This quote at the start of Vico's post hit it on the head for me.
"With each passing year, I think I enjoy college football less and less. It's definitely not for lack of recent titles for Ohio State. The older I get, the more difficult it is to reconcile that preposterous facade of amateurism and why many prestigious institutions of higher education should be so concerned with this peculiar (albeit multi-million-dollar) entertainment package it now feels compelled to offer."
Dont get me wrong i still love the game and love my Buckeyes but the sports hypocrisy and dark underbelly that we all wink, cough and turn our heads from gets harder and harder to ignore and care about.
that said he are a few more confessions
I am still not sold, even after a national title that the defense will return to Silver Bullet days, were they better last year? sure, are they dominant? heck no, they are adequate, but as Tressel showed in his tenure you can win titles and just be adequate in some phases if you are dominant in another. For Tress, the D was dominant and the O was often just adequate, with Urban so far that is simply reversed
I think our kicker Nuernberger is a liability and his spring performance showed zero signs of improvement and that some day this will cost us a game and it can be argued may have cost us against Va Tech last year where if he hits 2 attempts from 40 yards in, then the score would have been 21-13 at half and a 1 point lead when Barrett threw his last 2 picks, ie we may not have been so desperate to pass and might have won a close one instead.
I am not sold that what Meyer does in terms of "roster mgt" is that much different from what Saban does or is claimed to do, but I also have zero problem with oversigning as a practice
I think John Simon is one of the more over rate Buckeye DLMen. Bosa in 2 years has only 9 fewer TFL and more sacks than Simon had as a 4 year starter,,John was not terrible but he was not elite
I think Craig Krenzel is quite over rated as well. I think OSU won despite having him at QB not because they had him and the '03 season when he didn't have MOC to rely exposed him for his truly mediocre play
I still cant get past how Tressel handled tatgate and still believe he did what he did so he could possibly win another title in 2010.
At hate the negative nicknames for our opponents, I use Wisky and Nebby and Minny as short hand, but never use meatchicken, or skunkweasels etc, it is simply childish
In general i hate show boating or swagger and hence am not a fan of "feed me" or "the shrug", and i hate the double middle fingers in Ann Arbor
I have lost nearly all interest in other OSU sports. I used to watch tons of hoops games and often baseball and hickey and paid attention to many others, but anymore i cant be bothered. I will watch a hoops game now and then basically out of curiosity, but if they lose i frankly dont care much anymore
This site and many of its staff and posters as exceptions, i think most OSU fans are ignorant and embarrassing. They know little to nothing about the game, over react to almost any stimulus (good or bad) and can often be publicly face palmingly stupid
although i could go on i wil stop with this one, i thought after Braxton went down and especially after 2 fairly weak performances against Navy and Va Tech that last years team would lose 4 or 5 games