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MEMBER SINCE   March 26, 2015

I have been a Buckeyes fan since the 1960s.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Earliest favorite moments as Buckeyes fan (all from '68 season): 1) reading newspaper account of upset of #1 Purdue, 13-0 (couldn't get the game on TV or radio in NY metro area back then); 2) listening to The Game on radio: a 50-14 rout; 3)!watching the Rose Bowl on a b & w TV with my mom and dad as the #1 Buckeyes beat #2 USC (with OJ Simpson) to secure the national title. What was great back then too was that they actually showed the Script Ohio in its entirety on TV.

    Two favorite specific moments of recent years: 1) Cie Grant's blitz on 4th-and-goal at the end of the 2nd OT against Miami that resulted in the Buckeyes' first national title in 34 years--what an incredible feeling; 2) Zeke's 85-yard TD run that all but secured the win over Alabama.

    And, how can I possibly omit this: finally making a trip to the ''Shoe and seeing the band come down the ramp and perform the Script Ohio; and, of course, seeing the Buckeyes play in person.

    And the latest: seeing my first Rose Bowl—the Buckeyes’ 28-23 win over Washington.

Recent Activity

Comment 18 Jul 2019

Are Harbaugh and Michigan truly pure as freshly fallen snow? Are any top D1 program and coach truly 100% controversy free?  For one thing, I would imagine the admissions standards for Harbaugh’s players are not the same as those for typical Michigan undergrads.  So by that example alone, Harbaugh needs only to look in the mirror.

Maybe Jim should coach in the Ivy League or the Patriot League.

Comment 15 Jul 2019

I think the coolest story I can relate here is that a good friend and former high school teammate played professionally in the NASL and he scored a goal at Giants Stadium against the Cosmos in their heyday with Pele, Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto et al all on the field.  I was so excited it felt almost as if I had scored that goal.

Comment 29 Jun 2019

Sunny, I hear you.  The flip side of that coin is that the tie still spoiled a perfect season for Michigan and prevented them from going to the Rose Bowl.  But yes Woody, like Bo, could be very stubborn about wanting to cram it down the middle.

Comment 27 Jun 2019

Great list, but I’m a bit surprised you and the others of our approximate age and stage didn’t include 1973 and 2012.  Undefeated speaks volumes to me—plus 1973 ended with that wonderful Rose Bowl revenge rout of USC++and a perfect season has been so rare in Ohio State history (plus 2012 was such a turnaround season in terms of the record and a come-from-behind victory over Michigan to preserve the perfect season).

Comment 26 Jun 2019

Buck95: first-rate analysis and presentation.  I have a feeling you were a star on the Debate team in high school and college.  If not, you could have been.

Comment 25 Jun 2019

I guess I will never understand parents who get worked up over refs in youth matches or high school games or anything of that nature.  

The first time I ever recall seeing something involving a parent was when I was in 9th grade in the 1960s when my local high school won the state soccer title over our arch-rival, which was located in the next town over.  It was naturally an intense match.  Our team won 3-0 and shut down our opponent’s top player who was the state’s leading scorer.

At the game’s conclusion, the father of that top player ran out in the field and verbally accosted the refs.  He was a Greek immigrant, so people tried to minimize it by saying, in essence, well that’s the kind of stuff that goes on in European or South American soccer matches.  In other words, it was viewed as an aberration and wasn’t the type of conduct we’d expect to see here.

Little did we know that berating refs would ultimately become so commonplace at youth and school games here.

Comment 24 Jun 2019

Well, I’ll provide another number.  

I’m in my mid-60s with heart disease so I try not to get too worked up anymore about games...OK, admittedly that hasn’t gone precisely to my intentions.  So...I was a combination of being annoyed and exceptionally tense in the latter part of the Maryland game that I checked my heart rate, which was in the high 120s.  I decided not to check my blood pressure.

Comment 24 Jun 2019

My friend who is the local high school coach encourages his kids to play other varsity sports and/or intramural sports (other than soccer) during the winter and spring seasons.  He’s long been a firm believer in that.

The person who is probably our school’s most successful soccer alum, Kyle Martino, enjoyed playing sports other than soccer (and thought that was helpful to his development).

Way back in my day, it was standard MO for the soccer stars to play—and star in—other high school varsity sports.  

Comment 24 Jun 2019

The simplicity of it all was one of the positives back in the day.  I spent the first part of my childhood in Queens and a favorite game was stoopball.  All you needed was a Spaldeen and your imagination in competing against a friend.  It was an absolute blast as we pretended we were Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

Comment 24 Jun 2019

Agree 100%.  There’s burnout for lots of kids because of year-round specialization at younger and younger ages.  And, realistically, how many kids ultimately earn college scholarships?  

