I live 13 hours away from my ailing father, and even at 43 years old, it hurts. I have complete empathy for Mike and wish him and his family all the best. I am sad that we won't get to see him play for the Buckeyes; I thought he was going to be a good one. Best wishes Mitchell family.
I understand why Michael Sam's revealing he is gay is an important story, but I believe it is the hype more than bigotry that would cause a GM/team to hesitate selecting him in the draft. I doubt more than a handful of guys in the league are going to be threatened by sharing the locker room with a gay man, but it will be the constant media attention and frenzy that will probably cause most of any backlash he receives. I wish we could just congratulate him for the next couple of days, then focus on his talents on the football field. I don't see that happening. In fact, what I do see happening is that if he slips even one round past where Kiper says he should be picked, there will be a major discrimination lawsuit.
So many questions marks, but there is a lot of exciting possibilities. I can't wait for spring ball.
I think it comes down to scheme and the influx of spread offenses. It changes how the Buckeyes have used safeties. There is also the drop off of LB play that has force safeties to support more against the run. The safeties have become subtly more important in the last decade.
That guy recently attacked Roby for being injured for the Orange bowl and Philly Brown for a bad play after being one of the great leaders this last year. That guy needs to be called out and humiliated by every Buckeye fan that's on twitter. That horrifically stupid stuff is on par with all other forms of douchebaggery (racism/bigotry/etc...)
First I knew you were too good to be true, Ramzy. Socialist!!!
It is a compelling story though. The region in which Michigan is located seems hardly the place where an unabashed capitalist would hang his hat, and yet here is Brandon running Michigan football as a venture capitalist.
I am glad it is them, and not us. I feel better about rooting for the Buckeyes after reading Brandon's bio. But honestly, he is trying to get his program to the top in a way that makes sense to him. I hope he fails, and I find a lot more reasons to dislike him than his belief in running a results-oriented business.
Any good news for other B1G programs outside of Ann Arbor is good news for the Buckeyes. I personally want a battle tested and confident team the next time we are blessed to play in the National championship game, or the semifinals this year and beyond.
And not to nit-pick Kyle, but I personally cannot see how anybody who watched the Buckeye's last 3 wins thought there was a grand canyon between the Buckeyes and the rest of the B1G. I thought the Mich St. and Clemson games were pick 'ems going in, and I am not completely distraught by the losses. The Buckeyes just need to get better on defense, and I think we'll see that this year.
Glad he is back. I think if Braxton learns to throw receivers open (as Gruden and Spielman say, throw to a spot rather than to a person), he will be selected in the top 3 rounds next year's draft. In some ways, the new offensive line and receivers will push him to be quicker with his release and decision making and might prepare him better for the next level.
And if he doesn't make that leap early in the season, he will have a lot more to complain to the Chicago Tribune about. I think he knows this is the best personal decision for him, and he will avoid a Roby-esque period of second-guessing.
I truly dislike second-guessing by fans, but I don't think anybody would have faulted the play-calling if we ran right at their DE with Hyde and the Clemson D made the play. Braxton looked like Apollo Creed in the 15th round against Rocky in the 4th Quarter... Ride Hyde was the right call. Great analysis.
I was very proud of the way the Buckeyes compete. I think this is a great basketball team, and they can definitely be in the mix for the National title if they get hot toward the end of the year.
I must respectfully disagree with this. Bowl games are about matchups and momentum more than a true evaluation of a team's standing in the world of college Football. Fans make a bigger deal out of it when it reinforces bias or through pure fandom.
I see this so often in bowl games - a team looks like they are wounded and should lose prior to kickoff, and they come up with a great performance, either individual or as a team. The best Buckeye bowl games of recent memory, in my opinion, were bowls I thought they might be flat or matched up against difficult teams for what they do. The Rose bowl against Oregon seemed to be a bad matchup to me, as did the Fiesta bowl against Texas and the Sugar bowl against Arkansas. In all those games, I was very proud of how the Buckeyes came out and competed.
The defensive woes are a great concern, no doubt. But I have to believe that Meyer used every psychological tool in the chest to get the defense fired up. There are so many great athletes on that side of the ball, and I think you are going to see their best effort. Not knocking Clemson, but I see an angry Buckeyes team getting a W tonight.
It's funny how I thought all 200yds for Abbrederis was on Roby, yet there is 50+ yds on one play where he found a pocket in the zone. Roby was in the flat. I know Roby got torched a couple times in that game, but Abbrederis is really good. Those 50 yds were on the LBs getting sucked in (not hard against Wisconsin) and a really good route from the receiver.
