Friday Skull Session

By Elika on January 25, 2013 at 6:00a
72 Comments

Mornin' Sunshine!

My dad asked earlier this week "who gives a s--- about Lance Armstrong and this Montee Ball's fake girlfriend?" So, rest assured, I won't be talking about Lance Armstrong OR Montee Ball's fake girlfriend in this week's Skull Session.

You're welcome, Dad.

SWITZERLAND. ESPN.com reported on Thursday that as the B1G undergoes some changes over the next couple years, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith would like to see some neutral-site conference games, should teams be playing nine or 10 conference home games starting in 2014.

Recent additions to the B1G, Rutgers and Maryland, have stadium capacities of roughly 53,000 and 54,000, respectively. Should they be willing to move home games with Ohio State, for example, to neutral sites, they could be increasing capacity by at least 30,000 seats, giving more displaced Buckeye fans on the East Coast a chance to see Ohio State live.

Rutgers has already played home games on neutral sites, and received roughly an additional $2.7 million for the switch. The B1G has already had a couple conference games at neutral sites. Indiana, for example, played Penn State at FedEx Field in 2010, pocketing an additional $2 million over what they usually make for home games.

While certain programs value their home games too much to give one up, this could be interesting to see if certain B1G programs cash in on this idea.

 JOHN SIMON. The Senior Bowl will take place tomorrow in Mobile, AL, giving NFL coaches, scouts and personnel a chance to watch the players they've been watching in practice all week, in a game.

One player who won't be able to show off his talent tomorrow is Ohio State DL John Simon. Simon played at the LB position for one practice this week, but Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com reported that Simon will be forced to sit out of the game with a lingering shoulder injury from last season, and will be examined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. While Simon sat out the Michigan game in November with a knee injury, he said earlier this week that his knee is completely healed.

Simon was the only Ohio State player on the Senior Bowl North roster this year.

John Simon will miss the Senior Bowl with an injuryGet well soon, big guy.

THAT QB/WR UP NORTH. Mlive.com reported on Wednesday that Denard Robinson's practices at the Senior Bowl, as a wide receiver, aren't going so well. He's apparently dropping balls, rounding off corners on his routes, and not getting out of breaks explosively.

As much as I'm not a Denard or TTUN fan, I do have to cut him some slack and point out that, well, he's new to the position and it's expected that he wasn't going to blow anyone away right away. On the other hand, does anyone really think he's the next Jerry Rice?

Despite the fact that he also looked below average on punt returns, NFL Network analyst Charles Davis isn't ready to write him off just yet.  

"It takes some time with guys," Davis said. "We’re expecting him to come out right away and run every route correctly and do this, that and everything. That’s just not fair to him."

DUDE SOUNDS LIKE A LADY. While I won't be talking about Montee's fake girlfriend, I do have a couple updates on Manti Te'o's saga.

While the original Deadspin story on this whole Manti mess said that the woman in the photographs was a former classmate of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's, the NY Daily News reported that Tuiasosopo was the voice of "Lennay Kekua" during the long phone conversations with Te'o.

Talk about pouring salt in the wound of things that Te'o won't be able to live down in an NFL locker room... according to phone records he spent 500 hours having intimate conversations with a dude.

Speaking of NFL locker rooms, while it seems that a decent amount of NFL players are convinced that Te'o is gay, he was asked about his sexuality in his first television interview since the Deadspin story, by Katie Couric, which aired on Thursday.

Couric says to Te'o that one of the many theories is that he was complicit in this hoax, as part of a coverup of his sexuality, and then asks if he's gay. In response, Te'o says, "No. Far from it. Faaaaar from it." 

So, because he apparently really wants everyone to know, I'll assist in his efforts to spread the word: Manti Te'o bangs chicks.

And, with that, it seems this story has hit its peak already, and I likely won't be talking about it next week. RIP Lennay Kekua. You are dead to me. For real, this time.

LINKS. LINKS. LINKS. Such a great story... Two of your favorite guys, I'm sure... Interesting perspective on the Manti situations... But this is pretty great too... Johnny Football. Dude Perfect... In case you happened to have missed this before, I laugh every time

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Owen Groesser is a true "sports hero." That was a great story!

