Did we expect anything less than a total meltdown by the Illini- referees or not. You knew they were doomed when they recovered the fumble and then handed it right back on the same play.
The mental stress this teamhas endured with both the on field (Braxton, Dontrel & JT) and off the field (Kosta & now Ms. Moore) happenings can do one of the two things:
1) bring a team to it's knees.
2) bring that team closer together. This team has become closer and stronger because of the adversity they have endured. It is a testament to the way these young men were raised by their parents and the tremendous support they receive from their coaches and each other.
Although Christmas is past - I would want a final gift bestowed on J.T.Moore and that would be for his mother to be found safe and sound.
God Bless the Moore family.
Whoa Nellie - Definite upvote for the Charlie Brown Christmas Gif!!!!!
Merry Christmas to all of the 11 Warrior family!! A special Merry Christmas to all of the military men, women and their families who sacrifice so much for us!
Merry Christmas to your Ramzy, all of the 11W staff and all of the Buckeye fans who make this sight great. Wishing everyone joy with their families and loved ones and a Happy New Year!!!
I agree with your assessment of Baldwin play throughout the year wholeheartedly.
What I saw was an actual D-line rotation which we have been waiting for all season.
The entire D-line played lights out.
To the Ohio State Buckeyes - Thank you for your effort all year, thank you for growing each and every game. Thank you for allowing us the fans to enjoy this ride with you. Thank you for the strength you all have shown though the lowest of lows and reaching new heights.
This is one fan among thousands who just want to say THANK YOU!!!!
I would never strive to know what it is like to be an Ichigan fan as I have never wanted to be an Ichigan man.
I am a Buckeye and that is all I ever strive to be!!!
Michael Bennett knows what it means to be a captain and a Buckeye.
I am not a betting man but if Vegas is reducing the odds by that much I would agree with you that it does mean something.
what that something is I haven't a clue.
Like... the 85 Chicago Bears Defense or better yet the Steel Curtain Defense of the Pittsburg Steelers. Yes, I know I am aging myself.
If they keep Hoke in place for another year, the students will revolt even more than they already have. The demolition would be worse than a West Virginia loss to Pittsburg.
Airbuckeye - Thanks for the article. My comment to Pat Forbes and others is as follows: I have been watching college football to long and no longer care what anyone but our Coaches, players and fans have to say about our Buckeyes. I cannot stand the constant bloviating, egotistical and narcissistic verbal diarrhea which spews from the mouths of people who are not around the program and only look at highlights to pass judgment.
I have been watching Buckeye football since the 70's.... Nothing else maters but this game right now. To the young men going to play in The Game - Kick some wolverine ass. To the fans... Let it build up little by little and then explode on Saturday cheering for the Buckeyes.
Making it even more special is this will be my wife's first time to see The Game. We do not get up from Florida to much, but with Thanksgiving, being with family, tickets to The Game... we have much to be thankful for.
My comments were not suggest that Decker is as good as Mewhort was when he left. However, he will have another year under his belt, should he choose to stay and would be the elder statesman on the line. Therefore, I am suggesting he would be an even more vocal leader like Jack was. I also think he has the potential to be a very solid O-lineman in the NFL.
All I want to say to Mr. Decker is - Come on back next year and be the Jack Mewhort of the O-line as it should be a special and seasoned group of veterans.
Kyle - Once again thank you for the tremendous breakdown. It is truly appreciated. GO BUCKEYES!!!!
No one should be making any jokes about the events which have taken place at FSU. I know our first inclination is to insulate ourselves from tragic news but this is not the time or the place for them. This could have just as easily occurred at OSU. Sorry for the old man speech but their is a time and place for everything and it is definitely not time for jokes about game suspensions and the FSU PD capabilities.
Prayers and thoughts to students, families and faculty at FSU.
I believe I just entered into an alternative universe or simply had a flashback from my college days in the early 80's. Whatever just happened it was not pleasant.
I have been in Florida since 1994. First in SE Florida and now in Clearwater/Tampa area. Although I run into Buckeyes all over the state there is nothing like coming home to Columbus to visit family and friends.
Ramzy - Thank you for a wonderful respite from what is a very grey and rainy day here in the Tampa Bay area.
Yesterday I received a phone call from my wife who informed me that we had just received our notice as to which game the Alumni Lottery had bestowed on us. Lo and behold it was THE GAME. Later on that morning word was handed down The Buckeyes had received commitments from two of the most sought after young men in the country. Based on all that was happening on my way home from work I have purchased lottery tickets. Well two out of three isn't bad.
In regards to THE GAME - I have always wanted to take my wife to that game so she could share in the experience of an entire fan base coming together to root for one cause - BEAT MIssigan!!!!! The other great thing is the chance to come home and be with family for Thanksgiving. Life is short and family tops all else - So being surrounded by my mom, brother and sisters as well as over 100,000 plus members of my Buckeye family inside and outside of the Shoe for THE GAME is something I will be thankful for this year.
Thank you very much for including the article The Things That Carried Him in the WMD's. I can unabashedly say I could not stop tearing up and had to wipe my eyes constantly as I read the article. It is an article that should be read and passed on to others to remember those men, women and families who have sacrificed more than we can imagine.
To those who have served, I want to take the time to say THANK YOU for the sacrifices you all have made to allow me to live in relative comfort. I also want to say THANK YOU to the families of those serving for your sacrifices which are unfortunately taken for granted at times. This is one person ( of which I know there are millions more) who wants to let you know your sacrifices and efforts are not taken for granted.
So on this upcoming Memorial Day weekend - Take time to thank the soldiers and their families - For without them we would not be living in the nation we currently do.
God Bless to every one of you.
Poison Nuts- 7 years straight and it never gets old. Raising money for a great cause, meeting new people and renewing friendships from past cruises.
You have to go if you can.
This is year 7 for my wife and I - Could not be prouder to call myself a Buckeye!!!! What a great cause and we will continue to go until cancer has been beaten down like Ichigan!
My wife and I are going on our 7th Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. It is a great time for a great cause for which all Buckeyes whether attending or not should be extremely proud to proclaim WE ARE BUCKEYES!!!!.
AMK1616 I will be more than happy to hoist an adult beverage or two with you on the cruise. You will be able to ID me by the OSU floppy hat (when living in Florida we take our protection from the sun seriously) along with some sort of beverage in hand while at pool side. If you are arriving for the pre-party reception at the Marriott on Wednesday, I'll try and be identifiable then as well.
I said this in a previous post; But my final thought would be we could have cruise that celebrates The James finding a cure for one of the many cancers out there. I don't care which one but let's start with one and move on from there.