Thursday Skull Session

By Alex on February 16, 2011 at 9:43p
Not Bob ToddGreg Beals brings a new attitude to the diamond

Good morning Buckeye fans and welcome to this edition of Thursday Skull Session. As winter rolls out and spring comes in, the smell of baseball and spring football come in, while the magic of the OSU hoops season carries on for another six weeks or so (we hope).

Speaking of baseball, while many of you cheer for the Reds or Indians, you might want to pay attention to a certain team in Columbus. No, I'm not talking about the Clippers, although I do love a good Dime-A-Dog Night. Rather, I am talking about the Ohio State baseball Buckeyes, and in case you didn't know, the Bucks are about to begin a new era in the sport.

Out goes coach Bob Todd, who "stepped down" last year after 27 years at the helm, but in comes Greg Beals who has coached 21 MLB draft picks at Ball State over the last eight seasons. Beals is known as a younger, energetic guy who is an excellent recruiter and kicks off his mission to bring Buckeye hardball to the top of the conference starting tomorrow in the Big Ten/Big East challenge against "rival" Cincinnati. Keep your eye on this team as I'm pretty certain Coach Beals will have them winning rings sometime soon.

No NFL? No problem. While many of you sit eagerly awaiting the results of the players association and commissioner's office negotiating a new CBA for professional football, some of you (like me) are wondering how a potential lock out will effect bigger things in life such as video games. Fear not, gamers, Madden 2012 will be produced no matter what and the only effect a lock out will have on the all-time classic is a reduction in exclusive rights price for EA Sports. What would our society be without video games?

Slow days for Mr. Rittenberg. Adam Rittenberg is the Big Ten football blogger for and does a terrific job, but this time of year isn't the most eventful. We feel for you Adam, because if we didn't have Buckeye hoops right now, we'd probably be writing pieces similar to this one on what will happen when Northwestern (NU) takes on Nebraska (NU) in the new Big Ten. I personally agree with going with a simple NU and NW or if you don't want to discriminate and make one change, just go NEB and NW. The decisions college football producers have to make are sure tough.

Breaking down 54 college hoopsters. That's what an anonymous scout did with Seth Davis. The only Buckeye on the list was Jared Sullinger, but "Finch" is going to have to include William Buford soon if he keeps on this tear. This is what the scout had to say about Sully:

I love him. He's like Elton Brand but he's a better basketball player. If he's not No. 1, he's not lasting past the top three. He'll get his shot blocked just like Kevin Love did, but his shooting percentage already accounts for that. He's comfortable with both hands and he makes free throws. He just has a great feel for the game, and you can tell winning is important to him. My concern is that he doesn't have a lot of upside, he's a finished product. And he's not a great athlete, so he has a ceiling.


We love him too and we'd love him even more if all the buzz on him returning is true. On one hand I wouldn't be upset if he left and took the top three draft pick money, but on the other hand, imagine how good he'd be next year. What do you think is truly the best move for Mr. Sullinger?

The next great one. OSU has had some pretty good big men come through in the Thad Matta era, but the next great Buckeye could be a point guard. A week after being named a McDonald's All-American, Shannon Scott was named to the Jordan Classic game. Scott is a 6-2/175 point guard who has developed a nice shot to go along with his tremendous ball handling and smooth passing skills. The son of former UNC star Charlie Scott, Shannon is the type of player who can have an impact in year one and will likely play alongside Aaron Craft, just like Mike Conley did with Jamar Butler. I'm really excited to see what Scott and the rest of the incoming freshmen can do with this past year's class.

You will get caught. I'm not one to harp, but on this I shall harp. Cam Newton was guilty. You cannot convince me otherwise and I know he will get caught one day. Apparently the NCAA is in the same thinking as myself and many others as their investigation into Newton and his recruitment is still on-going. It just doesn't add up that he'd ask for money from his "dream school" in Mississippi State, and when he didn't receive it, went to Auburn for free. Why wouldn't he then go to MSU anyway if no other schools offered him money? Auburn and Cam are dirty cheaters and one day the Heisman Trophy and MNC will be returned. Too bad at that point Cam will be rolling in millions made in the NFL.


