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NW Buckeye 12th Warrior

Poulsbo, WA

Member since 30 August 2010 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Coaching my kids through HS sports.
  • NFL TEAM: Seahawks
  • NHL TEAM: Meh
  • NBA TEAM: Meh
  • MLB TEAM: Meh

Recent Activity

Comment 17 Oct 2016

The side line penalty on Meyer was ridiculous.  Yes, side line interference is a rule, but it is rarely, if ever, called against the coach in the confines of the buffer area (usually the HC needs to be out on the field for a penalty to be called, and even then it is rare).  It is meant to keep the sidelines clear during the play - in effect keeping the team behind the 3 foot buffer.  However, every HC in the country roams freely in that 3 foot buffer.  Officials make allowances for coaches, particularly head coaches, to be in that area.  At first I thought it was an indication of "homer" refs, but the officials proved equally as bad on both sides of the ball. 

Comment 16 Oct 2016

That was indeed the correct call.  Any player who is out of bounds and touches a ball in play in effect puts the ball out of bounds.  Possession is awarded to the last team that had possession on the field of play. Even if a Buckeye player had touched the ball while being out of bounds Wisky would still have maintained possession.  

Comment 12 Oct 2016

Live sports have been the last bastion for big $ advertising.  Basically, they are the only place that people watch an entire 3+ hours of television with commercials.  The networks have taken advantage of that by flooding all games with commercials and earning the biggest payday in broadcasting.  So much so that the rules of the game have changed to allow for maximum breaks for ads. 

Think about it. The clock no longer stops for plays that go out of bounds except for the last 2 minutes of each half.  NFL games (as well as some college games) frequently have ads before and after every kick-off.  There are many more speed up rules that have happened over the last 40 years to allow for more ad breaks.  People are getting tired of it.  Heck, the only games I watch live every week are the Buckeyes and occasionally the Seahawks.  Everything else I record and fast forward through all the breaks.  I can easily watch any game in less than an hour when it is recorded.  Watching a game live means wasting another 2 to 3 hours listening to mindless commentary and ads for crap that I would never use. 

I really believe that the general public is finally getting PO'd at all the crap that comes along with a live broadcast.  Is it any wonder that ratings are down? 

Comment 05 Oct 2016

The Spartans are finally suffering from the Jim Bollman effect.  The walrus has slowly taken his toll on their offense.  It has taken some time to turn things down because previous teams had players that were coached by a different O coordinator early in their time.  The starters on this year's team have had the pleasure of being tutored by the walrus for several years.  Their blocking technique against both Wisky and the Hoosiers was atrocious. This should be surprising to no one. 

Comment 21 Sep 2016

Urban needs to add "jump on the ball if anyone drops it even remotely close to the goal line" rule.  If the officials had noticed the ball being dropped before Mixon crossed the line or if Meyer had challenged it, the Sooners would still have gotten the ball at the 1 yard line because no Buckeye pounced on the ball immediately.  Even at the HS level we always taught our players to recover any ball dropped by an opposing player. 

Comment 16 Sep 2016

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Know many people who prefer CFB, also know many people who prefer NFL.  For me, I will take CFB any day over the NFL.  Lots of reasons - too many to list. 

Comment 15 Sep 2016

I was at the game in '83.  It was extremely hot and humid.  The temp on the playing surface was 125+.  I can remember the trainers and doctors measuring the effective heat on the field by swinging their wet bulb thermometers, if the temp were any hotter the game would have been suspended.  I suffered heat exhaustion in the stands!  Don't know how the players handled it. 

Oklahoma fans in the stands were friendly and cordial until the Buckeyes took the field.  We had an Okie family in front of us - mom, dad, and twin daughters about 8 yrs old.  He was nice to us before the game, but as soon as the team came out of the tunnel, he started screaming every 4 letter word possible in his distaste for the visiting team.  I actually felt bad for his daughters who kind of cringed at his tirade which went on for the entire first half.  As the game progressed into the 4th qtr he started yelling obscenities at the Sooners as he just could not understand how their lazy butts could be losing to a bunch of **@#!$ yankees! 

I spent the rest of the day (and most of the next month) hydrating and trying to keep my body temp in check.  The victory sure made it easier to deal with the discomfort. 

Comment 31 Aug 2016

It' not like there hasn't been precedence on matters like this.  Many schools will voluntarily share a scrimmage tape in situations like this, although it is not mandated by any rules.  It is the "gentlemen's way" of conducting business.  One can call it stupid while another would call it considerate.  Consider Harbaugh to be in the first camp and certainly not a gentleman.....

