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Around the World but mostly Europe

MEMBER SINCE   July 23, 2013

Active duty military for a while, 33-years, retired 2019.

Grew up in Ohio and have been a lifelong fan of The OSU.

Drop me an email if you have any unique, rare, etc. Ohio State football items.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Too many to list.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Charles "Chic" Harley.
  • NFL TEAM: NFL Sucks - no team and no to the league
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Napoli

Recent Activity

Comment 5 hours ago

Man... my heart just sank.  I feel terrible for the kid.  Screw AlaBaba and Devil Saban...

Comment 6 hours ago

Recent discovery – my Full 1917 Ohio State vs Camp Sherman, Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1917 ticket.

Beautiful front and back with an interesting “X” marked across the front – oddly enough the X appeared at the hands of Lynn St. John who also used the reverse of the ticket as a form of a post-it-note… where he wrote “Lt. Art V. Wortman, Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX” on the back. The history buffs in here may recall my previous article titled “The Case of Cadet Charles W. Harley” where Lt. Wortman was mentioned:

Chic had an issue with his superior officer, Lt Wortman, and he was subsequently court martialed on May 24, 1919 and found guilty of “smiling in a sneering manner while being reprimanded and contemptuously saying “can you do it?” or words to that effect” and of “appearing at the orderly room of his organization with his shirt not buttoned”.

My sense is that SAINT had this ticket in the drawer of his desk and he received news regarding the trouble that his star running back was in and he quickly made the note – curious about the connection = look at Lynn St. John’s handwriting and you will quickly see the connection not to mention SAINT’s efforts to get the star running back free from the brig. By mid-to-late June Chic Harley was released from Kelly Field and was being processed out of the service at Camp Grant in Illinois - stay tuned.

Additional Note:

The 1917 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 1917 college football season. The Buckeyes compiled an 8–0–1 record and became Big Ten Conference champion for the second straight year with a 4–0 record in conference play. Ohio State outscored opponents 292–6. The tie was against Auburn during an exhibition game (if you chat with Auburn fans they'll claim it was a normal game... which it was not).

In my humble opinion – THE 1917 Ohio State Buckeye season should be formally declared as our 2nd National Championship season following the 1916 season which is clearly a National Championship season… if Alabama can claim 12 mysterious NC’s based on internal theories created by a writer at Alabama… these two could / should be counted by The OSU.

Comment 6 hours ago

“The Case of Cadet Charles W. Harley”

Private First-Class Charles W. Harley was in the Detachment of Flying Cadets, Kelley Field, South Antonio, Texas. He was born in Chicago, September 15, 1895. He graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio in June 1915 and he then entered the Ohio State University in Columbus across town from his old high school that same year. His freshman year, 1915, he remained on the freshman team as a non-starter and there is no record of him contributing to the 1915 football team. In 1916 and 1917 as a member of the University football team he was a big factor in bringing two Western Conference Championships to the University. During the 1916 and 1917 campaigns Chic was selected by Walter Camp as a member of the Mythical “All American” eleven.

Chic was Captain elect for the 1918 team… but 1918 had other plans in store for some of our boys, Harley included, that being World War I. In early April of 1918 Chic Harley left for Texas following completion of ground course instruction at Ohio State – he quickly finished his preliminary flying work in Texas at Kelley Field and was waiting for his officer commission and assignment but unfortunately met with some trouble and was disciplined for some breach of conduct and was then dismissed from service, however, he was then reinstated but was required to repeat the training that he had previously completed.

Meanwhile the war in Europe was starting to wind down and many efforts were beginning slow down, flight schools included, and Chic was slated to return to Ohio State but wanted to get his officer commission prior to his departure. On May 2, 1919, Private First-Class Harley had finished his necessary training (for the second time) and began to check in his military effects preparatory to discharge as a Private First-Class prior to his commission and had planned to leave for Columbus shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately, Chic had an issue with his superior officer, Lt Wortman, and he was subsequently court martialed on May 24, 1919 and found guilty of “smiling in a sneering manner while being reprimanded and contemptuously saying “can you do it?” or words to that effect” and of “appearing at the orderly room of his organization with his shirt not buttoned”. Additional charges were levied, to which, he was thankfully found not-guilty of but one can easily see how petty the overall charges were. The additional charges were claims of Harley “sleeping on his cot in the barracks after 7:30 AM, breaking his arrest before he was authorized to leave, and for leaving the barracks without proper authority.

