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SamOgilvie


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Comment 12 Aug 2020

Obviously, this decision was not made with the best interests of student athletes being the primary concern or motivation. As common in our society, liability seems to be the sticking point, and, maybe, understandably so. We laypeople recognize immediately that young people in a structured environment, with professionally designed and implemented medical parameters protecting them, the best in professional guidance, medical support, diet and facilities available and with staff pressure, peer pressure and personal goals and objectives promoting safe behavior that the continuation of practice and the completion of the adjusted schedules is by the far the safest and best option.  I don't think anyone would argue that the risk of contracting the corona virus outside that environment is greater.  As an alumnus, I am saddened by this turn of events. As a country and society, we can do better. 

Comment 21 Jun 2020

May Gene Smith, Ryan Day and the young men at Ohio State who have addressed injustice so eloquently in words and so powerfully in their lives and deeds inspire others to do the same and join in the collective effort to effect lasting change. At its core, this issue speaks to the old adage that the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart. Prejudice, in all its forms, runs deeply but good role models and leaders doing things the right way often cause individuals to reflect on shortcomings and consider a better way of thinking and living. I have never been more proud of the people associated with The Ohio State University. 

Comment 01 Jun 2020

Because of my experience, I was not surprised by the behavior of the staff at that resort property. I was hurt because my friend was hurt by the way his family was treated. His pain was palpable.  An attractive mannerly couple, one a physician, with two very handsome young boys at the time, it just goes to show that racial prejudice is deep seated. I understand the anger and resentment that has been building of late. Many of us feel that the progress  toward making Martin Luther King's dream a reality has been halted in recent years and division promoted because of personal issues and the desire for personal gain at the expense of the common good.

Comment 01 Jun 2020

My understanding is that the vast majority of homicides in Chicago involve young black men shooting other young black men. Sociologists, I have read, say that Chicago has an extraordinarily high concentration of poverty and the accompanying despair associated with poverty. Guns, drugs and gang activity provide hope for young black males in those areas.  In addition, there is a legacy of violence that is rooted in fragile egos that consider any slight or perceived slight a threat to pride and self worth. 
I have never commented on the Chicago murders because I have absolutely no first hand knowledge of the people involved or any relevant personal experience.
Contrarily, I have decades of experience with racism, racial injustice, and police brutality directed at black people, primarily black men. Growing up in the rural South, and attending a small boarding school, I befriended and my family befriended a number of black people. I witnessed racism directly while in their company and indirectly through stories those individuals and families shared with me. Progress has been made but it's still systemic and hugely relevant. A slice of our population does not enjoy the equal protection and opportunity that I do. I should add that because I am an older man and white, racists and bigots feel free to speak openly with me, assuming, of course, that I share their views. 
 

Comment 01 Jun 2020

I am pleased to see Seth Towns stand up and protest the large issue of systemic racism in this country and the most recent flagrant abuse of power, murder in fact, by law enforcement officials against a black male. Hard data and anecdotal evidence confirm the existence of systemic racism in this country. Take a look at studies that show loans denied people of color who were more qualified than their white neighbors who were extended credit. Take a look at studies that show houses not sold or apartments not leased to people of color for no other reason than racial prejudice. I could go on but I have seen it personally time and again in my 59 plus years of life. A black friend and his wife were both ignored and given the run around, not once, but many times when trying to purchase a timeshare in a nearby resort community. I approached the same resort and was showered with attention, immediate offers to escort me around the property, etc. Law enforcement officials have pulled over the same black friend when he was driving lawfully, safely and with good purpose, in his own neighborhood in the Houston area. Other black males share the same stories with me, and I have seen a multitude of similar expressions of racism. I could go on but the point is systemic racism and the accompanying police brutality and misuse of power is real and must be addressed until things get better. The civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s started the process. Honorable American citizens need to continue it.

Comment 20 Apr 2020

With all due respect to LeBron James, Michael Jordan could run faster(4.3 seconds in the forty yard dash), jump higher(48 inch vertical leap) and move with more fluidity(watch the tape), but an on court comparison between the two is of little value. Obviously, they played in different eras and each brought something different to the table. I have seen few people pass the ball as well as LeBron and I don't know of another player in history who combined good fundamentals with athleticism like Michael. 
Having attended both Carolina and Ohio State in the late 70s and early 80s, I was blessed to see several of the best players(athletes) in the history of the world. Before his knee injury, Clark Kellogg could run the floor with anyone. I saw him take the ball coast to coast during a game at St. John Arena, and still marvel at the memory of his speed, and fluidity. I played pickup basketball with Lawrence Taylor and shot baskets with a guy named Kelvin Bryant, arguably the 2nd fastest running back of all time, next to Herschel Walker. Kelvin ran a 9.27(9.3 official) 100 yard dash in high school.
The late 70s, early 80s were golden years for basketball in North Carolina. Eric Sleepy Floyd and James Worthy both played high school ball in Gastonia, and Dominique Wilkins in Washington, NC. Michael came along a couple of years later, down in Wilmington.  
Anyway, back to Ohio State. That Ohio State team with Clark Kellogg and Herb Williams fell short but was talent-laden and a joy to watch. Clark has gone on to represent the university in an exemplary way, a testament to him and all those who influenced his development.

