Video: Urban Meyer Appears on Dave Letterman's Late Show

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drank1933's picture

Are they still accepting applications for the job post of "Buckeye Leaf Guy"? 

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Berniebucks78's picture

The way our boys played this (and hopefully next) year, that guy is working 70 hour weeks and his fingers are calloused beyond repair. Tough job! 

"Indecision may (or may not) be my downfall."

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JayPar's picture

I'd be okay with Assistant Buckeye Leaf Guy.

Risk It For a Biscuit.

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IGotAWoody's picture

There's no such position. But, you could be Assistant TO the Buckeye Leaf Guy.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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CowCat's picture

Working hard at my PhD in Buckeye Leaf Guy Sciences

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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awarren84's picture

I wanna be the buckeye leaf guy!

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

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MN Buckeye's picture

Every program needs specialists.

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Redcoatin28C's picture

Heh, Letterman, Woody doesn't need your pity.

Coach Meyer looks happy and relaxed.  "Buckeye Leaf guy."   Priceless!

If you're going through Hell, keep going!

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livinginthegrey's picture
  • Dave was kind of a douche during that interview segment. 
  • Of all the positive things they could have discussed he brings up the tweet, players not making money and Woody's punch. Down vote Dave!
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BuckeyeNut71's picture

Yeah, I agree with you.  Letterman can have his funny moments, but he can also be an egotistical jerk.  There were so many positive things he could have highlighted about a Championship Team, but he went for the cheap shots and easy laughs from people who like to hate on tOSU and the Buckeyes.  Urban handled himself well and represented OSU with class and humor.

BuckeyeNut71

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

+1K, Nut71. My sentiments exactly.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Poison nuts's picture

Also agreed. Years ago I loved Letterman. Now, he seems like he's lost it & just saying whatever for a laugh. The interview seemed to have a mean spirited undertone coming from Dave for sure...

Get busy living.

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Phoenix824's picture

Totally agree.    It appears Dave has lost it.   I used to love the show,    Now it is unwatchable. 

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Yup. Both Fallon and Conan are much more enjoyable to watch. 

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Fallon is the new bar of excellence.  He has the world by the balls, to be that young and successful, he will eclipse Johnny Carson's fame by the time his career is done.

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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Osueddy's picture

He never has any championship winners on though.

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Youwinwithpeople's picture

Carson had top quality guests nightly, often 2 or 3 deep. Fallon's problem is there aren't as many quality personalities like the ones Carson could draw upon. Timberlake can only take you so far until you run out of goods. I do like Fallon though. I'd kill for Leno's car/motorcycle collection.

"Because we couldn't go for three."

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

I thought it was just lazy.  He went for the controversial topics because they are the easiest to hold the audience's attention.  He wasn't trying to do a good interview as much as he was just trying to get through it and hold people's attention.  Just kinda lazy.

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Dot D I's picture

Agreed. It didn't seem malicious, just cheap.

Never take anything you see in the bathroom mirror too seriously. --A. Russell

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pudge2110's picture

I love having a professional coach who handles himself with class! What a great way to represent The Ohio State University! 

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CDeck's picture

He was a complete ass . He asked great questions for a serious sports interview.  This was not that and Meyer being a pro handled it correctly but it seemed like he sure as hell did not appreciate the direction the segment took.  I almost think Dave was intimidated by him.   

These scars are from the "90's, Don't ask me to explain for I cannot bear to recount the horrors of those years.

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CowCat's picture

You hit the nail on the head:   Urban has more media presence than even the President right now.  It seemed like Letterman was insecure and taking passive-aggressive cheap shots to have the upper hand.

It doesn't matter.  We are National Champions and will be honored at the White House soon. Go Bucks!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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nm_buck's picture

Letterman's a dick.  If I were Urban, I would have said "Woody did a lot of amazing things for a lot of people during his storied career.  I think it is a bit unfair to judge a man and his accomplishments on one mistake... kinda like having your career judged solely on having an affair with an employee exposed on national TV.  Wouldn't you agree DAVE?" 

Woody had ten times the personal integrity of that hollywood douchebag.  People that knew Woody absolutely loved him.  Letterman couldn't dream of having such a positive affect on peoples' lives the way Woody did.  

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Take a joke. Letterman was not attacking Woody's character, it was a damn joke.

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nm_buck's picture

It wasn't a joke.  All the great things that his guest URBAN MEYER has accomplished at OSU, and he makes it a point to bring up a coach that has been dead for 30 years who made one mistake in an otherwise glorious career.

Fuck Letterman.  You can have him.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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JakeBuckeye's picture

I know it seems like a pretty big deal to us since we are all so obsessed with college football, specifically tOSU, but believe it or not, the world does not revolve around Ohio State football. Yes, to us meeting Urban Meyer would be like meeting a god. You cannot expect the same from David Letterman, though, who is a legend in his own field much like Meyer. Some here seem to suggest Letterman should look to Meyer as some sort of authority. Its laughable. He's a damn football coach for (technically) amateur athletes. Yes, its a big deal to me as well, but shit, we can't expect the outside world to understand. Let's take a step back with the beheading of David Letterman, please. In my opinion, he did not disrespect Woody Hayes, Ohio State, or Urban Meyer.

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livinginthegrey's picture

If Urban is just a football coach, then why would his opinion or insight about Woody Hayes matter? Why would Letterman ask a current football coach a question about something that happened 35 years ago? Urban wasn't on the team, wasn't a coach, and absolutely not involved. Somone else said it best, it was a lazy dig at OSU targeting the lowest common denominator.

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CowCat's picture

Both my father (OSU prof) and mother met Woody and spoke about how genuine, smart and caring he was.  True integrity.

Woody also spoke at my high school (UAHS) a year before he died.  His voice was weak, he was in a wheelchair, but he was still awe-inspiring.  The hippies, drop-outs, jocks and preppies all paid perfect attention and he got a standing ovation.

His good spirit will live on forever.  It defines what Ohio State is all about.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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WC Buckeye's picture

Dave's a petty, jealous Ball State prick. Fuck him.

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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MDBuckeyes's picture

I used to love Letterman, but yes, he is over the hill and his jokes aren't funny anymore.  However...

he is still a pretty good interviewer.  He gives his guests an opportunity to answer the questions and discuss, and doesn't interrupt. He has done this throughout his time on TV.  So, I disagree with everyone's take that he was asking the cheap and easy questions. He gave Meyer plenty of time to address the "tweet heard round the world", and allowed Meyer to explain that Cardale has matured.  He also allowed Meyer to be himself, and got him to relax (he was really nervous at first), so give Letterman credit for doing what other folks in the media don't do.  I don't see any other journalist giving Cardale or tOSU the same forum.  Quite the contrary, actually.  Most journalists just write negatives about us and move on (Marks Shlabach and May come to mind, and all those pricks blasting Cardale for his announcement to stay)

 Anyway, glad that Meyer was able to talk on national TV about some important topics.  And most importantly, how GREAT our university is.  Go BUCKS!

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parabuckeye's picture

ESPN has contacted Dave about a job next year

Let Meatchicken Beat Meatchicken!!!!

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Idaho Helga's picture

He's from Indiana.  Enough said.  I hadn't watched him in about 3 years.  He is old and worn out. 

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BuckNutChicago's picture

I thought Letterman was simply trying to be funny but didn't really know any of the facts.  I will give him kudos for this (and maybe this alone), at the end of the interview he said something about how Urbz works tirelessly to develop his players beyond the football field, and that is the most important job of all. 

Oh yeah, the part about JT and Braxton looking into careers as a mascot was pretty funny (IMHO).

Go Buckeyes!!!

Go Buckeyes!!!

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steveoz49's picture

Hey kids, look...I've got my tattoo.  Six weeks later, it's gone

hahahaha....love that Dave!

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3rdandGong's picture

Perhaps the loosest you will ever see UFM...amazing!

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Phoenix824's picture

Amazing what a pink contract can do.     I think it shows he has balance in his life now.

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Dirty419Boy's picture

Letterman's interview was as pathetic as I expected- a combination of uninteresting questions and failing attempts at being funny.  Props to Urban for taking the bullet and taking advantage of an opportunity to get the Ohio State brand out there in a positive way, even if it meant appearing on that dolt's show. 

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Bucky's's picture

Agreed. Bringing up Woody and his lowest point of his great coaching career. But Urbs took it well.

In Urban We Trust.

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CowCat's picture

Urban was 100% THE MAN when handling the interview.

He got to show the world that he's a classy, smart, funny, likeable person -- which represents TOSU in the best light.

Letterman's jabs were predictable, stereotypical and weak.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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countrybuckeye's picture

CowCat --

Golden Bears!

