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RodVedder4

Westerville, OH (via Westerville, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   September 27, 2012

Columbus born and raised, attended Otterbein when it was still a "college." I've known the words to "Carmen Ohio" since I was about 5, still don't know the words to Otterbein's alma mater. I'm fortunate enough to be able to attend a good number of Buckeye football home games, as my parents get season tickets and are willing to share them.

I'm also a big fan of Duke basketball, I think there are more similarities between them and our Buckeyes than people realize...specifically, people who hate both teams often don't actually know why, they just think it's something they're supposed to do. That, and people either love or hate each team...there is no middle ground. We should stick together.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: -Watching Ohio State football win the titles in '02 and '14
    -Duke basketball winning the titles in '10 and '15 (if it can't be the Buckeyes...)
    -Cavs winning the title in '16

    Non-title games:
    -'06/'18 vs. scUM
    -'11 Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas
    -'11 vs. Wisconsin
    -'17/'18 vs. PeeSU
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: KJ Hill
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Andre Wesson, Tre Jones
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew SC

Recent Activity

Comment 30 May 2019

Absolutely the loudest, and one of the most amazing moments I've ever experienced in the Shoe. That roar was just the release of all the frustration of that season.

Thanks for this one, it'd been a while since I relived it!

Comment 22 May 2019

Thank you for this piece.  So many people scream about the B1G officials being the absolute worst (in football AND basketball - yikes) and are called conspiracy theorists, whiners, what have you.  I don't think it's a coincidence at all that the games not officiated by the B1G were our lowest penalized games.

I'd forgotten about a couple of the calls you mentioned above, and can't believe how horrible they were. Not to mention, I can't remember a deep pass that fell incomplete against our defense this past year that didn't draw a flag. I swear, our guys farted in the general area of a receiver and got called for PI - probably half the time, there wasn't even any contact, or there was contact from the offensive player. Ugh. Now I'm #madonline.

Comment 03 Apr 2019

Those assessments of Dwayne Haskins and Mike Weber are comedic gold, and show that they know so little about each of those players (and likely, many others.)  Also really makes one wonder how much these teams actually do their homework before drafting players.  There are those that do and it tends to show (Patriots) and those that don't, which tends to show even more (nearly everyone else.)

Comment 12 Mar 2019

Didn't say I liked them - I said I don't understand the seething hatred and I currently have no beef with them. Big difference.

Comment 11 Mar 2019
  1. Cardale Jones needed Devin Smith a lot more than Devin Smith needed Cardale Jones. See the 2015 season.
  2. I don't understand the hate for Alabama - until they've won the most recent meeting, I have no beef.
  3. I also don't understand Ohio State football fans that hate Duke basketball - both programs elicit very strong feelings one way or the other from outsiders, and both are at or near the top just about every year.
  4. The last two seasons have been incredibly successful and fun.
  5. College football is supposed to be fun. If you are making yourself physically ill over games every week and can't enjoy the season, you need to walk away. It makes it a lot less enjoyable for those around you.
  6. Don't sit there in the winter saying how excited you are for the season and then complain about the quality of the match-ups every week once the season. The schedule is the schedule - of course we'd love to play top 10 teams every week, but that's not the way it works. 
  7. Alternate uniforms are awesome. It may be a ploy for Nike to sell more merch, but I'll be damned if they don't get me every time!
Comment 23 Jan 2019

Acknowledgement of mistakes that could be corrected in a manner and with a justification that makes sense would effectively eliminate the concept of the make-up call. 

I agree, but the biggest issue I have is that so often, they STILL don't get it correct - best example is with the targeting review process when replay clearly shows it shouldn't be a targeting call, but they uphold it anyway.  Sometimes after VERY long reviews, and when literally everyone else watching the game can see it.  This isn't that hard, but yet here we are. 

Comment 22 Oct 2018

Thank you. I went out in an Ohio State shirt yesterday and was asked three different times if I was embarrassed to be wearing it. It made me thankful to root for a team that loses so infrequently that it's the end of the world when they do, and also made me rather disgusted with these fair-weather fans. This whole season's been like that - seemingly no one enjoys wins anymore, and has just been waiting for the moment this year to dive headlong into this sea of self-loathing.

I'm not saying we can't be mad and that everything is sunshine and rainbows, but to just give up on the team after a loss? We spend so much energy looking forward to the season in the interim months and get so amped up about recruiting, etc., but then when the season is here and all we do is pick, pick pick even though the team is winning? Come on. 

As you so aptly put it, this is supposed to be fun. That's why I watch, because the world pretty much sucks right now and sports are supposed to be a nice escape. 

Comment 17 Oct 2018

Herbie was so worried about being unbiased for so long that he overcompensated, but over the last few years has finally basically said, "fuck it, I don't care anymore if you think I'm a homer or not."  He's even said on Twitter that he doesn't know how, according to fans, he's simultaneously a homer and hates every single team in America.  

Also, Howard and Pollack are douchebags.

Comment 01 Oct 2018

Penn State played as well as they are capable of playing. Ohio State did not.

Biggest takeaway right here, same as the TCU game. Ohio State is every other team's Super Bowl, they're always going to come out swinging above their weight. I said before the game that the biggest thing our boys needed to do was going to be to weather the storm, because PeeSU was going to come out hot. They just stayed hot longer than I anticipated, but that White Out does strange things.  It'd be nice to see the Bucks whoop a high level opponent, but as long as they win, that's all that matters. Go Bucks!

Comment 11 Sep 2018

One of a couple of essential reads on this day every year. Thank you, Ramzy. How firm thy friendship.

Comment 23 Aug 2018

Points 4, 5, and 9 above bother me regarding the suspension, particularly this bit from #4:

though investigators do find it likely both Urban and Shelley had "at least some communication about these allegations."

So, "finding it likely" counts as proof now?  I don't like that at all - it's an incredibly slippery slope if we're going to start making that a basis for rendering decisions.  I still believe in the old saying, "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove" but that seems to have gone completely out the window here.

Point 9 speaks for itself - and make it clear that this suspension was all for the optics.  And they even bungled that, because seemingly no one is happy. 

RE: Point 5 - Should ZS have been fired a long time ago?  Absolutely, but as has been noted above, giving a guy more chances than he deserved seems to be the thing Urban is guilty of.

Comment 21 Mar 2018

I'll join you on this hill.  I was very happy with this season, winning the B1G AND a New Years Six game should never be taken for granted.  Having championship expectations is fine, but if you're legit mad about this season, then I don't know what to tell you.  If that's not enough for you as a fan, then go root for Indiana or some team that is happy to just get bowl eligible once every few years.  

I think had we gotten to the playoff, who know what may have happened - you're probably right that we wouldn't have gotten through Clemson and/or UGA, but the bottom line is, just get there because you never know what can happen. (see: UMBC this past weekend)