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Comment 02 Mar 2015

Both El Guapo and Zeke have the ability to put a game on their shoulders and pull it out - the mark of any great runner.  El Guapo took his time to develop in Urban's offense and in the end was THE dominant player on any field.  Zeke has exploded out of the gates much quicker than Carlos and his upside seems limitless .........

Tough choice - ask me once Zeke's career at OSU is done and then I'll make the call (but, pretty tough to ignore Zeke's last three games against the toughest competition in the country.  As the competition and magnitude of each game got bigger, so did Zeke's rushing totals).

Do I think Zeke may go down as one of the greatest backs in OSU history (ie Archie Griffin, Eddie George, etc ....) ??  Well, he's certainly headed in the right direction !!

Comment 27 Feb 2015

If Onwenu isn't interested in playing at OSU, that's okay ...  I'm sure there are one or two other HS players around North America who might be interested in filling the void he'll leave .... The math is simple - either come to Ohio State or lose to Ohio State - the choice is entirely up to you .....

Comment 24 Feb 2015

What day in July, Northbrook ?  I'm lucky to share the same birthday as Coach Meyer - July 10th ....

Comment 24 Feb 2015

Happy Birthday, Allinosu !!  Welcome to the club ..... Now if I could just remember the password ?? 

Comment 24 Feb 2015

Glad to see the waters have been calmed with the Wilcher / Meyer issue, but I still have that sour taste in my mouth from Wilcher going straight to the airwaves and flapping his gums with only one side of the story.  We're not talking about a 10 year old jumping to conclusions here.  This is a man who develops young men in not only football, but during those impressionable teen years, helps to develop young men's ethics, work habits and career paths. 

All that he should have said, once he spoke with Urban was, essentially, "I screwed up and should have waited to speak with the man I accused of being deceitful with my star player, before running off to the news media and trying to dump on his reputation and that of the university for which he works".  That's what a man does .... that's what a coach / teacher of young men does .........

Anyway, glad we can put everything behind us now and move forward .........

Comment 22 Feb 2015

Forgot one more popular winter event - ice fishing !!  Just driving past the Ottawa River and noticed the ridiculous number of huts out on the frozen river (again, just another excuse to sit back and have a few pops) ..... Winter - Summer - any time is good for a cold one !!

Comment 22 Feb 2015

Just came in from shoveling, Buckeyedude, (another winter past time) and yes, we do love our "pops" (we add that little extra alcohol to each pint to ensure the "anti-freeze" keeps our blood moving) .... Sledding - both on a skidoo or toboggan (either way, cold pops after are just perfect) .... I get a kick out of Trailer Park Boys too ....... Stay warm !!! 

Comment 22 Feb 2015

Hmmm, winter (or as we in Canada like to call it "the other 6 months of the year") .... You have two choices - you can either be run over by it (with mountains of snow, biting winds and mind-numbing cold), or embrace it (with skiing, hockey, alcohol, sledding and more alcohol) ......  Of, when it gets really tough - make like the Canada geese and head south (that's right - we're easy to spot - we're the ones with the lily white skin, walking the beaches of Florida in bathing suits when the temperature is a balmy 50 degrees, while the locals are bundled up in heavy jackets just shaking their heads at us ..........

So, if you're a recruit from the southern states and want to test your manhood, then time to move north - nothing beats a roaring fire, a cold "pop" in one hand and a warm lady in the other ..........

Comment 21 Feb 2015

Bingo !!  Smith's speed is great, but it's his ability to track the ball with a defender all over him, that's what separates him from most of the receivers.  Let's also look at his TD / catch / average yards per reception ratios and he's either on top or certainly top 3 - 4 in the nation.  Whoever selects this young man is got themselves a big play waiting to happen !!!

Comment 21 Feb 2015

Sounds to me that Yeldon was suffering from a debilitating bout of cramps (my guess would be menstrual) .......... It really wouldn't have mattered if he was 100 % or not, since Alabama had no answer to our overpowering (and faster) offense.  Unless T.J. was in a position to stop the bleeding on the Bama defense, it wouldn't have changed the outcome ........

