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bstadnik 12th Warrior

North Bergen, NJ (via Medina, Oh)

Member since 05 February 2011 | Blog

Grew up in NE Ohio and cut my teeth during the fabled 10 year war! Now live in NJ, but still love my Buckeyes!


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 & 2014 NC Wins! Need I say more?
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: What is soccer?

Recent Activity

Comment 08 Jan 2017

I have been on the Thad bandwagon for many years, but it's time to face reality folks. They need to make a change. Thad just isn't getting it done. His players rarely ever get better, they play incredibly stupid basketball and his substitution patterns have been baffling for years. There is a reason all those freshman left last year. Thad starts the season by playing the frosh and then his bench gets really short during the BT season. Guys rot on the bench and there seems to be no rhyme nor reason as to why guys get buried on the bench. I think Thad is a very good coach, but my gut tells me his physical issues have caught up with him. Maybe that has impacted his ability to recruit. 

I completely understand that no one wants to go back to the Randy Ayer days, but I really think it's time for a change. Name me the last player that played for Thad that seemed to improve his game. Evan Turner is the last one I can remember. Whether it's the kids or the coaching, it doesn't matter. Thad brings these guys here to play and they never seem to improve. Craft, Thompson, Amir, Loving, etc, etc, etc. None of them made any significant strides in their games. Another thing that really makes no sense to me is the physical development of these guys. Marc Loving looks the same as he did as a freshman, same with others in the program. Not sure if they lift weights or what, but OSU has been littered with very weak players for the last several years. Marc Loving is to me the epitome of the last 2-3 years of Thad's OSU regime. A really good guy (by all accounts and demeanor on the court), but he has shown little improvement, has not developed physically and continues to make the same mistakes year after year. 

The real issue is that the program is completely stagnant. They need a new voice, some new energy. Thad Matta has been the best OSU coach in my lifetime by far, but it's time for a change. 

Comment 30 Aug 2016

I played in that building my senior year in high school during the 1983 Boy's HS basketball tourney. I will NEVER forget how loud that place got during the game and how special it was to know I was playing in the same building as some of the all-time greats: Lucas, Hondo, Magic, Kellogg, Williams, and on and on...When we arrived for our game the place was completely empty as myself and my teammates walked to the locker room. I had goosebumps. It was so quiet and majestic' like being in church. And it scared the shit out of me as well! LOL

So sad to know that they are going to tear this landmark down. Every time I'm on campus, I smile knowing that I played in that beautiful arena. Long live SJA!

Comment 21 Mar 2015

Bucks have won their first National Championship!! Go Bucks!!

Comment 16 Jan 2015

I am probably a little older than most on this site (50), so I have many memories of seasons past. I really became a Buckeye fan during the mid 70's and although I didn't fully understand what a "National Championship" meant back then, I do now and Jeff is correct. This season should be cherised. I have plenty of bad memories growing up and watching my team lose big games. Hell, the Browns made it an almost annual event, and please don't get me started on the 1997 Indians...

I was born 3 days AFTER the Cleveland Browns won their last championship, my father was only 7 years old the last time the Tribe won the WS..and now I've gotten to celebrate 2 NCs in my lifetime (68 don't count as I was only 4) with the Buckeyes. 

So folks, cherish and honor this season. It was truly one for the ages. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a ride quite like this in my lifetime. 

Go Bucks!

Comment 22 Oct 2014

Boom from Pantoni has been work so can't link

Comment 28 Feb 2014

Matta doesn't need to recruit better shooters, he needs to recruits SCORERS! I played bball in college and was a good shooter, but a better scorer. They are not the same people. Yes, being a great shooter HELPS you to score, but what this team sorely lacks is that guy who WANTS to score and can do it. Think DT last year. He was a decent shooter, but dude could fill buckets. They don't really have that guy who when they need a bucket demands the ball and delivers. Q is trying, but his I don't think it's in his personality to be "The MAN". Think back to when Sully was here, he demanded the ball and teams had to respect him. That opens things up so much for the "shooters", those stand still jump shooters, a la Jon Deibler. Right now the other team basically doens't have to guard Craft, Scott or Lenzel from outside 15 feet. Q is the only option this team has and he's not built to carry a team. What DT brought to the table was the guy who, when not shooting great would go low, get fouled, get an O rebound and put back. That is what a scorer does. Can you recall any offensive rebounds last night and put backs? DT WANTED to score and you need the ball to do that.


When Thad gets another guy with a scorer's mentatilty, we'll be fine. That will open things up for the others and make their games that much better. Craft's shot has actually looked better this year, but he isn't playing as the 4th option anymore, he's now the 2nd option sometimes.