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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 20 hours ago

If he were thinking about the supplemental draft, I think it would have been all over the news that he was working out for NFL teams.

I have trouble finding anyone who thinks Braxton is an NFL QB.  His future would be at a position where he can run catch the ball, and not have to read and throw against NFL defenses.  A position change for him at Ohio State would allow the 3-headed QB monster to become a more manageable 2-headed one, it would allow Braxton to do what he does best, and it would give him a season to prove his value to the NFL, and perhaps most importantly, an opportunity to show that he can stay healthy.  Both Ohio State and Braxton would benefit.

It all makes too much sense for it to not happen - which is probably why it has zero chance of happening.  :) 

Comment 27 Jun 2015

Sounds like something a guy who likes to use the F word would say.  :)

I can actually agree with that idea in a way.  I take a dim view of human nature.  I believe I/we am/are naturally oriented toward doing the wrong thing.  We can bless people with our words or curse/offend people with them.  It takes no effort to curse and offend, but it takes effort and discipline to bless.  

As it applies to this topic, is someone who has no filter on their language being more genuine in terms of who they are naturally?  Yes, you could say that.   Is the person who is trying to control their language, but may fail at times, less genuine to who they are naturally?  Yes.  Who do I prefer to hang around?  The latter.

Comment 25 Jun 2015

I'm way too old to join the military, but my son did, and I understand military culture and language.  However, just because it is part of the military culture does not mean it is appropriate of or desirable for other areas of public discourse.  For example, try using the F word as every form of speech the next time you interview for a job.  You won't get the job most likely because it represents a lack of tact and understanding proper language for the situation. 

I'm not telling you not to use it.  I'm just saying that it does not reflect well on you in the minds of some people when you force it on their ears.

Comment 25 Jun 2015

I heard Mo speak last year.  He was impressive - mature, wise (got it the hard way), at peace, and well-spoken.  He mostly detailed his upbringing, his rise, his fall, and how he found his way back.  It's good stuff.  He basically says, "Here's where I went wrong in my thinking and my decision-making.  Don't do that."

He has something to say to football players that would be helpful to them in the personal lives.  I guess it aids a football program to not have guys violate NCAA rules and not commit crimes, but I would consider coaching as more of a direct way of aiding.  If some guy at Alabama gets reached by Mo and doesn't go down that path, good for that guy more than Alabama.  I have to remind myself sometimes that there are a short list of things that are more important than Ohio State football.  :)

Comment 20 Jun 2015

There is a lot of pressure from HS athletes, and sometimes parents, to return them. You have to note it, but not let it be the deciding factor.  I've rarely had a coach apply such pressure. They just want to know if they are healthy enough to play. The pressure escalates, mostly from the athlete, with college players - but my experience with this level of athlete is more limited, so I would defer to those who deal with them more often.

Here's the problem anyone who makes this decision struggles with.  Your judgment determines whether that kid plays or not, and you are basically weighing risks.  It is risky for a completely healthy athlete to play football.  There is no such thing as "no risk", especially with football.  So, what is the percent of health/recovery an injured player needs to reach the bar of "reasonable/acceptable risk"?  In the end, while you are using objective evidence to reach a decision, your interpretation of that evidence is not infallible.  The bottom line is there is no worse feeling when a kid is out there on your judgment, and they are re-injured. It is important that the athlete/family understands that clearance to fully participate does not equal no risk. 

Comment 20 Jun 2015

OK, I missed the "undefeated OSU".  Thought you were talking about just going undefeated in conference, but not overall.  Yes, because of Ohio State's blue blood status, they are in if they do that. 

I would only point out that undefeated seasons are pretty rare events. But if Ohio State has a perfect record, they will likely be in the first 4 spots.  I'm talking about a 1 or 2 loss Buckeyes team fighting for a spot against another 1 or 2 loss team from another (stronger)conference.  I just have a feeling that if we would lose that 4th spot because scUM and PSU don't have their mark may together, we will then understand why it's not good that they suck.  :)

Comment 19 Jun 2015

It wasn't me that down-voted you BTW. 

Each season is different.  Teams are sometimes much better than they were anticipated being, and some are worse.  It's a fluid situation from year to year.  Assuming conference strengths will remain static is not consistent with what I have seen over the past 4 decades.  Then everyone plays a different OOC schedule.  Ohio State is expected to go to VT and win - convincingly. If they win tight, especially if the Hokies falter again as the season goes along, that game may not be much help  The other 3 games do little to nothing for them.  So, the conference schedule becomes the primary part of the resume - and it's hard to argue that a weaker B1G helps in that case.

On the "undefeated in the B1G, we are in" thing: ignores a math problem.  There are 5 power conferences and 4 slots.  Someone is, for sure, getting left out, and the B1G champ is not being excluded from being that team.  If Ohio State would be contending for that fourth slot with a team of same record from a stronger conference, that team will have that advantage, and will probably get the nod.  I believe it is absolutely possible that Ohio State could lose a 4 seed fight to another team, and that it would be due to that other team having navigated a tougher conference.  I think that is a potential reality we all should be prepared for. 

