Karsatos Chat: June 30 Archive

We kicked off our partnership with Buckeye Legends on Friday by hosting a Chat with former OSU quarterback Jim Karsatos. Karsatos answered questions on his playing days, his work on the OSU radio network and his thoughts on the current Ohio State team. Click this free link for more and stay tuned for the next Chat with a member of Buckeye Legends.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 9:50:23 AM)
We are excited to begin this partnership with Buckeye Legends. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 9:50:59 AM)
Jim Karsatos is one of the first members of this new group and he agreed to be the first legend to step forward and do a Chat session for us. We also taped a segment for an upcoming edition of our radio show.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 9:52:43 AM)
Jim, first of all, welcome to the Bucknuts Chat room!

JK (Jun 30, 2006 9:52:52 AM)
JK is here

PigMan (Jun 30, 2006 9:53:14 AM)
Who is the starting QB for Ohio State in 2007?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 9:55:37 AM)
Little premature but right now it looks to be a battle between Rob Schoenhoft and Todd Boeckman but I also haven't seen this years Frosh who they say is a great athlete.

buckatborder (Jun 30, 2006 9:57:28 AM)
Hi Jim, first let me say you are one of my all time favorites. Thanks! What was your favorite thing about being a Buckeye?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 9:58:39 AM)
Probably the fans. They really support you when or lose and have always been so good to me. It really is like afamily although a really big one.

buckatborder (Jun 30, 2006 9:58:57 AM)
I see where you were coached by JT, can you tell us anything about him that would surprise us?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:00:15 AM)
No he really is just what you see. Pretty boring actually. Great guy.

buckatborder (Jun 30, 2006 10:00:25 AM)
When you were being recruited, who else offered you a scholly? Also, if you follow the whole process today, what would you say are some of the most glaring differences?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:03:25 AM)
I was recruited by the pac 10 and big 10 and had offfers from them and most of the west coast schools. Also was pursued for basketball and volleyball. The most glaring difference is that the kids are so much more educated and because of the new info highway they talk too each other. We had about 5 QBs (Ripien, Everett, Dodge, Salsbury and me) that talked so we couldd avoid going to the same school. But that was rare back then.

redondo (Jun 30, 2006 10:03:57 AM)
Hi Jim - Welcome to Bucknuts!! Glad you could join us. For those of us who don't know, please tell us a little about Buckeye Legends and your affiliation as well as what you are doing these days. Thank you.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:07:01 AM)
BuckeyeLegends.com is a place where fans can reunite with their favorite Buckeye Legends and find out what's going on with them and also get their input on today's teams. I also like it because it reignitees thee commeraderie that we use to enjoy in school. It's early but they are working hard to get all the cool stuff on the site before the season starts. Check it out www.buckeyelegends.com

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:07:23 AM)
Along the same lines, we have this question ...

buckatborder (Jun 30, 2006 10:07:29 AM)
What kinds of things are you involved in these days football wise and buisness wise?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:08:29 AM)
Now that I am not doing the sidelines for radio, I guess tackling my three sons.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:09:40 AM)
I have a couple companies; a financial services firm Karsatos Financial Network ; a marketing and promotional company call CRM and I do alot of speaking around the state of Ohio.

buckatborder (Jun 30, 2006 10:08:55 AM)
Who is your favorite Buckeye all time? Who is the best player you ever played with or against?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:11:29 AM)
While we await JK's answer, I want to thank everybody for stopping me. Again, it is a moderated Chat, meaning questions and Jim's responses come to me and then I post them. We hope we will be able to do more Chat sessions with former players like this. They provide a lot of great insight to what we see today as well as memories of their time in the Scarlet and Gray.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:11:41 AM)
Favorite Buckeye is Cris Carter and he is one of the best I have ever seen and backing up Dan Marino, the best QB I have ever seen. Best against was a guy named Rogers from Washington because he kicked my butt in 1986

JimC (Jun 30, 2006 10:11:48 AM)
Do you get the same energy/buzz being on the field as an anouncer or is "something" missing?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:13:06 AM)
Same buzz a lot less pain. Misss throwing the ball. Arm still working.........unfortunately nuthin else does Golf and bowling is all that is left.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:13:18 AM)
Ha ha, Jim can hit a golf ball now.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:13:38 AM)
Can't putt worth a darn

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:13:58 AM)
Drive for show putt for dough, they say ... OK, couple questions in same vein.

buckatborder (Jun 30, 2006 10:14:06 AM)
What game (as a Buckeye) sticks in your mind the most and why?

redondo (Jun 30, 2006 10:14:09 AM)
Hi Jim - What is your favorite remembrance game and/or play as a Buckeye?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:16:02 AM)
The Washington loss hurt and you always remember a good beating. The win vs. Texas A&M was big cuz they were so much better on paper. My personal best game vs. Wash St. Threw for a couple hundred ran for a few scores and didn't get touched all day.

