About MotSaG

Men of the Scarlet and Gray is a site dedicated to Ohio sports, particularly those fine teams of The Ohio State University. We don’t claim to be analysts or journalists, nor do we claim to be unbiased. We’re just fans looking for an avenue to express our fan-dom. Maybe we’ll say something wise from time to time, maybe we’ll be entertaining from time to time, but probably not very often. Thanks for stopping by.

Commenting Guidelines

All posts are generally open to free comment, and in fact we encourage everyone to join in the discussion.

We’re always up for a good natured ribbing at the hands of other fans; we like to do that ourselves (by the way, that reminds us: Welcome to you SEC and UM fans, and how did you figure out how to use the Internet to get this far?). But if your comment is vulgar, racist, explicit, abusive, or otherwise ignorant trolling, it will be deleted with extreme prejudice and you’ll be invited to try again. If you’re just going to be dumb or moronic, your comment will be altered to make you look stupid and you will be mocked for your moronity.

About the MotSaG’rs

Some of the bloggers here at Men of the Scarlet and Gray go by alternate ID’s (egos?) at the site for no other reason than sometime anonymity is a good thing. Here’s a little bit about the bloggers at the site:

El Kaiser
Tony is an alum of the Ohio State University’s College of Engineering (2000 BSECE and 2003 MSEE) which means he is a gigantic NERD (can’t spell geek without “EE”!). He has been watching the Bucks since he was a wee lad. He fights crime and pwns n00bs as his alter ego, the Buttonmasher.

The sportsMonkey occasionally leaps from his cage at monkeyPi.net to post here at MotSaG.

Sylvester Yon-Rambo
Jeremiah is a proud member of Buckeye Nation. I did not attend Ohio State except for a short stint at OSU-ATI where I studied Golf Course Design and Management. I count myself as a fan since 1983. My greatest moment as a Buckeye was my first game in the ‘Shoe in 1995 I saw OSU beat Illinois and watched Eddie George run for 314 yards in the single greatest rushing game in OSU history. I cry openly every time I hear TBDBITL and when I am within 100 feet of Ohio Stadium.

Andrew Chirico
Andrew was born and still lives in New Jersey. Andrew will be a freshman at Washington College this upcoming fall. Became an Ohio State fan as a young boy since his mom goes to Ohio for business. Brought home some Ohio State shirts for him and he just fell in love with the program. Joined the Motsag team a little over a year ago. He likes to write about recruiting and about Ohio State athletics (mostly football and basketball). Give him a follow on twitter @bucknut22 or add him on facebook- Andrew Chirico. He enjoys meeting new Buckeye fans!! Go bucks!!

Andy Urbanski
Andy was born and raised in the great state of Ohio and graduated from THE university in 2013. Buckeye fan his entire life, Andy decided to give this whole writing thing a shot for the first time (Fisher College of Business Kid) and the Buckeyes are about the only thing he believes worth writing about. Andy’s a fan of bourbon and beers, so his posts may or may not be written under the influence. Cheers and Go Bucks

Bobby Hall
It’s hard to remember when the Buckeyes became such a big part of my life. It’s easy to say that they have turned into a borderline addiction. I grew up in the Dover – New Philadelphia area of Ohio where being an Ohio State fan is not a choice…it’s a must!

In 2013, I graduated from Muskingum University and have since been in the heavy equipment sales industry . The territory I am responsible for is in eastern ohio along the ohio river. There is no question though, besides my wife and beautiful baby girl, OSU football is my passion!

Brad Pettiford
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Brad graduated from Miami University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, before earning a master’s degree in sport management from Ohio State. He has worked in the communications/PR field for more than seven years, with three years dedicated to athletic communications. Before transitioning to corporate communications, Brad was an SID at the University of Toledo. He now lives in the Metro Detroit area and is a proud ambassador of Buckeye Nation in The State Up North.

Chip Minnich
In 1995, Chip was fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to volunteer as a recruiting assistant for The Ohio State University. The volunteer opportunity led to a paid internship in the summer of 1996 within the scouting department of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Chip’s scouting days have long ended, yet Chip’s love of Ohio State football remains strong as ever. Chip is grateful to contribute to MOTSAG whenever possible during football season, as Chip believes all of the other sports are merely filler time until football season resumes. Chip is a happily married man, with three beautiful children who have wondered why their father refused to purchase gas when the family took a summer vacation to a certain state that Chip refused to call by name.

