Monday Skull Session

By Johnny Ginter on July 25, 2011 at 6:00a
39 Comments

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to your morning Skull Session! If you look slightly to your right, you might notice an especially snazzy logo occupying the space normally reserved for a skull image I accidentally found while searching "doggy high fives" on Google at 3 in the morning. Said snazzy logo was created by the masterful M. Walton Keys, and will be a permanent fixture in future Skullies, as part of our ongoing effort to make Eleven Warriors the absolute slickest looking independently-operated Ohio State related college sports blog focusing primarily on football and basketball.

Anyway, we liked the skull logo so much we decided to give you a portable one to impress your friends and family with in the form of a fabulous t-shirt! I don't know a lot about fashion, but I do know this: skulls are cool, and if you wear something with a skull on it (such as a t-shirt), you become cool. As a bonus, if you were already cool, your coolness will increase proportionally to the amount of days in a row you wear it without taking it off.

Again, big big ups to Mr. Keys for helping us out here. If you missed it the first time, his site is Grandman Studios, and you should check it out. Lots of excellent photography and printwork to be seen, in addition to his already prodigious design skills.

Stand Tall, That's Right, Be Proud As Hell Yesterday Tim May wrote a really interesting bio of Luke Fickell for the Dispatch that gave a lot of insight into who this guy is as a person, and surprise! The words "compete," "competitor," and "competition" are a pretty constant theme throughout. May reminds us that this is a guy who has had a high motor his entire life, spurred on by two siblings with the same drive that he has. Tons of great anecdotes in here (and one questionable unitard choice), but I'd have to say that my favorite one is probably this, if only for the mental image it conjures:

The knock at the door of the Fickells' Westerville home came late one evening when Luke was about 8. There stood John Hicks, "the largest man I'd ever seen," Luke Fickell once recalled. Hicks, a former All-America offensive lineman at Ohio State, needed help. He lived in the area and his car had just stalled on County Line Road.

"That was the first time I met him," Pat Fickell said.

"They were, of course, very afraid," Hicks said, laughing.

TP Plays The Waiting Game As we all know, Terrelle Pryor decided to give up his final year of eligibility and shoot for the NFL supplementary draft in what might have ultimately been the nicest thing he's ever done for the university. However, as Alex Marvez argues, TP might end up sitting out the supplementary draft and be forced to wait until 2012. It's a pretty simple train of thought: the supplementary draft is for players who were forced out of their schools under a certain set of conditions, and depending on how stringently the NFL decides to adhere to those conditions, TP may not apply since he left school voluntarily. The conditions are set so that players can't drop out of the regular draft to seek a better team in a second draft, and though Pryor wouldn't be exploiting that notion, it's something to think about.

It's a valid argument, and if Pryor is forced to sit out a year I would imagine that he would immediately become a pretty huge Cam Newton fan and hope his stock would rise in conjunction with the other big and rangy QB.

Parento Disappointum!

The Hip New Fad That's Sweeping The Nation Preemption! Coach not following the rules? AD ignoring the local press? Assistant handing out loaner cars like they were made of and ran on candy and dreams? PRE. EMPTION. Follow Ohio State's example and preempt an NCAA investigation by cleaning house early and often. There you go, UConn, you're getting the hang of it! Your basketball coach is facing investigation and suspension and the NCAA is licking its lips, so kick that AD to the curb by buying out his contract. Remember, in the magical universe of NCAA compliance, there's no such thing as a nasty ol "subpoena," so if you pay the guy on his way out the door, it's gonna be pretty hard for what he knows to get back to you!

Also of note in this story: angry trustee, who for the purposes of this story I imagine to look like the scary old guy from Home Alone.

What You Get To Enjoy/Put Up With For The Next Five Months ESPN released their list of who will be doing the commentary for their football games, and by far the best revelation is that Urban Meyer will be in the same booth as Chris Spielman and Dave Pasch. There is pretty much no way in the world that won't be absolutely hilarious and awesome, and gives you an excuse to turn off your internal ESPN hate machine for at least three hours a week. Just say it's for maintenance or something. Also: no more Pam Ward on the primary. Sad face. Her replacement? Beth Mowins, who sounds basically exactly like her but also has a pretty good track record doing play by play for basketball.

YOU'RE A WIZARD, HARRY God, I wish I was in this video. Not even kidding. This looks awesome.

39 Comments

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iball's picture

Bad ass logo. Needs the "old english" font though. We want to give the impression we are all cage fighters also.

I got TP second round next year. He's too freaky of an athlete to just sit around until the third or later. Somebody stupid like Cincy will not be able to help themselves.

“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

Denny's picture

No no no. No Olde Englishe. I cannot support a website that looks like an Affliction t-shirt, no matter how much our coach likes them.

Taquitos.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

y u no like???

 

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Irricoir's picture

She looks like she is 15. Her shirt, on the other hand looks like 25. Why didn't they make Olde English like that when I was in school?

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

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

it's prob all the hormones in milk these days...

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Nappy's picture

Good Lord those are fantastic tits maps of France.

Fan of bacon since 1981

Irricoir's picture

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

Orlando Buckeye's picture

You guys staying dry out there in C-Bus?

