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NEBuckeye


Member since 13 December 2013 | Blog

NE stands for New England. Grew up in Connecticut where Huskeymania made me a college basketball fan. Went to college in Ohio where the Buckeyes made me a college football fan.

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Recent Activity

Comment 04 Dec 2016

Not sure if this is directed toward my earlier comment about Franklin, but my issue is with what he said after beating OSU about how this starts a healing process. I have a problem with anyone who talks about healing from the horrible things done in terms of winning football games and rebuilding their program, and the announcers did it when the clock wound down to zero tonight.  It is way off the mark for Franklin or sports pundits to talk about healing that way, even if it wasn't intentional, it is horribly tone deaf at best and reopening other peoples' wounds at worst.

If this was directed toward something else, then I apologize for my misunderstanding. 

Comment 04 Dec 2016

First Franklin after beating OSU, now the announcers tonight. I really wish that people would stop talking about the healing process as though the football program was the victim. I don't comment often and I may end up getting in trouble for the first time in my experience on this board, but whenever they talk about healing, I think of people who have never gotten an apology and don't feel the least bit better because somebody won a football game. They'll have my respect when they own that and not a moment before. 

Comment 03 Dec 2016

Exactly. And for me, the last thing I want is to turn college football into March Madness part deux where we are looking for the Gonzaga of football to blow up our office brackets. One of those kind of sports is enough. 

College football is special because it is the only sport where the regular season IS the playoff. No mulligans. No do-overs. No rematches. We go to 8 teams, and there will be rematches and sleepers beating much better teams due to uncontrollable circumstances. I understand that happens during the season, but there are no fluke championships. There will be once we start expanding the field. Let the 4 most deserving teams fight for it and leave it at that. There aren't 8 teams equally deserving of a national championship and there never will be. 

Comment 26 Nov 2016

I don't know what to say other than youth. Prince was gettin his ass owned by Taco all day long. Prince went to school today, but he was the best option the coaches had personnel wise. Taco is done in college. Prince has a future filled with opportunity to get better against big ten competition. 

I'm just getting tired of the blame beck and Barrett for this when there isn't much pass protection. And I don't blame the coaching or play calling for this. It just needs time to get there. And in the meantime, our boys are still finding a way to win. So people can piss all over a win against a better team, or they can complain. But blaming the coaches is nothing more than scapegoating. 

Comment 26 Nov 2016

So we're almost there with  Bama and we play in a much tougher conference than they do right now. Not a bad position to be in with a bunch of youngsters. And they are not enjoying the streak against their rival that we are either. I'd rather be us than them. 

Comment 26 Nov 2016

The game is won and lost at the line of scrimmage. OSUs OL did not match up with TTUNs DL. OSUs DL wore down TTUNs OL which allowed them to pressure The Wilted one. That allowed them to create turnovers and stop their offense. 

Offensive scheme changes won't make a difference until the OL gels as a unit better than it did this year. It takes time and they did the best they could do under the circumstances. And that was good enough to give them a chance to win which they did. Enjoy it. 365 days of not having to deal with insufferable TTUN fans talking shit. We won whooooooohoooo and thank GOD. 

Comment 26 Nov 2016

I wish that I could give more than one upvote to this. Thank you!

Comment 26 Nov 2016

Would any other team be in the playoff discussion if they sent 16 starters to the NFL?  

Folks need to appreciate what they got. 

OSU beat a way more experienced team with exceptional talent in a game that they had no business winning with an inexperienced O line that was getting beaten all day and receivers that are learning the game at a new level. 

Blaming the coaches is like saying that they didn't make a million dollar vase with clay that they are still working on. 

Comment 30 Oct 2016

All very good points and no I don't think they're good enough now.

My question is whether there is still opportunity to get good enough. One more loss will shut the door. But.......IF (very big IF) they mange to win out, two years of precedent indicates the eye test shifts to who looks the best among the P5 conference champions.

If OSU is a conference champion with a very ugly body of work compared to how the others win theirs, they'll be left behind. But if I were predicting the P5 conference champ slate today, there aren't any dominant teams that I can say look the part that much more right now other than Bama. 

Now, with everything I just said, if they make it to Thanksgiving with 1 loss, I don't think an ugly win vs ttun is possible and they will have to have their issues very well resolved by that time. And if they do, then somebody is in trouble in Indy and I like their chances from there.  But our slate to Thanksgiving has some tough ones. Going to be a grind to the finish line.  

Comment 29 Oct 2016

We're spoiled. Replace 16 starters on any other team. How much drop off would there be?  The problem is early success and high ratings gets people talking about how good they are and they don't have the experience to know better. Now they're getting that experience while they scratch and claw for every yard.  It's gonna be a grind to the finish line.  The early run got some of us thinking the Buckeyes skipped the growing pains phase. 

