Tuesday Skull Session

By Johnny Ginter on June 28, 2011 at 6:00a
I wonder what that He-Man is up to...

Happy Tuesday everyone, and welcome to your morning Skull Session. I don't know what it is about summer. Everything about it makes me feel like I'm trapped in the house of a great great aunt who I've never met for her 97th birthday. It's hotter inside the house than out, there are lace doilies everywhere, and the only food not made primarily from bologna in the building is a bowl full of ten year old butterscotch candies, sitting on top of a table decorated with her late husband's World War II unit citation (for 3rd Mississippi Maintenance Regiment, Concrete Buildings and Lavatories Unit) and a faded picture of a chubby baby glaring angrily into nothingness.

What I'm saying is that I'm not a huge fan of summer. Never have been. Even when I was a kid, the only things I enjoyed about it were being on the swim team (an excuse to spend 20-30 hours a week in a pool) and baseball (an excuse to watch Sportscenter recaps and memorize box scores). Soccer was there too, but soccer in the months of July and August meant conditioning and me bringing two extra shirts to two a days because of how much I sweat.

Still, thankfully and mercifully, in their infinite wisdom, our Founding Fathers saw it fit to create our great nation at a time when summer malaise is at its height, giving all Americans an excuse to blow things up semi-legally at a time when we'd be starting Whiskey Rebellions otherwise. Hopefully we here at Eleven Warriors can help sustain you in your time of need until the glorious 4th.

Butch And John, Best Friends 4 Eva Butch Davis should be fired. Actually, let me rephrase. Butch Davis should already be fired. The problems going on at the University of North Carolina have been pretty extensively covered, and at the center of it is an assistant coach named John Blake, a man Butch Davis has known for around 40 years now. CBS Sports has a pretty good profile of the guy who hopefully will cause a good friend of his to lose his job, and given his "resume" it's at once both hard and easy to understand how he was able to get the jobs that he did.

Short answer: he knows people. Everything in sports seems caricatured to a ridiculous degree sometimes, and obtaining a job is no exception. If you know a dude who becomes successful, you can get a job. That's not to say that Blake was ineffective at what he did; he was, as Davis introduced him, "a terrific recruiter." He just did it in violation of NCAA rules, over and over again. It's a testament and a damning example of the strength of cronyism in sports that a guy like Blake was able to last as long as he did. 

So Good He's Named After Two Sports Companies As you probably already know, Russell Wilson, former NC State QB, has ended up at Wisconsin after a short stint playing some baseball. Bucky's 5th Quarter is optimistic about their new acquisition, and while it is undeniable that Wilson is a terrific talent who has the potential to make the Badgers much better than they might've been otherwise, I'm not as convinced he's going to be the guy to make them the outright Big Ten favorites.

Most of my apprehension has to do with Wilson being able to gel with his new team, not his ability. The timeframe from transfer to starting QB is perilously short for him, and he is not going to have a lot of time to adjust to not just Big Ten football, but football in general. Everyone else will have had a spring and summer of practice and conditioning under their belts, and ultimately having Wilson be the opening day QB carries some risks. September 10th against Oregon State looms large.

Twitter And Facebook, The Downfall Of Man I feel bad for C.J. Johnson. He was the #2 rated inside LB in the country before ultimately committing to Ole Miss, and just wanted to kick back, relax, and enjoy life while graphically describing sex acts on his Twitter account. And really, is that too much to ask? Is that so wrong? Well, apparently to his university, yes. Yes it is.

Look, you will probably never see a description of acts of a carnal nature on my Twitter, or a long string of curse words unless Joey Votto breaks his arm or something. But the point is that me doing either of those things is irrelevant, because nobody cares. For college athletes, the idea that there are now people who will constantly monitor their online activity has got to be a jarring realization.

Just ask James Louis, after he reads part one of my six part series about his various tweets about his hatred of cats and birds pooping on him.

This One's For You, Jimmy T I'm generally not a fan of Florida State, but I am absolutely a fan of quality punting. So in case you forgot, this is how a punter wins the MVP of a bowl game. It is probably the single most ridiculous display of punting and big time theatrics I have ever seen in a college football game. Graham Gano, you brilliant and devious bastard; you earned this.


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BuckeyeChief's picture

Jeez Louise, that CJ Johnson twitter page was nuts.

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

Nappy's picture

As long as we're eligible to play in the B1G Title game, the Wiscy game will decide who is playing in it.  I think Wilson will be solid. He's had decent years in the past and now has a lot more talent around him.  Im thankful it's a revenge game in the shoe and not in Camp Randall, plus since we'll all be at Eat Too, Brute, we cant lose.  This season can't start soon enough.

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

GoBucks713's picture

What time do we start celebrating Ohio State Victory. Oh, and someone needs to get a charge under Lou Brutus and the boys and get an F Wisky song!

-The Aristocrats!

Nappy's picture

Well it's 10:10am EST, Im ready to start now.

