I'm heading to Piqua for the Pick Central game. I can't wait to see how the D1 shakes out. I'd love to see Liberty or PC make it, but St. X./St. Ignatius would be about as good as it gets in high school football here in Ohio.
Upvote for the Peanut Barrel.
I still don't get why everyone is stuck on this conference champion criteria. I've been saying it since Sunday, and then Herbie vindicated it last night on national television: conference champions have been the tiebreaker when the committee was "splitting hairs" as Herbstreit put it. When two teams have near identical resumes, a conference championship is going to be the biggest factor is separating those teams. We've seen that. That doesn't mean that being a conference champion is an absolute must. This system has been around for all of two years, and this is the first time the committee has had a mess like this to sort out. There is no precedent for this particular scenario. All of the momentum and credibility that this new system has built is on the line in just the third year of operating: will they pick the best four teams, which was the only goal from day one? Or will they pick the four most deserving teams, in which case why do we need a committee? A computer can check the boxes of all of the things that make a team "deserving."
I still don't get why everyone is stuck on this conference champion criteria. I've been saying it since Sunday, and then Herbie vindicated it last night on national television: conference champions have been the tiebreaker when the committee was "splitting hairs" as Herbstreit put it. When two teams have near identical resumes, a conference championship is going to be the biggest factor is separating those teams. We've seen that. That doesn't mean that being a conference champion is an absolute must. This system has been around for all of two years, and this is the first time the committee has had a mess like this to sort out. All of the momentum and credibility that this new system has built is on the line in just the third year of operating: will they pick the best four teams, which was the only goal from day one? Or will they pick the four most deserving teams, in which case why do we need a committee? A computer can check the boxes of all of the things that make a team "deserving."
That sale was not done this year, due to the complete debacle that it turned into two years ago. I can't imagine them doing something like that again, but if they do, I sure hope it will be better organized. I was one of the first 30 or so to get in there that day. Between the clowns at the front of the line who were grabbing as many as they could carry, and the people who were getting physical with them to try to get one away....that was insane. I got one though!
But....BG is orange and brown....
I think they'll go 11-2 in the non-conference slate. It's tough to predict how they will do in the Big Ten. I really can't see much better than 12-6. I'd be happy with a 23-win regular season.
Does Penn State have a site similar to 11W? I always enjoy reading what opposing fans say to each other about the game in the days leading up.
I will exclude championship and bowl games because those are easy to say. I would have to go with the 2001 trip to Ann Arbor. That was my first trip up there, and the game speaks for itself. The '98 trip to Morgantown to kick off the season was a great one, and the '99 trip to NYC/NJ for the kickoff classic was great as well, even though we lost the game. 2012 up in Madison was my first experience of Mad Town, and it was as advertised. I'm heading to Happy Valley for the first time this weekend, so maybe that will find a place towards the top of the list.
I am a little confused on the whole sweatshirt under the jersey thing. Is that not acceptable anymore? I'm heading to State College this weekend and it's going to be cold at kickoff. I was planning on wearing....a hoodie under my jersey.
I'm heading up on Friday for Game 2. But, uhh...Go Sox!
I swear to God it's true.
There is a decent Best Western hotel in Madison that we stayed in last time. There is a Hooters that basically shares the same parking lot, so that was a pretty nice set up. It was a ten minute cab ride to State Street before and after the game, couldn't beat it. Although getting a cab after the game wasn't easy. Not impossible, but not quick either. As any Buckeye fan that has made the trip will tell you, State street is the place to be. I would avoid Regent street, personally. That's where you'll find the more rowdy student crowd. State Street Brats is a must for me every time I go up there.
I've been fortunate enough to be able to have experienced 50+ games in my 26 years of existence. Home games, neutral site games, bowl games, true road games. I absolutely love this article for how true it is. Walking around the town/city of an opposing team the day before a game is such an awesome feeling. Especially as an Ohio State fan, because you know that people don't like them, but you also know that a lot of that is envy. I was 9 years old in 1998 when the Buckeyes opened the season at West Virginia as the number one team in the country. That's the nastiest we've ever been treated on a road trip. By far. And that includes Ann Arbor, Madison, and Happy Valley.
I've had tickets in 29A for many years now. It is the last section of A deck heading towards the visiting locker room. They're typically not too terribly priced for A deck seats, and you can see the whole field just fine.
You knew we were going to get beat by Florida? I expected us to roll in that game, as did the vast majority of the country.
He caught 38 balls as a freshman, and had 36 as a sophomore in three less games. A 50 catch year certainly wouldn't have been out of reach for him. He needed to get stronger, and definitely needed to become a better route runner. Those two things are most definitely things that come with being more "polished". And are certainly things that translate into more production. A 4th round grade after a year of being a focal point in the offense? Yeah, not farfetched at all.
It was most certainly what he felt was best for him, and that's all that matters. But it isn't wrong to speculate on whether or not he might regret it down the road, no different than how we react to a professional player taking the most money to go to a bad situation.
And for the ones saying that, regardless of whether he's a 6th round this year or a 4th round pick next year, he will still need to prove himself in order to make a roster...yeah, that's true. But IF he was never really able to develop in the NFL, and only lasted the length of his rookie contract, the 550k signing bonus you get as a 4th round pick would be a lot easier to stretch out than the 50k you get as a 6th round pick.
Again, he made the decision that he felt was best for him. Period. If he didn't want to be in school, was going to have one foot out the door anyways, etc. than it was clearly the right call. But you can't fault someone for talking about what another year of school could have meant for him.
Man...until the day I die, watching Holy Buckeye will send absolute chills through me. What an absolutely classic and timeless moment in a program history full of them.
Didn't see this before I posted below, but Berrios is a guy I have had stashed away for a year now. He should be with the big club by the end of May.
I play in a league where we have to have three prospects on our team at all times. It is also a keeper league. I have had Jose Berrios stashed away since last spring. It's just a matter of time before the Twins call him up, and he's coming with a ton of hype.
I apologize for possibly being too late to share my opinion on this, but Aaron Blair has been called up to start tomorrow for the Braves. He is a top prospect and one of the main pieces they got back when they fleeced the D-Backs in the Shelby Miller deal. He's coming off of 7 no-hit innings in his last start. Definitely worth consideration. Not sure how long he'll stay up, but with the Braves not being competitive this year, he could have an extended stay.
Totally understand where you're coming from. I've seen it plenty of times at opposing teams' ballparks. I've been to a lot of parks to see the Sox on the road. It's a huge fan base, regardless of the bandwagoners. Unfortunately that means that there will definitely be a good amount of pricks among them. I've also seen it flipped, where the home crowd is overly rude towards those of us who aren't bothering anyone, simply because Sox fans can take over a stadium quickly.