The Fickell Finger Of Fate

What a difference a few games — or maybe even one pass — can make!  After Ohio State lost a home game to Michigan State by the grim score of 10-7, then blew a big lead and lost at Nebraska, the Buckeye Nation was ready to run head coach Luke Fickell out of town on a rail.  Now that the Buckeyes have beaten undefeated Illinois and downed mighty Wisconsin on an improbable, last-second pass from Braxton Miller, Columbus is abuzz with talk about whether Coach Fickell should be hired permanently.

A labor economist would tell you that, in making a hiring decision, you need to consider the knowledges, skills, attributes, and other characteristics that are required to do the job well.  The head football coach at one of the nation’s premier college programs obviously must know about football, but there’s a lot more that also is required.  Can he recruit talented players?  Can he run a clean program that avoids the NCAA embarrassment that has bedeviled the Buckeyes for the past year?  Can he motivate his players, coach them up to higher levels of performance, and figure out how they can best help the team?  Can he impress and inspire when he speaks to the news media, the boosters, and the small-town touchdown clubs?

Luke Fickell was dealt a horrible hand when he took over the Ohio State program and began the season with the distraction of ongoing NCAA issues and with his best offensive player and the core of his offensive unit unavailable.  He’s played the hand reasonably well, but there is still a lot of the story of the Buckeyes’ 2011 season yet to be written.  After the regular season is over, there will be plenty of time for reflection and consideration of whether Coach Fickell really has the qualities we want in our head football coach.

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A Recarpeting Realization

Our firm is being recarpeted.  Somewhere, someone decided that our old, bland office carpeting needs to be replaced by new, bland office carpeting. It’s being done overnight, office by office and floor by floor.

This means that all of the furniture in each office must be moved out so new carpet can be laid down.  More importantly — from the standpoint of the officeholder, anyway — it also means that every book, picture frame, desk toy, and scrap of paper that has been resting comfortably atop every desk, credenza, chair, and table also must be moved out.  Last night was my recarpeting night, so I’ve been in the box-up zone for the last few days.

A few observations from this experience:  First, dust is an amazing thing.  Once you start exposing hard-to-reach areas, you realize how much dust there is in the world.  Where does it come from?  If we didn’t have a nightly cleaning crew, everything in my office would be covered by an inches-thick layer of dust.

Second, how much of the stuff in your office do you even use?  I have shelves and a credenza lined with books.  In the pack-up period, I saw books, like my law books from school, that were dust-covered and adhered to each other, cover to cover, because they hadn’t been moved or opened in years.  I obviously don’t need them and — unlike photos of Kish and the boys — they don’t add much to the office atmosphere.  They once seemed solid and impressive with their solemn, thick covers; now it seems silly to keep them around.

In short, you don’t realize how much debris you’ve accumulated until you have to move it — and then you wonder why in the world you have it in the first place.

To All Webnerhouse Readers

I think that Bob would agree with me that one of the fun things about the family blog is that even when I am not blogging I like scrolling down through the comments that readers take the time to make. A special thanks goes out to Elroy Jones and Mike N who have made the bulk of the comments on Webnerhouse.

Our longest comment was from Mizuno Girl who took the time to make the following comment to Bob’s blog on the Supreme Court deciding whether or not the Healthcare Reform Act is or is not constitutional –

I’m a huge fan of the Healthcare Reform Act and I actually do wish that much of Obama’s healthcare policies had come to pass. You see I am an emergency room nurse and I see patients each and every day who have no access to healthcare. They attempt to use the emergency room for all sorts of things. We can help many of them, but a guy came in the other day who had a sore throat for four months and it turned out to be a tumor. Unfortunately we can’t treat a tumor in the emergency room. Of course he had no insurance and said he would have gone to the doctor much sooner had he been able to. Had he done so the tumor would have been much smaller and probably quite easy to treat.

So we see this which is disheartening and then we are required to see people who arrive complaining that their left toe has been hurting for ten minutes. I sure would love it if we could try to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all. I am not sure why it has to be such an inflammatory issue. I mean we are supposed to be an advanced country aren’t we ? I think I would rather pay a bit more in taxes to support affordable healthcare, but I suppose I am in the minority. As Americans I know we are said to give generously to charity, but at times we sure can be selfish.

Thanks Mizuno Girl for taking the time to put down your thoughts in writing and giving us some food for thought – we very much appreciate it !