If one is going to trip an official, I cannot think of any that deserve it more than one Theodore Valentine.
Some observations after watching that video:
1. The Buckeyes would've been flagged for excessive celebration for that benign display in today's game. A bygone era. Even the color guy was talking about what Byars was going to do when he got to the end zone.
2. Keith Byars was my dude. I absolutely loved that guy. He was absolutely hosed out of the '84 Heisman. Yes, Doug, that was a great pass to Phelan against Miami, but one play doesn't win you a Heisman. Keith was a rock all year.
3. "All Night Long" as the outro to the commercial break. Gotta love the '80s.
edit to add - thanks for posting!
My biggest memory from the 1984 Fiesta Bowl was as the game was starting. NBC was broadcasting the game and they put each team's game-by-game 1983 schedule and results on the screen. I was eleven at the time and was watching the game at a friend's house with a third friend in attendance. This third friend didn't really watch a whole lot of Ohio State football. When they showed the season results - I'll never forget - he said, "Man, look what they DO to people!" That was a major point of pride for this young Buckeye fan.
True. It's the getting there, though...
While I certainly won't actively wish ill will on the B1G during bowl season (the lone exception being TTUN), I don't become a chanter (you know, "SEC! SEC!"). I'm a Buckeye fan, not a B1G fan.
As far as Notre Dame, that was the one post season match up I did not want, and it has nothing to do with the Bucks' on-field prospects. I fell very confident on that end. There is a pretty good-sized Fighting Irish base where I am, and I am not looking forward to three weeks of the junk talk. I have no tolerance.
You guys are about to get an earful.
I did not attend Ohio State. My dad was a dental school student at tOSU when I was born, and I was born at University Hospital. It was always (and still is) a point of pride for me to say that I entered this world in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of THE Ohio State University. I always planned to go to Ohio State, but life happens. I followed my fiance to Huntington, West Virginia, and we attended Marshall University. Once there, I developed a deep appreciation for their football program, especially upon learning about the plane crash, which I unbelievably knew nothing about until after I enrolled there. While I was there, Marshall won the first of its two I-AA national championships (1992). Watching them dominate I-AA while I was there (with the lone exception being Youngstown State with some dude named Tressel as their coach), make the jump to I-A and dominate the MAC, and hang with (and in some cases defeat) some long established programs in non-conference games and bowl games due to guys like Moss, Pennington, and Leftwich made me a real Marshall Thundering Herd football fan. However, Ohio State football is still my beloved. This video just cements that. Seeing Keith Byars and Cris Carter in that piece reminds me of being the little boy that lived for Saturdays so I could watch the Buckeyes on TV. This video is an incredible reminder of how truly awesome Ohio State Football really is. I love all the Heisman winners, the national championships, the B1G Championships, the Horseshoe, the fact that the Buckeyes won the first ever CFP... When Urban talks about representing the great state of Ohio, I am thankful that he gets it and means it. I always tell people that know that I follow both the Buckeyes and The Herd that Ohio State is my #1, and Marshall is my #1-A. The Herd takes a backseat to no one, including the Buckeyes, but they have to ride shotgun. Don't know why I felt the need to post all that, guess the video was that powerful. O-H!
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114 comments in, I'm sure no one will care what I have to say by now, but my dilemma back in the summer was head vs. heart. My heart wanted Cardale - the Cinderella third-stringer, the cannon arm we nicknamed "12 Gauge," the big kid with the bigger smile, the Cleveland native (I have an affinity for the 216), but my head wanted J.T. This was the surgeon, the cool customer, the QB that ran the offense at max efficiency when he was in as a starter. When Cardale was announced as the starter, I trusted the staff knew what they were doing, but in my gut, it just felt off, like they were trying to extend magic that was intended for only three games. Again, there's a reason those guys are coaching The Ohio State University and I'm not, but that's what I felt. Too many riches, I guess.
That is exactly why I don't make those kinds of bets. Not that I'm not confident in my Buckeyes, but that in the event I would be the loser of the bet, I hate scUM with the fire of 1000 suns and I couldn't tolerate having anything scUM-related on my social media accounts or body (hats/shirts/etc.).
