The Laugh Has It: Braxton Miller's B1G Media Day

By Jeff Beck on August 1, 2014 at 10:50a
Braxton Miller's laugh said it all.

Something funny happened at Big Ten Media Days. It’s subtle, and if you weren’t paying attention, you probably missed it.

During an interview, Miller was asked the following question:

“You’re starting the season off as one of the hunted much like you did last year in the B1G do you feel maybe different about the way last year ended with two losses instead of coming after an undefeated season?”

Not a funny question in any sense of the word. Standard actually. But Braxton chuckled. In fact he let out a pretty serious laugh, covering his grin immediately, almost involuntarily. Then he went on to give a canned answer.

The laugh was weird, no doubt. So strange in fact that the reporter followed up:

“You laughed at that but coach says that hasn’t even been on your mind at all. Is that something you guys discuss or has that been something that’s completely off the table since the last game of the season?”

That was it for Miller. It pushed him over the edge. He let out a huge laugh and took a drink of water to compose himself…but it didn’t’ help. He couldn’t pull it together. As the smile got bigger he appeared to get lost in a thought. A quick daydream in front of the flashbulbs and recorders. The next reporter asked him something but he wasn’t listening. He had to have the question repeated.

Watch the whole thing here:

Odd behavior. Odd behavior indeed. But I think I have a plausible explanation: those two losses are ALL Miller has been thinking about this offseason. In fact, I think he’s been obsessing. That’s why it was so funny to him. He laughed as if to say, are you serious? He laughed as if to say of course I feel differently. He laughed as if to say…isn’t it obvious?

It has to feel different. As the quarterback of the Scarlet and Gray since his freshman season, Miller’s experienced a full range of emotions. From a terrible 6-7 year, to an undefeated season, to being one yard away from a National Championship berth, none of those offseasons felt the same. With that said, I can assure you this time hurt the most. Ripping off one of the longest win-streaks in Ohio State history, then unceremoniously crashing and burning in the last two games of the year has got to do something strange to your psyche.

Some could wallow in that hurt for months, feeling sorry for themselves, the team, the fans etc. Others could use that burn as fuel to ensure the pain of falling short is never felt again. The latter is what Miller’s been spending his offseason doing. From working on the heady side of the game with Braxton cam, to getting grilled with Gruden Camp style interviews, to working with George Whitfield and grinding it out on a Friday night with wide receiver, Jalin Marshall, Braxton has done everything in his power to make sure his next (and last) college offseason is nothing like Jan-July 2014.

That obsession is what could make him great this season, but it’s also what made him laugh at the question. “Have you thought about the last two losses Braxton”? That’s like asking a 4th grader if he’s thought about the girl he’s had a crush on lately. Of course both have, and you’d probably get the same giddy laughter out of each. That’s because the answer is so clear it’s comical.

The two losses drove Miller to forfeit Friday nights and grind on summer days. It’s what made him laugh at the obvious during B1G Media Days, but it’s also what made him miss the next question. He was somewhere else, thinking of this. That's the only kind of daydreaming Buckeye fans should expect from Braxton this season.


Comments Show All Comments

SilverBullet-98's picture

I'm sure theses kids take classes on how to deal with the press.

So much nowadays can be takin out of context. I think he is just laughing at the repetition and different ways these reporters keep coming at him. They are hoping he snaps and makes a headline but Meyer has veted who he takes to media days very "No headline from me laugh", as far as I'm concerned. These guys will do there speaking on the feild shortly.

"The Past Builds the Future"

+2 HS
buckguyfan1's picture

He's a Great Buckeye.  Can't wait for him to light it up!  Hold on tight, this year is going to be fun. 


He's laughing because Coach Meyer told him that was EXACTLY what they would ask him, verbatim. He was simply laughing at how right Urban was :)

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

+13 HS
Zimmy07's picture

That's probably true.

+1 HS
buckguyfan1's picture

I heard he saw Hoke in the back ground bend over and split the ass out of his pants. 

Have not received confirmation on this but it seems plausible. 

+14 HS
Fatpants's picture

My cousin's friend's youngest daughter's English teacher's boyfriend was there and said Hoke was bending over because he thought he saw a peanut under one of the tables and that caused the rupture. 

You heard it here first. 

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

+2 HS
grant87's picture

now that is very funny!!!!

Maybe tomorrow, when today will be yesterday things will be clearer.


+1 HS
Buckeye2's picture

Best comment ever, I legit LOL'd

Go Bucks

Squirrel Master's picture

Lets play what he was actually thinking!

"LOL, did you seriously ask that question? OF COURSE I would have felt different if we won instead of losing those games! We would have played in the NCG and possibly won the whole thing. Don't you think YOU would feel different if you did that?"

