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40 Degrees North

40 Degrees North (via Columbus)

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Comment 05 Jul 2017

Except for my 4 years in the High Street campus area, I have always lived in the City of Columbus areas around UA. Still do to this day to the east of the Osu golf course. I attended St. Andrew in Upper Arlington and Bishop Watterson. There are many friends of mine who grew up in UA. A few still live in UA and others remain in the Columbus area. 

Into the 1990's, before Dublin really matured to what it is today and Powell and New Albany became more than just small villages, Upper Arlington was, by far, the place to live in Columbus. It was not an argument. Even with the growth of those new suburbs, Upper Arlington still remains a popular place to live. The growing suburbs have a few things better than UA, but UA has a true sense of community and tradition. I don't think a Powell or Dublin can match that.

Comment 16 Mar 2017

The tweet from 105.7 is more about trying to boost their ratings and start a feud with 97.1. You got Bruce Hooley at 105.7 and he certainly has an axe to grind with 97.1 from his dismissal at the station in 2011. This new 105.7 station is affiliated with 610 WTVN, which has long had a beef with WBNS. The Clear Channel folks (610 and 105.7) would love to have the Buckeyes back on the air. They might make a push in the new post-John Wolfe era in Columbus. 

There appears to be too much smoke around Zeke. I myself heard from a friend during his Buckeye Cruise trip that Zeke was not being a good guy on the cruise. We will see what happens with Zeke going forward. Like many a player, he may see a "sophomore slump." It will be interesting to see how Zeke handles future adversity.

Comment 10 Feb 2017

This is a tragic story to read about. I don't know how anyone could just shoot somebody, especially a very beautiful woman.

Living here for nearly 35 years, my gut tells me this could be one of those crimes that has a legacy to it in the future. 

The 1980 murder of Seenie Dukat in Upper Arlington changed the way parents looked after their kids in this area. When the local station did a story on the murder a few years ago, I mentioned to my mother that I never heard about that (it was a couple years before I was born). She immediately mentioned the name Seenie Dukat. This was over 30 years later. 

The 1994 murder of Stephanie Hummer changed the way Ohio State and the city viewed public safety and crime in the campus area. If you went to school at OSU after this murder, you noticed the Student Safety Service, the emergency call locations with the blue lights on top, and the Gateway project that began OSU getting involved in development along High Street. The murder of Stephanie Hummer began those initiatives.

The mid-1990's gang shootout in the middle of the old Columbus City Center at lunch time on a weekday changed how residents viewed City Center. When it opened, there was no place that had the shine and glamour of City Center. Sure, Tuttle, Easton, and Polaris helped contribute to it's demise, but ask any long time residents, and the gang shootout will always come up as the beginning of the end for City Center.

Columbus is a big city. It does have big city problems. It feels safe for many of us, but the crime and problems are here. The Short North has come a long way from its former self when it was one of the worst neighborhoods in the area with the notorious Short North Posse bringing major crime to the area. There have been great strides to the neighborhood. A lot of folks have a lot invested in to that area. That is a big reason why I think this murder will bring about action in that area.

Comment 10 Feb 2017


The victim's car has been found off Livingston Avenue on the near east side of Columbus. For those of you not familiar, that has been historically one of this city's rougher areas.  

Comment 29 Aug 2016

I do wonder if there is more to this whole story. However, Urban saying he disagrees with the decision in the public forum that he did makes you wonder more.

Any university is very sensitive to this stuff right now with Title IX and the enforcement coming from the Department of Education. Ohio State has been through this already with the band. If I remember, the band issues were going on when the Feds were investigating OSU on these issues. 

There has been speculation on these boards on if these alleged pictures were posted on social media. There was a case involving Minnesota basketball players last season posting a video onto social media. The news broke late in the Big 10 season and the players were suspended for the rest of the season. One of those players has since transferred from the program. Might the OSU administration have used the Minnesota case as some sort of precedent in their handling of this case?

Comment 11 Jun 2016

Coyotes are in the center of Columbus too. They have been seen in downtown Columbus. 

My area is around the OSU Golf Course-Riverside Hospital area. They are here too. Coyotes are not the only things you see around here. Deer are quite frequent. They have been seen in downtown Columbus too. Foxes are more and more frequent now. They are all over the Columbus area. I have even seen wild turkeys here.

Comment 11 Jun 2016

Championship teams do the little things. Last night, there were a few loose balls that Golden State got to. There were offensive rebounds that Golden State got. 

Mental and physical errors happen. Loose balls and rebounds, a lot of that is how much you want it. Golden State wants it more.

Comment 03 Apr 2016

The Blackwell is still named after Roger Blackwell years after his issues. The football program still welcomed back Art Schlichter, arguably the biggest scumbag in OSU history, and Maurice Clarett after their issues. They still had issues after the program welcomed them back.

