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Buckeye Chuck

MEMBER SINCE   March 26, 2011


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant spinning Ken Dorsey into history. Also, my first Michigan game in 1982, though the aftermath had a little to do with me listing it among the best.

Recent Activity

Comment 6 hours ago

As the century's second decade closes, Michigan's current highlights are stuck in the 1990s

Well, only if you just IGNORE a record of winning September Heismans that is second to none.

Comment 11 hours ago

In defense of Lytle, he would have done a whole lotta sitting had he come to Ohio State (his college years and Archie Griffin's overlapped by three years).

I remember Woodson was always considered a lock for TTUN, even though we were obviously recruiting at a high level by then. I don't recall if there was a specific reason why, such as the influence of a coach.

Comment 25 Jun 2019

I don't think it's that much of a cupcake, personally. It's true we don't have a "traditional power" on our nonconference schedule, but Cincinnati finished last season as a ranked team, which makes them better than anyone we played out-of-conference in 2018, including TCU. 

Comment 25 Jun 2019

This might come across as sour grapes, but as for a Michigan championship being good for the Big Ten or for Midwestern college baseball in general, I really don't think it's going to amount to much more than very temporary bragging rights. It's huge for them, don't get me wrong, but there are simply too many disadvantages compared with the Sunbelt schools for this to amount to some kind of permanent place near the top of NCAA baseball. 

But it's going to help them a ton in the context of Big Ten baseball.

Comment 19 Jun 2019

Although flipside, Oklahoma's win over Oklahoma State presented the exact same set of facts: a one-point win over a .500-ish team due to a missed 2-point conversion. And Oklahoma wound up in the playoff.

The way we lost to Purdue was clearly the deciding factor.

Comment 17 Jun 2019

I think Franklin County readers will see "Independence" and immediately think of the City League team, but 11W has plenty of readers from around the state and around the country. Calling the schools "Columbus Independence" and "Columbus Bishop Ready" might be better for purposes of clarity.

Comment 16 Jun 2019

I'm amused by everyone saying the Pelicans won the deal because my gosh, look at all these great pieces the Lakers dealt to them. Did any of you watch the 2018-19 Lakers? None of those guys are key pieces on a championship-level team, and let's not forget that Ingram has some health concerns that are not minor. 

LeBron, Davis, Kuzma, and various ring-chasing veterans is a pretty good nucleus for a championship run for at least a couple of seasons. And you can't forget, they're still the Lakers. There's a reason they can be this bad for this long, and yet players still force their way there.

Comment 16 Jun 2019

I think I've developed a mental block about the later years of the Cooper era, because I swear I cannot conjure up a single memory of Derek Combs in an Ohio State uniform.

Comment 16 Jun 2019

Didn't they lose a lot of their population base to the new high school in that district (Central Crossing)? I don't think Central Crossing has been great in football, but I know they've been better than Grove City. 

Comment 15 Jun 2019

Some of that is that Cincinnati has a pro sports orientation — less of a situation in basketball because they don't have an NBA team anymore, and because the city has two power programs in college basketball. Media outlets tend to have a pretty good handle on what their consumers want, and I think that reflects the city's lack of interest in the Buckeyes. The one thing you do not see in Cincinnati that you do see everywhere else in the state, especially Columbus, is "Ohio State fans" who have no actual ties to the university.

But yeah, I remember looking at a Cincinnati Enquirer the Sunday morning after the Buckeyes played #1 UNLV in March Madness, and the game story was buried deep in the sports section. It was the sort of thing you'd expect to see from a paper in Mississippi.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

First of all, there's no such thing as a "diehard fan" of the Yankees. If all you know are varying degrees of success, you haven't put the "diehard" part of being a fan to the test.

If you're a fan of a team, you can always take pride in their history even if you weren't around for the best part of that history. The Browns' history and importance to NFL lore is the major reason Cleveland was awarded an expansion team immediately after the Modell betrayal.

And I've always been annoyed by those who try to say that the Browns' NFL championships don't "count" because they weren't Super Bowls, which is just stupid. Having said that, it would be nice if the franchise could create some memories for the part of the fanbase that is not currently collecting Social Security.

Comment 09 Jun 2019

I doubt they were pushed out by developers, because that space all by itself is too small for Conrad's, let alone for something bigger and better. Maybe it really is that they simply felt they needed to get larger or die out, and that wasn't possible in the old location. 

The old spot will be missed. It and the VClub were among the few things that hadn't changed on the north side of Lane Avenue since my student days.

Comment 09 Jun 2019

I didn't pay much attention to the Jamaica result because I figured it was just the B team ... but after today, I have to ask myself, "Why are we under the impression we can afford to waste time with the B team when the A team is a disaster?"

No positives whatsoever. And usually you can figure on Team USA to have someone in goal who can keep us competitive since scoring is a chronic problem, but Steffen is a complete basket case right now and I don't know how they can keep playing him.

Comment 06 Jun 2019

The thing about a possible improvement in draft position is that it probably wouldn't represent him getting a higher signing bonus. When you see a team draft a college senior early, it often means they're counting on paying him less than the money slotted for that pick, so they can use the savings on a bigger bonus for someone else (usually a high schooler they're trying to woo away from a college commitment).

Comment 04 Jun 2019

Is there any other town in Ohio where the gap in sports prestige between its public high school and its main private school is as stark as it is in Lakewood? St. Ed's is probably the state leader right now in boys' sports, while Lakewood seems to have had a rough few decades.