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Matt Gutridge


from Columbus

MEMBER SINCE   July 12, 2013


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Ken Dorsey get flung down as the football fell to the ground.

  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Chuck Csuri // Mike Doss // Antoine Winfield
  • NFL TEAM: Seattle Seahawks
  • NBA TEAM: Michael Jordan
  • MLB TEAM: Indians / Yankees
  • SOCCER TEAM: Manchester City

Recent Activity

Comment 5 hours ago

Thanks, fixed.

South had two players on 8 rosters. Jim and Jeff Davidson were on the Buckeyes between 1984 and 1989. Jim was listed at linebacker, defensive line and center and wore numbers 84 and 77. Jeff played offensive tackle and guard and wore No. 50. 

Comment 22 Jun 2019

Awesome. Nice find on Howard.

South had more players listed on Ohio State rosters, but they were before 1970. The school has a deep and proud history and alumni association. The boys' basketball team made it to the state finals this year.

Comment 21 Jun 2019

Hung out with Jackson's brother, Jordan, in a class during my freshman year of college. Jordan was a nice guy and was also a kicker in high school. Jordan shared that when Josh was being interviewed, he would make a circle image with his hand to say "hi" to his family and friends. Or something like that.

Comment 20 Jun 2019

Sometimes it seems that the path to Buckeye glory is fraught with more potholes than not. Makes luck seemingly the decisive factor. Or making your own luck, anyway.

For sure. As you have read, or will read, there have been many talented players that were reserves because they had all-time great Buckeyes playing in front of them. Had that reserve player been on the team during a time that their position was not as deep, that talented player may have become a household name.

As a coach, there have been many seasons when I have thought, "man I wish this kid was a year or two older, or younger." The reason? The kid has the talent to be a varsity player, but the position he plays is loaded with talent that season and it keeps him from playing. It's a shame, but that is reality and the same thing the kids will face in the "real" world. 

Comment 19 Jun 2019

Yes, you are correct. There is a Firestone High School in Akron. The Firestone naming rights to a high school came around 40 years after the family wanted to help build the high school that is featured above.

Garfield and Firestone are two different schools. Like others have written above, a shame that politics prevented Garfield from being named Firestone. The family was willing to provide a lot of nice features for the school in the 1920s.

Comment 19 Jun 2019

Looks like only East and Chaney are still open...My how times have changes and how old it makes me feel.   

I feel you, NoVAsmitty. It's still better to feel old, than not get older. 

Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge about the schools in the Akron/Canton area.

Comment 17 Jun 2019

Floyd Stahl,
Yes, Bill Matlock and Antonio Smith are two of the players. Matlock (1986-88) was the first Beechcroft alum to be a Buckeye. There were three other guys to make an Ohio State roster, but you'll see their names in the piece. Give it about a month and Beechcroft will be the featured school in the countdown.

As you know, Independence was the first Columbus Public (it's City now, but to me it will always be Public) team to make the countdown. In all, six teams will make the top 100. The next Columbus Public team will be featured on Saturday. 

Sorry for the delay in response, just got home.

Comment 17 Jun 2019

Calling the schools "Columbus Independence" and "Columbus Bishop Ready" might be better for purposes of clarity.

Nope, my school is the only Independence. All of the other ones are pretenders and need the extra info to identify where they are from. Just like when I say I'm from Columbus, I'm not adding Ohio to the end of the city. Columbus, GA can go to hell.

Buckeye Chuck, to clarify, I'm just joking around.

Comment 17 Jun 2019

It's also hard to turn down Roy Williams and a blue-blood program like Kansas. You are correct about the turmoil in the program. It was the mid/late '90s and the last years of Ayers with the Buckeyes. Nobody knew that O'Brien and the Final Four run were on the horizon.

Looking back, Gregory made the right choice. Another "what if" for him is what would have happened to his career had he entered the NBA Draft after his freshman year at KU? 

Comment 17 Jun 2019

Major H,
Thanks, but definitely not.

Seriously debated on whether or not to include that info in the Notable section. My wife was much more accomplished at the school than I was. She's in the Academic Hall of Fame, Athletic Hall of Fame (All-Ohioan) and was our class' valedictorian.