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Buckeye Chuck

Member since 26 March 2011 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant spinning Ken Dorsey into history. Also, my first Michigan game in 1982, though the aftermath had a little to do with me listing it among the best.

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Comment 2 hours ago

Defensive players tend not to get in the mix unless they bring value by touching the ball, either with occasional snaps on offense (Peppers) or as a return man (Charles Woodson). The recent exceptions were Suh, who was so overwhelming as to be undeniable; and Te'o, who had the combined Notre Dame/fake human interest appeal. 

Bosa will have to "settle" for being All-American, which is OK!

Comment 21 Jan 2018

I think that's got to be the list, unless you want to cheat and put Kaminsky in as the center (not that he was a better college player than Oden, but he was around more than 1 year).

Comment 20 Jan 2018

A big-name school hiring an assistant from another school as their head coach does happen (Smart, Bob Stoops), but it's rare. For all the "Why is Herman going to a rinky-dink program like Houston?" comments when he left here, that move was necessary in order for him to wind up coaching the Longhorns. 

Coaching salaries are already utterly ridiculous.

Comment 19 Jan 2018

Seattle. No established backup combined with no immediate pressure to play.

And the Seahawks' best known career QB backup of recent years, Seneca Wallace, was likewise someone who had a ton of "there's no way this guy is an NFL quarterback" detractors when he came out of Iowa State.

Comment 15 Jan 2018

This may be the most random resurfacing of a half-forgotten ex-player that I've ever seen. Kudos to the Bobsled Federation for somehow getting the idea he could be a prospect in that sport.

Comment 11 Jan 2018

Barring Neurnberger getting beaten out by Haubeil, an injury, or a dramatic collapse of our offense, he will set the Buckeye career scoring record with ease.

Comment 10 Jan 2018

I think it's just easier for the southern kids to make an early impression. I'd be very surprised if those gaps for 2019 and 2020 don't narrow from here on, although Ohio and the Midwest generally are always going to be behind the South on a per-capita basis.

Comment 09 Jan 2018

Correct in that Alabama has depth that no one else can dream of. Damien Harris is going to be a Day 2 pick in the NFL draft, and he was the Tide's fifth-leading rusher last night. That's insane.

Comment 09 Jan 2018

Thad did have some bad luck with the unavailability of KBD, but I don't see the point in sugarcoating the fact that the program was underachieving pretty severely these last few years. I can certainly believe Nick Ward's current coach wishes Matta were still here.

Anyone else notice that suddenly we seem to be able to make our free throws? There have been a few arguments in here over the years about our consistently poor free throw shooting, with some people claiming that such a thing can't be blamed on a head coach, and others suggesting it reflects that the coaching staff has its priorities elsewhere. All I know is that we're currently on pace to have a better FT shooting percentage than we did in any season under Matta. Hard to believe that's a total coincidence.

Comment 09 Jan 2018

A season that featured a Big Ten championship might have been "saved." What a ridiculous statement

Comment 09 Jan 2018

They won it with freshman. You know what that means

Mercer is really in for it next season.

Comment 08 Jan 2018

I think a lot of the people who write about college basketball casually see weirdo teams like West Virginia, Arizona State, and Texas A&M being better than Kansas, Arizona, and Kentucky, and they just assume everything is a mess.

But the Big Ten is definitely in a down phase. Wisconsin has fallen off, Indiana can't seem to right the ship (though Miller gives them hope), Illinois (which has no excuse for not being a consistent power) is a complete mess, Michigan didn't keep up the momentum from their trip to the national title game, and the Buckeyes are rebuilding. We have two programs right now fully at their potential: Sparty and Purdue. Not good enough. 

Comment 06 Jan 2018

My thoughts on this:

1. Michigan was really good in the Cooper years! Cooper's first two OSU teams, which had nowhere near Michigan's talent level, played them hard. But it was no surprise that they lost.

2. After that, the talent gap shrank and there were certainly plenty of years where the Buckeyes were actually better, but I think at a certain point our issues beating them got into our heads (as I think it's now started to do on the other side). The 1995 result can only be explained by a massive teamwide choke.

3. Our bowl matchups were likewise pretty brutal. It's never easy for the Big Ten to beat a really good SEC team in a Florida bowl, and that was usually the situation we were in in the 1990s. And for some reason, we almost always struggled on offense in our bowl appearances under Cooper, "highlighted" by the brutal loss to Air Force in 1990.