Wednesday Skull Session

By Sarah on February 8, 2012 at 6:00a
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Good day, fans of the Scarlet and gray! Today is February 8th, and twenty years ago, Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" hit #1 on the Billboard charts. Let us all take a moment and reflect on that particular shame.

With less than a week until Valentine's Day, I'm sure many of you are wondering what to get your significant other. Flowers, even of the collegiate kind, are pretty lame. Candy? It's been done. And not everyone can propose after winning the Super Bowl.

So, as a suggestion, how about donating in your special someone's name to 11W's efforts to hire a full-time beat writer who can personally ask Jared Sullinger, "how's it feel to get elbowed in the face and knocked to the ground without a foul being called?"

DEFENSE TAKES A HOLIDAY. Speaking of last night's win and people who do get to talk to the team, The Dispatch's Bob Baptist interviewed Matta and a couple players after the game. Sullinger, who did not return after DJ Brandon Paul Byrnes Byrd MMA'd him to the floor, claims, "We'll find out what happened. But I'll be good for Saturday." Considering it'll be both a matchup between first and second place in the conference, and the top two B1G Player of the Year candidates in Sully and Draymond Green, he'll be needed. 

Besides the welcome death of William Buford's slump1, the game was potentially a good test for the Buckeyes, who are used to blowing out opponents at home. As Aaron Craft put it, "Every game in the Big Ten's a dogfight, and I think it's great to see we were still able to find a way to win even though they shot the ball the way they did."

Although Ohio State's defense looked anything but the nation's best last night, for once, when a shooter went unconscious against them, it did not doom them. And the schedule doesn't get any easier, with road trips to Minnesota and Michigan following Saturday's meeting with the Spartans.

SMITH AND LESSON. Hate him or love to hate him, Dennis Dodd examined whether the NCAA was fair by issuing a postseason ban for the 2012 Ohio State football team. The university was charged with two offenses: failure to monitor and repeat violator, the latter because of the circumstances surrounding Jim O'Brien's firing. According to Dodd, in the past five years, Colorado, Oklahoma, and West Virginia were all hit with the same two infractions, and not one of the three was dealt a bowl ban. 

Even though the COI will not admit it, Gene Smith believes the NCAA was using Ohio State as an example that they're going to crack down on violations and hand out harsher penalties to those who commit them. More than anything, what vexed the OSU athletic department was the NCAA citing Tressel knowingly allowing ineligible players to take part in the Sugar Bowl two seasons ago as one of the justifications for the future bowl ban. It was not included in the public report but instead, was only discussed by the committee after the fact. 

While there may be some debate about whether Ohio State got what they deserved, Dodd is correct in asserting that few will feel pity for the program, especially when Tressel's dominance was followed by a coaching coup and a highly ranked recruiting class.

I snagged this from his twitter account, @NYG_J_Ballard85, like he snagged that Rose Bowl catch.The team with more Buckeyes won, obvs

GOLLY GEE. Sitting down with The Lantern, Ohio State president Gordon Gee weighed in on many topics, including the university's switch from quarters to semesters, the partnership with Huntington Bank, and planned improvements to residence halls. However, it was his response to Bielema's criticism of Urban Meyer that unsurprisingly received the most attention.

Because Gee's gonna Gee, he retorted, "We hired the best coach and we went out and got the best kids so get a life", which while face palm-worthy, does not reach the level of gaffe as "I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me" or "We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor".

In related news, Mark Dantonio clarified that his comment last week about unethical recruiting tactics was taken out of context and was not directed at Meyer. Or, perhaps he just didn't want Gee to invoke a Chris Elliot sitcom in his name.

MAJOR LEAGUE. On Sunday, 14 former Big Ten football players won Super Bowl rings for the New York Giants. The two Buckeyes on the roster were Jim Cordle and Jake Ballard, who caught two passes for 10 yards before leaving with an ACL injury. It was a breakout season for the latter and as The Middletown Journal's Tom Archdeacon points out this stat about the tight end2:

he became a forceful blocker while also winning quarterback Eli Manning’s trust and amassing 43 catches, 647 yards and four touchdowns — more than he accumulated in all four years playing for Ohio State.

Looking to join them in the NFL are 45 B1G players who were selected to participate in the combine. Out of Ohio State, Mike Adams, Mike Brewster, Dan Herron, and DeVier Posey will travel to Indianapolis at the end of the month. Wisconsin leads all conference teams with eight players invited. 

