Friday Skull Session

By Elika on February 15, 2013 at 6:00a

Mornin', Sunshine!

I was going to start by asking about your Valentine's Day, but let's be honest, who cares? Instead, I'm going to tell you about the dream I had Monday night, because it's still bothering me that I can't figure out what it means, and I'm hoping you might be of some assistance in the comments section, since you all get off topic on Fridays anyway. Again, nobody cares about my dream either, but I'm sticking with Plan B. Either go with it, or skip to the first topic and collect $200, or something like that.

So, the dream: I was going out of town somewhere, I don't remember why or exactly where, but I do believe it was south of the Mason-Dixon line and relatively middle-of-nowhere. As I head to my destination, I do some online research to find out where I absolutely must eat in this hot spot I'm heading to. The evidence is pretty clear, as there's a place with hundreds of rave reviews of these must-have sandwiches. How could I pass this oasis up?

Further investigation shows this place sells out of sandwiches pretty early in the day, but you can place an order online the night before (way to go, SEC Country!). A sandwich I can go to bed dreaming about? Sold. I place my online order, go to sleep, and can not wait for this life-altering sandwich experience that awaits me. I arrive to this place, tell the morbidly obese, toothless guy behind the counter I'm there to pick up my order. And then, he breaks the news to me: my sandwich is gone. They lost it, or sold it, or something, but they don't have it. Which means I went to bed dreaming about a nonexistent sandwich. 

I'm pretty level headed, but this ish doesn't fly with me (e.g. Don't wait until I order short rib to tell me you're out of it, moron!). I insist they owe me a sandwich of my dreams. The guy doesn't understand why I'm freaking out on him, but he checks and sees they have one sandwich left. It's not the sandwich I ordered, but I can buy it. I ask what it is, and he shows it to me. Admittedly, I don't remember what was in the sandwich, other than bacon and jalapeno poppers (my two weaknesses), but I can tell you, this sandwich was HUGE. Like Man v. Food challenge huge. 

We both look at the sandwich, me with lust in my eyes. I'm sold, I tell him I'll take it. "Now, wait just a minute," he says. He looks me up and down, looks back at the sandwich, and adds, "I don't think I can sell you this here sandwich." I'm about to ask if it's because my ancestors come from a place a bit too sandy for his liking, but he says, "you won't be able to finish it. It'll go to waste. I can't sell it to you." 

WHAT?! Yes, I can finish the sandwich! And what business is it of his if I can finish it or not? I argued, I begged, I yelled, I pleaded, I cried (probably, I totally would if the sandwich looked good enough), but he wouldn't sell it to me. I stormed off, probably insisting I was going to call the police.

Now: A) Apologies, because I don't know why I made you read through all that, if you didn't happen to skip to the first topic. B) But WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Please tell me! C) NOW I get the SEC hate.

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK. As if honoring Jim Tressel, after the Buckeyes' scare against Northwestern Thursday night, Aaron Craft said, "Every time we play these guys, it’s a grind." And a grind, it was. Northwestern was looking to get its first win over Ohio State in Columbus since 1977, and the Buckeyes were looking to avoid a three-game losing streak, following their OT loss to Michigan and beatdown by Indiana. 

Northwestern's defense came out strong, holding Thomas to just five points in the first half. The teams went into the locker room at halftime tied at 30. Things didn't appear to be going much better in the second half, as the Buckeyes were down five with just under nine minutes to play. Eventually, the Buckeyes were able to turn things around a bit. They played defense, Thomas got to the free throw line, and the team rallied together, which will hopefully serve them well moving forward.

“This is all me growing up. Knowing when the shots aren’t falling, I’ll have guys give it to me in the right spots,” Thomas said. “I just have to be patient. For a player like me you have to be patient on the offensive end. I just did the little things to try and help my teammates win.”

