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Berlin, Ohio (via Ironton, Ohio)

Member since 01 April 2014 | Blog

Originally from southern Ohio but now live in Amish Country/Holmes County. Married to my college sweetheart for 31 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 09 May 2016

Sparty's defense is understood by anyone who knows just a little about the X's and O's of football. 

I think it's this simple: if Ohio State gets Sparty on a field with calm winds and a dry ball, they can do what Ohio State's offense does. After the lessons learned from the 2013 B1G CG, and what we saw last year, if Sparty gets Ohio St in a situation where the playcallers and/or the QB are not willing/able to throw the ball to exploit what the defense is giving, OR if bad weather limits or grounds Ohio State's passing game, advantage Sparty.

Last fall, the OSU coaching staff chose to try to beat Sparty playing like Sparty (minus the part of giving the ball to the stud RB).  Not recommended.  But assuming the O braintrust is competent (and I do), then the weather report in E Lansing may be the most important thing about this year's matchup.

Comment 02 May 2016

Robert is a guy who tells you what he thinks and why.  Even if he is wrong, he had a rational basis for what he is saying.  Clay Travis is the biggest POS in the universe, and it pisses me off that I let him get to me when I know that's just his shtick.  He has made a good living off of tweaking the noses of the nation's biggest and most ardent fan bases.  However, he plays it pretty straight in the studio, but I will watch to see if Robert will take him to task and hold him accountable for some of the crap he writes - about Ohio State in particular. 

Comment 30 Apr 2016

I agree that winning it the previous year was one of the biggest impediments.

Add in also the losses of Devin Smith and Tom Herman.  Devin stretched the field, and, evidently, there was no one on the 2015 roster who could do what he did.  And Herman was evidently a miracle QB whisperer.

Then Urban decides to sit the guy responsible for 45 TDs the year before for the guy with the big arm and a resume of 3 great games. Without Herman, Cardale never was able to replicate his performances at the end of the previous year. Along with that decision, the offense had to change because the big fella couldn't do certain concepts like speed option, and wasn't as effective at read option.  No one will ever convince me that it didn't matter to the team who started at QB.  It divided them, and I think the team was similar to Buckeye Nation in thinking that JT was a better leader and a better QB. 

And finally, they didn't repeat because the Lord God caused a hurricane to hit Cbus in November - which effectively grounded Ohio State's air game, and the offensive braintrust decided it would be a good idea to not give the ball to Ezekiel Elliot in said conditions.

So, in all we have the problems that come with recent success, attrition, coaching brain farts, and acts of God combining to hand Alabama another championship.  Ugh.

On the other hand, 12-1 with a Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame isn't bad - unless your expectation was 14-0 and back to back. Could have been.  Maybe should have been.  In the end, wasn't.

Comment 26 Apr 2016

I expect Ohio State to be somewhere between 5-10.  If they aren't it's because the AP wants to be able to write about an epic top 5 matchup in week 3 and then drop the loser outside the top 10.

This poll and any other poll is meaningless UNTIL you enter Nov with 0-1 losses.  Then it starts to matter.

Comment 26 Apr 2016

Oh yeah, When Tressel had the weapons, he would occasionally, intermittently, and I suspect, reluctantly, open it up.  I remember one scUM game (06?) where Herbie remarked that they were on the 5 yard line going in in a 5 wide formation.  Tressel was adaptive to what he had, but I don't think it's hard to tell the difference between Urban and Jim and it is simply this: Urban's goal is TD's and Jim's goal was to end every possession with a kick.

Comment 26 Apr 2016

The biggest mistake fans make is expecting a polished, mature team to come out of the gate - forgetting that they have only been preparing for the first game for about a month. 

Ohio State could have been a team like that last year with all of the starters they had returning, but they had all kinds of issues - mainly the fact that the guy who accounted for 45 TD's the year before was somehow beaten out by somebody - a massive mistake that didn't get corrected until the latter part of the season.  But I digress.

Normally, I expect closer games and lots of question marks early in the year, and I end up a lot less disappointed. 

The Oklahoma game will be telling.  If Ohio State comes out of there with a victory, they will be well-positioned to make the playoff if they take care of business in the B1G.  If they lose, especially close, they will still be OK - if they take care of business in the B1G, especially @PSU, @ MSU, @ Wisky, and vs. scUM.  

Comment 26 Apr 2016

Sometimes the Lord God conspires against your passing game with hurricane force winds, and sometimes your coaching staff gets bit by "the good idea fairy" and decides to not give the ball to their stud running back.  While UFM has some control over the latter, the former can still come into play.

Comment 26 Apr 2016

I look at Sparty and I see Jim Tressel's teams - albeit with less talent.  Dantonio is good at developing guys, and the success he has had with developing players has allowed him to recruit better than we have historically seen at MSU.  ScUM being down during his tenure has helped him some as well in recruiting, but that appears to be ending.

