I just wish Marc Loving had a few more years in him to develop, both his game & his leadership.
Curtis Samuel returns 4 punts for TD's this week, and all of next week's discussion on 11W is consumed with solving what is wrong with our offense's lack of yards & time of possession vs. Maryland.
And no, I did not forget italics. I'm being serious because that is where we are as a fanbase with Urban.
Nebraska will leave Evanston, IL this Saturday night 3-1. Take that to the bank.
The Iowa-Ohio State game is one of the first games I remember as a kid...I would've been 8 at the time, and still recall vividly getting the Sports Illustrated the following Thursday with the "Splish, Splash - Iowa took a bath" article (I seem to remember it being on the cover too, but that could be my foggy memory).
I was preaching to my kids last night that "we've finally made it to another college football season." Yes, the Buckeyes don't play for another 51 hours - but the fact that I can watch 10+ games tonight makes it a glorious celebration in my house!
As always, great stuff Ramzy!
Here's another crazy way to think about what Urban has done JUST at Ohio State....
If you just look at Urban's rate of winning at Ohio State, he wins at a .926 clip - ludicrous & only .002 behind Larry Kehres. Maintaining THAT level of winning thru the 2031 season would make Urban a ridiculous 250-20 at Ohio State when he retired. That is 16 losses between 2016-2031...allowing for JUST ONE CLUNKER of a season ("clunker" = 3 losses...God, are we spoiled or what?!?!), that would mean Urban would have to lose no more than 13 games in the other 15 seasons!
No more than 1 loss per season in 14 of 15 seasons. Think about that...going 13-1 or 14-1 & winning the National Title EVERY SINGLE 14-1 YEAR (except for one 3-loss season season) between now & 2031 would make Urban's Ohio State winning percentage stay the same as it already is! I love the optimism, but it would be a run equal to only John Wooden & Geno Auriemma in major collegiate sports!
I wish these guys would just focus on football instead of some stupid video game...don't they know we have big games coming up?.
Spend the money, rent your own boat for 2-3 hours and cruise while watching dolphins. You can rent a boat at Palmetto Bay marina for ~$250 for 2 hours....worth every penny!
Skull Creek Boathouse for dinner & live music. Get there early, have drinks outside and listen to great music.
Guiseppe's Pizza is good...great for delivery or casual night out.
Finally - Frosty Frog for some frozen drinks. Get the large to go, drink a bit and freeze the rest. Wake up to a nice cold, highly-buzzable drink.
Good write-up Shoe, and thanks for perhaps the 2016 "Captain Obvious" award winner with this gem:
[Referencing Marc Loving]: "His body language on the floor isn't great most of the time and I get that rubs a lot of people the wrong way."
I also don't buy into the whole "ESPN hates us" myth that has infiltrated every corner of Buckeye Nation, because the coverage we've gotten since Urban came on board is 2nd to none. With that said, I do look forward to the SEC homers (some of them prominent in the media) that beats the "Ohio State doesn't play anybody" drum when the following dominoes fall:
- Houston upsets Oklahoma in the season opener
- Ohio State has a RELATIVELY easy time in a win @ Norman
Suddenly, by week #4 the narrative will become "Ohio State's best win is a team that lost to Houston. See I told you they never play anybody." With 2 losses, we'll watch the scheduling of Oklahoma go from "Wow, playing at a top 4 team on the road" to "See, Ohio State is afraid to play real teams." And then the annual ritual of defending the argument of "Scheduling is done 10 years in advance" is not a science will commence.
The Golden Bear was apologized to more times in 5 minutes than the rest of us have been for an entire lifetime. I literally laughed out loud in hearing the "I need to see your...oh shit, how are you doing sir?"
A co-worker and I don't go a day without quoting Seinfeld during business meetings...there are just too many instances where inserting a Seinfeld quote is basically a MANDATORY. Many of them have been quoted or alluded to already, including some of my favorites:
- "Why don't you just TELL me what movie you'd like to see?"
- (Kramer) "You just write-it off Jerry." (Jerry) "But you don't even know what a write-off is."
