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Todd-Not Boeckmann


Member since 30 August 2010 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: My children jumping on my back and knocking me off the front porch into the snow and then making snow angels with them while singing The Buckeye battle Cry at the top of our lungs after beating Miami for the National Championship
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: All Time: Chris Speilmann and Jack Tatum
  • NFL TEAM: Da Browns
  • NHL TEAM: meh. Rather root for the Crew
  • NBA TEAM: Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Da Tribe
  • SOCCER TEAM: Stoke City, Columbus Crew, AFC Cleveland

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Comment 21 Mar 2017

Only one bone to pick on the article.  Woody always claimed that the reason for the mid 60's drought of success was the Jack Fullen controversy.  These two alpha dogs of the University didn't like each other, and when Fullen started agitating that the football tail was wagging the university dog he started to gain traction within the faculty.  The Big 10 contract with the Rose Bowl had expired in 1960 and so for the next two seasons the Big Ten was not obligated to send their champion.  In 1961, Ohio State won the Big ten.  The Rose Bowl still extended an invite to Ohio State.  But because of the lack of a contract, Ohio State was not obligated to go; it required approval of the Faculty Senate.   That was Fullen's opening to get even with Woody.  He was able to lobby the senate to turn down the invite and that is exactly what happened.  Other schools in the Big Ten started poaching players Woody wanted and his teams slipped in talent.  That was part of why he was forced to cast a wider recruiting net.  After Purdue beat Ohio State 42-7, airplanes towing banners like Goodbye Woody.  And Fans singing "Oh come and sing Ohio's praise, and say goodbye to Woody Hayes."  were common.  Woody even told his assistants to prepare their resumes because he expected to be fired.  But they won their last three games of the season including the weasels.  And the freshmen were already building a reputation because they beat the varsity in practice so often.  So Woody was given a reprieve and the rest is history.

"And THAT's the REST of the Story!"

Comment 04 Jan 2017

anything easy ain't worth a damn.  Why would you cut out one third of some of the greatest writing in history?  Read it all.  Again and again and again.  I read it about every other year.  have read it approximately 25 times.  Greatest novel ever written.

Comment 04 Jan 2017

All my kids have used this when called upon to read a poem in class.  6 kids, 6 A's.

No worries about OL Tom's uniform.  He wore a floppy hat with no stripes on it, and his boots were yellow, not urine.

Comment 04 Jan 2017

I was driving south on I-71 towards Ashland, when I came upon an idiot doing 55 in the left lane.  I flashed my lights and he wouldn't move.  I waited for an opening and tried to pass on the right, but there was too much traffic all going the same speed.  (this was before the third lane).  NOW I'M PISSED.  So when I finally got around him, I pulled in front of him and then slowly decellerated.  I got down to 35mph when he finally pulled over and then I floored it.  Not my finest moment, but the cars behind him were appreciative.

Comment 03 Jan 2017

But you don't know WHAT mistakes were made, and therefore are in no position to pass judgement at all.  If tOSU and Urban (and Gene Smith for that matter) are ok with it, then thats as far as it goes.  

Comment 01 Jan 2017

Was that one of the times when JT had a lot of time to throw but for some reason decided to move the pocket and make super inaccurate throws   couldn't find a WR on the field who could get open?  Fixed it for you

Comment 27 Nov 2016

I think that the most important win in tOSU history was 13-0 vs Purdue on 10/12/1968, and here's why.

In 1961, the Buckeyes won the Big Ten but the Faculty Senate voted to NOT ACCEPT the invitation to the Rose Bowl that year.  They felt the "football tail was wagging the University dog."  This led to Woody being faced with a real problem on the recruiting trail.  His recruiting began to suffer and by 1966, their record slipped to 4-5-0.   Things were bad, and although things ended ok in 1967, early in the year, they faced LeRoy Keyes, Mike Phipps and #1 Purdue; and got smoked at home 41-6.  After slipping to 2-3 with a loss to Illinois, one of those airplane banners we used to always see during games showed up saying "Goodbye Woody" and the crowd was singing "Oh Come Lets Sing Ohio's Praise; and say goodbye to Woody Hayes."  

Woody had told his assistants to prepare their resumes, and be prepared to be fired.  But they buckled down and ran off 4 wins in a row; including a 24-14 win over the weasels in Whoreville.  More importantly, they knew they had a bunch of freshmen who would make an impact next season.  This freshman team beat the varsity in practice so often, that they stopped scrimmaging them together to protect the morale of the varsity.

