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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 25 Aug 2014

What I love about CFB is all the surprises.  X is supposed to be really good and Y has low expectations.  X finishes 5-7 and Y goes 11-1.

IOW, no one really knows what they are talking about right now.  :)

Comment 21 Aug 2014

Great points, SM.  I get all that.

I guess my concern is that it amazes me how few DI/FBS/highly rated QB's cannot complete a pass to an open receiver 30-40 yards down the field.  It requires a certain touch and feel, and there really aren't that many who can do it consistently.  Can JT do it?  I don't know.  I hope he can.

But when you can't stretch the field that way, the defense shrinks the area you have to operate in - which works against the very essence of a spread offense.

But to your point, you can keep a D honest with 10-15 yard vertical routes, but can JT make those throws consistently?  I don't know that answer either, but I'm looking forward to see him give us the answer here shortly.

Comment 21 Aug 2014

They say the definition of a CFB fan is someone who is in a constant search for any sign of disrespect.  I try not to be that guy.  Ohio State has questions that need to be answered, and they had some glaring weaknesses last year.  Someone pointing those things out is not being disrespectful.  Noting that losing Braxton is a huge loss that could negatively impact the ceiling for this season isn't either.

However, Howard Griffeth said yesterday said that with the loss of Braxton, he would rank Ohio State the 4th best team in the B1G.  4th?  Now, damn it, that's disrespectful.

There is a best case scenario involving a re-appearance of the Silver Bullets and a JT Barrett who is Johnny Football-esque.  There is a worst case scenario where the pass defense still has issues, the OL can't protect or allow OSU to run the ball, and JT has typical RS frosh struggles.

MSU had a great team last year.  Everything fell in place for them. I congratulate them.  But they have almost every analyst's nose up their butts.  They are recruiting better than they used to, but they still have to rely on player development to compete at the highest level, and if they have a few key injuries or suspensions, they will fall back.

Ohio State is the most talented and deepest team in the league.  If the defense and OL issues are answered, then JT just needs to hand off, and get the ball to all those speedy guys.  I suspect the rumors of the demise of Ohio State football has been greatly exaggerated.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

One thing I will be looking for: does he read the zone READ play correctly.  Brax, brilliant as he is, didn't do that well.

If Ohio State gets compentent O line play, I think our guys and JT will be just fine.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

I know a little about this stuff, and without getting too technical, you are generally born with one really good set of ligaments that hold your joints together.  When something traumatic happens where those ligaments are damaged or ruptured, there is a limited amount of natural healing that occurs (due to limited blood flow to ligament tissue), and there is some degree of joint instability - the degree dependent on the severity of ligamentous insult.  With a dislocation, even partial, you will have significant ligament damage, and therefore, significant joint instability.  Surgery can tighten those ligaments, and provide increased stability, but the shoulder is more complex than, say, a knee because of the different planes and extents of motion, and the number of factors that contribute to joint stabiltiy.  So while a plumber may be able to go back to work and have no problems, someone who throws with that shoulder will be at high risk for repeat dislocation, even with surgery.

The fact that he dislocated it without being hit, and just with the throwing motion, tells me that there was a catastrophic ligament failure with the motion that is required for him to throw.  Not good.  Just based on that, I'd guess he is done as a QB, and possibly as a football player. These ortho guys are coming up with new approaches with surgery all the time, but I'm not aware of anything right now that will solve this problem completely.  Something with stem cell introduction that causes regeneration of original ligament tissue, and optimal joint stability could be the ultimate answer.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

Butch did leave disasters behind him at UNC and the U.

I look at it the opposite way: despite his coaching resume (which does have some success in it), no one has hired him.  It seems to me that he hasn't skated away from those messes.  It appears that it caused AD's to stay away from considering him.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

The Hokie fans are variously excited and worried:

"Great.  I don't want him to play so that we will win."  "They are creating a built in excuse when we beat them."  "It's Urban Cryer playing mind games."

You gotta love CFB fans.

Brax had surgery.  They are taking it easy on him - as they should.  I'm more concerned about the injuries he gets once the games start than the one that has been addressed.

I heard Danny Kannell say this morning that Ohio State isn't a national player because they are too reliant on one player, and he is either hurt or is going to be.  My heart wants to punch Danny in the face, but my head says there might be a grain of truth or two in what he said.  I hope we never have to find out what the OSU offense does without Miller, but I sense that Danny is under-appreciating the talent that would be behind and out wide from the back-up.

Comment 14 Aug 2014

I agree with the Hokie blogger in one general way: as a defense, you have to take away something the offense likes to do.  On the read option last year you could take Hyde gashing you inside or have Brax loose on the outside.  I think at the beginning of the year defenses were more scared of Braxton, but as the year went along, Hyde became as, or more, concerning. If I was a DC, I'd take away the inside option, force it outside, and try to get at least 2 guys out there to stop Braxton.

