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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2003 Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State upsets Miami in double-overtime for the BCS National Championship.
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Comment 30 May 2015

Really would have been interesting to see whether he ended up being a Buckeye had Oklahoma's DL coach Jerry Montgomery left before NSD rather than right after. Seemed like Montgomery was his biggest tie to OU.

Comment 30 May 2015

I was never that high on Derek Kief (not to say he isn't talented, but I didn't really get all of the hype), Jaylon Smith and Christian Kirk on the other hand are/were true 5*s IMO, and I was disappointed to miss out on them. We'll see what Kief does at Alabama though, maybe he'll prove me wrong. I personally think Robert Foster will be the better northern WR that Bama got in competition with OSU (though there was talk that OSU's interest in him fizzled out at the end due to behavioral issues). I really didn't see Kief in action during Alabama's spring game (maybe an injury?), whereas Foster looked like their next big WR star.

Speaking of Kirk/A&M, it would have been really interesting to see what Kyle Allen (QB) or Myles Garrett (DE) could have done with the Buckeyes in a year or two once they'd fully developed (rather than being rushed into play the way they were last year). Not that OSU needs more QBs, I just liked Allen's game as a match with Meyer's offense. Reminds me a lot of Alex Smith at Utah.

Comment 30 May 2015

I watch probably 10 or so soccer games a year (primarily Champions and Premier League games), but I think Americans should watch more/care more about soccer.

Primarily for one reason: if we did, we wouldn't put up with the BS that is the commercial break every two minutes in the NFL and now CFL. I love college football (have gotten kind of bored with the NFL outside of the playoffs), and man, I would KILL for a set up like they have in soccer. 45+ minutes of uninterrupted action, a half-time commercial spree to deal with their desperately desired advertising revenue, then back for another 45+ minutes of uninterrupted action. I understand that football is a more physical (read: heavier impact sport) and 45 minutes of uninterrupted play wouldn't be feasible, but the overabundance of commercial breaks has really killed a lot of my interest in the NFL. I wish more Americans would watch soccer, if only to stop putting up with the move I've seen over the last 10 years or so towards a sport that is more commercials than it is action.

Comment 30 May 2015

I'm not super shocked. Maybe the fact that it's Auburn is surprising, but we've known he planned to take a visit or two yet, and I don't really see him as having too much of an interest in Auburn previously, so I personally doubt it goes anywhere.

The team I do think there is reason for concern with -- if there's any at all -- is Tennessee given his friendship with Guarantano (who I'm sure has been selling UTenn to Walker for months now).

Comment 23 May 2015

If Ohio State can't win it, I'd rather see another B1G team win it. Perceived conference strength and strength of schedule are realities that we live with.

I'm kind of split on this. Because (and I mean this with all due respect), I wonder if you'd feel the same way if OSU hadn't won. Especially if MSU had won it two years ago (after beating OSU in the B1G CG), and their fans had spent the last two years rubbing it in. If it had still been since 2002 that OSU won a national title, and even that one we get guff about, would we still care about B1G perception? These forums were pretty volatile following the VT loss.

I think I would prefer the SEC dominance plotline (as annoying as ESPN can be) over the UM dominates OSU plotline we dealt with in the 80s/90s, just because most of us live next to/with other B1G fans (who can be annoying on the rare occasion they best OSU). Whereas I really don't deal with SEC/southern fans on a regular basis.

I'd also just say, ask UM fans what OSU's national title/perceived conference strength has done for their 2016 class (albeit early) thus far. Nothing at all. I think it's less about conference strength and more about individual coach's recruiting prowess + team's recent performance (i.e. MSU is recruiting better because of their last couple of winning seasons, not so much the perception of the B1G IMO). 

Comment 22 May 2015

Is it just me, or is Paul's resemblance to an emu startling?

Comment 22 May 2015

Hove - you are one of a kind 

Indeed. I feel like 1/3 of my upvotes have gone to Hove over the years. 

And 2/3s of my downvotes have gone to delusional Michigan fans. Though we don't get many of those around these parts anymore.

Comment 22 May 2015

Stefon Diggs (WR @ MD), Jaylon Smith (LB @ ND), Deshaun Watson (QB @ Clemson), Jabrill Peppers (CB @ UM), Tony Brown (CB @ Bama), Myles Garrett (DE @ A&M), Da'Shawn Hand (DL @ Alabama), and Porter Gustin (OLB/DE @ USC) are all guys I would have have been really interested to see what Mickey Marotti and the OSU coaching staff could do with. 

Comment 18 May 2015

Not sure why BengalErnst got downvoted for that. Nor Fromthe18 for his opinion, which is also valid. +1-ed both of you.

All of the OSU recruiting writers I've read recently (can't speak for Birm as he usually doesn't comment on these kinds of things)--and even an UGA writer as of a few days ago--have said that Clay wasn't a take for OSU at this time. The article I read used the word "uncoachable." Doesn't mean he isn't a good player, but he wasn't a priority for OSU if you're to believe OSU and UGA "insiders." I don't like their using the term "uncoachable," not really fair to the kid, but they were pretty insistent that OSU has some DBs they're looking at ahead of Clay.

Comment 18 May 2015

Anyone else watching today?

Spent several weeks slobbering over Braxton, now says "you wouldn't want him this late into the season." Classic fan behavior, "Oh, we didn't want him anyway!" haha.

