Friday Skull Session

By Jake on April 22, 2011 at 6:00a
Brutus Buckeye before he got all "mainstream"

Good morning fellow Buckeyes, and welcome to the Friday Skull Session. Many of us are headed home this weekend for Easter/Passover/General family get-together. While I won't have far to travel, for those of you taking the long road, be safe. For those in the Columbus area, there is also a little event called the "Spring Game" this weekend. It's a pretty obscure thing, you've probably never heard of it. Be sure to stock up on your sports hipster bonafides, at $15 a ticket, and support the team. Afterward you can grab some Buckeye Donuts, drink some PBR at the Blue Danube, and buy a new sweater at Urban Outfitters. 

Jesse Owens: Not a crier. A couple of weeks ago, Florida unveiled statues of their Quarterback pantheon, with a special emphasis on new favored son Tim Tebow. Now, Ohio State has decided to honor a REAL American hero and unveil their own statue of great Nazi-vanquisher Jesse Owens. I suppose it's yet again up to the Big Ten to show the world the right way to bronze

Chutzpah, they has it. Andy Staples writes about the high stakes game of chicken the BCS is constantly in the process of running. The powers-that-be claim that the death of the BCS would revert things back to the old bowl system, a frightening prospect for the Boise States and TCUs, as well as the ACC and Big East. Staples writes:

If they do, they'll face two choices: the old system, which would bring in far less money, or a playoff, which would bring in far more. Common sense suggests presidents would pick the playoff, which conservative estimates peg at $300-$400 million a year in rights fees on top of what the remaining bowls would bring, but the anti-playoff forces are powerful, influential and firmly entrenched.

This is one area where, unfortunately, the Big Ten is firmly on the side of the reactionaries. Whatever the reason, Jim Delaney and co. are publicly and powerfully on the side of the BCS and against a playoff. While any real possibility of a playoff is out of the question until the expiration of the current BCS contract, it's in the interest of all of those who favor a playoff to cheer on the state of Utah and it's quixotic court case. Quixotic, of course, is an adjective that can describe just about anything to do with Utah. 

Would the next member of Linebacker U please stand up. Adam Rittenberg writes about Etienne Sabino and his starting spot this coming season. Apparantly having his best spring yet, Sabino brings a size and strength that's been missing at the position the last few years. Quoth Rittenberg:

Along with Sweat, Sabino will anchor the linebacker group this season, and he has spent the spring fine-tuning his game, trying to keep his pads lower and employ better technique. Ohio State says goodbye to seven defensive starters, the most production lost since after the 2005 season. 

Andrew Sweat was a known quantity by last year's end. Etienne Sabino has that chance this year, and I'm excited to see what he does with it. 

The SEC has speed on the training staff, though. Every time someone points out that the SEC isn't really much faster than anyone else, the goalposts get moved progressively further. First, it went from "it's not speed at skill positions, but everywhere else." Then it became, "It's on the defensive line." Now, according to SI's rankings of defensive end prospects, the SEC was incredibly sparse at the position while the Slow States brought the bacon. No doubt the true strength of SEC speed lies in the waterboy's ability to quickly hydrate southern players.

In case you missed it. Apparantly Skynet went live a few days ago and the Nuclear Holocaust was last night. If you're reading this, we somehow survived the Robot Apocalypse intact. Or, more likely, they're keeping the interwebs alive because Killer Robots love ragecomics even more than humans.  


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BuckeyeChief's picture

I'm not a big statue guy, but I am very happy Mr. Owens got one.
IMHO, Archie, Chic Harley, and Woody deserve ones, at the 'Shoe. Thoughts?

"2014 National with it!!!"

robert goulet's picture

Pfft.  Way to sell out my avatar, Jake.  Next thing you know, Black Keys will provide the official 11W anthem.... oh, wait...

I say let the SEC, with less of a history and fewer statue-worthy figures, get into a statue war.  Cam Newton's getting one at Auburn already?!?!  I'm all about the Owens statue, but for football, the accolades within the stadium and the 7 little statues at the WHAC are sufficient.

buckeyedude's picture

Agreed. I don't know how anyone could argue with that.



btalbert25's picture

Honestly, let them construct statues, their football facilities will have a Amusement Park or Mini Golf feel.  They can give Tebow his statue and tribute his speech, we'll build monuments to American heroes.  We can build monuments to icons and honor the rest in Buckeye Grove.  It's a cooler tribute anyway.

The_Lurker's picture

The Cam Newton statue is destined to be vacated.

btalbert25's picture

It's remarkable to me that you start a QB that basically played 1 season for your school and who brought nothing but controversy and potential scandal to the school. 

DarthSweaterVest's picture

Remarkable?  How about completely ludicrous?  The Tebow and Wuerffel statues are bad enough.  Spurrier I can see as he was the Flordia franchise for a long time.  But Newton?  A one and done guy?  Who was surrounded by scandal?  Just preposterous.  For tOSU I would only want to see Woody as he is THE icon of tOSU football and Archie as he did something no one else has done. 

btalbert25's picture

All their statue building in the south is crazy.  Nick Saban at Bama?  Really?  Tebow got worse from his Sophomore to Senior year, but his legend just kept growing.  He was a legit Heisman candidate one time, the other 2 years he took a spot from someone like CJ Spiller who deserved to be in New York. They already made is speech legend, now there's a statue, I guess one day they'll be playing on Tebow field.


DarthSweaterVest's picture

Yeah, a 4 year tenure is the time to put up a statue of someone.  Completely ludicrous.

BuckeyeSki's picture

They should bronze this:


or even better this:




Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

buckeyedude's picture

I understand as Buckeye fans, Tebow is an easy target. But, I do appreciate the whipper-snapper's off the field philanthropy . I believe that is a big reason why the Gaytor fans like to hold him up and I can appreciate that. I hate to say it, and I know I'm going to take heat for it, but I believe he is a better role model than say a certain QB that plays for our beloved Buckeyes.



Colin's picture

I don't think you deserve any heat for saying this...I agree with you. There's Tebow, the devout Christian, philathropist and all around good guy. Or there's TP, who was famously quoted with saying everybody kills people, and is now serving a suspension for being stupid.

Tebow wins hands down. People hate Tebow for all of these reasons and that he still won the heisman and 2 NCs... I think he just comes off as a p*ssy to some people so he is easy to pick on.

RBuck's picture

I'm one of those who thinks it's OK to be a devout Christian, Jew, Muslum or whatever floats your boat. Just don't throw it in my face...Tebow does.

Long live the southend.

Maestro's picture

I agree with DSV.

vacuuming sucks

DarthSweaterVest's picture

Maestro, as always, you are a man of discerning intelligence.

buckeyedude's picture

I believe Jesse should have one too. Not only did he do his school and his state proud, he did his country proud! How many athletes can say that(maybe Cassius Clay)? If you could only do one statue, in my opinion, it would have to be Jesse. People from all over the country(opposing team's fans, even Michelin fans) could see it, and appreciate it.



gravey's picture

Good to hear Buckeye DoNut (BuckDo's) and the Blue Dube are still there.  The last time I whipped down High Street it looked like Martha Stewart moved in and renovated every single brick of coolness out of the place.  Puke. 1988 there was a blizzard on campus.  5,000 snowball fight participants (started at Halloran Hall...moved to the Towers...onto the Quad...up 15th Street), 700 windows broken, 20 arrests, 2 huge ass snowballs blocked high really good time...