Monday Skull Session

By DJ Byrnes on September 26, 2011 at 6:00a
CLEVELAND BROWNS 2-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's another Monday where Ohio State's résumé still isn't pretty enough for AP voters to adorn a ranking on them. Of course, the chance to change that will soon be here.

MIKE LOCKSLEY EXITS STAGE LEFT. It's probably a bad sign for the University of New Mexico's football team's fortunes considering the only times they're relevent is when their head coach is punching an assistant or when an impostor UNM recruit gets caught drunk driving in their head coach's car. After the latter incident this weekend (which, if anything, is quite bizarre) and their head coach presiding over a 2-26 record ... the earth-shakers of UNM have decided they will no longer be needing their head coach's services, effective immediately.

HAPPY VALLEY? ANYTHING BUT, THESE DAYS. The hits keep on coming for Penn State, as Joe Paterno continues to drag Joe Paterno's Legacy (both literally and figuratively) through the mud and to an already-prepared grave. This time, the bad newz comes in the form of their leading tackler, Michael Mauti, having torn his ACL during Saturday's epic clash with Eastern Michigan. He's expected to miss the rest of the season.

Based on this picture, it's hard to believe Dan Beebe was the mark, ukno?DAN BEEBE IN SMIRKIER TIMES.

THE SEC AND TEXAS A&M ARE NOW OFFICIALLY ENGAGED. A&M's official introduction into the SEC is set to occur on July 1st, 2012. Does Missouri have the heart to jilt the Big 12 to be the cherry-on-top of the SEC's expansion sundae? Their fans sure hope so, and Missouri is reportedly weighing the option. (Which, if true, means they're going to bolt). Speaking of the Artist Formerly Known as the Big 12, (which may be able to dovetail Texas' ridiculous demands to outside suitors--an angle that's getting laughable coverage from ESPN--into a few more years of pitiful existence), you should probably go check out the Fake Dan Beebe's Twitter rant after the Real Dan Beebe was toppled.

TOLEDO CLAIMS THEY WERE HUSTLED. AND THEY WERE. Big East officials admit their crew blundered a call on an obvious miss during what turned out to be a crucial extra point during last week's Toledo-Syracuse game. Toledo has asked that the game be officially vacated. Now, admittedly, I don't know much about the intricacies of collegiate football refereeing, but I assume there were MULTIPLE people involved in the process of reviewing that play. How in the world did MULTIPLE people look at the tape and "confirm" the ball went through the uprights? I'm generally not a conspiracy theorist, but with most sports books having Syracuse at -2 or -2.5... well, there's an old Montana saying... "Where there's smoke, there's fire." It's a shame people like Charles Robinson are chasing teenagers around and are getting them in trouble for accepting free cash or some lap-dances, because I would definitely read an article about match-fixing in collegiate athletics, which is undoubtedly happening somewhere on some level in college athletics.

JERRY KILL IS BACK IN THE HOSPITAL. Having suffered a seizure during a game a couple of weeks back, Jerry Kill had another one on Sunday morning. This time he's back in the hospital for real. I've always liked Jerry Kill, ever since back in 2008, when he brought his Southern Illinois squad to a place where FCS play-off dreams come to die, Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Sure, the Salukis were crushed like a pop-can by the Montana Grrrrrizzlies, 20-3, but I remember watching an interview of him on the local news that game-week and thinking, "I like this Jerry Kill fellow." It sucks when something uncontrollable as health gets in the way of somebody's obviously successful career, but especially so when it happens to a good human being.

WEST VIRGINIANS LOSE, REACT IN STEREOTYPICAL FASHION. In three thousand years, I'm sure anthropologists will have a cache of files and artifacts assembled from the game in Morgantown last Saturday. While the "town" of Morgantown wasn't burned to the ground in the wake of the Mountaineers getting rolled, multiple people were shot, one was killed and WVU's locker rooms were broken into. I guess the fine denizens of West Virginia actually thought they stood a chance against LSU.

INTERNET THINGS. In Mexico, even their social media is drug turf... From Russia (where Vladamir Putin could rule until 2024), comes this: "Drunken fishermen ram atomic submarine"... Criminals walk with their own gait?.... Ever wonder where all the old cell phones and computers go to die? Ghana... WATERMELON SKIN CARVING... Finally, a face to "the Michigan Man" (NSFW)...


