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40 Degrees North (via Columbus)

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Comment 08 Jul 2020

The university system as it stands is probably facing it's most grave challenge to their existence.  There have been cultural trends in recent years going against universities.  Enrollment went down at universities in the 2010's.  What has happened in 2020 is going to compound it.

There have been concerns in Columbus about enrollment drops going forward.  Places like Ohio State and Columbus State can probably adjust.  It is the smaller schools that will have trouble.  It will impact cities like Columbus, but it will be worse in MAC college towns (Athens, Oxford, Bowling Green) or small school towns (Gambier, Ada).  

Comment 08 Jul 2020

The field level was lowered before the 2000 season.  I have heard about the issues of lowering the field level with the Olentangy River nearby impacting things.  

Another thing I have heard was they replaced the surface every couple of years.  Before the 2006 season, the decision was made to use that same surface in that season and not replace it.  It ended up being a big mistake.  The late summer and early fall of that year had higher precipitation than normal.  

Comment 07 Jul 2020

Overlooked great moment: Joey Bosa's scoop and score at the end of the first half of the 2014 Big Ten Championship game. The cherry on top of a great first half. 

Comment 04 Jul 2020

When the team caved on Chief Wahoo, you knew this would be next.  The name Tribe isn't good enough for them either.  There will be no connection to Indians or Native Americans with a name change that will make them happy.  

I am a fan of the Cleveland Indians.  I am not sure I will be a fan of a next Cleveland named team.  

Comment 03 Jul 2020

Disclosure: I have been wearing a mask since March at work, most of my shopping, and at church.  I do not wear it at home, in the car or outside. I use my own personal judgment and will continue to do so.  

There is a tough reality our leaders:  Regular folks are not listening anymore.  Folks are fed up.  There have been too many arbitrary decisions, too much inconsistency, and too much hypocrisy.  This is what regular folks see.  

I saw the tweets from Gene Smith and Chris Holtmann yesterday.  "We want to see you in the Shoe so wear a mask."  Think how that comes off to some folks out there.  These folks are struggling financially, their kids can't go to school or recreational activities, and they can't see their loved ones.  The sad thing is PR gurus made that video.  Out of touch of regular people.  

I grew up with mayors like Buck Rinehart, Greg Lashutka, and Mike Coleman.  Tom Moody was a neighbor of people I knew.  Ginther isn't in their league. 

Comment 01 Jul 2020

Bobby Bonilla Day has become that annual day on the internet.  

There are other deals like this out there.  I read where Bruce Sutter has one or two years left on his deal with the Atlanta Braves.  The Braves signed Sutter in 1985.  The deal paid Sutter $750,000 for six years and payments of $44 million over the following 30 years. He has received $1.12 million each year since 1991.  Sutter gets a balloon payment in 2022 of $9.1 million.  When Bruce Sutter last pitched, Ronald Reagan was President.  He is nearing 70 years old.

Comment 27 Jun 2020

Over the last generation, college became about the experience.  It focused on building new dorms, new recreational facilities, and commercial investment around the campus.  For the administrators, it became about money and more money.  Cuts to universities may prove more popular than administrators think.  

Comment 25 Jun 2020

A couple of months ago, that school up north projected losses of $400 million to $1 billion for this year.  Let us not doubt there are financial problems here.  

Is this a sign of things to come? Nike announced quarterly earnings earlier this evening.  A $790 million loss.  

Comment 18 Jun 2020

Try getting another job after speaking out or filing legal action against a former employer.  It could be any employer.  It follows you. 

Example: Look at Jim O'Brien.  We all know how things ended in Columbus with him and paying the players violations.  It's understandable why he didn't get another college job, but why not an NBA job?  When you file lawsuits against your two previous employers, that tends to follow you. 

Examples: Look at some of the folks who have spoken out through the years on various off the field stuff.  Go back and look at the names.  A lot of those folks aren't exactly going to be welcomed with open arms around town here. 

Comment 04 Jun 2020

Born and raised in Columbus.  Grew up near Don Scott Airport.  My mom got a masters at OSU.  Grew up going to one Buckeye game a year and then eventually season tickets during the  the Cooper era.  Fun times at the Shoe for a young kid with some heartbreak.  I applied to OSU and looked at going to Dayton due to a number of friends went there.  My folks saw the cost and they said no to Dayton. It was a good decision because with the stuff my buddies did, I would have been back home after the first semester there.

