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  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: My favorite brother in law who played D-1 until he tore his ACL.
  • NFL TEAM: Washington Redskins. But not their owner.
  • NHL TEAM: 1) Washington Caps 2) Detroit Red Wings
  • NBA TEAM: Don't care. Nuke
  • MLB TEAM: 1) Boston Red Sox 2) Boston Red Sox 3) Red Sox
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA Women's team

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Comment 17 Jun 2015

Agree. VT fans love their football, even when the team is not doing as well as they would hope. I am married to a VT alum and football fanatic. Oddly enough, the VT fans that I know (and there are a gazillion of them here in Northern Virginia) seem to be kind of zen in regards to their team-perhaps it is because they have been disappointed a number of times in the past few years. They keep hoping that they will get back to the glory days, similar to when they had Michael Vick as their QB. 

Maybe if it was later in the season and VT was under performing, there might be more tickets available, but with it being Labor Day, the first game of the season, and a nice time of year, it might be hard to pry those tickets out of VT hands without spending big money. And then there is finding a decent hotel within 25 miles at this point...

Comment 11 May 2015

As my daughter said at her Commencement, "I'm ready to graduate but not ready to leave OSU". I felt the same way when I graduated mumble mumble years ago.

Comment 11 May 2015

What a great lacrosse game for OSU! They just shredded Duke's vaunted defense, along with their goalie. Really fun game to watch, but of course it is always fun to watch OSU beat a higher ranked opponent soundly when they are given practically no chance to win by the "experts".

That being said, the Denver game will be a difficult one, since it is on home turf for Denver, and at a higher altitude. But hey, OSU beat them once, they can beat them again! Go Bucks!

Comment 14 Feb 2015

Things kind of fell apart at Florida when his key assistants left. Urban took on too much, as he didn't have the same comfort level with the new assistants, and ended up burning out. Looking back at pictures at that time, he looked stressed, tired, thin (from dropping weight from the stress) and not happy. I was a bit concerned when the first of his assistants at OSU left (ok, other than Withers). Somehow, at OSU, he has (hopefully) figured out how to deal with trusted assistants leaving and reloading/trusting the new guys. He has been looking happier, less stressed and seems to be enjoying his time at OSU. I'm sure there are many reasons for this, including experience, the type of kids he has in the program and the way that they have totoally bought in, the coaches he has been able to get, being back home, and the support system he has. I hope that these are the good old days for him, and that they continue for a long time.

Comment 04 Dec 2014

VA Tech IS the in state home school in Virginia when it comes to football. They have a large and passionate fan base, and pretty much sell out (or come close) their home football games every year despite being in the boonies, having meh teams some years, and being a good 4.5-5 hours from Northern Virginia/DC suburbs where a sizable portion of their fan base resides. Spouse graduated from there, and we try and get down to see a couple of games a year. Going down I-81 from NoVA on Friday night or early Saturday morning, it seems like every other car has Hokie stuff on it.

The only people who get excited about UVA football are alums, friends and families of the football players.

BTW, I grew up in NW Ohio, little over an hour from AA. Columbus is closer to 3 hours away, so I should be a TSUN fan, right?

Comment 01 Jun 2014

Read a tweet from Rusty Miller that Gene actually didn't get another bonus because he had hit his bonus for titles ceiling in his contract.

And really, who would have thought that a team that trains on the Olentangy would win a national championship, especially after the craptastic winter/spring that Ohio had. Lots of erg machines in St. Johns I guess, but still... massive kudos!

Comment 16 Apr 2014

This this this this. I would expect it from Dave Brandon at TSUN, due to his decisions to commercialize athletics there, but not so much at OSU. Some smartypants lost sight of OSU's mission and place in the community.

They must have looked only at possible revenues, but obviously not the psychological impact of those decisions. Since OSU's football team is the closest thing to a pro team for a big chunk of Ohio, perhaps they thought that OSU could operate like an NFL team and jack up the prices of preseason scrimmages, because the market would supposedly bear it. Instead they teed off fans and alumni, made OSU look foolish and greedy (even though funds were going to charity), potentially messed up recruiting, and had to eat crow and knock ticket prices down a day before the game.

The Shoe should have been filled to the brim with happy OSU fans on a fabulous Spring day.

