I was an engineering major at OSU, so my typical "work week" was around 70-80 hours, including class attendance. I couldn't imagine having the extra load of being any kind of athlete, let alone a football player, on top of that.
Thinking back, when Tress or Cooper had early games like the VT game, the team never really improved all that much as the season wore on. I'd wager that lack of talent had a lot to do with those failures such that no amount of high-end coaching was going to make much of an impact.
That certainly conditioned my thinking for last season. However, I pretty much took a "wait and see" attitude because a loss, while frustrating, doesn't tend to make me want to jump off a bridge or anything.
The difference between then and now is talent and depth; we all see that today.
I have to hear about academic rankings from the U of M douches all the time but I found that if I remind them that Northwestern is highest ranked school in the Big 10, they start to cry :)
What? Cringe at Meyer's hiring?
Shit, I pranced around the house for two weeks acting like I'd won the lottery. My wife was almost ready to have me committed.
Urban did his job in 2007 and did it better than Tress. Can't hate him for that.
As for turning off games too early, I did the same for the Purdue game in 2012. Less than a minute to go, I threw in the towel and went for a vigorous bike ride to blow off some steam. Come home, turn on ESPN and there's Urban talking about celebrating with the team and I think "celebrate what?". I had missed one of the greatest comebacks in Buckeye football history. Never did that again....
There is a real possibility that Braxton never throws a football in a game again. His shoulder injury was severe enough that I don't see any of the top programs mentioned in the rumors (Oregon, and Florida State being the most prominent) taking a chance on him.
These topics are drawn from the MGOBLOG forum and comments to articles in the Detroit Free Press, written by the nutty Walmart Wolverines and some of the more radical alum. None of the MGOBLOG contributors have engaged in such fantasies.
I forgot to mention my other favorite rationalization, "we were tied with OSU with 5 minutes to play and last year we lost by only one point, so we're real close to them".
Best game poster ever!
Don't forget Eli Apple. He held up well against Cooper. The future looks bright for that young man.
Indeed. There were rumors even before Tatgate broke that Tressel was going to retire early so Urban could take over. Tatgate just moved the timeline forward.
OSU had suffered through one bad year whereas scUM has been down for more than 10 years. The rebuilding job in Ann Arbor will be must more daunting for Harbaugh than what Urban faced.
I was thinking the same thing.
Additionally, it appears that Rip/Liz can be beat by sending the RB out on a wheel route.
Just think, someday Oregon State will schedule a game with South Carolina.....
They've been a hockey power for a little while now.
About those automatic doors......all the managers had those where I used to work. They only used them when they were discussing HR stuff with us. We all swore that the button activated a recording device as well.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Don't expect the new president to get involved. He's already proved himself to be a coward and a stuffed shirt.
Apparently he was hired to do one thing only: oversee the hospital expansion. As for running the university, he's clueless.
There exists the possibility that Miller may never be able to return to play, or may be ineffective/unable to pass properly when he does return. His ability to play QB at his previous level is not a given at this point.
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 :)
There exists the possibility that Braxton may never be able to throw effectively again.
Love that pic of A.J. (perfect first name for a football player from Alabama, btw) with a beer belly and those prison tats......
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.
I never got 1 ticket or was towed in four years. It was easy; I just followed the rules. I didn't have choice; pay parking tickets & towing charges or eat. I chose food.