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Buckaroo Banzai 12th Warrior

Columbus, OH (via Columbus, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   December 08, 2016

OSU grad x 2. Retired shyster.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: All OSU football victories; 85 Yards Through the Heart of the South.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Archie Griffin. Is there any other?
  • NHL TEAM: Hockey is a Canadian plot to conquer the world.
  • NBA TEAM: CAVs Rock.
  • MLB TEAM: The Birds on Bats
  • SOCCER TEAM: None. It is hockey played on grass.

Recent Activity

Comment 16 Jul 2019

I don't remember where I was or what I was doing when Apollo 11 took off, but I vividly recall where I was when Neil hopped off the Eagle. My Uncle John had, the day before, dropped right in his tracks of a massive widow making MI and we were in Lancaster, Ohio with my Aunt Ginny and my cousins. It was at the tender age of 12 that I experienced "bittersweet" for the first time. Uncle John was 36 years old at the time, 6'4" tall, 225 lbs. and the picture of hale and hearty health.

Comment 10 Jul 2019

That assumes the fourth and fifth receiver on the field are going to draw attention from - how do we put this delicately - special teams guys, smallish linebackers or mediocre corners. Here's a good example. Start watching at...really, any point in that video.

Cold, man. Cold as hell. Loving it.

Comment 28 Jun 2019

Facts are facts.

The Learfield Directors' Cup honors overall athletic success over 20 major sports - 10 men's, 10 women's - at Division I institutions. This twenty-five school list, which is a five-year average of the Learfield Cup standings for Power Five conferences, has been updated through the just-concluded season. Accordingly, 2012-13 data is out, and 2017-18 data is included in its stead.

No. 8 on the list:  TTUN

No. 6 on the list:  Ohio State

Comment 28 Jun 2019

As a user on MGoBlog pointed out:

Of the 7 universities that have made at least 3 national-championship game/series appearances during this time, they're 1 of only 2 that have done it in multiple sports and they're the only team not to win at least 2 of them, let alone 1 (Alabama: 5-2, all in football; Minnesota Deluth: 3-1, all in hockey; Vanderbilt: 2-1, all in baseball; Virginia: 2-1, 1-1 in baseball and 1-0 in basketball; Clemson: 2-1, all in football; South Carolina: 2-1, all in baseball; and Michigan: 0-4, 0-2 in basketball, 0-1 in baseball, and 0-1 in hockey).

The Michigan Man solution to the problem:  Redefine the category of the four majors in college athletics.

If you include softball in with the big 4 sports, then over the past 9 years, Michigan has played in a national-championship game/series in 5 of them. . .  - Ham - June 27th, 2019 at 12:46 AM

Yeah, that's right, it's the five majors now.

Viewed from another angle, this does indeed prove how intellectually gifted your average UM fan must be. The mental gymnastics required of a Michigan Man to battle the tidal wave of cognitive dissonance crashing down upon him in order to hold fast to the belief, to a moral certainty, that it is his birthright to be elite, would surely exhaust a lesser man unto death.

Those who stay will be champions . . . of sophistry.

Comment 27 Jun 2019

The Vest said he did not reveal to the NCAA that former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the other players involved were trading memorabilia, including Big Ten championship rings, gold pants pendants, autographed items and parts of football uniforms, for tattoos and cash because the tattoo-shop owner, Edward Rife, was under an ongoing federal investigation for drug dealing. He additionally stated that he didn't want to jeopardize the federal investigation and feared for the safety of his players. [Factual note: The investigation of the drug distribution ring which eventually secured the convictions of Rife and his supplier, Rigoberto Gomez-Gomez, was conducted by a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of personnel from the IRS, the FBI, the Columbus Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office].

Former OSU player (walk on linebacker in 1983 when the Vest was an assistant coach under Earle Bruce at OSU) and frequently sanctioned Columbus attorney Chris Cicero had emailed the Vest about the matter, beginning with an email on April 2, 2010. Rife had previously met with Cicero to discuss his case, but never hired him to represent him in the matter (which raised the specter of Cicero having violated the Ohio's Rules of Professional Conduct by disclosing privileged information). According to his own statements during the investigation, Cicero named at least two players who had traded memorabilia for tattoos, Terelle Pryor and DeVier Posey. While the nearly one dozen emails exchanged between Tress and Cicero showed that Tressel learned about what was going on as early as April, he did not disclose it to the university until January of the following year, when university employees discovered it while searching for information and documents pertaining to an unrelated public records request. Ohio State self-reported it to the NCAA on Feb. 3.