While the Buckeyes eventually pulled away, the game wasn't nearly as comfortable as the score would indicate, and likely had most Buckeye hoops fans frustrated all night. Two major highlights, though, were Thad Matta getting his 150th home win at Ohio State and Sam Thompson's 360 dunk:

CLUB TRIL. Ohio's favorite benchwarmer placed Ohio State at the number ten spot in his latest Top 12 NCAA Power Rankings. After a bit of a love letter to college basketball, gushing over how fantastic this season has been (which despite some Buckeye struggles, I tend to agree), Titus went on to relive the absolute butt-kicking that the Wolverines endured at the hands of their little brother Spartans on Tuesday night:

Michigan State dominated every facet of the game and nobody on Michigan outside of maybe Trey Burke seemed to care. Case in point: Matt Costello had twice as many points as Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined. I'll say it again, this time in italics and with an exclamation point on the end of the sentence to really drive the point home: Matt Costello — a kid averaging five minutes and just over one point per game — scored twice as many points as two first-round draft picks, Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr., combined! 

Titus eventually went on to point out that the remainder of Michigan's schedule should prove to be much easier to handle, and that they do have boatloads of talent on that team, but remains skeptical, as it is "impossible to ignore that Michigan currently lacks heart, toughness, leadership, or whatever other intangibles prevent teams from getting curb-stomped."

And, on to the good stuff, Ohio State. Titus' latest rankings came out before the win over Northwestern, so they're based on the Buckeyes' schedule right through that two-game losing streak against the Wolverines and the Hoosiers. Titus remains cautiously optimistic, pointing out that Indiana is the best team in the country, the Hoosiers were playing their minds out on Sunday, and that the Buckeyes got into foul trouble early on, suffering all game as a result. However:

At the same time, Sunday was a reality check. It dashed Ohio State's Big Ten title hopes and proved that the Buckeyes still have a lot to work on if they hope to book a ticket to Atlanta and the Final Four in April.


GETTING ALL ATWITTER. Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith raised some eyebrows yesterday with the following tweet:

Though Smith seems to joke around and have fun on his Twitter account most of the time, often poking fun at Mark Pantoni for his Justin Bieber love, he did begin some speculation as to what he could be referring to. A year from now is likely too soon for any major expansion to be complete, but perhaps they could be installing long-anticipated lights in the Shoe. Particularly with more night games in the future, it would make sense to not have to bring in lighting for every night game.

Or maybe he's just setting up another Pantoni/Bieber Valentine's Day joke, a year in advance.

URBZ. The Crystal Ball Run began a series this week, evaluating college football's first-year head coaches from 2012, which includes your beloved Urban Meyer. As would be expected, following a turnaround of a sub .500 team to a 12-0 run, CBR gave Urban Meyer an 'A' for his first year on the job.

Among things they cited as examples for what went right for Ohio State under Urban's direction were: going undefeated (duh), the improvement of Braxton Miller as a QB and as a leader, the effectiveness of Carlos Hyde, knowing his personnel *cough* Bollman *cough*, and the influence the coaching must have had in the Buckeyes winning so many games that looked to be close calls.

As far as things that had gone wrong in Urban's first year, and this won't come as a surprise to any Buckeye fans, they really were only able to nitpick on the struggles of the defense. They also suggested the lack of a "Percy Harvin" player on the team as a concern, but admitted they were just being picky by throwing that in there, despite the undefeated season.

One thing I did take issue with, however, was calling Ohio State a team that "that arguably would've gotten destroyed by the likes of Alabama or any other high level team they could've faced in the post-season." Ok, Alabama, I won't argue. But in all likelihood, had the Buckeyes been postseason eligible, they would have ended up playing Notre Dame. Would it have pissed off the entire country? Probably, but it's true. Would Notre Dame have destroyed Ohio State? Heck. No. (And I would've told you that before they played Alabama.)

A LITTLE BIT OF THIS, AND A LITTLE BIT OF THAT. This is just so full of win... Whoa! to this... I seriously thought this was a joke (Warning, you'll hate me for making you watch it... but please tell me it IS a joke!)... In honor of Valentine's Day, the greatest love song ever (Warning: Song may cause NSFW behavior)... The most Darren Rovell tweet of all time... Just a reminder, J.J. Watt is 6'5" and 295 lbs... About as adorable as Aaron Craft... Who wants to go on a cruise?!?!?


