Home is where the fart is.
I get your point. I know some guys who boycott, and are pretty committed to it, but they still "cheat". I did say "most", not "all". But my sense of it is that many who claim to absolutely boycott at all times, are not being completely honest.
I would like to avoid ESPN. It's just too dang convenient, and they are really good at covering CFB.
I have always said in regards to MM that if I see him, I am obligated to fight him.
That said, proud members of Buckeye Nation, he is playing a role - although I do suspect that there are some underlying reasons he enjoys that role so much. But his role is to put OSU football into the worst light, exaggerate their failures, and diminish their successes. In doing so, he is tweaking the nose of a large and passionate fan base, which draws eyeballs to ESPN, and they are laughing all the way to the bank.
Some in our nation proudly claim that they boycott ESPN because of May and the "bias". I think most of them are liars. ESPN covers college football better than anyone ever has, or probably ever will. If you love CFB, you are watching ESPN. The better response to May, or any other ESPN personality who wants to play that role, is to ignore them. That's what will really bother them. But when May hurls insults, and he gets a bunch of venom coming back at him through the Twitterverse, he is getting exactly what he wants.
And, of course, the ultimate victory - the thing that shuts him up - is for Urban's Buckeyes to beat Alabama and Oregon. At that point, his role becomes absurd - which is why we haven't seen him on the air. Unfortunately, he is at home calculating how to speak from the angle that the 2014 season is over, and the Buckeyes will not be able to duplicate that success this fall. And when he starts spouting that stuff, we will be outraged, and that will be his signal that he is still doing exactly what ESPN is paying him to do.
I have some friends who are Husker fans. I asked about him, and I basically got the complaints almost every fan base levels at their OC - "predictable play calling, not creative enough, would like to see him throw/run more, we lost this game because of that play call, etc."
As has been noted, Taylor Martinez was a good athlete, but there is no other way of saying it - he threw like a girl. Tommy Armstrong is a decent QB. He can grow into a good one over the next few years, but probably will never be a great one. Ron Kellogg was a brief blip on the radar screen.
I've heard old coaches asked a question, and they all deliver a variation of the same answer:
"What made you such a successful coach?"
"I had great players."
Thank you for your service - and your opinion.
My pony is Johnny Dixon - as a field-stretcher. I base that on his HS reputation, and the reputation of the coaching staff developing players.
But I love Corey. He has had some infamous moments: the drop in the endzone vs. Va Tech and the fumble in the NC game. But he did some phenomenal things on kick coverage and seemed to mostly conquer his dropsies. I think he can be big for whoever the QB is/QB's are next fall.
I know the rules. Someone noted that a parade might be a target for terrorism - a reasonable assumption. My comment was neither political or religious. Congratulations - you noted the absurdity of something that was meant to make a point by being absurd.
Now, as for soldiers who actually have put their lives on the line to protect us from these morons, their job is to kill the enemy before the enemy kills them and us. They necessarily develop a negative attitude toward the enemy. They dehumanize the enemy because it's hard to kill someone when you think that they are really just misguided souls who have a mother, siblings, and people who love them.
But I just love people who miss the irony of the fact that the reason they have the freedom to not do this kind of dirty work, sit on their ass, and criticize what soldiers do, and the attitude they have to do it with - that this freedom of theirs is precidely because soldiers do what they do with the attitude they do it with.
That's my son's line. I adapted it. He fought these people in Iraq during "The Surge" in 2008. His solution to the problem was: "Build a lead shield dome over Israel, and turn the whole region into glass."
Nothing seems to deter these Islamist terrorists, but you don't mess with Buckeye Nation's celebration of a national championship. That's how sand gets turned into glass.
Cardale's ceiling is higher? What house are we in? I suspect it's the NFL house. If so, I agree. But the Ohio State QB's aren't going to be playing in the NFL next fall. In Urban Meyer's offense, they run the zone read as the base play, put the ball in the QB's hands, and let him make almost all the decisions as to where the ball goes on the ground and in the air - and JT Barrett ran that offense as well as I've ever seen it run. I think you may want to go back and look at what he did from the Va Tech game on, or just consult the Ohio State and B1G record books. I mean, seriously, it's not even debatable. And he did that with an OL that was developing, and a Zeke that was in pre-monster status. He is accurate, not just according to stats, but to the eye in terms of where he places the ball, allowing the receiver to do a lot with it after it is caught. Again, go back and look at the last 10 regular seasons games. It is true that he is not as good of a downfield 40 yards passer as 12 (who is?), but on the shorter throws that the offense requires to move the chains, he was incredibly accurate.
