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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 1 hour ago

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. 

Comment 18 Jul 2016


Thanks for the note.  Remy's and Park's write-ups are amazing and there is a lot of time invested in such ventures, to which I thoroughly enjoy.  Using the recent historical write-ups of Remy's (year synopsis articles); the lack of responses from "fans" validates what I am about to say.

What I've discovered is that most fans don't really know their teams and the historic roads they took to arrive to where they are today.  Modern society is so quick to set aside the historical aspects to focus on futuristic aspects of the team (e.g. recruits, draft placement, what uniform will they wear, etc.) which is understandable to some degree I suppose.  The thing about that type of focus is that it deals in the realm of "unknown" and/or fantasy if you will. 

One would think that many would dabble in the realm of the "known" and study their team history and really get to know just how far a team has come from.  I see evidence of this all the time when self-proclaimed "super fans" have no clue of players such as any Heisman winner prior to Archie, coaches such as Coach Wilce or any other coach pre-Woody except some know that Paul Brown coached for The OSU but do not know that he coached for just one year.... Then when you drop names such as Norton, Stinchcomb, Harley, etc. they look at your cross-eyed as if you were an alien. 

We fight to learn the history of all aspects of the rest of our lives so why not invest some time to know our beloved Buckeyes? 

In regards to writing... more to follow.  :-) 

Comment 17 Jul 2016

Go the link above to see many of my 1919 items.  Here's my 1919 Ohio State vs. Michigan Program and Tickets:

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).

Comment 17 Jul 2016

My 1890 MAKIO (The OSU yearbook) that has the first ever football team photo in it. 

The 1890 team (our first) from inside the MAKIO yearbook:

Take notice to the name of "Foot Ball" as it had been called in the early days and later clearly became "Football". 

Played a total of 4 games in 1890 (in the Spring) and by the time the 1890 MAKIO was printed they had only played 1 of the 4 (see schedule) and the game was our only victory that first season (Record 1-3):

Columbus was once one of the leading buggy makers in the US.  Shame we hadn't converted over to motor vehicles.
Comment 17 Jul 2016

I used to have two 1919's but sold them both and am selling the ones above as well.  I am retaining my 1890 Makio; it is the one that has the first Ohio State football team in it.  

In regards to the 1919 team; I have several items from that year that include an original program and two tickets to the UM game.  Here's a link to a thread I started showing some of my items:

Comment 18 Jun 2016

It's listed as #14 drive; I have Byars game ball from that one.

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 16 Jun 2016

12W is a knock-off....

11W / 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 12 Jun 2016

I raise solid points about prescribed meds killing people yet I'm a politician?  Epic point you made there.  No one has been able to post anything negative about HGH which is a splinter conversation off of the roid piece.  I encourage you to go back and read my posts; the over-medicating of America IS a real problem and one that all of us need to take in to consideration.  I've simply asked that each person reading this post consider how many meds they are on and why; if simple diet and moderate exercise couldn't resolve.  That's not politic'ing... that's caring.

Comment 12 Jun 2016

Confused on the downvotes.

Are that many people in complete denial that $$$ motivates the medical industry to prescribe meds to people that with some minor adjustments in their life could fix without the meds?  Think for a second about your last 5 visits to the doctor...

Comment 12 Jun 2016

I concur with your response above (honest assessment) and don't understand the downvotes.  Everyone fears the unknown (steroids, HGH, etc.) because they've been told that it is "bad" yet they do not fear all the pills their doctors are shoving their way in the form of anti-depressants, sleeping pills, blood pressure pills, ADHD pills, etc... because they're told "they're good for you" and "will solve all your problems".  Sad part is that it is our doctors selling the BS and are getting insanely rich off of all their drug peddling.