Zwick vs. Hamby
Hayes vs Meyer
Nobody said it HAD to be players from the same position, right?
Wilkerson vs. Pace
Eddie vs Spielman
Boston vs. Winfield
It is, however, our fault that we named the sport we created "football" even though that was already commonly in use for another sport (soccer). Not to mention the fact that football has almost nothing to do with kicking the ball (maybe like 10% of the plays in a game involve a kick of some sort), while soccer is like 95% kicking and 5% acting like you were shot.
I find the defense of calling our sport football comical. It should be called awesomeball or tackleball or bestsporteverball or really anything else OTHER than football.
Taking a naked QB bootleg 90 yards to the house on the last play of the half. I doubled as the kicker, but I was so frickin tired I drilled it right up the center's ass. Still remember him howling in pain. We won 6-0.
Also, scoring the winning run in extra innings to win the Golden Lunchbox Adult Kickball tournament in Milwaukee and cap off a 4 year unbeaten streak. BOOM, take that Sconny!
The gloves making him lose accuracy is a correlation vs. causation issue. Just because the the gloves and the decreased accuracy coincided doesn't mean one caused the other. We also played the best portion of our schedule during that time. He seemed to be pretty beat up by that point in the season. He seemed to lose confidence in himself and in his receivers, to a point. All of those things likely played some factor. Tying it to him wearing gloves is probably a gross oversimplification.
Who would be doing the unearthing? It's not like just because the NCAA gets a facelift people are going to start copping to all sorts of criminal behavior.
And since most of the backhanded dealing is to hide it from the NCAA, and the NCAA goes away, what makes you think the SEC won't be the new model for how major sports are to be run? If it as pervasive as it seems to be, we have to assume that this happens at OSU too. Just because the SEC is the model of bag man efficiency doesn't mean that a major program like ours isn't just as guilty.
Making the leap that I'm right, how do we now feel about paying players? Like he said, there's no real way to stop it. There will always be someone offering to pay them more than what they are getting (legally or otherwise). I loved the article, but it accentuates the point of how complicated and impossible to control the collegiate athletic environment really is.
Basil's departure is going to be a bigger loss than people think. The TUN-PSU game last season was a prime example of the detriment a bad kicking game can be to a team's ability to win.
Whether it is him or Clifton, I really hope we have an adequate kicking game in place for next season.
Steve Spurrier? He's like a parody of himself at this point, and they have yet to win a conference title under his watch.
I'd take crazy-ass Les Miles over Spurrier or Briles any day of the week.
Assume this is a hedge that we won't get Autry, which it sounds like is a mighty long shot at this point?
Good question. I think losing our last 2 games last year and losing almost all of our headline players (Miller is the exception) will hurt us a bit in the opening ranking. I think this team will be more balanced and ultimately better than last year's version, but the success of the season and final ranking and making the playoff all depends on whether they can gel before they lose a game. And i think they will.
Preseason ranking: 11
Final Ranking: 1
I have faith that the offense will be more explosive and less predictable by the time the playoff rolls around. I'm counting on a pretty good defense, not lights out, but pretty good. Disruptive enough to force turnovers and disciplined enough to not get beat by the same play 30 times in a game, or get beat over the top by not understanding assignments. So based on that, I think we go the distance. Faith springs eternal.
What are these cells, 8x8? Ours are 9x9...it's cool.
The fact that the press at practice are confined to a very specific area for the press and are only allowed cameras at designated times is going to cause some differences in experience. These guys are trying to figure out who is getting more carries from 70 yards away watching with their naked eyes when there are probably 5 different position drills happening at the same time. All while standing at field level, no less.
I'm impressed their is any level of consistency between reports.
Technically they were likely going to the Rose Bowl to play Stanford win or lose, since we would have gone to the NCG and the Rose Bowl would have picked them as the replacement.
But I agree that it seems counter intuitive that we were not considered upper echelon based on our schedule strength, but as soon as MSU beat us they are immediately a top tier team. Difference is, they backed it up and won against Stanford, reinforcing that they belonged in that discussion as one of the best teams in CFB. We reinforced that we were not elite and did not belong in the discussion by losing to a not that spectacular team in Clemson.
I hit one more triple than the basketbucks
Phone wig out triple post
This team is as inept an offense as any OSU team I can remember. Have to think these guys collectively have no confidence and are expecting to miss as they are pulling the trigger. Tough to watch.
I can't believe there are multiple people who think those plastic flamingos are acceptable lawn decoration.
You need to play really good assignment football to defend the triple option. Not exactly our defense's strong suit over the last couple of years. If it is a yawn, it'll be because the OSU defense plays the most disciplined game we've seen in a long, long time. Hope that's the case, but definitely too early to call in a yawn.
We haven't left anyone that far behind. We've won zero conference championships and zero bowl games, lost our two toughest games, won twice in OT, and 4 other times by less than 5. It's not like we're destroying everyone in the conference. We're destroying the crappy teams, and barely squeaking by or losing to the better teams.
That being said, our trajectory seems to end at a higher level than anyone else (save maybe Sparty I guess), but let's not pretend that it's been easy getting to 24-2 over the last two years. A lot of it has been a downright struggle.
FACT: Al Davis was a ghost for at least 15 years before his "death", true story
Meyer coached teams have a history of brazenly low 40 times. It's a psychological ploy (isn't everything with him?) to get them thinking they're super fast and then playing that way. I remember seeing a pic of the Florida 40 board when he was there and they had multiple guys at 4.1.
Nike would do well PR wise to give him $100,001 and make a commercial out of it.
Hyde did this on purpose so the Browns wouldn't draft him in the first round. He's playing the long game.