Wednesday Skull Session

By Sarah on November 16, 2011 at 6:00a

Good morning, everyone! It's your midweek Skull Session! And courtesy of last night's basketball victory over the Gators, I'm feeling chipper today, hence the haphazard use of exclamation points!1

Although I was confident in the BB's team ability to win, I was a little concerned about the black cloud hanging over a few of my favorite things. No, not raindrops on roses, but first there was the FTM charge against Ohio State, then the football team fell victim to the Hellmouth that Purdue sits atop of, followed by the unwelcome news that Community will go on hiatus during NBC's winter schedule.

This is not a death knell for the show yet, and I'm not putting it on the same level as Arrested Development, whose consistent comedic genius goes unrivaled in the TV landscape. However, that was another show that I begged people to watch, and when they finally listened, it was via DVDs, post-cancellation. So, especially if you or anyone you know is a Nielsen viewer, please check out Community (and Parks and Rec afterwards). Six seasons and a movie!

Anyway, thanks to the Buckeye hoopsters for keeping me sane!

THE ART OF CRAFT. Last night's win was a team effort, with Buford leading the way in scoring, Sullinger hitting all his free throws, valuable minutes from Ravenel and Sibert in a classic Matta-style shortened bench situation, and perhaps more importantly, Aaron Craft's scrappiness/tenacity/white BB player adjective.

Per usual, the intangibles he brings are not always going to show up in the box score. While his numbers were decent (13 points, 7 assists, 3 steals, 3 TOs, 1 block), they don't tell the story of every floor burn, or crash into the stands, or hockey assist, or the shutting down of a high scorer. Before this turns into a complete gushing love letter that I will spray with perfume and decorate with heart-shaped stickers, how about we let Florida coach Billy Donovan take it away:

"I thought, clearly, he dominated the game from start to finish. He was the whole key to me in the game," Donovan said.

"And more importantly, he really did it defensively. I mean, he physically beat up our guards. And I’m not saying our guards got fouled. Totally within the rules of the game, he physically manhandled our guards. And he did it against everybody. Steals, strips, loose balls, drives. . . .

"He's as good as any guard there is out there. I’ve got a lot of respect and admiration for him, because he’s just a tough, hard-nosed kid who probably doesn’t get the proper respect that he deserves."

After the game, I happened to catch the highlights on SportsCenter. Sullinger's butt was mentioned as many times as Coach K2, while Craft's name received nary a whisper. What matters most, though, is that the Buckeyes, who will only get better as the season moves along, beat a very good Florida team, one that didn't give up like they did a year ago. 

THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON. Previously kidnapped and locked away in the NCAA basement, DeVier Posey will return to the field on Saturday, just in time for Senior Day. Considering the immediate contributions of Boom and Adams, it's likely that Posey, and his unmatched experience and stats, will help out the young receiving corps and his freshman QB.

From all accounts, he has provided leadership at practice. During a game is where he can really make his mark. He will be able to give the young'uns tips on routes and getting open, something he wasn't able to do while suspended and banned from the stadium.

As for other personnel matters, Big Hank's MRI revealed that his injury is not a season-ending one, but he still remains doubtful for Saturday. Michael Bennett would probably start in his place, like his fellow freshman, Ryan Shazier, who will replace the concussed Andrew Sweat. J.B. Shugarts' status is up in the air, and if he's not ready, Jack Mewhort will replace him at RT with Corey Linsley taking over at RG for Mewhort. No word on who would pick up the false start slack.3

The mythical creature known as DeVierHave You Seen Me?

THE URBAN MEYER SWEEPSTAKES. Speaking of the Penn State matchup, Adam Jacobi offers his keys to the game4. Neither team is lighting it up on the offensive side of the ball, and for the Nittany Lions, Jacobi thinks capitalizing on turnovers could swing the game their way. 

Even though Penn State ranks #8 nationally in total defense, their defense against the run isn't as strong as against the pass, so the Buckeyes' best chance at winning is by running the ball, if they even have such plays in their arsenal. Not mentioned was which member of Ohio State's secondary will return one of McGloin's throws for a TD.

Jacobi's X-factor was Penn State's ability to keep the Jerry Sandusky scandal off their minds. Led by former 11W intern Jared Kamrass, the University Athletic Council is spreading the word for students to be welcoming of Penn State fans, because they're not the ones who raped children or looked the other way.

