Here is an interesting response to Ray Small's recent statement by former OSU walk-on (and Merrill Lynch employee? What?) Harrison Till. I can understand Till's thoughts, namely that not everyone was doing this, and that it unnecessarily besmirches the names of innocent and hardworking OSU student athletes, but, like, defamatory? I don't think Ray Small was implying that literally everyone was doing it, merely that it was widespread.
I guess what really grinded my gears was reading these sorts of responses:
Wonderful. We'll see how the ESPNs of the world pick up on that twitter as opposed to their search for the smallest minutia that appears to be spewing dirt. It will be an excellent test of media balance and fairness.
I think OSU fans are having a hard time differentiating between fact and opinion and which is worthy of being reported. Ray Small said that he personally sold OSU memorabilia and that many others did the same. That's a factual statement. Harrison Till saying "Hey, no fair! That's overbroad!" is not a fact to be reported.
Edit: Hilarious update. The impartial OSU-hating media now includes... The Lantern!
There are a few douches in this scenario. The first being Zach Meisel, the Lantern Editor, who first trusted the words of Ray Small and betrayed his own school.
Bruce Hooley, who hosted the early afternoon "Big Show" on 97.1 with Chris Spielman and admittedly was never in the bag for OSU, was removed from the air because he had the temerity to call for harsher punishment for Jim Tressel. Maybe he can move into Kirk Herbstreit's new house in Nashville. http://www.brucehooley.com/Blog.html
I did my final shows Wednesday and Thursday of last week in the aftermath of the press conference at Ohio State announcing head coach Jim Tressel's NCAA violations in the Tattoo-Gate case. My show was pre-empted Friday by Ohio State's opener in the Big Ten Tournament. Late Friday afternoon, my attorney, Bret Adams, received a call telling me not to report to work on Monday. Mr. Van Stone said he wanted to meet with Bret to discuss re-assigning me to other duties. That's when Bret and I suggested we explore a separation that would be satisfactory to both parties.
Let's see how the voluntary five games goes for you, Jimmy.