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cplunk's picture

I don't know what your dream means, but I enjoyed reading that story more than The Great Gatsby.
Also, the Ohio State would've been destroyed meme is really starting to irritate me. I saw how vaunted Florida, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina did in their bowls. It wasn't impressive.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Well they do have more speed, moxy, and antler spray than Ohio State can handle.

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

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That has to be the strangest opening to a Skulll Session ever. Did you go to sleep hungry?
Anyway...My Valentine's Day consisted of anger, frustration, and depression. But that was only after watching the Buckeyes and Lakers play. Is it really too much to ask for both to win on the same frakin night? Is it August yet?

 Would it have pissed off the entire country? Probably, but it's true.

The entire country? Outside of the S-E-C, I really doubt it. I also I don't care what anyone from that conference thinks.

Who wants to go on a cruise?!?!?

And this is why I stay on dry land.

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

steensn's picture

What for it... What for it... Be patient... What for it... No punch line? It was really just your crappy dream ;)

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

What for it?

Is this drunk typing or is there some joke I missed?

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

cronimi's picture

I'm no Freud, but i think it was a post-NSD hangover. Your dream persona was all of Buckeye Nation, and the toothless sandwich guy was the Southern football god. He was telling you that the Buckeyes could have the elite talent that Coach Meyer recruited but that he wouldn't be able to use it fully. And you were ready to show him and everyone else that you (the Buckeyes) could and would finish the sandwich (use the talent to win a national championship). 
Or maybe the sandwich was just a sandwich..... 

buckeyedude's picture

Excellent analysis! You must be like a palm reader or shaman or something. If not, you should be. ;)



Buckeyevstheworld's picture

But she's said before that she doesn't follow recruiting all that closely.

The dream could be about the Lakers. You thought you were getting this dominating force, only to be told by later that you couldn't handle it, so instead you get the broken version.

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

Geraffi's picture

Clearly, Elika, those who doubt your true existence are in your head. 
Your dream reminds me of an old sctv skit with John Candy in which he takes a large sandwich on the Orient Express and is questioned whether he has "papers" to travel with said sandwich. My retelling sucks but the skit was great. 

buckeyedude's picture

Cool. So this is like open-line Friday, Elika?



gwalther's picture

On the dream- no idea. But I had one Tuesday in which a 40+ year old Michael Jordan was walking to his car outside United Center after a win in the NBA Finals (but the series wasn't over). I see him out of the corner of my eye and am like, "hey MJ." He looks at me, still walking, and says, "hey. How's it going? (MJ voice)." I say back, "congratulations on title #7." He smiles knowingly: the "no one is going to beat me in the fucking finals smile," says thanks and gets in his car. I get in my car and just say, "damn, I love that man." Ps- in this bizarro world 40+ MJ was still in impeccable shape. 
End of dream. Ridiculous. 

Class of 2008

Squirrel Master's picture

I heard earlier this week Magic talking about how MJ used to do the opponents during the finals when they came to Chicago. He would invite them to his restaurant, feed them well, make them feel comfortable and then pay for their meal. He would basically show them they are in his town and they have no chance to win. That's just straight playing dirty, gotta love it man.
Magic said he never accepted MJ's invites to his restaurant for that reason. lol

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

cplunk's picture

To me, that's what sets MJ apart as the greatest. 
LeBron is a great player, but he's mentally weak. It hurts him when people criticize him or disrespect him. You can see it in his face and hear it in his words. Criticizing or disrepecting MJ was a sure fire way to get embarassed. There's nothing wrong with LeBron's reaction- in fact it probably makes him a better person than MJ.
I think MJ would be in LeBron's head so deep he'd be writing LeBron's thoughts for him. I'm not sure anybody in any sport has been as competitive as MJ.

gnesq1's picture

Meteor shower was a bit late and a bit wide for the IU vs UofM basketball game...

NC_Buckeye's picture

Would have much more preferred it hit at its orginal date and place. Miami, Florida, Jan 7th, 8:23pm ET.

Squirrel Master's picture

Actually at 8pm on September 1st 2012 was the original date. UM vs Bama.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

buck i's picture

SEC oversigning has taken over the sandwich business.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Permanent lights being added at the Shoe fo sho.  Being a public university, we will see the bid posting long before the lights go up.
B1G night games, Friday night lights, the naked mile, night hockey games, monster truck rallies at night and filming for Point Break 2 - Johnny Utah's Revenge...

