Loved Donkey Kong. Also loved Outrun. I thought it was so cool that you could choose your own "radio station" before driving. Does anyone remember Heavy Barrel? You had to work through various levels, killing enemies and picking up components of a super weapon as you went, and after you collected them all the game would pause, the voiceover would yell, "Heavy Barrel!", and you basically laid down a scorched earth policy for the next 30 seconds. Loved that game!
Wow, Sledge Hammer. Can't believe anyone else remembers that show. My dad LOVED it.
1. Miami Vice. I am watching it again on Netflix, and while some episodes are admittedly trending to the side of cheesiness, more than a few hold up very well today. Listening to Jan Hammer's music is a plus, and his choices of contemporary pop from the time, listening now as an adult, were inspired. Another thing about this series - it was popular enough to air on Friday night. A lot of networks today won't put their strongest series on that night, but Miami Vice was so popular that people stayed home to watch it.
2. The Dukes of Hazzard
3. Knight Rider
4. The A-Team
5. Family Ties (loved that they were from Columbus!)
5A: Growing Pains
Honorable Mention: Airwolf, The Facts of Life (Blair Warner, be still my heart)
Exactly. When we were at the match at Perry, I noticed the school had a great big wall-mounted tribute to Steve Luke, complete in a M*ch*g*n singlet with the block "M" at the top. I certainly can't fault the school for recognizing one of its own as an NCAA champ, but I would have much rather seen him immortalized in the Scarlet and Gray. Doing things like this and branching out really gains positive exposure for OSU's program and hopefully goes a long way toward achieving the very thing you mentioned, keeping Ohio's top wrestlers in Ohio.
I learned back in November that they would be at Perry High. My dad is a Perry alumnus, so it was doubly cool for me, getting to watch the Buckeyes and be in my dad's old stomping grounds. The Buckeyes looked great, needless to say. Nick Heflin getting a standing O after his match was pretty sweet. It was a good night.
Hallucinate, desegregate, mediate, alleviate, try not to hate, love your mate, don't suffocate on your own hate...
I'm surprisingly calm, as well, oddly enough. Heck, in my younger days, my dad bought me one of those foam "Ohio State Bad Call Brick"s to abuse whenever something bad because I usually allowed my emotions and temper to get the best of me in situations just like last night. Maybe it's the perspective of age or something, but I'm OK. As someone else up the comments section said, we hadn't lost a game in almost two calendar years. We had a shot to win our conference (about ten other B1G teams would've liked to have been there last night). But more importantly, this game didn't take food off of my table, money out of my paycheck, or health from my family. It was just a game. As sure as I am that Urban and the guys "want to make the Great State of Ohio proud", they needn't worry - I'm a proud Buckeye anyway. Crap happens.
Now, had this been last week's Game we were talking about and we lost, you could disregard the entire first paragraph. J/K. Maybe.
Anyone else think ABC should use that as the intro tomorrow? Holy crap.
I was in the tenth grade when this Game occurred, and I didn't have my hopes up. I was still devastated from the year before when Harbaugh guaranteed the win and then actually got it, IN Ohio Stadium of all places. Combine that with the crap taco most of the '87 season had been, culminating in Bruce's departure, and I was not optimistic. Seeing those guys standing on the sidelines in their "EARLE" headbands was just awesome. Then we fell behind 13-0 and it was playing out just like I thought. So glad the Buckeyes came back and stuffed those Weasels in their own house. Oddly enough, that was the last Buckeye win in the Big (Out)House until some guy named Tressel was the coach in '01.
Yet another one hammered over the wall and outta here, Ramzy. I hate to say the same thing after all your columns, but holy crap - you nail it every week.
I would love to say more, but I'm on lunch break and don't have the time, but let me boil it down to this: the unfair and inconsistent treatment Ohio State is getting nationally is beyond ludicrous. If they are somehow shut out of the BCSNCG (which is looking more and more likely without help), I pity whomever the Buckeyes play in their bowl game. Urban will have these guys worked into such a lather they won't be able to see straight. As far as missing the forest for the trees, not this guy. This season has been awesome from Jump Street. Go Bucks.
I have been an Ohio State fan my entire life (I was born at University Hospital while my dad was in dental school at tOSU), but the way things worked out, I ended up attending Marshall University from 1992-1996. I knew literally nothing about the plane crash when I got there, but after having spent time there, I can say that 43 years later, it really does still affect people in Huntington and at Marshall. When I was there, it had been 22 years since the crash, but it still impacted many, many people in the community. Not that everyone walked around moping all the time, but you could just tell that it did. When you're 20 years old, as I was when I enrolled at MU, 22 years is ancient history. As I've gotten older, I can see that twenty-two years was still close enough to the event to be painful. Being there really helped me to appreciate just what the school and city endured. Ohio State will always be my #1, but Marshall and The Herd are my #1A.
As far as people who say, "Geez, it's been 43 years - let it go," or "You've mourned long enough," (not that anyone that has commented here has said anything like that, but I know some people feel that way), let me assure you that the tragedy is part of Marshall's fabric. It wasn't just members of the team and coaching staff - there were boosters and community leaders on that plane. It devastated the city as well as the school. It's one thing to begin a football program from scratch because you want one. It's another thing entirely to start one because you lost most of it due to a catastrophic tragedy. For Marshall to rebuild when many thought they should just walk away from the gridiron, and then to achieve the heights of success they achieved in the '90s is the ultimate comeback story. That's why Marshall doesn't run from the story or get tired of it. It's part of who and what Marshall is.
