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!

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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I Miss Sylvia Plath

Good morning everyone, in sticking with my Saturday Poem sharing I present my favorite Sylvia Plath poem, The Colossus. The poem was released in 1960 as part of a collection called The Colossus and Other Poems. The collection stands as the only selections of poetry Sylvia published before her death at age 30 in 1963.

The poem is full of wonderful imagery that was a hallmark of her work, she had a way of telling you something in her poem but also leaving it to the reader’s own interpretation. My favorite line is ” I crawl like an ant in mourning”

Sylvia was prolific in her short 30 years on the planet, I’d invite you to grab a cup of coffee and pull it close and enjoy this poem and then search out more of her work, she also published a novel, The Bell Jar that has a place among the best American literature. Have a great day and keep reading.

The Colossus

I shall never get you put together entirely,
Pieced, glued, and properly jointed.
Mule-bray, pig-grunt and bawdy cackles
Proceed from your great lips.
It’s worse than a barnyard.
Perhaps you consider yourself an oracle,
Mouthpiece of the dead, or of some god or other.
Thirty years now I have labored
To dredge the silt from your throat.
I am none the wiser.
Scaling little ladders with glue pots and pails of lysol
I crawl like an ant in mourning
Over the weedy acres of your brow
To mend the immense skull plates and clear
The bald, white tumuli of your eyes.
A blue sky out of the Oresteia
Arches above us. O father, all by yourself
You are pithy and historical as the Roman Forum.
I open my lunch on a hill of black cypress.
Your fluted bones and acanthine hair are littered
In their old anarchy to the horizon-line.
It would take more than a lightning-stroke
To create such a ruin.
Nights, I squat in the cornucopia
Of your left ear, out of the wind,
Counting the red stars and those of plum-color.
The sun rises under the pillar of your tongue.
My hours are married to shadow.
No longer do I listen for the scrape of a keel
On the blank stones of the landing.

NBA Award Predictions: Who Will Get Them and Who should Get Them

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. This week capped off another exciting season of the NBA. This season has definitely been one of the best ones to date due to nasty crossovers, crazy buzzer beaters, trades, and some more monstrous dunks. Another exciting part of this season was the Western conference playoff picture took until the last day to finally get its form. However, one thing most people get excited about, myself included, is the individual awards. Even though I argue with most of the selections, it is kind of hard to argue who gets them. With that being said, lets get to it.

MVP: James Harden

Harden is definitely having his best season to date. Harden is averaging 30.4 PPG, 8.8 APG, and 5.4 RPG. Harden has also led his team to a 1 seed in the very competitive Western Conference with the help of teammates Chris Paul and Clint Capella. This may be the best season he will ever have, but I do not believe he deserves the MVP and may have the took the largest L ever with his new shoes…

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Who Should Win the MVP: LeBron James

Yup. Go ahead. Call me a bitch, bias, or whatever you have to say. LeBron is the heart and soul of the NBA and puts up MVP numbers every single season. James is averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds. Another thing is. the award is the most valuable player. This means valuable to his team. Without James, the Cavs would have had no shot in making the playoffs, while the Rocket would have been fine due to the other superstar they have. The only reason James has not received this award every year is because we come to expect this from him year in and year out.

Defensive Player of the Year and Who Should Win it: Rudy Gobert

One of my personal favorites in the NBA. Gobert works his ass off for the Jazz and does not receive any love. Gobert is averaging 13.5 points, 2.3 blocks, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assist. The seven footer is a physical specimen and affects any shot in the paint. I strongly believe his presence is helping the Jazz to this very successful season.

Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons

Simmons is the next LeBron James. They play extremely similar and even work out together, and is personally the reason why I think the 76ers will acquire James this off-season. Simmons is averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assist, and 1.7 steals in his “rookie” season. Notice I quoted rookie due to the fact that is 100% bullshit he is considered a rookie, but still he is killing it.

Who Should Win Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell

Here is who should be your rookie of the year. A guy at the beginning of the season I honestly did not have a shot to win it. Mitchell is averaging 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assist, and 1.5 steals per game in his true rookie season. Don’t get me wrong, in terms of who I want on a team, it is Simmons. However, Simmons has had a year of training with a NBA team and it is an advantage no doubt. I know Mitchell would agree with me due to his infamous hoodie.

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Most Improved Player of the Year and Who Should Win it: Victor Oladipo

Oladipo did something the NBA superstar, Paul George (salty), could not. He turned the Pacers into a playoff team and can be a huge threat to the Cavs. Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assist, and 2.4 steals per game as compared to 15.9, 4.3, 2.6, and 1.2 last season. Just wish he would have turned into this monster in Oklahoma…

What do you think? Who deserves the awards previously mentioned? Let us know down in the comments! As always thank you for joining me for another Friday and remember to stay tuned for fresh daily content from myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew!

 

MAC Weekly Waves 26: Headbangers and Sofa Throwers

This week’s playlist was curated by @coryedwards50 then ordered by @kazm33 and created by me. The idea is the playlist is gonna make you wanna throw a sofa out a window and head bang with your house on fire. The playlist progressively gets more and more aggressive if you play it in order, if you don’t its still gonna be great to play at your next mosh pit.

Stopping for Death with Emily D.

Good Saturday to you all, today I’ll share another of my favorite poems with you. It’s Because I Could Not Stop For Death by Emily Dickinson. This poem was published in 1890 after Emily’s death. She was not a known poet in her life time, she came for a very wealthy family that were apparent pillars of the community. Emily was often thought of as ecentric and probably a little weird which makes you love her even more. She was known to wear mostly white and keep to herself and write. As she grew older she about became a complete recluse and rarely left her room. When she died her younger sister found 1800 poems that Emily had written. She was first published posthumously in 1890 by some acquaintances, although grossly over edited from the original work. Emily didn’t title her poems, and her puncuation and sentence structure was wild and free roaming. Her early publishers didn’t trust her instinct and I assume they mansplaned editing and poetry and made some cash selling bastardized, but still great poetry. Scholar Thomas Johnson would find and return Dickinson’s work to her original writing and publish a collection as she intended in 1955.

Here is my favorite Emily Dickinson poem as she intended, Number 479.

Because I could not stop for Death – (479)

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.
We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –
We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –
Or rather – He passed Us –
The Dews drew quivering and Chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –
We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –
Since then – ’tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity –