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Berlin, Ohio (via Ironton, Ohio)

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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 17 hours ago

Great point.

It's hard to break a defense down by units and say "it's all their fault."  Each level affects the other.  If a QB has a monster draped all over him 2.7 sec after the ball is snapped, people may assume the secondary is awesome when, perhaps, they couldn't cover grandma.  We know that line was very talented last year, but Bosa praised Coach Johnson a while back for implementing a rotation because "we were exhausted at times last year."  The LB corps was thin last year.  No getting around that, but there were problems with them reading pass and getting back to their proper depth.  I suspected that a lot of coverage busts were due to the DB's not trusting the LB's to be where they were supposed to be, and trying to do their job plus cover for the LB's.  It was really a cluster of dysfunction.

But part of it was definitely coaching/scheme.  Any good defense has the characteristic of being aggressive.  Against the pass, those guys were too often the 3 man rush, 12 foot cushion type of defense.  I get it that when your offense is hanging 50 on people, you can afford to play softer, but at some point you get into a game where you really have to stop someone.  I can take some bad defense if I have to, but I want aggressive bad, not passive bad.  I don't want to be throwing up in my mouth a little like I had to at times last year.

Comment 26 Jul 2014

I'm too old to spend one second worrying about how some 17 year old feels this week.  Even if this kid would commit, he sounds like he may get a different feeling later.  If he signs, that will be exciting, but I can't take these guys acting like the prettiest girl at the dance who wants to see how many boys she can get to flit around her.

Comment 26 Jul 2014

Actually, in the military gripes from the bottom don't go anywhere.  The chain of command is a one way street.  Things go down and rarely go up.  It is a CYA system.  The correct understanding can be summed up by: "Shit runs downhill."

Comment 25 Jul 2014

"... the whole point of hazing is to dissolve ego and share your vulnerability with everyone and essentially become one as a unit. "

Yeah, within limits it has produced that effect.  But there always seems to be at least one sadistic a**hole among the hazers who just gets pleasure from making people suffer - and that's the guy that makes hazing a hard thing to tolerate.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

Some people defend hazing as character building - I'm not sure about that.  Maybe.  I went through it a few times and came out ok.  Mainly it is humiliating - which can be a good thing for some people who don't know their place or who have too high of an opinion of themselves.  It can be destructive though, even life-threatening, to those who lack confidence. Those that can take it or can't do not have it stamped on their forehead, and hazers rarely have the wisdom to tell them apart - which is why hazing is a bad idea in general, and especially when it crosses certain lines.

But I read a quote this morning from a guy writing about hazing and character building.  Paraphrasing: "It seems that the people doing the hazing always seem to be the people with the least amount of character." Great point.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

I was married 8/18/84 - the perfect date.  Our anniversary is right before the most wonderful time of the year begins.  I can focus on my love for Honey Buns, and then get ready for one of the great pleasures in life: Ohio State and college football.

Heading to Philadelphia for our 30th anniversary next month... but my mind may wander toward Annapolis, MD.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

Do I have to answer twice?

That opinion is based on the fact that NFL teams change coaches like you and I change underwear.  One bad season for the 49ers combined with a 6-6 scUM team could very well mean that Harbaugh would be available.  If I were the Corn and Bruised, I would throw whatever money I had to at Harbaugh in order to get him to AA.   Last I checked, money still talks loudly.

Les Miles in AA?  I'm all for it, but he's got a good thing going on in Baton Rouge.  I don't see him leaving there.  But that would sure make news conferences more interesting.  :)

Comment 21 Jul 2014

In the BCS era, we have had 1-3 teams with undefeated records at the end of the season (regular + conference championship).  The vast majority of the time we have 1 undefeated major conference team, but 3 is the most that could be expected.  History itself tells us that winning all your games requires some combination of talent, skill, and luck.

An undefeated team has to win the games it is projected to win, win a game or two where they are underdogs or a minimal favorite, and survive a game or two when they play below their potential.

Auburn, minus a fluke catch against Georgia and the kick-6 against Alabama was a 3 loss team heading into the post-season.  Two plays separated them from the NC game and the Capital One Bowl.

We know that @ MSU is going to likely be brutal.  The question is what will be the games where the Bucks will struggle?  No one knows.  I'm looking at road games at Penn St and Minnesota as possibilities, and we saw that scUM took us to the brink last year.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

I'm from the camp that if a dog will bite, he will bite as a pup. The fact that we are here in Grant's senior year hoping that he will bite pretty much says it all.

I'm also from the camp that leaders cannot be conjured, appointed, or declared.  Leaders are leaders because they lead, and others follow, without anyone ever having to say that they are a leader.

That said, Curtis is a Buckeye, and no one would be happier to see him play like a star at MLB and to lead a stout defense.  That said, if that was going to happen, I think we would have already seen it.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

I believe that Jim Harbaugh will eventually be the head football coach at that despicable school - and at that point, they will be formidable again.  In the meantime, we should root hard for the 49ers, and hope that Hoke gets enough wins to make Brandon hang on to him.

Comment 18 Jul 2014

JB Shugarts is a genius.  He made sure that he was immortal by having his name converted into other language forms.  How many times have we said, "I hope we don't Shugart here in the redzone"  or "He got a case of the Shugarts" or "That drive was killed because we Shugarted too much."

Doubt that he is immortal?  Name the starting right tackles for the Earl Bruce and John Cooper years off the top of your head.