Comment 29 Mar 2020

Coach Day has proven to be a remarkably good executive thus far. His personal ideals and principles mesh well with a strong program and the ethos that surrounds a particularly impactful monolithic land grant university. He's recruited like-minded coaches, players and support staff successfully because his maturity, sincerity, talent and character are obvious.  Like some of his players, I think he could have a future as a political leader.

The animosity created by strong rivalries aside, college football, particularly the Big 10, needs strong Northern programs. Michigan's rut is really not helpful in the grand scheme of things. Maybe Minnesota and others will step up. Regardless, we're blessed at Ohio State. It's a pleasure to know people like Ryan Day, Larry Johnson et al represent us.

Comment 23 Feb 2020

Ellen was so proud of the Senator's dancing, she called and promised to spring for supper at Friendly's out at 3 McKinley Way on Monday night. Tress says the Diet Cokes there are especially good. He loves to down a couple and chat with Ellen about punting, his favorite part of the great game of football.  He's going to send his scarlet and gray sweater vest to the cleaners early Monday and pick it up at noon, so he can wear it to Friendly's. He particularly loves the comfort of that vest.  Tress asked Ellen if he could order his choice dessert, strawberry cheesecake,  and Ellen quickly said, "Sure, Love, you earned it, Dear".  It's going to be a good one---beef tips, Diet Coke, great stories and cheesecake to top it off. 
Thanks to all who supported a great cause.

Comment 14 Feb 2020

By all means visit the Biltmore House, despite the fact that the gardens won't have their summer charm. The cost of staffing,  maintaining the buildings and grounds, and practicing innovative agriculture and forestry is significant, so the admission fee is fair.  Noted landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park as well, did a fabulous job at Biltmore and he and Gifford Pinchot, a forester he hired to help out, virtually created the practice of forest management. The house speaks for itself. If you like craftsmanship, it's a testament to the beauty of fine woodworking and masonry. 
A local girl was dating Charlie Bauman at the time of his encounter with Woody Hayes. Ironically, I attended Ohio State partially because I took Woody's charge to pay forward seriously.  Two renowned Ohio State professors were kind enough to respond regularly to my late paternal grandfather's many technical questions about the practice of horticulture.  One rather gloomy evening on campus, I passed Woody on the oval as he made his way out of the Faculty Club. Honestly, we were the only two souls on the oval at the time. I nodded and said hello, as any Southern boy would do, but Woody didn't even acknowledge me. He stared straight through me and moved on.  Sadly, that kind of thing, failing to speak, is becoming common even here in the rural South; a sad thing, as is a career marred by a moment when self-control was lost.  
I have a feeling a brief encounter with Ryan Day would be different.  Woody had his strong points but Ryan Day more closely personifies the feeling of community and support I associate with Ohio State. It's a special place, and it's in good hands across the board. 
Happy Valentine's Day. Have a great time in the Old North State, my home, North Carolina.

Comment 09 Feb 2020

The team needs him at linebacker. He has a nose for the football, something that really can't be taught, and the athletic ability to cover and move sideline to sideline.  If he gains additional strength, increases his ability to shed blockers and gets more playing time, he'll be a stalwart soon.

Comment 05 Feb 2020

Like everyone else, I feel sure, I got a good laugh out of the "four pots of coffee" reference. Humor really takes the edge off a hard world at times.
The Meyer girl really blessed the program with her successful recruitment of Corey Dennis. He's well-mannered, bright, knowledgeable and hard working, a fine addition to the assistant ranks. I am glad he can utilize the "Coach" title in his relationship with Urban. A large extended family, particularly the younger folks, loved calling my late mom "Jinx".  It was easy to say and made relationships and conversations much less awkward and difficult.

Comment 13 Dec 2019

I understand the negativity and mixed feelings about the transfer portal but the success stories of Joe, Justin, and Jalen have been a joy to follow.  I hope we will all continue to have the freedom to seek out environments that offer us more opportunity in the limited time we have.  Having spent two years in Louisiana, I am particularly happy to see Joe help the flagship university football program down there excel. His hard work, progress and humility really do speak well of his family and all the people in Ohio and in Louisiana that have helped him along the way.  I hope and pray for similar success for Brendon White. 

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.