Tom Herman may need to draw-up some Tackle-Eligible plays.
You're in your late teens or early 20s, you're in phenomenal shape, you play games outdoors all afternoon with your closest friends, then you have all the meat you can eat cooked for you on a barbecue grill. What's not to like? Old men like me can only dream and remember.
I remember when Woody was fired, Lou said he didn’t want to be the OSU coach who followed Woody Hayes. He wanted to be the OSU coach who followed the coach who followed Woody Hayes. It was a great, insightful line that, sadly, never came true for him. I sorta wish it had.
Even if they were both equal in recruiting and coaching-up defensive linemen, I'd give the nod to Johnson. Because it's highly unlikely he's going to disrupt the chemistry of the coaching staff the way Vrabel did. Loved Vrabel as a player and am proud he was a loyal Buckeye. But you can't tear into your peers, or your head coach, roid-rage style, and hang onto your job for long. Being 'disruptive' is a great thing for a defensive lineman, but it's problematic for a coach. He'll likely mellow with age -- most of us do -- but for the time being, I'm happier with Johnson teaching the student athletes.
He'll go high if he plays complete games and doesn't get rushed into the locker room after every hard hit. He has the RGIII skills the league likes these days, but his toughness and leadership are really suspect.
Thanks, but no thanks. The whole point of tradition is that it's one of the few things in life that doesn't change. That's its beauty. That's why we hold tradition dear. The night sky is foreboding black, our little boats are tossed and turned on rough seas, but tradition is our lighthouse. It let's us know we belong here and everything is going to be okay. Put your earbuds in and listen to whatever you'd like during Ohio State football games. But please don't move my lighthouse.
Had my tonsils yanked when I was in college back in 1970. The surgery led to an infection which kept me hospitalized, and in agony, for a week longer than expected. Then, the day I finally got home to recuperate fully, the U.S. conducted its first ever draft lottery on live national TV. [Viet Nam was winding down, but the draft was still in effect]. Ping pong balls numbered 1-366 were pulled out of a drum and matched with birthdates -- low numbered birthdate, you're likely headed to southeast Asia. Suffering excruciating pain in bed, just as Ramzy described, I tuned in. My birthday came up in the 330s and, though the razor blades in the back of my throat were still there, I was instantly one giddy, unlikely-to-be-drafted college kid. Never had oxycontin, but missing out on war in the rice paddies sure made me feel better.
There ought to be some sort of trophy for "Most Lovable Player".
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.
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.