- And perhaps my favorite: "You know, Darren, if you had told me twenty-five years ago that some day I'd be standing here about to solve the world's energy problems, I would've said you were crazy. Now let's push this giant ball of oil out this window."
None of the most "Top 100 Most Dangerous Intersections" are in Cincinnati...is that because Cincinnati drivers are better than the rest of the state? Or is it because Cincinnati intersections are actually part of Kentucky's roadways?
Hawthorn's in Ballentyne has good pizza (across the street from St. Matt's), and their garlic knots are freakin' awesome. And while you are there, head 3 doors down to Bradshaw's for live music. Great, party atmosphere (but watch out for the cougars!).
Although the math is definitely NOT in our favor, I see a very clear set of circumstances that would get us in:
1) Alabama losses to Florida
2) Sparty winning BIG over Iowa (something like 31-10)
All other games are irrelevant, but would be fun to see chaos rule. I believe a 1-loss UNC ACC-Champ would get in over OSU, as would obviously an undefeated Clemson. And I believe a 2-loss Stanford would NOT get in over OSU due to the Northwestern result earlier this season (so the PAC-12 game is irrelevant).
With all that said, we need a 2-loss SEC champion and we need our loss to Sparty look better than Iowa's loss to Sparty.
Is it a testament to the poor defense in the SEC that an injured Myles Jack can leave UCLA mid-Season, and make such an impact at Texas A&M that he is a Lombardi Finalist?
I'd predict Ohio State to come in at #5 this week....
5. Ohio State
I view Harbaugh's comment in a much different light, and - frankly - I don't blame him. I'll compare it to the celebrities that - point blank - say they do not talk about their private relationships. And if they hold firm to that, they spotlight does indeed go away. I think Harbaugh is being honest when he says he essentially won't give the question the day of light because it is absurd.
Personally, I think Jim Harbaugh will be at Michigan beyond Urban being at Ohio State. Not because he will "outlast" Urban, but because Urban is absolutely knocking it out of the park and I don't see him overstaying his welcome. 5-6 more years, hopefully 1-2 more titles and I could see Urban riding off into the sunset. Although a bit different than Tressel's exit, almost all Ohio State fans agreed Tressel would never coach college again because he had reached the pinnacle in his dream job.
Harbaugh's loyalty to Michigan - and the fact he's going to struggle getting to the pinnacle as long as UFM is in Columbus - will keep Harbaugh at UM for awhile. Let's be real - if Harbaugh wanted an NFL job, he would've stayed at SF or took one of the multiple jobs he was rumored to be a candidate.
Ohio State 59 Western Michigan 13 The hand-wringing will be an after-thought come Sunday morning.
The Buckeyes (players AND coaches) are pressing right now...it is exactly what happens when expectations are so out of whack from reality. We have too many leaders on our team to NOT get the ship sailing smoothly again.
I've only given you +1 upvote...but only because I could not give you +1,000,000
I miss this highly valuable post by 51 minutes, and the "Downvote" feature is already shut-down? Can't I PLEASE just throw one down arrow OSUGREG04's way? Pretty please?
It is crazy to think that - even though he NO DOUBT is the least talked about starter on either side of the ball - Nuernberger could end his Ohio State career as being the all time leading scorer in Big Ten history. He would currently be on-pace to break the record set by Monte Ball, and with an offense that would APPEAR to be loaded for years to come, having a guaranteed 80-90 pts per year on extra points could go a long way towards being the all-time leading scorer
I'm getting on Twitter now and telling him how I really feel about his change of mind! Plus, we never wanted him anyway.
We didn't look a Coach over tattoos. We lost a coach over LYING about tattoos. Big difference.
Am I missing something? Everybody is critiquing how Silk is spending his money, but nowhere does it say Russell BOUGHT a Rolls-Royce. He only chose to DRIVE the Rolls-Royce as part of the interview.
Another title for Cincinnati....but rest easy NE Ohio, it should be Cleveland's turn for something resembling a 1st-place trophy any generation now. Worst case, have the Browns start taking credit for all of St. Ed's wrestling titles.
Now let me get back to finishing this Three-Way for breakfast before I head to Cincinnati City Council and finalize the secret agreement to have Cincinnati secede from Ohio and join the Commonwealth of Kentucky.