With Spring Ball Looming, Ohio State Begins 'The Grind' and Battle Against Complacency

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blocko330's picture

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

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Matt Gutridge's picture

When I read "The Grind" and see the guys from Sunny dancing I can't help but think of MTV's The Grind that aired in the mid '90s. Below is a clip of bad music combined with bad dancing. 

Warning: The video is only 3:17, but watch at your own risk. It will hurt your eyes and ears.

blocko330's picture

My god Remy that is...... just wow.  Thank you for that trip down memory lane.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Um yeah I watched that. Back in the day too. That music reminds me of late night food court runs and waking up hungover in a strange house.

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Lol I had to stop after the bald guy wearing overalls.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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countrybuckeye's picture

(captured on film, I was)

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

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harleymanjax's picture

I'm surrounded by Florida Gator fans..........JORTS are alive and well my friend! 

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'll be sure to tweet them every day so they won't get complacent.

Got my "Why are you talking to girls instead of studying tape" tweets ready to go.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Get well soon Mrs.Naut 6-0 > 3-6.

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808buckeye's picture

They must love you

seize the carpe

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ArizonaBuckeye's picture

That championship run was quite possibly the greatest stretch of Buckeye football I've witnessed in my 31 years on this earth. This mentality of the "Grind", is exactly why OSU will have one hell of a shot at repeating.

The Grind baby. Hell yeah. Go Bucks!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

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BayCountyBuck's picture

Urban, the coaching  staff and a certain drill instructor who can turn breathing into a competition seems to be the perfect defense against the big C word 

When I was 6 I was thinking about this rivalry. This one is seared on your soul, It's ingrained through every part of your body. -Urban Meyer

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unknownmusketeer's picture

How do you compete in breathing? Most breaths per second? Fewest breaths per second? Largest lung capacity? Best circular breathing?

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Wargor's picture

Go watch "The Right Stuff" and get back to me.  

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

the big C word 

Cookies? Cake?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Get well soon Mrs.Naut 6-0 > 3-6.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Coochie?

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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BELLEFONTAINEBUCKEYE's picture

Where is Momma Gwen when you need her??

IMADELOUSYPICKS

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

There be no grind'in when momma Gwen's in the house

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bigbert4684's picture

Can August get here, already?

Rob

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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NeemOSU's picture

Buckeye football on the horizon...

"Go out there, make plays, they'll remember your name forever. FOREVER!" - J.T. Barrett

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1MechEng's picture

Trust me! I'm an Engineer.

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Tkebuck1's picture

This outside influence Urban talks about is worrisome. Family, friends...all well meaning, but dangerous distractions. Can't wait til spring practice begins when the staff can get more control of things. Even worse are all the wannabes that come crawling out from side streets and hometowns....dangerous.

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Mortc15's picture

Being a fan, I sure know 1 thing though. 

I'm glad the discussion of complacency is an issue at all, because it means this team was UNDISPUTED and on top of the mountain! 

Buck-I4Life

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ToTheHouse's picture

3 qb"s, 2 new asst's, & the #1:

Undisputed National Champion Coach UFreakingM !

In Urbz We Trust....O H...

Owning. skunk. weasels. Is. Tradition.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

If Josh Perry is any indication of the leadership on this team, complacency won't be much of an issue - plus, there's always Coach Mick's doghouse (grind house?) if guys get too big for their britches (as my Mom used to say). 

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buckvolspar's picture

I agree...and so does this gentleman.

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nutabuckas's picture

Sitting here watching the sugar bowl....damn, what a season we had. (getting chills all over again)

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McGrind's picture

Ofcourse McGrind is all about the grind.

grind on gentleman!

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

The two things that will sink OSU's chances for a repeat trip to the playoffs are complacency causing 1 or 2 of the units to break down. In 2013 we saw what happened when the secondary and LBs broke down. In 2014 the OL broke down vs. VT. This fall the nobody can afford to regress. One unit goes the whole ship sinks. Keeping that from happening is probably the most difficult thing coaches have to deal with in practice.

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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Knarcisi's picture

Nice article, Patrick. This is my biggest concern, but as usual, master motivator Meyer is on it. Good thing is, right out of the chute, we have plenty of payback motivation with VT. I want it ugly, in their house. 

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buckeye phi's picture

Good point about VT, Knarcisi.  As far as guarding against complacency is concerned, I doubt there could have been a better opening day opponent -

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

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novabuckeye's picture

Agree 100%.  We couldn't be any luckier about our opening game, and the team has the entire off-season through fall camp to focus on blasting Va Tech.  That loss, which ultimately helped power us to the NC championship, will slingshot us into the 2015 season, too.  The ugly loss that turned out to be the gift that keeps on giving, in a positive way!

Go Bucks!

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ScarletGray43157's picture

I'm usually not that way, but yeah, it is time for me to admit the same thing.  I want 100 points on the board for OSU.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

I see nuthin' wrong... with a little bump and grind...

You're welcome.

Better yet... How 'Bout some 'UNDISPUTED' (Mekka Don)

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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ToTheHouse's picture

Bring on the under-dog battles of adversity...Grind'um !

Bring on the "grinding MM back-breakn;
Team-Together Each Accomplishs More wk-outs !

Bring-it...2nd Undisputed National Championship !

BOOM-Buckeye-Nation !!!

Owning. skunk. weasels. Is. Tradition.

