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Comment 24 Jan 2018

I don't understand how one needs to be converted in the first place.  How can one not enter this life enamored with the color scarlet?  How can one take a single look at those iconic helmet stickers and not be hypnotized?  How can one turn on a game on TV and not FEEL the electricity that's going through the stands?  And if they've been to a game?  fugedaboudit.

If they have to be converted they can't possibly be worth it. 

Unless they have bewbies.

Comment 24 Jan 2018

If you go in early spring, Salt Fork has my highest recommendation.  It's a state park built around boating and camping and well off the beaten path so there's very little traffic in April/May.  The cabins are a bit cheesy and you only want 3 people per, but the price is ridiculously cheap so that's fine.

The course is very, very fun.  Very hilly and you'll see up to 100 feet of elevation on a few holes.  Nothing like hitting 5 iron from 120.  When we have gone there has been no one else out there - last trip we didn't even lay eyes on another golfer - and they let us play as a 6- or 7-some.  5 1/2 hours of 7 idiots on a golf course is, well, let's just say no one was allowed to break out the go-pro.

We like it so much that when we do our Oglebay trip we leave Friday morning, play Salt Fork at noon Friday, play Palmer at Oglebay on Saturday, and leave early Sunday morning to hit Salt Fork on the way back home.  We actually prefer it to playing at Oglebay again - mostly because we can all play together.

Best part is the budget - cabins are under $200 for the weekend - total.  So like $70 per person, and the course is quite reasonable as well - I want to say $30?  It's priced such that you don't care if you ruin your round having so much fun.  I could never pay $100 to play Longaberger without taking it totally seriously and really focusing up on every shot but at Salt Fork sometimes we don't even putt out.

The only negative is that it's in the middle of nowhere.  Like it's a 12 minute drive just to leave the metro park area, and the closest metropolitan area is ... Cambridge.  If you're the partying lot, or can't bring your own party, this may pose a challenge.  Bring your own food and a quality grill, theirs are shit.  There's a clubhouse but we didn't eat there, and without any campers around I don't even know how well it's staffed or open.  It's only an hour to the casnio/racetrack at Oglebay or even over to Longaberger (the Virtues) if you want to sneak in a serious round of golf at an incredible course or just want to play it on the way.

Comment 24 Jan 2018

Westbrook is outstanding.  I grew up in Mansfield and just moved back from Columbus and intend to check into a membership once the weather breaks.  I've played it as a guest and it's a great challenge.  Ashland Country Club (now Ashland Golf Club) is another great track in the area and is now public.

Columbus has incredible golf options.  Just about all levels of difficulty, price, fanciness, etc.  Longaberger (now known as The Virtues) is hallowed ground and Delaware Golf Club is a great track up north.  Champions is a nice old city-style course with some unique shots to it.  I lived in Gahanna and was a member of New Era golf and got full access to 4 courses there and if they weren't so mis-managed I would suggest it to anyone in a hearbeat - they are great golf tracks.

Comment 19 Nov 2017

My senior year in HS I went to AA and we sat in the middle of the Xichigan parents' section.  I was decked out head to toe in scarlet and had to look just like that guy.  Harbaby to John freakin' Kolesar for the dagger to the heart.  But man, what a time that was.

Comment 07 Oct 2017

The main reason is the alpha male mentality.  They believe that all they need is the opportunity and they will win the job.  They have ultimate confidence in their ability to compete and execute and earn it.  Without that mentality they wouldn't have gotten to where they are in the first place and without it we wouldn't want them in our jersey.  It's why a team can be down 28-3 with 20 minutes against the 2nd best team in the league and still go out and execute and get it done.

Everyone is one play from being on the field.  Martell believes he can come in and beat out 4 other guys that weren't able to beat out the starter and Martell can be the backup to Barrett.  One play later Martell is the starter.

It's like UFM said - we don't recruit 3rd stringers here.  We recruit starters.  They are all starters.  They just need the chance to get out there.

Comment 10 Sep 2017

If that broke him he wasn't the answer anyway.  QB's have to be able to overcome all kinds of adversity and that rates about a 3 on the scale of what they encounter, especially what he's had to in the media and from OSU fans.

JT's problem is that he's just not a very good QB.  He is very slow to read the field and even slower to react to what he sees.  By the time he's ready to throw the window is gone, the player is in a different spot, or the DB has closed.  This is why his footwork is so poor - what he saw a split second ago is no longer there, so his brain is trying to guess on the fly how to adapt.  This leads to not stepping into throws, to guessing how much further to lead the receiver (leading to overthrows), or just making what ends up being a bad throw into traffic that wasn't there a moment ago.  

That's why muscle memory is so important, so that when your mind is racing in the heat of the battle your mechanics remain solid.  This is why the great QB's are great.  JTB never developed these mechanics and the muscle memory needed to lock them in.  It's crazy to watch his footwork in what is otherwise a clean pocket or to watch how much his throwing motion varies from throw to throw. 

We need to move on, but not because his confidence is shot.  It's because he doesn't have the tools necessary to win football games against the opponents we'll eventually face.  This season is not at all over.  First of all we can still beat xichigan - that saves just about any season.  But if we're 11-1 + Big Ten Championship winner in December and our only loss is to a then-top 5 Oklahoma we'll be in the playoffs. 

Comment 10 Mar 2017

...I might be okay with OSU hiring him now, come to think of it...

It would be worth doing just to troll Xichigan.  Can you imagine the tears?

Comment 03 Feb 2017

I'm thrilled about Barrett coming back, yes.  Because worst case scenario he's another option to compete at QB.  Urban has already proven he won't gift the guy a starting spot, so if he's starting it's because he beat out all of the other options.  And if he's #2 it's because he beat out all the options in that competition too.  He's a great kid, a hard worker, and someone you know isn't going to quit.  We already know he won't pout if he's not starting and we know he'll be ready if called up.

He showed nice growth in '14 before regressing the last couple of years.  His mechanics got sloppy and his release is very slow.  Maybe that's coaching and he can fix that.  Maybe he's not able to.  But I damn sure want him to have the chance to prove it in scarlet and gray rather than somewhere else.

Comment 20 Jan 2017

Dennis Leary is looking at her like "why the F do you want to know what's in my wallet"? 

I think it's more like "I've got something for you in my pants all right but it's not a wallet"

Comment 14 Jan 2017

were you in the same room with him to know how he meant it? I didn't say it was a race issue

I wasn't in the same room, which is why I didn't put any meaning behind his words other that what he wrote.  You're the one that did that, and you did say it was a race issue -  "why everytime a black player speaks people comment o he is well spoken like you are surprised he can say a complete sentence."  Your words.  There was no reason to assume that based on what the guy wrote.  You went there all by yourself.

We have enough hate and anger in this world.  We don't need people contriving it where it doesn't exist.  Love your neighbor, love the buckeyes, and screw xichigan.

Comment 14 Jan 2017

Why do you assume he was surprised he can "say a complete sentence"?  He didn't say he was surprised.  You're the one that made it about race. 

If you tell your lady "you look nice in that dress" does that mean you are surprised she looks good?  That you didn't think she looked good before? 

Sometimes an observation is just an observation.  Stop looking for tensions where they don't exist.

Comment 12 Jan 2017

They can do plenty wrong.  Changing their minds on the most important decision of their lives, regarding where they will go to pursue their dreams both academically and athletically, is not one of them.

Petulance isn't a good look, ever, by the way.

Comment 28 Nov 2015

Pretty epic.  I was at the Rutgers game and the same thing happened there, in deafening fashion.  I thought that was the greatest thing I had ever seen and never dreamed it would happen in Ann Arbor.  Just epic.