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Berlin, Ohio (via Ironton, Ohio)

Member since 01 April 2014 | Blog

Originally from southern Ohio but now live in Amish Country/Holmes County. Married to my college sweetheart for 30 years. Father of a son and a daughter. Grandfather to one beautiful little girl. Health care professional with a couple degrees (not from OSU). Have loved the Buckeyes all my life - football in particular. Attend a game or two a year at the Shoe. Try to not be an irrational nut about it, but usually I fail.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Uh, it's been too long ago in terms of myself playing sports. When Ohio State won the National Championship with Krenzel, Clarett, I declared, "Now I can die." But the truth is I would like to see another one... or two... or ten.
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Comment 06 Oct 2015

If you look at the offensive play chart you can see that there is some confusion about identity and how to use the weapons available.

Offensive football is about stringing first downs together in order to drive the field to score a FG or TD.  You can negate the need for efficiency at getting 1st downs through explosive plays.  The better offenses go 75 yards in 10+ plays AND supplement that ability with explosive plays. 

Against Indiana, Ohio State had one sustained drive the entire game vs. a shoddy IU defense.  That drive resulted in 3 points.  They had one drive of 4 plays gaining 4 yards that resulted in another FG.  The rest of their scoring and productive offense was produced in 4 explosive plays: 3 EE runs and a 23 yard reception by Mike Thomas.  Relying on explosive plays gets you beat the first time a defense can hold you to one or two of them.

Here's what I saw that contributes to the inefficiency:

14 runs for negative or 0 yards --- 3rd down passing: 3/6 for 0 first downs --- 1st Qtr/2nd series: on 3rd and 2 QB draw for no gain --- 1st Qtr/3rd series: on 1st and 10 Taylor Decker gets beat by edge rusher, CJ is hit and fumbles, OSU recovers for a loss of 8.  On 3rd and 3 CJ scramble nets -2 yards --- 2nd Qtr/1st series: On first down CJ keeps on the lateral speed option (which they should never run unless he pitches) for a net -1 yards -- 2nd Qtr/2nd series: pass complete to J Marshall for 28 yards, but fumbles.  IU recovers --- 2nd Qtr/3rd series: CJ pass to M Thomas inaccurate to prevent a TD followed by CJ pass to J Marshall inaccurate to prevent TD --- 2nd Qtr/4th series: 13 yard TD pass to EE negated by Braxton personal foul blocking penalty.  On next play CJ holds the ball for 8 seconds and is sacked.  On 3rd down CJ not ready for snap and fumbles for a loss of 4, but the play is negated by illegal shift forcing 4th down and a FG attempt that was missed. --- 3rd Qtr/3rd series: On 2nd and 10 CJ pass behind J Marshall on slant, incomplete. On 3rd and 10 CJ pass to M Thomas is deflected by C Samuel, incomplete. --- 3rd Qtr/4th series: On 2nd and 7 bad snap on QB draw, timing off, loss of 5 yards. On 3rd and 12 CJ throws interception at the IU 12 yard line and returned to the IU 45. --- 3rd Qtr/5th series: On 2nd and 6 CJ keeps the ball on a READ OPTION (WTH?) for a loss of 2 yards. --- 4th Qtr/2nd series: On first play CJ completes pass to J Marshall for 12 yards, but he fumbles and IU recovers. --- 4th Qtr/4th series: Ohio State will not throw the ball across the LOS the rest of the game (10:00 left). Before 1st play OSU has to call a timeout because the play clock was running out and they were disorganized. 

Within the above paragraph is a sketch of the dysfunction.  I'm not smart enough to assign specific blame to specific people, but that is a dumpster fire.

Comment 05 Oct 2015

This team is close (to being a butt-kicking unit)?  I hope so, but I'm not sure.

2/14 on 3rd downs.  Cardale was 3-6 passing on 3rd down for 0 first downs.  His stats look pretty good, but when his incompletions occurred, they killed drives or prevented scores.  One thing that has made the OSU offense so potent under UM has been the QB run.  On designed runs or QB scrambles he had 8: 1 for no gain, 1 for five yards, and 6 for negative yardage. He threw what Urban described as an "inexcusable" pick in the redzone.  The offense had ONE/1 sustained drive all day resulting in 3 points.  Another FG was achieved on a drive of 4 plays and 4 yards gained.  The other scoring was done totally on 4 explosive plays. Consider what happens when a more capable defense can cut the number of explosive plays down. 4 of the 5 lowest QBRs for UM at Ohio State have occurred this season.  I have concerns about a team that can't string 1st downs together, drive the length of the field, and put the ball in the endzone.  And the topper is that the offensive coaching staff did not call a single pass play the last 10 minutes of the game.  Think about the implications of what that means.