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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I fail as a tOSU fan being that I do not follow the baseball squad. For one, I am not a huge fan of baseball, and two, there is no way for me to follow them in Arizona. Great hire from what I have read about Beals, but its hard to see any games. As for Madden, not really upset. I am a NCAA Football fanboy. I download fully named rosters, edit the players after each week of play, and love the rivaly games and dynasty mode. The recruiting is the best feature of NCAA and trumps anything Madden cab throw at it. And the custom stadium sounds make it for a true home game atmosphere. As for Sully, I don't feel like he is tapped out potential-wise and EVERYONE has a ceiling. But I do think staying one more year to work on technique, defense, and free-throws and enjoy the college life is his best option. But I wouldn't blame him for taking advantage of top draft lottery money. As for sCam Newton, I agree. Dude is dirty, his dad is dirty. Auburn is dirty. The SEC is dirty. And I can't wait for the day we get to see them return all the hardware they paid for. I mean "earned". There is no way he didn't know his father solicited pay for play. And there is no way he didn't take money from Auburn if his dream school offered and he turned them down.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

OHIOST1087's picture

Mr. Rittenberg has a nice new piece on our new receivers coach Stan Drayton (he put it up on Tuesday) -

gwalther's picture

I missed this. Thanks.

Class of 2008

Maestro's picture

No Big Ten teams in my top 25 baseball poll yet.  Sure hope the Bucks can work their way into it as the season gets rolling.  Have a nice couple of weeks in Florida Buckeye ball players.

vacuuming sucks

tomcollins's picture

If he can handle UofM (Minnesota) and UofM (Michigan), I'm sure he can figure out something for NW and Nebraska.  Why not jNU and NU?

Nappy's picture

We can tell them apart because Nebraska will be the team with more points

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

btalbert25's picture

Auburn's whole program is filthy.  It's not surprise that they are being investigated over some new recruits and I'd be willing to guess that is what they go down for.  They aren't far from being put on death notice.  As a side note, did you see the story about the trees their fans TP after wins being poisoned?  I only saw a blurb and headline, haven't had a chance to read the whole article, but apparently a lethal does of a herbicide has been spread over the ground where the trees are.  I guess Bama fans really hate Aurburn more than Michigan/Ohio State fans hate eachother.  I Couldn't imagine a Wolverine  poisoning Buckeye Grove.

btalbert25's picture

Just as I posted this I saw there is a post in the forum about it right now with a link.

Bucksfan's picture

Here's a link to the story:

I don't think they hate each other more than OSU-UM fans hate each other.  It's just that OSU and UM fans aren't that f'ing stupid.

btalbert25's picture

It just seems to me their hate is more intense.  I remember the Addicted to Quack BCS title preview where Aurburn and Bama fans racked up well over 1000 comments, and think that would never happen with Buckeye and Wolverines.  On this site the most worked up I've ever seen people came over comments made by Kansas State fans.  I'm not saying the rivalry is better, I just think the 2 fans bases have an intense hatred that's probably not matched by anyone else.  I don't know that they can co-exist with eachother.  I know plenty of Michigan fans and don't hate them personally.  Seems to me they take it personally.  They have a problem with the person, not the team the person likes.  Maybe I'm not seeing it correctly though.  I just have seen several incidents that make me believe there is ZERO respect in this rivalry.  Unlike Michigan and Ohio State where sure you hate the school and their teams, but you have a healthy respect for their program. 

ERIC OSU's picture

C'mon Man! Comparing "hate" that two fanbases have for each other by looking at how many idiotic comments that trolls comment on a message board??!!!??!? To me that means nothing, you can find the same type of barking on a MSU-Wis football chat board issued by

I do agree with you that there is a complete lack of respect between AUB-ALA fanbases.  Now that both teams are relevant, neither team knows how to handle it and sh** hits the fan. We are talking about the SEC after all.

btalbert25's picture

That wasn't the only thing, I guess I picked a bad example, but the total lack of respect, which is shown pretty frequently in the comments on the article about the trees, is what I'm getting at.  I guess internet comments aren't always the greatest measuring stick, but what's nice about the Michigan rivalry is that you can actually have civil conversations with  Michigan fans and not have it end up in a fist fight or one side calling the other a sheep fucker.

btalbert25's picture

That being said, I'm sure there are morons on both sides who may resort to violence and name calling but most if it is Ann Arbor is a whore, or Muck Fichigan type stuff.  Not a guy saying Ohio State fans have 2 double wides in their life, their fans and their wife.

