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As I stated last week I AM ASKING YOU TO HELP ME THIS MONTH! I am trying to help others (and even possibly myself) by raising funds for prostate cancer research.

October has become Breast Cancer Pink Month. November is now becoming Movember Prostate Health Month.

Help me raise monies? I am growing out my mustache for Mo’Vember to raise monies for Prostate Cancer Research. Any amount will help! Even if it is 1 dollar in support of that 1 finger I hope to never experience!

I will be doing “The Trucker” (attached a pixx of progress). Please consider helping me?

This video explains more: (You MAY recognize one local “celebrity?”)

IT IS HOLIDAY BOOKING SEASON. If you or anyone you know is having an event, I have some availability and many openings with my guys! I pay 15% of any booked times to anyone who refers us, and will also pass this savings onto anyone who states they saw this mailer. NOW IS ALSO A GREAT TIME TO BOOK YOUR 2011 WEDDINGS! Book now to guarantee your date!


It is scUM week, and OUR Buckeyes get ready to take on that team up North for a 3 way share of The Big 10 (with Wisconsin, and Michigan State)


Pressure! That is today’s word. You can either apply pressure or feel pressure. Pressure can create mistakes, can cause someone to do something
wrong. Pressure is the anxiousness a person feels in their chest when they are forced to make a decision. It is what makes someone’s sphincter tighten
because they are afraid to make a mistake.

How does pressure come about? It derives from an environmental event that impacts something a person really cares about. Hmmmm . . . like a Big10
Championship or a coach’s job (Rich Rod may be gone!) or an 0-4 record for a group of seniors.

Today, it is time to create an environmental event!

TODAY is the day for Buckeye Nation to begin their preparations for the Game. It is not enough to wake up on Saturday and root for the Bucks. This game requires preparation from coaches, players, AND FANS. So get out your Buckeye necklaces and wear them to work, wear scarlet and grey to the Thanksgiving Table! Feel free to post banners, signs, and posters around your home, Turkey Day Table and office to let everyone know the Buckeyes are ready. Send any scUM fans you know a notice of their pending DOOM (and feel free to subtly taunt-especially if watching at Bethel Road Pub). Go down to Campus and say hi to me at AT&T and The OSU FanZOne prior to the game! Belly up to a grill for some Pre-Game burgers, or just stay warm. OR JUST make sure you have arranged to watch the game with other Buckeye fans so your voice can be loud.


“How Firm Thy Friendship O-Hi-O”

It is not “JUST” Buckeye Week. It is also Turkey Day (or as some say 6 weeks into the Holiday Shopping Season!).

I am thankful for many things. I have a hard time focusing on the good. I feel that when you appreciate you get complacent. So while I do focus on the negative that does not mean I am not Thankful and feel blessed every day.


I am Thankful for the chance to sit here and type this thing week in and week out. This means I have abilities that allow me to and job(s) that give me some free time. In many of these weekly rags of e-mail garbage I spin tails and tell where I am in this great country, I am thankful and KNOW I AM BLESSED for the opportunities that come my way. I could not do many of the things I do if it were not for a STRONG network of folks that I am very lucky to have gotten to know and I THANK ANYONE WHO IS PART OF MY LIFE.


Not everyone has been a positive, and not all relationships (working, friendly, etc) have been strong or even healthy. BUT they all have allowed me some sort of growing opportunity and no matter how much some of them have hurt…I am thankful for EVERYONE I have met, and feel blessed to daily wake up and not (purposely) have ANY NEGATIVE WILL ON ANYONE!


Even to those who have been bad, and those who have been good to me, as well as, those who have hated, and those who have loved me-AND VICE VERSA…I am Thankful for having you in my life!!!


I hope everyone has a Happy, Safe, and Blessed Thanksgiving as you eat stale bread out of a birds a**.  ENJOY YOUR TURKEY AND BEAT MEAT CHICKEN!

Here is a insightful look at The Origin of Thanksgiving


The single best Thanksgiving special EVER!!!  “I thought they could fly, as God as my witness…I thought Turkey’s could fly!”





Who wants to take me? I wanna go SO BAD!!!


“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S Truman


An optimist is someone who falls off the Empire State Building and after 50 floors says, ‘So far so good!’
– unknown




The Thanksgiving Song


AND since we are taking on “That Team Up North”

My Buddy B. DeToto did a GREAT MIX!!! Oh-Oh-Uh-Oh


Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy-Gretta Brooker Palmer


OUR ARMY/NAVY game group is starting to organize for this year’s event on December 11th. Wherever your interests, heart, and wallet guide you, please consider assisting some of the groups that need YOUR assistance, even if it is someone NOT associated with my groups-JUST DO SOMETHIING FOR SOMEONE!!!


Buckeyes committed to paying forward

Community outreach a major part of Tressel’s football program.

By Jon Spencer


“I would like to start with something I have used in almost every speech, and this is, ‘paying forward.’ And that is the thing that you folks can do with your great education for the rest of your life.


“Try to take that attitude toward life, that you’re going to pay forward. So seldom can we pay back because those who helped most – your parents and other people – will be gone, but you’ll find that you do want to pay. Emerson had something to say about that: ‘You can pay back only seldom.’ But he said, ‘You can always pay forward, and you must pay line for line, deed for deed, and cent for cent.’ He said, ‘Beware of too much good accumulating in your palm or it will fast corrupt.’ That was Emerson’s attitude, and no one put it better than he did.”


-Woody Hayes, delivering Ohio State’s

commencement address on March 14, 1986


When Cam Heyward “pays forward” by reading to young students in their classroom or simply telling them about life inside a Scarlet and Gray uniform he’s also investing in his future.


“It’s a dry run for me,” said Ohio State’s celebrated defensive end and senior co-captain, an education major. “It’s preparing me for working with kids. I’m just a big kid myself. It’s great to go into the schools and give those kids a spark and brighten their day.”


Buckeyes coaching legend Woody Hayes, quoting essayist, philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, called it “paying forward” – repaying a good deed by doing for others.


It became the mission statement of the team’s community outreach program, which thrives today under head coach and Woody disciple Jim Tressel.


“We have tried to continue the tradition of Coach Hayes in paying forward by giving our players and staff opportunities to help a number of causes in a variety of ways,” Tressel said. “We know that each of our players is unique, so we try to expose them to as many service opportunities as possible, to find something that may connect with each of them as a lifelong passion to help others.”


Like Heyward, linebacker and co-captain Brian Rolle loves outreach initiatives that put him in contact with children. The senior sociology major plans to return to school and get another degree in secondary education so he can become a grade school teacher.


“A lot of these kids look at us as gods, but we tell them they’re just like us – we just play football,” Rolle said. “Being able to do these (outreach) events is a blessing for us.”


A volunteer effort


That’s what Stan Jefferson loves to hear. Jefferson, the team’s director of player development, is the point man for the team’s community relations programs. He books the appearances, decides which players are going where and attends virtually every event.


“Here’s the beauty of it – it’s all volunteer,” said Jefferson, a former teacher, coach and high school administrator. “We put up a ‘pay forward’ board and the players sign up for outreach programs.


“We could probably do an outreach 365 days a year. Last year we did over 100 community outreach events and volunteered 665 man hours. We do it for two reasons – one, to pay forward, and two, to see what we can do to make it an enriching experience for those we are visiting as well as enriching for us.”


Players make appearances at everything from elementary schools, senior citizen centers and churches to hospitals, food banks, pep rallies and civic clubs. With classes and practices and study time to juggle, the team accommodates as many requests as it can within a 60-mile radius of campus.


Events have already been booked through next March.


“We’ve done a lot of great ones, but one that stands out is when we worked at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank last year in Grove City,” Jefferson said. “We took six players (John Simon, Zach Boren, Brandon Saine, Dane Sanzenbacher, Garrett Goebel and Chimdi Chekwa) and packed food to be sent all over the world. There were other people there, too. It was like an assembly line. It was fun on one hand, but I’ll always remember the camaraderie as everyone worked together.”


Every Friday before a home game, a few of the players visit either the James Cancer Hospital or Children’s Hospital.


“Those visits were tough at first because you never expect to see kids struggling that bad,” Heyward said, “but they put on a brave face. They’re our heroes. I don’t need to get anything out of it except seeing the smiles on their faces.”


Rolle leaves those visits as wide-eyed as the patients.


“I got more comfortable after the first year,” he said. “The toughest thing is that you don’t think about things like that. Seeing what some of those people are going through, you’re like, ‘Wow.’ It makes you appreciate what you have. You look at yourself as able bodied, but now you realize it can all be taken away from you in a second.”


