Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on August 24, 2011 at 6:00a
58 Comments

Ring the alarm, Buckeye fans. This is your last skull session in which there are double digit days until the season begins. It feels damn good to be just 10 days away from seeing Luke Fickell lead his squad through the awaiting tunnel of pride organized weeks ago by the great John Hicks. 

Don't worry, I'm not amped enough to pull one of those lame, "It's Art Schlichter days until kickoff!!1!!!!1!" lines out of the leather replica Buckeye helmet I wear when writing posts (think Jack) but I'm hyped enough to get excited over the media finally getting a better look at the special teams coverage units. 

In case you were under a rock last year (a few years actually), you know that while Tressel stressed the importance of special teams every time a microphone came within 20 feet of his grill, the Buckeyes pretty much sucked at covering kickoffs. 

So, which players might make up the KO coverage team? Yesterday, from left to right, the unit looked like this: Orhian Johnson, Dominic Clarke, Carlos Hyde, Verlon Reed, Ryan Shazier, Drew Basil, Ron Tanner, Rod Smith, Jamie Wood, Pittsburgh Brown, Doran Grant. 

I personally like seeing some starters out there. I could even stand to see a few more. As I scan the list, I'm wondering two things. First, wouldn't this be a great place to slot Curtis Grant? Secondly, which guy will be the one that decleats dudes? I'll take Shazier. He's been impressive from day one. 

With that bit of news out of the way, let's see what's under the covers of your hump day skully...

THE GAMUT OF EMOTIONS OUT OF KNOXVILLE. Wow. I like to spend the bulk of my skully's ripping on others to boost my own fragile self-esteem but I want to kick today's bullets off with a serious topic. In case you missed it, the legendary Pat Summitt, she of 1,071 wins and eight national titles, announced yesterday she's been diagnosed with early-onset dimentia.

According to Summitt, she decided to get tested following the end of the hoops season after having a series of erratic memory lapses including during the heat of games as she struggled to strategize. She plans to continue coaching - hoping for another three years - but you have to wonder if she'll be able to do that no matter how much responsibility she turns over to her assistants. 

My corneas have never been able to handle watching women's hoops aside from one time when I was gambling online a lot and took UConn -42 against another Big East team just for giggles as part of a parlay but anyone who dislikes Geno Auriemma as much as Summitt is someone I can root for. 

In less painful news from the land of horrible team colors (can't imagine being a fan and having to buy puke-orange clothing), former head basketball coach Bruce Pearl is about to be slapped with a multi-year show cause penalty sometime later today. 

 IS THE REAL DEREK ANDERSON MIXED UP WITH THE BOOGER SUGAR?! I definitely would never waste characters talking about that one DA charading as a quarterback. Instead, I'm talking about the former Buckeye and Wildcat basketballer who also played parts of 11 NBA seasons. 

According to a government witness, who it should be noted is a killer and drug dealer, Anderson was the money man behind a big time drug trafficking organization. There's a lot of he said / thug said in the accusations and denial via Anderson's lawyer, Scott C. Cox, but Cox does note Anderson had an issue of being overly loyal and friendly to some of the losers that grew up in his project. 

I always liked Anderson as a player and never faulted him for transferring to Kentucky. Here's to hoping dude isn't too mixed up in this stuff. 

From the Precious Moments garden collection

THE CY-HAWK DIES AND EARLY DEATH. First of all, what sense does it make to even have a trophy for the winner of Iowa State vs. Iowa? I doubt even half of Iowa gives a crap about who wins that turd of a matchup.  

Well one thing is for sure, whether or not the fans care about the game, they definitely hate the new Cy-Hawk Trophy that was created to replace the old trophy that simply pictured a dude with a bronze football. Go figure. 

With trophy-hate crazing the state, the new sponsors of the vaunted rivalry, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, have decided to shelve the trophy best described as "a farm family huddled around a bushel of corn." 

Until a new, less embarrassing trophy can be crafted, the plan is to create a temporary trophy so the winner of the September 10th showdown can be properly recognized. The ICGA is also taking fan suggestions on what the long term trophy should look like. Any ideas? I say abolish the idea of a trophy altogether. Instead, the winner gets to stroke the legendary Tim Dwight's hai...nevermind. 

In all seriousness, if we're forced to live without a do-over on Leaders of Legends, I think the folks of Iowa should be made to live with the Cy-Hawk. 