Comment 18 Jul 2014

I have CBSSN with my Direct TV package.  You guys can watch the game with me in Amish Country, but warning: it gets pretty wild.  Stuff gets thrown around and don't bring your children or women due to the language that sometimes slips out.  Guns have accidentily been discharged.  Stuff has been broken. Hopefully, that will be enough to ensure that I will have the room to myself.  :)

I would love to listen to the radio broadcast and mute the TV (especially on Beth Mowins games), but the radio is about 7 seconds ahead of the TV.  Any ideas on how to get the radio and TV in sync?

Comment 17 Jul 2014

I can handle the SEC.  I can turn the objective CFB part of my mind on and consider that 7 national championships in 8 years says something about the quality of the SEC champion during those years.

What I can't handle is SEC fans, especially if they are from Kentucky, Miss State, etc. who act like they are cut from some superior cloth based simply on the fact that they are in that conference.  I believe the difference between Alabama (or name your SEC high tier team) and Ohio State is a hair.

I also can't handle the media sloberring all over themselves to promote the superiority of the SEC - although I see some cracks in that here and there lately.  Still, I think the other conferences need to lay big hurt on these guys to kill the "SEC's poop doesn't stink myth".

CFB is cyclical, and I think the SEC is on the downhill slide of their success.  Success breeds contentment, arrogance, and entitlement, and I sense the SEC is there.  Perhaps the biggest issue at the SEC summer meeting has been whether the SEC can get 2 teams into the 4 team playoff.  They seriously believe the Sec champ, plus the 2nd best team in that conference should trump a champion from the PAC, B1G, Big 12, or ACC.

So, here's to hoping Ohio State gets an opportunity to play the best these SOB's have to offer and we beat them 41-14 - to pull a score out of the air.

Comment 15 Jul 2014

1) No.

2) I watched this world cup via DVR.  The only way I could stand it was to fast FF until a score and then rewind a couple of minutes and watch the lead up.  Everything in between scores was passing until the ball was taken away, repeat on that end, repeat on the other end, ad nauseum.

3) Hell no.

Here's what soccer needs to do to grab me (which they won't do):

1) Make the goal taller and wider.   2) Take a defender out of the scoring area.  3) Eliminate the offsides rule.  4) Give me 14-9 scores or the like.

Otherwise, I don't have the time to watch a bunch of guys doing what appears to be nothing.

Comment 12 Jul 2014

Before last year's Wisconsin game my son and I took in the Skull Session.  I remember 2 things: it was hotter than hell in SJA and LeBron spoke.  I was wondering what kind of reaction he would get.  I'd say 40% of the crowd applauded him, 40% sat on their hands, and a very vocal 20% booed all the way through his little talk.

My son said afterward, "That will either make him want to stay away from Cleveland, or make him want to fix those hard feelings."  Looks like it was the latter.

One thing The Decision didn't change was his support for The Ohio State University.  I expect we will see him around even more now.

Comment 10 Jul 2014

Urban and I turned 50 this year.  I can't lie.  It stinks - except being a grandpa is a pretty good deal.  You remember how it felt to be young, but you know you aren't that any longer.  Through your 40's you feel your body changing, but you join with Toby Keith and sing with gusto "but I'm as good once, as I ever was."  I'm not near as good, even once, as I once was.  But I'm wiser, so I hide how far I've slipped.

I hate the AARP because of all the crap they send me (I don't need Viagra yet), and for reasons that are forbidden to be discussed on here.

I work some long days, but I have to cut it shorter than I used to and I have to go to bed earlier, or I don't do too well.  You turn 50 and you start thinking, "Man, if I live a normal lifespan, I've got another 25 years before I'm out of here.  I'd better get focused on what's most important."  I bet Urban is thinking exactly that way (hint: he won't think Ohio State football is most important).  And that has an impact on how you prioritize your work vs. home.  How will that affect his coaching performance?  It might help, but he needs to be a good delegator. Lots of guys have been huge successes in coaching in their 50's and 60's, but they didn't do it by acting like they were 30.

Comment 10 Jul 2014

He's responsible in the same sense that I'm responsible for my adult kids because they have my last name, and what they do reflects well or poorly on our family.  But that has to do with perception of others, not any practical reality.  I can't be there to approve every choice my kids make (nor do I want to), so those choices have to be the responsibility of the kids.  All I can do is react.

If a player runs afoul of the law, but the charges get reduced, the coach keeps him on the team, and the player runs afoul again, but still manages to stay on the team, and then he commits more crime, the player is responsible for his crimes, but the coach can certainly be criticized for his reaction and lack of discipline.  So, I'm not saying coaches have NO responsibility, but it's impossible for Urban Meyer to know what is going on at the Grown and Sexy Lounge in Lorain on a July night.

You hope that the other players see the swift and firm discipline that Meyer deals out in these situations, and that motivates them to avoid the Grown and Sexy places that are around.  Humans learn by experience: either their own or by watching others make mistakes.  I recommend the latter. Much less painful.  :)

Comment 10 Jul 2014

The great - and terrible - thing about football is that a successful play requires all 11 guys executing.  On that particular play, we could get more detailed and say everyone from the backside guard to the right sideline along with Miller and Hyde.  Jeff didn't get his job done.  It wasn't for a lack of effort or desire.  He's human.  Plus, those guys in green are on scholarship too.  But I don't get caught up in what the call was.  That play would have gotten 2 yards if it was executed properly.  It wasn't.  Congrats to Michigan State.

I agree with Stcburn.  Ohio State needed a defense that could limit an offense coached in part by JIM BOLLMAN to 23 points.  They didn't have that defense.  If they have that defense this fall, I don't think they will be in the position of having to make a 4th and 2 late in the game in order to win.