The writer of this article is getting exactly the type of reaction he was seeking when he wrote it, who the hell has ever heard of the term "Deep-South Buckeyes?" Of course the tOSU is chasing the SEC, they'd won 7 of the last 8 NC's. When your ultimate goal is a Championship, why would you be chasing a team you've dominated for a decade? OSU/Michigan is widely acknowledged as the 'greatest rivalry in sports' so yes the hatred is there on our part. If it's not on the side of TTUN, that's there problem.
I always find it amusing when people who never saw Art Schlichter play comment write articles about him. Playing in a system that didn't maximize his talents, he was still the best QB I've seen at Ohio State.
Have we all forgotten about Jalin Marshall, who's coming back from knee surgery? The competition will be fun to watch. Mr. Scoreboard Operator, get your rest now, while you can. When this offense hits the field there won't be much opportunity to rest.
Following College Football recruiting is always a losing proposition, as was previously stated we're talking about the whims and vagaries of 16-18 year-old children. They are pampered, preened, wined, dined and genuflected to for most of their lives and then asked to make what is up to this point, the most important decision of their lives. Hundreds of thousands of people are hanging on that decision. I trust UFM and his staff and I'll see you all on NLOI Day!! Have a great Summer, I'll be at M&T Bank Stadium watching the Wishbone get snapped and Navy get sunk. It's June 18, 2014 @ 3:23PM and M*ch*g*n still sux!! Go Bucke!!
Let's not blaspheme, Jack Tatum was one of a kind and his like will not be soon seen again. I'm glad everyone is really high on Erik Smith. But before we start with Tatum talk, let's let him play a game or two. Jack Tatum was the best player on the best defense in Buckeye History and the most feared player in football, College and Pro. That's a tall task to live up to!!
I believe this whole thing is garbage, UFM wouldn't spend 10 minutes talking about TSUN, with a room full of recruits. TROLL, TROLL, TROLL.
Congratulations on 'Smooth Jazz' going to Buffalo!!
While James Franklin is having a lot of early recruiting success, let's remember NLOI Day is in February, last time I checked. The score of last season's game with PSU was 63-14 and tOSU will be better on defense this season. As far as the comments of Brandon Wimbush, he committed to PSU, what would you expect a 17 year-old HS Senior-to-be to say. He needs to be concerned about beating out Christian Hackenburg, before he concerns himself with dominating the B1G. All of this May talk is just that, games are still to be played and in the immortal words of the 'Nature Boy', "To be the Man, you've got to beat the Man."
It's Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 1:43PM and M*ch*g*n still sux!! Wake me up on NLOI Day!!
What month of the year is it, again?
I'm in 1000% agreement with Oneida54, every Spring we hear the same talk about how this year it's going to be different. We heard it last Spring and we saw the results. It's just like every year we hear how the TE is going to be an integral part of the offense and then they aren't. It's great that in April everyone says they're on the same page and everything is great. We'll see in 124 days at M&T Bank Stadium!!
It's really sad to be 16/17-years-old and have to live your life in a 'fishbowl' with people who don't know you or anything about you dissecting and commenting on every aspect of your life. As Birm so aptly stated, nothing good can come from speculation. EGW is a child, let's allow he and his family some privacy to deal with this situation, which btw isn't unique to HS or athletics. Being a Fan doesn't give anyone the right to invade this boy's life, especially the comments about his family, whom the person that posted probably doesn't know. This is the reason I quit following recruiting with more than a cursory interest. I'll be back on NLOI Day, until then leave these children alone!!
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.