Go back and watch the Louisiana Monroe and Princeton clips. Those teams do not have the level of coaching or quality of talent that's at OSU. Imagine for a minute creative coaches like Meyer and Herman with the talent at the skilled positions the Buckeye's have here and on the way, and we may actually be seeing a fundamental change in the way football is played. The rules were changed in 1906 allowing the forward pass. The first pass was thrown by a quarterback from Ohio attending St. Louis University. Maybe next year will be as historic for our beloved Buckeyes.
The teams don't fly commercial, why should the families need to? Allow each player to designate 4 family members as their official guests. The universities can certainly afford to charter a couple planes to provide transportation. The university can negotiate with hotels in the bowl city for rooms for 2 nights. Give each family group $500 for meals and stuff.
Here's the math (assume 100 players):
Round trip charter air fare - 400 people at $500 per person = $200,000
Rooms - 200 rooms double occupancy for 2 nights @ $200 per night = $80,000
Meals and stuff - $500 per players guest group = $50,000
That's only $330,000. I'm guessing that's less than it costs to send the band. Even if my estimates are off by 100%, that's probably less than Gene Smith's bonuses from this year. Given the university flies numerous charters and lots of marginal involved people end up going to these Bowls on OSU's dime, it's a real shame that this can't be fixed. Screw the NCAA and their stupid rules.
I'm surprised Darryl Baldwin missed that block. Urban will have him running sprints.
Mr. Badgerfanatic 28 proves drinking to excess is the recognized state sport in Wisconsin. And they are very good at it. If there were a 4 team playoff for that sport, they'd be safely in the field.
I read the link about AJ Hawk. Having lived in Wisconsin for 30 years, I'm amazed by the attitude and lack of respect some of the so called Packer fans exhibit toward AJ. It didn't just start lately. To my eye, The Packers are an organization that have seemed to value a lot of the same attributes we hold dear as Buckeyes. Excellence, hard work, durability, leadership, loyalty, and winning, but doing it the right way. AJ Hawk has been all those things to the Packers and has given them 9 great years in a demanding position. He has been exactly the kind of player on and off the field they can be proud of. He is slowing down but some those fans seem more than ready to throw him onto the scrap heap. I think some of them hate him because he's a Buckeye, and not a Badger.
In my experience living there, some Wisconsin fans have always been jealous of OSU's success on the football field. They try hard but just don't seem to be in the Bucks league. Once in a while they prevail, but in their hearts, they have to know it's only temporary. I think pounding on AJ is a way they can feel good about themselves, but the butt kicking they got Saturday will be a stark reminder of their place in the pecking order.
Ole Miss, Arkansas, and LSU (in regulation time) held Bama to 17, 14, and 13 points respectively. I think the silver Bullets are at least as good as those three teams. Play the way they did against Wisky and the Bucks ought to be able to hold them to 10 to 14 points. Do that and I'm pretty sure OSU is on the championship game.
Absolutely right. I can't remember seeing a team play all phases of the game as close to perfectly as the Bucks played last night. Play this way two more times and they will be champions. Guaranteed.
I think this it perfect opportunity we've all been hoping for. If you want to be the best, it goes through Alabama and the SEC. Might as well get that out of the way first.
This team knows now it is capable of playing an almost flawless game and what that feels like. Everyone on each unit knew their job and responsibilities and went out and executed at an unbelievably high level. I am betting that's one of the best feeling a player can have and will do almost anything to have that feeling again. If they can duplicate that focus and effort, I don't think there is a college team out there that can beat them.
Knarcisi: I agree completely. This shows how they are capable of playing. Anything less frustrates us as fans. Imagine how it must frustrate the coaches and players, when they don't play to this potential.
This team really misses Aaron Craft's steadying influence and defensive leadership. They looked like 5 guys playing one on one nearly the entire first half. And I have officially given up on Amir Williams ever figuring out that he's 6'10" and 275 lbs when he goes for a rebound or a putback.
If the Buck win and don't make it in, I think I'll start watching figure skating.
I don't get the "won't go to Cincy" crap. There are lots of Buckeye fans in Cincinnati and southwest Ohio. I can't believe some good healthy competition wouldn't be a plus. It makes Matta look like he's afraid of losing a game. History shows its pretty rare to win them all these days the way the talent is spread through out the state and country. I say rack em up. Grow a pair and go for it. It'll be fun.
How about giving them a bit of the strategy Va Tech gave the Bucks. Defensive tackles over the a gaps, 8 in the box, and one on one on the wide outs with a free safety back or blitzing. Play McMillan the whole game and be Gordon's shadow. The Buck's d-backs ought to able to press cover Wisconsin's receivers. I don't think Stave is good enough to beat the Bucks if they take Gordon away.
Defense wins championships. Wisconsin can't win if they can't score. The Bucks have better talent and better coaching. Effort and intensity and doing their jobs are the areas where Wisconsin can have an advantage if the Bucks allow it to happen. If OSU doesn't win this game, those will be the reasons, not that Wisconsin is the better team.
Sucking doesn't even come close to describing it. That game was the first OSU-_ichigan game I ever attended. It has shaped how I view this game for the 45 years. Beating them every year from now till the day the plant me won't be enough to erase that feeling. (But it'll help!!!) GO Bucks!!!!!!!
Any posts from M man? He always seems to have a pretty good grip on reality. Wonder what his take is on Saturday?
DJ: The day is coming when you'll be sitting in your comfy chair, having a cold one, watching a good football game, and some informative commentator will tell you that a certain players grandfather also was an All-American at Upstart University 45 years ago. Then you'll get that "oh crap" shiver up your spine when you realize you watched that kids grandfather play ball. That old space time continuum gets us all, eventually.
DJ: If you move to Boone, take up motorcycling. The Blue Ridge parkway is 5 minutes away, and some of the best motorcycle riding in the country is in western NC and Eastern Tennessee.
Just saw an article on Packersnews.com where Aaron Rodgers is promoting Corey Linsley for the pro bowl this year. Linsley is ranked as the 2nd or 3rd best center in the NFC in most categories. Mike McCarthy is also saying how Linsley has come in and done something completely unexpected. Entrusting a franchise quarterback like Rodgers to a rookie center is almost unheard of in the NFL. This is the best testament to Ed Warinner's ability to teach his guys to play their absolute best.
Saturday will be the next big test for this years line. A tough defense and difficult conditions bring out the best in great offensive linemen. Ed's guys will deliver.
Not only was it standard definition (HD wasn't even a gleam in some smart guys eye back then), but it was on a 19" CRT screen, and the colors were crappy. I think that's where Boise St. got the idea for blue turf. You kids have it so easy now. And get off my lawn.
(But getting to see Woody live made it all worth it!!!!)
Andy: Your list makes lots more sense to me (except for #12, "Pen" State!!!). Thanks.
55 points are good and the defense played well, but there were still a bunch of things in this game that'll be real problems against Sparty. Bad penalties, overthrows, poor blocking on wide receiver screens, inability to convert on 4th and shorts all can kill an otherwise good performance against a good team. Fix this stuff and a win is in order Saturday. Do it again and it'll be a long ride back from EL.
Nick: So if Purdue happens to beats Wisky next week and all the other games are tight, Purdue might be at the top of the list? I've watch this list for several weeks now and still don't understand the logic of having a power rating based on a single game.