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BuckeyeDevil


Findlay OH (via Cambridge OH)

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Long time OSU fan-attended my first OSU football game which was against Michigan in 1982. Former season ticket holder for basketball way back in the Perry Carter/Treg Lee days. I go to basketball and football games now as budget and schedule permit. My daughter attends the same high school that Aaron Craft attended so we made it a point to see him play in person.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Anthony Carter get crunched in the 1982 Michigan game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Anyone who helps us beat Michigan
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: It was Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Don't care about it-let Canada have it
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Why anyone cares is a mystery to me

Recent Activity

Comment 01 Mar 2015

Looks aside, I don't really like any of them. Call me a chauvinist. I am ok with that when it comes to the sports world. My opinion was sealed a few weeks ago when some bimbo from Fox interviewed Rob Gronkowski and there wasn't a serious football question or comment made. Seriously? Rob Gronkowski talking about cuddling and extending an invitation?

I curse the day many years ago when CBS Sports thought that Phyllis George was a good match with Irv Cross and Brent Musberger on the NFL Today. That seems to be the start of it and it has been downhill ever since.

Comment 22 Feb 2015

I am not a Thad Matta apologist or a huge Thad Matta fan. But how many teams during the span 2010-13 had 2 Sweet 16's, a Final 4 and an Elite 8? I am not sure that 2 mediocre years undoes all the accomplishments of Matta's tenure. I don't think that  a reasonable fan blames this year solely on Matta nor does a reasonable fan call for his head or any of the coaching staff for that matter. But I also don't think it is unreasonable to believe that the coaching staff shares in the accountability for the apparent malaise of this season. A lot of programs have occasional ebbs and tides and the Buckeyes last year and this year are ebbing. The coaches get a lot of credit for the good times and it isn't unfair for them to share in the blame for bad times.

Comment 22 Feb 2015

Not a great team but one that is better than what it is showing. Losing to a team that had lost 5 straight, had a .500 record and missing its two best players is inexcusable from this bunch. Sorry but I think there has to be some accountability with the coaches assuming that this season continues to deteriorate and ends up in the crapper. I have said before that Thad isn't on any type of hot seat unless the Buckeyes have a sub par year next season. I still believe that but the players may not be the only ones that are underachieving.

Comment 14 Feb 2015

It depends on what kind of a draw we get (assuming at this point that there is no end of season collapse). It would seem that if the tourney draw was this weekend OSU would be about a #6 seed (Lunardi has us currently as a #7 for what that is worth) and 6/11 games are often hotly contested.

I can see one win in what is now called the second round. I have a hard time fathoming beating a 3 seed especially one that has any kind of interior game. But who knows to what degree this team will continue to gel over the next month or so?

Comment 31 Jan 2015

 I look at recruiting nowadays and simply wonder how anyone can do it.

I am still in my 40's and a bit of a no nonsense old school guy. I realize what recruiting has and is becoming and know for sure that I would never make a successful recruiter. I would not be able to stroke egos and play the games for 18-24 months that recruiting in the 21st century dictates. I would not want to be held captive to the whims of an 17-18 year old man-child. I just couldn't do it.

So my hat is tipped to the football staff and UFM who can successfully pull this off. I would want to either smack them or shake some sense into them to get them to come to tOSU.

Comment 24 Jan 2015

I agree about Braxton as sad as it is. His arm will never be the same. And as great as he was, I always looked at him as a RB that could throw more than a QB who could run.

I love Cardale but he should have bolted to the NFL while the getting was good.

JT Barrett has proven himself in my thinking. In terms of a pure QB, I think JT is the guy assuming the leg is good to go.

Comment 24 Jan 2015

The Ravens need a deep ball threat added to their receiving corps and Devin Smith would fit that bill nicely.

For my money, if Bradley Roby and Doran Grant were on the same draft board I would take Doran Grant. He has better speed and proved himself against good receivers this year. Grant finished his college career with a bang. Roby, not so much.

I give Curtis Grant a lot of credit. He was rated the best linebacker in the nation by many pundits and a top 5 recruit overall when he came in 4 years ago with all the negativity surrounding Tressel and Ohio State. I think he showed himself to be a pretty high character guy to persevere here for 4 years through some struggles and have a solid senior season with the likes of Raekwon McMillan waiting in the wings.He was never the star that everyone thought he would be. But wouldn't we be satisfied if Amir Williams had a parallel senior season for the basketball team?

Comment 19 Jan 2015

I think that it is really funny that Arizona beat Oregon the first time around this year. So who beat Oregon? Rich Rod and Ohio State.

And you are absolutely right: the Boren family defecting to Ohio State has been great.

