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BigRedBuckeye


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  • SPORTS MOMENT: January 3, 2003 - Cie Grant applies pressure and Ken Dorsey throws a desperation pass that falls harmlessly to the ground, and, after just 4 months of enrollment, a New Jersey guy becomes a Buckeye for life.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Mike Nugent
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Comment 08 Dec 2017

I think the receiver grade is fair but I am SO tired of the lazy Michael Thomas and Devin Smith 2014 comparison. The play of those 2 receivers is so elevated in the minds of Buckeyes because of what they did in a fairly isolated (but storybook) 3 game span in the postseason, but it is not reality of their production throughout that year (or any year of their careers, for that matter). Neither of them made an All Big10 team at any point (Devin Smith got an honorable mention in 2014), and their numbers would not pop within this group of receivers (Including the extra games of the postseason, Thomas had 54 and 56 catches in 2014 and 2015; Smith had 33 in 2014). Smith of course had a knack for catching deep balls, but my point is essentially that, much like the tight end, but without as much commentary, the WR group has been an under-utilized group for the entirety of Urban's tenure, and I think it is largely owing to a) system and b) qb play.

For comparison, look at what Amari Cooper did his final year in Alabama (All SEC, unanimous All American, Biletnikoff Trophy, 127 receptions)...with freaking Blake Sims as his QB. Saban found a way to alter the system in recognition of the talent he had.

Comment 05 Dec 2017

Expert picks by media outlet (if anyone find similar votes/URLs, I would love to hear about it!):

ESPN: 24-11 in favor of Alabama. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/fourforfour120317/college-football-playoff-espn-expert-picks

CBS: 7-1 in favor of OSU. https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/college-football-playoff-expert-picks-the-great-alabama-vs-ohio-state-debate/

Fox: 5-0 in favor of OSU (I am including Klatt and Bayless in this vote although they do not appear in video). https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/video/1108499523511

Comment 22 Nov 2017

Nov. 24, 2012 - My favorite TTUN moment came in 2012, a sometimes-forgotten year since the Buckeyes had a postseason ban. But it was memorable for me for more than just the football game.

As my screen name suggests, I did my undergrad at Cornell and my law degree at OSU (and became an absolute OSU nut in 2002, my first year, when Mr. Clarett, Coach Tressel, and Craigy Krenzel entered my world). Cornell was a pre-war football power house, but has not had a semblance of a football team since Ed Marinaro finished 2nd in the Heisman voting in 1972. In Ithaca, hockey gets top billing, with a historically prominent program that regularly is ranked in the top 15 in the country. Lynah Rink has been called the NCAA hockey equivalent of Cameron Indoor Stadium. It is tiny, deafeningly loud, and filled with students. Those students learn dozens of intricate, complicated cheers when indoctrinated as freshman. Much to the Lynah faithful's chagrin, those cheers were partially expropriated by the TTUN band and fans during the 1991 NCAA tournament, and are still used by TTUN hockey fans to this day. In other words, there is an element of hate for TTUN among Cornell hockey fans. 

Since 2007, Cornell plays 1 game a year at Madison Square Garden, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. As a NJ resident, I am always in attendance. When The Game was moved to that same day starting in 2010, that Saturday became the most important sports day of the year in my house.

Cornell plays historical rival Boston University in odd numbered years, but rotates the opponent in even numbered years. When they released the 2012 schedule, my heart skipped a beat: the MSG foe that year was none other than TTUN.  

So on November 24, 2012, I got to watch Braxton Miller and Urban finish of a perfect first season with a win against TTUN; I boarded a NJ Transit train to MSG, and proceeded to watch Cornell build a 5-1 lead against TTUN hockey. And in the middle of the 3rd period, with the route firmly on, during a break in the action, I sat glowing in the warmth of (a handful of adult beverages and) a great day of sports at TTUN's expense, when my wife nudged me and said "hey, listen to the marching band!" I turned my ear to a very familiar tune I had heard countless times before, and then it finally struck me: the Cornell U. Marching Band was playing..."Buckeye Battle Cry," blaring it right at the Michigan seating section. The band from one of my alma maters was playing the other alma mater's fight song, purely to induce misery from TTUN supporters. It may have been the most blissful sports moment of my life, and one that will likely never be replicated. It was a Marcus Hall double bird moment for my soul on a day where I really didn't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan!!!! 

Comment 09 Nov 2017

"Last year, the big thing was, you know, the employment of Luke Fickell. If the linebackers keep looking lost in the sauce, would Urban Meyer whack the best man at his wedding? I wouldn't believe it until I saw it." Meyer will not have to fire (whack) Bill Davis.

https://www.thelantern.com/2017/05/football-ohio-state-releases-contracts-of-kevin-wilson-ryan-day-bill-davis/

"Linebackers coach Bill Davis has only a one-year deal." His deal expires after this year. You can read the contract itself (pertinent section is Article 2.1, showing expiration date of employment as 1/31/2018) here: http://www.thelantern.com/files//2017/05/Davis-William-2017-2018-SIGNED.pdf    

I find that interesting in a lot of ways. First, we know Urban asks for a 2 year commitment from his coaches. That leads me to believe that the 1 year deal here was Urban's idea, not something Davis pushed for (but who knows). It also makes me believe that perhaps hiring Davis was a stop gap measure for Urban. I.e. he needed SOMEONE to coach the LBs ASAP, so he called up a good friend and said "can you do me a solid...I only need you for a year, I'll line-up someone more long term after that..."

