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Comment 22 Nov 2014

My favorite part of that is Barclay not even having a proper jersey. His name fell off halfway through the celebration.

Comment 14 Nov 2014

The biggest problem in my opinion is that the new system even releases weekly rankings. They should leave it alone, let people use the AP poll for headlines, and not even think about rankings until the end of the year when everyone's played all of their games.

Comment 13 Nov 2014

Because 2010 played together incredibly well.

But every year we talk about pushing tempo, about playing together on offense. It rarely happens. It's not actually what Matta's identity is. Matta's teams will always play amazing defense. He doesn't coach offense or tempo at as high of a level -- it tends to turn into "4 guys stand around watching one guy try to make plays." When your one guy is Evan Turner, is Deshaun Thomas.. that works ok. Especially when you pair it with the kind of defense that Thad coaches up every year.

Even last year... when we pushed tempo on transition was when we were at our best. But we really didn't do it consistently, because it can take away from Matta's number 1 priority - half court defense.

Just saying... I hope these guys learn to play unselfish team offense. Because I enjoy watching it, and it isn't what Matta's teams consistently show.

I'm a huge Matta fan. I think he's a great coach - largely because he is an amazing defensive coach, and a great recruiter. But it's like Tressel (whom I also loved) saying they're going to open up the offense this year... yeah, I'll believe it when I see it.

Comment 13 Nov 2014

Same promises every year - hope the players can live up to them!

I want a team who played together like the 2010 team did. You could tell those guys trusted each other - every one - to make a play, and they ran the offense so well to assist that. The last few years, you really felt a lot of the players were trying to take too much onto themselves on offense instead of playing as a team.

Win or lose, nothing will excite me more than seeing these guys come together well.

Comment 10 Nov 2014

It's was... frustrating, to say the least, to notice how many crucial horrible memories from last year come down to Heuerman messing up. Granted, that's at least partially because you go to your top guys in big moments, but I was surprised to see his name show up as the culprit on all of the controversial big play calls you guys analyzed.

Comment 04 Nov 2014

It's a tough one...

The defense gave up far too many points and yards.

But in both games, they got a big stop when they needed it, and gave the offense favorable conditions to make one last big drive and put the game away. The offense, the strength of this team, failed to do so in both cases.

Numbers wise, the defense lost those games. In terms of momentum and clutch play, it still feels more like the offense did.

Comment 28 Oct 2014

It's not that hard with the Jameis case, especially if you're a Florida State fan, to believe that he's telling the truth, and that the coach has been standing by him during a witch hunt.

Note, I'm not saying that this *is* true, or that *I* think it is true -- but if you believe it, it makes sense you'd want that guy coaching your kid, because he isn't going to drop him immediately when things go bad.

I know people here (myself included) who tend to characterize Tressel's failing as being too loyalty to his players. I'm sure that view seems stupid outside of Columbus.

Comment 08 Oct 2014

So does that mean that winning hides a multitude of wrongs (such as the continued commercialization of college athletics and commoditization of fans) or that we should stop complaining about all of the secondary things Brandon is "doing wrong" because we don't actually think they matter?

Comment 08 Oct 2014

Really, Ramzy, I think that almost every single complaint about David Brandon applies pretty well to our own Gene Smith, with the giant, glaring exception that the coaches Smith picked are winning.

Comment 03 Oct 2014

I think that both Barrett and Guiton's success show just how effective a good offensive system can be against a bad defense. If you can execute the system, the openings will be there all day, and output is more dependent on how well you play within that system. Both Barrett and Guiton were, I think, better system quarterbacks than Braxton.

When you hit a real defense, though, talent level starts to matter a little bit more.  A good defense can take away most of those easy schematic advantages, and someone has to make a play with a smaller window.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

I don't think anyone should lose their job over either of those plays (Hoke has plenty of other good reasons to be fired), but there should be some kind of repercussion from the league. Some kind of penalty/suspension.

Hell, I read an article a while back that half of the last OSU National Championship team can't actually remember overtime...

Comment 18 Sep 2014

Not going to complain about free content -- but DJ, please find time to go back and proofread this post :)

Comment 13 Sep 2014

MDMA has almost zero dangerous side effects, aside from making you want to dance so much you forget to drink water.

It and pot are both safer and less addictive than alcohol, heck, safer than most over-the-counter medications. I don't use either, but seriously making them illegal makes no sense.

Comment 12 Sep 2014

I live next door to one of the people whose horse got robbed.

One of my coworkers shows horses and thinks it is for horse tail extensions. Apparently people put them on show horses, and they're kind of crazy expensive.