Thanks for the update 305 and the time put in to get this update together...watch your back Birm! (Just kidding)
While it is not the end of the world, it is fair to say this is not Thad's best team. Timid underclassmen (Tate and Russell excepted) and upperclassmen who refuse to lead consistently (after 3 or 4 years in the program, sadly, I expect more). The facts are we have to shoot better but lack a John Diebler or William Buford. We need to play more aggressive defense but lack a true big man presence in the middle (Lauderdale or Oden) and surely we have no one like Aaron Craft. We need a field general but lack a David Lighty type of leader. Russell tries, but it does not appear the others want to follow (just my opinion from observations). I am not upset, just calling it like I see it. This team will win one game in the B1G tournament (maybe two) and maybe their first round game in the NCAA, but maybe not...and then if memory serves....SPRING FOOTBALL IS HERE. Sorry, but when you lose guys like Luke Kennard (for whatever reason), it will inhibit your ability to field a great team. That kid is John Diebler 2.0...too bad he is going to Duke, but he has to do what he feels is best for him and apparently we did not convince him that the best thing to do was stay home and get a world class education at a world class university (and I take nothing away from Duke...that is a tremendous university!) It is sad we can not sell that to kids from this area and keep them here and it is apparent that we can not...too bad.
Coach Bruce used to teach in his coaching class that he always told the kids he recruited there were 3 aspects of College...Athletic, Academic, and Social...every student at OSU had time for 2 of those. Think about that as a D-I athlete. You are going to play sports and you had better go to class...so you can forget about having a social life.
No way that's Cardales johnson...He has way bigger stones than that....and they're titanium.
I recall a former Buckeye lineman (sorry I can't remember who) once say "You can either come to Ohio State...or get beat by Ohio State...your decision." That young man was wise beyond his years...
Well, after watching last night's game against one of the poorer teams in the B1G, I have a couple of thoughts....
#1. There is no upper classmen leadership on this team. None. Natta. Shannon Scott is persona-non-grata, Sam Thompson can not shoot, which, after 4 years, tells me a little bit about the shooting coach (fair to say they miss Chris Jent), Amir Williams looks as lost as a child's 1st thoughts, and Mark Loving is slower than an ox. Somebody please light a fire under that kid (not to mention Amir). Loving does not rebound, he does not move w/o the ball on offense...they just stand around for the D'Angelo Russell show. I will promise you Aaron Craft, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, Jared Sullinger would never have put up with this kind of effort from team-mates, especially on defense!
#2. I would love to see Matta shake the line-up even more. Find 5 guys that want to play and play them. Tate certainly wants to play, let's see if Camryn Williams wants to play and Bates-Dip and let's go!!!!
...Used to love those Golf shirts with the extra 2 buttons plus the buttoned breast pocket...ahh, the good old days.
Thanks Birm...you're the only guy I know of that works harder than me...I hope you're getting paid better....
Maybe it's the down-payment....
And a reminder to all to put RichRod on our christmas card list, as it was his ascension to the UM throne that brought the Boren's here in the first place. You think about it, at that time, that had to be a difficult pill for Mike Boren to swallow. But thank God he did, b/c the Buckeyes have been the better for it for the past seven years.
It looked to me like Armstrong improved, but let's call a spase a spade. Tim Beck is going to have better personnel at OSU and certainly the current crop of receivers is better and the QB's are better. My biggest concern is around play-calling, but, as everyone here says..."In Urbz We Trust", right? Go Bucks
Dude....That is so Freakin awesome!!!!! Now, I am really fired up...Tell him he has a friend in the drug business in Cincinnati...Go Bucks!!
The thing is...Oregon plays so quickly....you just have to make the tackle and be ready to go for the next play right away. It would be fair to say the Buckeyes are not used to that pace...so hopefully they have practiced that b/c it can be tough if you are not accustomed to it. And we are the best team Oregon has seen for sure. Go Bucks.
