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Comment 21 Oct 2014

Akron > Pitt

Pitt > VT

VT > OSU

Therefore, Akron > OSU

Comment 21 Oct 2014

I assumed it was a given. Anyone affiliated with the SEC has a thick skull and is not able to critically think. I agree with the loss hurting more than Oregon's. I stated I agreed with him in my original post. However, he failed to acknowledge that Ohio State is a much improved team. He simply stated that a team that loses at home like that should not be considered. He however did back up Oregon's loss, which I know is not an SEC school but for some reason an ESPN perennial favorite. All I am saying, I think this Ohio State is much improved and can match up to any team in the country. The ESPN analysts don't give OSU a shot at beating Michigan State for some reason. I actually believe we will beat MSU handily. Urban will have our boys prepared and won't let a repeat of last year happen.

I wouldn't be that upset if we are  the 5th or 6th team and we miss the playoff this year. That loss hurt us. I just think they should give our team more credit for overcoming that loss and looking like a team to be reckoned with.

Comment 03 Sep 2013

There are multiple reasons why an athlete might experience cramping

1. Dehydration- This one is obvious. If an athlete does not properly hydrate themselves before competition then he or she can experience muscle cramping. An athlete needs to be hydrated throughout the week.

2. Over-hydration- It is actually possible to over-hydrate. A lot of athletes think if they just drink a massive amount of water the night before game day and on game day that they will be fine. You can actually flood the muscles with too much water and dilute your electrolytes.

3. Heat- this ties into to hydration. The more you sweat, the more essential nutrients you lose. Things like sodium/potassium/magnesium. (Electrolytes)

4. Anxiety/Nervousness- Anyone who plays sports or has a pulse has felt butterflies and has been nervous before competing. It is natural but it does cause your body to react in a certain way. Your heart rate might raise, you start to sweat, become restless, and breathing can change. This is because of adrenaline and the fight or flight response. Some athletes can deal with their emotions better and stay calm.

5. Excited/Amped up- Related to adrenaline and fight or flight. Your body responds by giving you that energy boost you need but this comes at a cost.

All of these things occur before a player even sees live game action. Depending on how the athlete prepared themselves and how they deal with stress can impact whether or not they cramp up.

Now think about static stretching before games and warming up. A player gets loosened up and breaks a sweat an hour before the game starts. Goes back into the locker room where their bodies cool down and now the coach has them turn the lights off and sit still for a 10 minute pregame speech intended to pump the kids up. Everyone is up - hooting and hollering now they run onto the field with the crowd screaming. It's time for kick-off. No time to get warmed back up.

Comment 01 Sep 2013

There are multiple reasons why an athlete might experience cramping.

1. Dehydration- This one is obvious. If an athlete does not properly hydrate themselves before competition then he or she can experience muscle cramping. An athlete needs to be hydrated throughout the week. 

2. Over-hydration- It is actually possible to over-hydrate. A lot of athletes think if they just drink a massive amount of water the night before game day and on game day that they will be fine. You can actually flood the muscles with too much water and dilute your electrolytes.

3. Heat- this ties into to hydration. The more you sweat, the more essential nutrients you lose. Things like sodium/potassium/magnesium. (Electrolytes)

4. Anxiety/Nervousness- Anyone who plays sports or has a pulse has felt butterflies and has been nervous before competing. It is natural but it does cause your body to react in a certain way. Your heart rate might raise, you start to sweat, become restless, and breathing can change. This is because of adrenaline and the fight or flight response. Some athletes can deal with their emotions better and stay calm.

5. Excited/Amped up- Related to adrenaline and fight or flight. Your body responds by giving you that energy boost you need but this comes at a cost.

All of these things occur before a player even sees live game action. Depending on how the athlete prepared themselves and how they deal with stress can impact whether or not they cramp up. 

Now think about static stretching before games and warming up. A player gets loosened up and breaks a sweat an hour before the game starts. Goes back into the locker room where their bodies cool down and now the coach has them turn the lights off and sit still for a 10 minute pregame speech intended to pump the kids up. Everyone is up - hooting and hollering now they run onto the field with the crowd screaming. It's time for kick-off. No time to get warmed back up. 

Comment 30 Apr 2012

I recall seing several UNC caliber players being drafted in the NFL the past couple of years. I feel  some Buckeye fans are disapointed when the staff recruits and gets verbals from 3-star or not as highly sought after recruits. I have faith that the staff knows what they're doing in looking for talent. I doubt Meyer and co. are looking at the different recruiting site's rankings of players. The staff has their own rankings and evaluations they are going by. I am disappointed by the decommitment because I feel there was a reason OSU was offering Neal. They saw raw  talent and now it seems like other teams are catching on (Recent LSU offer).  

Comment 14 Apr 2012

Although his film does not compare to that of Bell, Cravens, or Thomas...I trust Meyer's judgment.You have to take into consideration that Thompson only has 3 years of football under his belt so he is very raw and has a high ceiling. Bad Technique is correctable so I am not worried about that. I do love his physicality and his ability to get to the ball.

Comment 01 Feb 2012

Via Twitter.

@rivalsmike Mike Farrell
I don't have the reason why #OhioState won't be taking Davonte Neal, I just know he tried to commit and couldn't. Well sourced. #RivalsNSD

What do you make of this?

Comment 01 Feb 2012

Just thought I would point out that it says Cam Williams is out of West Roxbury PA in the chart. Obviously it's suppose to be MA. Not trying to nitpick but the article uses the word adieu and is from the 11Wstaff so i figured they'd want it 100% accurate. 