HOOPS-LA. For those who can only commit to basketball when the football season is completely finished, it's time to play catch-up via this handy guide from Mike Miller of NBC Sports. As many would agree, he maintains there is no dominant team this season, though Kentucky, which crushed Florida last night, and Ohio State come the closest. There is also one remaining undefeated squad and that's Murray State at 23-0. 

Like most, Miller acknowledges that the Big Ten is the best conference, led by Final Four contenders Ohio State and Michigan State. Nine teams still have the chance to make the Big Dance, and in Eamonn Brennan's latest bubble watch, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern3, and Purdue all need to add to their resumes. 

Meanwhile, the Ohio State women's team is ranked 10th in the country and most recently handled Wisconsin. After that game, Samantha Prahalis earned player of the week honors with 34 points, 5 assists, 4 steals and 2 rebounds. The Lady Buckeyes are currently half a game out of first behind Purdue, who they will face off against on Sunday. 

LINK IT OVER. Rooting for Michael Redd... Another allegation against Wisconsin's John Chadima... No Super Bowl ring for Bill O'Brien, no problem... A look at Disneyland circa 1957... Follow the TV reference... The perfect Valentine Day's cards... Beware of their fake IDs... George Orwell lived here.

  • 1 Please stay dead. 
  • 2 No more of that, anyway. 
  • 3 As long as it doesn't involve Northwestern beating Ohio State, I would really like to seem them make the tournament. 
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Hasbro's picture

Today is February 8th, and twenty years ago, Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" hit #1 on the Billboard charts. Let us all take a moment and reflect on that particular shame.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrjwaqZfjIY

Maestro's picture

I bear no responsibility in that shame.  NOT GONNA DO IT.

vacuuming sucks

Colin's picture

Sarah just couldn't handle the sexiness.

German Buckeye's picture

In looking at the Disneyland in 1957 link, the interesting common thread in wardrobe for men is the prevalence of button down shirts.  Almost no men wearing t-shirts.  I almost never wear a button down shirt in a casual environment (I'd consider a trip to Disnland pretty casual). 

This must be an American thing too, because here in Europe, the people generally dress up much more - be it to restaurants, site seeing events (castles, etc), whatever in public. 

Pam's picture

Having grown up during the that time, I remember my Dad never leaving the house without his fedora on (even weekends). I never saw him in shorts or t-shirts. He wore "Ban-Lon" shirts when golfing. He was dressed to the  nines everyday and shined his wingtips every night. My mom wore a hat and gloves to church and when she went shopping at Lazarus downtown. It was a very different time. If you have seen "Mad Men" they pretty much have it nailed.

BucksfanXC's picture

Oh Pam, I am much younger than you are, but my grandparents who are in their 80s, still live like this. My grandmother still wears a hat and gloves and still calls Macy's Lazarus often. I think I will have to call my grandmother tonight and talk about Lazarus with her.

“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

btalbert25's picture

My grandpa passed away about a year and a half ago and he still called Macy's, Shillato's.  He never even called it Lazarus,

DJ Byrnes's picture

"Lazarus" is one of my favorite words and also a name of one of my illegitimate sons. 

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

Rooster Buckburn's picture

I'm old enough to remember when it was called "Rike's" ;)

Pam's picture

I am old enough to remember having "blue laws" The only stores open on Sun. were Lawson's in case you needed milk or butter. They had "chipped chopped ham" and Dad would get that and some bun's and that would be lunch.  Funny thing is my mom did all the regular food shopping at Big Bear, but my dad always did the Sunday run. Even funnier is that I remember all this stuff when at least twice a week I can't remember where I parked my car at the mall.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Lawson's chipped chopped ham!!  Had many o' lunch with that!!

Pam's picture

On a potato roll with American cheese and mustard accompined by some Charles Chips (they had home delivery in big aluminium cans) and a Dr.P, followed up with Hostess Cupcakes.  Ah, to be worry free about calories or the amount of preservatives in my "food"

RBuck's picture

Nothing much better than a chipped chopped ham samich with Lawrey's seasoned salt and a slice of a garden fresh tomato.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

BucksfanXC's picture

At my local Meijer I still have to explain to the deli ladies every time what the hell I'm talking about when I ask for some chipped ham. They don't get it up here in MI. You must live in Eastern Ohio. That's a Pittsburgh/WV thing.

