Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on September 29, 2010 at 5:00a
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Charlie Weis on his way into surgery (photo: onion)The "Double Scoop" on Fat Charlie. You've probably heard by now that Charlie Weis, the former Notre Dame head coach who used his decidedly superior offensive mind to guide the Irish to a pitiful 35-27 record during a five year tenure, recently underwent emergency gall bladder surgery.

Props, I guess, to the big fella for finding out about the need for surgery on a Friday but putting off the procedure until Monday morning so he could offensively coordinate the surprising Kansas City Chiefs 31-10 spanking of the 49ers. By all accounts, dude went through some legit pain for two days to stay with the team.

Already a medical marvel for surviving this long, the medical community was further amazed after opening up Charlie's gut and digging through the depths of his underbelly to find a gall bladder that was reported to be heavily seasoned while containing distinct grill marks. Impressive.

The Buckeye RB Conundrum. With all the debate about how Jim Tressel should distribute the carries amongst his talented backfield, yesterday's poll question asked you to give us your #1 back. Through 11pm Eastern, the 421 votes shook out like this:

  • Saine - 27%
  • Hall - 24%
  • Berry - 23%
  • Herron - 22%
  • (Ghost of Derek Combs - 4%)

As you can see, there's no clear cut choice amongst you crazies, which poses an interesting question - is that a good or bad thing? I mean, obviously it's great to feel like you've got depth but can't it also be viewed as an issue since none of them seized the job of "go-to back" nor are they currently regarded on a national level as truly great backs (at least not yet)? On one hand, I like having the depth allowing the position to better absorb injuries especially with the fact Pryor is still the team's most dangerous rusher. On the other, it sure is nice to have a stud tailback that you know will consistently produce and can assuredly handle 25+ carries per week. Of course, those guys don't grow on trees and even some that have elite talent can't always stay healthy.

Trick Play Timing an Issue? I personally didn't have an issue with it but these two from the News-Herald didn't think Tressel's use of a few trick plays against lowly EMU was a strong coaching move. Their obvious concern is that a "gadget play" such as Hall's pass to Pryor could've been better utilized in a tight game versus a then 45-20 cushion and now "the Badgers and the rest of the Big Ten knows the Buckeyes have a throwback pass to Pryor in their playbook."

Again, I may not agree with their thought process but I can certainly understand the argument. The element of surprise is somewhat eliminated since the play is now on film but it's still tough for me to believe that the fact its been run once before will mean opposing defenses can easily identify when it might come again. Plus, backside pursuit on plays when Pryor rolls away from the ball carrier will be slowed as defenses are reminded to key on TP's movement. What's your take - any issue with the timing of the play?

Now, the article also references other trick plays and I do take issue with that because I hardly think Boom lining up in the Wildcat or Dane taking an end around qualify as "trick plays", even in Tressel's playbook.

Illini Injury Report and Police Blotter on Swole. There's plenty of happenings with the Illini roster this week and some decisions likely won't be made until game time. Starting offensive lineman Hugh Thornton was arrested last weekend following his involvement in a bar brawl. Reports indicate he wasn't rung up for the fight but for entering the bar using someone else's ID. Thornton is practicing and Ron Zook said yesterday that he plans to meet with AD Ron Guenther to determine if Thornton will play. Better news for the Zooker is that he may get defensive lineman Michael Buchanan back during the same meeting with the AD. Buchanan was busted for DUI following the season opening loss to Mizzou. Fellow D-liner Nate Palmer is also expected back Saturday after injuring his toe during fall camp. Finally, wide receiver and backup QB Eddie McGee's sprained left ankle is healing enough to where Zook expects him to play though he's not yet been cleared medically.

Early Season Eye Catcher. One of the many great things about the first month of the college football season is seeing new faces emerge around the country. Going in, the hype is already there for guys like Pryor and Ingram but September is the time for newcomers to gain notoriety and turn some heads. Thus far, the most exciting player I've seen not sporting the Scarlet and Gray is Auburn's 6'6", 250 lb. freak QB Cameron Newton.

