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40 Degrees North

40 Degrees North (via Columbus)

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Comment 27 Dec 2017

What a mess. I don't see him being back with the Giants next season and there are some rumblings that is the case. 

Some folks on twitter have brought up the scout from the 2016 draft that referred to Eli Apple as a "baby" who "can't cook" and has "no life skills." Looks like that scout knew something.

Comment 01 Dec 2017

Sometimes in life, your personal life causes things to happen in your professional life. It has been well documented that Jimbo has been in a very gossipy divorce in recent years and one of his children has extra health care needs. There has been some speculation among some fans that Jimbo kind of checked out. I think it is safe to say that if Jimbo was still married that he is still in Tallahassee. 

Divorces, separations, resignations, firings, departures.....a lot of times, they get messy. Considering what's happened with Jimbo personally in recent years, this move is not surprising. 

Comment 28 Nov 2017

I was happy the day Randy Lerner decided to sell the team. The direction of the Browns during the Randy Lerner era was not good. I had promise for Haslam when he first got there. I enjoyed the energy he showed and thought he could turn things around. Boy, have I been mistaken. 

As the Pilot story has unraveled, I believed Jimmy at least knew something. I figured something was up when you saw that Dee Haslam was getting more involved in team operations. Additionally, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway just agreed to purchase 80% of Pilot Flying J with 20% remaining with the Haslam family. I would think Buffett will end up buying the Haslam remaining stake, renaming the company and probably getting a bargain in the process.

With all the news in recent years about player discipline, I would think the NFL has to look at measures against Haslam, possibly up to a forced sale of the team. I know Jimmy hasn't been charged, but neither was Ezekiel Elliott and he got a league punishment. 

Comment 26 Nov 2017

I wonder if Schiano was from the south if the attitudes would be different. There are probably a few folks down there not thrilled about some yankee from New Jersey coming to coach the Volunteers. It happened here too. There were folks who never warmed to John Cooper in this town and saw him as a Huck Finn guy from the south who wasn't one of us. 

Comment 20 Nov 2017

I heard the news this morning at work of Terry Glenn's passing. A lot of memories and emotions. 

After Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn is probably the first receiver I remember in my lifetime that stood out for the Buckeyes. The catch and run against Notre Dame will always stand out for me. In my lifetime, he is the best receiver for the Buckeyes. 

As a Columbus guy, this brings back memories of the great Brookhaven High School. A lot of great folks came from there. Terry, Marlon Kerner and the Gwinn brothers, among them Terry's good friend, the late Jayson Gwinn. Terry's passing reminds us that Brookhaven is sadly no longer with us too. 

I read about Terry's life story. A lot of lows, some of them self-induced, and a lot of highs. Whatever he did, he kept battling. You can tell he kept trying to be better. I saw he was engaged to be married. He was proud of his charitable work and his family.

Reading about Terry, I thought about the world today. I think that today a kid like Terry Glenn would not get a chance to play for his hometown Ohio State Buckeyes. Terry had some episodes in his life and career, some of his own doing, that would have gotten him thrown to the curb. In today's world, a lot of folks would have given up on Terry Glenn. Fortunately, they did not and to his credit, Terry Glenn did not give up on himself.

Comment 03 Nov 2017


Even though the NFL.com Around the NFL twitter handle was saying the suspension carries over into the playoffs, the letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell clearly states that Elliott was "hereby suspended without pay for six regular season games." 

If it goes toward the playoffs, buckle up, because there could be more legal wrangling.

Comment 10 Oct 2017

I will be in wait and see mode on this one. I think there have been some good alternates, the 2011 Wisconsin game and the 2012-13 Michigan games come to mind. Some alternates have left me disappointed, including the all black jerseys. I just didn't think they turned out as well as other alternates have or could have. The 2009 and 2010 alternates seemed like it was missing something.

My wishes for an alternate are for a black jersey with the bold numbers in scarlet similar to the 2013 Michigan game with the helmet with the large stripes from that game. Gray or black pants would be fine. I think it would be a great look for a night game at the Shoe.

