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  • SPORTS MOMENT: '02 Michigan Game Field Rush/Fiesta
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith, Michael Jenkins, Michael Doss
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, JJ Reddick (non-Buckeye)
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NBA TEAM: Chicago Bulls
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

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Comment 06 Nov 2012

The QB Counter Trey with #XBrax360 has to put the fear of God in to opposing D-Coordinators. With the RB becoming the lead blocker, the O simply has the D outnumbered.

And I love it.

Comment 04 Oct 2012

Always been a defensive guy (switched from QB to FS in HS and currently coaching HS DBs) who subscribes to the 'offense puts butts in seats, defense wins games' philosophy.

With that said, I was growing very weary of watching the Ohio State D looking more metallic-shade-on-an-86-carolla than Silver Bullet for a large portion of last season and large portions of the first 4 games of this season. And not just in terms of the poor tackling, angles and blown assignments from the young/inexperienced/Sabino players; it was the lack of aggressive and timely blitz packages utilized during the Heacock era that was getting to me.

In other words I have been inwardly questioning Fick's ability to call a defense on his own (I know Withers is the Co but Fick calls the games). But the agressiveness I saw last Saturday in the approach turning me into more of a believer (ie bringing more guys in 3rd and medium/long situations and locking up on the outside). I'm assuming Fick is gaining confidence in these guys as they grow in to their roles and will unleash more as they continue to improve.

Of course this weekend's challenge is an entirely different animal with Martinez and crew. It'll be interesting to see how agressive the calls are this weekend with a mobile QB and a team that can attack laterally and vertically. This game can go along way in showing the Silver Bullets are back in full effect. I expect them to score some, but I also think with an agressive game plan like last week rather than a reactionary one we should be able to cause some havoc for old T-Magic and Braski-pants.



Comment 02 Oct 2012

Was in the South Stands as a freshman when Will Allen intercepted the ball in the end zone to preserve the W and send us to the Fiesta Bowl. Will be the 7A this year when the '02 team is honored. That, plus it being UFM's first Meatchicken game and it being our bowl game this year = an blistering inferno of Buckeye #juice seething from the Shoe. #cantwait

Comment 01 Oct 2012

Spot on, Doc. I agree that it's probably a penalty the way games are officiated today.

Since the dude didn't fair catch the ball and then fielded it, he put himself in position to get blown up. The "Gunners" have one responsibility and that's to be the first one to the returner, and Hyde did his job. I'd hope the next time he has this opportunity he does the same thing - just maybe with a little lower pad-level!

Also, that came after the got in a few cheap ones on Brax near the sidelines. I think it was a little bit of a response saying, hey, we came to play too! I'm sure it fired up the D seeing an offensive guy do that. I know it jacked me up!

Comment 28 Sep 2012

The classic Pete Venkman "Kind of a sissy isn't he?" speech will be running through my head whenever they pan to his mug on the sidelines tomorrow.

Comment 28 Sep 2012

So glad my parents brought me up on jammy/fusion classic rock. Been on a Rush kick all morning for no particular reason other than it makes me happy. Definitely Rush >>>> Yes, and this is no way discredits the work of Yes.

Go Bucks!

Comment 22 Aug 2012

You guys are missing a HUGE part of this. Football and basketball training are waaaay different. "Diesel" Washington played basketball up until his team lost in the Regional Semifinals in March. At Taft, they get up and down in a major way - full court press with minimal half court offense for the whole game. In otherwords he was running all day, every day. With a body his size and no longer getting the 2-plus hours of cardio he got from bball practice/games everyday (along with Marotti's weight training/diet) it is easily possible for him to add 50lbs over the course of a few months.

Comment 11 May 2012

Seconded on all fronts, BTAL.

Meatchicken takes a step backward this year as MMan noted their schedule this year is drastically rougher that last year even without Wisco or Penn St with the toughest tests on the road and "neutral" playing Bama in the south.

Vegas opened the game at AL -14. They set spreads large for a reason. The sharks know it. The public doesn't. People easily get suckered in and Vegas and the sharks laugh at the public who actually thought "whoa, 14 is a lot of points" while they count your money.

Also, as the t-shirt says, I wouldn't root for Michigan if they were playing Iraq. (Maybe one of the dumbest shirts in all of Buckeyedom, I just find humor in the visualization I get of this in my head). Coincidentally, I would still probably root for the Iraqi football team in that case.

Edit: not sure why this didn't attach to the comment to which I replied...

Comment 10 May 2012

Lived in St. Pete/Tampa in 2006/07 at the height of OSU dislike due to the two meetings in NC games. I always wore something OSU related and got my one and only tat during this time (a scarlet block O just above and between my shoulder blades) so I could always show my pride at the beach etc. Needless to say I took a lot of verbal jabs. But in a mostly "snowbird/vacationer/transplant" setting in the city and on the beaches, I never feared for my safety or anything. For the record, I loved living there with the exception of the terrible traffic (seriously everything about driving in that state sucks), and the wife and I will definitely move back upon retirement.

The loudest ones you hear are probably the hillbillies from the landlocked parts of the state. Once you leave a destination city (Tampa/St. Pete, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale etc) you are in the BACKWOODS. Like Ray Finkle's parents house type stuff going on out there.

One thing I constantly heard from my friends and family that grew up in the city was to stay away from the inlands of Florida (Polk County). Not because I was an OSU alum, but because it is flat out dangerous. They wouldn't go there either. The sterotypes that are frequently used to portray country/swamp living pale in comparision to the things that actually go on in those back woods. Running water and an indoor restrooms are rarities in some places. Confederate flags are not. There are seriously Deliverance-type places in the middle of that state. Those areas are from whence your home-made Gator fans hail. And that is where you get the most loud and obnoxious of the bunch because they view themselves as true Floridians.


