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MEMBER SINCE   August 17, 2013

OSU grad, born in Cincinnati, now living on west coast.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2014 Season--Beating Bama & Ore for NC. Attending many OSU victories over TTUN, including in AA.
    Seeing Seattle Slew electrify the crowd down the stretch at Belmont, winning Triple Crown,
    & Hank Aaron's 3,000 hit (a scorer's gift) and 3,001 (HR) in Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John Havlicek (was lucky enough to meet him)
  • NFL TEAM: None due to asshat owners.
  • NBA TEAM: Muscleball? Not so much.
  • MLB TEAM: Go Giants!
  • SOCCER TEAM: USMNT, but: Offside rule, as enforced, is lame.

Recent Activity

Comment 17 hours ago

I am not sure Kaleb has the skills (mental, physical, and emotional) yet to play in the NBA. Maybe he will after another year at Ohio State. Then again, he may never play in the NBA. But he may well play pro ball somewhere—in a year or two.

I would like to see a good comparison between Kaleb and Sullinger, whom the Celtics drafted, but then cut loose.

Comment 19 May 2019

 Consistency! That's something osu has never had. 

What do you mean?

Coach Fred Taylor took the Buckeyes to the NCAA national championship game 3 straight years in the early 1960's. And he won 7 B1G titles in 14 years. Pretty consistent to me. Matta's teams won at least 20 games each year of his OSU career, except the last. Yes, there were some creampuff wins, like every other substantive team.

In football, OSU hasn't been consistent either. But it's all nit-picking. Pessimistic people always bring up flaws and faults: it doesn't take any talent to do so. Just a negative attitude. Not saying that's you, but it's easy enough to slip into that.

IMO, an attitude of gratitude is a better way to go. Thank you, coach Taylor. Thanks, coach Matta, Thanks, coach Holtmann.

Go Buckeyes!

Comment 19 May 2019

 Beilein is the far and away better in-game coach, who also coached players up better than Matta ever did.  

If so, how do you explain Matta's better numbers (wins, championships, head-to-head)?

On the contrary, we will have better coaches than Matta.

Really? I'm not against this, but what are your criteria for better coaches? Is it subjective? Or more overall wins, more 20-win seasons, more B1G championships, natties?

Comment 14 May 2019

James Tressel would be a very prudent addition to this working group, as well.

If he has the time, Tressel might contribute valuable insights, particularly about players selling their own gear for whatever reasons (helping their families or whatever). But Tressel was in their doghouse, and they may not want to let him out just yet. So the NCAA may not want his participation to be public. They would be wise to seek his input privately though.

Comment 11 May 2019

Gene Smith . . . said he had a list

Where did he get a list if no search were conducted? I strongly suspect the search firm he hired last time has kept in touch.

and he didn't call any of them because he was convinced that the next head coach at Ohio State was already working at the WHAC.

Are you concerned because Gene did not interview any other coaches? Gene has been OSU AD for 15 years, and has already hired a football coach and both hoops coaches, and many others. Been there, done that, knows what to look for.

Comment 11 May 2019

Day was handed the job, and I do mean handed. No national search for the next head coach at what is arguably college football's top job, and what is inarguably one of college football's top three jobs?

How do you know that this did not happen? Methinks you're selling Gene Smith short. He may well have had a very private search conducted. There was enough time & inclination to do so. Meyer's health issues were not a surprise to Urban's boss, and coupled with possible disenchantment with Meyer's handling of Zach Smith, may have precipitated a preliminary search last August. OSU may have wanted to be prepared . . .

Comment 09 May 2019

Hopefully, these guys have enough sense to hire a trustworthy financial guru to help them with their new found wealth

Trustworthy. Ay, there's the rub.

For anyone, I suggest starting early with John Bogle's 10 Rules of Investing, or Warren Buffet's advice to his wife upon his death/her inheritance ( a low cost index fund that follows the S&P 500).

John Bogle (Founder of Vanguard & low cost index funds):  “There is not such a thing as a permanently good investment manager. Investing is 95% luck and 5% skill. And if I’m wrong, it’s 98 and 2."

Ray Dalio's All-Season Portfolio is worth considering.

Comment 07 May 2019

 Ohio State can tout itself to new recruits by saying, "guys who choose to go to Ohio State almost always wind up being better off for having done so, no matter where the winds of Fate might take them." 

If I'm Day, not sure I'd want my staff leading with something like this.

Maybe, maybe in response to a fence-sitter in a real position of need.

Comment 07 May 2019

Why wouldn't it be better to have each player sign 1 year LOI?

A contract takes two parties. If a school wants 2 or 3 or 4 years, and the recruit wanted one-year, the school could refuse.

But in the B1G, I suspect the school can only offer 4-years.