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MEMBER SINCE   September 28, 2014


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 1969 Rose Bowl / Jan 12, 2015-Dallas
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Jim Otis, Jack Tatum, Byars, Beanie, El Guapo
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Red Wings
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs, Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Inter Milan

Recent Activity

Comment 1 hour ago

Ramzy, in reviewing this book, said that Rashan Gary turned down $300K of bag money to pay at TTUN. I think Harbaugh might be referring more to that than about the stipends and cost of attendance. Ramzy also talked a few Situationals ago about during the FBI sting in basketball that one of the agents recorded said Clemson has their bag money to football players very tight. A big yawn from the NCAA, but I don't think the agent was making up stories out of whole cloth.

Comment 25 Jul 2019

It's not exactly the same defense. TTUN has a DON BROWN defense - heavy up-front pressure with high amount of man-to-man on back end that gives numbers advantage to stopping run and/or getting to QB before WR's get open. It all falls apart with a good O-Line that can pass-block / fast WRs / accurate QB with quick reads and release - we had perfect combo of all these elements last year. If what the coaches say is true, Buckeye defense is intending to mix in zone and other schemes to combat these weaknesses (having a better D-Line than TTUN will also help).

Mattison's track record is around a top-15/20 defense when he was in charge of defense. (Buckeyes did hang 40+ a couple times when he was coach but some of that was turnovers). His forte seems to be getting players to play to a good level right away. To get us to a great defense will be what Hafley, Washington, etc. can contribute. If Buckeye offense is fairly close to its performance the past 3 years, the defense just needs to be in the top 25 or so - the playoffs would then be very viable.

Comment 18 Jun 2019

One huge change this year is that the Reds have outscored their opponents on aggregate by 39 runs. This is currently 5th best in the NL. The last several years the Reds were bottom-3 in this stat. Consistently the teams that are best in this stat are those that make the playoffs. (It means Milwaukee is living on borrowed time right now and the Cubbies should win the central and Reds finish 2nd.) The stat can also mean the team is a "whenever we win it's always a blowout" type of team but that's fairly rare over the course of an entire season.