Thursday Skull Session

By Jason Priestas on September 29, 2011 at 6:00a
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Good morning, Dubsters. The whippersnappers running this joint have graciously allowed me to write a Skull Session, so brace yourself for bad puns, weak jokes and of course, typos.

If you're an astute reader, and no doubt you are, you likely noticed the new banner at the top of the site today.

The winner of The Great 11W Banner Contest is flipbuckeye's color-corrected iteration of BuddhaBuck's original work that kicked off the whole thing. Congratulations, gentlemen, a free t-shirt for each of you.

We were really blown away with the amount of quality entries we received and think it's only fair to include an honorable mention:

On the LULZ front, we got a kick out of these:

Again, thanks to everyone that submitted entries. Outstanding work by all.

Now, on to news from the sporting world, shall we?

RELEVANT PERSONNEL UPDATES. Already short on manpower, the walking wounded for the Buckeyes continue to, well, walk wounded.

Defensive end Nathan Williams, still recovering from knee surgery is likely out for the tilt against the Spartans, while wide receiver Philly Brown is "getting closer" but hasn't worked with the team this week and is questionable for Saturday. Further, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and linebacker Andrew Sweat are battling "nagging", yet unnamed injuries, though both are expected to play.

Things are looking up for end Steve Miller and linebacker Ryan Shazier. Both are expected to see more reps this week with Shazier figuring into OSU's nickel package -- which should be on the field a lot against Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins.

In somewhat related news, Brian Rolle will earn his first start as an Eagle this weekend, which is cause alone for a new national holiday. It's not all great news in Philly, however, as Kurt Coleman has been supplanted at safety after a poor showing against the Giants last weekend.

REMEMBER ERICK HOWARD? Howard, a running back out of North Canton Hoover, captured back-to-back Mr. Football awards in 2008 and 2009 (becoming only the second player to ever do so), but Ohio State took a pass on the him, angering many recruitniks that follow the program.

Howard had classroom troubles, but many believe Tressel didn't like what he saw in back's character. Sure enough, after committing to Akron, Howard failed to qualify and subsequently enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy. While there, he again stated his desire to one day become a Buckeye, but whatever slim chance there was of that happening has been reduced to zilch.

Yesterday, warrants were issued against Howard and two others for aggravated burglary, rape and theft. If the detour to Fork Union didn't do it, the felony charges he now faces are sure to end any hope of a football career he once had.

SLIVE EXPECTS BCS TO RAISE TWO-TEAM LIMIT. On a conference call yesterday, SEC commissioner Mike Slive indicated the BCS may call upon member conferences to remove the two-team cap on conference selections for the five biggest bowl games. The South, incidentally, loves this idea, and then some.

MIKE SLIVE WOULD LIKE THE BLOOD OF YOUR BABIESMike Slive, who as SEC Commissioner, totally
dropped the ball on the Lehman Brothers
bankruptcy, would love to see three of his
schools earn BCS bids

With the slow, but steady move towards 16-team super conferences, this isn't entirely unexpected -- and Jim Delany alluded to as much a few months ago -- but you have to wonder if the removal of the current limit will further put the squeeze on Notre Dame.

Granted, the Irish haven't been good enough to qualify for a BCS bowl for some time, but if the Big Ten, which filled it's two-team quota 10 times in the last 11 years and SEC, which filled that same quota eight times during that same time, are allowed to send three teams each, available spots will go quickly.

If Jerry Jones gets his way and the Cotton Bowl is added as a sixth BCS game, two more slots would open, but Notre Dame should just go ahead get into a conference while their hand is still somewhat strong (can't wait for those regular season games on Versus).

OUR FAVORITE GOPHER, BACK ON THE FIELD. We don't love Minnesota coach Jerry Kill for looking like his school mascot or for his folksy demeanor. We love him for his ability to joke about a serious medical condition as he returns to action, hell-bent on righting the 1-3 Gophers, fresh off a loss to North Dakota State.

Hours after leaving the Mayo Clinic, he was in a coaches meeting and soon after, running practice again, surprising his players, who did not expect to see him back so soon. It's impossible to hate this guy, though some assholes will try, and this weekend, we're all Kill men as he takes on the Wolverines.

Win one for the Gopher, won't you guys?

BUCKCETERA We were awed by the new Buckeye hockey uniforms, but let's give the ladies their due as well... A football-loving grand jury in Baton Rouge reduced Jordan Jefferson's charges to a misdemeanor and he was immediately cleared to play... Master and Padawan... Longhorn fans, voting with their wallets... I'M A MAN AND I CAN DANCE... LOLSOX.

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thorvath22's picture

Not my favorite banner but nonetheless its a safe pick and is still excellent looking.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Imho, the Cotton Bowl should be up there. Also, I hope Jerry Kill gets healthy.

 

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doodah_man's picture

Having impure thoughts about the ladies hocky team...all of them

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It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

RoweTrain's picture

#5 looks mean. 

Irricoir's picture

She scares meh, and oddly I like it. Doubt I have a chance though.

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

flipbuckeye's picture

In a wrestling match?

BuckeyeSki's picture

Squats? Bench Press? Most Brat's consumed in 10 minutes?

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Irricoir's picture

I think I have a chance in the Brat department. She looks like she may be a vegetarian. Very healthy, you know?

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BuckeyeSki's picture

She has a healthy amount of murder in her eyes

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Irricoir's picture

And a strong jaw. Very captivating!

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Irricoir's picture

I would oblige.

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

BED's picture

This thread is full of win.

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SouthBayBuckeye's picture

#1 all day, all night. whenever she's ok with it.... who am i kidding.. never.

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BED's picture

Seriously.

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NC_Buckeye's picture

#21 Kim Theut or #11 Laura McIntosh. But mostly #21. She has that girl-next-door look. Plus I like dair-haired women.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I stand by my pick of #1.

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Elika's picture

I'm not even convinced #21 is old enough to drive...

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klfeck's picture

No shit. Out of respect for their parents who may read this forum I will keep my trap shut.

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

SilverBullets's picture

Other than his height, I know I'm not surprised that Rolle is now starting over Casey Matthews except OMG CLAY MATTHEWS BROTHER!!!!

Too bad for Coleman, but that "tackle" on Cruz's 74-yd TD was nothing short of awful.

Squirrel Master's picture

Granted Coleman should have made that tackle and granted he might not be the best talent at Safety but the Eagles complete breakdown has to all be on those heralded cornerbacks. Nhamdi is getting burned badly.

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SilverBullets's picture

I'm not saying that everything should be pinned on Coleman.  They're having plenty of issues elsewhere.  I was just commenting that if that had happened here he would have been roasted alive (wow, way too many h's).  So, it's understandable the Eagles benched him.

GoBucks713's picture

Nhamdi is the reason he missed that tackle. Nhamdi ran into him as he was attempting the tackle instead of coralling toward the sideline. KC4 had a bad game yes, but think about how many missed tackles hes had over the years. I dare you to find 5.

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SilverBullets's picture

I'm talking about the intial open field hit.  That's on Coleman.

I believe he was a very good buckeye but I think it's understandable that they're looking elsewhere.

Defend Youngstown's picture

The Mike Gundy gif is hypnotizing....

As a Buckeye fan, I love KC4. As an Eagles fan, he's been dreadful at times and sub-par the rest.

slippy's picture

Their other safeties have been just as bad, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him starting again at some point later in the season.

BucksfanXC's picture

I still have the same old banner with Fick's head on Tres' body

 

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RoweTrain's picture

Try clearing the cache (maybe the cookies as well) and restarting your browser.  That's what I had to do.

BucksfanXC's picture

Bingo. Thanks.

“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

BuddhaBuck's picture

AWESOME! You guys made my week. Thanks 11W and nice work flipbuckeye!

Hopefully the BCS limitation discussion will be moot and we'll see a playoff in the near future with four super-conferences (PAC, SEC, BIG, ACC). 

Ryan Shazier is probably one of my favorite Buckeyes on this team. He's got a little Tatum in him ..

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Agreed. The thing I like about him so far is that while he flies around like a monster on the field, delivering huge hits, he still seems to have control at all times. Very good defensive traits. However, he is still young, so don't be suprised to see some mistakes as his PT increases (over-pursuit and chasing the ball carrier instead of filling/protecting his gap come to mind)

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flipbuckeye's picture

Nice work yourself. It's like a jar of pickles. You loosened the lid. I just popped it off.

Excuse the obscure Scrubs reference.

Jason Priestas's picture

BuddhaBuck, I sent you an email, but didn't hear back. Please email me at jason (at) this-domain when you get a chance so I can make t-shirt arrangements.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Sent you an email at around 10pm last night... should be from a gmail address. Thanks!