The council is also asking students to pay tribute to the victims via social media profile pictures. I'm not exactly sure what putting a blue ribbon on Facebook is supposed to accomplish, but hey, if it forces the disaffected youth to think, or at least fashionably pretend to care, about something other than themselves for a few seconds, have at it. And get off my lawn.

B1G FOOTBALL TALK. All Michigan State needs to clinch the Legends Division this week is to beat Indiana and for Michigan to defeat Nebraska. Of course, the Spartans control their own destiny, so as long as they win out, including a season finale against Northwestern, they will make the pilgrimage to Indianapolis. Mark Dantonio prefers it that way. He wants his team to focus solely on themselves and their last two opponents, and the thought of rooting for Michigan is as unappealing as smiling for him. 

Illinois, on a four-game losing streak, faces Wisconsin next, and the rumors of Zook's ouster in the near future are not something he cares to discuss. Behind only Kirk Ferentz on the seniority ladder in the B1G, if he's fired, then second-in-command will be shared by Pat Fitzgerald and Bret Bielema, two Gen-Xers.

Hoping to watch the game from the sideline is senior linebacker Trulon Henry, who was shot in the hand over the weekend. Henry was at home with his wife and child on Saturday night when he received a call from a teammate who wanted his assistance in encouraging other players to leave a party. Henry obliged the request, arrived at the party, was shot a few minutes later, and is out for the rest of the season. 

ONCE AND FUTURE OPPONENTS. Yesterday's 24 hours of hoops provided a few intriguing matchups. Thanks to a 20-1 run, Duke prevailed over Michigan State, 74-69.  Down 61-41, Michigan State did not quit and due in large part to Keith Appling and his 22 points on 8/10 shooting, they made it a more respectable game. Andre Dawkins led the way for the Blue Devils with 26 points. Seth Curry added 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block while turning the ball over three times. One stat that Ohio State, who hosts Duke in two weeks, should pay attention to is three-point shooting. Coach Kyrgyzstan's bunch hit 10 of 21 from the perimeter.

On the topic of Coach K, you might not have heard, but he surpassed Bob Knight to become the winningest BB coach in Division I history. The General was there to bro-hug his former protege. I'm just passing along the information, because it's not like ESPN cut into the Ohio State-Florida game on the Deuce to show this happening. That would have been ridiculous since it was already on regular ESPN, and the WWL did the SAME EXACT THING last year when Ohio State-Florida was up against a Connecticut women's basketball milestone5.

Also going on last night was Kentucky's 75-65 win over Kansas.  Tied 28-all at halftime, Kentucky, a team starting three freshmen, overcame their sloppy play, including 19 turnovers, to pull away from the Jayhawks. The Wildcats also blocked 13 shots. Though KU senior Tyshawn Taylor led all scorers with 22 points, the Jayhawks only shot 33.9 percent from the floor.  

LINK AND YOU'LL MISS IT. Kent State beat West Virginia in Morgantown... It's been a rough year for B1G football... Michael J. Fox reenacts the Johnny B. Goode scene from BttF... Donaghy vs. Swanson fight poster... A scene from Ricky Gervais' new show, Life's Too Short... The International Space Station flying over Earth... Matt Weiner talks about how Mad Men will end and Alex Trebek... Creepy twins, cat version.

  • 1 Also, it's possible I've a indulged in a wee bit of caffeine!
  • 2 Kidding, of course. That would be impossible. 
  • 3 Poor Shugarts. This is your legacy. 
  • 4 Somewhere, every Michigan season ticket holder's ears just perked up.

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Abe Froman's picture

I thought Craft also played an excellent game.  Except for the one inbounds pass to Buford that went astray, he was crisp with his passes.  It seems he still needs to work on his 3point shooting though, as those will be needed later in the year.  My gold star would go to D Thomas as he played some good defense after getting burnt often early in the game.  He also went to the boards which was needed and made some clutch free throws. 

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

argyle182021's picture

Craft was the difference maker in that game.  If there was a stat for strips he would probably lead the nation.  I'll be interested to see if anyone can effectively trap us in our half court.  Once the ball is in Aaron's hands it's always making its way past the midline.  Agree about his jumpshot.  Love his ability to dribble hesitate and get to the basket for layups.


Agree about Thomas' defensive effort and glass cleaning last night.  That's promising.  I was actually a little surprised that Sully got beat down low as much as he did.  But come on, did you see that other guy's imposing physique!! (barf)

Sarah's picture

Thomas played much better in the second half last night. He will probably always be erratic, but that was a good sign. 

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

The footnotes always amuse. 