Here's my main contribution to the discussion: Tressel played Tressel Ball (run the ball, play stingy D, be happy to punt, have orgasms when you kick a FG) with really good players and won a lot of games with it.  Dantonio has won a lot of games with that approach with lesser talent. But that style of play lends itself to playing a lot of close games with inferior opponents, and at least one inexplicable loss per year to an inferior opponent.  Remarkably, Dantonio has largely avoided that kind of stunning loss.  Sparty lost at Nebraska last year, and probably shouldn't have, and they had several close calls with teams that shouldn't have been on the same field with them.  But I think Sparty is overdue for one of those losses where you say, "I can't believe that happened."  If Tressel, with all of his talent and greatness was not immune to it, I don't think Dantonio is.

So, when Sparty drops one to Rutgers or Maryland or Illinois this fall, I want you to think, "Wow.  THEOSUfan called it."  If they truck over those teams, I want you to think, "I have no memory of THEOSUfan making any comments about Sparty."  The important thing is that I can claim credit when I am right, and deny any involvement otherwise.

Comment 19 Apr 2016

I get salty when someone reads my mind and then posts exactly what I was thinking - esp when it's witty.  Get your own thoughts.  :)

I scored a 10 but at 52 years old, maybe I need to retake the test.

Comment 18 Apr 2016
I've been a Collier fan - similar to how I was a Guiton fan, but Joe Burrow was really, really good Saturday. I saw Joe B in a playoff game his senior year of HS at New Philly. I could see he was special. It's always hard to project to the next level, but I thought he was equipped. Based on Saturday, if JT goes down (God forbid) I think we are in pretty good hands. The young fella can sling it.
Comment 05 Mar 2016

Up front disclosure: I know this family. Dad is a vet.  Don't know Joel well, but do know his parents and his older brother Paul.  This is an outstanding family.  Some of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Joel would be a solid character guy.

I saw him play 6 times last year.  It's hard to follow a lineman, but he makes it easier when he is pancaking everyone.  Definitely moves the pile.  Have to consider the opponents tho.  A 250 lbs. lineman in the IVC and on Garaway's schedule is rare.  But he has the frame, the temperament, and the athleticism to be an OSU quality lineman. 

He makes it pretty clear that if Ohio State wants him, he will come.  It all depends on what the coaching staff thinks, but I would hate to see him in anything other than scarlet and gray.

Comment 06 Feb 2016

Maybe I'm too old and jaded, but Spence has a history of bad decisions with substances (and other things), that history contains multiple examples of the same kind of bad decisions.  Now we add the fame, women, status, and, most importantly, the millions of dollars that come with and NFL contract, and we are optimistic this is going to go well? 

I'd love to see him do well.  The on-field talent is unquestionable, but the off-field stuff has the potential to eat him up just like it did Johnny Football.  So, put me in the hopeful category, but not among the optimistic. 

Comment 30 Jan 2016

Spence and Washington would seem to me to be 2 very different situations.  Spence got into trouble, suffered consequences, got into trouble again, suffered consequences, went to a new venue and got into trouble and suffered consequences.  I'm seeing a pattern here.  The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.  If you think this guy won't get into trouble/cause trouble again, well, you have more faith in human nature than I do.

Washington spent 4 years at Ohio State without making the police blotter, until the very end.  I guess it's possible that he was good at not being caught, but given the nature of his transgression, it's easy for me to believe that he had a moment where he was thinking with his wiener and not his brain - which happens to a lot of men.  So, the chances this was an aberration, not a habit, are greater given his history. 

From what I've learned in life in 50 years (plus) is no matter what the problem is, the answer is always transparency, accountability, and responsibility.  I'm not sure I'm seeing a full embracing of those 3 things by either of these two, but I recognize that draft position and millions of dollars are at stake which changes the dynamic. 

That's how I look at it.  FWIW.

Comment 26 Jan 2016

I find myself angry - with myself - that I actually care what some 17 year old kid is deciding about where to play/study.  It's really ridiculous, but that's the system we have.  If you don't care it almost equates to not caring about who your beloved Buckeyes have to play for them, so you want to care, but it bothers you that you care as much as you do.

I fielded recruiting calls for my daughter who was an above average hoops player on a very good high school team.  She had some Ivy and mid-major interest and offers.  It just about drove me nuts.  I can't imagine what it is like for a parent/kid who is a high profile football recruit.  Something is seriously wrong when we have grown men, like Harbaugh, climbing trees and doing sleep-overs, to try to get a kid to sign, and then as soon as they sign, there has to be a de-recruitment process.  If you have to de-recruit, there is something seriously wrong with your recruitment process.

So, I'm for reform, but I'm not sure there are any rules that can negate the degenerate effects of making a 17 year old boy feel like the belle of the ball.  FWIW.

Comment 26 Jan 2016

It's a meat market.

