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Comment 18 Dec 2013

It WAS ugly, but a blowout? Seven points is seven points. You're risking injury putting a spin that wicked on it.

I'm picking at nits here, though - I love ya, DJ.

Comment 20 Sep 2013

Yeah, thank goodness we've finally gotten over the pathetic Jim Tressel era. Remember all those losses to I-AA teams and mediocre programs like Air Force, Syracuse and Pitt?

Comment 14 Jun 2013

What's amazing to me is people think John Cooper DOES belong in the Buckeye Hall. Don’t tell me about the national or the Rose Bowl halls – that’s a reflection of his overall career, which was very good. But at Ohio State – compared to other Ohio State coaches – his results were subpar. They just were.

At Ohio State, his best run was from 1993 through 1998, and he only beat Michigan twice and was .500 in bowl games during that time. In other words, in the games that mattered most, his best teams were worse than the worst teams fielded by Jim Tressel or even Earle Bruce.

By contrast, Cooper’s other 7 years (1988-1992 and 1999-2000) were the worst, most embarrassing football seasons most of us have ever experienced. And that’s just the W-L record. (Remember the stories about the academics, the Fulmer Cup contention, blowout losses to the likes of Pittsburgh and Indiana, the bowl meltdown vs. South Carolina?) And don’t tell me about NFL draft picks – that just points out how those players underperformed at the college level.

All that said, I hate to run down the man. John Cooper is a good man, a nice man, a very good coach overall and a good representative of the university. But if he gets in the Ohio State Hall of Fame, what record would it take for a head football coach to NOT get in?

Comment 18 Apr 2013

I think it's still valuable to break someone down and build them up again -- be it in athletics or other areas. But you don't have to be an abusive tool to do that. That aspect needs to go away for good.

Comment 05 Feb 2013

I heard Earle Bruce speak at Ashland University in the spring of 1984, and he said he had a freshman receiver coming in who reminded him of Lynn Swann. I doubt even Earle realized then how right he was. Cris Carter was a beautiful player to watch, and the most complete receiver I've ever seen at Ohio State. In spite of the way it ended for him there, I probably appreciate him more for that and what he's overcome.

Comment 25 Jan 2013

Gene could just do what the Browns did and play all home games on the East Coast.

Comment 17 Jan 2013

Agreed. Among my many questions is why in the hell they would do that? Are they just the house organ for Notre Dame football? How Orwellian is that?

Comment 10 Oct 2012

Great stuff, Joe! I'd almost forgotten that Sam Wyche had done a tour in Bloomington. That was quite a season -- the Oklahoma win was awsome, things got depressing with the close losses, then Thad Jemison stepped in to save the day.

Comment 05 Oct 2012

Bill Gerber's obviously never been to a Raiders game... Oh, wait -- he's a michigan guy? Yeah, that's about right.