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AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Umm, why do I still see Luke's head on the Vest? Am I missing something?

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BucksfanXC's picture

See above.

“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

NW Buckeye's picture

You need to clear your cache and refresh. 

Maestro's picture

Ctrl F5

vacuuming sucks

Jason Priestas's picture

Ctrl+Shift+F5 for winners. :)

Irricoir's picture

I must be doing it wrong, it isn't working and my computer is doing weird things. Can you further elaborate?

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AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Thanks for being brilliant guys.

There is a reason I was the last person to get a VCR, a DVD player and a laptop. 

So is this what F5 means when people simply put it as a comment?  Refresh?

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cronimi's picture

Who came up with that pose for the women's hockey players?!  The top players are riding the bottom players and are using their hockey sticks as rifles??  It is, um, interesting, to say the least. 

BED's picture

If Aesculus Glabra is in the building, I'd love to know where you got the image for the stormy weather banner.  I need that as a desktop background.

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Aesculus glabra's picture

It was hacked together from two sky photos and a flag image. Since it was built to size, it would not enlarge well for a desktop background. I guess I could rebuild it bigger, though...

BED's picture

If you don't mind, I'd love it, but don't hassle yourself just for me.  I just thought that image was amazing, and wanted it if you had it.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

If the SEC is moving to 14 or even 16 schools, while the BT likely remains at 12, it's not clear that the BT should support the rule change to allow a conference more than 2 BCS teams.

Irricoir's picture

This=Thumbs way up.

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btalbert25's picture

I think lifting the limit of 2 teams for the BCS is just another move to drive teams like Boise out of the mix.  We've seen in the past when a Boise team was probably a higher quality team, a huge BCS school with a huge fan base wins out.  I believe the year we played Texas in the BCS, Boise probably should've received our at large bid.  Now you give the bowls the option to pick another huge school with a huge following, why would they ever pick Boise or TCU(although that's going to change I realize).

I don't understand why they don't add the Cotton Bowl.  I used to love watching the game when I was a kid.  It seemed like Ralphie was in there quite a bit when I was younger, and I always thought the Cotton Bowl meant a buffalo was going to be going crazy on the field.  It was a great bowl, and should be restored to that level again.

Irricoir's picture

I don't understand the reasoning. You mean out of the mix for a MNC or out of the mix for a BCS game? If you mean that they intend to placate Boise State with a BCS payday since they want to omit them from the Championship then I can agree with that sentiment.

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btalbert25's picture

I was thinking it would squeeze them out completely, but I guess they are automatic bid if they win their conference and finish in the top 12 of the BCS rankings anyway.  It definitely knocks any of those schools out of contention for at large bids though.  Last year the B1G would've had 3 teams.  The year before that Penn State would've been scooped up to join Iowa and Ohio State in BCS bowls.  It will really favor conference like the B1G and SEC as every year both conferences, especially with the addition of Nebraska, will end up with 3 teams elligible most years.

NC_Buckeye's picture

If Fickell somehow manages to beat the odds and become the permanent HC, I'm lobbying 11W to change to this flipbuckeye header as a sign of solidarity.

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2011/09/announcing-the-great-11w-banner-contest#comment-117568

Fickell surrounded by Buckeye helmets (presumably coming out of the tunnel). Pretty cool.

flipbuckeye's picture

Appreciate it. Unfortunately that was made before two questionably coached games by Fickell in which he lost a number of supporters.  I get that it's a sign of solidarity and backing the coach, but since then the readers of 11W seem to be divided on the idea of him as a long term coach.  If that was chosen, we could very well be submitting for another banner contest before the 2012 season even starts, given his uncertain future.  The chosen banner is a bit more timeless and also happens to be more badass.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I understand what you're saying. Odds of having to change the banner would have been the same as the odds on Fickell maintaining his current position.

My opinion on Fick hasn't changed. IMO he's going to win championships some day. Unfortunately, because of our fanbase it probably won't be for the Buckeyes.

BED's picture

>>Unfortunately, because of the delusional Urban Meyer fanboys it probably won't be for the Buckeyes.

/Fixed

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Kyle's picture

The banner was a good choice but i was rather partial to the Fickell/Vrable bro's before hoes

Elika's picture

Dying at that Gundy gif

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