Friday Skull Session

By Elika on September 9, 2011 at 2:03a

Good morning Buckeye Nation! The best part of a short week is when it's finally coming to an end. My Friday gift to you is one less woman in your life unnecessarily blabbering away before getting to the point. You're welcome. Here's your bribe this week (ladies, I didn't forget you), now let's get started.

HOLY BUCKEYE MEETS HOLY TOLEDO. The Toledo Rockets venture over to Ohio Stadium on Saturday in their continuing effort to finally score some points against the Buckeyes. Four OSU players have been reinstated after serving their one game suspensions for accepting impermissible benefits. RB Jordan Hall, LB Jordan Whiting and CBs Travis Howard and Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown will be back in uniform against Toledo. Fickell showed confidence in the team that played against Akron last week, mentioning on Thursday that any returning starters will have to earn their way back to their starting positions, adding, "We'd like to see how guys handle that — how guys react and respond to coming back and not being just shoved back into a spot where they were before."

Making things a bit more difficult for the Rockets tomorrow, it was announced yesterday that Junior Toledo LB Dan Molls will miss the game due to an undisclosed injury. It is still unknown when Molls will be able to return to the Toledo lineup. This is a big blow for the Rockets, as Molls was one of their key defensive players and the last man standing of their top tacklers from 2010 they expected to see play this year. Senior Terrell Anderson will likely start in Molls' place.

For any readers planning on attending the game, the bad news is the weather report for Saturday calls for thunderstorms. The good news is that it won't be hotter than Mark Richt's seat this time.

YOU BETTA RECOGNIZE! Three things...

1. Ohio State will be recognizing the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday with a pregame moment of silence, marching band tribute and 9/11 helmet decals.

2. Two Little Sisters of the Poor from a Toledo suburb will also be recognized before Saturday's game to make up for Dr. Gee's apparent inability to keep his foot out of his mouth. Gee will be privately presenting a check to the Little Sisters, and has invited twelve people affiliated with the organization to join him at the game.

3. You may notice a slightly familiar face across the field on Saturday, as Toledo Rockets coach Tim Beckman was an assistant under Tressel from 2005-2006. When asked about playing against a former colleague, Fickell said:

"Obviously, any time you're playing somebody you know, there's a familiarity. But it's just like if I was playing my brother. Sometimes I'm not sure that doesn't make you even want to do it even a little bit more. That you know who that is and your competitive nature and you know what kind of competitive nature they are."

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?! Congratulations NFL fans, you now officially have plans for just about every Thursday through Monday for quite some time. The Saints and the Packers kicked things off last night at Lambeau Field (which, if you ask me, is a name just one "x" away from belonging in New Orleans) in a 42-34 Green Bay victory. The Saints felt the loss of former Buckeye DE Will Smith as he serves a two game suspension for the use of a banned substance.

Packers AJ Hawk and Ryan Pickett decided to represent the few remaining Buckeyes anywhere that aren't suspended for something and get some attention in the final minute of the game. Hawk, (with what seemed to me a textbook example) breaking up a Drew Brees pass to Darren Sproles as time expired, pulled a questionable PI call that gave the Saints one more shot at the end zone down 8 points. In an effort to prove just how firm thy friendship, Pickett came through and stuffed Mark Ingram at the goal line, bailing out AJ Hawk, making Packers fans cheer and likely giving Reggie Bush a little chuckle as well. Seeing that Ingram gets to keep his Heisman and is welcomed back at his alma mater, I'm sure we all know who gets the last laugh there.

The man didn't do anything half-ass.At least when Woody tried to throw a punch, you knew it.

YOU ARE NO WOODY, WOODSON. Charles Woodson decided to showcase his uppercut skills mid 3rd quarter last night by punching Saints Tight End David Thomas. According to NFL rules, striking an opponent with a fist calls for a 15 yard penalty and ejection from the game. How Woodson managed to escape ejection, I do not know, as this looks pretty flagrant to me. Woodson probably would've welcomed getting tossed from the game as it would've given him a chance during the 4th quarter to watch his own highlight tapes without being interrupted by pesky little fires. Hero or narcissist? You decide.

When later asked about the punch, Woodson said, "Yeah, I threw a punch. Just got frustrated, the guy was holding me a little longer than I wanted. Nothing was said about it, referee-wise, quick enough, and I reacted." No word yet on how Roger Goodell feels about Woodson's decision to Terry Tate the ref's workplace, but expect a fine to come sometime this week... or an Ndamukong Suh tweet is in the works.

AS IF THE LOSS OF REPLAY CONSULTANT TRESSEL FOR 6 WEEKS WASN'T BAD ENOUGH... Peyton Manning underwent his 3rd neck procedure (anterior cervical fusion) in 19 months yesterday. In case you haven't turned on a TV this week, recovery time can take 2-3 months according to most sources, but it's also been said that it can take over a year in some cases, prompting speculation on what this means for Manning's career. This will end his 277 consecutive games played streak (second only to Brett Favre) that started after taking over starting QB duty for the Colts when Jim Harbaugh was traded to the Ravens to make room for Peyton before the 1998 season. Kerry Collins, who the Colts signed in August, will take the reigns as the starting QB. For any Colts fans that need a silver lining here, the last QB to replace Manning led his team to a championship.

WHAT'S YOUR DEAL? There are apparently a few rules the Pac-12 must live by. Whining about an east coast bias, despite bowl tie-ins that gift wrap favorable matchups. No stadiums over 100k capacity. Defense optional. And coaches that have A.D.D. written all over them.

