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Dr. IlliBuckeye

Knoxville, Tennessee (via Cincinnati, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   July 27, 2011

BS, The Ohio State University Class of 2010.
PhD, University of Illinois Class of 2016.

Ohio to West Virginia to Ohio to Illinois to Washington to Tennessee


  • SPORTS MOMENT: In Person:
    2006: #1Ohio State vs. #2Michigan in the 'Shoe! I have never seen a better game in person.

    Close 2nd = 2010 Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Oregon, 35 hour drive straight through was well worth it.

    Close 3rd = 2011 Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Arkansas, yelling F*%K you to Mark May made my life

    4th: 2014 - Seeing CARDALE JONES and the rest of the Buckeyes destroy Wisconsin 59-0 in the B1G Championship Game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith, Beanie Wells, Chris Spielman, James Laurinaitis, Orlando Pace, Nick Mangold, EzE
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft, Jon 3Bler, David Lighty, Mike Conley Jr., Mark Titus
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Spurs
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: 'Merica

Recent Activity

Comment 16 hours ago

How funny that NBA teams are playing, full contact, no mask, no social distancing basketball - and all teams - playing two games a week.

How funny that the NHL is now skating the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with no masks, no social distancing, and full contact hockey.

These two are being played in bubbles with a lot of testing, especially early on, that allowed them to prevent the spread of the infection. If there is no community spread, there is no need to have masks and physical distance. That's why bubbles work. It's basically what New Zealand did until this week when outside travel likely brought the virus back into the country. 

The MLB is a more appropriate comparison and they clearly have had issues; see Marlins and Cardinals.

Comment 17 hours ago

The NYC area, the region with the highest per capita cases, likely has not achieved any sort of herd immunity. Consistently practicing physical distancing and mask wearing along with testing/contact tracing/isolation are what is allowing NY state and other northeast states to do well.


Comment 21 hours ago

Whether or not this is the right decision, the schools, conferences, NCAA, general public, and state/federal leadership better get their acts together to make spring sports possible.

We need to reduce the spread of the virus. We need to find better treatments for those that get sick. The general public and leadership play a role in this. If you want football, act like it; do your part to reduce the spread of this virus.

Comment 24 hours ago

The last time we had a daily case per capita rate that Canada has ever had, let alone what it currently has, was in March. And our death rate per capita is far higher currently by more than order of magnitude. Yes the case rate is dropping and the death rate is plateauing. But the degree with which we need to improve to match a country like Canada is drastic. That is the context.

Comment 11 Aug 2020

One of those is doing well in two bubbles in a country that does not have widespread daily infections (7-day moving average is less than 500 new cases per day with less than 5 deaths/day; the US is at 55,000 new cases per day with over 1,000 deaths/day). Canada has a tenth of our population but a hundredth of the number of daily cases/deaths. The other has had a need to cancel a lot of games as they are traveling from city to city and not operating in a bubble.

These two leagues also have much smaller rosters and are actually getting paid to play. Also you have to factor in that not all schools will operate the same with the same protocols and what do you do about non-football sports. 

Comment 10 Aug 2020

The biggest thing to gain in waiting is better treatments. While a vaccine may not be ready, better treatments including those that limit long-term effects certainly could be on the way to being in use. The amount of government and private funding going into fighting a disease over such a short time is unprecedented. 

Comment 10 Aug 2020

Not a medical doctor in eastern 10EyeSee

I'm not a medical doctor. I'm a materials scientist (phd). Sorry for the misleading name.

But from a logical point a view, an argument could be made for both sides: The increased testing certainly is a good thing in favor of playing; as without playing, the testing infrastructure may go away. However, on the flip side, you are creating an additional scenario where people are interacting in close contact with people that are not within a "bubble" and traveling from other areas. Players will also interact with other students and people who are not tested regularly. To be fair, in my opinion, this is also an indictment of opening schools (the testing and contact tracing infrastructure just isn't where it needs to be - which is to the level that football players are tested). 

The success of the NBA/NHL relative to the MLB showcases how well a bubble works compared to those that interact with family/friends who are part of the general public. Unfortunately you can't do this with college football because you would have to do it for the rest of the athletics department. This leads to the conversation of how long big-time "amateur" college athletics lasts because as much as colleges want to treat football/basketball the same as other student-athletes, they aren't the same.