A can-do attitude


Dalton Britt, a walk-on defensive lineman, loves sharing his story with kids, how he originally set out to wrestle for OSU before deciding to pursue his dream by trying out for the football team.


“I feel as if I’m giving (kids) hope of doing what you’re doing,” Britt said. “Anything can be accomplished. You can do whatever you want if you set your mind to it. It takes building blocks to get where you’re going to be.”


Britt and several other current and ex-Buckeyes, including Sanzenbacher, Saine and former stars James Laurinaitis, Kurt Coleman and Brian Hartline, worked a youth football camp at Lexington High School this past summer.


“The importance of working with kids at that football camp or a church youth camp I went to with (backup quarterback) Kenny Guiton is that you can go out and touch others,” Britt said. “It’s important for young kids to see that school is important. You have to do the work in the classroom if you want to play football.”


All of the Ohio State players have gotten involved in the “Second and 7 Foundation” started by former Buckeyes Mike Vrabel, Ryan Miller and Luke Fickell, who is now the Buckeyes’ linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator. As players, those three targeted seven elementary schools in central Ohio where they helped promote literacy by reading to second-graders.


The foundation has since expanded beyond seven schools.


“I think I’m good with kids,” Rolle said. “I remember my first visit to a school. Mr. (Larry) Romanoff (director of external relations for the football program) said, ‘Man, you’re good at this.’ I’ve always said that kids are our future. If we invest in kids, everything is going to be OK.”


Players buy-in


Obviously, one of the players most in demand for these appearances is quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He spoke openly at this year’s Media Day about coming out of his shell and trying to be more engaging with teammates, classmates and fans.


“He did more outreach (than in the past) this summer and is doing more this fall,” Jefferson said. “The big thing for all of the players is not to brag about your outreach. It should be because you want to do outreach.”


Jefferson never had to ask Joel Penton twice. The former defensive lineman won the 2006 Wuerffel Trophy, named after former Florida Gator quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel. The trophy is known as the Humanitarian Heisman. It’s presented to one college football player who combined academic and athletic achievement with exemplary community service.


Jefferson accompanied Penton to Florida to receive the award. Penton is now the community director for the Central Ohio chapter of Athletes in Action and a motivational speaker.


Earlier this month, he traveled throughout Texas, making nine appearances in one week.


“My involvement in community outreach at Ohio State was the springboard to what I do now,” Penton said. “Being a football player, you had a lot of chances to impact people, and I jumped at every opportunity I could to go out and speak. If I was free, I wanted to be there.”


One of the highlights of Penton’s career (2003-2006) was joining nine of his teammates to stage “The Main Event” in St. John Arena. More than 13,000 people attended the Christianity-based event, with Tressel as the keynote speaker.


“One of the things I loved about going into the community as a player was that it was a different experience every time,” Penton said. “One of the best things is hearing back from people on how you’ve had a lasting impact.


“A high school coach who came to The Main Event took a step that night to put his faith in Jesus and become a Christian. He just got a head coaching job at a high school and is looking to start an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) program and influence guys on the team. That’s really special.”


Building the complete person


Heyward said getting involved in the community is not just about football with the players.


“Ohio State is the No. 1 school in Ohio and we want to uphold ourselves as the class of the NCAA,” he said. “That means being a complete person on and off the field.”


“Moving” is the way Jefferson described the volunteer work he sees from the Buckeyes on a regular basis. The other sports offered at Ohio State are “paying forward” as well. During the 2009-10 school year, OSU student-athletes combined for an impressive 6,883 service hours. Working with more than 64 different organizations, the student-athletes surpassed the 2008-09 total by 355 hours.


“The love that the people of Ohio have for the Buckeyes, and the goodwill our team can bring to people in need, is something that should not be underestimated,” Tressel said. “Wearing that ‘Block O’ gives us a great opportunity to make an impact.


“We are educating young people, not simply training football players, and helping them find ways to personally make a difference as people is an important component of that education.”



*An Ohio State Buckeye fan is drinking in a Kentucky
bar, when he gets a call on his cell phone he hangs
up, grinning from ear to ear, and orders a round of
drinks for everybody in the bar, announcing his wife
has just given birth to a typical Ohio State Buckeye
baby boy weighing 25 pounds

Nobody can believe that any new baby can weigh in at
25 pounds, but the Buckeye fan just shrugs and
replies, “That’s about average back home, folks, like
I said, my boy’s a typical Ohio State Buckeye baby
boy. Gonna be an Ohio State football player.”

Congratulations showered him from all around, amid
many exclamations of “WOW!” One woman actually fainted
due to sympathy pains.

Two weeks later, he returns to the bar. The bartender
says, “Say, aren’t you the father of that typical Ohio
State Buckeye baby that weighed 25 pounds at
birth? Everybody’s been making bets about how big he’d
be in two weeks. So, how much does he weigh now?”

The proud father answers! “Seventeen pounds.”

The bartender is puzzled, concerned and a little
suspicious. “What happened? He already weighed 25
pounds the day he was born!”

The Ohio father takes a slow swig of his beer, wipes
his lips on his shirt sleeve, leans into the bartender
and proudly says, “Had him circumcised.”

*Ann Arbor News Report: Football practice in Ann Arbor
was delayed on Monday for nearly two hours. One of the
offensive players, while on his way to the locker
room, happened to look down and notice a suspicious
looking, unknown, white powdery substance on the
practice field. The head coach, Lloyd Carr,
immediately suspended practice while the FBI was
called in to investigate. After a complete field
analysis, the FBI determined that the white substance
unknown to the players was the goal line. Practice was
resumed when the FBI decided that the team would not
be likely to encounter the substance again.

Q. What did the Michigan graduate say to the Ohio
State graduate?
A. “Welcome to McDonald’s. May I take your order,

Did you hear about the Wolverine fan who was so upset
that the Buckeyes beat Michigan that he tried to
commit suicide by jumping out his basement window?

It was reported that Michigan head football coach
Lloyd Carr will only be dressing twenty players for
the Ohio State game. The rest of the players will have
to get dressed by themselves.

Did you hear that the University of Michigan library
burned to the ground? All five books in the library
were destroyed. The football team was very upset
because they hadn’t colored in two of them yet.

Q: How do you get a Michigan grad off of your front
A: Pay him for the pizza.

Q: What’s the only sign of intelligent life in Ann
A: Columbus: 187 Miles

Four college alumni were climbing a mountain one day:
an Ohio State grad, a Michigan grad, a Penn State
grad, and a Notre Dame grad. Each proclaimed to be the
most loyal of all fans at their alma mater. As they
climbed higher, they argued as to which one of them
was the most loyal of all. They continued to argue all
the way up the mountain, and finally as they reached
the top, the Notre Dame grad hurled himself off the
mountain, shouting “This is for the Fighting Irish!”
as he fell to his doom. Not wanting to be out done,
the Penn State grad threw himself off the mountain
proclaiming, “This is for the Nittany Lions!” Seeing
this the OSU grad walked over and shouted “This is for
the Buckeyes!” and pushed the Wolverine off the side
of the mountain.

Q: What does the average UM student get on his SAT?
A: Drool

A guy in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and
says, “Wanna hear a Michigan joke?” The guy next to
him replies, “Well before you tell that joke, you
should know something. I’m 6′ tall, 200 lbs., and I am
a Michigan grad. The guy sitting next to me is 6 ‘ 2″
tall, weighs 225, and he’s a Michigan grad. The fella
next to him is 6 ‘ 5″ tall, weighs 250, and he’s a
Michigan grad. Now, you still wanna tell that joke?”
The first guy says, “No, not if I’m gonna have to
explain it three times.”


It was reported that the Michigan Football Coach Lloyd Carr will only be dressing 20 players for the Ohio State game …the rest of the players
will have to dress themselves!

Did you hear that the University of Michigan library burned to the ground? All five books in the library were completely destroyed…the football team is really upset by the fire; they hadn’t colored in two of the books yet!

Two Michigan football players were hootin’ and hollerin’ while partying on
campus when a bartender asked them why they were celebrating. The smart
one said proudly that they had just f inished a jigsaw puzzle and it only
took them two months. “Two months?!” exclaimed the bartender. The
Wolverine proudly replied, “Yeah, the box said 4 – 6 years!”

A Wolverine football player was almost killed today in a tragic horseback
riding accident. He fell from the horse and was nearly trampled to death.
Luckily, the manager of the Wal-Mart came out and unplugged the horse just
in time.