LeeNorthbrook's picture

I'm going to the basement for Asian Carp.

doodah_man's picture

"the absolute slickest looking independently-operated Ohio State related college sports blog focusing primarily on football and basketball." You already are the best source of all that is Buckisma, even beating the Dispatch!

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

Jason Priestas's picture

Wow. Thank you.

Buckeye Black's picture

http://ohiostate.scout.com/2/1088430.html

Nice review of current commits.  After the good news this past weekend, and the fact only 1 recruit has been "lost" (he wasn't fully committed anyway), maybe the doom and gloom is almost over.

Baroclinicity's picture

Just in the nick of time... the last 8 months have been brutal.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Denny's picture

Did somebody say 'Nick of Time'?

Taquitos.

BucksfanXC's picture

I like the logo and all, but every single Skully, the same skull photo? I don't know if I like that idea or not. I appreciate some variety in my skull photos.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Jason Priestas's picture

Yeah, the random skull photos were fun, but we're all corporate now. Shirt and tie every day.

Hopefully this will hold you over: http://images.google.com/images?hl=hl&source=source&q=skull

buckeyedude's picture

I prefer zombies, but like the new logo. 

+1 to Irricoir for the Kipman Dynamite pic. Dude's a stud.

 

 

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Searching "doggy high 5 at 3am".

 

yeah.....

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

don't know if anyone has done this [and i had this thought after hearing dipshit Skip Baylis on First Take saying that OSU's infractions are equal to if not worse than USC (what?!?)] but has anyone done a list of infractions for both Ohio State and USC? Just wanted to laugh a bit

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

Baroclinicity's picture

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

it is night and day...blows my mind...also interesting to compare the amount of $$ collected for the players

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

Matt's picture

I don't like the idea of TP getting hung out to dry by not being a part of the supplemental draft.  First, his exclusion from that draft is arguably dangerous for OSU, given that TP will then have lots of free time on his hands to get salty about what went down at OSU (even though much of it was his fault) and to spend time with the wrong crowd.  I don't want him breaking his code of silence on what happened at OSU on account of him feeling like he got the raw end of the deal by missing the supplemental draft, however much that raw deal was one of his own making.  Only bad things can come of TP starting to talk about what happened at OSU, and the NCAA could always revisit the issues if they felt new evidence came to light.

Second, despite all that has happened, I don't think TP is a bad kid and I respect his accomplishments at OSU.  He was on track to break every record as a QB this season.  I would hope that OSU would do what it could do to influence those who will decide whether TP can enter the draft -- both for his sake and for OSU's sake.

Chris Lauderback's picture

That's exactly the same thought I had when reading about TP's supplemental draft conundrum. The last thing we need is for him to have idle time to focus on anything other than trying to make a career with his new team in the League.

I agree with your 2nd take, as well. I view TP much like Clarett. I have a sliding scale when it comes to putting up with shenanigans pending just how many wins the player directly contributed to and there's no question OSU sees nowhere the same level of success the last three years without TP.

What I don't know is if/how OSU really can have any influence on the supplemental draft eligibility decision? Hopefully, if they do, they do what they can. I'm sure Tressel would.

Luke's picture

Time for Devito and Stern to finish the job.

Sarah's picture

But Brenda Fricker's still alive...I'm assuming.

M Man's picture

Even I like that logo!

Trouble is, I looked forward to the never-ending variety of skull pictures from the 'net.  It was like the Day of the Dead in Mexico, every day.

Either it's early in the season, or that is a special-teams Skull; not enough buckeye leaves.

Johnny Ginter's picture

to be honest i did enjoy finding some weird pictures and posting em, but after doing about 30 or so of these i think i'm fine with going to the logo. i actually found an AMAZING skull session photo on flickr from the actual skull session that OSU does, but it was copyrighted and i didn't want to be a dick

rampageripster's picture

I actually know the girl who founded the Quittich League at OSU... she lived across the hall from me freshman year... she really wanted me to play, but I was an officer in Block "O" and that sorta took precedent

Cause I couldn't go for three

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

so you're saying she wasn't attractive...

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Irricoir's picture

+1 anything that involves me prancing around with another piece of wood between my legs sounds like trouble waiting to happen. It looks a little silly but who knows, maybe it will be the new Super Bowl in 100 years.

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

rampageripster's picture

winner winner chicken dinner.... I led the student section at women's volleyball games instead... I think I had my priorities straight

Cause I couldn't go for three

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

agreed.

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Bucksfan's picture

I was just making fun of college quidditch leagues with a friend of mine after SI had a picture gallery last week of various colleges playing the "game."  I'm just going to go ahead and say "leave it to Ohio State to take it to a new level of lame with an over-spirited YouTube video."  But, I guess as long as we beat Michigan at it, then whatever, Go Bucks.

BuckeyeBacker98's picture

Something tells me, based on the typical female in Ann Arbor, that Michigan would excel at a game that features riding around on a broom stick.

M Man's picture

That was rather well-played.  Sir.

The right tool, for the right job.  Eh?

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Still doesn't explain why they don't have lacrosse up there...

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

M Man's picture

Michigan Lacrosse begins as a Varsity intercollegiate sport (no longer the winningest "club" team in Lacrosse) next year...

http://www.mgoblue.com/genrel/052511aaa.html

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

i refuse to click that link and drive traffic to a site that supports al qaida.

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