Friday Skull Session

By Sarah on August 19, 2011 at 6:00a
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Good morning to the (mostly) men and (four) women who visit this site. I am en route to Ohio for a quick weekend. At this point, I've perfected the art of driving with my elbows so that when I reach Ann Arbor, I can cruise on by giving the double bird salute. I will be staying with relatives, which means I will be awoken at 7:30 each morning and if I'm not ready to wolf down a five-course meal at three in the afternoon, everyone will think I have an eating disorder. And they're all probably reading this, so let's move on.

While I'm in Ohio, I will be on the hunt for a new t-shirt for football season. I've already got a gray one coming from the 11W store, but I'm in need of a scarlet one, as last year's had to be vacated...from my closet. You see, I wore it to the Wisconsin game, and as superstition dictates, that shirt is now tainted and cannot be worn again. Even if I donned it on a weekday, the Buckeyes would lose the next time they took the field. It can be difficult having that much power over the outcome of games simply based on my attire, yet somehow, I manage.   

As you may be aware, tomorrow is the jersey scrimmage, which could determine who starts at quarterback in a mere 15 days. Even though video is not allowed, check back for updates this weekend. If nothing else, maybe we can convince Chris and Johnny to perform an interpretive dance of the QB battle.  

 CHUCK, CHUCK. IT'S JAAMAL. YOUR COUSIN, JAAMAL BERRY.  Quarterback is not the only position that may be decided tomorrow. The competition to temporarily replace Boom Herron is still open, and Jaamal Berry is hoping he gets the nod as starter. He hasn't lived up to his five-star rating yet, due in part to Boom's consistency and to a hamstring injury that caused him to redshirt his first year. After a productive practice on Tuesday, he was held out of yesterday's practice and was seen icing hamstring.

His upside, mainly his explosive quickness, won't be of much use if that injury keeps returning. As Fickell noted, running backs have to be tough to absorb all the hits they take, so if Berry wants the starting role, he has to prove his durability. The jersey scrimmage will be an important test for him as well as the other RBs.     

 MAYBE IT WAS HIS DARK PASSENGER. Have you forgotten about all the good there is in college football? Well, Sports Illustrated recruited Nick Saban, naturally, to remind everyone how awesome the sport is even amidst all the depravity. Before bits about NEEEERD Andrew Luck, pious Landry Jones, and new kid Nebraska, the article, which was written before Miami's Caligula-like shenanigans were revealed, led off with this:

America had come to the merciful end of an off-season filled with grim headlines: from the epic corruption of ex--Fiesta Bowl chairman John Junker to the serial lies of ex--Ohio State coach Jim Tressel to the firing of coach Butch Davis at North Carolina (for presiding, albeit unknowingly, over academic fraud, among other sins) to Oregon's $25,000 payment to an alleged "street agent." The cavalcade of bad press had left us to wonder: Where is the good news?

Yup, that's Tressel. Just dressing up in a clown suit and sodomizing the truth. Look, he told a lie and got caught. If that makes him a serial liar, then so is every four-year-old you know1.

Are there really people who are shocked that the pure-white snow of college athletics is actually cocaine? The system is so broken, it's a wonder that David Simon hasn't created a TV masterpiece2 based on the NCAA. It's possible to simultaneously love a sport, recognize its deep flaws, and yearn for progress. Otherwise, our favorite sport would have to become cup stacking.  

Please don't be another Maurice WellsTrying not to be so "hammy"

 THE SHARK ATTACKS. Along those same lines, Mark Titus3 went on a diatribe about the NCAA in his latest blog post. He states that the rules shouldn't be broken, but the rules themselves are dumb and exploitative. As has been mentioned numerous times in the past six months, the stipend athletes are paid is barely enough to live on, especially when you compare it to how much money is made off their abilities and likeness. Whether you agree with him or not, it's interesting to hear the perspective of someone who was very close to the situation, though as a walk-on, didn't always receive the perks that his scholarship teammates did.

