If I lived in Findley OHIO, as the clock struck midnight, I would dress in all black (for the recruits), and vandalize the holy dog sh!t out of that billboard... and not give it a second thought.
Thanks for the info fellas...
My personal opinion is that she does not belong on the playoff committee. I believe she was added in an effort to placate all those who think gender specific roles are things of the past... the 'she's as qualified as any man to be on the committee' group. Well, I could not disagree more. She is no more qualified to be on that committee than I am to be Secretary of State. She's a fan, nothing more. I realize that sports are life's playground, something not to be taken too seriously... but the coaches and players who bleed for this game deserve more than for one of the committee members to be appointed for politically correct reasons. One should have to have a football resume to be considered for inclusion on the playoff committee. A playing and/or coaching career should be paramount. Everyone on that committee should be able to break down film and debate football strategy with no less authority than, at the very least, a seasoned high school coach/former player. That should be the least qualified person in that room, and it only goes up from there. Because Condi Rice watched football on Sunday with her dad does not qualify her to help decide who gets in and who doesn't. She's a bright, accomplished and well educated woman... but she doesn't belong on this committee.
If Ohio State was at full strength, then it would have been a beating of biblical proportions... if only for retribution. However, OSU is five starters light... their top two H backs (Marshall and Wilson), two starting/co-starting level receivers in Smith and Brown and the best defensive player in the country in Bosa. That is a problem. Having said that, I still think the Buckeyes hang 40-50 on Va Tech and the defense picks up where it left off and is very stingy with points surrendered. I believe Ohio State covers and then some, but at full strength it would have been ugly.
Screw Selig and every sports writer who never played an inning of baseball yet are empowered with the ability to keep a great player out of his earned place in the Hall of Fame for nothing other than pure spite. Rose has paid his penance and then some. To keep Pete Rose out of baseball's Hall of Fame, in my opinion, is to render the Hall incomplete, and is making a mockery of the selection process. Football is my sport. It always has been and it always will be. Baseball, for me personally, is nothing more than something to casually follow during the summer months... but these ass clowns keeping Pete Rose out of the Hall is the greatest sports injustice of the past decade. He earned it on the field. He made a tremendous mistake and he's paid a steep price for that mistake. It's time to move on. Baseball, more than any other sport, needs to get over itself.
He's 6'4" with a big arm, played in a major program in high pressure situations, and is a bright kid who stays out of trouble. It's not that hard to understand...
Hard to turn your back on what you loved as a child. Pryts is a player I'd hoped Ohio State would land... but it was not to be.
RE: Howard being on one end of the 'homer spectrum' and Herbstreit being on the other... as with many things in life, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I don't think anyone expects KH to be a homer, but less poking of the bear (i.e. the Ohio State fanbase) would be appreciated. As for Howard? His "homerism" is so far out of control that he comes off looking like a buffoon.
Not only did Howard attend TTUN, but he's the worst kind of TTUN rottenness... he's a TRAITOR from Ohio. To me, Howard is dead. I know that might upset his buddy Kirk Herbstreit, but that matters not.
Who the hell down voted this, Kirk Herbstreit??? Up vote for you, sir...
Tom Cousineau is my All-Time favorite Ohio State player. Matt, I really appreciate and enjoy your "Top 100" piece. I look forward to reading it every day, and it's certainly helped the off season drag to pass more quickly. One thing tho... the game action photo you have of number 36 Vs WSU isn't one of Tom Cousineau. That's Marcus Marek in that photo. Just FYI...
Best quarterback who ever donned the Ohio State uniform. On my All-Time Ohio State football team, Art Schlichter is the starting QB. He absolutely had it all... and it's nothing short of tragic the way life turned out for this guy. All his own doing, but tragic nonetheless.
It's a cultural divide. Carter, in almost every way imaginable, comes from a place totally unlike where Borland developed. The environment in which Carter grew up helps to create philosophies like the "fall guy" theory he subscribed to. Borland, to absolutely no one's surprise, finds this to be insulting. I really hate to take sides opposite a Buckeye... but Cris Carter can be very abrasive and difficult to like at times. This story won't help his popularity.
