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Moses Cleveland


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Comment 04 Jan 2018

I mostly enjoyed Mike & Mike. It’s unbelievable they were able to say on the air together for 18 years. I started listening to them on cold Ohio winter mornings on my way to work over ten years ago. I’ve moved several times since then and switched jobs, but M&M remained a morning mainstay for me.  Occasionally I’d turn the channel when Greenie talked about the Jets too much or if they had a guest I wasn’t interested in. Overall, my biggest criticism is the show was too NFL heavy. I wished they would have spent more time on college football and the NBA. It’s interesting, now that Greenie is off the air, he has been tweeting quite a bit about how CFB is much more interesting than the NFL this year … Mike, it ALWAYS HAS BEEN!

The best part of the show was the true synergy the two had with one another.  To simplify it as just a “jock and a nerd” isn’t doing the show justice. Greenie was a true journalist who had a passion for sports, but also the truth. He was a good interviewer and an excellent moderator/facilitator. He knew how to keep things going. Meanwhile, Golic would bring some excellent takes of his own from his playing experience. He seemed to grow into a more serious role as the show progressed – but always knew when to provide some levity or sophomoric joke. On that note, they usually kept to sports, but they knew when to talk about their families and other things going on in their life. When they went off-topic, it was interesting and you as a listen felt like you really knew/cared about the two men and their families. I'd find myself on the way to work laughing about something which came up on the show, as if it had happened to someone I knew in real life.  That's the sign of a good show. 

Unfortunately, Trey Wingo is just not a good fit. I almost feel bad for him. He doesn’t seem to know his lane. Is he supposed to be goofy? Should he be serious? The result is a lot of jibber jabber and a man who just doesn’t seem comfortable on air. And frankly, I just don’t find him very likeable. He is a "nerd" like Greenie with *much less* of the substance. 

Podcasts are fantastic – you can listen to exactly what you want – the only problem (like everything on the internet) you may find yourself in your own bubble too much.

Comment 07 Dec 2017

About Iowa: The Hawkeyes are clearly not as good as their 55-24 crushing of Ohio State, but they may not be as bad as the national pundits think either. Consider this from Jordan Hansen at Black Heart Gold Pants,  "There’s arguments to be had on both sides. Iowa did finish the season 7-5 with a bad loss to Purdue and, uh, four losses to top-25 teams? Think about it. Iowa was literally three inches from beating No. 9 Penn State. Lost 17-10 against No. 16 Michigan State. Lost in overtime against No. 21 Northwestern. Got blown out in Madison by a sixth-ranked Wisconsin team that was seven points from the Playoff."

Personally, I watched almost every second of Iowa and Ohio State this year. Both were inconsistent at times. (Duh). The truth is, OSU would be in the playoffs this year if they had ONLY lost to Oklahoma or Iowa. Unfortunately, the two losses and 31-0 vs. Clemson last year were the biggest factors in the committee's decision to put them in the Cotton Bowl instead of the CFP.

Of course, if we were getting ready for a rematch vs Dabo's boys I'd be convincing myself the Bucks could win - but ultimately - the next CFB champion will likely be Georgia, Oklahoma or Clemson - not the #4 team anyways.

I'm going to remember this year for Beating TTUN (again) a Big 10 Championship and hopefully knocking the snot out of SC. Next year I am excited about coming back with a strong team led by Haskins, and a game plan which utilizes more downfield passing and downhill running with two great tailbacks. Go Bucks. Go Big Ten.

Comment 02 Nov 2017

This Ohio ex-pat hopes all Buckeye fans who make it out here enjoy their weekend in the Iowa City area.  I second (and third) Marc's recommendations of 30 Hop in Coralville Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City.  Both would be excellent spots for pre-game or post-game libations.  Of course, downtown and the Ped Mall is neat the first time you see it, but most locals who are above 24 years old avoid it on weekends during the fall and spring semesters; too much light beer swigging and frat bros for my liking.

In addition, I posted this in the Forum the other day, but I would be remiss if I did not *highly* recommend Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in nearby Swisher, IA. (about 15 minutes north of IC) The place just won National Distillery of the Year in April 2017, beating out 1300 other craft whiskey operations. It's good damn whiskey (and wine if you are into that). It is worth checking out if you have some time. 