Christopher Owens
Chris was born in Cincinnati as a half Buckeye, half Tennessee Volunteer. The Buckeye half won out, mainly due to watching the 2002 season with his Ohio State and TBDBITL alumni father. Growing up in Knoxville, TN, aka SEC country, Chris learned to sharpen his wits and also ignore fans who cheer for their conference when their team stinks. He is a student at The Ohio State University set to graduate in December with a degree in Marketing and a minor in German. He can be found on twitter @BigDaddyChrisO where he tweets about just about anything.

Garth Gartrell
Now entering what could perhaps be called a second career, Garth is a graduate of OSU and Harvard Law School. He has authored three books, identified in “America’s Best Lawyers” for over 20 years and taught law at the University of San Diego School of Law. From Westerville he was a Central Ohio wrestling champion and has been a Buckeye football season ticket holder since law school. He has written on sports quite frequently, previously as a beat reporter covering the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors and more recently for Motsag, covering football, wrestling and basketball (especially for the Cleveland Cavaliers). His articles have been picked up by numerous outlets and for 2014-15 he has been asked to be the official writer for Ohio State Wrestling.

Joston Da Grava
Joston was late to the game in becoming a Buckeye fan. Growing up near Pittsburgh in the early 90’s there were only three things: Steeler football, Penguin hockey, and that thing once known as Pirate baseball. It wasn’t until after watching the national championship win over Miami in 2003 that Joston became enamored with the Scarlet and Gray. After moving to Columbus to attend OSU, the veins that had once been full of black and gold now ran rampant with the colors of the Buckeyes. When asked by his Pittsburghian father how such a change could have occurred so quickly, his response was simple: “It is one thing to be a fan. It is a far different thing to be a member.” During his four years at Ohio State Joston never missed a game and rarely missed a moment. He is proud to say that he has been in the murky waters of Mirror Lake four times and never regrets it for a moment. He believes there is no better tradition in the sport of football than the Dotting of the ‘i’ and will fight any man, woman, or child who dare to challenge that belief. Joston graduated from Ohio State in 2009 with his now wife Michele. They live in northeast Ohio where they impatiently await the arrival of their first little Buckeye at the end of 2015.

Justin Golba
Even though I grew up in Maryland, I have always had scarlet and gray in my blood due to my father being an OSU alum. I currently attend Kent State University but still rep OSU proudly. My favorite buckeye of all time is Brian Hartline and my favorite moment as a fan is when number one ranked OSU beat the number 2 ranked TTUN and the game that won Troy Smith the Heisman that year.

Kade Jetland
Born in a puddle of gasoline, this rustic gentlemen began forging his love affair with Ohio State in the late 80’s. In the scenic Hudson Vally of upstate New York, robbed of a decent college football team to watch, Kade began watching Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten. Later in life his brother attended THE Ohio State University and received an OSU hat/shirt/sweat shirt every Christmas since, thus fortifying his devotion to The Buckeyes. His first game was in 2002 vs. Michigan, where he stood sideways for nearly 4 hours watching The Buckeyes beat Michigan to go to the National Championship Game. He has a near legendary hatred for Penn State and believes bacon is a vegetable.

Mark Cerimele
Mark is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and sits on the board of the The Ohio State Alumni Association of Greater Cleveland. He is a passionate college football/basketball fan who follows all teams/conferences but bleeds scarlet and gray. He also works with Phil Steele publications covering college football in addition to his full-time job. Mark’s favorite sports figure of all time is Jim Tressel who resides in Mark’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. On Saturdays during the college football season you can find Mark at The Shoe, random college football stadiums, or on his couch watching multiple games on several different TVs. Wherever he may be, he doesn’t want to be bothered on Saturdays in the fall (or during college basketball season for that matter).

Mark Prine
The year is 2005 and I am a seventh grader at Dunbar Middle School in Mobile, Alabama. Like many young boys I was an avid sports fan and I looked forward to Saturday mornings in the fall, so I could wake up bright and early; just to watch college game day and see who was playing who. There was a team from Ohio that I wasn’t very familiar with, that played smash mouth football and hard nose defense(which Iove). Guys with names like James Laurinaitis, Ross Homan, Thaddeus Gibson, Doug Worthington and Vernon Gholston were always flying around like mad men with reckless abandon. To me it was perfect football and that was all I need to know. The Ohio State was officially “my team” which I love.

