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Nicholas Jervey


Columbus, OH (via Columbus, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   February 26, 2013

I was born and raised in central Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. Like everyone else here, I'm a huge fan.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Holy Buckeye!
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: J.T. Barrett
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Amir Williams (kidding)
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 10 May 2020

We're thrilled that you all are participating and have taken us into the lead! However, there is a point that must be emphasized as we enter the final two days:

ONE MAN, ONE VOTE.

Secondary accounts are forbidden from this game. Although we know how much this game means to those of you who have been playing for the last 48 days, the use of alternate accounts would demean our ultimate accomplishments. This hasn't been a problem for Team Ohio State, but if we're going to win this, we need to win with dignity. Please show respect for the game and refrain from sock-puppeting.

Comment 02 May 2020

Day 41 Update: Slow and Steady

It has been a few days since my last update (thank you to NorthPoleBuckeye and Westopher for picking up the slack). After some pretty ghastly luck on Thursday evening, we rebounded with a strong 7-territory gain last night. With Georgia Tech in the mix on the west coast and our allies Wisconsin and Texas A&M and Alabama holding it down in the middle of the country, we're right back in contention. We're on a path that can take us to victory.

One thing that could possibly keep us from victory is recruiting. We've had parity with Michigan for much of this game, but the Wolverines are starting to pull away from us in terms of participation (1346 of them last night, 1067 of us). It's unfathomable that there are more Michigan fans on the Internet than Ohio State fans; we'll do our part to bring in friends, family, and acquaintances to play the game, but we need everyone playing to do their part too. There's no reason we shouldn't be back over 1200 players by Monday, or 1500 players by the end of the game. Quantity has a quality of its own.

Today's orders: target Boston College or UMass. Or something different! It's too late for Michigan to do anything about this today, so go wherever your heart tells you.

If you're curious about playing or want a refresher on how to do it:

  1. Go to collegefootballrisk.com and sign in with your Reddit account.
  2. Choose Ohio State as your team.
  3. Choose a territory to attack or defend.
  4. If you want to play actively, apply for an invite to r/OSUcfbRisk here. Use the code word "11W" so they know you came from Eleven Warriors.

That's all you need to do to help us win. Go Bucks!

Comment 27 Apr 2020

It's not rigged. We're getting incredibly bad luck and Michigan is getting incredibly good luck in a game run by one of the Michigan generals. I realize that sounds like sarcasm, but it's not; that's legitimately what is happening. Our luck will even out a bit by the end, probably.

Comment 26 Apr 2020

Day 35 Update: Embrace the Ugly

Somewhere, lodged deep within the human psyche, is an urge to create order. When we drive, we don't have to think about following the rules of the road; our subconscious does that. When a lie is about to unravel, we feel guilty. Even as toddlers, we grow from throwing spaghetti across the room to crayoning within the lines. Everything in its right place.

Today, College Football Risk is an exception to this rule of human behavior. Today, we're painting outside the lines. 

Today's map is delightfully, disgustingly ugly. We finished with 15 territories last night, up two from the night before. We've expanded on the West Coast and left room for our allies to move fast and break things; we've eliminated Michigan's safe territories in the Northeast, and we've taken back most of Ohio.

Even so, it will only take one bad roll to lose our progress from today. After a surge to over 1200 people a few nights ago, we hit our weekend lull to push us behind Michigan again. As always, if you play every day (today's orders are to target West Virginia, Virginia, Pittsburgh, or Penn State), you'll be stronger, and so will any friends you bring in. 

With Chaos out of the picture and Nebraska sitting on their butts, it'll be a street fight between Ohio State and Michigan for control of the map. Who could ask for more?

If you're curious about playing or want a refresher on how to do it:

  1. Go to collegefootballrisk.com and sign in with your Reddit account.
  2. Choose Ohio State as your team.
  3. Choose a territory to attack or defend.
  4. If you want to play actively, apply for an invite to r/OSUcfbRisk here. Use the code word "11W" so they know you came from Eleven Warriors.

That's all you need to do to help us win. Go Bucks!