Dan Wetzel took the same approach when he blamed the disease (the NCAA) rather than the symptoms (Miami). I'm sure he had a similar argument after allegations came out against Ohio State. Oh, wait...Nevertheless, his point is the following:

College athletics is killing itself whole, one hypocritical scandal at a time, yet any honest reform is almost impossible to envision.

Seriously, that couldn't remind me more of The Wire than if Tommy Carcetti became the NCAA's new president.

 THE NFL DOESN'T REALLY CARE ABOUT NCAA RULES EITHER. Doug Lesmerises outlined why despite some people's reactions, Pryor's five-game suspension in the NFL is about the supplemental draft, not about the NFL working in tandem with the NCAA. Is it just happenstance that five games was the length of his initial suspension at OSU? Maybe, maybe not. Yesterday, Lesmerises also retweeted NFL PR man Greg Aiello who claimed it wasn't about supporting NCAA rules, but about upholding their own.

Whatever the case may be, Pryor and, more importantly, his agent seem happy with the outcome. And once he's drafted, we can all breathe a little easier.

 THE CAROLINE HARRISON4 OF OHIO STATE. After several rant-y articles, how about a fluffy one about Amy Fickell, wife of Luke? Her early life was a bit of an Ohio stereotype, growing up on a dairy farm and training a cow for the county fair. She is one of 10(!) kids, with one of her sisters being married to Bobby Hoying. In a move that should surprise nobody, Mike Vrabel dialed the phone for Luke when he called Amy for their first date.

As much fun as football Saturdays are for fans, they can be quite stressful for a coach's family. The Fickells, who like to accompany the team in "Carmen Ohio" after the game, plan to cheer for the Buckeyes from the stands rather than from a private box. Just like Luke has sought Thad Matta for advice, Amy has done the same with Barb Matta. It can be easy for fans to overlook how much time a coach spends away from his family, though Mrs. Coach points out that her husband is still an involved father.

It's not like there's anything earth-shattering in the piece. Luckily for you, I've got quite the bombshell, that may or may not be true, in my write-up about Luke Fickell tomorrow. /shameless plug     

 LADIES WHO ARE GOOD AT KICKING BALLS. It's time to familiarize yourselves with the Ohio State women's soccer team, because expectations are high this year. The new season starts today, and they're hoping to build on last season's run, which ended in the Final Four. That experience should help them, but the Lady Bucks also have to handle the pressure now that other teams will be gunning for them more than ever. If they do, they'll be one of the best teams in the country.

 LINKS FOR YOUR TIME-WASTING PLEASURE. Sully trying to recruit his replacement?...Big Ten ADs on the 9-game conference schedule...Athlon Sports picks the top 10 B1G games this season...Is Walter Bishop treating soldiers with PTSD?...Things you should not try at home...I would watch a Jean-Ralphio or a Magnitude spinoff...I would also drink this...A letter Phil Hartman sent to a fan.

  • 1 We saw you eat that cookie!
  • 2 It would be ignored by the Emmys, but tastemakers would bug you about watching it until you caved and then captivated, you would turn around and push it on others.
  • 3 If you're still angry with him for the entry where he mentioned that football players drove nice cars, I think it's time to get over it. Your wrath should really be directed at the media who used that as a reputable source to fit their narrative.
  • 4 I say this because Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president and Luke Fickell is the 23rd head coach at OSU. This is not an invitation for a political debate about whether Caroline Harrison or Frances Cleveland made a better first lady.
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Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Best obscure Back to the Future reference ever? /pulls Yes lever

BucksfanXC's picture

You know that new running play you've been searching for?

“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

flipbuckeye's picture

That's where it was from. I knew it sounded familiar.

OSUNeedles's picture

Maybe his hammy is being erased from existence...

addman1405's picture

i concur #holdsphoneup #hearsjohnnybegood

Nappy's picture

 

88 MILES PER HOUR!!

Fan of bacon since 1981

addman1405's picture

Is this the MR. Fusion model?

Nappy's picture

I thought everything ran on Miller High Life, no?

Fan of bacon since 1981

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Is it Walter or Walternate?

