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from Coldwater, Ohio

Member since 19 January 2013 | Blog

Registered Nurse in the State of Indiana. Huge Buckeye, Blue Jackets, and Bengals fan


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The Coldwater Cavaliers coming back from 21 with 7 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter against Kettering Alter to win in triple overtime by a final score of 59-52. They later went on to win state against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Fair weather fan
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 03 Aug 2017

I don't see what the big deal is if the Haskins or Burrows family would like for them to transfer out..  I say no hard feelings, understand, and best of luck as a Buckeye fan.  If you think you are "NFL 1st or 2nd round good" and can't beat out the starter or even backup in certain cases to get reps in games, then your welcome to transfer and sit out another year... I don't think it's Urban Meyer's responsibility to keep his 2nd/3rd/4th string QB's parents happy in terms of playing time in meaningful games.

Ohio State football should still survive and be alright.  We landed Tate Martell in the 2017 class and have Emory Jones committed in the 2018 class if a QB decides to transfer.

Comment 01 Aug 2017

First of all- Congrats on the weight loss-

I won't pretend to understand or know the stressors in his life.. I partially wonder if the stress of being a D1 student athlete and a kicker for a top team in college football is partially affecting him too.  I won't say "go back home, give up on his education, and potential career".  I don't think that's exactly fair to say and we certainly don't know his case.  He could certainly always transfer to another college closer to home if he wishes, walk away from kicking if he so desires as well.

Comment 16 May 2017

I was blessed with a family that happens to love going to sporting events.. Most families would take vacations, my family would just take "family" days and go to sporting events all year long- high school, minor leagues, professional.  I remember as a kid growing up, my dad would play baseball, kickball, and football with me growing up.  I remember having neighbor kids wanting to come over and play kickball with my dad, mom, sister, and I.  The teams were small so we had imaginary runners, but at the age of 8, it's not a big deal.  Threw the baseball with my dad a lot.  My dad actually taught me the game of football and baseball growing up.

But, I loved going to high school football games with my parents and we brought friends along as well.  I'm from small school football MAC country in Ohio, so Friday night football was our life.  I only recall missing 2 high school football games from approximately 3rd or 4th grade to graduation and our season was usually 13-15 weeks long all year.  My dad taught me the game of football by going.  I remember as a junior high kid, my dad asked that instead of running around with kids at these games that I sit up there/watch and learn the game by watching it with him.  I never played a down of football, but I learned quite a bit about the game from going.

Crazy thing is, my dad taught has brought the love of hockey to my mom and I now.  We own season tickets to the Columbus Blue Jacket's so we split tickets all year long between my dad, mom, I, and girlfriend.  Even at the age of 26 now... My dad, mom, myself, and my girlfriend all went to Game 3 of the 2017 playoffs vs the Penguins together.  

Comment 27 Apr 2017

This basketball program is a mess right now.. A couple years back, I didn't believe we could really find anybody really better than Thad.. But, at this point- I think WE HAVE to start looking in a different direction.  It all started with little to no progression of most of our recruited players from that 2011 class?? No NCAA tournament in a couple years, the 2016 recruiting class just up and left after 1 year (sans Jaquan Lyle) which were previously our hopes of turning our program around.  Then this year, the club seemingly lollygags through the year with no real consistent effort.  Now, Thompson declares with an agent, Kam Williams entered the NBA draft, and we lose a highly rated recruit from Ohio (which we were going to go back to recruiting with intensity).  It's time we start really look at replacing Thad.. I don't really want to see this program get any lower than it is (it's getting bad)..

Comment 06 Apr 2017

Yep.. I'm actually more of a hockey fan than a football fan now-a-days honestly, which is a pretty dramatic change from how I used to be... I live 2 hrs away from Columbus (one way) and I believe the hockey game that I go to tonight will be my 17th of the season (family splits Full season tickets).

Usually, people would give me a hard time about how I like hockey.. But, I find it enjoyable as a whole.. I like that their are many different countries represented with players in the NHL, different development paths,going to games is pretty enjoyable.. Plus, I enjoy the different hockey names.  I probably will someday name a dog after a hockey player.

Comment 25 Mar 2017

Hard loss the Buckeyes.  Really competed all game long, dominated play in 3rd period and OT, but Hunter Miska (their goalie) kept coming up with good saves.  

