1/16/2008 3:20:00 PM John Snodgrass: Ramblings from an idiot
Figured it was about time I joined the 21st Century and started a blog. Heck, if 70-year-old sports writers have one I guess I might as well.
I'm going to try and update this thing daily, maybe just a sentence or two, but still something to look at on a day-to-day basis. Also, this thing is going to serve as sort of a free for all for me; I'll discuss/complain/hail a variety of topics. It will lean toward sports, but since I'm not a sports-centric person topics will vary.
Okay, I guess first thing is first - here are a few of my favorite things:
Pro baseball team: Reds (You can't be raised on the West Side of Cincy with out being so.)
Pro football team: Bengals (One of the problems with being born and raised in Cincy.)
Pro hockey team: Bruins (Don't ask, long story.)
Pro basketball team: Celtics (Ditto)
Pro soccer team: Liverpool (YNWA)
College: Ohio State (Class of 2006)
Geekiest thing about me: HUGE comic book fan ... if you've checked out the TB's 'SCORE' sections this year you probably have picked up on that.
Website: Deadspin.com ... and uhhh, timesbulletin.com *looks around for Robb*
Something most people in Van Wert County don't know: I studied film as well as journalism at OSU. (I originally entered journalism wanting to be a movie critic and was the AE editor at my high school paper.)
Top 5 games I've experienced
5. 2001 Cincinnati Elder vs. Warren G. Harding at the Pit in Cincinnati: My Alma Mater defeats then No. 1 ranked Harding and holds Maurice Clarett to his only sub-100 yard game his senior season. (I got so excited after the win that when the student section stormed the field to celebrate, I (carrying a school flag) forgot about the 'Don't cross the 40-yard line rule' and did just that. What happened? I got partially clotheslined by our AD. It was cool though. He didn't do it on purpose ... he was just trying to stop my stupid butt.)
4. 2005 No. 2 Texas vs. No. 4 Ohio State at Ohio Stadium: Yes, the Buckeyes lost, but the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium was never so electric for a non-Big Ten game. I was depressed for the week following the fiasco, but I will never forget what that stadium was like that night. (Even 2006's No. 1 OSU vs. No. 2 Michigan game doesn't match up to this.)
3. 2006 11 seed George Mason vs. 3 seed North Carolina at the University of Dayton Arena: I was at the NCAA tournament covering the Buckeyes in their second year under Thad Matta. The Buckeyes played the later game against Georgetown (which they lost handedly) but I got to the arena early to see just how dominant the defending national champs were. Well, nevermind. The Patriots shocked NC and most of the college basketball world and then turned the huge 65-60 win into a tournament run making it all the way to the Final Four. The arena was going nuts when the final buzzer sounded. (Coolest scene in the whole place was watching the George Mason beat writers going nuts. They were jumping up and down, high-fiving and hugging and screaming "We're going home" - the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 were in DC. Who says that media members are soulless jerks who don't care about the teams they cover?)
2. 2002 Ohio State vs. Michigan: The game that sent Ohio State to the National Title against Miami. The game rounded out my first quarter of college and is still as clear as any moment of my life. I was in the top row of the open end of the Horseshoe underneath the Jumbotron standing for the whole game. When the final second ticked off I hugged some complete stranger standing to my left. The guy (I think his name was Jim) smelled of menthol cigarettes and cheap whiskey. It was all good though.
1. 1995 Game 3 of the NLDS between the Reds and Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium: My dad somehow came across two tickets just a few hours before the game and gave them to my mom and myself. The seats were top row, upper deck behind home plate, but it didn't matter. The Reds won the game 10-1 to clinch a berth in the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves (which the Braves swept en route to their World Series win) and embarrassed Rookie of the Year pitcher Hideo Nomo in front of (what seemed like) 50,000 Japanese media personalities. David Wells pitched an unreal game for the Reds and Mark Lewis became the first player to ever record a pinch-hit grand slam in the postseason. All and all it was the greatest moment of an 11-year-olds' life. The Reds haven't been the same since.
Okay, lets wrap this thing up.
Congrats to Chris Morrow on committing to West Liberty State College and congrats to my friend Josh for being accepted into George Washington's Law School.