“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

ArTbkward's picture

I had no idea until this moment that chip chopped ham was a regional thing.  I can remember my grandma frequently ordering it at the local deli, in eastern Ohio.  What makes it different, I haven't seen/thought/heard about it in years.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

BucksfanXC's picture

And this is how a weekly Sarah post tangent happens...

My grandparents still live in SE Ohio just across the border from Wheeling and Pittsburgh. I had no idea it was regional either until I tried to order it up here where I live now in MI. The woman at the deli had no clue what chipped meant. I thought maybe it was an older generation thing that I got from my grandparents. Then I tried to order it from an older deli worker and she equally was puzzled. It was then I realized it must be an OH thing. Then I found out people near NW OH also were generally clueless about chipping.

“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

ArTbkward's picture

Haha, thank you.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

RBuck's picture

Going back before Lawson's the only two stores in C-bus that were open on Sundays were Gray Drugs downtown and Schottensteins.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Pam's picture

I forgot about Schottensteins. They were closed on Sat. for the Jewish Sabbath and got an exemption from the Blue Laws for Sunday

BucksfanXC's picture

What's the equilavent of this in our generation? I still call the hockey team in Anahiem the LA Mighty Ducks.

“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

buckeyedude's picture

California Angels.

 

 

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

The Los Angles Angels of Anaheim. those cities are only about 30 miles apart. No big deal. I hate Orange County so much.

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Pam's picture

Going to downtown Lazarus was a HUGE deal! We would go in August (taking the Broad St. bus where my mom would smoke!) to go school shopping.  We would get everything for the whole year in one trip. We would have lunch in the Tea Room (ask you grandmother about that) where there wasn't a man to be found, they ate at the Copper Kettle downstairs. Again, Mad Men has this time perfectly portrayed. One thing I will always remember is my mom saying as soon as we got on the bus to go back home "I  can't wait to take my girdle off" and thinking "I will never wear one of those"

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I remember heading downtown with my mom to Lazarus - the candy department was incredible and I would always get a bag of Swedish Fish!  I can still vividly remember the experience to this day!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Pam's picture

Peanut clusters for me. We would get cashew to take back to dad.

Dennis's picture

I've lurked here for a long time, but the Lazarus talk finally got me to post.  I remember Downtown Lazarus for the massive Toy Department and most especially their dispay at Christmas.  Back in December I saw a dcumentary on WOSU about Lazarus called Many Happy Returns.  There are a few clips on YouTube, if interetsed.  Here is the first.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCwB4Q7DKk8

-Dennis

The wages of sin are royalties.

BucksfanXC's picture

Welcome Dennis. This is what makes 11W great. I love the community here as much as I love the content.

“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

Pam's picture

This Lazarus thing got me calling my sis in Florida and my mom in PA with a whole lof of "remember that time we went to downtown Lazarus............."  Not gonna lie, some tears were shed by all

BucksfanXC's picture

Yep, I called my family and we talked Lazarus for awhile too. Thanks for bringing it up!

“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

NC_Buckeye's picture

So... what's the difference between a girdle and spanx? The more things change, the more they stay the same (except slightly different).

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

/joseph smith'd

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ArTbkward's picture

Spanx is a brand of shapewear, a girdle is a generic term for shapewear.  It's similar to how Rollerblade is a brand that gets misused as the generic term, which actually is in-line skate.  Also Spanx are the modern equivalent of old time girdles, I imagine they are much more comfortable in terms of breathability, range of motion and support.

Impressive you knew the word Spanx :)

 

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

NC_Buckeye's picture

Thanks Art. I try to stay on top of the important things.

/not really

Pam's picture

Girdles started under the boobs and had stiff panels to suck everything in.  They were really hard to put on because the panels didn't give. This was before panty hose, so the girdles had garters to fasten stockings to. Spanx is the same concept, but a lot less torture

http://www.shapewearandmore.com/store/images/CM299.jpg

Squirrel Master's picture

How in the world did this become about Spanx and Girdles?

"Did you see that play last night by Sullinger when he knocked that guy right off his spot when he was trying to make a play? He probably busted his girdle up taking that hit!"

