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Cleveland (via Bellevue, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   June 25, 2018

Born and raised in Ohio, I've spent most of my adult life living elsewhere--which has only made my love of the Buckeyes stronger! As of August 2018, our family's moving to Cleveland, and we'll be Buckeye Fans in Exile no longer!


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being at the 2014 Sugar Bowl and watching OSU knock off Alabama en route to the national championship.
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 27 Oct 2020

I know a lot of us are dogging Franklin for mentioning that--in such august company as Purdue and Iowa--PSU is one of the few BIG10 teams that have beaten Ohio State. It's mostly a compliment acknowledging that we're the top dog in the conference, and it's a plea to his team and his fans to hold onto some sliver of hope in a game that everyone knows they're outmatched in. Because, you know, they've beaten us once and come close a couple other times. 

And let's be real for a sec: Jim Harbaugh wishes he had James Franklin's record against Ohio State. What Big10 team that isn't tOSU has it better than them?

Comment 01 Oct 2020

On a personal note--and I hope this isn't cause to revoke my Buckeye fan credentials--I always had a soft spot in my heart for Darryl Clark, PSU's QB during that era, because he did a post-grad year at the school where I taught at the time. He was a nice kid, and an absolute man among boys. He probably seemed even bigger because our school regularly trotted out offensive linemen who were, like, 170 pounds. We didn't win a lot of games during his year there, but the ones we did win were absolutely because he took the team on his shoulders. You'd see him in the gym and he was an impressive physical specimen. It was an aha moment for me, to see this 19-year-old and go "oh, this is what a D-1 athlete looks like up close and in person!" And like I said, a really nice young man. So I never cheered for him over my Buckeyes, but I always wished him well for his own sake. 

Comment 30 Sep 2020

I know a lot of people want to compare Burrow and Haskins, and there are plenty of reasons to do so: their college QB competition, the fact that they're both 1st round QBs playing for really bad teams. I love Joe Burrow and I'm a Bengals fan, but I think Burrow also benefits in this comparison because of his relative athleticism. He's mobile enough to extend plays and make things happen despite his terrible, terrible o-line. Obviously, Dwayne doesn't have that element to his game. I think Dwayne is a smart and capable young QB with an NFL arm, but I think he's much less able to carry a team on his shoulders. If he had better receivers who could get open consistently, if he had a running back who commanded attention from the defense, or if he had an offensive line that could give him just a little more time to go through his reads and make plays, I think he would look a lot better. I think he could be great. But if he never gets that kind of opportunity, he's headed toward getting that bust label.

Comment 26 Sep 2020

I wasn't able to watch the game, but when I read the lead of a story and it talked about "the first time since whenever that the #3 team has lost to an unranked opponent," I couldn't help but think "Yeah... but they weren't really #3..."

Comment 23 Sep 2020

This was always funny to me... got to go to the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, and we had this incredibly obnoxious fan in front of us, with just the shrillest, southern-accented-est "Roll Tide" coming out of his mouth after every single play they made. But the funny thing was that it turned out this dude wasn't even a real Alabama fan--he was an Auburn fan who'd come along to the game with his friends. So it was like some weird parody of an Alabama fan from their big rivals? It was strange and amazing. He was so drunk he had to be removed midway through the fourth quarter, and by that time I almost sorta kinda missed him. 

Comment 21 Sep 2020

It's great to see where his head was at, because you never know. Just looking at Justin Fields from the outside, here's a young man who transferred from one program to another, who has no natural connection to Ohio State, like he didn't grow up dreaming of being a Buckeye, it wouldn't be hard to imagine someone in his situation just moving on to the big paycheck of a first-round NFL QB. It speaks to who he is as a person, and it probably also speaks to the kind of relationships that Ryan Day and the other coaches build with their players--they gave him the chance, the coaching, the commitment from their side, and he's giving it right back. At least that's what I'd like to think we're seeing. 

Here's hoping he achieves all of his goals!

Comment 18 Sep 2020

I was logging into the comments just to see if someone had posted that stripped-down, poignant, perfect version of this song. I like the Nirvana cover too, but when I heard this version on the bonus disc for Outside, I was blown away. From that same album, there's a really good version of "Under Pressure" with his bass player singing the Freddie Mercury parts--she's got some pipes!

Comment 11 Sep 2020

For what it's worth, low-carb diets are great for endurance sports. It takes some time to adjust and you need to be really conscious of getting enough salt, especially early on.

Comment 11 Sep 2020

Re-reading Midnight Tides from Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series--IMO one of the best epic fantasy series out there.

Just finished Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire -- solid sci-fi -- and Robert Greene's The 33 Strategies of War, kind of a modern Machiavelli's The Prince, with interesting stories from ancient to modern times. Also just finished the first two books in S.A. Chakraborty's Daevabad Trilogy and eagerly awaiting the third book from my library. Speaking of eagerly awaiting, like an earlier poster I'm looking forward to the new Dresden Files book. 

