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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

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Comment 05 Oct 2015

I live by the advice my mother gave me at a very young age.  "If you have nothing good to say, don't say it."  The ranting that is prevalent on so many social sites is not healthy for society or the individual.  Your wife's professor was wrong - any time you put your words to paper or keyboard you need to be mindful of the reader.  Incessant ranting is not good for anyone, including the writer.  We witness the evidence of that everyday - just look at Roseburg OR last week.     

Comment 02 Oct 2015

Yes! I would have preferred these uni's to be dark gray instead of black.  I think it looks better with the scarlet.  And, they would not be similar to hardly any other teams. 

Comment 02 Oct 2015

No they are not all that similar to UC's except for the black, but they sure look a lot like these (sans the gold on the helmets):

Comment 02 Oct 2015

The reason they wear white for away games is that back in the day white provided a neutral color for the visiting team so the home team could wear their brighter colors.  It was particularly important in the times of B&W photos and carried on to B&W telecasts.  Many of you young bucks have no clue about those times.  It is not that OSU wanted to wear whites on the road, they had to because of regulations.  Any gray uniforms would not have provided the contrast necessary for those times.  When color broadcasting became the norm the rule changed, but few teams switched their away jerseys to any other color.  Most likely because of the risk of playing a team with similar home colored jerseys - that would necessitate another road jersey.  And, as recently as the 90's many teams could not financially justify more than 2 separate colors schemes for their teams.  

FWIW, I would really like us to switch to a gray road jersey.  Heck, some schools have even gone to both teams wearing their home colors when they play some of their rivals.  This would work well for OSU when playing TTUN, but not so well when playing any other schools with shades of red as their home colors.  But, it would really be cool if we donned gray jerseys in those instances as the field would be covered in scarlet and gray, not red and white.  GO BUCKS!

Comment 24 Sep 2015

FWIW, having been involved in games (all be it some time ago) preparing for an early start is much easier than a super late start.  I am talking about noon games on the east coast vs. 8:00 pm games on the west coast.  It is much easier to adjust your internal clock to go a little earlier than try to force your body to accept an extremely late start.  And, some west coast games start even later than that (think AZ schools).  That creates a much greater home field advantage. 

Gamesmanship such as this has been going on for a long time.  The old contract for the Rose Bowl required the Big 10 teams to be in Pasadena two weeks prior to the game while the west coast teams could show up only days before the game.  This created a little advantage for the Pac 10 as theirteams could utilize their own practice facilities while the visitors were basically forced to practice at sub par facilities in the LA area.  And, despite the team getting acclimated to the time zone, the requirement to be away from family and friends over the holidays added a unique twist to the preparation for the games.  I just offer this as an example of how "home" teams can set things up to be much more advantageous for the themselves.  Home field advantage encompasses all of this and more, not just the crowd environment in the home stadium.  

Comment 17 Sep 2015

The only way the loser gets in is if the winner loses the B1G championship game.  Even then, it's a long shot. 

Comment 16 Sep 2015

Interesting stats comparing Rugby to Football. Rugby necessitates their style of tackling because of the lack of protective equipment worn by the players (no helmets, shoulder pads, hip pads, etc).  One would think that the absence of protective gear would lead to more serious injuries, but the players have learned to protect themselves through their play.  Football players put a lot of undue faith in their pads and as a result get many more serious injuries. 

We were fortunate enough to travel to VT for the game.  It was quite obvious that VT was not employing the rugby technique, as they often relied on the big hit to make the tackle.  Don't know if the rugby technique would have brought down Braxton on his spin move, but most likely it would have slowed him down enough that the rest of the D may have been able to make the tackle. 

OSU's use of the technique has greatly reduced the number of missed tackles.  This was an excellent move by Urban, Fickle and Ash. 

Comment 15 Sep 2015

The officials can pick up the flag if they discuss it and clarify it amongst themselves, however this particular play is not reviewable by the replay booth. 

Comment 11 Sep 2015

Sorry, but no amount of editing can improve the awesomeness of Braxton.  Give me the original clip sans sound/special effects any day. 

Comment 08 Sep 2015

One always needs to remember: "what goes around comes around."  If you don't want SEC fans chest thumping around the country, why act like them when we have success?

Being cocky and smug is something many of us don't like. I have actually stepped in between rowdy Buckeye fans and their targets both admonishing the perpetrators and apologizing to the offended.  Also, Urban has very little tolerance for any player who exhibits unsportsman like behavior on or off the field.  Why would anyone want to do anything that contradicts his feelings about disrespectful behavior? 

We were at the VT this weekend, and any Hokie fan we met was very respectful despite many of them thinking that they were going to pull off the upset.  Supporting your own team does not have to come at the expense of dissing their opponents or any other teams.  Remember what your Mama told you - If you don't have any thing good to say, DON'T SAY IT!  

Comment 03 Sep 2015

Rutgers was brought in because of their natural rivalry with Penn State.  True, they are in a prime market which is good for the B1G, but the PSU contingent really wanted them in the league or there was talk of PSU bolting. 

