Great piece of writing DJ. The 'structural integrity' of a crack house was an especially apt description of the NCAA. The vomit-caked urinal could have waited 'til after my morning coffee, but on the whole, really nice work.
This alone should silence the Craft-haters, but of course it won't. They want a 30-point per game guy. Whether he can read and write would be immaterial to them. And, for some reason, those rosy cheeks just drive them berserk. Might be a complexion issue.
"The Ohio State University" is a brand, just like Coca-Cola or Wheaties. These fat fools are intruding on the brand, with the tacit approval of the University, and significantly reducing its value. The Athletic Department is a huge part of tOSU brand, so AD officials should exercise some judgment and make sure these embarrassing clowns don't sit front and center before TV cameras at any OSU sporting event. They've had their run, now it's time to bid them farewell, for the good of the brand. Buckeyes deserve the Best Damned Brand in the Land as well as TBDBITL.
Vrabel leaves... next man up. Nice work, Zach!
Great job, young man. Thoughtful and well written. The Ohio State University is a place where you can accomplish more than you ever expected -- get a great education, make new friends [and maybe a wife] from among thousands of bright motivated OSU students, play big boy football and set up a life for yourself after football that will benefit you and your family for the rest of your lives. These are the rewards that only a great university like tOSU can offer ...for your dedication, your hard work and, yes, for your preparation. Welcome to your new home!
I like the "THE" shirt. Are they common back in Ohio or is this a new thing? [I'm in Maryland and have never seen one before] Everybody in football knows who "THE" is and I like the idea a lot. Would love to wear one to the Maryland game this fall.
Parents didn't just say they wanted him not to go the MSU. They want him out of the whole state of Michigan. [Don't give a damn for it, I guess]
Ann Arbor is close enough to the bad influences near home that I doubt very much the family will 'compromise' on scUM. Either Malik wins and picks Sparty and the criminal culture near home, or the parents win, he leaves the state and Mom and Dad have a short drive to his games in Columbus and the B1G. Florida State makes no real sense because it shuts out Mom and Dad., who obviously want to stay in Malik's life these next few years.
Reminds me of Mo Clarett's tackle after the Miami interception in the NC game. An elite running back making an elite defensive play when necessary. Kid is a football player first, an elite athlete playing running back second. He'll give us all lots of smiles these next few years.
There should be Warning Labels on 11W for videos like this one. I got chest pains and my left arm went numb watching this. There are elderly men on here, for God's sake. Be more careful next time!
How you can be in favor of giving the defense over to Fickell 100% is beyond me. I think you and I must have been watching different teams these last 3 games. You're willing to blame the safeties coach, who's leaving, rather than the guy who's turned the Silver Bullets into mush over the last three seasons. And the players he supposedly teaches, as their position coach, have been an enormous disappointment post-Tressel as well.
To me the question isn't should Luke be the sole DC, it's should he be retained as the LB coach. At any rate, I doubt very much that you'll get your wish for a 100% Fickell-led defense. The new guy Urban brings in will likely run the show. And that's a good thing.
Can we score more points than Fickell's defenders allow? Sure hope so, but I'm awfully nervous.
Loved the last tweet from Amedeo. They'll be calling out O-Hs and I-Os in Rome before he's done here.
When you outscore opponents as massively as tOSU did early in games this year, you'd better be ready to play some pass defense, because you've essentially forced them into it. Not the only reason for the poor pass defense numbers, but it's a big part of it.
I am astounded that a man my age could possibly be as depressed as I've been over the outcome of a college football game. I thought my mental health was on stronger footing, frankly. After nearly 60 years of watching the Bucks, you'd think I might have learned.
Thanks for the 11W therapy, Jeff. Knowing there are others going through the grief with me is comforting somehow. Misery really does love company, I guess.
Best analysis I've read in a long time. Props to Andy and Robert Smith for noticing that the Emperor is actually pretty scantily clad.
This is good news. Now FSU won't have any excuses when the Buckeyes lay a whooping on 'em.
The dreaded 'AD Vote of Confidence' for Coach Hoax. Dead man walking.
They're getting exposure on national news shows every week. The Michael Jackson 'moon-walk' started it off. This week it was the Gettsyburg Address and Lincoln Memorial. They've sure earned the moniker 'Best Damn Band In The Land'. Second place isn't even close.
Gave me chills! Way to go Zach -- this is the stuff of which legends are made.
Now would you please ask Spiels if he'd be willing to come back to coach our LBs?
Have to take issue with your 'no history' comment. Rutgers and Princeton played the first official college football game back in the 19th Century -- before tOSU even had a team. That's no reason for a current 4-star to play there, but it's certainly 'history'.
I agree we're very lucky to have Herman, but am not so sure he's only here another year. He's a smart guy, obviously, and smart enough to know you don't jump at the first offer that comes your way. As a top lieutenant for UFM, he'll get plenty of opportunities. He should stay, learn, plan and then leave for the right opportunity at a time right for him and his family.
Fick should take the first legit offer he gets. Herman can be a lot pickier.
Aaron's the kid every father wishes for his daughter. And most daughters wish for themselves.
Were Carl and Bo dropped on their heads by mom back in Youngstown? There's something wrong with these guys and brain damage is all I could come up with.
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What fascinates me about the Redskins 'controversy' is the fact that this 'racist' name has been the name for 86 years with virtually no controversy at all. Then in 2013, a bunch of politically correct sports-writers [95% of them white and 100% of them not native American] decide it's suddenly racist and they won't even mouth the word 'Redskins' when covering the team. PC sanctimony, run amok!
Where have you been all your career, Bob Costas, that you're just now finding the name Redskins offensive? Puh-leeeeeeze, give us all a break from your narcissistic piety, you little twerp. You're a friggin' sportscaster, not some respected arbiter of public morality.
There are absolutely no reports anywhere -- in current-day America -- of native Americans being taunted or abused by whites calling them 'redskins'. If the term was ever truly derogatory, it ain't anymore. But if it were, I'd expect to have heard about it decades ago from real honest-to-God native Americans. It wouldn't take smarmy little Bob Costas to alert us to it in PC-crazed 2013.