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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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Recent Activity

Comment 18 Dec 2014

Does anyone know who won the fight between Jim Harbaugh and Jim Kelly that happened when they were playing in the NFL?  Please tell me it was Kelly.

Comment 12 Dec 2014

There were lots of good plays.  My turning point of the year was when Dontre fumbles the kickoff after Michigan State had just scored to go up 21-14 in the 2nd qtr.  Michigan State gets a TD called back on a holding call and misses a FG.  On OSU's next play, Barrett hits Thomas on a slant, and he houses it to tie the game, and on Ohio State's next possession Devin catches the bomb that put the Bucks up by 7 at half - and they never looked back.

One has to wonder what would have happened in that game, and to Ohio State's season, if Michigan State had gone up 14 at that point.  You would like to think that Ohio State would have pulled out of that deficit, but there's no way to know.  Sparty would have had a lot of momentum. But Ohio State really played well from that point on in that game.

They piddled around through the end of the schedule, not looking particularly great at times, but doing enough to win.  Then in the BCG it seemed to all come together, and they played the kind of game that they had only teased us with all season.

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Yeah, I think Saban will preach at them that this is an "SEC quality" team they are facing, but those players have heard since they were little how terrible the B1G is.  I'm hoping they say, "That's just Coach BSing to keep us from not taking this inferior opponent seriously."  And then we hit them in the mouth like we did Miami in 2002.  :)

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Something that's not talked about too much is how good looking a team Urban has assembled, but the BTN guys were talking about it some on the pre-game show about how good OSU looks "on the hoof".  Jerry Kill added that he wouldn't let his players look down at the other end of the field during warm ups for fear that they would get intimidated.

Looks don't matter all that much, but if players look like superior, elite athletes AND they play like it, you have something.  Ohio State had superior athletes to Wisconsin (and every other team they played this year), but they didn't always use that advantage to the fullest.  When they take the field against Alabama, they won't have superior athletes, but equivalent ones, so this is going to be a war.

I hope the SEC hacks and Ohio State haters in the media fill Alabama's players heads full of how B1G players are slow and inferior, and then I want them to be shocked when they line up and go.

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Mark May has worked very hard to earn BuckeyeNation's hate.  I'm telling you, if I see him, I will fight him - and he would kick my arse, but I'm obligated.

That said, he has almost become a caricature of himself.  I can tell that a lot of the time he is simply playing a role.  ESPN knows how to get eyeballs on its product, and Mark May's act does that.  If you love Ohio State and hate Mark May, then you want to hear something that makes you hate him more.  If you hate Ohio State, you want to hear what Mark May will say about them.  That's pretty good marketing - and many of us allow him and ESPN to manipulate us.

Clay Travis is a Mark May wannabe - a poor imitation of the caricature of Mark May.  I will fight him too if I see him, but I think I could kick his ass.

Comment 04 Dec 2014

ScUM definitely deserves the decided schematic advantage Weiss would give them.

Comment 04 Dec 2014

Anyone whose stomach can handle the Waffle House will have no issues with Wisconsin. #instant legitimacy

Coach W is from Strasburg, Ohio.  We Inter-Valley Conference folks will throw in a statue if OSU will pony up with a few hundred K to keep him.

Get Jim Harbaugh to AA.  At his introductory press conference he will insult OSU  and/or Meyer, and it will be on again - and beating them 10 more times will be pure joy at his/their misery.

Comment 02 Dec 2014

I was at the Wisky game last year.  The combo of White and Gordon was just as scary, or scarier, as Gordon and Clement.  The Bucks really did a nice job.  It helped that Gordon got dinged up in that game. The Bucks were hitting him hard.  The reason Wisky kept it relatively close was Stave to Abredaris.  I expect Gordon to get loose a couple of times, especially when Tyvis takes a bad angle, but I also expect Tyvis to pick off Stave a time or two and save the day.  It's what Tyvis does.  :)

Comment 01 Dec 2014

Prayers for Kosta's family and friends.  I wish he could have grasped how many people care for him, and that there is hope in the midst of hopelessness.

It's unfortunate that it takes something like this to put things into perspective.  An important game, that all of us want to win, will be played Sat night.  But in the end, it's just a football game.

Comment 21 Nov 2014

This discussion sounds like the 100 times my son and I have discussed it.  I guess I'm old, but old age has a couple of advantages.  One of them is perspective.  While I have seen some recreational drug users appear to be fine and never seem to suffer any serious consequences with it, I've also seen some use it as the first step toward a ton of misery.

Like I say to my son, recreational drug use is a pre-step to occasional drug abuse which is a pre-step to addiction.  No one starts out by saying that they want a joint to lead them into a life of addiction to all kinds of drugs. But after you see plenty of people go down that exact road, and see the suffering they bring on their head, it's hard to say, "This isn't hurting anyone."

The NCAA and state/fed laws want to discourage someone starting on that road.  Whether the rules and laws are the best way to approach the problem is debatable, but there is a good intent behind them.

Comment 21 Nov 2014

From just a fan and football perspective, I am salivating at having Spence on one end and Bosa on the other.

But we have a young man here with a drug problem.  Would getting him back on the field be the best thing for him?  Maybe, but I doubt it.

Urban's history at Ohio State indicates that eligibility does not mean playing time or full reinstatement.

Comment 20 Nov 2014

The question becomes who do you want to take touches away from in order to get 15 more touches?  Less QB runs.  Less touches for H backs, TE's and WR's?