GoBucks713's picture

I've always referred to it as Point Break 2 : Break This: With Limited Commercial Interruption brought to you by RHCP

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Alhan's picture

The dream means you know how to make one hell of a sandwich.  I suggest you do so, take pictures, and post them with the recipe, STAT!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Nappy's picture

Fairly certain dreams don't mean anything.  At least I hope not because some of mine have been so batshit insane most people would think I need to be institutionalized.  Seriously, they're crazy.
Yours just sounds like you went to bed hungry and somehow developed the worlds best sandwich.  I mean, who wouldn't want a sandwich with bacon and jalapeno poppers?

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


Now you got me craving jalapeno poppers
There's a Carnival cruise terminal not far from my apartment here in Tampa and I'd been giving thought to making that my vacation for 2013. Um, not now. That would be my luck my 1 getaway for the entire year I get stranded in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico on a crap-filled, no-air conditioned boat with 4,000 sweaty and angry SEC fans.

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

Alhan's picture

I agree with your sentiments about the cruise.  I don't care to ever go on one.  Give me a nice all-inclusive resort on a tropical island thankyouverymuch.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

jalapeno poppers

I read that as Jabril Peppers...
Yep, I officially need a break from all things recruiting related...

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

Iron_Buckeye's picture

Damn you links, I just wasted a hour watching Harlem Shake videos....LOL! Oh well...Happy Friday er'body!

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

BucksfanXC's picture


“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

Squirrel Master's picture

is that what is linked that was removed? Can't see it anymore.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Iron_Buckeye's picture

The video that was removed was of the meteor that crashed in Russia. Which lead to other suggested videos....enter Youtube rabbithole lol!

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

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thatlillefty's picture

well played Leonard

Pam's picture

I rarely watch Jeopardy but, I happened to the night when Leonard was on. My son said "Mom, that kid has balls as big as his 'Fro!"

mhermanson4's picture

Don't know what to tell you about your dream, but I had a dream that I was hanging out with UFM, strolling around UF's campus with our OSU gear on.  He was really cool to hang out with, and all the ladies still love him!  Not sure what that's supposed to mean though.

Scared money don't make money!

BucksfanXC's picture

I think you need to stop worrying about the meaning of the dream and starting figuring out how to make that sandwhich and what the hell sandwhich did you originally choose, because if you picked it over the bacon/jap-popper sandwhich it must have been amazing.

“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

Poison nuts's picture

Unfortunately, the couple app looks to be real...No I don't hate you for making me watch,  but I do feel like my man card was slightly damaged just from seeing it...

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

Earle's picture

Easy:  You go to a backwards southern town (Tuscaloosa) to enjoy your much anticipated sandwich (BCS National Championship game). It doesn't matter that the game was actually played in Miami.  It is, after all, a dream.
The toothless moron behind the counter (representative of the SEC, the BCS, and the NCAA because things in dreams often have multiple meanings) denies you not only the sandwich you craved (title game victory over Notre Dame), but also the even more appealing sandwich you really wanted (victory over the SEC and Alabama, who everyone knows was the better team and more challenging--and delicious--opponent). 
Alas, you are denied even the attempt to devour the sandwich, due to your apparent lack of credentials (weak schedule, conference affiliation, not to mention the bowl ban), despite your perfect 12-0 record.
The dream is a nightmare reliving of the 2012 postseason, as well as a cautionary tale to warn that the B1G better get its act together or face becoming irrelevant and not worthy of a bite at the Big Sandwich.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

RBuck's picture

Your dream meant that Sam's 360 was a lot better than the sandwich would have been.

Long live the southend.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Maybe your dream means that you should write a book explaining how you eat the food that you eat and are not at all fat.  OK, maybe that's not what it means, but wishful thinking for a guy who would totally eat a bacon and jalapeno popper sandwich (with ranch) and is fat :\
Titus is dead on about skunkweasel basketball.  Shoddy officiating away from now 4 straight losses.  I hope last night's win over Northwestern was just sluggish play, and not some sort of blueprint on how to slow down DT.  Not like they completely stuffed him, though... 