Nate Burns
Nate is a proud 2014 graduate of THE Ohio State University and has loved the Buckeyes since birth. Born and raised in Tiffin, Ohio he grew up living and breathing Buckeye Football. Some of his first memories include the 1997 Rose Bowl win over Arizona State and the 2002 National Championship season. Absolutely hates TTUN and the SEC machine. Enjoys discussing the state of Buckeye recruiting, especially the top prospects we are pursuing. Being very passionate about his beloved sport, he can talk about college football all day, no matter what time of year it is. In his free time, he loves spending time with his family, friends, and beautiful girlfriend. Feel free to send him a tweet to discuss any Buckeye (or any sports for that matter) topic at @SC_Bucks

Phil Schoch
Phil escaped the hard scrabble streets of Minster, Ohio in 1990 to pursue the Buckeye dream. After maxing out his Freshman Forgiveness, he hung up his black British Knights and bib-overall shorts (one flap down), got serious and got diploma’d as a Buckeye on St. Patrick’s Day, 1995. He later swiped a Master’s Degree from Ashland University in 2000. He has spent the last twenty years of his alleged adulthood as a middle school teacher. He now drives a mini van, lives in Worthington and coaches 1st grade soccer, basketball and baseball.

When asked about the most important week of the year, he responded, “I went school during the Copper years. Those were bitter, gray holidays and winters. I still get paranoid in November. My guts churn endlessly during Michigan Week. I know the ghost of 2-10-1 lurks. I know the demon of Michigan 1969 is poised, perhaps wearing khaki.”

Ray Casola
Been a die hard Buckeye fan since the day I was born! My favorite Buckeye memory was the 1997 Rose Bowl win over Arizona St. That game forever stamped my love for not just Ohio State football, but football in general. I am an alum of St. Edward High School where I played football and also coached for two years. Along with St. Eds, I also spent 6 years coaching at Elyria Catholic high school so my love for football at all levels runs deep. As a Cleveland Browns season ticket holder, I clearly have a good sense of humor. I also believe the best answer to a question you don’t know the answer to is always “Because I couldn’t go for three”.

Richard Tongahan Jr
Richard is a humble and proud member of The Buckeye Nation. I have been proudly serving our great nation and have put in 10 years and counting. I love the Buckeyes and have been a dedicated fan since 2005. my fondest memory was last years title run. I am originally from Guam and I have a beautiful with of 10 years, two lovely daughters and a son on the way. I love hearing that Buckeye Swag song at the end of games and I am looking forward to our teams future. Go Bucks!

Ronnie Glickman
Ronnie was born and raised in Petersburg, VA. He lived in Columbus for a little over a year and fell in love with the program, university, and the fan base around the age of 19, so around 4 years ago. Proud alumnus of Old Dominion University, but a die hard Buckeye fan through and through. Favorite memory as a Buckeye fan (so far) was being able to meet Jim Tressel in his office at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. He enjoys writing about Buckeye recruiting, X’s and O’s, and will rant about anything sports related on my Twitter page @RonnieGlickman.

Ryan Black
Ryan was born and raised in Columbus Ohio. Ryan hasn’t missed a football game since the year 2000 after he was forced to take a golf class by his mother (still bitter). Didn’t end up going to Ohio State, but that doesn’t bother him really. Father played a few years of baseball at OSU, and he grew to love this university because of him. He is marrying an Ohio State grad in 3 days! What is she thinking? He loves ranting about basketball and football and he honestly doesn’t believe Ohio State has ever been outplayed. He always has an excuse or a coordinator to blame. Yea He’s that guy. He loves beer. The good stuff, nothing snooty.

Shannon Sommers
Shannon is a graduated from the school of hard knocks currently working on his PhD. Wishing he was an alum of the prestigious Ohio State he chose to join the United State Naval Seabees. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio and has been subjugated to decades of abuse and torture being a Cleveland fan and living through the dreaded Cooper era, I find each day going forward is easier to deal with since it is one day closer to seeing multiple championships for my beloved Buckeyes, Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers. I like to find myself bragging about being a cancer survivor because well I am lucky but I also like to have fun with it. Remember fellas check your boys monthly so if you find something strange get it checked out catch it early and be like me lucky. Hit me up on the twitters and we can talk sports or even politics but i’m sure you wont like what I have to say and yes I am always right just ask my wife!!!! Love being a part of Buckeye Nation and stop tweeting to recruits when they don’t pick tOSU thats creepy and hey they are afraid of hard work.