"I think you mean his Spanx."

"oh yeah, you are right. his Spanx. I had them confused."

"It's okay, but just so you know, all buckeye fans should know the difference between a girdle and Spanx!"

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BucksfanXC's picture

Sarah posts always spur tangents. It's my favorite thing about Sarah posts. Even better than the footnotes!

“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

ArTbkward's picture

I blame the offseason.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Pam, I've seen a couple of episodes of Mad Men. It seems like a good show and no question it is superb in terms of costumes, sets, etc. It's very cool that people from the era feel like they can connect to the show, which by no means paints a monolithic picture of the 1950s. 

Just to be clear, though, I'm sure you'll also recall that the fifties were the decade in which Rock & Roll evolved and we saw the rise of Bugsy Siegel's Las Vagas. Other cultural products of the 1950s include:

Movies: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wild One, From Here to Eternity (in 1946, The Postman Always Rings Twice).

Sex symbols: Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield (girl next door?); Elvis Presley, James Dean.

Novels: On the Road, Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22, Lolita.

Other notable writers/people: Whitaker Chambers, Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, Hugh Heffner, Charles Buckowski.

 

Pam's picture

I used to visit my dad's office at Nationwide when I was a kid. How close the offices in Mad Men resemble it is stunniing. He introduced me to his sectretary by her first name and the men by Mr.

I was born in '53 so much of what I remember is closer to the '60's. I was ten when the Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan and was in class when the principal came on the loud speaker to announce that the President had been shot.  He put the TV close to the microphone and we heard Walter Cronkite say that he was dead.  My teacher put her head on her desk and sobbed.  School let out early. I also recall air raids due to the Cuban Missle Crisis where we all had to go down to the basement of the school when the sirens would go off for testing. It wasn't until many many years later that I learned how close we were to being blown to kingdom come. I remeber my mom falling to the floor from relief after she heard on the radio that a vaccine against polio had been found.

Other notable books: In Cold Blood and To Kill a Mockingbird.  A little trivia:  Robert Duvall's first movie role was playing Boo Radley in the film version. 

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A little more trivia:  Those two books are very much linked. Harper Lee and Truman Capote were childhood friends.  Lee accompanied Capote to Holcomb, Kansas to begin research for an article that would eventually become In Cold Blood and it's unlikely the book would have been published without her.  Also, the character Dill in Lee's Mockingbird is based after Capote.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Pam's picture

Have you seen "Capote"? Excellent movie.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman is amazing as Capote. I was aware of the Captote/Lee connections.

ArTbkward's picture

I figured you did since you mentioned the two novels but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway.  I read In Cold Blood in the fall (in between watching games, reading Skully's and cooking tailgate food) then subsequently watched Infamous.  Capote is still in my Netflix queue but a few things got put in front of it.  Toby Jones is pretty amazing as Capote as well.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Pam's picture

I stole "In Cold Blood" from my dad's office.  I read it under the cover of darkness with a flashlight. I couldn't put it down and had a hard time getting up for school.  Unfortunately my dad found it in my room and he was so mad; said the book was "too disturbing" for me (I was 11-12), which it was since I developed an obsession with true crime that exists to this day. Knowing the back story of how Capote went about writing it and how long it took, his falling in love with Perry Smith etc. made reading it later even more compelling. Truman Capote used to frequent aNYC bar that was across the street from a restaurant I worked in in the late '70's early 80's.  We would often see him stumble out the door sometimes falling and laying there until someone would come out prop him up and hail a cab.

ArTbkward's picture

That's sounds like something I would have done as a kid.  I was, and still am, an avid reader.  The backstory certainly adds to the intrigue, I had heard about Perry/Capote prior to reading the book so I read it through the lens of already knowing that.  I didn't really know anything about the book until I saw it on a "must-read" list last year and thought I might as well give it a try.  I'm glad I did, it's excellent.

Interesting that you saw him in the last years of his life.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Pam's picture

We had to read "To Kill a Mockingbird" in HS.  I didn't get to see the movie until in came on TV in '70-'71. I  have a DVD of it now and the rare times I watch it I have never made through these lines without sobbing:

"Thank you Arthur. Thank you for my children." Calling him Arthur instead of Boo

"He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning" Atticus watching over Jem after Bob Ewell beat him up.