Enter 1968.  Purdue entered 1968 #1 in the AP preseason poll.  Interestingly, those sophomores were so highly regarded, that tOSU was ranked #11!   After Hayden Fry's SMU Mustangs with Jerry LeVias threw the ball all over the 'shoe and tOSU beat Oregon undefeated and #1 Purdue with LeRoy Keyes and Mike Phipps made their return visit to Columbus.  After a scoreless first half, a pick-6 early in the second half by sophomore Ted Provost and a 4th quarter run by senior QB Bill Long (Rex Kern was injured), Ohio State upset the Boilermakers 13-0.  Jack Tatum was alll over the field lighting up Boilermakers like Christmas Trees.  This win signaled that the Ohio State Football program was back.  By the end of the year, they destroyed the weasels 50-14 and went on to beat O.J. Simpson and the USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl to clinch a consensus National Championship.  The behemoth that is tOSU Football was reborn on October 12, 1968.

Comment 23 Nov 2016

Ok.  You win.  I'm breakin out the Tullamore Dew.  The Red Breast though?  Thats for about 3:45 on Saturday.

Comment 23 Nov 2016

I have said repeatedly:  My ultimate fantasy is that tOSU beats the weasels so many times so badly that they deemphisize football and go div III.  And then Mt Union beats the shit out of them like 20 times in a row.  Cheating bastards.  Started their history cheating with Willie Heston.  Eff em.

Comment 21 Nov 2016

For three years, I drove a cab part time.  One of our regular assignments was picking up discharges from metro hospital in Cleveland paid for by the government for low income patients.  A lot of drivers hated the assignments because we were paid via flat rate voucher instead of cash and were almost never tipped.  One time I picked up an older gentleman, and we weren't even out of the parking lot when he was on his iPhone saying, "O it's <his name>,  I got 10 oxyies. How much?  Five each?  I can get 10 from Omar."   We get their home address on the voucher, so when he asked me to take him to a different address, I refused.  Told him I had to drop him at home.  Man was he pissed.  I was costing him money!

Comment 03 Nov 2016

Yes, strength of schedule is the problem.  In order to use Byars Field at Parmatown, the Parma School District required Ignatius to play the three Parma Schools.  Well, Normandy and Valley Forge were a combines 1-19.  No secondary points there for Ignatius.  Word is Ignatius is looking at Alternatives going forward for a home stadium. it cost them last year as they went 7-3 but had so few Secondary Points that they missed the playoffs.

Comment 29 Oct 2016

Open enrollment in their case is a misnomer.  Every student has to pass a rigorous entrance exam.There are allowances made for legacies (got to keep that alumni money happy), but athletes DO NOT get any special treatment.  there are no scholarships for athletes.  Every student is allowed to apply for Financial aid after filling out an application similar to a FAFSA.  I don't know what the current numbers are, when my oldest son applied , 44 o/o of incoming freshmen got some aid.  The average award was around 40 o/o.  A third party company independent from the school handles the awards.  They didn't even know who the athletes were.  With current tuition at apprx $16,000, thats a preyty significant Disadvantage for Ignatius.  Its such a good school, that they have to turn kids away.

Comment 28 Oct 2016

Here are two Ignatius recruiting stories for you.  Full Disclosure:  I am also a St Ignatius grad, although I would wager I am much older than JCLP.

Story 1)  The mother of a very productive High School running back from Euclid approached Ignatius after his sophomore season about transferring there for his final two seasons.  Ignatius turned him down.  This player later played at Ohio State.

Story 2)  A player from Strongsville HS was having severe social problems involving issues that could've developed into life threatening issues if they were ignored.  His counselors recommended getting into a more structured and demanding environment to protect him and help him develop into a functioning adult.  Ignatius was approached on the recommendation of his parish priest (who was NOT a Jesuit).  Ignatius initially turned him down too, but the priest back channeled the Ignatius administration and explained why it would be in the student's best interests to transfer there.  He was given a large checklist of things he had to do before he was allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities.  only after he fulfilled those obligations did the school allow him to join the football team.  He is the only in-county transfer Ignatius has accepted since I graduated in the mid-70's.  

Comment 16 Oct 2016

I don't understand it.

I don't know what's going on

Two of the more accurate things you said.  You don't think Urban would change things if they would improve with the moves?