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from Columbus, Ohio

MEMBER SINCE   October 08, 2014


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 1. September 30, 1972: Sitting in C deck with my dad, watching this kid freshman named Griffin gash North Carolina for 239 yards on 27 carries in an otherwise non-descript 29-14 win. Little did we know we were watching a future two-time Heisman winner.
    2. September 6, 2014: After months of describing to my 6 yo son just how massive Ohio Stadium is, we arrived the evening before the Virginia Tech debacle and walked around the outside. He was in awe of the structure, constantly looking upward and uttering the word "wow." The experience took me back 45 years to when I attended my first Ohio State game — Sept. 27, 1969, a 62-0 beatdown of TCU.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: All-Time (Archie Griffin, Rex Kern, Jack Tatum). Current (JT Barrett, Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott).
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: All-Time (John Havlicek, Jay Burson, Aaron Craft). Current (D'Angelo Russell).
  • NFL TEAM: Uh ... Ohio State?
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: New York Yankees
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew ... if I have to pick one

Recent Activity

Comment 30 Dec 2019

I am not about to suggest the fix was in, but this is a really good take. At the very least — and maybe it is — a list of those making the replay booth decisions should be provided to the media. 

Ohio State should not have been in a position to let this call determine the outcome, but it's evident from this story that the Buckeyes got royally screwed. There should be independent refs in the booths.  

Comment 23 Aug 2018

"Once that deliberation went past 4-5pm they should have just set a presser for 9AM the next morning, vowing that they would get a decision made prior to that."

EXACTLY. Plus you diffuse the media members who were getting cranky from waiting all day.  

Comment 23 Aug 2018

Wednesday night was just a PR debacle, and not sure who was in charge.

1. Could Meyer have handled Wednesday night better? Absolutely. I don't know if litigation kept him from mentioning Courtney Smith by name, but that would have quelled some of those out looking for blood.

2. Since domestic abuse seems to be at heart of this matter, had he / university announced the creation of some type of endowment / research — any type of positive community spin — it would have been hard to argue they didn't care.

3. The report coming out after the fact was wrong. Let those asking questions see it during conference, so they can be better prepared.

4. Did anyone really think all parties would be fresh and all smiles after 12 hours of heated debate. I'm sure Drake, Smith, Meyer were all fried, frustrated, angered, you name it. Then you put them out there and expect them to be forthcoming and remorseful and thought-provoking with their answers. ... Would it have been that bad to have come back this morning, so that everyone involved could have had time to reflect?

I just think the university had an opportunity to minimize the damage, possibly put a positive spin, and what happened was we v. them mentality.   

Comment 18 Aug 2018

Who doesn't have Christmas presents or other items delivered to their office, especially if at no cost to business? Not quite sure what the latest McMurphy news drop achieves. Some thoughts:

1. He essentially buried the last remains of Smith's football career. Unless he joins a staff with Durkin, Briles.
2. McMurphy clearly has a line to Courtney Smith. Likely he's had all of this info since the early interviews when this all began, so how convenient that he drops this latest just days after joining Stadium. 
3. Courtney Smith obviously knew all of this, so the investigating committee — which did interview her with her attorney — must also know this. If they don't know it? Then they can't really hold this latest against Smith or Meyer.
4. This could have all been handled better amongst the adults. The kids are the real losers. 

Also, notice that ESPN story refers to it a report in Stadium and fails to mention McMurphy, who it touted until this week. When ESPN mentions McMurphy regarding the initial interview, it fails to mention that he's now at Stadium. Just shoddy journalism.

Comment 03 Nov 2017

Yes, it starts in the home. I have seen plenty of so-called proper late-teen kids, so they do exist. But I see a lot of these up-and-coming 4- and 5-star athletes, whatever the sport, and they just have this attitude that they are entitled to things. It's told to them by their parents, their coaches (especially AAU basketball) and then when you have big-time programs drooling over you, it's hard not to think you are in control. And they are, but so a little respect and class.    

Comment 20 Oct 2017

wonder what the Buckeye stickers will look like. Yellow, perhaps, like wolf piss? Blood red for wolf carnage?? camo Buckeyes?? does a wolf trump a nittany lion?? if not, then someone in admin didn't do their homework, cause we all know a Buckeye will kill a wolverine. 

Comment 20 Oct 2017

When did Ohio State feel like it needed to compete with the Oregons and Floridas of the world. Alabama is Alabama because they do one thing really well. Play football. Screw the uniforms. Doesn't seem to hurt them in recruiting either wearing those boorish red and white unis. At least I could stomach the throwbacks to the Chic era cause it was a way of paying homage. But this crap-ass wolves thing? Who is OSU paying homage to? Duran Duran?? Kevin Costner. 

Comment 29 Nov 2016

Been watching college football since late 1960s. Not sure I've ever seen a punter with such command over a ball than he has. It's almost like watching Phil Mickelson with his wedges. He can make a ball dance to the tune. 

Comment 28 Nov 2016

As much as I thought he was over the line, the image shown isn't overhead, but also angled like many of the others being floated out there. If it was overhead, the hash marks wouldn't be angled. ... Regardless, it was a first down and ... THE BUCKEYES WIN.