But, a good year for the team.  Glad to see them make the NCAA Tournament.  Unfortuately, lose Schilkey and the goalies next year.. So, next year should be interesting.. But, we do get to see Mason Jobst, Lacysncski (sp) back.

Comment 11 Mar 2017

I don't follow much soccer, but I'm not really sure it will.. Feel like that has been said for a while now too.  I think if Team USA could stop choking at the big tournaments, put together a couple huge runs it would help..

I've tried to watch soccer games on TV in the past, but I can't get into it outside of Team USA in world cup (that's just national pride)

This is not me, putting soccer down.. I always enjoyed playing growing up as a kid (I like running).  I just can't watch a game to save my life.

Comment 11 Mar 2017

More than welcome to "lurk" around.. Hockey is a sport that took me a a couple years of watching games on TV if I wasn't busy with college, going to games if home, and the Jackets having a humongous run in the shortened season of 2013 to really grow my interest in the game and the team.  

I've become hooked into hockey now, split season tickets with my parents now.  I've actually got my girlfriend who never cared about hockey, knew of the NHL, or really was too much interested in sports to actually become a scoreboard watcher of the team and watching games on TV.

Anyways, hope you enjoy following allowing with the comments.  Hope you can catch a Jacket's game in person or follow along in the playoffs on TV.  

One interesting thing to me that I think is particularly cool.. The different parts of the world that players come from to form a team. 

Comment 11 Mar 2017

Very true about winning the President's trophy and getting the 2nd wildcard team.. That'd be much easier than NYR or Pittsburgh in the playoffs.  I haven't really thought much about that, mainly because we are in such a tight battle for the #2 spot with Pittsburgh..  We'll have a better understanding of our shot at the President's trophy after Washington's west coast trip this weekend if we can sweep Buffalo. 

Not to sound critical, but I ultimately think Washington gets the President's trophy.. That team has been on fire.  

Comment 08 Mar 2017

I can't believe there was this much arguing about whether Bjorkstrand was on emergency recall.. Shoot, It's easy to miss and remember with all of the call ups/send downs.  

Plus, It doesn't really matter.. The Jacket's would keep him up anyways with his play.  Looks like he finally arrived.

Bob's playing outstanding hockey, team is finding ways to grind out points/victories in what is a long stretch of hockey games. 7 games in 11 days.  I know there were some upset people in January after they started playing some .500 hockey after the winning streak, but the team is back to finding ways to winning different hockey games.  One month and some odd days from now and we'll be seeing some playoff hockey here in Columbus.  Hoping that we can represent the city/Jackets well, no matter the outcome.

And, an interesting stat- We have 51 more points in the standings than the Colorado Avalanche.. Ouch!

Comment 05 Mar 2017

Shoot, before the year.. I'd have taken that from Gagner.  Granted most were from the red-hot powerplay to start the season.  We'll see if he gets some healthy scratches when Calvert and Sedlak come back, which could be awhile.  But, our 4th line has been so much better this year than past. 

3 goals in the past 3 games.. 12 goals in the 2 games prior to that lol. But, I mean we were playing Carey Price and the Canadiens, Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild.  Your not going to get much goals in those games especially come crunch/playoff time.  

Hoping for a better game today against the Devils.. Also, wouldn't mind some tinkering to the power play and our set up.

Comment 22 Feb 2017

Yea,I kind of want home ice advantage just so I can get a better chance to go to a couple playoff games as a season ticket holder based off my probable work schedule that first week :)  You won't get a huge "home environment feel" especially against Pittsburgh or the NYR in the playoffs either.

With the playoff run in 2014, I had just started a new job and had to skip the one home game I had planned on going to..  I'm going to be upset if I have to miss a couple of home playoff games with my work schedule this go around as well lol.

Comment 22 Feb 2017

As a big Columbus Blue Jackets fan, getting the 1st wildcard spot is definitely the better of the top 2 options.. However, as a season ticket holder.. I don't think I can root for that to happen.  I'd like to get the 2nd seed and face Pittsburgh or the Rangers with home ice advantage.  Even though that is a tough draw.  However, Pittsburgh and New York could probably just as well solve that dilemna for me with how good they are :)

Going through the Atlantic would be a blessing though.. Other than Carey Price and the Canadians, the goalies would definitely be easier to face and the teams aren't nearly as stacked..

