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Columbus (via Wintersville)

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Got my first Buckeye helmet at age 3, went to my first game at 8 (Dad got season tickets in 1977). 4 of 5 family members are Alumni. Tended bar for years at the VC. Had to relocate for work so I am a little anxious about not living in Columbus for this season.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Almost impossible to answer. But, 1)Bartending on the patio at the VC for the 1995 Notre Dame game; 2)Being at The Game in 2006.
  • NFL TEAM: Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Penguins
  • NBA TEAM: The NBA is still a thing?
  • MLB TEAM: Pirates
  • SOCCER TEAM: The Crew

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Comment 13 hours ago

I would love to believe the O-line problem is behind us. In reality any good defensive team that can also apply pressure will be a problem for youngsters. 

This is why diverse and complementary play calling is so vital at this point.  This O-Line is unable to simply "exert its will" like last year's line, so the play calling needs to keep in mind the nature of this young line and take the pressure off by keeping the defense on its toes by forcing them to defend the whole field and not just stack up 10 guys within 6 yards of the football.

Comment 15 Sep 2014
Ditto. Like, where did these plays come from all of a sudden? Was Coach Mensa wolfing down Jolly Pirate jelly donuts in the press box and these pages got stuck together and he just figured out what happened? I can't believe they just installed these plays this week.
Comment 15 Sep 2014

Without really intending to I mixed alternating bottles of hard cider and pale ale on Friday.  I read somewhere that a "black and tan"-style mix of cider and beer is colloquially referred to as "idiot soup."  I can confirm this.  While I did not publicly embarrass myself, I did continue get drunk while I slept and woke up in worse shape than I went to bed.  It wasn't until about mid-afternoon on Saturday that I was in any kind of shape to have a meaningful drink. 

Comment 12 Sep 2014

Thanks for the reply/comments.  I agree with you totally on the fundamentals and execution, believe me.  I am a HUGE "fundamentals" guy.  OTOH, there are going to be times where - no matter how solid your fundamentals are - the other guys are solid on their fundamentals and execution, too, and those plays just aren't going to work against a particular opponent and you need to turn to a different page in the playbook.  Or, like you said, and this is basically my point, throw in a couple of slants, screens, drags, etc, to take the pressure off and open up your more bread and butter plays.  The lack of the latter is the greatest source of my frustration.  I don't know whether it was pride (unwillingness) or an inability to make in-game adjustments but either one is unacceptable at this level.   

Comment 12 Sep 2014

1)I agree, in the main, with you. 2)However, the right plays have to be called in the right situation because if those 10 plays you have, or their variants, just aren't working, you have to call something else..  The total number of plays you have don't matter, whether it's 10 or 1,000, it's calling the one's that work is what's important (which also involves being willing to change your game plan on the fly).  I played for an Ohio high school hall of fame coach and we did everything from run the exact same play the entire length of the field (because it worked), and other times you'd barely see the same play twice in a game (because either everything worked or nothing worked).

Both the offense and defense have plays "designed to work". Well, somewhere at the intersection of my plays designed to work and your plays designed to work, it is going to be determined whose plays, in fact, work.  The one whose plays don't work needs to change their plays.  Guess what, our plays didn't work and we didn't try to change to ones that might have. I know that everyone has their own personal point of frustration/outrage with last week's game, mine is the play calling.  Sorry. 


Comment 11 Sep 2014

Pretty sure the beer mart on Kenny between Henderson and Bethel carries Strongbow.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

That is a good question.  I have to admit to my ignorance in not knowing until now that there were different apples for hard cider than regular cider.  I just figured it was all the same, so I didn't ask.  He did say that he sells cider commercially to other brewers and winemakers so, yeah, maybe...?

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Magner's Dry is pretty tasty.  And +1 on the AO Dry.  There's one at Kroger but I can't recall the name of it nor have I tried it.  I just can't seem to pull the trigger on a single $6.49 22oz bottle.  I'll get there, tho.

I'll be making my own cider later this Fall.  There's an orchard about an hour north of me and I've already talked to the orchard guy who is very enthusiastic about helping homebrewers.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

If you had a newsletter, Sir,  I'd subscribe to it.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

I don't believe that they were, nor does Coach Meyer, since he publicly stated that he thought that the pre-season coaches poll showing them 7th was accurate and that he voted his own team "around there".  If you think that (This O-Line + No Carlos Hyde)+Braxton = Top 5 then, sorry, I don't know what to tell you.  

And if you were referring to last season they came out of the Big Ten Championship game at 7th and out of the bowl game at 12th.  So, there's that. Doesn't matter what they were at the 8th week of the season, just like it doesn't matter if you're 3 TDs ahead in the 2nd quarter if you're on the short end of the score when the clock reads 00:00 after the 4th.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

I love cider, particularly those that are 5.5-6.5% ABV. Or higher, of course.

Hard cider, frankly, is as American, patriotic, and manly as hewing your own logs for a cabin, shooting bears with a musket, and kicking Limey ass at Lexington and Concord.  By God, John Adams drank it for BREAKFAST!  Is your wife calling (((John Adams))) (said in the tone of Cameron Frye saying "Edward Rooney") 'a bitch'??

I'll just leave this here.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

Upvote for the excellent use of "pwned".

As for my own $.02, dare I say we got "donkey punched"?

Comment 10 Sep 2014

I think rolling out the QB more is a good idea, especially against a bear formation, is a good idea.  It will give JT some easy reads also. 


If you changed literally nothing else, why not at least roll JT out and buy him and the receivers a couple of seconds?

Comment 10 Sep 2014

I would say that Rod Smith is the closest thing we have to being a FB. You could slot the TE (esp Vannett) and put him in motion to kick out the DE on an off-tackle and have Rod lead the TB off a counter-step away from the TE motion, or use the TE to ISO a LB off of motion.  That would also set up a pop pass to the TE from the same side as the motion rubbing off his block.

The only other thing, I think would be the OL zone blocking with a TB 8 yards deep and run a couple of sprint draws.

Hell, IDK....