Comment 11 Apr 2012

RE: Scoreboard and soundsystem - Interested to hear fellow 11dubber's thoughts on this:

I am hoping they put it to use by pumping loud rock/hip-hop/hype music before kickoffs and at crucial, momentum swinging segments of the game a la "Jump Around" at Camp Randall or "Sandstorm" at whatever South Carolina's stadium is called (Of course I love "Hell's Bells" on 3rd down). I think it amps the crowd and the young men on the field feed off it.

Of course my $72 annual Alumni Association gift gets my wife and me one pair of tickets to a game I don't get to choose, probably behind a pole in B-deck. So I am surely outnumbered by (read: give less money than) the blue hairs behind me who will sit on their hands and yell at me to sit down so they can see the band play, so my thoughts will probably not be considered. (Also: not intended to slight TBDBITL which I love during Skully's, pre-game, half-time etc, just a personal preference to hype the crowd/team during the game).

Anyone in agreement here?


Comment 10 Apr 2012

Right, after sitting out 1 year.

Same with Hood should he transfer. That's the crazy thing with this year's team. Soooo young that all the guards should still be here in 2013-14.

Comment 10 Apr 2012

This is a great move for Jordan. He'll be able to go in and compete immedately for big minutes (which couldn't be guaranteed in a crowded back court with the Bucks),  he'll be playing for Archie Miller and Kevin Kuwik (both off the Matta coaching tree), and the A10 is well-known for being a guard-dominant league. Best of luck to JS in his journey with the Flyers.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Hood. I watched a few Miss St. games, and this kid has good length and can flat out stroke it. Actually in a lot of ways, his game is similiar to that of LqR but he's a better defender. Not sure if this would sway him away or not, but it's likely they would be competing for minutes. However, if he does come and Thad could find a way to get 2 6'8 guys who can handle and shoot on the floor together? Talk about a matchup nightmare!

Comment 23 Mar 2012

Two quick notes re: Buford and the bench:

LSJ has been shooting the ball with confidence as the 3rd/4th option (DT, Sully, Craft). As long as this continues, Buford's contributions can be minimal on the offensive end. He has been rebounding and defending well recently - it's almost as if the two have switched roles. Buford should still look for his shot but if it's not dropping, he can defer to the other guys who are playing well.

When Buford does sit, Shannon Scott has assumed those minutes admirably. He is still an offensive liability, but he provides a change of pace as penentrate and kick type guy and gives tremendous effort defensively. It seems as though the coaching staff has confidence in him being in the game in important segments. In fact, our final stretch where we ran away with the game, he was in and Buford was sitting with 4 fouls.

Comment 23 Mar 2012

I don't see how you can mention turr-ible commericials without bringing up the abomination that is the "It started with a whisper" guy. Someone has to take that guy down - stat.

Comment 03 Mar 2012

"Brady Hoke, much like Muggles in their fear of Lord Voldemort, refused to call Ohio State by its government name."

As a middle school Language Arts teacher currently teaching The Sorcerer's Stone, I found this particularly enjoyable. Well played DJ.

Comment 01 Mar 2012

This is a good win. Take into account, this was Senior Night for the All-Time Leading Scorer in NW history AND a win would have locked up a tourney bid for the first time in NW history. It was a big game for them. Credit to them to fighting to the end, but the bottom line is we got out of there with a W and will play for a share of the B1G title Sunday.

Sully played with swag and tenacity last night that reminded us all that when he's full go, he is one of the best in the country. If he can keep up this level of effort, it will be a fun month.

My one gripe is the use of Sully in the high ball screen on the two possessions prior to the game winner. Both possession resulted in 18ft jumpers without Sully touching the ball (both turned into NW 3s on the other end). Those key possessions are when the ball needs to go to Sully on the block because he will score or get fouled. It would have stayed a two/three possession game if that would have happened.

Comment 28 Feb 2012

Couldn't agree with you more re: Ron "Lew-Baby" Lewis. He was the lone major senior contributor (Ivan Harris was the other senior) on that amazing 2006-07 squad. He didn't appear to be an overly vocal guy but he led the "Thad Five" by example by playing with intensity on the defensive end and explosiveness on the offensive end. As proved by that youtube video of "The Shot", he also had the elusive "clutch gene". I honestly believe he was the key to that team. If you think about it he paralells Buford in a lot of ways, but unfortunately that comparison highlights the important qualities that Buf has failed to show to this point. Here's to hoping the WB can bottle some of that "Lew-Baby" magic in here in the next month.

Side note on "The Shot": My wife (gf at the time) and I moved to St. Pete, FL in 2006 following graduation. Football season was awesome down in Gator country until (mind erased memory). This game took place on St Patty's Day when we had several friends visiting during spring break. We were at our fav hangout (Courtside in Clearwater) where naturally there were more than a few gator-chompings geared in our direction. After that shot fell, we all did about 10 laps around the bar (and about that many jaeger-bombs), and that quickly became one of my most memorable Patty's Days. In addition, we passed the word about that place to our fellow Buckeyes in the area and I bet we had it 40-50% Scarlet and Gray for the rest of that tourney. Good times.

BTW you can follow Ron Lewis @_Defined_LEW. Nothing over the top just good posts about his recent games and so forth. Here's to Ron Lewis, a real Buckeye!

Comment 22 Feb 2012

Finally activated my account to post on this thread...

Headed to my 2nd 311 Day (06 Memphis) in Vegas in a few weeks with the wife and a few good college buddies. Good to see some fellow excitable ones on 11W!