Have fun and Go Bucks. Beat Iowa. 

Comment 31 Oct 2017

Yes - good info from Ohio Ex-pats living in IA towards the bottom of this thread. Check it out! 

I would be remiss, if I didn't mention a truly award-winning experience at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery in Swisher (about 15 minutes north of IC). I understand most people are in town for one or two nights to watch football, BUT Cedar Ridge was named Distillery of the Year by the  American Distilling Institute in April 2017. It's good whiskey (and wine if you are into that) plus the property is quite breathtaking. I would link directly to Cedar Ridge's website, but it seems my work internet is blocking me for some reason. 
www.crwine.com 

Enjoy Iowa City - it truly is an oasis on the prairie. If you just stay in IC/Coralville area you won't even see corn! 

Comment 31 Oct 2017

If you want cow tipping, better head northeast of Iowa to Wisconsin. Go Bucks. Beat Iowa! 

Comment 31 Oct 2017

The Des Moines Area Buckeye Club and the Eastern Iowa Buckeye Club are hosting an unofficial tailgate in Iowa City on Saturday. I copied/pasted this info from their Facebook site below.  I've lived in Iowa City for 7 years. - for what it's worth - if you've never been to IC, you should check out the Ped Mall. It looks like the Buckeye meeting point is Brothers, which is your typical college "bro" bar. Not bad to watch football and swig beer. If you want to have a really good cocktail - Clinton St. Social Club is a must. Off-campus, 30-Hop in the Iowa River Landing (Coralville) and Big Grove Brewery (just south of downtown on Gilbert St.) are very nice places and will have a more adult crowd than you will find on the Ped Mall. Good luck to all of those traveling into IC this weekend! Go Bucks. 

Copied and pasted info below: 

Buckeye Tailgate 
Hancher Auditorium Commuter Lot, 141 East Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242
The Eastern Iowa Buckeye Club is coordinating a common tailgate location for Buckeye fans coming to Iowa City. We will be tailgating at Hancher Auditorium, aka Lot 55 on campus maps. This lot has free parking as well as a free shuttle service to Kinnick Stadium for the game. It is a paved area in case of rain, but has surrounding grassy areas to use if the weather cooperates. There is no charge but everyone will need to bring their own food and drink, as there will not be catering or food available to purchase. The lot will open at 6AM. Warning: campus and city police are very restrictive enforcing open container laws, even in tailgating areas so bring cups, too.

Brothers Bar & Grill PRE-GAME
"Buckeye Base Camp" for those who prefer to tailgate indoors or barhop the campus bar scene.
125 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, 319-338-6373
• Open at 10AM for pre-game (most bars will open 10AM)
• $3 “Buckeye Bombs” to anyone wearing Ohio State gear
• $4.50 Vodka Red Bulls
• $4 Bloody Mary's
• $3 Domestic Drafts
• $3 Vodka Mixers
parking
• Sheraton, S. Dubuque St. (enter off Burlington)
• Hotel Vetro, S. Linn St
• Free street parking is limited and a lot is metered. The farther east you go from the bar area, the better chance of finding free street parking.

STADIUM AREA PARKING
Most parking on the west side of campus requires a permit. The best open paid option is the Hospital parking ramp at S. Grand Avenue and Melrose Avenue. It costs about $20-$30. Hawkeye fans tailgate inside the garage. If it’s open, consider the top level for fresh air.

