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Peter C 12th Warrior


Kensington, Maryland (via Middlefield, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   October 20, 2014

Grew up in Middlefield, Ohio in the 70's. Went to school in Connecticut. Live in Maryland and work in D.C. Have remained a loyal fan of Ohio State and Cleveland sports teams throughout. Proud of my roots and my teams.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 Ohio State National Football Championship
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Too many to choose one
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Capitals
  • NBA TEAM: Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 14 May 2019

Also hated it (and still do) when Fouts and other commentators criticize the pass interference play at the end of the second overtime based on review of only the very end of the pass.  The official who made the call explained that the penalty occurred earlier when Gamble was held early in his route and only let go shortly after the pass was released.  The official's delay in throwing the flag was while replayed the play in his mind to determine whether the penalty was defensive holding or pass interference. Replay of the entire play confirms the call of pass interference was correct because the hold continued until after the pass was released.

Officials confirmed that the call was correct after the game.  But Miami fans and tv commentators don't let the facts get in the way of a good whine.

Comment 04 Dec 2018

Chris Carter's explanation of the situation is very powerful.  Clearly, this had to be done.  I am glad that Coach Meyer was able to fulfill his commitment to completing this season without permanently compromising his health.

Comment 16 Oct 2018

Will be interested to find out why the decision is being made now.  I suspect they got medical feedback that suggested there is too much healing left to do to expect to be healthy and back in playing condition by the end of the year.

If that is not the case, I am baffled at why the decision is being made so far in advance of the season's end.

Comment 17 Sep 2018

I was more concerned with our failure to punch it in from the two on the first drive than with the early success TCU had moving the ball.  Well-coached offenses should be able to come to a game with new wrinkles that are designed to play off what an aggressive defense has done in its prior games.  Good defensive coaching is making the necessary adjustments during the game to what is happening.  I think Ohio State did that.

Our offense adjusted as well, but a big part of our game plan is always to play in a manner on both sides of the ball that wears down the opposition over the course of the game.  It is good coaching to take advantage of your teams greater depth and more powerful athletes, just like it is good coaching for TCU to try to take advantage as early and often as possible of schemes that make use of their overall team speed.

A lot of TCU's play calling involved taking risks at the edge of their physical abilities.  That they paid for it with turnovers and defensive scoring is not lucky for Ohio States' coaches.  Creating that havoc is part of the plan.  It's why they keep playing aggressive defense and tweak it as needed.

Re the targeting penalty at the end of the other game:  They need to make intentional targeting a spot foul in addition to kicking the player out.  In the last two minutes of a game, it might also warrant imposing an un-timed down.  The game simply cannot afford the injury risk that results from a situation where such a purposeful and violent foul becomes worth it to do at any key point of the game.

Finally, did anyone else feel like too much was being made during the game of the fact that the sack/fumble/touchdown play probably should have been called a safety?  Certainly, it was hard to see in real time and was not challenged, as it could have been.  But it also is not clear that Ohio State ended up better off in the long run because of the mistake.  Two points and getting the ball on a free kick could very easily have resulted in a total of 9 points for Ohio State and less time for TCU's offense to be on the field.

Comment 30 Aug 2018

I find this twitter outburst and Lynn Bruce's facebook post to be a compelling reminder of how careful we all need to be about drawing conclusions solely based on what reporters say or write and especially from what they opine.  I think this is especially true of sports writer's opinion pieces that take on a piling-on rush to go on the record as being on the right side of a social issue that is a hot-button topic at the time.

I am a long-time lawyer who works on the plaintiff side of fraud cases.  One of the things I warned junior lawyers about is the natural and powerful tendency of people (including lawyers whose job is to represent one side of a dispute) to seize on any evidence or testimony that supports their preconception of a dispute, to immediately credit that evidence as reliable, and thus possibly to biased against any evidence or explanations that do not meet our own (or our client's) view of the case.  This obligation to be vigilant in open-mindedness is more than just about normal due diligence.  It really IS about being aware that bias that we all bring with us to our interpretation of any situation is natural and unavoidable, especially when it permits us to feel entitled to come to moral judgments about someone in a situation we abstractly think of as being straight-forward and absolute.

