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Recent Activity

Comment 23 Nov 2015

Yes. He should be benched. Twice if need be.

Comment 22 Nov 2015

I'm not sure folks get it.

It doesn't matter if he's right. Nor does he have a say on who is coach is. He doesn't have to like his coach(es), but he has to keep his trap shut in front of the cameras. He should count his blessings that he got the opportunity to even dress for the game after the infection, let alone get 11 snaps. Heck, for a mini-movie on his life, and a mouth like that he should have gotten more than 33 yards on 11 tries.  

There is no other program in the nation like this one. And there are ways to make change to it once you've gone through the system, shown yourself as a grown-ass-man. Then you can comeback and preach. But until then, you're Robert Smith.

It's funny how we can blanket billionaires as 'morally corrupt' while having no idea whom we are talking about, yet an obvious mistake on the side of Zeke and we don't know whether or not to tell him it was the wrong move?  

This IS a problem, and WE are a big part of it. All we care about is that we didn't get our damn win.

Comment 22 Nov 2015

I think that's the problem. We're calling for Urban's job when we should be calling for him to bench Zeke for next game. 

Comment 21 Nov 2015

He said awful. Awful is pretty bad.

It's college football.

Part my angst here is the fact that you guys are defending a kid who bad mouth his coach on National TV.

What Zeke said shouldn't be celebrated on this forum, I don't care how "great" he is.

Another part of my problem here is that the reporter saw how disappointed Zeke was and he set him up to make this embarrassing mistake.

Comment 08 Nov 2015

Let's get one thing straight. I'm not making excuses for Cardale. JT is the better QB, period. However, as much as I touted JT's maturity and intelligence, he proved me wrong the last two weeks. And that's ok. He young and I believe he's learned.

Cardale doesn't look comfortable or confident out there about 2/3 of the time. But his humility is helping him out. I think he has enough talent, strength, and sheer size to make it in the next level as a QB. But some chips have to fall his way. He has to go to one of those teams that will be patient with him and coach him; not expecting him to take over year one and perform.  

I have to say, the one fumble in the second half was not Cardale's fault. There were some missed blitzes that really didn't give him enough time.

Also, that "check, check, screen" to Elliot - Is that a designed play or are our receivers not getting open? That seems to be his fall-too play and it really bugs me...

Comment 03 Nov 2015

I would wager a bet that a kid his size had more than two beers in him to reach that level. I doubt that he went around hungry all day. Worst case scenario, these guys give a chaplain a call and he drives them home albeit, I never understood the notion of having to drive everywhere on campus. You have a few beers in you, you walk home.

Spiritual need is much more prevalent in all of us than we'd like to think. I'm not singling JT out or picking on him. Heck. I commuted to Ohio State and lived 20 minutes away. I can guarantee you that I drove worse condition from campus parties on the 70 than JT drove between check points. Looking back I could have definitely used some spiritual guidance at that time. Especially living the sheltered life that I lived up until University life.

I'm glad they, at least, have some spiritual help. I can't express enough dismay that someone or some group would complain about or work to revoke spiritual guidance to these players. We all need guidance.

Comment 02 Nov 2015

JT is a human being. It came as a shock to my system trust me. A 20 year old human being to boot!

In retrospect, I think the interview about his passing arm was an indication that he was going through some sort of emotional, spiritual, speed bump (no pun)

I think he'll be a much better man and QB after this just because of the way Coach Meyer speaks of him, and because who his dad is. I also think Cardale will step up. And the notion of Braxton back as QB brough one, lonely tear to my left eye. That would be awesome.

I just wonder. Do these boy-men have any sort of spiritual leadership as part of the program, a Chaplain?

Comment 30 Oct 2015

Wasn't great in the NFL, but there are a lot of 'not-so-great' players in the NFLwho stick around. I think the bigger problem is there are too many teams in the NFL that don't want to invest in inidviduals; and worse, coaches who actually don't know how to coach and teach, just manage personalities. If you're a talent that needs a little extra love and care and end up in one of these teams, you're screwed.

Sanzenbacher will be successful in whatever he does. Kid has a serious noodle in his squash. Another upright, Buckeye voice. I love it.

Comment 19 Oct 2015

I was talking about the mental aspects of the game and how players react to them, or under them. You don't have to know a player personally to see how he does under pressure. None of what I stated was meant to be a personal shot against Cardale. Based upon interviews and how he holds himself in front of the camera, he seems to be a good and happy-go-lucky kid. But I also see maturity issues. Forgive me. But the difference between JT and Cardale marturity-wise and how he handles himself in the game and runs the offense is, at this time, astoundingly huge. JT is light years ahead of Cardale. It should be the opposite. And that's a problem. But I also hold coaches accountable for this gap in maturity.

And yes. I have the tendancy to be an ass.

Comment 18 Oct 2015

I agree BenAZ about Cardale's mental toughness. And, this frustrates the dickens out of me. He's right there. RIGHT THERE, but there's a block.

 I just hope some of these kids are tended to when it comes to mental aspect of the game. It would be a shame if they're  just subjected to yelling, screaming, tv cameras, ESPN specials, smart one liners and then just left to perform or be dumped.

Pro football can err on the side of Social Darwin a little more. It's the pros. But college football should still have some teaching and nurturing and part of that means the coaches are actual fathers to these guys.

Comment 18 Oct 2015

I agree with everything except 3. Run D is frustrating, but give credit where credit is due. Barkley is a beast. I'm mean for a freshman, he's REALLY, REALLY good. I was impressed.

Also, Nassib for Penn State is really, really good. 

Penn State is going to be a top ten team soon.