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Comment 15 Jul 2015

Very well written piece.  There are significant challenges for all of TV Land who has run afoul of the basics of supply and demand.  There is too much supply in the content delivery (A gajillion channels) and not nearly enough demand for low quality, uninteresting bullshit.  It isn't just ESPN who faces this problem, it is every single cable channel out there.  And the problems all just got a whole lot more real with Netflix and other  companies able to deliver quality content without being hooked to the cable cord.  HBO and Showtime have also figured this out it seems. 

The only thing which has kept me from not dropping cable is live sports.  And really other than college football, I'm not really sure I care if I have access to that.  (I still haven't subscribed to Netflix, so I don't have an opinion about that).  But there are not very many quality programs I care to watch for the amount of channels on my cable box (and I only have expanded basic. 

The other great point made by Ramzy is the ability to provide more value add through good analysis (All 22 or endzone views with former coaches providing commentary of the plays--BTN better be thinking this way too--or other X&O type breakdowns of meaningful time.  I would watch that, and it would keep me interested. Just watching a replay of the game is not as interesting as having someone who really knows what is happening and what is supposed to be happening point it out.  Heck, Ross Fulton may be able to parlay that into a new career!  Of course the interwebs via youtube is already filled with 30minute versions of games (Every play with the dead space edited out) so that doesn't add value.

Comment 25 Nov 2014

I really liked the triple option look with Curts Samuel and Zeke.  I thought it was a great way to attack what Indiana was trying to do from the edge.  It equated the numbers in those situations.  Would have loved to see it used a few more times, with a couple of constraint looks to go with it.  The two carries went for about 10 per pop. 

I was really impressed with our defense for 90% of the game.  Those 4 plays were tough to swallow, but I felt by and large the d-line was dominant and the LB's cleaned up things quite nicely.  I wish McMillan would get more of the snaps than grant.  Seems like we have fewer of those "let downs" when he is in the game. 

The "Cause and effect" of momentum changing on Kickoffs out of bounds is tough to determine.  Take IU for example.  They have a third and 12 and we break contain and the defense we were playing was susceptible to a scramble play.  I have trouble thinking the field position at the 35 begets the defensive lapse.  I think the bigger momentum killers were the consecutive turnovers, and punts in the middle of the game.  Against Minnesota, the punt which was forced, was muffed. That led directly to a TD and a 31-21 lead instead of 31-14 with possession at or around our own 10 yard line. 

Likewise, what about the kicks which were returned "near" the 25 (ie inside the 30).  There have been 9 of those, only two of the 9 have resulted in TD's and one a missed FG.  The Two TD's started at the opponents 42 (the closest starting FP after a kickoff). The other from the 34 (one yard difference.  Isn't a big return just as momentum building (if not more so) as a kickoff out of bounds?  Yet the results are decidedly different.  In many ways judging momentum gained is a very subjective viewpoint. (Thanks for the mention by the way)

Ross your work is always great and informative.  I learn as much reading these columns and Kyle's columns as I ever have about the intricacies of football. 

Comment 18 Nov 2014

Outstanding writeup as always.

I was hoping to see you talk about the Linebackers and their gap responsibility.  With Wisconsin looming large for a matchup in Indy, this remains a significant concern.  Also Michigan really tries to do some power run stuff as well (they just aren't that good at it). 

A couple of questions....What should Perry be doing in that play (ie what is his responsibility) for the play in the video you linked?  Secondly, as to Grant, Is it more of "being too aggressive?" It seems as if he overruns the play, but was maybe in the right place but just at the wrong time.  Or is he in the wrong place?  And finally, Minnesota's rushing numbers were not nearly as good in the second half, what adjustments did the Buckeye defense make (other than being in the lead and making the gopher's throw to catch up) to solidify their effort up front?  (ie did they start bringing the safety down into the box to cover an otherwise open gap?)


Comment 14 Aug 2014

Never mind the fact that the Buckeyes rushed for 273 yards on 40 carries, a whopping 6.8 YPC average, against the vaunted Sparty Defense.  A defense which allowed an average 72.23 yards per game against their other 13 opponents last season.  The 273 yards was 111 more yards gained on the ground than the next highest total amassed by anyone else all season against Narduzzi's boys.  That total was put up by Stanford in the Rose Bowl. 

While that was a painful loss, I'm not sure I would point to that game as the "blueprint" of how to stop Ohio State's rushing attack.  MSU didn't really stop it, save for a key third and fourth down play in the fourth quarter.

Comment 28 Aug 2013


Usually fifteen minutes before kickoff, unless...

Alumni Band Day or visiting bands are there, then 20 minutes.

Comment 24 Jul 2013

I don't know how much playing time these freshman will get, but wow...If nothing else, they will push the current players to either be better or be on the bench.


Comment 17 Jul 2013

I don't know how much of a contributor he (or any other freshman, for that matter) will be in 2013, but...

He has some serious wheels and the comment about seeing the field is spot on. 

If he doesn't earn playing time, he will push the likes of Corey Brown/Jordan Hall/and others to elevate their game to a much higher level...A win/win for Ohio State. 

It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to see him returning punts and kicks this year as a freshman.  In a situation where you often have to make the first guy miss, he can do just that. 

