Cakewalk Empire

By Ramzy Nasrallah on October 9, 2013 at 11:15a
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EXTRA BRIGHT I WANT Y'ALL TO SEE THIS

Man, you were sick of hearing about how lousy Ohio State's schedule was back in April. Brace yourselves: It's about to get justifiably louder.

The Buckeyes’ next five opponents have a combined record of 14-12. Their first six victims are currently 14-16. Remove the six losses tied to having had the misfortune of playing Ohio State and it's still lousy.

If this was Oklahoma's resumé, we would devote space here to making fun of it. When it was Oklahoma's resumé we all made fun of it, so if we're going to call out college football voices for being inconsistent, we should hold ourselves to the same standard.

No matter how unpalatable you find this, it's in your beloved team's championship interests for Northwestern and - you might want to sit down - Michigan to win out. Well, except when they play each other in six weeks (it's best for Ohio State if Northwestern wins out and reaches Indianapolis for a rematch).

Then your unblemished Buckeyes would have to give the Wolverines and Wildcats their second and final losses of the season in consecutive weeks. That's your best-case resumé: Victories over four ranked teams with one of them being a repeat offender.

Even if those credentials are enough to satisfy the BCS math in December - and right now the October Buckeyes currently aren't - a 13-0 Ohio State would serve bubble gum for your least-favorite pundit mouths.

That Big-Ten-stinks hot sports take machine would overheat. It's already burning hot as it is, as Ohio State under Urban Meyer has reached 18-0 against one-and-a-half schedules largely believed to be pedestrian by vaguely-defined championship standards.

Its inherited handicaps - coming off a 6-7 season and probation, having nothing to play for in 2012, the dire condition of both the offensive line and linebackers - and how Meyer's staff has coached and recruited its way (almost) out of that abyss just aren't important on a macro level.

It's the schedule, the schedule, the shitty, shitty schedule. You hear it after every win, which is a win in name only: A blowout makes Ohio State's schedule look worse while a hard-fought victory over the Wildcats or Badgers makes the Buckeyes look weak.

Get it? They can't win. Even when they do win.

You are abundantly aware of this because you've gone through the trouble of explaining the merits of Sonny Dykes' air raid offense while detailing how that game was scheduled during Jeff Tedford's fleeting renaissance at Cal, which was intended to be a marquee opponent.

You've told anyone who will listen. In related news, Cal is currently 1-4 with three guaranteed gruesome losses remaining. It's exhausting. Cal sucks.

San Diego State also sucks. Buffalo, minus its one nightmarish NFL-ready linebacker, sucks as well. FAMU should have sent the band instead of the football team and forfeited that game.

Wisconsin and Northwestern are both pretty good, but neither is close to flirting with greatness. Every single team the Buckeyes will play going forward - until they take a bus to Ann Arbor - categorically sucks. There isn't a traditional January bowl game-caliber team in the bunch.

But it's okay to concede this without breathlessly protesting that Nicholls State is the only team Oregon has beaten thus far with a winning record.

Sagarin has the Ducks' schedule ranked 94th. The Buckeyes' is 84th. Regardless, this is not the penis you want to enter a dick-measuring contest while holding.

Aside from Northwestern - which had won 14 of 17 heading into Saturday - none of Ohio State's 2013 victims currently have a record better than those Buffalo Bulls. The Buckeyes' two big wins against the Badgers and Wildcats will still be their two big wins going into November 30.

And that's okay. Not because of the BCS math, and definitely not because another double-digit win season at Ohio State isn't treated as an accomplishment of significance anymore.

It's okay because sometimes you just need to be sat down and firmly reminded that you waited all damn year for right now to happen.

You could waste your energy figuring out what has to transpire for Ohio State to be elevated into the top two spots in BCS' twilight: Oregon, Stanford and UCLA need to cancel each other out. Ditto Clemson and Florida State, Alabama and LSU - and you'll happily take Alabama's annual November home loss to an underdog this season, as this time the Buckeyes could actually use it.

While you hope all of that happens on the Buckeyes' behalf, Ohio State will face two teams that already lost to Northern Illinois, one that lost to UCF, one that lost to Navy and mediocre-at-best Illinois before playing in the only Game that truly matters in any given year.

They need some help, but you shouldn't worry about it because you'll end up missing the now that you fantasized about in April when you were already busy trying to ignore what's driving you nuts now. 

You're making the bad kind of circle. Don't do that to yourself. It's unhealthy. Enjoy this team that will benefit from its coach, an obsessive-compulsive serial winner hell-bent on improving the machine behind 18 consecutive wins.

Enjoy the three victories featuring backup tailbacks exclusively, those two wins with a (dominating) backup quarterback and six full games this season despite a maddeningly mediocre - and undefeated - back seven that plays like a bunch of Jamario O'Neals against Florida.

