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SamOgilvie


MEMBER SINCE   September 04, 2015

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Comment 14 Nov 2019

Gene Smith was not featured here but I have nothing but praise for his leadership, too. At 59, and born and raised in the South, it's particularly gratifying to see men like Gene Smith and President Drake not only hold the positions they do but perform so well. I imagine younger people take all that for granted but I am old enough to have seen the dark days when men and women of color were denied the opportunities, rights and privileges guys like I have enjoyed from the founding years of our country. 

Comment 14 Nov 2019

I am telling you, I wish I could be around to see young guys like Harry Miller leading this country some day, in whatever capacity chosen.  That was as impressive an interview as I have seen in the sports world, and many other comparable ones involved guys on this team. The staff is doing an impressive job recruiting quality people, who happen to be gifted athletes. It's a real joy to follow these guys here.

Comment 07 Oct 2019

Travis is like a member of the Eleven Warriors staff now.  It looks like he's put on a little shed, as they say here in the South, but he's the prototypical, knowledgeable Ohio fan and his commentary is outstanding.

It's a joy to watch a team that is not limited in any serious way, as in past years.  I was disappointed in all the "junk talking". That's not the Ohio State way, despite some dirty play from the opponent.  I hope the coaches and team leaders will address that during the break.

Thanks to the staff from Eleven Warriors for excellent coverage.

Comment 13 Aug 2019

While reading this young man's journal over at Lettermen Row in recent weeks, I had pleasant memories of the many humble, talented, hard working, salt of the earth type people I encountered as a student at Ohio State back in the early 1980s.  I hope the state of Ohio never stops producing them, because they are what this country is all about.  This guy has great anticipation or a nose for the football and a lot of physical ability to go along with it. Like you guys, I am glad he's a Buckeye.

Comment 21 Jul 2019

If nothing else, this regrettable incident can and should be used by those working with young people to emphasize that there is a better way to use a public platform. Despite making no direct connection between "controversy" and Coach Meyer's extraordinary winning percentage, Coach Harbaugh seemed to imply that Coach Meyer was successful because of malfeasance or that his record was severely tarnished by bad behavior. Regardless, mature individuals have clear understandings of situations, a firm grasp of the truth and they articulate their thoughts succinctly.  In addition, mature individuals use criticism to be helpful or instructive or to improve situations.  None of this appeared to be the case in this situation, so one would conclude that Coach Harbaugh showed a lack of maturity and that his comments stemmed from jealousy.  Regardless, one can  only hope that anyone associated with Ohio State shows more wisdom in similar situations. 

Comment 21 Jul 2019

If nothing else, this regrettable incident can and should be used by those working with young people to emphasize that there is a better way to use a public platform. Despite making no direct connection between "controversy" and Coach Meyer's extraordinary winning percentage, Coach Harbaugh seemed to imply that Coach Meyer was successful because of malfeasance or that his record was severely tarnished by bad behavior. Regardless, mature individuals have clear understandings of situations, a firm grasp of the truth and they articulate their thoughts succinctly.  In addition, mature individuals use criticism to be helpful or instructive or to improve situations.  None of this appeared to be the case in this situation, so one would conclude that Coach Harbaugh showed a lack of maturity and that his comments stemmed from jealousy.  Regardless, one can  only hope that anyone associated with Ohio State shows more wisdom in similar situations. 

Comment 19 Jun 2019

I've been a fan since reading about his love for his late grandmother, BengalBuck's first cousin. Glad he was able to move out of the friend zone with that lovely girl, averyanne.  I imagine the Senator is a fan, too.
Dan Hope has serious potential as a romance writer. A Harlequin-like romance series beginning with Drue's efforts in 7th grade should sell well among the faithful.
 

Comment 19 Jun 2019

I've been a fan since reading about his love for his late grandmother, BengalBuck's first cousin. Glad he was able to move out of the friend zone with that lovely girl, averyanne.  I imagine the Senator is a fan, too.
Dan Hope has serious potential as a romance writer. A Harlequin-like romance series beginning with Drue's efforts in 7th grade should sell well among the faithful.
 

