Hey guys, Evan Turner here. Just wanted to take a second and share a secret with you all: I think Disney's Doug was better than the original. Also, my favorite wrestler is Doink the Clown, and I think O-Town was the best boy band of the early 2000s. Whew, feels good to get that off my chest.
Ok, you got me. This is Titus. Here's the deal: I have a meeting with some super important people at OSU this week (and by super important I mean that they'll probably send some intern to tell me to go away), during which I plan to pitch an idea that promises to be pretty money. I need your help, though. Because I wasn't an OSU fan until I decided to ride Oden's coattails to Columbus, my knowledge of pre-Thad Matta OSU basketball is pretty much nonexistent. However, for this idea to work, I need a solid list of "clutch" shots in OSU history. I put clutch in quotes because I'll leave it up to you to decide what that means. I don't necessarily have to have last-second/buzzer-beaters. Maybe a guy hit a shot with 15 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner. Maybe someone hit a dagger with 2 minutes left. Or maybe someone hit a shot with 35 seconds left in a blowout, but for some reason it resonated with you and it remains your favorite memory of OSU basketball ever. I don't know. Point is, my list only goes back to 2006, which is why I'm hoping some of you could chime in with shots you remember.
Here's my list, by the way:
Matt Sylvester (Illinois and LSU)
Evan Turner (Michigan)
Will Buford (Michigan State)
Ron Lewis (Tennessee and Xavier)
Jared Sullinger (Northwestern)
Mike Conley (Wisconsin)
Aaron Craft (Iowa State)
LaQuinton Ross (Arizona)
Ok, I lied. I also know about Brent Darby's layup against Iowa in the Big Ten tourney just because I YouTube searched the right thing.
I appreciate any and all additions. As a token of my appreciation, I offer this never-before-told story about The Villain and me: Every year when I was at OSU, I got my dad the same Christmas gift -- a basketball signed by Coach Matta and every player of that year's team. The first couple of years I did this, Evan signed the ball without any problems. For reference, here's what his autograph typically looks like. In 2010, though, at the height of the Shark-Villain Cold War, he refused to sign the ball for my dad. Eventually I convinced him that even though I'm kind of a dick to him, my dad was always really nice. He agreed and said he'd sign the ball. I handed it to him, he put the marker to the ball, and when he handed it back to me it looked like this. I gotta say -- this was pretty brilliant work from him. It's one of the few times I thought, "Damn, he got me" during our little rivalry, which is why I've obviously kept this story under wraps until now.
Alright, I'll shut up now. Thanks for your help. And by the way, if you have anything you want me to tell athletics re: the atmosphere in the Schott, let me know. Part of the reason they're meeting with me is because I'm "a good middle-man between the fans and the athletic department" and "ok fine, we'll meet with you, just please stop sending us emails and showing up at St. John unannounced."
You guys rule. Go Bucks.
-Mark Titus #34 (B.S. Marketing, The Ohio State University, 2010)