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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 23 hours ago

I had a thought on this, and then I read down and saw that you had expressed it perfectly.  I was going to say Warriner could take my little sister at RG and get 200 rushing on Alabama, but dog poo works too.  Not that there is any other relationship between my sister and dog poo.

It may be time to put away the Grown and Sexy, but that is a rich and deep pool.  Something tells me it will live on.

Comment 27 Mar 2015

I know this conversation petered out, but I think I have a little something different to add.

Are we talking about Bob Knight the man or the coach?  If we are talking about the coach, his record speaks for itself.  There were multiple national championships, including an undefeated season, and tons of accomplishments. There was obviously an element of genius in the man related to coaching basketball. That can't be taken away, although he stayed at least 5 years too long at Indiana.  He wore out his welcome and wore out everyone else.  The game, the kids, and culture was changing, but the General does not change.  His coaching at TT was above average, but not great.  Maybe that had more to do with TT than Bob, but I sensed his best coaching days were way, way behind him at that point.

The Bob Knight I observed for 40 years was too volatile, couldn't shut up when he was angry, couldn't apologize, went out of his way to be prickly, and rarely had an ounce of tact.  If he wasn't winning basketball games, we would call him a giant asshole (and many outside of Indiana did).  He once took a crap at halftime, wiped his butt, and came out to show it to his team (metaphor for how they were playing).  He  went nose to nose while snarling the worst profanities at his players.  He shoved them, grabbed them, head-butted, and choked them. His rape comments give you an insight into his strange mind.  If any one of these events were isolated, you could argue that they were simply due to momentary human fallibility, but they occured consistently over decades. He could not control his anger and his behavior, and it would appear that he didn't want to - or perhaps he felt he was above having to conform to normal human decency toward others.  He expressed this perfectly when he said, "I beg they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass." His apologists like to embrace, even celebrate, this attitude/behavior, but I would argue that they would not tolerate the same living under their roofs.  He wore his disdain for everyone that he didn't respect (evidently a very small list) on his sleeve, and rarely passed up an opportunity to demean and intimidate people.  In short, he was a bully.  Also in short, as a man, he was despicable, and someone I would use as an example to my children and grandchildren to illustrate how NOT to act and treat others.

Comment 10 Mar 2015

It ain't right, but I'm going to do it anyway.  I am so happy that the career of a certain player is coming to an end.  I can't stand to watch a guy any longer who can't catch the ball, can't grab the ball, can't score from 2 feet away, and mainly just chews up minutes without contributing anything of any significant value.  It's been an excruciating 4 years.  The gap between potential and actualization is as wide as any player in my memory.

Comment 10 Feb 2015

I wonder what Vegas would set the over/under at regarding "Well, shit" moments from now through August?

Michael, you may be asking too much of 100 or so 18-22 year old college men.  There are always a couple of dumbasses.

Comment 05 Feb 2015

"Arrogance unknown to human kind."

Dang you.  When I saw this topic I was going to use that one.  Some of us have to work before we can play.  :)

ScUM is no different than any other B1G or other school in the sense that their fan base is made up of really good folks, haters, and nut jobs.  The problem I have with them is this air they put off where graduating from, or cheering for, the school whose football team puts wings on their helmets creates a higher class of human beings.  It reminds me of the kids I went to college with who were born on 3rd base and thought they hit a home run, had never done a hard days work in their life, sat around tasting white wine and brie, wearing elbow pads on their jackets, and looking down on us poor slobs who worked our way through school, drank beer while eating peanuts, and wore jeans and t shirts.  I hated that attitude then, hate it now, and especially hate it when I see it coming out of Ann Arbor - which is often.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

I get your point.  I know some guys who boycott, and are pretty committed to it, but they still "cheat".  I did say "most", not "all".  But my sense of it is that many who claim to absolutely boycott at all times, are not being completely honest.

I would like to avoid ESPN.  It's just too dang convenient, and they are really good at covering CFB.

Comment 29 Jan 2015

I have always said in regards to MM that if I see him, I am obligated to fight him.