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

pioneer92's picture

Anyone have any idea how long it's been since we've had this many true freshman not only contributing but starting? I'm noticing Braxton, Devin Smith, Ryan Shazier, Michael Bennet, Joel Hale, Evan Spencer, we can throw in Antonio Underwood. 7 true freshman and Redshirt frosh Roby, T.Y. Williams, JT Moore, Verlon Reed. Noticed during the Purdue game that it seemed like everytime a sub came in or a play happened a freshman was involved can't remember a time we had this many young kids playing since 2004.

AcrossTheField11's picture

Might go a long way towards luring a "slam dunk" coach to Columbus.  1st / 2nd year head coaches winning NC's with the prior coach's recruits is somewhat commonplace these days.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Denny's picture

Six. Seasons. 

AND A Movie.


BucksfanXC's picture

Oddly enough I was a Nielson family last week and I DVR'd and double watched Community and Parks and Rec, AND neglected to watch Whitney. You're welcome world.

“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

cronimi's picture

If only there were many more of you out there, instead of all the maroons watching the drivel on CBS. But how is it you were a Nielsen family last week? Are you not one this week? Did you break into a Nielsen family's house and watch their TV? (Actually, that's not a bad idea....)

BucksfanXC's picture

They sent me a log to log one weeks worth of TV, from Thursday-Thursday. I had last week's Community on DVR still at the time, watch it once, watched the other one live and taped it to watch later. My wife thinks Community has jumped the shark. The Office clearly jumped the Shark two seasons ago and I can't believe it's held on this long, but actually I really enjoyed last weeks episode, but I'm not a Robert California fan. Parks and Rec is such a great show that has so much room to grow. I'll miss e720 with all it's Detlef Schrempf glory.

“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

cronimi's picture

Nice. I agree The Office has passed its prime, but some eps are good (like last week's). The only good thing about Robert California is the anxiety and reactions he causes in the other characters. I love me some Community, but P&R is the better show and IMO has the greater potential. The greatness of Ron effing Swanson knows no bounds.

Sarah's picture

Thanks for doing God's work. Community has been up and down this season, but jump the shark it has not (also: that phrase has jumped the shark). It was just a few episodes ago that they gave us Remedial Chaos Theory, and the show is always capable of brilliantly weird little moments, like Jeff and the Dean karaoking to "Kiss From a Rose."

Perhaps it's because of that eccentricity that I hold the show in such high regard. Parks and Rec, I think, has more universal appeal and has been pretty stellar this season. 

BucksfanXC's picture

I thought Remedial Chaos Theory was one of the best episodes of a sitcom ever. Way up there concept-wise. Parks and Rec will thrive because it doesn't depend on any story line, there is a classic "will-they-won't-they" with Ben and Leslie but I hope that ends soon. It will thrive because it has such (and so many) great character personalities: Swanson, Haverford, Andy&April, Jean Ralphio, even Jerry. You don't care what's going on or what they are doing, you just want to watch them do stuff. And you'll never get tired of it because there's variety. It's not all Swanson all the time, it's little sprinklings.

This alone should = six seaons, an Emmy AND a movie:

“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

Classic moment. How was Offerman not even nominated for an Emmy?

The characters on Parks & Rec are typical of a small midwestern town in that deep down, they're all good people who care about each other (even Jerry, as reluctant as some would be to admit).  

I know part of the reason some people have an issue with Community is that the characters can be total a-holes sometimes (even though deep down, they care about each other too), but like with AD, as long as it's funny and continuity-friendly, I don't have a huge problem with characters behaving badly. 

kevinfrenchfry's picture

community is awful now, the shlws creator said he was going to try to not make every episode epic like they tried in season 2 which they are clearly failing to do, season 1 was the best season by far, and ive watched every episode, every thursday since season 1, cant wait for the next season arrested development who'da thunk it?

Sarah's picture

Awful? No, I think you can find that at 9:30 on NBC Thursday (though you'd have to ask Johnny for sure). 

I'm partial to season 2 myself. 

Buckeyejason's picture

Anyone hear. Bolls, Tressel and Fick stopped in at the live blog. It was awesome!

Oh yeah, great game Buckeye B-Ball men!


TLB's picture

They shouldnt have the time to stop in.  We are only 10 days away from the game.

German Buckeye's picture

Let's just keep Fick and Heacock and Drayton and move out with some offensive coordinators that play football from this century.   

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I would be OK if Heacock took his talents somewhere else.  I want the Silver Bullets back - the ones that told you that you would only have 4 seconds to throw the ball and after that, you WILL be sacked.  All the talent we have in the defensive backfield and we use it to guard space....