The final report by the NCAA Committee on Infractions found Tressel's reasoning for withholding what he knew not to be credible. "The former head coach's inaction on four different occasions was in the committee's view, a deliberate effort to conceal the situation from the institution and the NCAA in order to preserve the eligibility of the aforementioned student-athletes, several of whom were key contributors to the team's highly successful 12-1 season in 2010."

To me it seems somewhat credible that Tress may have had some concerns about his obligations to the University and the NCAA given the existence of a criminal investigation. Such a fact pattern raises questions regarding the hierarchy of laws, such as whether federal and state laws relating to criminal prosecution and the administration of justice might well trump the bylaws of a private organization like the NCAA and contractual obligations incurred with the university, inasmuch as reporting what he learned to the university and the NCAA could have become public quickly enough to tip the drug ring to the investigation, thus jeopardizing it. Be that as it may, he could, and probably should have, sought legal clarification, either via the counsel for the university, or if concerned about the preservation of confidentiality pending that clarification of his obligations, via private counsel retained by him at his own expense.

Comment 26 Jun 2019

Do that. But they will still go on and on about Michigan football back around the time the cotton gin was invented.

Comment 26 Jun 2019

Michigan's color television present neatly overlapped with its yellowed newspaper past.

What a tight and pithy metaphor. This is but one of many reasons that Ramzy is must-read internet. I can chew on that sentence for the rest of the week, savoring its succulence, marveling at its perfection.

Comment 24 Jun 2019

I want Milton more... We have done really good with the Bigger backs . . .

I see your point, but . . .

Comment 14 Jun 2019
Comment 11 Jun 2019

I am agape. I sit in slack-jawed astonishment, awash in incredulity. I am overcome with an ineffable sadness that he should feel this way, and pray fervently that he shall be healed.

Comment 11 Jun 2019

I see this a lot on here.

Because there was no other way to reign in boosters.

Let's look at it and maybe fix it going forward.

Treacherous soundalikes flourish on this site.

Rain, n. - water that, you know, falls from the clouds; also, colloquially speaking, used to symbolize any event where copious amounts of some thing other than water is present, as in It's Raining Men.

Reign, v. - what a sovereign does, as in "reign over" or rule a kingdom; n. - the period during which a sovereign, you know, reigns over or rules a kingdom.

Rein, n. - a useful accoutrement for steering and stopping a horse while riding it, usually employed in pairs; v. - the act by a rider of guiding or stopping a horse by manipulating the reins.

Please, see also the definition of the phrasal verb "rein in."

The NCAA reigns over universities and colleges. I suspect that it will find itself in the position of having to rein in FSU when it starts raining booster money down there.

Comment 08 Jun 2019

Well, shoot, I'm sorry. I just re-read my posts. I am unable to find anything in them that can be construed as an expression of the sentiment,  "Bah, who cares." It was not my intention to disappoint you, but rather I had hoped that you would understand that subsequent to my posts on the subject, I became busy helping out me old dah, who is 87, has COPD and metastisized prostate cancer, and who lives about twenty minutes away from me.

I got home in the afternoon, covered in the stink of mine own sweat and coated with a tad under an acre's worth of freshly mown grass along with the sawdust from the remains of the tree I cut up for him. I sat down at the computer to see what was new while I air dried in my rankness, since showering while I am still sweating has proven to be woefully ineffective for me, and I found your reply. But I was plumb tuckered out, being that I myself am 62 now and not often looked upon as model of youthful vigor.

As I indicated in my last post, I did indeed take a shower, followed by a little nap, that transformed itself into a loooong nap. So long that I find myself sitting here with a tablet on my lap typing away at 1:55 in the morning because I did not awaken until midnight. 