NOTHING SAYS TRADITION LIKE 32 UNIFORM COMBINATIONS. Not that the Maryland Terrapins have much tradition to start with but in an attempt to drum up some fans and maybe some recruits, alum, current university trustee and Under Armour owner Kevin Plank backed the gimmick giving the team up to 32 outfits (yes, they should be called outfits when you resort to something like this). 

I struggle with this fad to begin with and it's compounded with Maryland because their colors and logo are so brutal. It's just not mathematically possible to come up with 32 combos that aren't gag inducing. Seriously, check some of these nightmares out.

Although it wasn't in the story, I checked with Dohrmann and he confirmed the unveiling was held at the old Members Only warehouse where David Bowie served as emcee. Oh, and defintely check Spencer clowning on the fat dude modeling uni's. 

HORVATH'S GOODS TO BE HAD...IF YOU'RE RECESSION PROOF. Uncovered by the dudes at MVictors, it looks like a friend of OSU's first Heisman Trophy winner, Les Horvath, is selling a bracelet loaded with awards earned during Horvath's time at Ohio State. 

The seller claims the bracelet was put together by Horvath for his wife and contains the following goods:

  • 1942 and 1944 Big Nine Western Conference Champs football shaped charm
  • 1942 and 1944 Gold Pants
  • 1944 Chicago Tribune POY football shaped charm
  • 1944 Colliers All-American Team football shaped charm

You have until August 28th to rob a bank and submit your bid

VALUE MENU. <Butthead voice>Whoa.</Butthead voice> found THIS (NSFW) when googling "Jack Nicklaus buckeye helmet"...Joe Namath rules...Longhorn freshman Quandre Diggs has a cool name and an even cooler nickname...Hipsters vs. Old People...Winner of yesterday's earthquake funnies...2nd place...How not to slide into home plate. 

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Kennywayne34's picture

Whats more funny than the Maryland Unis? The models poses...Wow..Extra cheesy. Are they actual players?

 

BuddhaBuck's picture

Looks like the Under Armour tried to use the uniform creator software off Madden... with a special feature for the turtle print. Gross.

I don't care who covers the KO's as long as they're not giving up any KR TDs. (see: UMiami, Ohio Jr, Wisky)... Hopefully those 10 guys around Basil embrace being bowling balls that stay in their lanes... All those guys seem to be cut from the same cloth (size & speed)... I feel bad for whoever might get runover by the Hyde Truck..

I'll say it Chris - it's Troy Smith days til kickoff!

 

 

Don't text while driving.

acBuckeye's picture

Would it upset you Chris if i said tomorrow is David Boston days till kickoff? Or better yet, The Artist Formerly Known as Duron Carter days till kickoff?

Chris Lauderback's picture

Resist the urge! Or at the least, name the most obscure player you can think of.

slippy's picture

Tomorrow is my sophomore year of high school lacrosse days until the season!  How's that for obscure?

BuddhaBuck's picture

By request: it's Joe Cooper days until kickoff!

 

That's the best I could do... Too bad it's not 20 days to kick. I really wanted to use Central McClellion's name.

Don't text while driving.

buck i's picture

How about some player math?

(Johnathan Hankins + John Simon - (Curtis Grant + Christian Bryant)) / Philly Brown

days until kickoff!

BuckeyeSki's picture

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

sharkvsghost's picture

on sunday it was chad cacchio days until kickoff...just sayin'.

swing hard in case you hit it.

Irricoir's picture

I am not trying to be critical but my humor isn't quite in line with yours. [Can't please everyone] The lawn chair bit was spot on but I frown on whomever linked it to the flag and eagle with a slogan from 9/11. Some things should be kept sacred. My two cents. Carry on.

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

Chris Lauderback's picture

I definitely respect that viewpoint. I honestly didn't put a ton of thought into linking it. Just thought it was funny but I can appreciate that others do not.

Matt's picture

My uncle worked in the lawn chair industry.  Really insensitive, man.  

JozyMozy's picture

Wow. and here we are, less than 24 hours after the Virginia earthquake devastation. Just an awful time for all connected with THAT industry, in particular. Stay strong, big guy. Stay strong.

Denny's picture

I'm so lucky that I had my lawn chairs in storage for the year (gotta be prepared). I can't even imagine how bad it was for those with lawn chairs out - my ironing board fell over yesterday during the quake and I'm devastated. My condolences with go out to your uncle.