A little boy and his mother were walking through a Michigan cemetery, when
they came upon a headstone that read: “Here lies a Michigan graduate and a
good man.” The little boy asked his mother, “Mommy, why did they bury two
people in there?”

Coaches Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr are walking down the beach talking
about the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan. As they are walking,
Lloyd trips over something in the sand. Upon closer inspection it turns
out to be a genie’s lamp. “Who disturbs me?” asked the genie. Jim and
Lloyd both say they did. “You will each get
one wish,” said the genie. Lloyd offers to go first. “I want an
impenetrable wall built around the entire state of Michigan so that none
of those stupid Ohioans can ever get in. I want it as far down into the
ground as it is high, and I want it to be completely sealed in so that we
can finally have our peace!” The genie grants the wish
to Lloyd and his is instantly whisked away to his new paradise. The
genie now tells Jim he’ll grant him one wish. Jim says, “Fill it up with

Why is ice no longer available at Michigan football games? Because the
senior who knew the recipe finally graduated.

What are the three longest years of a Michigan football player’s life? His
freshman year.(ok that one is not funny, I was kinda that person)

Forget Rednecks, here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Ohioans…

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you may live in Ohio …

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you may live in Ohio …

If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time , you may live in Ohio…

If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Ohio …

If “Vacation” means going anywhere south of Columbus for the Weekend, you may live in Ohio …

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Ohio …

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Ohio …

If you have switched from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again, you may live in Ohio …

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you may live in Ohio …

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Ohio …

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Ohio …

If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you may live in Ohio …

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph – you’re going 80 and everybody is passing you, you may live in Ohio …

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you may live in Ohio …

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you may live in Ohio …

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you may live in Ohio …

If you find 10 degrees “a little chilly”, you may live in Ohio …

If you actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all your Ohio friends & others, you definitely live in Ohio !!


Q: How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan?
A: 1 AA

Q: What do marijuana and Michigan have in common?
A: They both get smoked in bowls.

Q: What kind of car does Jim Tressel own?
A: Lloyd Carr (yeah, that’s right boys… LLLLLoyd

Q: Why do Wolverine players eat their Wheaties
straight from the box?
A: They choke whenever they get near a bowl.

Q: What is the difference between a dollar bill and
the Michigan Wolverines?
A: A dollar bill is good for 4 quarters.

Q: What do you get when you cross a Michigan football
player with a groundhog?
A: Six more weeks of bad football.

Q: Why don’t Michigan fans let their kids play in the
sand box?
A: Because the cats keep covering them up.

Q: What do you get when you have a basement full of
Michigan fans?
A: A Wine Cellar

Q: An OSU fan and a Michigan fan are in the third
grade. Who’s bigger?
A: The Michigan fan… he’s 18 years old.

Q: How do you get all of the Michigan grads out of
your neighborhood?
A: Hide all of the cardboard boxes.

Q: What do you say to a Michigan player in a 3 piece
A: Will the defendant please rise?

Q: How do you keep a Michigan player out of the
A: Put a classroom there.

Q: What do you call a good looking girl on the
University of Michigan campus?
A: A visitor

Q: Why doesn’t Michigan have ice on their sidelines
during games?
A: The guy with the recipe graduated.

Q: How do you get a Michigan girl into an elevator?
A: Grease her hips, and throw in a Twinkie.

Q: Why do women in Michigan wear high heels?
A: To keep their knuckles from dragging on the ground.

Q: What does a tornado and a Michigan Grad have in
A: They both end up in trailer parks.

Q: What words do you most often hear from a career
minded U of M graduate?
A: Would you like fries with that?”

Q: What are the three hardest years in the life of a
Michigan Wolverine fan?
A: Second Grade.

Q: Why do the University of Michigan grads hang their
diplomas from the rearview mirror?
A: So they can park in the handicapped spaces.

Q: What do you call a 200 lb. Michigan cheerleader?
A: Anorexic

Q: How many Michigan freshman does it take to screw in
a light bulb?
A: None, it’s a sophomore course

Q: What is blue and yellow and has two teeth?
A: The front row at Michigan stadium.

Q: What do you call a football player in Michigan who
has talent?
A: A product of Ohio.

Q: What’s the difference between a Michigan
cheerleader and an elephant?
A: About 50 pounds.

Q: How do you make up the difference?
A: Force feed the elephant.

Q: What is the difference between Michigan and Frosted
A: Frosted Flakes know what to do in a Bowl.

Q: What is a Michigan football player’s favorite
pick-up line?
A: Didn’t we almost flunk out together?

Q: What is every Michigan football player assigned
upon arriving at Ann Arbor?
A: A personal bail bondsman.

Q: How many Michigan players does it take to screw in
a light bulb?
A: One, but he gets three credits for it.

Q: If 3 Michigan players are in a car, then who is
A: A police officer.

Q: How do you get a Michigan grad off of your front
A: Pay him for the pizza.

Q: What is the only sign of intelligent life in
A: The freeway sign that says “Columbus, 192 miles”.

Q: What does the average UM student get on his SAT?
A: Drool

Columbus Police this morning found a body floating in
the Scioto river. The body was that of a male in his
early thirties, he was wearing: a bra and woman’s
panties, a Michigan jersey, a tutu, ballet shoes and
had a sex toy in his rear passage. Police immediately
removed the jersey to save the family from any

A young man hired by a supermarket reported for his
first day of work, the manager greeted him with a warm
handshake and smile, gave him a broom and said, “Your
first job will be to sweep the store.” “But, I’m a
Michigan graduate,” the young man replied indignantly,
“I even played football there!” “Oh, I’m sorry. I
didn’t know that,” said the manager. “Here, give me
the broom, I better show you how.”


Any Hope that scUM will win on Saturday


Margaritaville opening is a day at the beach for nearby businesses


Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville opens its doors at noon Monday, giving Lower Broadway a new music and dining venue that neighboring businesses hope will bring more visitors — and money — into the downtown area.


“I think it’s wonderful and will give people more things to do downtown,” said Steve Smith, owner of the nearby Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a Broadway staple for the past half-century. “We know it will bring us more customers.”


Smith said that he and Al Ross, his partner in Rippy’s Barbecue on Lower Broadway, opened a Tootsie’s Lounge in Panama City Beach, Fla., “as close to the Margaritaville there as we could get.”


“It’s helped us do a great business there, and will do the same here, I’m sure,” Ross said.


Brenda Sanderson, owner of The Stage on Broadway, just a few doors up, said: “It’s definitely a good fit for the neighborhood, and we’re glad to have them.”


Margaritaville will feature live music and a varied menu of food prepared on the premises by its own chefs, adding some variety to the present downtown offerings, said Dean Shoemaker, the cafe’s general manager.


With three stages and live music seven days a week, the cafe will offer what Shoemaker calls “Caribbean cowboy cuisine,” featuring a mix of beach and Nashville-style food. That means coconut shrimp, jerk salmon, fried chicken, rib-eye steaks and fried dill pickles will share space on the same menu with Key lime pie.


The music? That will offer variety, too, with a nod toward Nashville and its country music scene, Shoemaker said. “We’re calling it tropical rock or Caribbean country.”


Buffett In The Flesh?


Buffett, the “It’s five o’clock somewhere” hero of the Parrot Head set, is featured prominently in music videos shown continuously on flat-screen TVs mounted strategically throughout the restaurant’s two floors.


But the entertainer — who began his career in Nashville — also tends to show up in person occasionally, always unannounced, at his various Margaritaville locations, said Tamara Baldanza, director of marketing for the chain.




Actor Wesley Snipes headed to prison for tax evasion

MIAMI (Reuters) – Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered on Friday to start serving a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns by a federal judge who rejected the Hollywood star’s bid for a new trial.

“The defendant Snipes had a fair trial … The time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges said in his ruling.

Revoking bail for the 48-year-old star of the “Blade” trilogy, the judge ordered him to report to prison as directed by the U.S. Marshals Service or Bureau of Prisons.

It was not clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his time behind bars, however. His lawyer, Daniel Meachum, has said he would appeal if a new trial was denied.

Meachum told the Orlando Sentinel the ruling was shocking.

“Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive,” the newspaper quoted Meachum as saying.

Snipes had already lost his appeal of the prison sentence stemming from his 2008 conviction in Hodges’ Ocala, Florida, court on three counts of “willful failure to file tax returns” for 1999 through 2001.

Snipes was found not guilty of five other counts in the high-profile felony tax case.

In seeking a new trial, Meachum had argued that jurors in the original trial were biased and that the prosecution’s star witness had his own criminal problems.

