Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on May 18, 2011 at 6:00a
Props to Eddie on his upcoming enshrinement

Greetings Buckeye fans and welcome to the first skull session since my beloved Yankees stopped the bleeding on a six game losing streak. It's times like this when you realize just how great college football is in that your favorite team is able to bring in 20-ish brand new prospects each year to replace the guys who have used up their eligibility or chosen to move on whereas big market pro teams like the Yankees are forced to sign guys to longer and more expensive deals than they are worth as a thank you for lifetime service (Jeter, Posada) which becomes extremely painful at the back end of those ridiculous contracts. In addition, more often than not, colleges get kids in virtual prime of their athleticism, or at least on the upswing versus the downslope so you almost never have to watch a player disintegrate physically right before your eyes.

Okay, I'll shift gears now since I assume at least 90% of you hate the Yankees for numerous valid (and invalid) reasons despite the many Yankees/OSU ties, I'm aware that's not what you come here for...

College Football HLoLF. First, let me say I'm as happy as anyone that a class act and bad ass running back like Eddie George will become the 29th Buckeye elected to the college footbal HoF. He's as deserving as anyone based on what he accomplished on the field and he's a fantastic representative for Ohio State taboot. His ability to overcome a rough start with the fumbles and evolve into the first Buckeye in my lifetime to win the Stiff Arm is an impressive story. And that 314 against Illinois is still one of the sickest performances I've ever seen.

Still, it's hard for me to get overly excited about the college football HoF as a whole. Maybe it's because I'm such a baseball fan but I have a hard time seeing the need for a HoF that, for players at least, can only take into account what someone did over a maximum four year span. I'm not saying there isn't a need or that it isn't special, it's just that four years is such a small sample size of a person's performance in a given sport. I know that's kind of a flimsy argument against the HoF since it's really just about personal preference but other factors that don't jive are the nomination and criteria.

The nomination process is elongated and clunky while the only firm criteria for a player are to be recognized as a major first team all-american and to be at least 10 years removed from the last game played but not more than 50 years. That sounds fine and dandy but between the nomination and criteria processes, you somehow end up seeing very odd things happening with regard to timing, summarized perfectly yesterday by Adam Jacobi. Like him or not, Deion Sanders basically invented the term shut-down corner and it took 22 years for him to gain enshrinement. As Jacobi notes, Eric Dickerson still isn't in and he played 30 years ago although I admit that makes a little more sense as he played at SMU and drove a booster-fueled gold Trans Am but there's no scandal to blame for Tommie Frazier's lack of recognition. Two titles, 33-3 as a starter and 83 TD's aren't good enough?

Long story short, the HoF just seems a bit randomly disorganized for me to give too much of a hoot about it from a player perspective especially when, in the end, we're talking about four years of football. Where do you stand?

"Moonshine, Here! Get Your Fatty Moonshine Here". This may come as a surprise so prepare yourself accordingly...West Virginia fans who commented about a proposal to sell beer inside the venues of athletic events said - by a 2 to 1 margin - that they oppose the idea. My first impulse was to assume that 33% of the respondents couldn't read, causing a seismic inaccuracy of the results but apparently the fans have spoken as intended. Those against the proposal even said they'd stop coming to games, cancel season tickets and refrain from donating couches for students to burn.

Those in favor of the proposal argue it could curtail the binge drinking that occurs prior to kickoff but if you've ever been to a game at WVU, you know that's unrealistic. My one and only trip to Morgantown occured in September '98 when the Buckeyes put a 34-17 whuppin' on Bulger, Zereoue, Porter and company and I have to say I've never seen such a pitiful display of drunken fandom. Couch fires, empty bottles of Jack raining down on the field, drunken, shirtless hooligans screaming at old ladies about Katzenmoyer's grades. I know stuff like this happens in and around plenty of stadiums but WVU fans were BY FAR the worst I've ever seen. To sell beer inside that stadium would do nothing but help the university get even more rich off the shenanigans they tolerate.

