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Buckeye Chuck

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  • 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 5 hours ago

DJ, I just ran through a wall, came back to type this, and will now run through another wall.

Comment 22 Aug 2014

Were the boys actually fighting? I couldn't tell if that's what was meant by Krenzel having to separate them.

I know Krenzel is a coach, but since his own son was one of the "combatants," it might have gone over better if someone more impartial had been the one to take charge. Having said that, this doesn't appear to be a police matter, even in a place like Dublin where kids can easily go 18 years without ever hearing that they are anything other than perfect.

Comment 21 Aug 2014

I said "moderate" because while he was a significant recruit, there just aren't any guarantees until you see them play, and Barrett hasn't played at this level. 

Comment 20 Aug 2014

I assume the case for 4 losses goes something like this:

1. The defense was a gigantic weak link a season ago, and it's unknown right now how much better it will be.

2. Last season's best defensive player is now a Pittsburgh Steeler.

3. Miller, Hyde, and 4/5 of the offensive line are now gone.

4 losses are only 2 more than we had in 2013. Downvote me all you want, but I don't think it's insane to be concerned that the team is going to take a hit from these departures.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

The only positive I see is that now we are (barring something strange happening) going to have an experienced quarterback in 2015. This is assuming Barrett can survive the wrath of the fanbase if the current season goes kerplooey, and I think almost everyone here is severely downplaying the chances that is going to happen.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

There were a lot of comments in here following January 3 to the effect of "I sort of hope Miller does declare for the draft. He can't pass, and I'm ready for the Barrett era to begin."

You guys have your wish now. Hopefully, you were right.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

One thought that's occurred to me over the years is that the Buckeyes have had pretty good luck with avoiding injuries to quarterbacks, perhaps even unusually good luck. In all my time following the team, I don't think we've ever had a year where the presumed preseason starting quarterback had an injury that knocked him out for all or even most of a season.

That streak was bound to end sooner or later. Of course, until I'm told otherwise I'm going to hold out hope Miller will be able to return this season.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Winston wasn't unknown; he had been a major, major recruit, and sat in 2012 behind the first QB taken in the 2013 draft.

I'm OK with folks showing optimism because that's what being a fan is all about. But my own expectations, should Miller not be able to play this season, are fairly low.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

I will say this about Barrett:

1. He was an elite recruit -- not quite to the level of Miller himself, but he was a hot property.

2. I thought he looked marginally more comfortable than Jones in the spring game, though obviously neither shone very brightly.

I hope fans are patient with his development and his inevitable bad spells, but seeing the heat that even Miller himself has gotten from people who ought to know better, I am not optimistic.

Comment 14 Aug 2014

I know one reason Sam made his big announcement is that he knew NFL teams were asking around about the rumors. Coming out is one way to end the whisper campaign -- you just end the mystery right there.

These will likely be a one-day story everywhere but Tempe, in part because it's becoming more routine. Remember all the concern about how Michael Sam was going to create a circus for the Rams? As could have been predicted, and I think I did predict it, it was a story when he showed up for camp, and a smaller story when he played his first preseason game. It will be a significant story when he makes the team (or if he doesn't). But aside from those milestones, it's basically just another Rams camp. The circus has not materialized. 

Comment 06 Aug 2014

I wouldn't use the word "exclusively," but I agree that Miller can't be held accountable for the side of the ball that he doesn't play on. Mistakes aside, the Buckeye offense was good enough against Clemson that it should have been more than enough to win the Orange Bowl. 

The first time I see the Buckeyes line up in the empty backfield on third-and-short and Miller throws the ball, I'm going to cheer, even if the pass is incomplete. Other teams need to respect as a threat.

Comment 29 Jul 2014

I'm suspicious that "neutral site game" is really a way for the SEC powers to get the cachet of playing us without having to come to Columbus -- and preferably, not come onto the Big Ten footprint at all. Considering we play the SEC all the time in "neutral sites" like New Orleans, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando, I'm not really interested in visiting Jerry's Death Star to play Alabama -- that did not seem like a neutral crowd when Michigan played them.