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Moses Cleveland

Iowa City, Iowa (via Cleveland, Ohio )

Member since 24 October 2011 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: I will spontaneously combust if a Cleveland professional sports team ever wins a championship.
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: No Thanks
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians

Recent Activity

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

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.