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Comment 27 Mar 2015

That was great about Dean Smith leaving the checks to his former players.  Speaks loudly of how he loved his players.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

There was a two part interview at the end of last year with Herbstreit and he said that he misses Columbus very much.  The reason he moved was that things started getting creepy with people cruising by his house, parking there for long times, people would knock on the front door and ask for autographs--then the dispatch actually put his address on the front page along with a Google map picture of his house.  He's out of town working and his wife calls him crying.  If that's the case I don't blame him for moving.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

Well, you're right, he didn't--no one did.  I still say that his voting doesn't disqualify him from being a Buckeye and it may well prove that he really cared about the integrity of the program.  It could be argued that he did what a true Buckeye should have done.  I was like most other fans when I saw his ranking--what the?  We beat the SEC!  The team played tough and hard.  But I can understand how he could do that and be a Buckeye fan.  Do we want OSU to be like Auburn?  

Comment 08 Mar 2015

That was when Obie Stillwell took a bullet in the ass and Gwinn was driving him away from that.  Should have never happened.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

It was tough for Troy, I agree, and it takes a whole team.  The whole team lost.  I think we all believed the hype, but the team at that point in the season was really looking to the senior QB. They had won that number one, number two showdown a month earlier and they thought that was enough.  OSU lost that game weeks ahead of the kickoff.  Troy's leadership was a very big part of that--but you're right that there was a lot more to blame.  I do believe that the team leaders, the seniors, the coaches bear the brunt of that.  They played some team with two losses, for god sakes, and some coach not nearly as seasoned as Tressel.  Can't remember that guy's name.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

It was not bad--it was hideous. It was the National Championship.  I agree it didn't really trump his career, but it was abysmal.  Everyone thinks about what SHOULD have been.  The Heisman was the worst thing that could have happened for him at that time.  If they gave that thing after the BCS championship, things would have been different one way or the other.  Either he plays a respectable game and maybe pulls out a win, or that award goes to someone else.

Comment 07 Mar 2015

He made some statements that called out Tressel and his responsibility in the whole tattoo/email thing, but Spielman did as well.  Herbstreit was more visible and strong in his condemnation, although he also said that people were going too far in their criticism of Tressel's character.  When asked what he would recommend that Tressel do, Kirk said, "Stop recruiting players like Clarett and Pryor."  He also made statements that if Cooper had done the same thing he not only would have been fired, but he would have been placed in front of a firing squad and been fired that way.  Kirk was very vocal before the Sugar Bowl in criticizing Tressel and let's face it, we really didn't want to hear that stuff, but he was right.  

Comment 07 Mar 2015

Oh, he's not perfect, but ain't nobody perfect.  Those things you mention are two different occasions, but both have to do ultimately with the idea of some kind of money thing with players.  I think that Kirk has a lot of his dad's and Woody's idea about ill gotten, monetary gain for players and it reflects on someone's honesty and integrity, and is ingrained from a different era than our modern times.  Herbstreit should have the right to formulate his own opinions about things, especially when he might have a bit more information than we may have on those situations, but maybe they all should not come out in his role in the media.  Ranking us at 9 is mind boggling to us, but it was probably a reaction to the mess that was brewing.  It's probably because he was a Buckeye fan that he did it.  That was being a homer--a negative homer, but a homer nonetheless.  

Comment 07 Mar 2015

Although he may enjoy it a bit, Mark May is paid to play this antagonistic role.  If it weren't him it would be some other guy in the TV seat.  That means it doesn't matter.  The pressure to be be a champion does not come from Mark May, and it won't end if Mark May starts praising the Buckeyes.  It would actually be weird--probably bad luck.  OSU has to live up to their position this year.  The only way to go is down.  They are at the pinnacle.  Mark May kissing our butt or calling us out doesn't matter.  He can't say we're not champions--but it's a new year, and they have to produce.  It's going to be fun, but Mark May isn't playing for anybody.

