This article points up something I've argued for some time. Most state high school athletic associations prohibit recruiting, requiring high school students to play for their zoned school. In many states, a kid can change school because the next high school over has a better music program, or math team, or drama program, but not because they have a better baseball program. I think that's ridiculous. High schools should be about the student, not the school. Based on what Coach says here, the best kid in a crappy program has no chance to play for OSU, and it may apply to other top programs as well. The top kids on mediocre teams should be able to go to the high school that best fits their needs, just like a top math student can go to the school that works for her. The current system shows the bankruptcy of the high school sports system.
The 41-6 shellacking the Buckeyes took from Purdue was the first Buckeyes game I ever attended, when I was 11. Home side, lower deck, all the way at the end of the horseshoe. Things headed uphill after that.
Teaching your child to love the Bucks and hate UMich is part of being a good parent. Passing good value onto your child is essential parenting.
As I think about it, the only bad day I can think of that was not a great day to be a Buckeye was the day they fired Jon Waters.
What in the world was that about? The "floor angle" shot isn't bad for a while, but the whole game? And it wasn't like the normal camera was broken, because they gave close ups from an angle above the court. That floor angle shot really drove me nuts.
A good bit better than the second game of last season.
I still suffer from PTSD from that UCLA Rose Bowl. One of the worst New Year's ever.
You neglect to point out that it was whole milk, and not that "candy-ass 2%" or skim. Manly men's coronary arteries need that extra milk fat.
I agree. I agree. I agree, Legend. Nonetheless, that was an entertaining ballgame. Too bad the good guys couldn't pulpit out.
And the 1969 team, even better than the 1968 National Champs, lost their perfect season and their chance to repeat by losing to Michigan at the end of the season, thereby precipitating the start of the 10 Year War.
The 2003 Fiesta Bowl still stands out to me as the greatest game I have ever seen. The 2002 Buckeyes made almost all of their games close, and won some with real magic (4th down against Purdue, for example). They were big underdogs going into Tempe. The double OT win against Miami was spectacular.
Losing to Florida in 2006 was the worst. The redemption story of the 2014 season is a story to rival the 2002 season, and just one more reason why it's great to be a Buckeye.
Oh, the 2002 title following the 2003 Fiesta Bowl was awfully special, too. The Buckeyes had several close games that year, highlighted by slipping past Purdue on a late fourth down. They slipped into the BCS championship because higher-rated teams kept losing, and Tresselball kept us winning. Miami was a big favorite and the game was very close. The holding call at the end of the first OT saved us, and we won it in the 2d OT. A more exciting game I have never seen - it's still my all-time favorite. But the 2014-15 run at the end of the season, the Cardale story, the whole story of this team, is truly wonderful as well.
This is exactly the point I was going to make. Flash and dash are important and can win some games, but football is primarily a physical game in the trenches. Everything else is based on that. When the foundation of strength and conditioning are solid, the rest can flow naturally from it. The strength and conditioning coach, along with the nutrition coach, builds that foundation, without which the rest falls. That's why championships are won in the off-season, and why Coach Marotti is the most important guy on the team.
Any chance 11W could score a stack of Dispatches for distribution to those of us in the hinterlands?
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:
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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