Comment 18 Jan 2015

Thad's accomplishments have been documented many times on 11W so there is no reason to recount them again. I still say that if the 2013 team played during the first half against the Shockers and made the Final 4 for the second consecutive year we likely would not be having these conversations. As such we "settled" for an Elite 8 season. How many teams during the span 2010-13 had 2 sweet 16's, a Final 4 and an Elite 8?

 Last year was sub-par per standards we have become accustomed to and was extremely hard to watch (but they were 25-10 and barely lost to a hot Dayton team that made it to the Elite 8 and easily dispatched of Syracuse and Stanford before losing to Florida). This year sure seems headed in the same direction. I am not a Thad Matta apologist. I share a lot of the concerns and frustrations voiced in this thread. But Thad is not on any hot seat unless he produces another lackluster team next season. Objectivity and the ups and downs of college basketball dictate it.

This is by far the longest tenure Thad has ever had at the helm of any program. His stints at Butler and Xavier were brief. Maybe he has hit a wall, but if he is gone from Ohio State within the next couple of years I think it will be of his own volition. And we need to remember that fan sensitivity to seasons below expectations is going to be heightened with the 2014 National Championship.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

I appreciate what Braxton did for 3 years.  I am not writing him off because he was the starter and the old adage says you don't lose your position due to an injury. But I think we are delusional if we ever think that his arm will ever be what it was. Maybe it would have been better if he would have never thrown a ball last fall and redshirted before the injury.

I appreciate what Cardale did in 3 games. Cardale will have all the meaningful reps in spring ball. And it will be hard to unseat him. But for my money, if JT is healthy and recovered, he proved that he could do it over 12 games and do it well. He does not have the arm that Cardale does but he can throw the long ball and throw with touch as well. And while Cardale is an effective runner, JT is more elusive in the open field and can break the long one.

My bigger concern is transfer. And if one of them transfers, I would prefer it to be Braxton.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

It must be pretty hard to make a good impression when being interviewed by an ignorant, lame duck, senile host who asks trap questions  and dredges up images from the past.

Somehow Urban managed to do it.

How lucky are we to have him as head coach?

Comment 17 Jan 2015

It must be pretty hard to make a good impression when being interviewed by an ignorant, lame duck, senile host who asks trap questions  and dredges up images from the past.

Somehow Urban managed to do it.

How lucky are we to have him as head coach?

Comment 14 Jan 2015

Awfully tough regardless of team or talent:

1) Get thru the season healthy and relatively unscathed record wise

2) Win a rivalry game on the road

3) Rebound emotionally and physically to win the league

4) Beat 2 top 4 teams in consecutive games.

5) All this with a bunch of kids

I think the new playoff system is great but it is extremely tough to win let alone repeat. I think reaching the 4 team playoff will become a lot like reaching the Final 4 in basketball. It will be a major accomplishment just to get there.

I am just enjoying this year, still amazed by what I saw happen. We will never see anything like this again.

Comment 10 Jan 2015

I am not ready to throw Thad under the bus. I posted before that the past 10 years are too good to do that at this point. I still hold that position. Last season was tough to take and watch, but it was still a 25-10 season with an NCAA appearance. And if the Buckeyes would have played during the first half of the Elite 8 game against Wichita State in 2013, we would have had back to back Final 4's and would not even be having these thoughts.

But if this season is sub-par, and the appearances certainly seem to point that way, there needs to be some soul searching and evaluation as to the direction the program is heading. The state's best players go elsewhere, i.e. Luke Kennard to Duke, Nigel Hayes to Wisconsin, etc. and it is becoming patently clear that we don't get or develop bigs if we do get them. I don't think Thad is on the hot seat if this season ends the way we think it might end. But put up another bad season next year and the successes of 2011-13 will be a distant memory and Thad will be in big trouble. And rightly so for a program like Ohio State.

Comment 08 Jan 2015

To quote my daughter's high school raucous student section:

I. I believe. I believe that we will win.

But I am not real big on this dynasty talk. The landscape has changed dramatically. Consider that Ohio State has to go pretty much unscathed through the regular season, win a rivalry game that will likely become more competitive, recover and win the league title game, and then win 2 tough playoff games. That is a tall order for any team regardless of the talent.

And there are a lot of programs capable of vying for those playoff berths. I think that simply reaching the playoff is going to be an accomplishment in and of itself, similar to making it to the Final 4 in college basketball. No one in their right mind thinks that a team that reaches the Final 4 is a failure. That is the direction I see college football going.

Comment 08 Jan 2015

I am blanking out on how anyone other than Urban won any national coach of the year award considering what he did in spite of losing key personnel all year long. Giving Patterson a coach of the year award must have been some kind of salve for the Frogs not making the playoff.