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Member since 07 January 2012 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Anchoring my high school's 200 medley relay that made the state championship meet my senior year.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Ryan Shazier
  • NFL TEAM: Green Bay Packers
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB TEAM: New York Yankees

Recent Activity

Comment 07 Mar 2017

clarkson doesn't have to be protected.

hartnell will probably waive. he wouldn't be selected. but just to make sure, cbj could throw a late pick their way to ensure that they don't take him. that'd presumably be a condition of him waiving.

that'd allow them to protect anderson and jenner.

the three most attractive candidates for vegas would be korpisalo, karlsson and johnson.

Comment 07 Mar 2017

Ohio State WR-RB Curtis Samuel — Another multi-position player, Samuel’s blazing 40 (4.31) was a pleasant surprise for a player who didn’t make a ton of long plays in college

my math could be off, but he had four plays of 60+ yards this year, right? (bowling green TD catch, nebraska TD catch, penn state TD run, clemson long run)

Comment 04 Mar 2017

Oh, I absolutely agree.

I think that there's a potential for that, on a wide scale, to perpetuate differences in education and earning power between socioeconomic segments, though.

One of those things that absolutely makes sense on a case-by-case basis, but has unintended long-term, widespread effects. 

Comment 04 Mar 2017

i think a lot of what you're saying here is valid.

with that said, calling on students from the middle class or low-income areas to attend trade schools or apprenticeship programs could present some problems. it's certainly not a bad way to gain a skillset or make a living! but those who come from high-earning families will almost always end up going the higher-education route.

encouraging low-income and middleclass students to enroll in vocational schools could, potentially, place a sort of cap on their opportunities. not to say that the four-year college system isn't flawed. but i think it could, potentially, make for a less educated middle (and low-earning) class of people.

it's a good way to make a living – but i think it would inevitably take more chances away from middle-class and low-income folks and decrease economic diversity in higher education, which is antithetical to the purpose of higher education (diversity of ideas, perspectives, and application of knowledge to help communities in need).

but there's also a lot to be said about the debts incurred on the middle class by the four-year college system and the ridiculous student loan rates. so, hey, i could be completely and utterly wrong about this. 

Comment 04 Mar 2017

I spent a summer tutoring OSU football players. They may not have had the grades or test scores, but the guys I dealt with were all fairly intelligent. They're typically smart dudes, they just channel a lot of that to other things while school is seen as an afterthought.

They make money for the university and they're not out of place from an intelligence standpoint. I've got no problem with it.

Comment 04 Mar 2017

I also don't think you should admit a student who doesn't have as good as grades as another student just because they grew up "poor".

there are some factors that make it way tougher for a low-income student to have as impressive of an application as one from a higher-income family, though.

for example, i came from a solidly upper-middle class family that always made sure that i was eating well and had relatively healthy food to eat. low-income families typically buy cheaper, unhealthy food that leads to difficulties with focus and less energy. over 14 years of schooling, that could have a huge impact.

additionally, when we moved to ohio, my parents picked a house in a great school district. great teachers, new buildings, updated textbooks, a boatload of extracurriculars, etc. helped me immensely. lower-income families typically do not financially have those options, and end up in housing within the boundaries of less-than-stellar school districts.

i wasn't particularly interested in school until my sophomore year of high school. that was also when i started to dive into the extracurricular activities that my school had to offer. those extracurriculars put me around some really smart, motivated people and got me interested in school. ended up in AP classes with my friends from those clubs, found out that i actually really liked a lot of the subjects, and my grades improved drastically.

without that, i wouldn't have gotten into ohio state. 

and had i come from a less well-off family, i wouldn't have had access to the things that helped me get to that point.

so… I think this is a great thing.

Comment 04 Mar 2017

yeah there's no way to perceive this as a negative.

low income students typically come from worse school districts and have less access to extracurricular activities – which correlate strongly with stronger academic performance – which puts them at a disadvantage off the bat.

additionally, things like healthier food (more energy, helps focus) are much tougher to come by for poor families, and higher-income families are much more likely to send their children to SAT/ACT prep classes and other resources to increase those scores.

sure, SAT/ACT scores, GPA and extracurriculars are important criteria for the college admissions process, but good on OSU for realizing that there are environmental things that factor into those numbers that undoubtedly put low-income students at a disadvantage.

Comment 15 Feb 2017

PLD is essentially going to be a better Dubinsky. Think a less skilled Kopitar, but with more edge to his game.

Abramov is a stud, too. Crazy offensive skills. The CBJ system is actually pretty loaded. Could help them pull off a trade (another middle-six center could be useful, push Karlsson into Sedlak's place) or just wait for them to develop as more expensive veterans (Hartnell, Dubinsky) start to falter. 

Comment 31 Jan 2017

scott burns? lol

also, as good as mcdavid has been, you can't leave crosby off this list.

LW: Marchand

C: Crosby

RW: Cam

LD: Hedman

RD: Burns

G: Bob

Coach: Torts or Barry Trotz

Comment 11 Jan 2017

My freshman year was 2011 (ie the Fickell year) so here's my team from then until now:

QB: Braxton Miller

RB: Zeke, Hyde

WR: Smith, Thomas

H: Samuel, Marshall

TE: Heuerman

LT: Jamarco

LG: Mewhort

C: Elflein

RG: Norwell

RT: Decker

DE: Bosa, Simon

DT: Bennett, Hankins

OLB: Shazier, Lee

MLB: McMillan

CB: Lattimore, Roby

S: Hooker, Bell

K: Basil

P: Cam