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Joe Beale

11W Staff

Gahanna OH (via Columbus OH)

Member since 23 August 2010 | Blog

Joe has lived most of his life in Central Ohio, and at an early age he watched Archie Griffin run 30 yards for a touchdown to beat That School Up North. At that moment, a love for Ohio State football was born and was nurtured with many trips to the 'Shoe to watch the Buckeyes play. He is a 1989 graduate of OSU and still lives in the area with his wife and seven children.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 Season
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 23 Jul 2014

I always try to read the Skully if I have time, and I keep up on the recruiting stuff. I don't comment much anymore but I'm still lurking out here.

Comment 10 Jun 2014

You can order an authentic Buffalo weck sandwich pack and have it shipped right to old Columbus town!

Comment 08 May 2014

As a Bengals fan, one of my biggest draft-day headaches came when Mike Brown and company did NOT pick a Buckeye -- in this case Chris Gamble. They desperately needed a good cover corner, but inexplicably they chose RB Chris Perry from TSUN. We all know how that worked out. The Panthers then took Gamble only two picks later. SMH

Comment 11 Apr 2014

13 photos of BB King performing at Hard Rock Live...

I saw BB King and Bo Diddley live at the Newport back in 1985. It was a pretty good show. ;)

Comment 11 Apr 2014

I'll be lurking around here and there and I might even drop the occasional comment.

Comment 26 Mar 2014

Iowa just won't be there yet in my opinion

Iowa won 8 games last year, played LSU very competitively (not to mention a strong performance in the Shoe), and they get all of their best players back. Add to that a schedule that's so light a strong breeze would blow it away. They could easily be 10-0 when Wisconsin rolls into Iowa City.

Also while Penn State is on the upswing and I believe they end up as the number 2 behind us in the B1G pecking order I think its going to take longer than one off season for Franklin to get fully seated in his Nittany Lion throne.

You may be right, and admittedly PSU was young and inconsistent last season. But they closed the season by beating a really good Wisconsin team on the road, and they'll have that "us against the world" attitude for one more season due to probation. New coaches can work motivational miracles with that sort of situation.

Plus, you know, seven win Sark.

Haha...yes that was exactly my point. If USC repeats or betters last year, I think you're right that the Pac-12 is #2 again. But if Seven Win Sark does his usual thing, then they'll fall out of the top 25 and end up similar to what Michigan was last year. I personally think Arizona and ASU hit their peak last year and are both due for a down year, and Stanford surely will struggle against that schedule. But yeah, Washington and UCLA are programs on the rise. Look out for them.


Comment 24 Mar 2014

That 1970 title is disputed because OSU lost to Stanford in the Rose Bowl and AP named Nebraska #1.  Had they held on to defeat Stanford the Bucks would certainly have won it all, but they choked it away in the 4th quarter.

Comment 24 Mar 2014

What you should be reading into my tone is frustration over Matta's substitution policy, which I have expressed in the past and no doubt will do so again. Thad is a great winner and so we should all be thankful that he has elevated the program and kept it scandal-free, but that doesn't mean he gets a free pass from any and all criticism. His tendency to not play the bench after December (regardless of the quality of the players there) is a sore spot for me.

Comment 21 Mar 2014

Your last two sentences were brilliant, sir.

Comment 19 Mar 2014

The best lawyers aren't cheap, doesn't mean money was the only reason he did it. And you can't charge that much unless you deserve it or else people would stop hiring you. So obviously he did enough throughout his career to earn that kinda fee.

Right...sorry I didn't mean to imply that he didn't earn his money. Apologize if I gave that impression. He was undoubtedly good at criminal defense.

But either way, it can't be denied that he did serve justice and equality.

Which would be true of any criminal defense lawyer, at any point in our history. My comment about the wealth of his clients was directed toward the idea that he defended those clients that others would not take. It would be more accurate to say that his reputation meant he would get the clients that could not be defended by anyone else because no one else could make a case of it and no one else would be worth the kind of money that such a defense would demand.

Comment 19 Mar 2014

But Darrow, who I feel could have been a great politician if wanted to be, 

Darrow ran for congress in 1896 and lost, so maybe he could have been a great politician but this one attempt was apparently enough to convince him otherwise. 

used his intellegence, wit and charm to defend the kind of defendants that no one wanted to defend, all in the name of justice and equality.

Leopold and Loeb were the sons of wealthy families. Likewise the McNamara brothers were very wealthy, as were many of the mob bosses that Darrow defended and Eugene Debs was no pauper but a very famous labor leader. I admire Darrow's defense of Ossian Sweet but most of the rest of the Darrow reputation is based on myths, especially his supposed demolition of William Jennings Bryan. Based on the fiction of Inherit the Wind, most people believe the myth but scholars have analyzed the transcript and come up with a different outcome. As an example, Alan Dershowitz in his book America on Trial wrote:

"All in all, a reading of the transcript shows Bryan doing quite well defending himself, while it is Darrow who comes off quite poorly - in fact as something of an antireligious cynic." (p. 266)

In truth, Darrow was an ignorant bigot when it comes to the subject of religion, and his support for eugenics (based on his faith that scientists knew which children were more fit to live) is deplorable. Give him credit for being a canny lawyer, but he made a lot of money in the process so I question whether his motivation was "justice and equality" but more like good old-fashioned profit.