Tuesday Skull Session

By Johnny Ginter on March 22, 2011 at 6:00a
The Foreboding Femur: The Game of Rastafarianism

Happy Tuesday everyone, and welcome to your morning Skull Session. A thought struck me as I was looking for articles previewing the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team; in a few short weeks, even if the b-ball Buckeyes win it all, we will soon find ourselves looking deep into the gaping maw that is the offseason. It's a time that every fan dreads; banished as we are to a sports purgatory, we look for something, anything, that we can find meaning in. Some turn to family, community, or perhaps religion. Others will instead worship at the feet of the false idol that is baseball for several months, until the supply of rabbit feet they feed the Reds' pitching staff begins to run low and the team slips from 2nd to 5th in the Central Division standings.

It is best not to dwell on these things. Men have gone mad contemplating what lies ahead of them in the vast wasteland that is April through August. All you know is that you, reader of Eleven Warriors dot com, need not fear the future. Along with all of the other writers, past and present, of this magnificent blog, I will be here to help guide you through the Mad Maxian hell on earth that your lives will surely become. True, there will be pain and loss. But there will also be posts about fictional movies staring OSU players, about the shocking correlation between the box office gross of cowboy westerns and the decline of the Big Ten in football, and hopefully a great deal about the many and varied haircuts of Ohio State assistant coaches.

Excited? All in good time, my friends. First..

Regicide To make the Final Four, it is looking increasingly likely that Ohio State is going to have to plow their way through two teams that are generally considered basketball royalty; the University of Kentucky on Friday, and should they win that game, they would face the winner of Marquette and the University of North Carolina to gain access to that penultimate level in March Madness. Granted, neither UK or UNC is quite as daunting as they would normally be in most years, but the task ahead is still a big one. Andy Glockner over at SI.com offers up a good breakdown on the key factors that will be important for the last three games of the East bracket, and ultimately, sticks with the Buckeyes to win it all despite some challenges from game Wildcat and Tar Heel squads. I tend to agree, but I feel like I could stand to read a little more analysis on OSU/UK...

Ask And Ye Shall Receive That analysis actually comes from what is somehow a pretty great article from the Kentucky Kernel, the UK student newspaper. Remarkably balanced in its analysis, staff writer Aaron Smith does an unnervingly good job as comparing the teams in a sensical, even-handed manner. All of this is very irritating, of course: his team is from the SEC, and therefore he should be incredibly obnoxious about everything as he tries to tether the conversation to football for no reason. Come on man!

Oh thank God. All is well.

Ken Pom Bro Fist One of the items mentioned in the Glockner article is the fact that Mr. Ken Pomeroy has released his own odds of teams to make it to the Final Four and subsequently win it all, and that Ohio State stands at the top of the pack with a 30.6% chance of cutting down the nets. Given the utter destruction of George Mason this may not come as a surprise, but what IS a surprise is that after the three remaining 1 seeds, the team with the next highest chance to use a stepladder on a court not also occupied by the Washington Generals is Wisconsin, who Pomeroy gives a 9.5% chance to win it all, along with 25% chance of making the Final Four. An OSU/Wisconsin championship game would be absolutely insane, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves here.

If Your Name Is Buzz You'd Better Have A Cool Story Fortunately, Buzz Williams, the Marquette head coach, totally does. Asked a relatively simple question about his career goals as he was first getting into the basketball coaching game, Buzz launched into an incredible story that was half Huckleberry Finn and half How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Some highlights:

In January of '94 I went to the financial aid office at OCU, and I used to steal stationery and envelopes from a lady there so I could write letters. I said, I need a loan. She said, You don't qualify for a loan. I said, I need some sort of loan. She said, Why? Because I want to go to the Final Four.

I set in my car until about Tuesday night in front of Eddie McCarter's house. He drove up Tuesday night, drove in his parking garage, and when he got out of his car I got out of my truck... and I said, Hi, Coach McCarter, I just wanted to say one more time how much I really want the job. And he said, You have to be the craziest son of a bitch I've ever seen. And I said, Coach, I wanted to tell you one more time that I wanted the job.

I got in the U-Haul and drove to Arlington, had no money, had nowhere to live. I slept in the U-Haul in the parking lot of the athletic office until Monday morning at 8:00. Monday morning at 8:00 I walked in there and I said, I'm here.

Buzz Williams is awesome.

A Little Dick LeBeau To Ease You Into The Morning Here's a nice little interview with our favorite defensive coordinator discussing his time at Ohio State:


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thorvath22's picture

Roger Banta is a fine traditional troll name

Ignorance must surely be bliss...

Denny's picture

"I'm going to turn you in to Banta Fodder, heh heh heh" - Kige-a the Hutt


Bucksfan's picture

I still get really excited for the golf major championships (esp. the Masters), the Indy 500, and the NBA playoffs.  That's usually enough to last through June.  If the Reds were no good I would be dreading this next summer for sports.  But because of last season, I'll be following the Reds closely whether they're going to choke or not...they now have me hooked for the time being.