BucksfanXC's picture

I think it's so hypocritical that the NFL says you undermined the integrity of the draft by trying to get into the draft through the backdoor, so what we're going to do is let you into the draft through the backdoor. Whatever Goodell is just trying to stay to the players, "hey look guys, I care about players." (psssh, players, he doesn't, it's only so he'll make more money)

Amy Fickell is from my hometown in Ohio (before I moved up to Meatchicken). Until recently, she was the less famous sister married to a Buckeye in our small town. Bobby Hoying used to come to our high school basketball games and myself and other middle school aged kids would go get his autograph, then heckle him behind his back under the bleachers. I used to dare my friends to go ask him for Herschel Walker's autograph (his then Philly Eagle teammate).

“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

BacknBlack's picture

The NCAA as a governing body has lost control (not just football) and is completely useless. Regardless of how they choose to handle the Canes allegations big changes are in the works. I expect in the coming years several schools will terminate their association w/ the NCAA and establish a new sanctioning body. Look at the recent conference growth in football and conference TV networks being established, they are ready to walk away from the NCAA.

Here is a good discussion on the topic:

:  http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/302374-ncaa-fears-of-collapse-saving-miami

T.G.I.F      

BucksfanXC's picture

That'd be pretty drastic. I wouldn't be opposed to it, but I don't see it happening.

I think we should get a new governing body, force all schools into 8 conferences: Big Ten, Big Twelve, Big East, Conference USA, ACC, SEC, PAC-12, MWC. They all have a conference championship game, all conference champs make a playoff, all players are allowed to earn endorsement deals, you can sign with NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams, and if they don't think you're ready you can play down in the college ranks.

“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

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

I don't think it's too drastic, especially if they just choose to do it for football and keep the other sports in the NCAA.

But even the threat of doing it could make teh NCAA change the rules. Could you imagine the NCAA without one of its only revenue generating sports? It would essentially cease to exist, or it would seriously contract.

btalbert25's picture

The NCAA as a whole, works and works well.  We are looking at a select handful of schools in 2 sports and saying The NCAA is useless or stupid.  Well for 95 percent of the student athletes that take part in NCAA governed sports, the NCAA isn't bad.  It's just BCS football schoos and a few others that have great basketball programs.

It's not to say that rules violations don't happen in other programs or sports, but the rules suit the non revenue sports and revenue sports at smaller schools just fine.  We are all up in arms about the select few who make a fortune, have improper benefits and scandals and the poor kids are so mistreated because of it.  Well,  you don't blow up the whole system that works pretty well if you look at the big picture because of scandals at schools like Ohio State and Miami.  There needs to be some changes, but we need to remember there are a lot more schools out there than just the top 25 in football.

jenks's picture

finally, some real reason in this whole mess

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Let me get this straight: you're saying that the NCAA works well when dealing with those sports/institutions of college athletics - which is most of them - that generate net negative revenues and which rely on the revenue generated by the two major sports at the select major programs; however, that the NCAA works poorly when overseeing those aspects that actually generate positive net revenues and which support all the little sports/programs as well as the NCAA, itself?

 

How about this Albert: you give me $100,000 per year and I promise that I'll do an excellent job taking care of needy "insitutions" such as waiters, valets, golf caddies, croupiers, and escorts; my oversight of your financial affairs will work less well, but 95 percent of the participants in our arrangement will benefit.  

btalbert25's picture

I'm saying if it were for how out of hand it is at about 20 schools, especially in football, we wouldn't be saying the NCAA is terrible and that the system is broken.  It's true most athletic departments have a net loss, but most academic departments at a school aren't generating revenue either. 

The BCS is the problem.  They have a HUGE pot of money that only a few conferences can capitalize on.  Within those confereces there are 2 or 3 schools that have a legit shot to win a title.  Of course the premier teams in those conferences are going to lie, cheat, and steal to get their chunk of the pie.  Then a couple of schools on the fringe are going to do whatever possible to be included.  The corruption, the broken system lies with the BCS.  You don't hear of too many scandals that involve MAC or Sunbelt schools.  Sure there may be one now and then, but it's mostly the Ohio State, Alabama, Miami's of the world who are caught with these crazy scandals.

