Where was this miracle nerve repair machine when a certain ulnar nerve needed to be fixed ASAP??
fair point that
Where was this miracle nerve repair machine when a certain ulnar nerve needed to be fixed ASAP??
Funny you should say that. Immediately after the Nebraska game I asked a couple of our surgeon-advisors did they think he'd be back soon and both said in essence "not a chance in hell". Both said that the likelyhood of restoration without signficant rest (as in year) or surgery was extremely small.
Like did he realize that that was a critical step for dominating Michigan or was that just his comfort zone? Does he think Urban is making a mistake by somewhat overlooking Ohio?
Why did you write books about being ethical and upstanding when you were neither?
Say nothing and relentlessly crop dust that man. He will be forced to bask in it. Crop dust him for Michigan.
"Crop dust?" Is that your local area slang for "envelope him in a noxious cloud of your farts?"
I always considerd cropdusting to require walking by someone and farting.
Let's not quibble over semantics. He's breathing fart either way.
Well done. I also recommend Stink Palming him
Cup of cheese!
Jeez people why would you want to represent your school with anything other than the most gracious behavior. It's the OTHER guys who are rude.
Say "it's nice to meet you ". If the conversation naturally steers to football ask the nicest question you can. If you are wearing UM colors/tie and he makes no comment that is a sign he would rather leave the whole thing alone. You're ripping your firm and your school so if that's what he wants that's what you do .
Exactly right. Wear your colors, sure, he will notice that. But the best thing you can do for your colors is to back them up with class, grace, and respect. We can rag on Ohio all we want, because screw those guys, but when it comes to actually interacting with them, you simply have to be the best person you can be. It's just the right thing to do.
1. Do you think the Big Ten should go to 16 teams, and why or why not?
2. Do you approve of the mania for alternate uniforms?
3. Should the conference ditch "Leaders" and "Legends"?
4. Why is high school football in Ohio better than in Michigan?
5. Is Mark Dantonio really that much of a horse's ass in private?
Damn Don those are good. Do you have those questions on a card someplace in your wallet just in CASE you run into Tressel in Bowling Green at the gas station or something?
If Jim Tressel was working at a Bowling Green gas station I would know that God loves Michigan. As it is, I'm not sure.
He's not going to say jack about OSU violations or anything about that.
Ask him what he thinks about the NCAA concept of "amateurism" and the O'Bannon lawsuit? It would be hilarious and ironic if he sided with the Emmerts of the world.
The stories suggestion is a good one. He won't be telling any OSU recruiting stories but I wouldn't be surprised if you can get him to tell some funny recruiting stories about other things. Ask him if he has heard anything about all of the rumors about Ole Mi$$.
If you really want to be ballsy, get a pic of Clarett from the 2002 MNC game and ask him to autograph it.
Don't ask him any questions, tell him you're not familiar with his work. When he says "I coached football at OSU" reply with "Oh, the Bobcats. Nice. I thought Frank Solich coached there."
I would pay good money to see the look on Tressel's face if you said that stuff to him in person. Hilarious.
fired? Check that, retired early?
What would your company do if you refused this "honor" and questioned why they want to associate with a liar and a cheat?
Had no shot at a title, did being honored at the game make you feel any remorse for lying?
Then ask him if he every thought about firing Gordon Gee.
I'd want to ask him what he thought about other coaches, both those he has worked with and those he faced in games and recruiting.
"Was it worth it?"
did you write that book when you knew you were a fraud?
where he hid Jimmy Hoffa.
When I clicked this I was expecting to hear the worst of it but I commend those who post some thought provoking and well rounded questions.
My questions to Tressel would be: Given the ressurgance of Michigan football under Brady Hoke and continued success of Ohio State under Urban Meyer, what are your thoughts on the state of Big Ten football as a whole both within the conference and nationally? Will it shift back to the Big 2 and everyone else? What do you see long term for the quality of competition in the conference as schools try to compete for a berth in the new playoff system?
If you want to bait him, make it sound like you're on his side and incredulous about the whole scandal.
"Don't you think it's funny--I mean funny 'odd' not funny 'haha'--that after all your years at Ohio State the thing they busted you for was some players pawning autographs and memorabilia for tattoos? Jeeze! I mean, Al Capone can relate, amirite?"