He's not a true newcomer in that he arrived in Gainesville back in '07 and won the backup QB job behind Tebow but during his redshirt sophomore year, he was pinched for ganking a laptop then attempting to hide it from police by throwing it out of a dorm window. It was later discovered he didn't steal the laptop but knew it was hot when he bought it from the thief. After that drama, he transferred to Blinn juco and led them to the 2009 national title. The big year, bigger size and unlimited potential made him the #1 juco prospect and he eventually signed with Auburn. He immediately took the starting job and he has blown up leading the Tigers to a 4-0 start. He's got a lot of Pryor's characteristics both physically and on the field making him an incredibly exciting player. Week one saw him rush for 171 yards and 2 TD. The following week he led a win at Mississippi State with 206 total yards and 2 TD before pacing the overtime win over Clemson with 271 total yards and 2 TD with 2 INT. Finally, last week he took over the game against South Carolina racking up 334 yards and 5 TD including a 54 yard run in the 1st quarter and 2 TD passes in the 4th quarter to secure the comeback win. Dude is fun to watch. Which non-Buckeyes have kept you tuned into a game so far this year?

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chaoscrusader's picture

To Trick or not to Trick Play: From a strategy standpoint, the use of the trick play was to demonstrate to other teams that they cannot over commit to the run. Tressel is playing the percentages on this one by keeping defenses from throwing everything into stopping the run in the future. A trick play may significantly impact a close game; however, in this instance the return on the use of the trick play should impact the defensive schemes for several games. However, Tressel still has tendencies that need tweaked that may help his investment in showing the trick play early.

E-roc's picture

From the Andy Reid Guide to Coaching - "You pass to set up the run."

builderofcoalitions's picture

Tress does this every year. He runs a play at odd times or even runs it to death (when it's more conventional). Then, he'll throw in a wrinkle in a big conference game or even against Michigan. I suspect he has plans to throw in another wrinkle with the throwback or simply to slow the backside pursuit. The same can be said for the Wildcat and reverse plays. He's setting something up for a future opportunity. It's this sort of forethought that always makes Ohio State more potent at the end of the season than at the beginning.

Because we couldn't go for three.

Leanenaud's picture

I know this is completely off topic, but is anyone else absolutely repulsed when the crowd starts doing the White Stripes chant? I have to say i think it's totally stupid. I remember hearing Penn State doing it first and thinking, God what a bunch of losers. Now the Ohio faithful are doing it every game. Make it Stop!

E-roc's picture

I'll take it over the announcer on the PA saying.. "...another Ohio State... FIRST DOWN!"..

//wrists.

Leanenaud's picture

Please do. Some people need their voiceboxes removed.

ERIC OSU's picture

Are you referring to the 2007 season when the pa asked for fan involvement with, That's a buckeye!....... (first down). Luckily that was disbanded halfway thru the year lol

chaoscrusader's picture

I liked the chant, the games I went to it invigorates the crowd and gets them rowdy.

btalbert25's picture

I don't like it because it's as unoriginal as the PA guy saying Another Ohio State FIRST DOWN.  I went to an Iowa game like 6 years ago and they were doing it.  Penn State has done it forever.  One of the other televised games, between 2 not big programs, had fans that were doing it. I think people believe it was something that Ohio State started and that it's the original thing that everyone else has copied, but I think it's the other way around.

At first I thought it was kind of cool, but not so much anymore.  I like the old O-H  I-O cheer, and just everyone going nuts in general.  That's just my take on it though.

Bucksfan's picture

I second your point about unoriginality.  Every time I hear it or see it on TV, my mind immediately says, "That's a copy off Penn State."

builderofcoalitions's picture

My only problem with it is that the White Stripes are from Detroit.

Because we couldn't go for three.

cyt_buck's picture

The players themselves seem to like it. They do it on the field before opening kickoffs. It hypes people up. It's not hard to see that it's a positive thing even if it can seem annoying from people not in the south stands.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

I don't mind it, it gets the crowd up off their asses and makes the students go bat-shit. It's pretty cool seein the students in the north and south ends jumping up and down along with the players on the sideline. Come to think of it, not many cheers are original. Who gives a crap? As long as it gets the crowd up and cheering loud. I can do without the "Let's Go Bucks" cheerleader led cheer late in the game...that's totally lame, and let's not even get started on the wave.