Stephan Sharp
Stephan is a life-long Ohio State fan, having grown up in the great state of Ohio. Despite going to college in Indiana at Ball State (chirp chirp), his first allegiance to the Buckeyes never wavered. Along with Ohio State, his sports fandom lies in Cincinnati with the Bengals and Reds. Go ahead and give him a follow on Twitter, @StephanSharp, for Ohio sports takes and some sarcasm along the way.

Wes Patterson
Wes was born and raised in Northeast Kentucky, about 5 minutes from Ohio. As a kid, a few of his parents’ friends would bring him Ohio State memorabilia, and from there, his Ohio State fandom took off. Living in Kentucky, he constantly hears praises of “BBN”, so one of his favorite things to do is talk to them and provide facts on how superior OSU athletics are compared to UK’s. He loves meeting true Ohio State fans, and hearing any interesting stories they have. Go Bucks!

Emeritus Bloggers


Bacon Ninja
Air Force Veteran, philanthropist, and man-about-town, Bacon Ninja is an Ohio State graduate (BA Arabic, 2005) and current MBA student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. If the occasional gratuitous F-bomb doesn’t bother you, catch up with him at Not Dead Ninja Storage.

Alexis Chassen
Alexis is a Columbus native, born and raised. She graduated with a BA in Strategic Communications from THE Ohio State University in 2009, and continues to work for the University’s Medical Center; she can see the stadium from her office window (which may or may not be the reason she took the position). She takes team loyalty VERY seriously and trash talking is one of her favorite parts of football season. Follow her on twitter: @LovelyBuckeye — Go Bucks!

Chris Kuhner
Chris is a proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University (formerly College) and a true Buckeye fan. He grew up in Texas and let everyone there know of his affinity for Ohio State from a young age. Chris visited Ohio State every summer growing up and made sure he could “sneak” into the ‘Shoe for a peak. The love affair has only gotten deeper since then. One of Chris’ fondest memories as a youngster was hanging out with Coach Tressel on the field at Ohio Stadium. Additionally, Chris claims no one can out talk him when it comes to Buckeye recruiting. Many have tried, but no one has succeeded.

Christopher Williams
Chris is a Buckeyes fan who lives in the heart of SEC country. Surrounded by, and related to, Alabama and Auburn fans, he lets his love for the Buckeyes shine through the crimson, white, orange, and blue that paints the horizon in Huntsville, Alabama. He’s passionate about college football as a whole and he keeps up with as much of it as possible. He loves to talk about college football, Buckeyes or otherwise, so feel free to send him a tweet @cdubisms, a Facebook post, or even an email christopher.williams77@gmail.com. Go Buckeyes! O-H-I-O!

Jacob Seymour
Jacob Seymour was born and raised in Columbus. A future Ohio State alum He bleeds scarlet and grey, but is also a realist. Loves scouting and creating NFL Mock drafts. Loves telling SEC fans and the country the truth about the SEC. A dominate fantasy football player and loves bragging about it. Questions about the NFL, College Football, or Fantasy Football tweet him @Seyms23 and give him a follow.

Josh Schott
Josh is a loud and proud Buckeye fan. In just his second season of being a fan of the Buckeyes, Ohio State went 14-0 and shocked the nation by defeating Miami to win the National Title. He absolutely loathes the SEC, almost as much as he hates TTUN. He once hated Urban Meyer with the passion of a thousand suns, but now he does no wrong in his eyes. When he’s not watching Ohio State, he’s watching his beloved Cleveland Indians come up short and crush his heart every season. Also likely to rant about something on Twitter at least once a week during college football season.

Mike Rockstedt
Michael Rockstedt is currently studying at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an avid Buckeye fan and has been following recruiting the past 4 years. He really does not like Michigan at all and also does not root for Florida, LSU, or USC. His favorite player of all time is Beanie Wells. When he is not being a recruiting analyst, he is at the beach, studying for his classes. He is studying to be an accountant and hopes to have a good job.

YNBA graduated from Ohio State in 1998 with degrees in Economics & Computer Science.  This means he is the “Old Man in the MotSaG Club.”  He lives out in the Seattle area and appreciates 9AM Big Tweleven football like no other.  He also tortures himself by supporting Liverpool and the Cleveland Indians.