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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 32 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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Comment 07 Mar 2017

When I read that Gerald and Clark were out this morning, and understanding that the program is still 1-2 over the limit (depending on a gray shirt of the K), Alex was the guy that popped into my head as next.  I watched him in HS.  Certainly a great player, but with the guys Urban is recruiting at WR, he was going to probably never break into the 2 deep. 

Wish him the best, and hope he lands somewhere that he can thrive.

I looked at the roster, and if there is one or two more to go, I'd expect it to be a TE or CB.

Comment 09 Feb 2017

There is some undefinable balance that has to be achieved in play calling when playing from ahead in the 2nd half.  You have gotten the lead, commonly, by making big plays via the passing game and running game (which makes either/or easier) OR you have gotten turnovers, some fluke plays, and/or some defensive/special teams scores.  Regardless, you have to decide whether to keep trying to make big plays, or to try to run clock and be happy to punt.

If you got the lead through aggressive/riskier play calling ("When you throw the ball, only 3 things can happen, and two of them are bad"), do you try to expand the lead by what got you there, or do you play it safer and run the ball  to shorten the game, forcing the other team to make big plays in order to catch up and win?  I don't think there is a right answer.  It depends on your team's and the other team's mental state and whether your team is comfortable executing a more conservative game plan. 

A lot of games have been won by imposing a run-the-clock-be-happy-to-punt-rely-on-your-defense running game on the opponent.  I give you Jim Tressel, Mark Dantonio,   Many games have been lost trying, but failing, to do that.  I would only point out that the essential element of football is aggression.  Some teams are mature enough to handle playing with different levels of aggression.  Other teams struggle with that. Some teams can do it with 8 min or less left in the 4th qtr, but can't with 8 min left in the 3rd.  The wisdom or foolishness of going to it depends on how a particular team can handle that at the place in the game where it is gone to.

While I understand this dilemma in football, I couldn't coach dogs to bark, so I would tend to defer to coaches who are in a better position to know what their players are capable of handling.  At the same time, it is extremely hard to watch your team lose a game they had a lead in when they become conservative, risk-averse, and tentative when they were winning the game with aggressive, more risky, and bold play calling.

Comment 14 Jan 2017

From what I can tell, Zach Smith is very good at recruiting and using twitter.  Some are not so sure he is as good at coaching WR's - and that's going to be a negative recruiting point until it changes - either Zach becomes known for excellent position coaching or some other school comes calling.  They say in business to not hire anyone you can't fire (friends and family).  I'm not sure Urban can move Earl Bruce's grandson on to greener pastures, so this might be an issue for a while.

Comment 02 Jan 2017

Zach is Earl Bruce's grandson, and my gut tells me that nothing will be done with him until Earl goes on.  Zach is a very good recruiter, and we know how much Urban values that, but I don't see much development going on.  Actually,. I don't see any.  I love Earl, but the program has to come first.  Zach needs to go somewhere and learn how to develop receivers.  I would thank Studs and let him find somewhere else to coach, and move Warriner back to OL.  I have never read one thing, or seen one thing, that makes me think Beck is worth a damn, so I'd send him packing.  Then, Urban needs to find an OC with an imagination, and an ability to whisper in the ear of QBs and get results.

But then again, what do I know?  I do know that I will be disappointed if that entire staff is here by spring practice.

Comment 29 Dec 2016

I went to last year's Fiesta Bowl with my son.  My bro-in-law and sis live in Phoenix and he offered that if we fly ourselves out, he would buy the game tickets.  I didn't want to go (see below), but my son said it would be a once in a lifetime father-son thing.  We flew out on New Year Eve, went to the game, and flew back on the 3rd.  It was fun.  I liked the stadium and the whole experience.

But the TV experience is just too good.  I've been offered free tickets to big B1G games at Ohio Stadium, and turned them down most of the time.  At home I can sit in my leather recliner, eat my bean dip, drink my cheap drinks, and be able to see everything that is going on in high def on a big screen.  If I'm hot, I can open a window.  If I'm cold, I grab the remote for the gas fireplace.  There are no obnoxious people around me, no drunks to deal with, and it costs me zero to park.  I can yell and scream, throw my hat, or do whatever I want.  And when the game is over, I walk up the stairs and go to bed.

I guess there is something to be said for "being there" when Ohio State wins a big game or a national championship, but in terms of cost, comfort, and taking in the game, give me my recliner and man cave.

Comment 13 Dec 2016

Other than Curtis Samuel's talent & speed, and maybe J.T.'s short-yardage ability, do you see any other elite weaponry on the offensive side of the ball?

Not really, but I sense there are some that are capable of becoming that.  Nominees would be Baugh, Brown, Hill, and McLaurin.  And it's hard to tell when the passing game involves synergy between protection, receiver, and QB.  We might be surprised what it looks like if, say, the protection is better.

