Tuesday Skull Session

By Johnny Ginter on September 21, 2010 at 6:00a
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Happy Tuesday everybody, and welcome to your morning Skull Session. It is almost officially fall, but truthfully I think we all know this autumnal equinox thing is a load of BS to sell magazines, as concocted by a group of 8 farmers in Indiana who write the Farmer's Almanac every year. Football = Fall. The end. I don't need the relative angle of the earth to the sun to tell me when or when not to stuff my face with hot dogs and watch a sport that is far too emotionally draining for hours on end; I've got TV to do that for me. Anyway, several interesting tidbits to get to today, including a creepy graphic not made by yours truly, a mascot with an even longer history of emotional instability than Rufus Bobcat, and a nice little profile on a guy who deserves some love. But first, as always:

D-d-d-depth Chart! During the Ohio game, there were a rash of injuries at the cornerback spot, but I am pleased to announce that Devon Torrence is just fine and is listed as the starter in the depth chart for the week of September 20th. This is not entirely unexpected, as he seemed fairly chipper after the game and is overall a pretty tough dude to begin with. His backup, Travis Howard, was also injured, although in his case it seemed to be much more serious and potentially season-threatening. So, in this edition of the depth chart, Travis Howard has been replaced with... wait for it... Travis Howard. Wait, what?

Apparently Travis' injury is not that serious (at least, not serious enough to warrant him being taken off the depth chart), which is a huge sigh of relief for people anxious about our depth in the secondary. Other than that, the depth chart remains more or less the same from last week, and hey, if it ain't broke...

This Is Maybe A Little Creepy As most of you know, Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack after Michigan State's win over Notre Dame. It was apparently mild and the coach is in good condition, but it is a hell of a scary occurrence, especially for a guy who by all outward appearances does not seem to be quite as heart-attack prone as, say, a Mangino or a Weis would be (unless a perpetual case of the frownies contributes to your risk factor). What is also kind of scary is this infographic put together by the Detroit Free Press, detailing in step by step fashion exactly what happened to Dantonio that night, including what the winning play was. My questions: People keep acting like the fake field goal at the end up the game helped cause his heart attack, but does anyone even mention the result of the game if MSU wins in a blowout? Do different trick plays cause different medical problems? Like, if Dantonio had called for a hook and lateral, would he be in the hospital for type 2 diabetes? Do flea flickers cause appendicitis? C'mon science, get on this.

Sometimes Quiet Guys Need Love Too For being as good as he is, Ross Homan may be one of the most overlooked defensive players in the Big Ten, probably at least in part because the man is less talkative than an Ent that has turned treeish in Fangorn forest (I was reading the Two Towers today; sorry to crush the fantasies of all our female readers, but it turns out that I'm a tremendous nerd). In any case, despite his quiet disposition, Homan is one of the the ball-hawkiest defenders on a ball-hawking defense that is already +10 in turnover margin for the year. Keep up the good work, young man.

Rufus, You Are Small Time Oh, you say you had this all planned out? You say you'd do it all over again? That's cute, but you've still got a long, long way to go if you want to challenge the mastah (NSFWish).

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Irricoir's picture

Ahhh man, give yourself a little credit. There is a difference between being a Geek and being a Nerd. What, you ask? Lemme tell you. Geeks have minority interests and have some social standing amongst each other. Nerds are solitary, intellectuals that can't stand others and can't stand themselves. they have no social standing and all that exist are them and the next equation. I don't know you personably but Lord of the Rings is nothing to be ashamed of. Good article!

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PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

If that Infographic's logic holds true, Charlie Weiss would have been hospitalized numerous times after allowing 500 yds of offense over and over again.

plooder's picture

It seems to be a warning to all other coaches; you somehow damage the fabric of the universe by calling a fake FG in overtime.  The Universe will get back at you.

Nik's picture

lmao, over a 30 minute difference btwn the time of the fake FG and the symptoms, and they're blaming it on the play?  The artery would have been un-salvageable and they wouldn't have even bothered stenting it if that was the case.

 

also, that goldy gif was awesome

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Hope D'Antonio is gonna make a speedy recovery.

