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Columbus, OH (via Westerville, OH)

Member since 27 September 2012 | Blog

Columbus born and raised, attended Otterbein when it was still a "college." I've known the words to "Carmen Ohio" since I was about 5, still don't know the words to Otterbein's alma mater. I'm fortunate enough to be able to attend a good number of Buckeye football home games, as my parents get season tickets and are willing to share them.

I'm also a big fan of Duke basketball, I think there are more similarities between them and our Buckeyes than people realize...specifically, people hate both teams and often don't actually know why, they just think it's something they're supposed to do. That, and people either love or hate each team...there is no middle ground.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Ohio State win the title in '02 and '14, the '06 game vs. scUM, the '11 Sugar Bowl, the '11 game vs. Wisconsin, Duke winning the title in '10 and '15 (if it can't be the Buckeyes...)
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Grayson Allen, Daniel Giddens
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 27 Jan 2016

I have heard that term thrown around, particularly because my mom was in the Owls sorority at Otterbein.  She said they did indeed call it that, but she says it was for her and her sisters, haha!

I had several friends who were education majors, I'm sure we crossed paths!  Hope they're doing well.

Comment 26 Jan 2016

Hey, fellow Westerville-ian! (Westerville-ite?)  My first memories of Bob are announcing Otterbein basketball games that my dad and I went to when I was a kid, then again as an Otterbein student.  I was a freshman during that magical 2001-02 season when they won the title.  I've gotten to talk to him a couple times, very nice and personable guy.

And, like Bob, I've known the words to Carmen Ohio since I was 5 but struggle with the Otterbein Love Song!

Comment 23 Dec 2015

I mean, how can you not sympathize with a guy that does this?  This was classic.

EDIT - Missed the gif below.

Comment 07 Dec 2015

This is what I keep telling people too, there's a lot of talent on this team.  I think later in the season, they're going to be a royal pain in the ass for the B1G contenders to have to tangle with, and could be the team that costs someone a title or high seed in the tourney.

Might not be an NCAA tourney season, but they're going to get better and better.  They've already improved this year from game 1 to now.  Coach Matta is a class act, and we've seen what he's accomplished.  Almost everyone has a rough patch, no need to call for his head.  No one called for Coach K's head, even when Duke lost in the 1st round two out of three years.  

To those people too, I'm not sure who they think Ohio State would get to replace Coach Matta, there's not an Urban Meyer-type out there in CBB to swoop in and "turn the program around."  The active college coaches out there who have won titles sure as hell aren't going anywhere.  Krzyzewski, Ollie, Pitino, Calipari, Williams, Self, Boeheim, Izzo -  there's your list, since 2000 (I left out Billy Donovan, since he's now coaching the OKC Thunder). I suppose you could add Steve Fisher and Larry Brown to the list, but their titles came in the 80s, and Tubby Smith, who had one good year with Pitino's guys at UK, and I just had to look up to see if he's even still coaching.  He's at Texas Tech, BTW.

So there's some food for thought.

Comment 18 Nov 2015

That play still brings a tear to my eye, just remembering the sheer joy of everyone in that place.  That was our national championship that year.  Those moments when everyone just loses their shit don't happen very often, and that was, without a doubt, the loudest moment I've ever been a part of in the 'Shoe.  I'm told Chris Gamble's pick six vs. PSU in '02 was close, but I can't imagine it being louder than that!

My point, I guess, is that Braxton Miller became a Buckeye legend that night, and I can't believe it's almost over for him at Ohio State.  We owe him the loudest possible ovation for his dedication, loyalty, and his being a great ambassador for the university.  O-H!

Comment 28 Oct 2015

Couldn't agree more, unfortunately, that's becoming more and more of an old school belief.  I was also taught this way, and I'm happier for it.  Because ultimately, none of it matters.

Another good one is, outside of this site of course, "Those who insist on sharing their political/religious views with you almost always insist you NOT share yours with them."

Comment 16 Oct 2015

Agreed, and Mike's long yardage comment perplexed me as well.  That 3rd down completion to Thomas was on 3rd and 16, exactly how long does the yardage have to be for Cardale to be a better option than JT was on that play?  Any longer than that and we seldom see anything other than a draw, anyway.

I just like the fact that we get to see both QBs playing to their strengths. I wouldn't be surprised to see JT unleash a couple of jump passes in the red zone package going forward.  

Comment 15 Oct 2015

Mike on here actually put one together a few months ago...

Comment 27 Jun 2015

Had the pleasure of meeting him the other night at the 2nd and 7 Foundation Celebrity 8-Ball Challenge, he was there with his dad. Coolest part, his dad was so excited to meet Jim Lachey after hearing him call the title game on the radio. Really neat moment, and a wonderful family. Proud to still wear my Mike Doss jersey on game days!