aledyard's picture

aledyard


Hilliard, Ohio (via Delaware, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   October 08, 2015

I grew up in Delaware, Ohio and have been a Buckeye fan for as long as I can remember. I went to Ohio State while it was still easy to get in to, not like it is now. My favorite memory of a Buckeye game was when my dad took me to Ohio Stadium when I was about 10. I couldn't believe how big the place was and still get chills when I go to the stadium.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Playing on my dad's soccer team as a kid when we won a tournament in Marion, Ohio.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Chris Spielman
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jimmy Jackson
  • NFL TEAM: None
  • NHL TEAM: None
  • NBA TEAM: None
  • MLB TEAM: None
  • SOCCER TEAM: None

Recent Activity

Comment 20 Jun 2019

This is definitely an interesting read, but the theory does have data points that don't quite add up, most notably John Cooper.  Coop's first five seasons were pretty underwhelming - 4-6-1, 8-4, 7-4-1, 8-4, and 8-3-1.  I know Cooper has always blamed his early struggles on "too many slow white guys," but that theory really doesn't stick if you are serving up mediocrity 5 years in.  

I do think there is something to the idea that a coach has stayed too long and become stale, but perhaps Earle Bruce's firing in 1987 was premature and that's why Cooper's tenure sticks out as an anomaly.  Or maybe it's because Coop just wasn't a good fit for OSU, or a host of other reasons.  Who knows, but nevertheless it does deserve more of an analysis in this article because it blows a big hole in the central thesis of the writer's argument.  

Comment 18 Jun 2019

I saw Willie a couple of times about 20 years ago in Austin, TX.  Both were great shows and small venues. 

Comment 17 Jun 2019

Paul McCartney

Black Keys

The Avett Brothers

Social Distortion

Weezer

Best concerts I've been too:  John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John

Comment 16 Jun 2019

Pizza Villa - Delaware, OH (it's long since gone, but still have fond memories from my childhood)

Tommy's - Columbus, OH

Iaconos - Columbus, OH

Comment 12 Jun 2019

I could point out the struggles OSU faced last year against inferior competition, but that was last year and doesn't really translate to this year, particularly with the coaching/personnel changes.  OSU should be better on defense than last year and the offense under Day should be on par with last year.  On paper, this game really shouldn't be even close with the talent gap between UC and OSU.  With that said, I think Fickell and Freeman will have UC and its bevy of Ohio talent motivated and ready to play.   

Comment 07 Jun 2019

Newman.  He's from Manchester, New Hampshire so it's a combination of the "New" from New Hampshire and "Man" from Manchester.  More importantly, it's one of my favorite bit characters from Seinfeld.  

Comment 23 May 2019

I have a friend of mine who has a heavy bag and boxing gloves in his basement and says it's the best stress reliever he's ever had.  Perhaps it's a different take on "unwinding" and "relaxing," but I can see how it would help get rid of some stress.  

Comment 17 May 2019

It seems implausible to me that the abuse would be this pervasive and widespread and that you would not have someone in a leadership position with knowledge of what was going on. Particularly with the wrestling team, which had 48 cases of abuse--the most of any athletic team--how does someone in a leadership position not know that this was going on?  That's just inconceivable to me.

Comment 13 May 2019

I think in a true Urban Meyer offense with the reed option as the featured element, Martell would have done well.  With that said, I thought with Wilson as the OC and then with the addition of Day, the recruitment of Martell was odd because he wasn't a fit for their offensive scheme.  

Comment 08 May 2019

I think teams will gravitate back to natural grass in the coming decades, mainly because of how much hotter it can get on warm, sunny days (40-70 degrees hotter than the surrounding air).  That's not a healthy situation for athletes and I'm surprised there hasn't been more pushback on artificial turf because of it.  

Comment 08 May 2019

I would take option 2 for exactly the reasons you mentioned.  Interesting post...

Comment 24 Apr 2019

I would agree there are certainly some media types that are less than scrupulous, but I would argue those are few and far between.  With regard to the media coverage around Urban, I did feel that Brett McMurhphy's reporting was not always up to snuff, but he is the only true reporter I had a problem with.  I don't consider the media types on ESPN, etc. offering their opinions to be reporters in the true sense of the word--it's an important distinction. 

Overall though, I thought Urban brought much of the attention on himself by not giving an honest answer at the B1G media days.  I actually thought the 3 game suspension he received was quite lenient.  

I for one am thankful we live in a country that recognizes the freedom of the press.  An informed citizenry is vital to a democracy.  

Comment 20 Apr 2019

The point I was trying to make is that by signing Fields, Day picked the winner of the QB race before the competition even started.  By doing that, he all but guaranteed that Baldwin and Martell would leave.  Why would these guys stick around if the don't feel they will be given a fair shot to win the starting job?  Given that this is the current environment at OSU, I think this would negatively impact Day's ability to sign a stop-gap QB this year and QB recruits in the future. 

To clarify, I think Baldwin and Martell left not because the didn't want to be the backup, but because the felt they weren't given a fair chance to compete for and win the starting job.  Despite all of the coach-speak by Day that the QB competition would continue in to the summer, I think it would be a bit naïve not to think that Fields would be named the starter.  Fields wasn't brought in to sit on the bench, he was brought in to be the started QB of Ohio State.  

Comment 19 Apr 2019

I think the best route would be to sign a QB who is content to be a backup/stop-gap/scout team player who might see the field if the top 2 QB's are injured.  Ohio State is not going to be able to sign any of the decent QB's mentioned above because these guys are going to want a shot at playing time and winning the starting job at some point in the future--that isn't what Ohio State is looking for right now.  The minute Day signed Fields, this situation was set in motion. By signing Fields, he signaled to Martell and Baldwin that he did not have faith in them to lead the team and be the starting QB.  Fields wasn't being brought in to sit on the bench.  This move also signaled to any potential future QB recruit at OSU that he could suffer the same fait as Baldwin and Martell.  

I know everyone was excited to sign Fields, but fans had to expect that this would result in the departures of Martell and Baldwin. 

Comment 19 Apr 2019

I think "B" is probably the most likely reason.  I think he probably realized, despite all of the coach-speak from Day that the QB competition would continue in to the summer, that Fields was going to be named the starter.  Fields wasn't brought in to OSU to compete for the job, he was brought in to be the starter.  Martell realized that was the case early on and wisely transferred.  I think Baldwin eventually came to the same conclusion.  

Comment 19 Apr 2019

I think Day will be successful and I like the coaching hires he made on the defensive side of the ball, but I did not like the recruitment of Fields for several reasons:  1)  It would disrupt the QB room and damage whatever chemistry there was among the team's QB's; 2) It's a show of disloyalty to QB's already on the roster; and 3)  It would harm recruitment of future QB's because it would rightly be perceived that the coaching staff wasn't loyal to the QB's they recruited. 

Despite all of the coach-speak from Day that the competition for the starting QB would go in to the summer, Fields wasn't brought in here to compete, he was brought in here to be the starter.  That's a different situation than bringing in a hotshot freshman recruit who, as good as he may be, would still have to compete to win the starting job.  The reason Baldwin and Martell aren't at Ohio State anymore is because a winner for the starting QB position was declared before the competition even began.