Really... There is actually 109 posts on this topic. Must be a slow NCAAF day around these parts...
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There's a smash TV hit in Sweden called Troll Hunter in which journalists track down internet trolls. I want to do an American one where I track down trolls demanding Thad Matta's ouster, go to their job, nitpick them, and then write a letter to the editor demanding their firing.
In the recent past one could also replace Matta's name with Fickell's for those that prematurely demanded someone to be fired. Would love to see those nose picking, booger eating trolls get on your American Troll Hunter show!
Harbaughs success at Stanford was mostly due to Andrew Luck. Ruddock is no Andrew Luck. For 2015 thief best hope for success is to pound it inside assuming somebody can do something with that offensive line. This would allow them to control the clock and try to stay in games. Ruddock would just have to be efficient enough to get a first down every once in awhile.
Box, non power five teams in the FBS does not make an FCS team.
Get there people, get there!
Sorry Lou, but you only point out the negatives. The athletic programs are all in good stead. Arguably the best facilities in the country that helps Matta and Urban recruit. If a buffoon were running the athletic program you would have Michigan or Rutgers. Wexner, smexner - he alone isn't OSU, we are. Smith made mistakes but looking at the "whole body of work" he has done very well. But if you are butt hurt over some tat gate thing he didn't completely know how to strategize against (who would?), then it appears to be your problem. Give me Smith all day everyday (right after Andy Giegier), let the wannabe's have thier spite.
God has a plan, whether you are a believer or not. Listen/read all the posts. Lot of wisdom on here and many (like me) have been in your place. I am at peace with who I am, what I can contribute to this world. Beyond that I think like many on here we have been put through the process so we can share experiences (not sure why we had to go through it) and some day so will you. In the meantime don't take life too seriously, the pressures and all, everybody has them you are not alone. When you wake up at 80 years old some day, you'll look back and say what a wonderful life, no regrets! You just can't see it right now. So laugh when you can and you'll eventually have fought through it. It is easier said than done, but all of these experiences you are having will build your character even if you can't see it now. And if you are lucky enough to have a child or children, you will be better prepared to walk the walk with them.... because you have been there.
JVD Baby! Jost Van Dyke!!! Home of the Soggy Dollar Bar/Painkiller and Foxy's. Can't beat the view and the atmosphere!!! Especially if you are sailing as part of the experience...
Love Cabo - easy to get to (2 hours from Dallas). I got engaged on a catamaran in the exact location of your picture. Makes for a memorable engagement! Although I was a bit nervous about dropping the ring into the water!
counting all the games I got into as a kid sitting with the Freshmen in the AA deck due to knowing Associate Athletic Director is something I can't count that high too... But watching Archie, Stillwagon, Byers, Lachey, Cousineou, Spiels, Big Kat, Germaine, Herbstreit, Cornelious, Art of Quarterbacking, MoC, Pancaking, Teddy Ball, Hitner, Holy Buckeye, Troy, Alamo vs the mad hatter (ok state), NC vs the U, NC vs LSU, NC vs Oregon, Rose Bowl versus Oregon, Sugar Bowl versus Arkansas, Buckeyes vs Texas in the Shoe, vs Texas in Austin, Vs Texas in Glendale, multiple Michigan games including when Tiambatauki (sp) went off on # 1 OSU in Ann Arbor (is a whore). Games when I spent more time in the Varsity Club than the Shoe, Rachel in suite 205,
Oh yeah and Neutron Man.... many, many fantastic times...
Yep... a lot
SBNation suggests the biggest challenge to OSU repeating is Bennett. I tend to agree, but looking at where we were last year heading into our first game, the current concern is more miniscule. To rattle them off, our Heisman hopeful QB hurt his shoulder, our D had gotten torched by Meatchicken, MSU and Clemson in the previous three games, we had 4 (80%) of our starting O line having almost zero experience, we lost a tailback and a LB that went first round in NFL... I agree the loss of Bennett is significant, but I for one am not nearly as concerned about making the playoffs next season as I was if we might win the B1G last season. I think the East will be the Beast this year and it will be entertaining for the next few seasons as Meatchicken improves, PSU quits whining about sanctions and MSU having the formula to remain stout... Go Bucks!
LUCK intelligence level is a key difference. Pure athletic skills, arm strength is only part of the equation. I would never put Winston in the same category for understanding D's, being able to understand the entire field and what is going on and then making the right decision as compared to Luck. Two equal parts, athleticism (Winston A - Luck a B) and intelligence (Luck A+ - Winston C). Add that all up and Winston may or may not take a team to the playoffs, where Luck will be the best QB over next 8 years hands down.
