I just heard the the opening line in Vegas has Bama by 9.5.
Tonight's game is officially my second most favorite game after the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. This game replaces 2006 OSU-TTUN in the #2 spot.
Concussions are not the result of a helmet problem. Helmets, whether in football, cycling, hockey, or any other sport, protect against skull fractures and similar injuries. A strong blow to the head is going to jostle the brain with or without a helmet. Sometimes helmets make it worse because the player will lead the his head while blocking or tackling - think how differently rugby players do it compared to football players.
I hear my county's mental health civil commitment proceedings. I deal with dangerously depressed people regularly. Like most kinds of mental illness, I don't think anyone can comprehend what it is like for those suffering from it without actually walking in their shoes. The best any of us can do is to try to understand what they are going through. Everyone - every one of us - must make a commitment to help those suffering with depression or other mental illnesses. My freshman-year college roommate killed himself after a few year in college, and I recognize now he likely was becoming schizophrenic when we roomed together. I regret not doing more.
Pass this around:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK 
Samaritans Email (24/7, completely anonymous)
All day Sunday I kept checking to see if UM had fired Hoke. One of the worst tings that could happen would be for them to fire Hoke before the game, which would result in their team playing out of their minds. I remember OSU-Mich in 1987, when Earle Bruce had been fired and the Buckeye took out a highly favored UM team on Earle's last game. No doubt Saturday's game will be Hoke's last, and the Bucks have to be careful.
One of the worst things that could happen this week is for UMich to fire Hoke before Saturday. Their players would then be playing out of their minds, just like in 1987 when the Buckeyes whipped a heavily favored Mich after Earle Bruce was fired. Hope for no firing this week.
Here is Mike Bianchi in yesterday's Orlando Sentinel (talking about his early support for Muschamp): "And, in many ways, he was the right choice after the crime-ridden championship years of Urban Meyer. Muschamp cleaned up the program off the field, restored discipline and was respected by his players and colleagues. Which is why Foley stuck by him even after last year's historically bad 4-8 season and the embarrassing 42-13 homecoming loss to Missouri three weeks ago."
To Bianchi, everything wrong with Florida football for the last decade or so is traced to Urban Meyer.
Completely correct. There are a lot of things wrong with big-money college sports, but one of the upsides is that a well-run big time football program can put a lot of money into non-revenue sports and campus intramural facilities, which makes for a better college experience for everyone. OSU is #1 in that respect.
Ah, the future. Imagine JT winning B1G Player of the Year, maybe a Heisman nomination, and then next year when Braxton comes back (like he said he would) we have the kind of QB situation teams can only dream about.
Here's one of the best things I've read this week. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/the-worldwide-cheerleader-espn-and-the-college-football-playoff-20141028?fb_action_ids=10100283246204311&fb_action_types=og.shares
Watch out, Penn State.
Coming home to OSU for my 30th law school class reunion a couple of years ago was really nice. As you get older, coming back to Columbus becomes increasingly special.
The first time I went to Brighthouse Stadium I was truly terrified about how much the aluminum bounces. It would take about a million pounds of dynamite to take down Ohio Stadium - I think you could take down Brighthouse Stadium with a screwdriver.
What? Cardale's hurdle doesn't make the cut? I suggest re-editing.
You have to be smart to be a brain surgeon, and you have to be smart to be a rocket scientist. You have to be smart squared to be a rocket surgeon.
My 1270 SAT and diploma from a tiny Ohio farm town got me into Cornell in 1974. It's amazing to me that my SAT is now the OSU average. The times do change.
All the best to Braxton. He will be back next year better than ever. And the 2014 Bucks will be just fine.
That said, I feel we have been actively misled by the team, right up through Monday morning. It is clear Braxton was not 100%, he was not in the best shape of his life, and everything was not OK. It's one thing not to release information; it's another to actively put out false information. I am disappointed in the Buckeyes.
Another great year to be a Buckeye.
Whatever one thinks of the NCAA, their advertising tagline, "Just about all of them are going pro in something other than sports" is correct. Almost all of these athletes will not become professional athletes. But every college kid deserves their best shot to do and become what they want. Transfer prohibitions are crazy. Just as a high school kid should be able to go where he wants if it will help him get a better college offer, a college student should be able to go where he or she wants.
Jim - You have a good point and you don't deserve the down votes. By far the most troubling part of Tatgate was Coach Tressel's ham-fisted attempts to cover it up. The cover-up was way worse than the crime. But on balance I think Coach Tressel did fine work at OSU and he did a good job at Akron. His treatment of Maurice Clarett has been first class, to say the least. I studied carefully the claims about character issues at YSU, and I am not convinced. So while I understand your position, I think you're wrong.
I also remember watching those ping pong lotteries. I was too young to be drafted but was getting close, so my interest and attention kept going up. Later on, my college roommate got his tonsils and wisdom teeth removed right at the end of our senior year because he was going into the submarine service after graduation. Man, was he sick. Very glad mine were removed in 2d grade. I'm especially glad after reading this.
Any one know the likelihood of him being able to play next year? Why would he not have to sit out a year?
Thanks for a great season, Bucks. Less pressure in a bowl game. But hey, it's Christmas, the basketball Bucks are undefeated, and it's a great time to be a Buckeye. So all is good.
ADV is a great offensive player, but watch him closely while he's on defense. He is a liability on defense.