I will have to see how the OL performs and how our passing game is before I can say our offense will be better this year.  If the defense is better, the offense doesn't have to be.

Many, many moons ago I was a triple option QB, and not too bad at it.  There were 2 reads: DT and DE and what they did determined what I did.  I watched Braxton last year, and I swear he made the wrong read about half the time.  Thing is, he is such a great athlete, or Hyde was such a beast, it didn't matter.  But it does make me wonder how much more hay could be made on the play if he gets to where he makes the right read the majority of the time.

Comment 14 Aug 2014

I hear what you are saying, but I don't think it was scUM, the rivalry, or any of that kind of stuff that affected them the next week

One, I think MSU Tressel-balled us to death.  They got the lead, ran the ball, got some timely big pass completions, and they punted and kicked some field goals when they couldn't move or score.

Second, OSU went into the B1G Champ Game having just given up 41 freakin points vs. an offense that could not run the ball!  That's not much of a reason to feel very good about yourself.  If they didn't know it up to the scUM game, they knew after that they did not have a championship caliber defense.  And we all knew it too.  We all thought we would just out-score MSU.  Now we know.  In the age of high powered offenses and scoring out the wazoo, you still have to have some kind of competent defense that can make a few stops.

That is the context for this season.  If we see a defense that has a pulse, we will have CFB Playoff fairies dancing in our heads.  If we see bubble screens going for 80, I will need to watch the games with a trash can handy.

Comment 14 Aug 2014

This is what happens when you have a legalistic environment.  This commonly happens in a religious context when some group decides it is their obligation to tell everyone else how to practice the religion in the right way.

In the NCAA's case, they have been anal about creating fairness by eliminating advantages.  Coaches, schools, and especially fans scream that Rival U is cheating by doing x,y, or z - and the NCAA reacts with a rule to fix that.  After 100 years, you get a rule book that looks like the federal tax code - and that contains a hundred archaic and absurd things.  This is how we get the ridiculous bagel with cream cheese violation, and this hotel violation bullshit.

God only has 10 rules for human behavior.  Surely the NCAA could govern college athletics with 10 pages.

Comment 12 Aug 2014

If a player wants to get suspended and/or arrested there is a proven formula:

Alcohol + bar/club + past midnight

You have the freedom to do it, but is that freedom worth your scholarship and future?  Don't drink too much, avoid bars/clubs as much as possible, and leave by 12:00 AM and your chances of trouble go way down.  It's just an immutable fact of life.

Comment 08 Aug 2014

Oyster, superb.

My son served in a combat unit in Iraq in 2008 during "The Surge."  They arrived in Kuwait and were briefed by a British officer about who the coalition forces were and how to recognize them.  My son recorded part of it and sent it to me, and I was in tears laughing as he detailed all the numbers of coalition forces.  The US and UK led the way followed by many other countries who sent thousands of troops.  France?  They sent 4.  The Brit did about 5 minutes of jokes about how much the French was contributing to the effort.

The French did not allow the US to use their air bases to lauch attacks in Afghanistan or Iraq following 9/11.  For that, they can kiss my red, white, and blue arse.

Comment 07 Aug 2014

I was married on 8/18/84.  We are celebrating number 30 here in a week and half.

My anniversary falls less than 2 weeks before CFB begins.  Every anniversary I feign interest in our milestone and daydream about the coming Buckeye glory.

Shame on me.  Problem is that I'm shameless.  :)

Comment 07 Aug 2014

I caught a few minuntes of Cleveland sports talk radio on WKNR yesterday.  They were laughing hysterically at a fan at the Brown's practice who was yelling stuff like, "Way to keep your head up and wrap up."  They called him "Former Volunteer High School Coach Guy".

If Urban F'n Meyer wants to do a circle drill, then it must have some purpose and meaning.  I think I'll let him make that call.

Comment 07 Aug 2014

With the qualification that my prognostications have occasionally been found to be ridiculous, I nevertheless boldly predict that Raekwon McMillan will be the starting MLB at Ohio State by the time October rolls around.

I'd love to feel confident that CG was going to finally put it all together, but after 3 years, I still haven't seen it.  Chances are that if I was going to see it, I would have already.  I will be thrilled for CG if some light bulb finally comes on that enables him to be a playmaker, but put me in the camp of skeptics willing to be proved wrong..

Comment 05 Aug 2014

I remember saying 2 years ago that Christian Hackenburg would never suit up for Penn State once he realized how devastated that program would be due to the sanctions.

I've since turned in my license to operate as an oracle.