Comment 10 Aug 2020

More time means more understanding of the long-term effects of people who recover. Within the last month, there has been a lot of research published on how this virus attacks the body, with evidence that this can have longer term cardiovascular issues for many that "recover". This leads to knowing  better treatments (not just vaccines). B1G universities are guided by the medical science.

Delaying the season in a non-bubble sport for players that are not paid to play with side effects that aren't entirely known is probably the best idea. If the sports could be played in a bubble, it would make sense to play now. 

Comment 10 Aug 2020

Yup. A recent study (on 100 "recovered" COVID-19 patients) found that 78% had some sort of lasting heart issues.
So I would agree that caution should be the word of the day for college athletics.

Comment 10 Aug 2020

I'm not a medical expert by any means, but COVID-19 does not appear to be a binary situation of survive or die. There appear to be lasting consequences and life issues for people who "recover", even among people who never developed major symptoms. 

I imagine delaying but not necessarily cancelling the season until this type of thing is figured out would be in the best interest of everyone.


Here is a non-sports article talking about two studies on this:

Comment 01 Aug 2020

The Phoenix metro area potentially could have worked (i.e. spring training sites), but then you would have to take into account that it averaged 98.6 degrees F in July (not an average high temperature, but average temperature); so playing there outdoors in normal conditions would really suck, let alone during a pandemic that has hit AZ really hard.

Comment 30 Jul 2020

NHL - The Blackhawks, at least for the logo. There are a lot more on the amateur side though. In Cincinnati, I know Anderson is changing it's team name and mascot. Several down here in east TN are also considering changing team names (Rebels is a big one).

Comment 30 Jul 2020

Agreed. Build in as much flexibility as you possibly can. Perhaps since they are in the south, they are okay with flexing deeper into December if necessary since it won't be too cold?

Comment 28 Jul 2020

Right now long term impact is unknown, which can be scary. I'd imagine that some people will have long term health issues, but at what rate and severity is unknown so don't act like this is a fact. 

Initial studies point to potential lingering heart and cardiovascular-related issues, even among those who have "recovered".

"One study examined the cardiac MRIs of 100 people who had recovered from Covid-19 and compared them to heart images from 100 people who were similar but not infected with the virus. Their average age was 49 and two-thirds of the patients had recovered at home. More than two months later, infected patients were more likely to have troubling cardiac signs than people in the control group: 78 patients showed structural changes to their hearts, 76 had evidence of a biomarker signaling cardiac injury typically found after a heart attack, and 60 had signs of inflammation."

"“These are two studies that both suggest that being infected with Covid-19 carries a high likelihood of having some involvement of the heart. If not answering questions, [they] prompt important questions about what the cardiac aftermath is,” said Matthew Tomey, a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York. He was not involved in either study. 

“The question now is how long these changes persist,” he added. “Are these going to become chronic effects upon the heart or are these — we hope —  temporary effects on cardiac function that will gradually improve over time?”

Since the pandemic began, people with underlying cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, or heart failure have been known to be at higher risk for infection and death. The connection between Covid-19 and blood clots emerged later, after doctors began connecting the pulmonary embolisms, strokes, and heart attacks they were seeing to the virus."

This makes sense in relation to another recent study out of Oak Ridge that found blood vessel problems are what is causing a lot of deaths (clots, etc.) - also points to potential therapeutics. 

Comment 27 Jul 2020

The lag between when an action is taken (such as imposing mask mandate or conversely opening up bars/ restaurants) and when the case count goes up or down and then subsequently hospitalizations/ deaths is unfortunately quite large. So it can take a two weeks to a month before we see case counts change and then another month-ish before we see changes in hospitalizations/deaths. It makes it difficult to implement policy and get people to go along with it because the lag (both in more restrictive vs more lenient practices) is so long. Thus, in my opinion, caution should be used when taking more lenient approaches (like opening up bars/restaurants). 

For example, Texas implemented their mask mandate on July 2nd, and they hit their peak in daily new cases on July 15th. There is strong correlation there.