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Columbus (via Wintersville)

Member since 25 July 2014 | Blog

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

Recent Activity

Comment 17 Sep 2015
It's dusty at my house, too. Some of my earliest childhood memories of Buckeye fandom are of Rod Gerald at QB. Great article, looking forward to seeing him get his due on Saturday. I'm guessing it will be a little dusty then, too.
Comment 22 Dec 2014
She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult Right Down The Line -Gerry Rafferty Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty Lowdown - Boz Scaggs (and remake on Live From Daryl's House) Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits Lunatic Fringe - Red Rider Ah Leah - Donnie Iris
Comment 22 Dec 2014
Pretty sure ours came with 100 feet of cable, which was perfect for our 10x8 windowless living room.
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.