Does it come in "Spell Checked"?
You guys are on fire today.
Fantastic. Stuff like this is why I love 11w.
"They mug him." LOL.
It WAS ugly, but a blowout? Seven points is seven points. You're risking injury putting a spin that wicked on it.
I'm picking at nits here, though - I love ya, DJ.
Yeah, thank goodness we've finally gotten over the pathetic Jim Tressel era. Remember all those losses to I-AA teams and mediocre programs like Air Force, Syracuse and Pitt?
Wait -- did Samantha Ponder suggest a zero-tolerance policy on zero-tolerance policies?
What's amazing to me is people think John Cooper DOES belong in the Buckeye Hall. Don’t tell me about the national or the Rose Bowl halls – that’s a reflection of his overall career, which was very good. But at Ohio State – compared to other Ohio State coaches – his results were subpar. They just were.
At Ohio State, his best run was from 1993 through 1998, and he only beat Michigan twice and was .500 in bowl games during that time. In other words, in the games that mattered most, his best teams were worse than the worst teams fielded by Jim Tressel or even Earle Bruce.
By contrast, Cooper’s other 7 years (1988-1992 and 1999-2000) were the worst, most embarrassing football seasons most of us have ever experienced. And that’s just the W-L record. (Remember the stories about the academics, the Fulmer Cup contention, blowout losses to the likes of Pittsburgh and Indiana, the bowl meltdown vs. South Carolina?) And don’t tell me about NFL draft picks – that just points out how those players underperformed at the college level.
All that said, I hate to run down the man. John Cooper is a good man, a nice man, a very good coach overall and a good representative of the university. But if he gets in the Ohio State Hall of Fame, what record would it take for a head football coach to NOT get in?
Clearly Woody is breaking into God's office and using the phone.
I think it's still valuable to break someone down and build them up again -- be it in athletics or other areas. But you don't have to be an abusive tool to do that. That aspect needs to go away for good.
I heard Earle Bruce speak at Ashland University in the spring of 1984, and he said he had a freshman receiver coming in who reminded him of Lynn Swann. I doubt even Earle realized then how right he was. Cris Carter was a beautiful player to watch, and the most complete receiver I've ever seen at Ohio State. In spite of the way it ended for him there, I probably appreciate him more for that and what he's overcome.
Great job, guys!
I think it was Hoke that said that, but... yeah!
Gene could just do what the Browns did and play all home games on the East Coast.
Agreed. Among my many questions is why in the hell they would do that? Are they just the house organ for Notre Dame football? How Orwellian is that?
Any chance we'll see all 12 of these knitted together into one commemorative poster?
Great stuff, Joe! I'd almost forgotten that Sam Wyche had done a tour in Bloomington. That was quite a season -- the Oklahoma win was awsome, things got depressing with the close losses, then Thad Jemison stepped in to save the day.
Bill Gerber's obviously never been to a Raiders game... Oh, wait -- he's a michigan guy? Yeah, that's about right.
I don't think the scare quotes around "failed" are necessary with regard to RichRod's tenure up north: he WAS a failure.