Coach Urban Meyer was prepared to show class and control with David Letterman, even with a left-field comment about Coach Hayes.  As another commented here, Coach Meyer could have countered the host's negative jab at an icon of our great university, but left it lie with a "go along to get along" chuckle in agreement (it is a fact, it happened).  That alone showed those who pay attention how professional and psychologically savvy our Coach Meyer is. 

Haters gonna Hate. 

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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Bamabucknut's picture

I've always been repelled by Letterman.This interview made clear just why that is.

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3rdandGong's picture

I've never found Letterman very funny. However, throw Urbs on w Jimmy Fallon, and he and Urbs may become the new "Fallon and Timberlake" combo. Letterman proved he stays stuck in the past with that interview.

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ToTheHouse's picture

Coach Urb do'n his majic on...

a 4th-stringer !

Once a Champion "ALWAYS-ONE" !

Not Done...repeat here we come !

Owning. skunk. weasels. Is. Tradition.

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Young_Turk's picture

I thought it was an excellent interview by Dave.  Very interesting, challenging questions.  +10 on the whole, -1 for reducing Woody to a punch anecdote. 

Uncle9er

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

The past is what it is, and Woody has no one to blame for not controlling himself in that moment.

I think UFM fielded all questions well and turned them to our advantage at all points,

And Dave scores points with me about bringup the leadership Workshops....This is late night tv and he's technically boring the nation talking about leadership and serving up a softball for UFM to hit a home run, these kids have to see that and say, these guys are getting it done, UFM has a plan and he's going for it Balls to the walls!

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

I want to be the buckeye leaf guy!!!!!

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Brutus.Maximus's picture

Wow, I was very excited for this interview, and then so disappointed with the direction it went. We can tell Lettermans writers are not Buckeye fans. Don't know how we tOSU wins a NC and the most talked about story after is why we can't have 3 QB's and a 2 year old tweet. WTF. Thankfully 11W keeps it real.

“We don’t get paid to kick field goals!!!” -UFM

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BuckeyeDevil's picture

It must be pretty hard to make a good impression when being interviewed by an ignorant, lame duck, senile host who asks trap questions  and dredges up images from the past.

Somehow Urban managed to do it.

How lucky are we to have him as head coach?

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Buckeye Knight's picture

All the inspiring and overcoming adversity stories that could be told and Dave asks THOSE questions? Ugh.

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Hovenaut's picture

Thanks for posting this. I wanted to stay up and watch, but had to be up early to yell at kids on my lawn...

Very cool. 

Even if I were not an Ohio State/UFM fan (a nod to the higher power that thankfully is not the case) this is a pretty entertaining/interesting clip.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Yell at kids on your lawn. Lol! TP and eggs coming?

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gosolow2000's picture

Yell at kids on your lawn. Lol! TP and eggs coming?

My question to you, GRATEFULBUCK, is Terrelle Pryor bringing the eggs?

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Hovenaut's picture

Not when I become as cool as Clint Eastwood (never, but I guy can dream can't he?):

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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gosolow2000's picture

So many people commented above the same thing I was thinking, my question is, is it too late to throw my hat in the ring for the job of Buckeye Leaf Guy? That job title would be awesome.

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

Correct me if Im wrong but wasn't that the 2nd segment?  There was a 1st segment seprated by a commerical break, I thought that went well too not at home to watch on my DVR

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

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Meek's picture

You are correct, I just watched it this morning. Most of the 1st segment was released Thursday.

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cinserious's picture

Urban did the show to generate more exposure for an already white hot OSU brand. The Letterman show might help with recruits' parents but to get the interest of the recruits, I would love to see Urban on the Conan show.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

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buckeye phi's picture

The shot at Woody was unecessary.  Urbz handled himself well, though -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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allbucksallthetime's picture

I've never been a Letterman fan.  IMO, there was no need to discuss 'making the two QB's who don't start' mascots (how was that supposed to be funny anyway...), I hated the commentary on Coach Hayes, and found no need for him at all to disparage Indiana football.  All were poor attempts to get a laugh at someone else's expense.  

Coach Meyer is a rock star and an incredible ambassador for OSU.  Go Bucks!

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Buckabroad's picture

Coach Meyer made Letterman look much better than he was.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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Donny T's picture

You guys are taking this too seriously. He asked Urban some serious questions about the program, left him openings to talk about how the players were being mentored and taught to lead, and thanked him at the end for running the type of program that does so. He even asked him about how he recruits. What do you want from the guy? Yeah, he mixed some lame comedy in their at times, although the "mascots" suggestion was funny. But Urban is not the world's most naturally funny guy, and this is a comedy show. You could tell Dave was struggling to get Urban to keep up his end of the conversation by the end of the segment. As someone who interviews people for a living, I know this can be difficult. 

