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Comment 22 Jul 2015

I wouldn't get too "high and mighty" on the CCG stance.  Remember it was the CCG that kept us out of the NCG the year before.  If we didn't have that game in Indy we would have played against (and I think beaten) FSU in the last BCS title game.  As it stands the B12 should NOT play a CCG.  They play a full round robin, why make 2 teams play against each other twice?  Every conference had tiebreakers for bowls before the CCGs existed, and the B12 has one now.

The real issue is the B12 teams need to play better OOC schedules, period.  THAT is what kept Baylor out of the playoffs, not a tie with TCU for the league title.

Comment 22 Jul 2015

YES! It is almost like she is thinking "everything is going to turn out fine (halfhearted smile)....  wait no it's not... we suck and our coach is a buffoon (frown of realization)"

Comment 21 Jul 2015

I am utterly amazed at how Holtz is adored by so many people.  The man literally, and I mean LITERALLY cheated at every single stop.  Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame, and South Carolina all had serious NCAA penalties right after he left those programs for things that happened on his watch.  He knowingly broke the rules to win, I find him offensive, and I am embarrassed that he is an Ohio native.  It sickens me that he has been on OSU's bandwagon since popping up on ESPN in whatever cartoon character they drew up for him.  Good riddance to the airwaves that we no longer have to listen to his drivel.  

Comment 21 Jul 2015

Great list, and some really good suggestions in the comments too, the first play that came to mind was the TD Cooper mentioned above @MSU in '12.  And because I went to the game, Kenny G's 90+ yard pass for a TD early in the game. @ Cal in '13.

I loved the Barrett TD run up at Minny.  I was laughing real time as it happened, it was the slowest "run away" TD I have ever seen.  It was pretty obvious they weren't going to catch him, but they all just kept on trying, with one pathetic dive at the end to put a cherry on top! 

Comment 20 Jul 2015

It was also scary as hell to watch them be put up and taken down before and after the season.  Thankfully I only had to sit in those stands for a few years before the permanent South Stands were built.

Comment 18 Jul 2015

And that 13-13 game was my last as a student at OSU.  Talk about a crappy ending.  It was probably the most bizarre feeling walking out of there.  It was almost like we were all leaving before the game was over.  We didn't lose, but we sure as hell didn't win (Gee's comment notwithstanding), and it just felt kind of empty.  I suppose fitting for the Cooper era, but walking out of the stadium for my last ever home game as a student it was no fun at all.

Comment 18 Jul 2015

I never played football but I did play soccer and I agree, as a player it was a ton of fun to play in downpours.  As a fan sitting in the stands of the shitty (and that's being kind) Citrus Bowl stadium in Orlando - it sucked big time!

Comment 18 Jul 2015

Hoying is about the same age as I am so I obviously remember him very well, and while he was the first in a line of more recent "gunslingers" he really wasn't the first ever.  Art Schilchter was.  I have really only vague memories of him, but he was the QB at the first ever OSU game I attended in person (as a 9 year old in 1980) and even though he was a Woody recruit, he was a prolific passer.  

Comment 18 Jul 2015

I was at that game and I don't think I have ever seen a game played in worse conditions.  It was monsoon rain the entire time.  It was so bad that they didn't even do the halftime shows on the field, each band played in the track, or whatever, area between the stands and the sidelines.  And in the pre-BCS era it seems almost unthinkable that you would have 2 teams tied at #4 in the rankings playing in the Citrus Bowl.

Comment 17 Jul 2015

Niether '61 nor '70 are any kind of stretch.  Titles were awarded before the bowl games until the early '70s, and every school recognizes AP, UPI (or whatever iteration of the coaches' poll happens to be in a given year) and the NFF until the "post bowl" era.

What kills me is that we are basically 1 play away from titles in 1979, 1996, 1998, and 2006 as well.  Oh well, I like where we are now!

Comment 17 Jul 2015

Long overdue.  It was actually turned on for the VT game last year, then disappeared.  It is pretty annoying to not be able to connect with people sitting across the stadium, and of course having your phone battery sucked dry in 4 hours isn't any fun either.  Now let's see if we can get this in The Schott too.

Comment 17 Jul 2015

Not only did I have phone numbers memorized, I literally could not forget them. And it drove me nuts.  At work, where everyone's desk phone was a 4 digit extension, I was viewed as "the directory" if someone couldn't locate their paper list or phone book.  That is one (of many) thing(s) about cellphones that I am grateful for - I do not even think about phone numbers anymore.

Another example of how integrated the cellphone is, at least in my life and probably most others, a couple weeks ago I needed to make a quick run down to the next block and back - so 3 or 4 minutes tops, on the way out I grabbed my wallet instead of my cellphone and when I realized it, I had that "oh no!" moment and almost went back to exchange.  So now I have come to the point where I actually think I would rather have my wallet get lost or stolen than my cellphone. Crazy, no?

Comment 07 Jul 2015

I don't like black in our uniforms, I don't like white in our uniforms either.  Our colors are Scarlet and Grey. Period.  Having said that, wtf is up with that maroonish color on the other sleeve?  That's even worse IMO.

I like the traditional scarlet home jerseys with grey stripes, that is our base uniform and should be going forward.  I would prefer we switch our away jersey to grey instead of white.  I also want to see us do away with white home basketball jerseys and just wear grey (with scarlet numbers, not white) all the time.

Comment 27 Jun 2015

It seems interesting the line in the VaTech game has come down from 20 to 16.  Seems odd that there would be that much betting activity on it to swing it 4 points.  And really this isn't anything new, we are double digit favorites in the vast majority of the games we play.  Aside from the game @MSU I am fairly certain we were double digit favorites in ever other regular season game last year.

