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Comment 16 Apr 2014

Ever since reading the Bag Man SB Nation article, I'm convinced that the Big Ten is always going to be in a state of proverbial catch-up to the SEC in football. And if that's the shit we have to do to be competitive -- then I'm fine with our current state. That recruiting bullshit is why the Ivies withdrew from D-I many moons ago. It's also the reason why the NCAA was created in the first place.

Comment 10 Apr 2014

I'm a big Craig Ferguson fan. And I think even Craig would admit that his robot sidekick & AssMode don't translate very well to the 11:30 demographic. But I'm reading that CBS is probably going to force him out of the 12:30 slot due to him getting creamed by Seth Meyers. And they've been talking to Chelsea Handler about taking over The Late Late Show.

I like Chelsea but I get the feeling that her heart is no longer into hosting a talk show. Or maybe it's just E!.

Wished they would just leave Ferguson alone.Wondering what he could do if CBS could cough up a little money. He operates on a shoestring as it is.

If they do force him out, I hope he does at least one last puppet show. Those are the best.

Comment 10 Apr 2014

That's some funny shit, right there. Wished I could upvote you DJ.

Comment 09 Apr 2014

Academics. UCONN is on par with WVU. IOW, not very good.

Comment 09 Apr 2014

Yeah, the entire south is very ANTI-UNION. It's a very different mindset down here. 

Comment 07 Apr 2014

The debate we have on this issue is making me feel old and tired.

If the NFL & NBA want a developmental league, then they should pay for a developmental league. It's time for colleges to refocus on their primary mission. To the extent that athletics are part of that mission, participation in sports should be strictly on an amateur basis. D-III. That's the end goal for which I'm going to start advocating.

Comment 07 Apr 2014

If the NCAA dies and cfb/cbb become a de facto second tier of professional sports, I urge everyone here (or anyone who considers themselves a buckeye) to write the board, the president, the faculty senate, the governor (anyone who has influence on the institution) to request that Ohio State withdraw from D-I sports.

The university that I graduated from and love has no business being a player in that world.

Comment 07 Apr 2014

I just read that little Arya's "list" is actually her praying to the only god -- death. Makes sense. She does it at bedtime.

Been reading some spoilers based on what happens in the books. The writing on this show is at another level... like The Walking Dead. Too good.

Comment 07 Apr 2014

I don't subscribe to HBO but man that show is totally worth it. Am I the only one he thinks she might end up running Westeros at some point in the future? Also, if Theon Greyjoy gets rescued by his sister Asha, he better watch his back. Cause he's going to get added to little Arya's list very soon.

Anyone think that the Hound might come off of her list?

Comment 07 Apr 2014

I think Wetzel is a douche and stopped reading him after the 3,456th iteration of his preaching on why college football should have a cbb-like playoff because Boise State... blah, blah, blah... TCU... blah, blah, blah... cinderellas etc. So no, I didn't read this and give him page hits.

But thanks for confirming exactly what I thought I'd find in that article. Double-speak and hypocrisy.

Comment 02 Apr 2014

We'll be ok as long as none of the other juniors bolt as well. Please stay for one more year: Max McCormick, Nick Oddo, Darik Angeli, & Tanner Fritz.

Also good luck Ryan. You will be missed. Go Puckeyes!

Comment 30 Mar 2014

With all due respect NJ, you're talking like there are absolutes as to all the party's motives and how this is going to get resolved. The truth is that everything is just an opinion at this point... including that MGoBlog labor lawyer.

Comment 30 Mar 2014

Actually I lean left and I'm vehemently against paying players anything more than what the typical graduate-assistant makes as a stipend.

I'm not jealous of these kids abilities. Nope. I just think the majority of them have dismissed the one thing that will ensure they have future livelihoods... a degree. They major in General Studies and other nonsense that's been designed to get them a degree with the least possible academic effort (which is a lot better than the ones who never have any intentions of getting a degree in the first place I guess).

They do this because they are confident in their abilities. That they will be in that 7-10% that will actually have a professional career. Odds are that they won't though.So reality sets in finally. But the sense of entitlement doesn't. Instead of thinking (like a normal person) that they should actually have taken the opportunity to get an education seriously. Their thoughts immediately turn to how their university cashed in on their abilities and that they deserve their share of that money. So they sign on to the lawsuits and the players unions and whatever the hell else these lawyers are going to come up with (truly the sharks are smelling blood in the water).

Like M Man said above. I want my alma mater to refocus on amateur athletics not be more professional. If this all ends with collective bargaining and college football as a second professional league -- I'm going to make sure that the board, the president, the faculty senate... basically anyone with some authority on campus... knows that I want Ohio State to pull out of D-I athletics altogether. And if this happens and you feel similarly -- I encourage you to do the same. Contact all the stakeholders on campus and let them know.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

And finally the tax issue is getting talked about.

Players could get a big tax bill  -- ESPN

If Northwestern players did form a union and they were taxed, it's not clear exactly what they would be paying tax on. If, for example, their entire scholarship was deemed taxable, the athletes would be paying at least $15,000 in federal tax alone on the $61,000-a-year scholarship. One athletic director in a major conference, who requested anonymity, speculated that the value the players received from the training table, travel and even coaching could be taxed.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

Just to add my two cents... it's also naive to think Gene Smith will be ceding control to student athletes. Real world application is that Ramogi Huma and the lawyers employed by the National College Players Association will become the arbiters of that control on "behalf" of the students.

I don't trust Huma and will be very interested how his role as president of the NCPA will evolve. Does he get a salary? Where is that money coming from? Is he president for life or at some point will this union have elections?

Comment 29 Mar 2014

Here is something that might persuade you guys to vote for Sherman. His men's nickname for him was "Uncle Billy". They would often shout it out to him as he rode by. And he liked it.

Comment 26 Mar 2014

Sounds like we both got to experience the Jerry Welsh years. My freshman year the Buckeyes actually did pretty well in the CCHA. The 1983-84 season they finished 2nd and if memory serves we were ranked #1 until losing to Bowling Green (Jerry York took that team to the NCAA finals which BG won in 4 OTs).

Are you a writer CMM? How did you get press guides?

[Edit: Nevermind... I just checked your profile:

Former OSU Lantern sports editor and hockey reporter.

You and Aubrey probably should have a beer some time. You can trade Buckeye hockey "war" stories. ;-)   ]

Comment 25 Mar 2014

Good job Aubrey. Your coverage was outstanding. Most definitely will be checking into Deadly Nuts... hopefully for recruiting coverage?

Question for everyone: what's a sure fire way to get into Steve Rohlik's doghouse to start the 2014-15 season? How about finishing the 2013-14 season as the team leader in penalty minutes. Right Sam Jardine?