Comment 18 May 2015

To your point, if he gets drafted (or picked up as an undrafted free agent), he's likely going to start as the 3rd string QB on an NFL roster. If he stays at QB, that is. Given that factor, why not show pro scouts that he's not afraid of competition right now? Staying at OSU and beating out Cardale and J.T. (both pro QB prospects) says a lot more to me than going to another school and having a decent year there. This is a factor that hasn't really been discussed much, but should IMO.

Comment 17 May 2015

Kirk Herbstreit, many times over, went out of his way to make snarky remarks about the Ohio State football program.

My dad is a Buckeye fan of 40 or so years, who has gone out of his way to make some snarky remarks about the OSU football program when he feels they're not living up to the tradition on the field (which is rare as of the last couple of decades, but happens). That's his way of venting. Would you also say that he's not a true Buckeye fan? If your answer is no, I can tell you that the look of abject thrill, and even the few tears streaming down his eyes when OSU won their national championship this year would say otherwise.

I do think there is a subset of Buckeye fans who have had their hearts broken many times over the years, and as such are reticent to ever buy in completely that "this is our year" so to speak. Whereas people like me stubbornly keep throwing ourselves off that cliff, and thankfully, are rewarded from time to time (with a couple of titles since 2002). I would say both types of people are Buckeye fans, both the unfailingly positive and the pessimistic types. We have a tendency in the fandom (i.e. not you specifically KMP, generally speaking) to call anyone who critiques OSU "not a real fan." Which to me is a bit silly. Yes, maybe their harsh words would be best kept inside given that these are 18-22 years olds. But that doesn't mean to me they aren't fans, merely that they should go about things in a better way. Just my two cents!

Comment 17 May 2015

I'm not super familiar with the Suicide Squad arc of DC comics (though I am a Batman fan), but are they supposed to look vaguely like people who work at Hot Topic?

In all seriousness, judging by the character design in the shots we've seen, it looks like they're skewing for a younger/teen audience?

Comment 17 May 2015

I'm no expert, but watching his highlight tape, he strikes me as the best RB prospect I've seen since Derrick Henry a few years ago. I've watched pretty much every RB tape in the top247 over the last 4-5 years, and this kid has all of the tools you look for in an elite RB. It's scary to think about what OSU could do with him (assuming Tony Alford keeps up the tradition) given what they did with Hyde and Elliott over the last couple of years and an Ed Warinner OL blocking for him.

Also, this is just my two cents, but I've followed Barton Simmons (the guy who downgraded Walker) evaluation threads over the last couple years -- and not to say I know more than an ex-CFL player, but some of them are real head-scratchers. He seems to put 90% of his evaluation stock in what these kids do in camps. Which is NOT the end all be-all. We've all seen trackstars and camp warriors who don't translate into college football if you follow recruiting.

Comment 16 May 2015

I was looking at Cardale's numbers the other day in the Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon games, and you do wonder how he would project over an entire season of starts. In the Wisconsin game he was lights out. Against better Alabama and Oregon teams he made some bone-headed plays and put up relatively average numbers. Then again, who doesn't against Alabama? Not to mention, Cardale put up the only numbers that REALLY matter in those 3 games - 3 W's. However, I do (this is just personal opinion) wonder somewhat whether the way our run game was rolling, if JT wouldn't have put up equal if not better numbers against Alabama and Oregon.

The other factor you always wonder, I've seen a lot of QBs look like world beaters for a few game stretch (see: Trevor Knight at Oklahoma steamrolling Alabama the year before, and then falling back to earth last season), and then teams just start to figure them out. It didn't seem to happen to J.T., I doubt it would to Cardale, but you just never know. Wisconsin and Alabama really didn't seem to know how to gameplan for Cardale (in both games it looked like they didn't expect to see him run for 1st downs as easily as he did, and when he did it appeared to catch them off guard/get them on their heels). Oregon's defense was pretty average, even before they lost Ifo Ekpre-Olamu, so it's hard to read much from that game.

I am definitely in the camp that Braxton would be best at H-back/WR. Personally I always rooted for him, but even as a junior he was still making some bizarre decisions in the pocket, and never really looked to have the touch on his short and intermediate passes that you'd like in a QB in Meyer's system (guy has a beautiful deep ball though). Yet at the same time, as hypocritical as it is, I would find him to be a scary/dangerous opponent if he went to Alabama and the Buckeyes faced him. I think he's the best athlete in college football, just not necessarily the best QB. However, as others have said, he has never had the same level of talent that JT and Cardale would have had around them last year, so I would be interested to see him play with the current roster. And will of course root him on 100% if he wins the job.

Comment 16 May 2015

I haven't been to any either in 25+ years as a Buckeye fan. I don't have any real excuse, I've just been under the impression that my gesticulating, jumping up and down, obscenities (I would try to keep those to myself if I was in public) etc. that are a regular part of my gameday watching regimen may not be welcomed if I get seated next to one of those "Please sir, sit down" types of old-timers you hear about in a lot of threads.

But I'm taking the leap this year to go see a game in person. It will be the first for my dad (he's a Chicago native, but was the one to get me into the Buckeyes as a kid) and myself, and my nephew's 2nd (he saw the OSU-UM game at the Shoe three years ago [the 12-0 team]).

Comment 15 May 2015

You dare utter that name HERE?!?!

Comment 12 May 2015

Wonder if OSU told him they didn't have room which pushed him to UGA? I noticed that his rating has been dropping quite a bit on recruiting sites (from top200 everywhere, to 3* on 247 and elsewhere), maybe his stock has gone down. Seems like there are a lot of DBs who have OSU really high on their list right now.