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Citrus

Member since 04 November 2012 | Blog

Lover of fatty meats, sweet treats, bourbon, and The Ohio State Buckeyes.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Sitting in the Superdome, awestruck, confetti falling, realizing that 85 Yards Through the Heart of the South happened and that the Buckeyes had done the improbable. Two days before I had posed with the Nick Saban statue in Tuscaloosa holding an Ohio flag. Later on Bourbon street a drunken fan would grab my shoulders and say "THAT happened! And WE were there!"
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Craig Krenzel
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
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Comment 17 Jan 2017

JT had two NFL receivers to throw to last year and it was still the same issue. I have fait JT will play better and it isn't all on him. I don't hang the loss on Clemson on him. I think he played better than the numbers show in that game. However, he has taken a step back the last two years. It can be fixed, but its still there. I think Wilson will help JT out immensely (playcalling has hindered JT as much as anything), as will a seasoned offensive line.

Comment 05 Jan 2017

Remember how awful Conley looked as a young Buck, even had to bring an injured Apple back in. He ended up being OK. I think Ward wil be just fine.

Comment 23 Dec 2016

I don't take offense to anything the writer said. However, its based on his knowledge of Clemson and his lack of knowledge about this year's Buckeye team. This Silver Bullets D causes turnovers by teams that don't turn the ball over and it will certainly cause them with a turnover prone team. Additionally, the run d has been outstanding. Clemson is going to struggle a bit more than anticipated which could lead to pressing which will likely cause mistakes.

All that said, the Buckeyes don't need huge turnovers to win this game. It has beaten better offenses, it has beaten better defenses, and although Clemson is a good team, the Buckeyes are going to expose the lack of lb lateral quickness like they did to 'Bama and there will be explosive outside runs.

Buckeyes win 37 - 24

Comment 22 Dec 2016

I make it a point to wear my Buckeye gear when traveling through states Ohio State is playing. I stopped in Tuscaloosa before the Sugar Bowl and guaranteed a Buckeye victory. I ate BBQ in SC before the Orange Bowl and everyone was unnervingly polite "good luck bud" and such.

Comment 22 Dec 2016

Also, sharing information is why people pay to have access to it! Why the hell are we concerned about silly business plans to keep information secret? Don't copy and paste but sharing info is sharing info. Paying for info gives the payer that right.

Comment 15 Dec 2016

Good, I didn't get the point of cannonball with the '68 inspired jerseys to take on TTUN. If anything, the Chic Hartley jersey with the silver helmet would've looked cool. Silver helmet is worth at least 3 points.

Comment 14 Dec 2016

When I first moved to Miami it was immediately after a deployment to a cold place and a lifetime of Ohio living. I developed acute bronchitis while demobilizing and saw a doctor once I arrived in Miami. Doctor said "no wonder you're sick, its in the 60s outside and you're wearing a tshirt!" I looked around and noticed everyone else was dressed for winter.
 

Comment 12 Dec 2016

FIU has Butch Davis and FAU has Kiffin. That is a ton of recruiting power in South Florida, CUSA. When coupled with Richt at Miami, it suddenly turned damn competitive in Miami-Dade county to pull talent.

Comment 09 Dec 2016

or a variety of odd reasons, my family ended up in south western Virginia-a place I have zero connections to otherwise. I'll be there for the holidays. Then, I need to get back down to Miami. Been a few months.

Comment 09 Dec 2016

I agree JT has regressed. He has, and though it contradicts  my earlier argument a touch, even if I saw numbers that said otherwise I'd argue he regressed. I won't pretend to know the answers to that but part of the issue is the RT is statistically the worst pass blocker in college football. Yes JT holds on to the ball too long sometimes, but he is constantly seeing pressure to his right, and that has to be at least part of it. I've been harsh on JT too (at least internally) and maybe its unfair. Perhaps his misses this year just seem bigger because I think "damn! a WR was actually OPEN and you missed him!" I don't know. It's completely fair to argue our qb play has diminished since Beck arrived too. However, last year was so weird. I think Cardale was the best qb, but as another commenter stated, it seemed we ran JTs offense for Jones. Each of them being pulled in and out didn't help matters. I also tend to think that MSU would've paid dearly over the top if they would've loaded up on 12 gauge last year but that's a discussion for another day.

Comment 09 Dec 2016

Howdy Shamgod, my love to you and your kin this holiday season.

Beck isn't Tom Herman (but really, who is? the guy was the best coordinator in the nation, turned Houston into something and is now is the head man at one of college football's best jobs), and I am not sure we shouldn't seek improvement but the Taylor Martinez claim just gets me because every bit of evidence I've seen supports an opposite conclusion. Also, Beck is in his second year with very few starters. Its isn't his fault that the O line hasn't pass protected or the receivers haven't gotten open. I think we saw some growth from Herman when he was here and I think we are seeing it with Beck now.

Also points per game:
Beck year 1 (2015) 35.7, Beck year 2 (2016) 42.7
Herman year 1(2012) 37.2; Herman year 2 (2013) 43.2; Herman year 3 (2014) 45

Pretty comparable. And considering the mostly new cast and tough competition this year, this is a pretty good year two jump.

In sum, I think some fault can be found with Beck particularly with QBs but Beck is improving and is pretty close to replacing one of the best assistant coaches we've ever had.

 

Comment 09 Dec 2016

Respectfully, that's kind of a cop out answer to numbers and it isn't entirely true. Also, to the extent the numbers I provided are subjective, I submit they at least are more objective and supportive of my contentions that simply stating "Taylor Martinez got worse!" which I've yet to see objective support for.

Comment 09 Dec 2016

Taylor Martinez's passing numbers dramatically improved under Beck. Particularly from his sophomore to junior season.

Soph 56.3% passing 2089 yrds 13 Tds 8 Ints 874 rushing 9 tds
Junior 62.0% passing 2871 yds 23 tds 12 ints 1019 rushing 10tds
Senior (injured) 62.7% passing 667 yds 10 tds 2 ints 117 rushing

So how exactly did Beck ruin him?

Cardale Jones
Soph 60.9% 860 yards 7 TDs 2 Ints
Junior 62.3% 1459 yards 8 tds 5 ints

Tommy Armstrong was what a freshman and sophomore under Beck and is playing better as a junior and senior? Not exactly indicative of Beck being a bad coach.

As for JT, funny how he plays better when the offensive line plays better.

Comment 04 Dec 2016

I think this year demonstrates why that shouldn't happen. If we look at the projected 5-8 there are a bunch of undeserving teams.  5) Michigan had a defacto playoff game with  Ohio State and lost! So why consider them? Est 7)Oklahoma got taxed at home by Ohio State, why consider them? Est 8) is 3 loss USC or 3 loss Wisconsin.

The only debate is washington vs penn state. And no matter how big the playoff is, there will be an argument on the periphery.