Is it just me, or does anyone else think that with the young, perky assistant at his side, 1979 Brutus is awfully glad about the strategic positioning and shape of his nose?
The QB who was obliterated by that hit was Corby Jones. Also to put this game in perspective, of the 6 interceptions that Jones threw that year, 3 of them were against the Buckeyes. Badass defense, indeed.
Another great memory of the Big Kat I have from the same year was watching the Iowa game from south stands. The Hawkeyes had RB Tavian Banks, who I believe at the time was leading the nation with over 200 rushing yards per game. Iowa fans were woofing about how Tavian would come into Columbus & run all over the Buckeyes as they had been doing to all their previous opponents.
On 1st down of the first offensive series by the Hawkeyes, Tavian got the handoff and headed toward a gap in the line, only to be blown up for a several yard loss by none other than #45. Ohio Stadium exploded after that hit, and it never got any better for Banks, as he finished the series with 3 carries for -2 yards and the day with 22 carries for 84 yards. Here's a quote from Banks (from the NY Times):
"'I think he probably won the Butkus Award today,'' Banks said. ''He was all over the field. He was in the backfield more often than I was today. He came in from the back side and he came in from the front side. He has great quickness. We expected that. We just couldn't do anything about it."
If Raekwon is a portion of the player that Katzenmoyer was, we are all certainly in for a special treat.
The first receiver's name is Dileo, but using your two words in such close proximity are rather humorous, especially when talking about Michigan.
I was at the UT-Auburn game in Knoxville the weekend before last. Sure, Auburn totally outclassed Tennessee, but what I saw was a heavily one-dimensional team, leaning a lot on the run game. If Sparty's defense can key in on shutting down that one dimension, I'd like them in a close game, assuming Walrusball can see fit to score a few points. If Auburn shows something different in the Iron Bowl, maybe I'll change my tune.
Perhaps the subtitle for this article can be "All Your Stadium Are Belong To Us"...
Not that the cheerleader looked like this, but her facial expression kinda reminded me of this scene from Dogma:
That year was my freshman year at OSU, and I was in the marching band. The day after the band heard that Bruce had been fired, we carpooled out to his neighborhood, marched down his street and played in his front yard for him & his family. That is a great memory for me.
Did anyone tell Denard that it wasn't a cricket game he was at?
Tommy Frazier might have something to say about that... :-)
Yeah, but Bo prolly didn't slap himself on camera nearly as much. Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing...
I share your pain @Baroclinicity. My freshman year was '87, which saw Bruce go out with a bang. Then there was the drought of the Cooper years. At least 3 of those years ('93, '95 & '96), OSU had no business losing to the skunkbears, but lose they did. Prior to that final game of the year, those three teams had no losses and one tie. Then the Buckeyes' collective sphincter tightened and we fell on our faces each time. And these 3 don't even take into account the '91 season you mentioned, where Desmond "Heisman pose" Howard adds insult to a 31-3 injury.
So far during our great run against TTUN, we have not really taken anything away from them. We came close in '04, but they backed into the Rose Bowl anyway, I believe due to a Wisconsin loss later that day. I want Michigan fans to truly feel the pain of denial: have your most hated rival turn your championship dreams to ashes and laugh at your misery. I want Michigan fans to forever weep about what might have been, if not for that last game of the year. Maybe, just maybe, after tasting these sweet tears of sorrow, my ravenous appetite for UM's destruction will be sated. But then again, maybe not...
Good picks for jersey numbers. I bought my #36 my freshman year in '87-'88, which was the senior year of a certain #36 jersey wearer that year. Spielman is my favorite Buckeye of all time, and I still wear that jersey to every football game I attend. I've never really considered buying another one, though I have to say a #27 jersey was enticing back in the day at the end of my collegiate career. But because of his work ethos and team-first mentality, I would definitely consider donning his number.
I will be at the game Saturday. I have had the fortune to attend all of the OSU-UM home games since the '02 game that catapulted us into the NC game, as well as two others in TSUN ('03 & '05). My college career at OSU started as a band member in '87, Earle Bruce's last year as head coach. One of my favorite memories will be the impromptu organization of the band to go out to Earle's neighborhood after the firing, march down his street and play in his front yard to show our solidarity with the coach. I then enjoyed the "headband" game, with us coming out victorious to send the coach out on a high note. Through the remainder of my undergraduate and graduate years on campus, I had to endure continuing losses to our hated rival, which included some of the best teams ever assembled at Ohio State. That long drought will forever stoke the fire of hate in my belly until the day I leave this earth. GO BUCKS!!!
Does anyone still remember Desmond Howard's Heisman pose after running back a kick for a TD? The hair on the back of my neck still stands up every time I see his cheese-eating grin on College Gameday. He will forever be known as the rat-bastard as far as I'm concerned...
I remember that, as the Buckeye fans exited the Superdome following their victory over Texas A&M in the '99 Sugar Bowl, wrapping up a 5-0 showing by the Big Ten in bowl games that season, chanting "Big Ten sweep! Big Ten sweep!" Much love was shown for the conference that day...
Personally, I'm kinda hoping for the pleasant surprise that was the '96 defense. Anyone who watched the D in '95 was always a little nervous, but then again, why worry? We had an awesome offense. Then the Bucks got Biakabutuka'd in the Michigan game. The '96 season opened in somewhat plain fashion from a defensive standpoint, with Pagac as the new DC. Our coming out party was in South Bend that year, as I recall. Pagac brought the buzz saw to the party for the remaining games that season. And if Shawn Springs hadn't slipped, and if Cooper had played Germaine more than Jackson, we all may have more nostalgic feelings about that team and Cooper :-)
Now, am I saying that the defensive personnel on this team is equivalent to that one? No, certainly not at linebacker, and not yet in the DB corp. My point is that I hope we've got some hole cards we have not yet played. Go get 'em Silver Bullets!