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Comment 07 Sep 2014

I don’t recall wanting anyone in particular. I do know that there was a point where I did not want Meyer, mostly because I didn’t want a retread coach, and I didn’t think his offense would fit at OSU. I thought we’d see a lot of Tebow Left/Right calls, and I was wary of needing to depend too much on one player (to be fair, Florida’s offenses under Meyer were much better than I gave him credit for at the time).

When he was hired and I heard the things he said and read about his approach, I bought in like everyone else. I was very underwhelmed with the staff he put together here (I absolutely HATED the Withers hire based on what I saw from him at UNC, I’ve come around on Warriner, I love the Larry Johnson hire, and keeping Drayton was cool with me), but I was willing to give it a shot and see what Meyer could do.

I also didn’t want Dantonio because I thought he was 100% a Tressel clone who’d be worse than Tressel and stifle offensive creativity even more than what we had with Bollman.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

I plan on parking up near the UMD Law School, either on the street or in the garage at the corner of Paca & Baltimore. I always do this for Orioles games. That garage is about $10 for O's games and it's a few blocks north of the stadiums. Definitely close enough to walk, but far enough that everyone and their mom won't be parking there.

Keep in mind that this is my experience for baseball games; I haven't been to a Ravens game in years so I have no idea if this is viable, but it's my Plan A for Saturday.

Comment 18 Jun 2014

- Let's just get this out of the way. Michigan. I hate Michigan. Deep down inside, I honestly hate people affiliated with that university, even if I consider a few of them to be friends. Like, the fact that they attended/cheer for Michigan is absolutely revolting. However, I love "Hail to the Victors;" I'm totally with Chris on this one. I've even found myself whistling it on occasion before I realized what I was doing and had to repent. I love the winged helmets. My jaw dropped when I saw Michigan Stadium in person. It's fun to pick on them, but I really do get pissed off when they struggle, because The Game, its history, its atmosphere, its everything, means the world to me. I want Michigan to finish every season 11-1. And I also (along with others here, apparently) actively root for Michigan to beat Notre Dame. Because screw Notre Dame, seriously.

- I think I've posted this before, but I dislike Eddie George. I didn't start cheering for Ohio State until I went there in 2006, so to me, Eddie George will always be a Tennessee Titan and a rival of the Ravens.

- I worry a lot about Ohio State's future, athletically and academically.

- I've never actually heard anyone from Ohio State say "THE," only from others trying to make fun of it. I've created a rule in my head that it's either "Ohio State" or "The Ohio State University". "The Ohio State" and "Ohio State University" are incorrect, and any emphasis on "The" is pretentious.

- I wish Ohio State's football jerseys looked like Ohio State and not Wisconsin. More gray, please.

- I wish they still did The Hive.

- I think that the SEC pride thing was intentional and a fantastic marketing/business move, even if I do believe it's essentially another manifestation of the Lost Cause.

Comment 15 May 2014

Maryland as well. Everywhere I've gone, people have asked me why Marylanders are obsessed with our state; I look at the 3'x5' flag draped on my apartment wall and tell them I don't know.

Comment 05 May 2014

I can't remember exactly why they don't, but as far as I can recall, it's for some completely petty reason that a bunch of adults should be able to get over. Recently, I think UMD announced that they won't play G'Town in ANY sports (unless they're forced to) until they play in men's basketball. It's completely childish and stupid, given how prestigious both programs are and how much basketball talent the area produces.

Comment 10 Apr 2014

Not just in Columbus, but in every major conference. There's very little in the overall picture of that article that struck me as unique to the SEC (or even to college football, to be honest).

Comment 09 Apr 2014

Aside from OSU, UNC is the team I follow the most. I never liked the Withers hire from the beginning because his defenses at Carolina were not nearly as productive as they should have been, given the talent they had there under Butch Davis. They did force a lot of turnovers as Kyle pointed out (in no small part because Withers had some freakishly athletic linebackers to work with at UNC -- Bruce Carter, Kevin Reddick, Zach Brown -- a luxury he did not have at OSU), but they were also prone to basically looking like our defense did last year.

