It was worse than I could've even imagined, ridiculous. scUM fans everywhere be like...
I probably should've cropped it. When I saw the American Pie gif posted, thought there was a chance for mine haha...
Couldn't resist posting this. Apologies if it's out of bounds, and feel free to remove if it warrants it. I want to remain an upstanding 11W member, but Mark May had this coming:
You could say my family is pretty ok with the news...
Did this during the entire video....
Best offseason of all time. Loving every second of it! #OH
Oh trust me I have. My family friend was the captain of the 2007-8 NIT title team, and lead them in scoring (curious if people remember my boy, so I won't name him).
For shits and giggles, I'll try to go to 10 (today, 4/30/15): Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UNC | Uconn, MSU, Louisville, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin
I'll tell you what hurts, OSU not winning a title since 1961 I think. You've got to cut down the nets when you have the chance. OSU is arguably a top 10 program, but not a perennial top 10. Syracuse, Gonzaga, OSU, Wisconsin have arguments. I still keep FLA there since you can't ignore the back to back titles.
I don't even know how to feel. But my instincts tell me we'll look back on this time with a clear assessment, though it's cloudy today. Matta is arguably the best coach we've ever had - you can't questions he's at least in the argument. But we should also have faith in the school he coaches for. OSU will never be on the mount rushmore of hoops (Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UNC) those schools are cemented for the next 10-20 years with the opportunity to continue to pile on final 4s and titles. But OSU should have aspirations of staying a perennial top 10 program, and while we've been there for periods of time - we haven't been able to stay there.
We are so lucky to have Thad.
Couldn't agree more. I knew what I signed up for when this thread was started, in being misunderstood. I'm way out in front of this, and I only want to see the program reach what I believe is achievable potential of a perennial top 10 program. OSU has the resources to achieve this now in hoops, I really believe that. Thad's had us in the top 10 for the majority of his time here, right now we're a top 20 program even during years like the past 2. We owe that sort of success to Thad, no question. I just don't understand why we're not allowed to have questions as fans and banter on blogs that were created just for things like this.
Thanks for the clarification. Great point on LeVert - I never mentioned him on purpose because I've read that OSU did their hw on him and obviously Burke. They weren't late to either one of those guys.
I'm sure you subscribe to pay-for Buckeye blogs like I do as well as 11w. I wasn't talking out of the side of my mouth - there are discussions of his health in print and on tv - you know that. Nothing was criticized here, you're leaving an elephant in the room if you don't mention it.
There hasn't been a dip in recruiting at all, who said that? You could argue that there have been misses, though. Guys we went after late, and missed out on. Guys we landed that didn't pan out.
I'm not sure this warrants the outrage police reaction. I'm in bounds citing and referencing a sensitive topic. Sorry.
I completely agree with your logic, though I would only say that I've seen each one of these kids play in person (sans Potter). So technically, no I wouldn't have started this thread if Potter went to MSU at all. I think people are missing the point here. It's not so much in-state talent leaving - it's been happening forever. Izzo grabbed Raymar Morgan and Delvon Roe back to back years from OH. It's more cbus talent being tapped into before OSU even notices seemingly - then we jump in late.
I love your points, so true in many ways. I'm not asking for Matta to go, but I'm curious if you were to spin this forward if this was the beginning of the end, so to speak? It's a fair question, at least. Are we going to be saying in 2 years from now:
For the love of God, what are they, 3 years removed from back to back Elite 8 (nearly back to back Final Four) appearances? Let's pump the brakes a little.
what they are (now) 5 years removed from back to back Elite 8 appearances? I'm totally ahead of the curve on this one, and I'm not saying a change is warranted yet, but just curious - that's all.
I agree with you. I'd like to think we take the BEST kids from Ohio, though. That's the challenge. Hopefully Funderburk can prove me wrong.
Matt Moyer. Great points. Couldn't agree more in theory. I'm sure it's not that simple, but when you go to Toledo and bring back Marc Loving when Nigel Hayes is virtually standing next to him, you may want to pause before the offer comes out.
No question that he's in the 'argument' for best we've ever had. Hopefully that helps.
Great points. I guess my concern is why was Funderburk the first offer? His dad's connections to the school? I've seen him play in person, and I wasn't blown away. It's a complex process I know, I just think the kids in your own backyard you should have vetted out before anybody else.
I've seen Funderburk play...Ward > Funderburk in my opinion. I've yet to see Potter in person, but the kid is in your backyard. You should be the first to get a pulse on a kid, and Izzo tapped Ward before any other school. He put the work in early. We lost the other kid from Gahanna (Moyer) to Syracuse to something similar. OSU didn't even start looking at Moyer until both Syracuse and Florida had interest.
I thoroughly enjoyed one of Mr. Berry's sloppy seconds circa 2001. My first set of fake boobs on a girl, who used to 'date' Gary Berry. Thank you, Mr. Berry:
Cardale Jones = don't bark up this tree, this tree will fall on you. He's the king of the walk-off...
So touching. Emotional. Never been more proud as a Buckeye fan, I just...<exhales>
What a surprise indeed! How I felt once I heard the news...
He's worth 10 million a year, easy. #BARGAINSHOPPING
Great event, even greater new tradition installed
what a fail