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BuckeyeDevil


Findlay OH (via Cambridge OH)

MEMBER SINCE   February 01, 2014

Long time OSU fan-attended my first OSU football game which was against Michigan in 1982. Former season ticket holder for basketball way back in the Perry Carter/Treg Lee days. I go to basketball and football games now as budget and schedule permit. My daughter attends the same high school that Aaron Craft attended so we made it a point to see him play in person.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Anthony Carter get crunched in the 1982 Michigan game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Anyone who helps us beat Michigan
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: It was Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Don't care about it-let Canada have it
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Why anyone cares is a mystery to me

Recent Activity

Comment 09 Feb 2020

Lots of truth in what you say B4L. I think Holtmann is a good coach and had 2 better than expected years with 2 NCAA wins. But I still do not think that his offensive style and defense first approach is going to draw top talent consistently. I have no issue with wanting a solid defense, but this offensive scheme will not regularly draw elite talent. There is no rhythm or fluidity to our offense and hasn't been in a long time. And really, how good is the defense right not. Giving up 70 to UW isn't anything write home about.

Comment 08 Feb 2020

I think he essentially has the right approach given the transfer portal and just the general makeup of 16-18 year old kids these days. They are not just going to respect authority for the sake of authority but are more likely to do so when that authority makes more of an effort to empower them. But I agree that there will be times when deadlines will be required so the program can move on in a different direction.

Comment 01 Feb 2020

I like the fact that he asked them what he needed to do to get an offer, then worked his tail off to make it happen bumping himself up to a 4 star in the process.

That shows a lot of initiative, a willingness to work hard, and personal accountability. You gotta love that in a high school kid.

Comment 26 Jan 2020

All things considered equal, why wouldn't a top recruit select Clemson?

1) They play a mediocre at best non-conference slate with no threat of a loss to derail post-season hopes

2) They play in the easiest conference in the country and win the league every year

3)  They have a clear path with minor obstacles at best to the CFP annually

4) They only have to be "up" for 2 difficult games per year to win a national championship

5) They play in a warm weather climate

It is a no-brainer. 

Comment 18 Jan 2020

Wow! After 2 better than expected seasons with 2 NCAA tournament appearances and 2 tournament wins, some of our number are ready to kick Holtmann to the curb? Does anyone remember how long suffering many fans and the athletic department were with Thad Matta as the program noticeably deteriorated for 3 arduous seasons?

I like Holtmann and I think that he will have a reasonable amount of success in time. I still don't think his style of ball offensively and emphasis on defense is going to attract top flight recruits regularly or result in a program that is nationally prominent or dominant in the B1G on a regular basis. 

But I don't think that he is close to being on the hot seat, nor should he be. Regardless of what happened earlier this year, this isn't a very good team and what happened earlier was some sort of aberration. 

Comment 12 Jan 2020

If your opponent is scoring 60-65 points you should have enough offense if you are a good team to win games. This isn't a good team and at this point going .500 in league would be somewhat miraculous.

This was never a top 5 team. Your traditional top teams were losing games and Ohio State caught opponents at the right time of the year and were shooting better than expected to start the season. With the exception of UNC which is historically horrible this year, they would never beat the likes of Villanova and UK again. 

This is a very disappointing season. Just when I thought the basketball team could ease the pain of December 28th.

Comment 07 Jan 2020

Last time I said they were a middle pack B1G team that would be a 6-8 seed, win a game in the NCAA tournament and lose in the second round. Now I am just hoping that they can reach that expectation.

How the mighty have fallen.

Comment 03 Jan 2020

I think fans and players started to believe the hype. This is not a Final 4 material team. It isn't a top 10 team. This is a middle of the pack B1G team that will be a 6 or 7 seed in the NCAA tournament, win a game and likely lose in the second round. 

I think we forget that this is only the 3rd year in what amounted to a total rebuild of the program. I like Holtmann. He is a good coach. But I will be surprised if Ohio State develops into an elite basketball program under him. I don't think the style of play will consistently attract top players.

Comment 31 Dec 2019

I appreciate the player enthusiasm, I really do. And every August when training camp starts, hope springs eternal. With that said, a team like this does not come together every year where all the pieces seem to fit and come together. The stars do no always align. I do not see Ohio State with all the personnel and coaching changes making the playoff next year.

Unlike Clemson, we do not have an automatic path to the CFP EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Unlike Oklahoma, we don't play in a conference with no defense and we won't get in every year regardless of our performance the previous season in the CFP. Ohio State and the B1G has a minimal, (if any) margin of error in the college football/CFP world. We play a tough schedule and a good non conference opponent that increases the likelihood of a loss along the way and we all know that 1 loss eliminates us. Heck, we couldn't even maintain the #1 seed after running the gauntlet this season. We will never get the benefit of the doubt and the officiating in the game Saturday just confirms this all the more. 

So while I will be anxious for next season, I am going in with reasonable expectations for the season. I realize that it is just harder at Ohio State and that it is truly Ohio against the world.

Comment 15 Dec 2019

Statistics are nice. I  don't think they paint the true picture all the time. 

Craig Krenzel did not exactly kill it on the stat sheet. But when a play needed to be made, he seemed to have the knack to make it. We all remember King Right 64 Y Shallow Swap  (if you were 10 years old in 2002 you remember it) and his gutty rushing during the 2002 National Championship game. He was a winner. I was kind of shocked to see Troy Smith's numbers as I thought they would have been higher. But we know how he ripped the heart out of Michigan in 2005 and then delivered again in 2006. 

If you ask if I would prefer Craig Krenzel or Justin Fields for 2019, hands down I will take Justin Fields. But I think he is starting to show not just good statistics but the ability to deliver when facing adversity. He was banged up against UM but showed his mettle. He rallied the team against UW in the B1G title game. Throw out the way he came through in the clutch and I am not sure that we would be so enamored with his statistics. 

Comment 14 Dec 2019

I think Urban was perfectly justified in calling for a 2 year commitment. Day should do the same.It is reasonable and fair.

I wish him well and I understand wanting to better yourself. At the same time, I have never really appreciated or respected employees that I hired who stayed a year and bolted. I realize it is not an apples to apples comparison but I would not do that to an employer who hired me unless it was a dumpster fire situation.

Comment 14 Dec 2019

Good Luck and well deserved. With that said, it is always disappointing when an employee (football or otherwise) only gives you one year of work after being hired. The exception being if the work site is a dumpster fire.

If Urban asked for two years, I feel like he was perfectly justified and reasonable in doing so. Day should do the same thing. It might be hard to enforce it but by doing so it at least creates a sense of obligation in the other person's mind. There is always that reminder that says, "I agreed to do 2 years before I was hired."

Comment 13 Dec 2019

I was at the Nebraska game when he came in the game. It seemed like every other play he was getting his name called. I thought for sure that he was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps at Ohio State.

I am still kind of amazed that he didn’t have a better and bigger role on this team. I don’t pretend to know how he didn’t fit into the scheme but in any event I think it’s unfortunate.