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

Pam's picture

I will be attending the Wiscy game in the 'Shoe this year.  I am 10-0 so far and I am not leaving Col. with a loss. Can't wait to meet up at ETB. Best part? I gave up my seat on my flight back to Philly after the PSU game last year. Got voucher for $350 for doing so. Next flight was in 2 hours so I went to the bar had a couple of Bloddy Mary's and watched the Browns. Price of the flight for this year is $0. Pretty sweet

RBuck's picture

Wow Johnny, I never heard of anyone, who as a kid, didn't like summer.

Long live the southend.

Denny's picture

It probably has something to do with the fact that horse meat is scarce in the summer time.


biggy84's picture

Horse meat- the true "other white meat"

RBuck's picture

Only if the horse is named Silver.

Long live the southend.

btalbert25's picture

I enjoy summer but usually by the 2nd week of August I'm ready for it to get cold again lol.  I started working at a produce farm when I was about 13 and as a young adult I got a job at CVG working on the ramp for Comair for several years.  I used to not get phased by weather much at all.  If it was hot I would deal with it, if it was below zero I could deal with it.  Now, I have an office job where I sit at a computer all day.  I don't like the heat or cold lol.  I get outside and work in my yard in the summer and just think this shit is too much like work lol.

There is one part of your skull session I do love summers for.  You mentioned Joey Votto, and every year I look forward to watching/listenning too Joey Votto and the Reds.  Basically, every night I have one TV in my house or the radio in my car tuned into a Reds game.  I love the Buckeyes, but baseball and the Reds were my first love.  After the Reds' season is complete I'm kind of lost.  I run errands at night and there's no game on in the background as I'm driving.  Scrolling through the channels and all Fox Sports Ohio has on is World Poker Tour, ugh.  It takes me a couple of weeks to get used to.  It's a disappointing time of the year.  By the way, I felt this way even when the Reds were finishing 20 under 500.

Usually, the one good thing is that's about the time Buckeye football starts on Saturday's, so it gives me something to look forward to while I'm getting yelled at by customers all week!  Then the real funk hits me after the bowl game.  It's like, no Buckeyes, no Reds, ugh.  I can either watch the NFL(which is ok I guess) or college basketball, which let's face it is really only exciting for about 3 weeks a year.

Hamsterdam's picture

Bravo. +1. All that bidness.

"... a faded picture of a chubby baby glaring angrily into nothingness."

BacknBlack's picture

After this talk of Whisky have you looked at their schedule??

Six straight home games to open the season, and we all know what that place is like.

Wilson will be settled in by the time they hit the road vs. MSU.

Bucksfan's picture

I hadn't looked at their schedule yet.  What a friggin' joke!  UNLV, Oregon State, Northern Illinois, and finish their nonconference slate against FCS South Dakota?  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, Wisconsin plays an FCS team every year.  Remember when they almost lost to Wofford when Wofford's kicker missed 5 field goals?  Remember when they blew it to pre-Big East TCU in the Rose Bowl last year?!

I think it's settled, I hate Wisconsin, and I salivate at the thought of Rod Smith trucking an 80 yard TD burst against them.

BacknBlack's picture

I'd go for a Simon jackhammer sack on Wilson, to end any talk of a sucessful transfer.

Bucksfan's picture

Amen.  Correction, though...It wasn't Wofford they almost lost to...it was Cal Polytech in 2008 36-35 in OT in their regular season finale.  And it wasn't 5 missed FGs, it was 1 missed FG and 3 missed XP's out of 5 tries.  Just looked it up to make sure I didn't post something wrong...aaaand I did.  Still pathetic.

biggy84's picture

Wilson may find it's a lot colder and defenses are far different than the ACC.

yrro's picture

It got lost in all of the late-game theatrics, but if Arkansas had managed to pull out the Sugar Bowl comeback, their punter should have been the MVP.

Irricoir's picture

Luke Fickell and every other Big Ten Coach in the Ocatagon. Who would pay to see that?

/raises hand

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Nappy's picture

Are you suggesting this hypothetically as defined by Channing Crowder or hypothetically as defined by people with actual brains?

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

Irricoir's picture

Just a response by something that was brought up in the Dan Patrick show. Probably would have been more appropriately posted there, in those comments but for somereason I though it was linked in this article. Yes Denny, I spelled Octagon wrong. I can't edit it.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Colin's picture

Torgi on 97.1 the Fan just said something about how a girl from ESPN has been in town for about a week desperately trying to find more information on Dennis Talbot for a story. She's been relentlessly pestering former Buckeye players from like the early 1990's and stuff and she hasn't gotten any information...and all this is because ESPN "feels" there is more to the story. They have no evidence whatsoever but they think there is something there for another story.

This just really grinds my gears.

biggy84's picture

I heard the show too. Why isn't the Dispatch or any rival publishing these things? Why aren't they calling out Secpn?

RBuck's picture

I also heard it. Like One of the guys said "It is now officially a witch hunt".

Long live the southend.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Is that kid going for the Twighlight Zone "Eye of the Beholder" look?

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

No.  Just keeping an eye on the maid.