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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 21 Jul 2015

I'm with those who are saying no to a strict platoon, but yes to the notion that all three have to play at some point. At any other position, there would be no question about players who have proven it on the field getting time, so it shouldn't be different with quarterbacks.

Comment 11 Jul 2015

Wilkinson was easily the best defensive tackle I've seen in my time following the Buckeyes. He wasn't quite at the level of Emtman or Suh as a college player, but he was only a step below. 

And he was a better pro player than people remember. Look who he played for: the Bengals in the midst of their long run of ineptitude, the Redskins in those zany early days of Snyder's ownership, the Millen-era Lions, and the Dolphins during the season when Nick Saban was searching for the exit. He was a former top pick on teams that were always being laughed at, so he was an easy target.

Comment 06 Jul 2015

I voted one, because otherwise I would be predicting three titles (at least) in a six-year stretch, and an awful lot of dominant programs haven't managed that. 

The uncertainty comes from the new playoff system. On the one hand, Meyer is a proven winner in these situations. On the other hand, more tough games means more chances to lose. See: Kentucky basketball, 2015.

Comment 04 Jul 2015

I am amused by the comment that Wesson has "great hands," because I don't know that his father caught a pass in four seasons. If you wore the uniform you have my undying gratitude, but Keith Wesson, God bless him, was basically Amir without the length.

Anyway, nice get for Matta.

Comment 04 Jul 2015

This isn't exactly a free market situation, since as has been pointed out, all the major leagues save for baseball have a salary cap designed to limit what players can make. That's the primary reason we have drafts in all the sports -- not to distribute talent equitably, although that's a side effect, but to eliminate a young player's capacity to make the best deal for himself.

Comment 14 Jun 2015

I voted no, because I just don't think he has time. I can't see Meyer doing this to age 65 like Woody did, and Woody was in his thirties when he came to OSU. 

But a second consecutive national title this year (something unprecedented for this school and a rarity in history), and then another one at some point in the future ... then I think it becomes an argument. Of the five national titles in the Woody era, only 1954 and 1968 are more or less undisputed, and 1970 in particular is so bogus it's embarrassing that the school even lists it. Matching or exceeding that could be doable, because history shows that when a Meyer team gets to the big stage in January, it doesn't get beat.

Comment 05 Jun 2015

Not only was it not "for sure," it wasn't even likely. 

Comment 05 Jun 2015

The problem the Cavs have is that their bigs don't present an offensive threat more than a few feet from the basket, enabling the Warriors -- an excellent defensive team anyway -- to crowd the interior. There's not a lot of room to operate, and since Irving is the Cav best able to create his own shot, his likely absence will only make things worse.

Unless you're getting one of those games where J.R. Smith is unconscious, it's hard to avoid the belief that James one-on-one, with Thompson there to clean up some of his misses, is the Cavs' best option right now.

Comment 05 Jun 2015

This is really pretty simple. The favorite almost always wins the NBA championship -- you have to go back to 2004 to find the last time a team as big an underdog as the Cavs won it. 

I know that fans aren't known for dispassionate analysis, but I've been surprised to see how many people were convinced that Cleveland was going to win this series even considering the health disadvantage. I have to assume it's because Golden State isn't a team with an elite pedigree, because it's hard to imagine that a Lakers team that went 67-15 in the regular season would have been anything other than a massive favorite to win the title.

Cleveland fans love their self-pity and are going to enjoy wallowing in "Curse" talk, but it's not a curse when a better team just beats you.

Comment 04 Jun 2015

The Shoe didn't host games in 1994, so why would it ever be in the running to get them in the future? 

Literally the only thing Columbus has going for it in a competition like this is that the city has been a good luck charm for the USMNT. But that's a different stadium, and one that's clearly not up to par for a World Cup.

Comment 29 May 2015

The Michigan State game last season was technically the second week in November (11/8), and that was in a colder city. So I think that there might be some flexibility on that.

Maybe I'm just getting old and boring, but day games in November are plenty cold enough for me, thanks. 

Comment 26 May 2015

Never did understand why so many here suggested that taking the Houston job might be beneath what Herman should shoot for. That's a place you can win, if not win at a major bowl level. With all due respect to any of its alumni reading this, it's a better job than Urban's first head coaching job at BGSU.

The irony is that if Herman makes a splash, the ultimate victim could be another one of Urban's old staffers. They're not going to be too patient with an "outsider" like Charlie Strong in Austin. He's got at most two years to be back at a Top 10 level, and I'm not sure that's possible.

Comment 26 May 2015

That's the thing: people who have never had it before expect something similar to what's implied by the word "chili." Far from it. Very far indeed.

Comment 22 May 2015

There's a ton of revisionist history here regarding how much better the atmosphere was at St. John. My student years were a relative down period for the basketball program -- my senior year, we lost to Xavier in the first round of the NIT -- and believe me people were saying the exact same thing about how the crowds were dead, the alumni just sit on their hands and gripe about Eldon Miller, etc. A few years later the team got good again, and amazingly, no one seemed to have those complaints any more -- just like no one complained about the atmosphere at the Schott when we were routinely in the Top Ten.  So I agree with Smith: winning takes care of most of these concerns.

One thing I'd like to see us do again is schedule the occasional high profile out-of-conference game for those weeks when we have just one game on our Big Ten schedule. National TV usually loves those games.

Comment 14 May 2015

I suspect the difference in straight-line speed between D. Smith and Thomas is a lot less than you imagine.

These worries are normal any time you lose senior production. The good news is that the competition has to replace players too. Compared to the upheaval on the offensive line between 2013 and 2014, this doesn't figure to be anywhere near as dramatic or worrisome.