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Comment 16 hours ago

Why?  Given the chance of injury and short careers owners would have to offer less and shorter contracts to reduce the risk that they will be paying players who no longer are playing. If they have to do that, the rational economic response is spread out the money you would pay in one year over several and offer performance bonuses equal to what you'd pay over the life of a non-guaranteed contract. We already know what the owners are willing to pay so the question becomes how do they structure those payments if contracts are guaranteed?

As for a minor league system, they already have one they don't have to pay for - college football.  They assume none of the risk of injury, long term health impact; and do not have to pay anything to have very talented people training kids for the league. All they have to do is pick the ones they want and not incur any obligations to those they don't pick.

Comment 17 hours ago

In the immortal words of that great philosopher, Ron White "You can fix a lot of things but you CAN'T FIX STUPID..."

Comment 03 Jul 2015

The players then see that the teams are bringing in so much money in ticket revenue and say "Gee, mr. Owner over there isn't the reason these guys are coming to the game it's me, therefore I should get more."

While I agree, overall, with what your saying in this case, with the exception of a few players, fans aren't coming to see them. Most fans don't care who is on the o r D line; just that the team plays well. As a result, outside of a few players, much of the team is expendable and interchangeable with some other guy who plays just as well but is on the scout team. As a result, salaries are kept in check. The team, however, as long as they put a good product on the field (or are the Browns and have rabid fans) will be able to garner much of the increased revenue. Owners would be stupid to pay more if they don't have to, despite what the players want. It's simple economics.

Comment 02 Jul 2015

Helo jump. Next to last man out. Everyone ran to the edge, stopped, looked down and jumped so we were pretty spread out by the time it was my turn. Jumped, looked down and saw nothing but trees so i turned to run with the wind, then turned to watch last man go into trees right before I landed. Windy day, was dragged and bouncing so I couldn't release the main chute. Finally got dragged to the center of the DZ, a bit bruised but unhurt when my buddies collapsed my chute. Got up, said an "expletive deleted related to intercourse," where upon one the women in my group looked at me and said "Nah. But thanks for asking..."

Comment 29 Jun 2015

Regardless, to beat Urban you have to stop the run first, doesn't matter who's under center.

True. Despite all the spread offensive talk, we are a power run team that uses the spread to make life difficult of the opposing defense. I think that  approach has advantages over the spread offense, if you have the RB/HB/QB that are viable running threats because you always have to account of retime while trying to cover the WR's so ultimately your going to leave running or passing lanes open. If the D isn't stopping the run then we'll just follow Woody's playbook and tell you what we're going to do and then go out and do it.

As for your O, they're good but we got some playmakers returning on D as well. Not just on the line, but in the backfield with guys like Apple. Will be interesting to see how you match up, especially if we pressure your QB. 

Comment 29 Jun 2015

I think that will be one of the keys to the game. You have a good, experienced team returning, especially on defense. Your D needs to stop us early and your O put some points on the board, even if they are behind, to keep them in the game mentally. You can't let it get out of hand early. That will force us to play a more conservative game, but if you let us jump up by say 21 points you'll probably see some more risky plays to test you as well as see what our guys can do.  Playing catchup will be tough since we are likely to make less mistake than last year and be better on O and D. I think it will be a close game with us winning by 10 - 14 points.

Comment 29 Jun 2015

Independent of the Dean situation I think it is critical that the doctors be able to render a completely independent decision that is not subject to second guessing by anyone, if they don't clear a player. The doctors have one responsibility, and that is to the patient. There should be no, but let's reconsider, even if the patient wants to play. 

Doctors can have difference of professional opinion and there be nothing nefarious going on; but team doctors must have the final word in no play situations. Now, if they clear a player and the coach choses to sit him that then is the coach's choice and reasonable as well.

Comment 28 Jun 2015

Certainly a possibility. It could also be they felt one more big hit to the knee, even after it healed, would be devastating. Doctor's opinions vary and a year may change it. I wish him the best and hope he stays healthy.

Comment 28 Jun 2015

Beyond that, there could be a bias against him since he is on a "great team" and thus expected to have flashy stats vs a guy on an ok team. If he does well it is discounted but if he doesn't put up big numbers, no matter how well he plays, he will not be viewed as Heisman worthy. Call it a curse but behavior bias can explain why it is a curse.

Comment 24 Jun 2015

While Tressel has many admirable qualities and I have a great deal of respect for him, when he lied about players' getting illegal benefits he crossed the line. The punishment may have been overly harsh, and I agree he deserves to be in the HOF; but let's not look at what he did through scarlet and gray glasses.

I do not know his true motivations, and am willing to ascribe his actions to a desire to help his players; but that does not change what he did.

As for TP, he broke the rules and was punished; but also deserves to be welcomed back. What he did was minor in the grand scheme of things and he doesn't deserve to be treated like a pariah as a result. Personally, I think the rules he broke are idiotic, like many of the NCAA rules, but they are the rules and he knew them and what the consequences would be for a violation.

In both cases, forgive, help others learn from your mistakes, and move forward as a better person...

Comment 24 Jun 2015

And remember that one of the victims was an Ohio State aero eng graduate. Even as we sre opponents on the field much more ties us together than divides us. 

Comment 21 Jun 2015

Nah, they're just expecting you to build them something; spoken as a Dad who just helped his daughter build a desk to take to college..

Seriously, teach your kids to enjoy building things as you do. My most cherished moments are of my Dad showing me how to change brakes, tune an engine, or properly build a toolbox...

Comment 21 Jun 2015

I hope that day is long as coming, brother. It was moving and wonderful.

As a vet, I hope to join him eventually amongst my brothers and sisters. I walked to his grave, rather than take the bus, to reflect on the sacrifices he,and so many others, made, fighting in a war at an age where I was safely on campus at The OSU, so I can enjoy talking smack with other fans and enjoying the benefits of living here. They gave their lives to let each of us live ours the way we want, something we should never forget. Whenever I hear someone say "they shouldn't be allowed to..." I remember what it cost to let us live our lives in freedom and am glad, in some small and insignificant way, to have played a part in that. If I am half the man my dad was I will consider myself a success.

Comment 21 Jun 2015

Happy Father's Day fellow Buckeyes. I'm enjoying mine in an airport after checking on my Mom and visiting my Dad at Arlington.

Never miss a chance to tell your dad you love him, you never know when it will be your last...


Glad to have you here. I hope you find us as welcoming as I have TKP. Having the opportunity to have a Dad instill a love of CFB and a team is a gift, one I have passed on to my kids as well. happy Father's ay and GO BUCKS...

Comment 20 Jun 2015

I use a paint stripper heat gun from HD to light my egg. 2 or 3 minutes tops for a light.

Comment 20 Jun 2015

Interesting question but i don't think you answered it with your data. Fourth down attempts, if you want to see how agresdive a coach is, must be compared with opportunities. Going for it 3x when you only have 3 fourth down situations is a lot more agresdive than going for it 5 x in 15 fourth fown situations. 

A better question is how much additional field did you give up if you went for it and failed?

Comment 18 Jun 2015

I was there for New Years. My family thought I was nuts packing cold weather gear because "it's a desert..." They appreciated my fore thought once we got there. My one regret in the Navy was not being a plank owner on SSN 711 the Las Vegas. They apparently had one hell of a party to celebrate its commissioning in Vegas.