This is the best 11W headline to reference tattoos in ... well, ever.
It's not easy to make it to Canton in your first year of eligibility. Will Shields made it to 12 Pro Bowls and had to wait 3 years. Pace, with "only" 7 Pro Bowls, is probably going to have to wait a few more.
I agree with the focus on culture. Bottom line is that population aside, they just care more about football in the South. It's the same reason Indiana regularly punches above its weight when it comes to turning out basketball prospects -- the state is simply more invested in basketball.
You have to admit that in the specific case of Auburn, there was a fairly huge fire a few years back to go along with all the smoke.
A little ironic for those who know what "semper fidelis" means...
I guess the silver lining is that the staff wasn't exactly caught off guard.
My source told me back in early November the AD will be Gone on November 30th
Brandon was already gone in early November.
I don't know if Weber singed, but I think your source might have left you burned.
I'm amused by remarks along the lines of "he's not the big splash some people were hoping for." How many assistant coaches in college football are household names? What did folks expect -- the resurrection of Bill Walsh?
That face, man. He looks like someone out of a Vietnam War movie.
In no particular order:
Starter and co-captain on a national champion. I hope I get the chance to be such a massive disappointment at some point in my life. (I know DJ never called him that, but it's certainly been the gist of any number of Grant comments over the years.)
I can't see the depth chart ever designating one of these three as "third string." Meyer just won't do that. As for who the third one is to get snaps behind center, I'll reconsider this if and when Miller is good to go as a QB again.
In defense of Coleman, he might have had a prior commitment, particularly something related to the NHL All-Star Game. I will give the non-football dignitaries their due for realizing that they weren't the reason everyone was there; they all kept it short.
Really annoyed by those referring to the alleged "rioting." Shouldn't the fact that said rioting didn't occur matter on some level?
The Cincinnati Catholic powers have always been a sore spot, so this is a huge pickup. Some nice "undisputed" dividends.
Whatever happened to the theory that Thad Matta teams peak late? The deeper we get into the season, the more a one-man team we become.
I don't think this is a year where anyone is getting in the tournament from the Big Ten at 9-9. Fortunately, I think we can go 7-5 from here on out, mostly because this is probably the easiest road schedule we've ever played. We don't have a single road game against a conference team that is currently ranked, something I doubt has ever happened before.
It might be time to consider renaming the Peter Principle for Lane Kiffin.
Without further comment:
1. The freshman who has essentially become our top backup in the frontcourt despite being listed at just 6-4 had nearly half our free throw attempts (10/21). He also had more rebounds than our starting center and forwards combined.
2. Our freshman shooting guard had nearly half the team's rebounds (14/31).
Neurnberger had a pretty good season for a freshman. Even if he never gets better (and I certainly don't expect this will be the case), it's not like he's a must to replace.
Too many fans have an inaccurate view of how easy it is to find reliable kicking at the college level. Even the guys with the big legs simply don't have the consistency you see in the NFL.
The offense was tremendous most of the year, but they clearly hit another gear in those last 3 games. The question I have is whether the threat of Cardale going deep was opening things up more for the running attack, or whether the entire offense (including the line) was jelling at last and Cardale being in there when it happened was more a coincidence.
Jones isn't a typical Meyer quarterback, but the way we moved the ball the last three games against top flight competition means that Urban is going to have to really think things through.
I am going to let things take their course and not get on board a particular QB's "team," the sort of thing that makes my visits to Browns sites such a miserable experience.
This guy has "protege of and eventual replacement for Roethlisberger" written all over him, down to the Ohio roots. And the Steelers like drafting Buckeyes.
That would be a FML coda on this otherwise wonderful story.
If it's a mistake for Cardale to go to the NFL, and you're worried about there being a "rift" if he stays, what would you like him to do?
Some people don't handle sudden success well, but others manage just fine. I think it helps that Cardale is already 22 and is four years removed from high school -- most of us do a lot of maturing between 18 and 22. The likelihood of eventual NFL reward is much more a reality for him now than it was in November, and it's certainly possible that will focus him more intensely, not lead to problems.
Really didn't know what to do. I'm nervous by nature anyway, so I didn't really start to feel confident until after we got the ball back for the last time, and didn't start mentally celebrating until we converted that last first down.
This was different than 2003, because that literally came down to the last play -- this time, there was a chance to savor it. I guess I was thinking about how amazing this run has been (I wrote some of this down in a blog post the day of the game) -- how miserable that first home game was, and the extreme unlikelihood of everything that's happened since. And then there's the feeling I always get at the very end of a season, win or lose: sadness that we'll never see some of these players again in a Buckeye uniform (Smith, Heuerman, Spencer, the Grants, Bennett).
Since it wasn't real cold and we were all wound up, I decided to drive down to campus to see if anything fun was happening, because we've never won a title before when the students were back. This was probably not the most sound idea I've ever had.
It's almost impossible to win the Heisman any more as a running back. Heck, it's almost impossible to win it now unless you're a quarterback in an uptempo offense that makes it easy to put up big numbers.
I don't even think Mark Ingram would have won without the "Alabama has never had a Heisman winner" narrative, which is obviously not an issue here.
Elliott will be helped by the afterglow of this postseason, but it's going to be a longshot. And ironically, the fact that all our quarterbacks look amazing could be used as an argument against whoever it is that winds up playing the most.
I like to think I'm pretty consistent in blowing off arguments about teams "running up the score." The people who ripped Nick Saban for allowing Bama to score a late TD in their BCS title win over Texas were wrong then, and Urban's critics are wrong now (and to be fair, it's mostly message board types who are complaining, not media members).
We let the play clock run all the way down prior to that last snap, so if Oregon had simply done its job and made the stop, then we'd be talking about a 35-20 win, because it's not like we had this burning desire to hurry up and snap it again.
A question that had not crossed my mind at all till just this moment.