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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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Comment 3 hours ago

DJ - one editing issue: I believe you intended to write "daily regimen" not "daily regiment".  Looks like a auto-spell thing maybe.

This caught my attention:

 Weird profession choice for a racist," I thought. But then I remembered all of my teachers who hated kids. That didn't make sense either, but there are people who seem to crave cognitive dissonance. Who has time for that kind of misery? Not me.

I guided two kids through public schools, and it seemed every two or three years I was meeting with a teacher and administrators, trying to figure out why the kids she was teaching were being mistreated.  People are complex, and hard to divine in terms of what their issues are, but it surprised me how many times I was told, or concluded myself, that "she just doesn't like kids."

There are a lot of teachers out there who love kids and are great at what they do.  But for the others, perhaps they chose a major because of their interest in a particular area of study, but they ended up in a situation where teaching was the only way for them to translate their degree into a job.  I sense that's one way we get teachers who despise being around kids.  But it's still a head-scratcher.

Comment 23 hours ago

Ain't nothing wrong with that offense.  JT is a really, really good QB.  He is not the runner Braxton is (who is?), but he is a better passer.

His struggles against Va Tech were from a lack of experience, preparation, and scheme.  I have a feeling that he'd welcome a Bear/Cover 0 now.

I felt at the beginning of the year that we needed a defense that could hold every opponent to around 23 points, and we would win every game.  We don't have that defense right now, but I can see us getting it as the year progresses.  We mainly need it on Nov 8.  I think JT will be able to get at least 24 vs. Sparty.  I don't know whether the defense can hold Cook and his receivers to 23.  We will find out over the next 5-6 weeks.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

The RESULTS may be similar, but the scheme is definitely different.  21 of the Bearcats points were because of getting beat in man coverage.  And it's hard for me to say Bell got beat.  He was there.  He just didn't turn and find the ball.  That is correctable.  Also, if you are going to pay man across, sometimes the other QB and receiver is going to make a good play.  I can live with that.

Let's remember that last year the Buckeyes played soft zone which resulted in no one being covered and the other team would find the enzone in about 5 plays.  It's better right now than that, and it can get a lot better, but it's not like the sky is falling - especially with an offense that is finding its groove.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

There is an adage that may or may not apply here: jack of all trades, master of none.

If you recall, Gamble was a lockdown corner that they situationally used as a receiver.  Master one position, and then maybe see if you can do something else.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

I was fortunate (thought it was very unfortunate at the time) to be placed in advanced English 7-9th grades. I thought the teacher was an evil woman who delighted in making me miserable with work.  I didn't know it at the time, but by the time I was done with 9th grade, I had read all the classics and had mastered all the rules of grammar. I never took another English or lit class that I didn't sleep through or test out of.  Yes, I went back, bowed down to her, and thanked her.

But one point of grammar: I've found that the use of commas has a wide range of acceptible practice among college professors. I followed my middle school English teachers rule: use a comma to connect phrases with a conjuction, or when what you write needs a pause if you were speaking it, and if you need variety or a long pause is needed due to a momentary change in thought, a dash or semi-colon can be substituted.  I was red-lettered for both excessive and limited commas on my papers.  Profs have their own rules about them, and those rules vary.  But whenever I was in doubt, I used a comma.  In the whole grand scheme of things, who gives a flying...  The idea is to write something that flows and is understandable.

Comment 25 Sep 2014

I believe my pair is present and functioning, and I kinda like my wife of 30 years.  I'd hate to break in a new one.  She just doesn't get football in general and Ohio State fanaticism in particular.  It's a bad weakness, but would seem to fall short of grounds for divorce.

That said, I get what you are saying, and if it was in sarcastic type, I'd upvote you.

Comment 23 Sep 2014

One theory: 1) All head coaching is precarious, but the NFL is the most shaky in terms of job security.  One bad season can see you gone.  Most  CFB AD's give a guy 3-4 years to get his program in place. 2) If you are the guy that goes "home" and restores the luster to a proud program, you become a legend.

If Jim Harbaugh came back, he'd get feisty and call Urban out - and it would be a whole lot of fun to watch that play out.

If Les Miles went to A2, I would want to watch/read every single thing he said, because, if nothing else, the guy is entertaining.

Under Hoke, excepting the first year, scUM has been mediocre, meh, blah, and boring.  Jim H or Les would at least make them interesting, and that would be worth something.  I'm tired of scUM being the epitome of ennui.

