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John Brandon


Columbus, Ohio (via Midland, Michigan)

Member since 09 September 2013 | Blog

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Born in Columbus area, transplanted to the state up north, back home for school. Chemical engineering major at The Ohio State University and proud Buckeye fan.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Toss up between the 2002 National Championship and playing 1-on-1 basketball against Evan Turner at 2010 Final Four
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Evan Turner
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 16 Jul 2014

Ohio State doesn't stand to benefit as much as the other schools, but they would make a nice payday and if the alternative is games against Wofford and Long Beach State it's definitely more beneficial for Ohio State

Comment 16 Jul 2014

My thought was taking the top four RPI teams from the previous year, but that probably results in the four teams we have more often than not. If there was some way to do a rotation that made sense I'd be all for it.

Comment 15 Jul 2014

As a guy that spent most of my childhood and adolescence growing up in Michigan, I agree with the author's first point to an extent, now hear me out. Overlooking the article's obvious flaws and homerism, what he says about the asymmetric nature of the rivalry is somewhat true, but I think it's a product of the times. Around 10 years ago when I was a middle-schooler, the rivalry was pretty intense - especially if Michigan was having a good season. Most of my friends were big Michigan fans and we got in arguments and I took a lot of grief in the fall. Once Michigan started declining, so did the fan's interest. My generation doesn't have as many diehard Michigan fans to tell you the truth (getting hammered by your rivals does that I guess). Now, I still would root for Michigan to lose every game, but were my friends even watching Ohio State, let alone actively rooting against them? Not a chance. If the Buckeyes ever lost, I heard about it, but that was about it. The difference between Ohio State and Michigan's campuses is night and day.

I went to the Michigan game this year with my friend who's on the swim team there and, even wearing all scarlet and gray, I didn't hear much from the Michigan students at all. If a Michigan fan wore maize and blue and showed their face in Ohio State's student section they'd probably get thrown out, but that wasn't the case at Michigan at all for me.

So what's the point? I'm not really sure. The article isn't much more than a guy venting  and trying to feel better about Michigan's miseries, but yeah, Michigan's fan base isn't the same as it was 10 years ago. If they win a big game they come out of the closets, but there's a lot more buzz around the Spartan program up there now-a-days, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

Comment 18 Jun 2014

Worst game of the year was against Michigan State in the B1G championship game, which was more or less a home game anyway. He also threw the ball pretty well on the road against Northwestern and had a great game at Purdue.

Speaking of splits, here's another interesting one:

~~BY QUARTER CMP ATT YDS CMP%   YPA    LNG  TD  INT SACK   RAT
1st QUARTER        51    73    708   69.9     9.70     53      9    1        6     189.3
2nd QUARTER       58    92    800   63.0     8.70     58     8     3      10     158.3
3rd QUARTER       34    53    363   64.2     6.85     47      5     2       1      145.3
4th QUARTER       19     37    223  51.4     6.03     39      2     1       4      114.4

Comment 18 Jun 2014

This is a valid point, but let's not forget he was injured early in the year against SDSU. He didn't look himself running the ball until late in the season and was more cautious as a runner in many of these games he lit it up throwing. Coincidence? Hard to say. But I think he is more comfortable running the ball because that is what he's always done best. When he was forced to stay in the pocket and throw the ball (whether due to gameplan or injury) he was much more effective.