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spqr2008


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  • SPORTS MOMENT: The 2002 National Championship Game. Before that, I would always root for the Buckeyes vs. TSUN, but until then, I had not been a really big football fan.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Dane Sanzenbacher
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Evan Turner
  • NFL TEAM: Wherever Buckeyes play.
  • NBA TEAM: Wherever Buckeyes play.
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Who all are Aero or Mechanical Engineers (or even Electrical and Comp Sci) on this site?  We could put together Buckeye Drones, and create the super drone for tOSU to use.  Call it Brutus.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

He's one of those players I was disappointed didn't end up on the Bengals for Marvin Lewis to ruin him.

Comment 18 Aug 2014

With the sole exception of having a local bookstore (SBX is the one that did it for a couple of my professors) print them out and sell them for a very marginal profit (those professors didn't want us spending all our money on the texts they didn't like, so they put some together and told SBX they weren't allowed to charge over $70 for it, plus it's been a great reference book).

Comment 15 Aug 2014

"I was hoping to hear about all the ways Nick Saban was using children's blood to fuel the Alabama DeathStar. "  Classic, although are you sure Bama doesn't have a Space Vacuum instead?  I mean, Saban's a little short to be either Palpatine or Vader, Dark Helmet is closer to the mark.

Comment 13 Aug 2014

It's really looking like the Title IX office and Compliance needed someone fired to save their own jobs (because tOSU got put on the Department of Education's s*** list), and managed to scrape up just enough, and write it in such a way that Drake had no choice but to fire Waters when confronted with that report (plus, it helps him get in good with the Music Department, who never liked Waters in the first place).  I can't say that I blame Drake for this, considering all of the players involved worked for tOSU before he arrived.  It would've been bad for him if he rejected the report outright, because initially at a new job, you do have to have some trust of your subordinates and their integrity.

Comment 11 Aug 2014

I think it's because they're scared.  Nippert, due to its construction and the fact it's completely surrounded by taller buildings is really really loud.  It can be as loud as I've ever heard the Shoe on game day.  And Bama is scared of a sub optimal outcome (although 99/100 times I'm picking Bama to beat Cincy).

Comment 01 Aug 2014

Is it just me, or do some of these college football helmets exist to enrage and confound the opposing team?

Comment 31 Jul 2014

And frankly, as a 3 star lineman, he's looking at increasing his NFL chances.  How many 3 stars has Ferentz put into the NFL throughout his career? He might not be the greatest coach, but he and his staff are very good developers of talent.

Comment 31 Jul 2014

Wait... Robert Redford plays defensive back for Maryland?

And would it have been too much to ask such an all name team guy to go to WVU instead?

Comment 29 Jul 2014

Like I said in both the Water's firing threads, this firing is most likely about the Title IX office and whoever else is in charge of Clery Act Compliance (Compliance, tOSU Police, etc) finding the easiest target to help get tOSU off of the DOE's Title IX list of very very bad dogs (err, schools) and save their own jobs for failing to apply Title IX in the way that the DOE would like.  If you look at the very similar situations that happened with Wisconsin in both 2006 and 2008, they gave the director extra chances, and punished the students for misbehaving, because the students are ADULTS, and should be responsible for both their own actions, and for not helping to change a culture that some of them aren't comfortable with. 

Comment 25 Jul 2014

I try not to be distasteful in my commenting, but the fact that people will down vote you for trying to give the appropriate cultural-political background behind this decision (as in my case, trying to explain how I think the Compliance, Diversity, and Title IX offices viewed Waters' case) is kind of sad.  Feel free to disagree with my assessment, but do explain yourself, so that we can have a real discussion.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

While some of the activities are over the line, you have to wonder how much does this have to do with getting OSU off of the DOE OCR Title 9 hit list. And I also wonder who did the investigation, and what funding and/or power they gained from this investigation.  Call me cynical, but crazy initiation rites are definitely part of college band culture (a friend was in BGSU MB and had some running around in underwear experiences too).  I hate to dislike any part of OSU, but my faith in the bureaucracy of OSU, that they'll tell the truth and do the right thing, is practically nonexistent.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

Maybe t he investigation is right.  However, to disregard the motivations of the key actors in said investigation is to blindly accept it.  And at the very least, the BoT should look carefully at what the investigators have done to stop this kind of hazing in the past, as any of them could be covering their own ass.  And if it was a case of CYA, the investigators who did that should be canned too.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

The problem is that M Man is right.  Without the need for a scapegoat to save jobs in the Diversity, Compliance, Title IX, and police department, as well as the pressure from the DOE OCR list using federally funded loans as a political prod, I think he would have been given another chance at making things right on his own.  Frankly, these kinds of "investigations" are what one expects from a large factionalized bureaucracy when it is under threat from without. Find some target that is not in compliance, and apply zero tolerance, because you can achieve multiple objectives at once:  1) get rid of a band director the college of Music doesn't like because he doesn't have a PhD, 2) make him the face of the Title IX issues at tOSH, 3) make sure all parties to the investigation have a recent "win" so they will receive increased funding and protect their own jobs. And finally 4) use the firing as proof that there is no gambling at Rick's Cafe American (ak Title IX violations at tOSU), which gets rid of any pesky Vichy informants and signals that there is no resistance here.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

Actually if compliance is investigating you, you are far better off lawyering up and finding dirt that can destroy their lives, because they will not hesitate to be completely illogical in their findings if you are not liked by them, their friends or someone else in power.  Most Compliance departments only understand the hammer.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

Do you have any experience with these types of investigators?  If you did, you'd know them as petty Jalverts.  The best way to deal with this type of useful idiot is to nod and smile and agree, pay your indulgence, and move on.  I grew up in a church full of these types, and frankly, they enjoy the power they can take from their positions.