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40 Degrees North (via Columbus)

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Comment 08 Sep 2020

The way things are going, the Ohio signatures would be Representative #3 and Senator #5! 

I kid. I kid. 

Comment 08 Sep 2020

There are definitely fissures now in the conference.  Look no further than geography and the way things have gone down in recent weeks.  Nebraska and Iowa are on the opposite end of the conference from Maryland and Rutgers.  They "voted" different on the fall season vote.  They are culturally different areas.  It is foreseeable that one of these group of two, probably Nebraska and Iowa bolt for something else.  Usually when a school leaves a conference, others are not far behind.  

There is going to be pressure on OSU from folks to leave.  They would be crazy not to at least look at it.  Some folks have brought up ACC, SEC, or independent options.  Why not a Super College Football conference option? Don't allow any of the teams that voted no in the super conference.  Yes, block Scum.  

Comment 07 Sep 2020

Houston Baptist. North Texas. Texas State. Central Arkansas. Memphis. Army. Middle Tennessee State. SMU. Just a list of teams that played this past weekend.  A lot of them from the south.  Those "redneck, hilljack" southern schools are making it happen.  They are trying and making it work.  They are finding a way to get the job done.  There is a sign of a can do spirit with those schools.

Then you have the so-called elite "Big" 10 raking in millions and millions of dollars.  They can't even open the door to start the day.  It is a major failure on the part of the "Big" 10.  The "little guys" are getting the job done and the fat cats in the "Big" 10 are not. 

Comment 25 Aug 2020

It will feel like a replacement player season in pro sports. It will impact the 2021 regular season with less reps in practice, less time for conditioning, and probably some unfortunate injuries.

Comment 25 Aug 2020

A lot of money.  A lot. The Arnold. State high school championships. The Memorial (a normal one, at least).  American Quarter Horse Congress.  Conventions. Blue Jackets. Concerts.  Clippers.  Buckeyes.  All of these events for restaurants, bars, hotels, gas stations, a lot of places.  

I said on another thread that I do not recall a more uncertain time for Columbus in recent memory. Crime is increasingly an issue here.Government (and education through OSU) is a major employer in this area. It would not be surprising if cuts are in store here.  The medical industry is big here and it has taken a financial toll. Columbus is very much a big city facing big city issues with a new generation of leadership, both public and private.  This is not going to be something that Columbus recovers from in a year or two. Maybe five years. 

I am willing to bet Kevin Warren did not contact, or did not get contacted, by Governor DeWine or Mayor Ginther throughout the past few months.  That is an oversight on the part of all the parties involved.  

Comment 24 Aug 2020

The impact for OSU athletics is understandably talked about on here, but your point has not been talked about enough. Ohio State and Columbus are very much intertwined. Columbus is very much part of the recruiting showcase. If you remember, OSU Football put out a video last year solely about Columbus. If Columbus suffers, so does OSU and vice versa. 

I cannot recall a more uncertain time for Columbus than today. 
 

Comment 21 Aug 2020

I have been adding to my MO holding. It has yielded around 8% recently. One of the best performing stocks of all time. People will always smoke and drink. They are doing it now. 

Oil majors are around their book value. I’ll buy, hold, and reinvest. They are at generational lows. 

Comment 15 Aug 2020

I am starting to think the Big Ten is going to have challenges staying in its current form long-term. Schools like Nebraska and Iowa are not culturally similar to Maryland and Rutgers. You have a place like Ohio State, with folks wondering why they get the same cut as a Rutgers or Illinois, especially given the competitive results in sports. Gene Smith seems like a “company guy” trying to keep the peace. The fan base, and probably some donors, are increasingly agitated. The next AD may not be so accommodating to Warren and the Big 10. 

Comment 14 Aug 2020

People can forgive you for being wrong. People will not forgive you for being weak. There has been an opinion out there among Buckeye fans that the leadership of the university, which includes Gene, is weak. This goes back years through various controversies. 

I don’t blame Gene and the university leadership for Tressel and tattoos. I don’t blame them for Zach Smith. I don’t blame them for this. I do criticize them for how they handled the aftermath of those events. 

Yahoo breaks this story. ESPN breaks that story. Well, good luck getting a press credential to the next game. Rutgers and Michigan, you don’t want to play? Might have cost us a chance at a championship. Well, since you don’t win anything and we do, we are going to demand some of your revenue from a potential spring season or our players walk. Harsh? Sure, but there seems to be a growing opinion that Ohio State needs to fight for Ohio State and not placate the media or universities in other states.