Taquitos.

acBuckeye's picture

I'm with you Irricoir. However, the best caption i saw of the lawn chairs/table was.... "We WILL Rebuild!" Funny, in a sort of sick way i know.

Irricoir's picture

Yeah, I am not trying to be oversensitive and I care about this }--{ much, and I don't begrudge the author, I am not the type of person that thinks everything in life is subject to comedy.

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

JakeBuckeye's picture

I can't help but detect a sense of superiority in your tone, even if its just a hint. Chris clearly wasn't trying to make a comedy out of 9/11. It was 100% about the earthqauake.

Not to make a big deal about it though.

Irricoir's picture

What you are implying is lost on me. My comment doesn't have anything to do with me being superior to anyone, at anything. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Back on my point, a lot of folk, specifically the young feel they can say what they want as long as their statement is followed by "It was just a joke". Personally, I have always had more of a serious personality. I was the last to deprogram when leaving boot camp and it took me forever to deprogram once joining the civilian element. I take great value in my beliefs, and things I have belonged too. I guess I could be summarized as an idealist and a believer in right and wrong. (Those views are all based on individual perception.) I know that the author only intended the link as a joke. I only made a statement to cast my view on it. It was well received by him. I don't know why you would find it as coming off as superior? Does everyone that has a dissenting opinion believe they are superior? Now if I knew you and knew what we were comparing, I would let you know if I was superior or not. You've got me beat at Hoola Hoop I assure you.

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

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

my weakness is that i have no weaknesses.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Most of the jarheads I spent time with had the blackest sense of humor that could easily envoke a cringe or blush from even the likes of a Matt Parker and/or Trey Stone.  During the Gulf, I knew a Marine who got a tattoo of what amounted to "cut here" in arabic around his throat.  I find it surprising that your sense of humor is lost in all of this.  Granted, what happened was serious, terribly sad, the lives lost, and the pain it caused this counrty, all serious stuff.  No one should ever forget.....but c'mon Irricoir!  This will make you feel better.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Really I just wanted to comment to share my story of the guy who got that tat.  Crazy.  And I wanted irricoir's analysis of Fick the high school wrestler.

Irricoir's picture

My brother tells me he wrestled against Fickell and beat him. My brother also tells me he played football against Fickell. My brother who played collegiate ball tells me a lot about his interactions with Fickell but the ages don't line up so I don't believe much of what he says on that front. I am always curious about how I would fare against another man (In combat) in the cage and or on the mat. I'd love to give Fick a shot at the title. I am curious about what he has left in the tank. I like the intensity and competitiveness that he exudes.

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

Irricoir's picture

Yeah, there are those Jar-Heads that are exactly as portrayed in the same titled movie, crazy, sadistic, and only think of Killing and well, you know the other. Most of those are Infantry guys that were out on the front line for too many months. Then there are the base Marines that fall into the regimented and disciplined routines, they have nothing better to do other than drill and form for inspections because their commanders have to feel like they are doing something important too. Sadly, or luckily, I fell under the last description. I know jokes are jokes, I hope I didn't come off like I was protesting or anything. I just wanted Chris to know how others can perceive that link. Iwo Jima, Hiroshima, Pearl Harbor, 9/11 they are all remembered and held in a special place for reverence. 

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

BuckPirate1981's picture

I think anyone that is in an extreme situation tends to use humor to cope - hence why nurses and doctors sometimes have such an "interesting" sense of humor with regards to death and dying.  Having grown up in a military base and in a military environment with friends and family in the Marines, it was really no different.  I don't think anyone of them would find the link offensive or of poor taste, given they themselves would be the first to say people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.  That having been said, I suppose not everyone is going to be happy all the time (I've overlooked more than one pseudo-racist/homophobic comment on this and other blog sites) but when it is not done on purpose but rather out of ignorance trying to add some joy and merriment to our humdrum lives (one moment while I feed my cat), I guess I can't hate that much, personally.  Everyone has a different sense of humor.  Personally, I love cat youtube videos.  More cat youtube videos, please.  

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

+100 for the Jake

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

JakeBuckeye's picture

Irricoir's muscles can't hurt me over the interwebz....

Hah! Just joking around, Irricoir.

Irricoir's picture

I am not quite sure what I did that is so dislikeable. I try to be personable without being offensive. I suppose I fail at being charismatic among many other things.

