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Comment 7 hours ago

One point I found interesting is how OSU approaches a kid: open, honest communications. No promises but tell them they will have a chance to prove they have what it takes; thus being stand up guys was well as appealing to a player's competitive instincts to see if they have the fire and work ethic it takes to compete at the highest levels of college football.

Comment 10 hours ago

No doubt LCDR Wayne W. Hayes, USNR is looking down smiling. He was not only a great historian but a WWII veteran and strong supporter of those in uniform.

Kudos to Taylor on keeping perspective about fame and what matters.

Comment 11 hours ago

Good to see the SEC is in on the talks. We need the guys who understand bagmen and payoffs to get things done in on the game...

Comment 11 hours ago

And a whole new playbook involving deflated balls; the scourge of football players and coaches everywhere...

Comment 26 Jan 2015

If her personality is anything like my mini black and tan female Brutus would be more appropriate. My son's shepard mix is scared to death of her; she takes his toys and bones and he just sits and stares. If he gets close she growls and he backs off...

Comment 26 Jan 2015

Just got an email in response to my asking OSU about reprints:

The posters at the event on Saturday were gone almost immediately, as I'm sure you expected.

We are actually in the process of getting 15,000 or more posters printed up. The plan is to have them available, for free, at Kroger locations. There is no specific date on when they will be available. What I was told is they will post the information on the OSU Athletics Facebook page when the posters can be picked up at Kroger.

So at least OSU realizes the demand. Now, would some kind 11W'r pick up 1 extra for a Buckeye in SEC land?

Comment 22 Jan 2015

OSU said they would be sending commerative tickets to everyone who bought tickets so there should be some available from folks who sold their tickets. I plan to keep mine for my display with the SI cover and program and give the other ones to those who bought my extras but another Stubhub seller may unload theirs. I haven't got mine yet so they aren't on eBay yet from that batch.  Those that are we're probably bought at the game. There we folks asking to by them after the game and the going price was around $20 FYI.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

You youngsters. In my day, if we want cereal we had to grow and harvest the oats, mill them, form them into O's and then bake them. Don't even get me started on raising hops if we wanted beer. Now , get of my lawn...

Comment 20 Jan 2015

Mine was with the 9th Armor - Crossing of the Rhine with Dry Feet. First time he shaved was on the banks of the Rhine river. Pretty heady stuff considering he was 17 at the time and a draftee. I was worried about would I get into OSU while he was worried if he would live to see tomorrow at 17...

Comment 20 Jan 2015

Plus MARTA will take right to the stadium and hotels.No need for car if you fly; and you can park in a remote MARTA station for free and take MARTA to and from the game.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

What amazes me most about that generation is how strikingly unassuming they were and are. I grew up in an Army town full of WWII and Korea vets, including number of my teachers, and you'd never guess what they did or experienced. If they talked about it it was always the fun times or to correct something you'd see in movie with a simple "it didn't happen that way." They were infantrymen, pilots, sailors who experienced some horrific things and came back to start families and live a normal life. The hero were always the other guy, they would only say they did their job and tried to survive when asked what they did in the war. They got married, started families and got on with their lives. A truly amazing generation who helped set the bar for those who came after them.

Comment 18 Jan 2015

If you lived in Alabama your truck would look similar except it'd be a combination of red primer and gray primer.

Comment 18 Jan 2015

Let's face it. Superfans are now part of the TV show. While I wouldn't dress up like one and wonder why someone would, I place them in the "Who Cares?" category. I go for the game an the band and when I'm watching on TV I wish they'd show the band at halftime (and the ramp entrance but I'd settle for the halftime show) but a 10 sec shot of a superfan doesn't bother me. Now, if they are worming their way into areas where they don't have a ticket then they should be escorted back to their seat and if they constantly do that thrown out of a game, but that is the same of any fan.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

Army is a special case given everyone is on scholarship. Even so they can't beat Navy  

Comment 17 Jan 2015

Certainly. I think there is so much money at stake with the revenue sports (football and basketball for the most part) that they've become more interested in appearing to take action than actually enforcing the rules because enforcing them would hurt the revenue stream.

If I were the god of college sports I'd:

1. Rewrite the rule book to get rid of the BS and focus on preventing real problems an not creating ones simply because the rules say it's not allowed to do X. It wouldn't be easy but I'd shoot for a rational set of guidelines. For example, an athlete would be allowed to sell items they got but would have to do so through the university who would be required to limit the total dollars an athlete could receive and sell things at a far market value. All sales would have to be reported to the NCAA and be part of a public record of who sold and who bought at what price.

2. Separate compliance form the university by having NCAA employed compliance staff embedded in the athletic department. they would be paid by the NCAA and would rotate out after say 5 years to avoid them becoming attached to the school. They would have complete access to all athletic department files, scholarship athletes bank statements, car titles, etc. to monitor compliance. They would also be forbidden to accept employment at a school for a year after they leave it.

3. Besides current punishment I'd attach monetary fines to violations so there is some real pain as well.

4. Come to a contractual agreement with the NFL that penalties leaved on athletes would be enforced in the NFL if the students leaves school prior to the end of the penalty.

5. Make it a criminal offense to attempt to pay an athlete to influence their attendance at a school.

Never happen simply because it is easier to know nothing and not mess with the gravy train.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

It's largely irrelevant except to PSU fans. The public has already made up its mind. PSU will always be known as the school where football was more important than protecting kids and JoePa will always have a "the coach who was fired after a child molestation scandal" added to any discussion of him; and will be mentioned anytime there is any other scandal involving a coach, no matter what the circumstances.

Going forward the lesson is to fight the NCAA at every turn and they'll fold.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

What a stupid he is...How long did he think he could do this without someone finding out?.Well you get what you pay for!

In this case it appears he didn't.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

I have a lot of respect for the guy. He is making a nice chunk of money with his schtick. All he has to do is sit back and let the callers do his show while he counts the dough.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

Trader's. Seville Quarter. Fond memories, although the town's changed a bit since I was there.

Baja fans fall into two categories:

1. Those who actually went to the school. They generally are reasonable and can actually carry on a conversation with it becoming SEC, SEC.

2. Those who never set foot in Tuscaloosa. Two minute stalking with them and you're wondering what color the sky is in their world.

The later can't fathom that anyone could actually out play Bama let alone be a better team or better coached. Any point they can't refute immediately goes to SEC and past glory. The have allowed themselves to be brainwashed and thus truly believe that Bama is head and shoulders above any other team and thus a win is the result of anything but playing a better team or being out coached. 

Reality may start to set in with the 4 team playoff. While the top of the SEC is good, the playoff format makes it harder for them to comet on top simply because there is less of a chance of a team sneaking into the title game because of a weak schedule. The 3 and 4 teams could very well be better than the #2 team and the #1 team and now have a chance to prove it. Now, the champion will have had to play 2 of the top teams in the country and your less likely to see such a debacle as ND getting in only to be rolled by Bama. As a result, I doubt any conference will dominate the playoff like the SEC did the BCS; there is simply too much parity amongst the top teams and the usual random factors that affect a game.