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Poe McKnoe's picture

Brandon Hanning is obviously delusional if he thinks he was successful.  There needs to be a GIF made of him missing the tackle on Brutus.

buckeyedude's picture

That is an excellent point, Poe. But I thought it was funny as hell! Common people! Lighten up! That was entertainment!

I just wish Brutus would have slugged him back. Should have gone UFC on him.

 
 

M Man's picture

You guys have no idea; seeing the Detroit Free Press lampooned on the interweb pages of 11W.  It warms the cockles of my own, non-diseased, heart.  Ahhhhhhhhh.

May God bless 11W and all future 11W threads mocking the ever-mockable Detroit Free Press.  We could have used you, when the Freep was telling hysterical stories about Rich Rodriguez supposedly ordering 10-hour practice days.  (You know how that one turned out for the Free Press.)

Note: Please don't go to MGoBlog to try to advance the cause of Free Press mockery.  The Freep mockery got so thick there, that Brian Cook had to place a moratorium on all but the most on-topic and urgent of Free Press mockery.  I only wish that there were more Freep mockery that was this clever.  A good day for 11W.

Backup Placekick holder's picture

You don't think this was God's way at getting back at D'Antonio for running the fake after the play clock hit zero?!?

Creepy.

Jason Priestas's picture

Am I missing some inside joke wherein people add an apostrophe to Dantonio's name?

BucksfanXC's picture

I think some ppl confuse themselves spelling-wise because of the Suns coach D'antoni.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

you mean Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni?

 

Yeah, it' seasy to forget about the Knicks.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah, see how much I follow the NBA.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

It's not hard to forget about who coaches or plays for the Knicks, even if you're an NBA fan.

 

They've been unwatchable for the better part of a decadee.

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M Man's picture

Buckeye fans wanted to add "apostasy" to the former Tressel assistant's name, and just got mixed up...

I smell roses again's picture

About ten years ago I moved from Akron to Texas to be closer to my mother, she had remarried and relocated, I want to say that it is like a breath of fresh air to find a place where I can talk to other OSU fans. You guys have no idead how hard it is to be a Buck Fan in Texas... UT fans are among the most obnoxious sports fans on the earth... and they are such jumpers lol... if a guy is a UT fan but Tech is having a Crabtree year, they go straight to the mall and buy Texas Tech stuff lol... Seriously  I am glad to find somewhere to talk about the Bucks without arguing with a bunch of rednecks lol.. Go BUCKS Go!!!!

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Jason Priestas's picture

Welcome. I think you'll find that a lot of us are scattered about the United States, so you're sure to find someone that can empathize around here.

I smell roses again's picture

And I did want to leave a little something extra... My heart is with the Bucks, but my second favorite team... Appalachian State without a doubt lol... I STILL hate Michigan lol

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Big Riz's picture

that win was partially responsible for me choosing to go to App State for grad school

I smell roses again's picture

So what's worse than being a Michigan fan???

Not A DAMN THING LOL

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I smell roses again's picture

I know this is Buckeye country here lol... but just wondering if I am the only person that thinks Troy Smith should be under center in Baltimore??? Flacco is finished, he lost his edge somehow.. and as far as I am concerned he needs to be benched and number 10 should be given an oppotunity. Smith was lights out in preseason.. Baltimore won't make it to the playoffs with Flacco tossing completions to defenders like he did last week. C'mon Man!!!

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osujake9's picture

He doesn't play for Baltimore anymore. They cut him and he went to San Fran.

I smell roses again's picture

Well there goes Troy's chance at being a starter lol... unless Alex Smith suffers an injury or something... that guy is playing fearless football.. but thanks for the update lol, I had no idea he was in San Fran..

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I saw him standing next to coach Singletary for almost the entire game. He wears #1 for San Francisco. I am usually browsing this forum on my Motorola DROID, so the spellcheck changes words and such without me knowing.

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I smell roses again's picture

Hey anyone know of an online store where I can find some apparel for my toddler son? Everything I have found has been way to big for him... hard to find any OSU stuff in friggin Texas!!!

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