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

BucksfanXC's picture

You can't please everyone, man. I got what you were saying. I thought the picture was funny, but I can understand you thinking that it might be crossing lines, 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

btalbert25's picture

Irricoir, you and I have often had differing opinions, but I don't think there was anything wrong with your comment at all.  To be honest, I openned the link and laughed and there's nothing wrong with that, just as there's nothing wrong with you thinking it's a little over the line. 

It wasn't like you said WHY DOES 11W HATE AMERICA!?!?!?! lol.

jenks's picture

it took all of my effort to not lol at work while watching that home plate slide.

it's taking just as much effort to not click jack nicklaus buckeye helmet link.

Leanenaud's picture

It's only been a week since the Miami scandal broke and there isn't a single live link on ESPN's site about it.

NYC Buckeye's picture

Was thinking the same thing this morning...  

I do not necesarilyagree with the notion that ESPN was/is picking on us specifically, however it is strange that this has fallen out of their headlines so quickly... it seemed as though everytime Tressel went to the bathroom Bob Holtzman was outside waiting to report how it was outside of NCAA regulations for coaches to have theor own private bathrooms... 

I recently switched to SI.com & CBSsports.com full time, no more ESPN...

btalbert25's picture

It seemed, to me at least, that the most intense coverage of the Ohio State stuff came over the summer when ESPN had no NFL free agency to talk about since there was not free Agency, Lebron and the Heat were pretty well choking out, Tiger Woods wasn't golfing and there were no angry wives or girlfriends beating him up either.  There just wasn't much going on.

That doesn't speak to why they didn't cover other schools, but honestly who gives a crap about scandals at Ga Tech or UNC.  Wow, you cheated to have bad teams, not even mediocre and neither is a powerhouse name. 

Granted the Miami stuff is possibly the worst scandal to ever hit NCAA sports, and it sounds like more allegations could be coming, but I don't think it's a surprise that there are no links on ESPN's front page.  The NFL is back, MLB races are coming into it's best stretch of the season, and people are actually looking forward to college football starting in 10 days so more coverage is going to actual on the field stuff.

Miami is still get TV time and radio time.  I don't know about the website, because quite frankly I've never much cared for ESPN's website.  There's just a lot more going on in the sporting world right now than there was in mid to late June and July.

BuckPirate1981's picture

That and the ACC is now essentially another ESPN property.  Of which, isn't Disney the ultimate supreme overlord, or is that ABC?  M!ck3y M0us3 now = M!ch!g@n to me.  

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

You do realize SI pubished the piece on Tress's raffle scam, right?  Might want to just stick to 11w,ozone, etc, and then the major sports you are into like NFL.com, NBA.com, NHL.com, etc.  That's what I've switched to.  

NYC Buckeye's picture

I understand that, I hold that more against Mr. Dohrmann than SI...

however my bias towards ESPN has more to do with the mess they have created by attepting to be an objectional sports news organization while having financial interets in many games/leagues/teams...

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I see.  I've pretty much given up on all of the larger sports outlets. 

btalbert25's picture

Where has ESPN ever said they were concerned with being a true news outlet though?  They've never made that claim.  Is it on ESPN that people view them as such or is it on the dumb viewer who refuses to educate themselves.  Entertainment is in the networks letters.  Not journalist.  The rarely do any actual investigative journalism at all.  Sportcenter and ESPN news are just repeating stories that guys like Robinson and Wetzel put out there.

Their original stories on Sport Center or Game day are always special interest in nature, or profiles.  I mean seriously they employee Lou Holtz, Mark May, Kirk Herbstreit, and Desmond Howard to be college football Experts.  They are about putting personalities out there with funny catchphrases and former sports stars that peopel will recognize and they let them blubber through interviews and give their analysis which is usually stupid, nonsensical, simple, or self serving. 

No where though, has ESPN ever advertised or sold themselves on the premise that they were packaging honest, hard hitting journalism in their coverage.

Denny's picture

Outside the Lines can be investagative at times, to be fair. That being said, their programming is 50% SPORTSNATION, 30% live events, 15% lead-in shows, and maybe 5% actual investagative programming. There have been some good articles (especially in the wake of The LeBron/Jim Gray clusterfuck) about the journo-types and the entertainment producers/advertising peons going back and forth. 

Unfortunately for everyone, advertising almost always wins out.

Taquitos.

NYC Buckeye's picture

wow, really?  You don't think Sportscenter has benefitted the network by acting and portraying itself as the primary "sports news" program on television?  Any news program should be free of conflict of interest IMO... same problem with Fox News...