I still would like to see our DBs turn their heads and look for the ball more (I'm still not sure whether this is a Coombs or Withers thing), but I am looking forward to seeing more aggressive DB play.

Comment 02 Apr 2014

2012 Ohio State beat a UCF team that a year later won a BCS Bowl.

This isn't something that gets reflected on Ohio State's 2012 schedule, nor should it be; it's not really relevant. Should we start giving credit for everyone that beat the 2012 Auburn team?

Comment 01 Apr 2014

I got 7068 on my first try. Ended up with Tress and Urban (I assume they're 1024 and 512, respectively).

I beat 2048 a couple weeks ago and I thought my addiction was over. I hate y'all for making this.

Comment 12 Mar 2014

For anyone that's actually interested and didn't just click this to make fun of Michigan (NTTAWWT, obviously), here's a good read on Nussmeier's schemes and how that will mesh with Michigan.

Comment 12 Mar 2014

The Ravens. Born and raised in Maryland; half of my childhood was before the Ravens' existence, but we weren't allowed to cheer for the Redskins (thank God for that).

Football season at OSU was always fun, since my roommates were Browns, Bengals, and Steelers fans.

Comment 21 Feb 2014

These are absolutely disgusting (I mean that literally), despite my love for the Block O + Buckeye leaves logo. The Michigan ones are ugly too.

Comment 17 Feb 2014

Mike Leach, tongue-in-cheek, said that if player safety was actually the issue, then they'd be better off with bans on blitzing, hitting QBs, and bringing more defenders into the backfield than the offense had blockers for.

Comment 17 Feb 2014

I love all the comments from the coaches pointing out how ridiculous the rule is; Leach is all over it. Rodriguez is spot on with all of his comments about how when to snap the ball is the offense's inherent advantage, just like how the defense's advantage is moving around as they please prior to the snap. One of my favorite comments was from Larry Fedora, who said something like "so I guess we don't care about player safety in the last two minutes."

Comment 15 Feb 2014

And for me, this is just more proof that Jeopardy is a stupid, stupid show that should have been taken off TV by 1997. 

Your opinion is wrong. Jeopardy! is an awesome show.

Now if you want to talk about how they should they should stop doing these stupid kids/teens/college episodes, then I can agree with you.

Comment 29 Jan 2014

Neutral site games are also popular because they're easy to schedule. More often than not, they offer instant gratification. Imagine if we played Oregon next year without having to worry about return dates, or without hoping it doesn't fall through as something comes up down the line, or without worrying about whether they'll still be good in 10 years or whenever we're scheduled to play them.

I don't like it, but it's easy to see their appeal for fans and administrators.

(This is, of course, not referring to stupid things like the Wisconsin-LSU neutral-site "home-and-home" that will be played somewhere other than Camp Randall and Death Valley.)

Comment 29 Jan 2014

One of my favorite quotes, from Stewart Mandel:

"College football should never, ever be more like the NFL. The NFL is boring, sterile, artificial, unimaginative and basically the antithesis of everything that makes college football special."


Comment 14 Jan 2014

Here are the ranks for opponent-adjusted metrics (F/+, FEI, S&P+) of Ash's defenses going back to 2005. I am focusing mostly on pass defense. I currently have no opinion one way or another on Ash, and I present this here for your information, not to push any agenda.

Year School Position Def. F/+ DFEI Def. S&P+ Pass Downs S&P+ Passing S&P+
2005 ISU Secondary n/a n/a 36/119 82 98
2006 ISU Secondary n/a n/a 112 106 102
2007 SDSU Secondary n/a 119 119 113 116
2008 SDSU Secondary 118/120 115 115 114 113
2009 ISU Secondary 111 111 98 100 118
2010 Wisky DC 29 33 20 31 17
2011 Wisky DC 52 49 55 58 80
2012 Wisky DC 14/124 12 16 19 16
2013 Ark DC 94/125 100 82 63 49


Comment 02 Jan 2014

Just wanted to note that Oklahoma also has the opportunity to win all four BCS games, should they beat Alabama in the Sugar.