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MEMBER SINCE   January 19, 2012


  • SPORTS MOMENT: January Third, Two-Thousand-and-Three.
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

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Comment 11 Jul 2019

Ahhhh, okay - so that's why Mason brought his team together. I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't plugged in at the time (probably had to do with the fact that I was 11 years old at the time), but this all makes a ton of sense.

I agree that Tress likely wasn't Geiger's first choice. When you have names like Gruden and Stoops that you're targeting, there's no way that's all window dressing to snag a guy out of 1-AA. Granted, it all worked out in the end -- so I'm certainly not complaining.

TBH, I'm kinda shocked that Stoops didn't take the gig. Even with the title and a powerhouse program at OU, when momma comes calling, you answer.

Comment 10 Jul 2019

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I never thought OSU offered Mason the job -- despite the fact that he was a candidate (along with Jon Gruden, Bob Stoops, and Mike Bellotti). He definitely interviewed for the role (with Minnesota's permission to do so, I might add), but I don't think he was ever given the chance to coach his alma mater. I have heard rumors that Mason, being the good guy he is, asked his team's permission to come back into the fold after he didn't get the job, though.

Pretty sure Bellotti turned us down, though. No idea if talks progressed far enough for Stoops and Gruden to get an offer, but I'd imagine they'd have gotten one had their interest been serious enough.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

I don't disagree with your statement (and I upvoted you for good measure); but as a millennial myself, we need to get past this whole "YOUNG SNOWFLAKES NEED SAFE SPACES LOLOL" meme. It fosters needless division, and only serves to pit the older against the young in an endless cycle of shit-talking and trolling. And for the sake of what? Some misguided sense of generational superiority? 

I've had heated debates with people of all ages, and the most immature behavior I've witnessed has come from people who have been on this planet decades longer than me. Granted, that's merely anecdotal evidence -- and I certainly don't use it to form my worldview -- but when it comes down to it, that's all any of us really have.

We definitely live in the age of outrage, however. I just think there's a lot more factors that built it than a bunch of youngsters who are outraged by everything.

Again - not saying this is your worldview either, Wargor. Just something I'm seeing thrown around more commonly on the boards here and thought needed to be said.

Comment 07 Jun 2019

I'll throw out another name here: Michael Jenkins. He didn't have the electricity of Clarrett, the versatility of Gamble, the heart of Krenzel, nor the soul of Mike Doss -- but the dude had guts to spare. Think about it: until Parris Campbell in this year's Rose Bowl, he was our last 1000-yard receiver, and he played for a Jim Tressel squad that lived and died with the Dave. 

Clarrett was a game breaker when healthy, but he was also injured part of that season. Gamble could do it all, but it's easy to forget he only had two touchdowns that year -- and none through the air. Krenzel threw for 2110 yards in 2002, and Michael Jenkins was responsible for more than half of those yards -- and six touchdowns (which was also half of Krenzel's total output for the season). Let's face it: we wouldn't have had a passing game without him -- and without at least some kind of vertical constraint, there's no way we'd have won the Fiesta Bowl (let alone played in it).

And while everyone remembers Holy Buckeye (rightfully so), this will always be the play that defined that magical 2002 season for me. 4th and 14 in overtime, trailing by 7 against one of the greatest college football teams ever assembled. It doesn't get much more do-or-die than this, and Jenkins makes it look easy.

Comment 06 Jun 2019

I'll never forget how Urbz swooped in and landed Noah Spence within, like, a month of being hired. It's easy to lose sight of how spoiled we've become since then, but Spence was a watershed moment for us. Here was a 5-star kid who didn't even have us on his radar, and Urban F. Meyer waltzes onto the scene and steals him from Penn State. And while his career didn't pan out the way we hoped, he was a harbinger of things to come.

Comment 06 Jun 2019

Man, that takes me back. Back then, gray boxes were Pandora's Box -- either we snagged a new commitment, or we'd been hit with FTM charges from the NCAA.

Comment 31 May 2019

CalPoppy curbstompin' cancer -- far and away the biggest BOOM of the day!