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Baroclinicity's picture

I've lived in West Virginia for almost 5 years now, and at work, we had an over/under pool going on the number of couches burned in Morgantown (which is now a felony).  WVU fans seem to be a little irrational.  Most hate Ohio State, for reasons that I can't figure out; we rarely play, we're not in the same conference, etc.  That sentiment was exasperated in the '07-'08 season after we laid an egg against LSU... all I heard about was how they were better than us and should have been there.  Nevermind they lost the 100th meeting with their rival in their own backyard who was 4-7 at the time...

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


If they were so great they would have met LSU that year for the championship.  Out of the 5 or 6 teams who were ahead of us in the polls at the time, and lost, West Virginia losing to Pitt was the worst in my opinion.

jenks's picture

that was also the instant it should have been apparent RR would fail at TTUN (if it wasn't already). after that game, best case scenario he would have been their Cooper; everyone saw the worst case scenario.

sharkvsghost's picture

well now they can have fun hanging out in conference purgatory.  i'm not sure anything that happened in morgantown this weekend (to include the performance on the field) did much to make wvu an attractive expansion option.

swing hard in case you hit it.

Menexenus's picture

By losing this game, Rich Rodriguez (unintentionally) denied OSU a national title.  Because if we had played WV in the National Championship Game instead of LSU, we definitely would have won.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

acBuckeye's picture

I have always thought the same. Either this one, or if Mizzou had somehow beaten OU. Between Mizzou and WV, if one had won and one had lost, that would have equaled a NC for us.

NW Buckeye's picture

Hello Seattle! Greetings from across the Sound in Poulsbo.


Good to know I'm not the only one!  Right now I'm actually on the other side of the state going to Washington State University.  I lived in Sammamsih for the last 3 years

ArTbkward's picture

Anyone else hear Gee on 92.3 this morning?  Said he feels as if he has had a six-month long colonoscopy.  Good for a laugh on a rainy Monday morning drive to work.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

btalbert25's picture

I know a lot of people are horrified when they hear these kind of comments, but I think it's hilarious. 

btalbert25's picture

West Virginia by far has the worst fans in college sports.  Seriously, is it even close?  I used to think Charlotte had bad ones, when UC basketball would go down there it seemed like they were always launching stuff at players and something crazy happened, but WVU has been doing this kind of crap for decades.

Chris Lauderback's picture

I've only been to Morgantown once, when OSU went down there and kicked their ass back in '98. Based on just that one experience, they were by far the most out of control fanbase I've ever seen. Throwing empty bottles of Jack on the field, screaming at very old OSU fans walking to the stadium, burning couches, running up and physically threatening OSU fans both inside and outside the stadium and such. There wasn't much of a law enforcement presence around. As a result, it was by far the most sketchy college atmosphere I've ever seen.


btalbert25's picture

Sounds awful.  My only experience with road crowd was Iowa.  Despite some friendly hazing, they really were a likable bunch.  Could have been because it was the one game I can ever remember Iowa actually beating Ohio State, and it was ugly.  I've never understood morons fighting or giving people trouble because the have a shirt on for another team. 

Chris Lauderback's picture

Jason and I went to Iowa City to watch OSU smack them down back in mid90's (96?). Corey was actually going to school at Iowa at the time. I thought their fan base was fantastic. Truly friendly. Good natured ribbing and such but nothing venomous even after we beat them down and went out on the town in our buckeye gear.

btalbert25's picture

My good friend has a lot of family from Iowa.  We went out for that game, his aunt gave us tickets she had 5 or 6 seats for season tickets.  Anyway, they had this old school bus from their farm and painted it up.  Ripped out all the seats and put old couches and stuff in there.  Punched a hole through the floor up where the steps were and put a giant funnel with some tubing going through the floor, that was the urinal lol.  It was 10 bucks to ride, that covered beer and food.  They had an beer pong table and a beer bong that you had to stand on top of the bus to fill.  It was an awesome time.  They have a new bus and they go to different Big 10 games every season.  It's a pretty sweet set up they have.  They went from 4 buddies driving an old beat up bus to games, to a group of buddies who made a pretty profitable business off of renting the bus out for bachelor parties and other trips. 