Comment 18 Jun 2015

The problem I see with that thinking, Earthoid, is that there are only 4 playoff spots, so if you are fighting for that 4th spot, it's going to come down to a resume comparison with 2 or 3 other teams.  If you have the toughest conference to get through among those teams (and with that a stronger SOS), that's going to help you get in.  If your conference stinks (comparatively), it's going to hurt you.

Last year the other 2 teams under consideration were TCU and Baylor.  They both played a pretty poor OOC schedule, and they played one less game (since they don't have a CCG).  Who knows who those teams will be this year and what position OSU will be in?  Hopefully they will be solidly in the first 3 positions.  Regardless, we have all seen SEC teams (especially west div) get the benefit of the  perception of their conference as strong.  Ohio State could need that kind of boost at some point, maybe this December.  Think about it. 

Comment 18 Jun 2015

I'm with you.  I can feel Penn State coming.  What they did to Ohio State in Happy Valley last year with what was essentially an FCS number of players on their roster was remarkable.  They really had no business, talent-wise, being on the same field with Ohio State.  That is going to change, and you have to assume the challenge of playing them is going to get tougher, especially over there.

The best thing for Ohio State is to continue to dominate the B1G, but how much respect and credit they get for doing that is dependent on the quality of the league. I feel we should want the rest of the B1G to get good, but not great, and lag behind the Bucks. The best thing for the B1G is to have 4 quality programs in each division.  I think we are getting there in the East, but the West has, what, one - if you count Wisconsin?  But that assumes Wisky will continue to be strong with Chryst.  That remains to be seen.  Nebraska is meh.  Minnesota might be coming.  Iowa is meh squared. 

My point is that we quarrel among ourselves whenever someone hints that they see something positive in the scUM and Ped programs, but I suspect that we are all unified around the idea that we want Ohio State to benefit from whatever the situation is.  The disagreement is whether we think resurgent scUM and Ped programs is a net plus or minus to Ohio State.  Sparty is already recognized as a worthy rival, but I don't think anyone thinks their program is as good or accomplished as Ohio State's.  Hoping scUM and Ped St reach that level, but not ever exceeding what Urban has built, is where we want to be so that Ohio State benefits from being the top dog in a good conference.  IMNSHO.  :)

Comment 18 Jun 2015

I haven't heard that term in years.  Prolotherapy was a hot topic in the early to mid 90's.  While the idea has been around for a long time, my memory is that the term came from the mind of a SW Ohio osteopathic physician who really promoted the therapy.  I thought back then that the basic concept was sound.  They would introduce an irritant into tissue to stimulate a new, natural immune response.  While some anecdotal evidence suggested amazing results, there were limitations, and my perception was that prolotherapy was not the miracle for, say, meniscal osteoarthritis that it was touted as being. It faded over time, and I haven't heard any talk about it for many years.  Regardless, I think that DO became very, very wealthy. The Amish from my area went down there in droves - and paid him cash.  :)

Homeopathy has the same basic foundation of introducing a minute amount of a substance similar to the cause of the disease in order to stimulate a natural immune response. (I do not promote homeopathy, but I do find it interesting and mostly harmless).  Mainstream medicine is very wary of, if not hostile to, anything that isn't mainstream medicine, and they certainly never embraced prolotherapy (for lack of scientific evidence, double blind studies, and all that), but I do find it really interesting that they are doing something that has it's ideological roots from outside mainstream medicine.  Would love to hear Dr. Earl's thoughts on that. 

Comment 17 Jun 2015

My daughter had patellar tendinitis from playing basketball.  She iced, rested, strengthened, wore a tendon strap, etc. and it got better, but the season rolled around and she decided to just play with the pain (sounds like JD did too).  It hurt the whole season, but she rested about a month after her season ended, it went away, and never returned.

The surgery is interesting to me because it is directly aimed at waking up the immune system and restarting the healing process.  It appears in some people (Johnnie, but not my daughter) there is a quirk in the immune system where attempts at healing are on-going, but never gets completed - but the surgery restarts the process.  Cool.

Comment 16 Jun 2015

Agreed.  I don't care who is on the schedule, if you are relying on a guy who has a history of the yips, that's shaky ground.  I suspect anyone who is competent, even a true frosh, will be given every chance to win that job, but I have a hard time believing Joel Stave can allow Wisky to win big (or B1G).

Gotta give them credit for scheduling Alabama.  That's risking a beat-down and could wreck your season.  But if they win, that could really propel them.

Most of all, I miss hating Wisconsin the way I did when Bert was there.  Does that mean I miss Bert?  That's weird.  :)

Comment 11 Jun 2015

Can't disagree with that.  There are several positives with Tressel Ball, and his tenure at Ohio State proves it, and Dantonio's success at Sparty reinforces it.

