"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." I heard a pretty smart guy said that many years / tears ago. Guess it's still true.
Went over to MGOBLOG to see how they were enjoying Hairballs debut. Best quote- guy said he was having more fun watching his dog take a shit, then comments down hill (or uphill, depending where you are on the hill) from there. Go Bucks.
Vanilla defense seems to be the Buckeye flavor of the day, particularly outside the 20. They will not run any zone or corner blitzes to help the front get to Ruddock. I don't get it.
I think the Outback Bowl here in Ta_pa is the most likely, against _ississippi.
Back then a team couldn't go to the Rose Bowl two years in a row. Also, there was a faculty committee that had to vote to allow the team to attend
I've been to ASU. Can't imagine being 18 from New Jersey and hanging around that campus in November and thinking I could find someplace better to spend the next 2 or three falls / winters / springs. To bad he wasn't there in July and August when it's hotter than the planet Mercury. I hope he really prefers the change of seasons.
Cardale has started 10 games. In football years, that makes him entering his sophomore year. Lots of football to still learn after that. If he has really matured, he can handle this temporary setback and be ready to pull the trigger when he's called, whether it's this year or at the next level.
You never know. Maybe that quiet fan sitting next to you was a JT fan and didn't want to say anything bad about Cardale. Too bad the ones shouting derogatory stuff didn't follow his lead. I subscribe to the old saying, "better to say nothing and be thought of as stupid / crass/ bigoted / etc. than to say something and prove it. A lot of us old people take some time to think about what we say before we say it. It's a skill you learn over many years of saying dumb things.
I think you're right. He looks like he is trying to make the perfect play, rather than running the play that's called. I don't recall the long decision times last year. He seems paralyzed at times. Going through a progression of 4 or 5 options take considerable time and experience reading defenses, as well as an offensive line that protects better than this one is this year. Last year, he seemed to look at the primary receiver and maybe the second option and then pulled it down and got as much as he could. I also would not be surprised to learn the coaches simplified the offense last year, but opened the playbook for him to learn this year. It's obvious, he's barely scratched the surface of being a good pro style quarterback. He's got the rocket arm, something that can't be taught, the rest takes time. Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench for 3 years behind Brett Favre, learning to play the position. Give Cardale the same chance to develop and he can be something special.
JT should be starting, no doubt in my mind. But remember, a running quarterback is out there on a limb, only one hard hit from being unavailable. There is a high probability this team will need Cardale Jones again. We must have a viable option ready and able to go in and run the team. The three games to end last year were not a dream or a mirage. Fans better hope he keeps his head in the game and is ready to step to the front and lead again just like last time. I hope the absolutely stupid minority of piss poor Buckeye fans out there trashing him don't damage his confidence beyond repair. At one time or another, the entire team has had problems meeting our, and their, expectations this year. Cardale's are just the most visible.
I hope Herman stays at Houston for a few years and accomplishes something as a head coach there before he heads off for greener pastures. We complain about recruits decommitting and heading off in another direction, but seem to see nothing wrong with coaches getting kids to buy into their programs and then splitting after a year leaving the kids they convinced to come to their schools high and dry. There are jobs open every year. Jumping after only a year in Houston would tell me he's not the kind of coach I'd hire.
I don't get the continuing controversy. Only in football (quarterback specifically) is it verboten to substitute to take advantage of two skill sets. The strategy Urban has devised seems like genius to me (maybe he's mensa!) Both quarterbacks have strengths and weaknesses. Why not devise a scheme to get the best of both into the game. If it wins games and drives the opposition to distraction, I'm all for it. I wish people would get off the Cardale or JT trains and get all aboard for a wild ride the next two months. Last year was a pleasant surprise when the Bucks came together late. This year can be even more satisfying because everybody hates us and the Bucks can do something that hasn't been done in a very long time.
Lots of people on this board talk a good game but don't seem to know much about actual football. Three shutouts in a row is pretty damn impressive at any level of football. SCUM has played a better schedule than the Buckeyes. The outhouse is a tough place to play at any time, let alone when _ichigan is playing well. Harbaugh is a maniac. He'll have that team thinking they can beat anyone. Doesn't matter if they beat Sparty next week, the Buckeyes are going to have all they can handle the end of November. Beware this team. I've seen SCUM ruin more great OSU seasons than I care to remember.
People that are incapable of carrying on a civil conversation about a controversial topic ( a comparatively innocuous offense in the overall scheme of life) are regulated or barred form participating on a simple website, but are still able to share their world view at the ballot box. Pretty scary.
At my age, Cracker Barrel is a treat. At my age, most anything is still a treat. Their fried chicken special on Sunday nights deserves a try too. Just like Mom used to make.
There is a Seinfeld episode that relate to everything that happens in life. Satire and humor are only really funny when they are based on a bit of truth. I wish I had a dollar for every time something has happened to me and I think of a Seinfeld that related. It's really a show about nothing but covers everything. Gold, Jerry, pure gold.
I guess I gotta stop reading 11W. Too many high class gourmets here for me. If you don't love Cracker Barrel's blueberry pancakes and "real maple syrup" (actually 1/2 corn syrup, but at least not fake brown sugar water like everywhere else), you just don't know good eating.
I still don't get the apparent differences in expectations of behavior between the Big 10 and Eastern Kentucky. Both are NCAA affiliates. Is Eastern KY thought to be some kind of half way house for miscreants? My point is if he's rehabilitated well enough for Eastern KY, why isn't that good enough for the Big10. And if rules really are rules, there are lots of people in high places all over this society that would be out of a job, at the least, or in jail at the worst.
The penalties that really drive me crazy are the ones that occur away from the action of the play or after the play is over. They are absolutely unnecessary and completely preventable. The throat slash Michael Thomas was called for after his touchdown is a perfect example. It shows a lack of self control and maturity and is something the coaches should be able to completely eliminate.
Quoting my favorite quarterback, people need to, R E L A X. Like many on 11W, I watch a ton of college football. As of the 5th week of he season, I haven't seen ANY team that seems to deserve a # 1 ranking. Every team out there has had a loss / bad game or closer call than expected. There is a lot of football to be played, we were spoiled by the last three games last year and expect history to be repeating itself. Life doesn't work that way. Whoever is playing best at the end of the year and hasn't had too many scares during the bulk of the season will be in the final four. Worrying about what people that get paid to talk are saying is a giant waste of time. Right now, I'd like to seen a big TBD listed by number one in the rankings.
If Noah Spence has the intestinal fortitude to change his behavior and turn his life around, I wonder why the Big Ten (and OSU) refused to give him the chance to do it here, rather than ship him and his problem off to Eastern Ky. It's almost like the Big is saying it's above such mundane things that happen to real people in real life. If you can't be perfect, you can't play here. Had it not been for Urban helping find him a new home, he'd have been thrown under the bus and maybe lost for good.
I'd like to know what game you're watching or what you're smoking. This is painful to watch.
I can't believe the hype and hundreds of comments a uniform change is getting. Wonder what would happen if there was something important to talk about?
I wonder if Buckeye Guy will change his costume to black for the big game. He seems like a bandwagon jumper to me.