Thursday Skull Session

By Alex on May 19, 2011 at 6:00a
Hate to be the guy in the white uniDoes this look like a blogger to you?

Good morning Dubsketeers and welcome to this edition of your Thursday Skull Session. It certainly hasn't been great weather of late, making the lull of the "off-season" even tougher to deal with when my only escape of Major League Baseball isn't even available some nights due to postponements. 

I don't know how many of you have been following the NBA Playoffs this year, but we are now in the conference finals where the Thunder is facing the Mavs and the Bulls are taking on the Heat. Buckeye fans should have lots of interest in both series, as nearly the entire state of Ohio surely has a right to root against "The Queen" (to D-Wade's King), and the Thunder's squad features two Buckeyes in Daequan Cook and Byron "artist formerly known as BJ" Mullens.

My theory on hating LeBron doesn't stem from his decision to leave an already depressed city in shambles for the next 5-10 years with their only hope coming in the big man-small man combo of Enes Kanter and Kyrie Irving in the lottery this year. It's HOW he made that decision to leave the city of Cleveland, which was totally classless and unprofessional, and that's not even taking into consideration his hour long "Decision" that toiled Dan Gilbert and the wine and gold faithful on a string for a solid 48 minutes. Finally, LeBron's inability to understand why his actions continue to leave the Cavs fans angry at him is the most puzzling of all, and probably will make him a great sociology study one day.

As for our Buckeye bretheren kicking it in OKC, I am very happy for Cook who has become a solid role player in this year's championship run, but Mullens on the other hand, I don't consider a member of the OSU family. Yes, they both spent a year in the program and had their focus solely on jumping to the "league" but there was just something about the way Mullens carried himself that made him extremely unlikeable. What are your thoughts?

Anyway, I'll stop rambling for now and bring you the event you all came here to see, today's Skull Session.

So you think you can blog? Yes, I'm talking to you Kyle Kalis. All 6 feet, 5 inches, and 305 pounds of you. The reason for my beef with Kalis, is that he apparently thinks he can take on 11W in the blogosphere. In all seriousness, Kalis will be blogging for the Sporting News this month, mainly focusing on his life as a recruit and growing up with a legacy to fulfill of his father who played in the NFL. I didn't even know Kalis's father played in the NFL, but that's certainly good to know as a Buckeye fan, being that it can only help in preparing him to deal with both on and off the field issues. Kalis seems to carry himself well and I have a good feeling he will be a special player at OSU during his time in Columbus.

Speaking of LeBron. Please just see this video if you want to laugh.

James Jackson, we hardly knew thee. The wide receiver position is thin for the Bucks this year, but one player who seemed to have no chance of playing this year despite having some tenure under his belt was James Jackson. The Michigan speedster was never able to translate his blazing 40-time to on field production and rumors circulated about a month ago that he'd be taking his talents up to Grand Valley State. While Jackson will transfer, it looks like it will be to Michigan State, rather than GVSU according to's Allen Trieu. Thanks to Justin Boren, we know if Jackson wants to play football he will have to pay his own way per conference transfer rules. There could be one loophole though, as there are rumblings Jackson will enroll at MSU on a track scholarship, which could open the doors for him to "walk-on" to the football team. We shall see if anything comes of James Jackson, but if history is any indicator, the Spartans will be lucky to get just a kick returner out of the home state product.

From the Big Ten spring meetings. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg caught up with Gene Smith at the Big Ten meetings this week and the OSU head man voiced his support for Jim Tressel. Despite some comments last month in which it seemed Smith was not in JT's corner, he says that is not the case and his stance on his coach's future of staying in Columbus has not changed. Smith would not go further into the on-going NCAA case on the program, but it was nice to see the AD setting the record straight. Oh, also from the B1G meetings is video from John Belushi and Bo Pelini.

Everything isn't bigger in Ohio. Texas may have ventured on it's own to merge with ESPN and form a super Longhorn Network, but you won't see the Buckeyes doing that. At least not in the near future. I think a Buckeye Network could definitely work as the fan base is large enough on a national level and the interest would certainly be there from a network like ESPN, but making such a move would damage relations with the Big Ten conference. Based on how he speaks in the article, Gene Smith certainly understands this, and while we'd all love a channel in which we can see OSU programming 24/7, don't expect it to happen while the Big Ten Network is in existence. The conference's lower revenue team's need powers like OSU, Michigan, and now Nebraska to survive, so any move to effect that shared revenue would definitely strain program to conference relations. Now if there was a way to provide a Buckeye Network and still share revenue, would that be something you might be interested in Gene?


