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btalbert25

Elsmere, KY

MEMBER SINCE   August 30, 2010

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Probably would have to be the 1990 Reds winning the world series. I was 9 years old,and it was easily the best day of my young life. I've had some incredible life moments, but the joy I felt that day has rarely been matched.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith
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  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

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Comment 08 Aug 2019

He has told everyone he is an owner of the site.  "Breaking" a big story that generates a lot of buzz would be a good way to exponentially increase the community here at 11W as we would surely be getting visitors from all over college football, especially LSU and Clemson. 

Comment 08 Aug 2019

It'll have to come in a year where Clemson gets 3 or more losses.  They won't attack them while their still on top. 

Comment 06 Aug 2019

I like a coach that has no problem pulling the trigger and making changes for the better of the team too.  Saban has no problem canning a coach or benching a player if it's better for the team.  He does it in the moment though, not as a reaction to a loss.  I like that.  I hope Day has just a little bit of that in him. 

Comment 06 Aug 2019

I think it just depends on what we gauge success by.  What if Day wins two championships in 7 years?  I mean sure Clemson may still get a couple, Bama will be there as long as Saban is the head coach, and Georgia is really starting to make some noise, but If Day wins at  over an 800 clip, goes 6-1 or 5-2 against TTUN, and wins the BIG 4 times, to me he's actually more successful than Meyer because he simply did more when it mattered, in terms of titles and hardware. 

I don't truly know how good he's going to be, but I tend to think he's going to be elite.  2 titles in 7 years is a huge ask, but if he does that maintains recruiting, has a lot of success against TTUN, I think that it'd be awfully hard to say Ohio State went into decline during his era.  I don't know if he'll be here 7 years or not.  I do think Fields is going to be a Cam Newton or Deshawn Watson type of game changer.  With a guy like that, you always have a shot to win it all, especially if the defense does indeed take a step up. 

Comment 06 Aug 2019

I'm not sure I understand what decline means here exactly.  Will Day have a lower winning %?  Probably, but is a lower winning % with more national titles declining?  What if the next 7 years Day wins 5 B1G titles and 2 national titles?  Is it a decline if we have 3 losses in those 2 years we don't win the B1G?  So, while he may be correct from a W/L perspective, he would be wrong in that the program actually would be higher profile with more success overall.  

Comment 04 Aug 2019

A friend of mine is a big fan of Kentucky.  He said to me the other day, damn, Gunner might actually start for you all?  I laughed and said, I hope he never has to start a game, that means things went poorly for the Buckeyes, and explained the situation to him.  He said well I think Gunner is good, I hated that he left UK.  I said I'm sure he'll be fine, but if he has to play significant time, Ohio State is in trouble this year. 

This article makes me feel a little better about him getting some PT if we need it. 

Comment 03 Aug 2019

Wow, Bassdropper is one I haven't thought of for a long time.  He used to comment quite regularly though.  I'm on here a couple times a day usually still, but don't comment all that much, but seeing some of the names I think about a lot of folks that I used to chat back and forth with or butt heads with and miss a lot of those folks.  Does Hodge still comment?  

Comment 02 Aug 2019

A lot of people do some pretty sketchy or downright awful things and don't get convicted for it.  Could we retire the, "Well he doesn't have convictions so he can't be that bad of a guy," excuse? 

Comment 25 Jul 2019

I just don't understand why, strategically, he would bring it up at all. It really doesn't make a lot of sense to me.  There's not a strategic advantage there at all.  Maybe it adds a little something interesting to The Game, especially since the on the field part of the The Game isn't interesting anymore.  I don't know. 

Comment 25 Jul 2019

I think Meyer definitely hurt the 2018 squad a lot.  All the controversy just kind of put a cloud over the team for the whole season.  While he was coaching, it was pretty clear he had checked out.  Then the last couple of games he started having the "health issues."  The team sleep walked through the season for the most part.  They were pretty underwhelming until The Game.  Honestly, if not for Haskins, the team loses the 3 games last year.  It was really incredible what that kid did despite all of the obstacles in front of the program last year.

Comment 23 Jul 2019

Not comparing the two programs as obviously that makes no sense.  What I am saying, though, is that schools all over the country are experiencing problems with this.  Millions get thrown at an athletic program while the education experience at the university is in decline.  Universities are around to educate right?  

The point of my post is that universities have become very good at showing off great buildings they are building or new facilities for athletes, while the school overall is actually in decline.  I understand why a professor would voice their opinion on the matter. 

Comment 23 Jul 2019

I think the professor is correct.  My university was all too happy to jump to D-1 in sports and build a new basketball arena.  They threw a fortune at it.  Everyone was so proud that NKU has now made two NCAA tournaments.  Meanwhile, they cut out a daycare for students program, they have cut a ton of classes from the schedule of classes, and they are making more and more of their available classes online, which I'm sorry online classes are mostly garbage.  You miss the deep discussion that you get in a classroom setting.  Of course, the university has also muzzled professors who have strong opinions on either side of issues, because students today can't handle a healthy debate.  So, all of these problems are going on at the university, bug god damn we got a nice new basketball arena. 

