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MEMBER SINCE   November 29, 2011

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Comment 07 Apr 2019

“Ohio’s pro football revival”? Last time I checked, there were two teams in Ohio, and the other has shown flashes of competency now and then.

I understand the excitement Browns fans have. But this year may or may not be better than last year. The NFL is tough on rookie head coaches, and nobody is going to take the Browns as lightly as they may have in the past. That, and they won’t have one of the easiest schedules since their record was much better.

Comment 28 Mar 2019

There’s also head-to-head matchup. Meyer won.

Comment 03 Mar 2019

Why would they raise the banner this year? In every sport, they raise the banner at the beginning of the next year. Especially if I hope they raise an NCAA championship banner.

Comment 23 Jan 2019

I've always said make it a 15 yard penalty, unless the DB is torched and tackles/maims the receiver, then make it a spot foul. Arguments against are, 'well, that's a judgement call'.  What the hell do you think it is now?  This would lessen the instances where a QB (Ben Roethlisberger is king) from heaving the ball downfield in hopes of getting a chunk play on a flag.  

Comment 15 Jan 2019

What about giving an athlete a stipend of minimum wage times 20 hours (the max allowed practice hours per week per the NCAA)?  It's a start and doesn't necessarily break the bank. Ohio minimum wage $8.55 an hour times 20 hours is $171 a week.  Multiply that times, what did someone say, 1,050 athletes comes to $179,550 a week.  Let's just say that each sport practices 16 weeks a year, or roughly four months.That amounts to $2,872,800 in salaries for athletes.  

Also, scholarships aren't gifts from the university.  Scholarships are a grant-in-aid and paid for by money raised by the Buckeye Club.  I don't know if donations cover all scholarships, or if the Athletic Department kicks in anything, but there are always ways to raise more money. See the constantly escalating cost of tickets and the decision to finally sell overpriced beer.

Last thought, why on earth does an out-of-state student have to pay three times the amount of tuition? $30,742 versus $10,726?  What's the justification?  Any reason other than strictly a money grab?  Giving Ohioans preferential treatment?  That's a head scratcher. 

Comment 28 Dec 2018

Very few NFL stars from the SEC?  That's a horrendously bad take.  

Overall numbers by conference.  SEC has more NFL players than any other conference. Those numbers correlate there must be some SEC stars in the NFL.  As a long suffering Bengals fan I can tell you some of their best players are SEC alums (Geno Atkins and Clint Boling (Georgia), Carlos Dunlap (Florida), Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama)).  In fact, Atkins is regarded as the best nose guard in the game and perennial Pro Bowler. Granted, this is from 2017, but still.  NFL coaches don't keep players on rosters just because they come from a particular school or conference.  

https://herosports.com/college-football/nfl-roster-breakdown-sec-dominates-fbs-conferences-nfl-byby

Comment 06 Dec 2018

Kind of like Urban, I resigned my last job in July 2017.  Granted it wasn't my dream job, but I was making good money, the highest salary in my professional.  I was working 70-80 hour weeks, the only day I did not do any work was Saturday. Every day was work, scarf down a quick lunch, work some more, work out, go home, eat leftovers, log on and work some more. Constant pressure, headaches and tension. 

The last straw occurred when I was leaving for work one day.  I started to feel dizzy, and went back into the house to lay down.  The room was spinning, which up to that point had only occurred after extreme alcohol consumption.  When I fell well enough, I managed to drive myself to an urgent care center.  I was diagnosed with vertigo and given a script for meclazine. 

I was fortunate in that, as a single person with my student loans and car paid off and some decent savings, I was able to resign without having another job to transition to. Few people have the ability to do that.  On my last day, 7/21/17, it literally felt like the weight of the world was taken off my shoulders, and I have never before or since felt that good leaving the office.  I was out of work for about seven months before securing a new gig.  I took about a 25 percent paycut, but with about 75% less stress.  Sometimes personal health and well being take precedence.

Comment 29 Nov 2018

I'll admit, living in Cincinnati at the time he was hired, I didn't think it was a good choice then.  Thad coached a pretty good Butler team for one year, then went to Xavier where he already had David West and three good years there.  I was skeptical about his ability to recruit a full cycle of players.  I'm glad to admit I was wrong.  While it didn't work out towards the end, congrats on a job well done.  

Comment 14 Nov 2018

Where's the 'r' in 'wash'?

After the 'o'.

For those of a certain age attending football games, I can vividly recall Ron Althoff, the public address announcer at Ohio Stadium expressly saying, "Time out, Worshington State." Actually, it sounded more like two syllables.  "Worsh-ton".