LOL'd at work. Love it!
Saine in Urban Meyer's offense would have been scary good.
He had 7 TDs this week against DeSales. So much for racking up numbers against inferior competition.
I'd like some kind of clause where if a league champ had 4 or more losses, they are DQ'd and add another at large bid.
Arkansas was favored over LSU last I saw.
^^^ upvote for using ipto facto
I'm stunned that we didn't run outside more. We kept going back to the inside zone when everything was stacked in the middle against us. It was very similar to VT. It looked to me like we could've run outside zone, jet sweep and speed option all night. They were working and the coaching staff just wouldn't keep going back to it. We keep hearing about how well our WRs block, let's see it in action.
I also agree about the draw, middle s creen and WR screen not being a big enough part of the game plan against defenses that seem determined to take the middle of the field away from us. It almost seems like the coaching staff is too stubborn to stay with what works and keep going back to the inside zone and power plays.
I'm also stunned that we couldn't find any open receivers. I know Barrett was pressured, but it really seemed as if no one was open a lot of the time. Either that or Barrett was just missing them. Hard to tell from the TV feed.
I haven't seen anyone mention what a big advantage having Coach Johnson is going to be. Although the D-Line is their best unit, he should be able to provide insight on what weaknesses to exploit. I think that could be huge.
Love Eye of the Needle
Authors I've read that I'd recommend:
Stephen King as mentioned several times - Bachman Books, the Long Walk and The Running Man from this are both excellent. The movie of The Running Man was terrible, but the book is excellent. Misery, It and The Stand are some of my favorites as well.
Most of Robert Ludlum's older stuff is Excellent - If you like the movie "The Bourne Identity" the book is a must read. The Matarese Circle, The Holcroft Covenant and The Chancellor Manuscript were a few of my other favorites. He's a bit like King in that his older stuff is generally better.
Drizzt series by Salvatore - One of the most fascinating characters I've read about
Wheel of Time series by Jordan as mentioned above- I consider this to be on a scale with Tolkien - Really good but LONG
Something no one has mentioned is "The Frontiersman" by Allan Eckert - It is a Narrative of history when Ohio was the Frontier. It has a lot of historical facts mixed with some fiction - I found it fascinating.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and the rest of the series is excellent. My Dad won't read anything Sci-Fi and he liked this.
Enjoyed this thread and got several good ideas for future reading.
A definite thumbs up for the Bachman Books, especially The Long Walk. Anything old by King is excellent. I've read "It" at least a dozen times and you can't go wrong with "The Stand".
This is the biggest problem with the B1G and is why OSU should be looking at plans to exit the league somewhere down the road if this doesn't change.
The way the NFL has handled this is a catastrophe. I just think the whole thing has been bungled from the very beginning.
Even if the NFL only saw the first video of Rice, what did they think happened? (rhetorical) They gave him a two game suspension, then the second video came out and they changed the policy to a 6-game suspension, then they public outcry happened, then the Ravens cut him and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. The NFLPA is going to have a field day with this. The thing that sickens me is how reactionary it all is. Set your policies and live by them. If they need adjusted, adjust them, but changing them 3 times in a week just because of the public outrage is ridiculous when that isn't what you were going to do in the first place when you knew what happened.
It also seems as if they're going to start suspending players before their due process has taken place which is a bad idea. A player is entitled to his defense before punishment is handed out. I'm all for defending people who are being abused, but Innocent until proven guilty is what our whole justice system is based on.
I've been a lifelong Ohio State fan. Archie was my first sports hero. I've always thought that the Big Ten was competitive on a national level, but recently, it is not and I don't feel like it is being addressed. Some serious thought needs to go into OSU leaving the B1G if this trend isn't reversed quickly. The money from the BTN isn't going to last long if the product being aired keeps getting worse. We need to throw our weight around and get some of the teams in the league to invest in winning. OSU cannot afford for the trend to continue or it will be pushed into the category of good teams in bad leagues and will not be much better then a larger Boise State. It is time to wake up before it is too late.
The 96 line of Vrabel, Finkes, Fickell was pretty good. Was their 4th Winfield Garnett? Another pretty good player.
