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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 02 May 2016

24 upvotes for some asshole hitting a girl?  Really?  Welcome to your first DOWN VOTE.

Comment 29 Apr 2016

Yep, me to.  Thank you OPM and your inability to ensure you safeguarded our (the U.S. Military and our families) information.

Good story on the scope of the breach/loss:

Comment 21 Apr 2016

I have seen them for sale from time-to-time.  Hard to tell originals from something someone cut using pieces that bought at Lowes; which tends to make many stay away from such buys. 

Cool story about your Dad; thanks for sharing.

Comment 21 Apr 2016


Saw your note (email); sorry I am not selling tickets at this time.  Tickets believe it or not is what got me started on what could now be considered partial insanity collecting... 

That being said, I do on occasion sell items so if you see something you want let me know (except 1916 to 1919 items).


Comment 20 Apr 2016

Pizza at Da Michele is great because it is amazingly authentic still, has only two types of pizza (Margherita and Marinara), and four types of drink (Coke, Fanta, Nastro Assurro Beer, and Water) + it's cheap.  It went from being a just locals place to tourist place when Eat, Love, Pray shot a scene in the restaurant. 

Pizza at Di Matteo is also great with more options as far as orders go but skip all the normal (if you can call Naples pizza normal) pizza and take what is called Pizza Fritta.  Pizza Fritta is fried pizza and it is incredible. 

In case anyone didn't know, Naples IS the place where pizza was born.  It is simple, clean, original, and is the way (in my opinion) that all pizza should be made.

Comment 20 Apr 2016

Moving to Rome in August.  In the last 5 years it was Naples, then Sicily, then Naples, now Rome.

Comment 19 Apr 2016

Think that bidder a***a was a shill bidder.  Price was a good price on the ticket in my opinion.  I wasn't bidding this time, sorry.

Comment 19 Apr 2016

He was required, I suppose, to be there.  On his first hitch in country. 

Comment 18 Apr 2016

Thanks for sending me the link; please keep an eye peeled for unique items (especially if not in the 10's of thousands of $$$ range). 

What are you looking for in the 42' era?

Comment 17 Apr 2016

Back story is that he knew Horvath and was supposed to be a "close friend" yet he's been selling all of Horvath's football stuff off at a huge profit margin since he acquired all of his personal items... not sure where the profits go but it is my hope that whatever sells goes back to the family of Horvath and not in to his own pocket.  That being stated, he's been peddling the same items for years and although each is unique and 1 of 1 you won't see me dusting off my check book to buy a thing from heisman1944.

Since he, heisman1944, sells countless other sports items he's most likely a collector/seller only and it is hard to attest how "close" the two of them were other than his statements within he ebay items listings.  He's never put a picture of the two of them chumming around fishing whilst having beers and talking about the hot chicks over on the beach near their favorite fishing hole which makes me suspect that he convinced the family to let him sell the items and he'd return the cash to them, or a portion of it.

His comments state:

"This telegram has resided in my personal collection since Les passed away in 1995.
Les and I were close personal friends for numerous years.
After his passing his personal effects were entrusted to me.
 I acquired this along with several other incredible pieces at this time.
Much of the items were auctioned off during the two years immediately after his death.
Some of the more museum quality pieces still remain in my personal collection."

Comment 11 Apr 2016

Another suggestion is to look for magazines, or other paper articles that share a similar size, with Ohio State on the cover.  Many of these items can be found for cheap on Ebay and then frame several of them to create Ohio State wall art from the covers.

Comment 10 Apr 2016

Completely unnecessary violence in America these days.  For an accident to be the reason the situation escalated is pathetic.  To allow a fender bender to net the death of a human; no offense but we Americans are wound a little too tightly.

What's crazy is that the driver of the Hummer H2 hit Smith's vehicle then he shot Smith when they started to have words = SAD.

Here's a link to the details about the accident prior to the shooting:

Comment 10 Apr 2016

Nothing says "new car smell" than therapy... I'm voting a gigantic HELL NO to a new relationship (within the first year or two) and therapy. 

He's 40, she's 42, sorry man but if a guy has himself squared away, has a job, a place, a car then there will be women lining up.  When women cross the 30 year old point and find themselves alone they also find that they have tough competition with countless other available women that have been put back on the market due to divorces.  In fact, he should opt for that option: like dropping a hook with a piece of bread on it in any lake in Ohio.

Comment 09 Apr 2016

She's 42, not 16, and if she threw a plate full of pizza and told you to leave the apartment and not to come back and then said if you came back she would hurt her self and blame you = R U N ! ! ! ! ! !  Do not walk, RUN! 

If a WOMAN, not a young woman, but a 42 year old WOMAN pulls that kind of shit early in the relationship then it is clearly evident why she is 42 and single.  Sorry but she's a ticking time bomb so to answer your question; yes, you have blinders on.  The blinders are on because right now, at the early stage of the relationship, because you are getting sex as often as you'd like and for men that is the first means of getting us to put blinders on and ignore the real signs of trouble that we should be on alert for. 

Lastly, since she stated that she'd falsely blame you for injuries... you need to also ensure that you are never alone with her unless it is a public place.  As you indicated, a false accusation can damage your career as a teacher, and that would be the worst thing to happen to you.

30 years of military here dealing with similar situations with sailors and their families and girlfriends; take my words and appreciate that I've got a ton of experience with this stuff and know the signs. 

Comment 05 Apr 2016

^ this is the reason I haven't bothered to buy a new gaming system.  Even sold my PS2 plus my NCAA game with it. 

Comment 04 Apr 2016

There are a lot of wonderful, vintage (real), and iconic images that can be framed and present an amazing Buckeye picture in your home.  The great thing is that although maybe there is a cost associated with whatever you buy; you can always get your money back or even make some money as the years pass.  With mass produced modern stuff, you have zero gain.

Go here for ideas: