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Knoxville, TN (via Heiskell, TN)

Member since 17 March 2011 | Blog

From John Cooper's tiny hometown (Heiskell, TN). My dad grew up in Hilliard, graduated from OSU in the mid-70s. I became a Buckeye by default. My Tennessee fandom died after the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Proud OSU (class of 2005) and UT (class of 2007) alum. I reside in Knoxville amongst thousands of overconfident Tennessee/SEC fans. Go Bucks!


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 OSU-UM game. Unbelievable to experience that as a student in Ohio Stadium.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Nashville Predators
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 17 May 2016

I had a couple of friends who lived in RiverWatch Tower in the early 2000s. Used to hang out at their apartment from time to time. Reminded me of upper-classmen dorm living. Also had friends who lived on Norwich between Neil and High St during the same time period. They had some minor issues, but most of that was related to bad neighbors.

I lived in a rental house on Lane between High St and Summit from 2003 until '05. Not a bad location. I was an engineering student, so most of my classes were up north. I didn't stray south all that often. I had a GF during that time who lived near the corner of King Ave and Neil Ave. She had a pretty good experience there. South campus area has definitely improved over the years. Helps that most of the areas adjacent to campus are populated by fellow students.

As others have said, don't stray too far east of High St.

Comment 17 May 2016

The good news is that the Preds return just about everyone on the roster. Gaustad is likely going to retire, Nystrom may be bought out, and Hutton is probably going to head to another team for playing time. I think that leaves Jarnkrok and Forsberg as the only pending free agents, and I'm sure both will be resigned.

Next season is the big one. The talent is certainly there, and it wouldn't hurt to add a couple of pieces to beef up the roster in the off-season. I don't have the contract list in front of me, but I think there are a number of players who have contract decisions coming up at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Comment 16 May 2016

2014 Big Ten title game is going to get a ton of votes, and rightly so. Same goes for the 1968 edition of The Game. Those two are probably tops in my mind. Here are a few others:

1995 Iowa: Buckeyes did anything they wanted offensively against a solid Hawkeye squad. They led 56-7 at the half, and the starters didn't even play after halftime.

1961 UM: Biggest margin of victory over Michigan at the time. Matt Snell was injured and did not play, but Bob Ferguson (4 TDs), Paul Warfield, and Bob Klein were masterful. Ferguson and Warfield rushed for nearly 300 yards combined. QB Joe Sparma, who had thrown for maybe 100 yards all season, threw for 200 on this day, targeting Warfield and Klein for a number of huge gains. Buckeyes had over 500 total yards of offense, and doubled up UM in total offense, ending in a 50-20 beatdown.

2004 Alamo Bowl (Oklahoma State): Trounced Les Miles' Cowpokes without Troy Smith. Built a 33-0 lead, and only gave up a garbage time TD.

1982 Holiday Bowl (BYU): Steve Young couldn't get anything going against the Buckeyes that day. Good guys won 47-17.

Comment 16 May 2016

That Pitt team was absolutely pitiful. The punt return by Boston will never be bested, considering how many Buckeyes were actually on the field.

Comment 16 May 2016

Glad to know I'm not the only Browns fan who has yet to make an emotional investment in the NFL since their move to Baltimore.

Comment 12 May 2016

Solid list.

I know it's probably been discussed before, but the significance of the 1995 OSU-ND game doesn't get enough attention. It probably deserves at least an honorable mention. The way the Buckeyes were viewed nationally following the win over the Irish changed significantly. Ultimately, that was the turning point for the Buckeyes during the Cooper era. That win cemented the Buckeyes as a major contender for the coming years.

Comment 09 May 2016

Two more that deserve some consideration:

1988 Ohio State-LSU: Incredible comeback against the eventual SEC champs.

1989 Ohio State-Minnesota: Not a juggernaut Minnesota team, but maybe the best come from behind win in Buckeye history.

Comment 09 May 2016

The second half comeback in that 2007 OSU-Tennessee NCAA tourney game was unbelievable. That's gotta be on the list. I've also got a couple more that haven't been mentioned that I think are worthy for consideration.