Class of 2010.

Alhan's picture

Speaking of Titus' article, this statement completely blew my mind:

Three different guys who play significant minutes for Wisconsin don't have buzzcuts.


"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Elika's picture

That doesn't require a whole book, I'll fill you in...

1. I eat healthy a lot of the time. 

2. If I am paying attention to what I'm eating, I make sure that it still has flavor and protein to keep me satisfied. 

3.  If I want something unhealthy, I eat it and I don't feel bad about it. But I also don't do this for every single meal. 

4. I drink lots of water. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger. 

5. I work out six to twelve hours a week. 

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

BuckeyeMike2002's picture

I can't tell you about the dream but that was a great read. The kid in the jeopardy tournament made my day. I would like to be Leonard's "swagtern".

Q: What is the difference between the Michigan Football Team and a bag of crap. A: The Bag.

Squirrel Master's picture

Sounds like you took this decommit from Lawrence Marshall way too harsh. Lawrence Marshall is the sandwich and his commitment was the promise the night before that you will have the "sandwich" but then the next day you don't get it.
I think you need to take a Carnival Cruise break Elika? I hear its getting real cheap now.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

toad1204's picture

First Friday of Lent and your talking of short ribs and bacon... going to be a long day.
Game last night was painful.  Not sure if I should read into Lenzelle getting hot while DT was on the bench or not
I'll go ahead and adjust the bucket list not to reflect any desire for an extended stay on any large ocean going vessels.  Furthermore if I happen to get on a small boat with a ship's captain, his first mate, an actress, a professor, a farm girl, a millionaire and his wife my spot will be immediately vacated.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Earle's picture

I would say that a desert island with Mary Ann and Ginger is infinitely preferable to a listing pile of human waste.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

81Alum's picture

Anyone notice that Trey McDonald is getting more playing time?

BucksfanXC's picture

I was wondering why he hadn't been playing so far, other than Thad's typical shallow bench. Hopefully next year he and Amir can be a one-two punch down low and Ross can be our outside scorer.

“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

causeicouldntgo43's picture

That dream is fairly easy to interpret. It is basically a "frustration" dream. You are not getting something that you want in your life right now. You feel you have earned it, or have a right to it, and others you know have received what they wanted, but you are being unfairly denied what you seek. You have to figure out exactly what "it" is. Either that or you had indigestion during the night....

GoBucks713's picture

I've seriously sat here and watched that gif for a half hour. Thank God for boring meetings!

-The Aristocrats!

ARMYBUCK's picture

The dream seems pretty obvious to me.  Your a recruit of an SEC school.  You call the night before signing day and give your verbal pledge to the coaching staff.  You sleep very good after doing so, good enough to dream even, but much to your chagrine when you try to commit someone has already taken your spot even though you thought it was reserved.  So they point you to another SEC school (last sandwich) that may have an open scholly which they dangle in front of your face in an effort to keep you hanging on until a better prospect comes along.  In this case they do come along and they tell you that your not worthy of eating their sandwich er scholarship and your screwed. (You wake up in Kentucky??)  Whatever...  glad to help

Catch 5's picture

Nah, it can't be that - your description sounds more like the way Johnny Townsend reportedly went down than anything reported in the South this year. 

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Won't OSU need lights at the Shoe for the Ohio High School football championship games?

ARMYBUCK's picture

You make a valid point Catch5.  I was just going with the dream setting being in the south.  SEC would have signed them anyway so I concede.

MuraliPatel's picture

That dog and child is about the most fuzzy, warm, adorable thing I think I've ever seen.

dr green's picture

Leonard is the coolest Jeopardy winner I have seen in a long time!

cinserious's picture

Well Elika, I'm a practicing dream expert so here goes: to see a sandwich in your dream suggests that a lot of pressure and stress is being put on you. It also reflects your ability to do two things at once. Alternatively, a sandwich is just a sandwich sometimes and I feel you may be watching too much Diners,Drive-ins, and Dives!

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osubuckeye4life's picture

NW plays a style of bball that always seems to give tOSU fits.
It is even worse at the "high school gym" in Evanston.
Lights in the shoe please!!!!!!!! More night game are very welcome!!!