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Hong Kong (via Columbus)

MEMBER SINCE   January 25, 2015

Been a Buckeye fan since 1986 and taking BuckeyeNation to Asia since 2000.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Buckeyes beating the Hurricanes in 2003 to cap a 13-0 season and the national title!
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Recent Activity

Comment 05 Jul 2019

What % of the total 4-5 Stars do the perennial top-10 schools get out every year (say over the last 15 years)? Does anyone have this stat and how strong is the correlation between this and winning it all or at least top-10 ranking wise? 

Comment 29 Jun 2019

You have (i) a good point, (ii) it doesn't need to be "right" or (iii) you're "dead wrong".  extremism is the root of all evils and what keeps a good man down.  don't fall prey.  

splitting carries between 2 good RBs generally is a good idea.  less wear and tear, and it's more on the individual (factoring defensive schemes you're going up against, and how you line up, and your blocking scheme, etc...) to outperform.  it's always tough to be the coach when you have 2 good players, and they both obviously want to play.  To paraphrase you, make a decision and stick with it.  There'll always be pundits and critics.  no matter what you do.  but you gotta "just do it."

Comment 02 May 2019

f you think about it, the real reason why teams don't use more than 1 QB is in a way to stockpile talent and keep them with the team. The transfer portal essentially is eroding this tactic.  kinda cynical, but there's some truth to this.

Comment 02 May 2019

I beg to disagree....writing about nothing is not easy.  That's why those Seinfeld writers are freakin' geniuses.  Every single episode was literally about "General Studies", i.e. nothing.  but they were all damn clever and funny as hell.

Comment 02 May 2019

Maybe we're over-magnifying the term "compete", "commitment" and emotionally placing these unfair expectations on these kids.  

Making an emotional and subjective accusation such as "these kids are afraid to compete" has no basis in reality.  surely, they've proven themselves to be elite competitors to be given a scholarship to a university and football program such as the Buckeyes.  

the shelf-life of an athlete is limited.  that's the reality.  Are we saying that Justin Fields is "not a competitor" because he bailed on Georgia to come to Ohio State? Or that he doesn't understand the meaning of "commitment"?  Maybe he realizes that if he stayed at Georgia, he will probably be a back-up for another 1-2 years, risks injuries, and other incoming younger players overtaking him.  And he's only got 3 years.  And only 1 QB gets to be on the field at any given time.

It's a bit unfair to project ourselves into the shoes of these guys and make proclamations such as "if it was me, I would honor my commitment!"  well, as someone on this site wrote eloquently awhile back, IF my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle.

Comment 20 Mar 2019

and it's the last game, so the team would've had an entire season to mature, gain experience, and prepare.  it's gonna be a high-scoring affair given the offensive weapons on both sides, but the Bucks do have Dobbins at RB (+1); on the defensive front, if the LBs can improve just 20% over last season (not asking much), the Bucks should also have the edge.  


Comment 19 Mar 2019

Agreed.  at this level, most of these guys are close to being elite athletes.  as such, if it's an athletic endeavour, logic would dictate that these guys can be taught.  obviously, not everyone can be AB or OBJ or Randy Moss or Michael Thomas, but you don't have to be these guys to be considered elite and get paid.  there are 32 teams and each of them need about 4-6 WRs, so if you're in the top 20% (app. top 40 or so), which PC seems to have the tools to be, then he's gonna be alright.


Comment 23 Feb 2019

Feel bad for a lot of these kids who were 4-5 stars coming out of high school.  Going to a top-10 programs is a double edged sword.  you get buried under the depth chart and after 4 years, you've got not much to show for it.  Strategically, a lot of these highly touted kids should go to "lesser" programs so that they can actually play.  Playing in real games is the only way to really get better and have a crack at the next level, which is the ultimate objective of most of these 4-5 star kids.  This way, at least you have a body of work to show to potential NFL teams.  

YES.  The programs and the fans will always say, "play for and against the best! that's what real winners do!  ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!"  Obviously, the ultimate objectives are quite different for programs / fans / athletes.


Comment 23 Feb 2019

good point on the self-driving cars....all hype and zero reality.  The entire autonomous vehicles segment was hyped up by Uber going into the foray.  UBER.  a company that's never make a single cent of profit in its existence, but somehow it's worth over USD50billion.  a company that made an app...yes, an app! what intellectual property does such a company have that says it will somehow transform the automotive, AI, cognitive science, etc..industry?!  

I have a family member that works for the largest auto insurance company in America.  He says the car insurance industry estimate self-driving cars might be a reality in 50 years.  the key word is "might".

Comment 18 Feb 2019

compared to last season, this is a worryingly thin QB depth chart.  One injury and the team's in a deep hole.  The gulf between Haskins/Burrow/Martell vs Fields/Baldwin/Chugunov/Vanatsky is scary to think about.  Let's say Fields = Haskins (heck it, let's give Fields a slight advantage); but after that, there's really no comparison.


Comment 18 Feb 2019

The fairest way to compensate someone is by using free market forces / basic supply and demand.  Pay for Performance solves most of the problems/issues.  All incoming athletes get a scholarship.  Those who become all-conference or all-Americans should get more, because they help generate more revenues.  Then those who are the Joey Bosas of the game, well, they should get paid even more.  Leave it to the market to decide the value.  Companies aren't going to blindly start paying freshmen millions just because they were a highly touted recruit.  maybe a handful.  everyone else will have to prove themselves.  

Not that difficult to figure this stuff out.  Just that universities never had to consider it before.  it was a rigged system that can easily be fixed.  Universities aren't giving out "free" scholarships to average joes.  These kids had to earn one to start with.

Comment 13 Feb 2019
He was a captain of our team, and he’s not a leader by vocalness, he’s a leader by example,” Carvalho said. “He was hurt for a lot of games this year, and instead of him moping … he was on the sideline, he was coaching up the younger players, he was coaching up the current players. Pulling them aside, showing them things that they could do better. " Wow. Didn't realize that there were so many positive things a captain can do for his team when quitting isn't an option. (Sarcasm intended).
Comment 15 Jan 2019
"The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $175,885,823 in 2016. $167,510 per athlete. That number isn't per football player or even per starter, it's per athlete – everybody who competes in any varsity sport at Ohio State." That's obfuscating the facts math. The vast majority of that total revenues were generated by the football team. It was divided by all athletes. Doesn't mean each athlete from gymnastics to Dwayne Haskins contributed evenly to that pot. Give football players and star foot all players the credit they deserved and the money they earned for the university.