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Comment 15 Jun 2019

Excellent points! 

On a side note, have you ever read Alexander De Tocqueville’s 1830s observations on his trip down the Ohio River? Among other things he noticed were the stark differences between life and economy on the Ohio (free) side versus the Kentucky (slave holding) side. 

Comment 15 Jun 2019

I like Skyline as much as I can like a fast food product (and don’t get me wrong, I eat my share of fast food).

I suspect though that, if I were a given good base recipe for Cincinnati chili, I could make a three-way that would be better - maybe even much better - than what a typical Skyline chain restaurant offers.

So maybe that’s my beef - haha - with the Skyline cheerleaders . . , it would like Columbus natives telling visitors, “you gotta try Wendy’s!” Or it might be similar to a blogger extolling the virtues of Arby’s. 

Comment 15 Jun 2019

The Cincitucky stereotype is partly based in truth: a large contingent of Cincinnati residents who grew up in Kentucky and/or have Kentucky cultural affiliations and affinities (e.g., UK basketball). Columbus also has its share of people of Appalachian descent, but they seem to be more on the periphery.

The two main reasons for Cincitucky razzing: 

  1. Some Cincinnatians boast of their “Queen City” as being more culturally, socially sophisticated than Columbus, e..g, and so “Cincitucky” is a comeback against that air of superiority;
  2. Some Cincinnatians talk about their “Queen City” as if it is halfway a city state unto itself - yes, technically in Ohio with all of the legal and political implications thereof - but also a gateway into (or out of) Ohio into a tri-state region and beyond. I.e., these particular folks pride themselves on escaping Ohio parochialism. So we naturally joke about them escaping Ohio parochialism for the Kentucky version. The targets of such jokes are the pompous types, but naturally the offense hits more broadly to include lots of great, humble Cincinnatians (collateral damage). 
Comment 15 Jun 2019

I have heard the name Desmond Ridder a thousand times.

I have heard the name Desmond Ridder however many times the announcers said his name when I was watching a Cincinnati football game on t.v., because it was necessary for the announcer to say his name to describe the game action . . . but I have not once heard anyone else say Desmond Ridder who wasn’t getting paid to say his name. Of course, I don’t live in Cincinnati. 

AT Marshall? That's a bad selection for the schedule.

Holy irony alert, Batman! A Cincy fan saying that his favorite program should not play against a regional rival from a lesser conference because it creates a no win situation for his program? 

Comment 11 Jun 2019

My bad - I didn’t phrase that very clearly. I was really asking why should Ohio State media and fans give the likes of Dawg Nation and David Pollack support for singling out Justin Fields? They’re obviously butt hurt over Fields transferring from their beloved program and getting immediate eligibility, so we expect them to single out Fields anecdotally when complaining about an NCAA wide trend. But why should we play along?

Whenever enemy fan bases single out the Fields example, Ohio State fans should: 1. Point out that we don’t have anywhere close to the inside info on what happened at UGA, 2. Put the Fields anecdote back into the larger context of the NCAA passing out waivers like Halloween candy. 

Comment 11 Jun 2019

Why are you singling out Fields? As far as I can tell, the NCAA is granting waivers to about half the transfers now.

You can say that you are singling out Fields because you’re an Ohio State fan - and thus you are most interested in his example. But then, as an Ohio State fan, you also care enough to point out that    his example is far from being special at this point. 

Comment 29 May 2019

I don't follow college lacrosse, let alone high school lacrosse, but I have been following the Bryson Shaw stories the past few days. Well, it sounds to me like The Bullis School's most difficult hurdle was winning its own local/regional conference tournament in lacrosse-rich Maryland, whereas this GEICO national tournament was mostly a walk in the park.

Lacrosse fans: am I reading that correctly?

Comment 20 May 2019

I thought that Teddy was challenging other football players, specifically WRs. Does this Boling kid even play football? 

If not, this is like an NHL enforcer saying that he could whip any other player in the NHL and a MMA pro responds, “I’m your huckleberry.” 

Comment 17 May 2019

At the same time, you can’t really separate a coach’s recruiting “closing ability” from talent evaluation, talent development, scheme/in-game coaching, and character development. The best players, on the field, are culminations of all those factors. When a three-star kid turns into a star, we never know how much of that success is attributable to him being underrated as a recruit versus excelling in those other areas. Conversely, when a five star doesn’t pan out, we often don’t know if the recruit was overrated or a breakdown happened further down the line.