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theopulas's picture

your right, it was all for laughs.... but making a joke out of Woody!!...that I can not forgive... ! .. EVER!

Theopulas

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SilverBullet-98's picture

I thought Lettermen was a dick.

He brought up Woody Hayes only bad moment, made Urban Meyer answer qeustions about paying players instead of getting families money for the game.

Then belittles the tradition of sticker on a helmet tradition.

He used comedy to insult the school, a former coach, and current player who just chose education over NFL then insinuated Urban is behind taking advantage of the players by not paying them,

That was so funny, Your OLD Lettermen. Retire please!!

"The Past Builds the Future"

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nickel beer's picture

I couldn't even finish the video clip.  I'd bet espn's m.may would've been gracious and complimentary by comparison, and funny.  That guy's always a hoot.

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mrspray's picture

That was so funny, Your OLD Lettermen. Retire please!!

Thankfully he's got about 4 months left... 

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray

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Scrltngry's picture

This was the first time in years I've wanted to watch Letterman...and it might be the last time. UFM was the only reason I watched. It didn't take long for him to pull out the douche-iest comments and questions.

"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it."-Woody Hayes

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mrspray's picture

Haven't watched Letterman for years - recorded the whole show, and the monologue was something I feel like I could write with my friends... Nothing remotely funny in that.

I for one was ok with the interview - nothing earth shattering being discussed, but Dave seemed very respectful for someone who was nearly out of high school when Urban was born.

After watching the likes of Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon, I just don't think Dave is very funny anymore...

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

I thought Urban handled his session with Letterman well considering Letterman just used the segment to try to make a mockery of our university.  Watched Letterman a couple of times many years ago and thought "what a low class asshat", this is the first time I watched him in a decade or more.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Duane's picture

If they would let me on the sidelines, I would be the water boy for free.

Duane Combs

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Doc's picture

That's some high quality H2O.

“Ain’t life grand when you finally hit it!”  DLR

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Osusam77's picture

I'm sorry, the interview was terrible. Letterman is a jerk. All the interesting lines he could of raised about this fairy tale season which would have been great topics. He could of discussed the adversity of the season or UMs health and how he feels now compared to his days at Florida or even comparing NC teams. There are so many human interest stories he could have raised. What about CJs decision to stay in school and what that says to school age kids! Instead he raise old and tired stuff and tried to focus on the negative instead of the positive.  Dave, Ball State and Indiana suck and so do you. Ps - my wife went to BS.

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WoodyForever's picture

Great job Urban!  Go Bucks!

DriveHard DriveFast DriveLonger...Half the battle is showing up; the other 100% is having the right attitude.

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tussey's picture

I was underwhelmed by the interview.  Props to Urban for handling those questions well.

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GoodPeople's picture

You're a letterman? Where's your jacket?

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The Chosen's picture

Oregon receivers want the name of our buckeye leaf dealer.

I attended The Ohio State University and now attend the University of Florida. The only gator item I own is my student ID.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

The only thing that I find humorous about David Letterman, is the fact that he still has a job. Asshat. Look that up, and you'll find a picture of Dave.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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Eph97's picture

Letterman has lost it. WTF does Woody Hayes have to do with 2015? Why not ask Urban about dethroning Alabama and his rivalry with Saban? Why not ask about using a 2 qb system next year, etc, etc.

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btalbert25's picture

I don't get bashing Dave, who cares that he brought up Woody.  He pretty much said our country needs people like Urban doing the work he's doing.  That was pretty awesome if you ask me.  I'm glad he brought up paying players too.  I thought Urban tackled that part of the interview really well.  All in all I thought it was a pretty great segment.  

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nickel beer's picture

I don't like him.  The guy's a creep and I've got no sentimental space in my head for him.  But the relevant thing is that whatever sense of his art he once had, it's no more.  That's what I saw and heard early on in the interview. 

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btalbert25's picture

Letterman is not Bryant Gumbel or Barbara Walters his job isn't to do hard hitting journalism, special personal interest interviews, or in depth sports stories.  It's to get cheap laughs.  All late night talk shows are basically the same boring ass crap.  Someone comes on, tries to talk about their show or movie etc and the whole time the host cracks some dumb joke or interrupts the person mid sentence.  All of them are the same.  Letterman has lost it, and he's retiring, but it's laughable that people think his job was to do anything of quality in the interview. 