Comment 07 Dec 2011

PR's for Devin Smith per milesplit.

Personal Bests
100 Meter Dash
10.56
High Jump
7-0.5
Long Jump
24-7

That kind of speed and athleticism is unreal. If this kid gets stronger and more physical then watch out. 

 

Comment 18 Sep 2011

 

How about Bauserman blowing his load early on that pass to Stoneburner in the Endzone. 

Comment 17 Sep 2011

I'm willing to endure a 5-6 loss season to see a change in regime. Watching Fickell coach just doesn't give me a good feeling. Believe it or not everybody, but OSU could have a bad Head Coach, that is very possible. Fickell looks in over his head. As far as the offense, that was hard to even watch. If Bauserman can't find anyone to throw to and throws the ball away (even when he had all day to throw) why is he even in there? Atleast Miller can make something happen. I get it that Bauserman has the most experience(which really shouldn't have been considered experience) and knows the playbook the best out of the qbs but the fact that he knows more about the offense shows how bad he really is. 

 

Comment 13 Sep 2011

You said yourself that we don't really know how good Braxton Miller is. "I don't get any insight from what I've seen." Then you go on saying "From what I've seen, Miller cannot move like TP. Sounds like you're contradicting yourself. It's not about what we've seen, It's about what we haven't seen, which is Miller play more than 1 quarter against a good team. I'm not going to come to any conclusions without seeing Miller play, but there has to be a reason it came down to him and Baus over Guiton and Graham. I would like to see what he can do before I say he should be the Full-time starter or not.

I see Devin Smith being Braxton's Ted Ginn. I personally watched Devin Smith run a 10.5 100m, jump 24 ft. 7 inches in the long jump and 7 ft. in the high jump. If that's not explosion and pure athleticism then I don't know what is. Smith has been a receiver all through high school so his route running and catching ability isn't raw, as Ted Ginn's was switching from DB to WR. 

 

Comment 11 Sep 2011

"Atleast we were in 2 national championship games, and won another."

 

my point exactly! We are settling for this!!! HOW IDIOTIC CAN YOU BE! That is why no one likes us! We gripe every during the regular season when we barely win games we should, or lose big games every year, then we are given a gift in a BCS bowl game or a national title bid and are happy with it even if we lose! BUT hey, atleast we atleast we made it right! I'm tired of getting handed a BCS game because we win a WEAK big ten conference! You can't even call the big ten the big ten( though, there is 12 teams) it should really be the Big 3 conference(OSU, Wisky and now Nebraska.) Im no longer sticking up for the Big Ten just because OSU is in it. Half the teams are pathetic and you guys know it. 

So back to my point, we play a cupcake non conference schedule that leads us into a mediocre, I will say it again for you, mediocre conference schedule. When we do play a tough non league team, We LOSE!(Texas, USC x2) Im no SEC homer, but my god, if we played in the SEC we wouldn't stand a chance the past couple years! Not because we don't have the talent, but because we stick too our ineffective, old school ways! Cus it's tradition and atleast we are get to BCS games!!! 

My whole point is, it's time for OSU to change, the game of football has changed and Ohio State, along with many other Big Ten schools have failed to change with it! While the SEC is winning National Title after title, we sit back and wonder why can't we do that? It's obvious!! Our style of football is out-dated! It may have worked in the 60's thru 90's! But it's a whole new game that's being played. If we want to be the best team in the Nation we have to put our teams in the best possible situation for that. The only thing that helps us from the past is our prestige that lands top recruits from our state! We need to get with current trend and get an offensive minded coach who knows how to use our talent and score points. Imagine TP with a cam newton type offense? with our OSU defense? Hmmm...I guess we can only imagine because our fans are too arrogant and blind to see what's best for the team. 

ps. I am not a hater, I love the Buckeyes and I hope you can tell from my fire and passion!

Comment 11 Sep 2011

Although, I love the Buckeye's and our traditions, I think we embrace it too much sometimes. It's time to get rid of Bollman and our offensive identity. If Ohio State wants to continue to be in a BCS's bowl every year and be national title contenders, we need to run an offense that showcases our talent. Just listening to an offensive minded guy like Urban Meyer,( BTW whose dream job is Ohio Sate) makes me wonder what he could bring to the table. Why not hire him? Is it a swift kick in the nuts of Woody Hayes if we abandon our roots and run Meyer's spread? Our O-line has been the worst aspect of our Offense as of recently and we continue to run a Bollman/Tresselish Pro-Style offense. The only reason we have been successful is because of our recent mobile QB's (Troy Smith, TP). Yet, again we have another highly touted mobile QB but he takes a seat to an out of shape, 28 year-old baseball player. 

Why continue to accept offensive mediocrity? I'm sick and tired of watching a conservative, unnattractive, underutilized offense! I understand that type of mindset if our defense was atrotious and our achilles heal......but it's not. Our defense is what keeps us in games. How many low-scoring nail biters and disappointing offensive performances in big games do we have to go through before we demand change! Playing a cupcake non-conference and continuing to win a WEAK (let's be honest, I'm done defending the big ten) big ten, while losing one or two games may seem fine to you. BUT the only reason we are in those BCS games is because of our fanbase! We got blown out of two Nation Title games.....against 2 SEC teams. 

I feel as though we are in a tough situation as Buckeye fans. I want to see our Buckeye's win and I hate losing, but if we continue to go down this path and accept mediocrity, I wouldn't mind seeing Fickell lose, in order to get a change of regime.