Countdown: 45 Days Until Ohio State Football

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Tom Blake was Brookhaven's head coach of the 2004 championship team. He was also the head coach of my high school during my four years at Independence.

Ludwig Yards's picture

Just out of scope for this series was Brookhaven attendee Mike Polaski, who played corner at OSU from 1967-1969. He became a Columbus firefighter and those who live in central Ohio may remember this story from about 10 years ago. 

https://www.dispatch.com/article/20100823/NEWS/308239683

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Good morning! I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. To this day, Jayson Gwinn remains the biggest human being I’ve ever seen.

My first few years in the Navy, I walked around with an OSU hat signed by Ant and June, even though he went to Kansas.

Terry Glenn and the Gwinn brothers were larger than life to me. Maurice Hall was a few years later and is now an actor.

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Knarcisi's picture

And the original version that I was looking for. If you were too young or missed Terry Glenn’s 1995 season, you missed something special. 

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Ludwig Yards's picture

I was at that game at Pitt, I think the only non-Big Ten regular season away game I've attended. Was absolute carnage on the field. 

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Knarcisi's picture

We played them 1993-1996 and outscored them 216-48.  

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Ludwig Yards's picture

The 'Rutgers' of the '90s, for OSU. 

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Knarcisi's picture

People always bring up Pitt as a regular OOC opponent.  You think they want to play us?  That’s one of those programs where there is really no excuse for the mediocrity they’ve had. They’ve got a lot of tradition, and a major, major recruiting geography to pull from. 

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KCAlum's picture

 It is strange to think that they won a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP as recently as 1976,  were one of the first non Ivy league powers, and claim a number of MNC's in the 19 teens, twenties and thirties.  They seemed to wilt as soon as their long time rival Penn State moved to the Big 10. Not having that counterweight there seemed to affect their recruiting and they sank to also ran status. 

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Ludwig Yards, I was also in Pittsburgh for the '95 game. Drove from Columbus with my friend who grew up (and still is) a Pitt fan.

He was talkative on the way there. Didn't say a word on the way home after Glenn's record setting day.

cbusbornwrldwiderazed's picture

Ahhhh my alma mater. Miss walking those halls.

"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."
John Adams

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Floyd Stahl's picture

Brookhaven's state championship in football remains the only one won by the Columbus City League.

Shout out to Dick Meloy. The late seventies basketball team with O'Neill and Sam Cherry were a force to be reckoned with.

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RBloodworth's picture

I love this series, Remy, but how can you forget this dude when discussing Brookhaven (and, no, I don’t mean Drew Lavender, although he counts as well)?

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Thanks for the assist, Lewis has now been added to the famous alumni list.