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BuckeyeDevil


Findlay OH (via Cambridge OH)

Member since 01 February 2014 | Blog

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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 23 May 2015

Don't kid yourself. The NCAA is not going to do anything close to the death penalty to an iconic basketball program like UNC.

And can anyone explain why the ram or goat mascot has anything to do with Tarheels? I get the basics of the suspected origins of the tarheel moniker which some say dates back to Revolutionary War times or at least to the Civil War. But the animal thing just doesn't make any sense. In any case I would love it if UNC comes out as the goat in all of this.

Comment 16 May 2015

I applaud a strong non-conference schedule change. I can see the merits of prepping the young team for a tough B1G schedule.

But in a way the timing seems a bit odd to me. Stronger teams have had lots of pre conference schedule soft foods while this team will seemingly go heavy on the meat.

Comment 03 May 2015

I am fairly neutral on Thad Matta. I understand the complaints of some folks at times but at the same time one simply cannot argue with the B1G titles, the 4 straight Sweet 16's, and 2 Final 4's. The other thing that is indisputable is that to date there hasn't been any one sniffing around finding impropriety with the basketball program. There is a lot to be said for integrity. Plus, for those who want his head, whom do you suggest as his replacement?

Comment 02 May 2015

Go back 3, even 2 years ago after coming off a Final 4 and an Elite 8 finish (that could have and should have been a Final 4), would you have said that Ohio State was elite? I dare say that some would have said as much at that time having had a lot of success since 2007. Now coming off the past 2 seasons, I think that the opinion of the program is such that we seem ready to say that OSU is very much a second tier basketball program. That is fine, but I think when there is an admission of a lower standard that it means much easier acceptance of lower results.

Comment 25 Apr 2015

I have no clue who starts. There could be a lot of experimentation with combinations with this group and I think the combos are plentiful.

There are some things that strike me (in addition to youth and relative inexperience) such as size (KBD, Loving, Mitchell, Bell, Giddens, Thompson are listed as 6-7 or taller; Lyle, Grandstaff, and even Tate are all listed 6-4 or taller) and some interchangeable parts (with the exception of Harris who is a true PG due to being vertically challenged, Lyle can play two positions, Mitchell can play 3 or 4, KBD seems as much or more of a small forward as he does a power forward, etc.).

Another issue is who leads? Loving certainly doesn't appear to have leadership qualities. They are all young and it is usually the older players who take on that role. This will be an interesting season. I think Thad gets a relatively free pass next year, but the following season will carry some high expectations IMHO.

Comment 25 Apr 2015

The VT loss was painful to watch but one of the best things that happened last year. Sometimes the greatest successes are a product of the worst failures. And being honest, after getting whacked by MSU in the B1G Championship, eaten alive by Clemson in the Orange Bowl, and then losing to VT, I thought that the program was quite a ways from winning a B1G title let alone a National Championship.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

With the exception of Carmelo Anthony at Syracuse (who had a good supporting cast), does anyone remember many instances where a team with only 1 one and done did well in the NCAA tournament?

Ohio State has never fared very well with only 1 one and done on the team (Koufos, Russell, etc.). Not even Duke has done well with only 1 one and done on its team (see Austin Rivers, Jabari Parker, Kyrie Irving-made Sweet 16 and may have done better but he was hurt that season).

I think history shows that if you can get multiple one and done players, there is a greater chance for a successful season (Ohio State in 2007, Duke this year, Kentucky, etc.). So for my money, unless you have a good team and can add a one and done to help put the team over the hump, it is better to be bringing more than 1 of these players for a season.

Comment 02 Apr 2015

Flags and twirlers in TBDBITL, may it never be!

Any college marching band pales in comparison to TBDBITL. Any hire MUST uphold the sacred traditions and excellence that is TBDBITL.

I never want to go to a football game and fail to feel the chills run up and down my spine or not have to repress my unmanly emotions during the ramp entrance followed by the Buckeye Battle Cry!

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Comment 01 Apr 2015

Bill Self  has a national title that kind of helps, don't you think?

Jay Wright? Kind of hard to defend him.

How about Gene Keady? Purdue tolerated a lot of NCAA tournament mediocrity and kept him around until he couldn't effectively do a comb-over.

Comment 01 Apr 2015

It may have taken Coach K 11 years but he had 4 Final 4's (86,88,89,90) prior to winning it all in '91. And I think it is safe to say that Thad is no Coach K.

I am pretty neutral when it comes to Matta. To a Thad supporter I would say that he can't really afford another sub-par season without being on somewhat of a hot seat. At the very least, next year has to be a promise of good things to come in the very near future. To a detractor, it is easy to defend his record and 4 Final 4's and also ask the question as to his replacement.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

You can' take away 109 wins in 4 years. That is an average of 27+ wins a season.

But their first two seasons they were more of supporting cast members on successful teams. The last two seasons seems to suggest that they were better suited for that type of role. When it was up to them to lead and assume the mantle of carrying the program forward, the results were 2 very average seasons.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Ohio State is in a state of flux for 2015-16. Five seniors are leaving, and if D'Angelo Russell declares for the NBA Draft as expected, the Buckeyes will have to replace 66.3 percent of this team's minutes. Next year could be ugly, and other programs in Ohio are suited to pick up if Ohio State suffers a downturn.

Setting the stage for another "ugly" sub-par season which could be worse than the last 2 seasons? And it could be worse if Loving leaves as many have speculated. He doesn't give the appearance of being able to lead a young team anyway with his demeanor.

If this is the case and another painful season is endured, next year better be a foundation year where it is apparent that a young squad has a lot of promise and that this basketball program is on the brink of a return to B1G contender/Sweet 16 status for 2017 with solid recruiting classes on the horizon.

Comment 21 Mar 2015

Let's face it, OSU's tournament fate was sealed thanks to a lackluster regular season in which the Buckeyes played their way into a 10 seed and sealed a round of 32 date with a 2 seed which happened to be a stacked Arizona team. Was it too low of a seed? Probably. But they gave the committee an excuse to make them such a low seed.

With just a couple of weeks to go the Buckeyes were ranked 23 and it looked like they would be a 5-6 seed which would have been more favorable. But they whimpered at the end and have only themselves to blame for being in such an unfavorable position.

Comment 21 Mar 2015

I understand the comments about Boeheim and I agree with some of the points. I am not a huge Boeheim fan. He seems like a bit of a curmudgeon to me.

True, there have been some mixed bag results in the NCAA tournaments over the years. Syracuse has had its moments of underachievement in the Big Dance.

But at the same time this is a guy who was a National runner up 2x and took his team to a Final 4 in four different decades. That is quite an accomplishment. Maybe you are too young to remember but the Orange lost a heartbreaker to IU in the 87 title game on a last second falling away jumper by Keith Smart. Would 2 national titles changed opinions about Boeheim? Probably.

I only hope that Matta brings us a National Title which we haven't had in 55 years and two more Final 4's before he goes.