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Comment 5 hours ago

History will repeat itself in 2014:

1.  I will eat Buckeye Donuts before noon games.

2.  I will cuss out Qdoba while walking down High Street after games because LaBamba's is gone.

3.  OSU fans will have a lot of great times while watching a great team coached by a living legend every autumn Saturday.

Comment 9 hours ago

There was a very short window during Dontrelle's time in Cincy that I thought he had regained his mojo.  Almost as quickly as it came back, it was gone again.

There's a high-end apartment complex right across the river in Covington where a lot of Reds live.  On my way into the office, I saw Willis walking around at 7am one morning in front of the complex and he was chugging water from a gallon jug.  He was more wandering than walking.  I think his issues are/were more mental than physical.  He sure was fun to watch when he was on top of his game!

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Other programs pursuing Ohio State coaches is a good thing.  Sure, the immediate impact may hurt for a month or so, but the best young coaches will see the opportunities at OSU and want to step in and be a part of Meyer's coaching tree.  I'd much rather be in this situation than we were during the Bollman/Siciliano days.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

When I first heard of Miller being out for the year, his concern over supporting his young family is the first thing I thought of.  Who knows what the future holds in terms of professional football for Braxton, but him talking about grad school just shows he is already thinking well down the road.  Whether he ever plays another down at OSU or not, he should be commended for his dedication to his family and his education.

Comment 18 Aug 2014

Districts are dealing with decreases in funding from the state of Ohio all across the board (even affluent districts are feeling the pinch).  It's tough to consider the distribution of school levy funds as the reason why parents are being asked to pony up for sports participation (especially football, which is the most expensive sport to field a team in any school district) when many/most schools are having a hard enough time trying to pay the bills on the academic side of the school's operating budget.

Football is one of my greatest passions, but we're in a different world than 10, 20, 30 years ago in terms of the amount of education funding coming from the state of Ohio (Ohio colleges/universities are in the same boat in terms of decreased funding, which is why schools such as Ohio State, Miami, and UC have placed a greater emphasis on bringing in out-of-state students (paying out-of-state tuition) to help off-set the loss of state funding).

Comment 16 Aug 2014

The competition for QB2 is the most important position battle on the entire roster.  One of these two kids needs to be a Kenny Guiton level player by August 30th.

I do enjoy hearing how hard Smith and Dunn are working.  They've always had the talent.

Comment 16 Aug 2014

Luckily for MSU, they're playing in Eugene and not Corvallis :)

For all the backlash the B1G gets for 'never beating anyone outside the conference,' who has Oregon really beat outside the PAC 12 with the exception of a Wisconsin team that played not to lose in Pasadena (I also don't consider wins over bad Michigan and Tennessee teams as signature wins)?

What I like about this game for MSU is that Narduzzi has had an entire offseason to prepare for this game.

Comment 16 Aug 2014

I didn't mind the old south stands during my time in Columbus because as I took in all four quarters in those old rickety bleachers, I experienced many great games and many great times (and met a few people that led to even more great times!)

I do love the new upgrades to the grand old stadium (especially the increased capacity), but I still miss that natural grass and the elegant gray 'OHIO STATE' and 'BUCKEYES' in the end zones.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

I've purchased OSU tix through ebay probably 8-10 times and have never had a bad experience.  Just ensure the seller has great feedback and send the funds through paypal unless you meet in person for the exchange (that also has not been an issue for me (especially the one seller who was a smoking hot brunette)).

Comment 14 Aug 2014

Besides the auction site, you could try contacting the official OSU team shop for guidance on when/where to get them (they're located inside the Schott) and depending on who you talk to, they could be somewhat helpful or absolutely useless).  I have not bought any since 2012, so I don't know if these are still available through the team shop.

If they are, the best time to find the authentic jerseys (from the university/athletic dept) are in December.  I've gotten authentic (game-worn) jerseys for as cheap as $50 and as much as $150 (some have names on the back, some don't).  You'll pay more for the 'skill position' numbers and less for the lineman numbers.  Anything worn by a popular player won't be available, nor will duplicates of these numbers worn by redshirts/walk-ons.  Numbers 1-12 will be tough to come by as well.

Good luck!

