Skull Session: Seth Towns Says “Best is Yet to Come,” Kalen Etzler is Glad He Redshirted, and Bobby Carpenter's Plumbing Van is Awesome

By Kevin Harrish on April 26, 2022 at 5:25 am
We've got a closeup of a helmet in today's skull session.

I don't know why, but this is one of the funniest videos I've seen online in a bit, and I just needed y'all to experience that joy too.

Word of the Day: Obsequious.

 “THE BEST IS YET TO COME.” Seth Towns hasn't played a full, healthy season of college basketball for four years now, and he's missed three of the last four seasons entirely with injuries.

That would be enough to make most people hang 'em up, but he's running it back one more time.

If the best is truly yet to come, that would mean that the season he's about to have is going to be better than the season where he averaged 16 points and 4.6 boards a game, shot better than 44 percent from three, and was the Ivy League Player of the Year. I'd be down with that!

I know a lot of people think he should have just called it quits, but I'm a sucker for dudes plagued with injuries eventually getting their time to shine, and I've watched it happen too many times to rule him out – Johnnie Dixon, Marshon Lattimore, Justin Hilliard. Let's give him a chance.

 HAPPY TO REDSHIRT. I can probably count on one hand the number of teens I've heard of in willfully taking a redshirt in the last decade, but I guess that makes Buckeye forward Kalen Etzler a rare breed.

He came to Ohio State fully planning to redshirt his freshman year, spent all of last season on the bench, and regrets absolutely nothing about it.

“I was super happy with redshirting,” he said. “I think it was the best decision for me. When I look back at it, it was the best option possible. I’m coming back with a full year under my belt, but I’m still going to be a freshman.

“I play a lot stronger now. I am perfecting my jump shot. I’m working on different types of footwork like off-the-bounce and step-in. I move a lot better without the ball. I’ve worked on my ballhandling, too. All around, my game has gotten a lot better.”

While we're talking redshirts, how have we had a rule allowing players to play four games and still take a redshirt for like three years in college football but no comparable rule has ever made it to college basketball?

I'm glad Etzler made the most of his redshirt season and all, but I can't help but think it would have been at least moderately helpful if he was allowed play in like, six games or something.

 BEST DAMN VAN IN THE LAND. For those unaware, Bobby Carpenter has a plumbing business in central Ohio, and he just rolled out what is undeniably the Best Damn Plumbing Van in the Land.


The only thing that would make this better is if he personally showed up to every call in full uniform. I would choose no other plumber.

 DRUM MAJOR TRYOUTS. If you're looking for something to do this Saturday, you can head on down to the turf field outside of Lincoln Tower and experience the event of a lifetime (or at least, until they do it again next year).

Ohio State will be holding its drum major tryouts, and for the first time since 2019, they're open to the public again.

For the first time since 2019, The Ohio State University Marching Band’s drum major tryouts will be open to the public and media when the event is held on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Tower Field on the Ohio State campus. Lincoln Tower Field is the band’s normal rehearsal field just south of Ohio Stadium.

At the end of tryouts, the band’s 2022 head drum major and assistant drum major will be announced to the crowd. Media in attendance will have the opportunity to interview the two drum majors as well as Dr. Christopher Hoch, Ohio State’s director of marching and athletic bands. Tryouts are expected to take approximately two hours.

Candidates will perform a standard drum major tryout including a simulated ramp entrance with a back bend and strut, a series of high tosses and a solo twirling performance backed by a song from one of the band’s 2021 halftime shows. Live music at the tryouts will also return, with the band’s squad leaders playing for the candidates to use in their twirling routines.

I must admit, I was at least a little disappointed to realize that "open to the public" meant the public could *watch* the tryout, not participate. I was born to do that backbend.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "everything i wanted" by Billie Eilish.

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