Maybe it's my own bias against them, but there always seems to be at least 2 or 3 mediocre SEC teams that are assumed to have great years despite recent lack of success. In the last few it's been Tennessee and Arkansas that have started high in the rankings based on expectations only to disappoint (can probably throw in Georgia now at this point given how little they've won given the talent there). I know these polls don't matter, but once the season starts no matter what the committee says they do look at the rankings when determining what a "good win" or "bad loss" is.
This is one of the best pieces I've read - not just on this site but anywhere in a long time. For someone that didn't know of this story beforehand by the end I was almost in tears at the tragic loss of someone I've only known for 10 minutes time. Great writing.
I wanted to study international business and Chinese.
Definitely has a good head on his shoulders - at his age the most concrete idea I could come up with for a major was "something to do with business."
64 yards basically from a standstill - I think some NFL team is going to take a chance on that kind of arm strength.
No dunking (just my preference, but I don't have anything against it), and take two double-stuffed to create a quad-stuffed Oreo.
Looks like that's shredded lettuce on Ohio State's? Not sure I like their choice for toppings there...
Won the ticket lottery a few years back and was able to attend with my dad for a Monday practice round. Unfortunately it started down-pouring within the first two hours they opened the gates and ended up closing the course for the day. While that was a disappointment I at least got to walk half of the course (the back 9).
My first tip to attending any golf tournament - practice round or otherwise - is to first walk the course, get a sense of the good viewing spots, soak up the atmosphere and watch some players along the way.
Second - and this was likely due to the fact that it was just the Monday practice - the players were all pretty friendly and relaxed, chatting it up with the crowds, hitting multiple balls, joking with their partners. So if you're outgoing enough (I'm not, my dad is), try starting up a conversation with them between shots.
Third - as another mentioned above merchandise goes quick so if it looks like the weather will be good and you'll have a full day hit that up first. It seems that similar to the debacle at OSU this past year, vendors come in and scoop up as much as possible, only to sell it online at a huge markup later.
Lastly - enjoy the time! I only got 2 hours, but it was 2 hours more than most people ever will so I still feel very grateful. Take it all in and spend as much of your day there as you can.
While I applaud the effort to improve player safety (although I don't necessarily agree with the ejection rule based on poor tackling, as others mentioned above), the NCAA doesn't really earn any points from me until they address the fact that some teams will basically play an NFL regular season schedule (15 games for the two teams playing in the final).
Considering how much time I spend here, well worth it!
Wow, that should definitely help keep a foot-hold in NJ / mid-Atlantic recruiting...
That's a really hard to way to end your career at Ohio State - I feel bad for him, but the punishment itself is pretty fair.
Good story...mine is more of childish hijinks that took an unlucky turn...
Me and three of my buddies are staying over at one of their houses, when we have the bright idea of crank calling people late in the night. We're only 11 years old at the time, so this is the only clever thing we can come up with. So we grab the yellow pages (am I dating myself yet) and start picking numbers at random, waiting until someone answers and then asking some stupid question (I don't even remember). This goes on for a couple of calls, when one of my friends has the bright idea to call a number he knows - he calls the number, the dad picks up and he asks if his daughter is there, he needs help with his homework (I know, really stupid, but we're 11 year old boys, not the brightest). It's 1am and the dad is obviously pissed off and hangs up the phone.
The next day I get a call from the friend whose house we stayed at - apparently the state police just showed up at his door asking about harassing phone calls. It turns out the number my genius friend called was being cranked called almost nightly (even to this day, some 20 years later, he'll never admit it, but I know it was his dumbass older neighbors who he got the number from without knowing they were bothering this poor girl). You have to remember, this is before caller ID was on every cell and home phone (it was rarely used) - apparently the father had a caller ID, gave the number to state police and was going to press charges as he assumed he finally caught the people harassing him all the time.
Once the dad found out the story he decided not to press charges, but we still had to end up doing 20 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the dad.
While I didn't end up in much trouble, having you parents grill you, bringing up state police and possible charges, at 11 years old, was pretty damn scary.
Chris Ash was a relatively unknown name at the time of his hire, but it seemed to work out well - excited to see who Urban brings in this time around.
At this point, it must be pretty obvious though to other assitant coaches with higher aspirations (which bodes well for having a large pool to choose from) - comes to Ohio State, get your shot at a head coaching job.
Wondering the same thing - I think 42 means you'll get 42 points, and vice versa, but don't hold me to that...
Good news, glad it worked out in the end - always have to be warry of contractors. My dad worked as a construction manager for almost 30 years, so he has made me very suspicious of anyone. Thankfully I have him as a resource, but I've seen enough HGTV to know there are a ton of bad / shady contractors out there.
Future at OSU is looking positive (the present is pretty damn good too).
IMO the head-to-head matchup is the strongest argument there is for why ranking Ohio State two spots above Michigan State doesn't make any sense. It would be one thing if we lost on a fluke play, but the O-line was soundly beaten that day and if it wasn't for the defense they could have easily been shut out.
Would things be different if we played again? Maybe, maybe not. We dominated Michigan, but it's obvious their D-line is not in the same class as Michigan State, and it's possible we could struggle again running the ball.
I think Ohio State would win a rematch, but we can't give it to them based on one great performance against a lesser opponent.
How are we ranked two spots above a Michigan State team that beat us?
While it works out in Ohio State's favor per this ranking, I'm happy the computers no longer decide who gets in.
Not a good look for our fan base if this is how we react after one loss. Granted I remember reading similar threads last year after the VTech game, so this isn't a first. But starting a petition online?!? If it's a joke, it's a lame one. If it's serious, it's just sad.
Tough one - Festivus, The Contest, Bubble Boy, any one that featured George: