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Dave Thurman (5:02 pm) @DThurman7

All good things must come to an end.  I'm not much of a philosopher but I have found those words to be true.  And so it is that The Silver Bullet bows out after a wonderful five year journey.

In January, 2008, Drew came up with the idea that we begin a Father-Son Ohio State blog, centered mostly on football.  The Buckeyes had just lost to LSU in the national championship game, and Drew and I were both frustrated with some of the things being written by the national media, to say nothing of silly comments made by a few Buckeye fans via social media.  Drew thought that an OSU blog would be fun, would allow us to vent a little, and be a great way for father and son to share together.  At the time he was in Cincinnati finishing his schooling.  Neither of us had any clue that he would wind up in Arizona for three years, causing us to be separated by 2000 miles.  During that time, working on the blog allowed us to stay closely in touch as we talked pretty much every day by phone.  It also helped Drew stay connected to his Midwest roots and his love for Ohio State.  When he got married nearly two years ago, Drew's wife found out what my lovely spouse already knew: as long as father and son discussed the Buckeyes and had an avenue to share their passionate thoughts, she didn't have to deal with all the ranting.  In that regard, our wives may not be too happy that we are now signing off!


 
 
 
 
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This is easily the most important game of the year for Buckeye Nation, so we thought we would add a little fun to the mix here at The Silver Bullet. 

We are offering a black and white script Ohio t-shirt and the script Ohio hoodie (white script on gray zip-up hoodie) - retail value of $81 for the person that comes the closest to predicting the final score of the big game Saturday. 

The contest is sponsored by the good folks over at Garage Cotton.  If you are unfamiliar, Garage Cotton is a midwest-focused clothing company that makes quite possibly the softest hoodies and tee shirts on the planet.  The company is run by some diehard Buckeye fans and you should definitely check out them out if you haven't (via Facebook or Twitter).  

On top of all of that they've thrown in an added bonus! To help our readers out with their holiday shopping, they are offering free shipping through the end of the year when you enter the code SILVERBULLET at checkout. A big thank you to Garage Cotton for all of this. 

Okay here are the rules:

  • Must be 18 years or older to enter. 
  • Email must be included when you submit your score (Submit your score by filling out the comment section on THIS blog post). 
  • Only one comment/entry per person. Duplicate scores do not count, so do not predict a score someone else already has entered. 
  • Deadline for this contest is kickoff of the game on Saturday. 

 
 
Braxton was spotted today on campus in his Halloween costume...
 
 
Many of you know Ken Kohl, one of our former bloggers here at The Silver Bullet. Ken's writing showed his huge passion for all things Ohio State, but he also used this platform to make Buckeye Nation aware of some great causes and ways to pay it forward. We recently got an email from Ken about a situation hitting his family close to home, and we wanted to pass it on to make you aware of a way you can step up in a big way. Check out Ken's comments below:

Dave, Drew;

That was some game Saturday, wasn’t it? The good news (the win) got even better (Braxton deemed symptom-free) as the day wore on. Unfortunately, the news was tempered a good bit.

To shorten the story a good bit, I found out yesterday afternoon that my cousin who lives with her family in the Columbus area, Kim Roper, has had a recurrence of her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. She has no siblings, so that type of match is out of the question.

There is an appeal for people to be tested, and hopefully able to be in a position to donate. Information is on this website for information. Hopefully, your readers, the BBN community and Buckeye nation can be of help. Thanks for giving me the blog space.

Regards,

Ken

 
 
The Silver Bullet Staff (8:43 am)

Our very own Michael Chung has just started a new gig over at the-Ozone covering recruiting. We could not be more excited for him, and we are proud to call him an alumnus of The Silver Bullet. While you may see him around from time to time, his new home will be over there. Make sure to go over and check out his first piece and drop him a quick note of encouragement. 
 
 
Here at The Silver Bullet, we are always trying to find ways to improve what we are doing and get more content out to readers. That desire has driven us to make another addition to our webpage, a forum.

Our goal is not to try and compete with some of the other message boards that are hot spots for Ohio State fans, but rather to create a place for more community as well as more updates from our team of writers. First, we hope that our forum will become a community for fans to make their voice heard and contribute to the hot topics on our blog. Many of you have great perspectives and are on top of the latest news, and we want you to help drive the content on our forum. Secondly, we want to create a place for more content from the bloggers on our team. On our current platform we can only put up blog posts, which hinders us from contributing to every news item. So as a team, we look forward to keeping you up to date with recruiting, football, basketball, and sports news on a more consistent basis.

So please take the time to check out the new addition by clicking the "Forum" tab above or clicking here. Signing up for an account is very painless, and you can actually do so through some of the other accounts you already use such as Twitter, Facebook and Google, or you can through Weebly and have the same username when commenting on blog posts. If you have any issues, please contact us. Hope you enjoy...
 
 
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Dave Thurman (12:40 pm)

Our good friend Ken Kohl has had a rough week, losing his neighbor to cancer (which hits close to home for Ken, who is a cancer survivor himself).  Yesterday, he jotted down his thoughts, which carry a very powerful and poignant reminder to live in the now and cherish every moment.  I have posted Ken's reflections below, and with him, wish all of our dads a Happy Father's Day.

My little world was rocked this week with the passing of my neighbor and very good friend, Mark, from a very aggressive form of cancer. I remember the day back in September when his wife came across the street to tell us that he had just been diagnosed with ‘C’ in Stage 4 that had already begun to metastasize into the bones. At that point, the clock had been ticking.

I last talked with him at length just before Easter. They (Mark, wife, two daughters) were going to spend some time in Florida over Easter break, just to get a “change of scenery”. While in Florida, he had a flare up, and came home early to be hospitalized. After two months in various institutions (hospital, physical therapy, hospice, hospital again) he was sent home the first week in June, because nothing could be done for him at that point. Compounding the problem was that spinal tumors had impinged upon the spinal cord, rendering him immobile.

A couple days after coming home, finally, my wife and I stopped over to see him; he was easy to catch, sitting in his wheelchair reading the newspaper. He had always been on the lean side, now he was gaunt.

He took it to the end, battling the scourge his way until he ran out of energy and will. He was at home, at peace and with family. He went out on his terms. He leaves behind a lovely supportive wife and two beautiful (in every sense of the word) daughters. He was a gregarious person, a good golf companion, and a greater person. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

If you are a father, or a son/daughter, this weekend highlights what the important things are in life. Mark, wherever you are, have a great Father’s Day.

Our prayers go out to Mark's family, to Ken, and to all impacted by this loss.  Having lost my dad to cancer, I know how desperately we need to find a cure, and how important it is to tell those we care about how much we love them while we can.  Happy Father's Day from TSB!

 
 
It has been an absolutely crazy year for the Buckeyes and for us personally. Thanks for your support through the good times and the bad in 2011, and for making us one of your online Buckeye destinations. We hope you enjoy this holiday season with family and friends. Merry Christmas!
                                                                                                                                          Dave and Drew (The Silver Bullet)
 
 
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