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Jason Priestas

Staff

Columbus

MEMBER SINCE   August 20, 2006

Jason founded the site in late summer of 2006 after his wife grew tired of his constant Buckeye chatter. With a fifth grade command of the English language, it's a minor miracle that people discovered this site, let alone frequent it.

He lives in Chicago, but misses the friendly scarlet and gray-clad people of his native Ohio.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 MNC
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Antoine Winfield
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Ken Johnson
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • SOCCER TEAM: Liverpool FC

Recent Activity

Comment 08 Aug 2020

I agree. I think we're going to see a lot of other conferences doing the same thing and it's far too early to know how good of a commissioner he is right now. I can say that entities do not like to voluntarily give up the nearly $800M the Big Ten would pull in from having a football season, so it's not like they're just doing it to piss off fans.

Comment 08 Aug 2020

On May 3, 1980, Cari Lightner, a 13-year-old girl, was killed by a drunken hit-and-run driver at Sunset and New York Avenues in Fair Oaks, California. The 46-year-old driver, who had recently been arrested for another DUI hit-and-run, left Cari's body at the scene.[4] Cari's mother, Candace (Candy) Lightner, organized Mothers Against Drunk Driving and subsequently served as its founding president. A 1983 television movie about Lightner garnered publicity for the group, which grew rapidly.

Where is the part about a college being liable for that? I think I've had enough debate with Buster Bluth for today.

Comment 08 Aug 2020

So there's a long history of schools being sued by students who were in car wrecks on their own time? The car wreck comment was absolutely a weird semantics gotcha, no matter what you're trying to say now.

Nobody is disputing the fact that people tolerate nominal risk in their day-to-day lives, like driving a car for instance. All I'm saying is that schools are being incredibly hesitant due to liability concerns. It's honestly not hard to see.

Comment 08 Aug 2020

Can I catch car wreck from being near another car wreck? Is there a history of liability for colleges when students or student-athletes get in car wrecks on their own time? With all due respect, what a crazy argument to make.

I'm not disputing the death rate for people in this age band. I'm simply saying liability and amateurism are the two major hitches right now. That and colleges are probably a little worried about long-term concerns, which we don't know anything about at this time. Could be no long-term impact, could be something. I understand this may be frustrating. I'm just spelling out what colleges are considering.

Comment 08 Aug 2020

Two big problems for college football: amateurism and liability.

If college football players were paid or could collectively bargain, they could probably figure something out. But this amateurism thing, which schools have benefited off of for decades, is biting them in the ass right now.

Next up, liability. I could see a scenario in which 10,000 college football players are active this fall, but all it takes is one to die from COVID-19. Just one. The thought of that lawsuit is scaring the schools, and they're probably right to be afraid because that lawsuit is definitely coming if a player dies. And that's just the short-term liability angle. What if this thing causes long-term damage that we're blindly unaware of right now? If so, and big if, that's a bankrupt-a-school kind of problem if it's widespread.

Comment 27 Jul 2020

I don't love them, either, but a lot of it is based on your browsing history. I constantly get Amazon ads for things I've looked at and rarely get political ads. I'd compare it to watching your favorite sitcom on network TV. You're there, laughing and having a good time, and then during a commercial break, you get a campaign ad. You're not tuning in for that, but they happen all the same.

Honestly, it's also a brutal business environment for sports media right now, too, so I'm kind of hoping you can ignore them and scroll past them if you don't mind. We do try to keep ads light – unlike most of our competition, you won't find in-story video ads, sticky ads at the bottom of the site, or anything like that, so we hope everyone understands how tough it is right now and how we do our best.

(I got an AARP ad on this page just now, please end me.)

Comment 14 Jul 2020

Vague stuff, but not much. I remember it being a big deal that Penn State was plucking one of the nation's top high school football players right out of John Cooper's backyard. Grove City had some powerhouse teams back then for Central Ohio, but the population/skill level wasn't quite where it is now where teams in Franklin County can win big-school state championships.

Comment 03 Jun 2020

I appreciate that, but it's kind of a problem, right, if folks think we're just making news out of thin air? Or just covering political topics, like we're urging people to vote out Pelosi/McConnell for the hell of it.

We are going to provide comprehensive coverage of the Buckeyes. When the entire athletic department, from leadership to coaches and on down to the athletes, black and white, is taking this stand, we have to cover it. This is not Eleven Warriors making news. This is Eleven Warriors covering Ohio State athletics.

Comment 03 Jun 2020

I'm not sure what comments were zapped, and unfortunately when they're removed, they're gone forever. I do know the moderator team is a solid group with high character and are working very hard around here, particularly in this shitnado of a year. None of us are perfect and the fog of war can be thick at times. Perhaps they were accidentally fat-fingered or interpreted in a way you did not intend.

Comment 02 Jun 2020

I won't downvote you, because I see where you are coming from. However, you have to (hopefully) admit that when Ohio State makes the statement with this video like they did yesterday, it's news in the Ohio State football world and something we're going to cover as part of our goal to provide comprehensive coverage of Ohio State athletics.