The chicken sh*t referee under the basket should have been ejected too for not doing his job right. Had he called a foul on the NW player sooner, it probably would not have gone that far. I refereed many fraternity games at OSU that never got that far with my whistle ready. That referee should not be paid for that game because he slept through it.
Another great article about OSU's running game. While I agree that Carlos Hyde and the OL deserve most of the credit for Hyde's awesome year, the OL only gets him to the second level. The down field blocking by the receivers gets Hyde open on the 15 - 20 yard runs and the long TD runs. It must be a phenomenal feeling to get past the DL and know you have alot more yards to go when Corey Brown, Devin Smith, Evan Spencer and other guys are out there planting the LBs and DBs in your way. As someone above said, "strap on tight guys" it will be a tough, Big Ten type game on Saturday night. GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is pretty clear that OSU Men will have to win on defense this year (if the officials will let them). Since the ncaa has taken defense out of the college game to make it more like pro ball, then OSU better find a reliable scorer or it could be a long, long season. Again, just my opinion. db
Are you kidding me!!! The expression on his face in the last few minutes of the game said it all. He sat with his arms folded and leaning back in his seat, too. While the other guys were cheering and smiling, Ross was thinking about why he didn't turn pro last spring. If Matta has the guts he will tell Ross to sack up, play like a man or leave. Right now he is taking up a scholarship that could be used on a recruit that wants to be in Scarlet and Gray. Just my opinion. db
OK, to prove my true Buckeye Family membership: while walking around stores in Jacksonville, FL (at a convention in town) last week I passed a shop with Buckeye flags. When I entered the store, to my horror, it had placed a ttun flag above my beloved Buckeye display flag. This can not be" I shouted to the store clerk who promptly moved that discussing corn and yuck colored flag below the tOSU flag. In a few short seconds the world was alright again because tOSU was over ttun again. The store clerk even apologized for the error. Long live Buckeye Nation!!!!!!
Two things I remember most about being there in person:
1. surrounded by duck fans and telling them before the game (to shut up their boasting about duck offense) that oregon had not faced a defense all year like Ohio State played - very prothetic, right?; and
2. watching all the touchdowns right in front of our seats, including the big fumble out of the back of the endzone (absolutely deflating the green and yellow - it was really quite after that).
A truly fabulous game for all Buckeye fans. GO BUCKEYES!!!!
FWIW, back in the 60s I lived in Park Hall around several football players. They had time to find jobs in the off season (most were phony/make work type jobs but they still worked). It never seemed to interfere with their class work or their off-season workouts.
Also, I like the idea of making them pay for school if they get money for playing a sport. Take away the athletic scholarship and make them pay their own way or get an academic scholarship. That seems fair to the 50K+ tOSU students that have to struggle to pay for school and then struggle to pay off loans after school. Most major collegiate sports athletes are too pampered anyway. If they want compensation then exchange it dollar for dollar with the cost of getting that free education each receives today. That will give them an education on campus and about real life in the real world.
Just my opinion and thanks for reading. Go Buckeyes!!!!!
Sitting here writing this is Carson City, Nevada I take umbrage to the "wasteland" comment. CC is really a nice little town with lots to do and beautiful mountains all around. While it is not C-Bus it is still better than any other BIG state capital and I have been through half of them since leaving Ohio 30+ years ago.
Great article and keep them coming. GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!
If Joe G had been 6' 3" or taller he would have had a super pro career the way he could pass. My favorite Buckeye QB is still Rex Kern, the master of slight of hand with the ball and could run as good if not better than any Buckeye QB since.
Thanks for these articles and letting us remember the great years past. Now, lets get ready for what could probably be the best year ever in the Ohio State University football. Go Buckeyes!!
Luv that: "but you will always be out irascible sonofabitch". Perfect way to describe how those of us who lived and suffered through the most amazing 3 decades of Ohio State football remember Coach Hayes. Long live our love and memories of a great man and his principles.
For a freshman at tOSU and studying for your first final exams and then meeting Coach Hayes in the hallway, it was a time I will never forget. He came out of the elevator delivering Christmas gifts to his players living in the dorm. Yet, he took 2 minutes to stop and ask me how I was doing, what exams I had and which one I dreaded the most. Not one mention of football or sports or who I was. He was concerned about my studies, then wished me luck and took off down the hall.
That is why I have always been a Buckeye (even before my days of campus) and will always bleed Scarlet & Gray. Coach Hayes was the epitome of what a leader should be, even with his faults. It is appropriate that we celebrate his birthday today and remember him fondly. Happy Birthday, Coach. Buckeye Nation is safe, solid and strong, just like you wanted.
It is called "restraint of trade." If any other college students went off for a job (math, science, computer whiz) most college football fans would not blink an eye. But, when some stud athlete skips college to go pro in football or basketball, fans go nuts. Being a Buckeye for over 50 years I speak and dream with scarlet & gray colored glasses. Being a professional in my other life I speak and dream in reality that pro sports leagues are keeping young men from achieving their dreams because of arbitrary rules. Sure, most 18 and 19 year olds are not physically and/or mentally ready for pro sports, but, those that are should be allowed to make the attempt. MLB doesn't have this rule, it takes kids before they graduate high school, yet, I don't hear anyone on this site begroaning that. If Clowney is ready he should allowed to go and try. Maybe he can make it and maybe he can't. Who to says Vonn Bell isn't ready to go. All the allcolades given on this and other Buckeye sites seem to think he will be the next consensus All-American as soon as he puts on his tOSU uniform. IMHO anybody should be allowed to try.
