My only hope for tomorrow is that it's close enough that Hoke has to actually put the headphones on...
Whether you like FSU or not... That's a great way to present those helmets...
What a great write-up! Thanks for this... I don't see good stuff like this down here in Ess Eee See country...
Ditto to this. I don't remember a year when I was so UNSURE about the first game of the season. Granted, we usually open with an opponent at home, which helps, but also with one that is fairly "pedestrian." I will be in knots until the end of the first quarter tomorrow... Once I see them in action for the first time since the Orange Bowl, I'll feel better. I've also gotten so used to having Brax out there that this is the first time in ??? years that we know NOTHING of the starting QB... Should be FUN!
I'm certainly not a Broncos fan, but I like to keep track of our guys in the league.
42-28 Us Guys
I have nothing to add except: Thanks. A fantastic piece of writing... Is it game time yet???
This comment was, in no way, intended to insult blind people or their family members by including them in a conversation about UF "fans."
I'm sitting IN Gainesville right now, looking out at a street with Gator flags flying... People say we wear scarlet colored glasses... These people are just BLIND... It's AWFUL.
I think what's mentioned above: an almost "cultish" belief in a system and in each other, is going to go a long way. I think we saw some of this come out late in the season (i.e. against TTUN) but may not have seen it as much in the last two games. Adversity isn't something they dealt with well in the those last two games. I will be really interested to see how this shows up from our younger guys when it counts.
If I see EZE or Barrett in someones ear picking them up when something goes wrong, I will know now where that comes from. This TEAM may just show the entire world what the true meaning of TEAM is this year. Even if they drop a game or 2, how they respond the next week and next year could be absolutely astounding.
Nice work by UFM working to change a stereotypical culture into something real and tangible.
I live in Florida and, of course, all of the G fans are reveling in the injury. Classy, as usual...
However, I did have a conversation this morning with one of them and he complimented the tape he'd seen on Barrett. The point I brought up to him is that this isn't a situation (like in the NFL) where your backup quarterback is a journeyman who is just the best "other guy." This is a situation where, had Braxton left after last year, one of these guys was going to have the starting job anyway.
Is it ideal? Of course not. I'm not so jaded that I would ever say that. But, I'm looking forward to seeing where this all heads. I will continue to watch EVERY Saturday and see what this year and the VERY bright future holds. I'm looking forward to "meeting" the new team this year even more than any other year.
I don't know that I have the confidence of making the playoffs or even the B1G Championship game, but it's going to be one HELL of a ride.
But he's not an All-American?
There goes Watkins on the bubble screen.... Again. And Again...
Phenomenal post. I think you were dead on in everything. If the two questions come back next year, the sky is the limit.
Bosa is RIDICULOUS. Even FSU fans are impressed around these parts.
Love my Bucks. Time to reload.
Well, it was busted alright. Not sure that was the plan, but it was busted.
I don't have enough helmet stickers yet to upvote you, but I would do it in a heartbeat for this post.
Heartfelt and passionate... Similar to those speeches Woody used to give... :)
I'm reading through the comments on this thread (I didn't read all of them) and I must say that I'm surprised and a little disappointed... The negativity flowing around here is pretty disappointing. We've lost ONE GAME IN TWO YEARS and that team just "out-physicalled" another VERY physical team. Sparty BEAT us and then they BEAT Stanford.
I have a tremendous amount of faith in the system that is currently in place in Columbus. I think they will come out like their hair is on fire tomorrow night just to prove that they deserve to be in a BCS game and that they can handle their business.
As for what happens Saturday and the weeks/months after that, let it play out. All of these kids, including Roby and Miller, have played their hearts out for us and for this coaching staff for 25 games. They've "failed" ONCE. Don't get on a message board and question the heart of a 20 year old kid that's hurt. If he plays hurt and we lose, then what would the message boards read?
"Roby screwed us by playing hurt and getting burnt!!!"
I take my Buckeye football as seriously as anyone, but bitching about a player being hurt and having no heart is taking it over the top. These kids are at The Ohio State University to improve their lives in the future, whether it's with a degree or with a NFL contract. Would a career-ending injury (i.e. C.B.?) help ANYONE?
These KIDS are human beings with dreams and aspirations and families and financial worries, etc. just like most people on this board. Give them a break. Give Roby the benefit of the doubt. These guys go through HELL for 6 months out of the year to ENTERTAIN us. Let's not forget these things. They've been through more than most 20 year old college kids have been through when it comes to pressure. I never had 100,000 people yelling at me while I tried to take a test. Did you?
Come on, Buckeye Nation. We're better than this.
I appreciate everyone's comments above. They all make sense in their own right.
I guess I was just trying to remember living in Ohio and having it all spewed. It would make sense that with the media (both Television and Online) ramping up so much over the last 15 years, I've only seen it from the "outside." (I've been in Florida for 14 years...)
I'm not looking to be 'liked" or "wanted" by anyone (media or other fans) it just seems over the top to me directed at OSU.
Again, LOVE the responses above... I'm going to start posing the same question to people here when they say, "I HATE OSU!" I'll just ask, "Why?"
And as far as "obnoxious" and "condescending" fans in and around a stadium... I've been to Ben Hill Griffin. It is BY FAR the worst place in the world to be if you're not a Gator...
Well, if faith, as a fan, in your team/coach causes hatred and other people to turn into venom spewing animals, why aren't they spewing at the likes of Alabama and Florida and even Notre Dame, for that matter?
That's the part that doesn't make sense to me. I could understand if I believed that it was our fan base that was causing the hatred, but that's not what I see. I see FSU fans absolutely DESPISING Florida fans, but they'll watch the Gator game and give them their props on the overall game or play. We don't even get that much from people. It's an instant hatred.
It's like the gates of Hell are positioned along the Olentangy.
As far as the ESPiN perspective, I understand how that looks, but even they can't cause some of the hatred I've seen spewed across ALL of the various networks and sites regarding Ohio State.
Tattoogate is a perfect example... Why was there such an outcry for the "death penalty" and all of the other penalties for all of the GOD AWFUL things that they did with their own property, but we've not heard anything regarding Miami, Oregon, Alabama and the other "offenders?"
It's just bizarre and I'm just trying to see it from other people's perspectives, so I appreciate the opinions.
My thoughts exactly. Purdue all over again. Take what they're giving.
IMO, all this is going to do is piss Marcus Hall off. Another calculated strategy on UFM's part. Let them think they're going to "feast" on the newbie for a series or two, then bring in the angry sleeping giant. Wouldn't wanna be that D lineman on that first series Hall comes in.
My thought is this...
The defense played poorly against an offense that was throwing it all out there. This was TTUN's NCG, Bowl Game and Spring Game all wrapped up in one. They were caught off guard and I believe they get it corrected this week.
A larger concern I had were the two nearly perfectly thrown balls to WIDE open receivers that were dropped. Make those and we armchair coaches aren't running around on message boards like our hair is on fire.
It's the little things. UFM will have things under control. I think there are 123 (and one transitional) other teams that would like to have our defensive problems right now while sitting on a 24 game win streak.
Win and we're in. It's that simple.
F _ichigan. The whole state.
An update to the above: I DID freeze my ass off for every minute of that game. From Script Ohio to Carmen. It was cold, but, like I told my wife who laid out by the pool today in Jacksonville... I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Go Bucks! Beat That STATE up North!!!!