Comment 19 Feb 2015

Spin it any way you want, Wilcher should have kept his mouth shut until speaking with Urban Meyer before stepping before the media and dropping dog crap all over Urban and OSU ..... The business of burning bridges is a two-way street and Wilcher, who was supposed to be looking out for his players, potentially could have closed opportunities for some of his players to attend a great football program, run by a great HC and staff ....

It is Wilcher, not Urban, who needs to do some work in mending fences .......... by the way, that's the closest Michigan coaches will ever get to that kind of silverware ......

Comment 18 Feb 2015

Glad to say that over the years I've managed to attend 18 home games in The Shoe ......... I was there when Eddie George pounded Illinois with a record setting rushing day .......... I was there to see MoC play his first game and score his first TD, right in front of me ........ Loved the Skull Session and Script Ohio .......... I even have my brick in the walkway outside the stadium ......... A true Canukbuck from Canada !!

Comment 16 Feb 2015

Great story, the Devil's Brigade .... Glad they made a movie about it - a true coalition effort !!

Comment 16 Feb 2015

Thanks, Crumb !!  I'm afraid I was old enough to be in school when the change was made .....  I remember some of the weird designs that were proposed before the current one (one politician called it "a white handkerchief after a nose bleed") was accepted.  Could you imagine the picture of a beaver on an all green background ??  The scary part was that this design made the top 10 being considered !!

Nothing I'd like to see more than exporting some of our best athletes to the Scarlet & Grey !!  I still remember when I was at the Horse Shoe and Canadian DE, Brent Johnson, blocked a key field goal attempt to win a game for the Buckeyes back in the 90's ....

Comment 16 Feb 2015

Interesting read about Luiji Vilain, who (Bill Keurlic) attends Lester B. Pearson HS in OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (Ontario, Canada is like saying Joey Bosa went to HS in Florida, U.S.A.) .... A former coaching assistant of mine, Victor Tedondo, has been training some very good athletes here in Ottawa and has already sent a few players south to Div. 1 schools, from Ottawa.  Michael O'Connor, the 4-star QB who went to Penn State (transferred out this off-season and will now be playing for UBC on the west coast (didn't want to sit out another season to regain his eligibility), was another of Victor's students. 

Victor had mentioned he was working with a very special athlete, one he feels has all the tools to excel at the next level, who is interested in OSU and also mentioned that Coach Coombs was showing him a lot of love.  I'd say signs are very good that Luiji saddles up for the Scarlet & Grey, but you have to give Kerry Coombs a lot of props for traveling everywhere to dig up football talent.  Coach Coombs is always welcome up here in my home town of Ottawa !!

Comment 12 Feb 2015

Well, Jarrett sounds like a great kid and obviously a very talented QB .... However, I'm always a bit dubious about a player who is concerned with a depth chart.  Either you believe you're the best option for a team to start, or you're not and without that self-confidence and perhaps willingness to go to a lesser team, then you're not ready to sit on the porch with the big dogs ....

In other words, to BE the best, you'll have to compete and BEAT the best - that's why you go to OSU .....

Whatever his decision, I wish the young man success ....

Comment 09 Feb 2015

If I were Weber and if that is indeed a Puke & Blue shirt, then I'd be less concerned about what Urban would say and more concerned what my future teammates might say (or do) ......... 

Actually, I'm sure his wearing the P & B shirt is just to reduce the amount of heat he's probably feeling at his HS these days from the P & B faithful ...........

Comment 09 Feb 2015

Take a good look at the replay of the semi-final game - Trey looks like an O-Lineman carrying around quite the belly ...... Does Bama even have a strength and fitness coach ?? 

Comment 09 Feb 2015

The well known "Moe defense" - made famous by Moe Howard of the Three Stooges ....... There is only one counter to that defensive move - place the palm sideways and vertical on the bridge of one's nose ..... Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk ..........

