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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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  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: What is soccer?

Recent Activity

Comment 18 Aug 2016

2014.  He was the guy that got them there up to thru 11 3/4 games.  He was on the team.  He won a national championship.

So this doesn't turn into a JT vs. Cardale thing tho, we JT fans love Cardale for what he did to finish that thing off, and no one can ever take that away from him.

Comment 04 Aug 2016

This time of year I have learned to temper expectations.  There are so many variables that go into a CFB season that you can't be right about what things will look like in December - and if you are, you are just lucky.

Based on that thinking, the only thing I will predict is that we will not be feeling all that confident after less than awe-inspiring wins over BG and Tulsa - which is why the Bucks will win at Oklahoma.  Can't wait to see if I'm right - I mean, lucky - on that one.

Comment 04 Aug 2016

Yeah, I agree with that and don't want to be misunderstood.  I'm not saying Danny Clark is a bad QB.  He is obviously very talented.  But his talent has to be put into the context of being a candidate to QB THE Ohio State University - one of the top programs in CFB.

When I watched Joe Burrow play live the one time, every time he threw the ball, I said or thought, "Wow" - due to how strongly he threw and how accurately.  I didn't say or think "Wow" with Danny.  He didn't throw with as much velocity, wasn't very accurate, and threw quite a few 50-50 balls into good coverage.  Just an off night?  Maybe. I did like how he scrambled.  My nephew was one of the corners for New Philly.  He's a smart kid with long arms, but not the kind of athlete you typically see at CB.  He had a good game that night.  Part of that is on the receivers, but they were open at times on him, but the ball wasn't delivered the way it needed to be.

Playing QB at Ohio State requires exceptional talent.  When I saw Joe B play, it was his senior year.  When I saw Danny, he was a junior.  I'm sure he has worked hard in the off season.  Maybe I will see something more exceptional this fall.

Comment 02 Aug 2016

Have you seen him play? 

Admittedly, I saw him play live one game and I watched him once on TV.  The same was true for Burrow his senior year of HS.  I've only got about 4 decades of watching football to rely on.  That was my impression.  Could it be wrong?  Sure. But I'm not sure it constitutes a "terrible take".  It's what I saw.

SVSM beat New Philly narrowly because they fed the ball to Sibley.  The QB made a few good throws and was defended well on the rest of them.  My instinct is to think scUM and Sparty defenses > the New Philadelphia Quakers.  :)

Comment 02 Aug 2016

I don't know how many Buckeye fans have seen Clark play.  I saw him play New Philadelphia last year.  He's a very good HS QB.  Projecting him to a major program like Ohio State is tough.  I saw Joey Burrow play in a playoff game his senior year.  He was throwing the ball 40 yards with almost no arc.  The arm talent with Burrow is really exceptional.  It's the kind of thing you don't see often in HS.

My opinion? There is no comparison between Burrow and Clark.  Danny isn't afraid of competition? That's great, but he is going to be competing against Joey - and he will lose that competition - and it won't be close.  I would suggest that Danny look elsewhere and find a good fit for him.  I believe that he will be a cautionary tale about getting symbols tattooed on your body prematurely.

The reality is that if Ohio State keeps him in the fold, they will have to pass on a 4 or 5 star player.  It seems what is best for Ohio State and Danny is clear, but there's that dang tattoo. 

Comment 30 Jul 2016

I know we are most likely to beat them out when its all said and done (I hope) but how much is rivals riding Bama?

I am all out of shits to give about who finishes 1 vs. 2 vs. 7 vs. whathaveyou.

I just want to know generally who Ohio State is recruiting and who might come.  But I am not going to spend one second worrying where some 17 year old decides to go to school.

But I have felt that for about 10 years that there is an "Alabama bump" - which is where Nick Saban starts going after a kid, and by virtue of that, he gets elevated a star.  I don't know, but one senses that in recruiting the assumption is that Saban has the best class and that assumption is applied either to player ratings or the assessment of the class as a whole.

But circling back, in the end, who gives a shit?

Comment 28 Jul 2016

I was traveling to the Fiesta Bowl last New Year's Eve.  Watched both games on the flight.  Well, both games were horrible so I'm not sure I can say I "watched" them.  I flipped back and forth.

But the problem was that Sparty and Oklahoma weren't competitive.  If played the next day, I doubt many eyes would have been on those games either.  That said, there's a lot of things to do on NYE, so putting the games on that night seemed like prima fascia stupidity - which most people could see.  Nice to see the people running the CFBP caught up.

Comment 26 Jul 2016

While Urban Meyer is at the top of my list of things I am thankful for, I confess that I blame him for last year's failure make the CFBP, and I'm almost to the point where I have forgiven him. 