On the other side, I think we can replace Seven Nation Army with something like Bulls on Parade by RATM (wish we would) or Sabatoge by the Beastie Boys and get the same effect. I think we talked about this earlier during another thread but it's worth revisiting.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

iball's picture

Basically, Bama's entire team impresses me. The Florida/Bama game is by far the biggest game of the year so far.

PSU QB Robert Bolden is fairly impressive. You can't expect a true frosh to play much better than him.

OkST WR Justin Blackmon has 9 Td's this early season and SCAR WR Alshon Jeffery cannot be covered.

OKLA DE Jeremy Beal has 5 sacks thus far, a bright spot on a down OKLA team this year.

TexTech CB Jarvis Phillips has 4 int's this year. With 114 INT eturn yards and a TD.

FYI, Cam Newton's QB rating is 182.5. wow.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

btalbert25's picture

I honestly think Bama's toughest game, possibly all year was last Saturday.  if it weren't for the fact that Mallet couldn't get out of his own way, Arkansas wins that one by more than 1 score.

Florida just isn't that impressive to me.  I honestly think South Carolina will pose more of a threat to Bama than Florida will.

iball's picture

Bama may win, but it's a huge game because they will meet again in the ATL.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

Boo Hoo.... waaaah.  Jimmy T. beat us up Mommy....waaaah.  Enough of the BS already.  EMU got their 850K check, which is more than their pitiful JUCO program will rake in the ENTIRE SEASON.  Ron English and the boys knew EXACTLY what they were getting into when they signed that contract and they had ALL SUMMER to prepare for the game.  Oh, you don't have the talent to stop the Buckeyes???  Well, that is not Jimmy T's fault and you took the money with no issues...so shut up already.  Did JT run a halfback option pass to the QB at a time when it wasn't needed.... sure he did.  But, it had nothing to do with EMU and everything to do with Keeping our next opponents guessing when seeing that same formation and teaching killer instinct.  Not to Ron and the EMU's......  if a top 10 program pays you 850K to come in and play, then take your butt whipping and your check and go home quietly.

iball's picture

Agreed. Thats the closest thing to a bowl game EMU will see. Plus, the butt whippin can only make EMU better, right?

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Leanenaud's picture

Preach! Can I get a witness!

E-roc's picture

e-roc likes this. *thumbs up*

btalbert25's picture

I would personally love him to keep the foot on the pedal all year.  Don't stop up 30 points against Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and everyone else for that matter.  I don't care if you play them every year or not, you have dominated the conference for the better part of 9 years, just start blasting everyone!

builderofcoalitions's picture

Honestly, I think Tressel felt they needed to break the momentum EMU was building on offense. I'm not 100% sure they don't score on the next drive if the Buckeyes don't answer. There's no way EMU catches up to OSU, but they were starting to make it interesting with three straight TD drives. The TD's after the halfback pass were more a case of EMU being worn out and broken against superior talent, even if they were OSU backups.

Because we couldn't go for three.

Danny - Inside The Shoe's picture

I have no issue with running the trick play against EMU.  At the very worst it gave the offense a chance to practice it in an actual game, and now forces opposing defenses to prepare for such plays.  Even if a team can now easily identify the play based on film, does anyone think that a DB can cover Pryor one on one?  Because I sure don't.

E-roc's picture

My Silver Bulletpoints:

  • Let's not forget that DeVier has a pretty good arm too.
  • Just because teams can prep for the HB throw, doesn't mean they can cover Pryor. It's not like anyone in the BigTen has a 6'6 free safety/corner with a +30" vertical.
  • The News-Herald firmly believes that anything not called "Dive", "Power O", "QB Read Option" is a trick play in Tressel's book.
  • I prefer having four healthy above average RBs than four injured/dinged up above average RBs (see: 2009). If this year is a mess, just wait until 2012 with Ball and Dunn. Gotta love having a healthy Berry!
  • I'm still waiting for an OSU student to walk-on as the new kick-off specialist....
JoshAlum's picture

Today I learned that Ben Franklin originally invented "Pay it Forward" - ya think Woody knew about this?

