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from Worthington, OH

MEMBER SINCE   October 24, 2012

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Comment 27 Feb 2019

First game I attended was Minnesota 1977. My friend's dad was a professor and took us. The next week was the first game I distinctly remember watching. That was the last minute Uwe Von Shaumann field goal  29-28 loss to Oklahoma. First time Ohio State broke my heart!

Comment 12 Feb 2019

I reproduced this from a twitter post, but the only modern era player under 5'10" with over 10 td passes is Doug Flutie. Best part of the list is that Greg Pruitt and Earnest Byner show up on the list

Comment 16 Nov 2018

I expect a solid but unspectacular defensive game coupled with an offense that gets Tate in for the 4th quarter. Still not the complete game we have been waiting for

Comment 25 Oct 2018

I have the same reaction with respect to the camera work on  ABCESPN coverage. I watched two of those games sandwiched around the FOX coverage where the camera was pretty much the same shot, from far enough away that you could see the entire width of the field, like you are sitting in the front of C deck. I actually really like that camera shot, because you can see the outside receivers and see the play develop like you are watching it live. You do give up some of the detail you get with the close-ups and occasionally lose who has the ball, but overall, I really like it.

My wife hates it; can't follow the plays without the camera following it for her.

Comment 19 Oct 2018

Neo, you nailed it. I feel like a victim of high expectations. On the other hand, building up an opponent Lou Holtz- style, makes even a close win more enjoyable!

Comment 13 Sep 2018

My issue with ESPN is they have  gone to #hottake shows and meaningless stats instead of enhancing my knowledge.

I am glad Fowler recognizes the undeniable talent, but give me some insight.

Comment 24 Aug 2018

I totally agree with you on Sportscenter. The talking heads, except for the ones that have radio backgrounds, are unentertaining IMO. I rarely go there now, where it used to be a staple. I also rarely go to their website, because I like to read insightful articles, not watch videos of hot takes.

Comment 16 Aug 2018

I grew up a Bengals fan in Columbus back in the day when you could only get a Bengals game, a Browns game and Monday night game. I gave up on the Bengals during the 90's and 00's when they were terrible to watch and the Mike Brown regime was noticeably not interested in putting a competitve team on the field. Anymore you can follow any team across the nation, see all their games and follow all the local articles. For me, rooting for a team that didn't give me any hope was like continuing to go to a restaurant that serves me poor food with bad service. Why would I? Make the switch. Root for who you want. 

Comment 12 Jul 2018

Since I am sitting in Baltimore, I was going to say Jim Parker. He played 11 years, was first-team all-pro 8 years, and is in the Hall of Fame. Before my time, but my father-in-law is all in on this ;)

Comment 13 Apr 2018

Fact break!

According to The Ohio State University's OH-ficial stats page, 2014 team ran 1,099 offensive plays. The 2006 team ran 820 plays. That explains a lot of Troy vs JT difference in stats.

Comment 21 Feb 2018

Thanks to all the excellent Xs and Os breakdowns on this site, I feel like have been able to watch the evolution of the offense. I also enjoy the juxtaposition of all the "our offense needs to evolve" comments with the "how come we don't run the jet sweep" comments that have finally died down.

The thing I am really curious about is how you combat the fact that the read option and RPOs allow the defense to pick their poison? The best way for a team to beat us the last few years was to keep the ball in JT's hands in the run game and press coverage in the pass game, because our receivers haven't been able to release clean. Everything I read about new wrinkles in the pass game was how  they were trying to get guys open schematically. To me that means they weren't beating defenders one on one. You have to believe if we go to a more drop back passer, it will have to be RPO heavy vs. read-option heavy. But that means the receivers need to step it up. If they can't do that, they need a Braxton-like running threat at QB to make other team's pay in the read option game