It is so hard to judge what he is doing on the field.  Yes Big School Texas Football is quality stuff, but he isn't going against 11 D-I college athletes either.  Just amazing that on so many of those highlights he is hardly touched.

I understand the purpose of the highlight reels is to show the "big play."  Sometimes it would be nice to see some of the more mundane stuff to see how well he does during a lot more of his touches.

There are some guys who can fly in this class that is for sure.

Comment 28 Mar 2013

Bill Russel. 

I saw many interviews/stories where he lamented how guys just swat the ball out of bounds and show boat.  When you watch the highlights, he controls the ball afterwards.


Comment 28 Mar 2013

Look at you! A multi-sport mathlete of sorts.

Was just commenting on another site about Scott's +/-.  I picked four games (ISU, @Ind, +MSU & Wisc in the B1G tournament). 

ISU: +10

WISC: +9

MSU: +7

Indiana: +16

I agree completely with what you are saying.  He should be playing more!  Unfortunately matchups, specifically for our ability to defend and on the defensive glass, often times dictate that either Rav or Williams be in the game.  Thomas is an "OK" defender, but he would not be able to matchup well with the likes of a Nix (MSU) or Plumlee (Duke), or Withey (KU).  Sometimes it is a sacrifice which must be made. 

The other things which would be interesting (and ridiculously time consuming) is to see what the difference in effective FG% and TO percentage with Scott & Craft on the floor together vs. Craft and Smith.  That might be even more telling than the +/-.  If I only had hundreds of spare hours to pour over box scores. 

By the way great work, this is a time consuming task to do this for each player as it looks like you have to scour the play by play for each game.  It was bad enough doing it just for Scott.  I would have to think that somebody on Ohio State's staff is tracking this on some level. 


Comment 01 Mar 2013

Ah yes, the decision making of young Braxton....How many yards/points were left on the field due to incorrect/poor reads during the year last year.  Early on it seemed like he had trust issues with his backs, and refused to give the ball when he should have.  Then it seemed like he gave when he shouldn't, and at times he still tried to take the entire load on his shoulders and do far too much.  

If Braxton is able to make a significant and consistent improvement in his decision making the prospects for this offense are down right scary exciting.  If he makes strides in the decision making and in his throwing fundamentals.....Oy vey!  The whole season, I watched and just kept thinking to myself, this guy is just getting started.  

So bullish on the buckeye O.

Comment 28 Feb 2013


I frequently see Chris Brown (Smart Football) mentioning the increased use of "packaged plays."  Is this something you see Herman/Meyer incorporating more in the future as Braxton and his supporting cast improve?  Perhaps we are doing this to some degree already.

While wrinkles are added and slight adjustments are made, there isn't a whole lot of "secrecy" in what Meyer is trying to do.  The key seems to be having the right players to make it work.  Your QB has to be a legitimate threat to run the football.  Face it, if a guy like Greg Frey were a qb in this offense, it wouldn't strike the fear of god into opposing coaches. Yet I have a feeling we were only scratching the surface of what this offense is capable of doing. 

As always, fantastic work.  By the way, I too learned something in these last three pieces.

Comment 08 Nov 2012

Right.  I missed #15.  He is a huge part of our success this year and will be going forward.

Comment 08 Nov 2012

Losing to Michigan in any year is viewed as a disappointment.  It will get you fired if you do it too many times.  It doesn't matter whom the corn and blue have played one bit.  Lose that one, and as Earle says, you hide in the alleys. 


Comment 08 Nov 2012

Shoot 10 wins this year, a couple in impressive fashion against the "Big Ten Powers" (stop laughing), considering where we were a year ago, and I don't know that it really matters what happens in the last two for our coveted preseason rank.  Fortunately championships aren't won in magazines or in July/August. 

When you compare where we were last year, to this year, look at the returners on the offensive side of the ball......How could we NOT be in the top 5 to start the season?

Comment 08 Nov 2012

On Offense: 

Starters: Miller (QB), Hyde (RB), Huerman/Vanett (TE), Mewhort (LT), Norwell (LG), Linsley (C), Hall (RG), Brown (WR), Spencer (WR)

Key Contributers: Mike Thomas (WR), Chris Fields (WR), Rod Smith (RB).

Key losses: Stoneburner (WR/TE), Fragel (RT)

That will have me as excited about an offense as I have been since 2006 when we were L.O.A.D.E.D. on that side of the ball.

On D:

Starters returning: Shazier (LB), Roby (CB), Barnett (S), Bryant (S).

Key Contriubters: Noah Spence (DE), Tommy Shutt (DT), Corey Brown (S), Michael Bennett (DT)

Key Losses: Nathan Williams (DE/OLB), John Simon (DE), John Hankins (DT--yes he is leaving early), E. Sabino (LB), Zach Boren (LB), Travis HOward (CB), Ohrian Johnson (S), Garett Goebel (DT),


That defense is looking even thinner than this year's unit.  The offense looks as if it will be scary good, but the D will struggle, especially early.  We have to have those young DL's and LB's catch on quickly and learn the Defense in the spring and fall camp.  Those 15 lost bowl practices are devastating when you are trying to build a young team.  That is a lot of lost reps for those young guys.

Comment 02 Nov 2012

Nice to see Big Daddy, once a prop 48 (academic issues), have success in his life after football.  Kudos to he and Stan Jackson!