I have no problem with the team being the bad guys this year. Honestly, who doesn't secretly cheer for the Galactic Empire a little bit?
I agree with Birm that Tressel's best coaching was behind him when scandal forced him out. The two games against USC, especially the 2009 game, really convinced me. The breakdowns after the 2009 game showed that the offensive strategy was borderline incompetent. Blowing a game with hyper-conservative play calling and then winning the rest of the season with a more aggressive approach was already becoming a habit, and he was starting to get really defensive when he was called out for it (shades of the bad Cooper years).
My dad gave up his retired faculty basketball tickets before this season and I agreed with him when he asked if it was a good idea.
I've recently started dating a woman who is a bandwagon Notre Dame fan. But at least she knows a little college football, right? Ok fine, don't judge me... she's super pretty.
Mr. Hall was a phenomenal teacher, coach, and person, and I'm happy that I had the chance to learn math from him at the start of his career. He was one of those rare people that was genuinely loved by an entire community and will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. The Dispatch also had a very nice obituary for him today: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2015/02/18/hall-obit0218.html
In his/her defense, the hot chocolate has been pretty terrible for a long time. Basically brown water, and not the fun, alcohol kind.
47 inconsequential yards
Have to wonder about the shot selection, especially in the late rally(taking unnecessary quick threes after turnovers). Those point-blank misses off steals were also a dagger. Hopefully that's just the perils of a young team. And hopefully they can age quickly.
340 contested yards
390 yards of glory
OSU may have returned part of the ticket allotment, but UMD have been selling tickets to anyone who called for months (had to also buy a ticket to a bad game, but still) and the StubHub availability is generous. I still bet it'll be 50% Buckeye fans. UMD doesn't really have a football following here outside of current students. Basketball sure, but not football.
Having lived in the DC area for about a decade, I can tell you that Terps football doesn't really register here outside of the current students. And even then, it can be spotty. Heck there are 2000+ tickets still on StubHub for very reasonable prices. They were also selling tickets to anyone who called and asked when the season started. Non-alumni also had to buy a ticket to a bad game, but all of my OSU friends took the hit. This will be a sellout, but given the availability and the huge number of OSU alumni and non-alumni Ohio transplants (like me) in the area, it'll be at least 50% Buckeyes.
Thomas - 82 yards
EZE - 101
Ohio Good Guys: 35
Other Good Guys: 16
Ramzy, you should really put together a book of all of these Situationals so we can have all of the sports wisdom and cocktail instructions in one place. I'd buy that.
A couple of the leaves are covering the seams of the hood above the right front tire, so I'm thinking actual stickers. Seems like it'd be hard to open the hood, but between proper helmet stickering and oil changes, I think the priorities are right.
I agree with Chris re: Craft and the offense.
I think emphasizing the "The" in the name is obnoxious and a silly way to try and differentiate from other schools.
I agree with Johnny on Tressel, but I'm also not quick to let bygones be bygones over his departure. Of course the whole thing was overblown by the media and the NCAA, but his lies hurt the team, at least temporarily, and he didn't follow his own lessons on character when the going got tough.
Hey, William and Mary is mighty... every four years at the FCS level. I went there, so I have to say something after a rare mention in a sports article. With VT's great history against FCS teams (cough, 2010 JMU, cough), I'm looking forward to them leaving Columbus 0-2.
Something tells me it isn't a coincidence that this change is being pushed by Arkansas after a disaster season and Alabama after they lose to Auburn/don't go to the SEC championship/badly lose a bowl for the first time in a long while. With such a strong backlash from (one assumes) the large majority of coaches, I doubt this change goes through.