And what would Mike Weber look like in an offense that is stretching the field more and with better lanes to run through?  It's a team, or at least an entire unit, type of thing imo.

Comment 13 Dec 2016

I think it was an SI article I was reading where an opposing coach was saying in a critical tone: "He (Weber) isn't Elliot.  He doesn't scare you."

1) Zeke is a once in 20 year back, so not being him would include a lot of really good backs.

2) Mike didn't get the carries that feature backs do, and still topped 1K.

3) That OL he was running behind hasn't performed as well as some other backs at Ohio St and elsewhere have enjoyed.

So, trying to be a little unbiased and balanced, the guy did very well with the touches he received, but he probably can work on picking up his feet, reading the lane, getting skinny when necessary, and getting a little more break-away speed, but if he improves marginally over the next couple of years, I ain't complaining that he's not Zeke. 

Comment 12 Dec 2016

Newcomers is a place that has had some hard times.  Would love to see them have something that may draw some people in there.  Their HS is in the same league as my kids' district, so we are very familiar with it.  I have stopped and seen the Cy Young memorial they have there.

It has easy access off of I-77 about 2 miles west on SR 36.

Woody also has a tie to New Philadelphia, also in Tuscarawas County.  He coached there at the HS for a couple years.  The stadium is named after him.

Comment 08 Dec 2016

They are unbeatable. 

Some pundits when asked to rank their playoff teams said: 1, the Alabama defense, 2, the Alabama offense, 3, the Alabama special teams, and 4, Nick Saban."

They should be pretty ripe, especially if they destroy Washington.

Then something happened on the way to the coronation...

Comment 04 Dec 2016

I think several things are going on here, some more impactful than others:

1) OSU fans have short memories.  Remember 3rd and 23 in E Lansing in 2014?  JT dropped a pass to Devin Smith that was perfect.  If he was trying to put the nose of the ball in the top of a pop bottle, it was that kind of throw. He threw a lot of accurate passes that year, and intermittently since. 

2) Difference between then and now? Better protection, route running, and timing.

3) 2015 cost JT some confidence, I suspect.  He was the man, then he wasn't, he pressed some, and it took him a lot of games to get back to playing at a high level.  Then he makes a mistake off the field that brought one of his best attributes - leadership - into question.

4) This was the youngest team in CFB at the beginning of the year.  They are uber talented, but there's no substitute for experience - which they are in the process of getting, and they are still one of the best teams in the country.  Football is the ultimate team game, and whether they look like world-beaters or not so hot, what Urban says is true: "The QB is a product of those around him." 

5) JT is a college QB, and his running ability and decision making on option plays is what makes him special.  I run into a lot of fans who view him through an NFL lens, which negates those attributes, and focuses on what he can't do well or consistently.

6) Who's name is all over the passing and TD records at Ohio State and the B1G all-time TD's?  With a year to go!  It's best to not take that lightly because the books say this guy is one of the best ever, and we should get down on our knees and thank God for the day Tom Herman urged Urban to bring him here, sight unseen, because we are going to really miss him when he is gone.

Comment 03 Dec 2016

Yep.  Neither is Hoban in DIII.  Too many college DI players for most teams in that division to compete with.  Hoban's only loss, I believe, was to St Ed's 10-7.  That tells you where Hoban should be playing.  The OHSAA did their little competitive balance proposal, and it improved the situation, but did not fix it.  The source of the problem is not public vs. private but more large urban vs. small town/rural districts and has to do with the QUALITY of players a school can attract, not the quantity.  The competitive balance policy they have in place now only addresses quantity.  If a school gets 10 5'6 130 lbs juniors who run 5 flat 40s transferring in to their program it does not create any advantage for that team, but one stud QB does. Until the OHSAA addresses that, we are going to have this. 

Comment 03 Dec 2016

I'm happy at 4.  CFB has always been about arguments, controversy, unfairness, etc. - and it's awesome (until your favorite team gets left out).  I look at it this way: schedule at least one strong OOC game and then win all of your games.  You will be in. EVERY POWER 5 SCHOOL CONTROLS ITS OWN DESTINY BY WINNING ALL OF THEIR GAMES   If you schedule the Sisters of the Poor and the directional schools and you don't win all of your games, or if you don't win all of your games regardless, you put yourself into the place where you have to win a beauty contest with other schools. 

If expansion occurs, I'd be for 6 with the 1 and 2 seeds getting a bye. All champions get in, plus an at-large or Group of 5 team. Might need to do away with CCGs.  The B1G champ game is embarrassing anyway unless Ohio State or scUM would be in it because you have a half-empty building.  Is it really generating that much money?  If it is, it's from TV revenue. 