At his sentencing, prosecutors said Snipes, a resident of Windermere, Florida, had earned more than $38 million since 1999 but had filed no tax returns or paid any taxes through October 2006.

Although he is best known for his roles in action films, Snipes has also had critical success in comedies like “White Men Can’t Jump” in 1992. He played the lead in director Spike Lee’s interracial drama “Jungle Fever” in 1991 and also played the jazz saxophonist in Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues” in 1990.

Eric Thompson, a supervisor in the U.S. Marshals Service office in Orlando, Florida, said the Bureau of Prisons would notify Snipes and his lawyer of a surrender date.

“He’ll probably get it by certified mail,” Thompson said.

He declined to say what prison was likely to be selected for Snipes except to say that it would not be in Florida.

A listing for Snipes already posted on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website says his prisoner ID or registration number as 43355-018, his location is “in transit” and his release date is “unknown.”




The man behind the uniform
Former Buckeye and WWII vet Charles Csuri was an inspiration behind OSU’s throwback jerseys

Charles Csuri was a member of the Ohio State 1942 National Championship football team.

Former Ohio State lineman Charles Csuri was hesitant to go to New York City on Sept. 1, even though coach Jim Tressel pleaded for him to do so.

Nike was unveiling its line of Pro Combat jerseys, and OSU’s uniforms were to resemble the ones worn by the 1942 squad, which Csuri was a part of, that brought the school its first national championship.

In an attempt to distance itself from creating another stale marketing gimmick, Nike designed the uniforms to pay homage to the team members who traded their OSU uniforms for those of the Armed Forces during World War II. Csuri served as a corporal in the Army during the war, and Tressel wanted him at the event to speak at the press conference.

Csuri reluctantly decided to attend the unveiling after his wife persuaded him. But at 88, getting around isn’t as easy for him as it once was, even though his dark hair and firm handshake belie his age.

At the event, Csuri spoke to a crowd of media about his former teammates while standing next to a stagehand dressed in the uniform. Unknown to him, there was a bronze star on the helmet and gloves with his initials printed on them.

When someone from Nike pointed the star out to Csuri as he was leaving the stage, he realized why Tressel was begging him to go.

“I was surprised, flattered, honored and slightly embarrassed,” Csuri said of the decal. “It was nice.”

Although Tressel kept that small tribute hidden from Csuri, he’s made no secret about his excitement to honor the 1942 team against Michigan on Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to the fact that we’re honoring that 1942 team, which one could argue that that’s when a great part of our tradition began in Ohio State football,” Tressel said. “Not to mention the fact that what those men did once the season was over, they went and served in the ultimate way.”

Few Buckeye football players have served their country better than Csuri.

The son of Hungarian immigrants, Csuri was born in West Virginia and grew up in Cleveland as his family struggled to make ends meet during the Great Depression.

“There were a lot of hungry people,” Csuri said. “People were in a survival mode and had low expectations.”

During his youth, he developed an interest in football and art. He spent his weekday afternoons on the football field and his weekends riding the streetcar to the east side of Cleveland for art classes.

Csuri began attending OSU in 1940 and, like his other teammates, he was just happy to get the chance to go to college.

“We were all children of the Depression, so we had a different level of expectation,” Csuri said. “For most of us, it was just exciting to get a college degree.”

At first, getting that degree seemed like a difficult task. He was a mediocre student by his own account, lagging behind others who went to better secondary schools and primarily spoke English (Hungarian was his first language). His interest in art waned as the economy offered little hope to art as a means of living. Instead, he aspired to become a machinist or cabinet-maker.

He faced imposing odds on the football field as well. At 6-foot-1-inches and slightly more than 205 pounds, he said he was the smallest tackle in the Big Ten.

But Csuri played beyond his small stature, winning the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player award and being named an All-American in 1942.

That year, he helped the Buckeyes to a 9-1 record and a national championship by clearing lanes for star running backs Les Horvathand Gene Fekete.

But Csuri’s football career was put on hold when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He spent a year at the Newark College of Engineering (now the New Jersey Institute of Technology) studying analytical geometry, calculus and physics, while training to become an officer.

Csuri was sent into combat when the Army needed more troops and served as a forward observer with the 69th Infantry Division, helping to direct artillery fire. He entered at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge and nearly left in a casket.

At one point during the battle, the lines of communication between the front line and the artillery unit had been disconnected, and Csuri volunteered to take information back to Allied headquarters. In the snow-covered forest, he said, he ran across enemy lines, getting his helmet and belt pack shot off during the trek.
“You do things like that when you’re very young,” Csuri said. “When you’re 20 to 21 years of age, you think you’re invincible in a way, or you can’t conceive of your being killed in some respects.”

Csuri said he doesn’t remember much from that episode or the contents of the message he delivered. Nonetheless, he was awarded theBronze Star Medal for heroism during the battle.

Not long after receiving the medal, he tucked it away in a drawer, where it stayed for several years before his daughter discovered it.

Before the 2010 season started, his daughter gave the medal to Tressel, who has it displayed in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

“It was good what I did, but what can I say?” Csuri said. “It’s one of those things that I did when I was very young, but I’ve long since forgotten about it.”

After completing military service in 1946, Csuri returned to OSU and served as a team captain during his senior year. But he was ready to move on from football.

Former OSU coach Paul Brown even recruited him to play professionally when he established the Cleveland Browns, but Csuri turned him down.

“You realize that war isn’t a TV show or movie, it’s something very different,” Csuri said. “You’re just simply not prepared for it.”

“When I came back, I didn’t have the psychological makeup to be as aggressive about things as I was before I went into the war,” Csuri said. “I had no desire to play professional football.”

Instead, he rediscovered his interest in art, studying from renowned art professor Hoyt L. Sherman with classmate and future pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Csuri thrived as a student after years of academic mediocrity.

He stayed at OSU and earned his master’s in art in 1948 before being hired by the school as an art professor.

After several years of teaching drawing and painting to undergraduates, Csuri began studying computers in 1963, hoping to find ways to use technology to expand his artwork and use what he learned when he studied before deployment.

“As I got into it and began to understand it, I saw the implications and I felt that it would have a profound effect upon the culture and the way that we communicate as a society,” Csuri said. “It was clear to me at the outset that this was going to go somewhere.”

When Csuri began working with computers, there was only one computer on the OSU campus. It was larger than most classrooms and returned information on punch cards.

Because there was no commercial software available at the time, Csuri — by then the school’s director of Computer Graphics Research— and a group of doctorate students had to invent everything they worked with, including the algorithms that would generate graphic images.

Getting money from the National Science Foundation to study computer graphics wasn’t easy either, as Csuri had no scientific credentials. But after writing an effective research proposal, he was granted $100,000 by the foundation in 1969.

From there, Csuri’s research was at the cutting edge of computer graphics. His work studying human movement and graphic simulations of different environments even received funding from the Navy.

In 1981, he co-founded Cranston/Csuri Productions, which was one of only three computer animation production companies in the world. The company lasted seven years before folding as productions like Disney became involved in computer graphics.

“The company turned out to be a kind of training ground for many of the people that went into the film industry on the West Coast early in the game on computer graphics,” Csuri said.

Some of Csuri’s former students include Chris Wedge, who directed “Ice Age,” and Steve May, the vice president of Pixar Animation.
While a professor emeritus in 2000, Csuri received the Sullivant Medal, the highest honor given by OSU. He’s someone who Tressel frequently cites as an example to his players of what it means to be a complete person.

“He has an enduring humility that’s refreshing,” Tressel wrote about Csuri in his book The Winner’s Manual. “He cared so much about the teams he was on that he was willing to sacrifice for them. He embodies all of the fundamentals we’ve been talking about.”

But as much as Tressel preaches to his players about being well-rounded human beings, Csuri is discouraged at the failure of many athletes to heed such advice.

“I wish young people could realize that there is life after football,” Csuri said. “It’s a little disheartening to me that I talk to players and that almost every one of them thinks they’ll make it in the NFL. They won’t. And the ones that do make it will be there temporarily.”

Only 12 members are still alive from the 1942 team, and some of them will be driven around on golf carts at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.

All of them will probably be wearing jewelry as well.

At an art function several years ago, Csuri’s wife spotted Tressel, who was wearing his 2002 National Championship ring. During their conversation, Tressel learned that the players from the 1942 team were never awarded championship rings and, within a few weeks, had personalized rings ordered for every living player from the team.

But the unity among those players, more than any accolade or piece of jewelry, is what Csuri most treasures.

