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PHX (via CMH)

MEMBER SINCE   June 19, 2014


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 National Championship
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: "Steely Eyed" Craig Krenzel
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs (although I really dislike the NBA)
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA & Colombia, Crew, Arsenal

Recent Activity

Comment 26 Nov 2019

It seems that the only reason one would say "Ohio State didnt blow Penn State's doors off" is because they didnt watch the game.

While the margin of victory was "only" 11, the score of that game could've easily been 42-7. Without some self-inflicted mistakes (like fumbling on the 1/2 yard line), short fields given to PSU, and an awful holding call against Munford the score wouldnt have been close.

So, Ohio State won by 11 even though they faced "adversity" for the first time, had self-inflicted errors, and were playing in the rain. To expect that Ohio State will hurt themselves again next week is laughable. They'll clean it up and get better. 

Comment 18 Nov 2019

I think Haskins intentions were 100% genuine and humble. His presentation was not well received though and that, i believe, is because in his time at Ohio State he was a leader by example more than a vocal leader.

Dwayne has always been more soft spoken so this was him trying to be a leader, but he should've done it in a different manner.

It could've been better received by saying "I'm back here learning guys so PLEASE let me know if there is something I am not picking up. Did I need to call a slide on this play or identify a different 'Mike' on that play? How can I help US move the ball down the field?"

I know it's subtle but leaders do this all the time. Instead of saying "how can I help you" which implicitly lays the blame at someone else's feet you can "how can I help us" which makes you part of owning the teams performance.

Comment 11 Nov 2019
I hate the idea of complaining about LSU jumping us. Sure, we've dominated every opponent but LSU has been impressive. They beat Auburn, Florida, and Alabama. Give them #1. It'll all shake out in the end.
Comment 05 Nov 2019
I'm floored Fickell isn't a name on the list. However, the fact the Florida State lacks discipline on their team and Cincinnati is one of the most penalized teams in the country probably isn't helping his cause.
Comment 09 Oct 2019

We have to figure out a way to get Ruckert more involved. It's not so much that he needs more snaps in my opinion but lets find out how to best utilize him. Look at the way the 49ers use Kittle or the way Riley used at Oklahoma. 

As for snaps, Browning and Landers would be my choice. I know Landers plays a lot but I would like to see him play even more. That dude has the best first step of a defensive tackle I've ever seen.

Comment 04 Oct 2019

I would argue that they're not imposing anything on other states or the NCAA but granting certain rights to "employees" or student-athletes which states absolutely have a right to do. Laws are written or passed every day that impact multi-state businesses that have no impact on the commerce clause. 

Let's take into consideration workers' rights laws. California could pass a law, whether minimum wage, right to work, 4-day work week, or otherwise that impacts multi-state businesses and that doesn't impact the commerce clause. However, what may be a challenge is abrogating any prior contracts agreed upon between employee/student-athlete and employer/school/governing body. 

In other words, a student athlete in the NCAA signs their Letter of Intent and has an agreement with the school and the governing body that both entities have unabridged rights to that individuals likeness into perpetuity, can review that individuals bank records upon request, etc. I would think the NCAA would have a stronger argument in saying your infringing upon our contractual agreement and California likely has case law supporting the rights of the institutions. This actually supports California's delayed effective date of the legislation to 2023.

Comment 30 Sep 2019

This is a silly argument. 

The NCAA has issued empty threat after empty threat about this. Why is it empty? California makes up 14.5% of the US GDP. They represent 12% of the US population and 5% of all of Division 1 in college football. The state also represents somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-10 million cable and satellite subscribers (not including Hulu TV, YouTube TV, Sling, etc.). 

Do you really think the NCAA, if it wants to continue its existence, would force those schools out? Just a few years ago during conference expansion there were rumblings of the power 5 leaving the NCAA and setting up their own system. Any movement by the NCAA to exclude the state of California would be the nail in the coffin for the NCAA. Follow the money!

Also, it makes sense for someone to make money off their likeness. Nobody is saying that schools need to pay players. They're saying players should be allowed to capitalize on their only asset as an 18-22 year old... their personal brand.

