We Weep Tonight for our Heroes

Tonight I sat and watched with my lovely wife a test of wills between my beloved The Ohio State University and the Longhorns from Texas, and it was a beautiful thing.

Players from both sides played with every inch and ounce of their athletic ability. Defensive play after defensive play left us with a 6-3 score favoring the Buckeyes at halftime.

The coaching staff of Texas led by Mack Brown made some changes and for the entire 3rd quarter looked unstoppable, but the Buckeyes would not quit, the coaches would not quit.

Back and forth we went playing right to the end and in a game-winning drive that will forever leave Texas QB Colt McKoy in legendary status in Longhorn lore. Texas wins.

The Longhorns stand tall while I sit and ask why? How could this have happened? Where did it go wrong? One slip . . . one fingertip away . . . one inch.

While I weep for  my heroes.

Just one simple play away.

Just one simple play about 8 times over, that inch there, or another inch there.

These are the kind of games that make college football great, actually it’s the kind of event that makes sports great.

Two teams struggling, clawing, reaching, jumping, running and striving to be the winner. Every last measure of their athletic skill.

Congratulations Texas, you deserved the victory, you played hard, fast and fair and yet it doen’t lessen my pain for my Buckeyes or this man.

Courtesy of Dispatch photo by Neal C. Lauron
Courtesy of Dispatch photo by Neal C. Lauron

Chris “Beanie” Wells

Chris “Beanie” Wells is the running back for the Buckeyes and the heart and soul of the Buckeyes ability to run the football.

He runs with a reckless abandon and violence that not only causes pain and danger to the opposition, but to himself as well.

Beanie is one of those guys that grew up in Ohio and wanted to be a Buckeye, he wants to bleed scarlet and gray, to be the absolute best player he can become. Chris wants to become a legend.

But becoming a legend has a price and his body has paid the toll.

If this was his last game as a Buckeye he has nothing to be ashamed of, he should hold his head high. Chris you ran with a spirit and abandon we rarely see.

You are a crazy wild linebacker living life as a running back.

I thank you for your time as a Buckeye and wish you well in your next stage of life. A legendary runnig back in the NFL.

Landscape Design

Not a damn thing.

But everything to do with giving your best effort, to lay it all out there for not only you but for those you live, love and work with.

To drop exhausted on the field of battle, knowing that you did everything possible to be victorious, maybe even legendary.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


  1. Great Job!!! I agree wholeheartedly!!! GO BUCKS

    Thanks, and appreciate the comment stop back and look around anytime.

  2. Very well said, Rickey…

    They ALL left it on the field, tonite.
    Both teams – both coaches – two class acts

    Now, I just hope the ‘elite’, self-proclaimed ‘knowledgeable s‘ will see what has been accomplished and stop calling for changes ‘at the top’.
    83+% winning percentage, since arriving
    4 Big Ten titles
    1 – National Championship
    2 – more D-I Championship games… in a row
    93 Academic All-Americans in past 7 years
    …and; of course, the record against _ichigan

    BUT, on top of it all – a totally First Class person.
    I cannot imagine the number of athletic programs who can only dream of having the players, the record, the coach we enjoy at THE ohio state university.

    Great job, Bucks.
    Thanx for letting me ‘vent’, Rickey. See you in a couple

    a HAPPY and; peaceful NEW YEAR…to all

    Got to open up some room for my fellow Buckeyes, these Seniors had quite a run, played some tough teams and had a lot of great accomplishments.

    3 weeks to the C E N T S show

  3. Well said you guys – if everyone would give as much of themselves in their work…- heard that Beanie was hurt for the second half – need to tag USC in 09

    Without the win vs USC next year, it will put a drag on the entire season.

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