The Emergence of Chris Olave Steadied Ohio State's Passing Attack and Gave Justin Fields the Perfect Safety Net

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I remember reading TTUN fans reactions to Olave's two TDs against them last year. All of them were like "Who the hell is Olave?" lol

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Silver Sniper's picture

That was epic when Olave came on the scene against TUN and they had no clue who this guy was but a true Freshman from Cali. Initial reaction was anger (“Who the F is Olave?!?”), followed by pity (“Why can’t we have an Olave?!?”), followed by acceptance. 

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SantaBarbaraBuck's picture

I remember the “why can’t we have an Olave”. I literally laughed out loud when I read that :)

"Man I wish everyone stop saying I beat a kid in the hospital 91-35.... It was 98-35, had 91 with 1:26 left in the 4th"
- Cardale Jones

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AC1972's picture

Silly Michigan fans. They actually have decent receivers. Everything else is f''d up thought

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stpetebuck's picture

This. Nico Collins can catch 50/50 passes in coverage at a ridiculous percentage. But they don’t throw to him. Hopefully they stay the course. 

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WC Buckeye's picture

Glad to see the kid from San Marcos do well!

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BucksHave7's picture

Like Butter.  Silky and Smooth.

BucksHave7

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stpetebuck's picture

He makes it look so easy. His body control is off the charts. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

It’s like he just runs open all day. Like, is anyone planning on covering that guy? 

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RJerome-15Alum's picture

Probably my favorite WR on the squad!

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buckeye1964's picture

him and garrett wilson - man, next year with olave/wilson on the outside and williams in the slot - i wouldn't want to be the d-coordinator who has to stop those 3 receivers.

danny

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chirobuck's picture

Yeah, not to get off topic but how good does Williams look.....that kid is ready to go, he would probably be starting or at least heavily into the rotation on probably every other team in the B1G

 

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Silver Sniper's picture

Remember his first TD catch? Caught the ball, pivoted around and jetted right past everyone. It was a thing of beauty. 

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scrotieMcboogerballs's picture

Don't forget the blocked punt against SCUM

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Eddie27Zeke15's picture

Seriously.  Can’t believe how far we made it before anyone mentioned that.  Kid is such a talent and weapon in so many different ways.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I love Olave.

He's got that Michael Thomas ability to find the ball where the QB wants him too, and his hands are insane, but he can also stretch the field a bit like Devin Smith. He's the perfect weapon at WR.

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Texbuckbear's picture

Yep.  Similar thoughts here.  He's one I love to watch.

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Buckeyeroy's picture

We all get together before the season starts and pick a player as our favorite--naturally my wife just likes the number 17 and asks do they have a number 17 on the team???????????? ahhhhh yes they do dear--so she picked him!! Don't let me down Chris--I'll get stuck doing dishes!! GO BUCKS!! 

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BuckeyeBlitz22's picture

Already an OSU legend.

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bd2999's picture

Very good WR, seems to be one of those most critical weapons this year in terms of game to game. Great talent.

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KBonay's picture

Love me some Olave. But still wanna know when we get our Mack back. 

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SantaBarbaraBuck's picture

I loved Mack coming out of high school. And I loved his big catch against Michigan (from Haskins). But, honestly, I don’t see him as a game changer. I don’t think we’re missing him on the field at all. 

"Man I wish everyone stop saying I beat a kid in the hospital 91-35.... It was 98-35, had 91 with 1:26 left in the 4th"
- Cardale Jones

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

Lots of praise for Mack coming out of HS but I just haven't seen him make that jump. Same goes for Ben Victor, albeit he wasn't as highly talked about as Mack from what I recall.

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Brandon26841's picture

Mack is solid as a 5th option but he's simply not dynamic and never has been; that's just not his game. Pure possession guy, but you need guys like that in the rotation. He's a valuable piece but I agree that he brings less to the table than Olave, Hill, Victor, Wilson and maybe even a guy like Williams.  

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NHBuckeye's picture

Olave is the Smooth Operator.  He is just so impressive.

Fields of Dreams

 

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Texbuckbear's picture

Heh, heh... I love it.  The Smooth Operator.