Comment 03 Sep 2015

Yes, 11W does get a small commission on purchases made when you click on the ad links on the site.  What many of us have done is to bookmark the link from the ad, making it the default log on for any site that is advertised on 11W and used frequently for our purchases.  That way, in my case for instance, every time I click on my Amazon startup it credits 11W with the sale. Does not cost me a thing, and I don't have to reload 11W and look for the link to go shopping (sometimes the link I want does not appear for a few days thanks to Google-Ads logic). 

Comment 28 Aug 2015

We are going to the game with a VT alum as his guests.  He kind of put off making reservations because he has always been able to get a room at the hotel on the VT campus without much problem.  When I bugged him about it Aug 1, he said that he still hadn't made reservations through his contacts. 

That's when I went to work.  We managed to get 3 rooms at the Holiday Inn in Roanoke.  We had to call the motel direct as there were no rooms showing on any online reservation sites.  The manager at the motel said that she had never seen anything like this.  Rooms began selling out in early June.  Pretty much every room within a 50 mile radius is sold out.  And, for the most part these are not VT fans taking the rooms.  As my friend stated, "Damn those Buckeyes!  There taking every room in town!"

OSU fans are even buying season tickets to VT to get this game.  A season ticket costs $350.  Most of the tickets sold on stub hub are from VT fans cashing in on a golden opportunity, selling their tickets to many OSU fans. 

Do you really think that this will be a hostile environment like PSU?  I think not.  The stadium only holds 65,000, and at least 20,000+ will be Buckeyes. 

Comment 25 Aug 2015

If that report is enough to make you say 'whoa nellie' you need to read studies on sugar.  Yes, that's right, our wonderful refined sugar.  You know, the substance that is responsible for more health care costs in this country than any other product.  I am not trying to minimize the concerns of the Colorado  study, but there are many studies on products that we use every day that have an equal or greater amount of concerns related to their use. 

Comment 25 Aug 2015

Now that MJ is legal in Washington State our family Doctor has recommended it's use for pain relief.  I am on warfarin, and I can take very little in the way of pain relievers.  Just acetaminophen really, and that just doesn't do the trick for long, necessitating repeated doses just to get through the night (I had a lower back problem last December that dragged on through June).  Repeated dosing with that can also play havoc with the warfarin.  The Doc was almost adamant that I try pot to get sleep, as it does really not interfere with my warfarin dosing.  It was the ticket, as I actually noticed much improvement after I gave in and tried it. 

Yet, the NFL would prefer that their players take prescribed drugs like Oxycontin and worse for pain control.  The negative effects and addictive qualities of those pain killers are far worse than using pot. 

Comment 25 Aug 2015

I live in Washington State.  There were many doomsdayers opposed to the legalization of MJ citing reasons very similar to what was stated by the OP.  In reality, very little has changed in the culture.  College teams still have drug policies that are very enforceable.  The increase in potency of the MJ was cited as a reason to vote down the measure, but the potency is really not that much different than what was/is available on the street.  Any MJ used today is not your '70's '80's type of stuff unless someone is growing it as a rookie at home.  The only real negative about the whole measure is that the state went so crazy with the taxation (from grower to wholesaler to retail) that the price of the pot in the stores is almost prohibitive for many users.  Thus, there is still quite a bit of home growing and trading going on. 

There has been no marked increase of college athletes getting sanctioned for pot.  The argument that legalization would lead to more incidents of this ignores the fact that there are many substances that are already sold in Health Food Stores that will not pass the pee test for athletes.  Yet, we don't see people going overboard with that stuff.  Very similar situation here.  Serious athletes are not going to have the availability of pot completely destroy their passion.  Obviously some will go overboard, but I highly suspect that it is the same number that get in trouble without legalization.  At least that is pretty much the case in the northwest.  Now, you may hear more news about players getting busted for it, but that is primarily due to the fact that it is legal and these instances won't be secretted behind closed doors as much. 

Comment 25 Aug 2015

Complaining about SOS because Army and FAU were added?  OSU had two open home dates to fill, one in '17 and the next in '19.  Most of the teams that are mentioned as preferred over these two would never agree to an away only stint at Ohio Stadium.  Also, the B1G is going to a 9 came conference schedule, leaving only 3 OOC games.  Given that the Buckeyes will only have 4 or 5 home conference games (depending on the year), the admin has to maintain two home OOC games every year (they have long relied upon 7 or 8 home games to fund the athletic department).  Quality opponents will demand a home and home contract, leaving one of those open dates as an OSU home game only.  With that in mind, they are still going to schedule games like these. 

Please be reminded that last year our OOC was Navy, VT, Kent State, and Cinn.  And, we still made the final 4 despite losing to the one respectable opponent in that mix.  

Comment 20 Aug 2015

LOL  You actually posted on 11W asking for respectful questions for Mr. Fordeeeee?  Maybe you should ask him first when he will be respectful of the Buckeyes as well as the B1G?  Until he is, it is impossible to ask a respectful question of the ass hat. 

Comment 20 Aug 2015

It makes zero sense for them to be in the B1G.  They had their chances many times before and every time they snubbed their noses at the league.  They are still stuck on the notion that they are the biggest drawing card in the country, and they would never settle for an equal piece of the pie with the rest of the league members.  If you want to know what happens if you bring in a school like ND to the league just look at how Texas' demands for superior treatment has ruined the Big 12.  They are not a good fit by any stretch of the imagination.