The drawback of having the "bellcow" is defenses are listening for that bell and focusing on that cow.

It is a beautiful thing when defenses know what is coming, but you run it down their throat anyway (such as we saw with Mel Gordon last week), but if the stud RB gets limited or hurt, the offense that relies on him is in a world of hurt.

Zeke just needs to be productive with the touches he gets - and he is doing that.  One of the reasons he is doing that is because the defense is worrying about 5 other guys getting the ball.

Comment 14 Nov 2014

I went to the OHSAA website and found that it was 1982 that Moeller defeated Massillon 35-14 in Ohio Stadium.

Which makes me feel better that I didn't imagine that I was there.  It would mean pre-mature dementia, which is bad.  :)

Comment 14 Nov 2014

The admin and community at Mass Wash is living in a parallel reality.  I live 20 min away from there, and I so I hear it all the time.  They are the high school equivalent of Texas - an arrogant and entitled group living off the past.  At least Texas was living off a relatively recent past.  Massillon Washington's last claim to fame was that they lost to Moeller in the state finals at Ohio Stadium in, I think, 1981!  I was there.  Spiellman was the best player on the field, but Moeller looked like a college team.  They need a Charlie Strong type of coach to go in there and clean house and get everyone's heads on straight.  Problem is they would fire THE Charlie Strong for doing it.

Those Tigers need to humble themselves and get their priorities in order.  Then they might be able to find a great coach who can stay there long enough to add to the lore, not just live off of it.

That said, thank you for sending us #9.

Comment 14 Nov 2014

The OSU offense is really humming.  But I'm 50 years old, damn it, and what that means is that I know that offense is like that girlfriend you had in the 10th grade - she seems like she's loyal, but on a certain day you find out she is fickle.  Offenses have bad days, or struggle with weather, or inexplicably turn the ball over, or the other team just comes up with a great scheme and/or executes in a way that allows them to limit you.

Very few people are taking a critical view of our defense.  Are they better than last year, and is the scheme better?  Undeniably.  But the best quality a defense has is to limit points.  OSU is not quite there.  They have looked good at times, showing they are capable, but when you allow 28-37 points in certain games, you have work to do.

The old saying is that when you go on the road, you need to pack your toughness, your running game, and your defense.  If Ohio State's offense is doing it's thing Saturday, it won't matter too much what the defense does - Ohio State will win the game.  But if the offense isn't humming, that defense will have to get into stingy mode, and while I know they can do it,  I have no evidence to suggest that I know they will do it.

I don't want to be Baylor where we just hope to outscore people and hope to force a couple of punts. I think Minnesota is a decent team.  If we can put together a solid defensive performance against them on the road in difficult weather coupled with a good offensive performance, that would be the next step in this team becoming elite.  For that reason, I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow.

Comment 13 Nov 2014


Just move to Ashville by purchasing the Biltmore Estate.  It would probably only cost something close to a billion.  You would be living like a Vanderbilt tho.

I like Ashville.  It's an eclectic, artsy kind of town.  Interesting.

I stayed there a few years ago and the resort had a placard in the room listing the avg hi and low temps for the year.  Ashville does not average a hi temp in winter below freezing.  And it's a little cooler in summer than you expect that far south.

Comment 11 Nov 2014

It's interesting how often you see officiating crews just throw offensive holding out of the book, and will not call it, except for the most egregious cases.  They seem to especially do that in big games,   I actually appreciate it if it is applied both ways.  However, what MSU was doing was tackling Bosa and company.  We watched on DVR maybe 20 min behind, and we kept going back and counting the bear hugs and tackles on some plays.  There were sometimes 3 OL doing egregious holding on one play!  It was ridiculous.  They did call a few, but it makes you wonder what the criteria they were using to say, "OK, I gotta call that. That's too much to ignore."

Don't know if anyone caught this, but there was a curious spot on a 3rd down play late in the game.  The runner was down 2 yards shy of the first down line.  The ref came in and placed the ball 1-2 yards beyond the line!  It didn't really matter because the game was decided, but you understand a ref making a 6" mistake spotting the ball, but when it's a 3-4 yard mistake, that's pretty queer.

Comment 11 Nov 2014

Happy Veterans Day to my son - who was 12 years old on 9/11, and vowed to me that day that he would do his part to avenge the attacks - and who when he was of age, enlisted in the Army, delayed college and served 6 years, deployed twice (once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan) earning two combat patches from fighting almost every day for those 18 months.

The most amazing thing about my son is that he isn't anything special.  Lots of 12 year olds made the same pledge that day and followed through.  Sometimes I think this country is going to hell in the express lane, but when I see boys stepping up to defend this country, somehow I think we are going to be OK.

Comment 06 Nov 2014

Forget about being an OC.  Wasn't it Jim Bollman who perenially took 4 and 5 star linemen and produced average OL units that consistently under-performed?

But it's hard for me to forget his time as our OC.  I became so angry when Dave took a 3 yard loss on 3rd and 1 for the 1000th time that I talked about hiring an assassin - and sadly, while I was just joking, the emotion was serious.  For sure, Tressel was the ultimate control in that 2RIPP offense (two runs, incomplete pass, punt), but it didn't feel right to want to kill Jim Tressel.  :)

I'm sure Coach B is a good guy, and if Dantonio loves him, then good for Sparty.  I'll just say I'm glad he is there and not here.  It's better for my health.