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TheBigCat


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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being on campus for The Game in 2006. Probably the best sporting environment I've ever been a part of, and one of the craziest weekends that I'll ever be a part of as well.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: V. Bell
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: S. Thomposn
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Golden State
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Do we play soccer in the US?

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Comment 26 Oct 2014

Wow - what a disgusting and pointless post.  Very thought provoking.

I'll just chalk it up to the fact that based on your screen name, you've probably been subjected to years of unusually high methane exposure.  The easterly winds south of Columbus probably overly expose you to excessive landfill fumes, coupled with a nice tint of turd factory thrown in for a nice touch. 

That would at least give you an excuse for all the filth and shit that rambles out of your mouth.  In fact, I'm actually impressed that the analogy you used actually fits within the context of your post.  Props for that at least. I didn't see that coming based on the punctuation, or lack thereof, in your posts.  Stay classy Groveport.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

You do realize that this comment was made in a thread that is titled "#FireHerman" right?  If you don't want your "parade to be pissed on" then why would you click on this thread in the first place?

And comments like this don't water down OSU's win, OSU did that themselves with their play/play calling tonight.  They were a 14.5 favorite tonight on the road to beat a depleted PSU team in primetime.  They were up 17 points at half, then let them crawl back in the game and squeaked out with a win. 

Why would I not just sit back in relish in a win on the road, regardless of the score?  Because I want tOSU to be part of the national narrative and in the hunt for a playoff berth.  We already dropped one game to a god awful VT team at home, primarily because our coaching staff wasn't able to make the appropriate in-game adjustments.  To get put us back in a position to be in the conversation for one of the four playoff spots, we need to win out, and look good doing it.  Taking 2 OT's to beat a shitty PSU team doesn't get it done.

Not to mention the plethora of folks who come on here and bitch about the SEC bias, then turn around after a close win and change the narrative to "why can't people just be happy that we won in a hostile environment on the road?"  

it's simple really.  If you are a fan who just relishes victories, regardless of the opponent, and has no interest in post-season aspirations, then tonight is reason for celebration.  However, if you are a fan who has high aspirations for this team, a team who already has a very bad home loss on their record, then tonight's game was a disappointment meriting of criticism.

And PS, I could give two shits how hard PSU practices or about their feelings.  The fact is their program has been decimated by sanctions and they're a shit team who he would have blown out tonight.  D1 collegiate athletics are not a participation sport and not everybody gets a trophy at this level - save that shit for tee-ball.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

Well thought out response.  It's obvious that a well articulated response would be wasted on you - so all I'll say is enjoy the rest of your copper top Bush heavies while you relish in this big double OT win against the juggernaut that is PSU.  

Comment 26 Oct 2014

You're right.  If you take away PSU's losses to Northwestern (29-6 at home), and UM, then this team is in the top-25.  And it only took us 2 OT's to beat them after going into the half up 17.  I can't believe we aren't getting more credit for this hard fought victory.  Damn ESPN and their SEC bias!

If you want to accept mediocrity, go for it.  But this team and staff deserves criticism after this performance.  And no, I wasn't whining, simply stating that people have been all over our coordinators asses for the last 3 years, and Meyer has essentially skated.  Meyer hired Fickell, he hired Herman.  He deserves to start taking responsibility for their sub-par performances.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

The officiating tonight was some of the worst that I've seen, and was flat out embarrassing.  We were the beneficiary of some very terrible calls.  

My girlfriend and I were in shock when they came back and confirmed Vonn Bell's interception.  No excuse for that type of call to stand when instant replay is in-place.

I'm glad the calls went our way, especially since i had money on us to cover (damn you PSU) but never like to see a game impacted so much by an officiating crew.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

I'm not sure why this is getting so many downvotes.  Urban Meyer is the CEO of this program, which means that he is ultimately responsible for the results on the field, good and bad.

People have been bitching about the defense for 3 years.  Meyer at various points has said the he was personally going to be getting more involved.  At some point, if issues aren't corrected, it falls on Meyer.  Either make a change or go down with the ship.

Yes, he has racked up a ton of wins in his tenure here.  However, it's been against shit teams, and when the games have mattered the most, we've completely shit the bed.  It's disappointing and frustrating.  And yes, we technically haven't won shit since he has been here.  The trophy case since Meyer's arrival is bare.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

Fellow Mensa member of one Mr Herman?

Comment 14 Sep 2014

I would be happy if our defensive coaches denonstrated the ability to make minor in-game adjustments.  A change like thisis s a total pipe dream.

Comment 31 Aug 2014

I thought Tyvis played a horrible game today.  He missed more tackles than he made, and took terrible pursuit angles.

I don't get why the discussion is on Bell/Burrows starting.  To me, Vonn is a no-brainer.  He brings an x-factor of athleticism, and made some solid form tackles yesterday.  Vonn has got to be on the field.

Then Burrows/Powell are a toss-up to me.  Realistically, if Powell is the best we have at safety, we're in trouble.

As others have said, it's difficult to truly evaluate a defense after playing against a triple-option team.  But, I expected this team to fly around to the ball and make plays, and I didn't see that today.  Players got too many YAC yards, and I thought we played pretty poor assignment football (continued to have nobody over the pitchman).  They just seem soft.