Comment 25 Apr 2020

Day 34 Update: The last 24 hours have been the most lively to date in Season 2 College Football Risk. Here's the rough order of events:

  • The initial results are released, showing a drop in OSU participation from 1200 players to 187. Every other team has a similar drop. Ultimately, it is determined that the administrators screwed something up with player filtering, and a re-roll is ordered.
  • In the re-roll, Clemson is eliminated. Clemson had been chased north by Chaos, and with minimal numbers and four straight days of bad luck, Clemson perishes. We regret their passing; they held on to an admirable amount of territory given their relative lack of strength, and we bear them no ill will (besides the Fiesta Bowl. That was a fumble, dang it.)
  • In the re-roll, we get 13 territories, as we did yesterday. We retain a presence in California, the northeast, Ohio, and the mid-Atlantic.
  • In private chats, Nebraska and Ohio State leadership have it out about how Ohio State is overly demanding (the Nebraska perspective) and how Nebraska has obviously been working with Michigan for the past few days (the Ohio State perspective).
  • This morning, Michigan reveals that, lo and behold, they and Nebraska have been working together for the past few days!


The results of all yesterday's developments is this: Ohio State is at war with Michigan and Texas and Nebraska, as it was a week ago. Ohio State and Michigan are battling in two regions of the country, as we were a week ago. Ohio State's alliance has the numbers advantage on the Michigan alliance, as it was a week ago. And we're right in the middle of it going against Michigan, as we were a week ago.

Nebraska wasted our time, and that's about it. They didn't hurt our overall strategy, because their plan was to sit around and do nothing, and we accommodated them. They might come after us in the west after tomorrow; they might not. We wish them well.

Thanks for playing, and please remember to log your votes daily before 11PM (preferably defending UCLA and Syracuse). Don't forget to check out our Twitter account, @RiskOsu either. We're going to win this!

If you're curious about playing or want a refresher on how to do it:

  1. Go to collegefootballrisk.com and sign in with your Reddit account.
  2. Choose Ohio State as your team.
  3. Choose a territory to attack or defend.
  4. If you want to play actively, apply for an invite to r/OSUcfbRisk. Use the code word "11W" so they know you came from Eleven Warriors.

That's all you need to do to help us win. Go Bucks!

Comment 24 Apr 2020

Day 33 update: You guys have been amazing. We ballooned to 1,221 players last night, pushing us ahead of Michigan in terms of total participation. They hold a star power advantage over us, but as long as you keep playing, we'll eventually make it up and surpass them in that category.

One thing we cannot control, unfortunately, is luck. We finished -3.2 territories under expectation (which means that, on average, we would have finished with 16.2 territories and got really, really unlucky.) As it happens, Michigan won all but one of the coin tosses in New England and almost wiped us off of the West Coast. All we can do in the face of miserable luck is to grin and bear it; we WILL get better luck than we've been getting. Standing orders: please defend the Syracuse and Ohio State territories today.

We've been allied with Wisconsin since Season 1 and Texas A&M since Season 2; I'm proud to announce that as of today, Ohio State is allied with Stanford. They did yeoman's work against Michigan to buy us the time to get out west, and we'll repay them in kind.

If you're curious about playing or want a refresher on how to do it:

  1. Go to collegefootballrisk.com and sign in with your Reddit account.
  2. Choose Ohio State as your team.
  3. Choose a territory to attack or defend.
  4. If you want to play actively, apply for an invite to r/OSUcfbRisk. Use the code word "11W" so they know you came from Eleven Warriors.

That's all you need to do to help us win. Go Bucks!

Comment 24 Apr 2020
  1. We have gotten by far the worst luck of any team in the game. With average luck yesterday, we'd have 16 territories. With average luck across the entire game, we'd have 22-24 territories right now.
  2. We are fighting 98% of our battles against Michigan, which is just as organized as we are and a bit stronger. For their part, Michigan is fighting 80% of their battles against us. We're getting very little support from our biggest allies, Texas A&M and Wisconsin, which are currently fighting Texas down south. (We're okay with this, as long as they come to our aid eventually.)
  3. Almost all of our territories are high conflict. Teams like Wisconsin and Georgia Tech and Nebraska are coasting with a lot of territories in low-conflict areas.
  4. Have I mentioned the terrible luck?
Comment 23 Apr 2020

Yes and no. No in that we finished at -0.9 expected territories, which isn't far off from where we'd expect to be on an average night of luck. Yes in that we lost all of our top six targets, all of which were coin tosses or better. We did manage to fill in all of the less important territories, which... yay?

