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Originally from southern Ohio but now live in Amish Country/Holmes County. Married to my college sweetheart for 30 years. Father of a son and a daughter. Grandfather to one beautiful little girl. Health care professional with a couple degrees (not from OSU). Have loved the Buckeyes all my life - football in particular. Attend a game or two a year at the Shoe. Try to not be an irrational nut about it, but usually I fail.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Uh, it's been too long ago in terms of myself playing sports. When Ohio State won the National Championship with Krenzel, Clarett, I declared, "Now I can die." But the truth is I would like to see another one... or two... or ten.
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Recent Activity

Comment 21 May 2015

Exactly.  Chris tip-toed around the prediction like he was violating some PC code.  I would view Braxton as an H/RB/WR/situational QB as the only way the QB issue can be resolved where all 3 are used and benefit themselves and the team.  It has to be, so it will be.  I would be shocked if it doesn't happen.

Comment 19 May 2015

I have a BS and a post-grad degree.  I've been around a couple of professors.  Some really great ones - as you described - and some worthless ones - as I described.  I think the truth accomodates both kinds of professors, and my temporary focus on the negative examples does not imply they define the entire profession.

That said, again, it makes no business sense, or sense in general, to have professors who rarely profess.

And, since you brought it up, tenure is one of the worst ideas in the history of bad ideas - and I would bet it is part of the reason these professors have not been professing. A lack of accountability and a lack of motivation to attain excellence tend to not work well with the nature of human beings - even those who fancy themselves the smartest people in the room.

Comment 19 May 2015

"To cut spending, the college will hire fewer graduate students and lecturers to teach over the next year, and faculty members will teach more."

Mr. Green beat me to it.  There is so much nonsense that goes on in the professorial realm.  Years of time off for sabaticals, and lots of time for ivory tower discussions with other idle people - all in the name of academic excellence.  Not saying some good ideas haven't flowed out a period of reflection, but paying professors to not teach sounds like paying people to do nothing - which is not good business.  Too bad it takes an 8 figure budget deficit to make someone say, "Maybe our professors should actually be required to stand up in front of a class and profess what they know."

Comment 15 May 2015

I really want the Buckeyes to lay a total beatdown on the Hokies.  Go over to "The Key Play" and read some of the stuff on their forum - especially claiming a national championship for beating the national champion.  It just irks me.

The problem is I've rarely seen an Ohio State team, or any team, look great and execute well in their first game of the season.  We tend to think that the team that played Oregon will be trotting out there, and they will just do in Sept what they did in Jan.  It generally doesn't work that way.  Ohio State has a lot less question marks than they did last year, but I still expect there to be first game issues.

Fortunately, the same is true for Va Tech, so the more talented team will win... 42-17 (but I hope it's worse than that).

Comment 12 May 2015

Yeah, there are great arguments for all 3.  One is the 2 time Silver Football Award winner.  One was a Heisman candidate last year.  One led Ohio State to victories over Wisconsin, Big Bad Bama, and Oregon.

I just think that if you consider all of the offensive concepts in the UFM offense, only one of those 3 guys can do all of them at a high level.  Braxton has issues with accuracy on short, intermediate, and long passes.  Cardale cannot run the base concept of the offense: the zone read - because he can't run laterally well.  JT isn't the runner/scrambler that Braxton is (who is?) and he doesn't have the arm strength that Cardale has (who does?), but he can run every single concept in the offense - and that is what makes him the hardest guy to defend because he can get the ball to more playmakers in more ways.

Zeke helped by Cardale vs. Cardale helped by Zeke is a chicken-egg question.

Comment 11 May 2015

And the guy who broke the B1G record in 2014 for TD's responsible for, and the guy who ran all of UFM's offense with the highest proficiency, and the guy who has proven his toughness (re-watch the PSU game), and the the guy who has enough ego to make great plays when he has to but not so arrogant that he can't help others shine - you want that guy to wear a baseball hat and a headset, and hold a clipboard?  Beam me up, Scotty!

Comment 08 May 2015

I too grow weary of both sides of the cheating issue.  If our guy did something wrong, then admit he did something wrong.  But what kind of wrong was done?  A moral failing, an ethical lapse, or a violation of an arbitrary NCAA rule? If you looked the other way while a kid got $50 bucks, that's one thing.  If a recruit was paid $5000 to sign and you lie about it to authorities, that's another.  But too many people want to equate the two.

The other thing I run into is perversions of  both sides of the human nature argument.  One guys says, "We are all sinners" or "No one is perfect" presented as a justification for wrong-doing or a way of diminishing the wrong.  Another guy says, "That guy presented himself as a good guy, but he did wrong, so that means he is all bad, and totally worthless."   The truth is that we are all imperfect, but we are also capable of making the right choices.  At the same time, no human seems capable of making the right choices 100% of the time.  So, let's call a spade a spade, be humble as we do it because we are afflicted with the same imperfection we are pointing out, and put the wrong in the right context, that is, don't equate speeding with rape and murder.