Denny's picture

Now that I am all growns up and am finished with school after 22 consecutive years, I wear a button-down pretty much everywhere.

America's mostly slobs anymore.

Taquitos.

BuckeyeChief's picture

When we pull in over-seas, we have a strict dress code; i wear a ton of polo's. I remember one time, being in Spain taking a lot of pictures that I was glad we had a dress code, otherwise i'd look like a jack ass taking pictures in front of a chariot race arena wearing a Cavs jersey.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

BucksfanXC's picture

I remember this having a huge impression on me when I was in Europe. Everyone knew I was an American tourist when I wore t-shirts and shirts with logos across them. The days we dressed up (if we knew we were visiting a church) I was often mistaken for a German or a local.

I have a daughter on the way (due in two weeks!). I was thinking just the other day about how she will grow up with me coming home everyday in my suit. It will be very different from when I grew up and my dad came home with holes in all his clothes from welding. Not saying either is good or bad, but that they are different. I was and still am proud of my dad and his job, and I hope that my daughter can be proud of me and mine.

“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

Denny's picture

Even in decent clothes, it's often easy to pick out Americans from Europeans based on shoes.

Taquitos.

BucksfanXC's picture

Yes. That was the other indicator. Tennis shoes were a dead give away. I myself, didn't make this faux pas, but witnessed it often. I wore sandals the whole time walking around as I only took those and my running shoes. We walked about 10mi a day and went on 3mi runs every morning. Running through European cities and countryside was one of the best experiences of my life. Those sandals smelt to high heaven by the end of our month tour, but I didn't throw them away for several years because they had so many memories. The gelato stain from Milan, the beer residue from Munich's Hofbrauhaus... My wife refused to keep them in a closet because they really did smell up the whole house though, so I threw them out.

“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

Denny's picture

In the future, douse them with Arm & Hammer and then throw them in the freezer overnight - this does wonders for soaking up foot stink in sandals and canvas sneaks. After this treatment, they're usually (mostly) stink-free.

WHEEEE SHOECARE

Taquitos.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Shoes are pieces of leather around my feet so I can walk on rocks and clothes are pieces of cloth to hide my tiny pink penis from people. I've never paid either much mind. 

I don't get the point of dressing up or the entire concept. It's also extremely uncomfortable and a tie feels like a noose. Oh, and I hate buttons. 

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

Poison nuts's picture

Here here! As to the tiny pink penis part I say...you too?

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

BucksfanXC's picture

I bought some crappy spray and used a whole can on them. It didn't touch it. I wish I would have had the presence of mind to Google tips like this at the time, but I was young and ignorant. And this was pre-smart phone days. I think if I would have suggested putting them in the freezer my wife would have been somehow more against it. It's okay though, I still have those memories and my wife didn't leave me, so it all worked out.

“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

ArTbkward's picture

I refuse to throw out the tennis shoes I wore on a study abroad in Brazil.  They were white but after six weeks down there, they will forever be the color of Brazil's red dirt.  They aren't even very worn out, just hideous to look at so I definitely understand that sentiment. 

I'm not old enough to remember "Mad Men" days, but I think it's kind of sad that that mindset has gone by the wayside.  I remember the first time I went to Churchill Downs -not for the Derby- and thinking how neat it was that everyone was in their Sunday best for the races. Speaking of Sunday best, I can't help but cringe when I see people wearing jeans and hoodies in church or what appears to be pajamas in public.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

btalbert25's picture

Want to see people dressed nice at the track go to Keeneland.  I had a nice shirt, Khakis, and dress shoes on and felt underdressed.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

As far as Gee goes i'll just copy&paste what I said before:

What he said wasn't a big deal. What he said about Tressel, and TCU weren't big deals either. For whatever reason people are just looking to get on Gee about every little thing. We're allowed to respond to what BB said, but the President of the school is suppose to remain quiet? I get tired of fans and media members always acting as if they're the only ones allowed to speak on a matter.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

slippy's picture

The Giants lost 2 TEs to ACL tears in one game?  Woof.

BuddhaBuck's picture

DJ Byrd can suit up for the WWF or UFC if his basketball career doesn't pan out.

The B1G clown refs continue to underwhelm (call me Captain Obvious). They call patsy fouls all game (see Craft; Sully), then let the players get after each other in the final 5 mins.. In total, 41 fouls were called during the game, yet only five fouls (FIVE!!!) were called in the last five mins... WTF? 