Buckeyejason's picture

Love the back to the future reference!

I don't think Jaamal Berry will ever be a #1 back here.A great returner and complementary back yes..#1 back no.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Denny's picture

Guys, Nick Saban meant 'cereal lies' - like, Tress said he was eating healthy Kashi, but really was a Cap'n Crunch with Berries kind of guy.

Taquitos.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Funny that Saban can call someone a "serial liar"

http://www.illinihq.com/sports/illini-sports/football/1998-08-30/spartans-coach-says-hes-found-home-east-lansing.html

"I've had offers two years in a row... I'd certainly have the opportunity or could have gone, and if I wanted to stay at Michigan State I would choose to stay there. And I have made that choice, and I'm going to continue to make that choice in the future."

http://articles.courant.com/2004-01-11/features/0401110694_1_nick-saban-saban-s-agent-lsu-coach

"I can't tell you how much we love Louisiana, how much we love the people here,'' Saban said. ``I have a great job and I don't think there's a better place to coach football in the country than Tiger Stadium."

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/dolphins/2006-11-27-saban-alabama_x.htm

The Headline says it all: SABAN SAYS HE WON'T LEAVE DOLPHINS FOR ALABAMA... five weeks later, he did just that.

Even Patty Fordeeeee over at the WWL chimed in: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=2718798

 

 

Joe Beale's picture

I love Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries.  Even the Kroger generic version is excellent.

Maestro's picture

They have Cap'n Crunch All Berries now. Pretty freakin' awesome.

vacuuming sucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Wrong! The sheer awesomeness of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch makes consumption of any other cereal products immoral.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Apple.Jacks

/drops mic, walks away

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Baroclinicity's picture

What about Cocoa Krispies?  That stuff will you send you into orbit for the first couple hours of your day.  Then you get the hyper-chocolatey milk at the end as a bonus...

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Stuff is razor blades to the roof of mouth.

Maestro's picture

Yes, Butch Davis is such a victim.

vacuuming sucks

Matt's picture

I clicked on the OSU womens soccer link hoping to see pics but there were no pics and as such i shall never click on a womens soccer link again.

Colin's picture

Link missing images of female athletes in short shorts = bad link.

slippy's picture

Why can't football players take out student loans like the rest of us who can't pay for college who aren't getting tuition paid for either?

BuckeyeSki's picture

Are there really people who are shocked that the pure-white snow of college athletics is actually cocaine?

REALLY?!?!?!?!? I WISH IT WAS WINTER YEAR ROUND!

 

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Luke's picture

YOU GUYS YOU GUYS I WENT TO ASPEN THIS ONE TIME BUT THEN FOUND IT WAS ONLY THE POCONOS AND BOY WAS THAT THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE UNTIL I REALIZED THAT THERE WERE ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS YOU COULD DO THAT WEREN'T SKIING AT A SKI LOUNGE BUT SLEEPING WASN'T ONE OF THEM NOPE BUT I DID LEARN THAT PARTY SNOW ON THE SLOPES ISN'T ALWAYS PARTY SNOW OFF THE SLOPES IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT BUT I'LL TRY ANYTHING ONCE SERIOUSLY THOUGH IF YOU EVER MEET PICABO STREET YOU TELL HER NAME HAS CONFUSED THE HELL OUT OF ME MY ENTIRE LIFE I CAN'T EVEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO GOOGLE MAPS THAT CRAP HA BUT SERIOUSLY WHO HAS WHAT SNOW-

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

sniff, sniff, grind, grind.

btalbert25's picture

I saw on the local news here this morning that Tressel may be added to the Bengals coaching staff.  Now, I live in the Cincinnati are and hate the Brown family, but it would be nice to see Tressel working on the sidelines here locally.  I also wonder if that means we should expect to see the Bengals get Pryor in the Supplemental Draft.

