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Pickerington, Ohio (via Brook Park, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   August 22, 2010


  • SPORTS MOMENT: January 3, 2003
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Chris Spielman & Orlando Pace
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 28 Jul 2020

Great explanation.  The Steelers' 3-4 scheme can hide how good a DE is, but it has changed recently.  Aaron Smith who played with the Steelers from 1999 - 2011 is one of the best DEs of that era that nobody heard of.

Cam has been getting his well-deserved props the past few years.

Comment 23 Jul 2020

That was one of the only games I can remember missing in the past 20+ years of OSU football.  I always wither attend or make sure I'm watching their games, regardless of where I am. 

My dad passed away that week.  He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma about 2 years prior.  Encephalitis is what took him in his weakened state.

I grew up in Brook Park, Ohio & my parents still lived there.  By that time, I was transplanted in central Ohio after graduating from Ohio State in '95.  But my dad was to be buried near where he grew up in SW Pennsylvania.  His burial was on that Saturday.  Obviously, one of the worst days of my life.  Afterwards, my uncle invited family and friends to attend a dinner at a local Italian restaurant...his treat.  I could hardly eat, so my brother & I made our way to the bar area.  Having a few beverages while we shared some tears.  Since we were south of Pittsburgh, the local ABC station had the Pitt game on rather than OSU/Purdue.  I believe it was actually PItt vs. WVU, so a rivalry game at that.  We watched as we complained it wasn't the Bucks.  They did keep cutting in with highlights nd score updates since the Buckeyes' game was being aired on ABC too.  The updates were not good, so it was making the day even worse.  And then it happened.  They cut in with the "Holy Buckeye" replay, and me and my brother embraced & cried again.  But these tears were better, and we knew our dad would be just as happy.  And he would be right there with us in that bar as the others enjoyed their dinners.  What was weird was our family pastor from Ohio was the only other person in the bar with us, hoping for Buckeye updates as well.  It was a surreal moment, it felt like my dad did that for us.

Comment 11 Jun 2020

If you have young kids (boys 12 & 9), check out Buddy Thunderstruck on Netflix.  Sadly, there's only one season of it but we've watched the season twice now.  It's pretty funny, but I like dumb comedies.  It kind of has a Ricky Bobby feel to it.

Comment 11 Jun 2020

It was this era of the Buckeyes that took me from a fan to a superfan.  I was 12 years old at this time.  I liked college football, but the '84 Bucks took me to a new level of a college football fan.  I loved this team and forever stuck with the Scarlet & Gray from then on, no matter what. 

I thought Byars was on his way to being a super-stud in the NFL.  If it weren't for his foot issues the following year, it would've most likely been true.  He had that awesome blend of size, power, and speed.  Much like Bo Jackson or Jerome Bettis had years later.  Byars still had a very good NFL career, but nothing like his trajectory seemed to be going at this time.  It was an absolute travesty he did not win the Heisman!

Ramzy, thanks for the awesome trip down memory lane!

Comment 05 Jun 2020

I graduated from tOSU in Spring '95.  So, I'm all for sticking it to TTUN and their parade of fools as much as possible.  I'd like to hear from the younger Buckeye fans and their thoughts on TTUN.  Do you get as much pleasure in rubbing it in or reliving the last few decades of victories as us older fans do?  Have you watched or read about the Cooper-era blunders, and "get it"?  We were many times the better team on paper, and just could not execute on the field against them.  Big 10 championships, and possible Nattys squandered.  

This still give me goosebumps...everything changed after this:

Comment 03 Mar 2020

I do the same thing!  We have colored tupperware bowls for my kid's lunches.  I never allow a blue bowl to be accompanied with a yellow lid, and vice versa.

on a related note, my youngest boy has no issues walking up to a complete stranger and tell them that they have the ugliest hat/shirt/etc. he's ever seen, when they are wearing TTUN gear.  He got that from me, and he's made me proud.  We live in a Columbus suburb, so there's no sympathy from me.

Comment 27 Feb 2020

Easy for me...Aerosmith.  Although I liked some of their 70s stuff (Sweet Emotion, Dream On, etc.), nothing makes me change the radio dial quicker than hearing an 80s-90s Aerosmith song.

My friends & I had 4th row floor tickets to see Aerosmith at the Richfield Coliseum in 1988.  It was their comeback tour.  One of my buddies brought a demo tape with us for the ride to the show, it was a tape of the opener (Guns n' Roses).  His brother gave it to him because he was the metal DJ at a local college radio station (Baldwin Wallace College).  At the time, GnR wasn't really well known.  Welcome to the Jungle was released but wasn't getting much airtime, Sweet Child of Mine was going to break a few short weeks later.  So none of us knew much about them.  They blew the f'ing roof off!  We were floored and became instant fans.  IMO, they put Aerosmith to shame.  I sat for the majority of Aerosmith's show thinking it sucked compared to GnR.

Comment 27 Feb 2020

That is surprising.  I've listened to some live LZ and thought it was really good, but maybe the best of the best is what is in circulation?

Comment 25 Feb 2020

Being a Deadhead myself, I specifically watch Pac12 hoops just to hear Walton's ramblings.  He cracks me up, I have a lot of friends that do the same thing.  His broadcast partner (Dave Pasch) has some classic comebacks to things that Walton says.

Comment 25 Feb 2020

I was attending OSU at the time.  The buzz around campus was that Vitale had a vendetta against Funderburke because he transferred from IU, while Vitale liked to hug Knight's nuts.

Comment 07 Feb 2020

I got my Deer Creek tickets, but in the lawn (we could only do the Saturday show).  I can't understand why in the hell do they give lawn tickets out for Phish pre-order?  There should be an option of "Pavilion or nothing", then I'd take my chances when they're released on Ticketmaster.

Comment 06 Feb 2020

I didn't realize the Freddy Jones Band was still around?  I saw them at the Newport in C'bus 1994-ish?  We used to listen to the "Waiting for the Night" cd a lot back in the day.  I'd love to catch them again.