Friday Skull Session

By Luke on February 17, 2012 at 6:00a

Oh, I didn't see you there. You caught me mending my fences. Been a long time since I've been back around the way. Ms. Elika's transition into new and exciting things certainly opens the door for a torrid, two Friday affair with your favorite Dubcast hosts.

Look, it's going to be weird at first, sure, but that's why we brought those tasteful bacchanalian masks. No, that Dionysus wig with adjoining Jabbawockeez face plate doesn't look weird, it looks mysterious and freaky. And believe you me, that's kind of our thing.

Now since the last time you and I had coffee together, people have openly questioned the credibility of this very site. There are those that say all 11W does is regurgitate information from other locations. You know who else regurgitates things? Mother birds. Sure, they occasionally abandon and/or eat their young, but it's all in the game.

In fact, it sure sounds like traffic business has been booming at 11W Industries of late. Try as I may, USA Today's charts and graphs often overwhelm and confuse my simple blog mind, so I won't interject anything like that in this space as to not confuse myself midsentence.

However, I hear from folks far smarter than you or I that unique visitors (which, you know, for prospective future digital advertisers who weigh opportunity costs are kind of a big deal) of late are putting the fear of god into some of those operations who depend on the tried and true paid subscriber model. But what do I know. Now I'm sure I could burn 1800 words making Denny's jokes and pretending I don't get this reference, but in politics (the subject of which I am actual, non-fictitious degree holder in), the rule is always "never punch down".

With that unpleasantness behind us, let's move on to what's important in life (Ohio State sports) and what I do best (like write sensual slow jams to Denard Robinson).


HASHTAGBESTDAMNBALLINTHELAND. Despite pushing a failed social media experiment on the cover of their most recent edition, Sports Illustrated (largely courtesy of the words of scribe Kelli Anderson) can't seem to say enough good things about 2011-2012 Big Ten conference basketball in the issue. Even though the league's served as something of a unifying force between advanced stat and traditional eye test minded hoops aficionados alike this year, there's still something undeniable about the nature of some of the games that leave us for all intents and purposes asking aloud, "her?".

That being said, with a likely 9 NCAA tournament teams and adjusted defensive efficiency power ranking domination for days, it can be awfully hard to argue with the results. But what's the reason for the league's ahistorical depth, balance, and relative strength?

Every team plays a different style. "Some teams run, some teams walk it up," says first-year Penn State coach Patrick Chambers. "Bo Ryan makes it a possession game. Northwestern plays a Princeton style. You really see every possible style of play within 12 teams."

And then there's the fan base. With the exception of private Northwestern, which regularly packs its 8,117-seat Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Big Ten features big public universities, big arenas and big crowds. With 2.48 million spectators last year, the conference led the country in attendance for the 35th straight season.

Alas, if only we were prone to mindless, my-cousin's-more-endowed-than-yours-is chants, we could really be cooking with gas right about now.

THE WONDERFUL FUTURE. The 2011-2012 basketball season is still not even fully through its second trimester, but it's already time to start talking about having that next one. Thankfully Gene Smith is far more forward thinking than any of us (*rimshot*) and has already lined up some 2012-2013 opposition for Thad Matta's group. While the specific sites and matchups remain to be set, Ohio State is expected to find themselves in a bracket along the likes of Washington, Seton Hall, and Rhode Island. Other teams participating include Albany, Loyola, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Norfolk State. Woof. So what do we have to look forward to if you were to take your thoughts on the tournament and sum them up entirely in coach speak, cliche, and courteous corporate double talk? Coach Matta, take it away:

“Opening the 2012-13 season in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament will give our team the opportunity to gauge itself against quality competition in an NCAA tournament setting.  Our program appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this outstanding event.”

NAILED IT! Thanks, Coach.

One does not simply recycle old content from Reddit and not attribute them in someway.