My hope- If Oliver Bjorkstrand can heat up and play like he has the past 3 games to end the year- That is an added top 6 young skilled player that can pot some goals.. Maybe allow us to move Foligno down in the lineup and help out the 3rd line.  I do think that the Jackets are pretty well set up for the future with prospects, so I wouldn't really do anything drastic come the trade deadline.

Comment 18 Feb 2017

I don't pay too close of attention to which games are scouts are attending.  I think it's part of being thorough.  I really don't foresee too many deals getting done with the Jackets come trade deadline.  Trade deadlines are usually a seller's market in the NHL, expansion draft worries.  And, I honestly don't know how desperate the Jackets are to make moves compared to other teams.  I think Jarmo realizes this club is set up decently well for the future and doesn't need to swing for the fences here in this playoffs.

Things I consider- Bjorkstrand, PLD are probably off limits.  I could foresee Milano being on the trade block, but he's currently out indefinitely for Cleveland Monster's.  Also, we are probably without a 2nd round draft pick this upcoming draft (Tort's hire).  Not sure how willing we are to trade our 1st round pick either.  I don't see any huge "trade chips" that we put out there.

I'm kind of sitting back to see what happens.. Could see us trying to get a backup goalie, depth center (especially if Sedlak is out for a while)

Comment 13 Feb 2017

Yes, they are currently playing like a team that might get swept right now.. But, that doesn't mean that's how it will go.  So, I guess the "playoffs don't matter now"?  

This is an 82 game hockey season that has good, bad, in-between moments.  We had some key defensive injuries- David Savard, Nutivaara out for a couple weeks.  Bob had kind of regressed to league average in terms of his stats, where he was playing as a Vezina candidate for the first 3.5 months of the year. Our powerplay had regressed in that time as well.  Plus, we are trying to figure out if Korpi can regain his hot streak last year and be a NHL backup.

I'm not saying this team is as good as the 16 game win streak.. I think we played above our heads.  I don't think this is a Stanley Cup winning team yet either.  But, I don't necessarily think this stretch defines this team.  In an 82 game NHL season, you will have periods of streaky players, injuries, etc.  

I honestly think this team can get back to playing better.  As a season ticket holder the last couple of years, I would like to see the playoffs return to Nationwide Arena and Columbus.  And, I think we have a team that *could* make noise there.  If Sergei Bobrovsky can find his level of play again, watch out.

I know this stretch is a bit frustrating, but this stretch might not define this team.

Season's not over, Go Jackets!

Comment 07 Feb 2017

Ah, I remember following his recruitment a bit.. But, it was insane how we quickly rebounded and became major competitors in his and other's recruitment with Urban's hire.  

I typically don't lose sleep/get down when we miss out on a big 4 star or 5 star kid (especially with Urban at the helm).  I mean it's ultimately the kid's decision.  We all know Urban will go all out in getting the recruit.  But, I do like the series in revisiting how these recruits we missed on had turned out.. I'm a huge nerd for going through past NHL or other sports draft classes and seeing what "could have been" for the heck of it.  

But, I do not like getting beat out on "national" type recruits that Ohio State wants that are also from Ohio.  Thinking along the lines of Trey Depriest from years ago, although that was partially foreseeable.

Comment 07 Feb 2017

Not much of a basketball fan.. If anything I'm a fair weather fan that can tune into a game if Ohio State has a good b-ball team or the Cleveland Cavs are in the playoffs and I'm off work/free to watch it.  I just prefer to watch hockey now a days..

But, when I got home last night from seeing my parents, I sat down and watched the last 7 minutes of the 4th quarter plus overtime.. Unreal game.  Each team had countering 3 shots much of the 4th quarter.  I can't believe they pulled it out after Lebron's travel and missed bunny.. That's a phenomenal pass from Kevin Love.  And, I mean phenomenal pass.  Little hesitation, moved to a better position and launched it 3/4 of the court to Lebron.  Lebron then just turns around and banks a 3 pointer off the glass falling into the stands.  The opposing fan reaction speaks to how amazing/unreal of a shot that was.. Just respect/awe in what they have been seeing.  Overtime-Kyrie.

