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Comment 20 Jul 2014

My number 1:

1974 First game I attended against TSUN. Woody vs Bo. Sitting in Block O. 18 secs left and TSUN is going for a chip shot field goal to win. TSUN fans already leaving since they had the game in the bag. It's up, it's close, it's wide left. Storming the field.  Twice. Band playing "California here we come" on field with students. High Street was crazy. Turned this out of state freshman into a Buckeye for life.

Mike Lantry. Gets my vote as one of the best kickers in OSU history. Deserved a leaf for 73 and 74.

Comment 05 Jul 2014

As someone who has sold tickets on the secondary market, let me give you my POV:

I can't make it back to OSU for every games, for a variety of reasons, as much as I 'd like to.  So I am faced with the choice elf eating tickets or reselling them. My first choice is to sell to friends, which I do at face value. Yes, I could make more off of the marque games but I'd rather have my friends see the games and I don't lose any money. The ones I can't sell get sold on the secondary market. I usually break even or make a few bucks, especially if it is a hot ticket.

My other option is to forgo buying tickets but that isn't in the plan because I try to get to tech games with my kids and wife whenever possible.

What sucks is TSUN on Thanksgiving. That's prime vacation time as well and as much as I love the Buckeyes my family comes first. 

Comment 03 Jul 2014

I have seen all but 4 OSU -m*chigan games over the past 35+ years in person and I have only once paid anything within $100 of these prices being quoted. I expect to pay less than $70 this year. The secondary market is even better now that The Game is on a holiday weekend

I think there are two secondary markets:

1. Fans that can wait until the last minute for the best price right before game time. if they don't get in then it is no big deal. They may be local so they can try their luck each week.

2. Fans that are traveling to Columbus and not getting in would be an issue. They have spent money on hotel / gas or airfare etc, and may be traveling with family members. The costs of tickets are not as important as ensuring they can see the game. They pay a premium for assurances they will have tickets. 

Comment 30 Jun 2014

Clifford Stoll


An astronomer by training, his book "The Cuckoo's Egg," that details how he caught a hacker breaking into his network, is a great read. As with any good scientist, he noticed an anomaly in the data (his account was off by a few cents), and decided to fin out why. He is a very interesting guy with a very self-deprecating sense of humor.

Comment 18 Jun 2014

Not much different from us and a lot of the teams we play pre-season.

Comment 29 May 2014

My take it should depend on the type of scholarship. If you offer anything less than a guarantied four year full ride then the student ought to be able to transfer once the initial period was up. Offer a 1 year scholarship, the student can say goodbye and leave with full eligibility in year two. Less than a full ride? Transfer withe remaining eligibility and no waiting period to any school offering a full ride. That would make both sides of the contract get a fair deal and make coaches think twice about "trying out" a player.

Comment 24 May 2014

Great article. Having grown up surrounded by WWII vets (who were often Korea Vets as well, as was my Dad), one of the amazing things about that generation was how they came back and simply got on with their lives.  They never talked about what they did unless it was about some fun thing they remembered, such as my dad first shave of his life was on the banks of the Rhine River; I think their outlook was captured in a quote from one of the original Band of Brothers:" "I wasn't a hero but served with many who were." A truly amazing generation.

Comment 19 Apr 2014

One thing people tend to forget about Sherman is he learned the importance of destroying an enemy's ability to sustain itself during the Seminole Wars in Florida. Burn their crops and villages and eventually they surrender. In addition, the Confederates, not Sherman started the fires in Atlanta. Atlanta was a major logistics and transportation center for the Confederacy and they did not want its resources falling into Union hands. Sherman just finished what they started. 

Comment 17 Apr 2014

Great article and spot on about how the Spring Game is about connecting with a fan base and maintaining their support. Filling the stands goes a long way to maintaining support, impressing recruits and strengthening the bond between the team, the university, and its fans. 


One minor nit: Porter isn't about Price, Product, Position, etc. but gauging the intensity of marketplace competition.

Comment 18 Feb 2014

Do you know who is Brutus in the Bw photo? I knew Brutus in the late 70's and he looks like him.  I cannot remember his name but he was in Alpha Rho Chi as I recall.

Comment 27 Dec 2013

I think there are a number of reasons why the Autobahn ha sits safety record:

1. As you point out, it is maintained.

2. Police actually strictly enforce traffic laws, such as no passing on the right, staying right except to pass,  and speed limits (Yes there are speed limits on the Autobahn)

3. German drivers actually obey traffic laws

4. German drivers licenses require you take a serious training course. None of this pass the test , prove you can parallel park and don't violate any traffic laws in the 15 minute road test.

 5. German cars actually have to be inspected and maintained; you won't see some clapped out junker on bald tires or with the emergency spare on the front wheel passing you while doing 80+MPH

Comment 24 Nov 2013

It's not a mascot but rather a battle cry; and used much like we use OH IO as a greeting. There are several stories about its origins but no matter how it started it's a tradition at Auburn, much like rolling Toomer's Corner. Watching War Eagle fly in at the start of a game at Jordon - Hare is pretty cool (though not as good as TBDBITL's ramp entrance, IMHO).

Auburn will have its hands full with Bama; and if they play the game of their life and Bama is flat they might pull an upset in the Iron Bowl. Fortunately, I already made plans to see OSU play in Indy and or else I'd be buying SEC Championship game tickets if AU went.

Go Bucks. Beat the school up north and War Damn Eagle!

Comment 17 Nov 2013

My reaction as well. The UGA player was setting up to intercept when his teammate hit the ball and we started screaming. When UGA marched down the field I was worried that UGA would still pull it out. After Bama's struggles with MSU I think AU has a chance, if they can keep the game fast and high scoring. I don't think AU's defense is all that great, but they've come through so far when needed.  War Eagle.  

No, if AU wins out and FSU stumbles we could see an OSU / AU NCG. If FSU doesn't we could just see AU wind up #2 ahead of us. I doubt it but watch the argument start if they beat Bama.

Comment 08 Oct 2013

I'm surprised Vegas didn't move the line more to even out the betting.

Comment 24 Sep 2013
Don't worry, the folks in Charm City will figure it out. With any luck you'll be able to watch the Buckeyes and then catch a Birds game.