 THERE'S SOMETHING I LIKE ABOUT YOU BUT IT'S NOT BEING A GIRL IN A BOY'S BODY, IT'S BEING A WRESTLERRRRRRRRRRRR FOOTBALL PLAYERRRRRRR! As mentioned by Jason on Monday, Ohio State's new strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, frankly put, is kicking the Buckeyes' ass. While the last S&C group was often spoken highly of and usually mentioned whenever the previous administration had the opportunity to as a real draw for the program, the matter of fact that veterans are so vocally (and particularly in such numbers) expressing how rough the last few weeks have been have to leave a good taste in your mouth as to what to expect when things get real, oh, let's say in about 7 months.

To gain insight into how the Buckeyes are going about re-imagining the weight room side of things, the indomitable Adam Rittenberg from the four letter sat down with Marotti recently to provide us with as many state secrets as he was willing to divulge. On the overall conditioning philosophy? "My philosophy is to train them so they can maximize their genetic potential and train them to be ready to play the game of football. The methods that we use are a mix of power lifting, Olympic lifting, old-school strength training, high-intensity training, from metabolic alternative methods training to strongman stuff. All the different modes of training. We've made a huge focus and emphasis on acceleration and speed. Right now is our biggest acceleration cycle. " Feeling sore yet?

Perhaps most interestingly, Marotti and co. most deemed fit the need to reinvent the players from the inside out. Literally.:

What's your approach toward nutrition, and have you made any changes there?

MM: Yeah, I would say that's the biggest change we've made. We've upgraded the training table. We hired a full-time nutritionist who works out of the weight room, she has her own office in there. We instituted mandatory training table four or five days a week. We instituted Breakfast Club, which is a conglomerate of players who need to lose weight, gain weight or lose body fat, and they meet every day, Monday through Friday, for breakfast with our nutritionist and a strength coach. We monitor body fat. We just did it again for the second time this offseason, and we'll do it a few more times. We upgraded our recovery station. We upgraded our fueling station, which is before practices and workouts. We made a huge emphasis: all of our coaches are at training table, all of our strength coaches are at training table.

You get what you emphasize in this world. If you emphasize it, hopefully that's what you get. If you don't make a big deal about it, the kids, they're 18, 19 years old, they're not going to make a big deal about it. So we've made a huge deal about eating right, healing their body and trying to do the best you can to maximize your body. 

Personally I'd really pegged Braxton Miller as more of an Andrew Clark. There's also no doubt in my mind Nathan Williams is a total John Bender.

ALL BUCKEYE EVERYTHING. Ohio State may not be eligible to play in the Big Ten's second annual championship game come next Fall, but that certainly doesn't mean they won't have a meaningful say in the way the conference title race shakes out. The Orlando Sentinel's college football blog has a list of the top 5 games to watch in the Big Ten in 2012 and the Buckeyes find themselves in three of them. Urban's first foray into Big Ten conference play draws attention for obvious reasons, but with the added dimension of Mark Dantonio's recent butt hurt, the Michigan State game (which is in East Lansing this year) could be particularly tasty.

The other loud mouth with a quick pull trigger and no filter between the space between his ears and mouth, Bret Bielema, will continue breaking in a first year starting quarterback and a mostly green coaching staff as the Buckeyes come to town for a rubber game of sorts (this does not mean what you think it does, Bret). Given the way the Leaders division is likely to unfold, this one in particular could have serious ramifications on Bucky Badger's return to Indianapolis aspirations.

Of course the one game the Sentinel fails to give its proper due comes courtesy of the site of E2B3, Nebraska v. Ohio State. Details to come (in the industry, we call this a tease.)

 WILL BIG MIKE WAIT 'A LONG TIME'? NFL Network/NBC talking head Mike Mayock (arguably the most listenable pro color guy this side of the MNF broadcast booth dearly departed Ron Jaworski) thinks given the Lions specific needs and the way he foresees the draft unfolding, Ohio State offensive line stalwart Mike Adams could find his way to Detroit this April. Mayock tells M Live, "[Adams] has had some off-the-field issues. I spoke with his offensive line coach the other day. He really helped himself at the Senior Bowl. I think he will continue to help himself at the combine. Most people had second round grades on him, but he's moving up. I think he's a real logical guy for you to keep your eye on as we get closer to that 23rd pick this year."