After 3 years of optimism with this team, I'm taking a wait and see on this team.  

Comment 19 Aug 2014

The best part of this video is the fact that they're able to talk about this with straight faces.  

I need to pick a pair of those shorts up.  I've already thought of a killer move that I could do in those, the "po-go stick".....

Comment 19 Aug 2014

It's concerning to me that he separated his shoulder on a non-contact play, nearly 9 months after having shoulder surgery, and within hours of declaring himself 100%.  As others have said, once those ligaments in that joint are stretched, it's difficult to ever get them to return back to 100%.  Hopefully for his sake he is able to recover and accomplish all his dreams as a football player.

In addition, once JT gets the keys to the fastest car in the B1G, it's going to be difficult to pry them back from him.  Especially if he is able to accomplish something that Braxton hasn't been able to, which is win a B1G title (granted Brax has been hampered by sanctions).

While many on here are excited for 2015, I for one am extremely excited for 2014.  People act like we have Bauserbust as our #2 on the depth chart.  JT was one of the most highly recruited DT QB's in the nation, and probably would have been rated higher had he not suffered an injury his Senior year.  We have a lot of weapons and speed on Offense, and just need someone who can efficiently distribute the ball to them.  

It's going to be so sweet this year crushing the dreams of the B1G after so many people have already written us off.  Of course, if we do this, then the narrative will switch to how weak the B1G is, given we could go unbeaten with a backup QB.  People truly underestimate the talent on this team, and seem to forget that we've had back-to-back top 2 recruiting classes.

Comment 17 Aug 2014

Yes, teams in the conference need to step up, but Minnesota is not one of them.  They will never be a flagship program in this conference.  They are no different than Northwestern, a solid season once every four years, nothing more.

Yes, this conference needs teams to step up to return to prominence, but Minnesota is not one of them.  

Nebraska, Penn State, tSUN, Wisconsin, and even Iowa to an extent are the programs that need to step up.  We need our flagship programs to perform for this conference to return to prominence, and begin to get national respect back.  

If we are going to start hanging our hat on wins against Minnesota, then this conference is not performing up to standards. 

Comment 16 Aug 2014

I actually didn't provide a ranking myself, so not sure how you're taking that away from my post.  A lot of posters in this thread have Minnesota ranked 2nd/3rd in their opinions, which I don't think is unreasonable.  To me, the fact that the Minnesota game MAY be one of our toughest games is an indictment on how down the B1G is right now, and highlights the importance for us to schedule quality OOC opponents.

I personally don't think you can ever discount rivalry games, and think last year was a prime example of that.  Regardless, TSUN is a dumpster fire right now, and losing to them at hem at home this year would be massively disappointing.  I fully expect us to be -10 point favorites for that game.

Comment 16 Aug 2014

Is it me, or is anyone else disappointed that our 2nd toughest game of the season may be @Minnesota?  I get that the Fighting Kills are much improved, and @Minnesota is a tough environment that time of year, but to me it just demonstrates how weak the B1G is right now, and how important it is for us to schedule quality OOC opponents.  I get VT, and when we originally scheduled them their program was a much better place, but we need more than one marquee OOC game on our schedule.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

There is a balance here.  The athletic department of a state school should not have the same pricing strategy as a fortune 500 company.  They need to generate enough revenue to allow them to continue to subsidize the non-revenue generating sports, while also having enough to re-invest into strategic initiatives, like stadium expansion,s etc.  They should be able to do this while also keeping prices at a point where your average family can still afford to take in a game without breaking the bank, and I think we're quickly approaching a point where that is no longer possible.

I'd prefer we not test price elasticity and realize we've hit our ceiling when there are 10,000 open seats in the stadium, because people refuse to pay $160/ticket to see OSU beat UNLV by 80 points.  For an example, see TSUN as exhibit A.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

If we want respect nationally, then we need to stop scheduling BS games like this, which do nothing to improve our national perception.  We either blow the doors off of them, which is the expected outcome, or the game is close, and it's held against us by the playoff selection committee.  Either way, this game does nothing to improve our playoff resume.

At this point, let's just call a spade a spade, this is a money grab from the athletic department.  I'm taking my name out of the alumni lottery because of games like this.  I'm not going to travel to Columbus to watch a game like this, and 1/2 the B1G schedule is not worth making the trip.  I may pay a bit more on the secondary market, but at least I'll get a game worth seeing.

I'm also tired of trying to defend our schedule.  What kind of message does this send to fans?  Alabama has scheduled a marquee neutral site game every year, on top of a very difficult SEC schedule.  I remember how awesome games like USC and Texas were, and how amazing those environments were.  I'd love to have that again, but instead, alas, we get a noon kickoff against UNLV.  Buy hey, I'm sure the playoff selection committee will understand, we needed to add another home game to hit revenue projections.  Want to stop hearing the commentary about a 1-loss SEC team jumping an undefeated B1G school, stop scheduling the UNLV's of the world.