Losing BC, Chaos, and Alaska is really tough on us. We'll survive it though.

Comment 23 Apr 2020

Day 31 Update: This game has seen some ups and downs. Yesterday was, in theory, a net positive; however, in terms of strategy, it seemed to be a down.

As you are well aware, we are in an arms race with Michigan. They have shot ahead of us by about 1000 stars (a difficult but not insurmountable obstacle to success), and as a result of their lead, they have been throwing most of their forces into the northeast. That paid off for them today, as they won our BC, Alaska, and Washington territories. I can't spin that as a good thing; just know that we'll turn that corridor into a meat grinder.

As we continue to eat away at their West Coast territories and win back the East-to-West tunnel, please continue to play every day. If you log your daily attack at 9 AM and forget to change it to something more useful by the afternoon, that's okay! You've still contributed. All in all, with 19 days left, it's the consistent participation that matters most.

If you're curious about playing or want a refresher on how to do it:

  1. Go to collegefootballrisk.com and sign in with your Reddit account.
  2. Choose Ohio State as your team.
  3. Choose a territory to attack or defend.
  4. If you want to play actively, apply for an invite to r/OSUcfbRisk.

That's all you need to do to help us win. Go Bucks!

Comment 22 Apr 2020

Day 30 Update: When you have a rivalry as intense and passionate as Ohio State versus Michigan, one based on historical greatness and being obstacles to the other's success, they tend to go at each other hammer and tongs. That's exactly what is happening right now.

Michigan is throwing everything they can into recruiting, and because of this they have built what is now a disconcerting (we hope temporary) lead on us in participation. However, with good planning and strong luck today, we have now cut down their west coast territory by half. The downside is that they won some key battles in the northeast to jeopardize our position there. Essentially, our two strongholds are now patchwork, with each side controlling part of it. This is where, with our allies' help, we can eat into Michigan and force them back. The legwork we've done to get us to this point might carry us on, or it might not; what's important is that we finish this strong.

This update was posted too late to do anything today, but there will be a new thread tomorrow. Thank you to Kevin Harrish for his second mention of this game; when this game ends in 19 days, we'll be all the stronger because of your help. If you know anyone at the other major message boards, please amplify our voices and secure our position.

The Michigan folks who are playing this game are trying to make up for two decades of football inferiority. With your help, we'll keep them beaten down.

If you're curious about playing or want a refresher on how to do it:

  1. Go to collegefootballrisk.com and sign in with your Reddit account.
  2. Choose Ohio State as your team.
  3. Choose a territory to attack or defend.
  4. If you want to play actively, apply for an invite to r/OSUcfbRisk.

That's all you need to do to help us win. Go Bucks!

Comment 22 Apr 2020

We're allied with Wisconsin and Georgia Tech, and we'll get back the Ohio territories in the long run. There is a way to see how many territories each team have each day; it's under "Leaderboard".

Comment 21 Apr 2020

Day 29 Update: The skies are clear and the birds are singing: we had a roughly average day, which is to say, we had a good day!

Thanks to good planning, good participation, a weaker Chaos than we've seen in a while, a lot of players, +0.5 expected territories, and winning most of our top targets, we wound up with 20 territories despite fighting tooth and nail with Michigan and Chaos. Texas has been kicked back to the Lone Star State, Nebraska is off of our backs, the West Coast is messy, and Chaos is only in one of our core territories (although it being Columbus doesn't feel too great). We'll continue to strike out at Michigan, and our numbers and alliance will carry the day.

We are now three weeks from the end of the game. It's crucial that we all keep playing, as Michigan has opened up a player lead on us. We're still recruiting hard, but word of mouth is the easiest way to get new players. Rah rah team! (By the way, your orders for today are to attack Columbus and UMass. Which? Your choice!)

If you're curious about playing or want a refresher on how to do it:

  1. Go to collegefootballrisk.com and sign in with your Reddit account.
  2. Choose Ohio State as your team.
  3. Choose a territory to attack or defend.
  4. If you want to play actively, apply for an invite to r/OSUcfbRisk.

That's all you need to do to help us win. Go Bucks!