“Of course you have to be proud of our record, but I think what was most meaningful to me was the kind of camaraderie we had,” Csuri said. “What’s nice about athletics is that there’s a quality of trust and confidence in one another that is rare. It’s something that’s very attractive to the players even after they leave college.”

The rings, like the uniforms, are an overdue tribute to a legendary generation that’s getting smaller every day.

And I can honestly say after reading this, I not only have an even greater respect for the man (men) the uniform will honor, but also I have a tear in my eye! It is great to live in Buckeye Nation thanx to heroes like Csuri, who served THIS Nation! AND we will be raffling off one of these jerseys and paying tribute the brave men and women of our armed forces on Dec 11th at The Army Navy viewing event at King Ave 5!


All this uproar over TSA screenings. I have been going through the XRAY or “naked scanners” for a few months now. I also go to many concerts, some being heavy metal where the “pat downs” can be fairly intense.


COME ON PEOPLE! Flying is a privilege NOT a right! No one said YOU HAVE to fly. You can always ride the bus with the perps and child molesters.


I have also read the “organizer” of “Op Out Day” is NOT EVEN FLYING! So he/them are holding me up as I will try to get to Florida FOR A VERY MUCH SO EARNED VACATION, and they are not even partaking? I tell ya what…you think a “potential $11,000.00 fine” is scary-get me in a bad mood in a screening line and see what happens!


However is you look at both sides…there is a LOT of humor. SNL had a great response to the TSA controversy





He was forced to “apologize” for coaching!?!?


Harvey Perlman unhappy with Bo Pelini

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman isn’t happy with coach Bo Pelini’s behavior.


Perlman said Sunday that Pelini’s verbal assault of officials during Saturday’s game at Texas A&M did not reflect well on the university or the football program.


“I think it was very unfortunate,” Perlman said, “and I think it’s something we’ll have to address with Bo.”



The game was televised on ABC, and Perlman said he felt uneasy about the numerous camera shots of Pelini’s outbursts. Perlman spoke Sunday morning with athletic director Tom Osborne about Pelini’s conduct, and the chancellor said he, Osborne or both would talk to Pelini about his decorum.


Perlman wouldn’t speculate on whether disciplinary action would be taken.


“Bo has a lot of passion for his football team,” Perlman said, “and there is a strong upside to that. But again, overall, the conduct was unfortunate last night.”


Pelini declined to comment Sunday.


The Cornhuskers were penalized 16 times for 145 yards in the 9-6 loss. Pelini was seen yelling at officials after many of the penalties, and he was called for unsportsmanlike conduct early in the fourth quarter.


Pelini also was seen ripping into quarterback Taylor Martinez, who was standing on the sideline after receiving treatment for an aggravation of his right ankle sprain.


After the game, Pelini declined to comment on the reason for his confrontation with Martinez. The redshirt freshman showed no emotion as the coach yelled at him, pointed his left index finger at him and poked him just above the collar. Perlman said he doesn’t know why Pelini became unhinged at Martinez.


“There is a part of the culture of intercollegiate athletics that involves coaches talking strongly to players,” Perlman said. “That’s unfortunate it had to happen on national television. I think that probably occurs in a lot of programs.”


According to media reports, Pelini chased after referee Greg Burks before shaking hands with Aggies coach Mike Sherman.


Pelini has a well-earned reputation for being rough on officials, but he seemed to show a higher level of volatility Saturday night. The Huskers needed to win to clinch the Big 12 North title.


Asked whether he or Osborne had spoken with Pelini in the past about toning down his sideline demeanor, Perlman said, “I’m not going to comment on that.”


Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda said he didn’t know whether the conference would have grounds to take disciplinary action against Pelini.




If you are a betting man, and of which…I am! Here is some help for the 2 weeks stretch known as College Football Rivalry Week. Plus hopes for OUR BUCKEYES to back door, yet again into The BCS.


First off Wisconsin and OSU (if win out will be tied for the Big 10 Title. The other team tied is Sparty, and the tie breaker is the BCS standings. Wisconsin is ahead of the Buckeyes in BCS and I will concede the tie breaker-assuming the Badgers beat Northwestern and The Buckeyes DESTROY scUM).


#1 Oregon vs #22 Arizona (Friday 26th)

-Arizona will put up a good fight but The Mighty Ducks of Oregon will be too much and for The Wildcats. Ducks by 7


#2 Auburn at #11 Alabama (Friday 26th)

Alabama and Nick Saban WILL BEAT AUBURN. Auburn has had a rough schedule and MANY off field distractions (such as Cam Newton Eligibility). This will be an amazing game on Friday and Roll Tide Roll by 3.


#3 TCU at San Diego State (Saturday 27th)

The Aztecs have no chance in hell to beat The Horned Frogs. TCU by 21


#4 Boise State at #18 Nevada (Friday 26th)

This is interesting. Nevada has been hearing the hype and has the nation’s critics rooting against Boise (and in this case for them). I am a Bronco fan but feel the glass slipper will no longer fit swollen feet (and heads), no matter how the special plays work out. IF the Wolfpack can hold on and keep close within the 7 points going into the 4th…they will win! I mean if Harry Reid can somehow win his seat out there, anything is possible. Nevada by 3.


#5 LSU at  #13 Arkansas (Saturday 27th)

The best game on Saturday! Arkansas somehow is in the hunt, and LSU may be looking ahead to the SEC championship game to play BAMA in a rematch. Even though Billy Clinton is from there…I say The Razorbacks by 7 in a stunner!


#6 Stanford vs Oregon State (Saturday 27th)

On Versus Network, where it belongs. Stanford by 27 points


#7 Wisconsin vs Northwestern (Saturday 27th)

Wisconsin will have its hands full with a fired up Northwestern Team. The Wildcats are Bowl eligible, and will hang tough in a bid to ruin The Badgers season, but. Badgers hold on in a close one. Badgers by 7.


#8 OSU vs scUM (Saturday 27th)

This game you throw out ALL records. IT IS THE GAME. BUT even though Tressel ball will not score any points in the 4th. Buckeyes by 14


If you do the math and if I am right, it will not do anything but move the Buckeyes up 1-2 spots (if we are lucky we know there is a media bias against us. So with that said it only leaves us at #6. THE BCS is the top 8 schools (4 games in BCS). A return trip to Miami would be nice (I will guess the Badgers would forgo the Rose Bowl for BCS), BUT NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS…remember there are still Championship Games to be played! This will open up 1-2 more slots and bring our Buckeyes up even higher. Probably won’t happen but The Rose Bowl MAY have to take the 3rd place Sparty in Pasadena while The Badgers and Buckeyes go to other BCS games. The controversy MAY NOT be TCU and Boise at the end of the season, it MAY JUST be where 2 BIG 10 schools go!

BUCKEYES: (new section)

On game day it will be 2666 days since that team up North Beat

Let’s recap the last few years…

First meeting Michigan 36, Ohio State 0 (1897)
Last meeting Ohio State 21, Michigan 10 (2009)
Next meeting November 27, 2010
Number of meetings 106
All-time series Michigan leads, 57–43–6
Largest victory Michigan, 86–0 (1902)
Current streak Ohio State, 6
Longest Mich win streak 9 (1901–1909)
Longest OSU win streak 6 (2004–present)
Trophy: None

Michigan – Ohio State football rivalry


The Michigan – Ohio State football rivalry (also known as The Game by some followers) is an intense college football rivalry between the Wolverines of the University of Michigan and the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University. It has attracted particular national interest over the last four decades as most of the games have determined the Big Ten Conference title and the resulting Rose Bowl match ups, and many have influenced the outcome of the national collegiate football championship. The game was ranked by ESPN in 2000 as the greatest North American sports rivalry.


The annual match up between the two Midwest state schools has been held at the end of the regular season since 1935 (with exceptions in 1942, 1986, and 1998). Since 1918, the game’s site has alternated between Columbus, Ohio, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been played in Ohio Stadium since 1922 and Michigan Stadium since 1927. Through 2009, Ohio State and Michigan have decided the Big Ten Conference championship between themselves on 22 different occasions, and have affected the determination of the conference title an additional 26 times.


During 1835 and 1836, the State of Ohio and the Michigan Territory engaged in a brief and nearly bloodless border dispute known as the Toledo War. Some have proposed that the football rivalry is a modern manifestation of this historical tension.


Following the Big Ten’s addition of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, effective beginning in the 2011 football season, the conference will be split into two six-team divisions. Big Ten officials placed Ohio State and Michigan in separate divisions, but the Michigan – Ohio State rivalry will continue to take place at the end of the regular season every year. Conceivably, the teams may thereafter meet again the following week in the Big Ten Football Championship Game.