Read my entire screen name....

Buckeyejason's picture



JLP36's picture

Hate the uncertainty on the OL lineup.  If he can't go, everyone else needs the reps in their different spot.  It is impossible not to bang on JB for his 5 yarders, but this year when he has managed the patience to wait for the rest of the gang he has played well and the OL is much better for it.


O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Went to the bball game last night...first time in 4 years. Ravenel and Lenzelle gave strong efforts and are great fits for the team. Referees made some terrible calls but we persevered. Love A Craft!

GoBucks713's picture


-The Aristocrats!

Luke's picture

You know, if you guys just want to flood the comments with GIFs until Community is back on the air and renewed for an improbable 4th season, I, for one, will not object one bit.

BucksfanXC's picture

Challenge Accepted. (with a GIF of Annie's Boobs)

“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

Estrada's picture

Awesome sauce.

Scott's picture

Viva la Comunidad!

Class of 2008

Nerkbuckeye's picture

"because it's not like ESPN cut into the Ohio State-Florida game on the Deuce to show this happening. That would have been ridiculous since it was already on regular ESPN"

I about blew a gasket when they cut away--Couldn't they have just mentioned that ESPN was covering it and if you wanted to you could tune to see history--but no-ESPN, just like your mother, knows what's best for you to see and not see.

cronimi's picture

My thoughts exactly. Hell, even a dual-screen with audio on Dook-MSU would have been better than what they did. But Coach K is the owner of one of the jocks espin most likes to sniff, so of course they had to redirect all of their channels to that game.

AltaBuck's picture

Glad I was watching on ESPN3.  That would have pissed me off to no end.

Not sure why but I am glad that ESPN3 broadcasts don't cut to the studio of assholes during updates. Hopefullly it will stay that way.

I am Groot - Groot

Sarah's picture

Great, now ESPN3 will probably cut away next season, whenever Ohio State plays their first big-time opponent, and Pat Summitt reaches a milestone of her own. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Like remembering where she put her keys?


Too soon?

JakeBuckeye's picture

Not only was that too soon, but that will never be appropriate.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Oh ok. Thanks for clearing that up. I almost didn't hear you all the way up there on your high horse.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

y'know, there has to be a place for irreverent humor on this site....

Maybe we need to create something that allows other 11Wers to recognize that we are being inappropriate on purpose and only with the intent to make others laught and at the same time asks for forgiveness if anyone is offended.  A code or icon or something that we can include with our comments.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Thank you, if I in any way offended anyone who has trouble remembering where their keys are (myself included) I apologize.

BuckeyeSki's picture


Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

JakeBuckeye's picture

Youre right I should lighten up. Next we should make jokes about bald people and cancer. Hahahahah right?

BrewstersMillions's picture

I'm so offended. I have friends who lost their hair because of onset male pattern baldness and I heard the word cancer once in a class I took. Be a little more sensitive man....

BuckeyeSki's picture

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

JakeBuckeye's picture

Me and you will probably always differ on this. No, I am not a fan of joking about diseases or conditions, especially rather serious ones. Say I'm on a high horse, whatever, I don't think I'm better than you. Crap like that just rubs me the wrong way.

OldColumbusTown's picture

Yes.  Just another example that ESPN somehow decides for the viewers what is news-worthy and essential viewing. 

There's a reason I was tuned in to the Deuce rather than ESPN... I didn't want to see Coach K and his weasel-face.

Bucksfan's picture

I think the show is definitely over.  L @ Purdue=nuked the fridge.

Buckeyejason's picture

So not only did we miss the tip off because a friggin womens game overlapped it..but they had to cut away from the game to capture coach K manloving Bob Knight.


Ahhh that felt good.


DJ Byrnes's picture

As somebody who only gets ESPN2, I was relieved I didn't miss Coach K's moment in the middle of the only college basketball game I may care about this season.


Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I thought for a while how it would be possible for you to only have ESPN 2. Then I realized...

Sarah's picture

If you can stand the Aryan nature of the Duke basketball team, Ohio State plays them on the 29th. Otherwise, enjoy your Kobe YouTube porn. 

DJ Byrnes's picture

Sarah, I'm not entirely sure I'm cool with you anymore after you crossed the line on WGH yesterday.



Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Sarah's picture

I was in a bad place. I apologize to the immortal Warren Gamaliel Harding and wish him well as he and Bill Cosby best-bro it around, free-basing the devil's dandruff and conquering the brothels of Montevideo.