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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

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Comment 18 Sep 2019

Greatest one night stand of my life was:

Complete hottie, blonde with enormous tattas, smiles for miles, and teeny tight waste and caboose, with a Michigan shirt on...  commence discussions in the bar.  Several drinks later and mind you no discussion about the horrible taste in shirts she had on - we end up at my place.  Fun ensues....  flashing forward.... she left with one of my Ohio State t-shirts and a smile on her face. 

God to be single and unfiltered again...

Comment 14 Sep 2019

How the Civil War Created College Football:

At a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., on June 10, 1890, the philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson declared, “I ask to make [Soldiers Field] a memorial to some dear friends who gave their lives … to their country and to their fellow men in the hour of great need — the War of the Rebellion.” The 31 acres of marshlands and pasture that Higginson donated to Harvard College, his alma mater, would serve as the site of the country’s oldest concrete football arena, Harvard Stadium, built over a decade later in 1903. As he memorialized the Civil War dead, the Union veteran addressed a group of 400 male students and alumni, most of whom were too young to have experienced and learned from the horrors of battle during the nation’s bloodiest war. Like Higginson, however, many late-19th-century Americans saw a deep connection between the battlefield and the athletic field, believing that collegiate athletics, including football, could teach the next generation their “own duties as men and citizens of the Republic” and train them to manage “the burden of carrying on this country in the best way.”

Prior to football’s postwar rise in popularity, antebellum Americans enjoyed sporting events like boxing, harness racing and early forms of baseball. According to the historians Elliott J. Gorn and Warren Goldstein, however, the Civil War “engendered an ethos of sacrifice, of dedication to the heroic cause” in male soldiers who played a variety of organized sports on teams within military units. After the war’s end, universities took on the role of creating student athletes through organized sports initiatives that inculcated young men with the Victorian virtues of masculinity and sportsmanship. Educational institutions began to emphasize the importance of athletics; in 1872, The New York World remarked: “There can scarcely be any question … that the increasing impulse towards athletics in all our colleges is in itself a good thing.”

Football was one of the most popular of these new collegiate activities, and it developed rapidly. The first intercollegiate American football game occurred on Nov. 6, 1869, when students from Princeton and Rutgers faced off in an informal match. Rutgers confronted Columbia in 1870, and Harvard and Yale first battled in 1875. University football teams continued to multiply in number after Princeton, Yale, Columbia and Harvard established the Intercollegiate Football Association in 1876.

A hybrid of early American folk football and British rugby, post-bellum American football was a violent sport that, according to the historian Allen Guttmann, appealed to young men hoping to “demonstrate the manly courage that their fathers and older brothers had recently proved on the bloody battlefields of the Civil War.” Bravery was a prerequisite for players in an era preceding the widespread use of helmets. In 1905 alone, 18 players were killed and 159 sustained severe wounds, statistics that motivated several universities to shut down the sport on their campuses. Despite its rough nature, football continued to flourish at many leading institutions.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Americans imbued football games with military significance. In 1908, The New York Tribune noted that “football as played in America to-day between schools or colleges is not a mere game,” but “an intercollegiate contest [that] assumes in the minds of players, coaches, students, graduates, and the affiliated public the importance of war.”

Many viewed football as a way of training the next generation of men for military service. Harper’s Weekly stated in 1898 that “the value of football as a means of keeping alive a martial spirit in time of peace has been abundantly dwelt upon,” and that “veteran football-players would be expected to excel … if war came.” Describing Princeton’s triumphant football team in 1897, the sportswriter Caspar Whitney declared, “Had those same men been drilled in the science of war instead of in the science of football, the same persistence of purpose and unity of endeavor would have attained the same conquest over their opponents.”

For many, football was itself training for war. Football manuals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries describe the sport as a military endeavor. In his 1895 “Book of College Sports,” Yale’s coach, Walter Camp, encouraged players to exhibit the bravery of a soldier entering a difficult battle, writing that a player should “face it like a man … on the side of the men who want no chance of retreat or escape, only a fair contest and certain victory or defeat at the end of it.” In 1921, Charles Daly, the coach of the United States Military Academy, called football “a war game” and described troops marching to battle, teams combatting an enemy squad, scouts reconnoitering and linemen charging in his manual “American Football: How to Play It.” Striving to show the “remarkable similarity [that] exists between war and football,” Daly even advocated the application of military exercises to players, arguing, “No soldier ever benefited more by intensive and carefully planned drill than does the football player.”

