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Buckeye Chuck

Member since 26 March 2011 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant spinning Ken Dorsey into history. Also, my first Michigan game in 1982, though the aftermath had a little to do with me listing it among the best.

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Comment 21 Apr 2017

First of all, the fact that the Buckeyes got into the playoff and lost last season shouldn't make a bit of difference. I've said this before, but one of the dumbest arguments I see every year, regarding things like March Madness or the CFP, is "So-and-so lost, so that just proves they didn't belong to begin with." News flash: every tournament game or playoff game has a losing team! The Buckeyes losing doesn't make the decision to admit them originally any less valid.

Now having said that, obviously any team that doesn't win its conference is going to face an uphill battle getting into the playoff. The Bucks had some good luck last year in that they had key arguments to make against their two main competitors, Penn State (better record, no blowout loss) and Oklahoma (head-to-head win). But that's not always going to be the case, as we saw in 2015.

Comment 21 Apr 2017

He will definitely help us a lot if he comes back, but I really believe the idea that he can impress the NBA by staying in college is unrealistic. How many fifth-year seniors have been taken in the NBA draft in the last, say, 10 years? I'd be surprised if I couldn't count them on one hand. If you're not seen as an NBA prospect by the time you're 22, it's highly unlikely to ever happen.

Comment 21 Apr 2017

Oklahoma, because it's early in the season, they always have talent, and there's no substitute for experience at quarterback; and Michigan, for the obvious reasons. 

I see Nebraska and Iowa as .500-ish teams, and UNLV is downright awful. And my assumption is that Penn State's epic 2016 luck is bound to turn this season.

Comment 20 Apr 2017

Yeah, there's no reason why the sort of success that Wisconsin has had these last two decades shouldn't have happened at Illinois instead (their one fluke Rose Bowl aside). Especially when you consider that two of the schools that have traditionally competed hard for Illinois/Chicago area talent, Notre Dame and Nebraska, have themselves been down in recent years.

Comment 20 Apr 2017

I don't think BC is what one usually thinks of as an ultimate destination, so we may see Jarmond again some day.

Comment 19 Apr 2017

My own opinion is that Matta's early success was built on three huge strokes of good luck, or two strokes of good luck and one case of being able to project growth in an unfinished player:

1. The cratering of the Indiana program at the precise time Greg Oden, Mike Conley, and Deshaun Thomas were being recruited (the Buckeyes had never had an Indiana recruit who was any good before those guys)

2. The discovery of Evan Turner, for which (if I'm not mistaken) John Groce deserves much of the credit

3. A Top 5 recruit in Columbus who happened to be a program legacy in Jared Sullinger.

But Indiana came back, sort of, and super recruits from Columbus are rare (and as we've seen lately, not always recognized as such by this staff). And however they were able to find Turner once upon a time, the ability to look at a raw 16-year-old and gauge whether he can play Big Ten basketball, or will develop a singular skill like running the point or being able to knock down threes, seems to be beyond our current coaches. I've said this before, but how is that the school Matta left because allegedly you can't win a national championship there, Xavier, can consistently find players able to elevate a team to a March Madness level while THE state university can't?

Comment 17 Apr 2017

Why would the Pac-12 have their championship game in Vegas, when there are no Nevada teams in the conference? That makes as much sense as having the Big Ten basketball tournament at Madison Squa-- uh ... never mind

Comment 17 Apr 2017

I tried to make this point the other day: that when Meyer finally decides to make the call on who the #2 is, it can't just be about the 2017 season. The Buckeyes will probably lose the loser of this battle, so it also has to be about who will start in 2018 and (maybe) 2019. That's the more vital question IMO, since I think the normal workload of a backup QB is well within the capabilities of both Burrow and Haskins. Both of them are currently way ahead of where JT was as of the 2014 spring game.

Comment 15 Apr 2017

It's weird how you never know what to expect in the spring game. Three years ago, Barrett did not look good on this day, and Cardale was far off the mark on at least 2 out of every 3 passes. Eight months later, they're national champions. And today, the offense looked far ahead of the defense, though I thought all of the young DBs had moments in the second half.

It was interesting how much we saw out of A.J. Alexander. Last season, he was mostly just an extra blocker, but I can see him as a weapon.

Comment 15 Apr 2017

Can't be very easy to judge the defense, given the rules of the day. This is definitely a lot more scoring than I'm used to in the spring game.

Comment 06 Apr 2017

A game like that kind of goes to show why the Cavs' attention tends to drift during the regular season. If they can summon a performance like that on the home floor of their alleged top rivals in the East, it proves that records aside, the gap really hasn't narrowed at all.

Comment 04 Apr 2017

He points out that the players noticed how many Cubs fans came to Progressive during the series and the effect this had on home field advantage.

Translation: We didn't choke; it's all your fault.


Comment 03 Apr 2017

Credit where it's due: Barkley has really done his homework this season. In his previous appearances on March Madness telecasts, his ignorance of the college game was staggering.