TTUN loss... always a TTUN loss. Minnesota beats TCU. They'll have to keep the scoring low and slow to have any chance whatsoever, but it's August so I'm hopeful the Gophers can win... not confident but hopeful.
I like the Army headgear best... but Riddell helmets are just plain ugly. I wish Ohio State wore Schutt.
Briles is a POS and I've been saying it for a while now. Today's revelation is par for his course. Briles is the liar here... and everyone knows it.
Again, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. There are studies to be cited on both sides of this debate. We can all throw out numbers. The severe concussion rates for boys paying soccer, 12%, is twice that for boys playing football (6%). The Mayo Clinic found the risk of HS football players developing neurological diseases later in life is no greater than being in band.
The concussion debate is a brand new thing. Like many on here, I played organized, tackle football from the time I was 10 through high school. This was in the 1970's and very early 80's. At that time, we all continued to play when we got our "bell rung". That's just the way it was. I'm certainly not promoting going back to the 'old days' specific to concussion protocol, but this debate has gained too much traction too quickly and it's the primary reason for youth league participation declining throughout the country. In no way am I ignoring the Junior Seau / Dave Duerson / Mike Webster / (and now maybe) Erik Kramer examples of CTE and its devastating effect on these former players... but relatively speaking, these examples on the 'football is too dangerous' side of the debate are dots in the ocean. For every Seau or Kramer there are hundreds of guys who played this game for years and suffer absolutely zero neurological problems. None whatsoever. Football is the greatest game in the world, in my opinion. Former players like Borland and Favre have earned the right to opine on this topic and I respect their opinion tremendously... but I hate that zealot soccer mom's and a small pool of loud medical professionals are helping to denigrate an American institution.
Really dislike Kirk Herbstreit. Arrogant, immature and petty. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, Herbstreit has he can thank Ohio State for... and he never passes up an opportunity to poke the 'bear' collectively known as the Ohio State fanbase. Many, many times, Kirk Herbstreit has degraded, debased and demeaned Ohio State from his national pulpit. He is, by far and away, the most polarizing former player in Ohio State history. Even former players like Maurice Clarett and Art Schlichter, both of whom brought tremendous embarrassment to the program, are not even remotely as polarizing as Herbstreit. The guy just presents like a jerk, and his bending over backwards to prove his impartiality is maddening. No one (most people anyway) expects him to be a "homer", but to consistently and persistently go out of his way to disparage OSU in years past is infuriating. He is, by a wide margin, the least liked Ohio State player in my lifetime (51 years). There is a reason for that. It isn't by accident...
I don't get the notion that Adidas is some bum in the gutter while Nike is the guy livin' like Wayne Newton in Vegas. Has Adidas created some god awful uni's? Yep. Has Nike done the same? To my tastes, they most certainly have. I'm way, WAY, outside of the demographic that either Adidas or Nike concern themselves with, but they're both Satan incarnate as far as I'm concerned. What Nike has done to the Ohio State uniform is degrade it, in my opinion... and that's extremely hard to do when you wear one of the all time great looking classics in college football.
Bring back the leaves. Bring back the gray jersey stripe. Bring back the old pant stripe with the thicker black stripe. Nike just cannot stop the tinkering ( i.e. ruining ).
In '73, '74 and 1975 I was 10, 11 and 12 years old. 1975 is still the most disappointing January I've had in my entire life. I remember watching Ohio State destroy UCLA in the Coliseum early that season and then roll through the B1G. Once the Buckeyes beat TTUN, well, I was certain a national title was fait accompli. It was not to be, and I'm still not over it.
Go away Herbstreit. I'm so tired of you, your whining and your arrogant, subtle backstabbing ways that if I never hear the name Kirk Herbstreit again it'll be too soon.
I saw KISS in March of '77 at St John on the Rock and Roll Over tour. It was the acme of the band. I still remember walking thru the stadium parking lot on the west side of the Shoe as a 14 year old kid and watching the OSU students who were living in the towers descend on us wearing KISS makeup. Tremendous concert and era. I feel genuinely sorry for those of you who missed the 1970's; the decade can't be explained or captured in a movie or TV show. It had to be experienced... as does KISS.