Saw Burrow play twice against my son's team and twice in the playoffs the last couple years and while I think he's a great player, I don't think he's OSU caliber athletically. He racks up stats against poor teams in SE Ohio and it is hard to tell how good he really is because of the competition level. He is a very polished passer. I'm just not sure he's athletic enough for that level. He HAS played well in the playoffs against better competition, which makes me hedge my opinion a bit, but I see him as more of a lower echelon B1G player or an upper level MAC player.
I just don't think he compares athletically to someone Like Travon Pendeleton from Portsmouth West who is playing for Mich St. I also thought that the QB from Logan about 5 years ago, Pat Angle, that ended up going to Youngstown St. was a better player.
Hope I'm wrong as I always like to see SE Ohio kids succeed, but I don't think he fits what Meyer is looking for in a QB.
I know it isn't exactly Matta's style, but I think the last minute showed how formidable we could be with more pressure. Our bench is deeper and I feel like a small lineup with Craft, Scott, Smith, Thompson and Ross could be extremely effect in stretches pressuring full court. This is especially true if teams are going to play zone and pack the paint against us. Let's turn up the pressure and try to get more points in transition.
I'd honestly have answered someone else if it was an option. Not because I discount these three guys' talents, but that just always seems to be the way it works out.
Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?
This is an interesting subject and there are more than a few sides to it.
First, I feel like the thing we need to remember the most is the primary goal of these pundits. They want more viewers/readers period. They are in the business of ratings and I think that, as a group, they have learned that the thing they can do to us as a fanbase to get "us" to view their product is to degrade us.
Second, we are an obnoxious group of fans. Not everyone by any means, but there seems to be a large section that is just obnoxious. With many of them, it is impossible to have a rational discussion on the subject of how good the Bucks are, even for the rest of us fans. They are just so blinded by their passion that they come across as raving lunatics. I'm sure that there are other fan bases that have the same issue, but we seem to take it a step further.
Third and related to the last one is that many of us don't want to even have a rational debate. I feel like it is logical to say that FSU and Alabama should be ranked ahead of us. I also feel it is logical to at least have a discussion about the comparative ranks of OSU and Baylor. I'm not saying that we couldn't compete on the field, but we just have not looked as impressive as FSU or Alabama.
We just need to relax and let the cards fall where they may.
I thought the Iowa coaching staff had a great game plan today. It wasn't our DBs that got abused today, it was our LBs trying to cover their TEs. I don't remember a single significant reception by one of their wideouts. Even on that long touchdown where Reeves looks really bad, I don't think that was his coverage. We got caught in a zone blitz where they had asked Spence to drop into coverage, the TE ran a wheel and Spence tried to run with him as he should and just couldn't do it. Reeves took a bad angle and that was all she wrote. Their TEs were so wide open that a decent HS QB could've made those throws. Bill O'Brien and Christian Hackenburg have to be licking their chops.
The other thing that really bothered me was how easily Iowa got the edge on the run plays. Perry and Spence got abused on the edge against the run. I know Spence is fast and is good rushing the passer, but if he doesn't figure out how to stop the run, he's going to get abused like he did vs. Iowa regularly.
Isn't this about the time of the year last year where Meyer got sick of all the defensive troubles and kind of took over the defense from a planning and practice perspective? From that point on last year, there was a drastic turnaround in our defensive performance. I expect Meyer to make that kind of move soon. It is obvious that our overall defensive performance is not up to par and is going to be the thing that costs us dearly if not fixed.
I think defensive end is getting really undervalued. With all of the increased emphasis on passing offenses, we really need a Mike Vrabel or Will Smith coming off the edge to take some pressure off Spence.
Hard to argue with Spielman. We had other LBs that were good, but none that combined the production and leadership like him.
I really like the Korey Stringer vote. I think he gets overlooked and underrated so much because of how good Pace was. You couldn't go wrong with either of them.
I also liked the Damon Moore suggestion. It always seemed like that defense was in the right position to make a play and from all accounts he was the guy making that happen.
I really like our offensive skill position players this year, but anyone with some moxie, experience and leadership would really help that group gel. How about Dane Sanzenbacher.
I hope everyone isn't disappointed with Miller's performance this year. I feel there's a good chance that he isn't nearly as dynamic running the ball, but makes a modest step in the passing game and performs better as a QB who is an athlete rather than a great athlete playing QB like he was last year.
Herb Williams is incredibly underrated.