I guess the thing that drove me crazy about it when I had to watch it every week was if a DB slips or makes a coverage mistake, and/or a LB or safety misses a tackle, and/or you miss that 33 yard FG, and/or you turn the ball over 4 times, and/or the other team loads up for Dave, etc., etc., you end up with a war with some team that has no business being on the field with you - and, as you agreed, if you get behind, you are screwed.

Dantonio is smart to play that way.  It's a proven winning philosophy, and no matter how well they recruit, they are not going to out-talent OSU, scUM, or even Penn State. But with that decision comes the consequence that you are going to be in a lot of close games, and even lose some games, where the other team has no business being on the same field with you.  Lord knows, I apprecitate JT as much as any fan, but I do not want to see that style of play here again.  Ever.  Never. If some team can stymie Urban's offense and beat us, then they have earned my respect, but God help me, I can't take being down to Purdue 7-3 late in the 4th qtr. and relying on a Kudla recovered fumble to win 10-7.  :)

Comment 11 Jun 2015

You are much more familiar with Sparty football discipline than I am, for sure.

Maybe I'm just too old, but I'm far less critical of parents, coaches, and leaders of all kinds.  A man like Tressel loved his players, believed in 2nd and 3rd chances, and in some cases he was rewarded for his approach, and famously, in some cases, he was harshly crtiticized.  When it comes to discipline, the wisdom or foolishness of it really sits with what the discipliner knows about the situation and kid, and what the discipliner's intent and motivation is.  Since I am not in a position to know any of those things, I'm inclined to grant the discipliner the benefit of the doubt on those things.

Urban Meyer is treated across CFB message boards with disdain for his discipline (or lack thereof) of players at Florida.  Since "grown and sexy" last summer, I am not aware of any major incidents with OSU players, and his discipline of prior players has been, if anything, harsh.  But the perception out there is that OSU players are lawless and being slapped on the wrist - when the reality is the opposite.  So, I don't want to engage in the same level of crticism that is directed at Urban with any other coach unless there is evidence that I should.  But that's just me. 

Comment 11 Jun 2015

Name me one head coach, who has been in the business for 5 years or more, who has not had "multiple players get into serious trouble with the law".  Football players getting into serious trouble with the law is probably a reflection of the character of a certain percentage of football players, rather than a reflection on how saintly their particular coach is.  IMO FWIW.

Comment 11 Jun 2015

You like them because you have to respect where they are vs. where they came from, they are dominating scUM, and, I would suggest, you are looking at Tressel ball - which won the guys we cheer for a lot of games.

But Tressel ball has its limitations.  The problem with Tressel ball is your path to victory is pretty narrow.  Your defense must hold up for 4 qtrs, your punting has to be excellent, your FG kicker has to make them, you cannot turn the ball over (hardly at all), and you had better not get behind because you are not equipped, philosophically and by design, to be dynamic on offense.

If Tressel was behind to Alabama 21-6, what do you think would have happened?  Probably what happened vs. Fla and LSU.  Urban gets behind 2 or 3 scores, but you know they have the ability to overcome it - that is, they can win in multiple ways and situations, even if they turn the ball over, or the kicking game isn't stellar, they are playing from behind, etc.  Once Urban got a serviceable defense to go along with his dynamic offense, we saw what happened.

I think it is understood that better recruiting helps your chances of success no matter what style of ball your are playing, but I believe the basic philosophy of how Dantonio plays will limit their success against Ohio State - and will lead to, for example, inexplicable losses to Purdue or Illinois or the like, and to any elite dynamic offense their defense can't hold up to..

Comment 09 Jun 2015

The benefits of belonging to 11W.  I didn't know there was an advanced stat and a graph to explain why I wouldn't trade Urban for Tressell - and I love Jim Tressell.

Comment 09 Jun 2015

When you have had a rough day, press "play" on your DVR menu to start the B1G CG.  It is good medicine.

Comment 09 Jun 2015

Most OL's have a star; often the LT (and the star of this OL is Decker), but OL's are always the most under-rated and under-appreciated part of a team.  It's just the nature of the position.  They have to get their due from QB's, RB's, WR's, and their coaches because your average fan is looking at the guy with the ball and not the guy who is making the hole, preventing the sack, or allowing the QB to make the completion.

Comment 08 Jun 2015

First, I'm glad the Cavs won.  However, in Games 1 and 2 I have grown a little tired of the isolation/LeBron stanky/one broken chicken leg/fade away from 25 feet offense.  I almost through my shoe through the TV last night.  You get a lead by having movement and working for good shots from multiple threats, but at winning time you go to something that nets you 2-12 and OT.  I don't get it.  Hell, feed the ball to Moz in the paint, or Lebron should go to the hoop, but I have seen enough misses with the stanky leg.