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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.

Comment 16 Jan 2015

Wouldn't it be hilarious if undefeated OSU, ND, TCU and UO teams played in the championship; leaving a 1 loss SEC team out in the cold?

Comment 16 Jan 2015

Paterno will forever be tied to the scandal. It will always be "Joe Paterno, the coach whose career ended as a result of a child sex scandal at PSU..." That is his legacy, no matter what the NCAA does with the wins.

Comment 16 Jan 2015

Love the way he's crushing the Tweetgate inquiries, not that anyone will ever let it go or take him at his word. Just an outstanding story of taking responsibility for his own actions and future.

Agreed. That's the downside of the new nothing emerges away nature of social media. It used to be that if you said or did something stupid it didn't get the national attention and was forgotten after a while. Now,  every ASCII character is forever enshrined in memory, waiting to be recalled at any moment, and available to be used for whatever purpose someone has in mind. We all did immature things better forgotten except over beers years later with those were there. Fortunately, in my case there is no written or taped record or pictures.

At some point, everyone will have a history of dumb things waiting to be recalled; when do we start saying "So what?" and worry about the cobwebs in our own closet before chiding someone else for theirs?

Now, get off my lawn!!! 

Comment 16 Jan 2015

Well put. Here's another angle:

NFL scouts will know the situation at OSU. Even if a guy leaves they will ask "Is X better than Y and thus deserves a higher pick?" Leaving will give one a better chance to showcase their talents but he will still face the question of did he leave because he couldn't beat out the other guys? If they stay, sure the question of "Who'll is the best college QB is answered" but that's different from who will be the best NFL QB. As long as they get some time to show what they can do I think they will get reasonable assessments of their talent.

That said, I wish all 3 the best no matter what they decide.

Comment 16 Jan 2015

I think chemistry will play a big part in the success of the group. A high functioning team with great chemistry makes decisions almost without knowing whose idea it was; instead they just know it is the right decision.