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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being able to witness the 2006 game between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan. It is something I will never, ever forget. Electric moment in time with a buildup that was second to none, and a game result to match.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Braxton Miller
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA

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Comment 27 May 2015

You're entitled to your opinion, and that is fine.  I understand those that do not enjoy the game.  My frustration normally lies with those who say they don't like it because they don't understand it, yet they've really never tried to understand the game.  You obviously do not lie in that camp. 

It's easy to say "what does it matter?" but for some people who are intimately involved with soccer in the US, it is tiresome to see great, skillful athletes play soccer through their formative years, only to not see much, if any, future in the sport and decide to give up the game.  Or, you'll see players decide not to play in high school or high-level club because their team is not fully committed financially to being successful, or does not have the public/administrative backing that is necessary to grow and develop a team or program.  

I'm getting a little deep here, I know, but this is a problem that hampers the game in the US.  You have many youth players who could have tremendous futures in the sport, but they don't want to move across the globe.  Or, even more realistically, they don't want to have to drive hundreds of miles each week to practice or play for a worthwhile team because there is nothing closer to help them develop.  In the US, the pyramid is backward compared to much of the world - the better coaching and higher level training and competition you desire, the more expensive it is for the player.  That is opposite from all other parts of the world, where big clubs pay for you to be a part of their program.  It would be nice to level the playing field in that regard, and another WC in the States would certainly help do so.

Comment 27 May 2015

In all honesty, there are more than enough locations in the US to host a WC today without having to spend an exorbitant amount of money.  With the amount of large football stadiums and, now, soccer specific stadiums that are large enough to host games, the only costs would be slight upgrades to some public transportation, maybe some additional hotel sites needing to be built, etc., and that is even questionable as to its need.  Having the WC in the US would be a boon financially, rather than a hindrance.  

The melting pot of different cultures and the amount of immigrants already within the American borders, let alone those using the WC as an excuse to travel to the US from other parts of the globe, would mean total sellouts of the tournament.  We have yet to experience a WC in the States while being a more true "soccer nation."  1994 was the beginning of the soccer revolution in the US, but it was not even close to being mainstream.  Hosting a WC now, or in the near future, could put soccer in the US over the edge, in my opinion.

Comment 27 May 2015

Brazil 2014 was a bit of a mistake as well (basically forcing a nation struggling financially to spend billions on stadiums and other World Cup features rather than its own people/infrastructure), but 2018 in Russia (diplomatic issues) and 2022 in Qatar (what isn't an issue there right now?) are incredibly poor choices as host nations, and everyone knows it.  FIFA has discussed trying to grow the sport and putting the WC in places that have never before hosted, but these selections are downright puzzling because of all the issues surrounding each nation.  The ONLY explanation is bribes and corruption.

FIFA had a chance to select the US or Australia, two large developing soccer nations who already have much, if not all, of the infrastructure needed to host a terrific WC.  They instead went down the path of corrupt back-room deals and many FIFA officials are going to pay for those decisions.

Comment 21 May 2015

It's AAU basketball that is played in the spring/summer.  Most players play on their HS teams, but gain the most recognition while playing AAU ball because it is more national, and because college coaches have a better opportunity to see multiple players at a time in the spring/summer by getting to huge invitational tournaments.

Comment 21 May 2015

That is definitely the threat, but for all the talent OSU has at WR, basically all of that talent is untested and unproven in game situations.  Thomas is truly the one given, and we've seen instances of Urban Meyer's offense relying repeatedly on his "old trusted" rather than spreading the ball around as much.  

Now, opponents will surely recognize this as well and could roll coverage to Thomas, but that is tough to do with the weapons OSU has running the football.  Focus too much on Thomas, and suddenly the numbers equation that Urban loves to take advantage of in the running game is clearly in OSU's favor.

I think a staple we will see this year is the slant Thomas used to go the distance against MSU and VT.  With his size and body control, he can easily box out overmatched DB's.  Easy yards.

Comment 21 May 2015

I agree with you, but I think Chris qualified his statement by saying he just thinks Webb will be better, and I would concur with him.  In the brief instances we got to see Webb play last season, he had a knack for making plays and being in position to make a play.  There were a few plays he made in the B1G title game that were impressive for a true freshman.

Maybe it's not fair to say Conley will lose his spot based on struggles in his first season, but is it fair to say based on the way Webb showed out as a true freshman it is a good indication that he'll be a big time contributor at CB?  I think so.  Like Coop always said, "If a dog's gonna bite, he's gonna bite as a pup," and Webb definitely bit as a pup, in my opinion.

Comment 21 May 2015

I predict Jalin Marshall moves to outside WR permanently, to make room for Curtis Samuel at the H.  Samuel, along with Zeke, will rush for over 1,000 yards.

Three different QBs will start games for OSU this season.

Raekwon McMillan leads the team with over 120 tackles.

Sam Hubbard gets at least 8 sacks.

Michael Thomas becomes the first 1,000 yard receiver at OSU since Michael Jenkins.

Comment 19 May 2015

He's striking out at a similar pace, but overall slightly less than he has historically.  The way his average has cratered, you would expect his K% would be much higher.  In total, he's seeing more pitches per at bat, he's swinging at less balls, and he's walking more.  Yet, his average has plummeted.

I think he's primed for a "turnaround."  He really can't get anywhere but up, statistically, at this point. How much that turnaround impacts his average/OBP/overall value at the plate remains to be seen, but based on the numbers we should be seeing more hits out of him soon.

Comment 19 May 2015

I agree the biggest mistake so far has been the Homer signing.  Other than two no hitters and a dominant performance in the playoffs against the Giants, he's a mostly good but not great pitcher who is very inconsistent.  It's a shame they won't be able to re-sign Cueto due to some of the bad contracts they've locked up the past few years.

