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ShawneeBuck74

Shawnee, Kansas (Kansas City) (via Columbus, OHIO)

Member since 02 February 2012 | Blog

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Too many great Buckeye moments to pick just one.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jimmy Jackson
  • NFL TEAM: KC Chiefs
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus BlueJackets
  • NBA TEAM: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • MLB TEAM: KC Royals
  • SOCCER TEAM: Sporting KC/Orlando City S.C.

Recent Activity

Comment 23 hours ago

BOLD? Hmmm. I'll try.

Jordan Fuller cracks the 2-deep & midway through the season, he's a starting safety.  I see his career arc (and even playing style) as similar to Malcolm Jenkins.

Comment 23 hours ago

Eli is happy for Peyton.  I'll admit, it was a funny moment/look caught on camera.  I think Eli had a few too many Budweisers himself. My guess is that while all the non-currently-professional-football playing athletes in his family were excited, Eli was thinking like he was in game mode. "How much time is left? Can Carolina score? How do they protect the lead?" It ain't over until the clock reads 0.0.

Comment 07 Feb 2016

1999 was the worst for me, though not the worst I'd witnessed in my lifetime, like Coop's first year in 1988.

Coop's last year (1999) the Buckeyes had a ton of talent, coming off a bowl win, and should have been at least a 9-10 win team.  But they had so many personnel and coaching issues.  I think Coop was just done, too.  It was hard to watch OSU that year. 

Comment 06 Feb 2016

Honestly, I haven't even been worried about the offense. With JT at QB and Warriner in the booth, we will be fine.

I am worried about the defense. Loads of talent, much of it unproven.  And we face some good teams early, especially and experienced Oklahoma team in Norman. 

Comment 05 Feb 2016

X - Noah Brown/Paris Campbell

Z - Corey Smith/Terry McLaurin

H - Curtis Samuel/Dontre Wilson

3WR sets - KJ Hill/James Clark

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Urban is the king of hyperbole. No freshmen will have any significant minutes at WR. 

Ability to block is still the primary skill for an Urban Meyer receiver.  Consider that we are going to have 3 WR drafted and play in the NFL.  We didn't really use them much. 

Comment 05 Feb 2016

Have said this before. Imagine this team with DRuss leading it....

I do think Lyle will be a first round pick eventually, just not right now.  

Comment 05 Feb 2016

I agree with you 7/10.  

Its an overreaction to want to fire Thad.  There does seem to be a need to figure out how this general lethargy that's been in the team for the last three seasons can be removed from the equation.  

Simple fix - do what WV has done with lesser talent - play ridiculous, smothering, intense defense. Maybe we could hire a young coach from that system.  I feel like if we played 110% D effort, our offense would flow, especially with the talent we have there.

Wonder if Mecole Hardman could help fix our defense/lack of hustle? 

Comment 05 Feb 2016

He has that "long-strider" speed... Doesn't look like he's going to be super fast, but breaks away and can't be caught. A lot like how TP looked running (albeit I think Fuller has quicker cuts). 

Comment 05 Feb 2016

I don't think the "hope" is about who best provides a winning environment or who best can prepare you for the league.  

In these kids lifetimes, including the last 4 years, that answer is overwhelmingly Ohio State. 

Heck, even in the Cooper years, Ohio State sent more players to the NFL.  

The hope they are selling is playing time and building a great program that might someday win and get you to the league.  But why go do that at UM when you can do that at OSU - the school with the track record of winning in college and getting people to the NFL?

Comment 02 Feb 2016

Nice comparison!  Evan's supporting cast was better than JaQuan's, probably minimizing expectations some.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Both are examples of coaching decisions, and both are valid questions.  As to which one is a good/bad or better/worse decision, well...that's what forums are for. 

I do think Loving seems zoned out at times. Last game, he just couldn't hit anything but at times looked like he was trying.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Not that I know of. Why do you ask?

I just imagined if I was going to be wearing a hat on one of the most important days of my young life, I wouldn't want some KMart 1991 version tOSU hat. Just made common sense. 

If you refer to the #hatscience well, that's not original to me. But, most hashtags I use aren't.  Like when I use #GoBucks or #BuckeyeNation or #Chipotle. That's just how the internet thing kind of works, I suppose. Lots of people on 11w hashtag #hatscience

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Precisely.  

In Craft's junior/senior year - there was no NBA star.  Both he and DeShaun Thomas were CLOSE but they're D-League guys, probably never NBA starters. Some good quality players all around, no star. 

In Russell's lone year - there were some hustle guys, decent/good ball-players on the wings, but no big men who could compete in the BIG let alone any pro-league. That was brutal (and a testament to how good DRuss was). 

Now, this year we have what appears to be a young version of what Craft's JR/SR year type teams. A lot of "good" college players, maybe even some D-League type guys. But no star, again. The only hope there is Lyle.

If DRuss was on this team (with decent big men!) we'd in the Top 3 of the B1G right now, young squad or not. 

PG - DRuss (Harris) backup

SG - Lyle (Kam) 

SF - KBD  (Kam/Mitchell)

PF - Loving (Kam/Mitchell)

C - Thompson (Giddens/Bell) 

IF ONLY!!!

Comment 01 Feb 2016

It's possible that Tate, like Kam are better suited to come off the bench (in the overall scheme) for this team.  Bench players can and do play more minutes than starters.  But some guys just aren't good coming off the bench (Lyle, Loving) while others relish in the 6th man/7th man type energy roles.  

What if we had this starting lineup:

PG - Harris

SG - Lyle

SF - KBD 

PF - Loving

C - Thompson

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And then your first two "bring the energy guys" come in at first TV timeout:  Kam & Tate 

And then your second two "bring the energy guys" come in at the second TV timeout: Mitchell & Giddens 

Then you can have a good idea who is hot, who is in a funk, who showed up.  Then adjust accordingly. 

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Russell is kind of an outlier in the scenario.

I mean, I think he's basically the only reason last year's team really won anything at all - so he fits in that case.

But, his big men/complimentary players weren't good enough.  If he had an Othello Hunter or Dallas Lauderdale type frontline, that team would have made it to the Elite 8 last year. 

So, I guess my theory is that Thad needs an NBA player plus some key "really good college but not NBA type players" to do what he wants to do with his offense/defense. 

Comment 01 Feb 2016

No. Thad's the best coach we've ever had at tOSU, I believe. 

I do think he's trying to force a square peg into a round hole with JaQuan at point guard. Then Lyle fails at something he's not good at, gets benched for it. That would mess with my confidence too.  I think JaQuan at 2-guard would allow his confidence to grow, because that's what he is good at. It would lead to him being better at other aspects of his game that have waned recently. 

That was my thought process behind the question. There are other alternative explanations. Just wondered what people thought. His play (and body language) hasn't been good lately. Kid is probably the most talented player on the team though. 

Comment 01 Feb 2016

The way I meant is was very much like that, read it like:

Did Thad break (the spirit of) JaQuan Lyle (with his deserved benching)? 

I am thinking of it like - was it the straw that broke the camels back, so to speak (lots of frustration, apathy, mixed in with bouts of brilliant play, plus the freshman wall).

Basically, wondering if the right coaching move or not is to bench him (further hurt his confidence?) or just let him start at 2 guard and get his confidence back. 

I tried to keep it short and interesting, because it's a title/headline - not a thesis. :)