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VarsityClubMD

Columbus (via Wintersville)

Member since 25 July 2014 | Blog

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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.

Favorites

  • 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.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: 45, 36
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jay Burson
  • NFL TEAM: Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Penguins
  • NBA TEAM: The NBA is still a thing?
  • MLB TEAM: Pirates
  • SOCCER TEAM: The Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 13 Dec 2014
Navy has always been my #2 team. When I was a kid one of my dad's players was a multi-year starter for Navy, and then my best friend played there for Elliot Uzelak for a couple of years. GO NAVY, Beat Army!!
Comment 11 Dec 2014

FWIW, he used to come to the Varsity Club in the mid-90's dressed the same way, so he's now pushing two decades. Although, I'm 90+% certain that back then he called himself "Captain Buckeye". And I'm pretty sure that he tried to work us for free beers. 

Comment 10 Dec 2014
I hate hipsters almost as much as Cartman hates hippies, but I would gladly take this lad over our current three choices.
Comment 08 Dec 2014

Well, you are at least partially correct, but Vegas does not always make money regardless of who wins. Although, you are correct about how the spread works, they are not picking winners and losers, they are trying to draw even action. The ideal, of course, is to be in the position of making money on every game regardless of who wins. 

Comment 06 Dec 2014
"Almost put a hex on the whole damn thing!"
Comment 05 Dec 2014

I don't want to go all old man and "get off my lawn" here, but, the bowl system itself has made a mockery of bowl games.  The idea that a team can labor across the finish line at .500 and get "rewarded" for their utter mediocrity is absurd.  There should be a minimum of at least 8 - or preferably 9 - wins to go bowling.  I mean seriously, aside from their parents and girlfriends, who goes to some of these games or even watches them on TV?  It's like they are simply tax write-offs for the corporate sponsors.  We may mock the memory of the likes of the Bluebonnet Bowl but at least they featured teams with winning records (e.g. 1978: Stanford (7-4) vs UGA (9-1-1).  Going to a bowl game used to actually mean something.

Comment 05 Dec 2014

I'm guessing that if he needed to, The UFM would reach into his pocket and hand Warriner the $330K he just got bumped up.

Comment 04 Dec 2014

Maybe this? I don't know.  What I do know is that the paradigm needs to be "concussions are a natural result of football activity and we need to be looking for them/searching them out", and not, "well, when there is a concussion we will _____" or "when a player suspects he might have a concussion and reports it to us we will ______"  

It cannot be expected that young athletes who have a "warrior mentality" drilled into them at every turn will have the sense or judgment to report what may or may not seem to them like an actual "injury", especially when they have literally had the sense knocked out of them via concussion.  By definition, the injury impairs your capacity to think clearly and rationally.  

Sorry, this topic hits close to home.
 

Comment 04 Dec 2014

You make a number of good points, but without entirely disagreeing with you I would comment that it seems that brain injuries necessarily preclude those suffering from them being able to make the best decisions for themselves and their health. You can bet that a lot of the time that you hear, "I'm fine, it's just a headache" coming from the mouths of football players, those "headaches" are actually concussions. 

Comment 04 Dec 2014

"Who is John Galt Fong?"

Comment 02 Dec 2014
It would seem to me that at this point there simply need to be regular screenings for concussion by team medical staffs. Whether it's every day or once a week, screening, diagnosis, and treatment needs to be proactive and taken out of the hands of the athletes. Concussions of one degree or another are a natural result/consequence of football at any level, yet at any level beyond peewee league, it is a deomstration of toughness and determination to play through "getting your bell rung", ultimately to the detriment of their health. There are not not going to be concussions so they need to be assumed to be present despite an athlete not reporting them. This just has to stop.
Comment 01 Dec 2014

Dynamite play, Sir, dynamite.

Comment 01 Dec 2014

This is an actual possibility.  What are they at now in terms of verbal commits, 5? 7?  How does that number NOT go down rather than up with the announcement that Hoke will be returning?  

What are the long term effects of a college program having 5 or fewer scholarship athletes in one class? Even Penn State didn't get knocked down that low, did they?  And then multiply that by the "Hoke Effect".  I see this program going even lower before it gets better.