There are no fewer than six John Cooper teams that would have their way with this season's edition - assuming the 2013 Buckeyes don't take the fictitious field wearing winged helmets, in which case they would go 6-0 against the 1990s - and that doesn't matter either.

There's a word for fans incapable of enjoying an 18-game winning streak: They're called assholes - it's written in every single book ever written about how to be a fan. Getting mired in the details of what pisses everyone else off about your team is a mental trap best avoided.

Michigan struggled with 0-4 Connecticut and 1-5 Akron, yet the Wolverines and their turnover orgy of a quarterback are still undefeated. The same rules of enjoyment apply to them too.

There's a word for fans incapable of enjoying an 18 game winning streak: They're called assholes.

With the notable exception of the strongest Ohio State offensive line in almost 20 years, this entire team is mired in the throes of football puberty. Riding a bull like Carlos Hyde is necessary when nothing else is working well.

El Guapo has emerged as a bandage on a work unexpectedly still in-progress, but he's a hell of a bandage. Once upon a time that bandage was a two-headed hydra answering to "Lydell Ross-or-Maurice Hall." This one is a lot better.

Yet with all that ails this team, four times in six weeks the B1G offensive Player of the Week has worn your colors. The defensive line - when it's allowed to rush as many players as necessary - is proving to be far better (Bosa, Bennett) than just the original names (Spence, Washington) that were thrown around prior to the season.

If you take the time to really savor it, you'll quickly discover that this Buckeye team is a lot of fun, and it's going to get more fun as it continues to improve and exploit both weak opponents and two bye weeks.

Going out of your way to suck the enjoyment out of this season is something you will regret, so comrade - the time to abandon your angst is right now during this first rest period. That weak schedule was baked a long time ago.

Accept it - Notre Dame played more ranked teams in September than Ohio State has scheduled. That can't spoil your enjoyment. Only you can wreck this season. Well, you and an epic Ohio State self-destructive collapse.

So you should love this team, even if no one else wants to. Besides, it's not their team. It's yours.

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Haybucks's picture

We have met the enemy and the enemy is us.
 
We play the schedule and we can't change it for better or for worse. But, we can embrace who we are and deflect the unwarranted criticism launched our direction.

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

We have the greatest university, tradition, and football coach and win or lose, I am a diehard fanatic!!!  The goal is to keep winning and the rest will work itself out! 
 

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

CharlieBuckeye's picture

BRAVO!!! WELL STATED!!!! Everyone just chill out and take it all in. We are BUCKEYE Nation and should be proud of our accomplishments. And as Ramzy said above - If you can't enjoy it You are an asshole.
GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."
Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

niblick's picture

"Sagarin has the Ducks' schedule ranked 94th. The Buckeyes' is 84th. Regardless, this is not the penis you want to enter a dick-measuring contest while holding."
"There's a word for fans incapable of enjoying an 18-game winning streak: They're called assholes"
"Michigan struggled with 0-4 Connecticut and 1-5 Akron, yet the Wolverines and their turnover orgy of a quarterback are still undefeated."
 
LOL, hands down the best piece ever written on 11W, BAR NONE!

AirForceNUT's picture

I was getting ready to make this exact same comment.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I second this sentiment!

Michigan Sucks!

BeijingBucks's picture

Listed under 'things you don't find on a pay site'

shortbus20's picture

Thank you  thank you   It is nice to take time to smell the Roses and enjoy the ride even if it doesn't lead to Pasadena for the second game. These Buckeyes are fun to watch and
I for one am enjoying the season and the winning streak.  Live in the moment.

 

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teddyballgame's picture

I kind of doubt that we're headed to the national championship game this year, but we can still go undefeated with the rest of our b1g schedule and also add a quality bowl win.  I kind of like the thought of our win streak continuing into next year when the team should be even BETTER.
Most of the wins in the streak aren't all that impressive on their own, but it's rather a testament to this team's consistency.  After that NU game, I can't say it feels like we're ready for the top 3 type competition.

doodah_man's picture

Well said Ramzy.

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

stittracer99's picture

Regardless, this is not the penis you want to enter a dick-measuring contest while holding.

This is classic. Love this article Ramzy, every word is truth to the highest power.

Earle's picture

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Earle - you made me laugh again. Our sense of humor is eerily similar. If you're in old Columbus town I want to watch a Buckeyes game someday with you. Beer's on me. Trying to meet Cajun someday when he's in town for the same thing.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 
 

Earle's picture

Thanks, Vet.  Hope to take you up on it sometime.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

I have not forgotten the offer, BuckeyeVet. We are aiming for Grove City on Thanksgiving and if we hit that mark, you will definitely be contacted beforehand.

