So I looked up DJ's spoiler. And, um, holy... just, um... wow. That's some... wow.
Truly at a loss for words.
So I looked up DJ's spoiler. And, um, holy... just, um... wow. That's some... wow.
Truly at a loss for words.
Things always work out for Bama. Remember last year when multiple players were arrested for robbery? Probably the only time in the history of college football that the coaching staff cheered such an event.
Always enjoyed Neutron Man. He was a man of the people. Not some cartoon character or camera whore. He was exactly who held himself out to be.
My guess is that 11W did not follow proper journalistic protocol on the story. I didn't consider it much of a story anyway, except to the extent that it made fun of Big Nut and the superfans in general - all of whom I despise with the fiery hot passion of a thousand suns.
So to the extent that retracting the story makes Big Nut look like a victim, I am a little angry at 11W. This guy is a media and camera whore, along with the rest of the super fan idiots. And deserves to be properly ridiculed at every turn.
Need a more credible reporter than Dohrmann for me to read any article, even a negative one about our rival. Screw that clown.
No, I don't want to emulate Mike Hart. Cincy isn't a little brother. That would imply some type of rivalry. And there just isn't (nor should there be) one here.
All due respect, the idea that Urban may not want to beat the intestines out of UC makes me a little uncomfortable. But then I realize he kicked their ass when he was at Florida so I'm pretty sure he'd do it again.
And, yes, they're nobodies. They're some tiny little yapper dog (like a Bichon Frise) begging for attention. It's pathetic and annoying.
Never scared to play UC. But it doesn't make sense to allow a school that isn't even a little brother (COME ON PEOPLE!) to trashtalk you into an undeserved rivalry.
They're a bunch of nobodies. No point in trying to make them somebodies. That's exactly what they want. We should continue to play them every once in a while (as we do every other red-headed stepchild of the Ohio collegiate family) just so we can put them in their place and move on.
The Malik McDowell saga is quickly becoming a sad recruiting story. If he wants to go to Michigan State on a full-ride scholarship, let him. At some point, a parent has to let a child make mistakes so that child can learn from them.
Great for Michael Sam and the gay community! For those who complaining about the attention this is getting, you're on the wrong side of history.
I think one of the great indicators of progress in our society is when people who are obviously homophobic and who obviously care feel like the only acceptable thing they can say when such news breaks is "Who Cares?" Umm... you do dude. You cared enough to comment.
Should be interesting... Urban Meyer usually has a strong Signing Day... so I guess that's what keeps me somewhat optimistic with Jones and McDowell when everything else points to them going Green.
The mob is still a thing?
So Corey Brown and Michael Thomas are my picks to click next year. I'm sure we'll see Jalin doing some things out of the slot as well; but I think Devin and Evan will need to improve dramatically if they want to hold off the young bucks behind them.
Hard work. Character. Commitment. I expect all 3 of those things from Brady at all times. Along with his physical attributes, those are his most important qualities.
Hahahahaha. We played ourselves on this one.
I do like Cage down at Winton Woods though. Maybe this means we take a closer look at him. Or do we wait until we strike out on Ndadi?
Oh, so we went out and picked up a guy who also likes to play soft coverage in the secondary. "Yippee!" - says every wide receiver in the Big Ten.
Nobody asked me but I will answer a few of the questions above:
1. To win tonight, Ohio State needs to pressure Boyd and force him to make mistakes. They'll get their yards, no doubt. But we need to be able to stop them occasionally and force turnovers into points. If not, could be a long night.
2. I expect Adolphus Washington to step up. He had some injury problems earlier in the year and I wonder if he was hampered by them throughout the season. With a month off, I expect him to be fully ready to go.
3. Vonn Bell is coming to play the nickel. That's important to remember. It's really Tyvis Powell that is replacing Pitt Brown. And I love the range of Tyvis, his size, hitting ability. Let's see if those instincts will be there tonight. If so, he could shine.
4. I expect Clemson to key on Carlos Hyde, both in the running and passing game as he's been Braxton's main checkdown guy. He'll have a big game if the receivers can get open early and force the Clemson defense to be honest. If not Carlos is going to have to carry too much of a load even for his big shoulders.
5. There isn't anything about what we've seen from Braxton since October that would lead me to believe that he will sling it around the field, even in Miami. I hope I'm wrong, but he could struggle, especially if the Clemson dline gets pressure.
6. I think Clemson wins easily, by 2+ touchdowns. I certainly hope I am wrong but I just don't see how we're going to slow down their passing attack. They'll score at will all night, get a few defensive stops or turnovers, and win 52-35.