Roger's picture

This guy is a caricature of the south.


Barney's picture

Why am I not surprised that Def Leppard is one of his four favorite bands.

Set your gearshift for the high gear of your soul!

buckeyedude's picture

Saw this dude at the gas station last year, just off of I-75, near Lexington, Kentucky, on my way to Florida. Said he was a HUGE Wildcats fan, and that he enjoys his moonshine and all of the Yankee tourists. Also told me he has a beautiful sister/wife, but didn't have a pic of her. I think he said his name was "Booger" somethin' or another.



RBuck's picture

Is that the guy that did Ned Beatty?

Long live the southend.

luckynewman13's picture

o man, his e-mail address is posted on there, he really should change his privacy settings

Johnny Ginter's picture

agree, but i didn't post that comment so people could track him down and harass him. if you guys wanna make comments on the Kernel, that's cool, but sending him e-mails and so on definitely isn't.

Bux Fan in Toledo's picture

I guess our victory Florida doesn't count. I wonder where their loss to Florida fits in?

slippy's picture

Obvious troll is obvious.  As a collective internet, we need to stop responding to these idiots.

btalbert25's picture

The Roger Banta comment proves to me that UK fans are very nervous.  When it comes to basketball UK fans are too arrogant to rest on the laurels of SEC football.  They are smug enough with their own basketball history, that they don't have to pull the same tired arguments as Florida or Tennessee.  Yep, bringing up football shows how insecure they are about this game.

buckeyedude's picture

So the OSU/KenSUCKee Wildkitties game starts at 9:45 EST on friday? WTF is up with that?! Ticks me off.  I work third shift, and now I'll have to TIVO the game and watch it saturday morning. :(



Buckeyebrowny919's picture

haha..i commend the gentleman that responded to that troll

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Hoody Wayes's picture

It's Ohio State v. Kentucky - a primetime, network game between, two titans of collegiate athletics, on a Friday night. Lot$a ca$h, to be made. 

theDuke's picture

Who is Roger Banta?  And could he please return to the fourth grade for some english lessons? 


Doc's picture

Buzz Williams' story is epic.  He seems like a real down to earth guy.  I hope he can beat UNC, but that is where the ride ends.  Hard work and persistence does pay off.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Any of you feel like Kentucky, may play aggressively with Sullinger and act a little chippy during the game?

One thing OSU has not had this year, is an opponent get in  their face, and I wouldn't doubt Kentucky trying the approach.

OSU has played the game well this year and has responded maturely/professionally to referee calls and some physical play.......let's hope it continues under the BRIGHT SWEET 16 lights.


buckeyedude's picture

Didn't George Mason just try that "in your face" and trash talk, song and dance?



iball's picture

Like I always say, any records/championships won before African-Americans were allowed to play, should not count. (sound of Adolph Rupp turning in grave).

“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

Seriously?  I guess even if you do that they are still sitting on 3 titles which is more than most and would put them only behind UCLA, Indiana, UNC, and Duke.  Some people make Rupp out to be a grand wizzard and some make him out to be this benevolent man who could never fathom taking African Americans to Tuscaloosa or Oxford.  I have a feeling he was probably somewhere in between, but you can't discount their history because you don't like part of it. 

iball's picture

Just a joke, no offense.

“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

Oh I wasn't offended at all.  I'm certainly not a UK fan or apologist, but there are people who believe that's how it should be. 

francosutrack's picture

Regicide To make the Final Four, it is looking increasingly likely that Ohio State is going to have to plow their way through two teams that are generally considered basketball royalty; the University of Kentucky on Thursday, and should they win that game,


Isn't the game on Friday???

Johnny Ginter's picture

oh man, it is, i totally looked at the wrong date. i'll fix it.

francosutrack's picture

Thanks Johnny, had me totally confused for a moment there.

MackRM408's picture

Interesting: Adolph Rupp was very superstitious and would carry a lucky buckeye in his pocker during games

Doc's picture

Fear the Nut!

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buckeyedude's picture

Just watched a coaches show on FSDetroit, and one of the coaches was the b-ball coach from USC. Of the three, two of them picked Ohio State to beat Kentucky, but Mr. USC picked Kentucky. Concerning the national championship, Mr. USC coach picked Wisconsin to win it all. Wisconsin?!



Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Wow.  Coach Crapipari, really?  I promise, that NO tOSU player, coach, alum, fan, or employee wants tOSU to be UK.  What a douchebag.  Not only would I love to see Matta and Co. hang 100 on these backwood jadrools, I would love to hear the tOSU fans in attendance chant "SEC SEC SEC" just like the Sugar Bowl.  Never have I liked him, but now, I am ashamed that he and I are both Catholic Italians.  Vaffanculo!


Sorry if I offended any of my Buckeye bretheren with this post, but that brought out the angry eye-talian in me....

"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