March Madne$$. Maybe you've seen this but it defintely got by me until yesterday. Last October, the NCAA paid $17.2 million to a sports and entertainment marketer (Intersport) for exclusive rights to the phrase "March Madness." Intersport held the rights since the early '90's as part of a deal with the Illinois High School Association. USA Today's article notes a "leading brand strategist", Ed O'Hara, considers the move a great deal for the NCAA:

"In my life, March Madness has grown a hundredfold. It's a lifestyle. It engages an entire nation. And that is power. March Madness to the NCAA is the Super Bowl the NFL -- even bigger because it's not just one game spread over a couple of weeks and it engages communities at the grass roots level all across the country. It's massive. Intersport might be saying in five years, 'Wow, we should have held out for more.' "

With the March Madness brand firmly entrenched as part of a tournament TV deal that will see Turner and CBS fork out $10.8 billion over 14 years to the NCAA, it's hard to argue against the NCAA's $17.2 million investment.

Catching Up With JaJuan Story. Remember Jajuan Story? He's the 6'4" receiver Ohio State was in on until he ultimately decided to sign with the Gators this past February. Not only could the Buckeyes use another wideout at the moment but they also lost out on a quote machine, at least you'll think so if you are as immature as me. Here's a snippet from his recent interview with Gator Country:

Q: What’s your favorite pre-game ritual?

A: Well, I take a doodoo. Before every game I doodoo.

Q: That’s your FAVORITE pregame ritual?

A: Well, that’s the only thing I do. That’s one thing I have to do before every game, or I won’t feel energy, and I’ll just feel slow. When I do I just feel light on my feet and everything, and I feel faster, so that’s what I do.

Q: You know I’m going to write this in a story right?

A: Well, I mean, that’s what it is. I doodoo and then listen to Katy Perry.

Katy Perry?!? Doodoo in, doodoo out, I guess. That makes sense.

Mixtape. How to get the girl...."10 Great Moments in Fans Running Onto the Field of Play...When government takes power too far...


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Jake's picture

That's only 50% of getting the girl, Chris, or else the nerds too shy to say hello would be neck deep. 

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Agreed, that chart shows all the things you do after introducing yourself.  

The_Lurker's picture

That was a great form tackle by Bo Pelini on that Mexico fan.

cal3713's picture

That man had clearly been trained in american football, and damn, that fan was fucking fast... at least on his initial 60 yard sprint.

German Buckeye's picture

Jajuan  Very articulate. 

Doc's picture

Doodoo is bad, but, at least he didn't say "beat the bishop".  That would have been slightly worse.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

I for one, care VERY much, about the Yanks Chris. The bleeding didnt stop last night, it was just soaked up momentarily by the gauze pad. Lets see how the rest of the week plays out...



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Irricoir's picture

Could this be the appetizer, the prequel to the scale 10 story that was in the works? Timing is unusual but I guess after 28 years in the business, maybe it is time to hang it up. Maybe it is time to get out of town before the discovery becomes public too.

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qualityshows's picture

A friend of mine found an unbelievably douchey and hilarious clip of a Michigan fan that should make you ready for some football. (Lots of other hilarious stuff there too.) You gotta see this and COMMENT on it!

cal3713's picture

Clearly a zombie.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I don't think I have heard any male above the age of 6 refer to taking a Brady and wiping thier Hoke as "doodoo". And seriously? Katy Perry? That trumps Party in the USA any way you look at it.

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Scott K's picture

Sorry, but you're not getting a pass on this Chris:

"...whereas big market pro teams like the Yankees are forced to sign guys to longer and more expensive deals than they are worth as a thank you for lifetime service (Jeter, Posada) which becomes extremely painful at the back end of those ridiculous contracts"

That is the most ridiculous statement about MLB I think I've ever read.  No one is forcing the hankees to offer those ridiculous contracts.  If they're so tired of them, then they should lead the way to a salary cap ala the NFL or NBA.  Then they won't have to be "forced" in to those contracts, or the ridiculous ones they offer to free agents to lure them away from their former clubs.

