I am at work so I can't go back and look but I know he has spoken about saying "The" on twitter a few times. I want to say I remember him saying it again here recently, maybe check his feed from last week?
I think Herby takes a lot of heat, and he deserves some of what he gets but not all of it. I do not doubt his Buckeye loyalty at all but I think he goes out of his way to let everyone know their deficiencies. I think it honestly stems from his standards for OSU and the B1G being too high. He has said the B1G will not get respect from him or anyone else until they consistently beat the SEC, but no one else is held to that same standard. He has no problem touting Baylor or UCLA as a great team but will criticize OSU because the B1G can't beat the SEC consistently. I missed the part where the PAC12 and Big 12 have consistently beaten the SEC. I just think it is flawed to hold the B1G to one standard and let other programs/conferences slide by when you are on such a national stage in forming opinions about a ocnference.