Tressels, Fickells and Urbans,
While driving home from work tonight, the skies were perfectly blue, but it was pouring rain.
It was the strangest thing. I couldn't even see a cloud anywhere nearby. Mother Nature at her deceptive best. It felt as if I were on some bizarre movie set.
Or, it felt as if I were sitting in Ohio Stadium watching an extremely mediocre Iowa team complete an 85-yard touchdown pass to the tight end. Section 30A, row 31. Close to the victory bell; but, closer to the guy a few seats down who wears a short-sleeved Marvin Martian t-shirt to every game -- even in steel-gray late November.
Ohio State has won 19-consecutive games since Urban took over...and yet it is pouring rain.
Ohio State is sitting close to the victory bell, but closer to something odd from Mars. (Well, back to the old drawing board. :) )
Should we just accept it? Maybe blue skies and rain are content together for the time being. Who says the normal laws of the universe need to apply? Equilibrium be damned...at least it makes for a unique show.
I think Carlos Hyde disproved a few laws of physics with his 18-yard touchdown run in the second half against Iowa when he was knocked backward 4-yards but maintained his balance and dove in for the score.
Braxton also disproved the rule that a person cannot go the opposite direction from the way his hips are pointed. Some of Braxton's runs last weekend were spectacular. He must be regaining his health.
For whatever reason, over the last two seasons, the Buckeyes just find a way to get it done. Even if the defense gives up more than 100 yards rushing in the first half to Iowa; or makes every average quarterback in the country look like Joey Germaine.
Hopefully, we have perfectly blue skies and pouring rain this weekend for the primetime kickoff against Penn State.
There have been some great games between Ohio State and Penn State since they joined the league.
And, there have been some great moments. Like last year, when Ryan Shazier (while wearing jersey number 48 in honor of his high school friend who had just passed away) intercepted a pass and took it back for a touchdown early in the second half of a close game. Or, even though it went the wrong way for the Buckeyes, the night game in Ohio Stadium during Terrelle's freshman season when he coughed up the ball late in the game trying to gain a few more yards on a fourth-down run. And, of course, Chris Gamble taking back an interception for the game's only touchdown during the magical 2002 championship season.
Penn State has their first game back after the wild one in Happy Valley against Michigan. It will be interesting to see if the Nittnay Lions feed off the thrilling overtime victory. And, what is a "Nittnay" anyway?
The Penn State coaching staff has done a very good job keeping things together after all the upheaval from being given a near-death penalty. Their freshman QB, Christian Hackenberg, was one of the top QB prospects in the country and could be feeling pretty good about his prospects against Marvin Martian and the rest of the OSU pass defensive misfits.
The Buckeyes just need to outscore Penn State because there will be some points put up on the board in this one. Ohio State has one of the best offensive lines in the country...and one of the best running backs in the country with Carlos. If Braxton continues to show signs of life, this is the season.
I like it when things can't be neatly defined...normal is boring.
For whatever reason, Ohio State football is perfectly blue skies in the pouring rain.
Touchdowns: Hyde, Philly, Hyde, Hyde,Devin Smith, Dontre, Heuerman
OSU 52 Penn State 49
Go Bucks! Beat Penn State! Jack Mewhort for Heisman!