Lightning Crashes

By Ramzy Nasrallah on November 28, 2011 at 11:49a
In 310 days. In Ann Arbor. On the football field.In the beginning: Promises made.

A very familiar and comforting clock stopped ticking on Saturday afternoon.

It wasn't that (admittedly obnoxious) Dispatch counter that would have marked 2925 days since Michigan last beat Ohio State were it not taken down earlier in the week, nor was the stadium clock in Ann Arbor that landed on zeros with the Buckeyes holding onto the low end of the score for the first time in eight meetings.

The era of Jim Tressel finally came to a close this weekend with his last Ohio State team falling to the Wolverines and ending a run that might never be experienced again. It would have ended on Saturday regardless of the outcome.

He wasn't on the sideline for a single game of this horrendous 6-6 season, but he was the architect of this team - its philosophy, its principles, all of its players and all but one of its coaches.

Tressel was introduced to Ohio State at a basketball game and he immediately ameliorated a fan base that had long agonized over off-the-field problems and losses to Michigan with the promise that they would like the results that occurred on his watch. That was the beginning of the beginning.

For the next 11 seasons - including the current one - that was the case most of the time. Ohio State won championships, bowls and Michigan games as its APR grew to among the very best in the country. Buckeye football under Tressel was a machine. The only thing that could stop it was Tressel himself.

When the game ended Saturday and Michigan's jubilant fans spilled out onto the field, that marked the end of the end.

While the death certificate of the Tressel era was still being notarized, the birth certificate for the next chapter of Ohio State football was being written in haste. This diversion was the product of sound prognostication, months of speculation and most of all, a coping mechanism for one of the worst all-around years in Buckeye football history.

The final dozen games of the Tressel era will be remembered about as much as Emmitt Smith in an Arizona Cardinals uniform or Joe Montana as a Kansas City Chief. The 2011 season was always about what should have been, what could have been, what used to be and what very obviously was no longer customary Ohio State football with its patriarch absent.

The notion of an Earle Bruce-like 1979 championship transition faded in week two as the Buckeyes struggled to beat Toledo, and it vaporized in week three when the Buckeyes turned in the first of several conclusively abysmal performances at Miami. Tresselball without Tressel wasn't technically dead; the plug still needed to be pulled to make it official.

That moment was always going to be this past Saturday. The only variable was if the mood would be sour or jubilant. The mourning period lasted as long as it took for the word of Tressel's successor to be announced, which as it turned out wasn't even 48 hours.

Tressel with Darnell Sanders, 310 days after his introduction.

Lost in the confusing haze of euphoria and sadness is that Urban Meyer has signed up to uphold an impossible standard. Beating Michigan at nearly a 90% clip and getting invites to champagne room bowl games annually is not a birthright, but Tressel made it seem that way. It should not even be possible.

The current emotions are uncharted waters for Buckeye fans. Ohio State has never hired a "name" coach in its history. Tressel was a I-AA legend whose only games as an FBS head coach were in Columbus. John Cooper was hardly a national target.

Earle Bruce came from Iowa State, which only sounds like Ohio State. Woody Hayes came from Denison. Paul Brown came to Ohio State from Massillon High School. Francis "gold pants" Schmidt came from TCU.

Meyer will be taking his fourth FBS head coaching job, having won at Florida, Utah and Bowling Green previously. He is the first coach to arrive in Columbus with an already-established pedigree. His hiring is unprecedented for a school in a state better known for creating coaching legends than recruiting them.

In Meyer, however, Ohio State is getting both. A homegrown coaching savant whose reputation blossomed away from Ohio is now returning home for what has to be considered his dream job. That vacancy that he's filling just happened to be Tressel's dream job as well.

It's a position Meyer's predecessor would have coached until he had chosen to retire without pressure. Running Ohio State football was a dream of theirs going back to their days as Ohio State assistants together on the same Bruce staff. Tressel's dream has now ended right where Meyer's dream is beginning.

Tressel's introductory mid-court amelioration that transpired in January 2001 will have a modern counterpart shortly. Meyer will soon undoubtedly reassure Buckeye fans that the standards for Ohio State football remain unchanged, that the team will be winning again soon - on all fronts, both turf and non-turf - and that there will soon be pride again where there is currently embarrassment, humiliation and angst.

