Ramzy, I usually love your writing and I always have enjoyed your perspective. Except this time.
I can’t exactly explain why – but I have been a big fan of Buford since he was a high school player in Toledo. Maybe it’s because I attended college in Toledo. The city is split 60/40 between Ohio State and TSUN. I was happy to see a kid from Toledo with such high credentials go to The Ohio State University.
Since then, I have always felt he was the guy who had solid contributions who never asked for, or received the spotlight. If you look at his stats last season – he was a consistent performer on most nights sans the tourney game vs. KU.
This year I was excited to see him shine in the spotlight, and I admit he has played poorly in some of our biggest games. There’s no excusing his poor shooting in big games. It sucks.
However, I can’t get over how much flack Buford takes from writers on 11W and other blogs. For instance; I follow a bunch of OSU bloggers from this site and another on Twitter. Whenever WB makes a mistake – he gets trashed immediately by everyone. But when another player makes a mistake, I do not see the same vitriol targeted towards that player. I also rarely see anyone on Twitter praise him when he has a lights out game, or makes a good play. I understand fan’s frustrations – but when I guy gets called for charging when he is trying to be aggressive does everyone need to comment and name call?
I just don’t like the tenor of this article. I don’t think you can compare William Buford to Steve Bellisari. SB came to Ohio State from Florida and wasn’t always the best citizen off the field, and was certainly a disappointment on the field. Whereas, Buford has been a model citizen off the court, and really hasn’t asked for a lot of attention from the media.
I feel badly because I think he’s had a one hell of a career at OSU, yet hardly anyone will admit they are a WB fan. I know he came in with a lot of expectations, but he certainly doesn’t have a big ego. If anything – his biggest problem is his lack of an apparent personality. He is clearly not the most assertive, gregarious person on or off the court.
It hurts me when he fails during certain games – but overall – I think Buckeye fans everywhere should lay off the kid. He may be a millionaire someday – but right now he is still a college kid, trying his best on a team with a bunch of sophomores and big personalities (Sully, Thomas, etc)