THE HAWKEYE EXPRESS
• The Hawkeye Express train is owned and operated by the Iowa Northern Railway Company. It drops you off and picks you up 500 feet from Kinnick Stadium.
• It’s comprised of six bi-level commuter cars and can hold around 1,300 people on each trip. 
• There are benches for seating that hold 2-3 people/bench on the lower level with standing room as well. Upstairs there are long benches along the windows, which give you a great view along the ride and is our favorite place to sit! 
• Each railcar can seat approximately 160 people and with standing room can accommodate over 200 people making a train total capacity of more than 1,200 people.
• The trip between Coralville and Kinnick stadium is about eight minutes at speeds up to 35 mph. 
• Passengers can listen to the pre-game radio broadcast on the way to the stadium. 
• As the train is not wheelchair accessible, patrons with restricted mobility are invited to use reserved parking spaces near Kinnick Stadium.
• Cost: A round-trip ticket on the Hawkeye Express is $15/person ages 13 and up. {This is an increase from the old rate of $12/person.} Kids ages 12 and under are free!! You can purchase tickets in advance at the 
University of Iowa Athletics Ticket office in Carver Hawkeye Arena from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Mon-Fri, or on game day at the Hawkeye Express Depot located by IHOP. Bring cash if you’re paying at the Depot.
• Schedule: The Hawkeye Express starts running 4 hours before kick-off. The train runs every thirty minutes, and the ride is about eight minutes one-way. The last train to Kinnick leaves Coralville at kick-off time. No trains 
run during the game until the start of the 4th quarter, when service resumes. Trains run every 30 minutes from Kinnick to Coralville until 90 minutes after the end of the game. The line can be very long after the game. 
Consider catching an early train to avoid the line.

• Where to pick it up: The Hawkeye Express boarding area is located by IHOP and the Comfort Suites in Coralville. The address is 2435 James St, Coralville, IA 52241. There is free parking in lots by the plaza, or you can 
park by Coral Ridge Mall and walk over. The train leaves from Coralville and stops right by Kinnick, just below Melrose Avenue.

IOWA CITY BARS & RESTAURANTS
Popular Campus Area Bars (Ped Mall area)
• Brothers Bar: 125 S. Dubuque St
• Summit: 10 S. Clinton St
• Joe's Place: 115 Iowa Ave
• The Airliner: 22 S. Clinton St
• Mickey’s Irish Pub: 11 S. Dubuque St
• The Sports Column: 12 S. Dubuque St
• DC’s: 124 S Dubuque St
• The Union Bar: 121 E College St

Campus Area Food
• Clinton Street Social Club awesome for a smaller group of 6-8 or for a nightcap
• Iowa Chop House: great food, craft beers; hard to get a reservation
• Zombie Burger is a funky burger joint that serves fun food and craft beers

Off Campus
• Big Grove Brewery: New, about 2 miles from campus
• 30 Hop: It's off-campus, recommended highly for dinner, cocktails & craft beer
• Backpocket Brewing: Near 30 Hop; Backpocket doesn’t serve food
• BlackStone: Great food
• Old Chicago: It's on the Coralville retail strip, which is the retail area that abuts Iowa City
• The Vine Tavern & Eatery, Coralville: Good for burgers; there's another on the other side of campus that's smaller
• Wig & Pen Pizza Pub: Also on the Coralville Strip

Comment 05 Feb 2014

I was at the game - I couldn't understand why the Iowa fans were booing Craft, other than being Ohio State's best/most well-known player. He played one of his best games of the year with the boos roaring down on him every time he touched the ball.


Fun moment:  At the end of the “Quick Change” halftime show – the performer threw glitter into the air, most of it landed on a tarp … but a little bit was left on the court. As the performers and arena staff were cleaning up the, OSU came out of the locker room to warm-up. Without missing a beat, Aaron Craft runs to midcourt, picks up some glitter, kindly hands it to the crew and continues to the layup line. Pure class. #swoon

Comment 04 Feb 2014

I’ll be there tonight! I'll be one of the only ones donning scarlet and gray.  It’s going to be a tough environment in Carver-Hawkeye arena. Go Bucks.

Comment 04 Dec 2013

For the most part, ESPN has plummeted from the highlight driven, sports centered (no pun intended) network of my youth. – to a knee jerk reactionary, TMZ style clown show filled with pinheads, jerks and blowhards – the 30 for 30 documentaries represent the small portion of ESPN that isn’t “the most part.”

Comment 01 Apr 2012

Go Bucks! William Buford is a warrior. Hate to see the senior go out with a loss - but let's be honest, the Final Four is a huge accomplishment for this team and for Buckeye Nation.

Thanks #44.

Comment 31 Mar 2012

I am very disappointed that we lost this game; especially at how we let a 13 point lead turn into a 2 point loss.


