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Comment 04 Dec 2014

If we run a lot of 4 receiver formations like we do, Wisconsin won't be able to walk the safeties up into the box.

I think we will be able to mix running and passing sucessfully in this game and run up the score quickly. This will take the ball out of Gordon's hands early.

Comment 25 Nov 2014

Ross, totally agree with you on linebacker mistakes. Must be the impatience of youth but it seems like they charge into the gaps too quickly, not finding the football before they do.

I saw this behavior on the few clips I could find of the Minnesota game. For comparison purposes, I looked at some 'old' footage of Ryan Shazier. He was patient, moving laterally down the line with the running back and then meeting said running back in the gap for little or no gain. Truly a thing of beauty!

Comment 24 Nov 2014

scUm has a decent defense, substandard receiver play, poor quarterback play, an offensive line as stout as wet toilet paper and decent running backs. That said, the Buck need to come out pissed off about last week and not let scUM off the carpet for even a minute.

Comment 16 Nov 2014

Two things I noticed about the run defense (1) the LB's aren't patient enough. Rather than lay back for a second or two so they can read where the RB is going, they charge right into the line and get engaged by the O linemen. (2) Our DE's played somewhat undisciplined by not staying in their lanes and making a play on the RB coming around the corner. Hopefully this gets fixed before we meet Whiskey or it will be a long evening for us all.

Comment 09 Nov 2014

Speaking of Sparty fans, I was sitting in the n/e upper deck with loads of Buckeye brethern. We had two redneck Sparty fans in the section who had obviously had been prepping for the game all day with copious quantities of alcohol; a 60-ish grampa and a short, twenty-something Thumbilly (what we call rednecks from the "thumb" area of Michigan), doing their best to get under our skins.

Sometime in the middle first quarter, I'm thinking "hmmm, where did the little douche go?" when he comes sliding down the aisle on his back, courtesy of a pissed-off Buckeye. The little dummy was trying to pick fights because no one would pay attention to him. It was priceless. Eventually, East Lansing's finest showed up and hauled him away.

With 30 seconds to go in the 4th, Grampa finally conceded and slinked away, head down, as I wished him a safe journey back to his trailer :)

Comment 08 Oct 2014

Love that pic of A.J. (perfect first name for a football player from Alabama, btw) with a beer belly and those prison tats......

Comment 28 Sep 2014

Everyone and his dog are still piling on the OSU secondary but I believe they are light years improved from last year's crew. Exhibit 1 would be the improved coverage of various flash screens that Cincy threw at them. Last season the vast majority of those play would have gone for first downs and then some.

I put those three bombs on the coaching staff, not having any deep help when they knew Cincy had a quality home run threat. Finally Urban made the adjustment at halftime, directing the defense to play a looser coverage and keep everything in front of them.

I don't see anything back there that isn't fixable.

Comment 09 Jun 2014

The big schools aren't playing this right.

Offer the small D1 programs some form of revenue sharing and all the opposition to the Power Five's demands melts away.


Comment 04 Jan 2014

We all need to take a deep breath and repeat after me: Coaches coach and players play. Blown coverages, inability to get off blocks, ect, ect, that's on the players. The players get good coaching; better than they got in high school. The players have to execute for the team to have success.

Let's face it, not having the horses to compete ultimately falls on the head coach. He wasn't able to bring in the blue chippers on D and had to run off a few. From what I've seen in recruiting this year, the lack of talent is being addressed.

Like it or not, we are all going to have to give the process time and stop talking like a bunch of spoiled Alabama/Auburn/Texas/Michigan fans.


Comment 01 Jan 2014

I was a senior, home for the holidays and watching the game. When I saw Woody throw that punch, I thought "Oh $hit, the old man's history". When I think back, the downward spiral that Hayes' latter years had started got a little steeper after that night and wasn't corrected until Urban was hired.

Comment 07 Dec 2013

My wife is a _ichigan graduate (I don't hold it against her; she's a great person). My son is graduating from Michigan Tech; daughter goes to Michigan State. Both root for the Buckeye and hate the Weasels.

You know you are raising them right when that happens :)

Comment 30 Nov 2013

For a minute I thought I'd mistakenly logged onto an Alabama site with all the crying about a win, for God's sake.

We all knew our defense could be exploited. We weren't getting any pressure on Gardner and when we blitzed, our inability to defend passes to the flats was exposed. The Cali game was the blueprint on how to beat us and the Weasels studied up.

Let's celebrate a hard fought win and the defense rising to the occasion when they absolutely had to get a stop, instead about complaining like a bunch of spoiled brats.

Comment 29 Nov 2013

Ah, the tragedy of the career and life of Maurice Clarett. Just think of how much better we would have been if he could have kept his helmet on straight......

Comment 27 Nov 2013

After the tragic 1996 game, where I nearly got into about 20 fights with Walmart Wolverines on my way out of the stadium, 2001 felt like a blessing. Taking my son to his first OSU game, winning the game in style, singing the Alma Mater with the team in the south end zone and no ScUM having a thing to say to me on the way out are memories that will live forever.

Tress was the right coach at the right time for OSU.

Comment 26 Nov 2013

A while ago, someone who wasn't especially vested the the rivalry asked me if I thought the Game would be more entertaining if Michigan was more on an equal footing with the Bucks. My response was that, from an entertainment standpoint, I would find a 70-0 thrashing of Michigan every year the most entertaining game I could possibly imagine. The root of this attitude is the abuse I had to take from family, co-workers and Walmart Wolverines (I live in the Detroit area) during the Cooper era.

Here's to 20 more years of total domination!

Comment 14 Nov 2013

Ross, wouldn't you agree that Michigan's lack of success on passing plays is that the O-line can't keep Gardner upright long enough to find a receiver? In both the Michigan State and Nebraska games, as Gardner dropped back there were 2-3 defensive linemen breaking through the line in step with him. It's hard to complete a pass when the QB is on his back. The Michigan O-line is, without a doubt, the worst I've ever seen at the college level.

Comment 13 Nov 2013

I was sitting in my family room with my 3 year old daughter watching the Rose Bowl game that year (yes, she actually watched football at 3 years old). My wife called down from upstairs for me to put my daughter to bed. I thought "No way, the Bucks are going to drive the field and I'm not going to miss it". When Boston walked into the end zone with 19 seconds left we were both up and dancing for joy, a memory for a lifetime.