Ohio State football was always bigger than Tressel and it will always be bigger than Meyer. Whenever he walks away, the next coach will have to assume the stewardship where he left it and try to make it better. That's the standard, no matter how daunting any predecessor might have made it.

Time and change, the seasons pass, the years will roll; regardless of how triumphant or tumultuous any era might be, this is all part of the script. While one very familiar and comforting clock stopped ticking on Saturday afternoon, another new one has quickly taken its place. The expectations remain the same.

After 11 years of Tresselball, we're back at the beginning of the beginning once again. The Urban era at Ohio State is born and will someday also find its death, but as long as there is football at Ohio State the clock will never stop ticking.


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flipbuckeye's picture

Tingles. Go Bucks.

tedglover's picture

Well said.


Denny's picture

Time and change.


BooneBuckeye's picture

Welcome Coach. Go Bucks!

I've tried and I just don't give a d@mn for the whole state of M*chigan. 

klfeck's picture

This is a proud day in Buckeye History. Many great days in the future for tOSU. Urbz is among the elite in terms of coaching chops, and will be like a super magnet to recruits. The program will be under the scrutiny of the NCAA (as long as it remains) and will be forced to be one of the cleanest in the country. Great things my fellow Buckeyes, great things!!!!!



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Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

I just got goose bumps looking at the picture of a young Jim Tressel, addressing the crowd, with those immortal words.  2001 seems like it was yesterday. 

Thank you, Coach Tressel for a great run. You are one of the all-timers, you are in the pantheon, and we can't wait to have you dot the i in the near future.

How firm they friendship...

Menexenus's picture

Hear, hear!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

builderofcoalitions's picture


The best part in all of this is that Ohio State has upstaged Michigan once again. Saturday's game is but a distant memory. They got a .500 mid-level coach and we got Urban-effing-Meyer. How you like them apples, scUM?

Because we couldn't go for three.

Hamsterdam's picture

Ohio State lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament later that year to Utah State ... Meyer once coached at Utah ... yeah ... nothing there.

Anyway, as a Youngstown kid/longtime YSU fan who had the opportunity to cover Tressel's first year at Ohio State as the sports editor at The Lantern, I just remember thinking, " please don't screw this up." That's where we were at the beginning of the Tressel Era. "Don't screw this up."

No such feelings this time around. I seriously cannot believe how giddy I am about the hiring of Corch Irvin Meyers. I don't expect anything more than 10-2/9-3 next year, but what is fantastic is we will be in the national title hunt for the entire tenure of Meyer's reign.

Football is fun again.

Squirrel Master's picture

I would like to keep the expectations low as well to 10-2 but I just see way too much potential that was not being fulfilled this year due to the coaching staff. Love Fickell and hope he sticks around but Bollman and Heacock have got to move on for a more progressive game plan. with that and what Meyer I believe will bring in, I am seriously thinking no more than 1 lose. Ohio State will be a top team next year and years to come.


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bucknut3011's picture

Urban needs an O-line next year...  Biggest talent obstacle in my mind.

AltaBuck's picture

If Urban can get Studrawa onboard as the OC/Oline Coach, we'll have a good oline next year but lack of depth could really hurt.

Every program the guy has coached at, the Oline play has been exceptional.

I am Groot - Groot

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I think some folks are really underestimating how big an issue the offensive line might be next season, and that's one area where it's almost impossible to have a recruiting quick fix. There are a few other potential trouble spots too, like linebacker and wide receiver (hard to say how many of the struggles there this past season were due to inexperience as opposed to simple lack of talent).

This team isn't going to go 4-6-1 like Cooper's first team (which really was talent deficient in the upper classes almost everywhere), but predictions of a surefire Big Ten championship in '12 might be overly optimistic too.

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buckeyechad's picture

exactly. freshman linemen (even 4 and 5 star recruits) are rarely good enough to take on college level defensive linemen... btw why can't we just take wisconsin's oline coach and pay him more?

