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Posted Thursday December 12, 2013, About: ... I-O
I'm still too disappointed to post anything intelligible.

That loss felt similar to all of those infamous Cooper teams. Ranked in the top 5 every year, right up until it counted...then GAK!

Painful.
Posted Monday December 02, 2013, About: ... I-O
Hoosiers reference
Posted Monday December 02, 2013, About: ... I-O
Is your friend's name Jimmy Chitwood?
Posted Monday December 02, 2013, About: Who should play for the national title?
Excerpted from a post I put on the ...I-O board regarding the historical craziness and closeness of the games in the tOSU vs. U of M rivalry.


As a point of interest related to The Game, here are a few interesting facts.

During my lifetime (born 1969), I have been alive for 45 of these contests (cool number...yes?).

In these games, the record stands at tOSU 22 wins, U of M 21 wins, with two ties (1973 and 1992).

Through the last 45 games, U of M has scored 860 points total, while tOSU has scored 871 total points.

Granted, if you break it down into individual decades, you'll see some power swings back and forth. But, 45 years is a pretty good sample size. And, for it to be that even over all of these year...I don't know about you, but, to me, that proves what they always say about this one...

"throw the rankings out the window and disregard the records up to this point, 'cuz this one will always be the most heated, hated, physical and closely contested game of the season!"


That said, I don't think either team ever overlooks the other in this match up. Could've happened. But, historically, it's just extrememly hard to win this game, in any given year, for a number of reasons
Posted Monday December 02, 2013, About: ... I-O
True enough.

Definitely do not feel old yet. Amen.
Posted Monday December 02, 2013, About: ... I-O
Another outstanding effort by both teams in this, the best rivalry in all of sport.

As a point of interest related to The Game, here are a few interesting facts.

During my lifetime (born 1969), I have been alive for 45 of these contests (cool number...yes?).

In these games, the record stands at tOSU 22 wins, U of M 21 wins, with two ties (1973 and 1992).

Through the last 45 games, U of M has scored 860 points total, while tOSU has scored 871 total points.

Granted, if you break it down into individual decades, you'll see some power swings back and forth. But, 45 years is a pretty good sample size. And, for it to be that even over all of these year...I don't know about you, but, to me, that proves what they always say about this one...

"throw the rankings out the window and disregard the records up to this point, 'cuz this one will always be the most heated, hated, physical and closely contested game of the season!"

Incidentally, I was surprised by how close these statistics are. I was thinking that our latest power surge would have put us way ahead in my lifetime; even with the Cooper Era.

Lastly, I believe that MSU's D is for real. However, I also believe that Hyde, Miller, Heuerman and Wilson are strong enough and dynamic enough to break it down successfully and put up over 30 points. I know our D has been exposed many times this year. But, we have always found a way to win.

We will do it again in Indianapolis this Saturday night in the B1G Championship.

Taking nothing away from what an awesome spectacle the Iron Bowl was this year, that rivalry simply doesn't quite stack up the way The Game does. And, with one more victory, the B1G will get another chance to reach the top of college football on the shoulders of Urban Meyer and OUR OHIO STATE BUCKEYES!!

O - H...
Posted Saturday July 13, 2013, About: ... I-O
Thanks for the kind words.

I'll be back around soon. Fall football is getting close.
Posted Tuesday July 09, 2013, About: ... I-O
First off...seriously glad the young boy has beaten the cancer for now. That's excellent news.

Second, naming the cancer M*ch*g*n, is a stroke of brilliance. What can I say. Some families just raise their children right.

Third...all kidding aside, thank God for life with all of its struggles and pains; all of its joys and blessings.

We walk this path once. Walk with honor and praise for the Creator.

Seeing the next generation grow and mature to adulthood is joyous. I am thrilled that this one little boy still has life ahead of him.

Lastly, Muck Fichigan. Go Bucks! Hang on Sloopy.
Posted Friday July 05, 2013, About: ... I-O
I wrote this back on August 7, 2012. WooHoo!

I can finally say I correctly predicted a college football outcome. Hallelujah!

I'm done now. I will never predict another game or season.

I will retire on a high note. Now, I can simply be just another annoying fan, cheering and cocktailing my way through every season.
Posted Friday July 05, 2013, About: ... I-O
Okay...dumb question...one that's probably been answered here before.

But, I need to know.

Why does the thread listing page get jumbled up to where threads that haven't been used in forever wind up on the first page?

That seems to happen from time to time with no measurable reason for it.

Just kinda screws me up a bit. Anyone know what causes that to happen?
Spielman is a credit to his wife (may God rest her soul), his children, his parents and to our fine university. I would love the opportunity to simply shake his hand and thank him for his many contributions.
Posted Saturday June 29, 2013, About: ... I-O
Thought I would stop in and say hello...

Haven't been here in a long, long time.

