Great point, and an extremely well put one. Perhaps the Cooper era has me jumping at shadows...
With all due respect to the spirit of enthusiasm and the abject loyalty that we all feel to our beloved Scarlet and Gray, I'm going to suggest we table the Heisman pyschobabble until it matters. It is absolutely inevitable that this team will wind up gracing the fatal cover of SI prior to the season, and stacking the deck against us is a wave of overconfidence that, historically, tends to be our undoing. Like the 2002 and 2014 Buckeyes, I greatly prefer a team that starts ranked in the mid-teens and climbs to a team that starts out #1 and has to run the table with every single game being 'The Game' for opposing teams.
This is going to be a very hard run, and Zeke probably won't win the Heisman if the Buckeyes are not in a position to repeat as champs. I would humble suggest we not pound this drum just yet.
In fairness, we got our asses handed to us two consecutive NCs...by SEC teams. Propped or no, a drubbing at the hands of Florida and LSU still sits in my memory as a pretty good sign the conference they come from is strong.
As the lone dissenter, I LOVE noon games!
In fact, I'll go so far as to mention that I HATE it when games start at 8 pm. While I would NEVER admit to snoozing through a single second of ANY Buckeye game, I can remember a few yawns coming late in the fourth quarter as I watched 1am approach. As a fan of the game of college football, Saturday means I've been watching since pre-Gameday hit the air at 9 am (now that the BTN is available, often even earlier). By the final moments of a late game, if it hasn't been a close one I'm asleep before my head hits the pillow. On the other hand, if it has been a cliffhanger, I'm up all goddamned night.
Fans in the western United States have NEVER seen a game kickoff at 8 pm. And, for further perspective, living in the western time zones means that you're watching Gameday at 7am and have to be well lubricated and ready for kickoff at 10am. Noon ain't early!
Super piece, Eric! Sometimes I feel like the 'other' sports get lost in the shuffle, and it is nice to read something about those we don't touch on often. If I had one thing to change about my favorite website, it would be to ask for a bit more diversity in focus (not a complaint...it stands to reason that football is square one). Anytime you can include a blurb about our wrestlers, you've got my full attention!
Driving a stake through the heart of the Gulf State Football Empire is something that would be on par with blowing up the Death Star, but I wonder if that is where it ends. Time will tell. Perhaps, mid-battle during their November meeting with LSU, as he stares agog at the carnage brought on by a surprising display of power, we'll hear Les Miles exclaim as he stares at Darth Saban's brainchild, "THAT THING IS OPERATIONAL".
OK, so all that is a stretch. Point is, I'm not ready to cut off the Crimson Tide's head and call them dead yet (wait...I'm back to using vampire analogies...arrgh).
I'd agree 100% IF we weren't talking about Noah. Piss on 'im.
A sense of humor, coupled with a great sense of sportsmanship makes for a REALLY great teammate...if he keeps his head. Fortunately, as pointed out above, Urban is VERY good at 'muzzle control' on his pistols.
I LOVE it when we land guys like this! Welcome to the team, young man!
Knew I'd get DV'ed on that. The difference, for me, is that I LIKE Mo. I never liked Pryor. I thought it was as big a mistake to recruit him as it was to recruit Zwick (still, love Zwick...great kid). Pryor never fit a Tressel offense. His actions off the field showed me that he didn't care about being a Buckeye. Just my opinion, and it is, apparently, largely unpopular. Which is good for Mr. Pryor. I'm sure he'd lose little sleep knowing is ain't my favorite guy.
Not seeing him play football ever again would make me happy. He was NEVER a Buckeye, just used our team as a stepping stone, and never revered his position on the team. I value his skills somewhere at the bottom of a large pile of 'average'.
And spelling only has two l's. Just sayin'.
I'm pretty comfortable expressing abject resent for TP. It started with the hooplah surrounding his recruitment, and pretty much continued through his career at OSU. He had ZERO reverence for the privilege of playing college football and pretty much spit in the face of every hard-working, ethically sound student athlete out there. I don't feel bad for him one tiny bit.