Comment 27 Jun 2015

I think you are right, that Illinois loss was a serious nail.  We had not only beaten them but destroyed them for something like 5 straight years, hell I think there were 3 years in a row they didn't score a point on us, and then on senior day we lost and lost bad. To Illinois.  That was shocking.  Of course there was the whole Bellisari suspension that certainly impacted the game, but it did seem like Coop had lost control of the team at that point.  Then the most embarrassing game I have ever attended - that bowl game vs South Carolina where our guys acted like thugs, that was the hammer that drove in all the nails.

Comment 24 Jun 2015

It is absolutely shameful that OSU has welcomed Tressell back with open arms, and even honored him in the Shoe, while banning Pryor.  If I were Pryor I would tell OSU to GFY, but he hasn't done that, he has taken a much higher road than the school has.  I am still furious at Tressell for taking what had been a minor violation by 5 players and turning it into a bigger deal, and yet so many people just brush that aside and act like he did nothing wrong.  I cant believe people buy his "I was scared and trying to protect my players" line of bullshit.  Yeah he was scared, because he broke a significant NCAA rule and was trying like hell to cover it up.  No sympathy from me for him, none whatsoever.  When you are paid millions for a job, it is not unreasonable to expect you to be able to handle minor incidents properly and not turn them into sanctions.

Comment 23 Jun 2015

I think OSU, MSU and Nebraska are solidly in the W column for the B1G.  TTUN *should* beat Oregon State, but I can easily see them losing that one.  Minny has a 50/50 chance vs TCU, Maryland has a 50/50 shot at WVU, maybe 60/40 in their favor not sure who returns what between those 2.  I put Wisky's chances of a win at 10% and I think that's generous.  They could easily get BTFO.  The rest are probably all losses.  I do think, though, that NW wins one of the nerd bowl games.

And Iowa loses to ISU.

Comment 22 Jun 2015

See this is EXACTLY why I have never liked basements.  The Earth really doesn't want your hole in the ground, and some way, some how it will be reclaimed.  I am very glad to be basement free for almost 4 years now, and will never have one again.

And about that old-style TV, just think about this - they moved that thing here from Florida.  Every move I have made I took the opportunity to downsize, purge, or replace old outdated stuff.  They actually said "yeah let's move this bulky dinosaur 800 miles to our new place".

Comment 19 Jun 2015

Good work!

In your Bruce article you mention how the current trend started in '92 - and I agree that is when we dipped down into the lower ranks and started scheduling Ohio teams for the first time in 70+ years.  At first it was thought to be a rare occurrence maybe once ever few years, now it has turned into an annual thing, with more than 1 some years.  Shameful.  BUT the trend was not fully in place until Tressell got here and ramped it up.  Look at the 1995 OOC -  Boston College, Washington, Pitt, and Notre Dame.  That is basically the model I have proposed down below.  Start off with a weak P5 team, have at least 1 strong P5 team, and then the rest with middling P5 or high mid majors. Sadly, we will never see an OOC like this again.

Comment 19 Jun 2015

Good write up and I agree with most of your thinking here.  First of all the season does start too early.  Labor Day is a week or 2 earlier than the season should be starting, mid September was fine for a long time, and I'd like to see us go back to that.  As much as I love hot weather, it really isn't necessary to subject players to that many games in the heat.  I am also fine with taking away an OOC game, whether they add a 9th B1G game or not.  And if I were schedule King here is what I would do

Opening game vs either a mid major, non Ohio school (e.g. Memphis, Temple, etc) or a low level P5 school (Wazzu, Kansas, etc) - this would be a 1 year deal, or 2 in Ohio Stadium if the scrub is up for it.

Game 2 vs legit P5 power (Georgia, Oregon, etc) this would be a home/home

Game 3 vs a mid-tier P5 team (Oklahoma St, North Carolina, etc) - this would be a 1 year deal or maybe a 2 in 3 deal (we play a 3 games series with 2 at Ohio Stadium and 1 at their place or some neutral site).

No more 1-AA/FCS (obviously) and no more Ohio teams - there is literally no upside to this for OSU and frankly I am baffled as to why we even do it.  It is not OSU's responsibility to keep the other programs int he state afloat.  I am not saying we need to torpedo them like Alabama seems to have done to UAB, but we certainly don't need to fund them. And no more low level mid majors, those games are awful and part of the reason why I never even bother to send in my alumni football lottery application.

Comment 19 Jun 2015

You can't have it both ways.  Why do you "give JT a pass" for YSU? That was a terrible abuse of his office to schedule those 2 games, and frankly shameful that OSU allowed it.  We had NEVER played an FCS school. N E V E R.  And he destroyed that, admitting as much as soon as the first game ended.  When my alumni ticket that year ended dup being the YSU game I returned it to OSU for a refund and told them why.  I have never watched 1 minute of either of those 2 YSU games, or FAMU game from a couple years ago.  Those games should NEVER have been allowed to take place.

Comment 14 Jun 2015

Of all the 4 teams that have been added in the expansion craze over the last 2 decades the only one I really like is Nebraska.  Penn State has turned out to be nowhere near what a lot of people thought they were as an Eastern Independent, and Rutgers and Maryland just make zero sense for a Midwestern conference.  I would like to see us contract.  Get rid of PSU, RU and UMD.  Also get rid of Minnesota it's too far away and aside from this year haven't done much of anything in either revenue sport for a long time.  Keep Nebraska.  10 teams, full round robin of 9 games for football and 18 for basketball.

But since that isn't going to happen, I predict there are going to be at least 2 more schools added in the next 5 years as the Big 12 finally falls apart.  Oklahoma and Kansas will probably end up being in the B1G. Texas will head to the PAC (probably with BYU).