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Andy Vance 12th Warrior

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Columbus, Ohio (via Hillsboro, Ohio)

Member since 22 October 2012 | Blog

Farm kid from Southern Ohio, writing about the WrestleBucks at the best sports site on the interwebz.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Taking my dad to The Shoe for the first time.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Archie Griffin
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jerry Lucas
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: The Los Angeles Lakers of my youth
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds, I guess...?
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 16 hours ago

One of the reasons for that is the advent of the Regional Training Centers. The Ohio RTC has been a fantastic partnership for Ohio State, as it provides an additional reason for recruits with international aspirations to consider Ohio State, and likewise provides Ohio State guys like NaTo with access to international-style training and coaching, too.

I'll have a story on the RTC coming in the next few weeks.

Comment 18 Sep 2017

Thanks ZB - I couldn't remember the game, but I sure remember getting Kenny G Fevah along with the rest of the fanbase. Yes, I know the ceiling for Haskins is higher than the ceiling was for Kenny G, but the situations sure feel a lot alike: mobile quarterback, one of the most successful in Ohio State history, but maybe wasn't the best pure passer on the planet, backed up by a guy who had no qualms whatsoever about letting the long ball off the chain... Hmmm...

Comment 18 Sep 2017

Hell, I'm old enough to remember when some of us were ready to start Kenny Guiton (may he live forever) over Braxton Miller after Smooth Jazz threw a half-dozen touchdown passes against... BGSU, maybe?

The backup quarterback is always the most popular player on the team. This is known.

Comment 12 Sep 2017

The same thing happened to Tress a bunch of times... 2007 we inexplicably lose to Illinois at home, who we tied with in the conference with 1 loss.  2008 we tied with Penn St with 1 loss who also beat us head to head.  2010 we tied WI with 1 loss who absolutely murdered the Vest head to head... You guys can't revise history to fit your narrative for Tress and against UM.

That's a fair point, and supports what CalPoppy was saying above re: the relative difficulty of winning the B1G today (which also boasts a much stronger coaching corps and better recruiting today than it did 10+ years ago).

I don't know about "you guys" trying to revise history, and The Vest's record against That Team Up North speaks for itself. (Oh, did you mean Urban Meyer? Well in that case, the point still stands - as it stands, Tressel has the stronger body of work at Ohio State, though I fully expect that to change over the next few seasons, as I do think he'll bring us another CFP title.)

Comment 11 Sep 2017

Meyer has a more difficult situation due to the way that B1G champion is determined.

It's a reasonable argument, but we could also put an asterisk next to Woody's five titles and say it was easier to win them when teams didn't employ the forward pass. Meyer's teams have managed to lose the one game they can't afford to lose, it seems, and there's an argument to be made that it's happened because of Coach's tendencies to pucker up and over-rely on the QB run instead of giving the ball to Hyde, er, Zeke, er, Dobby/Webber...

Comment 11 Sep 2017

I read the general malaise over the current situation as "why are we not competitive and putting ourselves in a position to win."

I'd wager that most folks fit in this category, yes. Most folks aren't overly vocal online, of course, but I think your general read of the situation is accurate.

Comment 11 Sep 2017

This is 100.emoji, amigo. After everything we heard coming out of spring ball, camp, etc., I expected Barrett and Campbell/Victor to be connecting for about 400 yards a game. Wilson clearly knows his stuff... leading back to the conclusion that the two constants over the past three coordinators is the QB (I'm not going to dump on a guy who has 10,000 career yards under his belt) and the head coach (I'm more than willing to question him, though).

Comment 11 Sep 2017

Hard to say which is better at this point. Both have done great and spoiled OSU fans that grew up in the 80s and 90s.

...and part of our "problem" as a fanbase is that "never lose" is a somewhat reasonable expectation based on recent history. It's a totally unreasonable expectation in general, of course, but it's part of the reason we see such utter meltdowns when we do inevitably drop a set along the way.

Man, your Dave analogy is uncomfortably accurate.