I would put Hyde just behind Byars, personally. I think he ran as hard as Archie and Eddie in the last few weeks... became truly elite. Great to see a young man work so hard and really shine.
The takeaway I got from this documentary is that the NCAA, or fear of them, and maybe Geiger's ego, took a manageable problem and blew it completely up. In the process of "playing it safe", they betrayed a troubled kid with a good heart but no moral foundation. The speech Tress was giving in which he says: "how do you turn your back on someone you love?"
I was very angry with Clarrett after the national championship for two reasons. First, I completely bought the media's narrative and failed to give Reece the benefit of at least considering his side of the story. Had I done that, I would not have been offended by his desire to challenge the NFL's eligibility rules, which he had good reasons for above the huge athletic ego. Second, like most people, I associated the honor of the Ohio State directly with NCAA violations. Since this incident, the NCAA has been exposed for hypocrisy on a biblical scale.
Hindsight being what it is, I wish Tress would have been able to risk his position and publically stand up for Clarrett. He obviously had a lot of other obligations, and probably could not imagine the journey Clarrett was about to take, but I am sure he wshes he could have done more.
I am glad this story is out, because it really seems Maurice is a great example of why we all need to mentor those kids who might be in a bad place but desire to do better.
Remember that offense before Mettenberger took over? Awful. That kid is a gamer... I think he will play on Sundays.
K-State will cover this easily. Bill Snyder is the most underrated coach in CFB for the last 100 years. He will expose Michigan.
I worry about any college football player who says they're definitely ready for the NFL... even if you have the physical skills, every defense is twice as good as Sparty. The speed of the game is so much faster, and even improved Braxton still is slow to release the ball. I wish him the best, but from a pure football development standpoint, the decision is really easy.
Going to be hard, even with a new offensive line, for Braxton to not want to be around with all this speed... It is crazy how many weapons our offense will have.
I never know what she's doing back there...
Cardale is a very physically gifted person who could run this offense credibly, but if we are honest and talking about who will replace Braxton Miller, that man is JT Barrett. Not even a debate when you consider the skill set of both players.
I am certain that Meyer and Hermann will talk with him in the off-season about what he wants to do, and that will influence how they use him in 2013. But if Braxton really wants to develop as a pocket passer, he will need to show that he can make quicker and more accurate throws. He holds the ball way too long, and would not last in the NFL. Pre-snap reads and passing accuracy should be his primary focus for next season, and he should stay in school. The NFL is no place to learn those skills on the job.
But, as Russ stated, he will run in this offense. I think if he wants to avoid potential injuries, he should do two things... run hard, and learn to freaking slide. His injuries always seemed to happen when we was hesitant or landed awkwardly in a crowd. When he runs explosively, the defense are on their heels, and he usually lands more naturally, not stressing joints. He takes some harder shots, though, because he doesn't always hit the deck in time. Get what you can and get down.
Can we get him ready to play in the Orange bowl???
Great get! Raekwon sounds like somebody who is going to be really easy to root for. Welcome to the good guys!!!
I have learned to accept that this is an individual and personal decision. I think the possibility of a serious injury while in college is a big worry for him. He obviously wants a shot to play in the NFL, and he might be afraid to lose that chance by getting hurt. That is not a good place to be mentally when you are playing Big Ten college football.
But, financially, and to give himself a better shot, he should play his senior year. He will almost certainly improve his draft stock, and get selected at least a round or two higher, which is big bucks through the course of your early career.
If he was asking my advice, and I don't expect him to, I would tell him to play his senior year and run the ball like he did the second half of this year. He was a lot less gimpy after runs when he ran hard. When he was tentative, he was more prone to sprains and tweaks. His progressions and awareness did improve this year, and if he becomes more consistent as a passer, and stays healthy, there is little doubt he doesn't get a trip to NYC next December.
Maybe it is maturity, but the sting of this loss didn't last very long for me. I thought Mich St was really good, and our guys played hard. At the end, they made the plays to win. I don't understand, honestly, how any fans over 15 are still bitter about this game.
I think Clemson will be a great bowl opponent for two reasons - the game should be very exciting, and if we are not prepared, we could get embarrassed. I think you will see an inspired Buckeyes defense who will play better than expected (and then we will hear "if only we played Sparty like this, blah blah blah.")
Let's keep supporting the Buckeyes, through wins and losses, and keep things in proper perspective. Go Bucks.