Total conjecture, but maybe he never foresaw Marcus Freeman jumping ship, i.e. maybe he thought the OSU brand would win out over Freeman's allegiance to Luke.

Comment 29 Sep 2017

Jersey born and bred, Egg Creams are weird, I can count how many I've had on one hand. If you want good local, low brow cuisine, imo skip the diner. Go for 1) local pizza; 2) bagels [DO NOT ORDER THEM TOASTED FOR THE LOVE OF GOD]; 2) breakfast sandwiches...BUT MAKE SURE YOU ORDER A PORK ROLL (AKA TAYLOR HAM) EGG AND CHEESE SANDWICH on either an everything bagel or a kaiser roll. I recommend it with salt,  pepper, and ketchup, but I might be in the minority on that.

And personally, I think a lot of diners are very meh. I'd recommend ordering any sandwich you might want from a local deli (there are thousands) or bagel place. 

Comment 28 Sep 2017

Would you be more concerned with this week's game if the RU lineup included Minkah Fitzpatrick, Mike Gesicki, Brandon Wimbush, Rashon Gary, Juwan Johnson, Jordan Fuller, Saeed Blacknell, and Akwum Wadley (i.e. a smattering of NJ talent that RU let get out of state)?

Comment 26 Sep 2016

Not sure if you guys include these types of things in your reports but:

1. Nate Ebner forced a fumble: "Brandon Bolden knocked the ball from returner Charles James’ hands late in the first quarter, and Nate Ebner followed suit midway through the third, channeling his Olympic rugby prowess as he separated Tyler Ervin from the football. The Patriots recovered both fumbles inside the Texans’ 25-yard line and turned them into 10 points (a Jacoby Brissett touchdown run and a Gostkowski field goal)."
http://nesn.com/2016/09/patriots-smother-texans-with-special-teams-in-dominant-thursday-night-win/

2. Eli Apple left the Giants game in the first half with a hamstring and did not return. He is playing over 80% of Giants defensive snaps, and to me, the Giants D looked much more porous after he went out. 

3. Ryan Shazier missed snaps after aggravating his Week 1 knee injury, but returned.

Comment 29 Nov 2015

I actually think a Bama loss, a Clemson win, and an Iowa win puts us in. We'd be the only 1 loss team left in the current top 25 in the CFP. The fourth spot would come down to us, 2 loss Florida as the SEC champion (who just got smacked by FSU at home), or 2 loss Stanford (both losses being to unranked teams, 1 at home and 1 on the road). 

I think the arguments get dicier if Clemson loses, because we have to win the argument over 1 loss UNC as a power 5 conference champ. I also think it gets dicier if Iowa loses because putting us in the playoff creates a potential MSU-OSU rematch, and that might be enough to put one of the 2 loss conference champs (probably Florida) in over us.

Comment 13 Nov 2015

Wouldn't we want to root for a MSU loss? That would make our game with them meaningless in terms of the B10 Championship, and we'd only have to beat TTUN to get to the B10 Championship game. An MSU win means we have to beat both of them. Obviously we want to run the table, but if we had a hiccup, I think having it come against an MSU team with 2 conference losses would be most preferable. 

Comment 03 Nov 2015

I was actually shocked this morning, in the first half hour of his show with Taylor Zarzour on Sirius College Sports Nation (Ch. 84), Greg McElroy actually spoke quite vehemently about 1 game being plenty and being exactly what others have received in similar situations. I was surprised to hear him stick up for tOSU like that, but he had great points about how J.T. has no prior history of being anything other than an exceptional person and leader, his remorse, and his overall attitude. I think he also mentioned that his captaincy is at risk and the scholarship penalty, although I was getting my daughter out of the car and into daycare so I missed pieces. Nice to see a national media member who is not always very pro-BigTen or tOSU give some real talk.

Comment 02 Nov 2015

10 years ago I was able to meet these requirements fairly easily. I didn't have a lot of money, but I had enough to meet my expenses from my part-time job. If I remember correctly, as long as you were able to show an ability to pay for the basics, you would simply non-report any other support you received. I.e. if you had income to pay tuition, rent, food, and transportation, then it wouldn't matter if your parents helped you pay for other items that weren't necessities (internet and beer!). And J.T. would be in an interesting situation where, for the prior 12 months, he'd be able to point to his scholarship as a primary means of support (tuition and I assume a lot of meals as part of nutrition program?) which means he'd need less income/assets of his own to qualify. Then again, maybe they've gotten much more strict in recent years.

Comment 23 Oct 2015

Any update on a parking lot for a semi-organized Buckeye tailgate? I didn't find out about the Buckeye Bash until today and it is sold out. I should have planned in advance. My wife and I live locally and would love to track down other Buckeyes to tailgate with. Also have never been to a Rutgers game so following the herd would be helpful in terms of choosing a lot and how to get to and from the stadium from that lot.