First, Ramzy - this was an excellent read! I love how you stitched the narrative together. We be lucky to have you writing for this glorious site!
Second, it's exciting times again! Hairball is a top notch douche but I for one believe he will raise the stakes and every win over TTUN will be more tasty, worth more salt than recent decades AND create an even more talented level of verbal beat down since like 1999 or something like that.
keep raising the bar storyteller!!!
Let's all let it die down... When MW gets his first win against scum he will be happy, when he gets his first b1g champ ring he will be very happy and when he gets his first NC ring he will be, "why was there ever any consideration to becoming a wolverine. Then when his sophomore year comes around and he personally runs for 170 on Meatxhicken in the Shoe he will be elated.
Amen mike! Hopefully between now and then you can try and put this distraction behind you!
it's 9:19 and Michigan still sux!
I for one am ready to not hear anymore about twitter accounts hashtags and perceived meanings of what a recruit must be thinking, especially in the case of Mike Weber. He will make the right decision for him when he has time to think about it. The Buckeyes are good either way. Until then the drama over this is over the top. Breathe, relax and let this thing play out.
He is entitled to feel the way he wants. We all process situations differently. As a Buckeye homer I think he benefits by staying at OSU BUT after he speaks to UFM and he still is unsure I would grant him his release. Again as an awesome get for OSU the lingering effects are not worth the concern and Weber will feel better and OSU won't have the constant reminder that he is in Columbus under circumstances that are suspect. A CAVEAT to all of this, MW never said he wanted out, just that he was hurt. Its a fluid situation and it feels to me that he was unsure to begin with as he struggled with the decision and now this makes it feel even more unsure.
I voted NO because he didn't say he was angry, he said he was hurt. Those are two very different emotions.
And Tyrone Wheatley, Scums new RB coach was hired in 1/17/2015. 18 days before NSD. Do you think Weber could have possibly had a relationship of any quality with Wheatley in that short period of time? So if he is upset at Drayton leaving that makes sense because he probably had emotional collateral in the decision to come to Ohio State. But it couldn't possibly be he wanted to go to Scum because of their coaches, for whom he would have had little engagement with (Harbaugh late December, Wheatley mid January). My assumption it is the tie of Detroit to Scum more so than coaches so Weber probably put his faith in the OSU coaching group to overcome the "how can I not play for Scum I am from Detroit" versus it being coaching vs coaching personalities. And if Drayton didn't have offer in hand until Thursday then he should continue to do his job at OSU. Or is Stan supposed to say to kids " I may have an interview in the NFL for which I may or may not be hired so therefore you may or may not want to consider that in your deciding if you want to come to OSU". I would be of the belief Urban would fire him on the spot. I am sure Urban will have that conversation with him and all of this will work itself out. But rest assured anyone not loving on the Buckeyes will spin it to look like OSU pulled the rug out from under this kid. Get the facts out there and shut them up.
Apparently he is trying to manage the inundation of all his followers to not ask that question. Good luck with that. Getting off twitter would probably help not being asked the question if his brother is coming or other mundane questions from the stalking faithful. Never understood the appeal to have everyone/anyone being able to ping you incessantly, but that is just the way I look at it.
Since UFM took that first class to a top 5 with only a month to do it I have little concern about his ability to recruit so while I try to stay up on it I rarely am concerned and don't look at it as closely. I am also of the opinion that class rankings are for discussion. UFM is going to compliment the roster with the players he needs and he is great at reading talent. He gets 3 stars that eventually turn to four stars.
I personally got great value out of this little rant session. Makes me realize my life doesn't suck. Go Bucks!
So when you say transfer... You and I believe the Fickell Haters aren't really Buckeye fans and therefore should be willing to "transfer" away from the current reality back to thier fantasy of Greg Mattison? Fuck Fickell haters, Buckeye Nation is better off without you and I am sure Luke could give two shits about your whiny stinky asses. Go Bucks! fuck you if you aren't all in on the team and coaches. Not sure they really care anyway.
With you 100%! Pure class. and while the Fickell haters roll Curtis into their diatribe without him I am not sure we are NC Champs. #FailFickellHaters. #BlockOdoesn'tneedhaters!
Mman, I think you are spot on, AND I think the reeruits already there can perform. It's gonna be a nice series again. I won't go as far as suggesting Bo and Woody, I know Harbaugh had success at Stanford yet it will be a little wait and see at M. We all hope for the B1G to hold its own and frankly it requires Michigan and not just the run away freight train called THE. GOOD LUCK, we need M ( cough cough, hard to say).