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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.

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  • 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 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. 

Comment 18 Apr 2019

Day had to know that by bringing in Fields he would also be pushing Martell and Baldwin out.  Fields isn’t being brought in to compete for the job, he’s the presumptive starter.  Martell saw the writing on the wall and evidentially Baldwin saw it too after spring ball.  For me, I would have preferred we take our chances with Martell and Baldwin and not bring in a hired gun.  

Comment 18 Apr 2019

I've certainly seen that same situation play out at my place of work too, so I get where you're coming from.  I'm not down on Day at all, I think he will do well at Ohio State.  

Comment 17 Apr 2019

As far as getting someone with prior/more head coaching chops, I do think OSU could have done a lot better.  But I think where Day will prove his worth will be at the QB position and on the offensive side of the ball.  I also have to applaud his move to hire away two quality defensive coaches from Michigan and cut ties with last year's defensive brain trust--I think that earned him a lot of respect and proved that he will not be Urban's lap dog.  I think Day will do just fine. 

Comment 15 Apr 2019

Why would you rejoice in the poor performance of a former Buckeye?  That's a classless move.

Comment 13 Apr 2019

I think if Harbaugh doesn't have a successful year this year, i.e. beating OSU and winning at least 10 games, I can see him going back to the NFL at the end of the season.  I think Harbaugh's stubbornness in his offensive philosophy and overconfidence in his team's abilities have been instrumental in Michigan's inability to consistently beat it's rivals and put together a championship season.  You could see it in last year's OSU-Michigan game.  The offensive game plan didn't change at all despite Ohio State's struggles with Maryland the week prior--that should have offered a blue print on how Michigan could have attacked Ohio State's lame-ass defense.  Combine that with what seemed like an overconfident Michigan team and you get the mirage in Columbus.  

There was a time when I thought Harbaugh was the answer for Michigan, but I don't believe that anymore.  I think this will be his last year in Ann Arbor.  Michigan doesn't need a "Michigan Man" to turn things around, it needs an "Ohio Man."  The best coaches and players have all been from Ohio - Bo Schembechler, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, etc.  

Comment 31 Mar 2019

I would agree with you there.  Can't imagine how stressful/tough it would be to be a single parent.  

Comment 31 Mar 2019

Raising kids is one of the toughest jobs out there, no doubt about it--got 3 kids of my own.  They don't come with instruction manuals and what works for one kid doesn't necessarily work for another.  It sounds like you have a pretty serious situation on your hands with your son.  Before you make a decision on what you and your wife should do, I would research the issue to get as much information as you can--talk to your son's school, talk to a family counselor, read articles on parents who've had a similar situation, talk to a psychiatrist, and most importantly talk to your son about your concerns. Best of luck to you...

Comment 28 Mar 2019

Just to clarify, I wasn't talking about it from a fan's perspective, but from that of a QB recruit.  My point being that a QB recruit might want to consider that he could potentially be in the same position as Martell or Baldwin and think he has a shot at being the next starting QB and then the coach brings in someone like Fields.  Martell saw the writing on the wall and wisely took his talents elsewhere.  I would suspect Baldwin will do the same before too long as well.  I'm not saying that bringing in Fields was the wrong decision, just saying that this move has consequences and should be a question on the mind of any potential QB recruit who is considering coming to OSU.  

Comment 13 Mar 2019

Thanks for the recommendation Stxbuck.  I just read up on it, sounds like it would be a good read.  

Comment 13 Mar 2019

I would say the more likely scenario is the Browns win the AFC North.  I do think the Buckeyes will make the playoff, I just don't see them on the same level as Clemson or Alabama.  

Comment 13 Mar 2019

Here's an article that looked at the star rankings of the 2018 NFL first round draft picks:  https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/2018-nfl-draft-picks-high-school-recruiting-star-rankings-for-first-round-selections/

Just to summarize the article 16 players were 3 stars or below, 9 were 4 stars, and 7 were 5 stars.  

Comment 12 Mar 2019

I am a veteran.  I graduated from USMA in 1995, served in the active Army for 8 years and 2 years in the reserves.  I know what it means to serve.  

There is nothing wrong with recruiting, but it is disingenuous to present a military coming home story at a sporting event that was orchestrated and paid for by the DoD.  John McCain led a congressional inquiry on this in 2015.  I do think there should be a draft of sorts.  Everyone should be required to serve the public in some capacity, be it the military, peace corps, nursing home, something.  I also believe the government should have raised taxes after 9/11 to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq so at least everyone would have some skin in the game and feel some of the pain of our nation being at war.  

Sure it's honorable to serve your country, but I would say it is equally honorable to be a nurse, a teacher, or other contributing member of society.  My wife is a nurse and tells me stories of some of the patients she has cared for--there is no way I could do the work she does.  So is my service to my country greater than the service she provided to her patients?  I don't think so and I'm sure the patients she cared for wouldn't think so either.  

Much respect for your uncle for his service.  

Comment 12 Mar 2019

A few reasons.  1)  The Department of Defense uses these events as a recruiting tool (DoD paid $6.8 million to sports teams from 2012 - 2015 on these types of events); 2)The honoring of servicemembers at sporting events and the military discounts offered at retailers and other establishments creates a situation in our society where military service is valued more than any other profession or sacrifice, something I strongly disagree with; 3) We already have days where you can give thanks to those who served.  If you want to thank those who served in the military, you can do that on November 11th.  If you want to honor those who died for our country, you can do that on Memorial Day; 4) If people really want to honor those who serve or who have served they should demand accountability from our elected leaders and ensure our men and women are only sent in to harms way when it is absolutely necessary.