I am with you MoEddie - and not because he is a starting RB for OSU. But the swift move by the team is a sign to all that you have to avoid this crap at all costs to stay in good standing or you're gone. As for the judgment spewed above, the story always develops from the first report on, and it's silly to jump on a high horse before learning the facts.
Ah technology ! Stuck in an airport for over two hours yesterday, I watched the national championship game on you tube and two things stood out:
1. Damn that team was good. Play after play I found myself just shaking my head and smiling at how good and how confident the TEAM was.
2. It was a completely different team (experience wise) than the one that took the field against Navy in Baltimore for week 1 that same season.
We will need some patience early on, but this preseason feels a LOT like that to me.
I don't love this at all. He's the one who assembled this mess. Sounds like a big heap of misjudgment - if I hired 12 people and 4 left the company in one month, how would that look to my superiors at work ?
Duke - I agree with your comnent on Matthews. Likewise I remain unimpressed by the "highlight" videos that came out each day of the opening. It looked like the start of two a days in shorts (and mock leather helmets).
BUT with all of the concussion issues, I wonder if we're looking at what football will become in 2030.
couldn't agree more. I view some of the highlight videos of guys catching 7 on 7 passes with as much impression as tailgate party games of catch - especially when a 35 year old guy toes the sideline.
It's great to have such promise. Personally, I think the bar has been set pretty damn high with the 2013 class. If this class can come anywhere near 2013, then we wI'll have truly arrived at Alabama's level. Oops, forgot about what the 2015 and 16 classes Wil do !
Phi - good catch on the receivers (no pun intended). I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote that. In general though, only Jake Butt impressed me of their offensive weapons last year. They didn't have a QB or RB that defenses had to gameplan for, so it just surprsied me when I saw the odds.
Someone else wrote that they remind him of Iowa. I think that's a great analogy.
I don't know where Ohio State odds should be with all of the new faces - but we are solid in the middle. I do know that Michigan has a lot of returning starters from a team that beat no one. Plus they have an unproven QB with new receivers, and a former Buckeye recruit at RB. But how does that catapult them into the upper echelon of these and national rankings ? Is Jabril Peppers that good ?
"Many big drops" for Smith ? How many ? I remember one vs. Virginia Tech in the end zone two years ago. Ok , then there was the fumble after the long catch vs Oregon.
I also remember the catch he made on 3 and long in the NC that led to our first TD and arguably changed the whole game.
Devin Smith, whom everyone worshipped after 2014, used to disappear for weeks at a time until he broke out. Give Corey Smith a chance too
If you are going to remember the fumble after the long catch in the NC, then you have to him give him credit for possibly the turning point in the game for the offense. On third and long on about the five, Jones hit Smith on the long out on the right side for about 25 yards. That got us out of punting from the end zone and kick started our first scoring drive. You could make the case that that play led to a 14 point swing.
And then there was the bone jarring block for Jones that Smith made against Wisconsin in the B10 championship. It was called spearing but clearly he blocked with his shoulder on the replay. Anyway - he rocked the DB.
Obviously I'm a fan of the kid
So Jonathan, I am a little confused by this article. On one hand we say "Without legitimate downfield threats, opposing defenses will sit on the vaunted Buckeye ground attack (see Ohio State’s lone regular season loss to Big Ten Champion Michigan State)
But in the very next paragraph the observation is "This year’s NFL draft demonstrated just how dominant the previous group was"
So I guess we had the horses, but left them in the barn ?
I see what you're saying when you look at the amazing job Dantonio does with 3 stars at MSU. But when one 5 star is recruiting others the way that Tate Martell is , there's a good chance that the strength in numbers will result in more NFL blue chip type players. So for every Darren Lee , there are probably 3 Joey Bosa's. That's how Alabama has filled NFL first rounds for the past decade or so. So stars can matter is my point.
I just don't remember us having three 5 stars committed with the prospect that number could grow to 5 or so. I always looked at Alabama achieving this - but here we are !
