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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 31 Aug 2014

A couple of things were factors with Verne & Gary: One, their unfamiliarity with the Buckeyes, compounded by our graduation/injury losses and re-compounded by the fact that Lundquist is way past his prime; and two, understandable admiration for the Naval Academy. And of course, any game where the underdog puts up a fight, it's going to be reflected in the commentary.

Is that Lee hit above the same one where Paul Keels said that he "planted him like a cheap flower?" That was hilarious.

Comment 30 Aug 2014

I didn't get to post at all in the game thread, so my thoughts on what I saw:

1. Decent, game-managery type performance by Barrett, save the interception, which is the sort of thing you have to expect out of a freshman here and there. Plus, the decision to pitch on the third down play just before the second FG was poor, to put it mildly. But he was accurate, and seemed to have a good sense for the pressure after the first couple of drives.

2. Still not enough of an effort to get the ball to the fast guys in space.

3. It looked to me like Darryl Baldwin got beat badly to the inside on two big losses. We need improvement at that position. The rest of the line looked like it jelled in the second half, but Navy doesn't have elite talent so it's hard to gauge.

4. Play calling on short yardage situations is still an issue. I don't know that we have the talent up front this season to just impose our will, so Herman is going to have to get more creative on third and 1 or 2 than "QB keeps."

5. Nuernberger impressed right away.

6. Nothing at all good to say about the linebackers. Something is seriously amiss with the coaching or the recruiting or both. I try to leave Curtis Grant alone because he hears it from everyone else, but he was running after guys from behind all day long, and that shouldn't happen when Washington and Bennett are getting so much attention from blockers.

7. I can't recall seeing Cameron Burrows make a play all day, which shouldn't happen when you're a safety facing a team that never passes.

8. Samuel had a great debut. I like Elliott, but he didn't give us much today after first defensive contact.

9. I don't care what anyone says, the guy was out of bounds on the first Navy touchdown. I for one am getting tired of the officiating approach of "What the hell -- give the call to the home team and let the replay booth take the heat if it has to be overturned."

Comment 26 Aug 2014

Berger too, though he was probably going to redshirt. But I think you're right -- having the biggest name on the team get hurt might be skewing folks' ideas of how many injuries we're having. All fans think their team is being uniquely banged up.

Comment 23 Aug 2014

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.