Comment 16 Oct 2016

I don't care if you're an OSU graduate or a fan of that team or any other team. You could be an SCLSU Muddawgs fan for all I care. It will not make you're posts interesting or compelling so it is completely irrelevant to your post quality or relevance.  Lots of luck accomplishing whatever it is you hope to accomplish by bringing it up though. 

Comment 12 Oct 2016

Whether it is Beck, Warinner, or Herman calling the game, the philosophy has been the same which is to take what the defense is giving you.  The defense was giving the deep pass and some intermediate routes (although they were congested) and the zone read.  On the speed option, jet sweeps and screens, the defense was cheating to stop the runner in the backfield.  The way to make them pay for that is to 1) run the qb since they were breaking on the runner, 2) short intermediate passes (dropped by Baugh and Wilson, coupled with poor blocking by Baugh and receivers), or 3) deep pass (badly thrown, missed timing).  Of those 3, the only thing working was zone read where the QB keeps.  Some others stated above something to the same effect.  I don't believe Meyer and Barrett are blowing smoke when they say it is fixable.  They know what to work and where the sloppiness and inexperience were showing.  The question is how much it improves this week.

Comment 10 Oct 2016

I agree.  It's not new, but it was effective again.  In 2014, there were some playmakers that overcame it fueled by the frustration of that loss.  The only explanation that works for me about IU is that even though stacking the box isn't new to the team, it was a new look to most of the playmakers on this offense this year. The reluctance to dial up pass plays?  Who knows.  Maybe wind?  Receivers have to catch the ball too which they struggled with under the pressure (not all of the passes were off).  They have to fix it or stacking the box is effective, whether new or not. Hopefully these playmakers treat it with the urgency that the 2014 squad treated it with.  

Comment 10 Oct 2016

It was the number of 3 and outs that made it feel this way.  We get concerned as fans when we don't see the offense moving the chains on every possession.  Every opponent with a fast and/or physical defense will likely put an extra man in the box after this game.  Barrett and Zone 6 now have some film to polish up on how to make them pay for that.

Comment 23 Sep 2016

I think Noah Brown can be the deep threat as he was in one of his touchdowns.  

If he continues to be un-guardable like this going forward, I'd look for defenses to stop trying to beat him one-on-one, thus opening up other opportunities for a few un-proven receivers waiting for their chance.  One other thing too, is I will admit to saying I was unimpressed with the play of Brown prior to this last game partly due to all of the hype, and it's just a testament to what a difference one game can make.  I think we aren't done seeing breakout performances from zone 6.

Comment 22 Sep 2016

Urban's x factors that make him so effective in college ball are things that I don't see translating well to the pros.  It's just my opinion, but I really think what sets him apart from his peers is not scheme (even though it is proven, he's not the only one using it with success) or emphasis on fundamentals (he's a master of this as well, but there are other very disciplined teams out there that still don't enjoy the success that Urban does) so much as it is his ability to obtain full buy-in from his athletes and full philosophical alignment from his staff.  The college game has the right environmental factors for this.  This is the stage in life where athletes need a mentor more than any other and Urban thrives in that role.  There is also the element of school pride and tradition which all college coaches use for motivation, but Urban takes that to another level both in recruiting and setting the tone to prepare his staff and players for big games.

In the NFL, what are players motivated by more than money and self interest?  Pride in the city they represent?  Unless you have a Drew Brees/New Orleans kind of relationship (which developed more out of circumstance than tradition and upbringing), that sentiment is absent in the league where trades and contracts rule the day.  Tradition? Not really.  There are a few tradition rich franchises in the NFL, but odds favor that you end up coaching a team that is in a stadium less than 20 years old and your bosses are threatening the taxpayers of the city to foot the bill for a new stadium (while still paying the bill for the one they're now going to pay to tear down) or they're moving.  Recruiting?  Meyer wins because he wins in on the field and in the living room.  Take this arrow out of his quiver in the pros.

If there is ever a person who could defy my expectations and find a way to make it work, it would be Urban Meyer; I just think he would have to reinvent his entire mojo on the road to success in the NFL.

Comment 02 Sep 2016

It's all water under the bridge now, but even for a veteran team, I found the 2015 season opener to be meh.  I re-watched the 2015 VT game yesterday and I have to say that it was not enjoyable to watch, with a few exceptions for the highlight reel plays that we all know.  The rest of it was pretty flat, from special teams play, to not being able to put an offensive drive together with any sense of rhythm, to the defense not being able to get off the field on third down (over and over and over again).  Luckily the defense shored up after that game to become the stubborn and stingy unit that it was for the rest of the season.

But it's a brand new season now!

Go Bucks, Beat BG!!!