I hear you, & those are valid points, but I also don't have a problem with Newton these days. I hated him at Auburn, but it is what it is. He gamed the system successfully. I won't be angry at him for the NFL & NCAA's double standard. I can't hold him him responsible for OSU getting the shaft while he was celebrated & had all the opportunities Pryor & co didn't. For my money, as an NFLer, he's entertaining as hell, as good as any current player in the league & gives back to the community. I also love the whole giving the football to a kid after a TD thing that Carolina does - which seems to be spearheaded by him. Finally, he gets the ball to Ted Ginn & Philly Brown, thus giving Teddy another shot that he may not have had other wise & Philly a chance he was never supposed to get at all according to the "experts". That's all good enough for me to me to have no problems with him at all.
What a great write up! I love this kind of stuff & perfectly done Matt - you're far & away the best researcher & provider of statistical info there is. Thanks!!
Haha! Yep. "Well, you know we were super good...back before cars & stuff"
What I got out of yesterday...OSU beat Ttun. Again. All is right with the world.
Reading through this thread & why the hell was anyone worried about Jones? Because a high school kid hadn't sent a fax by 8:00am? Super cray-cray y'all...
oops - looks like that info has been handled!
While I don't disagree with your analysis of the situation - I thoroughly believe that after the MSU game - there is no team in America that could have hung with Ohio State - save for Bama & to a lesser extent, Clemson. Yes, Stanford smoked Iowa, who hung tough with MSU but I just don't see that happening vs OSU. I believe OSU handles Stanford in a similar way to what they did vs Notre Dame. Same with Clemson. I (of course we're all homers) feel like OSU would've had a great chance vs Bama. It certainly would've been an epic game, although their game vs Clemson was a damn good game too. We'll never know but weak schedule or not, technically proper final rankings or not, Ohio State was a top 2 team in my eyes by years end & didn't get the shot they deserved due to their own complacency.
^^^BVTW - you nailed it! Not sure what else UFM can do to have people trust his judgement....
That just made me smile.
Man - this is way late & I doubt you'll see it, but I do get your point. Honestly - some of this recruiting stuff feels like bad news to me too - but I try to focus on the bigger bigger picture, which is that OSU is in a golden era that could end up it's best era ever. For me, the rest becomes small potatoes after I look at it like that. Every year since he's been here, people freak out about UFM's recruiting. Last year it was a slow start. This year is a slow finish. But every year has ended up being great. This year's no different IMHO.
Whoops seems like a pretty good coach, but looking at his resume, he sure doesn't stay in any one place too long...I guess that's just the nature of coaching these days.
Very fair point. They didn't beat anyone great during the regular season, but the absolute curb-stomping they gave Northwestern...that was impressive. I'm no fan of UT's & that fanbase is awful - but I believe they'll be solid next year without a doubt.
Weird situation...but hey, OSU seems to be doing ok with the current roster!
Bad news piling up fast? From my vantage point, the MSU loss was bad news. Recruiting isn't & hasn't been anything but excellent 4 years running.
Wow! Best J.B. Shurgart's comment of all time!!! On the the other hand, it's probably a little premature to say that - who knows what the future holds...+1 either way.
I love the off season & am looking forward to "best shoelaces" & "favorite ketchup" threads! It's gonna be great! Of course I can't participate in those particular threads - I wear slip-ons & prefer mustard.
Everything I wrote, where there wasn't a miss-speeling or bad. Punctuation was a great post!
IIs the SEC good? Truth is, they are - on the whole - a good football conference. Possibly top to bottom, the best. If so, the PAC 12 & B1G aren't too far behind IMO. I'd say even if it's true - Bama does carry them all as far as the whole SEC chant is concerned. But nevermind all that, other folks can discuss it...I'm just glad that Danny Kannell got to eat just a little bit of shit after picking the B1G to lose every single bowl game this year. Yep, EVERY game. So whether or not there's a bias or there's a truly dominant conference can be argued but either way, Danny Kannell can suck it.
WTF? Now we have to endure an off season of Bama - Dynasty - S-E-C, S-E-C...
Not if my brand spanking new favorite team Clemson has anything to say about it!!!
Yeah - He may be the reigning champ of making things awkward.
I mean, at it's core, it's definitely true. You do reap what you sow.
I'm not sure if you're defending him but...no. He didn't have the accent last year, he suddenly has it now. I call bullshit. I lived a number of places & while I've picked up different peoples terms & phrases, never their accents. I too have lived in Fl for a long time. Alround 30 years (with a couple in years in California, NY & a year back in Ohio, but about 27 years total here). I've never picked up an accent. Many Midwesterners don't really have accents. It's as flat a version of the language as it gets. It's one thing to lose an accent, it's another to gain it in. Lastly, when people do pick up accents, it takes a good deal of time, slowly, over years. No, Bert didn't pick up an accent in the off season, he's a try-hard who desperately wants to fit in with SEC coaches & be accepted in Arkansas & this is an act put on by design.
I think the most amazing thing this year is Bert's sudden southern accent. He's from Illinois, played at Iowa & coached in Wisconsin. Now he's southern. Sounds like a bad Elvis impersonation. Or maybe a good one. Either way, shit's fake & Bert's whack. But I'm glad he's a consistent idiot - It's fun having someone that easy to