But to be honest, I thought we’d lose the next game to UK, no matter how well we played, because they’re basically an NBA team.


So I am at peace with this turnout. The Buckeyes did us all proud by making it to the Final Four. Props to William Buford for playing his best game in the tournament – I will miss #44, as well as any other player that declares for the NBA draft. Go Bucks.
 

Comment 23 Mar 2012

This zealousness and amount of negative criticism this student athlete has received from bloggers on this site and elsewhere, continues to amaze me.

Yes. He had a poor shooting night. We all wish Buford would find his shot sooner than later. But to say he is completely to blame for when the Bucks do poorly is not only inaccurate but insane.

This is the second time I’ve come to the defense of WB this season. One was after Ramzy’s column a few weeks ago. The next game he exploded for a very impressive 25 pts and the game winner vs. MSU. I hope that happens this week.

... ok I don’t mean to drag other players into the mix b/c I cheer for ALL THE BUCKEYES. But it consistently amazes me how fans can ignore other players faults, but ride on Buford for every mistake.

• Yes, WB had 4 turnovers. So did Craft. #Swoon
• Yes, WB shot 1/8. Craft shot 2/7 and also had zero pts until late into the second half.
• Yes, WB had 4 fouls … but how many times this year has he honestly been in foul trouble. I’d say this was the first time I can remember and he usually plays 35+ minutes a game.
• WB had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
• All game he played solid D.

So did he have a good game? I’d say, no. But it wasn’t as awful as people make it out to me. He also contributed on some scoring plays where he didn’t get an assist. Finally, he didn’t miss “bunnies” the shots he took from inside were contested shots. That is all.

Go Bucks. Beat cuse.

Comment 27 Feb 2012

CincyOSU,
If this was facebook - I would "like" your post. I’m relieved to know I am not the only guy in the room who notices the unwarranted negative bias towards WB.

Imagine if we blamed other Buckeye players as much as WB. I'm sure Aaron Craft and Sullinger would be targeted often based on their inconsistent play.
 

Comment 27 Feb 2012

Ramzy, I usually love your writing and I always have enjoyed your perspective. Except this time.

I can’t exactly explain why – but I have been a big fan of Buford since he was a high school player in Toledo. Maybe it’s because I attended college in Toledo. The city is split 60/40 between Ohio State and TSUN. I was happy to see a kid from Toledo with such high credentials go to The Ohio State University.

Since then, I have always felt he was the guy who had solid contributions who never asked for, or received the spotlight. If you look at his stats last season – he was a consistent performer on most nights sans the tourney game vs. KU.

This year I was excited to see him shine in the spotlight, and I admit he has played poorly in some of our biggest games. There’s no excusing his poor shooting in big games. It sucks.

However, I can’t get over how much flack Buford takes from writers on 11W and other blogs. For instance; I follow a bunch of OSU bloggers from this site and another on Twitter. Whenever WB makes a mistake – he gets trashed immediately by everyone. But when another player makes a mistake, I do not see the same vitriol targeted towards that player. I also rarely see anyone on Twitter praise him when he has a lights out game, or makes a good play. I understand fan’s frustrations – but when I guy gets called for charging when he is trying to be aggressive does everyone need to comment and name call?

I just don’t like the tenor of this article. I don’t think you can compare William Buford to Steve Bellisari. SB came to Ohio State from Florida and wasn’t always the best citizen off the field, and was certainly a disappointment on the field. Whereas, Buford has been a model citizen off the court, and really hasn’t asked for a lot of attention from the media.

I feel badly because I think he’s had a one hell of a career at OSU, yet hardly anyone will admit they are a WB fan. I know he came in with a lot of expectations, but he certainly doesn’t have a big ego. If anything – his biggest problem is his lack of an apparent personality. He is clearly not the most assertive, gregarious person on or off the court.

It hurts me when he fails during certain games – but overall – I think Buckeye fans everywhere should lay off the kid. He may be a millionaire someday – but right now he is still a college kid, trying his best on a team with a bunch of sophomores and big personalities (Sully, Thomas, etc)

Go Bucks.

Comment 24 Oct 2011

Another illuminating piece by Ramzy.
The gist of the article should make sense to any college football fan sans SEC extremists.