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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 18 hours ago

As someone who has a horrible time putting names and faces together, or remembering that I've met someone before if I've met them only once and just briefly, my sympathies are more with Urban here. He's a pretty busy guy, after all. If Judson wants to decommit over something that no serious person would consider insulting, then no one can stop him, but I fear he's in for numerous more rude awakenings as he passes through life.

Comment 04 May 2016

Usually it's fun to relive your youth. It looks like this documentary will be an exception. I can pretty much guarantee I can narrate this film by heart, and I haven't even seen it yet. 

In all seriousness, I've noticed a growing tendency among some Clevelanders to wallow in the combination of terrible teams/near-miss teams -- the very thing that used to make Red Sox fans so irritating. (e.g. the "Rebuilding Since 1964" sign above, which is stupid since the Browns have had lots of good teams since 1964 -- missed the Super Bowl by one game five separate times). Feeling sorry for yourself is an emotion best left behind when you grow out of diapers. 

Comment 04 May 2016

Thinking about this more, it is interesting how some busts become legendary, while others are quickly forgotten. Tony Mandarich is in this top 25. Jason Smith, also a #2 pick in the NFL draft (and a good 20 years after Mandarich), was absolutely terrible and didn't even make it to the end of his rookie contract with the Rams, but almost no one remembers him.

Comment 04 May 2016

I can't see any reason other than recency bias to put Oden at #1 and Ki-jana Carter at #23. The situations could not be more similar: both #1 picks in their respective drafts; careers ruined almost immediately by injury (literally so in Carter's case -- hurt on the first play of his first pro game).

Comment 02 May 2016

I think I'd rather have the larger signing bonus up front as a draft pick. Sure, the UDFA has the freedom to choose the situation that's best for him (assuming he has multiple teams inquiring about him). But even if the late draft pick winds up in a poor situation and gets cut, it's not like that's the end of his chances to stick in the league.

Comment 01 May 2016

The picks I didn't quite understand: one was Kessler, whose upside is probably Colt McCoy's career (and he was drafted in almost the same spot as McCoy). The only thing that makes me think he could be better than that is that USC has been so unstable for so long. Kessler didn't shrink or play the blame game like the massive overdraft, Sackenberg.

As far as the kid from Princeton goes, I can't understand how someone who averaged 10 yards a catch in the Ivy League projects to having NFL talent, 

I also wonder if taking Schobert over Josh Perry was the right move, but Schobert might be OK.

I think the central place where their analytics came into play was with their overall strategy, not with any particular player. They seem to feel that the teams known as "good drafting teams" are the ones that have the most picks, not necessarily the highest picks (in part because these teams let free agents walk and collect compensatory picks, like the Ravens like to do). This front office believes that if 5 of their 14 draftees bust completely, that's still better than if, say, 4 out of 10 draftees bust. They will take more failed picks if more picks make it too. 

My one question is whether the Browns are getting elite talent. That's the risk you take with the trade downs. You need glue guys, but you need a few stars too. The Patriots have two Hall of Fame level talents in Brady and Gronkowski, but the rest of their roster is amazingly anonymous. 

Comment 01 May 2016

I don't get the criticism of Powell in this thread.

1. He was at Ohio State for four years.

2. He has his degree.

3. The major reason he wasn't drafted -- underwhelming measurables -- would never change no matter how long he played college football. His issues in run support might have improved, but they really didn't much during his time as a starter.

4. For their own selfish reasons, people want to pretend that coming back is always the right choice when it comes to improving draft stock, but that definitely wasn't true in the case of Cardale Jones and arguably wasn't for Adolphus Washington (which doesn't mean they made the "wrong" decision either -- only they can answer that). 

It sure is easy for a lot of people with paying jobs to chastise those who would prefer not to play for free anymore. 

Comment 19 Apr 2016

I got a 10, which I guess means I'm not very exciting or interesting. Hey, if I wanted to hear that, I'd go talk to my wife. 