Comment 08 Feb 2015

I appreciate your sentiments, TraditionCounts and like you, would have preferred this Weber scenario would never have taken place.  But, it has and at this point, the only individual who has dropped the ball in keeping the issue in perspective, is Weber's HS coach.  Without ANY knowledge of the facts from the OSU side of the tracks, he proceeded to jump on the airwaves and sling as much mud as possible at both Urban Meyer and his program.  Ensuring one has heard both sides of a story is the cornerstone of making educated statements, but the Cass coach figured his opinion and speculation on what took place was enough to go on.

What if Drayton would have waited a week to announce he had accepted the Bear's job ??  Two weeks ?? A month ??  OSU coaches are in big demand and a number of them, who are still on staff, have already interviewed for other teams.  While OSU may not be the TOP university in the country, their football program does not take a back seat to any in the nation and are acknowledged to have one of the largest alumni bases in the country (great for young men looking for employment opportunities once their playing days are done).

No one, that I'm aware of, has been able to definitely confirm that Urban knew of the decision by Stan to take the Bear's job prior to the signing of Weber.  People are assuming that he did because it took place the day after signing day.  If Meyer did know, then "yes" it was woefully mishandled and certainly deceitful of both Urban and Stan.  If, however, there was no knowledge by Urban of Stan's decision to accept the Bear's job, then nothing was "mishandled" by Urban.  He simply went out and got one of the better RB coaches in the country, along with a great recruiter.  I'd suggest he did an outstanding job of handling the entire situation.  I also noticed that it was Weber's mother who took to Twitter to cast a huge pie in the face of all things connected with Michigan (the Cass HC was a former Michigan player and has shown his allegiance to UM for years).

Anyway, it seems that everything has turned out for the best and hopefully, Weber and his family, will put this little bump in the road behind them so that Mike can move forward with his career at OSU ...... JMHO
 

Comment 08 Feb 2015

Having the Puke and Blue at #28, ahead of Nebraska and Wisconsin is a complete joke.  They are listed well above Virginia Tech .... I also can't grasp why Alabama is sitting at #2, especially ahead of TCU, when Bama looses their top receiver and QB, plus some key O-Linemen ....

Not buying this ESPN list - although they at least got the #1 team right .........

Comment 08 Feb 2015

Again, this entire issue went nuclear because of a butt-hurt, attention-seeking HS Head Coach at Cass, who decided to escalate the matter because he wanted to be perceived as a caring HC protecting his players.  If he really cared for Mike, then he would have encouraged Weber to stay the course, as there is much to gain by sticking with OSU.  Playing at the top university in the Nation, for the best HC in the country, with a team that embraces the family atmosphere (always important for players who come from out of state).  He should have known that Urban would have replaced the departing Drayton with a coach that is just as skilled or even better.

The story here is not about Drayton leaving, Weber being unhappy or Meyer finding a new RB coach - it's all about a narcistic HS coach seeking media headlines based on the premise that he cares about his players and wants to stand by them.  Poking a stick at Urban Meyer does nothing good for the players of the Cass program, since it may shut down an opportunity for future players to wear the Scarlet & Grey, so how does that help his players ??

He just should have stayed out of the media, period ........ 

Comment 07 Feb 2015

Hmmm, Scout is saying it spoke with Alford and he indicated that he is coming on board as the Buckeyes RB coach AND ASSISTANT HEAD COACH ..... I'm assuming that by providing him with this title, a little something / something goes with it in the pay department ??

How many Assistant HC's do we have ??

Great hire and I'm sure the only one who is pissed off (besides Kelly), is that half-wit HC from Cass, who shot his mouth off far too soon ...

Comment 07 Feb 2015

Hmmm, Scout is saying it spoke with Alford and he indicated that he is coming on board as the Buckeyes RB coach AND ASSISTANT HEAD COACH ..... I'm assuming that by providing him with this title, a little something / something goes with it in the pay department ??

How many Assistant HC's do we have ??

Great hire and I'm sure the only one who is pissed off (besides Kelly), is that half-wit HC from Cass, who shot his mouth off far too soon ...