With that in mind . . . the two things that we can safely say about Meyer’s approach, compared to Day e.g., are:

  1. Meyer explicitly stated that he cared about the recruiting rankings - not as a means to an end, but as an end in and of itself. He wanted to win a PR “championship” on NSD because that was its own competition, while also being the foundation for on-field success. 
  2. Meyer slow-played Ohio recruits who were not in the top-200 national rankings lists

Drawing conclusions beyond these two points I think is troublesome - prone to overanalysis. 

Comment 10 May 2019

I agree that Woody is the GOAT, but he wouldn’t have lasted four years in today’s media climate and/or with the likes of a cowardly weasel like Drake as president.

And, yes, the media, fans, boosters, etc. in the 1950s/early 60s were just as unforgiving when it came to on-field football results (Ohio State was the “graveyard of coaches” for good reason) as they are today - but can you imagine Woody dealing with today’s the off the field trashy “journalism” and SJW crusades? 

Comment 26 Apr 2019

Correction: now that I think about it, I love it when espn’s “the Bear” does his segments, because that guy is the real deal. He might be the best talent on espn college football. So maybe I am FOS saying I  won’t watch nerds on t.v., but I stand by my point that Kiper is not paid to be in the top 10 of a prognisticator ranking. 

Comment 26 Apr 2019

I agree. In addition to he nostalgia factor, I just like the dude.

Whereas I am never going to watch Kevin Silva from or other such nerd on television. Now, I would take gambling advice/analysis from someone like Kevin Silva long before I would take it from Kiper, but they don’t pay Kiper to crunch numbers. 

Comment 26 Apr 2019

It’s a shame? That sounds like hyperbole. I don’t follow the NFL draft prognostication industry at all, but I took a quick glance at the top 100 leaderboard and . . . I see a bunch of nerds at the top that do all online/print and never go on t.v.

Kiper’s primary job is to entertain t.v. audiences. He is constantly on t.v., which means that he is constantly doing show prep, etc.

If we were comparing apples to apples, we’d have to give Kiper a couple of years to do nothing but concentrate on pure talent analysis and draft prognostication and then see how he stacks up with all the other nerds (I am lot closer to being a nerd, myself, btw, than I would be a magnetic t.v. personality, so I don’t offer this as a value judgment . . . rather let’s keep things in perspective). 

Comment 25 Apr 2019

If you're scoring at home, that equates to 45% of his tackles for loss and 57% of his sacks on the full season coming over the final four games which equate to just 29% of his games played. 

To be fair, Young isn't the first defensive end to be a bit on the streaky side . . . 

I would go one step further and hypothesize that most DEs have to be "streaky" to rack up 10+ sacks in a season. What would be far more unusual, I suspect, is a DE that accumulates, say, 12 total sacks in a season that are relatively evenly distributed over 13/14 games - e.g., by something like the following sequence: 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1 = 12.     

Comment 22 Apr 2019

Great point - interesting perspective - but then you could argue, in retrospect, that Cooper had done his job - completed his role - by about 1997.

With that in mind . . . Here is a crazy alternate history scenario that never would have happened . . . What if Ohio State had replaced Cooper after the ‘97 season with the rising star Mack Brown (who was hired by Texas after the ‘97 season)? You could argue that Ohio State would have won the ‘98 national championship with Brown at the helm, but would have been worse off over the long run (I.e., no Tressel). 

Comment 22 Apr 2019

I must have conveniently blocked out the ‘88 game against Pitt from my memory, whereas I distinctly remember the debacle at home against Indiana the year before (which contributed to Earle getting fired).

I got curious about how ‘88 Pitt fared the remainder of their season, figuring they must have been pretty good. Well, they only went 6-5 with no bowl game. To be fair, though, Pitt was then independent and played a tough schedule that included Notre Dame, who won the national championship that season, and WVU, which lost to ND in the “national championship” bowl game.

Actually, In the final A.P. rankings of the ‘88 season, four out of the top five teams were independent: #1. Notre Dame, #2 Miami, #3 FSU, and #5 WVU. Only #4 Michigan was in a conference and they had no chance at winning the national championship, with two losses and a tie (to be fair, ‘88 Michigan played a brutal schedule, themselves).