I'd be interested to hear how receptive Bama locals are in football conversations with a Midwesterner. I've visited my fair share of taverns in various college ftball rich areas (South Bend, Norman, Baton Rouge, ect) and found almost universally that the respect given is reflected back by the locals, and often-especially the further away from Ohio you get-they're eager to get outside perspective on different teams, coaches, and conferences. However, judging from message boards and various radio clips I've heard, Alabama seems to be in their own little world-separated by arrogance and rational thought. Have fun and good luck down there!
Good luck finishing up the last of the moving process DJ. I too am proud to announce that after four years of moving all across this great country of ours, I am finally moving back to the promise land known as Columbus today! That is, once I finish my 11W reading, of course...
Great stuff! Thanks Storm
Why thank you sir! I made my first trip back in 4 years a few weeks ago to interview; I have to say I'm supremely excited to delve into all the new hot spots! I don't know of I've ever seen a city that continues to grow and improve as fast as good ol' Columbus town!
This was the PERFECT article to read before finally moving back to Columbus today! I absolutely cherished my time there during my college days, but it wasn't until I left for life in other big cities that I truly came to appreciate just how special Columbus is. The music scene, festivals and city events, all the districts so closely knit together, and above all else; there's a sense of community that unites every single person associated with this great city! Columbus here I come!
Love seeing Hilliard doubling as a walking Buckeye billboard. Bring 'em in son!
Thanks DJ for the Wallace interview WMD. Just started Infinite Jest a few weeks ago, 350 pages in so far, but yeesh... Such a challenge, but so good!
You see their new "Bring the Wood" uni's?
*Edit: Sorry, didn't see the WMD link to it the first time through. At any rate, here's one of them.
If Marcus Vick was still playing for them, then I'd be concerned... For our D's safety
I still think Craft would be a great fit playing for Tom Thibodeau in Chicago. Aaron seems like the prototypical Thibodeau player; hard ass worker, defensive genius, modest, and has heart for days. Of course I realize I'm spouting from inside a double fandom bubble here
Those are the longest arms I've ever seen.. The possibilities are endless!!!
That 2002 class would have to rank as one of the very best classes signed by any school in the past 15 years!
Exactly. Anyone know how hard it is to even be tabbed as a 3 star prospect? I played football in high school with a kid who played like a man amongst boys (which I suppose was actually pretty true most of the time) and eventually went on to be a solid DE at MSU, and he was a low 2 star. I remember thinking back then that you must be some sort of superhuman freak to garner anything higher than that. Patience, work ethic, and character have a lot more to do with a young prospect's future potential than star ratings do.
(Great article by the way, love these hypothetical historical debates to start getting sharp for the season!)
Maybe you're just complimenting Tressel's talent evaluation skills for finding the 'diamonds in the rough' but I mean, 6 of our current 9 recruits in Urban's class this year so far are 3 stars or less (ratings by Rivals.com). I don't mean to rip your comment (and of course Hawk & Animal speak for themselves), but I don't think signing 3 star prospects is quite the reach you're making it out to be.
Just go back and look at any top [or bottom, or middle] classes at any school from 5+ years ago. I doubt there's ever been a class that went all the way through without losing half a dozen or more. It's not always negative, just normal attrition.
(Yes, I think the sarcasm rules are now finally complete)...
You ALWAYS need the dots...
Very well put, thank you for saying what so many are not thinking (nationally especially). Paying players sounds great, but lest we not forget that the great majority of athletic programs operate in the red already. So much more to worry about. Well said.
His book Three and Out (about the twisted mess of a hiring and screw job handed to RichRod) is a must read for any CFB fan, especially anyone who loves delving deep into the backward arrogance that is michigan athletics. The man holds no punches in his writing, that's for certain.
Emotionally, I totally agree. There's something about boasting a 100,000+ that comes across with a bullet. However I do have some food for fodder:
After I graduated from OSU in 2010 I moved to Oklahoma City and happened upon season tickets to Sooners football. For anyone who hasn't been, Gaylord Memorial Stadium is a great place to take in a college football game (I'm still partial to the Shoe no doubt, but it's fantastic). It seats a respectable 82,000 but puts the fans so close to the field you feel like you're in the action. I had a friend visiting for one game who just so happend to be a graduate and life long fan of that school up north. Long story short-he was so impressed and taken back by the electric atmosphere that he told me after the game, "For the first time in my life I'm actually questioning whether bigger really is better for CFB stadiums."
Now we all know the sleepy fans at the big house are a far cry from what you get at the Horseshoe, but the point is that reduction would help to concentrate the base. At least I think that's what the point was, either way I can't wait to see the newest expansions this fall!
I tend to agree with you, though I think the large volume of #2 jerseys has more to do with having to pay $75+ to refresh your number every few years rather than an overwhelming sustained support for TP.
However there certainly is a sort of quiet support there, which makes me curious as to what a formal welcoming back would/will be like.. Obviously nothing like the showing for Tressel's return, and probably not entirely positive. Time will tell I guess, but in the mean time I'll continue to wish the young man success on Sundays and cheer on the new look Bucks on Saturdays.