Comment 07 May 2015

You are right Tundra, of course.

But I have this image of Joe completing a pass to a girl wearing an ear of corn on her head in Lincoln a few years back, and I can't help but chuckle every time I think of it.  That game prompted the famous pass chart that still pops up every now and then. That is a deep well, and people will go there occasionally.  But ideally, we wouldn't.

Comment 25 Apr 2015

Braxton IS really, really good at football.  His ability to run and scramble is incredible.  I remember watching him play live in Ohio Stadium against Wisky, and he threw a couple of TD passes that were bigtime.  A back-shoulder with some stank on it and a post rope from about 30 yards out.  At the end of the first half he threw up a wounded duck that should have been intercepted.  On the next play, he threw a rope TD to Philly Brown.  So, he can throw well, but as has been noted, he has trouble making the throw to keep the chains moving - which indicates some problems with reading coverages  and accuracy.  But Braxton's abilities stand alone and his achievements are outstanding.

But a choice among them has to be made, so we have to compare.  JT Barrett threw and ran for 45 TD's last season in just over 11 games!  Are you kidding me?  He operated an offense against Cincinnati that gained over 40 first downs!  If God were going to create the perfect QB with the gifts to run Urban Meyer's offense, he would present us with JT Barrett.  Braxton is a more gifted runner and Cardale has that cannon, but JT has the mental and physical tools to make all the reads, runs, and throws that makes the Ohio State offense ridiculous - and that's not speculation.  We have all of his games on our dvr's and the stats are what they are.  The arguments for the other guys are strong as well, but if we want to see Urban's offense run at close to its potential, there is only one guy who has proven he can do that.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

Can Braxton throw a football?  Does pro-style Bama make sense for him - even if he is healthy?

I would HATE to see Braxton in anything but S & G, but if he wants to make a move in his best interest, he has earned my support.  However, I would to have to spend hours of time in prayer to accept him in an Alabama uniform.

In an ideal world, I would like to see Braxton lining up as an H-Back/RB/WR hybrid with JT or Cordale behind center, and an occasional special QB package featuring run and pass (if he can throw the ball).  I do not believe that a completely healthy Braxton has a future in the NFL as a QB.  Could be wrong, but I just don't see his skill set transferring up.  I do see him as an elite prospect running and catching the ball.  If he spends a year demonstrating his ability to run/catch, and shows that he can be durable, his draft stock will go way, way up.  As a QB, he will be a 3-5 round guy.

Position change is the only way I see him staying at Ohio State.  If he is committed to being a QB, he will have to move on, and I will work very hard at accepting his decision.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

Something about that picture of Danny Clark makes me doubt that he will de-commit.

Comment 21 Apr 2015

I agree there is some degree of "cop out" involved here.  But I also think the attitude he expressed fits the circumstances.

Going into the Sugar Bowl, I thought the game set up perfectly for Ohio State.  Those kids at SEC schools have basically grown up with a narrative that said that SEC football players were half-god/half-human, and B1G players were slow and inferior.  The SEC success was proof of the narrative.  But the problem is that arrogance is one of the necessary elements in a fall, and that arrogance was ripe.  Also the Bama players obviously didn't believe that Ohio State had the talent and speed to play with them.  I'm sure Saban and staff were warning them that "these guys can play", but they clearly didn't believe it.

To me, Cooper blew it by not crediting the Ohio State players for being better than he thought they were.  It would have made him look bigger.  As it is, he seems to be saying, "We had an off night and got beat by an inferior team."  Not a good look.

Ohio State's problem is the opportunity to have an opponent take them lightly is gone.  Defending National Champ - and how they did it - means they will have every opponent's full attention and respect.  I'm hoping they can use it to intimidate other teams, but to those who aren't scared of them, they will have to physically beat people.  If they continue to have success, there will come a point where arrogance will creep in, and then it will be their turn to learn humility by being humiliated.  It's just the way human nature works.  I do think Urban will do everything he can to have the success without the arrogance, but if they are considered a top 1-2 program over the next five years and win a couple more playoffs, he won't be able to hold it off forever.  But I'm going to enjoy the ride til that happens.  :)

Comment 20 Apr 2015

The guy with the #44 jersey never persuaded me to vote for him, but the man is a pro at events like this.  I'm sure he was briefed on who was who with the Ohio State team, but he has a comfort in talking about sports that can't be faked.   I thoroughly enjoyed watching that.