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

FROMTHE18's picture

Winning is obviously priority #1. Win by 1 or 1000 and its still a W on the schedule, which is nothing to complain about. However when taking into account the level of play from top teams this year and our weak schedule, we need to be mindful of the fact that winning isn't simply good enough to make us satisfied. The thing that tends to bother me the most is just the lack of improvement in some areas/continued mistakes that we see from the secondary and even from Braxton. I think we all enjoy the winning but for this season especially I think attention needs to be placed on OSU playing a complete game from start to finish rather than starting fast and struggling the rest of the way or struggling from the start and finishing strong. With the bye week I hope to see some improvement in pass coverage as well as Braxton making quicker reads. Every QB makes poor throws from time to time but its the decision-making that really matters. Missing a wide open WR is far less of a sting than missing the right receiver. Half way through the regular season and still unbeaten so thus far its nothing to be too upset about but from here on out I think we need to see this team becoming more complete and the offense being a lot sharper from week to week. 

lsjSnail's picture

Stop it man, you keep expecting perfection.
 

OSUNEA1986's picture

I'm trying to get over: "this is not the penis you want to enter a dick measuring contest holding". Don't have one, so I guess I'll have to find some other torch to bear in defending OSU.
You folks have any women on staff over there??? ;)
Not offended by the way, just amused with this today. It's a bye week afterall.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

You folks have any women on staff over there??? ;)

Women would get in the way of their ongoing D&D campaign.

bedheadjc's picture

Which one plays as a Paladin? (Hopefully none of them.) DJ is a Chaotic Neutral Thief, Ramzy is a Dwarven Bard (Just because, also the schtick plays better at 4'3"), Ross is an aloof, scholarly Mage, and Johnny is probably an affable Halfling Fighter, the sparkplug of the party.

BuckeyeVet's picture

@OSUNEA1986 - You made me laugh.
 In the interest of fairness, how about:
"They're not the knockers you want to be holding in a wet T-shirt contest" ?

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 
 

OSUNEA1986's picture

I love it! Hope I find reason to use it...like on a girls weekend. Secrets revealed: we say things like that and laugh and laugh....
Glad I made you laugh BuckeyeVet.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

You folks have any women on staff over there??? ;)

Soon. As in, she's hired and the announcement is being crafted right now.

She will be the third 11W writer of the fairer sex. I think that puts this site in the >90th percentile for gender equity in our category, conservatively. We try.

burkmon's picture

Someone needs to alert David Pollack.

 

sharks's picture

Great. I assume this means posting sans pants will be frowned upon in the future...

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

OSUNEA1986's picture

I look forward to reading her! Maybe you can share the "knockers" analogy with her, in a mentoring way, of course. 

sloopy88's picture

Your efforts are noticed and appreciated!

cinserious's picture

Right now it looks like we get snubbed from the NC game but after a couple of those teams go down, and the conference championship games, it will be a whole different picture. If we end up in a Rose bowl game undefeated and beat a quality opponent, its a good year. If we go to the NC game, we can definitely hold our own against the big boys, even 'Bama isn't quite as strong as they have been.

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

holtzy's picture

A blowout makes Ohio State's schedule look worse while a hard-fought victory over the Wildcats or Badgers makes the Buckeyes look weak.

This statement is so very true....and so very frustrating at the same time.  I am hopeful it all works out in the end.

OSU2002Grad's picture

I suppose the theme is to accept that which we cannot control - primarily our joke of a schedule. That approach certainly has some intuitive appeal, but I can't help being frustrated at being served this feces-infested meal of a schedule. And then being told to enjoy it.
Bye weeks suck. They always suck. They'll never not suck. And yet I can accept that they are necessary.
Big Ten teams suck. They've sucked for the last several years. Playing them sucks because it's really no fun to watch a blowout and even less fun to be challenged by teams like Indiana and Purdue. And yet I can accept that we have to play them.
Our non-conference schedule sucked. Period. We had some control over that, which makes accepting it very difficult. I get that Vanderbilt bailed on us and we tried to replace them with a bowl team in San Diego State, who just so happened to pick this year as the year to expose the myth of Brady Hoke's ability to scout and recruit good players. That sucked, but I accept it because we were put in a bind.
Scheduling California as our so-called big non-conference game was a joke. Oh, the Bears were good 10 years ago? Awesome! And Illinois played in the Rose Bowl in 2007. Is anybody scheduling them as their marquee opponent? No. F##king. Way.
Scheduling Florida A&M was a joke. Oh, you did it for the band? Ok. I love bands. You know what I love even more than marching bands? GETTING A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR THE MOTHER F**KING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! And that just ain't happening if we're scheduling FCS opponents for their marching band who, by the way, didn't even come.
So I want to get all sanctimonious about our undefeated record. I want to bathe in self-righteous indignation over the so-called "Hate" from the national media. (Oh man, I want to splash around in it like a drunk college student playing water volleyball with topless Playboy bunnies). But I can't. And I won't.
I'll enjoy the season. If we can go undefeated (seems as if too many people are implying that it is a foregone conclusion), I will be very happy. Winning the Big Ten. Going to the Rose Bowl. Hell, winning the Rose Bowl? I'll be damn happy. But I'll also feel a little empty. And bitter. Mostly bitter. Because it didn't have to be that way. 

