Wednesday Skull Session

By Sarah on October 19, 2011 at 6:00a

Top o' the morning, lads and lasses. It's Wednesday of a bye week, and I hope you've found something productive to do with your time.

On Saturday, I came to the horrifying realization that I will spend the next two weekends in the same state as Bret Bielema. As a result, I've been busy upgrading to a rape horn and creating "Don't accept a drink from this man" PSAs.

Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if he showed up at Drink Too, Brutus next Friday night, and I'm just trying to take precautions.  

Thanks to the win against the Illini, I've had the free time to do so. If Ohio State had lost, my focus this week would have been finding a way to make the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind procedure a reality. 

MIDWEST STAYCATION. Despite coming off their first B1G win, Matt Markey for the Toledo Blade points out that it's a (real) good time for the football team's bye week. That victory gives the team a little confidence boost as they prepare for their toughest opponent this season.

Though Jim Heacock and Jake Stoneburner admitted that the Buckeyes needed the win, Fickell did not want it to be given more importance than it warrants because the team should be concerned about improving:

"We've got to focus on getting better fundamentally, and making sure we understand it's about work. ... So we're going to go out there today, start working at it, and make sure they understand this isn't a bye or rest week, this is a week for us to get better at what we do fundamentally as well as getting a little bit of rest, too."

One player that embodies that mentality is John Simon. According to Big Hank, Simon is "not a normal guy", but he is a guy you want as a teammate. Mike Adams credits battling against him in practice for getting him game ready. 

GOING SPIRAL. Only those of you with eyes may have noticed that some of Braxton Miller's passes have been, well...I'm not saying they're ducky, but I am saying they've lip-synched to Otis Redding in a record store1.

When he met with reporters yesterday, Fickell stated his belief that the issue centers around the freshman QB getting more experience and becoming more comfortable in game situations. He's proven he can throw spirals, whether in high school, practice, or certain instances like the TD pass to Stoneburner vs. the Illni. Now, he needs to do it on a consistent basis.

One way to help Miller improve his skills is to concentrate more on the short passing game, and Fickell admitted as much. What he left unsaid is that first, those plays have to be called. It was also implied, albeit not confirmed either way, that Kenny Guiton has finally overtaken Bauserman as the number two quarterback2

As for other updates, Fickell didn't seem too worried about Carlos Hyde and T.Y. Williams venting about playing time on Twitter, because it shows their competitive nature. Still, players are advised to be careful about how they handle themselves in the public eye, and social media is a part of that. 

On the defensive side, Travis Howard's ankle that he twisted near the end of Saturday's game appears to be fine. Rod Smith, who worked a little with the linebackers and got involved on kickoff coverage, will probably continue to do both that and his usual running back duties, which for now, is mostly on the scout team. 

Even Shia LaBeouf thinks it was a bad and he was in the Transformers moviesCountry strong, like that awful movie

THE MAGNIFICIENT THREE. With basketball season approaching, sports writers are starting to put together previews. BTN's Brent Yarina picked Ohio State to win the conference and ranked Jared Sullinger(1), Aaron Craft(5), and William Buford(6) on his preseason Top 10 B1G Player list. 

The USA Today took a closer look at the three returning stars, and then made me vomit a little with its accompanying photo, which happens to be one of Sullinger being guarded by Josh Harrellson. Sully owned up to breaking a friend's door after the Kentucky loss3, but it has served as motivation to his offseason weight loss and workouts. 

Buford, still blaming his subpar shooting performance for the early ouster from the tournament, is ready to make up for it. He is 672 points shy of tying Dennis Hopson for the most points in Ohio State history, and the senior confessed to wanting to break the record. 

Craft will try to help him out, dishing the ball like he's ridiculously good at doing. Here's a behind the scenes video of him at media day, talking about Buford growing into more of a leadership role, how there are many different lineup possibilities, his approval of their new kicks, and his love of country music. Between that last point and his tenacious D, all Craft needs is a consistent three-point shot and he's got the white BB player stereotype trifecta.  

As assistant coach Dave Dickerson said, all three will be responsible for being leaders, because outside of their experience, this will be a young team.

