For those who may be interested, Tom Clancy's last novel (God rest his soul) Command Authority is eerily close to all of the things that are happening in the Ukraine and Crimea right now. Great read if you don't mind 800 pages. May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with the families of those affected by this heinous act.
Hey DJ, didn't we follow those fireworks with Beyonce coming out to the 50 yard line and having a "wardrobe malfunction?"
C'mon man....Best Pumpkin festival.....lol
How about Tim Settle and DeBerry...thoughts on either or both? And thanks for all you do.
Here's a dream (hopefully not pipe)
UFM lays out a litany of things that Sprinkle must do to be re-instated to the team and his scholarship. Let us assume he beats the biggest part of the wrap (the possesion of coke, which was in the car but not on him) but the entire ordeal is indeed life changing for the young man. He gets serious about his work, fires whatever bad elements are trying to pull him down and keep him down, and his team mates vote him back on the team. He comes back, eager and humble, and plays with reckless abandon, eventually winning awards for his efforts (All Big Ten, All America, etc.)
I am not saying it will be easy for the young man to do this (and near impossible if he stays in Loraine), but how far would a story like this go with recruits and their families. Not to mention the satisfaction it would have to give to the coaches and players who never gave up on him.
And I vote for c.
Keep in mind Sam Hubbard can (and I believe should) eventually be a linebacker at OSU. The only other position they should consider for him is free safety. He has great speed for a tall guy and man, can he bring the wood. Think David Fulcher. Frankly, he is such a good (and smart) athlete he would succeed anywhere the Bucks needed him, but I think some of his natural ability to hit is lost on the offensive side of the ball. That said, I hope Jerome makes a great long term decision for his playing career and his future. Nothing like winning national championships and eventually being part of the best Alumni Assn in the U.S. C'mon, Jerome, pull the trigger and become a Buckeye...you will not regret it.
I remember in 1985 missing my Bio-Chemistry class to stand in line to get my folks tickets to the game against #1 Iowa. My dad could not get off work so I gave the tickets to a friend of my mother's. After the game, we were so excited. I called my dad to tell him about the game and he said, "I know what happened son, I watched the game on t.v." No enthusiasm in his voice, no energy. I realized at that moment the value of "being there" and told myself I would never miss attending a game if I had a chance to go. I do, however, still tape every game (even if I go to the game) b/c I love replays and slo-mo....tough to get that at the game..too busy cheering.
Just got my info from the Alumni Assn...2 Tix to the Va. Tech game will run me $240.00. Oh well, I guess I don't need a new Driver as much as I think I do....after all, there really is something about being in Columbus, Ohio on Saturdays in the fall. Those memories last forever.
Stop it man...i just fell out of my chair in my office. I am laughing so hard, my wife thinks I'm watching Key and Peale on you tube.
When I came to the site this morning after reading the Cincy Enquirer, I knew it was a good omen that the site was down...went over to ESPN.com and at least got the news about the commitment. Funny thing was my son texted me the info at 10:08am and I got that text at 9pm this evening. I guess AT&T did not want to reach out and touch me. awesome day to be a buckeye fan and thanks Birm for the extra years "prescription". That is a little pharmacy humor for all my customers that come in to get their "subscriptions" refilled.
Congratulations on making a great decision for your future. I am a member of "The Long, Blue Line" as you soon will be, and a 1988 Graduate of The College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University. I am really excited about you becoming a buckeye...the sky is truly the limit for you. I was blessed at St. X to play football for Coach Steve Rasso. He used to tell us that being a "Man for Others" was not just a motto at X, but a way of life. Keep that in mind as you talk to other recruits and best of luck to you. And one more thing. You had a brother go thru X, I had six. Do not ever take for granted the sacrifice your folks made for you to go to X and prepare you for success in the future, Trust me, most parents are not willing to do it (or just can"t). I hope your Mom and Dad are your heroes. Let's win the G.C.L. this year, o.k.