Early years (1897–1949)

The inaugural meeting between Ohio State and Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1897 resulted in a lopsided victory for Michigan, with the Wolverines posting a 34–0 win over Ohio State’s Buckeyes. The first game foretold a long Michigan winning streak, with Michigan winning or tying every match from 1897 to 1912 and thereby compiling a 12–0–2 record before the contest was postponed for several years. The Ohio State Alma Mater “Carmen Ohio” was written on the train ride home to Columbus following the 1902 contest, which saw Ohio State losing to Michigan, 86–0. The lyrics and melody (Spanish Chant) have remained largely unchanged since its conception.


Ohio State became a member of the Big Ten Conference in 1912. In 1917, Michigan rejoined the conference after a ten year absence. In 1918, the teams played their first conference matchup, with Michigan prevailing 14–0 and lodging its eleventh shutout over the Buckeyes. In 1919, the Buckeyes (led by legendary halfback Chic Harley) won their first game in the series, defeating the Wolverines 13–3. The Buckeyes won the following two contests as well, to bring the series record to 13–3–2.


Harley’s prowess spurred the university to campaign to build a stadium for Ohio State football. The stadium was completed in 1922, and the first of many historic games in Ohio Stadium took place on October 21, 1922, the day the stadium was dedicated in Columbus. In front of a record 71,000 fans, the Wolverines posted another shutout of the home team Buckeyes, 19–0. According to lore, there was a wager on the outcome of this game, and yellow flowers on a blue background still exist today in the upper part of the stadium’s rotunda. Michigan won the next five games before OSU picked up the final two victories of the decade. At the end of the 1920s, the series stood at 19–5–2 in favor of Michigan.


Michigan won three of four contests between 1930 and 1933, claiming the national championship twice. In 1934, Francis Schmidt came on as the head coach for Ohio State. The team had lost nine of the previous 12 Michigan-OSU contests, and when a reporter asked Schmidt if Ohio State could beat Michigan that year, he replied, “Of course we can win, Michigan puts their pants on one leg at a time just like we do”. The Buckeyes thereupon ran off four straight shutout victories against Michigan, outscoring the Wolverines 112–0 from 1934 to 1937. Schmidt’s quote spawned an OSU tradition – since 1934, every Ohio State player receives a gold pants pendant after a victory against Michigan.


Michigan won the three games from 1938 to 1940. The 1940 game, won by Michigan, 40–0, was the benchmark performance of what some consider to be the greatest Michigan team in history, and was the final collegiate game of the legendary tailback tandem of Tom Harmon and Paul Kromer.


In 1941, Michigan and Ohio State met for the first time with each team ranked in the AP Poll, which had started in 1936. The 14th-ranked Buckeyes played the 5th-ranked Wolverines to a 20–20 tie in Ann Arbor. Five more times during the 1940s, the teams were both ranked for their annual matchup. Michigan won five of the next seven games before playing to their second tie of the decade in 1949. The series record stood at 30–12–4 at the mid-century mark.


“Snow Bowl” and Woody Hayes (1950–68)

The 1950 contest, colloquially known as the Snow Bowl, is perhaps the most famous game in the rivalry. Eighth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Wes Fesler, was scheduled to host the game on November 25 in Columbus amidst one of the worst blizzards on Ohio record. The Buckeyes, who led the Big Ten, were granted the option to cancel the game against Michigan, which would have, by default, given the Buckeyes the Big Ten title outright and won them a trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. Ohio State refused, and the game was set to be played. Amid howling snow and wind, in what was probably the most literal example of a “field position” game, the teams exchanged 45 punts, often on first down, in hopes that the other team would fumble the ball near or into their own end zone. Ohio State’s Vic Janowicz, who would claim the Heisman Trophy that year, punted 21 times for 685 yards and also kicked a field goal in the first quarter for the Buckeyes’ only points. Michigan capitalized on two blocked punts, booting one out of the back of the end zone for a safety and recovering another one in the end zone for a touchdown just before halftime. Despite failing to gain a single first down or complete a single forward pass, Michigan gained a 9–3 victory, securing the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl berth. Heavy criticism of Fesler’s play calling led to his resignation and the hiring of Woody Hayes as his successor.


Between 1951 and 1968 under Hayes, the Buckeyes won 12 of 18 contests, including a 1957 victory in Michigan Stadium, the first game in the series attended by over 100,000 fans. In 1958, Ohio State had a 20–14 lead towards the end of the game. On the final play, Michigan fullback Gene Sisinyak ran the ball from the one-yard line for what might have been a game winning touchdown, but Ohio State defensive tackle Dick Schafrath hit Sisinyak, forcing a fumble. In the 1968 game, Ohio State won 50–14, outscoring its foe 29–0 in the second half and attempting an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt on its final touchdown. When asked why he went for two points with an already insurmountable 50–14 lead, Woody Hayes is rumored to have said, “Because I couldn’t go for three.” The victory gave top-ranked Ohio State the Big Ten title for the first time in seven years en route to an AP national championship. The Buckeyes had also narrowed the series margin to 37–24–4.


“Ten-Year War”: Hayes vs. Bo Schembechler (1969–78)

Wolverines coach Bump Elliott resigned after the 1968 loss and Michigan hired Miami of Ohio head coach Bo Schembechler, who had previously been an assistant at Ohio State under Hayes, to revitalize its football program. On November 22, 1969, Hayes led his top-ranked Buckeyes into Michigan Stadium to face Schembechler’s Wolverines in the first matchup between two coaches who would come to define the rivalry between the two programs. The Buckeyes brought a 22-game winning streak into Ann Arbor, but behind an inspiring 60-yard punt return by Barry Pierson that set up a Wolverine touchdown in the second quarter, and a defense that intercepted Ohio State six times (three by Pierson), the Wolverines won a defensive battle (both teams were scoreless in the second half) for a 24–12 upset.




The contest was the first in the famous “Ten-Year War” between Hayes and Schembechler, which pitted some of OSU’s and UM’s strongest teams against one another. Four times between 1970 and 1975, Ohio State and Michigan were both ranked in the top five of the AP Poll before their matchup. The Wolverines entered every game during those years undefeated and won only once, a 10–7 victory in Ann Arbor on November 20, 1971. The Michigan graduating class of 1975 shared or won the Big Ten championship every season, yet went to the Rose Bowl only once, in 1972. They only lost or tied with Ohio State during the regular season in that period.


In 1973, both teams entered undefeated, with the winner guaranteed a trip to the Rose Bowl. The rivals played to a 10–10 tie in Ann Arbor on November 24, and the athletic directors of the other Big Ten institutions were forced to vote on the Big Ten representative for the bowl game. In a secret ballot, Ohio State won the vote, to the outrage of Michigan athletic officials and fans. Schembechler argued that Michigan was robbed of its on-field achievements, and for months afterward, Ohio State newspapers were flooded with angry Wolverine letters and threats of lawsuits.


Woody coined the phrase “That state up north” and “That team up north”, so he would not have to say the word “Michigan”. He was famous for his intense hatred of all things Michigan and according to legend, once refused to get gas in an empty tank, saying: “No, goddammit! We do NOT pull in and fill up. And I’ll tell you exactly why we don’t. It’s because I don’t buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We’ll coast and PUSH this goddam car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!”


During the “Ten-Year War,” Ohio State and Michigan shared the Big Ten title six times. Between 1976 and 1978, Michigan won the game each year, and Ohio State failed to score a touchdown in each of those contests. Woody Hayes was fired at the end of the 1978 season after punching an opposing player during the Gator Bowl, which ended the “War.” The 1978 game was won by Michigan, 14–3, giving Schembechler a record of 5–4–1 against Hayes. At the end of the Hayes tenure, the series stood at 42–28–5.


The War’s aftermath: Schembechler vs. Earle Bruce (1979–87)

Earle Bruce took over for Hayes and led the Buckeyes to a 5–4 record against Schembechler’s Wolverines between 1979 and 1987, perhaps the most balanced stretch of the storied rivalry, during which neither team won more than two consecutive games. In 1987, Bruce was fired in the week before the Michigan game due to a poor season record, but was allowed to coach anyway, and the inspired Buckeyes won an upset over the heavily favored Wolverines. After the game, Bo Schembechler told Bruce, “I always mind losing to Ohio State but I didn’t mind so much today.” After 1987, the series stood at 46–33–5 in favor of UM.


John Cooper era (1988–2000) THE DARKEST DAYS!