Unfortunately for us, it seems that the conference has a cap on number of coaches above a certain age, so they all must move on at some point. In case you were as disappointed as I was upon Carroll's departure for Seattle that there would not be a "What's your deal?" rematch between him and Jim Harbaugh, your chance to witness the hilarity will come this Sunday as Carroll and the Seahawks go to San Francisco for Harbaugh's first regular season game as the 49ers head coach. The two maintain that the exchange was no big deal, and means nothing for Sunday's game, but I'm looking forward to what kind of antics await nonetheless.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY (COACHES EDITION). He may be gone, but we'll always have this GIF... Admit it, you laughed so hard when you saw this live...  In case you didn't know, he's 44 now... Pete Carroll tells Mike Bellotti what he thinks of him... This mean old man made me cry too (in 1998)... Mike Hart talks too much... Our guy is just a badass, THE END.


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Hoody Wayes's picture

Most of the sports pages are featuring the Howard, Hall and Brown story, "above the fold", this morning. WTF? Are these guys gonna play?

Miller's picture

You know what? I don't care if the DON'T play. They took money, and I'm not buying the I-thought-it-was-from-a-teammate/I-thought-I-was-getting-paid-for-work BS. This SI/ESECPN/NCAA firestorm is crushing our program, we've lost a coach and vacated wins, and these knuckleheads can't be bothered to A) get clearance for the event, or B) stay clear of anything questionable? Wouldn't you stop and think "Gee, maybe I shouldn't take this money..."

Fickell needs to take a tougher stance on this and shit-can the next guy to step over the line. There is no excuse, not anymore.

Hoody Wayes's picture


I should have been more specific. Will their suspensions be - extended - due to the cash inducements they accepted?

If this shit continues, the specter of guilt-by-association looms larger over this coaching staff.

I do want Fickell to succeed. But, I want what's best for Ohio State. 

And this SHIT...keeps...popping...up!

Irricoir's picture

I agree with both of you. Please read what I posted on the side bar. I am very disappointed in these guys. My stance which will be more aggressive than most, is give them 5 games just like the guys that sold their stuff last year. I don't care if it's 200 dollars or 20k. Taking money is taking money.

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

The Buck Guy's picture

I think Coach Fick made it pretty clear that no player returns without earning the start over those who replace them.  It makes good sense and is best for team morale.  Smart move by Fick.

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

The Buck Guy's picture

Just saw this gem over at the O-Zone.  Had me laughing out loud.

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

Joe Beale's picture

I resized yours as well; hope you don't mind.

btalbert25's picture

Goodness, recognizing 2 little sisters of the poor?  Really?  Gee didn't spread Pro Nazi propaganda.  He made a comment that everyone makes when a team plays weak opponents.  Maybe it was in poor taste, but if anyone should have been offended it should've been the schools he was referring to. 

jenks's picture

I saw a Little Sisters of the Poor short-bus outside of a bar in downtown Cleveland this summer. Naturally a took a picture and uploaded to facebook.


jenks's picture


Can someone help me resize to 200 x 149? Thanks and sorry =/

Joe Beale's picture

I resized it to 250 x 186. Looks nice.

gutterwaste's picture

Two thoughts on the Fickell wrestling video:

1.  Who knew Adam Sandler could wrestle?

2.  Sah-weet mullet action

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

haha..i love that .gif..check out #25 (petrella?) he looks for a second turns away and then turns back is if ""

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

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

and also..i don't care if the A.J. Hawk break up was pass interference..he literally was flying..flying i break up that pass

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

Irricoir's picture

Interesting Fact:

With the 42-0 win against Akron last Saturday, Luke Fickell became the first Ohio State head coach to record a shutout in his head-coaching debut since Woody Hayes in 1951.

That leaves me optimistic.

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

Miller's picture

I love Fickell. I want him to get a long-term opportunity to right this ship and lead tOSU back to a championship. I'm optimistic because I believe he has the killer instinct Tress either lacked or kept chained up in the basement. But he really needs to exert some control over his team with all the off-field crap first, and then just continue putting the boots to our opponents defensively...

TommyWayne's picture

Triple T's a hitter, not a quitter baby!

Thank you for reminding me of the greatest ad campaign ever.

BucksfanXC's picture

You have to link fewer YouTube videos and more pics/websites. I can't enjoy videos here at work, since I have no speakers. 

“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

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

When I watched the Hawk PI call live I thought it was definitely interference - but then the replay confirmed what my wife already knew - that I am an idiot.

jenks's picture

I thought the first replay, from the front, showed that Hawk pushed down on Sproles' head with his left hand before flying over top. The flag came from the backjudge, though, who wouldn't have been able to see that, so I too am probably an idiot.

William's picture

Having watched that play it just looked like Hawk was trying to make a play on the ball, don't think he impeded the receivers ability to catch that ball. Also that rant by Gundy is classic, after he did that a couple years ago I definitely have had respect for him as a coach. Any coach that is willing to defend their players like that is a keeper.

jenks's picture

Agreed. Someone mentioned last night that Gundy had been part of the OSU program for 22 of the last 26 years (or something like that) as a player, assistant, and head coach. I love guys like that, and think the ability to do that is what makes college so much better that pro sports. It may not be totally "amateur" but there certainly isn't this kind of passion anywhere else.

Ethan's picture

This Skull Session had the best links of any in recent memory. Nice work!