Johnny Ginter's picture

i'm a bengals fan and pretty much the absolute last thing i want is for jim tressel to be anywhere near that horrible mess of a team. would not be surprised if he was repping for TP though

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

+100.  Bengals in a nutshell:  "We will not reward Carson Palmer with a trade."

Even the owner acknowledges it's a 'reward' to get traded from that half arse organization.  So very frustrating...

Bucksfan's picture

I agree, Johnny.  I recently resigned as a Bengals fan.  Just can't continue to support Mike Brown and all he's done to suck that community dry.  The last thing I'd want to see is Tressel get Bungalized.

jenks's picture

not to support lloyd carr or anything, but i find it amusing that there is no discussion of him joining an nfl team even though he was also at the browns practice

does nobody want him?
is it established that he won't coach again?
is the media just looking for headlines?

btalbert25's picture

Here's my thoughts with the Bengals and Tressel.  I don't know much about the relationship, but this morning on WCPO(channel 9 for those who don't live around here) they said that Tressel and the Brown family were friends.  Paul Brown recruited Tressels dad and Mike Brown's brother was one of the first to go to Tressel's home and visit after he got fired/retired.

With that said, could it be that Tressel would be a trusted friend and given a little bit of control with the Bengals.  His loyalty and conservative nature may be something Mike Brown would value.  Perhaps, a couple of things are possible.  1, he's a big name who replaces Marvin and maybe they give him a little more control.  Granted, Tresselball and the NFL won't mix well.  But, let's face it, the Bengals offense won't be much good anyway. I don't think this is likely.

However, I do think option number 2 would be a great option for both the Bengals and Tressel.  The Bengals appoint him to a position that the Bengals have desperately needed for a long long time.  Make Tressel the GM of the Bengals. 

I doubt either will happen, and it's probably just rumors and possibly Tressel trying to get support for TP, but maybe there is more to it.

klfeck's picture

"I live in the Cincinnati are and hate the Brown family,"

I think what you meant to say is that you hate Mike Brown. Mike Brown is a disgrace to his father, a pioneer of modern football. I also live in Cincinnati and am done with the Bengals until Mike leaves or is buried under them.

Kevin
OH!!!!!
Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

klfeck's picture

"I live in the Cincinnati are and hate the Brown family,"

I think what you meant to say is that you hate Mike Brown. Mike Brown is a disgrace to his father, a pioneer of modern football. I also live in Cincinnati and am done with the Bengals until Mike leaves or is buried under them.

Kevin
OH!!!!!
Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

jenks's picture

Also as a fan of the bungals, I've decided it's time to embrace Mike Brown. If football is meant to be entertainment, this is definitely quite funny and entertaining. I've been reliving the glory days of Akili Smith and David Klingler on youtube recently.

Besides, I was never a huge carson palmer fan, particularly after he started running his mouth during the tOSU v USC games.

ArTbkward's picture

Nothing deflates my soul quite like missing a pop culture reference, which I definitely did with BttF (in my defense, when that movie was released I was not yet beyond diapers), but I quietly grinned behind my computer monitor at the Dexter one.

I thought the article written by Josh Luchs for SI made a good point with NCAA complicance.  Why do the schools, rather than the NCAA, pay their compliance departments? No one wants to bite the hand that feeds them. In case you missed it: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/ncaa/08/18/luchs.change/

 

Yeah, I'm one of those four girls. Woot.

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(Also, I'm not a dude)

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

"Yeah, I'm one of those four girls. Woot"

So.... can I call you? Better yet, let's meet up! On Sept 3rd, I'll be hanging out on Lane Ave between High and the Olentangey. I'll be the one wearing red! See you then!

BucksfanXC's picture

And we wonder why we can't get more women to frequent the site. Well, maybe we don't.

“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

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

"I'll be the one wearing red"

If you didn't get the joke in there, then you haven't been on Lane Ave on a gameday.

BucksfanXC's picture

I did and I have. I too was making a joke.

“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

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

(/slaps head)

My bad. This whole internet thing, ya know? can't understand people's tones sometimes.

Btw, by looking at your name, I presume you ran cross country (xc). Did you run at OSU?

