Thanks for a painful memory. This was my sophomore year and my seats were in Block O (back when it was in the North End Zone). We all assumed we'd move down the file, kick the FG and win 16-13. Then they pull that fucking option play on 4th down. I still remember what either Coop or his OC (who I think was Joe Hollis then) said int he post game presser "that play worked against Wisconsin last year so we thought it would work today". Oh really? 1-10 Wisconsin from last year is equivalent to THE GAME? Morons.... I think that was the first time I was truly shellshocked walking out of Ohio Stadium.
We haven't quite yet the stage where I have memories, but the damn RB game is a clear indication why, growing up in the '70s and '80s ,after TTUN the only other truly hated team was those SOBs from Southern Cal, as they were known back in the day.
I haven't ridden any of the slides for a couple years, but from the wave pool and lazy rivers I can see the lines are almost always ridiculously long. The older I get the less I want to wait 30-45 mins or more for a 30 second ride. I am perfectly happy to plop on to a raft and hang out in the adults only lazy river for an hour or 2 or 3.
I was at Zoombezi this evening and it was more crowded that it generally is at that time. I suspect the word got out that the team was there and more folks flocked to the place.
I rarely listen to podcasts but this was awesome. I have always liked Diebler, even his freshman year when some were down on him for all the misses, I could just tell he had that something special, it still kills me that they got upset in the S16 his senior year - that was a national championship team if ever there was one. If he does go back to Turkey I hope he and his wife stay safe - and it sounds like they are well aware of how to handle life over there. It was also great to hear his take on Matta, I'd like for the "Matta needs to go" crowd to take a listen to that. I also loved the part at the end where he said his dad made him shoot close shots until he was old enough and strong enough to shoot from distance. That is the sign of a smart coach - the worst thing you let kids do is try to heave the ball before you learn the proper shooting mechanics. That is how bad habits are formed, and he was able to avoid that.
First of all, we have reached my lifetime, so no more b&w photos please!!! :)
Second, that is the first time I have ever seen the entire video of Woody's down marker rampage. I watched with the sound off because I immediately recognized that voice (I have no idea of his name) of the former TTUN radio guy - having heard snipets before on BTN. Anyway that was pretty clearly PI, but I'd have to say that display was over the top even for Woody. Who knows, if he hadn't done that and cost his team 30 yards, maybe the defense would have channeled their anger into getting the ball right back and winning the game?
Thanks for posting the full game video of The Game, that was fun to watch. And I got a kick out of the commercials, especially the fact that Colt 45 was a primary sponsor of the broadcast lol.
I don't have any qualms with OSU claiming a national title this season, they dominated everyone they played, and this was still the era of the "no repeat" bowl game. We tend to forget now that bowl games were not really considered important back then, and this might have even been the first year that the AP even took a vote after the bowls. Everyone played the season, a national champion was voted and then the bowls were played. We are still about 4 or 5 years away from teams going in consecutive seasons, and I think even farther away from multiple teams from the same conference going.
Ah the good ol' days when SI was actually writing articles about college football.
And I loved this quote from Kern, this literally made me lol
"Sometimes the plays from the bench ruin our momentum," Kern explained later. "We had 'em on the ropes and I wanted to get it in there."
I never lived in a dorm, but have seen enough of them to know that those 130 are most definitely the lucky ones. And 130 out of 14,500 is a remarkably small percentage. Regarding the cost - I cannot believe how much it costs for dorms and meals. My older niece who is a junior at OSU lives in a newly renovated apartment just off campus, which is nice enough that if I were in the apartment market and was shown this property I would probably sign up. She lives with 2 other girls, they each have their own bedroom AND own bathroom, and each's share of the rent is like $600/mo. Her younger sister starts this fall and will be living with 3 other girls in a Quad, so bunks, 1 bathroom (they are lucky enough to have one) and a much smaller space - no kitchen or laundry, etc. That costs about $7000 for the school year. Plus you are forced to purchase a meal plan. When she moves into an ff campus apartment in 2 years my sister and brother in law will feel like they are getting a raise :)
Oh and the correct pronunciation is hard g as in GRAPHICS.
That bunt contest was amazing, and I don't even like baseball. I think the fact that I didn't understand the commentary (except to know the announcers were excited!) made it even more fun.
You bring up a good point re: onsides kicks, and in addition to that, kickoffs are a very important part of the game as they determine field position for the drive following a score, or the start of the game/half. There has been talk about altering/removing it for years and I doubt it will ever come to pass. The only change I can see coming is that instead of a kick from a tee, they might make it more like a free kick after a safety, or maybe go as far as requiring all non-score attempt kicks (punts, kickoffs, and free kicks) to be drop style kicks. But the kickoff itself will not be disappearing any time in the foreseeable future.
Dammit, I was just gonna say "getting the band back together!"
This is a good hire. Major really seemed like he related well to the players. I remember one game where he got so excited he reached out to swat one of the bigs on the backside after a great play, he slipped and fell on the floor. I don't know what the health issue was that caused him to step down at UNCC, but I wonder if it was stress-related being the HC. Whatever it was I hope he has recovered and he will certainly feel at home in Columbus.