He went through each player on the team and described how important each guy was. He told the story of how he first met Timo Mosgov after the Cavs traded for him from NY. David Griffin was standing next to Mosgov, and as LeBron looked up at him, Griffin says, "he's the biggest mfer I've ever seen."
It was pretty funny if you ask me.
Then when he got to K Love, he told about his first meeting with him. It was on the Olympic team and LeBron was telling Love "we really need you man." And Love had that look in his eyes like, "f you man, you don't know me."
again, pretty funny but I knew he'd take on some criticism. But it was also so natural you had to double take and ask "did he just say that?"
With 5:30 left in the game Sunday night, ABC showed the graphic : Cavs no championships in 46 yr history, Browns 1 of 4 teams never to play in a super bowl, Indians 67 seasons without winning a World Series, no championships for people born after December 27, 1964.
I thought about the other three teams never to play in a super bowl. Two don't count because they're new(er) - Jax and Houston. The fourth team- yup, the Detroit Lions ! Suck it Michigan !
the Cavs and refs and NBA and injuries are in GState's heads. Doesn't it feel like they are waiting for the other shoe to drop on them ? That's the vibe I get from Steve Kerr's over reactions to every call. Usually he's pretty even.
If you look at the facts - you're right. And on paper - you're right.
But then again, the Cavs have now won 3 of the last 4. If you looked at the facts and looked at it on paper after falling behind 0-2, - no way they win 3 of 4 to force game 7. And yet, here we are !!!
Kyle Kalis has taught me a lot. I used to get wrapped up in the ups and downs of recruiting, to the point where I really hated this guy because of his anti-OSU comments after Tressel's demise. It was salt in the wound.
Now, I do look at him like Mike Hart, and I don't hate him any more, I actually feel sorry for him. The choice he made logged him 0-3 vs his rival, 0 Big Ten East championships, 0 Big Ten Championships, and 0 National Championships. A lot of nothing. So why get upset ? I'll just wait for the reload and buy more tickets !
You know , we regard it as such a struggle to recruit a Detroit kid, but why is it so commonplace and accepted for decades that they stock their roster with anywhere from 20% - 30% Ohio players ? (And at least two of their Heisman winners : Desmond, Woodson)
you hit the nail dead on - your dad talked to you about it. When my son was 12 and he knocked around his 11 year old sister - that was it. Literal whack upside the head and statement of a no tolerance policy in my house for ANY form of abuse of a woman.
New dads, make this clear to your boys. Stanford swimmer's dad obviously doesn't get it. Not excusing the kid, but dads have to father.
I agree completely. Comments like Eric's "a lack of true receivers" as one of the main reasons for a weak passing game last year baffle me. We want to talk about Devin Smith's graduation leaving such a void that we couldn't go downfield anymore. Before the 2014 Big Ten championship game, this is the same guy who was chronicled on this site as a feast or famine contributor prone to disaappearing for weeks at a time. And yes, we don't win the Sugar Bowl without Evan Spencer blocking, passing and recovering the on sides kick - but was his graduation a contributor for a weak passing game last year?
We had Thomas (Saints), Marshall (Jets), Vannett (Seahawks) and Miller (Texans) - and our lack of true receivers contributed to a weak passing attack ? OK, arguably, Miller was adjusting, but I have no idea how people can blame the receivers for the passing game last year.
Let's once and for all bury 2015 with the realization that it was mismanaged from the top down (of course I love the national championship, NFL draft picks, and 4-5 star recruits - I'm not suggesting we fire the coach by any stretch). Urban is human and he blew the QB situation and misjudged the play calling situation. It should have been handled after four weeks of futility against weak opponents. It wasn't, and it finally caught up to us vs. MSU with two backup QBs. After that, he corrected the problems, and the offensive balance was back.
I thought the same - he looks like an Olympic decathlete.
Help me with this. What does this mean "finals". I thought the only thing at stake was the star rating
One true business decision for these guys - NFL. Why would they come in 2017 ?
2016 NFL draft.
2nd team QB drafted in round 4. Five first rounders. Record number in the first 3 rounds.
I hear you Awlin, my mother in law is from Havana too, and she's way funnier than D Lebatard's dad !