What I learned About the Quarterback Battle at Ohio State

Hello everybody, and welcome back to the Mid-American page. Last week, I got to travel to Columbus with my gorgeous girlfriend to watch my team, THE Ohio State Buckeyes’ spring game. Many people are aware that in the past Ohio State has definitely had their share of tough picks for starting quarterback. Well this year, I believe, will be the hardest. This year, the Buckeyes have three QBs who look and have proved that they are ready to go.

Tate Martell

Yes, I got to meet THE Tate Martell and I’m still stoked about it. However, that’s not the point here. Martell started for Team Scarlet and made plays all games that left you wondering why he wasn’t playing last year. Martell has elite athleticism and a pretty good arm that would be perfect in the Ohio State system. Martell seems to struggle with decision making, and that may hurt late in a big game. Martell is ready to go, and I think he would be perfect for the offense.

Dwayne Haskins

This guy should have, honestly, started last year over J.T. This kid is not the typical QB you would see in an Ohio State system. Haskins is a pro-style QB who reminds me of a more mobile Cardale Jones. Haskins has more arm talent than any QB going in the draft this year, and he’ll make one NFL team extremely happy. I truly do not see any risk with him, other than potential system issues. We have seen Haskins in big game situations…. and, well, you can ask that team up north how good he is in crunch time 😉

Joe Burrow

An Ohio State fan favorite, former Mr. Football in Ohio Joe Burrow was a highly recruited dual-threat QB that most have forgotten about due to his injury last year. Well, he reminded everybody who he was in the spring game. Burrow showed both leadership and that he can make any throw on the field. Burrow reminds me of J.T Barret (before he sucked). What adds to this battle is that if Burrow doesn’t start, we may lose him. Burrow has been there for three years and feels that he is more than ready.

Who Would I Pick?

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It is truly a shame that there isn’t a way to combine all three of them and make the best QB the world has ever seen. While I love what Martell brings to the table, I do not think the maturity is there yet despite him making several strides forward. Burrow, Ohio loves you, and we want you to stay, but I do not think your threats make your skills look more appealing. With all that being said, I think your starter come September 1st will be Dwayne Haskins. Haskins has proven time and time again he is ready. He is cool, calm, and collected as they come. If he does well this year, you best believe he will be in next years draft.

What do you all think? Who do you think should take the reins of this explosive Ohio State offense? Let us know down in the comments! Always, thank you for tuning in on this fine Friday. Stay tuned for more fresh daily content from myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew!

How Does a TV Channel Launch?

The current gamut of television channels seems to have reached the point where all genres and interests are now covered. Drama, comedy, animation, and reality all have bases on various channels. However, these channels had to come from somewhere, and it can be interesting to see where they came from and how they launched. Thanks to YouTube (this seems to be a trend in my articles), TV channel launches can be relived. I think they’re interesting, so I decided to talk about them. Continue reading “How Does a TV Channel Launch?”

A Gem of 1950’s Television

Earlier in the week, I was watching videos of some of the greatest speeches in history, because I am a nerd. However, after a video of Robert F. Kennedy’s announcement and subsequent speech regarding the assassination of MLK (which, if you’re interested in such a thing, is a must-watch speech), I stumbled upon something entirely different. In the list of suggested videos, I was enticed to click on a video titled “Last Witness to President Abraham Lincoln Assassination I’ve Got A Secret”. To my surprise, it was a clip from a 1950’s gameshow called I’ve Got A Secret.

I was immediately hooked. I found the premise of the show, as well as the retro 1950’s television style to be immensely entertaining. The basic premise of the show is that a contestant with some sort of secret or quirk is brought out by the host, and their secret is subsequently told to the host and the audience. Following this revelation, a panel of four people (whom, based on my research, are all relatively famous personalities from that era) ask the guest simple yes or no questions regarding their secret in an attempt to guess what it is. Each panelist is timed, and following the questioning period of each panelist, the contestant is rewarded with $20 until their secret is guessed, or until each panelist has had the opportunity to question them, resulting in a total potential winnings of $80.

The host and panel of I’ve Got A Secret are a huge part of what makes the show so entertaining. During its nearly 15 year lifespan, the show had a number of hosts and panelists. My personal favorite lineup consists of Garry Moore as host, with a panel of Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, and Faye Emerson. Their back and forth banter and witty personalities make for some of the show’s best content. It is worth mentioning that Betsy Palmer is also a fairly entertaining panelist. However, based on what I have seen, a lineup consisting of anyone else is inferior comparted to the one mentioned above. They make for the most entertaining episodes by a long shot.

 

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Cast: Host (standing) Garry Moore, Panel (seated from left to right) Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Faye Emerson

 

 

There are many different aspects of I’ve Got A Secret that make it so entertaining. On the surface, it is a fun game show. The very nature of the guessing game makes it very fun to watch. But beyond that, the show is downright fascinating. It provides a glimpse into American culture from a time before many of us (or even our parents) were alive. Things were so much different in the 1950’s. I’ve Got a Secret is a prime example of both the good and bad of 1950’s culture and society. Much of the fun in the viewing of this show is comparing and contrasting the differences between then and now. For much of the show’s run, its primary sponsor was Winston Cigarettes. Not only is the show littered with Winston advertisements (something that would never fly today), but a carton of Winston cigarettes were given to each contestant in most of the clips I have found. This could absolutely never happen today. As a matter of fact, in one clip, which I was unfortunately unable to find again to put in this article, host Garry Moore gave a carton of Winstons to his guests, who were two small boys who couldn’t have been more than 12 years old. While he did tell them to be sure that they gave them to their dads, could you imagine if a television host today handed two small children cartons of cigarettes? It is small cultural differences like this that make the show so interesting. If you can look past the occasional comment that could be deemed as sexist or inappropriate by today’s standards, the show has great entertainment value.

 

I would highly recommend the show to anyone who thinks they might be interested in this glimpse of 50’s culture. There are literally dozens upon dozens of clips from the show available on YouTube. All you have to do is search “I’ve Got A Secret” and you will be provided with hours of quality content. Just make sure you have plenty of free time before you start watching. I have spent hours watching clips and full episodes of I’ve Got a Secret since I discovered it.

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