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Graduated from OSU in 1974. Still a huge Buckeye fan, and loving every fall. Well, 2011 way less than most of the others.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2006 OSU-MI Football game

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Comment 06 Aug 2015

Every time I see that clip of Miller juking the Penn State players and then diving into the end zone, I laugh out loud and shake my head in amazement.  Never mind that I have seen it a hundred times before, from every camera angle taken.  I never get tired of it.

Comment 06 Aug 2015

12W is up and running in the Premium Lounge.  And Birm posted the answer to his tease on the bulletin board.  Wish I could tell you all about it, but...well, Premium Lounge rules and all.

Comment 04 Aug 2015

Project management methods have something to teach us about how hard it is to run a 15-game season.  Let's say that completing your project on time requires you to complete 15 individual tasks in sequence on time, and you have an 85% chance of completing each of those tasks on time.  Given that, you have only a 9% chance of completing your project on time.  The odds are 0.85 to the 15th power (0.85 times 0.85 times...15 times).  (That also may explain why so few of my household repair projects get done on time.)

Applying that to our season, lets say we have a 90% chance of beating VT, then a 98% chance each for the next 9 games (up to MSU).  Then an 85% chance against MSU, and 95% against UM.  That brings the odds of a perfect finish of the regular season to only 60%.

Then figure an 85% chance in the B1G championship game, and 70% in the semifinal and NC game, and the odds fall to 25%.  

Tough, but possible.  We will all be pulling for our Buckeyes the whole way, but let's appreciate how high that mountain is.  

Comment 31 Jul 2015

How about we just allow multiple upvotes, like, "Here, have 10,000 upvotes."  Or better yet, be able to multiple upvote ourselves?  Look at all the work that would save.  (Are italics really necessary here?)

Comment 23 Jul 2015

Done.  Northernmost OSU fan from MI so far!  Looking forward to more OSU fan company on the map.  

Comment 18 Jul 2015

That article about the offshore earthquake scenario in Oregon-Washington is terrifying.  That will change our country if (when?) it happens.  I hope the 1-in-3 odds over the next 50 years is way too high.  

Comment 07 Apr 2015

On the grammar crusade, "effect" is a noun.  "Affect" is a verb.  I am amazed how often this simple distinction evades even professional magazine and newspaper writers (mags and papers?!  Yes, I too am old.)  

Comment 01 Apr 2015

I love Urb's comments starting at the 13:00 mark, about the importance of character in recruiting, for both high school kids being evaluated by OSU coaches, and OSU players being evaluated by NFL scouts.  Every high school athlete should hear his comments about how important character is to their evaluation of the athlete.  Things like the athlete being on time, attending classes, and staying out of trouble are really important.  It is not in the nature of teenagers to think about that on their own -- they need to be told (probably repeatedly).

Comment 17 Feb 2015

My guilty pleasure is the gold mining show on Discovery, Gold Rush.  I grew up on a farm, and have been an engineer for decades.  Just seeing their equipment break down every week and doing field fixes is amusing and interesting.  Repetitive and predictable, I know, but that is why it is a guilty pleasure.  I pretty much cannot stand any other reality shows.

Comment 15 Feb 2015

Julia Roberts is who I was thinking of specifically as unattractive.  A few of the others I see as ok, but nowhere near my top 10.  But I will say that I agree with you about CZJ.  She looked spectacular in the Zorro movie.

Comment 15 Feb 2015

I make special mention of Charlize Theron for uniquely running the gamut from beautiful (pick any of many movies and TV appearances) to ugly/scary in the movie Monster.

Also, it is interesting that many of women in the original forum post I do not regard as pretty at all.  That just goes to show how subjective it all is.  Not to mention, we should really make the judgment based on how they look without makeup.  I have seen before-after makeup pictures where you would not know it is the same person.

Comment 15 Feb 2015

I am going with 4 years, but with a different scenario than described above.  I think he builds in years 1 and 2 and has decent but not great years.  Year 3 is better, and year 4 is good enough that he declares success and accepts an offer in the NFL, where he really wants to be.  In none of those years does he beat TOSU, but it is still good enough to declare the program back on track, pat himself on the back and get out of Dodge.

Comment 14 Feb 2015

I second your mention of how great it is to see Urb's family sharing his sideline celebrations.  We regularly see his wife and son, and often one or more of his daughters.  That is just great, and I think reflects how his family has bought in on his return to coaching.  It is just wonderful to see that family support, and I think it bodes well for a long tenure at TOSU.