Comment 24 Aug 2016

That was pretty much his stance as he was watching plays unfold on the field.

Comment 20 Aug 2016

When the law is involved with drugs or firearms violations Kelly's policies have little to no bearing on the situation.  The school has a code of conduct that can not be overlooked.  That said, without the law involved or if it is just a sex/rape scandal, pretty much anything goes as is evidenced by the numerous articles from the past - here is one of them:  Notre Dame Sex Assault

Comment 15 Aug 2016

FYI, it is not that unusual for sandwiches/meals to be ordered in during summer camp for football.  Heck, we did it back in the 70's on multiple occasions at OSU.  I can specifically recall picking up 250 sandwiches from McDonalds for one practice.  It is a way for the coaches to spontaneously reward the players for a good day of practice.  Ordering catering needs to be pre-planned in most cases and can not be done on spur of the moment.  Heck, even at the HS level teams I worked with ordered things like pizza or sandwiches on the spur of the moment, most often picked up by one of the assistant coaches.  But, if we ever had anything delivered we did tip the delivery person.  You just have to allow sufficient time for the order to be put together when you do phone in the order (generally at least one hour before you expect it to be ready for pick up, or 1.5 hrs for delivery).  And, all of the large orders I dealt with from fast food places did not include gratuity. 

OSU continues to use local vendors to provide between practice or post practice meals for the team.  One of their favorites is Easy Living Deli in UA run by Vlade Janakievski (former place kicker for the team).  If you have never eaten there, you should.  Just off of Lane Ave as you enter UA.  http://www.easylivingdeli.com/  Great place to eat (good food) and view some Buckeye memorabilia. 

Comment 15 Aug 2016

Regardless of your personal opinion about tipping and wages, the long established norm for prepared food in this  country is to tip the delivery person.  It may be a ridiculous notion in some cultures, but commonplace in the U.S.  Having been involved in operations of athletic teams over the years (in college and HS) I can tell you the the vast majority of organizations figure tipping into their budgets for such purchases.  

Comment 17 Jul 2016

but it's interesting the level of mediocrity that many schools in the B1G have been willing to accept.

There are stats for schools from all the major conferences.  Winning percentages for the bad coaches are not good for any of them, but the B1G has the best winning percentage of them all at ~ 32%.  Followed by SEC ~ 29%; PAC 12 ~ 27%; Big 12 ~ 24%: and the ACC ~ 23%. 

It shows the level of mediocrity of the worst coaches in the B1G is higher than it is in the other major conferences. 

Comment 13 Jul 2016

We have been in 19D for 10+ years.  Would not sit anywhere else in the stadium.  Disclaimer - we are in the small section of 19D - it sits underneath the press box and has 7 rows.  19D also has a section to the closed end that has about 20 rows.  Any seats in the first 7 rows are great.  If you are in the back end of the extended section there will be some obstruction. 

Comment 12 Jul 2016

My season tickets are in 19D.  We have been in 21D for several games.  View is great from anywhere in C/D. 

Your tickets are at the southern side of the section.  You are located behind the tunnel that feeds the section, so there will be a retaining bar in front of you (it is actually in front of row 6, so it is one row in front of you).  There is a press box support immediately in front of you and to your right as you are looking at the field.  It will obscure part of the south endzone from your seated view.  You will have to stand up / move a bit in order to see action from about the 25 yrd line into the south endzone, but it is doable.  The view for the rest of the field should be unobstructed unless everyone is standing and you are a short person. 

Hope that helps.

Comment 07 Jul 2016

Expect and want are entirely two different things.  I want OSU to be involved in the B1G and National Championships.  I expect that they will be competitive enough to have a chance.  Reality separates the two.  My general feeling about life in general is to want as much as you can accomplish, but never expect anything. Now, get off my lawn!

Comment 04 Jul 2016

LOL!  A better question may be the 5 top rated schools you would never consider.  Here's my list in order:

ND, USC, Miami (FL), FSU, LSU

For those of you saying that you would put certain schools at the top of your list because of climate, there is no better choice than Hawaii.  Weather in FL sucks compared to the Aloha State.  Also any So Calif school selected for weather completely ignores the traffic, drought and smog conditions in that area - too many other nice areas to even consider So Cal.  A close second to great weather conditions is Washington - Seattle Linga can verify that (true, we do get a bit of rain, but the average temp is very livable, never too hot or cold, and beautiful winter or summer spots are a short drive away.)