Comment 19 Jun 2019

I've been a fan since reading about his love for his late grandmother, BengalBuck's first cousin. Glad he was able to move out of the friend zone with that lovely girl, averyanne.  I imagine the Senator is a fan, too.
Dan Hope has serious potential as a romance writer. A Harlequin-like romance series beginning with Drue's efforts in 7th grade should sell well among the faithful.
 

Comment 13 Jun 2019

The older I get, the more I appreciate the quality of the many people associated with The Ohio State University. The Ward family is exemplary. It's a pleasure to see Denzel follow in the footsteps of his dad and people like Archie Griffin and Jack Nicklaus, humanitarians, who preceded him in the athletic program at the university.  I am confident that the Ward's efforts to educate people about heart disease, provide resources, like defibrillators, and teach and mentor young people will save and enrich lives in the months and years to come.

Comment 13 Apr 2019

Fabulous moment there when Avery teared up and the team showed so much enthusiasm for their teammate's proposal and his bride-to-be's response.  I recall Drue shaving his head in support of his grandmother and the kind words he wrote about her when she passed away.  This young man is a fine one. I am thankful that he's part of Ohio State.

Comment 09 Jan 2019

Mickey Marotti is assistant athletic director for football sports performance.  He reports to Gene Smith, not the football coach.  Student-Athlete Support Services, the Athletic Compliance Office and Sports Performance are independent entities within the Ohio State Athletic Department.  Coach Day nor the previous coach, Urban Meyer, have the authority to hire and fire within those departments.

Comment 08 Jan 2019

Agreed.  We have no idea what kind of freedom Mr. Davis had in his coaching role.  It's doubtful that he had full independence, with two d' coordinators, in implementing scheme and in selection of starting personnel.  Regardless, the man is a faithful friend of Urban Meyer's and conducted himself in a professional manner.  He deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Comment 02 Jan 2019

My hat is off to Urban Meyer, his family, his teams, his colleagues and his legacy.  I am thankful for his association with The Ohio State University and his support of the state of Ohio.

I came to Ohio State as a student nearly 40 years ago because two former, renowned faculty members there had taken the time and made the effort to respond to technical questions, in old-fashioned letters, asked by my obscure, paternal grandfather, a Scottish immigrant.  I share that simply to make the point that Ohio has its share of special people.  Urban Meyer, a man of a generation now misunderstood, is one of those people.  His loyalty, his work ethic, and his determination to make those around him better get him in trouble at times, but those traits and qualities make him a man of substance.  I admire him greatly and hope and pray that his days ahead are blessed and meaningful for him and all those around him.

Comment 20 Dec 2018

In my opinion, Urban's loyalty and a desire to help others, despite the detrimental impact to his reputation in the case of Zach Smith, are commendable and signs of good character.  It's important, once again, to point out that Smith was never charged, and, of course, convicted of assault on a female, though his other issues are significant.  Obviously, Urban felt Smith and his family were best served by Smith's continued employment at OSU.  Smith had a family to feed, clothe and house and his problems with substance abuse, etc. were best addressed if he remained on staff.  Regardless of Urban's feelings about Smith's grandfather and his loyalty, I don't think anyone doubts that Urban would have fired Smith in a Minnesota minute if he felt the allegations of spousal abuse had merit.
I think Urban's long and successful association with the win at all costs mentality of big-time collegiate sports, his growth as a father and husband and his success in developing young men academically, morally, socially and athletically in his time at OSU makes him uniquely qualified to teach a course about character and leadership.

Comment 02 Dec 2018

The precise definition of classy behavior, which is undoubtedly based on good character.  Good examples and exemplary behavior are hugely important, and I am thankful that younger guys like Wyatt Davis are seeing it first hand.  In addition to the entertainment we spectators or fans of the university and all its programs enjoy, we get the benefit of life lessons and inspirational actions, too.  

Comment 29 Nov 2018

I was very pleased to see the emotion Coach Matta expressed when he recognized his players and family, and the heartfelt gratitude from his former players.  Ultimately, I believe we were created for relationships, and the relationships developed between coaches/teachers and athletes/students are extremely important to society and humanity.  Coaches at the major university level have the almost impossible task of developing and maintaining good relationships with a lot of constituencies, while winning very high percentages of their games.  Coach Matta succeeded at both, and managed several years of excruciating pain and physical challenges in an exemplary way.  As an alumnus, I am both proud of the man and thankful for his tenure at Ohio State.