Because I am using a confounded tablet, I am unable to be as thorough as I would otherwise be, but in a nutshell, the procedure specified by OSU appears to be designed to comport with the minimum requirements for providing due process, in that it gives the student notice of the charge against him and an opportunity to be heard before a neutral adjudicator. There is a very nice, concise (17 page) discussion on due process at state universities here:  d28htnjz2elwuj.cloudfront.net › pdfs › d...PDF. [I hope that link works, since I am not a master of this new-fangled thech-no-ology called a "tablet" by most, but to which I refer as "that stupid thing."] This little treatise gives a quick summation on why due process is applicable and what can constitute due process, while also waffling on about the need for flexibility in how it may be provided. If you do not want to read all that, or if my cut and paste attempt failed, since I am a Luddite, I will hit the salient highlights immediately below.

Because expulsion invokes property and liberty interests protected by the constitution, the university must provide some process to the accused student. That is to say, there must be minimum procedural requirements in place designed to safeguard the constitutionally protected property and liberty interests of the accused student to prevent the state from acting in an arbitrary and capricious manner. The constitutional rights to counsel, to confront witnesses, to remain silent, to be tried by a jury of one's peers, etc. are generally understood not to be required in many, and perhaps most, cases, if for no other reason than that the language of the fifth, sixth and seventh amendments expressly makes such rights applicable to criminal prosecutions only. One must remember here that the "liberty interest" at issue in a university disciplinary proceeding is the accused's interest in his "good name," whereas in criminal proceedings that liberty interest is the accused's actual physical freedom. 

The OSU code addresses multiple scenarios for handling misconduct cases that can result in expulsion. The administrative dismissal method is applicable where the accused has conceded that the charge is true, thus obviating the need for any kind of a hearing on that particular issue. It permits consideration of aggravating/mitigating circumstances by the adjudicator because culpability already having been established, the sole issue remaining is to determine the appropriate punishment.

When the student does not concede the truth and accuracy of the charge, some kind of fair fact-finding hearing must be conducted. That said, the OSU code expressly provides that hearing attendance by the complainant and the accused is not mandatory. What is mandatory is that OSU give the accused student notice of the charge, an opportunity to meet with a university official to discuss the matter informally, and an opportunity to be heard, before some neutral adjudicator, usually a hearing officer, but sometimes by a standing body charged with handling such matters. See, e.g. 3335-23-13, which provides, in part:

In addition to the committee on academic misconduct, the university conduct board, the director of student conduct, hearing officers within the student conduct system, the coordinator of the committee on academic misconduct, university housing professional staff are to be considered as official university hearing bodies, and may hear cases of alleged violations of the code affording the respondent the same procedural guarantees as provided in hearings by a committee or board.

In cases involving allegations of sexualt misconduct, the procedure also requires prior disclosure to both the compalinant and the accused of potential witness to be called. This is an analog to formal criminal discovery and is required by general principals of fundamental fairness, in that neither party to a proceeding can addquately prepare a case without it.

So that is pretty much it, for the most part. Is it enough? The correct answer to that is yes. Until a court of competent jurisdiction rules otherwise. 

Comment 07 Jun 2019

Pshaw. Expert schmexpert. I am a retired lawyer. The only thing I am an expert on is the art of relaxation, an art which does not encompass undertaking long and complex dissertations on the internet unless I have the time and inclination. Those of you who know me through previous posts know that I am possessed of the inclination, inasmuch as I have persistently demonstrated that I am an unrepentant bloviating blowhard, except when I am being a pompous gasbag. Alas, it is the time I lacked today. Caring for an octagenarian father who remains in his own home has effectively and efficiently eliminated relaxation from retirement, and the fact of the matter is that I am now as wore out as a sportin' lady the day after the cattle drive ended. Perhaps later, after some cold adult beverages, a shower and a nap.

Comment 07 Jun 2019

All of your questions are addressed directly, under appropriate and relatively easy to follow headings, in the Code of Student Conduct, to which, in a previous post, I provided a link for the edification and convenience of the reader. Feel free to consult it. It is after all the primary, and therefore authoritative, source regarding the procedures employed by OSU in the student disciplinary process.