Boxley's picture

But it did have to be that way.
Exactly when did we schedule this years OOC? It was well before Meyer took over, so we cannot state "It did not have to be this way, because at the end of 2011, we (none) of us thought we would go 18-0 in 2013 and counting. none of us thought then our regular and OOC schedule would make damn bit of difference.
Now that it does, whining about it is pointless, counterproductive, and a completely foolish way to go about our daily lives. Our schedule (all of it) could not have been changed this year to make any difference.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda's all they get you is.......... Nothing.
 

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

OSU2002Grad's picture

Whining about it isn't counterproductive. Who created this schedule and why is he still employed at Ohio State?
 
Look, I'll be the first to defend Gene Smith on the whole Tatgate issue and running Tressel out. Many people have opined that he must have known about the JT email, which is just utter nonsense disguised as bullshit.
 
But by failing to proactively ban ourselves from a bowl in 2011 AND by putting together this sharty schedule, he may effectively have prevented Ohio State from playing in back-to-back NC games. His fault. How is it not productive to point that out?

AMSS's picture

Unless I missed it the bowl ban happened because a couple of players who were involved in the whole tatgate thing were accused of having no show jobs after there was an in principal agreement regarding sanctions from the tat/trophy stuff. In essence Gene Smith was sitting at the table saying we've learned our lessons and we won't do it again and then the NCAA says well what about this stuff that we just found out about? Not sure how he could have done much better unless we went the whole Auburn/Texas A&M route and said that we wouldn't accept any sanctions and you can talk to our lawyers from here on out.
As far as the scheduled goes it is what it is. Let it play out. I remember losing on Senior Day in 2007. There was no way we were going to the NC game after that and then we had the best idle weekend of Buckeye football ever. The other thing I keep thinking is that most of the teams around us right now have a history of losing games they shouldn't. I'm looking at you Oregon, Clemson, and Florida State.
I just keep trying to remember that we are in the midst of something special and hopefully the new norm around here. I really don't miss the Tressel days of losing games after we had a lead and then deciding to put it on all the defense and leaving them out there the entire second half of games. I think that's why I had a hard time with Wisconsin game was because it was so similar a setup to the several that Tress let get away. 
 
 

KLF Buckeye's picture

This is also, I think, where the bowl ban last year hurts us. If we took our 12-0 team onto the field of a BCS bowl and won, we would be getting the benefit of the doubt this year. 

KLF Buckeye's picture

Oops, just caught myself dwelling in the past. My bad.

Ahh Saturday's picture

On the positive side, the cakewalk empire is the most delicious of all empires.

jedkat's picture

Except carrotcakewalk empire. That's terrible.

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

Boxley's picture

We will have to agree to disagree on that. I love carrot cake with raisins, nuts, cream cheese frosting yummmm.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

BUCKtuckian's picture

Fruit good, 
Cake great!
Fruitcake, Nasty Crap!
Credit: Jim Gaffigan

People are saying that I'm an alcoholic, and that's not true, because I only drink when I work, and I'm a workaholic.
Ron White

Joeyfbank's picture

Well, we are all going to have the same problem next year with the schedule, so get use to it

Joeyfbank

Ahh Saturday's picture

I think the '14 schedule will be better.  Navy, VT, UC, might not be the strongest OOC schedule, but it is a LOT better than the one we just played.  In B1G play we add Rutgers, Maryland, and MSU while missing Wiscy, Brasky, and NU. That makes the regular '14 B1G schedule at worst a wash compared to '13, but gives us a better opportunity to play a highly ranked B1G opponent in a championship game, one that we haven't already beaten. 

Ethos's picture

we'd get into the top FOUR though, which from there we just play our way to the game.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

Doc's picture

Thank you Ramzy.  I needed that.

"Say my name."

T4EHill's picture

Where's that damn GIF of the guy clapping cause that's what I'm doing right now!!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." Woody Hayes

cronimi's picture

Here it is --

(BTW, it's Orson Welles from Citizen Kane.)
 

Baroclinicity's picture

Thank you.  That's all I need to say.

bodast67's picture

Sagarin has the Ducks' schedule ranked 94th. The Buckeyes' is 84th. Regardless, this is not the penis you want to enter a dick-measuring contest while holding.

There's a word for fans incapable of enjoying an 18-game winning streak: They're called assholes 

This.Just.This.
 

 

 

 

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

Maestro's picture

I am enjoying the ride, of course already fretting about next season and the lack of OLine experience, praying that Miller stays for his senior season, getting way ahead of myself, and counting the days until the 26th when I get to watch the Bucks slaughter PSU under the lights.

vacuuming sucks

Denny's picture

We're half awake in a cake empire
(from eating so much cake)

Taquitos.

