Another member in a couple other forums is pushing for ".50 Cal" due to his last name being Barrett. I like it, especially if he starts slinging passes and gives some truth to the nickname.
Looks at bowling ball bag.. "Obviously you're not a Golfer"
With the size of Buckeye Nation, we have a comparatively large "crazy" section. I hope you don't have your address listed anywhere online where
myself the crazies can find you...
People posting in this thread seem fairly level-headed, but I've read some pretty outlandish statements (both overly optimistic and overly pessimistic) elsewhere on the site. My .02, I don't see us contending for a National Championship, but I do see us in the hunt for a B1G Championship, and a decent bowl game (if they still exist). I think the fate of the season won't lie in JT's hands, but in our offensive line. If they can come together and provide a solid front, then JT will have time to throw, and our stable of RB's should get the lanes they need to run. We have enough playmakers available, all we the O-line to do is give JT enough time to get them the ball.
If he's running for his life alot (ala Braxton in 2011), we may be in for a long season.
I can assure you (sadly), that once a shoulder is dislocated, nothing short of surgery will get it back to anywhere close to 100%. I've had three surgeries total, both shoulders involved, and after each dislocation the joint is so loose that pretty much anything can knock it out, even rolling over in the night wrong.
On the medical redshirt, I've been thinking since this morning it would be better for him in the long run to get surgery, them try to get picked up in a late round by an NFL team. As many above have mentioned, the likelihood of his shoulder ever being 100% again is slim, and I think any future shoulder injuries sustained in college will all but kill his NFL aspirations.
I disagree on a couple levels. First, you never want to "test" anything in a game, if you can't do it over and over in practice, then it shouldn't be done in a game. Second, any quarterback not named Manning or Brady can improve on something, and Braxton could certainly improve on his "touch", and also his ability to read a defence and find an open receiver.
Is he the best QB in the B1G, absolutely. Nonetheless, I would still be much happier if he was able to take game-ready snaps right now.
I hear you, I've had both shoulders scoped, and the left one they had to go back in and open it up to repair the damage. You're probably right, but in my experience, I was pretty much ready to go 6 months out from surgery. I would have figured with the quality of care and rehab he's had, he would be ready to rock and roll.
Guess that's why I'm not in charge!
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned about Braxton's shoulder. Its looking more and more like the coach's aren't being cautious, they're legit concerned. It also makes me wonder what kind of shape he'll be in when the season starts, and how much rust he's going to have to shake off. He missed valuable snaps in the spring, now he's missing even more valuable snaps in fall camp.
On a lighter note, I'm glad to see Dontre, Jalin, and Samual are all standing out to Coach Meyer. There is a whole lot of shake and bake in that group.
I think I remember someone with some football IQ mentioning that Nick is farther along in his development at his age than Joey was. Considering that JB came into the B1G last year and was one of the best DE's in the league as a true freshman, I'd say Nick has a very bright future ahead of him. Here's to hoping he picks the good guys!
I can sort of see what you're saying, but what exactly was the alternative to the Love deal? Was he supposed to say, "No, I would rather not have a top 25 player on my team b/c it's supposed to be super hard to win an NBA Championship"? Love wanted to play with Lebron, anyone standing in the way of that deal should have lost their job. You simply don't turn a player of that caliber down unless there is a moral or team chemistry issue.
I'm a Pistons fan, but as a native Ohioan, I still get a tinge of pride that Lebron came back to rep the state I'm proud to have grown up in, and he did it with a very bold statement. I just wish we could all embrace him as a great ambassador for our state, a person that truly cares about his community, and most of all, one of our most influential and notable Buckeye fans.
I don't know who you are or where you're from, but damn it, you're whole Beth Mowins get-up cracks me up every time you post. Props on a great screen name, and an upvote for being original.
I really hope our stable of running backs can step up and provide a solid running game so Braxton doesn't have to. I realize he is probably our best runner, but I'd like to see just a couple designed runs each game to keep the defense's honest. Let the true RB's take the brunt of the hits, and let Braxton distribute the ball to all of our other weapons. Most of all, keep him upright and healthy.
Thanks for posting... NFL exhibition games are normally so far off my radar I would've never noticed it was on. El Guapo had a knack for making plays when he really needed too, the only player in recent memory I can think of like that was TP. When either of them had to get a 3rd or 4th down conversion, you just knew they would make it happen. Why do they leave us soo early?!!?
