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Toledo, OH (via Liberty Center, OH)

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: January 3, 2003
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Red Wings
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Tigers
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew and 'MERICA

Recent Activity

Comment 29 Jul 2015

And barely 2 years removed from a BCS bowl.  The upperclassmen at NIU have played some real games and definitely won't be caught looking like a deer in the headlights against an elite team.

Comment 29 Jul 2015

We may get knocked for having MAC teams on our schedule, but at least our mid-majors have a pulse and are expected to be competitive in their respective conferences.  (Oh, hey there SEC...)

Comment 25 Jul 2015

"The three suspects were seen wearing masks and driving in a gold vehicle, police said."

Someone must have had it out for him, because despite how strange Toledo is, driving around in masks is not that common.

Comment 16 Jul 2015

The Michael Thomas vs. Maryland catch was his "hey NFL scouts, look at me" moment.  I'm sure there will be many more this upcoming season.

Comment 03 Jul 2015

Oh yeah, I get what you're saying.  I think it's the idealist in me talking.  But at some point I think it will hit a critical moment where the salary/fan spending balance isn't sustainable and then fans get fed up and start to drop off. 

Comment 03 Jul 2015

I love sports, but I think the the salaries, and the advertising, and the ticket prices... have all gotten out of control.  It makes it so a family of four has to take out a 2nd mortgage to enjoy a day at the game.  Players ask for higher salaries, ticket prices rise, then the team has more money so players ask for higher salaries.  It's a vicious cycle.  All the while NCAA athletes continue to not see an actual paycheck.  I can't take any of these NFL players seriously.

And I'll close my rant with the hippie/communist complaint that we are somehow totally okay with pro athletes getting paid exponentially higher than teachers, nurses, our veterans -- you know, people that actually contribute to society in a meaningful way.

Ok, I need my coffee...

Comment 02 Jul 2015

Wonder how that ever compared to Rodman's salary.  Thompson is like a poor man's Rodman, except... that's not poor man's money.

Comment 01 Jul 2015

Actually have that Eagle Rare now in my kitchen.  Too bad I'll be spending the weekend with my Prohibition-loving in-laws.  (too bad about the Prohibition-loving, not the in-laws themselves)

Comment 01 Jul 2015

Not sure what the size of the respective TV markets are like, but that would be a good move for them.  BYU and Cincy are arguably better than Rutgers and Maryland in the revenue sports, plus it would give the Big XII a foothold in Ohio.

If the Big XII survives, I say the B1G make a play for Virginia and Georgia Tech, FSU and Clemson can go to the SEC (they deserve each other), and the ACC and AAC can merge and become a basketball conference.  The Big XII can also have Boise and Louisville.

Comment 26 Jun 2015

Relatively speaking.  Usually the #2 pick is expected to come in and be THE guy, or close enough, his first year.  For better or worse, LA will be concerned about Kobe's health first and Russell's potential rise to stardom second.  Of course, if Kobe can't stay healthy the pressure is definitely on.

Comment 26 Jun 2015

Russell had to force a lot of things while at OSU, because he had to.  He makes the team better and it scares me to think of how we might have done without him this past year.  As mentioned, he'll now have more talent around him, including one of the best scorers of all time.  The pressure is off of him and he won't have to force things anymore.  I'm no fan of Kobe's, but Russell can learn a lot... then when it's time for Kobe to hang it up in 2-3 years, Russell can take this team over and be the face of the franchise.

Comment 25 Jun 2015

Teams just aren't learning when it comes to international players lately.  If I'm not mistaken, the last international top 10 pick (no college in the US) to end up an All Sar?  Yao Ming.

On the flip side, if you go international deeper into the draft, it can definitely become a low-risk/high-reward scenario.  Guys like Ginobili, Scola, Dragic, and Marc Gasol were all 2nd round picks and have done much better than most of the recent top international picks.