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MEMBER SINCE   December 13, 2013

New England born, Ohio resident, Buckeye fan for life


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Comment 10 Nov 2019

ESPN is idiot stew. 

I mean, I can’t even narrow it down to the 4 that should go on the Mt Rushmore of idiot sports talkers.   I get to #7 or 8 before I even get to a non ESPN figure. 

Stephen A, Desmond, Booger, Heather, Mark May,  Berman, Jesse (will you accept this rose?) and Pollack all come to mind before I go outside the worldwide leader for examples of idiocy (Fouts).

Comment 22 Oct 2019

Historically great UM players came from Ohio. Jim Tressel built a wall around Ohio and cutoff one of their critical lifelines for beating Ohio State and winning the Big Ten. 

What I find so hard to understand is why their fan base behaves like their expectations are to be a national super power. History does not support those expectations. Even their darling Bo never won a national championship. His objective was to beat OSU and win the Big Ten in a conference that was referred to as the Big 2 and the little 8. Not exactly the loftiest of expectations in that environment. 

Theyve never aspired to be more than a regional superpower since Fielding Yost stopped beating up on church youth groups and HS intramural teams. The fan base is just not self aware enough to realize what they are and what they aren’t. And that’s why at this point in the season, they all start having arguments about whether moral victories are worth cheering about. 

Comment 17 Oct 2019

Ryan grass has a strong bite but a soft finish with medium aftertaste.  All in all, a commendable effort but not worthy of a to-go growler. 

Comment 17 Oct 2019

BCS ranking with 4 team playoff would bring consistency. Even though the BCS model had its flaws, you knew the criteria. 5 years of playoff committees has demonstrated that no one can legitimately say they understand what any given team needs to demonstrate outside of taking command of the sports punditocracy narrative.  

Despite what anyone thinks should happen, 1 and 2 will go to Bama (because Bama) and Clemson (if undefeated because undefeated defending champ gets auto bid).  The narrative battle is for the two remaining positions and the punditocracy want to give at least one of them to an additional SEC team. 

For these reasons, committee, we thank you for your efforts. It is now time to move on. 

Comment 15 Oct 2019

I’m no fan of Franklin by any means, but he’s right to say that they should have discussed it with their coaches ahead of time. It may not have changed anything as far as these shirts are concerned, but he could have advocated for them or for an alternative way for them to be heard and I sincerely doubt he would have told them to pound sand. If he’s worth his salt as a coach, he would have found a way for them to be heard. 

Comment 06 Oct 2019

I’d say they were tested by a team that wasn’t going to back down and was capable of landing a few hits on the mouth. 

Adversity is what the 2014 team dealt with. Loss of 2 quarterbacks, tragic loss of a teammate, stunning loss at home against a lesser opponent, etc. 

Comment 10 Sep 2019

He’s going to be treated like he’s in a perpetual hot seat even if he remains status quo this year and for the foreseeable future, but I don’t think he’ll be fired for that.

I think Harbaugh is their guy whether they like it or not until:

  • a better option comes along 
  • he quits to pursue other options or to “spend more time with his family”
  • some unendurable storm like a sub .500 season or major scandal forces him out. 
Comment 08 Jan 2019

Ohio State was a dangerous team this year that showed flashes of brilliance and stupidity....that couldn't get over the top to become a complete team in any game.  They have demonstrated they could have had the potential to hang with these two, but they never pulled it all together.  They haven't been 9 units strong since January 2015.

Clemson is a complete team and Alabama is too except when they play someone who can play on their level.  Then they show cracks.  Clemson also benefits from having played Alabama 37 times in the last 4 years and has had nearly the same obstacles to overcome each year.  Under the current format and paradigm, they are built to dominate the system.  But I'm hopeful that Ryan Day is putting together the pieces to become a complete team in the future.

Comment 30 Nov 2018

One of the things that’s funny is that a couple of SEC fans with a YouTube account are putting the committee and ESPN pundits to shame by talking about football like grown ups instead of having exercises in confirmation bias (committee) and creating a bunch of fake drama and emotion to justify their takes (ESPN). Now the SEC Fans have their limitations too. Their model picked Michigan to win by a lot and one could easily see why a model that can’t measure intangibles would do that at that point in time. But their discussion about the model is then supposed to at least discuss those intangibles with some legitimate data to back it up. I’d like to see them do hypothetical matchups at this point between the top 8 teams and then determine a ranking based on what these matchups suggest. Not saying it would be perfect, but I’d be much more interested in that than hearing what Pawwwwwl or Stephie A Smith have to say.  

Side note: one way to fix ESPN and the sports punditry in general is to make them pay consequences for being wrong. Who wouldn’t want to see Desmond Howard in an OSU hoodie for an entire broadcast every time his hot take is obliterated by reality?  Might force them to do a little homework before running their mouths. 

Comment 28 Nov 2018

Big Nut goes around to several schools on their award nights in my area and presents a graduate with an OSU scholarship.  I met him in 2017 when he announced the scholarship for my neighbor.  That doesn't mean that I'm into the costumes or this particular behavior involving a mannequin head, but in his case, I don't find his love of the school to be something he's exploiting for personal gain.  He does genuinely love OSU and OSU football.

Comment 21 Nov 2018

If you had 4 and 5 stars with development and mentoring by seniors who care as much about the program as they do about their careers, and under the tutelage of a consistent coaching staff, then I don’t doubt that this team would be giving bama and Clemson a run for their money right now. But instead we have a bias toward early departure of our franchise players and changes in coaching such that we are hitting the reset button too many times in too many areas and this is where we are at. And with all of that, Urban has this team scraping and clawing their way to a one loss conference championship season.

I’m both grateful for the results that OSU gets under these circumstances, and frustrated that the program has allowed itself to be put in this situation and will continue to be in it for the foreseeable future under this model. 

To truly be an elite contender, more continuity is not only needed, it is essential. Without it, this is our ceiling. 

Comment 17 Nov 2018

Oh, and Maryland also benefitted from a lot of Buckeye stupidity too. Like walking linebackers up to the line who can’t shed blocks leaving a single safety to make a tackle in space on a ball carrier at full speed. If that counts as luck, then yes, Maryland was lucky. 

Comment 13 Nov 2018

I can’t think of a better example of a post that does deserve its own thread. Well researched thesis supported by evidence shouldn’t be buried in long comment threads only to be read by those who spend their entire day on the site.