Comment 12 Jan 2016

Interesting predictions in one of the comments sections of a Los Angeles Times article. The commenter predicts UCLA will leave the Rose Bowl for this new stadium in Inglewood, which is closer to the UCLA campus. The other prediction: the Rose Bowl goes the way of the Orange Bowl (with the stadium torn down) and/or Cotton Bowl (with the game moved to the new stadium).

I must admit, with sports as it is today, the predictions do not seem far-fetched to me.

Comment 06 Jan 2016

Ryan Johansen drove himself out of Columbus. The writing was on the wall before Tortorella got here. Richards healthy scratched Johansen several times too. I think you will find the front office and coaching staff had enough of him.

Comment 12 Nov 2015

Midday, this was the top story on the websites of the 3 main TV stations here in Columbus.

I have had friends and family put through the ringer of media reporting. We all probably know someone who was put through the ringer. When you see stories like this, you gotta think the first reaction of many folks out there is "Thank God that isn't me or someone I know."

Comment 02 Nov 2015

Living near the northwestern suburbs of Columbus and working in downtown Columbus near some law enforcement circles, I've heard a lot over the last few years.

Tragically, it seems like you are hearing of a young person dying more and more from this. 

I just remember what a CPD undercover guy who did work in the Morse Road area in north Columbus area told me. He told me a couple of years ago that they had busted kids from just about every school district in Franklin and surrounding counties trying to buy heroin in the Morse Road area. 

It's sad. As a parent, teacher, coach, or loved one, you can tell them everything and do everything possible.....and it still might not be enough.

Comment 18 Oct 2015

I remember some friends from OSU lived at Olentangy Commons. We all graduated in 2005. A couple of people we knew also knew Ryan. I got to know him a little bit in the 2006 time period, after his OSU playing days. He was a good guy. 

In 2005, there was no Twitter. Facebook was in its infancy and was nothing like what it would become. It was creepy and scary that folks would go, presumably to OSU's website, to look up Ryan's e-mail to send crap. 

You see a lot of the players active on Twitter today. After incidents like this, you wonder why they continue to do so.

Comment 04 Oct 2015

For all of the criticisms of Lee Corso, he made College Gameday. Just about every highlight of that show going back to before they went on the road each week, is Lee Corso.

Folks haven't been tuning in to watch Chris Fowler, Craig James, Kirk Herbstreit, or Desmond Howard over the years. Erin Andrews or Samantha Ponder? Ok, maybe. But the star of that show has been and remains Corso.

When Corso leaves Gameday, kiss the show goodbye.

Comment 04 Oct 2015

We have had better third jerseys. If the numbering would have been like the 2012 Scum game uniforms with scarlet color, I think they would have looked better. If they used the helmet from that same game for this jersey, I think it would look great. 

I don't care about a black jersey, but I think this could have been better. The black helmet is the only thing I really don't like. 

Comment 03 Oct 2015

One of the best decisions I ever made was earlier this year when I left Twitter. I barely tweeted, but it is an absolute sewer. Many of the accounts are fake trolls, some of whom probably make up a few of the accounts posted above.

Comment 03 Oct 2015

God seeing Zeke go off to the races again and again is beautiful.

Comment 14 Sep 2015

My freshmen year was Coach Tressel's first year.  He brought an energy to the program that was starting to suffer at the end of the Cooper years.  That first game with Coach Tressel, the Northwestern night game which was the first home game after 9-11, and the game in Ann Arbor I will always remember.  Winning in Ann Arbor, after so many tough losses in the 1990's, was outstanding.

For many of us between the ages of 20-50 who grew up in the state of Ohio, the first major sports championship for one of our favorite teams was the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes.  Jim Tressel was the leader of that group.  The 2002 season......nothing will top it.

JIm Tressel was Columbus during the 2000's, a time when the city was starting to assert itself more prominently on a national level.  He was a big part of that.

There are a lot of back stories to the issues, from Clarett to Pryor, that occurred during the Tressel era that we will never know about. You cannot tell me that Jim Tressel and players who were caught were the only ones who knew things were going on.  Folks in university and athletic department leadership knew.  I would not be surprised if folks in the Columbus media knew what was going on.

For one reason or another, there will always be haters.  It is insane to hold a grudge toward Tressel for decisions that took place over 5 years ago.  As it is insane for a Cleveland radio guy, and well-known Tressel critic, to label him as an underachiever.  You know the third coach in school history to win a national title, go 9-1 against the arch rival, won a ton, and is going into the hall of fame is an underachiever.  Get over it folks!

Jim Tressel will always be a great American and a great Buckeye in my book.