Scott's picture

Put a little something in our tasty cake.

Class of 2008

Frostybuck88's picture

Perfect Ramzy.  Just perfect.
 
Just keep winning football games and everything will work out just fine.  Losing sucks.  As Charlie Sheen would say... "Winning!"

The Dude abides...

stittracer99's picture

Do you mean Carlos Estevez?

BTBuckeye's picture

I'm just going to chill for a minute and think about how awesome that Ramzy blog post was...

bodast67's picture


Just breath....

 

 

 

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

psibuck's picture

I don't have a problem with our schedule.  Why not take the easiest route to a BCS bowl game?  If we go 13-0 we will be in the MNC or the Rose Bowl.  History says it's probably going to be the MNC.  IIRC, Auburn is the only team to go undefeated in the BCS era and get left out.   
Going forward, with the 4 team playoff an undefeated OSU will always be one of the 4.  Sure the September games will be as lopsided as Hoke dominating a competitive donut eating contest but who cares?  The January playoffs will be as sweet as the icing on said donuts.

AndyVance's picture

Actually, this seems to have been the prevailing wisdom in our scheduling during the BCS era. Winning was the goal, winning against quality competition was a secondary thought, because at some point in the not-so-distant past the B1G was considered quality competition (hence the infamous "murders' row" comment).
I think the playoff system will be something of a dual-edged sword... People are screaming for more competitive schedules (which most of us as fans probably really do want), but I have a hard time picturing anyone vaulting Ohio State into the playoff without feeling like they were doing us a favor. No one in the national media landscape loves Ohio State, period.

jedkat's picture

it's in your beloved team's championship interests for Northwestern and - you might want to sit down - Michigan to win out.

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

jthiel09's picture

Thank you my captain, your articles always inspire and also bring us back down to earth and let us know to relax sometimes. Another well written masterpiece by the man himself.
This may have been stated before, but every time I see the pictures for your articles I'm reminded of lens flare ... lots and lots of beautiful lens flare. 

JT

FitzBuck's picture

"Hit em like a Ramzy Dog". 

Fitzbuck

Toledo - Ohio's right armpit 

"A troll by any other name is still a troll". 

 

fear_the_nut70's picture

Well, put.  This is a concession I made in the Skully thread this morning.  Trying to convince others that Ohio State deserves better treatment is akin to trying to change someone's political views--a waste of time.
I also think to myself, imagine if I was a Longhorn or Trojan fan today.  We are almost certainly guaranteed an appearance in some BCS bowl this year, and fans of those programs would kill for that.
Slow down and enjoy the ride folks, we are lucky as hell to have Urban Frank Meyer roaming the sidelines for The Ohio State University Buckeyes!

Ahh Saturday's picture

OSU has won more BCS bowl games than any other program. Is in the midst of an 18 game winning streak, and is led by a two-time BCSCG winning coach, and we get zero national respect. Zero. But I disagree that their is nothing we can do about it. We can go undefeated this season, including what will at the very least be a Rose Bowl win against a highly regarded PAC 12 opponent, or the BCSCG against anybody. At that point, anyone who continues to doubt OSU will be easily seen as a fool.

fear_the_nut70's picture

You are right.  Unfortunately, what has happened in society has been an undue emphasis on the "championship."  So, for most fans, all they really glob onto is that OSU lost the last two BCS NCG games, and in their minds (since they probably don't like OSU and would rather their team or some other team play in the game), OSU isn't really deserving.  Of course this doesn't really make any sense, but there is a reason people say fan is short for fanatic.
Others have said this too, but if OSU last year had won the B1G CCG then won a BCS bowl to end the season, they probably would have been slotted at #2 and stayed there until they lost.  Not saying it's right, but it's probably how poillster's think.  To that end, if I am correct, the NCAA sanctions are really impacting two seasons and not just one.

Buckeyeneer's picture

The cake is a lie.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

theOSUdug's picture

Every week, I love the Ramzy commentary....don't ever leave 11W

Larryp713's picture

Well, I have some new things to consider this bye week that I had not contemplated before. Specifically, what penis do I want to hold in a dick-measuring contest and the definition of asshole (fans complaining about an 18-0 start). All great points, Ramzy. And thanks for the laughs.
I think I am seeing the light. I want the Buckeyes to see this through, no stupid losses, break TTUN's heart, win the first B1G title, and play well in whatever BCS bowl invites them. That, in my opinion, would be an incredible season. I can live with that.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

This was just awesome and will get shared through all my media availabilities because i have some friends that are ( what did Ramzy call them oh yeah ASSHOLES)  Lets just enjoy the ride everyone because no matter the schedule this one day will be looked upon as the glorious years so lets live it up and party down.

Michigan Sucks!