Not taking anything away from Cardale. He throws that deep ball really well, and he ran over people for all those 1st downs on his own, but to think his play didn't benefit from the rise in level of play from the entire team, is a little short-sighted. Because he does those couple things well, eventually teams would develop ways to limit him in those, but with JT the offense becomes a nightmare for defenses because the ball can go to every skill player, in a variety of ways, on any play.
Cardale is a hero. He was unbelievable, and he led us to a national championship. If Urban wants to change the offense to power running and downfield passing, then 12 is the guy for that. But just remember, the guy he most often connected with, #9, won't be playing for Ohio State next year. But if Urban Meyer wants to primarily run the offense he has run since BG, JT is the guy to do that - and it's not even close.
I don't think it matters a hoot what we think, but I have a little experience with lockerrooms. With three guys, you have the potential for three factions - and that ain't good for a football team. Ohio State won the national championship because they had "it" in Dec and Jan. I'm not sure I know what "it" is fully, but part of what "it" is is togetherness. Urban has to resolve this in a way that allows next year's team to have "it".
I'm going to settle this discussion, and then we can all move on to other topics. (Actually, I'm not going to settle it, because some people are unreasonable).
Braxton Miller's pro future is not at QB. When healthy, he struggled with certain throws, and while his accuracy improved over 3 years, no one wanted to see him throw 40 times to win a game. With 2 major surgeries on his throwing shoulder, he may not be able to throw at all for all we know. Braxton is a freak athlete and an elite runner. That is what his greatness as a college player is and where his pro future lies. He spends a year in a slot/RB/wildcat/situational QB role, proves his toughness and durability, and improves his draft stock for where he will be asked to play as a pro. It's in his best interests for this to occur, and it would also be in the best interests of OSU. Imagine the creative things you could do with Brax and Zeke in the same backfield. It would keep defensive coordinators up at night.
Then it comes down to Cardale and JT. Cardale's power running and big arm passing ability compliment what Zeke does perfectly. Zeke's running allowed the pressure to be taken off Cardale. In the Alabama game, Cardale did have to make some pressure, critical throws - and he made them - but as the game unfolded, Zeke's performance never put Cardale in the situation where he had to win the game. Zeke and Cardale's abilities allowed Herman to pare down the list of plays considerably. Ohio State turned into a downfield passing/power running attack, and it worked to perfection. However, that is not what Urban has done since he got here, and I doubt that's what he wants to do. It was what they had to do. It's great to know that you can, if you have do, and that is a credit to Cardale, but the base play in the OSU offense is the zone read. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Cardale ran it against Wisky, stumbled over his feet, fell on his butt, and we never saw that play again. It's not what he does or can do. East-west running is not in Cardale's arsenal. What he does do well is throw the ball a long ways with some pretty good accuracy - and he runs over people north and south.
But given what the OSU offense is designed to be, JT is a very good runner, a very accurate passer, a leader, he's tough and durable, he is intelligent and makes the right reads, and he runs that offense with incredible efficiency. If God were going to create the perfect QB to run Urban's system, he would create JT. With him you have every play in the playbook, and you have the capablitily to get the ball to every playmaker on the field - and that keeps defensive coordinators and head coaches up at night.
So, the ideal solution is for Brax to change positions, JT is the man, and Cardale is a number 2 who gets a series a quarter, or more if a power running/downfield passing game is needed to win a game. All three play, all three contribute, and all three get to build their pro resumes.
When Urban calls me in a week or so, and asks me my opinion, this is what I will tell him, and I'm sure he will be blessed, he will tell me so, and I will just say, "Your welcome." :)
Mike Doss did the same thing a dozen or so years ago. That turned out pretty good.
My feelings? Orgasmic (figuratively, not literally).
Boy, that Oregon tempo sure was devastating. Tempo, schmempo.
If I see him... I will fight him.