Urban is a rock star.  He fielded the questions very well, was funny, and did a lot of good for recruiting last night.  Dave made fun of IU's program and so did Urban when he acted like he had no idea what IU was lol.  Dave mentioned Woody, which was dumb, but so is getting bent out of shape about it.  Before that part, I thought it was actually a really good segment, and even with that it still wasn't bad.  

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countrybuckeye's picture

I'm Just done with unfunny wherever it occurs.  Life is too short for bad jokes. 

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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ohioscott's picture

I just now watched it on my DVR and agree with many of the comments...a couple thoughts:

  1. Letterman could have brought up Woody this way, "is the pressure now off of you winning a National Title at the school where the legendary Woody Hayes coached?"
  2. He also could have addressed the Cardale tweet like this, "I've been told you almost gave up on Cardale Jones a couple years ago when he made the infamous tweet about classes being pointless for football players. Now the decision to stick with him has brought the Buckeyes a National Championship. Tell us about how this young man has matured".
  3. Had he or his staff had done their homework he also could have brought up the tragic death of Kosta Karageorge, which Urban alluded too. It would have told the audience about another obstacle that made the team closer.

...in the end it was a good interview for Urban who handled himself very well. I agree that Letterman has turned into a crusty old geezer who yells at kids to get off his lawn, but at NBC he was a "game changer" for late night talk shows. Not Johnny Carson, but different enough to draw a new audience to the genre. 

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." - C. S. Lewis

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btalbert25's picture

It kills me that on this website we have people CONSTANTLY bash someone for an improper tweet, or because he is a maniac on the sideline, or his face is purple, or whatever other excuse people come up with to attack someone's character on here, but one mention of our legendary coach punching a kid and we are outraged.  Bottom line, if he had coached anywhere but our beloved university and did the same thing we would say what a piece of trash the guy was.  

I'm not saying it's fair that he is judged by that one act or that he didn't do a lot of great things in his life.  I'm just saying let's not be hypocrites about it here and act like it's shocking when that topic comes up.  Especially, when this board attacks people's character for one singular action, a controversal statement in an interview, mistaken tweet, and hell one of our own players being quiet about his future ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!  

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jobuckeyes's picture

Didn't like how Dave treated Woody...Woody was intense and is still the soul of the program.

Urban classy and let it go.

Go Bucks!

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BuckeyeStevo's picture

Loved Dave years ago but man has he changed the last 5-10 years now.

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TexBuckGuy's picture

I find it ironically tragic that every time the buckeyes' program is addressed nationally, there is seeming always a reference to Woody's clotheslining of a clemson athlete.  Let it go, y'all (everybody who still wants to address it).  This team, this year, had parents that were in grade school when the egregious incident happened.  Even still, it was an isolated incident and one for which Woody has expressed his regret countless times.  The fact that it still overshadows people's thoughts on OSU is evidence to a general lack of empathy and an elevated sense of righteousness in people's evaluation of themselves.  I mean, COME ON.  Dave couldn't have had a worse line-up of questions.  How about the fact that Cardale has evolved and grown SO MUCH as a young man?  His character is currently something that I think the likes of national media outlets should be hailing as a positive role model for young athletes, in the least, and in young people as a whole.  His story is absolutely incredible.  To live his life in humility, despite his context, should be emulated, not levied down to a single tweet he made almost three years ago. 

and to the line of questioning about paying student athletes?  There are so many ways it can be argued for or against, but UFMs response was the one that should trump all others ... paying student athletes outright, in cash, would immediately render the point of college athletics a relic to behold.  We would forever lose what the game(s) are all about: turning boys into men and bettering our society.  Yes, the "media-i-zation" of college athletics has forever changed the game and its circumstantial surroundings, but despite this, there are a WHOLE bunch of absolutely incredible coaches that understand the "difficult" age group they are responsible for jettisoning on the world.  and i mean, throughout the college football coaching ranks.  my hat is off to them.  I was a Platoon SGT in the Army, and even I cannot imagine the ridiculous amount of pressure on these coaches.  yes, it is different in its stated end-state, but damn, they have a truly impossible job, and to ask them to concurrently deal with all that responsibility AND have them being "paid" is an outlandish idea, for so many reasons. 

sorry for the length, but Dave, C'MON MAN!!!

"We wanted to trap them in a corner, and watch them fight their way out." - UFM

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