Late Night Thoughts

September 4, 2010

Hola, my dear readers! Since there is a long holiday weekend coming up, I figured I had some time for some late night rambling on the current state of affairs in America. There’s a lot going on in the good ole USA so let’s get right down to it.

You think I’m going to mention Glenn Beck’s 8/28 rally first? WRONG! First comes the troops. This month marks the official end of U.S. combat presence in Iraq. While Obama has tried to take credit for this momentous occasion the only credit goes to our heroic men and women in uniform who have performed admirably in some of the most hazardous and extreme conditions on earth. The commanders have also been worthy of respect, leading the men and women under them with courage and dignity. God Bless our troops. Deserving less praise, but still more than Obama is President Bush. He heard from his commanders who were requesting more troops on the ground and went against the Democrats that held power in Congress prior to the surge. And he surged the troops, determined to win. Now three years later, the job has been done, the war has been won and the troops are leaving with honor, just as he has said. Well done Mr. President.

Now on to Glenn Beck. On August 28th Glenn Beck drew nearly half a million people to the mall in Washington D.C. for his ‘Restoring Honor’ rally. While liberal loons on the cesspool of networks out there decried the rally as a den of hatred and a pit of racism, the rally was an overwhelming success, and with independent cameramen and Fox News coverage, as well as UStream on Facebook, the REAL story got out. On Glenn’s radio show he asked callers to call in with testimonies of their experiences with the rally. An older black woman called in and talked about a white family that helped her navigate the crowds in her power scooter and stayed with her all day to make sure that she got wherever she wanted to be. (This family did not know her prior to meeting her getting on an elevator!) Another caller spoke of her husband losing his wallet with the last $20 that they had to their name. In the ruckus, a do-gooder overheard the problem and handed her and her husband a wad of cash, stating “Here take this, I don’t need it.” That wad of cash turned out to be $400! Sounds like a group of ‘old, white people that can’t stand the fact that there is a black man in the White House,” as TV host Fat Ed Schulz from MSNBC categorized them.

Now the elections are practically upon us. The Democratic Socialists of America better prepare jobs for themselves because soon many of them will be out of work. Serves them right; their policies have cost millions of Americans their jobs, now Americans are getting back. As part of this new conservative wave washing over the country, in Alaska another establishment Republican has been defeated by a Tea Party backed upstart. This could be huge come November. It’ll be an incumbent bloodbath. Repubs need to come up with a coherent and successful strategy for governing, because that mantle will fall on their shoulders and we cannot turn back into Democrat-lites and RINOs.

Last but not least, The Incomparable Ohio State manhandled overmatched Marshall 45-7 in the season opener. OSU looked like champions as Pryor and the offense scored more than in any game last year and the defense shut down Marshall with the exception of a blocked field goal attempt returned for a TD. OSU will try and replicate their successes against a resurgent Miami. OSU’s national championship hopes rely on them beating Miami and then winning out. GO BUCKS!

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My Thoughts on Expansion

June 11, 2010

I am a rabid college football fan. Though I have never visited my favorite team’s stadium or gone to a game, I watch every game that I can on TV and the ones I can’t I follow on the radio or internet, I wear my team colors with pride on every Saturday in the fall, I have a matching bed set adorned with my team’s logo and I went as far as to have an Ohio State lightswitch cover. So with the expansion business fully underway, I find it necessary to throw my $.02 into the ring about the whole issue.

First the pros: It seems likely now that Nebraska has joined the Big Ten. I want to congratulate the Huskers on a VERY good decision to join. They will find that they are a perfectly natural fit for most of the conference as OSU, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin and (if they ever get their act together) Michigan all play tough, grind it out, hard nosed defensive football. Nebraska is exactly the same. They also fit in geographically. Nebraska is, for the most part, pretty close to a lot of the teams in the Big Ten. We could very easily see a Nebraska-Iowa or Nebraska-Minnesota started up by this new move. Academically they are part of the AAU which makes it attractive as well. From a purely selfish standpoint, I see this as adding a tough team with lots of history to come in and make the Big Ten even stronger heading into next year or the year after that. With Iowa, OSU, Penn State, Wisconsin and Nebraska all being legit national contenders for the next 5-10 years right off the bat and, with the consistent success those teams have had in the past, we could see all the above (and Michigan, if they ever get their act together) be national contenders for years after that.

As a side note, the conference championship game would be a push between a pro and a con, as I would likely get to see OSU play another game for the next many years, but it would obliterate the traditional last game of the year with That Team from Up North. It seems like for most fans of the Big Ten the addition of a conference championship game supersedes the loss of The Game’s symbolic placement at the end. But for me, it would be the worst thing to come out of expansion.