The 13 games during John Cooper’s tenure as Buckeye coach were dominated by Michigan, as the Wolverines went 10–2–1 during the stretch. Schembechler coached Michigan through the 1989 season and then turned over the reins to one of his assistants, Gary Moeller, who led the team for five seasons before another longtime Michigan assistant, Lloyd Carr, became the head coach in 1995.


The most notorious matchups of the era took place in 1993, 1995, and 1996, in which Ohio State entered the game each year undefeated. The Buckeyes had a 9–0–1 record heading into the 1993 game and were looking to claim an outright Big Ten title against a Michigan team that had already lost four times. Michigan receiver Mercury Hayes and running backs Jon Ritchie, Che Foster, and Ed Davis each scored a touchdown as the Wolverines shocked the Buckeyes, 28–0. After the game, Cooper said: “This is one of the most embarrassing games I’ve ever been involved with.” “They outplayed us on offense, on defense, and in the kicking game. If you’d told me we would come up here and get beat 28-0, I’d have probably stayed home.”


In 1995, #2 Ohio State was led by eventual Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George and future NFL stars Orlando Pace, Terry Glenn, Mike Vrabel, Shawn Springs, and Rickey Dudley. Glenn insisted there wasn’t anything special about the Wolverines: “Michigan’s nothing,” he said.[12] Perhaps inspired by this remark, the Wolverines manhandled the Buckeyes at the line of scrimmage from the very first play. Michigan senior running back Tim Biakabutuka amassed 313 yards rushing in Michigan’s 31–23 upset.



The Buckeyes had high expectations again entering the 1996 contest. They boasted an unblemished 10–0 record and were ranked #2 in the nation as they entered the finale with 8–3 Michigan. When Ohio State jumped to a 9–0 halftime lead, the OSU crowd sensed a special finish and perhaps a rise to #1. The Wolverines’ defense shut the Buckeyes out in the second half while Brian Griese replaced the struggling Scott Dreisbach and led Michigan to 13 unanswered points and another victory over their rivals, 13–9. The game would turn out to be the Buckeyes’ only loss of the season and ended up costing them a chance at a share of the national championship.


In 1997, Ohio State hoped to return the favor: the 10–0 Wolverines sat atop the AP Poll entering their matchup with the 10–1 Buckeyes, who were ranked #4. Spearheaded by the play of eventual Heisman winner Charles Woodson, who ran a punt back for a touchdown, intercepted a pass in the Ohio State end zone, and caught a 37 yard pass that set up freshman running back Anthony Thomas’ touchdown run, the Wolverines prevailed, 20–14. The Wolverines then defeated Washington State in the Rose Bowl by a 21–16 score, winning their first national championship since 1948.


Ohio State came back with a win in the 1998 contest, but Michigan went on to win in 1999 and 2000. Senior quarterback Tom Brady hit sophomore receiver Marquise Walker for the game-winning touchdown pass with five minutes to go to for a 24–17 victory in 1999. In the 2000 game, Michigan grabbed a 31–12 lead and held on to win, 38–26. Michigan junior quarterback Drew Henson went 14 for 25 passing for 303 yards and three scores and added a touchdown run. At the end of the 2000 season, Cooper was fired. While he consistently fielded strong teams, his 2–10–1 record against Michigan, including his failure to ever win in Ann Arbor, was, along with disciplinary problems and a losing record in bowl games, a major contributor to his dismissal. Michigan students held a “John Cooper Day” celebration in Ann Arbor on February 10, 2001 in mock celebration of Cooper’s record in the rivalry.


Enter Jim Tressel (2001–07)

In 2001, Jim Tressel took over as Buckeye head coach. Unlike his predecessor John Cooper, Tressel put a special emphasis on the rivalry. In his introductory speech at halftime of a January basketball game, against Michigan, he said “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.” In his first year, Tressel registered the Buckeyes’ first defeat of the Wolverines in Ann Arbor in 14 years, by a 26–20 score. Led by senior running back Jonathan Wells, the Buckeyes raced to a 23–0 halftime lead. With Wells out, Michigan mounted a second half comeback that fell just short. The next year, Tressel achieved what Cooper could not: Beating Michigan in consecutive years with a 14–9 victory. The game was decided on the last play when defensive back Will Allen intercepted a pass in the end zone as time expired to clinch the victory. The Buckeyes were led by freshman running back Maurice Clarett, who ran for 119 yards and one touchdown. He also had a key reception to set up Maurice Hall’s game-winning score. The Buckeyes went on to win the national championship that season, as they defeated Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.


In 2003, Michigan struck back and won the 100th meeting between the historical rivals by a score of 35–21 in Ann Arbor. Senior running back Chris Perry, a Heisman finalist, had 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the Wolverines to the victory. Braylon Edwards contributed seven catches for 130 yards and two big touchdowns. The game’s attendance was 112,118, the largest crowd ever for an NCAA football game.[13] In 2004, the 6–4 Buckeyes defeated the heavily favored 9–1 Wolverines, 37–21, behind the leadership of quarterback Troy Smith and true freshmen receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. The Buckeyes added another win in the 2005 game by overcoming a 21–12 deficit with less than eight minutes in the game. In the closing minutes of the game, the Buckeye offense scored two touchdowns to claim a 25–21 victory. Smith threw for 300 yards and completed 73% of his passes. Ginn had a game high nine catches for 89 yards.


2006: #1 vs. #2

Main article: 2006 Michigan vs. Ohio State football game

Game of the Century (2006 version)

Michigan Wolverines     Ohio State Buckeyes

(11–0)                            (11–0)

39                                   42

Head coach: Lloyd Carr

Head coach: Jim Tressel

AP              Coaches                BCS

2                  2                           2

AP              Coaches                BCS

1                 1                           1

1        2        3        4        Total

Michigan     7        7        10      15      39

Ohio State   7        21      7        7        42

Date  November 18, 2006

Stadium      Ohio Stadium

Location     Columbus, Ohio

On November 18, 2006, Ohio State and Michigan met for their annual showdown, each carrying an 11–0 record. The day before the epic match up, legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler died. For the first time in the history of the rivalry, the two rivals faced off while holding the top two spots in the Bowl Championship Series rankings. Ohio State won the game by a score of 42–39 and became the outright Big Ten champion, earning the right to play for a national championship at the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona. Michigan struck first blood with a touchdown run by junior running back Mike Hart, but the Buckeyes then scored 21 unanswered points, and at halftime, they were up 28–14. However, the Wolverines weren’t ready to back down. Thanks to an interception and a fumble recovery by junior defensive tackle Alan Branch, Michigan made it 35–31 Ohio State with 14 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. But after appearing to have forced Ohio State into a fourth down situation with six minutes to go, junior outside linebacker Shawn Crable was called for roughing the QB, giving the Buckeyes a fresh set of downs. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith then passed to Brian Robiskie for a touchdown, increasing the Buckeyes’ lead to 42-31 with five minutes remaining in the game. The Wolverines still had fight in them, and after Ohio State was called for pass interference on a failed 4th down attempt, giving Michigan an automatic 1st down, junior quarterback Chad Henne found senior tight end Tyler Ecker for a 16-yard touchdown with two minutes to go to cut the OSU lead to 42–37. Senior wide receiver Steve Breaston caught the two point conversion to bring the Wolverines within a field goal. Michigan needed to recover the ensuing onside kick, and they failed to do so. The Buckeyes ran out the clock for the victory, and a trip to the BCS national championship game. Troy Smith completed 71% of his passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns, essentially clinching the Heisman trophy. Ginn caught eight passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman ran for 139 yards on 18 carries for a 7.7 yards-per-carry average. Michigan running back Mike Hart carried the ball 23 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns against a stout Buckeye defense. Chad Henne also turned in an excellent performance with 267 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers on a 60% completion percentage. Neither performance was, however, sufficient to turn the tide in favor of the Wolverines. The game was highly touted by ESPN/ABC (there was even a game countdown clock for a week before kickoff) and was viewed by the largest television audience for a regular season college football game since 1993, averaging 21.8 million viewers. The victory marked the first time in 43 years that the Buckeyes had won three consecutive games in the series. The game gained even more significance when, on the eve of the meeting, legendary Michigan head coach and former Ohio State assistant coach Bo Schembechler died. Schembechler was honored with a video tribute at Ohio Stadium as well as a moment of silence before kickoff. Half an hour after the game ended, the Ohio Lottery PICK 4 evening drawing was 4-2-3-9, matching the final score of the game and paying out up to $5,000 per winner, for a total payout of $2.2 million.


Following the game, there was a chance of a rematch in the BCS title game, but Florida was chosen over Michigan to be Ohio State’s opponent, ultimately defeating Ohio State for the BCS Championship.


