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Comment 28 Jan 2015

I actually found it a very memorable experience. I got to go down on the field, with my 5 year-old, and watch him be in awe that he was standing in the endzone where "we score touchdowns on TV". 

I was surprised about all the complaints once I got on social media. I honestly didn't think the "politician" part was that long-winded, it took up, what 15 or 20 minutes? I don't know, I guess I'm wondering what exactly people expected? I got to see them accept the trophies, I got to hear from the players, and I got a lot from Urban Meyer. I saw the band do a ramp entrance, and sang Carmen Ohio at the end. 

Comment 21 Jan 2015

I know it's easy to gloss over the financial implications, but it's really not that simple. With the B1G possibly expanding the conference schedule, revenue-making home games are necessary for Ohio State's financial well being. It's why we can't randomly schedule a "big time program" when schools like Vandy pull out. They will want a return game and we need generally at least 7 home games a year. An OSU home game generates roughly $7 million in ticket sales alone. I don't know the monetary equivalent for "positive impact" but I doubt it's close to that figure. After contract and stadium expenditures, OSU can clear probably $5 MIL on tickets alone, not including concessions. 

I think as an altruistic ideal, it's great, but it's not that easy to just take away the financial implication in the spirit of making people feel good about OSU

Comment 21 Jan 2015

In profits? I doubt it.

I know that it costs, on average, about $750k to host a game in Ohio Stadium, without contract guarantees. I have no idea what the price is for a MAC school. But at 1/3rd the stadium size, that's costing Kent $250k right out of the gate, without the split in sales.

I can't guarantee it, but I imagine it's way more profitable for Kent to get their ass kicked in Columbus.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

An altruistic notion? Yes. But also a financial disaster.

Consider that Bowling Green's most expensive ticket is $21. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say they sell 25k tickets. That's (generously) $525,000 at the door that they would then have to split. So basically they are getting paid $263k to get drubbed at home. They could get 3-4 times that traveling a few hours to Columbus--plus their players get to play in Ohio Stadium. Kent State got $850,000 to get that epic beatdown. At the end of the day, Ohio State is going to kick Kent State's ass, either here or in Kent, but the Golden Flashes might as well get paid to do it.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

So I hadn't read the story you wrote last year---my god man--I can't even imagine what it was like to wake up the next day and realize that we'd won a national title after going to bed thinking we'd lost. I'm trying to put myself in your shoes and the best I can do is some sort of strange Inception scenario. I would probably have actually thought I was losing my mind. Good on you for believing the paper and not checking into some psychiatric facility where you talked about how Terry Porter is The Matrix.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

All you guys going to ATL are going to have a bad day, since the semifinals next year are Dallas and MIAMI:


Comment 14 Jan 2015

I love Taylor Decker's quote, especially with all the lead up to the game on how Oregon was going to "out-tempo" us.

The thing about offensive tempo--if it's not successful, and you're facing a team that can match up with your speed at least somewhat evenly, you're putting your defense in a really bad position. It's high-risk, high-reward, but the risk only comes out when you play a team that is adequately prepared. IMO, it's why Oregon has so many wins but no titles to show for it. It works in the Pac-12 against Colorado and Cal, but with good Stanford teams, or the Buckeyes, it's dangerous.

Comment 12 Jan 2015

Fiutak's reasons are sort of my "fan" reasons. I have no idea why it should matter that much, but I think the reality is we have Urban Meyer and they don't.

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Oregon has lost a lot of height at the WR position as well. Stanford is 6'5, but Loyd is 5'8, Lowe is 5'9, Marshall is 5'10, and Nelson is 5'9. How often do you see CBs/Safeties quite a bit taller than their WR counterparts?