ibuck's picture


Member since 17 August 2013 | Blog

Helmet Stickers: 2,934 | Leaderboard

Voting Record: 1764 / 250

OSU grad, born in Cincinnati, now living on west coast.


  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John Havlicek (was lucky enough to meet him)
  • NFL TEAM: 49ers –Yorks. Met Joe Montana, R Lott, S. Young.
  • NBA TEAM: Muscleball? Not so much.
  • MLB TEAM: Go Giants! Champs!
  • SOCCER TEAM: Offside rule, as enforced, is lame.

Recent Activity

Comment 28 Jun 2015

If you were a freshman in 1974, Archie was a junior, when he won his first Heisman. Archie started as a frosh in 1972, the first year freshmen were eligible to play. He did run wild (239 yards) in a 29-14 win over North Carolina on September 30, 1972. And that continued for 4 years, and he played in 4 Rose Bowls.

Comment 18 Jun 2015

Compared to football, hoops coaches get so little time with the players that the hoopsters need to work hard on their own if they are to improve significantly. IIRC, Evan Turner worked very hard on his game. Don't know if there were others who worked their tails off. Craft didn't practice enough on his jump shot, probably due to his pre-med commitments, though he did hustle his tail off in games. Maybe big time college athletics and college academics were too much for some of OSU's recent hoopsters, so we didn't see big gains in their development. Attitude is a big part of development as well, along with lots of practice and accepting coaching. Let's hope these 6 new Buckeyes do well all around. 

Comment 17 Jun 2015

I don't understand DJ's logic

Yeah, he often baffles me as well. 

Comment 16 Jun 2015

Why are the freshman hoopsters all in school for summer session when the coaches cannot coach them?

  1. Is it to get acclimated to college life so that there are fewer distractions in October when practice starts?
  2. Or is it so they can be academically eligible—with college grades in the books?
  3. Is there strength and conditioning work going on?
  4. Team bonding?
Comment 14 Jun 2015

Yes, we are spoiled. A natty and we want even better performance this year.

TOSU played better at year end, but will that level of play continue after losing some great seniors?

I think we'll have to see if the OL can block well enough, and if the Silver Bullets can defend well enough.

I'd be darn  happy even if there were fewer points and yards and they ended up 15-0.

Comment 09 Jun 2015

I don't think you understand my thinking. I'm just saying that all the big programs schedule some creampuffs, and that there is value in doing so. I'm not opposed to OSU playing some better opponents—which they do this year. And I like Matta—who is unquestionably the best coach in OSU hoops history. Izzo and Bob Knight like Matta too.

 You (and other so-called Buckeye fans) obviously like Izzo better than Matta. I like to support the OSU coach, and feel that complaining about him hurts recruiting.

Comment 08 Jun 2015

Yep. Students may provide enthusiasm and a loud atmosphere, but alumni carry the program by buying the tickets and showing up.

Would OSU get good recruits if most seats were empty for the OOC games?

Any successful program needs both students and alumni showing up to prosper.

Comment 08 Jun 2015

Wrang-wrang: disputing a general truth with one example.  a la Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

You've used one year. Look at the other OOC games MSU scheduled last year: Navy, Loyola (Chicago), Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Oakland, EMU, The Citadel, plus Santa Clara and Rider in Orlando.

And for 2015 OSU has games versus upper echelon teams. 

Comment 08 Jun 2015

How does a coach instill confidence in young players who have no experience against bigger, faster, more talented players than they saw in high school? 

Play 'em against the highest ranked teams in the country? Against whom there may be trouble getting a shot up?

That may have some value in showing the youngsters that, as talented as they are, they still have a lot to learn. But confidence comes from repeated success. One begins to build confidence against opponents who are less esteemed. (And who don't demand home & away games.) And hopefully, as the season progresses, versus teams that are more and more talented.

BTW, even the schedules of the top teams have such "lesser opponents."

Comment 03 Jun 2015

The Buckeyes will be very young this year. If the freshman develop as freshmen typically do, they may struggle to stay in games against vaunted opponents. Just as many of you do, I hope at least a couple of them rapidly acclimate themselves to the bigger, quicker, stronger, more athletic opponents in the college game, and keep these games competitive. But if not, I'll just accept that it typically takes a year or two for new recruits to shine. Not everyone is an Oden, Connelly, Cook or Russell.