Look I hear your point, they are not 60 minutes and never claimed to be, but I'm not sure how you can defend them on this one...

btalbert25's picture

All sportcenter is, is Headline News though.  They just spit out information that someone else has done the digging for.  It's not defending ESPN, it's saying that there aren't many stories that come out on Sportcenter where one of their personalities has cracked a story.  It's just rehashing the work that AP, CBS, SI, and Yahoo! Sports has put out there.

The My Wish segments are in my opinion the best material ESPN puts out.  The first one I ever saw was a few years ago, D-Wade, talk about a great guy. 

biggy84's picture

Maybe ESPNNews channel doesn't really exist? Their 30/30 roundtable of reporters a mirage?

 

They state things as fact, not as possibilities.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

All I know is I stopped watching sportscenter while working out because of the make a wish segments.  Try going full out while choking back tears watching some child who has gone through so much adversity live out their sports dreams!  

NYC Buckeye's picture

Those are some tear jerkers...lol

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i..however..dared to test the NSFW brand that was posted and..HUBBA HUBBA....Keep in mind i can't even tell you what her face looked like but give me a pencil and paper and i can redraw her lovelies in a heartbeat

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

btalbert25's picture

I always thought Pat Summit looked evil on TV.  I thought man, I bet that lady is a real bitch all the time.  Then I worked for Comair at CVG.  The lady Vols connected quite often through Cincinnati, and I had the opportunity to talk to Pat Summit a couple of times in passing.  I never talked to her about basketball or acknowledged that she was a big deal, just how are you today here's your pink tagged carryon, have a nice day.  She was always really nice.  Hope things go well for her. It's always a shame when a legendary coach gets forced out, especially for something like this.

Bucksfan's picture

I'm with you BT.  I couldn't help but feel a little guilty these last couple of days for how I used to judge her.  Puts it all into perspective.  Very sad...it's going to be a long road for her and her family, and it never gets better.

btalbert25's picture

I really hope this Derek Anderson story is BS.  When he was at UK I was a Freshman and Sophomore in high school and I liked UK.  Every winter Doug Pelphrey would put together a charity event for his Kicks for Kids Charity.  They would have a basketball game at a local high school in NKY where Bengals, Reds, UK, U of L, NKU, and UC players would come to play.  Anyway, one year Anderson was there and he was hugging kids, clowning around with them just giving all these kids so much attention.  The same team Ron Mercer looked like it pained him to be there.  The place would be backed, they always had it in a gym that sat about 2000 people and everyone was tehre to see the UK players.  Anderson got that and embraced it.  He was one of my favorite UK basketball players of all time.

A few years after he left, he organized a charity event bringing back old UK players.  The used the christenning of a new floor at Rupp Arena as the even to have the game.  It was a cool event, and a ton of people came to see the players.  The charity made a lot of money and he did a lot to help people out.  I really hope it was just him giving some old friends money and they were doing stuff he had no knowledge of.  I would hate to think all of his smiles and good will were an act.

dmurder's picture

Setting on the 25 yard line last year against marshall.

The opening kickoff sabino lit some kid up, ball went loose. 100 thousand went nuts!

lets hope for more of that for the entire season.

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Matt's picture

Sabino redshirted last year.  It was Dorian Bell who forced the fumble.

dmurder's picture

I stand corrected. Thanks.

Must have been the 11 that through me off.

All I remember is thinking Holy Shit!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

acBuckeye's picture

Oh yeah thats right. I think Bell wore "11" last year, and before that Sabino did.

Buckeyejason's picture

Yeah that was #11 Dorian Bell that lit that dude up

BUCKEYES BABY!

Maestro's picture

The one and only play he made as a Buckeye.

vacuuming sucks

Buckeyejason's picture

If there's one thing I see Curtis Grant doing well this year, its killing returners on special teams.

BUCKEYES BABY!

BuckPirate1981's picture

I also see him eating M!ch!g@n born kittens on a regular feeding schedule supplied by Coach Vrabel with puppy treats when he makes a big plays.  At least, from what I hear, Coach V is that intense so at least its a plausible rumor to start and I'm sure in no way an NCAA violation.

BuckPirate1981's picture

And F those chairs man.  My mom had them growing up.  Broke on me, twice.  And I'm not morbidly obese nor was I at the time.  They were probably made in China anyways.