Now for the cons. First off, this might make for fewer non-con games. This might make games like OSU-USC (which arguably hasn’t been too good for us over the past two years, but if we played them at the end there is no question who would have won!), OSU-Miami, OSU-Nebraska (wait!) a thing of the past. Then again the conference would be tougher and a one loss Big Ten team might get the same respect as a 1 loss SEC team. Two, the addition of Nebraska might push the Pac-10 to add Texas, thereby giving credence to their toughness as a conference. Even so, a Big Ten with Nebraska, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State is still better than a Pac-10 with Texas, USC, Oregon, UCLA and Stanford.

In any event, college football as we know it is changing, rapidly. The Big Ten was supposed to be on a timeline where a team was added in December, here it is in June and we already seemingly have our 12th member. Momentous changes could be occurring within days.


ROSE BOWL EDITION

December 30, 2009

 

   Today is the day before New Year’s Eve. That means one thing for most Ohioans. THE ROSE BOWL IS ONLY 2 DAYS AWAY!!!

   For the first time in Coach Tressel’s coaching career, he’s heading to the Grandaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl. Across the field we will be facing off against the University of Oregon and their obnoxious duck. The Buckeyes will come into the game as the underdog in many analysts eyes with the exception of a very few who actually think that our defense will shut down the speedy Jeremiah Masoli and the bruising LeGarrete Blount.

   Obviously I predict an Ohio State win and I predict it to be a pretty good one at that. But since most fans will say they predict their team to win, I am going to back it up with some facts and reasons for which the Buckeyes will prevail.

   1. Cameron Heyward. A one man wrecking ball on offensive lines this year, Heyward can disrupt the passing AND running games and gets pressure on the quarterback like very few other linemen. It should be noted that in the PSU-OSU game, most analysts picked PSU to win and because of their offensive line being able to shut down everyone that they had to face. It should also be noted that on the fist play of the game for PSU, Heyward busted through the line and sacked Daryll Clark. That set the tone for the whole day and Ohio State dominated PSU (widely regarded to be either the best or the second best team in the B10). OSU only allowed 1 touchdown by PSU and that one was questionable at best.

   2. Defensive line. Defense doesn’t come much better than B10 defense and Ohio State’s at the top of the league. Our defensive line is, despite having no particular standout player, one of the best in the business and has caused nightmares for quarterbacks from Illinois, Penn State, USC, and nearly every other team we have faced. This line outweighs Oregon yet still maintains a admirable speed. Oregon will not have faced a defense like Ohio State’s.

   3. Terrelle Pryor. While the sophomore quarterback hasn’t been brilliant this year, he has shown improved and growing maturity as he has taken care of the ball and limited mistakes against very good defenses. It was revealed that for the past couple games he has been playing with an injured PCL in the knee and also a sprained ankle. His injuries will have healed more by the time the Rose Bowl rolls around day after tomorrow and he will be able to run better against a smaller and overmatched Oregon defensive line. He has been working on the passing game over the break and will most likely be allowed to make more and monger pass attempts to take pressure off of the running game. That brings us to…

   4. The running game. Ohio State may not have a standout player like Beanie Wells in the running game this year, but in the past couple games the Buckeyes have established themselves as a power running team. Boom Herron and Brandon Saine have been splitting time and forcing defenses to stop the Buckeye rushing game. It hasn’t happened lately as the Bucks have run up 150+ yards in each of their last three games. The OSU running game will be helped by the O-line being able to stave off Oregon’s outmanned and underweight D-line.

   All in all, this should be a good game for Buckeye fans. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Oregon strike first, but when OSU gets the steam going, they are a hard team to beat. Coach Tressel’s style of play limits other offenses from having the ball much and limits mistakes. That is exactly what OSU needs to do to win.

Prediction: Ohio State rolls in this game: 28-17.


What Thanksgiving Means To Me

November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving is upon us and it is time for all Americans of good will to give thanks for the blessings we have been bestowed with. But instead of giving the history of Thanksgiving, I will list some of the things that I am thankful for, in no particular order.

The first thing I’m thankful for is my family. No matter what happens I know that I can count on my family and they can count on me. We stick together through thick and thin and they are my best friends. I can talk with them about anything and they are always supportive of me. Family is supposed to be like that. In my opinion, if the Pilgrim’s families weren’t like that, America would not exist. Families kept the Pilgrims strong and willing to endure sacrifice to get to their ultimate end, which was a free country where they could practice their religion openly.