Comment 23 Sep 2014

Saw this somewhere and agree: scUM should send a blank check to the Harbaugh brothers and Les Miles.  The first one who fills it out and cashes it is the new HFC at that school.  If they don't, they will sorely regret it, and will extend our schadenfreude.

Comment 23 Sep 2014

Uh, I don't like to shatter anyone's dreams, but I got my CBB fix this summer by watching the only thing that was on: Kentucky in the Bahamas.   They have 7 guys 6'9 or taller - and none of them play like Amir Williams.  The Harrison twins are back and looked scary good.  They have 9 McD's AA's on the roster.  Their freshmen don't play like they are freshmen.  They were sharing the ball and playing time and playing defense.  They look like they can play 12 guys.  Jay Bilas said that their 2nd team would be ranked in the top 15-20 in the country.  I just kept thinking while watching them, "This is ridiculous".  Maybe Cal will find a way to screw it up, but just based on talent, that team should not lose a game.

But sometimes dreams do come true.  I hope yours does.

Comment 23 Sep 2014

Bosa, Washington, Bennett, and Spence - we were told - were supposed to be the best, or among the best, D lines in the country. Of course now Spence is a cautionary tale.  I think they have played well without him, but in the light of being "best", I'm a little underwhelmed.  However, I'm open to being overwhelmed.  This is as good a week as any to see that.  Maybe the hometown school thing will get it going.

Comment 19 Sep 2014

And so begins the first bye-weekend. Please don't get arrested, Buckeyes.

That right there is the single most important message in this SS.  Meyer should put that on a banner and hang it over the Woody.

But I would have him add one thing: "or I will personally kick the shit out of you, and if I need help, the strength coach is available."

Comment 18 Sep 2014

I think JT has played really well.  He "struggled" in the first half against VT against a defense that the Ohio State coaching staff had not prepared him to see because they had no idea it was coming.  Kent State tried it and JT handled it fine - although there was a difference in the athletes playing the cover 0/Bear as opposed to VT.

He will see that exact thing on Nov 8 in E Lansing.  Then we will know for sure whether he has learned how to deal with it.  But so far, for a RS freshman, I think he is doing fine.  This season's success or failure will ride on how well the Ohio State defense performs.  Barrett will get better and better each week, and I expect he will be a big playmaker by the time November rolls around.

Comment 18 Sep 2014

Most teams are going to go with a "count 1-2 ball is gone" passing attack precisely because they don't want Bosa and Co. hitting their QB - and then try to go long off play action when the defense isn't expecting it.  But if Gunner wants to stand back there for 7 seconds and go through 4 reads, I'm all for it - but the training staff and the backup QB need to be on alert.  :)

Comment 18 Sep 2014

For me the "real question" is not anything other than whether OSU can defend the forward pass. Period.  After watching that debacle last year we heard about this new and improved scheme and approach.  Navy threw 4 times, so we couldn't tell.  VT made some hay throwing, but the guys also made some plays.  Kent State told us nothing except that OSU can beat the tar out of a team that is overmatched.  But Kiel will show us where we are, and I am really looking forward to finding that out.

Ohio State will win the game because UC's D will not be able to stop them.  Kiel will make some plays, but I want to see an aggressive secondary that might give up a few big ones, but also gets off the field on 3rd down and gets a few picks.  I don't want to hear about an improved pass defense, I want to see it.  Seeing is believing.  :)

Comment 16 Sep 2014

I'm telling you, we had better have our pass defense fixed because Gunner Kiel can sling it.  He played almost perfect in the first half against Toledo.  Pretty much every throw was on time and on target.  He fell off some in the 3rd qtr but came back strong at the end.  So, our guys better be able to get pressure and cover.

That said, Cincy's defense doesn't look like it could stop my grandma.  Still, I'd like to see an impressive Bucks win rather than a "we scored more than you" shootout.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

There are lots of ways to play football and win games.  Tressel was actually more multiple than we give him credit for.  When Troy Smith was in his later years, they did quite a bit of spread, and mixed it in with the more conservative/run Dave twice/throw an incomplete pass/be joyful to punt or kick a FG offense.  His one constant was a tough defense that limited yards and points.  He won a lot of games like that - albeit some of them were closer than they should have been - and he lost some games because sometimes your defense can't hold a 4 point lead.  Stanford and Michigan St has had a lot of success doing the same thing.  So has Alabama, but they have had such good personell that their offense has often been dominant even when the other team knew what was coming. These coaches want to get a lead, limit your scoring, and then squeeze you to death by working the clock by running the ball and passing when they have to.