At some point in the first couple games, as the stable of backs is rotated trying to find one who separates himself, I want Rod Smith to come in and put the ball on the ground. He'll walk back to the bench, head low, realizing he'll probably never get a chance to carry the ball again in his career. Then I want Meyer to walk over, give him a pep-talk and a pat on the helmet, and send him right back out there for the next series. That's when I want it all to click for Rod Smith. I want him to rush for a 1000+ this season, and I want him score 15+ TD's.
I'm a sucker for inspirational sports moments, whether in real life or the movies. He's battled the hype we placed on him, the coaching changes he had no part of, his own mistakes on the field, and the eventual "bust" title that's been hung on him. I really really want it to come together for him this year, few on the team deserve it more.
I am laughing uncontrollably at your, ehh, "typo". Up vote for the laughs!
Nailed it. To keep his job, Hoke needs at least 9 wins including a win over us, MSU, or ND. I think he's gone even if they go undefeated the rest of the way. Another year without a B1G title appearance and losses to all of their rivals would seal his fate.
Florida fans feel now how we would have felt if, after losing JT, Gene Smith had hired any mediocre to mid-level coach instead of Urban Meyer. We had a pretty good run with JT (BCS Bowls, NC, B1G titles, etc), just has Florida had a great run with Meyer. When UM left, their whole program took a step back and continues to reel. We on the other hand were tripped up for a year, then landed a top 3 coach and have gone on a 24-2 run since.
Honestly, can you imagine our
insane tweeting recruits Big Nut crazy slice of fans reaction had our program slid like Florida's?
That 1892 Oberlin squad looks like it was a real powerhouse...yikes.
Funny, I had a pretty similar experience going into H.S, albeit that was in 2000, not the 70's.
Chalk up another fun tradition to the Wussification of America, where everyone gets a trophy and the majority lives by the rules of the minority.
Where I'm from, the rich kids weren't any smarter about partying,
they their parents could just afford to higher better lawyers.
I don't like to wish ill will on a young athlete, but I find myself hoping to be see Manziel on an episode of 30 for 30 in about ten years entitled, "How Johnny Manziel became the next Ryan Leaf". He's had plenty of good counsel, it's his own damn fault if he busts.
I'll accept all the DV's that come with this, but I'm pretty solidly in MMan's corner on this issue. Generally speaking, tOSU couldn't afford to let any wisp of this story hit national media without a) getting in front of it, and b) firing someone of note. Blame Title IX, blame the national media, blame the PC culture which everyone lives in now, this sort of thing absolutely WILL happen more and more often across the entire college landscape. Simply put, the potential backlash for not shaking things up far outweighs the risk of prematurely firing a person with authority or a "figure" of authority. Twenty, even ten years ago, Waters would have likely gotten a stern reprimand and a chance to rectify all the wrongs, perceived or otherwise. Present day, just hope you're not in charge when any illicit allegations come forth, as you're guilty until proven innocent in most situations. Its a no-win situation for both faculty and the institutions involved.
Our two bye weeks fall before Cincy and Rutgers. Going to be a tough stretch in the second half of the season.
Mods, will you look into the serial down-voter on this post? I'm tired of up-voting everything that is down voted for no reason.
He would be a great coach at any non Big 5 school.
I was right there with you to the very end. Hoke is underachieving with Grade A talent. No one can use the "Richrod left the cupboard bare" argument either, as most top tier schools consistently play stud underclassmen. Put him in a mid to low level B1G program and I think we'd see him get punted to a non-power conference in a year or two. He simply can't hack it against top tier coaching.
Upvote for a solid post overall!
I don't claim to speak for all of there fans, but the majority that I know and speak to on a daily basis don't love him. Many of them question his ability to coach, just the way we do. Most UM fans I know are pretty rational about Hoke and his coaching.
The same can't be said for their rationality regarding the Program in general. The same people that question Hoke will and have told me they're a year or two away from competing for B1G titles and will be back to national relevance in the same time span. I've heard this for as long as I've been in Michigan, which is going on 6 years. General
reasoning optimism seems to come from highly rated recruiting classes, and most UM fans think one of the Harbough's or Miles is going to ride in and rescue them after Hoke is dismissed.