I guess a great NLOI Day video doesn't make for a great player. Kyle Dodson has completely disappeared from the O-Line conversation, wasn't he a must get 3 years ago for UFM?
The Raiders are pathetic, outside of their Front Office deficiencies,one of the main on-field reasons is QB play. TP had his opportunity to start and play and didn't get it done. It's always someone else's fault with him, the fact is that there are many credible football people that said he isn't an NFL-Caliber QB and they were right. I've watched every game of his Raider career, so I've seen what he brings to the table and what he lacks. Despite what you've heard, he's not Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick or a young Michael Vick. He's an incredible athlete with astonishing physical skills, but he doesn't have NFL QB instincts. He has no concept of reading NFL Defenses, throwing receivers open, evaluating route progressions or game management. He's what he's always been, if a guy is open throw him the ball, if not take off and run. I hope the Raiders do trade him, so that the world can see what tOSU fans already know, he is what he is.
I agree with you about recruiting in general and Torrance Gibson in particular, but one of the ways to rectify that is for sites like this one to stop with its daily updates, endless speculation and trolling of his twitter account in an effort to decipher everything he tweets. He's going to go where he goes and we wish him well whatever choice he makes, but this obsessing over the decisions of 17-18 year-old's is really tiresome.
Can't wait for Michael Thomas' #83 to be hung at WHAC as the greatest practice player in tOSU history. Can I get tix for the Downtown Columbus Athletic Club's presentation of the Workout Heisman Trophy? I'm sure he'll be a Finalist!!
You can tell it's the purgatory between the end of the CFB Season and Spring Ball. An Interview with Andrew Sweat, please!! "What was your favorite stadium to defecate in?" Are you serious? This is what it's come to for 11W? Luke Fickell is taking heat from fans, because we can all see. We don't need to know what kind of guy or coach he is to see the product on the field. If his boss says the linebackers aren't 'Ohio Stateish' isn't that a direct reflection of the man that coach's the position? This is 10 minutes of my life that I'll never get back, smdh!!
Oregon has a billionaire Sports Apparel Exec as a benefactor and that must be taken into account. tOSU's facilities are at or near the top of CFB and always will be, but they can't compete with "Just Do It."
The SEC Speed thing has been way overblown. Who's any faster than Oregon or USC? Texas has great speed. Alabama isn't now and during it's Championship Run never had a plethora of speed, neither did LSU and is Georgia going to frighten anyone with it's speed. It's all about scheme and putting your players in the position to do what they do best. The Oakland Raiders for years always drafted the fastest players at the NFL Combine, because Al Davis coveted speed, how's that working out now?
Prayers to the Mitchell Family on a complete and speedy recovery for Mike's Dad. Good Luck to Mike wherever he he winds up.
I hope the young man gets his life in order!!
Thanks DJ, this is absolutely the best piece I've ever read on 11Warriors, bar none!! I have just two words in echo of the sentiments you expressed in this article, Justin Zwick!!
DJ Fluker is an asshole, why would we care what he says or thinks about anything?
There's never anything wrong with speaking truth to power. I'm sure Mike Thomas is only expressing what other players at many positions are feeling. Going undefeated covered up a lot of ills with this team. Now maybe the real work can begin. Mike Thomas has to back up the big talk, if he doesn't he'll be just another underachieving whiner. The spotlight just got a lot brighter for @cantguardmike, he'd better be able to live up to his Twitter Handle!!
I agree JB322, I think the Kwon ship has sailed. I don't believe it was anything that tOSU did wrong, I just think distance and negativity are huge factors. I don't follow Recruiting anymore, since the whole Stefan Diggs debacle. I refuse to worry about the vagaries of the decisions of 17 and 18-year olds. However, I concur and your conflation of Kwon to C. Grant and Dorian Bell are spot on. I hope Kwon has a great career wherever he decides to go to school.
I also hope the tOSU Fans show more dignity and class than the TTUN Fans showed with Hand and his decision. I'm positive that we will, in that event.
We all know about the ESPiN bias towards the SEC and ACC and that's it's all about the money. As far as the SEC in NC Games, they've won the last 7. As a great sports entertainer is really fond of saying, "to be the Man, you've got to beat the Man." The SEC in CFB is like Floyd Mayweather in Boxing, many people don't like him because he's arrogant and talks shit, but the only way to shut him up is to beat him. After every fight that he wins, they trot out someone new that's going to kick his ass, this time!! So far, no one has been able to. tOSU is in the prime position to end all of the SEC hype forever!! It's all on them, if they win the B1G Championship they're in the NC Game against FSU(no way they lose to Dook)then all they have to do is beat FSU and all of the SEC Hype will go away. Paul Finebaum will probably commit Hara Kiri, which would be a benefit to us all. But in the final analysis, it isn't on ESPiN or the National Media or anyone but the Buckeyes to do what needs to be done. They can end the entire argument by winning 2 more games and hoisting the Crystal Ball in Pasadena!!
Couldn't have said it better myself CRONIMI!! People have way too much time on their hands. Fans of every school sit and worry incessantly over the machinations in the minds of 17 and 18 year-old's about where they choose to further their academic and athletic careers. There's always another Top Recruit coming next year!!
My heartfelt congratulations go out to Coach Herman and his wife. Sending Positive Energy on the birth of Baby Maverick!! Buckeye c/o 2030!!
BOB said "We'll remember some things", like how to tackle in space, how to block DE's, how not to leave WR's wide open in your secondary. Those are things worth remembering. Remember this also, UFM is the Head Football Coach at The Ohio State University, it isn't his job to stop his offense or "let up off of the pedal". You pay a DC hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to stop offenses, hold him accountable!! Your team got it's ass whipped thoroughly and you have every right to be angry, but direct that anger in the right direction!!
Prayers and condolences to the Grant Family!! A terrible loss , BuckeyeNation supports you and your family!!
I'm completely on board with all of the love "Smooth Jazz" is getting, but let's not get crazy. The B1G POY is injured and sitting on the bench, when he's healthy there is no more dynamic player at that position in the country. So while it's nice to ponder and armchair coach, X-Brax 360 is the man, period!!
I can tell all of the Roundtable Guys are under 35 YO by the way the answered the Pre-Season Hype Question. No one mentioned the undefeated, defending National Champions of 1969. There was just a bit of hype about that squad, even though there was no internet or 24-Hour Sports Television!!
Why is it we aren't hearing anything about JUCO transfer Corey Smith?
Obviously you can see that with your "Private Eyes"
You speak the truth JB, Nick Saban wins Championships with wide-bodied linemen, who become NFL 1st Round Draft Picks and get paid a ton of money, pro-style QB's and 25-carry-per game RB's. Flash is nice for the fans and message Boards, but the 2-Time Defending National Champions do it differently!!
I wasn't excited because of all of the Recruiting nonsense with the 'will he or won't he', but now that we're getting to actual football I'm starting to get that tingle!! Thanks CC for getting me 'Pumped' with your HOF Induction Speech!!
I love all the moralizing about why College Athletes shouldn't get paid, especially the one about how they knew what it was going in. Please remember that logic the next time you go in and ask your Boss for a Raise. Because when they hired you, you knew what it was!!