All the best to you and yours, Tom. And may you not be tempted when the UM job opens up again in 2017.
In no particular order:
*GTA Vice City
*Tecmo Super Bowl (Won the dorm-wide Super Bowl with the Vikes -- Cris Carter deep and the unstoppable curl routes.)
*NHL 94 (Phil Housley and the Jets: 'nuff said.)
*Gauntlet ("Warrior is about to die . . . Elf shot the food.")
Honorable Mention: Pitfall, Arkanoid, Intellivision Baseball ("YER OUT!"), We Love Katamari.
Here's how Hollywood would play this:
(1) An injury to Wilson thins out offensive playmaker depth.
(2) OSU shows strong in November to get to the cusp of the Final Four. The Committee is on the fence about whether to include the B1G champ over the Big XII.
(3) On the eve of the Big Ten Championship Game, Jeff Heuerman unaccountably asks Urban if he can change his jersey number back to 86.
(4) To the utter shock of the Fox Sports announcers, Braxton Miller takes the field at starting H-back in Indianapolis, scoring 3 TD in a Buckeyes rout. In post-game interviews beside JT Barrett, a beaming Brax declares: "I told Coach, 'I want to do anything I can to help this team win a championship.'" Tim May of the Dispatch asks Miller if he's worried about protecting his right shoulder, which hasn't fully healed. Braxton answers: "I just try not to get tackled. And if I do, I try to land on the left one."
(5) The Mark Mays and Paul Finebaums of the world immediately step to mikes and cry foul, declaring that Coach Meyer will pull any kind of stunt to get the Playoff Committee's attention. Said Coach Meyer shrugs and says, "Show me four better teams in college football. 'Cause I haven't seen 'em."
(6) OSU heads down to the Sugar Bowl on January 1, and a barnburner of a game with Alabama breaks wide open when Braxton, checking into a wildcat formation to spell Barrett early in the fourth quarter, executes a masterful play fake, and with a bum shoulder heaves the football fifty yards downfield to a streaking Devin Smith for the go-ahead touchdown. Fans flood Twitter with mentions of Jake Taylor and Major League.
(7) A week later, the Ohio State Buckeyes rout the Florida State Seminoles 38-13 to win the first every College Football Playoff.
Let's keep the Power Five and expand the playoff to 8 teams. Five conference champs get automatic bids, leaving three spots open for at-large teams. Top four ranked teams host quarterfinals in their home stadiums — not at some distant, "neutral" site in an antiseptic NFL stadium, but in stadiums in college towns: the repositories of tradition, pageantry, and all the cool that we associate with Saturdays in the fall. Play the semis and finals in the bowls if we absolutely have to, in order to get this done.
True that ESPN has deals with the B1G, but they don't have the deal they wanted. Delaney played hardball in negotiations to extend the coverage contract, threatened to go off and start his own network, and when ESPN called his bluff, BTN was born, with the support and midwifery of Fox.
Not long afterward we saw wildly differential journalistic treatment accorded to NCAA-rulebreaking "scandals" at OSU vs. USC, Oregon, Miami, Texas A&M, Florida State, etc. And so much smoke pouring out of Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge, with very little corresponding interest from ESPN's reporters as to whether there might be fire there.
I agree with Andy that I don't see anywhere near the same level of cross-promotion between FS1 and BTN that we're seeing with ESPN and the SEC Network. But whether or not the conflict of interest is as pronounced, B1G fans have every reason in the world to watch — and drive ratings for — FS1 sports journalism over ESPN's.
I've wondered whether this was why the Spences chose to frame this as a medical issue -- i.e., to tee up the redshirt argument to the NCAA. Not likely to be a winner, but worth a shot, especially given that the suspension was by the B1G for a violation of B1G rules.
If that logic prevails, maybe he's med red, but he won't be playing in this conference. Or the medical issue appeal gets him off the hook in the B1G, and he sticks with us and ours but loses his junior year. I'd take that result. If he picked up where he left off, he'd only be with us one more year anyway.
Talk about Ohio State will swell through October, in anticipation of the OSU/MSU night game. Even ESPN has a stake in stoking interest in that game. Already the whispers are out there in the national media: Don't sleep on Ohio State. Has anyone seen what JT Barrett is doing? And so on. Those whispers will grow louder if our Buckeyes keep going out there and crushing inferior competition. Always better to take your one loss early in the season. (The key there, ladies and germs, is one loss.) From there much depends on how much the committee weighs <how good right now> versus <overall body of work>.
Nice post, Citrus. Don't let anyone constrain your optimism. And never, under any circumstances, sell out your avatar to Capital One.
Coke? Please. By November they'll be talking with RC and Diet Rite.
Jason, do you have the name of the OSU person who contacted you? I want to unburden myself of a complaint ...
That's fascism, and I say that as a higher ed attorney. All they needed to do was write you a trademark license, then kick back and bask in the glow of their own reasonableness. Pfft.
Any plans to re-stock the Skull Session T-shirts? Always meant to get one — just never pulled the trigger.
McMillan: all that talent AND he wants to liberate the house-elves.
(Bear with me: I'm reading Goblet of Fire to my kids.)
I want to see the police dog that can restore order following a riot involving 50 people. Maybe we can give Sprinkle's roster spot to this Lorain PD direwolf?
Another possibility is Gibson communicated to the coaches that he was digging Auburn a lot, the coaches went out and gave Burrow an offer that he promptly accepted, and then Gibson disclosed to 24-7 what the staff already knew.
If someone steals your dog, but then they subsequently find out you're a football player and give the dog back to you, is that an illegal extra benefit?
First, this whole project is awesome.
Second, you left out Devo. HOW COULD YOU LEAVE OUT DEVO?
My soul is broken.
"WIzard needs food . . . BADLY. Warrior is about to die . . . Elf shot the food."
I had maybe the opposite reaction when I was watching Smith's highlights — I was sitting there thinking, "Imagine if Brax had WRs like Ginn, Gonzalez, and Robo to throw to."
That's not knocking Troy, who is one of my all-time favorites and made huge leaps forward as a passer from '04 to '05 and from '05 to '06. Braxton has not developed to that extent. But if he had NFL-caliber receivers running routes, getting open, catching balls, and grabbing YACs, he'd look a lot better than he did this November.
The sense I have from articles and quotes I've read is that BOB doesn't especially enjoy the recruiting aspect of the gig. And that strikes me as a deal breaker, in the long run.
There's a well-managed perception right now that the Southeast is the center of the college football universe. The fact that Urban left Florida, recovered his health and reoriented his life, and landed at OSU did some work to undermine that perception. It suggested that Florida wasn't a "destination program" for an elite coach, in the same way that Ohio State is. But it only suggested that to be true, because Urban didn't outright ditch Florida for OSU.
If Nick Saban leaves what we all agree to be life tenure in Tuscaloosa, at the compensation he's getting, to go to Texas, the shock and bitterness in Alabama will be ten times what it was (still is) in Gainesville. Not only does the Tide come off its pedestal, not only are the program's short- and long-term prospects placed seriously into question -- this move would strike a seriously blow to the sense of entitlement, privilege, and elite status among Alabama fans and SEC fans more broadly. Because WE ALL GET TO SAY ALABAMA IS A STEPPING-STONE JOB FOR THE GOOD COACHES.
I can't get past the Schadenfreude to even think about the recruiting and on-field implications for Ohio State. THIS WOULD BE SO FUN TO WATCH.
Note the difference between leading the program "well into the future" and leading the program "well, into the future."
Oh, now see, and here I thought Arkie was doing helmet stickers, and it was just that nobody had earned one.
Braxton Miller is Red Five. I'm just sayin' . . .