Bucksfan's picture

What this d-bag did was stupid, immoral, and straight dick.  The shithead just destroyed an age-old Auburn football tradition, is proud of what he did, and somehow gets validated because people write it off as the hatred between two rivals.  Bullshit.  To me, all it means is that there's more stupidity in that rivalry than any reflects how shitty their schools are.

btalbert25's picture

I don't know if you are referring to me by saying some people write it off as hatred between rivals.  That's certainly not my intent. What he did was pretty awful.  I do think that the act, and the reaction by a large portion of Bama fans validates the hatred between the 2 schools.  It also validates the jackassery that ensues between the 2 schools.  This guy killed 2 old trees.  Some Auburn dudes F'd up Nick Saban's lake house by painting  orange and blue all over it.  To be sure, they are a bunch of idiots

BuckeyeChief's picture

Lol, Kansas State fans.

"2014 National with it!!!"

btalbert25's picture

I remember thinking WTF are those guys so worked up about?

jfunk's picture

Remind me again why the Kansas State trolls came a running in here....

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

btalbert25's picture

Somehow there was a post about the BCS bowl and maybe it was mentioned or implied that they were kind of not a signature program/win.  I can't remember exactly, but I guess one person saw it and linked it on a K-State board.

jfunk's picture

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

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm absolutely not an environmentalist-type. Nevertheless, I feel that football-rivalry pranks and/or skirmishes should never involve harming, kidnapping, or otherwise jeopardizing the wellbeing of innocent plants or animals.

Unless it's for a good reason, such as for building a wooden "white collar" jailhouse next to Toomer's Corner, or to supply a barbeque festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. By all means, harvest the trees and slaughter them hawgs, but don't let any parts go to waste, especially in this era of financial stress.

Besides, a real man would chop the damn trees down with an axe or a chain saw, not poisin them like some Black Widow bitch. Now, Auburb will spare no expense on the Cam Newtons of the horticultural world in attempt to save the trees, which could otherwise have been spent on remedial English books.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Wow. Just wow. We are killing trees over a fooseball game? I mean. I kill tress, before during, and after games. But not ACTUAL TREES. Just goes to show how ignorant Southerners can be. I know it could happen anywhere, but the key word is COULD, not did...sad for the two TOOMERS.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

BigRedBuckeye's picture


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

ERIC OSU's picture

They arrested this clown by the way... RETIRED texas state trooper. Yeah were not talking about some punk college kid, but a full-grown 60s-70s year old man plotting on a college campus. WOW.

RBuck's picture

They say you never graduate. This guy probably didn't graduate high school.

Long live the southend.

madhatterhater's picture

This idiot called into Finebaum show and admitted to it.  On a side note, if you want to laugh for a couple minutes listen to his show.  I listen to it daily and it really makes me feel better about my life.  Most uneducated callers into any radio show ever!

go bucks

doodah_man's picture

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

And he was a state-trooper. Awesome. Now I know my hatred for the blue and reds is legit. Power-trippers in high school that didn't amount to shat in life and become a cop to continue to harrass people and do shat that they think they can get away with cause they are police/troopers/whatever. I bet he will enjoy his time in the clank once people find out he as a pig.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Brutus's picture

Wow.  Hatred for the blue and red.  Power trippers in high school that didn't amount to shat in life and become a cop to continue to harrass people.  And you save the best part for last by calling him a pig.  Way to generalize an entire segment of society that devotes itself to protecting the public based on one guy's actions.  Let me guess, the man has been after you your entire life, right?  You always had to look over your shoulder growing up in your suburban white neighborhood, not because you might get jacked by a gang banger, but because 5-O was always getting in your businesss. What happened, did you get a speeding ticket or something?  Was a police officer not nice to you while correcting whatever moronic behavior you were guilty of.  You sir, are a shat.  I come to this site to catch up on all my Buckeye news.  Here, I can share in their victory and wallow in their defeat with a bunch of nameless, faceless people who somehow understand exactly how I'm feeling after every game, no matter what the outcome.  Unfortunately, I have to share this space with little pricks like you.


By the way, I'm a cop.  Keep fighting the power dickhead.