The risk is not only that we are too quick to accept the reliability of evidence that supports what we expect or want the outcome to be, but also that in doing so we are too quick to stop digging deeper to find out if there is an important part of the story that we do not yet see or know.

Really good investigative journalists can do a really great job of exposing the truth about even very complicated issues of wrongdoing.  But they need to really work hard to make sure that they are mindful of their biases and doing whatever they can to test the conclusions they are reaching before they offer opinions on what conclusions should be drawn.  And they need to state the verified facts on which they rely and be willing to consider new evidence that emerges and admit when they are wrong or fall back into serious doubt about what the truth really is.

Additionally, they and we need to realize that there are serious limits to the tools reporters can bring to any investigation.  They do not have subpoena power to require documents to be produced or to make people knowledgeable about the facts give their version of the story under oath.  And they do not face opposing counsel whose interest in proving the opposite or their view is equally powerful and equipped (at least in general theory). 

Things are almost never as simple and straightforward as we see them, even when all the evidence is available to us.

A big problem I have with sportswriters' opinion pieces on situations of this kind, is that sports writers often seem more caught up in proving themselves relevant, important, and serious journalists and opinion leaders than they have the time, resources, or outlook to be.  I don't like to hear them lecturing heavy-handedly about very complicated situations as if the right thing to do under all the relevant considerations should have been easy to do even in the real time of the events.  20/20 hindsight that is truly fair and balanced is often hard to do even when all the evidence has been gathered and thoroughly reviewed and debated. 

So, I invite them to stop and evaluate for themselves why they feel compelled to write lecturing and/or morally condemning articles and, before they do so,  whether they have really have fulfilled their own moral obligation to make sure that they have continued to dig for more of the story, and adequately tested their own natural and normal biases so as to be able to fairly be able to lecture and condemn.   Be a wise and just thought leader if you decide that you are going to presume to take on that role -- wise and just not only to the side you naturally sympathize with or understand but also to the side you presume to judge and condemn.

Isn't that how you would want to be treated?  Aren't those the only kind of opinions on social issues that are really worthy of stepping out of the role of reporter and into the role of moral lecturer?

Comment 03 Aug 2018

I am not sure it will prove accurate to conclude that he "lied" on media day.  If he came to the media session misguidedly thinking that Zack Smith matter would no longer be a hot issue, he may have genuinely confused the timing of previous events in trying to respond to questions off the cuff.  I am about Myer's age, and I know that kind of thing has occasionally happened to me in trying to recall dates and the order of related events that are among the myriad matters I deal with daily in my busy job.

He may be saying that he should have answered less emphatically and absolutely when he was caught off guard by the questions asked and struggling to figure out how those questions reconciled with his immediate recall of the details of the situation being discussed.

We will see.  But it does seem likely that he has spent a good deal of time the last couple of days reviewing all available records to sort out the facts and dates so that he won't screw anything up like that again.

Comment 10 Jun 2018

Love the commitment.

Also love that he was going to do mission work in Nicaragua. I have been building pre-schools there for more than ten years.  The good folk of Nicaragua need the help.  Too bad that political unrest and violence against protesting students makes it too dangerous these days to have students travel there to help.  We had to cancel our trip this year too, but the funding to build two more Cicos (pre-schools) was sent ahead and the schools are being built by the local community anyway.

Football is great, but its nice that this young man is also looking to even more important things.

Comment 25 Aug 2016

"So you go see what the other teams that are attractive to you have. To be, it would be insane to just meet somebody and marry them without seeing what else is out there.”

This transcription of his statement makes no sense. 

It probably should read:  "So you go see what other teams that are attractive too.  You have to be . . . . It would be insane to just meet somebody and marry them without seeing what else is out there."