My three favorite crowds (in no particular order)
95 Notre Dame
My three favorite crowds (in no particular order)
95 Notre Dame
We still have a long way to go until we are even for the Cooper years. I say we want to Keep Hoke and not get rid of him. I think the chant should actually be 4 more years.....4 more years.....4 more years......
They just didn't play Stanford football.
I don't remember ever feeling so low about the BIG. Sure the Little 8 sucked in the 70's, but there was at least the perception that the Buckeyes and Wolverines were among the elite. There was a brief period where the Vest dominated, but we seemed to be able to win some out of conference games, Yesterday was sad to watch. I truly believe it comes down to coaching. It also pisses me off, that as the money pours into the conference in record amounts, things seem to get worse.
I am all for keeping things in perspective and realize that the athletic departments are extensions of the universities (unlike some of our friends from the south), but this is ridiculous. Despite the advantage in resources, many of our peers can't even compete in the MAC. Maybe instead of east and west, the BIG should divide into two divisions. Those good enough for division 1 get a bigger slice of the pie. Last place gets relegated and first place in D 2 gets promoted to the big bucks each year. You want the money, you gotta step up.
I was a staunch defender of tradition for a long tme, but the conference and the traditions I grew up with are long dead. Just give me something that I can feel halfway decent about.
There seems to be a common theme here. We have a way of certainly bringing out the best in the opposing QB's.
I didn't feel comfortable going into this game, as I felt our inexperience on offense played right into Va Techs strength. What I didn't expect, was the defense to give up this many points. Once again, we allowed a pedestrian QB to look like Joe Montana. Something is just not right on that side of the ball, and if we don't get it corrected soon, I would not be surprised if we lost to UC. This has a very 2011 feel to it. Hopefully I am wrong, and we can salvage at least an 04 year out of this.
What, no AR15?
Didn't we already do that....1995,1996, 2006?
As usual, money tends to corrupt everything. The thing that always confused me, was how much change that the media and certain segments of fans wanted from what was clearly a popular sport. Normally such radical change is reserved for failing enterprises. In the 70's, you could only be on TV once, maybe twice a year. Wait you mean we can make more money if certain teams are on more, no problem. In the 80's we had an explosion of TV and bowls. But bowls sucked, they left us without a true national champion. We need a way to pit one versus two. Good bye Rose Bowl, we now need to focus on the BCS and getting to the only game that mattered. Now success could only be defined by one measuring stick. But the money was now flowing and there was no going back. Pandora was out of the box and the tail in some cases was waging the dog.
College football teams are an extension of the university and part of the fabric and culture of the whole college experience. It should NOT simply be an entity established simply to serve as a minor league system for the NFL.
I think that this decision is going to bring an end to the game I grew up loving. The BIG Is now aligned with five conferences, three of which has a very different set of priorities that we do. The PAC and the BIG will find themselves on the losing end of many of the decisions to come. Schools in the SEC and points south see the college athlete through a very narrow focus. For the BIG and the PAC to keep up, my fear is that money will need to be syphoned from the Olympic non revenue sports and this hurts the opportunity form many kids to get the help they might need to afford college.
I remember listening to a sports radio program one day in Cleveland and the topic was money in sports. The caller made a comment along the lines of when he was a kid, the Indians and Browns players lived in his neighborhood and were a part of the community, now they live in gated communities and only come to town for practice or games. When I went to OSU, the football and basketball players went to class with us, went to the bars with us and in some cases were our friends. What does the future hold. Will they even still be part of the university, or simply mercenaries for hire. Pay for play visitors who simply show up for practice and games and they bolt for the NFL as soon as able.
I think it is a bit harsh to criticize someone for the fact that they like two schools. Growing up in NW Ohio, I also liked both OSU and ND. Growing up Catholic, my dad liked ND, the priest liked ND and the nuns liked ND. My dad who was an immigrant from Scotland of Irish decent also made sure that we knew who Ohio's team was and I can remember him pointing that out to me one New Year's day.. Liking both was not an issue, as (as long as Woody was there) you knew they were never going to play.
That being said, as I got older and it came time to go to college, it became more difficult to root for two. No one wanted to beat the shit out of the Irish more than I did when we played in 95 and as the years have passed, my allegiance has been one sided. That's just me however, and I don't see a reason why someone (like my dad) who paid tuition for 3 to go to OSU could like both.
My anticipation for this year and I think is the key for the success of the team is if Braxton can continue the growth (aka Troy Smith) and have the kind of senior year we need from him. The Troy Smith of his senior year (sans Bowl Game) was a polished pass first quarterback that was a significant improvement over the back yard wheeler dealer we saw his first two seasons at the helm. If Braxton can make that same leap, this offense (I believe) can put up some impressive numbers. A breakout season from Rod Smith would be the bonus.
The Wiscinsin tie was 93 and don't forget we had to block a FG to preserve the result. Thought for sure I was headed for the Rose Bowl that year. I was a student during those early Cooper years and the Minnesota and LSU game would top my list. There are too many to have a short list.
FYI, the goalposts last came down after 85 Iowa. I believe one of the posts ended up hanging behind the bar at Papa Joe's. Good times!