I will try to give my honest and objective assessment of Braxton's decision (though I acknowledge that is difficult to do because I would honestly prefer that he come back):
There are certainly several reasons for him to go pro. He has a child to support. There is money on the table there for the taking. He doesn't owe Ohio State or its fans anything. And, quite frankly, there is a high injury risk in the offense we are asking him to play.
There are also very good reasons to come back. There is no question, in my mind, that he isn't ready to be a pro quarterback. His ability to read defenses, his accuracy, and his pocket presence all need to improve. Significantly. I would personally be unhappy if the Browns drafted him higher than the 5th round because I think he's that much of a project.
There's also the fact that quarterbacks not drafted in the 1st round are typically given a very short leash when, if ever, they become starters in the league. Teams don't have a lot of money invested in them and they will pull them in favor of the next young savior without a second thought. While the rookie cap certainly makes it less important to be drafted high, it is still vital to development because the player needs the team to be committed to him or he becomes quite expendable quickly.
So the question becomes, in my mind, whether Braxton thinks coming back will make him a the kind of 1st-round quarterback that a team would be willing to build their franchise around. And the answer is, unfortunately, no. He's made improvements each year, but I just don't see him making those kinds of strides in this offense over the next year. The risk of coming back only to still be a 3rd-5th round pick just isn't worth it. And I think Buckeye fans have to question whether they would want him to come back if he's playing not to get hurt.
I love Braxton. I love what he's done to get us out of the mess we were in after Pryor and Co. He doesn't owe me or anybody else anything. I think when all factors are considered, he has to leave and get that first contract. Maybe he surprises us all and develops into a great pro. But I'll feel pretty good that he'll at least be taken care of. He deserves that much.
We just need to shut up and prepare as hard as we can. I really think that defense is going to cause us some serious trouble. They'll bring 8 in the box to stop the run, so if Philly and Devin can't get separation, it's going to be a looooong night.
Hate to see college football fans rooting for a certain outcome in a criminal investigation or trial, so I'm glad to see that Ohio State fans aren't jumping the gun to assume Winston's guilt just because it helps our national title cause.
I'd love to hear some more of the backstory on what went wrong with Ohio State and Hand. Just feels like htere was something Birm wasn't telling us.
I agree with your overall perspective on budget cuts affecting HBCU schools. But I find it hard to believe that a $75k cut to a $2M football budget is causing the facilities to go unattended.
Whining about it isn't counterproductive. Who created this schedule and why is he still employed at Ohio State?
Look, I'll be the first to defend Gene Smith on the whole Tatgate issue and running Tressel out. Many people have opined that he must have known about the JT email, which is just utter nonsense disguised as bullshit.
But by failing to proactively ban ourselves from a bowl in 2011 AND by putting together this sharty schedule, he may effectively have prevented Ohio State from playing in back-to-back NC games. His fault. How is it not productive to point that out?
I suppose the theme is to accept that which we cannot control - primarily our joke of a schedule. That approach certainly has some intuitive appeal, but I can't help being frustrated at being served this feces-infested meal of a schedule. And then being told to enjoy it.
Bye weeks suck. They always suck. They'll never not suck. And yet I can accept that they are necessary.
Big Ten teams suck. They've sucked for the last several years. Playing them sucks because it's really no fun to watch a blowout and even less fun to be challenged by teams like Indiana and Purdue. And yet I can accept that we have to play them.
Our non-conference schedule sucked. Period. We had some control over that, which makes accepting it very difficult. I get that Vanderbilt bailed on us and we tried to replace them with a bowl team in San Diego State, who just so happened to pick this year as the year to expose the myth of Brady Hoke's ability to scout and recruit good players. That sucked, but I accept it because we were put in a bind.
Scheduling California as our so-called big non-conference game was a joke. Oh, the Bears were good 10 years ago? Awesome! And Illinois played in the Rose Bowl in 2007. Is anybody scheduling them as their marquee opponent? No. F##king. Way.
Scheduling Florida A&M was a joke. Oh, you did it for the band? Ok. I love bands. You know what I love even more than marching bands? GETTING A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR THE MOTHER F**KING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! And that just ain't happening if we're scheduling FCS opponents for their marching band who, by the way, didn't even come.
So I want to get all sanctimonious about our undefeated record. I want to bathe in self-righteous indignation over the so-called "Hate" from the national media. (Oh man, I want to splash around in it like a drunk college student playing water volleyball with topless Playboy bunnies). But I can't. And I won't.
I'll enjoy the season. If we can go undefeated (seems as if too many people are implying that it is a foregone conclusion), I will be very happy. Winning the Big Ten. Going to the Rose Bowl. Hell, winning the Rose Bowl? I'll be damn happy. But I'll also feel a little empty. And bitter. Mostly bitter. Because it didn't have to be that way.