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

While I agree that we are weak on the OL, both talentwise and with few bodies.  It is much easier for an OL to block when the offense is balanced (pass/run), while mixing in some misdirectional plays.  How many times this year did we expect 5 OL guys to block 6 defenders?  Coaching strategy can make bad players look better, so I do think we have that going for us.  

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Hamsterdam's picture

Again, another difference between us and some of the other midwest powerhouses like Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan, Notre Dame and the ilk. They will always be there. They always will be right there in the Top 20. That's cool. They can continue to be regional powers. We're a top 5 program. We're there with Alabama and Texas and USC and maybe even LSU now. Those other schools are not. They simply compete against each other.

AltaBuck's picture

Change brings new opprotunities - I, for one, am certainly pullling for the Rodents to win the legends division so the Urban led Bucks can give Ann Arbor U double the ass kicking (in the 'Shoe' and in Indy) next season to make up for Saturday's loss. Nard can choke on it twice.



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buckeyepastor's picture

Great article.  Totally nails the emotional state of irresistable hope.  As others have said, I've never felt this confident and pleased the Monday after a loss to Michigan in my life.   

Expectations will be something to observe and consider.  Most OSU coaches set the standard by which they are identified while at OSU.   Woody, Earle, Coop, JT - all of them saw their coaching careers defined by what happened after they took the job at OSU.   Meyer comes in already having cemented himself as a "hall of fame" type coach in other places.   Will be curious to see what happens if 2013 or 2014 brings improvement and lots of wins, but not undefeated seasons that many are already forecasting.  

Buckeye Nation's expectations for those with lesser credentials have often seemed unreasonable.  What will they be for Urban?   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

OT, but is simply making today even better....

(politics aside), Rush Limbaugh is asolutely HAMMERING espn on his broadcast about sitting on the Fine situation.

Would love to see them get what they so, so deserve.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

Denny's picture

Yea, the more broad-based negative publicity that they get the better. I'm not one to cry foul about ESPN often, but the extent of dumb-fuckery involved in this case is staggering.


buckIalum's picture

Tress probably had the single greatest introduction as a head coach as we'll ever see (and only made more memorable by his backing up his words).

It is the dawn of a new era and it's already bursting with hope and excitement. Here's hoping this officially turns the corner from the season of allegations and mediocrity on the field.

Buckeyejason's picture




Sounds good to me


Maestro's picture

I expect great things, but it will take time and hard work.........and some O-Line recruits.

vacuuming sucks

Buckeyejason's picture

Unless the players just don't adapt to Meyers system/coaching I can't see this team NOT winning the Big1G next season...

Too much returns..granted we need more at Linebacker, pass rushers, more quickness in the secondary, and Offensive maturity to take place but its not hard to see an 11-1 10-2 type year in Meyers first season.


Maestro's picture

Agree Jason, but I am trying not to fall into the trap of thinking that returning starters means a ton.

If the defense can't pressure the QB it won't matter much on that side of the ball.  Of course, Nate W. helps a ton with that.

The DLine interior is solid, but besides Hankins being good I think Bellamy and Goebel are just above average.  Hale played a ton against Michigan and Bennett has a very bright future.  

We really need Miller, K. Hayes, Baldwin or Moore to make the next step into being studs.

Every throw that Miller can make to Philly, Stoney, Fields, Smith and Spencer between now and next season is a bonus.

I expect 9 wins minimum next season, partly because we have 8 home games (twice in 3 seasons that has happened) and partly because of the returning talent and upgrade in coaching at the top.

vacuuming sucks

Buckeyejason's picture

Well said, sir.


OHIOST1087's picture

Don't forget Verlon Reed! He was doing good till his injury.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

11W shout out on SVP. Said SbB linked onto the story through here. Justice.

jack's picture

When Tressel was hired I was just so fvckign thankful that Cooper was gone I had very little hope outside of what he implied on that day he was introduced at the basketball game, that we would be proud of our football team on certain day in late November.  We got a lot more.

The expectations are through the roof for Urbz and I hope he lives up to them.


Go Bucks!!!

Bucks43201's picture (Pete Fiutak), predicts OSU vs. Baylor in the Bowl --- that would be interesting --- going against Robert Baylor & co.