This is a case study waiting to happen at Fisher.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

The NFL has profited by having college teams be their minor leagues. Screw it, let the NFL set up minor leagues, let kids who don't want to go to school sign with them like they can do in the NHL and MLB. They then can learn about the luxurious lifestyle of minor league ball players. Would imagine it would be similar to baseball's minor leagues. Get drafted and play for the Detroit Tigers' A ball club West Michigan Whitecaps. Players make so little money (like $1200/mo) that they stay with host families and get something like $35/day per diem. If they get any money when drafted, it is usually the signing bonus, which they, if they are not careful, will piss away on cars, jewelry and rounds for their friends and entourage.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

I know a few people in R&D. They get a small "bonus" (like $1000) for inventing and patenting and item/idea for their company. That's it. Pretty standard. They then might get a company-wide bonus at the end of the fiscal year if the company has hit its monetary goals, some of which might be accounted for by revenues generated from the item that they patented. Their job is research and development. That is what they are paid for.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

And I put the nail in the coffin. I brought our winter coats to the dry cleaners this past weekend so that I could get them cleaned and packed away. What was I thinking? Of course we got a tad bit of hail and sleet tonight, and temperatures are expected to be hovering around 30 degrees tomorrow morning. Aaauuugghhhhhhhh

Comment 11 Apr 2014

It's easy to follow the ball, especially from the stands, which is the best place to watch a lacrosse game, IMO. Once you get the hang of the game (not tricky at all, think mix of hockey and basketball on a grass field), you will get it. It is easier to track in person as compared to tv because the tv cameras often focus in tight on the guy with the ball, and the camera operators can get faked out.  You also don't get to see what the other guys who don't have the ball are doing. It can get a tad hard to see the ball when there is a crowd in front of the goal, but otherwise, few problems.

BTW, BTN is televising the lacrosse game tomorrow starting at 11:00 AM.

Comment 11 Apr 2014

It seems that it is expected in SEC land, kind of like bribing government officials in South American countries-it is the way it is. They just are more sophisticated in their payoff ways.

Comments section was interesting-of course commenters insinuated OSU and Urban (and Tressel before him) are dirty dirty dirty since they pull big deal kids out of the South. Would not surprise me if there are bag men in the B1G and other big conferences, but not at the level of the SEC. Whatevs.  If someone wants to be paid, he will find those who will be willing to accommodate him.

Comment 11 Apr 2014

Actually, men's lacrosse is a great game to watch-has some similarities to hockey. Given that they will be playing That Team Up North, it should be a fun game. Wish I could be in Columbus for the lacrosse and spring games. I hope you guys have nice weather, big crowds, an OSU win, and no injuries. Oh, and some commitments before the weekend is out.

Comment 10 Apr 2014

Ross Fulton, what are you doing down in Chapel Hill? Kidding. Nice breakdown for those of us who don't necessarily get x's and o's, but can understand this. Nice points on the psychological issues that lurked and eventually bit the defense in the behind later in the season.

Comment 08 Apr 2014

In my first big girl job after college, I worked with a guy who played high school football with Calvin Murray, they were good friends. Calvin told him that when Art Schlichter came in as a freshman QB, he pissed the offensive line off so much that they intentionally let him get sacked a few times during the season opener against Penn State. They wanted to send a clear message to him that he needed to play nice with his o-line, or else.  Let's just say they had a brutal week of practice after that game, as Woody and the assistant coaches figured out what they had done, and were none too happy about it. It was worth it to the players. BTW, Art learned his lesson.

More about Art-friend from home lived on the same dorm floor as he did (Park/Stradley, that's where most of the freshman football players lived at that time). He was not well liked on the hall as he came across as a bit of a jerk. She felt kind of sorry for him-she didn't think he was a very happy or well-adjusted guy. He had tremendous pressures on him as the starting QB as a true freshman, and he had a real stage mother kind of dad. Dad would threaten Woody that he would make his son transfer if Woody didn't run an offense that was more suited to Art's talents, that kind of stuff. Can you imagine your parent threatening Woody back in the 70's? Yeahhh. His dad was the prototype for the term "helicopter parent".

Comment 08 Apr 2014

Eons ago, I had a marketing class with Tom Cousineau (when he showed up to class that is). The main grade in the class was a quarter-long group marketing/advertising project, so it kind of sucked for his group. He had a certain confidence and charisma about him-no wonder he was a team captain. He had swagger for sure. 