HOOP DE VILLE. Jeff Goodman watched the basketball team practice on Monday, and he offered a few preseason thoughts, including the players he thinks could take over for the graduated Diebler, Lighty, and Lauderdale.

While it's not expected that anyone can match Diebler's insane 50.2% three-point shooting, we know that Deshaun Thomas can and will shoot the ball. Whether he can score with any regularity may be essential to the team's success.

Goodman was pleasantly surprised by Lenzelle Smith and believes he has the Jack-of-all-trades repertoire to become a Lighty-esque glue guy. Smith could have the inside track on the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

Evan Ravenel, eligible to play after sitting out last season as a transfer from Boston College, will get some of Dallas Lauderdale's defensive-heavy minutes. Freshman Amir Williams, depending on how quickly he picks up the game, could also be in the mix.

Considering the players Thad Matta has coached in his career, it's a bit alarming for him to refer to freshman Sam Thompson as "the most athletic player I've ever coached". If true, it wouldn't be shocking for him to earn playing time. As for point guard Shannon Scott, almost everyone anticipates to see him and Craft on the court at the same time, though it will most likely involve the latter moving to the 2. 

BIG STAGE, BIG TEN. All eyes will be on Saturday night's matchup between Michigan State and Wisconsin, the two teams on top of their respective divisions in the conference.

For Michigan State, a win will give them more respect on the national level and a great chance at making a trip to Indy in early December. It's likely that they'll be without DE William Gholston, whose actions against Michigan are being investigated4. Just because we've all wanted to punch a Wolverine doesn't mean he won't be suspended.

For Wisconsin, what's at stake is not only staying leaders of the Leaders, but also, an undefeated season and the opportunity for revenge against the only team to hand them a regular season loss last year. Even though TCU beat them in the Rose Bowl, for many of the Badgers, losing to MSU is the one that lingers.

 LINK FLOYD. How Iowa pulled off their card stunt... This will go over well: Bob Knight, recruiting violation?... I hope We Bought a Zoo is a happier movie than this... Devin Gardner gets the Yakety Sax treatment... A Lionel Richie tea set... What if Tio Salamanca had his own Twitter account? What if he had one that revolved around his love for TV?... Sound effects guy from Police Academy covering Led Zeppelin... Most helpful road sign ever?

  • 1 Molly Ringwald really pushed for Robert Downey Jr. to get that role, and if he had, the original ending of the movie, where Andie ends up with Duckie instead of Blane, probably would have stayed. Oops, 25-year-old spoiler alert. 
  • 2 It's possible that the only way we'll know for sure is if the #2 enters the game, and unless Ohio State is way ahead in the fourth quarter, I don't care to find out. 
  • 3 We all handled that in our own way. I sob-sang the saddest version of "Party in the U.S.A." you will ever hear to my cancer-stricken dog. 
  • 4 Oh noes, a link to ESPN's Big Ten blog. I hope if you click that, ESPN doesn't become our new overlords, but if that happens, well then I, for one, welcome them. 

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thorvath22's picture

I wonder how fast rod smith catches on to lb if at all he has the size and speed but he will have to change his jersey # yet again... Probably to something he can wear anytime he is on the field.

Bucks's picture

Bring me this basketball season please, with a side of excitement & just a sprinkling of special. I made the same order last year but there is a quiet confidence on the result this time. We'll see.

I cannot wait for the roundtable for the Wisky game. Just sayin'

Footnotes have become the norm around here & I give standing ovations on that.

Sarah has a cancer-stricken dog which saddens me. If it is a boxer, I'll shed tears.

I'll look at espn in about 45min but feel guilty/dirty afterwards. True story.



This concludes my wakeup coffee time.

Sarah's picture

Had a dog :( She was some sort of lab/collie mix and like the basketball team, lost too soon. 

NC_Buckeye's picture

I know what you're going thru Sarah. I had two littermate farm collies since they were football sized puppies. Last year one developed Lymphoma and I lost him on Father's Day. Worst day of my life.

I still have his brother though. He's going to turn 12 in Dec.

