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Comment 11 Aug 2017

 Clinton Smith had a good career at CSU as I recall. Teamed with Clinton Ransey.

Comment 04 Aug 2017

On Saturday mornings, which was very important TV watching for people born before Nickelodeon, CBS had a kids news break called, "In the News." That Tootsie Pop commercial always ran during that segment. 

Funny that I remember it though. I was an NBC kid because I loved "Land of the Lost." Come to think of it I also liked "Super Friends" which was ABC. So I was all over the dial.

Comment 04 Aug 2017

You guys are either really young or really old with bad long term memory. So I'll go old school to change it up:

Best - 1975 and 1979 at TTUN. The bad guys had dominated the whole game after the opening drive in 75. Then late in the fourth with OSU trailing 14 - 7, Woody went to the pass. I remember one completion to Baschnagel and another to Willis. OSU got it down close and big Pete Johnson pounded it in. I thought Bo would play for a tie since they already had two tie games that season. But Rick Leach went back to pass. His overthrow was picked off by Ray Griffin, who took it inside the two. I was going bananas at that point (8 years old). Pete took it in to preserve the undefeated season.

1979. OSU hadn't beaten TTUN since the 75 game. Earle brought his first team into AA undefeated. I had attended every home game that season thanks to staff tickets from my grandma who worked for the university bookstore system. Although OSU was a much better team, they had Anthony Carter, who torched us for two long TD catches . OSU was down 15 - 12 late in the game. I had lived and died with this team and couldn't believe the season could end this way (now 12 y/o). We forced a late punt, which was important because they had a weak kicking game that season. Jim Laughlin burst up the middle and literally blocked the punt of the guy's foot. Todd Bell scooped it up and took it in. OSU missed the 2-pt try, but it didn't matter. I ran around the house like crazy. My mom thought I hurt myself at first lol.

Worst - 1977 at TTUN. OSU outgained them 2 - 1. But settled for FGs or had TOs deep in the red zone. Lost 14 - 6. Plus the game was interrupted because Egypt's president, Anwar Sadat, made a historic visit to Israel. ABC broke away from The Game to cover the event. Never imagined I'd be pissed off by world peace. Sadly Sadat was assasinated not long after that.

Sorry for the lengthy post.

Comment 04 Aug 2017

Same for me in 1998. Sat in the chair in my wife's hospital room with my newborn son on my shoulder. Watched Germaine, Boston, and Wiley torch TTUN without making a peep because my wife and son were both sleeping. : )

Comment 03 Aug 2017

Color me impressed too. Good handles for a big and the video show him driving with both hands. That's a long way for OSU to recruit a hoops player. Can't remember the last player we plucked from there. Mitch Haas?

Comment 03 Aug 2017

Plus I'm pretty sure Urban will play the guy who is the best player. Given that, I sit back and cheer. 

Comment 03 Aug 2017

Legend has it that one coach didn't vote for Turner for conference MVP that season - John Beilein. Thad was apparently quietly raising that issue after ET ripped their hearts out. Have no idea how accurate that is, but there you go.:

Comment 02 Aug 2017

Situations can change.  Holtmann was asked about the possibility of Lyle returning at the event. People on these boards openly speculated it. So 11W rightly included the coach's remarks here. And we actually learned new info as a result. Great job, Dan!

Comment 30 Jul 2017

Not sure how Kenny Guiton doesn't at least make honorable mention. Several of those guys were highly rated recruits who either finally got their chance to play or got healthy.

No one, and I mean NO ONE, expected anything from KG. He went on in 2012 and 2013 to have a huge impact on the program, win games and look good doing it, and become a beloved Buckeye in the process.

Comment 30 Jul 2017

My guess is that he's the 6th best DE right now. That's pretty good because the other guys are excellent and have experience. It also gets you very little playing time this season. But he could be ready to start the following season.

Comment 30 Jul 2017

That's what happens with a roster full of talented players - not everyone will play. Plus it's likely that the freshman version of Malik Hooker was nowhere near the player we saw last season and probably wasn't even game-ready, which is why he didn't play.

Comment 29 Jul 2017

This is true to an extent. The NFL has more money but pays many more players who generally have shorter careers.

All of those circumstances could be addressed in contract language though. A guaranteed contract in the NFL would likely be shorter compared to MLB or NBA players. But it could still be guaranteed with conditions on games played and playing time.

The biggest issue for most players is probably supply and skill. There are more people playing football who can do what most players do in the NFL. It is close to a free market. And it hurts the less skilled player (most of them). Brady? No worries for him. Nate Evner? He better pray that he doesn't get a career ending injury.

But the bargaining power won't change because the NFLPA isn't very effective. Why? Too many of them, so they're not as united as other player unions.

They are modern day gladiators - entertaining, but expendable. 

Comment 29 Jul 2017

That's the reason the league says they don't have guaranteed contracts. But that could be written into the terms of any standard agreement.

The real reason is that the league doesn't want to pay. And the NFLPA is the least effective players union. 

Comment 28 Jul 2017

He is 100% correct. Great voice but terrible at calling the game. Poor description and makes way too many mistakes. He is bested by Marv Homan, Chuck Underwood, and Terry Smith. Maybe he's better than Gary Hahn, who did it for one season, but that's it.