Comment 06 Feb 2017

I doubt he's scared of Ohio State poaching Texas recruits to the level Ohio State did this year.  Let's enjoy having 3 of the best players in Texas due to all the schools having down times there.

I don't think he's scared of us coming down to this extent year in and year out... But, I do think a statement was appropriate in saying that he needs to lock the borders up in Texas to keep the talent there.  1.  Make it known that you are bringing Texas back to national prominence. 2. Letting players/coaches in state know how important recruiting in Texas is with your new regime.  3. If he can recruit/coach like he did at Ohio State and Houston and bring Texas back to national prominence, he won't have a very difficult time recruiting the state of Texas.  

P.S.- Shoot, I expect Urban Meyer or any coach at the Ohio State University to say what he did if this happened here in Ohio if we had produced similar high quality level recruits every year (Some years will be down years).

Comment 06 Feb 2017

This is sad.. Not sure how anyone could jump in with 9 other people and just beat someone up.  

And, there's not much "defending" yourself in that circumstance.  I'd be in the fetal position just covering my head.

Comment 03 Feb 2017

Hypothetically, I'm betting if said prospect was a "John Elway" type recruit, the program would probably extend a scholarship offer, despite how much money the family may have, especially if it was at a critical position.

I think Ohio State should try to convince Taron Vincent to come to Ohio State as a non-scholarship player/walk on so we can save an additional scholarship for another 5 star recruit.  His dad has the money to pay his ride here.  Total sarcasm here.  Could you imagine the melt-down this board would have if we were to miss on another 5 star defensive tackle? Lol.

Comment 24 Jan 2017

Biggest busts for me-

Jamaal Berry, Ray Small, JB Shugarts, Mike Adams, Pitt Brown, I guess Justin Zwick.

Should have seen the bust happening in retrospect, but I fell in love with recruiting rankings and combine scores- Mike Mitchell.

Slight disappointments to what I expected- Dontre Wilson (injuries, I thought star play in the making).  Curtis Grant (til senior year), 

Special mention to basketball- Amir Williams. 

Comment 20 Jan 2017

1. I thought it was well known that Hooker had problems adjusting to college life at first, asked for a transfer.  We all knew this was going to be a "project" with a guaranteed red-shirt year as he just started playing football as a junior or so in high school.  I don't know for 100% certainty, much like everyone else on here, but I imagine the coaching staff would feel more comfortable in Tyvis over him in 2015.  I'm betting he still had some coverage lapses, mental mistakes, or even his head wasn't completely into it.  Didn't we a see a mental error in the 2016 Spring Game where the coaching staff had to come talk to him about, even though he picked off the ball??  It certainly is possible to see jumps of production over a year or so.  Just look at Terelle Pryor.

2. Can we slow down the talk of which current 2017 recruits are starting this year on Day 1.  Shoot, I thought just last year we landed a pretty good recruit ranked nationally in Jordan Fuller.  It's January for heaven's sake. Let's just wait and see how it plays out.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

Maybe, it's just me.. But, I don't really like commitment videos like this.. Showing up in a limo, red carpet/lights on you, making a hollywood star for your commitment.  I get he's probably just trying to have fun with it and all, but I'm still not a huge fan.That wouldn't fly in my neck of the woods from parents, coaches, schools. (MAC Territory, Ohio).  This uninformed casual spectator is guessing he goes to UCLA/USC.

Comment 07 Dec 2016

I will say this as a self admitted "fair weather basketball fan".. Big fan of Ohio State basketball from the Oden/Conley years up until Craft's senior year.

I don't think we will ever get Tom Izzo, Coach K, Calipari here as the head coach.  I just don't see an Urban Meyer type hire.  I'm just being realistic.  We are not a traditional basketball powerhouse like football.  Incredibly hard to do in my opinion as well.  

I have defended and said let's keep Thad Matta around the last couple years, but I think a change needs to be made at the end of the year, if the program doesn't change.  We've seen little player development for the last 5 years as well.  Ohio State basketball is starting to really regress and I think we should make a change at the end of the year, rather than waiting another year or two for Thad to "turn it around"  I definitely think Ohio State basketball can be better than this.