Going to do this on every post that has to with Darius Slade. And that's just the way it's going to be.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Slade.
I know somebody posted a photo of Deathstroke already, but I was set on doing it, so here it is. Welcome to the family, Slade.
I don't subscribe to the "Sleepwalking" excuse. This team is solid, and I'm sure they'll have a nice season, and get much better as it moves along. But I don't see the ceiling for this team going any higher than the Sweet Sixteen. The lack of legitimate scoring threats is periodically going to bite this team.
I don't know why these tweets are constantly highlighted on this site, or anywhere else. A few low-life morons on Twitter do not comprise the majority of the Ohio State fanbase. Amplifying the voices of these lunatics only paints an inaccurate depiction of what our fanbase is actually like. This constant "LOOK AT THESE DUMB PEOPLE LET'S GO TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEM SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!" tactic serves nobody. Leave these people to their complete and utterly miserable existence. Twitter already gives them a voice that they in no way deserve. Don't make it any louder. No one gives a crap what they have to say.
A one-loss Big Ten team is going to have a hard time getting invited to the dance, regardless of the variables. In that regard we agree. A one-loss Big Ten team, in my eyes, will have performed on the field. The committee will see what it wants to see. My point is that, at this juncture, I've lost a lot of faith in the idea that conference bowl records play a big hand in swaying opinion. I firmly believe that if the B1G won every bowl game it played this post-season, we would be hearing the same crap we always hear next season.
I still think it comes down to performing on the field, now more than ever. Ohio State didn't play for a title this year because they lost to Michigan State. It's that simple. It wasn't the "narrative" that sealed the deal, or the conference not holding up its end of the supposed bargain. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't playoff matchups and seeding be determined before the Rose Bowl would be played anyway?
No one is looking at Michigan State's victory in the Rose Bowl and thinking "Oh, look, Ohio State's actually pretty good!" This is all in our heads. Ohio State - or any team, really - doesn't need other teams to win to make itself feel better about its "perception." You want to improve your "image," whatever that's worth, you win.
I have to disagree with all of this, my good sir.
You're viewing this almost exclusively through the goggles of B1G/conference perception, which, outside of having to watch grown men yell at each other on television about it, is more or less meaningless. Win or lose, network blowhards or going to say the same crap at the start of next season anyway. Even if the B1G won all of its games this post-season, they'd still bring out the same stale criticisms of the conference that they do every season.
And I simply refuse to let that get me down. I want Ohio State to win this game because I want to see my boys end a terrific season on a high note. A win in an Orange Bowl isn't going to change anyone's mind about anything. That's not why I'm watching this game. I refuse to watch it as the irate, agitated fan that ESPN wants me to be, chasing thin, imagined concepts of heightened "perception" that will never come to fruition anyway. I'm watching this game as an Ohio State fan, wanting to see Hyde roll one more time, wanting to see Shazier get what might be his last strip sack or TFL as a Buckeye, and wanting to see my team get a win against a quality opponent and end this season right.
Lloyd: And then he was like "When I first went into the office, they gave me a button that said 'Beat Ohio State' on it." And then he repeated that, like, over and over again for the next three years.
Let's be honest, guys. No one - not even bowl blowhards on ESPN - really gives a crap about this game anyway. If Ohio State beats Clemson, is anyone really going to say "But wait! Michigan lost to Kansas State!" and use it as a valid argument against Ohio State being a good team or something? Because, if so, that person can most assuredly screw off.
Indeed. It's really a shame that the networks have done this to us; making us care about meaningless games that we normally wouldn't give a crap about. Utter nonsense. Say all you want about this year's "Narrative," the bottom line is that had Ohio State won the Big Ten title game, they would've played for a title. A loss was what sealed the deal, not the "Narrative." I'm not going to pretend to care about what mediocre Big Ten teams do in their bowl games to somehow feel better about my own team.
Ah, college football in 2013: A place where we're apparently supposed to care that Minnesota lost a 6th-tier bowl game and we're apparently supposed to root for Michigan to win a 5th-tier bowl game.
Shannon Scott is "The Ghost."
That GIF will NEVER get old.
Watkins vs. Roby makes me want to cry a little. That 2009 Rose Bowl game might have to be a blueprint for success in this one.
'Twas a general statement.
I think a balanced evaluation is key. Beating Michigan in such thrilling fashion, however sloppy the game might have been, is still euphoric. 24 wins in a row is euphoric as well. That doesn't mean there weren't problems, as we saw last Saturday. And we have to assume they're going to be fixed. Remember guys, this is Urban's second year as head coach of this team. It's amazing that he's been so successful thus far, but there's still much work to do.
Basically, try to view the team objectively and make note of the issues, but don't go too far down the rabbit hole that you become a joyless @$$hole during a 24-game winning streak.
BW3's it is.
Sammy Watkins vs. this secondary? Eesh..
Give the ball to Hyde. On defense, too.
I'll take it. And really, when was our last Orange Bowl appearance? '77? Good opponent, good bowl game. Not the one we were hoping for, but it should be a hell of a lot of fun.