I buy a dispatch on Sundays (they are only available in Holmes Co on Sunday). I have a ritual, and that is to come home from church, eat dinner, and sit down for a couple of hours with my Dispatch. The sports/OSU section is really good. They also have the best Sunday crossword puzzle in America - challenging but not impossible like the NYT. I like the feel of paper in my hands, but I'm resigned to the fact that eventually my Sunday ritual will go the way of the rotary landline telephone.
But agreed - the championship edition offer is just weird and not in good taste. Some marketing guy at the Dispatch must have said: "There are enough idiot OSU fans that will pre-order these" - which I hope isn't true, but suspect that it is.
Fasten your seat belts. ScUM and Ohio State is going to be something between orgasm and torture over the next decade. I want Ohio State to go 10-0, but wins will mean more against a Harbaugh led squad of skunkbears. If he does beat us once, well, that's where the torture comes in. But make no mistake, it's on again.
I simply don't get the attraction to Twitter or Facebook. I do like forums and message boards. Occasionally I find someone who is fairly intelligent who makes me think. But I don't care what most of these idiots think about whatever they are tweeting about. People are all the time asking me, "Why aren't you on Facebook?" My pat answer: "Because I am boring. I go to work, to church, and home. If I am not at any of those 3 places, I am in between them. Also, I couldn't care less about what you are doing. If something big happens, call or text me, but I don't care that your dog got neutered yesterday."
I do care that Ohio State beats Alabama. Since how much Twitter follower support we have is not going to affect that outcome one way or the other, I don't give a damn. Thank you. End of the old man rant. :)
Does anyone know who won the fight between Jim Harbaugh and Jim Kelly that happened when they were playing in the NFL? Please tell me it was Kelly.
I hear the people who advised Gee, Smith, and Tressel prior to their last press conference together are available.
There were lots of good plays. My turning point of the year was when Dontre fumbles the kickoff after Michigan State had just scored to go up 21-14 in the 2nd qtr. Michigan State gets a TD called back on a holding call and misses a FG. On OSU's next play, Barrett hits Thomas on a slant, and he houses it to tie the game, and on Ohio State's next possession Devin catches the bomb that put the Bucks up by 7 at half - and they never looked back.
One has to wonder what would have happened in that game, and to Ohio State's season, if Michigan State had gone up 14 at that point. You would like to think that Ohio State would have pulled out of that deficit, but there's no way to know. Sparty would have had a lot of momentum. But Ohio State really played well from that point on in that game.
They piddled around through the end of the schedule, not looking particularly great at times, but doing enough to win. Then in the BCG it seemed to all come together, and they played the kind of game that they had only teased us with all season.
For that reason alone, we have to win this game. Please, God.
Yeah, I think Saban will preach at them that this is an "SEC quality" team they are facing, but those players have heard since they were little how terrible the B1G is. I'm hoping they say, "That's just Coach BSing to keep us from not taking this inferior opponent seriously." And then we hit them in the mouth like we did Miami in 2002. :)
Something that's not talked about too much is how good looking a team Urban has assembled, but the BTN guys were talking about it some on the pre-game show about how good OSU looks "on the hoof". Jerry Kill added that he wouldn't let his players look down at the other end of the field during warm ups for fear that they would get intimidated.
Looks don't matter all that much, but if players look like superior, elite athletes AND they play like it, you have something. Ohio State had superior athletes to Wisconsin (and every other team they played this year), but they didn't always use that advantage to the fullest. When they take the field against Alabama, they won't have superior athletes, but equivalent ones, so this is going to be a war.
I hope the SEC hacks and Ohio State haters in the media fill Alabama's players heads full of how B1G players are slow and inferior, and then I want them to be shocked when they line up and go.
Mark May has worked very hard to earn BuckeyeNation's hate. I'm telling you, if I see him, I will fight him - and he would kick my arse, but I'm obligated.
That said, he has almost become a caricature of himself. I can tell that a lot of the time he is simply playing a role. ESPN knows how to get eyeballs on its product, and Mark May's act does that. If you love Ohio State and hate Mark May, then you want to hear something that makes you hate him more. If you hate Ohio State, you want to hear what Mark May will say about them. That's pretty good marketing - and many of us allow him and ESPN to manipulate us.
Clay Travis is a Mark May wannabe - a poor imitation of the caricature of Mark May. I will fight him too if I see him, but I think I could kick his ass.