TennesseeBuckeye's picture

We played the top 2 teams in the Legends division as well as the #4 team and beat all 3, this year according to last years ranking we play the #2, #3 and #5 team. It could end up we play the top 2 teams again from the Legends division, to early to tell. Iowa will finish ahead of MN so they will be at least the #5 team again. Adding PSU and Nebraska hasn't worked out. Adding Rutgers and Maryland isn't going to help and certainly adding Delaney's UNC and Virginia isn't going to help either. Delaney says he wants AAU teams, lets remember Notre Dame was heavily sought after and are not AAU members. There are a few teams the B1G Ten could get Texas, OU, FSU, Clemson, Miami (FL) that would boost the football but only Texas is an AAU member. Miami (FL) has a lot of baggage. OU has cleaned it up. Depending on who Texas hires for AD could go a long way in what happens in the next few years. Georgia Tech is an AAU member but I don't think they add much either. If you like Basketball and want a Basketball conference go with UNC and Virginia or Kansas and Kansas State. If you want football you go Texas and OU they are football schools with very good Basketball. I'd prefer 2 of 3 from Texas, OU, and FSU. My understanding is OU would join (they are not tied to Okie ST and some have said). FSU I hear would join as well.
If beating the teams in your division and the best teams in the other division isn't good enough I don't what is.
  I don't know the answer but I know adding VA and UNC isn't.

I may not be able to outsmart too many people, but I can outwork 'em.
Woody Hayes

Doc's picture

Winning cures EVERYTHING. That's all I want is for the victories to continue to pile up. Go Bucks!

"Say my name."

MN Buckeye's picture

Thank you for another masterpiece, Ramzy. 
I will continue to enjoy the ride.

Boxley's picture

No one could state this any better.
"There's a word for fans incapable of enjoying an 18-game winning streak: They're called assholes - it's written in every single book ever written about how to be a fan. Getting mired in the details of what pisses everyone else off about your team is a mental trap best avoided."
Ramzy, I'm love with you all over again, you had me at "asshole'.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Like I've said before, talk to me on the morning of December 8th about national championship hopes.  If OSU is 13-0 at that point, and two other teams from the power conferences are also undefeated, then I'll worry about being left out of the title game.  I really doubt that the scenario I just mentioned will happen.  I don't give a shit about what anyone else is doing right now - I'm just worried about OSU taking care of business every week and getting better.  I'm not going to measure dicks with Oregon or anyone else right now...they may have a bigger dick, but it's not all about size.

Class of 2010.

gobucks5413's picture

Couldn't agree more. Lets get to 13-0 and then complain if need be.

Boxley's picture

Another Ramzy masterpiece. Already shared this gem with some"assholes" over on BN.
Ramzy sure can win a fight with them there words, yuuup.
Eloquence mixed with reality. For most of us a very difficult battle to win in the verbal sparring world called the internet. Ramzy just makes it look too easy.
(Bowing and scraping) commenced.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

jccavanaugh's picture

Hey, look on the bright side. After Alabama throttles Clemson or whoever in the NCG, we'll be able to take comfort in the knowledge that everyone will be wondering whether OSU would have given them a better game.

Ethos's picture

I just want to get to a BCS game in general, and dominate whoever we play.  I don't care if it's the NC or the Rose or whatever.  I just want us to DOMINATE a supposedly good other conference team in a BCS game to start to wipe the stink from yesteryear off.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

lax20's picture

In a day and age when the likes of ESPN attempts to mold who goes and who doesn't (which I find pathetic), this team is better than the 2002 national champs.  I remember that team winning games by the skin of their teeth.  The only exception is that team had a stoudt D.  No matter what happens at the end of the season, just win every game and this team will at least go to the Rose Bowl and get a crack at either Oregon or Stanford and the opportunity to be 26-0 at the end.  As Al Davis said, "Just win baby, win."  That is all I ask.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I just took a deep breath and feel much better now.  Great advice, enjoy the ride and recognize the vitriol in this world of frantic noise and sound bites for what it, attempts to get attention and to keep money flowing in the direction the sports conglomerates want it to.  I think the buckeyes have the potential over the next few years to become a really elite program.  The playoffs will help alleviate SOME of the SOS concerns starting next season.  Be true to your school and consider how lucky we are compared to the fans of most institutions.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

throttlefinger's picture

Sublime, Ramzy. Top to bottom. Bravo.
It was like eating a slice of banana cream pie and a porterhouse simultaneously 

ejoceans's picture

OMG that sounds amazing. lol

Lets do this Brutus

ejoceans's picture

Oh boy! I'm going to the Penn State game boys and girls!!!! So pumped about this! I have the best wife in the world! Went to the Ill game last year and had a blast! I know this is off topic but I'm just stoked to go to a game again.  In my eyes if we win out we are the champs! No if ands or buts about it. I don't care what all the Mark Mays of the world think and say because they would hate on us even if we did beat bama or one of their loved teams.  They would find a play or a call that they would stick with to say we got lucky so...yeah, so whats every ones plans for the free weekend?? I'm getting Married! haha Yeah I know I called her my wife earlier but hey why not its only a few days away.  Hope everyone on the team gets rested and healthy for this stretch til the next bye week.  And how weird is two bye weeks too?? We need it tho with all the banged up players we have. Go Bucks! O  H

