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American by Birth - Buckeye by Choice, Award-Winning Writer / Producer, Seeker of Truth, Son of Thunder


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 & 2014 National Championships, 85 yards through the heart of the south, "Brax-Spin", The Game 2016: "OHIO STATE wins!", J.T. winning TD pass to Marcus Baugh vs Penn State, Sam Hubbard tackling the QB AND the RB vs Penn State.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: J.K. Dobbins, The Predator, B. Victor, KJ Hill
  • NFL TEAM: Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys

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Comment 13 Aug 2019

Well, as of the headline I got on my phone an hour ago, he did just that - skipped practice at least - though the Hurricanes say he's still on the team.  

I really wish Tate no ill will and hope he gets things figured out.  He's got talent and it would be nice to see him succeed.  He may need to do some growing up along the way, but life has a way of forcing you to do that. 


Comment 06 Aug 2019

Well, Major.... I'm a writer and I love doing research. 
And since you asked, there actually MAY BE a _ichigan connection. 

In addition to the phrase standing for the word "hell",  ("What in the hell is that?!) there are several other references.  From wikipedia:

Sam Hill is an American English slang phrase, a euphemism or minced oath for "the devil" or "hell" personified. 

Other candidate referents for the use date back to at least the 19th century. The following are possibilities of the term's origin.

Euphemism for the devil: H. L. Mencken suggested that the phrase derives from Samiel, the name of the Devil in Der Freischütz, an opera by Carl Maria von Weber that was performed in New York City in 1825. The phrase "Sa' m Hill" can also be seen in the variant "Samil".

Store owner in Arizona: Sam Hill was also a mercantile store owner who offered a vast and diverse inventory of goods. People began using the term "what in the Sam Hill is that?" to describe something they found odd or unusual, just like the inventory found in Sam Hill's store. The original Sam Hill Mercantile building still stands on Montezuma Street in Prescott, Arizona, and is listed on the register of Historic Places.

Politician in Connecticut: An article in the New England Magazine in December 1889 entitled "Two Centuries and a Half in Guilford, Connecticut" mentioned that, "Between 1727 and 1752 Mr. Sam. Hill represented Guilford in forty-three out of forty-nine sessions of the Legislature, and when he was gathered to his fathers, his son Nathaniel reigned in his stead" and a footnote queried whether this might be the source of the "popular Connecticut adjuration to 'Give 'em Sam Hill'?"

Surveyor in Michigan: A possible origin for the phrase "Sam Hill" is the surveyor Samuel W. Hill (1819–1889), associated with the Keweenaw Peninsula area. Hill allegedly used such foul language that his name became a euphemism for swear words. In the words of Charles Eschbach, "Back in the 1850s the Keweenaw's copper mining boom was underway. There were about a dozen men who pretty much ran the Keweenaw. They were mining company agents, the 'go between' for the investors from Boston and the actual mining production people. Their names were attached to every report sent back to eastern investors. Among these company agents was a man named Samuel W. Hill. Sam was a geologist, surveyor, and mining engineer and had considerable power in the Keweenaw."  According to author Ellis W. Courter, Samuel Hill "was an adventurer, explorer, miner, and surveyor. He had worked with Christopher C. Douglas and Douglas Houghton on the early State survey. His judgment was respected. Although he was a rough character, he possessed a big heart and in the fall of 1847 had risked his life to help avert a threatened food shortage in the Copper Harbor district. Generally he was regarded as a hero throughout the entire Copper Country, however, he was contemptuous of all the praise that was heaped upon him. Hill also gained a reputation as being one of the most blasphemous and obscene swearers in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Although he had a colorful vocabulary and told many a good story of his early adventures, his ubiquitous use of lurid cuss words became legendary. Whenever friends or neighbors retold his colorful tales in more polite society, they had to tame his unmentionables by substituting the sinless sounding words 'Sam Hill'. In time the expression, 'What the Sam Hill' spread far beyond the Copper Country. Today it has become a part of the American language. Few who utter these words ever heard of Samuel Hill, or know that he was the unconscious originator of a sinless synonym for profanity."

Adjutant General in Kentucky: Another possibility involves the former adjutant general of KentuckySamuel Ewing Hill, who was sent by the governor of Kentucky to see what was going on in reference to the Hatfields & McCoys family feud in 1887. Between 1880 and 1891, the feud claimed more than a dozen members of the two families, becoming headline news around the country, and compelling the governors of both Kentucky and West Virginia to call up their state militias to restore order. The governor of West Virginia once even threatened to have his militia invade Kentucky. Kentucky governor Simon Bolivar Buckner in response sent his adjutant general Sam Hill to Pike County, Kentucky to investigate the situation. Newspapers from around the country awaited word from Hill to find out "what in the Sam Hill was going on up there".

Non-contender: Millionaire in the Pacific Northwest: The millionaire Samuel Hill, a businessman and "good roads" advocate in the Pacific Northwest, became associated with the phrase in the 1920s. A reference appeared in Time magazine when Hill convinced Queen Marie of Romania to travel to rural Washington to dedicate Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art.  The fact that "Father of Good Roads" Samuel Hill hadn't been born when the figure of speech first appeared in a publication rules out the possibility that he was the original Sam Hill in question.

-- The More You Know! --

Comment 06 Aug 2019

Hey, Hovenaut!   (One day you'll have to explain your ID - what it means!  I think it sounds kinda cool, but anyway...)

I read the above article and I have to say I pretty much agree with it.  Absolutely love and respect Urban.  That being said (puts on Jack Nicholson voice from A Few Good Men) deep down in places I don't talk about at parties... I have harbored the silent view that we DID under-perform in several of those years, particularly 2015.  We should have won it all again that year.  And frankly, 2013, that last running play... ugh!  Give the ball to Carlos, it's a different outcome.  I have frequently lamented the wasted talent. 

But that's the hard thing about football. A LOT of things have to come together perfectly.  Talented players.  Talented coaches.  Proper scheme.  And a few bounces of the ball and a few breaks from the refs.  Any one of those things not working on one day can cause a loss.  Ed W was an amazing O line coach, but play calling?  Not his area of giftedness.  Too bad Urban didn't take that over before it bit us in the butt. 

And I still find the Iowa and Purdue loses completely baffling.  Maybe we were burnt from the previous games the week before. But Urbs promised we were focused and ready.  And then we weren't. He DID make reference - near the end of 2018 - that "the product on the field suffered" from his brain cyst.  One assumes he was referring to the defense, because as soon as he stepped in, it righted itself just in time for The Beatdown. 

So.... a long-winded way of saying... yeah, I do think we under-performed in a few games. And I feel bad a as a fan who always expects The Best, and I feel bad for our kids, who always want to win.  And, yeah, it's HARD to win games. So many variables all have to work. 

I had a great Tim Kight quote to close this out, but I'm tired and I've forgotten what it was, so... 

Go Bucks!