Pace is a no-brainier. One of the most dominating players I had the opportunity to watch play. He is the one player that could instantly elevate his position group to the next level. For my second, I have to go with my favorite Buckeye, Mike Doss. Staying for his senior year aside, he was the consummate leader of one of the best OSU defenses ever. Whether the result of intense film study or instinct, he always seemed to know what the offense was going to do prior to the snap.
I was in South Stands too. I know the weather was cold and wet that day, but I don't remember being cold. Maybe it was the warm glow ok kicking the Illini's ass. That game finally closed the book on their little run of success against us.
I was a student during those years and Gary really energized the program. Although the record the last year was a disappointment, it can partly be traced to losing Jay Burson. I remember USA Today had us as a lock for the tourney the week he got hurt. The team closed out the year with a 9 game losing streak and that was that. We still had a lot of fun and we could get really crazy in those court side seats.
I can't lie, popping over to Mgo every now and then does wonders. Having survived the late 80's an the 90's, it is a clear example of Kharma. The thing that brings me the most joy however is the fact that their fan base hasn't realized yet that in the modern era of the game, their brief period of dominance has been an anomaly. While our recent run has been extremely one sided, and probably due to end at some point, it is most likely that we will remain on the positive side of things into the future. Unless of course, the significant talent advantage that Ohio enjoys over Michigan (high school) is suddenly flipped. Nah, that ain't happening.
History does not favor the European Sides in a South American Cup. I believe you have to favor the hosts and Argentina.
Coming forward in the last minute of a 1-1 match and heading in the winner off of a corner. As a defender, my chances were limited, so that was nice.
In 1995, I got to play St. Andrews 2 weeks before The Open and I stuck an 7 iron on 18, 6 feet from the cup. I always remember getting applause from the people standing around the green.
About the only person besides Trayvon Jackson I would prefer not taking the last shot would be Lenzell Smith.
While it is certainly fun to make fun of UM, I believe our students have nothing to crow about. There is a general apathy in the modern student. There are also so many things that they find more important. The concept of missing a game when I was in school was so foreign to me that it never entered into the debate. That is not to say that there were not kids back then that didn't care and I was always appreciative to take their tickets off their hands. Granted back then $40-45 would get you a season ticket. I always had friends or family that would come for the games so they always got used.
I think the biggest issue for the game right now is the date post Thanksgiving. Fortunately it was never something we had to worry about. It definitely puts a damper on the event known as Michigan Week.
Saturday will certainly be a challenge, but we do have several factors that play to our favor.
I think Sparty will run a game plan very similar to Iowa. They will try to establish the run and then hit us with play action and screen passes. On defense they are going to come after us with pressure from the first snap. We will need to play our best game of the year on both sides of the ball to win.
I don't think it is being negative to worry about our defense ability to perform at the level we expect from an OSU defense. To a certain extent we were spoiled during the Tressel years when we fielded a defense that we were confident could win games sometimes without the help of the offense. The worm has definitely turned in that regard. We now have an offense that can win simply by out scoring the opponent.
What I saw yesterday was a defense that was in position several times to make game changing plays. For whatever reason, we were not always able to finish either Gardner or the RB was able to wriggle free. Our defense faced a steady diet of misdirection and screen passes and our aggressive tendencies seemed to work against us. Folks want to talk about the youth of Michigan's offense, but our defense has it's share of youth as well.
I would love to roll out the 02 and 05 defense every year, but those teams don't just materialize naturally. They are developed over time and tend to be the perfect mix of skill and experience.
Is our defense the weakness of this team? Absolutely. Are they capable of playing better? Certainly. Should we be allowed to critically assess their performance? I think as fans, this is the reason we come to sights like this.
Next Saturday should be interesting, as we will be on the receiving end of Tresselball and the dreaded Bollman offense.
In the latest installment of who is next to jump the Buckeyes, we now have the Auburn Tigers. Following the trends already established this year, I guess we should bet the farm on Mizzou.
Truth be told, we need to stop worrying about what ESPN and others are saying and focus on beating Sparty. We will need our defense to show up for this one because I don't think we will be able to simply run over that defense. Thank God the game is in doors so Braxton can take the glove of his throwing hand. He must do a better job of passing especially the short and medium routes or MSU will load the box.
My friends and I went in after the wins in 84 and 94. I think we also went in after we beat LSU in 88. For us, it was always a post victory thing. I don't remember it being a big thing during my years as a student to go in pre game. It is tradition now, so I hope the administration doesn't muck it up. Go Bucks!
I was a student during those years and at the game. The crowd noise rule was something that had a short shelf life, but Michigan and Bo took full advantage of it. I think it originated when they lost in 84 and Bo complained about the noise. If I had a dollar for every time Harbaugh turned to the refs that day, I would never have had to work after school.
I agree with Delaney 100%. I also don't necessarily think a full development league is necessary. NFL teams already have practice squads, why not expand that to include a development component with a greatly reduced salary structure. Those with the talent, now have the ability to capitalize without the burden of having to actually better themselves intellectually.