I was at a high-profile girls high school basketball AAU event 7-8 years ago surrounded by college scouts, and one of them said about a girl who played on my daughter's team (in the tone a man would talk about a stripper), "Man, I love her body."  Now, there wasn't one sexual connotation he intended, but it was clear that the admiration did not involve the intellect, spirit, or soul of the young person.  And I found it disgusting.

Comment 19 Jan 2016

"Win the surest way" = run the ball.  If you can run the ball and move the chains until you score, you don't have to engage in the riskier method of the forward pass.  Running the ball rests your defense and wears out theirs - as you all know.

However, in most drives there comes a down and distance where the QB has to make a throw to keep it going.  The 2015 offense was deemed the "problem" side of the ball this past season, and it was because it wasn't until late in the year when the QB was completing those 3rd and passing-yardage throws with some efficiency.  And so, no matter how impressive a running game a team has, QB play is always essential to moving the chains and scoring consistently.

Admitting that I love the 10-15 play, 5-7 minutes-off-the-clock, all on the ground drives (because I'm old), I'm not averse to some 1-3 play, over-the-top bombs or catch and runs for scores.  If you can do both with some consistency, they probably will call you national champions.

Comment 15 Jan 2016

Well, I know nothing about this guy, but I have to say, he looks the part.  He looks like the kind of guy who can get a bunch of over-sized guys to be road graders.

But I do have reservations about moving Ed Warriner away from coaching OL - because we KNOW that he is outstanding at it.

This is a deal where you either trust Urban or you don't.  I trust.

Comment 12 Jan 2016

I was rooting for Clemson last night... and I have no particular affinity for Clemson.  Alabama's program is really, really good to win 4 of these NC's in 7 years.  It's ridiculous.  You have to tip your cap, but no one likes the guys who win too much - outside of their fans. Except in the SEC where, say, Kentucky and Vanderbilt fans feel justified in sticking out their chests with pride that they are in the same conference as Bama.

It's not like Bama is so far above the rest of CFB that they can't be beaten - as The Ohio State Univ proved last year.  Literally a play or two last night, and Clemson is the national champion, and we are all talking about whether Bama will ever win another championship under Satan.  There's a lot of over-reaction going on.

I don't mind saying that the SEC is a fine conference.  I think the B1G is coming, and I can see in a few years where the B1G East is the best division in football.  But who cares?  Big whoop.  If Sparty or scUM or Ped State wins the next NC for the B1G, it's not like that's going to make me happy.  Alabama is elite (and is amassing wins and championships at an all time rate).  No one else in that conference really awes me.  LSU, the Miss schools, Auburn, and TA&M are good CFB programs, but nothing approaching dominant.  Arkansas alternates between a train wreck and very good - from season to season and even within seasons.  The SEC East?  Lol.  I'll take the B1G West against those guys.  Georgia is a perennial under-achiever.  S Carolina has never won at the highest levels.  Kentucky and Vandy are bottom dwellers.  Everyone admires what Pinkel did at Mizzou, but what did they really do?  I have never seen them on the big stage.  Tenn and Fla are coming, but there is only one team that Ohio State would not be a TD or more favorite against in that league - and we know who that is.  So, this SEC pride thing (based almost solely on what Alabama has accomplished) is a real head-scratcher.

Come up to the Midwest in November and play a game against a quality B1G opponent in their stadium in snow and cold then we will see what kind of football teams you have.  Otherwise, they are nothing but a bunch of fair-weather programs (pun intended) who play a conference schedule over-inflated by the media, and a bunch of non-conference games that the Little Sisters would be ashamed of.  Bama has plenty of reason to stick it's chest out and crow.  The rest of them should be quiet because they are embarrassing themselves.

Comment 07 Jan 2016

To win it all you have to have all of the intangibles line up.  In 2014 it all came together for their 13th game, and they rode that to the national championship.  In 2015 there was chaos from the time they walked off the field in Dallas, through the summer and fall with the QB battle, and 7-8 games into the season with the QB issue.  Then JT does his drinking and driving, but they are still in position to salvage all of their goals, but they have to beat Sparty.  They fail to do that, all the pressure came off, and they just played their last 2 games at the level we thought they could play.

It was a really good season, but it wasn't what it could have been if everything had been aligned.  It just shows you how hard it is to make the playoff and win it.  You have to have a little magic.

I've gotten to the point where if OSU is in the hunt for a playoff spot in November, I have to be happy with that.  They will either prove their playoff worthiness on the field or they will play themselves out of it.  But I will try to not complain as long as they are contending.

Comment 17 Dec 2015

I have a plane ticket to fly out to Phoenix.  I have game tickets in section 113.  I don't give a shit about ND's stats.  I want to see a Buckeye victory, and I don't want to have to listen to the gloatings of Fighting Irish fans all the way back to Ohio.  This is what you call real pressure on Urban Meyer.  I'm sure at the forefront of his thinking is the overall pleasantness of my trip.  :)