Good to see you are back M Man, hope you had a nice Christmas season. I imagine Coach Harbaugh will be more than just watching the game, he will be scouting the game. Then, he will go home and (as most new coaches taking over a sloughful program would do) have horrible diarrhea for 3 days wondering how in the world is he ever going to beat a team like that with the guys he has now? Answer: He probably won't. But because he is a winner (sorry buckeye nation, just calling it like it is), he won't sulk too long...he will hit that recruiting trail hard and realize he has got to recruit faster kids. Then he will develop a culture at U of M of accountability, resposibility and passion maybe not seen since Bo's days. And the New 10 year war will be on....Man am I excited...hope you are too. Go Bucks.
I think tere are two keys to beating Oregon, and they are similar to the keys Tress needed to beat them in the Rose Bowl
#1: The Defense has to be in excellent shape because of the hurry up that Oregon runs. You have to make the tackle and be prepared to line up and go...there can be an advantage to this...they do not hard count much...they just hike it and go which is great for guys like Bosa and Bennett.
#2: Do not play this game with your ego. When it is 4th and short (especially early), take the points as often as it is presented to you. Oregon goes for 2 after almost every touchdown and hardly ever kicks field goals. What are the odds that their kicker is mentally prepared to kick a late game, long field goal to tie or win the game. Late in the game, situations may require going for it on 4th. The point is "Be smarter and play smarter".
And Go Bucks!!!!!
Have fun in the process...embrace it. Just keep in mind, a degree from The Ohio State University carries a ton of weight. We also have one of the largest Alumni Associations in the world, which can be helpful for that "40 year plan" you referred to.
As an alumnus of a large Jesuit high school a little south of you in Cincinnati and a graduate of Ohio State (couldn't go to Notre Dame...they did not have a Pharmacy School) I can assure you I made a good decision. My father was right (again) when he told me as a senior not to worry about making the right decision. "You make the decision...then YOU make it right...anything else is the tail wagging the dog and I didn't send you to St. X to be a follower."
Pretty good advice to a 17 year old kid who couldn't find his rear end with both hands. Think about it and best of luck to you.
My Daddy used to say people cuss b/c they have nothing more intelligent to say...I rest my case!
I have confidence in Cardale to manage this game, but it is fair to say the defense is really going to have to show up and deliver. That will give Cardale a little more confidence early, which he may need.
Any thoughts on OSU talking with a few select Nebraska recruits (other than Jurkovic).
Thanks for the hotline assist and prayers to Kosta's family. As a Pharmacist, I see depression every day to varying degree's. Sometime's it's tough to get folks to see that tomorrow is another day. Sometimes the best you can do is just hang on. But I always promise my customer's, the sun is going to come out, and it will shine on you if you are there to see it, just hang in there...talk to me or someone else. Very sad.
FYI...Jalin Marshall can throw the football...in case anyone was wondering. I would be willing to bet that rabbit gets pulled out of the hat this weekend. C'mon, people, let's get behind this team and PUSH. Go out there and have fun, Buckeyes, let it all hang out.
And a huge Thank You to all the Support Staff that help these guys with their class work. How tough must it be to have the B1G Championship coming up and these guys have Finals coming up at the same time. Thanks Everybody and Go Bucks!
Tell us how you really feel Slum...Classic!
It's like I have been saying (since this summer) about Brian Kelly...just watch him on the sideline berate guys coming off the field. If I were a parent of a D-1 recruit, I would not even let my son talk to ND. Have you ever bought a used car from somebody and 20 minutes after the deal was finished...you wish you hadn't....well, that "somebody" was Brian Kelly.
Well, if they do win Saturday, and I believe they will...Urban should win National Coach of the Year for this performance.
Dude...What is the guy saying in that song...honestly...that is not music...that is the rant of a drug-fueled high school sophomore who could not find his rear end with both hands. You can keep it if you want, but that music does not get me fired up. How about something with a quick beat to get folks jumping around a little bit...just a thought.