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Breakawayspeed's picture

"The Grind" is UFM keeping his eye on his business.  If anybody can pull off a repeat ....its him!

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Ahh Saturday's picture

They named this trophy after the guy who won it the first two times:

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BigDrill's picture

The Meyer Trophy for College Football Excellence.

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Seattle Linga's picture

OH MY - The haters would be a HATING

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

Seattle Sounders 2019 MLS Champions

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novabuckeye's picture

Great thinking!  Though I think Lombardi had to die before it got named for him, so we don't actually want the NC trophy named for a LONNGGG time yet!

Go Bucks!

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BrutusB's picture
And for the less athletic among us...
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BigDrill's picture
 

I like this place better.

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Txsbuckeye's picture

Whenever I hear the word grind/grinding It makes me think of dry humping. I wish they would have chosen a different mantra. 

Damn it feels good to be a Buckeye

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melbournebuckeye30's picture

From "The Chase" to "The Chased" We will have a huge target on our back & get everbodys best shot each week. This is where the mental aspect comes in, certainly not the talent level. This is just another area where UFM does is better than anyone else in the country. Go Bucks

melbournebuckeye30

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The Rill Dill's picture

We are Ohio State.  We have a perennial target on our back.  We ALWAYS get everyone's best shot.  Always have, always will.

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MAVBuck's picture

Right now we're in the celebration phase. 

Yeah,....Im still there!

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buckeyeradar's picture

Coach Mick: "I'm going to GRIND you, PULVERIZE you and make you into IRON.  The celebration is over on Tuesday and then you'll be mine until August."  

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

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1MechEng's picture

Coach Mick: "I'm going to GRIND you, PULVERIZE you and make you into IRON.  The celebration is over on Tuesday and then you'll be mine until August the NCG."  

Fixed it for you.  :) 

Trust me! I'm an Engineer.

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KevinJ's picture

I'm just going to leave this here

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

You ain't got nothing dudes.............

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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One Bad Buckeye's picture

Wow, McMillen actually looks like the friggin incredible hulk.  

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

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Seattle Linga's picture

Settle it the Usual Way

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

Seattle Sounders 2019 MLS Champions

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73buckeye's picture

I love the Buckeye theme V-Rod in the picture too!!!!!

ernie

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One Bad Buckeye's picture

Why are some of them pointing at Fickel's junk?

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

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DocD48's picture

The beauty of it, as MAVBuck mentioned above, is we fans get keep on with the celebration phase. Thank you Buckeyes! Keep on grinding!

We train to fight and we fight to win.

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buckeye phi's picture

I've been hearing about how difficult it is to repeat a lot - and I'm sure that's true for a variety of reasons.  It has certainly happened seldomly enough in the past.  The scarcity of repeats can certainly be attributed to complacency in many instances - but attrition must have been a big factor, too - if not the biggest.

I've been wondering how often a team as young as our 2015 Buckeyes have been defending national champions.  Looking at college football through the prism of Ohio State as I do, the '69 team comes immediately to mind - but I'm hard pressed to think of another national championship team that's had as much returning.  Where's Remy when you need him?

At several positions where we lost seniors, there's experienced talent taking over.  Last season, Nick Vannett probably had more total playing time at tight end than Jeff Heuerman.  Kwon saw the field a great deal at middle linebacker.  Both Michael Thomas and Corey Smith were significantly involved in the wide receiver rotation.  And if Tommy Schutt can stay healthy and play up to anything approaching his potential, we should be fine at defensive tackle.

With spring practice starting up in a few days, that really only leaves a few positions in which we'll be breaking in truly raw replacements.  So this article was spot on - complacency may indeed be our greatest concern -

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

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Buckeye BadDog's picture

“But admit there was no splendor in all the bright array
Like the glory of the going when Chic Harley got away.” -James Thurber

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn!" -Woody Hayes

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Osusam77's picture

While its great to have the 3 QBs, I do get a little concerned if this can bring a some dissention to the team as players line up with their buddies and don't see their buddy start. You see this at times in the pros. One clear strength this past year was the family atmospere and all-for-one attitude. If UM can control this one issue, there is no stopping the Bucks in 15.

Go Bucks! 

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ScarletGray43157's picture

I can tell you for sure that Michigan's coaching staff will be telling the history lesson about how OSU's defending National Champs from 1968 were upset at Ann Arbor in 1969.

I hope that OSU's coaching staff are reminding the Buckeyes about that history lesson as well.  

Defense of a Title is a Grind.  Most teams don't get it done.  

Let's do it.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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Jabba1977's picture

I have no idea what to expect this year!!!!! I think overall we should be better this year than we were last year but that is saying a lot!!!!!! I can not wait to see the spring game!!!!!!!!

SECHATER77

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rightfield's picture

The day after we won the NC I checked this coming season's schedule and could not believe our luck. Nothing between now and a rematch with VT at Blacksburg. I thought for sure a late addition of some MAC school would get thrown in there and potentially distract the team from giving the Hokies the full monty of retribution that they deserve. I almost feel sorry for VT. They have never seen the freight train of destruction they are about to get run over by, in front of their own people none the less.

    The Buckeye intensity and focus will be something to behold. I am guessing one of the most watched season opening games in college football history.

Its good to be the king

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B2Bergs's picture

Worry more about the summer.  That's when trouble happens.

#7 #33 #45 #48 #74

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