To be clear "WTF" here does not stand for Why The Face.

Don't text while driving.

Squirrel Master's picture

outside of the reffing. outside of how hot the team is. I am struggling with why are teams shooting so hot from outside? Each team that has played OSU hard has had an outside shooter "go off". Taylor last year! Paul and Byrd this year? I do follow the belief that teams get amped playing OSU but there needs to be something done with the perimeter D. I don't think it is a huge problem because a team does have to have a great shooting night to cause concern, but it would help this team become more of an elite team.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

OSUNeedles's picture

My issue is not so much with the number of foul calls (41 in 40 minutes is about the same as 5 in 5 minutes), but with the fact that they are allowing people to tackle other players (it went both ways last night) and yet calling ticky-tack off ball touch fouls. This is my primary gripe with basketball... Officiating has a profound effect on the outcome of games. If a game is a blowout, it is boring... If it is close, I wind up enraged by officials. With that said, I watch every game and deal with the chest pains later.

Abe Froman's picture

I used to go to a bowling alley in Madison, IN and play "I'm too Sexy" two or three times in a row. Nothing like seeing the look on the locals faces when Hank went off and RSF came on....

Not a bad article by Dodd, but I wonder why the change of heart. If Abe remembers correctly, Dodd was one asking for OSU's death penalty or close too it. Now, after actually researching it a bit, he is defending OSU? I think he just wants a good interview with Meyer.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

btalbert25's picture

After seeing Kentucky play the last 3 weeks or so, I'd say they are definitely a dominant team in college basketball.  The good news is, maybe they are peaking a little early and they'll have a meltdown in the tournament(Calipari's teams are typically good for that)  Ohio State looks like they are going to be that kind of team for a few games, then we get crap defense like last night.  How many wide open layups did Purdue get? 

The good news, in my opinion, is that the Buckeye basketball team still has it's best basketball in front of them.  Last nights game was just a hiccup.  Playing a struggling team who is trying to make a statement sandwiched between a game at Wisconsin and one against Michigan State may be cause for a bit of a letdown.  I'm glad they fought through it and found a way to win.  I would be shocked if we see the same kind of effort Saturday.  Hopefully, last night also makes the guys realize you can't overlook anyone, especially in March.

Squirrel Master's picture

Hey BT, good mornin! I think Kentucky is an awesome team but I think they are too confident and suspect to getting caught off guard, ala Indiana. I think if they play OSU, they will make the mistake of leaving Davis on Sullinger by himself. If they do that I think Sully can get him into foul trouble or beat up on him enough that he will get worn down at the end. OSU can beat them, but really Kentucky overall is the better team. That Kidd-Gilchrist is the real deal.

I am really encouraged by the hard fight they had last night. If they can keep winning those types of games, they will go far. Kentucky has only been in 1 real battle and that was Indiana. they have been whipping the floor with everyone else. What will happen when they come across a real challenge?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

btalbert25's picture

I totally agree, and really if not for one lucky shot they'd be undefeated right now.  That's why I definitely think they are putting the myth that there are no dominant teams to rest.  I don't think they are going to win it all.  Davis and Gilchrest are insane talents.  I think Ohio State and Kentucky would be a hell of a game.  Craft, unless he plays D like last night, would give Teague a lot of trouble.  Davis and Sully would be a hell of a matchup too.  I think the game would be decided by the other players though.  Like who out of Bufford or Lamb steps up.

Ohio State plays in a conference where every night is a battle.  Kentucky plays in a conference where there are only a couple of decent teams.  Ohio State will certainly be more battle tested and I think is the better basketball team, but Kentucky just has freak athletes.  One thing I know, Calipari's teams usually have some epic meltdowns in the tournament, where his insanely talented teams get beat by teams that are clearly inferior.  Funny how one of his least talented teams, last year, made the final four.  Also, don't be surprised to see Kentucky lose on Saturday.  They never play well at Vandy.(I say that and they'll win by 30 now) 

I remember thinking this stretch for Ohio State could be hell.  If they make it through Saturday, I'm feeling really good about their chances of making it through without another loss.  If they win Saturday, there's a chance they'll be number 1 next week.

Squirrel Master's picture

I can see a potential slip up away, either at minnesota or at MSU. but mostly I think they are in cruise control now.