It is also a very good sign that former coaches who have gone on to higher positions hold Thad in such high regard that they flock back to his staff.
But what are your predictions for this year?
One of the things I have learned reading this series is that Woody went for 2 a LOT. At least a lot more than I would have ever imagined. But then I suppose with the 2 point conversion being new and kickers not yet to the level of specialty that they are now, it makes sense, but it's still surprising to me.
This season was 3 years before I was born, but as a little kid I heard all about it. This was, for obvious reasons, my dad's favorite OSU team, and he especially like Kern. I still remember thinking, when I heard about the Purdue game -- wait, Purdue? was #1? Purdue!?! wow times have changed lol.
I still cannot believe we actually painted one of our end zones with the ugly colors of TTUN.
I too wonder how much his physical condition has factored into things the past 2-3 years. I suspect it did play at least some role, and he has gotten to the point where he's fed up with it. I have been saying that I think next year's team is going to be a positive surprise for folks who didn't really pay attention this past year - there is a very solid nucleus coming back and if Thad is back closer to his old self, and with the infusion of Jent - this could be a wild ride for sure.
I was at the Johnelle melt down game so I didn't see the halftime "interview" until later that night. I remember that play, and actually that game, pretty well. We were playing like absolute dogshit - we were still going back and forth between Smith and Zwick and the team just had no cohesion to it. From what I remember we turned the ball over a lot, and it really didn't even feel like we were playing football. When the kick was blocked, I saw a flag. Everyone else was screaming and jumping, and I decided to sit down. The way the game was going I assumed we had jumped offsides and the TD would be called back. When it wasn't, that was clearly the turning point, and the second half was a much different ballgame.
Regarding his tenure at MSU - yes he wrecked their program, but MSU got what they deserved for the way they hired him. Not sure how many people recall this, but MSU actually called his cellphone either right before or during the bowl game he was coaching at Louisville and he accepted the job. Word spread throughout the team and the team just lost their will to play and got bombed. MSU certainly knew he was coaching that day and made an unethical decision to contact him at that time. John L made an even worse decision by even answering the damn phone, or having his agent answer it or whatever the case was. I don't believe in karma or anything like that but I did take pleasure in watching him crash and burn at MSU because of the way he got there.
That all decade team, or whatever they are calling it, looks awesome. I'm not sure there is any point in quibbling about Groom or Johnston as clearly neither will be needed at all. Every drive with that offense will result in a TD.
My kindergarten teacher's husband had a snake, and she brought it to class for a few days when it was molting (at least I think that's the term when they shed their skin). It was amazing. And if she did that today, she'd probably be fired lol.
For those that are harping on the "well Thad recruited them" angle - here is some food for thought - #1 this was an exceptionally large class, often classes consist of 1, 2 or 3 guys - this one had 5 - there are bound to be some that don't work out. #2 the percentage of prima donna players seems to be much higher than it was 10 years ago - remember the Thad 5? out of that bunch only one was like that - Daquan Cook - the rest were team first. With the rapid expansion of media outlets many more player now have an inflated view of their talents. Which leads to #3 - You sometimes can't tell how a guy will mesh with new teammates, especially when he has to take a lesser role at times.
Another thing that is completely overlooked here - there are massive transfers every year in CBB, in many cases coaches step in to either prevent it or limit where the players can go. Thad has not one single time done either of those things. He just moves on, and I like the conviction with which he does so.
This is one of the things I love about Matta. He tells it like it is. I attended an alumni event where he was the keynote speaker in his early days here, I think it was the summer between his 1st and second season here. And he was very blunt and open with his comments.
And this season's article gives the answer to a question I raised in the one on the '64 team - it seemed like a long time since we had played Minny. 15 years! Holy hell how do you 15 years between match ups in a conference with 10 schools?
That was the first thing I thought too!
Nice story about Cardale, however we must assume his video game skills aren't what they used to be, otherwise we'd see a tweet with a screenshot of him beating kids 100-7!
I agree 100%. Let the players test the waters, and if it doesn't pan out, allow them to come back. It's mind boggling that the NCAA hasn't been taken to court over this yet. They are legitimately putting up an artificial roadblock that is financially injurious to players. There are plenty of guys who, had they been allowed to come back after declaring, could have made it in following years. For the NCAA to impede their future earnings with their rule is flat out wrong, and most likely illegal.
I honestly cannot imagine why anyone thought this was a "waste of time" I would say only those who didn't have an understanding of the process and how beneficial it was going to be, would think that way. I thought it was a tremendous decision at the time and I applaud his fortitude to make it. He knew he had no shot, but it is a whole different thing to be told point blank "you aren't good enough and here's why". The fact that he willingly took this one tells me more about his make-up than anything else. I am looking forward to watching him this season, as I am certain he will be focused on improving his game, and he now has specifics to work on. I wish more players would take this path.