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Ohio State is the best team in the B1G. Our plan of attack against MSU was just poorly thought out, and you have to credit MSU for stopping what we did attempt to do. I just hate that a team that is absolutely deserving of being in the final four is going to (more than likely) be on the outside looking in. Maybe that's a little bit of a homer's view, but I am absolutely sure the Buckeyes should be in the final four.
I know last week was extremely disappointing, and we are probably not going to make the CFP (although I will continue to hold out hope), but this season is a success because we beat TTUN. End of story.
Like Spielman said in the HBO special on this rivalry, TTUN wouldn't be where it is without Ohio high school football. It always warms my heart to see a grass-is-greener type go up there and swing and miss four times. Mad props to the guys that committed here when the program was in a state of total disarray.
Ugh. Working a night shift Friday night, then daughter's track meet AND son's doubleheader on Saturday. SO wish I could make it. Son and I are looking forward to our wrestling national championship shirts to come in, though!
I look for one of these photos about every scUM game going all the way back to '98 when Michael Wiley broke a 53-yarder to open the scoring. Love seeing a Buckeye RB dashing to the end zone with a trail of maize and blue "defenders" in his wake. Wiley, Pittman, Troy, EZE... I know there are others. Of course, my initial love for that camera angle/shot came when Eddie blew through the Irish defense in '95...
Re: OSU commits potentially flipping to another school...
Kirk Barton has been saying on his Twitter feed for the past few days... "Come to Ohio State or lose to Ohio State." That just about sums it up for me. If they decommit and go somewhere else, then they'll be on the wrong end of the scoreboard at some point. Their loss, not ours. Go Bucks.
I know how your son feels. MY first game in The Shoe (I was 10) was a 6-0 loss to Wisconsin in '82 - the first time Wisconsin had won in Columbus. EVER. My parents reassured me before the game that Ohio State "always" beats Wisconsin. Still ticks me off all these years later.
I was going to post a similar comment to yours and then saw yours. I believe there are many Buckeye fans that will forever associate "Centuries" with OSU's championship run, whether or not they want to admit it, and whether or not they like it.
While I am with you in missing the Buckeyes and college football in general, the months are so much sweeter knowing the crown sits on our Buckeyes' heads for the next twelve months. I plan on basking until late August...
Nicely done. But isn't that what we do after every Ramzy column? "Nicely done." "Outstanding." "You nailed it, Ramzy." Lather, rinse, repeat.
As Monday's game was winding down and it appeared we had things in hand, I was sharing with my 16, 14, and 12 year-old kids just what happened the last time the Buckeyes were national champions. They were 4, 2, and four months old, and I explained that the older two would really have no recollection of it all. I do remember, though, the next morning. As we pulled them from bed to get them ready for the day, the older two both asked who won, and I shared with them the news that Ohio State won and that they were the national champions. They just beamed. They had no clue the gravity of that statement, but they just knew it was a good thing, even if they didn't completely get it. We were all piled around our TV watching it together this time, my wife and I already having promised our kids they could go in to school a couple hours late the next day. (Judge me if you must. All three are more than handling their business in the classroom, so that brings certain perks, the way my wife and I see it.) I am really glad I was surrounded by my family this time. I won't be forgetting it any time soon.
(1) From the Oregon perspective of the Buckeyes:
"Their offensive line is decent."
WOW. Sounds like whistling past the graveyard to me.
(2) From the WMDs, I cannot recommend highly enough reading the MGoBlog Sugar Bowl thread. A sampling:
"I would take Denard over JT Barrett and Cardale Jones every single time I had the choice..."
To read the joy and despair rise and fall with the major moments of the game was entertaining beyond anything I expected. Cannot wait for Monday! Go Bucks!
Thanks for that reply. Just didn't want to be "that guy," you know, the one that majored in the minors. But I just wanted him to get the heck down.
This is in no way a criticism, I want to make that clear, but who else was screaming, "Get down! GET DOWN!" after he brought the INT out of the end zone? C'mon - I know I wasn't the only one! lol
I want to watch it, I really do, but I just... can't... make... myself... do... it...
Two years later, and Zach Boren standing over Devin Gardner is still the wallpaper on my iPhone. I just can't bring myself to change it.
The purse strings need to be loosened to keep this guy in Columbus for a long time. Absolutely the most critical coach we have behind Urban. And yes, I am including Herman. If you don't have a strong o-line, you can't run anyone's offense effectively. Columbus' version of "Pay the Man."