I've really enjoyed seeing this:

Sucks when the shoe's on the other foot so to speak, eh?


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Chris Lauderback's picture

Ha! I was waiting all day for someone to jump on that. Thanks for chiming in...

I mean "forced" as in Cashman/ownership hands are a bit tied with guys like Jorge and Jeter because such a large portion of the yankee-fan-public would've generated major backlash if those guys weren't signed. You don't think that's their reality? At the same time, Jeter/Posada know this and used that as leverage (understandably so) to squeeze more dollars/years out of a contract than they are truly worth.

You really think the Yankees were gonna let Jeter walk last year? They were forced to sign him. Just like they are forced to offer every high priced free agent a deal sweeter than other teams - because the agent/player know the yankees are very aware they have to a premium for guys. I'm not asking you to wipe my tears. I hear where you are coming from. Just saying it sucks to watch these guys go down in flames physically and still be making premium dollars. I mean, I watched both Jeter and Posada since AAA ball and it is crazy to see them decline at such a ridiculous rate, though Jeter's skills have diminished at a far greater rate than Posada's. Jorge will still end up with fairly respectable OBP and power numbers whereas Jeter is a shell of his former self offensively. Clearly, the yankees made their own bed with these two (and many others) - it's just tough to watch with these two all-time greats.

As for a salary cap - I'm not saying that you are doing this specifically - but I love when small-mid market fans/teams whine about the salary cap as if the yankees are to blame. Why on earth would the yankees want a salary cap? They are in the business of making money and trying to win the world series so why would they willingly give up such an incredible business advantage? Anybody blaming the yankees for the salary imbalances or thinking they should "lead the way" in orchestrating a salary cap needs their head examined. It's MLB's job to implement a salary cap, not Hank/Hal Steinbrenner's. (Admittedly, I likely need my own head examined for wanting it both ways, as if the Yanks don't already have enough advantages. I'm a fan, what can I say...)


Scott K's picture

:-)  Sorry, but there is no whining in my statements.

Again, signing or resigning an aging player is completely up to the team.  If the fan base is so unintelligent to see why a team won't overspend for a player who's past his prime, even the yankees with an unlimitted budget, then that's just too bad.  No WAY can you ever convince me that the Yankees are FORCED to overpay for players, old or new. Is that the way things actually work now?  Probably.  But are they being forced to do anything?  No.  They choose to do so.

Of course they are not going to force the league to institute a salary cap.  As you so rightly pointed out: "They are in the business of making money and trying to win the world series so why would they willingly give up such an incredible business advantage?"  This, of course, amounts to having an unfair advantage (quite a large on in fact) over smaller market teams. This is one big reason that baseball plays second fiddle to the NFL. It's fun to watch different teams win every year, or at least compete with the perrenial winners.  It keeps fans interested, and generates new interest.

I did not suggest that the yankees, of their own volition, should "lead the way" to salary cap equallity. Nor have I blamed them for the current state of "unfair business advantages" that currently exist in MLB.  I merely suggested it as a solution to your actual whinning about the yankees being forced to overpay for players with diminishing skills.  Yes, you're a fan, and you're entitled to bitch about your team.  However, in case you hadn't noticed, the only people who root for the yankees, are yankees fans.  The rest of the world roots against them. ;-) Kinda like another team I actually DO root for...


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William's picture

The Yankees were not forced to sign Jeter, no organization can be forced to sign a player. Also the methods that the Yankees have used to gain players are unfair and completely ridiculous, spending hundreds of millions on several players is terrible, it's as ridiculous as Real Madrid who just attempts to buy teams. The best thing about this season is that a team that builds properly and in a respectable manner is the best team in the league. The Cleveland Indians have built their current team through respectable and traditional methods, an excellent player development program, and through savvy trades.