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Since i'm done with the Te'o nonsense, i'm going to ignore how he could not tell he was talking to a man.

 
 Manti Te'o bangs chicks
 
That evil fiend!
 
On an unrelated note, I despise all of you people that live in Cali, Vegas, Texas, and Florida. Enjoy your warm weather and clear driveways, jerks. :/
 
 

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

Orlando Buckeye's picture

I hate the fact that it has been mid 80s here recently and will be again next week.  It's January! Why am I sweating?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I was sweating earlier during my unnecessary 5 a.m workout. It froze to my face...

You're dead to me, OB. :/

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

CO 303 Buckeye's picture

I hate to rub it in to you Ohioans, but it's kinda gonna be between 56 and 60 degrees here in Denver for the next 5 days.  We hit 70 this past Wednesday...

CO 303 Buckeye's picture

But if you know the weather out here it will snow 4 feet any day now and melt the next day when it's 73 and sunny

Colorado Johnny's picture

Hey, 303. Whereabouts in Denver are you?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

You people are evil.

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

Geraffi's picture

Brilliant, Elika. 

bukyze's picture

So, because he apparently really wants everyone to know, I'll assist in his efforts to spread the word: Manti Te'o bangs chicks.
 

Too bad Mantei's name didn't begin with an 'A' (Anti Bangs Chicks).  He could've had a sign like this:
 
                      
But with NBC, I guess his name would have to have started with an 'N'.
 

Abe Froman's picture

Neutral site?  That's ridiculous to assume that it will add to the revenue or replace the value of ANY teams home game.  Sure the university will make a little more, but what about the ancillary businesses that pull in millions during the two or three days?  Delaney must be a (the opposite political party as me.....)!  
Just think of The Varsity Club sitting nearly empty....

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

osu07asu10's picture

I agree but the VC does just fine when we have 1 less home game a year. End of the day, if VC and other establishments can't cut it on that prime real estate, someone else will.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Funny, I was thinking the same thing.  Sure the univeristy may get another million or two, but at what cost to the local economy?   Game days are huge money makers for a ton of small "businesses", even if that business is as simple as hawking peanuts for $2 outside the stadium, or charging $10 to park in your driveway on Saturday afternoon, or selling t-shirts, etc.   
And if I am Maryland or Rutgers, just having home games with OSU and Michigan alone will most likely guarantee a sellout and increased sales of everything in and around the stadium, so what ultimately are they truly gaining?  (note, I have no idea if every Rutgers/Maryland home games sell out currently, just speculating that they don't as I am far too lazy to look it up).  Shouldn't part of the allure for the new B1G teams be to host home games with the OSU's/Michigan's/Nebraska's of the world, historical powerhouse teams that have never been to your town?   
Sorry, just not a fan of the neutral site thing.

Abe Froman's picture

Ahhhh, grasshopper......

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

NC_Buckeye's picture

Re Neutral site games.
I've been saying since we added Rutgers that the Big Ten needs to come up with a annual showcase pre-conference game to be played at the Meadowlands. Think Michigan vs Alabama at Cowboys Stadium last year, but a different Big Ten team every year.
Like Boston, the NYC market is an NFL town. It's going to take some effort but over time I think we can make an impact there and not only create a sizable niche for cfb but one focused on Big Ten football.

SpoonerBuck33's picture

OMG that NFL lip reading is absolute gold thank you Elika!

albinomosquito's picture

I want cake now!!  I want it now!!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Am I the only one that didn't think that gif was all that funny?

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

WezBuck28's picture

Omg..Montee Ball has a fake girlfriend too!!??

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

No. Just a fake Rose Bowl victory.

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

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

And a fake Big Ten championship.

Class of 2010.

TatumRuled's picture

Though I'm tired of the whole Te'o thing as well, old Billy Shakespeare came to mind when he suddenly became animated after Katie's gay question: "(He) doth protest too much, methinks."

"Hell, Woody didn't recruit me; he recruited my mother!" -Jack Tatum                       

snoodogg22's picture

Yea what's this Monte Ball talk?

