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Comment 26 Sep 2014

While it is a good sentiment, but with 44K undergrads you're using 40% of the capacity right there. Not only does that cut into the revenue significantly but it also gives tickets to many students who may not want them; leaving scalpers buy them to fill the demand, though it would be interesting to se the university try to upgrade say 10 or 15k worth of tickets each week.

Comment 22 Sep 2014

I also think there is conformation bias at play in the voting. Pre-season hype says Miller is key to our offense and a Heisman candidate so voters will think "we'll they have a young line and a lot of new starters on both sides of the ball but Mille rid so good he can carry them..." and when he is out they look at the game and see what confirms their viewpoint that our team's ability to be dominate depended on Miller. As a result, they over react to the performance and we see a larger drop than may have been warranted based on the game. The loss to VT won't be as remarkable since they've already accounted for Miller being out and thus punish us less for losing. I'm not saying that is what happened but biases play a large roll, even if we aren't aware of them, in our decision making.

That's why I think early polls are generally worthless. Without good information the biases and desire to conform to the groups perception will weigh heavier on their minds. Of course, given that no voter probably watches a significant portion of the teams they are voting on but looks at final scores and maybe highlight reels just adds to the problem.

Comment 21 Sep 2014

Sorry, I believe teams should be evaluated based on play on the field not on assumptions. I guess that makes me old school.

Therein lies the problem with a preseason poll. No one has seen the teams actually play a snap so all they can go on is their opinion on the impact of players leaving and how those returning / new guys will perform. Losing a Heisman quality QB is sure to impact their viewpoint, even with a win. While Barrett is very good and will no doubt get better it's clear he is not the explosive player Miller was and thus we probably are not as good as they thought. Should we have dropped as far as we did based on losing Miller? No, but we certainly would have dropped some; couple that with the sloppy play and we clearly aren't a top - 10 team. 

As the season progresses and the voters see more actual game play the polls will sort themselves out. Personally, I think no polls before week 5 reflect reality; but they bring in cash so people do them.

Comment 06 Sep 2014

PSU has looked pretty average during the first half. If their line can't protect Hackenburg against Akron he's likely to be barely able to walk halfway through the B1G schedule. He's saved a few sacks by throwing the ball away but he's likely to throw a pick 6 as he seems to just want to unload the ball and throws wherever he is looking. They've gotten some good plays at the edges but the Zips seem to be stopping runs up the middle.

On offense, the Zips have done a good job on moving the ball against PSU. They are getting guys open but can't seem to hold on to the ball. A few less drops an they would be tied at least. The running game, while not breaking a big one moves the ball as well and the QB has saved a few sacks with his feet.

Overall, if this is what PSU will be like in the B1G they are in for a long season. Us, TTUN and MSU would be L's and MD / Ill tossups.

That roar is annoying. A soft meow would be more appropriate.

Comment 06 Sep 2014

He's from KY and would be a hometown hero to a lot of fans, especially ones with connections, if he goes there and has a stellar career. You can't fault a kid for wanting to stay home and play for an in-state school.

Comment 06 Sep 2014

While I see your point and to pretty much agree I also feel if you count the wins you gotta take the L as well.

Comment 29 Aug 2014

Hard to believe most of those Coeds are now nearing or in their 30's

Comment 29 Aug 2014

Don't forget Astronauts as well - Ohioans - We're Out of this World...

Comment 28 Aug 2014

I park in the garage next to the Ohio Union. Easy to walk to the stadium and get back onto High St especially heading south. I believe it was around $10 to park.


Comment 28 Aug 2014

They do look great, especially the class rank (not rank such as Midshipmen Capt, Lt, etc).  I wonder if Marine options will have an EGA on the unis?

As a side note, they look like what we used to call Trop White Short rather than Trop White Long since the former had short pants and the later had long ones.

Psyched for the game as I'll be there.

Comment 27 Aug 2014

I was there for that. John Glenn, after professing his love for Ohio and the Buckeyes, said he had a special place in his heart for the Navy as well, opened his jacket and pointed to his Wings of Gold. 

The game was a great experience as well, from the teams running on the field together to the flyover and the ending.

I am also a Navy vet and will be wearing my Ohio State hat with a Navy crest pined to it. I am looking forward to a great game with a fine bunch of young men.

Fair winds and a following sea,

Comment 25 Aug 2014

I don't think it's a matter of liking one over the other; rather appreciating what each they did in context of the times.

Woody For many, he defines Ohio State football. Beloved, not just for his accomplishments as a coach, but for what he did for the University, for Ohio, and anyone else who met him.

Earle Bruce Old 9 and 3. 5 top 20 and 3 top 10 finishes in 9 years as a coach at OSU. A coaching tree that's a who's who of coaching, including Saban and Meyer.  Winingest coach in Big 10 and 5 -4 against TTUN; and we fired him. Never follow a legend. 11 - 0 start not matched as a first year coach until UM.

John Cooper. Great coach, won many big games. Always seemed one play away from a national championship. Didn't seem to get The Game. Still a loyal Buckeye.

Jim Tressel. Great coach. Took us to the promised land.  Came close a few times after that and owned TTUN, making us forget the Cooper years.

Luke Fickell A true Buckeye. Stepped up when the team was in turmoil even though it was a no win situation and deserves our respect and gratitude.

Urban Meyer. Our guy now.

Time and change. I enjoyed each coach and wouldn't swap one for the other.

Comment 23 Aug 2014

Ah yes, the old soccer vs football thing. We had that too, but after  a little "friendly" game with a few of the big bad football players having hurt ankles from sliding tackles and shin bruises from ball steals they stopped playing us for fear they'd get injured and not be able to play football.

Comment 23 Aug 2014

In. No one ever accused Pete Rose of not giving 100%+ as a player or coach and his record speaks for itself. He paid the price and deserves to be recognized while he is still alive. The players from the "Steroids Era" didn't get lifetime bans and are HOF eligible and their impact on the game was certainly measurable and negative. For MLB to have such a double standard is unfair to Rose, the fans, and the sport.

Comment 22 Aug 2014

we may be talking about different types of sports books. I was referring to one like they run in Vegas, where in my admittedly limited experience talking with people in that industry, they want to balance their bets so they are covered no matter who wins. They make their money off the top so it's a volume business. The opening line isn't necessarily what they think the score differential or the right line should be but what they think will generate even bets on both sides. If their book gets out of balance they need to move lines to balance it. The might not balance every line but in aggregate they come out even.

Some books may take a position but that's not a smart way to make money in the long run if you can essential eliminate the risk of paying out with your own money and just taking a cut off the top.

As for future bets there is, as you point out, another side, namely all the rest of the teams. As long as the aggregate dollars lost equal the payout less your cut you have  a balanced book.

In short, do you really mean to say a Las Vegas casino puts at risk any significant amount of its own money on a betting line because they think it is a sure thing? 

Comment 22 Aug 2014

I would think another benefit is it gives defenses less time to react to the offense and change players to adjust their schemes.  That lets them keep the defense off balance and if the offense has a number of potential threats increases the chances of one being open. The defense of an open tempo team would need some depth to keep from getting gassed as the game wears on so backup defensive players become key to the offenses success.

Comment 21 Aug 2014

You had it easy. I had to do that in 3 feet of snow and all I got afterwards on TV were TTUN games.