That said, proud members of Buckeye Nation, he is playing a role - although I do suspect that there are some underlying reasons he enjoys that role so much.  But his role is to put OSU football into the worst light, exaggerate their failures, and diminish their successes.  In doing so, he is tweaking the nose of a large and passionate fan base, which draws eyeballs to ESPN, and they are laughing all the way to the bank.

Some in our nation proudly claim that they boycott ESPN because of May and the "bias".  I think most of them are liars.  ESPN covers college football better than anyone ever has, or probably ever will.  If you love CFB, you are watching ESPN.  The better response to May, or any other ESPN personality who wants to play that role, is to ignore them.  That's what will really bother them.  But when May hurls insults, and he gets a bunch of venom coming back at him through the Twitterverse, he is getting exactly what he wants.

And, of course, the ultimate victory - the thing that shuts him up - is for Urban's Buckeyes to beat Alabama and Oregon.  At that point, his role becomes absurd - which is why we haven't seen him on the air.  Unfortunately, he is at home calculating how to speak from the angle that the 2014 season is over, and the Buckeyes will not be able to duplicate that success this fall.  And when he starts spouting that stuff, we will be outraged, and that will be his signal that he is still doing exactly what ESPN is paying him to do.

Comment 27 Jan 2015

I have some friends who are Husker fans.  I asked about him, and I basically got the complaints almost every fan base levels at their OC - "predictable play calling, not creative enough, would like to see him throw/run more, we lost this game because of that play call, etc."

As has been noted, Taylor Martinez was a good athlete, but there is no other way of saying it - he threw like a girl.  Tommy Armstrong is a decent QB.  He can grow into a good one over the next few years, but probably will never be a great one.  Ron Kellogg was a brief blip on the radar screen.

I've heard old coaches asked a question, and they all deliver a variation of the same answer:

"What made you such a successful coach?"

"I had great players."

Comment 22 Jan 2015

My pony is Johnny Dixon - as a field-stretcher.  I base that on his HS reputation, and the reputation of the coaching staff developing players.

But I love Corey.  He has had some infamous moments: the drop in the endzone vs. Va Tech and the fumble in the NC game.  But he did some phenomenal things on kick coverage and seemed to mostly conquer his dropsies.  I think he can be big for whoever the QB is/QB's are next fall.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

I know the rules.  Someone noted that a parade might be a target for terrorism - a reasonable assumption.  My comment was neither political or religious.  Congratulations - you noted the absurdity of something that was meant to make a point by being absurd.

Now, as for soldiers who actually have put their lives on the line to protect us from these morons, their job is to kill the enemy before the enemy kills them and us.  They necessarily develop a negative attitude toward the enemy.  They dehumanize the enemy because it's hard to kill someone when you think that they are really just misguided souls who have a mother, siblings, and people who love them.

But I just love people who miss the irony of the fact that the reason they have the freedom to not do this kind of dirty work, sit on their ass, and criticize what soldiers do, and the attitude they have to do it with - that this freedom of theirs is precidely because soldiers do what they do with the attitude they do it with.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

Cardale's ceiling is higher?  What house are we in?  I suspect it's the NFL house.  If so, I agree.  But the Ohio State QB's aren't going to be playing in the NFL next fall.  In Urban Meyer's offense, they run the zone read as the base play, put the ball in the QB's hands, and let him make almost all the decisions as to where the ball goes on the ground and in the air - and JT Barrett ran that offense as well as I've ever seen it run.  I think you may want to go back and look at what he did from the Va Tech game on, or just consult the Ohio State and B1G record books.  I mean, seriously, it's not even debatable. And he did that with an OL that was developing, and a Zeke that was in pre-monster status. He is accurate, not just according to stats, but to the eye in terms of where he places the ball, allowing the receiver to do a lot with it after it is caught.  Again, go back and look at the last 10 regular seasons games.  It is true that he is not as good of a downfield 40 yards passer as 12 (who is?), but on the shorter throws that the offense requires to move the chains, he was incredibly accurate.

Not taking anything away from Cardale.  He throws that deep ball really well, and he ran over people for all those 1st downs on his own, but to think his play didn't benefit from the rise in level of play from the entire team, is a little short-sighted.  Because he does those couple things well, eventually teams would develop ways to limit him in those, but with JT the offense becomes a nightmare for defenses because the ball can go to every skill player, in a variety of ways, on any play.

