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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 31 Jan 2016

I'm particularly opposed to dwertheim at the moment for starting this thread.  We're talking about OSU players here...

For me, The OSU is my favorite college team so I'll take all of our kids as my favorites and none as someone I have ever disliked.

Now, if you want to start a thread titled "name of your most disliked UM player, or coach, or team, or all" then have at it.

Comment 29 Jan 2016

Kennedy = more than one shooter

Obama = born elsewhere

First Moon Walk = real

Global Warming = BS

9/11 = real

All the stuff the OP mentioned = false.  For conspiracies to exist at that level requires too many pro athletes whom end up falling on hard times and would easily pay out to a book deal to share what they know. 

Comment 29 Jan 2016

In 84' Byars was runner-up in Heisman voting to Doug Flutie who was riding the media storm when BC beat Miami on his Hail Mary pass.  We will never know, but many feel that Byars had it won but the Flutie pass and Flutie being a senior that year allowed him to overtake Byars in the voting... plus many must have felt that Byars would have his senior year to win (sadly he injured his foot in pre-senior year training). 

Keith Byars would finish as the runner-up to Flutie, falling victim to two of the Heisman voters’ most aggravating tendencies- rewarding a guy for one play or game (see Tim Brown, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, Flutie) and looking at career numbers instead of who had the best year.

Link to a great write-up on Byars done by Joe Beale 5 years ago:


I owned his helmet for years and had a few other items; have this item still.


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 24 Jan 2016

That's a heck of a fantastic football player and person to have as ones Big Brother.  Stinchcomb was/is an icon of football lore, not just OSU, and made a huge impact as a player and graduate of The OSU.  Your father was a lucky man for having had such an amazing person to guide him.  Did he happen to have any correspondence with Stinchcomb over the years?  Autographs of his are really hard to locate.

Comment 24 Jan 2016

Bump to bring the lengthy discussion to the forefront of yet another post made with a similar title. 

SEARCH function works folks, need only type in "Making a Murderer" and one can avoid making duplicate posts.

Comment 24 Jan 2016

How, and why, does this site continue to have repeat posts?  Folks, there is a search function (top right on page) that works... it really works.  Typed in "Making a Murderer" and magically the post that has been running for almost a month (on this topic) came up.  So to answer the OP's question: YES, many have seen it and have commented on it (link below).

Comment 22 Jan 2016

Welcome to the World of Ohio State collecting.  For as young as you are, you sure have an eye for the most desirable OSU items (Harley, Stinchcomb, etc).  They are awfully hard to locate and scarce but then again so are most items from the pre-1930 timeframe.  Prices in recent years have really started to climb on OSU items which is good in some ways but bad for a guy like me who tends to hold on to most things.  I have several Paul Brown photos (originals) from 1941.  Shoot me an email (it's on several of the items above) and we can chat more.

Comment 22 Jan 2016

Great item, not sure which game but one thing is for sure that apparently none of the four home games were "much of a game".

Comment 21 Jan 2016

I know the rule was put in place to protect players but this is one that I absolutely hate. 

Example: the Bosa hit vs. ND.  Kid's just playing ball and gets put out of the game for hunting offensive players.

Comment 14 Jan 2016

I've never been a fan of the following prank but when told by my Grandfather, God rest his sole, it was hilarious...

He took pride in pulling the covers over my Grandma's head and letting one go and holding the covers so there was no escape.  I remember the first time I heard the story and each time he told it thereafter it was as funny as the first time. 

What made this so funny was just how serious they both always were; very professional, polite, well-dressed, and kind.

Comment 13 Jan 2016

Why on earth would you be required to "walk a mile in his shoes"?  He was a college athlete whom was afforded the ability to get a FREE education, play for a respectable college, have a chance to play professional football, etc. but let us all not forget one important thing... there is ALWAYS life after football and every player is one knee injury away from never playing again. 

Why in the hell should I care if people do not plan for the worst situation?  I've got my hands full making sure that I am walking a mile in my own damn shoes.  Screw anyone that has the world by the balls only to piss it away on a thug life.