A 1784 letter from Ben Franklin to Benjamin Webb, an American in France who had applied for his aid:

Dear Sir,

I received yours of the 15th Instant, and the Memorial it inclosed. The account they give of your situation grieves me. I send you herewith a Bill for Ten Louis d’ors. I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you shall return to your Country with a good Character, you cannot fail of getting into some Business, that will in time enable you to pay all your Debts. In that Case, when you meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money. I am not rich enough to afford much in good works, and so am obliged to be cunning and make the most of a little. With best wishes for the success of your Memorial, and your future prosperity, I am, dear Sir, your most obedient servant,

B. Franklin.

Another Jason's picture

Rule of Thumb:  When in doubt, Ben Franklin invented it.  Franklin also invented rules of thumb.

And doubt.

Buckeye Black's picture

It sucks that Cam went to Auburn, because if Bama and tOSU should meet in the national  title, then Bama will have a game plan against Pryor.  Although, Pryor is a better passer and faster, Cam is still the closest thing to Pryor.

btalbert25's picture

Yeah but the bucks will have plenty of preparation for their RB's too.  Give Saban a month after the regular season and he's going to have a defensive plan for any team. 

btalbert25's picture

I have no problem for the timing of the trick play at all.  Sure it came in garbage time against a garbage team, but that doesn't mean they'll run the same play every time from that formation, there are several different ways the play can go.  Secondly, the DB has to be able to guard TP, and I'm not sure there are too many out there who can take him on in a passing situation like that.  Third, I really think you have to throw wrinkles like that in to make opposing defenses waste some time preparing for it.  You are forcing Iowa, Wisconsin, and others to contribute valuable practice time to a play like this. 

Natty Light's picture

Trick play:

Tress obviously used it to set up the run in the future.  just making the opposing safeties aware of that play will make some watch pryor a little longer after the handoff, and be a step slower getting to the RB, even if they don't cover TP.

 

doesn't mean tress won't pull it out again in a tight game... remember he called the boeckman pass to pryor twice in a row against texas after the 1st was nullified by a penalty.  Throwing to TP makes more sense than any other halfback pass or reverse pass if Tress ever calls a trick play in the next 2 years. 

 

imagine next year having braxton miller and TP in the game, 1 at WR.  defenses have to worry about the running/recieving ability of both, and adds the ability to throw a quick screen where the WR can throw an accurate pass back to the QB

buckeye33's picture

Check out Mike Brewster quote on trick play... End of discussion.

Whenever Hall is in the game now, defenses will have to respect at least the possibility that Hall can throw it to Pryor. That has an enormous impact on the defense as starting center Mike Brewster explained.

"You always want to give them (upcoming opponents) something to think about, give them something to take time off during the week to work on. You're always going to have to follow Terrelle when he carries out his fakes," Brewster said. 

Squirrel Master's picture

1. Regarding the running back issue. Until the sweater vest realizes that Berry and Hall are truly better than Saine and Herron, it will be running back by committee. I think the four of them should get some action in the first quarter and see who is producing. In the Miami game Herron was hitting the hole hard (that's what she said) while Saine wasn't getting anywhere. Still Saine received more carries. I didn't agree with that. All four are good and if last year is any indication, Saine and Herron get better as the season goes by. If someone gets hot early, I say keep using them. Whoever it is.

2. Trick play. I don't know what that article says yet, but the trick play was perfect timing. It was against a team that you know it would work on to test it out. Now opponents have to plan for it. The element of surprise is BS and doesn't matter when you are the best team and everyone is gunning for you. I say if you want to show something new, reach a little further into the bag. Besides, even if they knew it was coming, they can't stop TP.

3. Unrelated to this article, I keep reading about Denard Robinson's first quarter. I have said before that he is good (I am starting to regret that I keep bringing it up as well). "Look at the stats this guy is bringing in just one quarter" i read on esECpn. But not one mention that TP is getting his and has sat out the last two fourth quarters. In fact I am pretty sure the only game he has played more than half way through the third quarter is Miami. Imagine the stats he would have if he played after the opponent laid down like UMs opponents?

4. F*** Mark May!

"I saw a spaceship once, it told me to have a good year!"