Sea change at Michigan: (2008–present)


Lloyd Carr retired as coach at Michigan following the 2007 season and another loss to Ohio State. Tressel had compiled a 6–1 record against Carr’s Michigan teams, leaving Carr with a 6–7 career record against Ohio State. In December 2007, Michigan hired West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez to take over the football program. Rodriguez, known for his expertise in the spread offense, represented a significant departure from the Wolverines’ traditional offensive style. Furthermore, both Carr and his predecessor Gary Moeller had been apprenticed by the now-legendary Schembechler, and Rodriguez’s hiring marked the first time in 40 years that a Michigan football team would not be coached by a member of the “Schembechler school.”


The 2008 game, Rodriguez’s first against the Buckeyes, featured an Ohio State team that needed a win to secure at least a share of the Big Ten championship for the fourth straight year. Michigan by contrast entered the game with a 3–8 record, having already suffered more losses than in any other season in its history. The Buckeyes posted a 42–7 win. OSU scored its largest margin of victory over Michigan since 1968 and pushed its winning streak against the Wolverines to five games, their longest in the rivalry’s history.


Ohio State beat Michigan 21–10 in the 2009 game to extend their winning streak against Michigan to six games and improve Jim Tressel’s record versus Michigan to 8–1. Ohio State wore throwback uniforms to commemorate their 1954 national championship team. The 2009 meeting also saw Buckeye guard Justin Boren, who had transferred to Ohio State from Michigan in 2008, become the third player in school history to play for both teams (J. T. White and Howard Yerges, Jr. being the others) and only the second to play for both teams in the rivalry game.


Big Ten expansion

In 2010, the Big Ten Conference announced that University of Nebraska would be joining the Big Ten the following year, and that the Big Ten would be split into two divisions. When rumors surfaced that Ohio State and Michigan would be placed in different divisions, concerns arose that the teams might no longer play the last game of the regular season to avoid potential back-to-back games if each team won their division and earned the right to play in the Big Ten Championship Game. Fans bombarded the athletic directors of both schools, as well as the Big Ten commissioner with emails, creating pressure to keep “The Game” as the regular season finale. The Ohio State – Michigan game is now a “protected crossover” game, to be played every year at the end of the regular season.


In popular culture

In 2006, as part of their Midwest Midterm Midtacular, The Daily Show visited Ohio State University and made fun of the rivalry on the final night by having correspondent Rob Riggle report while wearing a Michigan sweatshirt. This brought boos, jeers, and a few laughs from the OSU audience. After the sketch was over, Jon Stewart compared the rivalry to the disputes between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.


The 2007 HBO documentary Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry focused on the rivalry, chiefly the “Ten-Year War” through the present.


The book Myth Directions by Robert Asprin, who attended Michigan, features a thinly veiled version of the Ohio State vs. Michigan game, parodying both sides and their fanaticism regarding the event.




Church is an important part in Christian life.  It’s like the oasis in the desert and we need to drink from it to quench our thirst for faith.


No matter how serious people should be when in church, it can’t be helped to have some “unusual” moments happen inside God’s houses.  And these “unusual” moments come from none other than the people who attend church services.


Here are some of the most funny church humors and quotes:


In the middle of a pastor’s sermon, a man stood up and walked outside.  After the service, the pastor approached the wife of the man who walked outside and asked her “Did I say something that offended your husband?” the wife answered “No, he’s just sleepwalking.”


A pastor asked, “Who among you here have enemies?” Then the crowd all raised their hands except for one old lady.  Then the people around her was amazed and told her “wow, you’re very lucky for having no enemies.” The old lady replied, “Yes, because the bastards are all dead.”


A pastor baptized seven people today.  But lost two of them in the current!


The Sunday School Teacher asks, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly do you say prayers before eating?”

“No sir,” little Johnny replies, “I don’t have to. My mom is a good cook.”


A mother was giving instructions to her three children as she sent them into Sunday school, “And, why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” Her son quickly responded, “Because people are sleeping!”


“Every evening I turn my troubles over to God – He’s going to be up all night anyway.”

–Donald J. Morgan


The preacher’s 5 year-old daughter noticed that her preacher father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day she asked him why. “Well, Honey,” he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages, “I’m asking the Lord to help me to preach a good sermon.” She asked “Well then, how come He doesn’t do it?”


“I don’t know why some people change churches – what difference does it make which one you stay home from? “

–Rev. Denny Brake


“If your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing, you should consider running for a job in Washington.”



It seems there was this minister who just had all of his remaining teeth pulled and new dentures were being made. The first Sunday, he only preached 10 minutes. The second Sunday, he preached only 20 minutes. But, on the third Sunday, he preached 1 hour 25 minutes.

When asked about this by some of the congregation, he responded this way.

The first Sunday, my gums were so sore it hurt to talk.

The second Sunday, my dentures were hurting a lot.

The third Sunday, I accidentally grabbed my wife’s dentures…and I couldn’t stop talking!


“To err is human; to blame it on somebody else is even more human.”

–John Nadeau




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In honor of beat scUM week. These are all from Wayne “Woodrow” Hayes 1913-1987


“I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good. That’s just way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you’d be surprised at how much fun you can have.”


“Paralyze resistance with persistence.”


“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.”


“The only meaningful statistic is number of games won.”


“Without winners, there wouldn’t even be civilization.”


“A man is always better than he thinks.”


“I don’t live in the past. I’m a student of the past, and I try to learn from the past, although some people will say, ‘You haven’t done a very good job of it.’ But for me to live in the past? Hell, no.'”


“Statistics always remind me of fellow who drowned in a river where the average depth was only three feet.”


“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”


“The time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”


“Success – it ‘s what you do with what you’ve got.”


“Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their players heads and motivate them.”


“I’m not trying to win a popularity poll. I’m trying to win football games. I don’t like nice people. I like tough, honest people.”


“I don’t apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there. I just despise to lose, and that has taken a man of mediocre ability and made a pretty good coach out of him.”


“You don’t get hurt running straight ahead…three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense. I will pound you and pound you until you quit.”


Woody on Bo Schembechler: “We respected one another so damn much. Now that doesn’t mean I didn’t get so mad at him that I wanted to kick him in the, uh, groin.”


“The height of human desire is what wins, whether it’s on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium.”


“Make sure you do the thinking with this head (pointing to his head), and not with this head (pointing beneath his belt).” – to his 1974 freshman class


“There are too many people who can too easily identify with defeat.”


“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”


“You don’t have to like me, just respect me.”


“Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can’t do mine.” – to an OSU professor


“You know, I still didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.” – after listening to Sid Gillman describe his passing offense for almost a whole day.


“I could beat Jesse Owens in a 100 yard dash if you gave me enough of a head start.”


“You can never pay back, but you can always pay forward.”


“I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose.”



Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson




Here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!


The Dead Schembechlers  play Skully’s for their annual pre-game Bash!


I am at AT&T and OSU FanZone at St. Johns before THE GAME


My crew is at Across The Field Tailgate with The Danger Brothers for THE GAME


My Crew is at Caribbean Jerks for THE GAME for a fundraiser

Dan Grueter, plays to the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton



Join me, The World Famous Pepper Dog, and your friends at T-100 on The Square in Downtown Nerk for the Annual Lighting of the Courthouse.
Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. See animals in special settings and in an environment as you have never seen before. For more info

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Longaberger Homestead
For more info:

CAPA: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at The Ohio Theatre. For more info

CATCO: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
at The Riffe Center. Watch as a historic radio broadcast show is developed LIVE onstage. For more info

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For more info

Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Marina. For more info

Surprisingly, I liked ‘Burlesque’ starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, rated “R.”

The DATE MOVIE (guys should avoid), ‘Love & Other Drugs’ rated “R.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton star in ‘Faster,’ rated “R.”

The family friendly, animated “Rapunzel,” ‘Tangled,’ rated “PG.”

The “chick flick” ‘Eat Pray Love’ starring Julia Roberts, rated “PG-13.”

“The GREATEST GUY MOVIE EVER,” ‘The Expendables’ rated “R” starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, and “a former Gov of California.”

Alan Jackson releases his greatest hits package “34 Number Ones”


OSU Football Season with AT&T AND JUST SIGNED Across the Field Tailgate with the ‘Historic’ Danger Brothers, and my Buddy Eric Dove and Green Light Go.


Dec 11th Army vs Navy Viewing Party at King Ave 5. For more info:


New Years Eve with The Columbus Blue Jackets, AND ME!




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