Has there been a more cursed institution than the Fighting Illini football program. I am saying that as a Browns fan - sheesh. It might be the colors.
Seriously, how has Northern Illinois figured out how to establish a football powerhouse and Illinois, with access to all those Chicago area athletes and the bigger state school, not able to put anything together? It borders on baffling. Don't get me wrong - it thrills me to no end. But it is just weird.
Tennessee, and about 4 other SEC East schools, are one good QB away from really pushing Bama/Auburn/SEC West. I love watching the Vols on defense, but their offense has been so bad it borders on offensive.
Most of Braxton's injury problems came when plays broke down and he was trying to make something happen. He will be free to be a lot more natural this season. I think the looming issue is how many ankles will he break in the open field. Seriously, can he learn the position to play consistently at top speed. If he can, people will forget about Percy Harvin as the model for Urban's H-Back.
They won three titles in five years, so of course they could win. I don't think they are favored, but it is why they play the games. I am pretty sure up to 20 teams could realistically win. As for two losses, I think a whole lot of things would need to break for them like it did for LSU in 2007.
I grew up listening to NWA, but after I heard the Geto Boys, I could never listen to them again. They just sounded like Gangsta JVs. I am holding out for a movie about them boys from the Houston 5th ward.
Lorain High School Steelmen, DB & RB. 1987-1988.
I pray he stays healthy this year. Since he blocks like he is one of the slobs, I worry about him getting dinged up on some weird play.
What really impressed me about Zeke at the end of last season was his vision and burst. I was watching a highlight from the Oregon game, and he set up this downfield block so sweet then burst between and through two DBs on the way to the endzone. It was like watching Walter Payton in his prime. And of course there is the 85 yards through the heart of the SEC when he staked that left foot and cut past Spencer's block and was gone. If he stays healthy, he could have the greatest season of any Buckeye RB. He has it all. Bless Zeke, I love this dude!
I think he knows that Ohio State is the better place for him, ultimately, but emotionally he is probably conflicted. That is understandable. I hope that goes away as he gets to work and gets some time on field. If he is still conflicted at the end of this season, he might not stick. I hope all of us fans just support a young man who is probably dealing with some very emotional things right now.
I have reached the point where I don't spend a lot of time worrying about TTUN. I don't care what their record is when they play the Buckeyes, it will be a tough fight and right now, the Buckeyes have shown they win when they should, and can put a scare in the Wolverines on the rare occasions when they aren't favorites.
Harbaugh's stability is probably the biggest question for me. He is an excellent football coach, but he is bats crazy. Can he avoid a major goof in 2015? That is the only amount of energy I am spending on that team right now.
Zeke's vision on this run is amazing. Love Spencer's block, but Zeke set this up, and poof, he gone!
It's Dolodale's world, and we are just witnesses. His love for life is infectious. And Ronda Rousey is a super cool chick. Really down to earth and fun. Love it.
Braxton has represented the Buckeyes very well these past four years and it is right that he be invited to the Espys. I think the whole team should go, personally, but considering budget constraints that is not possible. Braxton is a senior who has always handled his business well, and he is still one of the bright stars in college football. It just happens that the Buckeyes are blessed with two other, incredible QBs. That should not reflect poorly on Braxton.
I regret having my dog put to sleep when I did. He was 11 years old and his quality of life was on the decline for sure, but he was not that bad off. He was incontinent and my wife and I had a big fight about his piddling in the house. I reacted by taking him to the vet the next day to have him put to sleep. I hated myself for that for a long time. I had him since he was seven weeks old and he was my first baby. Even though he was very arthritic and had only a fraction of energy that he once did, I should have done more to care for him in those last couple of years he would have lived. That taught me a huge lesson on making important decisions while you are angry or emotional.
Braxton didn't want to get criticized for wearing a suit.
I really like all three of these guys, though I would be proud of almost anybody from the Buckeyes roster. Just think of the four years Washington has had - playing with John Simon, Michael Bennett, Jonathan Hankins, Joey Bosa, and many others... I love Joshua Perry - he is a true professional. Reminds me a lot of Malcolm Jenkins and Marcus Freeman in the way he handles his business. And Taylor Decker is a warrior. We are blessed to have these three guys represent the Buckeyes in Chicago.
Comparing the Buckeyes offense of the 90s to 2015 is completely pointless. This offense has so much variety built in that you can use different QB with specific play sets and it won't disrupt the entire flow of the offense. The Cooper offense of the 90s was dependent on rhythm created from the QB and the rest of the offense. This offense is designed to constantly change its rhythm. I think Meyer can make it work, but if you want to fret over it, have at it.
Florida 2006 made a two QB system works, but their coach was some master psychologist I think.
JT and Cardale were not in Braxton's class in August 2014, but that was a LONG time ago. Both JT and Cardale have vastly improved in the mental/confidence part of the QB position. If success at QB was all about athleticism, Tom Brady would not be able to sniff Jake Locker or Vince Young's jock. This competition is even right now. All three bring different strengths, and I think this QB battle might be one of the more intriguing sports stories in many years.
Lorain is my hometown and definitely needs good news. It has so much potential. I am happy for Rashod and the Titans. It seems like they have good coaches, and this story should inspire some of the other very good athletes that live there.
I hope Rashod can make that big transition from high school student/athlete to D1 student/athlete. He is an unbelievable athlete. I think Cardale could be a great mentor for him.
I just celebrated 6 months. It is worth the effort. Get a sponsor and get to work. That is why it finally has worked for me. God bless you!
Great movie (Rounders)... "I vill splash da deck if I vant to splash da deck." Malcovich the Russian gangster.
Dontre is a junior and I hope the coaches let him be who he is. I don't think he will ever block as well as Evan Spencer, but he can open the field as good or better than anybody on this roster. He can affect a game like De'Anthony Thomas did for Oregon. I know Coach Meyer has admired the Oregon offense - they never tried to make Thomas a great blocker.
Of course Wilson needs to make plays early. That is how he will get the time on the field down the stretch. He tells people to keep sleeping on him, but the guys he needs to impress are those gents with the whistles around their necks in July and August. Best wishes to him.
Step, cut, and gone!
Thanks for the Theological lesson. My comment to anybody who is calling Noah Spence a loser based on this incident and his problems with drugs is that he is a human who makes mistakes, just like you. If you have problems with scripture, this probably is not the right site for you, but there are other sites where you can spew your hatred against religion, etc...