Plus all of you going on about BB being lousy now because of "one and done" players (not scoring more than 70 points in a game) really don't understand the science of BB. Would you be happy if every FB game was evaluated on whether or not a team scored at least 50 points per game. As I recall in 2012 fans were going crazy when IU put up 49 points against the Buckeyes, yet the last BB game was exciting when IU put up 81. What gives?
Agreed that Colin Kaepernick is a stud read-option QB. Who would have thought that being a Buckeye for almost 60 years and a Nevada season ticket holder for 30 years that I would read a feature article on Chris Ault (the father of Nevada football) here? If Braxton Miller can emulate what Kap did in his final 2 seasons at Nevada then Buckeye fans will be singing his praises for decades to come. Miller is a better runner than Kap and maybe a better passer, too (based on my watching Kap live and Brax on TV). With the O talent Miller has to use tOSU should be unstoppable this year and next. Go Buckeyes!!!
Your Kaepernick comment is spot on. However, after watching him for 4 years at Nevada, remember he wasn't that great a runner until his junior year and then a phenom runner in his senior year. If Braxton Miller can progress his sophomore to junior year like Kap did then all other teams had better watch out because he will make them look like pop warner teams, both with his legs and his arm.
Evan Ravenel has been my favorite Buckeye Bballer all year. I like his style of getting after the ball and not letting the middle get in his way. You can see by the way other team's big guys lay off him around the bucket that they don't want any part of Big Ev. Keep bringin' it Evan and Go Buckeyes!!!
Apparently the author is forgetting the 1956 vote that went to Paul Hornung on a losing ND team. It was a shame then, too.
Although I can't argue with his logic about the Heisman being a gift to offensive players: re: Olando Pace in 1996. Lots of offensive players had better years then Manziel, but they didn't beat Alabama on the road on ESPN.
01/03/03: just like every other tOSU game since 1992 - right here in my den, sitting on my couch watching the Buckeyes prove the world wrong. It was the greatest Buckeye game ever up to that night (only the 2006 OSU/scum game beats it). My best friend (who was at the game) sent me a signed copy of the last play of Cie Grant crushing Dorsey. What a great night and superb game. I can't wait until the 2014 Rose Bowl when tOSU does it again!!!!! db
IMHO, the keys for Miller in 2013 is staying healthy, keeping the O ling healthy and feeding Carlos Hyde more. Hyde will open up Miller's running and passing as defenses will have to try and stop Hyde from gettin 5+ yard per carry. Go Buckeyes!!!
Go Rockets!! Go Wolfpack!! A Toledo alum and Wolfpack season ticket holder.
Re: bowl President's making big dollars for a 1 day event. First, bowls are not a 1 day event; most bowls find a way to stretch stuff over several days to make it seem more important. Second, most are staged in towns that no one wants to visit anyway, so the Prez has to do something to make it seem like they are earning the money. I like the comment about the Prez making money and the teams losing money. Has anyone done a study on that? Other than OSU my other favorite teams are all playing in bowl games: Boise, ID, Albuguerque, NM, and DC. Who really wants to go to a game in anyone of those burgs in December?
Boycott these ridiculous games and get back to the days of games on after Christmas and on New Year's Day. IMHO.
Evan Ravenel has been one of my favorite players since he transfered to tOSU. Last night was another game in how he played like he can, IMHO. If he can continue to improve this season, look out future opponents. If you saw the smile on his face sitting on the bench you know he was happy with his game. Many times he sits on the bench looking sullen, but not last night. Keep up the energy Rav and keep helping the Buckeyes cruise this season
kinda of like the South Park episode where the Jonas Bros were kicked around by Mickey (one of my favorite SP eps), Disney can reak vengance on anyone snubbing the "Kingdom".
Its 9:27 am in the west and skunkweasel still sucks.
It still amazes me that 25 years after his death and 34 years after he coached his last game the national media still hate Ohio State because Woody Hayes was its coach. It all started in the 50s when Coach Hayes had a little run in with a reported at the Rose Bowl and the media has been against Ohio State ever since.
Part of it is jealousy over the great sports program that is tOSU. Part of it is jealousy because tOSU has the greatest fan base in the world. Part of it is ignorance.
I will always have the upmost respect for Coach Tressel and his contribution to tOSU sports and academics. If not for the selfiness of a few players he might still be coaching tOSU football.
Just my veeble thoughts on a beautiful Monday afternoon in the west. *issgain still sucks.
Like several others here I have worn out my wireless searching for tOSU football stories the last 48 hours. All of my favorite sites (11W being one) have kept me going.
Congratulations to all the players, especially the seniors which I believe will never be forgotten in Buckeye Nation; the coaching staff, especially Coachs Fickell, Withers, Coombs and Vrabel for bringing back the Silver Bullets; and to Buckeye Nation for believing and staying the course after last year. Coach Meyer is right about this being Ohio's team but the team also belongs to us diehard Buckeyes living outside of Ohio.
I can't wait until Aug 31 next year - its going to be a long dry spell. Go Buckeyes and, at 11:57 am in the west scum still sucks!!!!