Lets do this Brutus

cbusbuckeye's picture

I for one am not nearly as worried about being snubbed as everyone else.
Why? One word. MONEY
Ohio State attracts more attention than any other program in the nation, and its not even close (see the last two primetime games, they were the most watched of their respective weekends and a significant increase over the same slots last year). The media loves to write about Ohio State because people love to read about us. They could be making very similar statements about the teams Oregon has played so far this year (Nicholls State) but the readership for that article would be much smaller. 
 
OSU will be in the championship this year if they are undefeated for the same reason they got in against LSU in 2007. People Watch The Buckeyes. People fill stadiums to see the Buckeyes and fans spend thousands on Buckeye merchandise. Moreso than any other major program.
They'll hate on OSU all season, write the controversial articles, get their pageviews and increase their ratings spewing nonsense but at the end of the day, if the Buckeyes can take care of business on the field they will be playing in Pasadena on January 7th. 
You can take that to the bank (ESPN and Nike execs sure will).
 
 

Squirrel Master's picture

Sagarin has the Ducks' schedule ranked 94th. The Buckeyes' is 84th. Regardless, this is not the penis you want to enter a dick-measuring contest while holding.

My point exactly in the morning skully and now, the OOC is not the problem, its the conference play. In a few weeks, those numbers will flip flop and it won't be because of FAMU. It will be Iowa!
We can scream and moan about the Buffalos and FAMUs but its the weak division we are in that is the true crux. I am more concerned with how it looks when we blowout one of Iowa, Purdue and Indy than whether or not we should or shouldn't schedule an FCS team.
All of the elite have cupcakes early on, its the conference that is the problem.

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

D-Day0043's picture

I have a feeling that they are going to have to go undefeated this year and beat Oregon or Stanford in the Rose Bowl, and then go undefeated next year as well to get a shot at the National Championship.
By getting blown out in two NC's, this is the image we have created for ourselves, never mind the fact that we had to wait nearly two months between the end of the season until those games. That is one huge benefit to having a conference championship now. There is less of a gap between the regular season and BCS games.

gobucks5413's picture

I think its funny that people have fallen off the wagon and have already settled for the Rose Bowl, while a nice defense mechanism, lets not settle there unless we have too.
The teams in front of us (and the undefeateds behind us) all do have to lose, with the exception of Louisville. There has only been one season in the crap BCS era (correct me if I'm wrong) where a team has been undefeated and left out....Auburn. Teams are going to lose, they're gonna knock each other off (Stan-Ore, Clem-FSU, even LSU-Bama) and there are going to be some upsets that come out of left field... (clemson is good, but does anyone seriously believe they aren't going to lose to some turd at some point???).
Until we get to the end of November, post team up north beating, lets not stress about it, or think about not getting there. And like Ramzy said...enjoy the damn ride. I made the trip for the game Saturday, and after the game I couldn't believe how many Bucks fans were complaining about how off Braxton was, and how bad our defense was....That talks for after a loss which, pray to god isn't coming any time this year!
Go Bucks

jbcuky's picture

Urban Meyer has been undefeated twice and neither time went to the national championship game.

Earle's picture

Yes, with Utah, and last year when the Buckeye's weren't eligible.  Surely you aren't arguing that either of those instances are relevant to the discussion.

Italics are for emphasis; an ellipsis represents an unfinished thought.

jbcuky's picture

Nope, just pointing it out.

nw_ohio_Buckeye's picture

Most effectively said sir, per usual...I don't give a flying flip what the media says because I can't control it. I could control being at the Wisconsin game and that was a GREAT game! Great atmosphere, good opponent, TBDBITL, pre-game beers, in-game shots, Script Ohio, Scarlet Out, Brax on Brax, Carmen Ohio, RV snooze for the night...media be damned! That was a great game. Thoroughly enjoyed! Let the chips fall where they might. The best part about being 6-0 is the chance to go 7-0! 
Carry on...