Take the Over if this match-up happens!

Bucks 41

Baylor 30

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Berniebucks78's picture

I hope not. I bought Gator Bowl tickets last night. Talk about mad Gator fans at that one. I might wear a bulletproof vest. (sweater vest of'course).

"Indecision may (or may not) be my downfall."

Bucks43201's picture

yeah, I heard that, too -- If the Gator Bowl can, they are locked to pick both OSU and Florida.

Would rather see that match-up ---- it would be interesting.

btw, take the under in that game if it happens

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Berniebucks78's picture

I guess this means I need to stop hating Urban for the beat down he gave us in the NC game. Wow! Hatred never vanished so quickly!

"Indecision may (or may not) be my downfall."

Bucks43201's picture

yes, kinda "hated" Urban and Tebow at UF -- but, in retrospect --- you gotta respect them.

p.s. I always placed the blame, and "hate" for that loss on the 40-some day lay-off and horrible playcalling, i.e. abandoning the running game midway through the 2nd quarter.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

bucknut3011's picture

Nice article...  Super excited and anxious with Meyer, but will always miss Tress. 

Marshall's picture

Definitely will miss Tress.  Guy was born for the job.  If not for one form he shouldn't have signed (sigh).

2002 graduate of The Ohio State University
National champs.  Coincidence?

btalbert25's picture

So 11W staff have the webhits shot through the roof in the last week or so since your name has been put out there by papers, radio, and TV?  I have noticed some new names commenting as of late?  I can remember last year or even earlier when you guys talked about how it was hard work and not much came back from it but you loved putting the site together etc.  I imagine that seems like a lifetime ago now.  Has to be gratifying to get so much pub for the quality work you all do.  Congrats guys, and a pat on the back to the readers and commenters.  One reason many of us choose to come back time and again is because we can have civil discusssions and get a long well.  Sometimes, that's not always the case, but rarely are there the idiotic types of comments you'll see on other sites. 

Hope this can be maintained as the site continues to grow(explode?) in popularity.

Denny's picture

BTALBERT, going for OG-Commenter Status.


Maestro's picture

Don't make idiotic comments Denny............wink

vacuuming sucks

baddogmaine's picture

Fans at any school that has been at the top of the pile for a long time lose the ability to be realistic. Meyer was successful wherever he went but a closer look offers reasons why he was so successful. There were three big schools dividing up the Florida pie but the Gators under Meyer were getting first choices of one of the biggest pies in the country. FSU and Miami were shadows of their past glory during the Meyer years. Ohio is a big football pie but not as big as FL. Bowling Green was successful against other small fish. The Xs and Os will be the same but the players necessary to do it are different. Utah might be compared with Northwestern which has had huge successes among mostly not so successful years. Meyer is a good coach, maybe one of the best but that is not a guarantee of titles ever.

He will be coaching the guys who come back next year - the same guys who just went 6-6 and liklely could not have done better than 9-3 even with Bill Belechik (Miami was a train wreck, we never were in the Spartan game, and if we couldn't beat scUM scoring 34 it likely was not a coaching issue) - and the guyys who were recruited by Luke Fickell, who likely will look like the guys who just went 6-6 minus those who jumped off the OSU wagon when wheels started coming off. The linebacking core is inadequate, the offensive line will be rebuilt from second-rate parts; the receivers about as unstable now as they were three months ago. 2012 could be a good year but could also be a bust. What happens after that will depend on how well Meyer recruits in Ohio for guys who need to beat not just Toledo but scUM who are going to be a tough out for some time, and whoever the SEC favor of the year is.

I think tOSU made the right call in replacing Fickell, and I think Meyer a strong choice (though I would not have been terribly upset with Toledo's Beckman, who got and developed Eric Page and QBs who could throw to him; for whom OSU would have been the dream job - by some reports Meyer could easily have gone to ND or PSU under the right conditions; and who is already known in Ohio not just by reputation but by current events). But in a poll I saw I put down that I expect Meyer to bring no crystal footballs to Columbus and will continue to feel that way until I see otherwise.

