Man, it sure is good to be a Buckeye fan these days!
A bit late, but better a late BOOM than no BOOM at all. Amirite?
Keep grinding, young man. There have been plenty of 3 star rated high-school football players come into the Ohio State program that left as 5 star individuals - most as a matter of fact, with one of the more notable just going Pro this year - whether that be in football or just life. You have made a fine choice. Keep thinking of yourself as an underdog and working as hard as you can and the rewards will last a lifetime. Ohio State fans LOVE underdogs!
I'll be in my bunk!
This is a giant b*tch-slap to the bowl selection committee. A tacit acknowledgement that it should have been Ohio State vs Stanford in the Rose bowl.
Yes... Alabama won the games they needed to claim the championship, but can they truly wear the "undisputed" crown as well as we did last year? You know that
Satan Saban, deep in the recesses of the charred black lump of coal that is his heart, wishes that his team could have played the defending Champions to erase all doubt. And there will forevermore be doubt Little Nicky... forevermore.
BTW... other good candidates for the guest picker: John Legend, Drew Carey, Gary LeVox (Rascal Flats).
Just for one play I would love to see JT and Braxton in the backfield with Cardale lined up as TE and Jalin in the slot. The Sparty defense would have nightmares for weeks over that alignment... not to mention what it would do to the coaches at TTUN.
On the question of JTB's captaincy, let me give an example. Not to give too much away, but In my fraternity initiation (like many) there is a part where the initiate makes a "mistake" that would reflect very badly on the the entire organization. The judgement of the initiate's action are not based on that mistake, but on what he does after that mistake. The lesson is that we are all human and will all - at one time or another in our lives - make a mistake that will have very real and maybe even very bad consequences for our company/family/organization. The true judge of a person's character is not tested in perfection, but in the crucible of imperfection. I cannot say why Coach did not remove JT as captain, but it is possible - knowing what little I do of his character and leadership - that JT fell on his sword and offered to give up said captaincy. As a leader (coach), THAT is the only thing that would have kept me from removing him as captain - a real life demonstration of a man putting the well being of his team above his own.
Great leaders are not perfect, but they are (or should be) selfless - putting the welfare of the team/group/unit over their own, even if that means the team/group/unit progresses without them. I fell like I am channeling Woody here... a great leader doesn't care who gets credit as long as the team has great success.
Lesson #1 - Feed the beast!
You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull down the mask of the ol` Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with...
Urban... and the Undisputed National Champions hell bent on erasing the only blemish on an otherwise perfect season.
Oooh. Bad things are gonna happen to you tonight.