I, for one, am happy to see the oral history in writing.
I understand completely. It's been much more frequent for me since my divorce.
I'm right? Damn! That doesn't happen very often.
True. But as I started out saying - a forced apology isn't an apology. His employer (the team) decided to accept it.The fans/public can choose to react to that as well. The NFL as a whole is just another version of the NCAA.
Better than what some other schools do - using actual cute girls, to whatever end.
Let's have some football!
A forced apology isn't an apology. I happen to think he's wrong (not that there isn't room to make improvement in the opportunities African-Americans receive), but free speech is free speech. And the public is free to respond as they choose.
Matta's back to doing a great job corralling the in-State talent. A big welcome to Buckeye Nation for these two young men.
Not good if the one scholarship long snapper were not "part of the team." Congrats to the young man! May the only time we ever hear his name again be when be makes a tackle on a punt return. Given the man we have punting, though, there won't be many opportunities.
A tough break for the young man (and his team). Wishing him a speedy and complete recovery.
Meyer has shown himself willing to move players around, including between offense and defense (see Baldwin, Carter, Farris, Price, Hubbard, Berry). I'm sure, though, that it'll come down to what's best for the team, rather than what's best for an individual player. There is talent on both sides of the ball, but if Meyer determines that the defensive backfield is more loaded than HBs or other offensive playmaker positions, a switch could come for a talented player like EGW.
I jumped in there pretty hard, didn't I?
How many of the kickoffs during Tressel's last three years were downed inside the 20 (or inside the 15 even), and how many in Meyer's most recent three years? And what was the average field position afforded teh opponents in those years? I don't have the specific answers, but I suspect that far more of Meyer's team's kickoffs left the opponents pinned deep, and the with worse (for those opponents) average starting field position.
Picking one number - "how many failed" (because they went out of bounds) - doesn't show the whole picture. As another example: Woody Hayes's teams had far fewer incomplete passes per season (or per game) than Meyer's teams. Does that mean those teams were better offensively? A look at final scoring totals will tell you otherwise.
North. Morris County.
The other intangible thing it does is give young players who wouldn't otherwise see the field much an opportunity to make a contribution and impress their coaches rather than feel buried on the depth chart. And besides, without returnable kick-offs, we would never have had moments like Zeke demolishing that one returner (from Purdue was it?).
A touchback gets the ball spotted at the 25, not the 20, so that the "penalty yards" are much less than you state. I believe the Buckeyes gave opposing teams an average starting position inside the 25 on kickoffs, even considering the out-of-bounds kicks, so that the strategy proved more effective than simply kicking the ball into/through the end zone. And given that some of the "pins" were inside the 15, I consider it even more a success, since if had the choice of starting the opponents once at the 35 and once at the 15, OR twice at the 25, I'd take the former.
Even if it's not the new standard, it makes sense on a team with so many players in just their first or second year in the program
You're right. Besides Raekwon (true Junior), and Burger and Elflein (both 5th-year seniors), I believe the others are all redshirt juniors.
In the great Taylor Ham vs Case Pork Roll debate (that's really a 'thing' here in Jersey), I favor the latter:
Went from looking like we'd have the smallest group of captains to the largest - Burger (for special teams, I guess), plus every returning starter (three on offense, three on defense). I hope the quantity of leadership isn't an attempt to make up for a perceived lack of quality. I can't say any of these guys aren't deserving
Get after 'em, young man!
I can't help it. I'm a pathological liar.
Can't argue with you there.