Yeah, get your tattoo. Just don't take a picture of it and broadcast it too the world. Too many bad memories. :)
DJ snuck into my house, incapacitated me, put some kind of port into my brain, and stole my thoughts on this:
It's irrational to rank Michigan State below Virginia Tech, but Sparty in the Shoe doesn't intimidate me. I'm much more looking forward to Ohio State causing a silent postgame evacuation of Lane Stadium on September 7th and leaving Michigan students wallowing in puddles of their own puke on November 28th.
The leading receiver for Ohio State that night was a 12 year old girl in the 5th row, wearing an ear of corn on her head. :)
+1. We thought Braxton was irreplaceable last year, and found out different (twice), but mortal teams usually can't do that. Let's not test our immortality too much. Bosa might be in the irreplaceable category. Maybe Washington too. Those 2's (and the new 1's) on the DL have either been under-whelming or are very young and unproven. I also think Zeke is a unique RB, and I can see where a couple of OL injuries could affect the effectiveness of that unit. Assuming the "next man up" will perform at just as high of a level with no drop off is not a good assumption to make based on what's historically normal for CFB teams.
Another way to not repeat is simply to lose a game, especially late, and there are 4 Power 5 teams that are undefeated.
I think Ohio State will likely find itself in the CFBP, but what their health will be when they get there is unknowable, and winning two more games is tough - but doable. Regardless, it's going to be a heckuva lot of fun watching them try.
I lost my friend (my daughter-in-law's father) in 2011. He had leukemia plus a red blood cell disease. His red and white marrow was messed up. Left untreated the leukemia would have killed him in 2 years and the red cell disease within 10. He was only 48 and opted for a bone marrow transplant. It went well. He got out of the hospital and went back to work. He looked good. His white cell count rose steadily for 6 months, but he was operating with an immune system function of about 35%. He got a cold in late September, went septic, got massive doses of antibiotics, immune system went to 0, developed an untreatable fungal infection, and died 5 weeks later. In those 5 weeks the doctors tried multiple experimental treatments against the fungal infection. They destroyed his liver. If some miracle occurred and his immune system began coming back, he would have needed a liver transplant! Ever seen what human bodies look like when they don't have a functioning liver? In short, it was a nightmare.
There are people walking around healthy because of bone marrow transplants, and I'm thankful it worked out for those people. I also realize that maybe the docs learned a little something about treating fungal infections that might help someone down the road, and I appreciate that. But we have to do better.
I hope Zach can get this kicked without a transplant.
Kirk Barton speaks truth. The spread concepts put those 330 lbs D lineman and 260 lbs LBs at a huge disadvantage. Ohio State exploited that.
I actually didn't take any offence at Saban's comments. He is a known over-thinker. There are probably several dozen factors that led to Bama's defeat, but I think the over-arching one was: hubris. K Smart said it. His senior DB's said, "We didn't respect the QB." I think it goes way beyond that. Those guys had grown up with the idea that anyone who plays from Tennessee on down south is a superior athlete and football player to anyone who plays in the north - even if they came from the south. Every day for a decade, ESPN, Paul Finebaum, Clay Travis, et.al. were saying as much. "The B1G teams (all of them) are smaller, weaker, and slower. The SEC is the best version of football in the history of versions of football. We don't have to respect opponents like that." That kind of thinking sets you up for defeat.
Alabama and the SEC have been humbled - and that makes them more dangerous. Not sure they have been humbled enough yet. It might take another round of butt-kickings, and then they will become very dangerous because they do have tons of players in that conference. I would like it to be Ohio State who administers the humiliation, but when that happens it will be the Buckeye program that will need to be on hubris-alert.
I love Braxton Miller and Cardale Jones. I don't know what a "bloodrider" is but it sounds like I am it for JT.
I have been saying since this conversation about the 3 QBs started that no one has been more efficient in running the Urban Meyer offense in the history of the Urban Meyer offense than JT. It's all right there in the B1G and Ohio State record books. The arguments for the other 2 guys have plenty of substance too, but also some emotional elements. The computers don't factor in emotional factors.
So, I am in favor of the computer results - mainly because they agree with me. If they ever disagree with me and my emotions, I reserve my right to damn all computers. :)
If it was "Caitlyn Tebow" I would give up all faith in human beings. :)
I'm old enough to remember Dr. Renee Richards playing on the women's tennis tour in the 1970's. Given the cultural views of that time, it seems to me that it took him, er, her, more courage to do that then then it took Bruce, er, Caitlyn, to do it now. I don't remember anyone giving Dr. Richards awards for courage then. That little Still girl or Lauren Hill - that's courage.
Disclaimer: the following is not political. Do not assume I feel one way or another about any issue.
I watch sports to get away from the real problems of the world. I want to hear about the 3 QB "problem" at Ohio State. I do not want to contemplate the complexities of minority sexual expressions or the like. I feel like ABC/ESPN has a political agenda, and that it bleeds into the sports division at times. If I want politics, I have FNC and MSNBC for that.
Similar to those Ohio blue chippers who were never Ohio State fans and go somewhere else, there are some highly rated Alabama kids who don't like Bama or Auburn. Right now, they are going to other SEC schools or FSU and the like. If Ohio State wins another natty or two, Gus may have to eat some crow.
But taking a shot at scUMmy Jim is ok. The enemy of your enemy is your friend.
The guy loved his dad. He wants to protect his legacy. It's hard for me to criticize that. I kinda admire it..
Do I want him at Ohio State? Helllllllll no.
I read Tim May's article in the Dispatch yesterday. Urban did say that he felt a large obligation to BM and his family. He also said he felt an obligation to JT and Cardale, but his biggest obligation was to the team and to do what is best for "this great university."