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

+1 HS
jpbuckeye's picture

I really appreciate the humble and business like approach we usually see with Braxton Miller; particularly with some of the antics seen in CFB players with his stats and skills.

However it was really fun to see him having some fun. I know he has fun on the field too, but as fans it is difficult to see him smiling. 


+2 HS
Buckataltitude's picture

I was hoping his response would be more like this -

"I am bein strong den" as he eats a few crab legs and drinks some free soda from Burger King.

+11 HS
bbb's picture

As you can see from the way he scratches his temple with his right index finger, he ate his eggs that morning with his left hand, an indication of the fact that he was thinking about how his final exams went in may. All of this to say it's quite obvious that he has been thinking about these two losses. Do we need a weird in depth analysis of a few laughs to figure this out?

+2 HS
My buck's picture

It could be an inside joke about overusing the term, "the hunted". How many times have we heard that this week? Oy!!!  If you go back before the clip starts, Brax was prepared to sip his water when the dude used "the hunted" twice. Looked like he was afraid to drink his water in fear of spitting it all over the place. He asked him to repeat the question in order to compose himself. 

+1 HS
Hovenaut's picture

Braxton looks fine to me. I doubt I could ever hope to do as well on the social media spot as he does (Internet anonymity is comfortable), but I don't mind he's laughing it off.

Here's to his best responses to come (on-field of course).

+2 HS
Barnsey69's picture

I think Mr. Beck (the Jeff Beck?) is correct, Miller has not stopped thinking about those games, and he has probably taken extra steps to insure it doesn't happen this year. I remember reading an article about Vince Young during the Longhorn's championship season, and he talked about how he worked out on his own with guys all the while driving their efforts by asking if they wanted to beat Ohio State. I don't perceive Braxton to be the kind of vocal leader that Vince Young was, but I would be curious as to what he/they are using for motivation beyond the obvious (championship, etc.).

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

teddyballgame's picture

that's a clown question bro

+6 HS
Dougger's picture


I like football

bbb's picture

I think this is a gigantic wall of text for 2 laughs. Man the off-season is quite boring

Fatpants's picture

Or it could be:

"hahaha I'm laughing because I just cut the nastiest fart and you all are standing there acting like you don't smell it"

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

+4 HS
buckeyedude's picture

This is why i dont pay much attention to B1G Media Days. Too many stupid questions.



jpbuckeye's picture

This is quite the contradiction to the axiom normally heard: "there is no such thing as a stupid question".

These meetings are chock full of them. 

+1 HS
Jbuckham94's picture

I thought Brax was laughing because the guy asking the question had the hardest time getting the words out of his mouth. I found myself snickering because the reporter obviously seemed new and stammered over everything.

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

Floyd Stahl's picture

I think he's laughing because the answer was so obvious and Braxton was probably thinking, "Are you serious, bro?" and then he laughed even harder the second time because the reporter referenced Urban saying that hasn't been on their minds at all, but the coaches have probably been reminding them about it non-stop for motivation.

WhySoSerious's picture

lol that was great. 


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

OregonBuckeye's picture

He's probably thinking, "There are a thousand places I'd rather be.  Including the bottom of the pile after a blindside sack." 

CGroverL's picture

I'm 90% sure that the writer took a big swing and miss here. Miller was on a 6-7 Buckeye squad that played good enough to get a win against the Big Ten Champs that year, he has gone through a couple injuries, one of which he is just getting over AFTER SURGERY. What else could he do besides laugh. Telling the interviewer that he was totally lost and winning 20+ games in a row is an historic feat that almost never happens and we like to think about the positives of our victories while taking any positives we can out of the losses, but everyone knows that would be a lie of sorts. WHY?

Every fan of every team in the nation, just as Buckeye Nation, expects Ohio State to win every game. That interview wasn't a "laugh and you are hiding something interview. It was an interview with possibly the best college football player about how much he expected those year ending losses to affect the team. Did you expect Miller to totally rip down future opponents and tell the truth which would have sounded something like this," If you are a betting man and you don't bet on us to win the Big Ten and National Title while also toting a Heisman home with us, you shouldn't be betting". Who knows why the giggle was there but my guess is that it had a lot to do with what his answers were supposed to be to questions that the coaching staff knew would be asked.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



grant87's picture

Good coaches and players always agree....hard to forget losings.  It is what drives them. The competition and striving to win.  What did he expect for him to say? "Whew, I am so very glad we lost?"  Notice the comments Miller made about playing MSU this year.  You can tell by the expression on his face....he wants to kick their @ss!  As we all do!

Maybe tomorrow, when today will be yesterday things will be clearer.