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BucksfanXC's picture

Did you just TWSS yourself? Don't know how I feel about that.

“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

Squirrel Master's picture

Hind site, that was not good! I am ashamed.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Natty Light's picture

to settle the RB debate, anyone know their NCAA '10 stats?  this is what I think they should be.

Saine: acceleration 85; speed 90; recieving 85; break tackle 75; agility 75;

Boom: acceleration 83; speed 83; recieving 80; break tackle 85; agility 87;

Hall:    acceleration 83; speed 83; recieving 75; break tackle 90; agility 90;

Berry:  acceleration 90; speed 85; recieving 75; break tackle 85; agility 85;

Squirrel Master's picture

What's their overall?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

iball's picture

Hall is better than a 75 receiving. If Boom is an 80 than Hall should be an 82 or 83.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

builderofcoalitions's picture

Re: Runningbacks

I'm surprised by all the hate for Boom. While he hasn't really busted the big (running) play as of yet, he has been the most consistent of the two starters. It's also hard to judge Hall and Berry's contributions as it has come in garbage time for the most part. I suspect one or both will have big rushing performances at some point this season. I'm actually most disappointed in Saine's production. Aside from a couple of big gainers, he's often stuffed for little or no gain.

That said, I like that they're using all four. It means the defense has to take note of who's in the backfield every down.

Because we couldn't go for three.

BigRedBuckeye's picture

I like the use of the trick play at that time. I think it gives every team we play from here out something to think about, and that something is "how the eff can you possibly cover Pryor here?"

I also wish we would run the pistol a little more often, and also mix in some more Wildcat. You could even go modified Wildcat with Guiton and keep opposing D honest on his ability to throw the ball to a spread out Pryor. You watch NFL teams and teams like Bama run the wildcat, and the QB spreads out wide and you KNOW they aren't throwing to Jay Cutler or Greg McElroy or whoever. With the Boeckman pass and this now both on tape, it would create a headache for teams as they prep, and you'd have to think there could be some easy running yardage to be had as a result.

To me, it is kind of like Tress had a big chunk of money, and he had to decide whether to bet it all in 1 game, in 1 spot, hoping for a jackpot payday, or use it in a way that would pay interest on a weekly basis. Being the conservative guy he is, he went with the long term investment strategy with the high degree of certainty rather than gambling on the risky jackpot.

And we'll drink to old Ohio, 'Til we wobble in our shoes! 

BucksfanXC's picture

Good analogy! I love it!

“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

Chris Lauderback's picture

Damn - no love for my comment about Charlie's gall bladder? Tough crowd. In hindsight, I guess it's just reality that I'm not very funny. Bitches.

Squirrel Master's picture

Funny stuff. Should have gone with something more like they went to remove his gall bladder and instead found a jelly filled donut.

I love making fun of the head coach of Notre Dame, need to start working on some for Brian Kelly, but he is doing really good as a offensive coordinator for the Chiefs. I just think he doesn't have what it takes to be a head coach. Especially that overrated school that will never reach the glory days it had.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Chris Lauderback's picture

Ahh, yes. Jelly donut would've made sense. I think my brain immediately compared a gall bladder to a chicken breast for whatever reason. Probably because I think about breasts a lot, although typically not the chicken variety.

Squirrel Master's picture

Just so long as you're not thinking about his breasts!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Leanenaud's picture

I thought it was pretty funny! Sorry for not giving you props. I have to say I'm not a fan of super fatties coaching in general. Not that there's anything wrong with being over weight (except for the fact that it's unhealthy), but what kind of example are you setting for college athletes when you forever have potato chip crumbs on your tie.

Squirrel Master's picture

Did he wear a tie?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Leanenaud's picture

No, i don't think he has a neck. But if he did, I'm pretty sure his ties would be a hot, greasy, potato chip crusted mess.

tomcollins's picture

One of the few negative things I can say about Pryor is his lack of ability to sell the fake.  He just doesn't do a good job of making defenses think he might still have the ball.  So rather than get him to work on that, make defenses respect the pass to him.  It's all about making the run easier.  I doubt we see that play again this season.  But we will see some sweeps outside.

jfunk's picture

The more I think about it the more I think that Jimmy T is trying to send a messsage to the nation, the fans, our future opponents, and to the team. The message is simple (to quote George C. Scott): I don't want to get any messages saying that we are holding our position. We're not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we're not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We're going to hold onto him by the nose and we're going to kick him in the ass. We're going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we're going to go through him like crap through a goose.