Attended OSU 2001-2005.  Started school right after 9-11.  Those were times everyone was on edge.  My first game as a student was the Northwestern night game in 2001.  Jonathan Wells going the distance.  I was lucky to be there in 2002 when the Bucks won the national title.  Coach Jim Tressel was a presence that was good for the football team and the student body.  We were lucky to have him there.  I found classes boring, the football good, and the partying fantastic. I learned enough in a couple of economics and business classes to find the path later in life to do a few things.  Graduated in 2005.  The best part is I made a few core friends that I still talk to almost every day.  We live in different parts of the country, but get together once or twice a year. 

I still live in the Columbus area, but I would not be surprised if I move to a warmer climate at some point. I have family down south, but Columbus will still be part of who I am. 

Comment 04 Jun 2020

It is good she has experience heading a system like SUNY.  That was something Drake and Holbrook were lacking.  Gee and Kirwan had experience running universities. 

This is the 150th anniversary of the start of Ohio State.  I think the school is in for very uncertain times over the next few years. The once in a lifetime pandemic event along with cultural trends are giving the university big challenges.  I don't know much about the new President's business experience, but it is going to be needed over the next few years. 

Comment 04 Jun 2020

I would like to end up on trails in our local Metro Parks.  I won't be going on roads, but local neighborhood streets near my house. The streets generally have light traffic and a 25 MPH speed limit.

Comment 04 Jun 2020

This seems to be a story that lasted less than a day and folks are moving on, judging from the last report. 

The following comments are more in general and not specific to current events.  I read other non-sports stories about what you would classify as "infighting" within an organization, company, et al.  It does seem like there is a generational component to a lot of these stories now. The 35-40 age range seems to be the cut off.  Folks younger than that cut off seem to be more vocal about various topics. My office has not had the vocal battles, but there is definitely a generational divide. We have folks from their 20's to one guy now in his 80's!  There does seem to be divide between 20-mid 30's and mid 30's-mid 50's.  The folks mid 50's and above just avoid it or do what they want because they are that age they just don't care anymore.  

I am 37.  I probably get along more with my older co-workers. In my working career, I have seen several younger workers try to be vocal or use technology wrong to make a point, like sending an e-mail you should not.  It divides the work place and on occasion, can lead to a career sidetracked. It does seem like we are seeing this more, even in workplaces. 

Comment 01 Jun 2020

Tressel is more beloved.

I have known guys who have played for Tressel at Youngstown State and Ohio State. You get the impression they would run through a brick wall for Tressel today. I don’t get that impression from former players of Meyer. You get that impression when it comes to assistant coaches too. You don’t see former assistants having beefs with Tressel, but you do with Meyer. 

Meyer would have no doubt done what Tressel did to get “fired.” He probably would have found a way to get away with it. When it came to Urban’s worst moment at OSU, the Zach Smith saga, Tressel probably gets rid of Zach before everything went to hell.

Comment 17 May 2020

I like Lou Holtz. I liked him at ND and did like ND for a time there. It was during my Catholic school days. 

He might have won one national title. That’s it. Lou vs. Bo would not have had the Woody vs. Bo aura, but it would have been entertaining. Lou probably would have lasted as long as Earle and the program would have ended up on probation.

Comment 17 May 2020

The big names for football and basketball will do well. There are potential opportunities here for the big name guys. For the less heard from guys, I’m not sure how many opportunities there will be.

Overall, I could see where women athletes do better than the men when it comes to earnings from endorsements, likeness, etc. Fashion, beauty, cosmetics, clothing, apparel, modeling. There is a lot of money there. Beauty sells. Sex sells. Additionally, there will be controversial offers along these lines. In yesteryear, it was posing for certain magazines. Today, just look at the most visited websites statistics for an idea of where this inevitably will go. 

Social media and technology will play a role in these new opportunities. There are potential gains there, but some drawbacks. We have seen some players and coaches have some social media that turned off people. I could see this having issues for teams and bring added distractions. Coaches get blamed for off the field issues. Can you imagine a Bobby Knight or Woody dealing with social media? Now add this marketing dimension. Not easy for the coaches to manage. 

Comment 20 Apr 2020

I am glad that the Metro Parks have been open. Yesterday, I was at Prairie Oaks. Good crowds, but not packed at all.