If I'm Walt Jocketty for a day, I trade Aroldis Chapman as fast as I can.  He's a novelty that is of no real use to a mediocre team.  The Reds refuse to use him in any situation other than when a save is on the line.  I realize they used him Sunday when down a run, but that is the 1st they've done that and I am assuming they don't have plans to make that a normal occurrence.  Chapman has been misused by the Reds from day one, and now it is too late to return his true value as a pitcher.

I'd also look in to trading Cueto, just based on the fact there is very little chance they can retain him.  Not only that - I am not sure you want to invest $20 million a year in a middle-aged pitcher with a slight build and some past injury concerns.  He's going to fetch a very nice return, and the Reds will get more out of him the sooner they trade him.  They may get lucky at the deadline and get a haul from a needy contender, or they may find that teams aren't willing to give up the farm system just to have Cueto for a few months.

Comment 19 May 2015

If you look at advanced metrics (I'm no Sabermetrician, but I do see a lot of value in looking at many of the Sabermetrics), Jay Bruce has been pretty unlucky so far this year.  He's striking out less, swinging at more strikes and less balls, but his BABIP is very low compared to his norm.  The only thing I can gather is he is fouling off more pitches than usual, but is maybe just slightly "off" with his timing.  Bruce is still a plus fielder due to his outstanding arm - he just needs to get that timing back.  Two homers in the last two games is a good sign as well.  He traditionally has some major hot streaks in the month of May.

Comment 04 May 2015

Gibbs' brother just committed to Notre Dame.  Their older brother, Ashton, played at Pitt, and a Pitt assistant coach is from the same high school as Gibbs.

I'd be shocked if OSU ended up with Gibbs, but it would be a pleasant surprise.  He shoots well and is a good scorer.  Even if he comes in and averages 10-12 points per game, that would help stabilize such a young team.  Who knows though, maybe you catch lightning in a bottle with Gibbs.  Again, I'd be shocked if it happened since it seems OSU rarely ends up with these graduate players and Gibbs is so highly tied to Pitt (as it looks now).

Comment 02 May 2015

Why is it so difficult for people to understand OSU isn't Duke/Kentucky/UNC/Kansas in basketball? They just aren't. Ohio State basketball is akin to an Oregon or LSU in football. Very very good, but not at the consistent elite level of an Alabama, Ohio State, or USC. Those are historically elite programs. Ohio State is not. Yet. And that's ok.

The ONLY reason the Buckeye basketball program is on the precipice of "elite" is due to their performance over the past decade under Matta. Period. 

Comment 27 Apr 2015

This won't be as easy a game as many are making it out to be.  It's still the opener, on the road, in a pretty difficult environment.  You can bet VT will have some adjustments and new schemes included in their game plan that OSU has not seen on film.

However, I think it is safe to say with the returning O-linemen and the general experience this offense now has, this Buckeye team is infinitely more prepared than they were last September.  The deep passes were there for OSU last season against the Hokies, but not enough were converted.  That will be the key again, in my opinion.  Can Corey Smith, Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, etc. take advantage of Cover 0 over the top?  If so, good luck trying to stop Zeke and the QB running game.

Even with the unknown as to what VT will throw at OSU defensively, the Buckeyes can take control on their own defensive side of the ball and get VT out of their comfort zone.  Getting some sacks and turnovers (and getting off the darn field on 3rd down) can alleviate much of the pressure the offense could feel.

Comment 24 Apr 2015

Didn't Gary just say he's planning on making his verbal commitment at the Under Armour or Army All-American game in January 2016?  If so, any thought as to where he is "leaning" today may not make a lick of difference.  

Comment 21 Apr 2015

His presentation style may not have been the best, but I 100% agree with him.  I'm a Reds fan and I don't follow any other baseball team closely - but I do not typically hear about this guy or that guy being unavailable for a specific game for the Reds' opposition.  I watch A LOT of Reds games on FSO, and you rarely hear Reds broadcasters give out detailed roster information about the opposing team.  Yet, somehow, you have Reds beat reporters telling the world ahead of time that Billy Hamilton can't play today, or Devin Mesoraco is not in the clubhouse tonight, etc.  You better believe that info gets passed on to the opposing manager during the game.

I agree that I would not be surprised if Price just quits talking to certain guys that he does not trust with information.  He's already shown he's aware of who has leaked out information prior to the club releasing anything, so you know he's set his marks on which reporters he has zero trust.

Comment 20 Apr 2015

Does Dontre Wilson figure at all into the discussion as a vertical threat?  I know his size is a bit of a hindrance in that regard, but he was a guy that saw some action last year down the field, and he seems to be a threat when he is sent vertically.  I have noticed as an "H" his role is often discussed as mostly a threat on the jet sweep, but rarely vertically.  It seems to me like his speed alone could help take the top off the defense and force the safety to be concerned with the threat of a vertical passing game.

Comment 15 Apr 2015

I agree that the tweet is directed at any and every recruit who is considering Ohio State.  They are cleaning up - pulling in top recruit after top recruit when the current roster is already stacked.  Some may shy away, but the OSU coaching staff is counting on recruits seeing the depth chart battles make you stronger.

Comment 10 Apr 2015

I thought I had seen a promo on ESPN about the awards show - I'm 99.9% sure they mentioned all the different awards that would be handed out, including basically one for every position (Best Center, Best Point Guard, Best Shooting Guard, etc.).

If anyone knows how to drag something out, it is ESPN.

Comment 08 Apr 2015

I guess Thad will get a chance to do "something" with "nothing" for once.  An "unexpected" run could be in the cards, which sounds as though it would make a lot of people happy (based on prior conversations).