Comment 13 Aug 2020

There seems to be a number of Warren detractors from his days in the NFL and in law.  Bobby Carpenter was vocal on radio and social media yesterday about Warren.  It sounds like several folks who Bobby knows from the NFL are not fans of Warren. 

Example: https://twitter.com/Bcarp3/status/1293521209406230532

Another opinion from someone who crossed paths with Warren while in St. Louis:   https://twitter.com/troydumas4/status/129340972728054988

Comment 12 Aug 2020

This is potentially an issue. If you remember a few years ago, the roof of the old Metrodome in Minneapolis gave way to a mass of snow. The following day’s game was moved to Monday night and played at the Minnesota Golden Gophers Stadium. Brett Favre was the Vikings QB and suffered  a game ending injury. The field turf surface being frozen contributed to the injury. Something to keep an eye on.

Comment 11 Aug 2020

Gene has never been one to rock the boat.  My reading of things is he and Warren are close.  At this point, all options must be on the table.  That includes moving to a different conference.  

One thing I respect about Texas is they act like they have the biggest ---- in the neighborhood.  It's been long overdue for Ohio State to act like it.  Why do we continue to placate Rutgers?

Comment 09 Aug 2020

I have spent time in the San Antonio and Corpus Christi areas. We went to the Valley a couple of times. We went and visited Progreso, Mexico which is on the Rio Grande. This was late 1990’s. As advised above, I would not go to Mexico today. 

You probably will find some fruit/produce stands along highways there. Citrus crops are big in this area. The Ruby Red grapefruit from the roadside stand just had a taste that Kroger and Giant Eagle couldn’t compete with. H-E-B is the top grocer in Texas and its solid. The bakery section has your usual fare with tortillas and Mexican sweet bread. 

If you have a day off, there is some great sport activities. Fishing in the Gulf or bays is good. Some good hunting in south Texas too. The King Ranch is a couple of hours north of you. They have some tours and possible hunting available. The Kings Inn is a classic seafood place near Kingsville. Seafood and the Bombay Salad there is good.

Comment 02 Aug 2020

I have said previously that getting from Point A, the current system, to Point B, a new system, is easier said than done. 

I am all for folks, whether it’s athletes or any job, getting what they can. What these athletes need to remember is they do have it pretty good. You do get free college, room, board, food, trainers, nutrition, tutors, and a lot of side benefits regular folks don’t get. Whether you are a player, trainer, manager, band member, or cheerleader, when you put that on a resume, you are going to get an extra look from potential employers. You are going to have connections a lot of people don’t have. Former athletes and people connected with sports are going to have opportunities others won’t have.

There are two things I want to share that my parents taught me. My dad learned from his days in the Navy this one thing that he told me: Everybody is replaceable. My mom always told me to make yourself important by doing things, getting involved, and learning new things. I bring this up because during this pandemic there has been one word mentioned a lot: essential, with regard to essential workers. It boggles my mind that there are folks who are making themselves seem not so essential. Part of me thinks that a reason they are doing it is because they think they can’t get replaced. 

The Ohio State Buckeyes have replaced Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Jim Tressel, and Urban Meyer. There have been guys like through the years here that have screwed up and/or thought they were bigger than they were. Still, the Ohio State Buckeyes lived on.

Comment 19 Jul 2020

I have been for athletes getting whatever permissible benefits possible.  If it can provide a benefit to their life and well being, all good with me. The issue for an expansion of benefits, let's call it that in this situation, is how do you get from point A, the current system, to point B, the next system? When you think about it, it is not as easy as you think.  A new system could very well be lacking the wine and roses that some think. 

A commenter above mentioned that the players may find out how unimportant they are.  A lot of these players and coaches would be surprised how many people do not know them.  Don't know their name.  Don't know what they look like. Don't know what they do or who they are.  Sure, folks on campus generally know them, but I think they would be surprised how many don't.  In my neighborhood, within 3 miles of OSU, I would think at least a third of my neighbors don't know who Ryan Day is.  More than half don't know who Chris Holtmann is.  The vast majority probably couldn't name three current OSU athletes.  I think most would be surprised at how high the number of people who don't know the name Cardale Jones, or any recent OSU athlete or coach, is.  More people than you think don't follow teams and they forget who you are quickly.  I think a lot of folks in sports would be surprised by that.