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Michael Citro

11W Staff

Orlando, FL (via Columbus, OH)

Member since 01 January 2013 | Blog

A 1996 graduate of The Ohio State University, Michael is a former Lantern sports editor. He was a sports writer for the Globe-News in Amarillo, Texas in the late 90s and worked for five years in the communications department of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. As a young Buckeye fan, he gasped in horror at his television when Woody Hayes struck Charlie Bauman. He then suffered through the many 9-3 seasons of Earle Bruce and the dark days of John Cooper, but somehow emerged all the stronger for it. A music fanatic with more than 1,300 compact discs ("Grandpa, what are those?"), and about three months worth of music in his iTunes library, Michael recently completed a 10-year run as host of a weekly progressive rock internet radio show. When not writing about the Buckeyes or listening to 20-minute prog rock songs, Michael spends entirely too much time on Twitter or watching television. Or both at the same time.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Beating No. 1 Iowa in 1985, rushing the field, tearing down the goal post in the north end zone and carrying the crossbar up and down High Street all night. Pro Tip: crossbars are heavy, so always go for the uprights.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Chris Spielman...the manliest of Buckeyes
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jay Burson, Dennis Hopson, Jon Diebler & Aaron Craft (I'm fickle)
  • NFL TEAM: Miami Dolphins
  • NHL TEAM: Philadelphia Flyers
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: #RollTribe (AL), Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  • SOCCER TEAM: Manchester United, Crew, Celtic, AS Roma, Atletico

Recent Activity

Comment 27 Jul 2014

Lots of good and worthy picks in these comments. Sometimes it's like trying to pick which of your children is your favorite.

For those mentioning the LSU game, Bobby Olive also completed a dramatic comeback win over Iowa on the road in 1990 (Greg Frey again at the helm). This one nearly made my list because I got so excited I ran out my front door into King Avenue and my neighbors independently did the same thing. And we stood in the middle of the street high fiving.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

Not sure what the Dispatch gains by releasing this other than making Waters look bad. Although nothing he said in this particular tirade was necessarily terrible. 

He said bad words. He did not call the kid bad words though. Pretty important distinction. 

Comment 24 Jul 2014

It's always bittersweet for me to watch old footage of Schlichter. He was the first ever "football hero" of my own. As a kid, Archie's Buckeyes more or less were my dad's. I came of age during the Schlichter years and loved watching Art throw the football.

His much-publicized downward spiral after OSU has affected the way I think about him as a person. But it's still fun to see these films and remember how it felt to be his fan and to cheer on those teams.

Art was the QB for my first OSU game I attended in person in 1980 against Illinois (I was a boy scout there to serve as an usher in C Deck, but I sat on the steps and watched the game instead). It was kind of a big deal, passing-wise:

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2012/10/15732/flashback-ohio-state-vs-illinois-1980

Comment 24 Jul 2014

Not sure that's fair. We'll never know many titles Thad could have won with the tourney like it was back in the day. Ohio State only needed four wins to capture the 1960 national championship. It's harder to win now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_NCAA_Men's_Division_I_Basketball_Tournament

Comment 22 Jul 2014

Sorry, I'm having trouble hearing you over the roar of these 17 championships. 

Comment 22 Jul 2014

At least we'll get to see Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger finally play together. Unfortunately, it will be for the Boston Celtics, the most trash franchise in the NBA. (That last part is ironclad fact.)

Hahaha, you Laker fans (Worst. Franchise. Ever.) slay me. Hater.

Comment 20 Jul 2014

I don't think I could do those older games justice. I was two years old when the 1968 game was played and have obviously not even seen footage of many of the older contests. As it is, my memory was fuzzy for those early 70s games and YouTube and the internet helped a lot with reminding me. The 1975 game as a whole wasn't great for Buckeye fans, but the sudden change in the fourth quarter turned an otherwise lousy day for us into magic. It was so cool seeing Ray Griffin be the hero since he was obviously in Archie's shadow in many people's minds and Ray's pick is what I remembered most after all these years.

Comment 20 Jul 2014

For the record, 2001, 1974 and 2005 were all in very serious consideration for this list.

1987 probably means more to me than it does many (especially our younger readers) because it was my first OSU road game and such an emotional day. Ohio State fans at that time weren't happy with all the 9-3 seasons, but Earle was just so likable that it seemed a shame he got fired. Seeing him hoisted onto his players' shoulders that day was very moving and storming the field in Ann Arbor was surreal.