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denniscolumbus's picture

Instant +1 for Sade!

Class of 2001 - classless since then.

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NHBuckeye's picture

Coast to Coast LA to Chicago Columbus....

Fields of Dreams

 

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McGrind's picture

You can have your smooth operator I will raise with W&W...the YAC PAC! 

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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Dillon G's picture

Olave, Wilson, and Williams as the front three next year. Try and keep up. 

#walkaway

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BUCKfutter's picture

will be our best trio maybe ever. williams out of the slot with wilson and olave outside...completely unstoppable

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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Dillon G's picture

Justin Fields isn’t the only one who lived up to the hype. So has Wilson. For those of you that are sticklers for detail, I know you see what I see. Wilson gets 2 feet down all the time on sideline throws and fades. 

I know many aren’t old enough to see or remember, but watching him is like watching Cris Carter again. A freshman and NFL ready.

#walkaway

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pannich's picture

Agree. Hoping Wilson has his break out game on Nov 30th
Buckeye fans know what he can do - but it'd be great to show everyone else. 
 

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buckeye1964's picture

no one could be better than chris carter - he never dropped anything and he got his feet down in bounds when it didn't seem possible.

danny

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BuckeyeBoy_2004's picture

sure...but all he did was catch touchdowns.....

:-)

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Eddie27Zeke15's picture

But CC is kind of a terrible person, so there’s room for Wilson to improve on the model.

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tymackey's picture

Remember 2005 when we had Santonio, Ginn, & Gonzales?  All 1st round picks.  But, yeah, this group might be even better.

"because we couldn't go for one" --Brady Hoke

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BUCKfutter's picture

Yep they're the comparison that makes it a "might". Man, what that 2005 season could have been

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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YoungBossBuckeye's picture

And the super freshmen. Have to assume one of them will be a starter. Future is bright for Zone 6.

Our objective is simple: to make the state of Ohio proud. 

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85ThruTheHeart's picture

Maybe not a “starter”, but definitely in the rotation. Looks forward to seeing what those guys can do.

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buckeye1964's picture

i definitely think mookie cooper and julian fleming will make an impact.

danny

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keith7456's picture

It certainly looks like our 2 deep at WR next year are going to be:
Starters: Olave, Wilson, Williams
Backups: Fleming, JSN/Scott, Cooper

Six of those will be TRUE Sophomores or Freshman. That is ridiculous.

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scrotieMcboogerballs's picture

and Fleming...

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2morrow's picture

One word for Olave - Clutch. He is my favorite player on the team - seems like every time we need something good to happen - he is involved. Notice who is always the first person down on punt coverage? Olave. Someone described him in an earlier post as a Paul Warfield clone - a fitting description. Fast - Smooth - Smart.

I read the story about the Buckeye recruiter who spotted him while scouting someone else - can't remember who - may have been Day - but they have a great eye for talent.
 

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SantaBarbaraBuck's picture

You’re dead on. 

"Man I wish everyone stop saying I beat a kid in the hospital 91-35.... It was 98-35, had 91 with 1:26 left in the 4th"
- Cardale Jones

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huffdaddy's picture

He is open every single time. it's amazing. 

"I don't think you necessarily have to get a trophy to be a winner." - Nick Saban 1/2/15.

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Larryp713's picture

As I remember the story, it was Ryan Day. He basically came away from that visit that initially started as a QB eval and said we need to sign Olave. Great testament to Coach Day's eye for talent.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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Capt. Kline's picture

Paul Warfield - Great Buckeye and Brownie. Silky smooth.

Then "Fart" Modell had to trade him away.

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TGinn7's picture

Day was recruiting 4 Star Jack Tuttle... who ended up signing at Utah and has since transferred to Indiana...where he is the third string QB now. Amazing how these things work out. 

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USArmyBuckeye's picture

I think you just nailed his first endorsement. Sadly there is no chance it will be in college. 

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BuxLax's picture

Get that NIL process approved before he graduates !!

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tajikey's picture

Love the idea, but I think "Suavé Olave" has a better sound (which I assume was your intention).