To me, sitting the QB responsible for 45 TDs the year before, who arguably ran the Urban Meyer offense better than it has ever been run, was a real head-scratcher to me - even tho CJ was incredible in 3 games as well.  But the offense had to be changed to accommodate the other guy, the offense never got in rhythm until JT was given the job, and Ohio State - with it's "embarrassment of riches" floundered around and was unimpressive for a majority of the season. 

I never understood it then, and I don't understand it now - even tho those who do understand it have laid it out in detail.  Hopefully, there are lessons learned that will pay off down the line.  I doubt this will be the last time Urban has to choose between two very good QBs.

Comment 19 Jul 2016

Five years into Urban Meyer's tenure, I think it's time we address this – Quick Cals need to go.

Amen.  Back in the day, we did them in HS pre-game (without trying to involve the crowd).  I always thought it was dumb and had nothing to do with preparing us to win the game. It felt awkward.  It was apparently designed to look cool. ??  Because of that, I haven't been a fan of Ohio State doing it.  I get it that it's an attempt to bring the team and student section together, but there's got to be a better way to do that.

Singing Carmen Ohio with the student section seems to check that box.

Comment 16 Jul 2016

I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm going to defend Hugh Freeze to an extent.  Normally I would hope that every SEC coach and program gets what Ole Miss is getting and more, but Ohio State's situation with the Tat thing is fresh in my mind.

Freeze and Tressel have some things in common: men of faith (Hugh wears it more on his sleeve), great recruiters, and have a nice man persona.  Things happen in a program: head coaches make errors of judgment, assistant coaches violate NCAA rules (usually secondary ones), players do all kinds of dumb shit, and you have parent/step-parent, booster, and agent issues.  Some of that the head coach has control over, much of it he doesn't - and yet he is ultimately responsible for what happens in the areas where he has limited or no control.  It's a tough deal when that happens.  For me, I hold the coach responsible for how he reacts to finding out about issues, more so than for things that he had no control over.  We are in an age where everyone seems to want to put a program's problems into the worst light, ascribe the worst of motives to them, and hang anything and everything around the head coach's neck - and all of these people have internet connections and places to post this venom.  The negativity can be overwhelming, and very unfair. 

In Ole Miss' case the primary evidence of cheating, corruption, etc. is that Freeze has recruited at a level that Ole Miss is not supposed to recruit at.  The problem is that this isn't evidence.  It's a result that people ascribe cheating and corruption to as a cause of it - and no one seems willing to wait for an objective analysis and report of what the evidence really is. You get some secondary violations, a few primary violations, investigations get going, and while you are trying to get that resolved, your star LT shows up at the draft in pictures showing him inhaling pot with a gas mask on and claiming he was paid $300 by a coach - which creates another thing that has to be investigated.  In the meantime, the media and social media are piling on the negativity.  If the facts and evidence end up being way more benign than the uninformed criticism, well, everyone just moves on, but the narrative of corruption lives on because people like it when "they" are the victim of it.

Buckeyes should know better.  We had some guys trade their stuff for tattoos - an awful example of depravity. Lol. Our coach lied about his knowledge of it. That was his big sin, and he paid dearly for it. The media and the haters descended on Columbus creating a huge amount of smoke.  For a while, I thought the Tat 5 may have been involved with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.  It was hard to see how big the fire actually was. Once you have national media and the NCAA on campus giving you an anal inspection, they will usually find some crap - and they did with the job issue involving a few players.  But that was it.  Way more smoke than there was fire.  Not a corrupt program gone amok.  More a few players getting some extra benefits, a coach not being forthright about his knowledge of it, and a few players getting paid too much for the work actually done.  Not exactly the Watergate Scandal.

So, I would suggest that we look at Ole Miss in that light.  If the actual evidence shows that Freeze is corrupt and cheating than I will call him a corrupt cheater.  Until then, I'll wait and see.  

Comment 16 Jul 2016

Scenarios A and B can be avoided by actually being that good, but for the 99.99999% of us that immerse ourselves in mediocrity like a octogenarian nun slowly lowering herself into a warm bath full of epsom salts, it's generally not a good idea to go around telling people how great you are (and by implication, how much everyone else sucks in comparison to you).

That's some good stuff right there.  Very well written.  Humorous and true - which is a tricky combination.

I will say this on the topic: there are lots of excellent posters on 11W and many great Ohio State fans, but there is only one THE OSUfan. :)

Comment 14 Jul 2016

Logic tells me that there is something about this sport that is fun and entertaining, but I have been too dumb, evidently, to get it.  So, I have been asking people for around 20 years to explain it.  I'm sure that one of these days someone is going to reveal the mystery to me, I'm going to hit my forehead, and say, "Oh, NOW I get it!"  As of right now, I don't get it.

When my daughter was in 5th grade I paid her $50 bucks to not play soccer anymore so that I didn't have to sit through those excruciating games.  What she doesn't know is I was willing to go up to at least $200.