Comment 23 Jun 2019

Zona, very sorry to hear about your experience.  Few parents were in the stands for our 5th grade and 6th grade rec league b-ball games back in the 1960s in CT.  They were not a real presence, period.

I played varsity soccer in junior high and high school and my dad was the only father who regularly showed up for games prior to the county and state tourney matches.  He loved sports and was in sales so he had a flexible schedule.  But, to give you an example of how unusual it was for a father to show up: back in junior high my teammates busted my chops and joked that my dad must have been a professional gambler or a bookie to be able to show up for a weekday afternoon game.

Now, when I watch my local high school team play on a weekday afternoon, there are a ton of parents—both dads and moms—in the stands at the game.

Comment 23 Jun 2019

Yes, our organized sports teams outside of school all played in local leagues—no out-of-town travel—until I reached high school.  That I feel was a better situation for kids compared to what goes on today.  (Plus, the fees to play in the local Little Leagye or recreation league were either zero or some nominal handpass fee.)

Comment 23 Jun 2019

Yes, that was one of the ways it was better back then.  We played a lot of pick-up games.  There was far less in the way of organized team sports.

Comment 23 Jun 2019

Yes, although I unfortunately never saw him play.  He was a year behind me in high school and our schools competed in different leagues.  But, I can say with almost 100% assurance, if he had played against my high school he would have also torched my team for 50+—that is, unless we had opted for a stall—ball strategy, which is what we did against the best team in my league senior year.

Comment 18 Jun 2019

I don’t really have a bucket list at this point—but I wish I had a time machine.

In a two-year period from 1966-68, the following groups in the Rock Hall of Fame were in their prime and they all played at my local high school in CT: the Doors, Cream, Sly & the Family Stone, the Animals, Rascals, and Yardbirds.  And I missed all of those concerts (even though I was a junior high student at the time and a big music fan)!  

Comment 17 Jun 2019

I guess my username explains my background.  I grew up in the NYC area in the 1960s but my dad bought me, for my first 45, a record containing songs from the Marching Band.  And I played that record over and over and over...”Round on the end...”

You were lucky if even one Ohio State football game aired on TV in those years in the NY metro are..  I did a write-up in a not-for-credit class journal of the newspaper account of the 1968 shutout of Purdue.  Newspaper accounts were the primary way I followed or learned about so many sports events back then.

I do remember having the great pleasure ofvlistening to the 1968 rout of Michigan on the radio.  How I was able to get the game on radio in the NYC area I’m still not sure.  And, of course, there was the first of many Rose Bowls that season—I believe 6 in an 8-year period; so that became a New Year’s Day tradition.

Comment 15 Jun 2019

Injuries unfortunately are part and parcel of the NBA landscape—perhaps because the 82-game regular season is way too long.  By way of a recent example, the Warriors won their first title when LeBron had to battle without two star teammates.

During what was possibly the best six-year period in Knicks history—1968-69 through the 73-74 seasons—the Knicks were not near full health for even one year during that period; and Willis Reed, their best player, was never the same player from the late 69-70 season on.  His career was hampered by injuries starting at the age of 27 and he had to retire at 32.

Don’t get me wrong: I feel empathy for KD and Klay.  And I hope they both bounce back.  But, for me, the games were still entertaining to watch and I think both teams were resilient.

Comment 13 Jun 2019

You have taken my post in a way I didn’t think anyone would.  I’m not suggesting that fans should only root for front runners or recent champions.  Geez, I have been a loyal fan of the Knicks through thick and fan since the 1960s (when they were the only team in the Eastern Division to continually miss the playoffs).  

Comment 12 Jun 2019

As someone who loves soccer and played it into my mid-50s (until health issues forced me to stop), I was embarrassed by the display yesterday.  

The coach could have limited the scoring and at the same time have had the players work on something meaningful that could be of help going forward such as: after the score reached a certain point, the only shots on goal would come from a)  20 yards or longer, or b) head balls on crosses.  I have known coaches in high school blowouts to proceed in this manner.

And that way at least the team could have worked on some important skills in game situations that will be presented against tougher opponents.  And, if the US had scored on those types of attempts, then I would have had no problem with additional goals.

Finally, I never got overly excited scoring against a team that was so obviously inferior.  And I don’t believe my reaction would have been any different if I had played in a World Cup and I scored with my team already up by 9-0 or 10-0.  

My former high school coach, who emphasized winning with sportsmanship and integrity, is in three different soccer Halls of Fame and, if he were alive to see this, I know what his reaction would have been.