So happy for you, your friends, and your family!

Comment 16 May 2019

I'm not disagreeing for you that Herbie's gone to bat for OSU (he correctly called the CFP committee's decision to choose OSU over TCU and Baylor, much to most everyone else's chagrin at the time). However, right before he walked off the set in 2017, he straight-up said that 'Bama was the better team and deserved it over OSU. If I recall correctly, he said something along the lines of:

"I went into the Big Ten Title Game thinking that OSU had a great chance to cement themselves as the number 4 team. However, when I watched them play Wisconsin, I saw a team that just couldn't put the Badgers away -- despite being far and away the better team. After watching that game, I can't rightly say that OSU deserves to be the number 4 team after that."

He walked off the set because he was stunned. But he thought 'Bama was the better team. And I don't disagree with him. 'Bama was better -- and OSU's argument that year hinged on being the more "deserving" team.

Comment 16 May 2019

Ann Arbor is definitely worth a visit. As much as it pains me to say as an OSU alum, it's a gorgeous college town. Nice breweries (Jolly Pumpkin is worth a stop), bars (Ashley's is fantastic), and restaurants (the aforementioned Zingerman's deli and Northside Grill are particularly choice). Pro-tip: hit up Sava's for brunch -- fantastic cocktails and delicious farm-to-table food.

Even if you don't have time for extended drinking and dining, it's just a nice place to walk around. I don't have any specific recommendations for you, but park your car downtown and just wander. It's a really nice time.

Comment 03 Apr 2019

History of Rock n' Roll was spectacular -- but it's not necessarily a blow-off class, either. Still, though, I got to go see the Black Keys in Cleveland and then write a report on it -- so that's pretty cool I guess.

Comment 11 Mar 2019

Saw them twice on the "Attack and Release" tour. Took my future wife down to the LC for our first date to see them (walked from Taylor Tower) in late '08, and then went to see them at the Agora in Cleveland for their homecoming show at the end of that tour. Those shows -- especially the one in Cleveland -- were amazing. They were still touring as a duo back then, and they totally slayed.

I remember they did this hypnotic version of Junior Kimbrough's "Everywhere I Go" and an epic cut of "Stack Shot Billy" that felt like it would go on forever (in the best kind of way). And then they closed their encore with "Till I Get My Way". It was religious.

Comment 11 Mar 2019

I respect your opinion, man - but I see a pretty big difference between "The Big Come Up" and "Turn Blue". "Big Come Up" is this visceral hybrid of garage rock, blues, and hip-hop; whereas "Turn Blue" (and most of their work since "Attack and Release") has a much dreamier, psychedelic, and poppier soundscape (with some tracks on "El Camino" serving as a notable exception). Not that that's a bad thing, per se, but it's not really my cup of tea.  

That stripped down, raw aesthetic was the sound I fell in love with. And early tracks like "The Breaks", "Thickfreakness" (one of the greatest guitar riffs ever laid to wax), "My Mind is Ramblin'", and "10 AM Automatic" represent a sound that feels like they've long outgrown.

Granted, I'm a garage-rock junkie. So I'm sure I'm in the minority on that opinion.

Comment 19 Oct 2018

As a current resident of Dayton, I'll tell you that Town and Country seems to have turned a corner.  They've done a complete renovation, and while the place isn't totally full, it's definitely a lot nicer place than it was 5 years ago.

Comment 18 Oct 2018

@IowaBuckeyes - you're not wrong.  Most of the stares/eye rolls are from my friends who just don't appreciate my frosty platters of slang, even when they're served dripping with irony ; )

Comment 18 Oct 2018

Man, I'm only 29 and I feel like there's been at least 2 generations of slang that have passed me by.  I'll say "lit" and "YOLO" and people younger than me stare at me like I've got goddamned horns coming out of my head.

Comment 18 Oct 2018

...once-popular shopping mall.

Man - that blows my freaking mind.  I used to hang out there a lot as a high-schooler.  I still remember how off-the-chain that place was back when it opened -- it's crazy how quickly it's lost its luster.