redondo (Jun 30, 2006 10:16:13 AM)
Hi Jim - There are a lot DVD videos out there these days of old games and of course ESPN Classic. Do you ever watch any of them? If so, any favorites? Thank you.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:17:41 AM)
They like to replay the 85 Iowa game. I've seen that a few times. I was so focused during the game didn't remember the rain until I saw the video

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:17:55 AM)
That was definitely a great day to be alive in Columbus, Ohio!

buckatborder (Jun 30, 2006 10:18:05 AM)
Who is your favorite Buckeye on the team right now?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:19:39 AM)
Was Hawk and haven't seen some of the new faces but I think your all going to like this new group of LBs. Watch out for Hoobler

kleintime16 (Jun 30, 2006 10:19:47 AM)
Hey Jim - Nice jerseys back then ... how do you feel about the new ones coming out this year?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:21:12 AM)
Don't care, it's just a jersey. Players make plays not the uni. They changed our jersey ever year back then but because the media didn't make noise nobody even noticed.

Kirk (Jun 30, 2006 10:21:29 AM)
Jim, thanks for stopping by today. In looking at Troy Smith's development so far as a quaterback, what has impressed you the most about how far he's come and what do you feel he most needs to work on?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:23:08 AM)
I am most impressed with how far he has come and how he has worked on becoming an all-around QB. I think he has to continue to fight to stay patient in the pocket and keep his eyes down field. If he does that he will be more productive and much more dangerous.

Kirk (Jun 30, 2006 10:23:25 AM)
Jim, looking at Justin Zwick's situation... can you give your thoughts on how difficult it must be for him as a backup quarterback in his senior year knowing he might not see much time behind Troy?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:25:48 AM)
It is difficult but I think he has resigned himself to the fact that Troy has proven his worth. Transferring is a very tough decision with no real guarantees. He must feel that he may still gets some NFL notice if he stays in the bigs. I commend him for his attitude and support of Troy.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:26:09 AM)
In some ways, Jim, this was like the situation Tom Tupa had playing behind you. He eventually did get to start one year in 1987, but that had to be hard on him to wait 3 years. Still, you have to stay sharp, don't you?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:27:43 AM)
Stay sharp because your one play away. Tom also got to punt and theen proveed that patience can pay off with his 17 years in league as a punt a emergency QB. Wish I had his nest egg at 40 years old.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:27:48 AM)
Ha ha.

BuckDiego (Jun 30, 2006 10:28:03 AM)
Hey Jim, big fan. Question about my favorite Buckeye of all time... I heard stories that Earle used to kick Spielman out of practice relatively frequently because Chris had a hard time understanding/caring about the "no contact" rule for quarterbacks. Any truth to that? And, if so, were you ever the recipient of Chris' lax attitude toward the "no contact" rules?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:29:28 AM)
Don't remember him getting kicked out but there were a few instances he didn't pull off.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:30:02 AM)
Never hit me but I was a little big for him to try to take a cheap shot.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:30:09 AM)
Ha ha. Couple on same subject coming ...

Kirk (Jun 30, 2006 10:30:13 AM)
Jim, what was it like playing with Cris Carter, and what receiver who has played for Ohio State since Carter has impressed you the most and why?

hamiltuckbuck (Jun 30, 2006 10:30:18 AM)
Hey Jim. How were you able to carry Cris Carter to All-American, when all he could do was catch touchdowns?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:33:47 AM)
Cris Carter was the best receiver I have ever seen. Not great speed but smart and the best set of hands anywhere. Best catch 1986 Citrus Bowl vs BYU going out of bounds one hand grab, the point of ball and I was throwing it away as hard as I could .... two feet in. He made me look good...throw it high and outside and know he would come down with it. No comparisons yet although I liked D Boston without the 'tude

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:34:21 AM)
Couple on this year ...

scarletletter (Jun 30, 2006 10:34:23 AM)
hi JK, When I look at this team, I cant help but have a great feeling about this season, even when I consider all the new starters on D, no proven kicker, etc........Are you getting the same "buzz" from within the program or your own gut?

kleintime16 (Jun 30, 2006 10:34:33 AM)
predictions for next year ... do you think this team has what is needed to get the NC?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:37:18 AM)
I am feeling pretty good. I like the replacements on D but they will need a leader. Who? The O should score a lot of points and if Beanie can spell Pitt with some big runs and we convert third downs, low TOs , we should be in good shape. Kickers just screw things up. Find one that can make 99% from 35 and in and leave him alone.