But that assumes that none of Ohio's opponents had guys on the team getting free stuff, and that seems hard to believe. Far be it from me to defend Tressel's program, but I do suspect there are a lot of "dirty" programs out there. NCAA enforcement is very random.
Say Jim, is it true that the official that thru the pass interference flag at the very end of the MNC game in 2002, was actually Gordon Gee ?
Get him to talk about how close it was, and then bring up the fact that he had the field replaced the week of the game to slow down the Michigan defense.
Then when the evening is about to end tell him, Bo was right, "you are a snake in the grass!"
Just tell him how much you admire him for handling the burden of being a tragic hero.
You should ask where he thinks Alex Kozan will end up.
For his daughter's number because she's hot.
Ask him if he laments being born with a "Hoo Haa" instead of a "Wee Wee."
Has to be those words verbatim and has to be asked without cracking a smile at all.
Thanks for that.
Got any tattoo parlors for rec?
I side with the polite, civil, innocuous recommendations. Remember, you may have contact with him again in the future. Don's questions seemed particularly good.
I really would let the conversation go where he wants, and do your best to encourage him. For instance, if he starts talking about a story, let him go down that road, and ask him questions that encourage him to continue. Be a good listener and empathizer, smile, be friendly, and let him talk. Don't fawn over him, but definitely be respectful.
Tressel, as has been noted, is a master at obfuscation and deflection, as are all good politicians. Generally, most people like to talk about themselves, but this is probably not the case with Tressel.
It sometimes is the case that if you are open and vulnerable, it encourages the same with the individual you are talking with. To the degree that you are transparent, it helps him to do the same. I wouldn't be surprised about him asking you about your line of work, and also asking you about your experience as a Michigan fan. Be prepared to answer honestly, and use your answers to ask him related questions.
Here's an example. Say you use your business experience to link to Denard's injury. You might say something like, "From doctors on our staff, I knew that with an ulner nerve injury, it was extremely unlikely Denard would come back last year. He was such a unique talent and a joy to watch, with his combination of raw speed and yet the ability to make some passes. How would you compare Denard to the quarterback you had at Ohio State?" This could open a conversation thread.
You could ask him about line play, or about Hoke, or about Mattison.
There's one suggestion above that I personally would ask him about (because I'm a pastor.) I would read his book, and find a more tactful way to ask him about how he applied those principles with the players under his watch, and where that didn't work. If there was a way to do it, I would ask what he would change or do differently.
Step 1: Get a tattoo (if you don't already have one) in an innocuous place
Step 2: Ask if he wants to see your tattoo
Step 3: Show him your new tattoo
(This thread had far too much seriousness, and not as much snark as I expected)
EDIT: And now I want to add, he's a man who coaches football, not just a football coach. I'm sure everyone talks to him about his thoughts on football all the time. He might appreciate it if you tried to explore other topics completely unrelated to football--his previous career, books he's read recently, movies, anything you would normally talk about with someone you just met. I'm sure he's used to it by now, but if I were him I would appreciate not being bombarded with football questions.
Funny you should say that. The first time I met him was leaving a high school academic All-American banquet here in Cleveland in 2000 cause Lloyd was the keynote speaker and he hadnt yet started at OSU (had gotten the job but it was in the springtime).
We ran into each other in the lobby sneaking out early during a video (he had his late mother to take home to Bratenhal and I had my 15 year old son) and both of them had to go to the bathroom so Tressel and I were standing there alone in this giant lobby (place called Landerhaven) - him in his OSU polo and me in my M polo. I shook his hand, said congrats on getting the OSU job and told him I hoped he went 12-1 every year. He said "thanks and I'll take the 12-1 but I dont think I want to lose the one game YOU want me to lose". Then he laughed and we spent about 20 minutes talking about living in hotels on the road, best resturants in Orlando, rental cars and everything BUT football. He was increadibly charming, friendly and engaging and way nicer than he needed to be to a M guy like me.
Should have taken him upstairs. Talk about a man crush.
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID
YOU HELPED WRECK THE PROGRAM
I could just picture that. Awesomeness!
A few years ago I actually had a dream that my wife and I went on a double date with the Tressels. In it, he got really upset because I was heckling him about being a Buckeye and they left dinner early. My wife told me I was rude.
Basically what I'm saying is, don't heckle him or he may leave early, and your wife may give you a good nagging.