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New York (via Cleveland, OH)

Member since 15 July 2013 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 Championship. Easy.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians

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Comment 09 Jun 2017

I'm as big a Buckeye fan as anyone, but I think people are a little unrealistic about 

1. Who was gonna come here

2. The timeline

If we were doing this in the middle of the traditional carousel, maybe someone's available who you'd say 'Oh, Wow!' to -- but I struggle to even identify who that is. The Urban Meyer basketball equivalent ain't walking through that door: a guy who has rings, Ohio connections, and is on the market. And part of the reason that guy wants in is because of where Ohio State FOOTBALL is. OSU B-Ball is not the same. We have the resources to be great, but we don't have the name cache. Carlton Bragg (didn't pan out, but high profile local recruit) goes to Kansas. Luke Kennard goes to Duke. Omari Spellman goes to Villanova. These are championship programs that are basketball schools first, everything else a distant second.

So even doing this at a super random time, in an unfortunate period of upheaval, we get -- potentially -- Thad Matta Part II: a younger coach with demonstrable success at every stop he'd had, who has recruited above his school's profile, and performed at levels even higher than that. And there's something to be said for getting a midwestern guy who coaches basketball the way we like to see it played: intelligent, hard-nosed, high effort basketball. The beginning of the end for Thad was when he went out of state for that big class, and not a single one had any character, resilience, or fight. As a great basketball player once said 'In (Northeast) Ohio, nothing is given, everything is earned' and none wanted to earn a thing -- and all quickly ran out the door to places where they wouldn't have to.

I remember a time when we hired a little-heard-of guy from Youngstown State to coach our football team. Turns out, until UFM came calling, we probably would have called him the second best coach OSU ever had. There's no reason OSU Basketball can't compete with anyone in the country. We know this because of Thad Matta, whose most extensive pre-OSU coaching experience came at Butler, and then started taking us to Final Fours. I'm of the mind that Chris Holtmann is about the best we could or would have done. Hell, if you put the three years he just spent at Butler next to the last three years at OSU, you'd take their three -- in a heartbeat. So now you give him more resources and wider footprint, and I think the future looks very bright indeed. If we had to let go of the best coach in school history because his body failed him, and then we replace him with the younger version of himself? I call that a win.

Comment 20 Oct 2016

Holy cow is that a day-maker.

The various emotions of Kirk Ferentz really puts it over the top. Bravo, sir!

Comment 28 Jul 2016

“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better."

What an artful way of saying 'This year's ratings SUCKED.'

But this may be an overreaction -- what if it's not NYE that was the difference, but the absence of the Buckeyes? Makes you think...

Comment 20 Jan 2016

I was most impressed by the variety of the throws. It wasn't just a compilation of fast wide receivers outrunning overmatched defenders to get under deep balls. You saw fastballs into tight windows, touch passes dropping over defenders' fingertips, and some nice zip downfield.

Obviously in HS football, the best athlete ends up under center a lot to make sure he maximizes touches, but I get the feel this is a real QB. And if the JT experience has taught us anything, it's that a qb skills can be superior to raw physical gifts in the right offense.

Comment 11 Jan 2016

As I'm looking at these dudes, I feel like I'm in better shape than a couple, but then you see Jesse, and there's one where they hold a close-up of him when he's in the blocks, and his quads have quads. When people say you 'can't compare athletes of different eras' they weren't talking about Jesse Owens. A beast for all ages.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

It's true that the team at the end of the season wasn't the team at the beginning of the season, but one has to hope we're getting into the transitional part where new guys start to figure this stuff out. It was AWESOME watching that blocking carve up good defenses. This is game 4 coming up -- let's start to see it THIS year!

And great write-up Kyle. The X's & O's stuff is always some of my favorite, and I really think it sets 11W apart. It's not just a bunch of fanboys wearing scarlet-colored glasses. The content is informed, insightful, and well-written. Thanks!