Kyle Whittingham, for taking the Utes from the Mountain West to the PAC12 and sustaining the success that Urban Meyer had laid the foundation for. Utah isn't a hotbed for recruiting, either, making his tenure even more impressive. Similar to the success that Wisconsin had (and even a similar blueprint for building teams by winning the trenches and smashmouth football) under Alvarez and Bert, only under a single coach.
You got it. I couldn't force myself to type out the words, so I figured a picture would suffice.
This is apropos of nothing, but the first picture made me do a double-take. It looks like Garrett's hand is in Urban's pocket. I thought, "man, they really are buddies".
I think Deadspin is just trying to keep the story alive for clicks. Nobody in the comments in that Deadspin post actually agrees that Harball looks like the bigger man here (let alone got a better "burn").
That picture of Urban holding up the crystal football vs. Harball shirtless is priceless, however.
Hey, I live just outside South Jordan! Should I go personally recruit Tufele or is tweeting at him
eighttwelve times a day enough?
Peppers seems to be a dynamic athlete from what I've seen, but his instincts need refining. How many times in The Game did he make a bunch of lateral cuts, only to get tackled for a middling gain? Running 40 yards to pick up 8 may demonstrate that you're a dynamic athlets, but does it help your team? It's as though he believes he's the best athlete on the field and relies on that to try to beat you, vs. a player with athleticism and discipline to not fall for his jukes and flailing limbs. I remember another former UM player who overinflated his confidence in his athleticism and ended up not doing so well -- Sam McGuffie. Peppers is larger than McGuffie, though, so he will fare physically better.
Perhaps he will improve in this area as he gains more reps,. However, if they are trying to use him as their Darren Lee, the biggest discrepancy is that Lee has tremendous instincts on top of his athleticism. That's what makes Lee so dangerous -- his overall abilities make him a tremendous football player ,not just a tremendous athlete.
All four of these guys are such great ambassadors for Ohio State. Eze is just a big, goofy kid who likes to hit people. Taylor Decker is already a pro. And Braxton? He just oozes charisma. There will be a bright future for Braxton even after football.
That Tressel interview is fantastic. Don't just watch the video, read the article. I loved this gem about his time with the Colts:
They need to win to get in to the playoffs, we’re 0-13. We’ve got Curtis Painter as our quarterback (I’m better than Painter), and we beat them.
Great write-up, thanks for the insight. I will say that "McDoom" is a pretty great name. Even if he's doesn't pan out on the field, that would make an All-American name-only roster.
Great find. There's another little gem in there, after Schiano turned down the offer:
It was at this point the search careened wildly, with the internet (and myself) seizing upon any vaguely viable or terrifyingly DOA candidate: Jim Grobe. Brady Hoke. Mork and/or Mindy.
Sure, Hoke got a few more years of seasoning before he was later hired, but it's hard to go from a "DOA candidate" to "OK, we'll take you as head coach now" in 3 or so short years.
...I mean, Shugarts stood perfectly still in his stance, unlike the multitude of false-start penalties called against him.
- The Game, 1968 edition - the "Couldn't go for 3" game
- Northwestern 2000 - The Spread says "hello" to Big Blue
In The Game, 2006 edition, the Shawn Crable late hit on Troy Smith would have to be a highlight.
Not sure why you got the DV. To my amateur eye, I first noticed Dontre's otherworldly second gear. Then I saw a block in the back as well -- and right in front of the ref, too.
It looks like Roby tried a spin move during his INT return. Buckeye spin move fever!
Aw, you better not be disrespecting Bela Fleck and the Flecktones!
Offensive line coach Ed Warinner thinks Dodson has the skills to serve as a coach or strength coach down the road. So he wants him nearby. And Dodson plans to be around the team this season. Warinner and other staffers still monitor Dodson like he's playing, checking on his class schedule and his housing situation.
"I'm not going to let him fall through the cracks," Warinner said.
Kyle Dodson's retirement from football due to injuries is heartbreaking. His commitment announcement was memorable. For me, it felt like it was ushering in a new era at Ohio State, showing that we could move on from Tatgate and look towards a brighter future with Urban at the helm.
I'm glad the medical staff is looking out for these young men's futures, even if it means delivering the news that they will need to close the door on one dream and find another. I hope that Kyle is able to find peace and a new path for himself.
I'm also encouraged by the above quote in the article. It shows me that the "family" that our coaches preach is not just talk -- and it affirms the saying, "Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye."
Honolulu and Wichita equally dreary? Seems legit.
Hey, same here -- also now in the SLC area, originally from Columbus! I've spotted a bunch of OSU gear since I've been out here and have had some folks stop to chat when I'm wearing mine.
Everybody should text that there is an unruly, distracting, person who refuses to sit down during the game. Moreover, he incessantly points his fingers, pumps his fist, and does push-ups throughout the entire game. Truly disruptive.
"I'M MR. MOP"?
Class of 1998 here -- graduated with Mike Stafford!
Well put. There are even studies that show that the "momentum" phenomenon in basketball doesn't exist; or, it might even work exactly opposite than conventional wisdom:
Granted, "momentum" may be an impossible thing to quantify, and thus study, but there are implications beyond basketball and sports (the gambler's fallacy, for example, that "my luck's about to turn around").