Football’s traditions further reveal its martial sensibilities. The political scientist Michael Mandelbaum notes that athletes stream onto the field in brightly colored uniforms, marching bands perform rousing tunes and students collectively sing to encourage their champions. Intriguingly, early fight songs reveal that memories of the Civil War persisted in the popular mind during the postwar era. Just six years after the war ended, Rutgers students chanted, “We’ll quickly bury all the slain / And to-morrow the living are ready again, / To follow that bully foot-ball” in their “Foot-Ball Song.”

Reflecting on the nation’s wartime wounds, educators sought to equip young men for military action by teaching them about masculinity and courage through collegiate football. Americans’ desire to remember or learn from the conflict shaped the sport’s militaristic rules, lexicon, rituals and popular perceptions. As a result, football’s Civil War lineage is still perceptible today.


Comment 14 Sep 2019

I think they heard my complaint - because GAME ON!!! 

Yesterday's rain delay hurts the Twins more than the Tribe in my opinion because we are at home.  On the road, hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. are all distractions. 

Comment 13 Sep 2019

Been there as well - think the vibe around the Browns game was because they sucked so long that what else is there to do but drink, fight, get drunk some more, go home and get in an argument with the old lady, talk with the police about why you shouldn't go to jail, drink some more = rowdy. 

Comment 13 Sep 2019

^^^ I hear ya on that one.  Just drove by the area - staying near 12th street in Canton with family (saves on hotel costs for my 6-week trip in the US). 

It has been many years since I was home in Canton, Ohio and I am so impressed by the level of patriotism that exists here, how nice the town is, how much there is to do here, and how nice the people are. For those of you that live here and disagree - travel to places abroad and go beyond the gates of the resorts to the reality that exists just beyond... the world is unlike the United States - the greatest nation in the world.

Comment 12 Sep 2019

Boston Butt is a great choice for smoking - the meat not a girl from Boston... or perhaps both.  :-)

Seriously though; has just enough fat that when smoked it really makes the meat super tender and it just pulls apart when done.  You should be able to slay several at the same time and become instant king of your neighborhood with the smell that will be emanating throughout the burrow. 

For a rub - super easy really.  Pat dry the meat with paper towels and use any type of rub you'd like.  I often make 3 or 4 different rubs and do several at the same time all with different subtle differences via rub.  In the end the balance comes in with your BBQ sauce selection, to which, you can also vary per butt. 


Comment 12 Sep 2019

So... what is the lesson here?  Actions catch up to you, actions have consequences, and in this day and age NOTHING ever stays quiet.  If you're up to something it will nearly always come back to haunt you.  Lynn Swann just got an integrity check and he failed. 

Comment 12 Sep 2019

It's CRAPifornia - of course they'll screw it up... like so many other things.  Poo Poo on the streets of San Fran is OK and apparently so is screwing up all college football...  Ugh.  Not to be dark but isn't there a fault line that could just crack it off of the U.S.? 

Comment 10 Sep 2019

Sorry but I took a knee on the NFL and NBA years ago - NOTHING surprises me with these idiots.  I am sorry folks but we put too much focus on pro athletes and movies stars and not enough focus on the real heroes out there such as law enforcement, military, firemen, and other service industries that put their lives on the line every day.  Each time I hear a reference of an athletes performance being "heroic" I want to vomit.  F them.  Is he guilty?  Who knows.... and frankly my sense is most likely he is.

Comment 09 Sep 2019

I just want to know WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO US EVERY YEAR???? 

This team is as talented as any others in recent memory and these teams year after year just love to suck in August and to chase in September.  WTF? 

Comment 09 Sep 2019

I got this today in regard to the UM game (came via my one UM friend):

"The “cut blocking” you warned about happened on every play. One of our interior linemen was double teamed and “cut blocked” on 22 plays. Lucky to survive with no serious injuries. Not pretty but a W."

Says a lot... so chop blocks is why they got their asses handed to them for 4 quarters?  Epic. 

Comment 09 Sep 2019

What is wonderful is they will be ranked highly when we kick their asses.

Good times, great team, solid D, solid O, and solid special teams = we got this.  This team is extra special... it resonates in their actions on the field, off the field, and everywhere else.

Comment 08 Sep 2019

Exactly ^^^^^

Blackcoffee - not sure what you're putting in your coffee, perhaps lots of whiskey, but Reddit works all the time with ease and little to no heartache.