Worth mentioning that Roosevelt ORDERED MacArthur out of the Pacific Theater and into Australia. Also worth mentioning that MacArthur's family lived in Manila at the time, and that might have something to do with his conviction that they were vital.
Cut a guy some slack.
I like Ann Arbor. It is actually a pretty nice city. I kind of like Austin, too. Come to think of it, both have lots going for them that I don't have here in Lexington, KY. But as a Buckeye, I have to laugh until I piss myself to think that anyone would choose to live in any other city in the country AS A MEMBER OF THE TEAM THAT REPRESENTS THAT CITY. Think about it. Columbus is more metropolitan than 90% of the cities in the midwest. It is also a Mecca of art, and is the entrepreneurship capital of the world. Ann Arbor is a joke by comparison.
Go ahead, 'Baugh. Do your thing.
Yeah. Everybody knows that. But WHERE?
Cardale is BLACK?!!!
Respectfully, I wouldn't use the word 'weak', even when referring to the 2012 - 2013 seasons. Our linebackers, while not revolutionizing the game on ever play, were solid. Of course, you said 'weak-ER', and that is true. Comparatively, this was the most sparse time at Linebacker U in recent memory.
Eddie remains my favorite Buckeye, but Troy sure was fun to watch. Three wins against TTUN and a life-affirming defeat of that group of assholes from South Bend makes the loss to the Gators a little more bearable. Glad he's a part of our school again.
Wait. Isn't he going to Oregon?
Jesus, I'm tired of this shit. Braxton is enrolled in graduate level classes at our school. Uprooting now would put him back light years. Goddamned stupid rumor.
Hate to admit to it, but my cheeks were wet after watching this. Clearly, these coaches love their players. Hopefully, that is not unique in this sport, and many teams can claim coaches who care just as much. The opportunity to guide these young men to a National Championship is unique, however, and it is clear that each of these remarkable coaches has been affected by the experience.
Downvote. THIS Buckeye who married a horse vet from the Lexington area could not be happier. Kentucky is a very nice place to live. Lexington, specifically, is the single cleanest city I've ever lived in (and I've lived on both coasts, midwest, southwest and northeast). I recognized that there are things about Kentucky that aren't really...brilliant (Western KY, specifically), but to bash the whole state is kind of like bashing our beloved Ohio based on Youngstown.
Three things about Lexington I love:
1.) The weather is, on average, 15 degrees warmer than it is in Columbus. This may make for some hot days in the summer, but in the winter, this is EVERYTHING. Also, Lexington enjoys bright, clear sunshine, even on winter days (something I REALLY got around to missing during my 12-year stint in Columbus).
2.) Call it southern hospitality, but people are generally much friendlier here than anywhere I've ever lived. Seriously. I bought a home in Versailles, KY in 2004. Driving up the subdivision street, neighbors I'd never met before REGULARLY waved at me. People say hello here to perfect strangers, and strike up conversation at whim. As an extrovert, I dig that.
3.) The green-ness/clean-ness. Horse capital of the world means grass. Tons of it. Irish and Arab farm owners pour TONS of money into the local economy, and Lexington in particular is kept tidy. By comparison, the garbage I got used to seeing floating around the streets in Clintonville, Hilliard, German Village, Linworth and even Upper Arlington still shocks me when I head back there.
Anyway, point is, Kentucky has some nice things going for it. I will say that Cat fans in Lexington hate Buckeyes for some strange reason...perhaps it is that we play their sport (basketball) much more aptly than they play our sport (not saying we don't excel in other areas, but Ohio State is a football school...sorry, gymnastics and crew squads).
I hated Dave Bliss when I did undergrad study at UNM (it was convenient that all my Cherry & Silver Lobo garb exactly matches my Scarlet & Gray stuff...what a smooth transfer!). He treated his players like they owed him something and the city of Albuquerque like his personal toilet. To compare GREAT coach and upstanding man like Jim Tressel to a slimeball like Dave Bliss is offensive, to say the least. I get that this was tongue in cheek, so kudos.
I was INCREDIBLY excited when Feder signed. Not only is he quick and obviously a physical presence, but he's a smart kid. He'll do well in the classroom, and I expect him to shine on the field.