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BuckeyeChief's picture

I use Wade's kick to cut grass in, James' kick, I blacked out everything Icould and use them in the gym; I am not mad he he did it. I'd have more respect for the guy if he didn't flip flop on everything he says. Be a villian or don't. Before I get the hater comments, I still supported Manny and Thome after they left. CC as well.

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Buckeye 09's picture

I couldn't agree more about Byron Mullens. I hated watching him play. He had all of the tools to be good, but always played soft. He is huge but refused to take the ball strong to the basket and he was a terrible rebounder. Also, I couldn't take watching him stand next the basket pointing at the rim to call for alley oops every possesion.

The_Lurker's picture

Why do you have to sully my good memories of John Belushi like that?

Lilbuckskamliam's picture

Hey guys.. read everyday but never post.

Ran accrossed this article on Kurt Coleman.. Gist.. Eagles fans are starting to understand that Kurt is a bad man.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Oh the hell well. I can't bitch, they named Newton and Pearl as well. Don't look for the red herring. They called us all out, just used the most iconic cover they could.

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Pam's picture

No mention of Jim Calhoun?  Really?  How about BYU and their LOIC? Really?

BuckeyeChief's picture

I'll give you Calhoun, maybe it's in the article; however Pam (and I NEVER disagree with you), I don't have a problem with BYU's Code (LOIC right?)...maybe it's the military in me.

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Pam's picture

Sorry, it's BSU not BYU that got LOIC


The article is about scandals in College Sports this past year.  How can you not write about EVERYTHING that went on with that title? They go back to 1999 with tOSU and the NCAA and yet not one mention of a coach who got popped for recruiting violations?  Consider me realllllly pissed.  I have a subscription to the Mag and a strongly worded letter will be forthcomong as will a cancellation. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Got it and seconded. Brain is another place and I couldn't decipher loic.

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Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Haven't read article as I stopped paying ESPN when Mr. Friend printed the crap Mo C said as truth, and made no apologies once the world figured out it was on Mo C, not the program.  That kid never saw the field again once the school found out he was a bum (at the time, I have much respect for him now as it seems he has grown into a man- finally) but the Mag stood by his story.

So, do they mention Oregon (paid "recruiter" & Massoli)?  Oklahoma (car dealership jobs)?  IU hoops (repeat offender firing of HC)?  UNC football (key D playes ruled ineligible)?  The all expenses paid agent parties it seems most of the SEC was invited to?  UM football (practicing with members of football staff overseeing when not allowed)?  MSU allowing a kid to play on the Saturday after his Thursday release from jail?  Calipari having final 4's vacated? 

Horse hockey.  When did ESPN become TMZ? 

buckeyedude's picture

Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! You mean BJ Mullens?! Byron Mullens?! 

Never heard of him.



Brutus's picture

I was late to the game as far as the anti-Herbie sentiment goes. I recognize that he was being overly critical of the Bucks but figured it was more out of tough love than hate. All that changed after the last interview where he again attacked Pryor and criticized Tressel for recruiting "guys like" him. Herbie is entitled to his opinion but he's lost all credibility as an unbiased commentator. Similarly, I never bought into the vast anti-Buckeye/B1G conspiracy by ESPN. I figured haters will hate and since hate sells, ESPN was just doing what it could to get readers/ratings. But this magazine cover is so over the top. It could not be a more personal attack. Notice the very small text which tells you that this story isn't just about Ohio State, but Newton and Pearl as well. By adding those few token words, ESPN can continue to claim that they're just unbiased reporters doing a story. But that's a load of shit. This actually would have been less of a personal attack on JT had they just put a picture of him on the cover. Instead, they went through the trouble of an entire photo shoot with someone dressed in his signature sweater vest so they could get the perfect picture of the image they want to portray: JT, the cheater who got busted. ESPN is entitled to put whatever they want on the cover of their mag and run whatever story they please. They just can't say that this isn't personal anymore. I firmly believe there is some sort of agenda, something more than just wanting to sell magazines.