Mark’s Musings – Jan. 21, 2015

| January 20, 2015
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Our community will not be the same without Bob Brems. His absence will be felt in many places and in many ways. I think if you were to look up the words or phrases “quality person”, integrity, honor, “giving back”, and if it was in the dictionary as a word or phrase, “good family man”, Bob’s name would be listed there in capital letters. Bob was heavily involved in our community through his church, the Boy Scouts and the lives of his family. He believed deeply in this community and what he did through his involvement spoke volumes about his leadership, caring heart and volunteer spirit. He will be sadly missed not only by Mindy and his children, but also his church and indeed, our entire community. We know where Bob is today.

Charles “Chuck” Snyder, a long-time friend and member of The Presbyterian Church where Bob was a member since May 10, 1999, said this about Bob, “Compassionate. He had a heart for people, especially people who needed help. If he could help people, no matter what it was or how big it was, if he couldn’t do everything, he would think, ‘What part of it can I do?’  He set an example for the rest of us.”

Buckeye fans everywhere are still riding a “high” from the National Championship win. And what a win it was. Many fans (including this one) had pretty much counted the Buckeyes out when Braxton Miller went down before the season even started. Then J.T. Barrett suffered an injury in the game against “that team up north”, which no doubt took another round of fans out of the “we can do this” category. With the plaster on Barrett’s ankle still wet, up stepped what seems to be one of the better quarterbacks that OSU has had the pleasure of putting on the turf.

Cardale Jones, who announced recently that he is staying in school, not only took the Buckeyes to a huge win over the Badgers but a thrilling win over number one Alabama and of course, he capped it off with the National Championship win. Here is my personal opinion (which, gee, I guess, that is really what this column is) – the Buckeyes do not win with anyone other than Jones at quarterback (key third down conversions against the Ducks with his sheer strength), they do not win without Urban Meyer, they do not win without Luke Fickell and the defense, they do not win without the offensive line – which to me, is the under-sung hero of the entire season, and of course, the star sophomore running back – Ezekiel Elliott – and they do not win without their special teams play (Urban Meyer’s baby). I guess when you look at all that – it really took the entire team.

Seattle and New England in the Super Bowl. It should have been Green Bay – and no one knows that more than the Packers players, who let one get away. It’s hard to go against the Seahawks, but I’ll take Brady and the Patriots.

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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