BucksfanXC's picture

HA. No problem, obviously if you have to explain jokes, they fail.

I've had XC in my bucksfan name on the internet since I was running cross back in 7th grade. I definitely never ran at OSU or any college for that matter. I sucked, but I ran it and 7th grade me was damn proud that I ran, so proud that I used it for all my screennames, AIM, ICQ, MSNmessenger, ESPN, etc.

I've thought about changing it, especially on here where "Bucksfan" and it's varients are obviously popular. But I've been on here for years, 2weeks will be my anniversary of membership since Drupal switch over actually. I expect a gift btw, (Jason/Chris/etc.).

“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

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

I respect anyone who gets out there and runs. I gave up football to focus on track full time in high school as I discovered I was a pretty good middle distance runner. Naturally, I ran cross in the fall. Ended up competing in six state championship between XC and track and even two indoor national championships as part of a relay team. One thing I found as soon as I made ths switch to full-time XC/track: there is no tougher sport and no tougher training. Swimming would come close, but at least in swimming, you don't have to battle the elements (blazing heat and humidity in the summer, bitter cold and gusting wind and snow int he winter). Summer conditioning for XC, at least at my alma mater (Cincinnati La Salle) was tougher than anything I ever went through in football. It doesn't even come close. I always have had a respect of everyone - regardless of their talent level - who gets out there and trains to their potential. It's a tough sport. You have to be extremely mentally tough, somewhat insane, to desire to go out there everyday and train to the point of total exhaustion.

BucksfanXC's picture

My friend's dad always used to quote a research report from the 80s, that probably still holds true today, that the top 3 most conditioned athletes in all sports, world-wide are: 1) European soccer players, 2) distance runners, and 3) Motorcross racers. Running and soccer I have first hand experience that all you do is run, so obviously you are fit. Motorcross however, I only have ever watched, but those guys race for over half an hour solid per heat for three or four heats at each 'race', on 300lb motorcycles. It takes extreme endurance to keep those things balanced in jumps, turns, etc. for an extend period of time. So yeah, lots and lots of conditioning, cardio, fitness training for all those sports. Not to knock any other sport, but just not as much cardio involved in football, baseball, etc. Lots of breaks = they are more anaerobic. So yeah... tangential rant over.

“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

Nappy's picture

I'd have to throw in long distance swimmers and boxers in that category.  Boxing especially wears you out.  Also, NASCAR drivers.

Fan of bacon since 1981

BuckeyeSki's picture

Wrestling takes ridiculous conditioning....speaking from experience

Also, singlets, while very revealing, are quite comfortable

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LadyBuck's picture

Being raised in a wrestling family, and going to meets all my life, I have to agree. Just being a stat or filming at meets is exhausting, and you don't really do anything.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Agree long-distance swimming and wrestling. My brother was a wrestler. The one thing about endurance events though is: 1) there are no time outs, breaks, pit stops, and 2) you will never see a distance runner or distance swimmer compete more than once a day. Maybe middle-distance, but certainly not distance. That said, I respect anyone whose sport relies on so much conditioning. It takes a lot of discipline to keep focused and train hard everyday focusing ont he main goal. And you can't fake these sports. You can be a good QB or RB that looks better because of the oline in fron of you, or a QB can amke a receiver look good and vice-versa, or you can be CB getting burnt on a deep ball but you might be lucky enough that the QB doesn't see the receiver, but if you don't perform to par in "solo" sports, everyone knows.

BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah, obviously anything where there are no time-outs, breaks between plays, pitches, quarters, etc. it's all cardio man. I have respect for all sports and all athletes, I just think personal experience lets me have more respect for those cardio activities type stuff. I never did swimming and I wished I would have, cuz I think I could have been good at it. That would have been good offseason training for XC and track.

“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

BuckeyeChief's picture

Want to know my training routine? I smoked a cigar last night, got up, did a 5K Navy Pride run while singing cadence, ate a burger and hot dog, did 5.25 miles on hills, ate chineese food, then smoked another cigar while cutting the grass.