Tough times never last, tough people do

AcrossTheField11's picture

I think Elika was poking some fun at her dad's semi-ignorance / apathy when it comes to mainstream media sports topics (confusing MANTI with MONTEE).  

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

bodast67's picture

Elika's comment about her dad made me think of Belichik's comment about not following Facepage.

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

WezBuck28's picture

I think it was just someone not knowing what is going on..although manti and montee do kinda look alike..

GoBucks713's picture

Still no pictures of the Skydive?? I'm disappointed Elika.

-The Aristocrats!

Bucksfan's picture

I won't be talking about Lance Armstrong OR Montee Ball's fake girlfriend in this week's Skull Session.
You're welcome, Dad.

While I won't be talking about Montee's fake girlfriend, I do have a couple updates on Manti Te'o's saga. While the original Deadspin story on this whole Manti mess said that the woman in the photographs was a former classmate of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's, the NY Daily News reported that Tuiasosopo was the voice of "Lennay Kekua" during the long phone conversations with Te'o.

"You're a liar." -Signed, Elika's dad.
 

dumpus's picture

to be honest, i was kinda hoping for more current news...just because i generally mail in fridays doesn't mean that its acceptable for others to as well.

Elika's picture

Ouch. 

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If that's how he feels, sure. It did feel kind of short.

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

Elika's picture

That's what she said.

(In all seriousness, it wasn't the shortest Skull Session this week. It also wasn't the second shortest Skull Session this week. But apologies if y'all felt it was subpar.)

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Since you were last, you get to take all the heat. It's the law of the internets(that I just made up).

I didn't think it was subpar, just shorter than I expected. 11w Skull Sessions are one of the few things on the internet that I actually look forward /enjoy reading, so when they're under 50 paragraphs(ok 49, but I won't accept anything less), it's a little disappointing.

So I expect 50 paragraphs of awesome next week!

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

Earle's picture

I just thought the last comment was over the line. Anyone has a right to be disappointed, but i thought to accuse Elika of mailing it in was uncalled for. The staff bring us content every day. Some is better than other, but to call it unacceptable--c'mon man, how much did you pay for your subscription?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

You're probably right.

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

BTwrestle04's picture

Notice how she said "Montee Ball" not Manti Te'o.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Manti needs to come out of the closet!  Not that there is anything wrong with that!

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

Chief B1G Dump's picture

If Manti Te'o is straight, consider me Miles Davis...

20sider's picture

The world needs to hear more Owen Groesser stories! There are plenty of good things that get overshadowed in this life.
 
edit; before grammar cops show up in my helmet sticker stash!

GO BUCKS!

Poison nuts's picture

Lennay is dead....Long live Lennay!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm confused. Must be the stink of bacon causing it.

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

prdoctor's picture

Gene could just do what the Browns did and play all home games on the East Coast.

Jack Fu's picture

COURIC: So, could you describe her, uh...
TE'O: Oh, yeah, she had great t*ts.
COURIC: No no no, I mean, like, details.
TE'O: They were nice. You know, when you, like, you grab a woman's breast and it's... and you feel it and... it feels like a bag of sand ... when you're touching it.
COURIC: ...

dumpus's picture

we need more of this type of stuff in here...

Denny's picture

They totally borked.

Taquitos.

AcrossTheField11's picture

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

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Whomever posted the earlier thread suggesting T'eo might be covering up his sexual orientation was dead on. Speaking of dead, what are the odds T'eo isn't going to be a sideshow circus for whatever NFL team drafts him? Waves of reporters showing up to ask players and coaches and the GM and owner if they think T'eo is gay and whether he should come out. Nooooo, that wouldn't be a distraction at all. Have fun with that baggage!

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Now Montee Ball has a fake GF? What is the world coming too...

My dad asked earlier this week "who gives a s--- about Lance Armstrong and this Montee Ball's fake girlfriend?" So, rest assured... I won't be talking about Lance Armstrong OR Montee Ball's fake girlfriend in this week's Skull Session.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Sarah's picture

As mentioned above, she was just making fun of her dad's malapropism. I'm pretty confident Elika herself has never mixed up Montee Ball and Manti Te'o.

Elika's picture

Thank. You. Sarah. 

