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iowabuckeyes 12th Warrior

Iowa (via Cincinnati, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   June 15, 2013

BA from Ohio State. MA from Alabama. 100% Buckeye.

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Comment 22 hours ago

Someone should create a thread of some of his Jack Handey-like Deep Thoughts musings so that those who miss him can remember why a lot of us don't.

Comment 20 Jan 2020

If Ohio State beats Michigan as badly this year as it did the past two years, Don Brown may get left behind in Columbus.

Comment 20 Jan 2020

Honestly, I turned the game off at halftime. I could tell it wasn't going to end well. This team clearly lacks toughness and leadership; I'm not sure how you get past the the former--we all know you can't play soft in the rugged B1G--but someone can at least step up and be a leader, show some passion. 

Comment 19 Jan 2020

I dunno. Why has MLB invested millions to bring baseball to urban areas? 

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a youth baseball program operated by Major League Baseball. This youth initiative is designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball. The program was created by John Young in 1989 in Los Angeles, and now serves more than 200 communities. A former player and major league scout, Young decided that the best way to revive baseball in South Central LA would be to introduce a comprehensive youth baseball program for 13- to 16-year-olds. This program would not only encourage participation in baseball and expand the pool of talented prospects, but, more importantly, it would provide young people with a positive, team-oriented activity that would keep them off the streets while challenging them mentally and physically.

Comment 19 Jan 2020

Scroll up—I said that brokers of these deals will be the same bagmen in a different disguise. A lizard that changes its color is still a lizard. But reputable businesses aren’t going to get involved in a different form of payola. If a guy earns it, great, good for him but how many players do you honestly think are actually going to financially profit from this rule change? How many reputable local businesses do you think are going to spend money or make an endorsement deal just to lure an 18 year old recruit who may spend his career on the bench to Columbus? Not many.

Comment 19 Jan 2020

Boosters will promise kids endorsement deals with local companies and pay well-above market prices for those endorsements.

So you think respectable local businesses like Nationwide or Kroger or Wendy’s are going to sign a player like Jack Sawyer to an endorsement deal just to “legitimize” cash incentives that previously might’ve been paid under the table by a shady booster like Bobby DiGeronimo? Marketing doesn’t work like that. But the kids will want guarantees upfront to counter the cash other schools’ bagmen might be offering. Look at the NFL and how few players have endorsement deals, even locally; the vast majority are lucky to earn an appearance fee or two at a supermarket chain’s grand opening. 85 kids aren’t going to be flooding Columbus with ads. In the end, maybe the top 1% will benefit—freshman phenoms like Trevor Lawrence signing deals with Nike or Wheaties. A few may get a free car for promoting a car dealership, another tier may be paid for appearance fees but everything else will be low grade/low profile deals. The vast majority will get nothing.

Comment 19 Jan 2020

The biggest competition for football talent in the North is basketball. With a few exceptions (Chicago Phillips, Cleveland Glenville in its prime), urban schools can’t compete in football—they don’t have the money, the facilities, the coaching, the community support, or the players. Basketball is cheaper, more popular, and can be played year round. But how many 6-4/285 college basketball players are there? And 5-11 point guards are a dime a dozen in high school. But find a way to turn more of those kids toward football—the athletic 3-tech (Adolphus Washington), the 6-5/235 tight end (Antonio Gates), the 6-3/220 linebacker (Malik Harrison), the shutdown corner (Magwood)—and you’d have something to work with. Raw and under-coached, yes, but talented. It’s an initiative the NFL could be and should be championing.