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TJ Neer

Columbus, OH (via Columbus, OH)

Member since 29 December 2016 | Blog

I am from Columbus, grew up an Ohio State fan. I actually wanted to play football for the Buckeyes, but when I hit 5-foot-8 and stopped growing, I figured it wouldn't work out too well for me as a linebacker, so I fell back to journalism. I figured if I can't be a player, I might as well be as close to them as possible. I'm in my third year at Ohio State studying journalism with a minor in philosophy, and graduated from Marion-Franklin High School in south Columbus.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: In the first pitch of my first at-bat of high school baseball, I was hit by a pitch. It set the tone for the next four years of my high school career.
  • NFL TEAM: Philadelphia Eagles
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 31 Jul 2017

You don't think the VT loss in 2014 might rival that? I know the season ended a lot better that season, but that loss to VT had me feeling hopeless. 

Comment 17 Jul 2017

I've been getting some flak from this, and I've got some things to say. I am by no means a history buff and am always willing to change what I wrote and how I think about it, but as a very young Buckeye fan I remember growing up and consistently watching the Bucks play teams they could beat 40-0, especially at the beginning of the season. However, it seems I may be remembering wrong or maybe those wins stuck in my head more because as a kid I thought it was amazing to win by that many points. Either way, I will be looking through Ohio State's 2001-2010 seasons and checking what I wrote.

(PS I also tried to distance myself a bit from it by saying "while many may remember..." instead of "I remember," but now that I'm thinking about it my neighbors were Michigan fans and I probably picked up on this from the banter between me and their kid who was my age saying it)

Comment 15 Jul 2017

Columbus should be the winner in each and every one of these categories. I mean, sure, I was born there, but that in no way at all is affecting my judgment. I am obviously not a homer.

Comment 03 Jul 2017

My mom (rest in peace) followed similar logic. Hated Urban before he came to Columbus (mostly for that loss to Florida in 2007), and the first year he did, she said she would hate him forever unless the team went undefeated. Of course, they went undefeated. Still don't think she cared much for Urban as a person or as a coach, but learned to love him because she loved her Buckeyes. 

Comment 03 Jul 2017

There are so so so many coaches who could've claimed that spot. In an attempt to not make a list of 50 awesome coaches, I had to cut it to just football and basketball, and even then I left out some pretty good ones. Tom Ryan has been great for the wrestling program, though.