Comment 29 Nov 2016

It would make sense - except we already have 2 DCs.  I also think that L'ville is a better representation of who CS is as a coach than Texas.  When they hired him, I was like, "Huh.  Didn't expect that."  It just didn't seem like a good fit.  It was obvious he wasn't the first choice, or maybe even 2nd or 3rd, and it just never seemed people were behind him there.  I think he will get a job as a head coach somewhere, but if we have an opening and he wants to, I'd love to have him here.

Comment 29 Nov 2016

I agree, but I wanted to keep the door open for him to come back as a head coach here when Urban steps down.  Who knows whether we would want him in that role in 5 or 10 years, but right now he would be high on my list.  I felt it would be easier to pull him away from LSU than Texas.  On the other hand, it seems that most coaches that go to Texas get hired by fat cat boosters and fired by them, so maybe it wouldn't be that hard after he has a dose of that to deal with.  Regardless, it would come down to his affinity for Texas vs. his affinity for Ohio State - and there's no way to know what that would be in x years.

Comment 28 Nov 2016

I remember Taylor Decker throwing about a dozen "look out" blocks against that LB from Buffalo that is now in the NFL.  Taylor recovered and turned into a pretty decent player. :)

Ohio State is a very young team.  Gotta give them time to learn and grown, and sometimes they have to learn the hard way.

Comment 28 Nov 2016

Sorry, but I just about lose my lunch when I hear people talking about how poor of a QB JT is or hopes he "moves on" or calls for Joey Burrow.  Uh, check the OSU season and career passing and TD records.  Hell, check the B1G records.  The whole thing is ridiculous.  OSU is never going to have a pro-style looking passing attack, look, or results.  it's not designed that way in the first place.  What they want and need is a passing game that compliments a QB/RB/Hybrid running game that moves the chains.

The passing game has issues.  No one is arguing that.  But there are 3 aspects to it, 2 of which JT has no ability to control.  There is pass pro, route running/separation, and the QB delivering the ball accurately and on time to a designated spot based on the QB and receiver making the same correct read based on how the route is being defended.  You watch that game Sat and count up the sacks and hurries, and that tells you all you need to know about the quality of the protection he is getting.  I'm not sure if any of the receivers can run a proper route and get to a spot consistently, but probably Noah Brown is the best we have.  When you see JT double-hitching, he is waiting for the receiver to get separation and/or get to a spot - which they rarely do.  So, he ends up waiting or trying to lead them open, which is a formula for an ugly passing attack.  And, yes, after all that, he needs to throw an accurate and catchable ball - but it is sure a lot easier to do that when you don't have monsters draped all over you and when you know that your receiver will be where he is supposed to be.

They are going to have a month to work on this stuff, and they are going to get better.  National championship quality better?  I don't know.  Maybe.  Probably not.  But we need to enjoy the journey and be thankful for the blessings we do have, like JT, and not bitch and moan about what we don't have. 

Comment 14 Nov 2016

No, you are normal.  Schadenfreude is wrong.  So wrong that only the Germans have a word for it.  But you don't have to be German to revel in it.  Lol.

At the same time, scUM's loss means that the Buckeyes may not play in the CCG even if they beat scUM.   So, that should temper the schadenfreude.  On the other hand, what we feel doesn't amount to a warm bucket of spit, and OSU may get in the CFBP no matter whether they win the East tiebreakers or not - and scUM fans are idiots for not recognizing that they are in a better spot than we are - so wallow in their despair.  :)

Comment 18 Oct 2016

LOL.  Good stuff OGIJ.

I was getting texts from 2 buddies who were nattering nabobs of negativity.  The "down on JT" stuff was perplexing to me.  The guy is the all-time leader in TD's responsible for and will end up setting a standard on that stat that will be probably never be matched.  And then the "fire Fickell" stuff began - although that was a little tongue in cheek.

Fans want domination and perfection.  It's as simple as that.  OSU football has given us a lot of that, and we expect it every time.  Our expectation is that we will beat everyone 59-0.  The problem is that expectation defies the inability of perfect performance, insists that all the breaks and momentum roll to us, and it ignores that the other guys sometimes don't want to be dominated and they use their good athletes to compete hard.  I don't want Ohio State to be at their peak right now because it would be hard to sustain it into January.  It doesn't bother me if they struggle here and there.  They need to be peaking in about a month, and then hang onto it as the games become bigger.

The real shame isn't just that a game where things aren't going ideally brings out unfortunate over-reactions from fans, but also that something they supposedly love is causing so much distress, and they are missing out on enjoying a great game.

Comment 13 Oct 2016

I was struck during Ohio State's game with Rutgers how many Scarlet Knights were injured and helped off the field.  ScUM fans, in some twisted use of the transitive property, assume 78-0 vs. 58-0 is mathematical proof that scUM is 20 points better.  But my three factors are: 1) Ohio State beat up and attenuated Rutgers the week before - and destroyed what little confidence they had.  2) Urban cares a lot more about Chris Ash than the Booger Eater does, and worked harder at keeping the score down. 3) I forgot my third thing.  :)