Skull Session: Ohio State's 2016 Draft Class Continues to Rake Money, College Football Punts Decision on a Season Further, and Alex Boone Plans an NFL Comeback

By Kevin Harrish on July 29, 2020 at 4:59 am
Brutus is here in today's skull session.

Today's very important question:

The correct answer is rats and the human with the gun, provided it has unlimited ammo. You're welcome for saving your life.

Word of the Day: Vicissitude.

 SCROOGEMCDUCK.GIF. Another member of Ohio State's 2016 draft class just got himself a dump truck of money yesterday as Joey Bosa now joins Michael Thomas and Ezekiel Elliott in becoming the highest-paid player at his position in NFL history.

For context, their combined contracts are worth more than the entire GDP of at least five independent countries. 

To think, about six years ago, two of them were roommates in the Neil Building while the other took a redshirt as a sophomore. Life changes in a hurry.

 “CAN'T ELIMINATE RISK.” My #take has always been that as long as the standard is zero positive cases of The Very Bad Virus, we can't play football.

I'm not saying what I think the standard *should* be or *needs*, because that's not my department, but it's very, very clear that if we need the virus to be completely non-existent among all football players to proceed with a season, it just ain't going to happen. If that's as careful as we need to be, fine and good. But we can't just pretend we can be that careful *and* play college football.

The good news is, it seems the decision-makers are finally figuring that out, and seem to be planning for it (or at least talking about planning for it, which is a start!)

But because restarting sports is such a constantly evolving and complicated venture, it’s more important than ever to learn from the mistakes (and successes) of other leagues. You can’t wish a contagious virus away, but you can try to mitigate risk. Even if it’s only in an incremental way.

“We’re learning every day,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told The Athletic on Monday morning. “But I don’t know that professional sports are necessarily going to set the standard for college athletics because there are so many differences of scale — we have so many more participants, so many more teams and so many more challenges with college campuses. But I think we’ve always realized and been advised that we will have disruptions during the season (if it is played). People are going to be infected, and there will be disruptions. The circumstances in recent days are representative of that.”

“I’ve never said it would be easy, if we can do it,” American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco told The Athletic on Monday morning. “It’s about risk reduction — not risk elimination — because we can’t eliminate risk. And if we find that we can’t do it safely, then we won’t do it. But on the other hand, we will plan for some potential disruption. That’s why people are trying to build flexibility into their schedules.”


“We’ll learn some things from NFL preseason camps. If we see a spike when they get back to helmets and shoulder pads — that will be instructive,” Bowlsby said. “I have always thought that it would be good if we could move forward to the point of regular preseason camp to see what the experience is there, because that gives us the best look at what the regular season is going to be looking like."

Also, I love how we've moved from "we're going to have to have a decision by mid-July" to "let's see what happens with the NFL in a few weeks then decide in August."

The most important play in football, baby!

 ALEX BOONE EYES A COMEBACK. In a surprising turn of events, former Buckeye Alex Boone is looking to make an NFL comeback. And in an even more surprising turn of events, this news actually broke four months ago!

I think pretty much everyone worldwide should get a pass for forgetting or missing a minor news story that happened in March of this year, but I guarantee the only reason Rapoport suddenly decided to report this is that he got a text from his agent asking him to.

But hey, I can't knock the hustle – it worked. As a noted talker-about-sports, I will gladly share the video of a 315-pound Ohio State alum doing a 42-inch box jump.

Imagine running Ironmans for two years and then deciding "Meh, I think I'm going to bulk back up again and play professional football at the highest level once more." I mean shit, I have trouble with the "imagine running" portion of that statement.

 WEIRD FLEX. Michigan's lost at least three games each of the past five seasons, finished third or worse in the division four of those five years, lost your last four bowl games and are riding an eight-game losing streak to your biggest rivals.

The problem is, they've still gotta crank out recruiting graphics. And when that's what you're working with, this is what you get.

You know what? I totally believe it! Because you can't miss a tackle if you're nowhere near the ball carrier in the first place.

Solid logic.

For example, there are certainly no missed tackles here.

He gone

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Shake it Out" by Florence + The Machine

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