I can't wait to buy my commemorative Sports Illustrated "How Deep it Went" or "Busted" with the BU logo.
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.
"Purdue remains last in the B1G in both categories." Purdue remains last in way more categories than just the two listed here.
The 2014 Big Ten Championship Game still boggles my mind - not the biggest margin by an underdog of 2014, or this decade, or since 1970, but in history. That may be the most thorough dismantling we witness for a long time.
A Bob Huggins Reunion sounds like slang for putting on a giant windbreaker and heading to the bar.
I just don't get the service faults, on both sides. If the service error rate is that high at what point does it become advantageous to just serve it more slowly?
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.
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.
We have very different definitions of "nice turnout." Michigan getting 35,000 to see a 10+ win team in a 110,000+ seat stadium with a maniac coach from another planet they all think was divinely sent is what I'd call "pathetic."
Better hurry back to Chapel Hill so you don't miss any class!
Let me ask this in seriousness, it's not meant to be snarky - If this isn't a crisis, what would be? What would you consider a crisis for the Ohio State basketball program?
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.
It sounds like a wake.
Those are not this coaching staff's accomplishments. Dave Dickerson has been associate since 2011; Boals since 2009; Paulus as assistant since 2013; DIebler since 2013; and Dave Richardson in his first season. This coaching staff as a unit together has accomplished very little.
Thanks for a rational, respectful, and valid opinion. It frustrates me that your perspective is not just unpopular, but actively rejected. Criticism! Bad!
He's done it before though
Guy on Jeopardy just guessed that Jesse Owens went to "The University of Ohio."
I don't even get fazed anymore when our opponent inevitably shoots some ridiculous blazing percentage from 3. It's been like that for years.
Switching between this game and Purdue-MSU makes me wonder why it's so hard to find someone for basketball games who's not a terrible announcer.
It boggles my mind that in the year 2016, in the United States, a public health disaster like this is happening.
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.
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.
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.