Campuses all over pumping fortunes into athletics and building new buildings all over the place, but at the same time they are de-valuing the education they provide their students.  When I went back to school in 2018 to finish a degree, college was A LOT easier than it was in 1999 when I graduated high school and started back college. 

Comment 21 Jul 2019

I think if LSU has a loss before the Bama game, it'll be quite a surprise.  I just don't buy that Texas is that good.  I don't think Auburn or Florida are going to beat them either.  Even the Bama game, comes on the heels of LSU's bye.  Now it's at Bama, but they do get a good advantage of a week off before that game, so it may be primed for an upset.  The only way they get to 3 losses, in my opinion, is if Texas beats them, Bama, and a surprise in the middle somewhere.  I just don't see 3 L's on their schedule. 

Comment 21 Jul 2019

I think the "family" atmosphere is HUGE.  I know a guy who played for both Brian Kelly and Dantonio at UC.  He said Dantonio had a family atmosphere.  Cooked out with the players, they all knew Dantonio's family and also knew they could drop by his office anytime they wanted.  With Kelly, he said you had to actually schedule time to speak with him, and that he didn't even seem to know all the players.  The attitude the players had toward the 2 different coaches, couldn't have been different.  As long as the family atmosphere doesn't compromise his authority, I think players are going to be more passionate about going to battle for the coach.  

Comment 18 Jul 2019

Harbaugh is a jackass.  There's no reason to bring up anything about controversy.  With that being said, I do agree that it a new regime could be a good thing.  Urban checked out as soon as he received a suspension.  I told my buddy, well this is his last season.  I was just surprised he didn't quit right away.  Also, I don't think he was a completely an innocent victim of a media witch hunt like a lot of people seem to believe.  I appreciated his time here, and he did save the program as I'm not sure a lesser coach would have turned us around so quickly and put us back to the top of college football so fast, but I'm not sure it ended in a crazy way.  I think we all kind of knew something weird would end his tenure here, and likely will wherever he coaches next. 

Comment 17 Jul 2019

I'm amazed people don't get sick of all the political talk EVERYWHERE.  I can't go to work, listen to the radio, watch a game, turn on the TV, log onto social media, or anything else without hearing someone's political bullshit.  I like that this was an island where that topic was off limits.  Lately, I've noticed a lot of people here making comments about how it's silly to block political talk on this site.  It's not, some of us like knowing that I don't have to come here and hear about Trump or AOC or whatever else has someone fired up at that particular moment.  Let's keep 11W great and keep that shit out of here! 

Comment 15 Jul 2019

It's funny how when this stuff comes to light, no one ever knew what was going on.  Then it turns out EVERYONE KNEW WHAT WA S GOING ON.  Sadly, this guy was around a lot of super wealthy, and powerful folks, so in the end, Epstein may his balls nailed to the wall (rightfully so) but many others who knew and sat silent, or worse will get off with no consequences at all. 

Comment 11 Jul 2019

I've never understood the idea that (any given sport) is better when (place team here) is good.  A lot of the college football's explosion in popularity happened with Bama being not so good, Michigan irrelevant, and Notre Dame being mostly irrelevant.  It applies to other sports too.  Baseball, to me, is more exciting when the Royals are a winning a World Series, not the Yankees.  

I guess it's a matter of opinion, but I don't think the individual teams success or mediocrity makes a sport interesting though. 

Comment 09 Jul 2019

Very sad what has happened to a lot of smallish or rural towns.  I don't live in Ohio, but my grandparents lived in Bracken County, Kentucky.  I loved going up there as a kid.  Houses were nice, land was on top of a ridge with rolling hills all around, and every field and even yard had tobacco planted.  No one was wealthy, but the main town had a nice little "downtown" with small businesses, and everyone's property was nice.  I remember it being a very nice place when I was a kid and young adult.  25 years later, it's a pretty poor place, drugs have become an issue, houses and property and kept up nearly as well as they used to be, and it's just pretty sad.  My parents live in a rural county in Indiana that has kind of gone through the same evolution.  It's hard to see. 

Comment 09 Jul 2019

EXACTLY!!!!!  I think the Urban Meyer era was the best coaching era at Ohio State in my lifetime, but it's fair to critique some of the inexplicable losses, and questionable play calling in crucial spots (looking at you 2013 B1G title game).  Let's just say Day is here for 7 or 8 seasons, and we do lose 13 games in that time frame instead.  Will it be less successful if we also make the playoff 4 times and win 2 titles?

Comment 09 Jul 2019

I absolutely agree with you.  I'm looking at the recruiting victories he is having, the buzz around the program again, and think it's very exciting.  Urban got to come in when the program was at an all time low. It was really exciting, especially when he took that team to an undefeated season.  Day, has way more pressure on him than Urban did coming in, and Day has done everything right.  He's killing it recruiting and he has said and done all the right things.  My only worry about the Day Era is how long it will last, which was my only worry about the Meyer Era.  I'm guessing Day will be here 5 years and gone to the NFL to take over the Pats when they need a new coach.