The second thing I am thankful for is my God and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful that He died for a wretch like me. I am a terrible sinner, deserving justice and punishment for my sins against God. But He, being a loving, merciful God provided a way that we might not need to face judgment. His Son’s death on the cross wiped away my sins and removed them as far from me as the east is from the west. Without Him I am nothing, with Him I can be anything. My past is forgiven, my future is sure. Nothing can happen to me that has not been allowed by Jehovah God, El Shaddai, El Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts. I can live a justified life, and I will live for Him.

The third thing I am thankful for is the troops that serve night and day, ever vigilant, protecting us and the freedoms that we hold dear. As one once said, “It is not the poet that gives us the ability to enjoy words, but the soldier. It is not the reporter that gives us freedom of press, but the soldier. Everything that we now enjoy came through the blood of the soldier.” That is paraphrased a little, but the truth remains. We can thank God for the brave men and women who are serving our country overseas and here at home.

The third thing I’m thankful for is Ohio State football. Though I’ve never gone to OSU, seen a game from the ‘Shoe, or been anywhere close to Columbus they are my team. Six Big Ten championships, 1 national title in the past nine years, a growing and spectacular athlete in Terrelle Pryor and the ever-dominant defense. Next year we can easily be national contenders and we have a good chance of winning this Rose Bowl, which happens to be the first Rose Bowl Jim Tressel has gone to.

I’m thankful for friends that’ll stand by you. I have some friends that hold me up in my Christian walk and share my political beliefs as well. There’s not much else to say about that. But they are something, and someones that I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for good health. My family has been healthy most of the fall and that is something I am thankful for. While we have practiced good hygiene such as washing hands frequently, sneezing into a tissue and then washing hands and not coughing into the air, overall our health is from God. Because health is wealth, we must be pretty darn welthy.

I’m also thankful that I live in America. With other countries regularly experiencing rioting, election violence, political prisoners etc. we can be thankful that we don’t have to deal with such things. Even with Obama and big government liberals running the show in D.C. we know that when we all get together we can kick the bums out on their bums.

So, I’ll end this little blog note. There’s pies to bake and turkey to prepare. While I won’t be doing as much of that, I will be doing much reflecting on all the things I have to be thankful for. So God Bless you, God Bless our troops, God Bless our leaders (and help them lead wisely) and God Bless America.


‘The Game’

November 20, 2009

Tomorrow, at high noon, The Game, the most prolific rivalry in sports history, if not in the history of the world is renewed in Ann Arbor as the 9th ranked Buckeyes roll into town with a spot in the Rose Bowl already secured. Michigan is playing for respect as they started the season going 4-0 before dropping 5 of six down the stretch. They NEED to win this game against my beloved Ohio State to become bowl eligible.

From the ten year war between Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler to the Lloyd Carr and John Cooper years to the Tressel Era in OSU, the two teams have a rich history of battling each other to the last play to determine Big Ten championships, Rose Bowl berths, BCS bids and National Titles.

One of my favorite stories about Ohio State-Michigan is from the Woody Hayes era. Legend says that Woody told someone that if his car ran out of gas north of the Ohio-Michigan border, he would push it across the border rather than spending any of his money in ‘that state up north’. (One thing that got me was, why was he up there unless he was driving back from a game. Hmm…)

One of my favorite quotes, (paraphrased a little) was from Jim Tressel when he was hired as head coach: “I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and, most especially, in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the football field.” Don’t you love it Buckeyes? And he was telling the truth because since he took the helm of the program OSU is 7-1 against Michigan. It sends a tingle down my spine.

Tomorrow’s game will be played against a sad backdrop of the knowledge of Chris Spielman’s wife Stephanie passing at the hands of the cancer she fought so long and valiantly against. I’m sure that every Buckeye fan, player and coach alike are thinking of and praying for Chris and the whole family as they suffer this tremendous loss.

But no matter what happens tomorrow, we Buckeyes will always be Buckeyes. We will always cheer “Time and change will surely show, how firm our friendship O-HI-O!!!” and we will always thrill when Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse is played when the I is dotted in Script Ohio. We will always remember Woody, Earle, John and someday we will always remember Jim, we recall the only two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin, we take pride in our national championships in ’42, ’54, ’57, ’61, ’68, ’70 and 2002. I personally have been watching the Buckeyes only for about 7 years being a youngster in comparison to the older fans around me like my dad. But I know our history, and I cheer when the Best D*mn Band In The Land does Fight the Team or Hang on Sloopy. I sing to myself Carmen Ohio and do the O-H-I-O at the end. And I HATE MICHIGAN! So let’s go Buckeyes and beat that team from ‘up north’!

FINAL PREDICTION: 42-13 OSU.