Kirk (Jun 30, 2006 10:37:45 AM)
Jim, the list of former Buckeye athletes participating with Buckeye Legends is very impressive. Are there any others you feel might be joining in the future?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:40:44 AM)
They are adding new members every day and could have a couple thousand when it is all done. Most of the folks are just procrastinating or have missed placed the app. For the most part I'd say all but the current NFLers will participate and even of few of them are already in. It's going to be fun

Guest (Jun 30, 2006 10:40:53 AM)
Hi Jim, you kind of had a unique throwing motion. Did anyone try to change that at any level, or were the results what mattered.

jsbuckeye (Jun 30, 2006 10:41:14 AM)
Were you the qb when osu got down to illinois 24-0 then came back and won with Keith Byars scoring 5 tds. I couldn't hardly talk after game from screaming so much. If so what are your memories of the game?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:41:32 AM)
That was in 1984, and Jim was backing up Mike Tomczak then, but I'm sure he has a story.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:42:52 AM)
That was Tzak and I was hoarse after that one too. Never seen a player take the whole team on his shoulders like that and carry us to V. He is one of a kind. Still a rock both physically and as a a person.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:42:54 AM)
That was an incredible game, for sure.

redondo (Jun 30, 2006 10:43:06 AM)
Hi Jim - When comparing the schools that offered you a scholly, what factor(s) swayed you to become a Buckeye?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:44:29 AM)
I know as we taped the radio show Jim mentioned that OSU's rep as a passing team was growing at the time with Earle as coach and Art Schlichter (remember him?) at QB.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:45:00 AM)
Medical school. Football with Art throwing more. Tradition, big environment and needed to get out of Cal. Find some bigger waves... totally

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:45:06 AM)
A couple on the (sad) news of the day ...

philbuck (Jun 30, 2006 10:45:14 AM)
Jim late to the party so sorry if this has been asked. How close were JT and Randy Walker and how hard do you think his death is on JT. Very sad.

Guest (Jun 30, 2006 10:45:22 AM)
Have you had a chance to speak to Coach Tressel about Randy Walker's passing? What a "shocker" and tragedy .. definitely feel for the Wildcat family today!

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:47:41 AM)
Very sad. RW was a very good guy and well liked in the FB community. I haven't talked to JT today but I'm sure he is taking it to heart and trying to do whatever he can do to help. especially after 2 of his own coaches/friends had heart ailments. He'll be missed.

jsbuckeye (Jun 30, 2006 10:47:52 AM)
What do think Jim Tressel brings that John Cooper couldn't ??? Is it his the way he relates to the players and keeps them playing loose. They just seem so clutch in close games.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:50:20 AM)
JT bring a very quiet confidence that his team reflects. He and they do so much prep that they have an awful lot of confidence in themselves and their teammates. Coop had a different style and looked for a different kind of player. Don't underestimate Coop, he was a good coach, a great recruiter and his is a very good man.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:50:29 AM)
Agreed 100 percent on that.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:50:42 AM)
Now about the other OSU head coach in this discussion ...

BuckDiego (Jun 30, 2006 10:50:45 AM)
Jim, can you give us a favorite "quintessential Earle" story?

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:54:11 AM)
There are sooooo many. It was spring practice and the temp dropped 25 degrees while we were on the field. EB was too stubborn to get a jacket when it started to hail so he was freezing his butt off. He didn't want to call practice but he was turning blue so I walked behind him and yelled "all in" so everybody headed into the locker room. EB was surprised but didn't fight it and we called it a day. Thank god my arm was shot throwing 10 pound wet balls.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:54:33 AM)
That's funny, but that's vintage Earle. He was old school all the way, it seemed.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:54:39 AM)
One final question before we go ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:54:55 AM)
And it's a loaded one (ha ha).

PigMan (Jun 30, 2006 10:54:47 AM)
Spielman or Hawk? If you can only have one, who do you take?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:55:58 AM)
As we await Jim's answer, I want to thank him as well as Katie Bernal from Buckeye Legends for their work in getting today's Chat session going and also thank Katie for her work with the partnership we have with Buckeye Legends ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:56:26 AM)
We hope to be able to present more great Chat events like this one. Thanks also to all who participated.

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:57:02 AM)
Thanks a lot. Love Spiels and loved to watch him play with passion but from a physical,speed, athletic prowess; I would have to take Hawk. He should have won Butkus. Going to be a great Pro in GB

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:57:43 AM)
I agree on that ... If we did not answer your question per se (some did not get posted) we tried to not have duplicate questions. Check out the chat transcript that will be posted here and on BuckeyeLegends.com.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 30, 2006 10:58:14 AM)
Thanks again, Jim, for stopping by and we wish you and the rest of the members of Buckeye Legends success with that new site and organization!

JK (Jun 30, 2006 10:58:30 AM)
Thanks everybody. See you on BuckeyeLegends.com

buckatborder (Jun 30, 2006 10:58:47 AM)
Thanks Jim! Thanks Bucknuts for working this out for us!

Guest (Jun 30, 2006 10:58:48 AM)
Thanks Jim

Guest (Jun 30, 2006 10:59:04 AM)
Thanks guys for getting this going!

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