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" ~ Woody Hayes 

buckeyestu's picture

Next game up is all i am concerned about for now. I think some teams ahead of TOSU will stumble. If so, i like our chances to be playing for the title, but with me, it is one game at a time. TOSU needs to play better this next game and keep improving. GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hetuck's picture

The FAMU game was self-inflicted. When Gene Smith said they originally tried to schedule Grambling, but settled for FAMU, it became obvious OSU thought it could schedule an historically black university and pay them big bucks. Never mind I'm sure there were many CUSA, Sun Belt or MWC teams (FBS) that would have taken $900K to come to Columbus. I'm sure the thinking was they could get away with it with Wisconsin, PSU, and scUM on the schedule plus a B1G title game. And maybe if PSU was still a top twenty program, they'd be right. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Vince Lombardi

fear_the_nut70's picture

They might still be right.  CFB is a week by week war of attrition.  Based on history, it is extremely unlikely there are more that 2 undefeated teams.  Our goal, be one of them.
What I find amusing is that many are irked about exactly this yet have no problem with the SEC scheduling these types of games in November.  I guess that's the luxury the hardware buys you.

hetuck's picture

I think the SEC has it right to play an OOC game the week before their rivalry games. It forces conference games to the front of the schedule. I've posted before I'd love to see the B1G buy twelve home games from the MAC for the week before the rivalry games. My wrinkle would be don't make the pairings until two weeks before the games & match the top MAC school with the top B1G school in the rankings. For example, this year OSU would host Northern Illinois. Hotel/bus reservations for any team could be done ahead of time. One B1G rivalry pair would get their bye that week so there is no advantage. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Vince Lombardi

AndyVance's picture

It's a great concept that has no chance of succeeding in reality (the scheduling based on strength, that is) because of the immense logistical hurdles involved in scheduling those contests on such short notice.
The idea of reshuffling the conference schedule as the SEC has done has some obvious benefits, though, allowing them to cast the die that they're playing ranked teams upfront since every SEC team is ranked in Week 1, and then allowing them to coast into the final weeks of the season on the sweet fumes of a mountain of cupcakes.
We, on the other hand, spend September hearing about how damn weak our schedule is, and by the time we get to our tough conference opponents, they've lost a game or two and fallen out of the rankings.

hetuck's picture

The logistical obstacles aren't as great as think. The MAC team knows it has an away game. The B1G team knows it has a home game. You make hotel/bus reservations for team based on that before the season starts. You could even make two air charter reservations for the furthest games & bus the rest. MAC schools get 1200 tickets to handle how they wish. Two weeks is plenty of time. This would be a B1G/MAC arrangement. The MAC gets a fixed amount- say $10M - from the B1G and a $1M rider every year for ten years. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Vince Lombardi

buckeyedude's picture

I intentionally haven't read any of the comments prior to posting.
When you get to my age, perspective is (hopefully) what you eventually get. The Buckeyes helped me get through a divorce and my son's surgery. Of course God was there to help me along the way, but the Buckeyes were my diversion.  Years ago, I used to take a Buckeye loss personally(especially to TTUN), and be pissed for weeks. I think ego gets involved too much when a person's team loses, especially for driven young males.
There are enough stresses in life already.
You're exactly right Ramzy, and I think your wisdom on this matter was needed here.
BTW, I don't know if it's been mentioned or not, but at least we have Rutgers and Maryland joining the B1G next year to help our conference. SMH. That Delany is a genius! Think of all of those TVs!
 

 
 

HandsOfSweed's picture

Although it was severely funny and incredibly heartwarming to watch at the time (that is, until you sat back and actually thought about the future HORRIBLE national stain it would leave on the entire Big 10), I really wish Michigan wouldn't have lost to App. State.
I really believe that THAT loss just pushed us all into the abyss in terms of AP, media perception of the entire Big Ten. I tried to explain why it wasn't good that Michigan lost that game to as many OSU fans as I could, but not many actually saw my point. Damn Michigan may actually indirectly and inadvertently cost us yet ANOTHER NCG appearance, not by beating us like they did in the 1990's, but by shitting the bed like that against a 1-AA team.
I think THAT'S what I hate the most about them. Assholes.

Patriot4098's picture

Oh, and our new coaching staff is batting a thousand right now.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

Spider1944's picture

Spot on Ramzy. It is one thing I plan on doing. My lord the season is half over. I waited so long and now it is half over. Run the table, stun _ichigan, Win B1G and go to Rose Bowl. I can live with that.
I concur with you on each and every point except one, the language. Not necessary my friend, not necessary. Write like your Mom and your kids are going to read it. Think of us as your kids.
PS Lest anyone thinks I am naive you can hold your posts. I am a Viet Nam vet and can cuss with the best of them. But there is a place for cussing and a time for professionalism. Just Saying...

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

meddler's picture

Good points, as usual, but all this will be moot after 30 Nov.

Location: Ann Arbor

Idaho Helga's picture

I'm late to this party, but living in the land of Washington State and Idaho, I am not one to complain at all.  Idaho might be the perrinial worst team in the country; I just can't get interested. WASSU fans are all happy 'cause they have won 3 whole games and with luck (which they'll need) might get to 6 to be bowl eligible.
Lord, it's great to be a Buckeye.
 

dtanmango's picture

"can't win even when you do win"
hilarious!

-dtan