Comment 23 Sep 2019

This is spot on. I know our defense has looked amazing through the first several weeks and I'm thrilled. Last year's defense would've given up far more points than this year's has. I can't wait to see what they do this week against Nebraska and in several weeks against Wisconsin. 

However, Tuf is definitely slow and not a quick read. It's safe to say that Laurinaitis wasn't the fastest (4.82 in 40) but his ability to read a play was lightning fast. Tuf is definitely the weak link on the entire starting 11 and if you were to rank our defenders from 1-20+ he'd be outside the top 13. 

In no particular order: Young, Okudah, Harrison, Fuller, Arnette, Werner, Landers, Hamilton, Cooper, Wade, Browning, White, Friday, Smith... 

Comment 17 Sep 2019

The response regarding paying people past their primes is accurate but it goes way beyond that. 

The Bengals are the only team in the NFL without an indoor practice facility. Why? Because it costs money and the city of Cincinnati isn't paying for it. They practice in a field next to the stadium in the shadow of a highway overpass. 

They do not make themselves attractive to top tier free agents which results in them taking players beyond their prime. 

Comment 16 Sep 2019

Let's be honest about that performance. MSU was playing a team with a true freshman QB at home. They got a gift of a pass interference call on the last drive that even put them in a position to be able to kick a FG. Their kicker missed 3 kicks and their offense was altogether lame.

Blame Lawerke. Blame Bollman. Blame the offensive line. Don't blame the officials, it's weak.

Comment 15 Sep 2019
I've come to the conclusion I need to root for the New Orleans Buckeyes until such time that Mike Brown dies or sells the team. Trade AJ Green and Geno Adkins while they have value, compile first round picks, and build for the future...although Brown is still the owner so what does it matter?
Comment 03 Sep 2019

Dobbins may need more patience, but the OL was also an issue Saturday. They dominated and played with an element of nastiness in the first quarter. However, when FAU adjusted and began twisting, stunting, and blitzing the OL really struggled.

They were getting interior pressure over Davis on multiple occasions and put Fields on his back. This not only was reflected in pass pro but also in run plays. Last year we complained  about the OL not getting forward push and instead being flat on the original LOS. I'd prefer to see them getting movement a couple yards upfield, particularly against an undermanned defense like FAU.

Comment 12 Jul 2019

I've never been to France but would highly recommend Spain. 

I went several years ago for the Running of the Bulls and started in Madrid>>Pamplona>>San Sebastian>>Barcelona

I would equate Madrid and Barcelona to the NYC and LA of the US. Madrid is a bit more gritty, people are real, and the food is amazing. Barcelona is a beach city where people focus on comparing themselves to everyone else that lives there. For me, I liked Madrid more. 

San Sebastian, where I saw Chip Kelly after the Running of the Bulls, has more Michelin star restaurants per capita than any city in the world. The food is absolutely amazing. 

I cannot recommend Spain enough to people. I loved every city and town that I visited but Madrid was where I found the most joy.

Comment 27 Jun 2019
Even if he is making stuff up it shows incredible arrogance by Birm to go on attacking him tweet after tweet. Everyone knows Birms knows his stuff, he doesn't need to announce it to everyone and belittle other Buckeye guys on Twitter. You're confident in your shit? Good! Let it speak for itself. Allowing your ego to get involved and shit on someone because you can shows low emotional intelligence...but that's commonplace these days.
Comment 18 Jun 2019

This is probably the most frustrating debate I have seen of recent memory. 

The way soccer is set up teams have incentives to score as many goals as possible (goal differential). 

Regarding the celebrations, many of these girls have been playing soccer since they were 4 years old with the dream one day of playing in a World Cup and possibly scoring a goal. To suggest they cannot express joy in a GAME is absurd! 

Mallory Pugh is now 21. She's been watching Rapinoe play in World Cups since the age of 13. You better bet your ass she's not only going to celebrate her goal but the assist she had to Rapinoe. 

This is a game, it is supposed to be fun. Let them celebrate.