Comment 13 Aug 2014

Gems such as 'cocaine pipeline of I-71' are why the skull session is daily required reading.  The archived OSU pics are incredible as well.

Comment 12 Aug 2014

Frank E. really couldn't go wrong with either choice here.  As our college game steadily ventures into semi-professionalism, it's nice to see there  still are actual student-athletes in this world.

Friends and I have made it a common practice to text out 'Sanzenbacher!' or 'Stoneburner!' over the last few years after receptions.  I was really hoping 'Epitropoulos!' would be the next in line.  I'm looking for someone with a serious name to step into this important role for the Buckeyes.

Comment 11 Aug 2014

The first time I saw him on TV, I thought it was Jimmy Buffet coaching WVU.

Comment 09 Aug 2014

Watching the Browns-Lions is about as bad as watching Michigan-Notre Dame and rooting for both to lose.

Comment 09 Aug 2014

Woody said years ago that TV would eventually ruin the game.  It would be interesting to hear his take on what just occurred.

The biggest issue I have with what just occurred is the impact on the non-power 5 schools, specifically in Ohio.  I've grown up following friends or family who have played at Ohio State, as well as many of the smaller Ohio schools (Miami, UC, Ohio, Kent, UD, etc.) and while those who played at the smaller schools were usually at a disadvantage, they always had at least a fighting chance.  Not so much any longer.

Comment 08 Aug 2014

I sure hope Jones and Barrett soaked in every word of advice Kenny G gave them last year.  Braxton's insurance policy has graduated and one of those two better be ready to play when (not 'if' for those who have followed Miller in HS and college) Miller leaves a game.  Braxton will do great things in 2014, but the Bucks will need production from QB2 when Miller needs a break/recovery during the season.

Comment 07 Aug 2014

1.  I only drink Bell's Two Hearted Ale or Great Lakes Commodore Perry before (if I attend the game) or during (if I watch on TV) OSU games.  For OSU-UM, I only drink Great Lakes CP.

2.  Black OSU hat with the scarlet block O for every game.

3.  I attempt to predict offensive plays during games (this was much easier when Bollman called the plays).

Comment 06 Aug 2014

If anyone is ever driving on I-71 near Xavier, you can see the old King Records building (on Brewster Avenue) where James Brown recorded "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (which was recorded in less than an hour).  The building was designated on the National Record of Historic Places.  It's a shame the building is falling down and has been vandalized, but still cool to drive by a place where one of the musical giants of the industry made history right here in Ohio.

For country fans, Hank Williams also recorded "Lovesick Blues" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" in Cincinnati (at a different location downtown (Herzog Studios)).

Comment 05 Aug 2014

Losing the St Ed's twins to Kentucky or Vanderbilt is a disaster for Northwestern's class, and bad news for the conference.  I've visited UK numerous times and I can see why an Ohio kid without strong interest from OSU would find the program attractive (especially with the Stoops/Marrow ties in Ohio), but programs such as Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, and NW should be able to put together competent recruiting pitches to bring in these 3/4 star Midwest kids that are trending to UK, U of L, UC, and other non-B1G programs.

I know most only care about OSU around here, but UK coming into Ohio and beating out every B1G program besides OSU and UM for kids is troubling for the future of the conference (I didn't include PSU because they seem to be more focused on PA/MD/VA/DC).  Recruiting is a national game now, but Ohio will always be kind to the B1G, no matter where expansion takes college football.

Comment 05 Aug 2014

Spurrier did not just throw in 'those bottom Big Ten teams' by chance.  There is an agenda behind all of his comments, now and in the past.  FSU > 'Free Shoes U' or the Clemson/Swinney jokes or the Saban comments.  As well as these most recent Big Ten comments.  

The comments are all seeds planted to establish a perception in the minds of recruits, poll voters, and major college football decision makers that may benefit Spurrier somewhere down the road.  If Ohio State and South Carolina are both fighting for a playoff spot, you don't think he'll toss something similar out to the media as decision day winds down for the playoff committee?

Comment 04 Aug 2014

The Tressel line was hilarious!  It's funny what gets some people ramped up.  For one person, it could be running a 5k while getting doused multiple times with paint. For another, it could be finding a Rally's in a location other than a sketchy neighborhood.  For James Patrick Tressel, it's a quality kicking game.