I'm happy indeed, but I'm not ready to put my emotional well-being in Meyer's hands yet.

btalbert25's picture

I think it's impossible to predict how many titles a guy can bring before he coaches 1 game at the school.  What I do think is, Urban will recruit out of state kids with more success than Tressel did, as well as hold down the state of Ohio with the success Tressel had.  This year's team could've been better than 6-6 without suspensions, then more suspensions, and injuries to key players like Nate Williams.  Had the coaches started the season with Braxton and let him throw the ball like he did Saturday. 

I'm not saying the team will go undefeated next year, but I very much think they'll be in the running for the B1G title.  The out of conference schedule isn't terrible next year, and we know how bad the B1G is, I could see a 10 win season next year and BCS birth.

Bucks's picture

What a bizarre & at times, torturous year it has been for football & OSU in general. Get the last word from the NCAA and we can finally put it to rest.

Saw the dispatch claiming earlier that Luke will be the DC if he wants it. Anyone heard anything on that? I'm personally a fan of this if it works out that way. Also, may I get a rental truck to help Bollman & the vcr operator QB coach get the heck out?

This presser is going to be interesting. With some of the rumors swirling that Urban has had a huge issue with Gene, have to wonder if there is anything yet-to-be talked about with that.

Scott K's picture

+1000000 (linked to BTALBERT25 comment)

Karma man.  What goes around comes around, and the 11W boys and girls certainly deserve it!

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel

Marshall's picture!/jrLaurinaitis/status/141200836255690754

Looks like Fickell stays on the staff!  Love it.  Great Buckeye, thought he did an admirable job, and hope the staff meshes fast.

2002 graduate of The Ohio State University
National champs.  Coincidence?

NC_Buckeye's picture

Do you really think Laurinaitis is plugged in to what's going on with Fickell? I really think he's just making the same assumption as the 11W commentariat.

We should know in about an hour either way.

Marshall's picture!/DispatchAlerts/status/141197985504694272

If it's not true, then I'll just choose to live in fantasy for awhile.  Really like Fickelly, think it would be neat to have him stay on.

2002 graduate of The Ohio State University
National champs.  Coincidence?

NC_Buckeye's picture

I've been pretty adamant (possibly belligerent) in my support of Fickell in the 11W comments. I too would love for him (and Vrabel) to continue at tOSU. I just wonder if he might be delaying the inevitable... in that I believe him when he says he aspires to be a head coach.

I followed a thread on Corn Nation last night where the CN commenters were discussing whether Pelini might ever get the Huskers beyond a 9-3 or 10-2 record. Like us Buckeyes they expect championships in Lincoln. Someone brought up the fact that Pelini has never had the benefit of discovering his HC identity off the radar like Kill did in the MAC. A couple of CN commenters questioned whether coaching UN-L was ever going to allow him to do this. Pelini's basically trying to figure this all out under a microscope. (Sound familiar?)

Having read this, it occurred to me that it might be for the best if Fickell left and discovered the HC style that works for him. He's led a pretty homogeneous coaching-life to this point. Exposure to other O & D styles, game management, dealing with discipline/morale/compliance, networking with new coaching blood -- these are all things that would benefit him greatly if he wants to be the HC at a big time program. He might get only a little of that as an asst to Meyer.

Or maybe he's decided that staying in Columbus is more important than being an HC. Tom Bradley has been at PSU for what... 30 years. But even that might lead him back to where he is right now (and that's all I'm going to say about that).

So either way, I wish him luck and will be following his career closely. I'm pulling for him.


BrewstersMillions's picture

There was a link to an article that Jon Thoma wrote about our first game against Akron and there was a line in it that really rings true now. It was of course intended for Fickell's Buckeyes but there is no doubt in my mind it applies to Meyer's Buckeyes (damnit that feels good to say).

" Gone are the days when Ohio State runs out the clock in the 4th quarter out of pity.  If the Buckeyes are better than you, you are going to know exactly how many points better they are."

No quarter. No prisoners. Go Bucks.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Just a few random thoughts:

2013. I've been saying that all season.

I hope Fickell stays on as the DC.

LeCharles Bentley seems really pissed off, not neccesarily at the hiring, but that people are getting fired, and Gene Smith isn't. (Can't say I disagree).