I made this group part of my annual gift-giving BTW.

btalbert25's picture

My wife and I recently lost 2 cats.  My wife and I have been married for 4 years and lived together for 5, but she had them for 16 and 17 years respectively.  They died with in 4 weeks of eachother.  It was really hard.  You grow to love the darn pets so much, they are like part of the family.  We have since adopted a dog from a rescue, she's a 4 year old Austrailain Sheppherd/Cattle Dog mix, I think they call them Texas Heelers.  What a great addition to the family she's been.

A long winded way of saying I feel for anyone who has lost a beloved pet.  It's just like losing a family member.

Baroclinicity's picture

And while I don't know the health situations involved, it's not a reach to say that one cat's death had an adverse effect on the other and ultimately, its death.  Cats will grieve.

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

btalbert25's picture

One we knew was not long for this world, she was in early stages of kidney failure and just kind of withered away.  The other I think may have been in decline as well, and the loss of his buddy weakened him.  I don't think it's out of the realm of possibilities that it contributed to his death, but there was definitely some other stuff going on with him too.

Seth4Bucks's picture

We had two cats that had been together since birth. We lost one when he ran outside and got hit by a car. The other one died within the week .. .  despite her previously good health. She just seemed really listless after that.


Normal Buck's picture

Ah, yes, but because of that ending, John Hughes made "She's Some Kind of Wonderful," which had his preferred ending.

Why do I feel less manly for knowing that?  Bye weeks suck.

The_Lurker's picture

Ah, but you can rest assured that it is manly to have lusted for Lea Thompson and Mary Stuart Masterson back in the day.

Sarah's picture

Yeah, I deduct 25 Dr. Pepper Ten points from you for knowing 80s movies trivia. How dare you, you big girl!

AltaBuck's picture

I'm all for the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind treatment as long as it includes Kirsten Dunst.

Does anyone know if Rod Smith played defense in HS?

Sorry about your dog, Sarah.


I am Groot - Groot

Sarah's picture

Kirsten Dunst? You know Kate Winslet was in the movie too, right?

Thank you. She was a great dog. Lot of dog lovers around here, I see. 

ysuosu1's picture

Ok that's you've got me with the dog thing... I am the 4th female, I think, on this site. I love this site so at least once a day plus comments...AWSOME! Hopefully you see my amazing dog set as my pic!

I always felt a little funny commenting but maybe I will every once in awhile! Thank goodness I am in an office with the door closed because I laugh out loud a lot when I read info here!






Sarah's picture

Don't feel weird about commenting. I suspect we're finally in the double digits in female readers now. There are dozens of us! Dozens!

AltaBuck's picture

Kate ranks right up there but Kirsten had me from those first spiderman movies.

I lost a german shepherd to cancer. Miss him big time. He used to go into the backcountry with me and hang out in front of main st bars that I used to frequent in park city.. He was the coolest.

I am Groot - Groot

BucksfanXC's picture

Seriously? Kirsten Dunst? Over Kate Winslet?

“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

That's not even a close one.  Kirsten - hands down over Kate any day. 

Chris Lauderback's picture

Totally agree. Kirsten is sexier. She also looks like she'd be freakier. Word.

BucksfanXC's picture

You guys are crazy. Spiderman movies aside, Kate went nude in Titanic and for some that makes her hot, for some that takes away the allure of the mystery, I understand. But she's just way hotter IMHO.

Also, Sarah posts always spawn off the most random tangent comments. And I love that.

“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

Sarah's picture

I do enjoy a tangent. 


Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

I can't believe this is even being debated!!!   Kate by a MILE.....Kirsten Dunst?   Seriously??

biggy84's picture

Winslet gets my vote! She gives me a "special feeling". (tapped my inner Beavis)

flipbuckeye's picture

Kirsten Dunst went n00d in a movie too.  All Good Things? Something like that.

Northbrook's picture

Winslet from the top rope for the pin.

NC_Buckeye's picture

You need to see the Vanity Fair spread Winslet did. She channels Catherine Deneuve and... wow. Winslet over Dunst? Yes please. I would like to go there.


BucksfanXC's picture

I can't believe OH doesn't at least make you keep records of what and how many animals you have for situations exactly like this.

Basketball season is gonna be good, but again, so tough to win it all with a 96 team playoff. The boys will be stack and prepared this year, that is for sure.

For the second week in a row, all of Buckeyenation can join in saying: Let's Go State! Go Green! Go White!