Cardale is a hero.  He was unbelievable, and he led us to a national championship.  If Urban wants to change the offense to power running and downfield passing, then 12 is the guy for that.  But just remember, the guy he most often connected with, #9, won't be playing for Ohio State next year.  But if Urban Meyer wants to primarily run the offense he has run since BG, JT is the guy to do that - and it's not even close.

Comment 16 Jan 2015

I don't think it matters a hoot what we think, but I have a little experience with lockerrooms.  With three guys, you have the potential for three factions - and that ain't good for a football team.  Ohio State won the national championship because they had "it" in Dec and Jan.  I'm not sure I know what "it" is fully, but part of what "it" is is togetherness.  Urban has to resolve this in a way that allows next year's team to have "it".

Comment 16 Jan 2015

I'm going to settle this discussion, and then we can all move on to other topics.  (Actually, I'm not going to settle it, because some people are unreasonable).

Braxton Miller's pro future is not at QB.  When healthy, he struggled with certain throws, and while his accuracy improved over 3 years, no one wanted to see him throw 40 times to win a game.  With 2 major surgeries on his throwing shoulder, he may not be able to throw at all for all we know.  Braxton is a freak athlete and an elite runner.  That is what his greatness as a college player is and where his  pro future lies.  He spends a year in a slot/RB/wildcat/situational QB role, proves his toughness and durability, and improves his draft stock for where he will be asked to play as a pro.  It's in his best interests for this to occur, and it would also be in the best interests of OSU.  Imagine the creative things you could do with Brax and Zeke in the same backfield.  It would keep defensive coordinators up at night.

Then it comes down to Cardale and JT.  Cardale's power running and big arm passing ability compliment what Zeke does perfectly.  Zeke's running allowed the pressure to be taken off Cardale.  In the Alabama game, Cardale did have to make some pressure, critical throws - and he made them - but as the game unfolded, Zeke's performance never put Cardale in the situation where he had to win the game.  Zeke and Cardale's abilities allowed Herman to pare down the list of plays considerably.  Ohio State turned into a downfield passing/power running attack, and it worked to perfection.  However, that is not what Urban has done since he got here, and I doubt that's what he wants to do.  It was what they had to do.  It's great to know that you can, if you have do, and that is a credit to Cardale, but the base play in the OSU offense is the zone read.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but Cardale ran it against Wisky, stumbled over his feet, fell on his butt, and we never saw that play again.  It's not what he does or can do.  East-west running is not in Cardale's arsenal.  What he does do well is throw the ball a long ways with some pretty good accuracy - and he runs over people north and south.

But given what the OSU offense is designed to be, JT is a very good runner, a very accurate passer, a leader, he's tough and durable, he is intelligent and makes the right reads, and he runs that offense with incredible efficiency. If God were going to create the perfect QB to run Urban's system, he would create JT.  With him you have every play in the playbook, and you have the capablitily to get the ball to every playmaker on the field - and that keeps defensive coordinators and head coaches up at night.

So, the ideal solution is for Brax to change positions, JT is the man, and Cardale is a number 2 who gets a series a quarter, or more if a power running/downfield passing game is needed to win a game.  All three play, all three contribute, and all three get to build their pro resumes.

When Urban calls me in a week or so, and asks me my opinion, this is what I will tell him, and I'm sure he will be blessed, he will tell me so, and I will just say, "Your welcome." :)

Comment 08 Jan 2015

I buy a dispatch on Sundays (they are only available in Holmes Co on Sunday).  I have a ritual, and that is to come home from church, eat dinner, and sit down for a couple of hours with my Dispatch.  The sports/OSU section is really good.  They also have the best Sunday crossword puzzle in America - challenging but not impossible like the NYT.  I like the feel of paper in my hands, but I'm resigned to the fact that eventually my Sunday ritual will go the way of the rotary landline telephone.

But agreed - the championship edition offer is just weird and not in good taste.  Some marketing guy at the Dispatch must have said: "There are enough idiot OSU fans that will pre-order these" - which I hope isn't true, but suspect that it is.