Gone are the Ohio State teams that were simply content to clamp down once they have the lead. This team is going to keep coming at you until you find a way to stop them. We'll attack you through the air and on the ground and in ways you've never even dreamed of. And frankly that's gotta scare the living piss out of every team we'll play this year.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

btalbert25's picture

Tressel plays to his teams strengths.  When the offense hasn't been dynamic, it's because they didn't have the weapons to be awesome.  With Troy under center they took more chances, and didn't play so conservatively.  This team is just loaded, and while at this time we may not have names like Holmes, Ginn, and Gonzalez, we certainly have players that can play at their level.  I think Tressel knows, for the most part, this team can be trusted to take some shots with and now that he has all the weapons, he's going to put them to use.

The scarry thing is, the team has plenty of room to grow.  They are just going to get better and better as the year goes on.

BucksfanXC's picture

I not so secretly hope Tress has adopted a more killer instinct in the early games. I think it helps the team prepare for the battles in the Big Ten and beyond. We lose that killer instinct for the Bowl Game every year.

I'd like to imagine that Tress knows the spread and is trying to cover and/or is trying to run people into the ground. I do take his comment from the presser where he said something along the lines of "our main concern is our team not theirs" meaning, we are trying to improve and do well, not be nice to the poor visiting patsy. But really he isn't being killer instinct war general when he runs up the score, the running up the score is just the effect of trying to get his guys to pre-set goals, Pryor to 25-30 passes, Bauserman/Guiton/the 2nd line/etc. some snaps, etc.

“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

RBuck's picture

Gotta love the "evil Tressel" so far this year. Maybe he's thinking the Bucks have to cover to stay ahead of Boise St. in the polls.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

btalbert25's picture

See, I like that though.  That's the stuff he needs to do for this team to progress.  Go for it on 4th and 1 up 3 TDs, keep scoring, try trick plays.  All of this stuff gives the offense confidence, so that when they play in Madison they know they can execute certain plays.  So that Bama has to prepare for the onslaught that will be coming their way.  I would rather have a coach who is trying to prepare his players for the coming games, thus running up the score, than a Bobby Bowden type who runs it up to be an ass, and to overcompensate for his team's shitty schedule

Squirrel Master's picture

I agree that giving the offense a chance to try something new does create confidence. When Kansas City Chiefs played Cleveland Browns they had a fourth and 1 during the final 2 minutes. Haley said lets go for it, they did and succeeded. Since then that team is playing way beyond what they should.

Showing an offense that you are confident that they can perform and they will. Big things will happen if Tressel continues to show that confidence.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Mark May just said that Cam Newton should play WR too. War Beagle.

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iball's picture

Just bought my first bag of Buckeye potato chips. Pretty tasty. Support your school.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

iball's picture

No love for the Reds? Don't hate Indians fans!

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

btalbert25's picture

I have 2 sports teams that I have ever really loved.  The Reds and the Buckeye football team.  Other sports, teams, and leagues are all fillers for when one is not in action.  I was so happy last night watching the game.  I have attended, watched, listenned to, or followed online every Reds game this season and this team has been a joy to watch.  I wasn't alive for the big red machine and was in 4th grade for the 1990 wire to wire team, and remember how exicted I was to see Todd Benzinger catch the final out of the 1990 series.  All of the great memories I have of the Reds, and I have to say that this team has been by far my favorite Reds team in my life time.  I won't be happy if they are 1 and out in the playoffs, but I can say that any further success this team brings is just icing on the cake. 

BucksfanXC's picture

Amen to that! We talk about LeBron on here when that was in the news, why not some Cincy Reds love. I've proudly worn the C on my hat since I was a tike, and I'm not even in a gang! I've got my playoff tix to be in the stands for the game. Hopefully we avoid the Phillies and a Halladay/Hamels/Oswalt sweep. Let's go Padres for the wild card!

“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