I still follow the Buckeyes via the-ozone.net and elevenwarriors. Can hardly stomach the ESPN hype machine's editorial commentaries anymore. Thankful for their ubiquitous coverage as a sports fan...but, they seem to think that their opinions need to be revered as fact. Hard to tune out the blowharded douchebaggery anymore. The opinions significantly decrease my enjoyment of the sport. Don't think I could possibly watch another pre or post game anything anymore. It's kind of troubling. I used to enjoy the "ramp up" and after party stuff that goes with college football.

Anyway...here's to another upcoming season of my favorite spectator sport. The Buckeye's have a legitimate shot at winning everything they hope to win. And, if anyone can help them solve the dominance of the SEC, I believe it's Urban Meyer.

Should be another great season all around. I'll try to stay more connected here as the fall draws near.

O - H...
Posted Friday November 23, 2012, About: BIG TEN to RENAME.....
How about just renaming it "BLOAT"?

Could probably do the same sort of clever 10 thing with the "L" and the "O" (so we don't forget the original name of the conference).

This way it won't matter if we go to 16, 18, or even 20 teams. We can just keep on adding as new and worthwhile opportunities arise.

Bring on TX, FSU, OU, NC (Tarheels) etc etc. Anyone with the ability to add value through partnership. Woooo hooooo...keep 'em coming. Let's just make 4 uber conferences and call it a day.

Maybe one too many egg nogs today?
Posted Wednesday November 21, 2012, About: The Devil Delany Is At It Again...
Any idea who the 15th and 16th schools will be?
Even better.

Not to be overly cynical...but, this would be a PR windfall for anybody willing to help put this together and broadcast it for charity.

So, yeah, every penny of net profit from all revenue streams created by the game...excellent suggestion.

I'm in.
As well as both of these teams fanbases travel for bowl games (seeing as how they have nowhere to go this year)...I can almost guarantee that a game like this for a worthy cause would sell out faster than you can say, "NCAA Infraction."

And, by the way, eff the NCAA. It's for charity; not for lining any NCAA or university coffers.

The PR backlash created when the NCAA says no to this might finally knock those NCAA blowhards off their high horse for awhile.
Maybe have the Maryland booster and Under Armour guy create team uni's meant to honor the young people traumatized by Sandusky?

Although, I can't for the life of me figure out how one might go about doing that.

Just thinking that because it is extremely rare for both tOSU and PSU to be out of the bowl season, an exhibition match could be a way to make a huge negative into a decent positive by raising a large amount of money to ehlp the victims rebuild their lives.

Also a way for PSU to continue to focus on making amends (is that even possible???) rather than on how well the team has performed under difficult circumstances.

I choke a little every time Bill O'Brien and the current players are praised for how well they are playing "despite the hardships placed on them by the NCAA."

I understand that none of this was O'Brien's fault and that the players had nothing to do with the previous regime's cover up of Sandusky's vile, criminal abuse of innocents.


And, I understand that the narrative needed to be shifted lest we spend so much collective media attention on something so tragic.

I just see the interests of the children wounded and abused getting swept away.

Maybe take one more grand opportunity to make another right act on behalf of the victims. Doesn't fix it. Doesn't mean it never happened. But, I believe it more than worth doing.


But,
Posted Friday November 02, 2012, About: The B1G (10) 2012-13 Legends and Leaders
"I'm pulling for Illinois as the surprise contender this year...just a gut feeling."

Been awhile since I've been here.

Forgot that I put this one out there.

If anyone can find a worse prediction of what might happen this season, I'd love to see it.

Oops. Illini went kersplat!
Posted Friday August 17, 2012, About: ... I-O
My eldest daughter has just informed me that going into her senior year of high school, she has decided that she's going to attend THE Ohio State University...just like her daddy.

I'm not a vindictive man generally. But, the devil on my shoulder got a small and perverse satisfaction over that fact that she chose my alma mater over her mother's (ex-wife).

Plus, it is such a joy to see her eyes light up as she walked through some of the same places I used to love when I was a student there.

She may even attempt a tryout with The Best Damn Band in the Land (plays trumpet).

Proud papa. Go Bucks!
Posted Wednesday August 08, 2012, About: The B1G (10) 2012-13 Legends and Leaders
I'm pulling for Illinois as the surprise contender this year...just a gut feeling.

I'd also love to see Minnesota become something more with Jerry Kill at the helm. How do you not dominate when your coach is named Kill?

With the Buckeyes in the NCAA deadzone this year, I'm expanding my interest and vowing to get to know some of the other teams even better this year. Just to give myself a useful distraction from the inevitable disappointment I'll feel after regular season ends for us. Even with a miracle undefeated season, I'm sure I'll have some withdrawl issues heading into bowl season.

Also, will Sparty sustain 10+ win success again this year and finally get over they're strange up and down history of the past 25 years?

Just a few questions I'll use to keep me going through the season.
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