I wanted to punch every smug looking scUM bandwagoner that I saw at the airport yesterday. M Man, Michalum, etc, stay classy. You guys make my skin crawl because you are not typical dickhead fans, and I can't hate you.

Regarding Urban and the 06 MNC game. I didn't hate him, didn't hate Tebow either. I really hated FLA fans. They KILLED Chris Leak (sp) his whole career, killed the dude, and I felt very bad for that kid. I have nothing good to say about that program or fanbase, and deep inside, I was at least happy Leak could shut them up after all the crap they put him through. It wasn't like he was Bauserman or something. 

"2014 National with it!!!"

Poe McKnoe's picture

About people getting let go: I see Fickell staying on as an Associate Head Coach.  I see pretty much everyone else being shown the door.  I know people want to keep Heacock, but I don't see it happening, and mainly because of the 2006 MNC against Florida. LeCharles suggested keeping him as a DL coach, so there's that possibly.  I don't see Meyer allowing Heacock to play his 'bend but don't break' defense.  In fact, there's a youtube video of UM blasting OSU for staying in zone for all but 3 plays in the game.

Just my 2 cents.

BuckeyeChief's picture

RE: Heacock...the 06 and 07 games were brutal, 06 more so, but I have to say he kinda redeemed himself 08-10. How many people really called for his head? We were all going after Bollman.

"2014 National with it!!!"

buckeye20's picture

Heacock will never be on the staff.  He wouldn't want to stay anyway.  He's near the end of his coaching career.

Poe McKnoe's picture

I agree with both sentiments.  I don't think his style translates to what Urban wants to do, and Heacock is probably close to hanging it up anyway.

Some people attributed the newfound aggressiveness on defense being attributed to Luke Fickell's accession to co-defensive coordinator.  Whether that's true or not, who knows.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

literature on the Gene Smith being retained?

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

buckeye20's picture

This one will be interesting.  Not sure how involved he was in the hiring process.  Also, I think Gee has seen enough of Ohio State being in the headlines for the wrong reasons.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a change.  Archie Griffin has been CEO of Alumni Assoc. now for quite some time.  It should have prepared him for the AD job.  Not sure how he performed as an Associate AD, but if he has the right skills for the job, now would be the time for a switch. I could see Archie running the athletic dept. and compliance reporting into Gee.

Overall, I think Gee is pissed and look what he did at Vandy...we shall see.


Bucksfan's picture

The Senator's legacy will be a shiny one.  The domination over Michigan will likely be unequalled, even with Meyer as coach (I think Brady Hoke is a great recruiter, and he will have that team ready to compete for championships).  He won 3 Fiestas including a national title, a Rose and a Sugar Bowl (find me another coach that has won 3 of 4 BCS bowls).  He coached the first Buckeye QB to win the Heisman, and won the Big Ten in 7 of 10 years.

Maybe no one will talk about how down the Big Ten was, or the big game gaffes of 2006-2009. The positives certainly outweigh the negatives.

Ready for the Urban Meyer era.  I hope for good things.  Tressel will be revered, but Meyer brings this show to the next level.

BuckeyeSaab's picture

Les Horvath.  Pretty sure he lined up as QB when he won in 1944.

I'm sorry for not being sorry.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

He was a Single Wing QB, which is pretty much a running back nowadays.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Anyone else ready for him to announce just so they can get some photos of him not wearing that shitty orange and blue?

Good grief, am I sick of seeing him in Gator regalia.  Bring on the Scarlet and Grey, Baby!!!!

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

buckeye20's picture

Looking forward to the presser.  He's going to be all scarlet and grey and shit. Sportin' Chub.


Baroclinicity's picture


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

cwglee's picture

Does anyone know if Nate Williams will be returning for a 5th year?

cbusbuckeye's picture

Yes, medical redshirt

nickma71's picture

My wife got a kitten out of a gutter (East Toledo). He is great cat today. I asked her to name him Jim Tressel. It isn't like there weren't dogs all over the place named Woody.

ArTbkward's picture

Or Brutus, which is my dogs name.

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

(Also, I'm not a dude)