While I'm not one to openly question the expertise of someone with the scouting eye of the likes of Mayock (J/K I'm an opinionated fool on the internet), I'd actually find myself somewhat on the surprised side should Adams last that long. Given the dominant Senior Bowl showing from the native son of the Columbus area, it would seem likely that picks 10-15 would be a more probable landing spot. Alas, another NFL mock draft has Adams forming a blind side/strong side battalion with Michael Oher in Baltimore via falling all the way to pick 29. When the universe humbles us in proving once again we know nothing at all, Adams will ultimately be chosen by the Cleveland Browns with the fourth overall pick and DJ will be forced to drown his sorrows with a pimm's cup in a pimp cup.

A LINK DUMP TO THE PAST. Tanks are important... Darren Rovell just might be the antichrist... No cable? March Madness On Demand is gonna cost you about $3.50 $3.99... The NCAA will provide some kind of transparency. What? I don't know... Every movie poster cliche ever... Happy Corgi Friday... The plot of Harry Potter... What? Ok. El Guapo disapproves as well... Where movies take place geographically in infographic form... The fastest production car in the world at its top speed... Far Cry 3's trailer pretty much begged for it... Did you really think Corgi Friday would only merit one link?... Someone made DadBoner's Super Bowl recipe... All of Wes Anderson's slow motion shots set to the music of... Ja Rule.


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superbuck's picture

What happened on the BIG TRANSFER?


Northbrook's picture

Nice work Luke but needs more links.

Luke's picture

Agreed! Here's Bon Iver doing an incredible 4AD Session.

01. Hinnom, TX
02. Wash
03. I Can't Make You Love Me
04. Babys
05. Beth/Rest

Denny's picture

Mother bald eagles regurgitate out of love and patriotism.


Run_Fido_Run's picture

Ben Franklin wanted the national bird to be the Turkey. The Thanksgiving sacrifice is true patriotism.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Edit: ^^^^ hahahahaha


I got so pumped up by MM's comments. wow!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

slippy's picture

Can saying 'first' be an automatic ban please?


I feel like every team that gets a new strength coach has this exact same thing happen.  I'll wait to see it on the field.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

The Mods should replace all "first" with something like "I'm a closet Michigan fan" or worse.

Alhan's picture

"or worse" e.g. closet Bret Bielema fan?

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Nappy's picture

"or worse" e.g. openly man crushing on Bret Bielema

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

ArTbkward's picture

Agreed, that "first" thing is childish.

I think the hiring of a nutritionist is great, some of these 18-20 year athletes can easily get by eating nothing but pizza, chicken wings and burgers.  I think good nutrition will go a long way in developing them into what Marotti and Meyer are looking for.

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

(Also, I'm not a dude)

poop's picture

Soda? Who drinks soda? I mean c'mon!

rdubs's picture

Real people drink POP

pcon258's picture

youre forgetting the real killer....chipotle

ArTbkward's picture

Chipotle isn't really a killer.  You can easily rack up a ton of calories with it, the burrito shell alone is 300, but it also has actual nutritional value assuming you get more toppings than cheese and sour cream.

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

(Also, I'm not a dude)

AcrossTheField11's picture

Next thing you know, random visitors will be going into the archives and commenting "Last!!!" on all of the posts.

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

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Nice to see a Luke post. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Why is Marotti satisfied with maximizing the players' genetic potential? Why not incorporate some bionic implants when maximized genetics are insufficient?

Also, I can see Nathan "John Bender" Williams saying, "Hey, I can deal with the egg white omelets, tofu hash, and buckwheat pancakes, but you can't take away my cigarettes, brah."

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Exactly. But that titanium "arm" thing needs to be retractable (plastic man-style) to reel in Denard if he tries to run and hide.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I was thinking of Beanie's stiff arm.......

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

Or clone Vernon Gh's upper body.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I was going to go with an adamantium laced skeleton joke, but I'm not sure anyone would get the reference.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

You're not alone. Adamantium joke away!

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

hodge's picture

Do retractable claws come standard?

