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Comment 19 Sep 2014

Excellent post.  Through all of the hype and hysteria and biases that fans, media, and athletic programs will have, this just cuts right through all of it.

I remember the Barkley thing well too.  Although the "I am not a role model" statement doesn't hold water very well with me on its own, it was part of a larger point about parenting that he was making.  The statement ended up on t-shirts, and was often associated with his brash identity in the 90's, but the context of it got lost.  After saying "I am not a role model", he expanded on his point to say that parents are responsible for raising their kids and are responsible for what they do and that they can't blame celebrities when their kids make bad choices.  Although he denies his platform in the first part of his statement, I think their is merit to the rest of his point too.  Kind of a tangent from the specific topic at hand, but I think still somewhat relevant to the overall conversation about the dichotomy between the roles that high visibility athletes and ordinary citizens play in our culture.

Comment 17 Sep 2014

Agreed, I've just adjusted my expectations some for this season.  There absolutely is potential for great success this season, but I acknowledge that some things still need to come together for this potential to become a reality.  Like someone else mentioned, I was drinking heartily from the kool-aid pitcher; but looking back, Meyer never led me to my delusions.  He was honest about where the team needed to see improvement, and openly admitted the team wasn't ready for VT before the game.  Some good tests await this year yet, and it will be great to see the progression into a force, whether that happens next week, next month, or whenever; I will savor every moment.

Comment 17 Sep 2014

I think that the lesson from the VT loss isn't who to blame, but whether or not a young team learns what they need to develop from their struggles in that game and whether or not the coaching staff learns how to get these young players' best performance out of them.  When all units are performing at their peak level as a team on a squad loaded with this much talent, the Buckeyes will be downright scary; but it is a process and the only thing we know from the VT game is that they aren't there yet.  Brick by brick.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

If recovered, Braxton will be the starter.  The only way there would be a 2 QB system is when unleashing a Kent State like thrashing on an opponent. It's only my opinion but I think that this won't even be up for debate, and that is with all due respect to JT, whom I like very much. 

The state of his injury/recovery is the only question mark.  Though the odds change after an injury like that, you can take comfort in the fact that Drew Brees had a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder before he won a Super Bowl. 

Comment 11 Sep 2014

While I enjoy stuff at Hoke's expense, he has never struggled against OSU in his tenure at SCUM. 1-2 with 2 losses that weren't decided until late in (or at the very end of) the 4th quarter against Buckeye squads that may prove to have been much more complete than this years team doesn't have me playing Nelson Muntz pointing up north until after a win is in the books for the good guys this year. 

Comment 09 Sep 2014

I completely agree.  I didn't word my post well and am not calling for a return to Tresselball at all. It was a thinly veiled point about how 21 points should be enough to win games. Lost in all of the talk about the stacked boxes, inexperienced line and QB, dropped passes, and one dimensional play calling, is the fact that Buckeye offense found the end zone 3 times. Now one could argue that a pick six negates one of those drives but, with a stout defense, 21 pts is plenty. 

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I agree.  I'm especially interested in Ross' take on the defensive secondary too.  Offense has been taking a lot of heat for this game, and I understand the frustration, I feel it too.  But with that said, in the era of Tresselball and the Silver Bullets, 21 pts by a very inexperienced offense and and QB making his second ever start would have been more than adequate to win the game.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Low quality but for those of you who didn't get to see it:

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Time for some soul searching by all parties involved. Braxton covered for a lot of weaknesses that this team had in the past, and even he would be struggling with the protection that o line provides. Secondary is still abysmal.  

Comment 28 Aug 2014

ESPN just is what it is and it isn't going to change anytime soon, and if it does, it won't be for the better.  You can see it for what it is and choose not to watch if it bothers you, or you can watch and not be surprised when you see ESPN being ESPN. But knowing what it is, and then choosing to watch it and then complain about it seems pretty pointless. It's like continuing to take back a girlfriend that won't stop cheating on you, expecting her to suddenly be loyal this time.  But if you choose to sleep with her once in a while totally knowing that you are getting used and don't expect anything more, you'll probably be just fine. 

Comment 25 Aug 2014

Let the 'Sparty is the favorite' narrative take flight.  Let the pundits write the OSU obituary.  Role reversal is taking place. Let Sparty see how they do when they are the hunted instead of the hunter.  Miami (the one in Florida) was a heavy favorite once. 

Comment 19 Aug 2014

I understand, and I don't mean plan for it to be a development year, I only meant it in the context of developing JT sooner than we thought that would happen.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

No need to panic. If his shoulder is bad enough to injure it in practice, better to find out now instead of 3 minutes into the 2nd quarter of the Navy game.  God speed Braxton! JT and/or Cardale; big shoes to fill, but at least with some precious time to mentally prepare. Even if this ends up being a development year, OSU is on course to become a dominant team in college football. OSU will still be more than fine. E+R=O. Go Bucks!

Comment 06 Aug 2014

I was thinking that Meyer mentioned during media days (or maybe it was one of the ESPN interviews) that Braxton's reps would be limited until he gets enough of them, not having had reps through the spring. I'm hoping this is consistent with those statements and not some additional or new concern.

As for Barrett, I think he had a better second half in an otherwise lousy spring game where neither QB had very good protection and both faced an onslaught by what looked like a very aggressive defensive line.

This staff has done more with less in the past so I remain very optimistic.  The talent and the heart is there, whether all units gel as a team will make the difference now. 

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Whether Brady has reason to be much more confident, much less confident, or about the same as far as *ichigan's potential for success this year, I tend to think his comments to the media and public would be unchanged from this.  His MO seems to be some kind of attempt at playing a mixture of Fort Schembechler and coach speak.

Comment 01 Jun 2014

There appears to be a pattern, in addition to the guard incident and the post game handshake antics, it looks like Jayru has a fondness for bodyslamming.

http://www.wxyz.com/news/source-jayru-campbell-body-slammed-fellow-student-before-body-slamming-school-security-guard 

I always hope that kids can turn their lives around when they make bad decisions, but without consequences I'm pretty skeptical. 60 days will be meaningless to him or anyone else who might do the same thing if he still gets his scholarship. 

Comment 30 Jan 2014

I could see downplaying the Dontre Wilson incident (for lack of a better way of putting it) compared to the Pacers/Pistons brawl or the Todd Bertuzzi hit.  But the 71-72 Gophers turned into a bunch of extremely violent criminals in a split second and got little more than a slap on the wrist.