“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

Buckeyejason's picture

What did T.Y. Williams end up spouting off on twitter?

I don't think Rod Smith played any LB in H.S...also a weird move to me considering that he isn't a very physical runner. Physicality is essential to be a linebacker.


Sarah's picture

Williams complained that any other school would love a player his size.

Buckeyejason's picture

LMAO good one T.Y.I'm tall but can't catch Williams.

I'll call it..he'll be gone by the spring.


BuckeyeBacker98's picture

Basically saying any other school would love to have a receiver like him.  And saying that he isn't getting a fair shot, and that once he gets on the field he is going to show his mad skills.


Maybe if he didn't drop 95% of passes thrown his way, the coaches would be more "fair" to him....

Buckeyejason's picture

Oh God, please make twitter go away some how.


btalbert25's picture

I'm totally in favor of this!

BED's picture

Hey, I was watching that Sparty-scUM game, and that OL deserved that punch.  Gholston's a boss.

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btalbert25's picture

I think Wisconsin will blast Michigan State this week.  A lot is on the line for both teams, but Wisky has the revenge factor working for them.  I have a feeling it could get ugly for Michigan State.

Colin's picture

And in other news, John Simon has been spotted in Zanesville wrestling a 600 pound grizzly bear. Local residents claim Simon has already been successful in incapacitating two other, much larger bears, and a lion.

Buckeyejason's picture

Wow, I heard John Big Bubba Hankins was battling T-Rex's on other planets as well...crazy!


Buckeyejason's picture

I think Sparty's defense will keep it close for them..Wisky has to look human some time this year.


BucksfanXC's picture

Sparty's defense is the real deal, but so is Wisky's offense. I'll be interested to watch.

We all have to cheer for MSU though. Division can still be won and overall record is the first tie breaker and cross divisional record is the third. I know we play Wisky head to head and therefore can control our own destiny, but we will take all the help we can get.

“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

RedQueenRace's picture

Sparty's defense is the real deal ...

You may be right but at this point I am skeptical.  They have had success stacking the box and blitzing but I feel it has worked only because they have faced offenses that were one-dimensional and did not have passing attacks or gameplans to exploit their scheme.  If they put up a good performance against the Badgers I will change my mind on them - at least until we see what happens in the bowl games this year.

BuckeyeBacker98's picture

If Wiscy looking human is only going to happen once, I'd prefer that it be on October 29th...

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i got bored last night so i'll leave this here...


 yo dawg...

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

BuckeyeSki's picture

This is great oy oy oy oyyyyyyyyyy

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Bucksfan's picture

If MSU is without Gholston, I no longer like their chances whatsoever.  When you play Wisconsin, you need everybody.  Gholston is their best player.

As a division rival, we need to pull for anyone who plays Wisconsin from here on out.  And, we need to beat them en route to winning out, too.  Tall order, and the odds of a 13th straight Big Ten title are very slim, but we still have a chance.

slippy's picture

Sorry dude, this is not true at all.  Worthy is their best player.  Gholston is mediocre - even listen to MSU fans say that.  He looked great against us because we ran predictible, slow developing draw plays and forgot to block guys rushing off the back side.

Bucks's picture

I can't imagine he will be with them. Also, was mentioned on Blitz but MSU has evidently opened their own "internal investigation" which to me will almost certainly mean he doesn't suit up. If we had a guy who was forced to sit out a game by the conference for his infraction (jabbing in the pile or whatever), Gholston is getting 2 games in my mind, minimum.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I think it will be a one game suspension if video shows Taylor Lewan, the OL Gholston threw the punch at, actually did drag Gholston by the facemask (as I've seen alleged elsewhere).

IMO Gholston's wrenching of Robinson's facemask isn't any different than what Robert Reynolds did to Jim Sorgi. That only got a single game suspension.

RBuck's picture

Did anybody else see this in the Buckeye News tweets?


TomOrr4 Can we tie Bollman and Siciliano to a tree as bait to draw out the last few lions and tigers? Solve 2 problems at once. #animalsontheloose

Long live the southend.

BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah, craziness. This story is gold. One big cat hit by a car on I-70!