I just found everyone there to be really awesome, and as you said other than some ribbing, it was a really good time.  Except for the game, it was truly awful lol.

Baroclinicity's picture

I was a the Missouri game back in the mid '90s (it was either '96 or '97); the game where Katzenmoyer made Corby Jones wish he had never signed up for football.  The fans there were pretty rough... didn't think we would make it out alive.

The fans at Texas were very nice and welcoming... was at the game in Austin in '06.

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

Baroclinicity's picture

I can never get enough of watching this hit.

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

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

The Miami fans were pretty awful. My fiance and I were getting harrassed at the game. I also did not find a single person at the stadium who attended The U. Most went to FIU, community college, or never attended college.

burkmon's picture

We, too, went to the Miami game and found the above to be true.  The *fans* were horrible.    Actually had one girl yell at my friend, "Why don't all you mid-westerners go back home and commit suicide" And the family (with a small child no less) walking behind us then said, "Yeah.  What she said."  Unbelievable.  I kept my head down, and mouth shut.  Not worth it.


Buckeyejason's picture

I went down there for a game couple of years ago with a buddy that lives there.

I was wearing my Buckeye gear and being that I have a muscular bodybuilder frame the only crap I got was WV fans screaming shit at me from a distance "Buckeyes suck!" "Get that shit outta here!" "Luckeyes" etc etc.

At the end of the night a couple of drunk Mountainqueer fans ran up and tried to jump my buddy and I.

We ended up almost getting arrested for kicking the shit out of those degenerate Hicks.

Fan base is terrible.


toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Was Michigan winning when that photo was taken? It's no wonder no one likes them.

M Man's picture

Are you talking about the gray-bearded fat guy?  He's not a Michigan guy, I don't think.  I am just guessing, but that location looks to me like it is the first row behind the visitors' bench on the East sideline of Michigan Stadium.  I can't make out what it says on that guy's shirt.  But I don't think it is a Michigan shirt.  The guy has on a name-tag sticker that is given out by our Athletic Deparment to gameday guests with special access or as a leftover from some Department-sponsored pre-game activity.  The guest badge has a Michigan helmet on it.  I am probably reading too much into my guesswork, but I think the guy is one of our next-door neighbors from Ypsilanti and is an Eastern Michigan Eagles guy.  That is the game in which we had a 21-3 lead in the third quarter.  (Judging by the partial graphic in the screen-shot.)

I think he is a visiting fan; not a Michigan fan.  And that the act that that particular group is playing out is that the Michigan fans are all mugging for the camera saying "We're Number One," and trying to block that one guy whose message is "Eff you Michigan, you are the number represented by my middle fingers on both hands..."

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You might be right. Maybe he got lost on the way to Morgantown. Who else flips off a cameraman besides a WVU fan?

If it had been a Michigan fan, the guy would have been scowling, with his arms folded, crying that D Rob had only thrown 8 passes so far, and that the Michigan coaching staff had no immagination and that what the program really need to do was hire an "innovative" offensive mind . . . Oh wait . . .  

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

He still could be a Michigan fan even without a Michigan shirt.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

My alma mater has nothing to lose over asking their loss to Syracuse be vacated. The kick was definitely wide, and no zebra on the field could see it? Well, I think one did. He was shown on TV waving his hand to the left, presumably telling the other six stooges that the ball sailed wide left. Obviously he was overruled. And the replay booth idiots saw the ball go wide left but didn't think it was wide enough, I guess. Don't bother thinking anything will come from this that exposes gambling, cheating, etc. Syracuse and Toledo are smaller than small potatoes compared to what the media can gin up against the Buckeyes (mostly false, made-up-over-a-few-beers charges). And I sure don't expect the Big Least and Syracuse will vacate the score and make the Rockets 30-29 winners that they should be.

Roger's picture

Research into home field advantage has revealed the dirty secret that home teams get calls. I can tell you, as a player, playing away can be extremely frustrating because, many times, it feels like refs are taking over the game.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

I won't argue that home teams usually get the benefit of most of the calls. That's one reason why it's tough to win a nonconference game on the road. Sometimes it's tough to win a conference game on the road. The refs love to take control of the game.

BED's picture

DJ, I have to give you credit this week!  Well written, and no errors!

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

BED's picture

/not sarcasm

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009