Comment 12 Aug 2014

Let's not put this guy on a pedestal - maybe you should take another look at the ND game.  Same for Trevor Knight at Oklahoma. These guys played out of their minds in their final two games, and for some reason we forget that at times last year both these guys were splitting playing time with their back ups.  Let's give it a few more games before we hand these guys the heisman.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

A very unfortunate by-product of smart phone technology, the ability to record video and audio at any given time, and often discreetly without the knowledge of the subjected party.

If this trend continues, everyone will have to pull a Jeter, and ask folks to leave their electronics at the door.

Hopefully at some point in the near future, society will refrain from listening or watching these unethical recordings, regardless of how juicy the content may be.  And then suddenly, media outlets will no longer be willing to pay 6 figures for them.

The only backlash from this story should be directed at the cowardly douche who recorded it, and the paper who was willing to publish it.

Comment 18 Jun 2014

- I haven't been able to forgive Braxton Miller for overthrowing a wide open Devier Posey in the 2011 edition of The Game.  That would have been the go-ahead TD.  I think he's overrated and has underachieved in his development as a passer - his throwing motion sucks and he can't put touch on the ball.

- I'm tired of seeing athletes play quarterback here.  I don't think we've seen a true passer since Troy Smith was here.

- I think we've whiffed on our last two, maybe three QB commits.  JT was highly rated, but the last two have been complete blind sides and it feels like we're settling.  

- Luke Fickell should have been fired after his 2011 season.  I understand that it was a difficult position, but he looked like a deer in headlights on the sidelines that year, and totally shit the bed. 

- I don't understand the fascination with Tom Herman.  I think he consistently out thinks himself, and am still waiting for the dynamic offense that we all thought we'd see when he was hired.  What ever happened to the diamond formation?  HAND THE BALL TO GUAP ON 4-1.

- I hated Ohio State sports until I decided to attend school there and heard the fight song played in St John's arena for the first time during Freshman orientation.

- I'd be completely happy if if all of Ohio North of Columbus was annexed by Canada.  

AHHHHHH, I feel so much better....

Comment 25 May 2014

Stoneburner was never the leading receiver while he was in Columbus.  His best year in terms of total catches was 2010, where he had 21 for 222 receiving yards.  Posey, Sanzenbacher, Spencer, and Philly Brown led the team in receiving during his time at OSU.

PSU will have Jesse James, Kyle Carter, and Adam Brenneman, all of which have 2+ years of eligibility left, assuming they stay through their Senior years.  Granted, PSU frequently runs a 2 TE set, which helps his chances, but regardless, they are loaded for a few more years.

After Heuerman graduates this year, Gesicki would have had  a great shot at playing himself into the 2 deep, or even taking the starting position.  I can't see how you can look at that situation and argue that he would have had a better chance of playing at PSU than he would have here.

 

Comment 24 May 2014

OSU just hasn't been able to really get the TE involved in our passing game the last few years.  Herman and Meyer continue to talk about it being a marquee position, and the desire to really get that position more involved in the offense, but it just hasn't manifested itself onto the field.  Whether that is on Braxton's inability to make the correct read or make the right throw, playcalling, etc., who knows? 

The fact is, most NFL teams are drafting and playing dynamic and athletic TE's who cause matchup nightmares at the next level.  While Meyer had that while he was at UF, we certainly haven't seen that type of player at OSU, and I think that, coupled with the fact that we're shooting for the stars with our TE recruits, is causing the drought of TE commits.

The fact that Gesicki (sorry to bring up the past) chose to go to PSU last year, which is absolutely loaded with depth at TE, versus coming to OSU where he could have competed for a starting spot in his Sophomore year was telling to me.

Comment 26 Apr 2014

I'm not sure, it probably depends on the relative worth of that $50M to your organization.  

My guess is that your company has done studies and has determined that the wage they are paying you is competitive within your field.  Essentially, paying you tour market value.

If you wereto double your annual revenue, I'd assume you would ask to be paid similarly to someone who manages $100M, no?

Studies have recently been done to determine the market values of a collegiate football player at a major school, and it's a bit more than the value of a full academic scholarship.

As far as compensating for over performance in collegiate athletics, who knows how to deal with that?  I think we are a few reforms away from getting to that level of detail.  

Comment 25 Apr 2014

Two excellent points here Bucksfan. 

1 - Liquidity of payments.  The value of a college degree is only as valuable as the person that it is given to.  Not all student athletes are mentally capable of taking full advantage of their academic opportunities, potentially greatly devaluing this benefit.  

2 - Medical risk.  There can be gaps in medical insurance that can expose students and their families to major medical liabilities due to injuries sustained while competing in NCAA sanctioned athletic events.  There isn't a coverage standard across all Universities.

Lastly, take a step back and really think about the true cost that a University incurs by providing an athletic scholarship.  The majority of the expense, coming in the form of tuition, is a fixed cost, and an opportunity cost to schools.  Assuming that a student athlete isn't taking the seat in a classroom or lecture hall from a paying student, then the university incurs no additional expenses here.  I could go on to room and board, meals, etc., but that would just validate the point further.  The ROI on revenue generating sports for major universities is through the roof.