Yeah, when Vandy and Florida are your main rivals in the conference, it is a much weaker conference than B1G. Lets say Vandy is the 2nd best team in SEC. I would take Wisconsin, MSU, Indiana and perhaps Michigan over them. B1G is much tougher. 2 conference loses at the end of the year would be a huge accomplishment.

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Agree that "few would feel pity" for the Buckeye program based on our coaching coup and subsequent recruiting bonanza. Granted, last season smelled like a Hankins tube sock post 95 degree day workout. And when the Buckeyes don't play in a bowl game, it like someone tells you "sorry, we're not celebrating Christmas this year". But - if that's the price paid for (hopefully) having Woody 2.0 installed as our new coach...........I'll look to the future and take it. I have no doubt Meyer will find a way to use the bowl ban as a motivating factor during the regular season next year and especially leading up to The Game.

Squirrel Master's picture

I agree too. The team will play loose this year with nothing to worry about. they will try things and develop this team for the future. Only thing I want is a win against Michigan. I could care less if they go 6-6 again if they are building for 2013. Would prefer they don't but wouldn't kill me as much as this past year had. It was a tough 2011!

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btalbert25's picture

It is kind of nice to know Urban has a year to get the team playing right.  I don't see this team losing 6 games again next year though.  A lot of the problems that seemed to plague the buckeyes last year were lack of focus and preparation.  I don't see those being an issue at all with Urban as the head coach.  There are going to be some growing pains sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if this team finished in the top 10. 

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So, as a suggestion, how about donating in your special someone's name to 11W's efforts 

 

 

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Yeah it was hard enough explaining to my wife that I was donating to a website about the Buckeyes and that I wouldn't be deducting it on my taxes because it's not a charity by IRS definitions. Although, that brings up a point, you guys should totally apply for 501(c) status. You need a resident lawyer.

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Rooster Buckburn's picture

Why I was encouraged by last night's game w/ Purdue:

*First, PU has some talent.  I understand their record isn't quite stellar, but they are projected to be a 10-12 seed in the tourney, and I'd pick them in a heartbeat to upset the higher seed.

*OSU had one of their worst defensive games and still pulled it out.

*The WB is back.  When he's on he looks like an NBA wing man.  We'll need to see that Buford for a deep NCAA run.

*PU shot the three quite well last night - and we survived by nearly matching their three point barrage.  The perimeter shooting has been a concern for this team all year - so it was good to see some guys like Thomas, WB and LSJ step up this part of their game when needed.

*OSU has flaws, but there are only a few teams that can exploit them enough to beat us in the tourney, imho. 

On a side note, Dan Dakich has to be one of the best color commentator's out there in college basketball.

btalbert25's picture

I'm so glad that Kentucky's game got stuck with Vitale, and Ohio State got Terrico and Dakich. It made the game so much better.  Vitale's games are intolerable. 

DJ Byrnes's picture

Agreed, no idea why people enjoy an 85 year old man loudly blathering at them about diapers.

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Rooster Buckburn's picture

If Vitale would 'dial down' a bit - he could be listenable, but as he is...yikes

Riggins's picture

No.  The only tolerable sound option for Dick Vitale is mute.  That asshole makes Gus Johnson look like he needs a Zoloft prescription.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

lol...was thinking Vitale could benefit from a Valium

Corey Carpenter's picture

I was thinking the same thing about Dakich last night, I learn something from him every time.

I thought last night was just a good old-fashion B1G game between two competitive teams, two great coaches and some bad refereeing sprinkled in. The gameplan is out there on how to stay close with Ohio State, spread them out and force Sullinger into playing the high pick and roll. 

Nappy's picture

I like Dakich for games but I hate listening to his radio show simply because of the callers.  I swear my IQ drops 10 points every time he takes a call.

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holystiffarm's picture

Sarah, the irony of the orwell pic is too tasty!  great link!!!

btalbert25's picture

Since we were on the topic, is Terrico fairly new to calling college basketball?  I don't recall him doing basketball games in the past.  It's a good change really, just never have noticed him doing basketball before this season.  I would be a big fan of last night's crew all the time.  The likes of Raftery(all though I do get a laugh usually when he calls a game), Vitale, Kellog, and Gus Johnson annoy me to no end.