So I try to avoid eSECpn unless the Buckeyes are playing, (i.e. OSU vs. Duke tonight), but I don't get the B1G Network here, so when I need a football fix --- I have to give in to the 4-letter network sometimes.
Anyways, yesterday I happened to be watching a rerun of The Experts on ESPNU. Tom Luginbill, who I consider pretty knowledgeable and fair, was the host. Mike Belotti, Matt Stinchcomb, Charles Arbuckle & Georgia grad/apparent journalist Mark Schlabach were the other guests.
Tom Luginbill posed a question, well more like a rhetorical statement, saying what Urban Meyer did at Ohio State this year was nothing short of remarkable. Nobody objected, and they all kind of shook their head in agreement....except our buddy Mr. Schlabach. I'm paraphrasing, but he said Ohio State's 12 & 0 record this year was "hollowed" and the most "unsatisfying" undefeated record he could remember. He also said nobody was paying attention to Ohio State this year, (well maybe some media outside the hack inner-circle you keep, were paying attention Schlabach). Then Luginbill asked Schlabach if OSU were not on probation this year ---- if they would be in the BCS Championship. And, Schlabach gave a condescending answer about "since it's 'The' Ohio State'....I guess they would"; you could tell by his answer he didn't think they'd deserve a shot & only because it's big-name tOSU, they'd be there. Schlabach also said the Big Ten Conference was "horrible" this year. I agree it was a down year, but, when you contrast how much this guy salivates over the SEC --- he should be fair and maybe realize that the SEC was down in some regards: Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, Kentucky. Florida sqeaking by UL-La. at home, for example.
But, the most annoying thing Schabach said was about Coach Tressel. It reminded me of Sean McDonough a few days ago during The Game broadcast in awe that Jim Tressel received a very warm ovation Saturday. These guys just don't get it.
Schalabach, in disbelief, asked the panel: "Is it just me or is not disturbing that Jim Tressel was cheered and lifted up on the shoulders of players going off the field...that is distrubing". To Mike Belotti's credit, he made Schlabach look pretty dumb --- reminding him that that was the 2002 BCS champs who lifted their coach up.
Wow, what a clueless hack. These were the players from that championship team who absolutely love this guy and know him just about better than anyone else. What did Schalabach expect them to do...boo him? Of course Jim Tressel received a warm reception...we know he's not perfect, but compared to some of the other things going on in college football...I'd take Tress over 99% of the other coaches. He has great character. The guy was loyal to a fault, that was his major crime if you ask me. The whole OSU/Tressel borderline witch-hunt looks pretty insignificant now, especially after the whole worst-scandal/cover-up-in-the-history-of-sports thing that went on in State College. Maybe Schlabach should find rent-a-player situations in the $EC "disturbing".
Also, another thing I noticed - is when asked about any player or team not from the SEC...Schalabach immediately compares that person or team to an SEC player or squad. The standard-bearer for him is anybody in the SEC. No matter how successful a player or team has been, they have to pass the SEC litmus test with Schlabach before he qualify them as worthy or not.