I will never be a great runner, so I like to have fun with it.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

NBA, hockey. When soccer plays the number of regular season games that those players do, maybe it will catch on in USA markets.

Johnny Ginter's picture

if you see this guy at the wisconsin tailgate but can't find me anywhere, well...

Maestro's picture

Why? That's all I can say.

vacuuming sucks

Ian_InsideTheShoe's picture

Please don't be another Maurice Wells.

 

How dare you. We are no longer on speaking terms until further notice.

 

 

btalbert25's picture

lol, I'd say Berry has already accomplished more in his career at Ohio State.

GoBucks713's picture

I'll be at a few OSU Women's and Men's soccer games. The men are ranked in the top 20 this season and have some lofty expectations themselves. They are two seasons removed from a showing in the National Championship game, and tied and should have beaten the eventual National Champion from last season Akron, and actually have an early game against them. We should all show up to the Akron OSU game.

Oh, and i would completely watch a Magnatude show, and it would be a shame if it weren't called Pop Pop.

-The Aristocrats!

BucksfanXC's picture

I would only watch said show if the premise that he only says Pop Pop, was maintained throughout the entire running of the series, which would assuredly be 20yrs.

“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

GoBucks713's picture

Magnatude and Starburns in an Odd Couple setting? Hilarity will most definitely ensue.

-The Aristocrats!

AltaBuck's picture

Nice comparison to the Wire, one of the best series of all time.

I have 17 tOSU hats (one for every loss since 03) if anyone is interested. 

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

BucksfanXC's picture

I may have to watch this "The Wire" as it appears to be somewhat popular amongst you hipsters. Doing so may make it unpopular with said hipsters however.

“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

AltaBuck's picture

I'm old so I don't see the hipster comparison very often.  I was pretty hip in the late 80s with my neon ski gear. That was about it.

It's a great show.  It takes awhile for it to develop so be patient. 

 

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

theDuke's picture

i think i had a dream last night that Jamaal Berry became the next Barry Sanders...i need football, NOW!

theDuke

AltaBuck's picture

Well...Barry Sanders did play for an OSU.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

addman1405's picture

Well done on the piece this morning young lady. Looking forward to tomorrow.

O-H Kee Pa's picture

Any word from the NCAA's supposed meeting with "Ellis" yesterday? I'm going to assume that no news is good news.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

the Shark has jumped the shark IMHO

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

LadyBuck's picture

Why are people surprised at the NFL for letting Pryor through the back door, despite "reservations" they have? The NFL is just trying to make money, much like the NCAA. 

btalbert25's picture

I didn't think the NCAA made money off of football.

LadyBuck's picture

Isn't the $250,000 fine that Tressel wouldn've payed to them for the violations football money? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears that way to me. Yes, that is a fine for disobeying dubious and slightly ridiculous rules, but don't the membership universities pay to be apart of the NCAA? Most sports, outside of football and men's basketball, don't make a ton of money, so the schools have to use football and basketball money to pay for their membership. So, this would mean that they do make money off of football, basketball, and other collegiate sports. However, I'm not the most knowledgable of NCAA rules, so maybe it's just my misunderstanding.

btalbert25's picture

Oh it may be with the fine, I just mean they don't get a cut of the TV revenue and bowl revenue that are making certain programs so rich.  I thought the bulk of the NCAA's revenue came from the NCAA basketball tournament.

Another Jason's picture

Seriously though, you know that cup stacking is one of the dirtiest sports around, right?

Bucks43201's picture

so glad I cancelled that S.I. subscription back in June

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

burkmon's picture

Sarah

As one of the few female members to this blog,  Love ya girl !!   Thought about posting this earlier this morning, but the evening cocktails make reading the comments so much more enjoyable!!  Keep up the good work!

ps.  we have our own superstitions... clothes, bobbleheads (we had/have a Brutus that almost lost his head out of the window en route to an Outback bowl game.  He is now relegated, super glue and all, to the bar room  shelf... (Gamecocks, need I say more?)  right down to where we sit during the game. Know where u r coming from!   Bobblehead Brutus is very important.  Everyone must rub the nut before every game.