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O H Y O's picture

Shhhh MGoBlog might report Olave to the NCAA with this comment. 

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SoulPatrol32's picture

Not just a great athlete but a true WR. Seems to be a hands catcher and his footwork on those outs are just exceptional. I know we spread the rock around but he’s a true #1 in my eyes and could go down as one of the greats the the position if he was targeted more. He’s shown that he’s of the highest level when it comes to a team player between his great offensive ability and his ST’s play is just ridiculous. 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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youra6's picture

He's like every good WRs we have had in the past 10 years rolled into one. He has speed, he can go catch the deep ball, he can catch inside routes, hes got good foot work and route running skills. Dude has it all. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

There has been more than one occasion this season when Fields hits Olave to convert another 3rd down that I exclaim "Olave saves the day again." He is incredible and only getting better. Much credit to Olave's hard work and Hartline's great development. 

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Goby's picture

But, but he's only a 3 star /s.

You never lose to those pricks. Ever. Ever.

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keith7456's picture

I know sarcasm but lets just look at the 3 stars that are starting or playing contributing roles on the team right now.

Davon Hamilton
Brandon Bowen
Rashod Berry
Damon Arnette
Robert Landers
Malik Harrison
Chris Olave
Josh Alabi

We would not have the team we have now without these 3 stars so anyone that freaks out about offering or signing 3 stars...just stop.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

I guess you missed the "/s".

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Goby's picture

For a minute I thought I forgot it.

You never lose to those pricks. Ever. Ever.

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keith7456's picture

Yeah, I knew yours was sarcasm, I acknowledged it. The rest of my post was not directed at you but the people that freak when the staff offers some lowly 3 star that is unworthy of being looked at by Ohio State.

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Eddie27Zeke15's picture

I think you triggered some people.

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cledaybuck's picture

I know sarcasm

Are literally the first three words.

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Silver Sniper's picture

I know, everyone was triggered and he literally acknowledged the sarcasm. 

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Sanitarian2's picture

Yeah, but most of them there 3's be fifth year seniors that are just taking up schollies  and that. 

Sani

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Wyandot Buckeye Fan's picture

Next year's offense is going to throttle teams. It has the potential to be record setting. With Justin, Master, Chris, Garrett and Jeremy, that's clearly going to scare the shit out of defensive coordinator's.

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Skunk bear blood's picture

Olave is like lightning in a bottle.  

IT. WAS. A. FUMBLE.

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Wyandot Buckeye Fan's picture

A lot like Terry Glenn, including the same type frame.

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Fairport Buckfan's picture

Exactly.  Throw a little Devier Posy in as well.  I think it shows Ryan Day’s true genius in finding him when no one else seems to have seen it.

Fairport

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Get Olave the ball.  Often.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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USArmyBuckeye's picture

One might say he should get ol-ave the balls thrown his way :)

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osuflacco's picture

Reminds me of Santonio Holmes...also popped in TUN game as a Freshman, elite route runner...great hands and makes it look easy.  Hope he keeps it up, Santonio always delivered in clutch games and hopefully Olave will continue to as well. 

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Trotwoodbuck's picture

Olave was a true freshman.  I may be forgetting, but didn’t Holmes red shirt his freshman season.  I have this memory of JT recounting talking on the sidelines with the assistant coaches during the championship game with Miami about burning Holmes red shirt but deciding not too.

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OhioStateBuckeye43's picture

Certainly not off the field, but on the field the most recent comparison I have is Antonio Brown, maybe even Edelman. Not the biggest WR, but gets in and out of breaks so well he’s always open. Could put on a few lbs to handle the grind of the NFL but he’s elite. 

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TXNut2488's picture

Where do we see him getting drafted? I have him as a 3rd round guy (ducks from the stones that will be thrown my way). I could be way way way off and it could be due to just how smooth he is, but I dont think he will time super well in the 40.

I think Wilson is the most talented of the current WR group just to throw it out there.

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letsgobucks's picture

(No stones) Is Wilson faster than Olave? Olave looks faster to me on television.

