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Ohio1St81


Blacksburg, Virginia (via Akron, Ohio)

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Comment 26 May 2016

I can't wait to buy my commemorative Sports Illustrated "How Deep it Went" or "Busted" with the BU logo. 

Comment 20 May 2016

Semantics: am I the only one who's grown tired of the word "adversity?" Count how many times you hear a coach or player say "We faced/overcame so much adversity," in a post game press conference this season. I don't think they get what it means, or maybe I don't. 

Adversity does not mean playing a road game in a loud hostile stadium or struggling to get your offense to click, those things are just part of football. Every team does that. Simply having to play a game against Oklahoma isn't adversity, and I bet Urban is rightly having them view it as a privilege and an opportunity. The 2014 team talked about adversity a lot because they lost two quarterbacks to injury and a player to suicide, I think that's adversity. Losing players in the opener against Virginia Tech for drug and grade suspensions wasn't adversity, it was irresponsible decisions. Listen to Baylor after their games this year, you'll hear them say it after every win, I guarantee it. Having a coach and lots of players who are terrible people isn't an adversity to overcome. 

Comment 01 May 2016

Nope, I will always harbor that resentment. "How Deep It Went" can fuck off in 2010, fuck off today, and fuck off until the day I die of bitterness. 

Comment 30 Apr 2016

An incompetent offensive coordinator. I'm sick of tiptoeing around the subject: Tim Beck had an incredible offensive machine, and with it he produced absolute crap. I think part of being a good fan is knowing when to be critical and when to be supportive. Here I am 100% critical: Beck's performance was absolutely unacceptable and must improve drastically this season. 

Comment 20 Mar 2016

There is a big difference between hate, and justified frustration. Inappropriate personal bashing of players and coaches is hate, and there's no place for it. But there is nothing wrong with criticism of the team's discipline, growth, hustle, intellect, maturity, or effort. Just because I think these were lacking in our team doesn't mean I hate the team. I'm not alone in my disappointment in this season, nor my lack of optimism for significant growth over the offseason.  

Comment 03 Feb 2016

You're welcome. I get a lot of flak around here for my vehement anti-Purdue views... but there is precedent. Just imagine swapping Purdue for Georgia Tech, for example - we get a footprint in the south, huge Atlanta market (which was the whole rationale of Rutgers and Maryland), a great school with a great engineering program (which is apparently all you need!) and a football team that isn't a laughingstock. Purdue may have made sense in 1896 but today there are better options. 

Comment 03 Feb 2016

Yes: the Big East "terminated its relationship" with Temple in 2002. Miami, Boston College, and Virginia Tech left for the ACC within two years because they could do better. 

I certainly don't think any school would ever voluntarily leave the Big Ten, but the point is: schools and conferences both know when they can do better. 

http://articles.philly.com/2001-03-03/sports/25325865_1_temple-officials-temple-university-temple-president-david-adamany

Comment 03 Feb 2016

Is Purdue a good school? Have they had great players and great seasons in the past? Absolutely. But this doesn't change the fact that there are lots of schools - great universities with better athletics programs, football or otherwise - that are reevaluating their positions and realizing their clout. 20 years ago, I wouldn't have been on such an anti-Purdue kick like I definitely have been the last few years, but the conference membership landscape is currently so fluid with so many big opportunities, I just think it's naive to keep the weakest school around. I said weakest and I stand by it - you can talk about the basketball team until you're blue in the face but football is the biggest influence and will continue to be for a long time. There may be good things Purdue brings to the table but why keep them around when the Big Ten can afford to cut the weakest member because there are better options available? This argument comes up a lot around here and frankly I've never heard one good reason to keep Purdue. This doesn't mean Purdue is a bad school that's bad at everything, it just means we can do better.