No, this can't all be laid at the QB's feet.  It's not his job to create an identity or have an overall plan to distribute the ball to the weapons available.  But if ball distribution, efficiency, and moving the chains is what you are lacking, there is a guy responsible for being/doing all of that last year that did not play a snap on Saturday.  

Comment 01 Oct 2015

I predict I will not be as happy as I hoped I would be - based on the performance of the offense for most of September.  If I am pleasantly surprised, then great. It's much more important that this team gets into high gear in late October and all of November rather than right now.  But I wouldn't be mad if I saw them moving in that direction Saturday.  :)

Comment 29 Sep 2015

I respect that you have the balls to come on here and post your view.

Taking my absolute hatred (the sports kind) for your team out of the equation, and putting on my CFB fan hat, TTUN is probably looking better than I thought they would at this point, although I fully expected Harbaugh to get that program on solid footing at some point this year.

A few things that I think may cause TTUN problems as the season goes along:

Yes, there is some really good talent there.  I really like to watch Peppers, among others.  But there is not the depth they are going to need.  Winning in Nov is going to require that key players are healthy.  Normally you are missing 3 or 4 guys that time of the year.  I'm not sure TTUN has the bench to "next man up" it.

TTUN is running the ball at 200 per, but aren't you a little disturbed by the number of negative running plays?  I didn't count them vs. BYU, but there seemed to be a lot - indicating there are still some major breakdowns in the OL play.  And your QB, of course, is a guy that is capable of great throws and decisions, and then catastrophic ones.  At some point this B1G season, he is going to have to make a great throw at a crucial time.  Do you trust this guy to do it?  I wouldn't.

JH has been accused of wearing on his players over the course of a season.  They needed to be pushed, but there is some evidence to suggest that some of his players in the past have hated his guts by the end of a season.  I want to see them face some real adversity and see if they bounce back.

Long-term JH's weirdness has to wear on fans, media, and administration. Those crazy eyes with the gaping mouth is some really odd behavior.  Everyone will overlook it if the wins are piling up, but when things don't go well, I suspect his act will grow tired very quickly.  It seems people can only tolerate him for 3 or 4 years.  I would never be a fan of the blue team, but if I were, I would be very concerned about the long-term sustainability of any success that is created in the short-term.  FWIW.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

I suspect I will be embarrassed about thinking like this in a few weeks, but everything I see indicates there is a QB problem, but I'm being told there is not a QB problem.  So, I'm being asked to believe what I'm told instead of what I see.  I struggle with that.

It is really important that Cardale and the offense performs well this week.  Otherwise, Urban will be answering the same questions next week and beyond, and at some point he will have to give different answers that get the seeing and telling lined up.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

A ton of what Urban says is completely logical. His comments on why Cardale is starting are mostly that. 

However, I have this bad habit of having sirens and alarms go off in my head when something isn't logical.  If "we don't have a QB problem", then why was Cardale pulled last week after tossing 2 picks?  It seems to me that if there was really no problem there, he should have stayed in and finished the game. 

Maybe I need to stop requiring that every duck be in a row and for every inconsistency in logic to have a credible explanation. 

Comment 17 Sep 2015

Respect every opponent - and then go out and beat the brown out of them.

Ohio State had their wakeup call last week.  The short week was a legit excuse.  No excuses this week.  They should be focused and laser-sharp.  They need to be.  Otherwise, the talk will begin about how this 2 QB thing isn't working and Urban isn't handling it right, and blah, yada, blah, yada, blah, yada.  I'd like to be spared all that.

Comment 11 Sep 2015

Braxton does a hula dance around defenders, the Buckeye defenders surf the momentum of a 14 game winning streak, and they lei the wood to Hawaii.

Comment 04 Sep 2015

The main theme of last night's games (the competitive ones with P5 teams) was offense lacking sharpness.  Some good plays mixed with plenty of execution mistakes, formation/motion penalties, dropped balls, picks, fumbles, etc.  TCU and Boykin didn't look like the #2 team, but did look like a team that will be explosive when they clean some things up. My point is that this is what happens in first games with offenses, while defenses tend to be a little cleaner and sharper. 