Urban has the fast-paced spread that puts a defense on the field for more plays.  It relies on having an exceptional player at QB.  It's fun to watch an offense like that when it's humming, and fairly disturbing when a tired defense that knows the offense can cancel a score they give up, allows a team to go through them like a hot knife through butter.  But with this approach, you are rarely out of any game because you think you can always score points.  These coaches try to bury a team by 3 or more scores - essentially out-point the opponent.  They get in trouble if the offense sputters and the defense is asked to carry the team - a role it isn't used to playing.

I see no need to prefer either UFM or JT over the other.  But JT wore me out with doing a lot of talking and never saying anything, running 2 Daves for -2 yards, and playing things too close to the vest - no pun intended.  So, right now, I will take the Meyer approach because it seems like a breath of fresh air, but it's not humming right now, so it's frustrating, but I'm not ready to kidnap Jim Bollman and have him sit in Tom Herman's chair.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

When Urban first came here, he talked about how he wanted an "angry" team, and he referred to how angry his Florida team was that drubbed the Buckeyes in the NC game.   He repeated the desire to have an angry team this summer.

I assume he wants a team with a chip on their shoulder, with something to prove, who plays with hostility and determination because of a sense of disrespect.  I'm sorry, but I haven't seen much of that lately, despite having lost 3 out of 4, nearly losing to a hapless scUM squad, having had every talking head in the country belittling them and their conference, and basically having a defense that resembled the French trying to stop a German invasion.  At what point, or what does it take, to get these guys to collectively get pissed off?

I don't think a coach can manufacture genuine anger.  It has to come from within those guys and it has to be pervasive.  I think I saw it in Va Tech the other night.  I definitely saw it in Sparty in last year's B1G CG.  I'm still waiting to see it in my Buckeyes, and I hope to see it soon.

Comment 09 Sep 2014

Wasn't it Herman who called plays for the offense last year that was the most productive in Ohio State history?  Hmmm....

I will give you that some calls at individual critical moments have been questionable on occasion.

Here's the weakness of the Meyer-Herman offense: it requires an uber talented runner and an adequate passer at QB to make it run.  In this case, the success of the entire program was arguably placed on the health of a very talented player who has a history of getting hurt and missing games.  It has come back to bite them in the butt big time this year.

JT is a really good player, and he will be fine.  He just wasn't ready for what Tech threw at him the other night, and he didn't get much help.

Still, this is Ohio State.  When a guy goes down, I expect an exceptionally talented, well-coached player to take his place and perform adequately.  But when your offense relies on that one guy, and he goes down, you can't replace experience with inexperience and expect good results.  And so, this is where we are.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

The spread is the dominant offense in CFB.  Defenses are seeing it every day in practice and 10 times or more a year.  Defenses are just getting better at going against it.

The spread is designed to stress a defense, but to do that, you have to have a QB who can stretch the field vertically, and skill position players who can stress the edges.  Of course, the OL makes all of it possible by opening holes and protecting.  If they are dominant, you can run between the tackles. If you have a Braxton Miller, you have another runner that scares you to death, and it is impossible to scheme against a scramble.

Ohio State did not scare Va Tech.  They didn't respect the Buck's OL.  They were willing to give up some long passes IF Barrett could connect. They plugged the middle running lanes and brought the defense up to cover the edges.  And they could do that because they weren't too worried about the QB run or scramble.

Most importantly, the Tech D chose to not be stressed but chose to stress the offense and the young QB.  Herman had to come up with a way to take what was being given by the defense, but QB inexperience and lack of protection just didn't allow enough success down the field to make the Hokie D feel any discomfort about what they were doing.  The right and left middle deep was where the ball needed to go, but it seemed JT was mostly comfortable down the sideline - where the boundary line helps the defender.

They are going to see this again.  For sure in E Lansing.  They had better work on it and get it fixed by then or it will be ugly again.  In practice they should put an extra blitzer on each side (use 13 defenders) and bring pressure from all angles to get JT used to throwing the ball where it has to go.  The added bonus in doing that is that when the OL only has to protect against 5 or 6, it will seem easier.  :)