I've got a couple more days around these parts. Let's make them count, cool?
Let us begin with this Very Good Tweet.
I have replaced all the dragons in Skyrim with the state of Ohio. pic.twitter.com/zd1rXTLMOG— Trainwiz (@trainwiz) August 1, 2022
Word of the Day: Adjourn.
BUCKEYE BRAND IS STRONG. There's no way to talk around it – Ohio State's had a rough couple of weeks on the recruiting trail. But if you're looking for some good news, it seems that the Buckeyes still enjoy the favor of the football teens.
@officialvisit surveyed 1k hs football players on brand strength. Only ONE (remaining) Pac-12 school made the top-35 (Oregon).— Jeremy Darlow (@JeremyDarlow) July 2, 2022
Its been an issue for years. Recruiting is a perception game, P12 perception is . IF the P12 survives building sexy brands needs to be a priority. pic.twitter.com/7WDddkmp3I
Wild as it is, your football program is really only as good as the next generation of high school football players thinks that it is. Consistently finding favor among the teens is really the most tried-and-true way of building a consistently dominant program.
Remember that next time you're worried about alternate uniforms or social media trends. If it ever feels like Buckeye football is getting too next-gen for you, that's probably because they like to win at football.
That's cool with me, because personally, I also like when the Buckeyes win at football.
TREY SERMON THINGS. Y'all remember when Trey Sermon woke up one day during the 2020 season and decided that he was actually going to be the best running back in the country now?
It would seem that he flipped that switch in practice yesterday.
Trey Sermon is having the best training camp practice of his career today— Jordan Elliott (@JLeeElliott) August 2, 2022
He looks incredible out there, running with power and conviction, being decisive with his cuts, and displayig explosion when bouncing to the outside
The running game had its best performance of camp by far today.— Rohan Chakravarthi (@RohanChakrav) August 2, 2022
Rushed well on outside runs and inside runs.
Trey Sermons cutting ability and quickness on moves inside continues to stand out. Becoming more of a downfield runner.#49wz
#49ers RB Trey Sermon looks good today, another big run, this time to the right sideline with nice quickness.— OurSF49ers (@OurSf49ers) August 2, 2022
Sermon's 2020 season was, without hyperbole, one of the most jarring things I've ever witnessed in sports. Dude couldn't even eclipse 100 yards in a game then suddenly he's going full Marshon Lynch on folks and breaking a rushing record held by a Heisman Trophy winner?
I hope he brings that same energy to the NFL because it's nothing short of hilarious.
“HE PISSES ME OFF, I AN'T GONNA LIE.” Eli Apple's heal turn from a quiet and presumably shy guy at Ohio State to a Grade A shit talker in the NFL is lowkey hilarious to me, but I love that it's suddenly his reputation.
Ja'Marr Chase and Eli Apple are battling it out and talking trash at Bengals training camp. "He pisses me off I ain't gonna lie..." @WLWT #Bengals pic.twitter.com/DcUNQwFQR3— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) August 2, 2022
The funniest part is that Michael Thomas has been insisting that Apple's trash talk game is absolutely elite since their days at Ohio State, but nobody believed him because Eli like, never talked.
Regardless, I'm glad to see him finally embracing this natural villain role. Wide receivers are supposed to be arrogant assholes and cornerbacks are supposed to be annoying as hell. Pitting them against each other is a powder keg that's better than any storyline professional wrestling could possibly write.
This is the way.
SHEDDING WEIGHT. Looks like we can go ahead and add Branden Bowen to the list of former offensive linemen who turn a completely different shape the minute they stop playing football.
For the past month, all my clothes have been getting way too loose. Keep in mind Ive been around the same weight since my junior year of HIGH SCHOOL, so Ive been confused. I just checked and Im down SIXTY pounds from my playing weight My knees and back never felt better— Branden Bowen (@BrandenBowen) August 3, 2022
Turns out, the secret to weight loss is to simply stop eating and building body mass as if your financial well-being depends on it.
Unfortunately, I think that only works for a very select few.
SONG OF THE DAY. "Scrawny" by Wallows.
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