Irricoir's picture

Healing factor is a must..No need for a back up in any position if we have that. Imagine the recovery rate, we could actually have a _ichigan practice schedule and see some benefit from it.

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

BuckeyeSki's picture

Adamantine skeleton is all well and fine until Magneto literally rips it out of your body. I mean, uh, I've never even heard of Weapon X.........

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ArTbkward's picture

Haven't we already determined that the NCAA doesn't like paid-for body alterations?

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

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Bam_Childress's picture

Would you rather have OSU win two NC in basketball or one NC in football?

5 ft 9 in - 185 lbs - ALL HEART

thatlillefty's picture

1 football > 2 basketball

3 basketball > 1 football

ArTbkward's picture

Didn't you ask this yesterday with it being 3 in basketbal vs 1 in football?

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

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Ethos's picture


"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

I would trade an NCAA title in basketball for a regular season football victory in Ann Arbor. Would prefer both, but as long as we're assigning values there's my price list.

Luke's picture

I'd rather have one in basketball than one in football straight up. Most of us already have a football one in our lifetimes (the wiser amongst us multiple) and while I personally revere football in a way basketball can't quite measure up to, a college basketball championship by my measure is far more scarce.

LadyBuck's picture

The corgis are absolutely adorable, granted that pug one was kind of creepy.

flipbuckeye's picture

I really wish imgur wasn't blocked at work.

Oh, hello mobile browsing.

The_Lurker's picture

I'm not sure how to live my Friday without hearing about the fast food craving du jour. Preferably from a place like Cane's, In-and-Out or Jack in the Box...someplace they don't have near me, in other words. Orlando is a culinary wasteland in all phases except food truck.

Luke's picture

I miss Raising Cane's all the time. In the spirit of Elika, the random Columbus place I miss that I can't get in this moment in time is Mad Mex, though I also routinely miss Adriatico's and Smokin' Joe/Hounddogs.

awwwwwwop's picture

In Nashville we have a place that is nearly identical to Canes but willing to cover everything in buffalo sauce. It is absurd.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

Squirrel Master's picture

Good morning Awwwwwwwop! Where is that in Nashville? Been to Jack's BBQ downtown and it was good. Also been to a little family style place called Monell's. That was awesome. Sit down and you don't even order they just start bringing out food like crazy! loved it!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

ArTbkward's picture

Next time you're there go to the Pancake Pantry, it's near Vandy's campus.  Get there early so you don't have to wait in line as long because you will wait in line, and I promise it is SO worth it.  I've been in there before when I've seen them escorting Titan's players in through the back.

Jack's BBQ is good, my name is in their big guest book several times with a "Go Bucks" written next to it :)

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

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Squirrel Master's picture

should give Monell's a chance ( I believe that is the name). It's a family style place. You sit down at a table with other groups. They start bringing out the works for breakfast. Full platter of pancakes, platter of scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fresh made marmalade, pitchers of coffee and juices and the best two, platter of fried chicken and platter of different types of pork (bacon, chops and all types of things I never would try, I think pigs feet are in there as well). breakfast is like $14 all you can handle and trust me I sat next to a big dude and he went to town and still had some leftovers.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

awwwwwwop's picture

It is called McDougals and it is on Belcourt Ave in Hillsboro Village.  I went to Pancake Pantry last year and was thoroughly disappointed.  I should have known though since I do not really like pancakes.  The omelettes at Noshville Deli are the best breakfast I have had here, but I am by no means well versed.  I work downtown, maybe I will swing by Jack's for lunch one day.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You don't like pancakes!?!? Fabienne would not approve.

AWWWWWWOP: How was your breakfast?
Fabienne: It was good...
AWWWWWWOP: Did you get the pancakes, the blueberry pancakes?
Fabienne: No, no, they didn't have blueberry pancakes, I had to get buttermilk . . .  

Squirrel Master's picture

I will give McDougals a try next time there. I am just 3-4 hours north in the Lou!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Squirrel Master's picture

Elika is not doing the Friday Skull Sessions? there goes half of the readers!