Comment 16 Apr 2015

2030?  I'll go with the under - way under.  He will not be here longer than 10 years.  There is a ton of pressure here.  Expectations are usually too high.   Stress has gotten to him before.  A few 3-4 loss seasons with some arrests and 5 star busts could do him in.  What's this guy got to prove?  There will come a point where he will have to decide whether he wants to put up with all of it any longer.  I will say, if they get on a roll like Alabama has been on, he will ride that wave for as long as it lasts.  But folks, it won't last to 2030.

I was told by a CEO a while back when I asked him why he left a successful position to take another position.  He told me, "Any leader of an organization spends the first two years instilling a culture into the organization, then spends the next 8-13 years riding the wave of that culture.  Somewhere between 10-15 years, your wave has crested, you are tired of everyone around you, they are tired of you, and it's time to move on to the next challenge.  It's good for everyone."  Having watched some good leaders, some of them coaches, stay too long - I'm inclined to believe the CEO is on to something.

Comment 10 Apr 2015

As a fan who likes to sit at home in his comfortable easy chair and eat stuff out of my relatively inexpensive fridge - and yet one who likes to attend at least a game a year - I have taken in a lot of these in-state games in Ohio Stadium over the years.  Most of them have been blow outs. A few of them have had me squirming, but that also might have been due to the sun beating down on me, the heat, or a bad hot dog, or the fact that I had someone's knees in my back for 4 hours.

But I am thankful that I got to see the famous mascot fight with Ohio U a few years ago. Brutus got his ass kicked, but Ohio State won the game.  I've seen most of the Buckeye wins over all the in-state teams in the last 30 years.  A few of them were close affairs - mainly because Tressel beleived in defense, special teams, and Dave, but on some occasions it was because the other guys were playing really well.

But here is hoping I never have to walk out of Ohio Stadium with my tail between my legs because OSU lost to Miami or the like.

Comment 09 Apr 2015

Corruption, or righteousness, is in the eye of the beholder.  If your are pre-disposed to believe Urban does stuff like running guys off, then it's clear evidence of what you already believe.  If you think Urban is a coach who cares about his players, but also makes decisions based on what is best for the entire team, then this is evidence of that.

I'm not naive to the ways of the world, but I also have faith in Urban that he is trying to do the right thing by everyone.  But to those who believe different, there's nothing I can say that will change your mind.

Comment 31 Mar 2015

I know this conversation petered out, but I think I have a little something different to add.

Are we talking about Bob Knight the man or the coach?  If we are talking about the coach, his record speaks for itself.  There were multiple national championships, including an undefeated season, and tons of accomplishments. There was obviously an element of genius in the man related to coaching basketball. That can't be taken away, although he stayed at least 5 years too long at Indiana.  He wore out his welcome and wore out everyone else.  The game, the kids, and culture was changing, but the General does not change.  His coaching at TT was above average, but not great.  Maybe that had more to do with TT than Bob, but I sensed his best coaching days were way, way behind him at that point.

The Bob Knight I observed for 40 years was too volatile, couldn't shut up when he was angry, couldn't apologize, went out of his way to be prickly, and rarely had an ounce of tact.  If he wasn't winning basketball games, we would call him a giant asshole (and many outside of Indiana did).  He once took a crap at halftime, wiped his butt, and came out to show it to his team (metaphor for how they were playing).  He  went nose to nose while snarling the worst profanities at his players.  He shoved them, grabbed them, head-butted, and choked them. His rape comments give you an insight into his strange mind.  If any one of these events were isolated, you could argue that they were simply due to momentary human fallibility, but they occured consistently over decades. He could not control his anger and his behavior, and it would appear that he didn't want to - or perhaps he felt he was above having to conform to normal human decency toward others.  He expressed this perfectly when he said, "I beg they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass." His apologists like to embrace, even celebrate, this attitude/behavior, but I would argue that they would not tolerate the same living under their roofs.  He wore his disdain for everyone that he didn't respect (evidently a very large list) on his sleeve, and rarely passed up an opportunity to demean and intimidate people.  In short, he was a bully.  Also in short, as a man, he was despicable, and someone I would use as an example to my children and grandchildren to illustrate how NOT to act and treat others.

Comment 28 Mar 2015

I had a thought on this, and then I read down and saw that you had expressed it perfectly.  I was going to say Warriner could take my little sister at RG and get 200 rushing on Alabama, but dog poo works too.  Not that there is any other relationship between my sister and dog poo.

It may be time to put away the Grown and Sexy, but that is a rich and deep pool.  Something tells me it will live on.

Comment 10 Mar 2015

It ain't right, but I'm going to do it anyway.  I am so happy that the career of a certain player is coming to an end.  I can't stand to watch a guy any longer who can't catch the ball, can't grab the ball, can't score from 2 feet away, and mainly just chews up minutes without contributing anything of any significant value.  It's been an excruciating 4 years.  The gap between potential and actualization is as wide as any player in my memory.