My only question is whether OSU will show some immunity to this tendency, execute well and be on point.  If they are, enjoy them turkey legs.  If not, this game will be closer than expected.

Comment 03 Sep 2015

Wishing Cardale a quick recovery.

That had to be a big headache because that is one big head on one big man.

When I used to complain about headaches as a kid to get out of work, my Dad would say, "If I had a head that looked like that, it would hurt too."

Comment 27 Aug 2015

Here's the deal: if you say what you think, and believe it is the truth, and people hate you for it, the haters have a problem with someone having an opinion that offends them and/or a problem with hearing truth that's unpleasant to them. It's more a poor reflection on the haters than you.  Some people only want to hear what they want to hear, regardless of how well thought out it is.

If you are like that, then go find an island full of conquerable people, install yourself as the supreme leader, and torture/kill anyone who says anything you don't like or agree with.  Otherwise, stay in America and love Herbie for being a good analyst who won't whore himself out to Buckeye Nation or anyone else.  End of rant.

Comment 26 Aug 2015

Regardless of who starts, on Monday, September 7 I see Urban Meyer channeling his inner General Maximus in Gladiator, and saying, "On my signal, unleash hell on Virginia Tech."

Comment 25 Aug 2015

It's a two-edged sword.  If Ohio State comes out on Labor Day and abuses VT's vaunted D, and puts up a big score - that #1 ranking comes with an element for other opponents of "Oh, shit. We have to stop these guys?"   If they come out and look vulnerable, or show vulnerability in other early games, everyone on the schedule will be lining up to give it their best shot to be the team to knock off the big, bad Buckeyes.  IMO, Ohio State almost always gets everyone's best shot anyway, so not a lot has changed.  The biggest negative is just the mental challenge for players to deal with the "unanimous #1" challenges.

But I prefer they be the #1 team in January rather than August. Being #1 in August appears to make it difficult to hold it through January.

Comment 24 Aug 2015

The one comfort to me is that if Tommy doesn't come through, there are some young pups in line that Ash and Fickell can give a shot.  Before last year, I would have been in favor of by-passing Schutt and going young right now.  But under Urban's staff, Curtis Grant went from doing essentially nothing for 3 years to being a solid player in his last.  I hope Tommy does the same.

Comment 21 Aug 2015

Talk about how times have changed. True story. In the early 70's (I'm guessing) my family went up Rt 23 to visit family who lived in Groveport.  I was already a Buckeye fanatic around age 8. I was asking my cousins about what it was like to live around Cbus and whether they ever saw any Buckeye players.  They asked me if I wanted to talk to Woody on the phone.  They showed me in the phone book where Woody had his phone number listed.  They dialed the number and handed me the phone.  Mrs. Hayes answered.  I told her I was a huge fan and wondered if I could talk to Woody. She said he wasn't there, but said she would pass my name and home number in Lawrence Co on to Woody.  He never called me :(  

But seriously, can you imagine Urban Meyer, or maybe worse, Luke Fickell, having their number publicly listed and what trouble would flow from that?  Good Lord.  A different world indeed.

Comment 18 Aug 2015

If you are nostalgic about the Tressel Era, then you have to enjoy watching Sparty play.  I'm not, but it is a proven way to win a lot of games.  However, it is also a way to allow teams that have no business being on the same field with you hang close and occasionally upset you.  Sparty is due to drop a game to someone they shouldn't lose to.  I think they are past the days of "Sparty being Sparty", but at some point MD's basic philosophy will bite him in the butt like it did to Tressel vs. Purdue, Illinois, and the like.  I don't see MSU beating Ohio State at home (although I felt the same in 98), and I have a feeling they will have one of those inexplicable losses simply because they are due for it.  Maybe Conner Cook can carry them through those games, but I would be surprised if Sparty comes to Ohio State undefeated in conference or overall.

Comment 11 Aug 2015

Ohio State's schedule looks to be pretty manageable, but I've been through several decades of pre-seasons, and you always have that game (or two) that defies logic - and that pretty much applies to every team in the country.  Last year, I doubt few of us expected VT to roll into Ohio Stadium at night and come out with a win, and yet...  I surely didn't see Penn State being a close game.  I couldn't imagine that the Bucks would be behind to Indiana at home in the 3rd qtr. 

Because of that, I really hate talk of repeats, undefeated seasons, championships,  and marking up wins before the season.  Given Urban's teams performances in big games against good/great opponents, I'm just as worried about Rutgers and Maryland as I am VT and Sparty.

Comment 23 Jul 2015

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.