1999 Ohio State-Auburn (NCAA regional semifinal): Some might argue that the game against St. John's (and Ron Artest) in the regional final was better, considering what was at stake, but the mountain OSU had to climb in the previous game will go down as one of the best wins in Ohio State basketball history. 

Few expected Ohio State to beat Auburn. Ohio State was very talented, but that Auburn team was something special. Without question, that was the best season in the history of Auburn basketball, and many thought they would clinch their first-ever final four appearance. Of Auburn's 29 wins that season, all but two were by double-digits. They earned a #1 seed, suffered just 3 losses (2 against SEC tourney champ Kentucky), and Chris Porter was an absolute monster. The game was played in Knoxville in front of 24,000 fans, and the overwhelming majority (~20,000) were in Auburn's corner. The Tigers had a distinct size advantage, and the Buckeyes were in foul trouble the entire game. The Buckeyes led for most of the first half, but mounting foul trouble swung momentum in favor of the Tigers midway through the second half. In the end, it was the Buckeyes stellar defense in the final three minutes that was the difference - with 3 minutes left and the score tied at 61, Auburn wouldn't score again until a garbage 3 by Doc Robinson with a few seconds left. Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd took control of the game in the final minutes, finishing with nearly 50 points combined.

The Auburn faithful was visibly angry and dejected. Fans were tearing up their regional final tickets as they were leaving Thompson-Boling Arena. My dad and I scalped seats for cheap behind the basket for the game against St. John's. The tone of the regional final ended up being a lot different than what was originally seen as a Maryland-Auburn matchup. Buckeye fans flooded the arena for the following game, although it was a few thousand short of a full house. Happy to say that I got to see both of those great games up close. 

1985 Ohio State-Iowa: I was only 3 years old at the time, but my dad loves talking about this one. Chris Spielman was a man among boys that night.

Comment 09 May 2016

I visit my family in Bosque Farms/Peralta from time to time (adjacent to the Isleta Pueblo), and they can't get enough green chiles.

Comment 05 May 2016

Bullpen has a collective ERA of nearly 8 and has given up runs in 22 straight games. In many of those cases (not sure how many), the Reds led or were tied when the bullpen took over. Tough to win when no lead is safe.

Comment 02 May 2016

Spurs collapse in the second half at Stamford Bridge, allowing Leicester City to clinch their first-ever EPL title. The Foxes have to go down as one of the most unlikely champs in modern sports history.

Comment 02 May 2016

It's also telling that they've only had a total of 10 players selected in the past 6 NFL drafts combined. That is pathetic. They'll have a few guys drafted next year (Barnett, Reeves-Maybin, Sutton, Kamara, Hurd, Dobbs).

That said, they should actually be decent next year, by default; they have a favorable schedule, with the SEC East being down again, which is why they are getting so much pub. Heck, the only team on their schedule this year who finished the season ranked in 2015 is Alabama. I still think they are being overhyped because of their weak division. More importantly, they are still learning how to win. Just look at what happened in their losses to Oklahoma and Florida last year. Only an immature team finds a way to lose (not once but twice) in the way they blew those two games. Under Butch Jones, outside of the blowout bowl wins against Iowa and NW, the only "quality" wins they have were against South Carolina in 2013 and an unranked Georgia team (without Nick Chubb) last season.

Comment 28 Apr 2016

With the 23rd pick, the Minnesota Vikings select Mike Thomas - WR from THE Ohio State University.

The Vikings made some quality moves in free agency, but Teddy Bridgewater still needs wide receiver help in a big way. Signing Mike Wallace last year was a disaster, and while Cordarrelle Patterson proved himself as a return specialist, he was a complete bust at WR; Patterson never bothered to learn how to run an actual route, apparently. Zimmer clearly needs a WR to compliment Stefon Diggs, and at 6’2”, Thomas can fill that need immediately.

Treadwell, Doctson, and Thomas are all similar prospects – very similar size and none are absolute burners per se, but Thomas is the most consistent and well-rounded of the bunch.

Comment 28 Apr 2016

Now things will start to get interesting.

Comment 28 Apr 2016

To be fair, we filled most of the slots in the previous thread.