collectibles it is always wise to try to ensure that the benefit of having something has an upside in case you ever desire to sell. 

From time-to-time I sell items that I own, hence the reasoning why it is important to never pay more than you are comfortable for any particular items.

Comment 13 Feb 2015

1909 Ohio State vs Oberlin where we lost 26 - 6. 

For those of you that don't know, Oberlin was an amazingly skilled and talented football club back in the day under a man named.... John Heisman 

There's a great book called When Oberlin Was King of the Gridiron: The Heisman Years

You can read about them here:

Comment 13 Feb 2015

So it appears that back in the day they would label players with their graduation years (on practice sweaters) as you will see 1911 on one and 1912 on another one; but this Real Photo Post Card (RPPC) was mailed in 1909 which validates this theory.

Comment 13 Feb 2015

You guys have this all wrong.  Go, act interested (don't say a word), watch the movie, let her get all horny (which she will), then enjoy a nice evening of her pretending you are the guy in the movie (while she rides you to death).

Comment 13 Feb 2015

A lot of the older items are the last remaining items to exist and aren't out there.  The primary reason for my hosting so much data online is to show our history and to share these rare items with others; or what's the point in collecting (my opinion).

When it comes to some of these items and the lack of historical data or another example; you just have to go with your gut.  Chances are good that they are not reprints (because there are none others out there) but one never knows.

On price; it often comes down to what you might feel comfortable paying... sadly this is something that I know all too well.  Set a price that you refuse to exceed and stick with it.  End of the day you either get a good bargain or paid too much which is all relevant to your perspective only (based on what you were comfortable with to begin with). 


Comment 13 Feb 2015

I got your email, thought you had it already so I responded asking for pictures... let me dig a little further and will see what I can come up with. 

Does it look like this by chance?  This is my 1902 (with football players).

Comment 13 Feb 2015

PLEASE post up your items because it is about Buckeye fans, what we collect, and our beloved Buckeyes! 

Items such as you described is not unlike many other priceless valuables in our lives and if you'd be willing to share such a snapshot of your life then by all means please do.

I'll be honest, if it weren't for my love of all things old then I wouldn't own 99% of the items I have because other than that I have no real connection.  Emotional and personal connection items are the ones that really make collecting fun.

Comment 12 Feb 2015

Look at Cleveland this year when the line was healthy; Hoyer looked like an All-Pro.  Then what happens; we lose our starting Pro-Bowl Center (Alex Mack) then it went downhill from there with other injuries and guys playing in positions they normally don't play in and Hoyer goes from "All-Pro Superstar" to benched goat. 

When QB's are running for their lives (e.g. like they have in Cleveland for years), it is quite difficult to place the blame on them.  Are these QB's supposed to hike the ball, block, then pass the ball all by themselves?  \

Comment 12 Feb 2015

As a Browns fan; I pray each and every day that we can begin the new beginning that places us at the top of this league that has seen other teams (like us) fight through adversity to find their way to The NFL Championship.  As a Browns fan, I never hang my head for we once dominated, not a little but completely, the entire league and we are DUE.

Comment 09 Feb 2015

Just watched it and was well worth the time spent.  Yet another extremely well done 30 for 30. 

Comment 09 Feb 2015

I'm also looking at DLA in Italy to try to stay overseas. 

Shoot me an email when you get the chance so we can stay in touch: [email protected]

Thanks, greatly appreciate it. 

Comment 07 Feb 2015

Congrats on your retirement, I'm nearing the end of my military career but plan to work for about 5 years afterward in civlant.

DLA in Columbus is one of the jobs I'm looking to get in to when I retire in a few years, so if you have any recommendations let me know.  Thanks.