When reading last week about Michigan's issue's selling their student tickets, I started thinking about why I bought tickets as a student. Frankly, it was not pyrotechnics or Bon Jovi opening the game for ABC. It was about tradition. It was about waking up on a crisp, cool, saturday morning, making bacon and eggs (beer being our normal beverage of choice) and getting ready to watch The Ohio State University play football. Sure, we brought leather satchels filled with Jack Daniels to pass around after touchdown's or big defensive stops, but we never got drunk, because, how then could you remember what happened during the game.
That is what it really comes down to folks....the memories. My father made me promise I would never sell my tickets (especially Michigan) because he always said, "The hundred dollars will be blown in a week, but remembering where you were sitting when Keith Byers lost his shoe, or Pepper Johnson and Chris Spielman stopped Ronny Harmon on 4th and 1 or Matt Franz kicks the winner against Michigan (yes, that was at the Big House, my senior year...what a great ride home that was!)...those memories will NEVER be lost, pete, and you can tell those stories at reunions and parties and especially to your children and share something very special that one hundred dollars will never bring.
Hopefully, the kids will get it. Tradition and memories. A shared experience with your friends that no one can ever take away. If they ever invite Beyonce or Snoop Dog, or even Bon Jovi, I think I will puke!!!!
Sorry if this rant is a little long, but it seems like students (and some adult's, I suppose) are so myopic these days, maybe a not-so-old codgers perspective could be appreciated.
Sure wish he was dating my daughter.....
Great athletic skills, but (as is true of many talented, running, high school QB's) is easily dissuaded from throwing the football by the mere presence of a defensive player in the area. In high school, you can get away with that. At the next level, you must be able to make your reads quickly and throw the ball. Sure there are times when it makes sense to run, especially when a play has "broken down". But even Braxton has found that fast, disciplined defenses will not allow you to run all over them. At some point in the game, you have to prove to that defense that you can thread the needle or make the back shoulder pass. All that said, this young man is a junior in high school with a terrific upside. If he is coachable, the future is very bright for him (given the right QB coach).
They have to move Mark Loving to the 3....he is too small to play the 4 and he looks lost everytime he tries to defend that position. He could be more versatile from the 3 as well. Hope Thad makes that move b/c the kid can play.
Hang in there folks...a lot can happen in 11 months. I never get too excited about a kid commiting to a school this early unless they are a legacy or a local kid b/c sometimes it makes sense for a local "high school hero" to pick an in-state school (Christian Hackenberg is an example). I am sure Urbs will be in touch through the summer anyway.
Too late...The Patriots will take him in the 6th round and in 5 years (when Brady has been retired for 2 years) he will be an all-pro QB for them. At Cleveland, he would start his first game as a rookie, show flashes of brilliance and get hurt before the season is over, never getting a chance to develop into the player he could be. How do I know all of this...easy...I'm a Bengal's fan!!!
FYI...Sam Hubbard is super smart and very quick to react from the LB position. I believe he could also do that from a safety position and he could also recognize and call the defenses. Something to think about as we get to summer practice.
Especially since they could have given it to him on 2nd and 2 and 3rd and 2 and chose not to do that either...really mind boggling at that point in the ball game...do not know what Herrman was thinking!
Not sure I can count that high.
Doesn't hurt that he is crazy smart.
The football team needs to find someone on the defense who has "Aaron Craft" tenacity. He has that "get on my back and I will take you there" attitude and it rubs off. Just watch Williams and Sam Thompson play when Craft is out there on the court. They never take a play off if he is out there. As my motto says, who, on this defense, is going to "stand and deliver". We need leaders!!!!
Burrell really moves his feet well, especially in pass blocking. Tim Settle has an awful quick first step. Sure will make it easy for a line backer to make lots of tackles behind this kid, he'll be double teamed all day long!
The funny thing is...it is so easy to take a bad picture of Bert. It seems like no matter when they snap the camera, he looks like he just cut a fart. And Bo Pelini is a close second.