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

Northbrook's picture

It always amazes me when people fail to grasp something so obvious. If it wasn't well written I can see how there would be a problem but that wasn't the case.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Or you guys are failing to realize that Bme_B was just trying to be funny. -_-

I think most on here understood what she meant from the beginning.

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

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm sure it is. We common folk aren't that slow.

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

Sarah's picture

Obviously, some people got the joke, but there also seemed to be some confusion, so I was just clarifying for them that it wasn't a typo on Elika's part. Or, I suppose, it was a deliberate typo. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I think some were just to get Elika to respond. XD

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

thatlillefty's picture

Done with the Te'o story... and Johnny Football is the man.

CO 303 Buckeye's picture

I haven't been keeping up on current events and I apologize in advance for this question:  Is this fake girlfriend of Teo's the very same one that "died" the same day as his grandmother?  If so my God man there are so many things wrong with that story on so many levels.  Maybe he would have actually played well in the NC game if he hadn't been burdened with not coming out yet.  He needs to nut up and just announce it, it's not like anybody reasonable will care.

rgarrett22's picture

Yep, it's the very same one who "died" the same day as his grandmother. Turns out it was some family acquaintance Ronaniah Tuiasosopo (yep, that's a dude) that was supposedly duping Te'o into thinking he was in an online relationship with "Lennay Kekua." Te'o spent countless hours on the phone talking to RT thinking that it was a chick on the line. If you believe it...that's the current "defense."

Anyway, how in the world have you avoided this "news" over the past week? I'm envious.

Michael Citro's picture

College football games belong on college campuses. I'm never in favor of moving one for monetary reasons, although I understand why it happens.

Maestro's picture

Hear, hear.

vacuuming sucks

awwwwwwop's picture

I think it goes beyond just money though.  I think part of the idea is to have competitve balance.  If we go to a 9 game conference schedule, one neutral site game would give all teams 4-4-1 home away and neutral.  I think home field is a little overrated, but it would ease the transition to a 9 game schedule.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

OSUNeedles's picture

I completely agree. I was so upset when they moved the Fiesta off of ASU campus and out of Sun Devil Stadium. That was such a beautiful venue and such a great campus.

Poison nuts's picture

Agreed on this - Sun Devil Stadium is one of the most scenic venues in CFB. More so than even the Rose bowl IMHO...

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

dumpus's picture

Couldn't agree more.  Went to two bowl games there, and one in Glendale.  Glendale's just a sterile football environment - Sun Devil Stadium (and the surrounding environment of ASU campus) added sooooo much more to the atmosphere of being at a big game. 

Urban Ohio's picture

I think you guys are all confused. It's not Lennay Kekua it's Lenny Kekua.

Newcomerstown Trojans between Woody and Beaver.

osubuckeye4life's picture

 
The joke about Manti Teo/Montee Ball reminds me how the first time you see or hear something it can be skewed.
For example, Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts made a joke about Joey Bosa being on a visit to Alabama and Marshall on a visit to Florida this weekend during the 1pm-2pm time frame on 97.1 The Fan on Bishop and Rothman today. 
They skipped over it and started talking about Munger reaffirming his committment and then mentioned Diggs from last year.
It was not until about 10 min later that Bishop went back to discuss Bosa visiting Alabama that Kurelic said "before people start wrecking their cars all over Columbus I was not serious about that".
Kurelic ment it as "you would not want this to happen" not that it was literally happening. 
The way Kurelic said it though it didn't sound like he was joking. If you go on 97.1 The Fan and go to Shows > Bishop and Rothman > Download today 1pm-2pm and skip ahead to the 49 minute mark they start talking to Bill. 

nickma71's picture

Scout.com has Ezekiel Elliot moving from a verbal to a soft verbal and intrest in Missouri to Medium. Considering he might not get much playing time for at least a year, I understand his intrest in his home school. He would play right away in Missouri.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Did you mean to post this here?

But they also had Munger as a soft verbal when he went on his trip.

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

nickma71's picture

Yes, I meant to post it here.

Statutoryglory's picture

Dude he is going to get plenty of pt if he's ready.  We are starving for explosion.