Skull Session: OSU with 7 of the Top 150 Players to Watch, B1G Over-Unders, and Burrow's Next Challenge

By D.J. Byrnes on May 7, 2018 at 4:59 am
B.B. Landers grips the magic diamond for the May 7 2018 Skull Session

The "city" of Boston and its Celtics reside in a world of hurt right now as an Eastern Conference date with the Cleveland Cavaliers looms. Their decrepit columnists are lamenting the decline of newspapers even more than usual this week.

Back in the dial up era, they didn't have to compete with obscure, mentally ill bloggers; their false flag local team didn't have to compete with LarBon Jim, the Ohio Lad.

Times were simpler. I get it. But that's also why the past belongs to them and the future belongs to us. Speaking of the future, here's this year's best graduation cap:


Word of the Day: Efficacy.

 OHIO STATE: MAY HAVE TALENT. Nobody clicked this article needing to be told Ohio State might be talented this year. It's worth a look, however, when a national outlet forecasts this year's Buckeye crop against that of the nation.

From NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter:

I primarily focus on upperclassmen for this list, although some sophomores are included based on their performances last season (no true freshman or redshirt freshman were included). Other talented young players that could be included here might make their way onto future editions.

Each player's rating is based partially on their value to their college football team and partly on their talent as an NFL prospect. No matter which way you look at it, these guys are going to be fun to watch next fall.

2 Nick Bosa DE "Nick Bosa's simply a handful on every snap; if offensive lines don't account for him, he makes life miserable for them with his strength, athleticism and motor."
39 J.K. Dobbins RB " He jump-cuts or spins away from traffic inside, and he can turn the corner to find the sideline for a big gain."
50 Dwayne Haskins QB "He flashed the arm strength to cover the field, as well as toughness to take hits and deliver them while on the run."
71 Dre'Mont Jones DT
82 Parris Campbell WR
106 Mike Weber RB
137 Michael Jordan OG

What's funny is there will be three or four names (first in line: Jordan Fuller, nephew of '90s comedy icon Sinbad) that will look like egregious misses by the end of the year. But I understand why a national audience might not be interested in a Top 150 list that includes 110 Buckeyes in early May.

 BET B1G. America is a land of opportunity. One reason for that is it's possible to get rich by betting on amateur football games. Think Lovie Smith has something up his sleeve for the B1G West? You can become a billionaire by betting on the Illini to win four games this season.

From (via

Michigan State
Minnesota 6
Ohio State 10½
Penn State
Purdue 5
Rutgers 4
Wisconsin 10

Back in June 2014, I opined Ohio State was a lock to win more than 10 games this season. Those that heeded my advice now only drink out of coconuts while spending their days wiggling their toes in tropical pink sand.

That same advice holds true today. I also like Purdue over, Nebraska over, and Michigan under. (Yeah, I said it.)

 ON TO THE NEXT? Ohio University defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow came to Columbus Sunday to watch his son, Joe, graduate from The Ohio State University.

He tweeted after the ceremony:

On to the next challenge of learning an entire new offense before September? Or on to the next challenge of leading the one true local team to a national title?

Folks, it's tough to say.

 SMH. Louisiana State lost a Superfan over the weekend when a decade-long feud between neighbors reached its final act.


The man shot dead Saturday morning (May 5) on Bonnabel Boulevard in Metairie has been identified as Lee "Big Lee" Martin, the LSU superfan known for elaborate displays of purple and gold decor in front of his Bonnabel Boulevard home, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office Joseph Lopinto said. Police have arrested Martin's neighbor, who is suspected of shooting him after a dispute.

Speaking with reporters Saturday, Lopinto said officers were called to Martin's home at 615 Bonnabel Boulevard around 10:51 a.m. Saturday to respond to reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found Martin's body on the ground on the side of the home.

Lopinto said the shooting was the result of a dispute between Martin and his neighbor, Wayne Higgins, 78, who lived at 619 Bonnabel Boulevard. The two had an "ongoing feud for over 10 years" that escalated Saturday morning, he said. Lopinto said the neighbor is currently in custody.

Online, I'll fight for 72 hours without breaking a sweat. In real life I only argue for 30 seconds max unless it's a life or death issue (it's never a life or death issue).

 A BIG BOY FALLS. Frisch's Big Boy is a #brand I respect despite never wanting to go there. That said, the blood of the Big Boy now covers the sweaty meathooks of titular Crew owner Anthony Precourt:

RIP Big Boy. Gone but still living on in three other Columbus-area locations.

 THOSE WMDs. Humans need stories... Treated like trash... Catfished: From Little's Fish Market to the ice in Nashville... Trying to unravel the mystery of the seemingly unparented nine-year-old Instagram shit-talker Lil Tay... NYC renters pay extra $616M thanks to Airbnb.

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