Comment 16 Apr 2016

What the hell happened on Barrett's INT to Hooker?! Was his arm hit? Pass tipped? That looked awful.  I hope that just wasn't a poorly under thrown ball. 

Someone was in his face, and he couldn't step into the throw.

Hamilton I didn't know anything about before today. Impressive showing. 

Baker could be the new Lee.

Gibson looks like he's going to be a weapon, hopefully sooner rather than later. I can see him as a Thomas-type weapon. 

Comment 16 Apr 2016

In the 2014 spring game, J.T. Barrett looked pretty rough, and Cardale threw maybe 1 out of 3 passes anywhere close to his target. You could be excused from coming away from the game thinking "If either of these guys has to play this season, we're going to be in a lot of trouble."

So the answer is that nothing you see today is all that important.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Why does everybody think this is such an amazing trade for the Browns? Assuming the roster player is nothing special, that's a lot less than the Rams got from the Redskins in the Robert Griffin trade. In that trade, the Rams got a second and the Redskins' top picks in the next two drafts -- and only moved down 4 spots. This proposed trade would have the Browns getting only one additional first rounder, and moving down 15 spots. 

The last time the Browns traded out of the top half of the first round, they passed up (among others) J.J. Watt and Julio Jones, and none of the players drafted with the extra picks they received is still with the team. 

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Yawn. How many people in the NBA could score 60 if they took 50 shots and were allowed 6 steps to the basket? Most of them?

For fans of real basketball, the season is about to start. For fans of Me-ball, say goodbye to your hero.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Bryant certainly "did it all himself." How many games did the Lakers win this season?

Duncan was not only a better player than Bryant, but he's way too classy for something as self-glorifying as a "farewell tour." 

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Cardale's drawback is his lack of experience, which is a real issue for a football player because there's no place to develop aside from college. You can't really draft him and expect him to be a primary backup a la McCarron in Cincinnati or L. Jones in Pittsburgh, because it seems very unlikely he could be ready to play at a NFL level in 2016. 

What he needs is a team willing to hold a spot on a 53-man roster for a third quarterback who won't be expected to play at all in 2016. That's probably going to be a short list.  

Comment 12 Apr 2016

I think Jent is a NBA guy at this point -- all his coaching experience is at the pro level aside from his two years on Matta's staff earlier. You have to assume he took the Bakersfield job as a resume-enhancer for NBA clubs. 

Comment 05 Apr 2016

No one who lived through the 1983 championship game will ever forget it. 

Context is important. NC State over Houston was a much, much bigger upset; the play that they won it on, an air ball that was so bad that it turned into an inadvertent assist, was much more bizarre than last night's shot; and the Wolfpack had already survived several near-death experiences in the postseason, including having to win the ACC tournament just to qualify for the Big Dance. 

Three of the half-dozen best tournament final games were in a stretch of four years (1982, 1983, 1985).

Comment 01 Apr 2016

Too bad that this kid, and the media outlets that are publicizing this story, seem unaware of who comes out of it looking worse. Was this dope actually complaining that the Buckeyes didn't offer him after his freshman year of high school? Have we ever done that with any lineman?

Hope he enjoys literally the last publicity he'll ever receive. John Calipari's tailor is a bigger celebrity in Lexington than anyone on the Wildcats' football team.

Comment 30 Mar 2016

Dumb take I'd like to see no more of: the notion that it's fine all these players are transferring because "they were just a bunch of 2-point-a-game guys anyway."

Here's something I've noticed over the years: players can get better between their freshman and senior seasons! Maybe not so often at Ohio State lately, but it happens! Denzel Valentine averaged 5 points a game as a freshman, and had more scoreless games in Big Ten play than double figures games. 

Also, keep in mind that if Lyle doesn't stay for four seasons, we will have another no-seniors team in 2018-19 (well, there's Bell too, I suppose). So Thad will no doubt get another mulligan next year ("too many freshmen"), and he'll have another one lined up for 2019. Let's hope we can squeeze in some quality wins in between.