OH will hopefully reform some laws after this whole mess. Strict liability man, but the guy is dead so there is no one to sue. If anyone gets hurt or killed, OH might get sued.

“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

William's picture

Just watched the latest press conference on 10TV. Jack Hanna said he had already spoken with Kasich about signing a bill that would severely limit the exotic animal trade in Ohio. You only need a permit to own bears, and there aren't any regulations for owning exotic animals like any of the big cats. Cannot believe that anywhere from 48-51 animals were let loose. 

RBuck's picture

Some dude about a mile from my house has about a dozen big cats. The only thing good about it is he picks up all the road kill deer to feed them.

Long live the southend.

btalbert25's picture

I saw Jack Hannah on GMA this morning.  Really a sad story for the animals. Sounds like the guy who owned them all was a real piece of work too.  I also like that Jack Hannah spoke up and defended the Sherriff on TV for how they had to handle the situation last night.  Essentially saying, they did the right thing and human life comes first, you can't tranquilize a leopard at night time or a Grizzly and not jeopardize human life. 

Personally, I don't understand the desire to own an animal that at any point in time could maime or dismember me in less than 5 seconds.  I certainly wouldn't want to own over 50 of them.

BuckeyeBacker98's picture

How crazy is it that 2 true sophomores are expected to shoulder a majority of the leadership responsibilities for the hoops team?!

Not doubting Sully and Craft at all, just a good indicator of how young this team really is.

BucksfanXC's picture

One senior, one junior (who has never played a game for us yet). But we'll still be rebuilding a lot again next year cuz some Sophs will jump this year.

“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

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm looking forward to basketball, but I'm still upset about the end of last season. Everything was set up so beautifully with a senior-led team, and a relatively easy Final Four... grrrr.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Bucks's picture

I have invoked amnesia in that regard good sir. Have no idea what you're talking about! ;)


Johnny Ginter's picture

Dave dave Dave dave dave dave Dave dave

NCBuck1's picture

You forgot dAve, daVe and davE.  We're setting 'em up for the draw!

Bucks's picture

I'm not a huge believer in bye-weeks in general, but this one can def make me change my opinion.

Hall in the slot(DAMNIT, DO IT ALREADY), Multiple good backs on the field at the same time, TE mismatches in our favor. I get all excited when I think of it, but then I remember Bollman & my balloon deflates. Prove me wrong Mr. Walrus.

biggy84's picture

Fickell always says the team needs to get better and execute.  How about the coaching staff making adjustments and putting them in better schemes?

Nappy's picture

Walrus to Tio:  Should we run a draw play here, Tio?


Walrus:  How about Dave?


Walrus: QB draw?


Walrus: Screen pass?


Walrus: Let's run dave

Tio: <facepalm>

The End



I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Luke's picture

Well struck, sir.

Sarah's picture

Tio does not facepalm. Tio glares. Tio contorts his face in anger. Tio blows people up. But Tio does not facepalm. 

Nappy's picture

I think if anything would make Tio facepalm, it would be the logic illogical thoughts of Jim Bollman.  That said, I would be totally on board with Tio putting a hit on Bollman.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

kevinfrenchfry's picture

By no means am i confident about predicting an upset of Wiscy next week in the shoe, but win or lose the wiscy michigan state game will be an emotional competition on the road for wisconsin, we have a bye week this week giving us two weeks to prepare, the shoe will be rockin at 8 oclock, they are wearing the fresh uni's and if we can have playcalling like the first half of the nebraska game (screens, misdirections) we have a shot.  Also, take into account Wisconsin has yet to play ANYBODY, we were obviously just as much better than nebraska as wisconsin was, before miller's injury deflated the enitre team, and out side of nebraska, who is mediocre at best, look at the rest of their schedule, i still think there good but perhaps, PERHAPS, wiconsin is a little overrated, i cant wait for that game, itll be my first osu game since OSU MINN in 2006

timdogdad's picture

i'm personally kind of tired of wisconsin. how they play all these cupcakes and win 52-0 and all of the games are at home. and madison is the greatest tailgate, greatest campus, etc.  what,  are their brats so much better than everywhere in the midwest?  and why is the campus so awesome? because there is a lake? it's not like it's 70 and sunny in november there with ocean and mountain views.