Had a friend who was on the team, back when you could have 105 guys on the team-he was way, way down the depth chart. During the fateful 1978 season, he had remarked a few times that Woody was a bit detached from the team that year, his assistant coaches really ran the team, and that he had some temper flashes that my friend had not seen the previous year. That was the year that Woody punched the Clemson player in the bowl game. Later, we found out that he had not been feeling well that year, and that his diabetes had really been causing him problems-as was evident by his actions.

Comment 04 Apr 2014

As much as I hope he catches on in the NFL, I would also love to have him back as a GA at OSU. I just think he would be such a calming influence on the QBs during games-Braxton has stated how Guiton he was a tremendous help to him, so just think what he could do with JT, Cardale or Collier.

Comment 27 Mar 2014

I for one have not said anything about greedy football players. BUT if they are considered employees, don't they have to be paid at least minimum wage? Since they don't work for tips, it's not like they could be paid less and make it up with tips unless boosters get involved-- "hey Braxton, that was a darn good game there, lemme tip you $1000 here. Beat That Team Up North and it will be $10,000." Anyways, paying all of the varsity athletes would still impact the budget.

I would really have a problem with transfers with no sit time. I do think they should be able to transfer where they want, but choices have consequences. You don't think the Alabamas of the world would say to a Kahlil Mack at U of Buffalo, "hey buddy, come join us, you'll start right away in the big boys league"? Or a big headed freshman who isn't starting thinking the grass is greener elsewhere, so he bolts to play the next year somewhere else? What a mess. Even the NFL, NBA and MLB have free agency regulations.

As to medical issues, yeah, I think that needs to be seriously looked at, but I'm not sure how to do so and where to draw the line. Chances are if a guy is a D-1 OL, then yeah, he will have knee issues down the line. But should he be covered for that in his 40s under unionization at universities? Or just covered while in college for athletic injuries that occurred while playing D-1?

Comment 27 Mar 2014

So if unions do become a reality, then it will raise the cost of having an athletic program at any university. If the NLRB is saying that, among other things, a student athlete is an employee based on the number of hours devoted to athletics, then wouldn't all student athletes on varsity teams qualify? To cover it, universities will have to look at raising ticket prices, cutting admin costs, increasing non-ticket revenue (The Huntington Bank Field at Ohio Stadium anyone?), and dropping teams (more men's, to comply with Title IX). I just don't see how athletic departments that are just barely breaking even or are running a deficit could stay afloat without drastic measures, and on a much smaller scale. 

For Olympic sports, would this foul up a college athlete's amateur status? For example, OSU fencers were in the last Summer Olympics. We had hockey players in Socchi. In the future, would this void their eligibility? I know the rules for "amateur" have changed, but I am not sure if it is in all Olympic sports, or whether it is ruled by each sport's governing authority. So while you can have professional hockey players and basketball players, as examples, what about the synchronized swimmers and divers (as examples)?

I must admit though, it really does bother me that jerseys with the college athletes' last names can be sold, with no renumeration to the athlete (say, after his/her college days are done).

Comment 26 Mar 2014

I understand that there are those who are leery of the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine, and I understand that they are concerned about theories that link an increased risk of autism to that vaccine. If one believes that, then one also has the option (not nearly as available but still available) to have one's children vaccinated with the single vaccines for each disease, supposedly dramatically decreasing the possibility of autism (if the theory is believed and is an obstruction to vaccinating one's children).

The issue that I am concerned with, is that there are now those vaccines that were originally deemed "lifetime" vaccines-and have been shown to not be lifetime, and need booster vaccines. With the increase in mumps/measles/rubella, will we see an upswing in cases reported for those who DID have the vaccine, but the vaccination "wore off" at some point, especially for those with compromised/lousy immune systems? These diseases are nothing to be trifled with, but especially if they are contracted by adults, or, in the case of pregnant women and rubella, exposed to it-it can cause miscarriages. I was part of one of the last generations who contracted rubella, mumps, and measles, along with chickenpox-the vaccines came out after I had already had those lovely afflictions (I am in my 50's), so I don't worry about myself. I do, however, have a concern about those younger than me who were vaccinated, if there is a significant upswing in the non-vaccinated, and associated increase in mumps/measles/rubella cases. 

Comment 24 Mar 2014

Ugh. You hate typing that and I hate reading it. Anybody but UM. OK, anybody but UM and Indiana. Wait, ok, anybody but UM, Indiana and MSU. Oh, and Wisconsin. Ugh ugh ugh. I could even deal with UK, as they just pull in a certain type of one and done player that probably wouldn't work well at all at OSU. Duke is Duke.