Of course, the 1990's-early 2000's jerseys used at the end of 2014 should be the permanent jersey. Also, I don't think the Michigan game should be used for alternates, especially at home. The black helmets with the regular home jersey last year was not as good of a look as the regular helmets.

Comment 27 Sep 2017

Man the stuff that has happened in Louisville the last few years.

Could not help but notice that Steve Pence is Pitino's attorney. Former U.S. Attorney in Louisville. Former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. Involved in the building of the KFC Yum Arena. If you wanted to be in those positions during the time he was, in the 2000's, you got the blessing of a guy who is a BIG Louisville guy at the school and in town: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 

Comment 27 Sep 2017

The media is loving this. Look at all the cameras in front of these NFL players. 

I read something today that a well known political based website, that leans heavily one direction, had its most read article ever on this NFL stuff. Think about that considering all the stories the past few years. 

Do not doubt for a second that there are folks in newsrooms in this state, in Chicago, or Bristol that want the Buckeyes to do a protest. It would be ratings and clicks gold. I hope it doesn't happen. 

Cue up Don Henley's Dirty Laundry.

Comment 26 Sep 2017

i remember a game on CBS last year that I watched. Tennessee won at home. The crowd, team, and everyone was excited. The Tennessee band was playing "Rocky Top." The players, cheerleaders, mascots, and fans were excited and happy. The imagery on television showed it. 

Verne Lundquist was the announcer for this game. He kept quiet to let the scene speak for itself. He then asked one question, "How can you not love this sport?"

You do not see scenes like that at NFL games.

Comment 20 Sep 2017

If you were in school in this era, you know that Lydell's best plays were at Four Kegs and Paninis. Nothing tops Pure Platinum!

Comment 20 Sep 2017

Remember watching at a house off campus on 14th. Grew up in Columbus and all the oh so close missses. 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998. Seeing Cie Grant off the edge pressuring Ken Dorsey. I was thinking Oh my God is this for real. Yes it was. My hometown and my school were home to the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes. 

Comment 20 Sep 2017

My NFL watching has declined dramatically. Being a Browns fan, I am sure their results over the past two decades have hurt my interest in the NFL. 

I do believe the issue happening with the National Anthem is hurting the NFL more than what people may think. I think folks might be surprised at how widespread the anger throughout various demographics (gender, race, age, income, political affiliation) is toward the NFL on this. 

I saw the phrase No Fun League above. I think it's true. It is not fun. The personalities in and around the sport are not fun. The loss of personality or character, in the performing arts sense, is hurting the NFL. On TV, you had characters like Jimmy The Greek, John Madden, even Berman and Tom Jackson on Primetime. Now you have boring talk, talk, talk. On the field, I think back to guys like the Hogs and John Riggins with the Redskins, the Super Bowl Shuffle Bears, the House of Pain Houston Oilers, the Cowboys of the 1990's who had A LOT of fun. Now, its Tom Brady talking about diet and sleep. You used to have owners like Al Davis and Jack Kent Cooke. Today, you have Dan Snyder and Bob Kraft. You used to have coaches like Mike Ditka, Bill Parcells, Jim Mora, and Jerry Glanville. Today, you have Bill Bellichick, Mike Tomlin, and names you never heard of. Is it any wonder people are not watching like they used to? 

Comment 09 Sep 2017

A reading of the filings in Court which includes the NFL reports and interviews with folks in the case will emphasize the point you made. This investigation has now brought about unflattering information to the public about the accused, the accuser, and other people who know the two. 

One of the lessons of this episode is if you are a private citizen, do not talk to NFL investigators. 

Comment 08 Sep 2017

We don't think. We don't need. I don't anticipate. 

While I'm not anticipating it happening, I would not rule it out. It doesn't sound like Gene is completely closing the door either. 

If the check is made Pay To the Order Of Ohio State, it will happen.