Comment 11 Sep 2020

Read Marvel comics back in the 80s and 90s, X-Men was a favorite, but it seems pretty daunting to try to get back into them after all these years. 

Comment 11 Sep 2020

Yeah, I started these in the 90s when they were first coming out, glad I read them, glad I finally finished them a couple years ago, but there are enough really great fantasy series out there that I don't need to re-read them. 

Comment 07 Aug 2020

I kind of wish Urban's "most memorable plays" had been four clips of punts with great punt coverage, with a voiceover of UFM breaking down what made the play so perfect.

"What really makes this play work is here, the way Terry gets off the line right at the snap and gets downfield..." [slow-mo close-up in video]

Comment 29 Jul 2020

Speaking of not perfect, I almost forgot one little detail: how far 10k is! 

I've never actually run a 10k race before, only 5k and half marathon, and of course those are 3.1 miles and 13.1 miles. So I had ".1" pretty firmly in my head and stopped at 6.1 miles. I realized my mistake pretty quickly and, good little rule-follower that I am, tacked on a .1 mile sprint to make up the difference. 

Comment 29 Jul 2020

Seems like it would be tough to install a Saban-esque defense in the best of situations, because of its complexity, and this is not the best of situations. I don't know their roster that well, but they'd probably be served best by building on what they have and then recruiting toward and gradually transitioning to that kind of defense over the next few years. 

Comment 29 Jul 2020

Ran mine this morning--it was the best my knee has felt all week, the most chafing I've had in a couple years, and also my fastest pace for this kind of distance in a long, long time. So, while not perfect, I'd call it a BIG win. 

Comment 27 Jul 2020

Race week is here! 

So, naturally, my knee's acting up, after everything's been going great in my training. I guess the nice thing about a virtual race like this is that I can wait until later in the week to give my knee a chance to feel better, but I was hoping to knock this out this morning. Oh well.

How's everyone else feeling about the race? Anyone done theirs already? How'd it go?

Comment 16 Jul 2020

I think it's a fair question, actually, and it raises some key points:

1) There's a big gap between the two schools when it comes to how many top recruits each has. It's glaring when a high recruit up north apparently doesn't live up to his potential, because he's supposed to be THE guy. At OSU, there are so many top recruits that it's easy for us to focus on the hits and not the misses.

2) Along with that, there are so many top recruits that it's probably not even possible for all of them to succeed. Gill's been sitting behind guys who are getting drafted into the NFL and having success there. It's hard to get the reps, hard to get the attention. 


3) It's also hard to say whether Gill has developed or not. Joe Burrow transferred to LSU, and he continued to develop there, but does anyone really think that he didn't grow as a player at OSU? He was behind another really good QB. If Brian Hartline is as good as we all think he is, then it's pretty likely that Gill leaves here a better player than he came in. 

But also

4) Maybe the Michigan sample size is just too small, but the numbers certainly back up that OSU is consistently developing players well. I've seen the data posted elsewhere here about how our 5*, 4*, and even 3* players do in terms of making it to the NFL. Every school is going to miss on players, no one here is claiming that OSU is 100% when it comes to getting the most out of every player; maybe Michigan is going to have a string of players that they develop into total studs, but at this point we haven't seen it, and seeing is believing. 

Comment 09 Jul 2020

Here's the thing about that, imo. When you look at any athletic program, you have some like us, Alabama, and Clemson, that are just factories. We bring in talented kids who mostly have the right attitudes, we have good assistants to develop them, and if we miss on a kid there's two others ready to take his place. Everything's moving in the right direction with talent, coaching, and culture. 

I think that other team is behind us in all of those ways, but I think the biggest things are actually talent and culture. There's plenty of indications that Shea Patterson himself was a problem there, not doing the work in the off-season, etc. The fact that he was able to get away with that doesn't speak well to their program, BUT you bring in a kid who's talented and motivated and I don't necessarily think the coaching and culture up there is going to get in the way of him being pretty good. 

Not saying we should be terrified or on high alert, but I don't think you can write off the possibility, especially for a kid with a pedigree like that. 

Comment 07 Jul 2020

I think keeping the option open is good, so rather than giving them each a few series in any particular blowout, give one of them all the blowout reps in one game, give the other the reps in another game. Keeps open the possibility of a redshirt longer and also lets them get into more of a rhythm in the opportunities they have. 

But I also think they have to be flexible on that. Priority 1 for this year should be winning this year, which means that if they feel like Gunnar Hoak is the best option if Justin Fields goes down, then that's the guy who should be getting most or all of those reps. If there isn't much separation between Hoak and the freshmen, though, absolutely prioritize the young guns over the old Gunnar.

Comment 26 Jun 2020

Yeah, that was brutal, and not something I really needed to remember.


I loved the call-out to the Shaka-Smart-led VCU team! I went to undergrad with him (not at OSU), and it was the coolest damned thing to see him and his team scrap their way through the tournament. It didn't make the OSU loss any easier, but it did give me something to care about deep into the tourney.