I don't want 11W to change. First of all, I do not think 11W "regurgitates" stories. If anything, the writers here take said regurgitation and forms their own opinion on the matter as a OSU buckeye fan base wants them to. I don't want some neutral BS piece on my blog site! I want my writers to be as passionate and fanatic as I am. Never change! Keep growing and developing new things but don't change the purpose of this site, educating and informing your fellow buckeye fans.

and isn't the point of "blog sites" to take stories and information from all over the internet so that I and my fellow readers don't have to spend all day looking everywhere to find what we want? I appreciate not having to comb through website after website looking for my buckeye news. This staff does that for all of us and an excellent job at that.

and don't forget, we can have more information at our fingertips if we all work together.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Nappy's picture

Jason and Luke both wrote Skullys this week?  We must have done something right in a previous life to be so honored. 

Count me as surprised there wasn't already a full time nutritionist on staff.  I would've bet most programs have one.  Anyone know if that's the case?

Mike Adams would be a steal if drafted in the 20's.  With proper coaching he could be a solid starter for the next 10 years.  I'm hoping my Colts can get either Alshon Jeffrey or Posey in the 2nd round.  I'd love for Blackmon or Floyd to be there but there is no way that happens. 

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

Squirrel Master's picture

I read recently about Syracuse's bball team that has a nutritionist and they have the whole team sit down for a meal about 4 hours before hand so that the nutrition and protein is in there system during the game. It is very laid out.

I can easily see Adams drafted in the 10-15 range. He is showing teams what talent he has and he isn't even polished at all. If he gets coached up he will be a dominate LT. Alot of mocks are saying right now that he would be a dominate RT at the least.

Don't see Posey going in 2nd round. I thought he deserved that range but with the BS suspension and everything, he could easily drop to 4-5 rounds. but I think he would be a steal at that point.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

awwwwwwop's picture

My friend who is a pats fan wants Posey badly in the late rounds

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

Luke's picture

He could be for them what Taylor Price was supposed to be.

Squirrel Master's picture

I can easily see Posey going to the pats. He meets all the needs they have for a wideout. Speed, routes and he has been humbled greatly over this year. Belchick could mold him into something special. He just needs to work on those drops and we could be talking about a starter on the cusp of Pro Bowl honors.

I am a KC fan and would love to trade 11/12 pick back for a 1st and 2nd (or maybe even the pats two 1st picks late in the round) and pick up Adams. I am not sure he is worth an 11th pick but if Trent Richardson somehow falls to them (that tanned freak at NPSE thinks he will), I think a few teams would trade up for him. I would love to get Adams at 17 where Cinncinnati picks (they would love Richardson) and that other 2nd rounder perhaps go for Brewster. Weigmann is ready to retire. Need that next center! Adams and it.

Donald Washington is the only buckeye on my Chiefs. I want more!


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Am I the only person out there that doesn't consider Posey a Buckeye any more?


Still not OK in my book.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Squirrel Master's picture

Yep. The things he did on the field makes him a buckeye in my eyes.


Still not OK with NCAA.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

BuckPirate1981's picture

Count me in as one of those shocked that we did not have one already. Florida's had one for as long as I remember, and I remember going to football camps in the late nineties at UNC (back during the Mack Brown era, this was interesting from '07) where they had one as well.  That along with the training table "concept" that OSU is apparently just now starting to grasp. Really makes you think - if we have been as good as we have without this great of a program to maximize the talents of our athletes, can you imagine what we will be like in the years to come? Not to like, ridiculously raise expecations or anything <cough twentygazillion national championships cough>

BuckPirate1981's picture

Oh and while the article linked above says they only had the Nutritionist since '07, pretty sure that's a mistake because Mad Dog put one in way before then before following Brown to UT. Which goes again to show how important these guys are, when Brown and Meyer drag them along each coaching stop. 

And yes, of course, I agree - traditional media being in any way incorrect, a ridiculous notion I know.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Ah, you've caught me mending my fences. One of many things I like to do here at the ranch.


.... video still makes me laugh.

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

Maestro's picture

Corgis love hammocks.

vacuuming sucks