Comment 07 Mar 2015

According to his dad, Kirk really committed to OSU when they didn't even have a coach.  Bruce was fired, and Cooper wasn't hired yet.  He had a visit scheduled to TTUN, and Penn State and Tennessee were recruiting him hard.  Kirk said, "Dad, let's stop this. I don't want to go up to Michigan this weekend and go through the motions.  I know where I want to go."  Woody really recruited Kirk when he was just old enough to go to the stadium.  Coach Hayes would come out of the press conference after the game, sit down and talk to Kirk and put him up on his lap.  Kirk was about ten years old when Woody blew up at the Clemson game.  Jim told his boys, "I don't think the old man's going to get past this one," meaning that Woody would probably lose his job.  They teared up according to Jim--because they loved Woody so much.  Kirk then said, "Well, Dad, we can still love him." There were a lot of fake Buckeyes back then on that day that disowned Coach Hayes--but a ten year old Kirk Herbstreit loved him when he needed it most. Anybody that says Kirk Herbstreit is not a Buckeye has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.  

Comment 06 Mar 2015

The Big Outhouse is simply a huge litter pile that some animal forgot to cover over.  What a letdown when you actually see it in person after knowing the shekinah glory that is Ohio Stadium.  The Ann Arbor bomb crater has all the charm of a tacky minor league baseball stadium from the 1950's and is really just a nasty hole in the ground.  You can make the hole bigger and throw in more bodies, but it is still a hole.  I will never forget my venture into that god forsaken bowl of filth during the Cooper years.  They only show inside shots of the stadium on TV because the outside looks like the top of a mason jar surrounded in sewage sludge.  Michigan men must only know how to dig holes and caves, not build a proper edifice with actual bricks and mortar that actually rises above the crust of the earth for any real distance.  I walked into the Maize and Blue Mordor armed with OSU Helmet stickers and Buckeye stickers and proceeded to place them everywhere I could--on the metal gates that were no doubt erected to keep the "fans" inside, every wall and doorway that led to darkness and evil passages, even in Scumbechler Hall and Christless Arena on trophy cases and other arcane memorials of wolverine worship.  I would have despaired among such a place filled with evil incarnate if it were not for an unexpected light among hopelessness in the blackest darkness, I witnessed the shining light of the Neutron Man beamed brightly in his Scarlet and Gray regalia, like the light of Galadriel in the lair of Shelob.  I followed him, and basked in the glow of his Buckeye righteousness and goodness for the rest of my journey.  I escaped from that godless place but even today, there remains a stench in my nostrils that will never be forgotten. 

Comment 03 Mar 2015

Despicable.  Where the hell did you get a picture of my foot?  Damn you. Damn you!

Comment 28 Feb 2015

Anybody watch that show on NBC called Life? My wife and I loved it but it got pulled when they moved Leno to ten o clock. What a stupid move that was btw. It had that guy from Homeland in it.

Comment 24 Feb 2015

This is great stuff for me to share with my middle school students for a lot of reasons.  One teaching moment in technology is that the social media statement never goes away.  Cardale has rebuilt his reputation, but he is the first to tell us that he didn't really think it through before he made that tweet.  This generation is fully immersed in lives that leave a digital reputation and young people need to be educated that it is at least as important as the rest of their reputation. Cardale could have gone through life as that one backup QB for OSU that made that dumb tweet.  But through his tenacity and winning a National Championship he has become bigger than that mistake.  Even then, his biography could still have the title, "He Came to Play Football."  The things that today's young people are putting in the digital world can be mistakes that last forever.  Cardale has done so much and has much more to do in his life in football and outside of football.  I look forward to sharing the interview with my students to help them to think through things and learn from Cardale.  One important thing is that he seems to be actively trying to build a good reputation for himself.  That's been great to see, in both his digital reputation as well as his physical reputation.  Great to see him at the food bank helping others, making his statement about staying in school--at school, and just putting forward himself as a positive in a world that has too many negatives today.  I have to tell you that I personally think Tim Tebow is a great guy and all that, but he doesn't really mean anything to the students I teach--heisman and championship notwithstanding.  Cardale Jones--he means something to them.  I'm happy that he is actively trying to be a worthwhile role model for the young people that admire him and what he has done.