Also, I think Williams will give Wilson a run for his money (sorry ncaa)

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jongleur8287's picture

i see him as a borderline 2nd/3rd rounder.  i think he's kinda got a ted ginn jr like game with a strong short game with the ability to break a long one every so often.  with him being a bit taller than ginn (6'1" compared to 5'11"), he has a better chance of going over the top more.

i can see him being drafted around the same area as terry mclaurin since he should have a better college resume than mclaurin.  depending on his combine numbers (40 times are overrated, ie michael thomas was "slow" at 4.57), i think his ceiling would be later 2nd rounder.

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All Ok Jumpmaster's picture

he reminds me of victor cruz

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nickel beer's picture

"Soon after the breakout performance, Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter followed him on Twitter. Then, Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys followed his account on Instagram."

I think Ruckert is another guy who's destined--He reminds me of John Frank (just great hand-eye, strength, and overall athletic abilities)

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Dstacify's picture

Olave reminds me quite a bit of Devin Smith in terms of his home run ability and knack for getting in the end zone. I'm not sure he'll ever be first round pick material due to the depth and rotation we're seeing at WR but he's been Fields' most reliable target this year no question.

11 Strong.

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BuckShotGinn's picture

Olave is much more versatile.  He's good for the short (YAC) , intermediate and long routes, not to mention his special teams feats.  Devin was an over the shoulder target who would often disappear for games until a long ball was launched. ( I may be unfair in memory of Devin, but Philly Brown, Jalin Marshall and Can't guard Mike did much of the yeoman's work down the field.)

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Dstacify's picture

Devin was indeed the home run threat. However, he was exceptional at that role (better than any OSU WR I've seen in fact) and will always be considered an OSU legend because of it. Anytime you threw a deep ball in his direction he'd find a way to come down with it, that's how good he was in that role. Olave I've noticed is kind of the same way but he gets a lot more separation than Devin did and doesn't have as many contested catches.

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Brandon26841's picture

The best all-around WR on the team. Extremely smooth and dependable. 

This guy went from a relative after-thought in the 2018 class to an eventual 3 and done 1st to 3rd round draft pick possibly. You gotta love that. He just makes plays. 

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Buckeyeinchitown's picture

I really don't think he is 3 and done...
I see him staying all 4 years ... (Obviously based on nothing I know for sure), but he needs a few pounds for the NFL and a couple more years under Mick and he definitely is a 2nd/3rd round guy...

He already has put on 15+ pounds from when he got here.
He has all the tools...

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

Jameson Williams will have a final stretch run similar to Chris Olave's 2018 end of season performances. Olave, Wilson and Williams will be excellent next year and maybe the best in college football.

BigBuckeye says Go Bucks
Muck Fichigan!!!

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DaiTheFlu's picture

I can't see his name or highlights without immediately saying "Silky, smooth, Chris Olave"!

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Chris Olave reminds me of Jordy Nelson. He isn't big but he isn't small. He isn't fast but he isn't slow. He isn't quick but he is quick. He's got nice hands and runs clean routes and you have no idea that he's the one that is wrecking your world because he does nothing spectacular and yet there he is standing in the endzone holding a ball waiting for his team to come to celebrate with him. 

He isn't the go up and get it, guy that Ben is/should be he isn't undressing people with his route running like KJ can, he isn't flashing never before seen or rarely before seen potential like Wilson and yet he's a crucial part of this offense who makes big ass plays at big ass times.

My favorite part about Olave is that he is the guy you'll forget about and he will absolutely shred your dreams in front of you because of that. 

I think he's weird...I think he's a guy that needs a cast around him to be as effective as he is because if he draws an LB or a third DB, its RIP for you and yet he somehow stands apart. I'd argue he's the third most important cog on this machine behind #1 and #2 and I have no idea what to make of him.

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SilverHaven's picture

Ole, Olave!

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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stpetebuck's picture

Olave is D'angelo Russell in pads. 

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IslandBumBuckeye's picture

The first step in fixing a problem is admitting you have a problem.

And I have a drinking problem.

I thought the headline said, 'The Ermagerd of Chris Olave...'

"It's always scotch-thirty on my island."

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