Chic Harley was found guilty of the first two charges and was sentenced to “be confined at hard labor” for a period of “three months”. He began serving his sentence immediately following the courts martial and received credit for the days he had already been held starting on May 2 or 3, 1919.

Clearly this news would shock his family and the University not to mention what this would mean to the Ohio State Football team for their upcoming 1919 season… thing is no one knew. Apparently, Chic did not let on to anyone what was going on because he was “embarrassed” by the entire situation but his return to Columbus in late spring / early summer was in serious jeopardy and his plans to enroll in summer classes and practice with his beloved Buckeye squad were all slipping away. Thankfully the Ohio State administration began wondering where their beloved Chic was and apparently began needling the Kelley Field Commanding Officer and wardroom to get answers, to which we can all only guess how shocked they were to discover that Ohio State’s amazing athlete had been sitting in the Guard House at Kelley Field and had been there since early May of 1919…

Stay tuned.

Comment 6 hours ago

Epic meltdown.  E P I C

Old saying go fuck yourself applies here.

Comment 15 Nov 2019

What made me nervous about the marijuana stocks is the fact that there are so many of them - smells of bubble market that killed so many people's portfolios when tech industry grew so quickly and full of unknowns that were all "sure fire guarantees to make you millions". 

I will suggest that if you do get in - when the stock gets to a point where you can sell a % of your shares and pay back your initial investment that is what you need to do.  This is my standard rule for all stocks (mutuals are different because I want the dollar cost averaging that comes via that method).  Example: I was heavy in SHOPIFY and bought in at around $40 - but once it hit $80 I sold 50% of my shares and was playing with house money at that point = sold all at $180 and overall cleared a damn good return.  GREED kills investors.  Don't get greedy.  Would have been easy to look back at that stock now with regret because it is now over $400 per share - but I don't because I look at the upside of the profits made.  Now clearly not all stocks go up = have a preset threshold to sell at because the ride downward can really hurt if you don't have a sell order in at a preset limit on your account.

Last item: do your homework.  Too many jump in to things like this, and tech when it was hot, and so on, without knowing anything about the company other than the headline = recipe for disaster. 

Comment 11 Nov 2019

You nailed that = SEspnC losses just mean more... 

AlaBaba lost on their home field and should be held accountable for that loss.  They have not been. 

Comment 08 Nov 2019

It is like wives and the IRS. Never offer information, only answer the questions they ask and answer them in the least number of words as possible.

Comment 08 Nov 2019

There were folks just outside the main entrance selling them at the MSU game.  Didn't look to see how much but they had them.

Comment 02 Nov 2019

Never heard of this and watched it this evening based on the comments herein.  FANTASTIC film.  Thank you!

Comment 01 Nov 2019

Where are you?  Based on name; you're in Rome? 

I just moved from Rome back to Sicily - was there for 3-years.

Comment 31 Oct 2019

Exactly - 100% - on point. 

Even before his recent antics his "acting" is so predictable.  Seriously; his roles are ALWAYS the same and not since Goodfellas has he done anything worth watching... nothing.

Comment 31 Oct 2019

I'm betting the farm that LSU exposes them - the shame is that the rankings will not reflect UNLESS LSU unleashes hell fire and crushes them 50 to 0.  Even then AlaBaba will only fall 1 spot because "SEspnC is so tough"....  I digress. 

Comment 30 Oct 2019

Great read - Great summary - Great hope we crush them all.

Line the SOBs up and knock them over. 

Comment 29 Oct 2019

and he fades back with a 3-pointer from under his own net... 

Talk about digging one out of the archives.  A good one that begs the question; what has happened to any information that is known?  Amazed to see M. Av hasn't "killed himself" in some sort of "freak accident" yet...