In closing, I want to tip my cap to the Eleven Warriors staff for drawing attention to this. Ohio State and Marshall are in two different places, competitively. Ohio State draws a bead on the national championship every year, while Marshall's goals are less lofty, although not less important to them. It would be easy for an Ohio State-dedicated site to not bring it up at all, but you did, and I think it's great. I love that I get to watch/follow Braxton Miller and Rakeem Cato every Saturday. I am very spoiled by outstanding QB play.
There were some artistic liberties, as you said, but they do not take away from the story itself. In my estimation, though, the actual story was about as Hollywood as you can get. The story wrote itself. The game-winning play against Xavier really did happen on the final play of the game and zeroes on the clock. The players that the coaching staff grabbed off the campus and the volunteers who came out to keep the program alive, some of them really did know almost nothing about football. For example, after the final TD, the field goal kicker found Coach Lengyel, wide-eyed and panicked, and asked him, "Coach, Coach! Don't we have to kick the extra point?" I really thought they should have worked that into the movie somehow, to underscore the obvious youth of the team in '71. There was some really naivete and inexperience among the Young Thundering Herd. If you can find it, I recommend watching "Ashes to Glory". It's an Emmy-winning documentary about the crash, the next season, the success they attained years later.
The cops on the bikes with the bells gets me every time.
Also - "Butt shot?" "Butt shot."
As a middle school wrestling coach, I stress to my guys that when the national anthem is played, everything stops. Not even whispered talking is acceptable. If they "forget", I "remind" them. Both of my grandfathers were in WWII, and both of my younger brothers served in the Navy and are in the active reserves. It helps that my younger of the two brothers is my assistant coach. He's a lot less tolerant than I, lol.
As far as the article, very nice piece. Thanks for sharing, and thanks to Craig and all our veterans.
He was persona non grata to me after his hit piece following the '07 NCG against LSU. Admittedly, the Bucks probably weren't NC caliber that year, but when the chips fell the way they did, you take your shot. The piece he wrote after the Buckeyes were defeated still pisses me off to this day. The guy is a hack.
Ramzy at the plate... a swing and a drive! Oh, forget it! This one's OUTTAHERE!
Ramzy goes yard - again. We've come to expect it. Wow.
That was the first time I'd seen the Jim Mora press conference. I am with him 100%. He's in the middle of talking about a college football player that has DIED, and some tactless mouthbreather has the audacity to not only carry on a phone conversation, but to not even try to be covert about it. Leave the room and make/take your call, if it's that important. I was hoping Mora would march over there and throw his "butt out" of there.
butthurt (comparative more butthurt, superlative most butthurt)
(slang) Overly annoyed, bothered or bugged because of a perceived insult; aimlessly offended; having an overly sensitive ego. See also: Bielema, Bert
While I agree with most of what you said, nobody scoffs at my Buckeyes. It cheesed me off then. I coach for our local middle school, and I graduated from the same school system where I presently teach. If I were to somehow end up coaching for a different district and beat the district for which I currently coach, I would hurt more than a little. I don't know how UM did that after the game. Hopped up on adrenaline, elated with joy - if it were me, I'd have been a little hurt that my first NC came at the beatdown of a program I held in such high regard. Maybe that's why guys like that can coach at that level, that ability to turn it on and off. I certainly can't do it. Having said all that, I'm beyond glad he's here, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't remember that after the '07 game.
I do not leave games early if I can help it. I don't get to many games of any kind, be it collegiate or professional, so I milk it for all it's worth. I've stayed for blowouts both for and against my team. It's all about the fact that I don't get to go very often, so I wanna soak it all in, and I also don't want to miss that miracle moment, either. A couple years back, we went to The Jake on Fathers Day to watch the Tribe and the Pirates. There was a rain delay late in the game, and the rest of my party wanted to leave. I was able to convince everyone to stay, and Cord Phelps hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eleventh to win it. Had we left, we'd have missed it. If it is within my power, we will stay at all events from start to finish.
I started putting together at around the time Desmond Howard went through Ann Arbor (Is A Whore) that there were a significant number of uber-successful Weasels from our great state. I started looking back at names like Grbac, and Dierdorf, and of course, the head coach at the time, Moeller, and the coach immediately before, Bo, and my hate for that program deepened. If that state was solely reliant on its own in-state talent to field a squad, they would stink on ice. It kills me and has for some time that without the state of Ohio, the Weasel program would be irrelevant and obscure. Throw in the fact that Hoke has admitted he followed scUM just to be contrary, and that's a deal-sealer. Go Blow.
A couple things:
(1) Growing up in West Virginia, I was always and have always been a Buckeye fan, but never had a problem following/rooting for WVU when they weren't playing OSU in something. That all changed when I went to Marshall. The condescending arrogance most WVU fans have toward Marshall and Huntington is infuriating. The one good thing about WVU and Marshall not playing in football anymore is that I don't have to listen to my WVU-fan friends tell me and anyone else who'll listen that the series was a waste of time, it did WVU no favors to play Marshall, that they don't even belong on the same field, why should WVU be expected to go to Huntington (when they have had home-and-homes with East Carolina in the major metropolis of Greenville, NC; not knocking Greenville, just saying), etc. I can't root for WVU in anything. The pomposity is staggering.
(2) I remember Natalie Tennant being a news anchor on WCHS during my time at Marshall.