Austin Mack can really go up and get the ball. He is going to be fun to watch. Haussman catches anything thrown near him. McCall looks very, very speedy. I have to agree with Urban: "The future is very bright at Ohio State." Might be a major understatement.
Big arm. Big potential. Big expectations. Big personality. Big man. I guess it's appropriate he plays in the B1G.
Gotta love this guy. He is easy to pull for.
We don't want to beat Sparty this year? :)
Chris Gamble was a freak among freaks - and proved it. Let's not get carried away.
She lives off campus of a private school in Va, and, fortunately, has a good head on her shoulders. That said, that story, while 100% true, is a little tongue in cheek. At 51 yoa I am quite aware that those "cowboys" don't just live on Lane Ave and attend only OSU.
Good point. Inhibition lowering is usually not a good thing.
I had never heard scum fans were cheering a broken ankle. Gotta say tho, Devin Gardner's actions have to be weighed in there heavily. That was classy.
My daughter is no model, but she was one of those 15 year olds that looked and carried herself like she was 20, and her blond hair seemed to draw that kind of attention. I'm a tolerant guy, but I'll be damned if a couple of guys are going to hit on my teen baby girl, essentially sexually harassing her, and spit tobacco juice on her.
Same game we parked up by the student houses, and on the way down Lane Ave we walked by a house that had a banner that said, "Freshman Girls Orientation". There were 2 guys in cowboy hats sitting on the porch drinking and throwing the cans out into the yard, blasting "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy". I pointed to them and told my daughter, "Those guys are why you will not be going to Ohio State." :)
I don't have a problem with your take on the player thing, but Jimmy seemed to have worn out his welcome out there with the front office. After watching his Cowherd interview, I can see why. He seems to have a mood he can get into where he has to be a grade A anus sphincter. Cowherd is a pompous ass, but I watched the interview twice, and he seemed to be bending over backwards to give Jimmy a chance to come off well, but, for reasons I can't understand, your coach refused to take advantage of that opportunity. Regardless, that guy is one strange dude. If he wins football games, no one up there will care, but I gotta be in the camp that his act is going to wear thin on people eventually.
I've been to Ohio Stadium for games around 40 times. Almost every time I go, I go in, watch the game, go out, and have no problems personally. I would say most of the time, I see some kind of bad behavior/taunts/stupidity directed at other OSU fans or the other team's fans.
I've been to most of the other B1G venues, and it's about the same thing. Most of the time, no serious problems, but you are going to get heckled by some snotty-nosed drunk kid at some point. Just keep walking. When I get in my seat, I introduce myself to those fans around me, ask them their name and where they live, and express hope that we will have a fun game to watch. I think that really helps. I've had those fans shoo away hecklers for me. My conclusion is that people are people no matter where you go, and you will find a lot of good ones, and you will always find that other element.
The worst experience I ever had was in Ohio Stadium by a couple of young, drunk men - OSU fans. I took my 15 year old daughter, who was sitting next to those guys. I was in my own little world listening to The FAN pregame show with my headphones. Early in the game my daughter nudges me and tells me that those two guys were saying suggestive things to her, and the guy immediately next to her kept spitting snuff on the concrete and it was splashing up on her ankle. Papa Bear came out, and I had a very short conversation with those two, which was very effective in causing them to vacate their seats immediately. Didn't see those guys the rest of the day. But I have always wondered what would have happened if they had gotten mouthy with me. I'd probably still be locked up.
If he were thinking about the supplemental draft, I think it would have been all over the news that he was working out for NFL teams.
I have trouble finding anyone who thinks Braxton is an NFL QB. His future would be at a position where he can run catch the ball, and not have to read and throw against NFL defenses. A position change for him at Ohio State would allow the 3-headed QB monster to become a more manageable 2-headed one, it would allow Braxton to do what he does best, and it would give him a season to prove his value to the NFL, and perhaps most importantly, an opportunity to show that he can stay healthy. Both Ohio State and Braxton would benefit.
It all makes too much sense for it to not happen - which is probably why it has zero chance of happening. :)
Sounds like something a guy who likes to use the F word would say. :)
I can actually agree with that idea in a way. I take a dim view of human nature. I believe I/we am/are naturally oriented toward doing the wrong thing. We can bless people with our words or curse/offend people with them. It takes no effort to curse and offend, but it takes effort and discipline to bless.
As it applies to this topic, is someone who has no filter on their language being more genuine in terms of who they are naturally? Yes, you could say that. Is the person who is trying to control their language, but may fail at times, less genuine to who they are naturally? Yes. Who do I prefer to hang around? The latter.
I'm way too old to join the military, but my son did, and I understand military culture and language. However, just because it is part of the military culture does not mean it is appropriate of or desirable for other areas of public discourse. For example, try using the F word as every form of speech the next time you interview for a job. You won't get the job most likely because it represents a lack of tact and understanding proper language for the situation.
I'm not telling you not to use it. I'm just saying that it does not reflect well on you in the minds of some people when you force it on their ears.
I heard Mo speak last year. He was impressive - mature, wise (got it the hard way), at peace, and well-spoken. He mostly detailed his upbringing, his rise, his fall, and how he found his way back. It's good stuff. He basically says, "Here's where I went wrong in my thinking and my decision-making. Don't do that."
He has something to say to football players that would be helpful to them in the personal lives. I guess it aids a football program to not have guys violate NCAA rules and not commit crimes, but I would consider coaching as more of a direct way of aiding. If some guy at Alabama gets reached by Mo and doesn't go down that path, good for that guy more than Alabama. I have to remind myself sometimes that there are a short list of things that are more important than Ohio State football. :)