Compare Baldwin to Cardale. If this portal thing was in play then, Cardale would have been long gone! But, how things changed for him when J T went down! He was undefeated as a starter at OSU. He beat Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon in the Big Ten Championship game and the two playoff games. He became almost an instant legend in Buckeye Nation. That is the "old system" of next man up. I am sure many times he was frustrated at OSU, But, he was "stuck" here. How did that work out for him? My memories of Cardale will live forever. The only memories I will have of Baldwin is that he bolted the ship. GO BUCKS!
Parris is going to make some NFL team very happy next weekend. Maybe by throwing out the first pitch at the Reds and Indians games, he might be trying to show off his arm in case their are some scouts watching and are impressed. Keep all options open Parris!
Maybe he is color blind. At times he had problems Saturday deciding which guy to throw to--the guy in white or the guy in scarlet. So he just threw it up for grabs.
One nasty comment first---Mr Baldwin why not call Mr Tate and ask him how things are working out for him so far in Miami. Did not Ryan Day say in a press conference before the Spring game that Baldwin was a true Buckeye through and through. His attitude was suppose to be that he was going to give it his best shot and even if was not named the starter, he would be the best practice player and would never leave OSU. Well, Ryan you either had bad info or you were led down the wrong path. The bottom line for the coaches and especially for fans is clear as can be. This transfer portal has and will drastically change our college game. I guess we will be happy if Fields is the man--because he was a transfer guy as well. But, we will be sad to lose a promising player like Baldwin as well. Get used to it Buckeye fans, It is what it is! GO BUCKS!
I know as far a Buckeye fans are concerned, Bosa and Haskins are the shining lights in the draft. I love both of them as well. I am going to throw my 2 cents in and suggest another Buckeye who could be the dark horse of the Ohio State players picked. And that is Dre"mont Jones!. This guy seemed like he improved every game he played. Wherever he goes, some team is going to land one great football player. GO BUCKS!
We lost some good players from our offense from last year. But, this is college football --not the NFL--and rosters change dramatically from year to year. So, I am not going to comment on the "what if's" . I bet most of the Big Ten would gladly trade their offensive team for ours. What my main focus will be on is simply will the defense be better this year. We scored 52 on Maryland and won by 1 point. Obviously the Michigan score was impressive. But, they still scored 39 on our defense. I know Coach Day is very much aware if this and has changed assistant coaches, talked about different defenses he is going to use, etc. If the defense improves, the sky is the limit for this team! GO BUCKS!
I agree that if the playoff is expanded a 6-team playoff seems ideal. The NFL is known for lots of screwy things. But they use the 6-team playoff system to perfection. The 6 teams are seeded 1-6. 1 and 2 draw first round byes. Then, they reseed after 3,4,5,and 6 play their games. And that becomes your Final 4 for the division championship. This system really creates lots of excitement in the NFL during the last 3 or 4 weeks. Usually the top 1 and teams are set. But, there is usually a log jam of 6 or 7 teams that "could" still make the playoffs. Look at the AFC Central the last two years. Two years ago, all Baltimore had to do was beat the Bengals the last game. They did not and they were out. Last year the Steelers had to beat the Bengals and Baltimore had to lose and the Steelers were in. They Steelers beat the Bengals. But, Baltimore also won and therefore the Steelers were eliminated. That system creates excitement for many fan bases. And the same thing could happen in the college playoff. Then the playoffs would be decided on the field and not in some office by humans. College football is, in my opinion., the greatest game going. But, the playoff selection is far from being fair. And I agree, OSU got in one year that they should have not.gotten in. And they got the shaft in a year they should have been picked. GO BUCKS!
Did anyone happen to catch a glimpse of the University of Minnesota's "Spring Game"? It might have been because of the weather, but they held it inside their training facility. It was SRO and it looked like about 100 people were lining the walls. And we have people complaining about the OSU Spring game! So, how would Buckeye Nation like something like that. After all, it is called the Spring game. But many coaches refer to it as the 15th practice. Give OSU a break. They have the band perform. They have the players play in a competitive scrimmage. They sing Carmen Ohio after the game. In other words, they try their best to give the fans the best possible atmosphere resembling a real game as possible. Hell, our punter even got engaged on the field during the game! What more drama do we need? GO BUCKS!
R I P Coach! He turned the Bengals into a Super Bowl team after just one season there. That is more than coaching. That is a freaking miracle with that franchise! Gone--but will never be forgotten!
For me, I judge Nick Bosa as I judge all Buckeyes athletes. While they are at OSU, I wish them the best in athletics. Hope they all help us win, win, and win. Then, if they are good enough to play pro ball, I root for the best career they can have. But, their private life is their business. Not my business or really not anybody's business either. Thanks Nick for a great--but unfortunately--short career at OSU, GO BUCKS!
I sense another "Fields" day coming again this year in Ann Arbor. It will be a glorious "Day" for the Buckeyes.
I will repeat what I wrote weeks ago before there was not even a whisper about Haskins being a Bengal. It is a perfect fit for both teams.. For Dwayne, he would have the opportunity to learn the ropes from a veteran quarterback whose contract is due up real soon. And I definitely believe that the Bengals will not resign him. For the money--driven Bengals, they averaged 20,000 empty seats last year for every game. They need a spark to bring folks back to the stadium. Dwayne could be that spark. And for the fans, how about a long time renewal of a once great, great rivalry between the Mayfield-led Browns and the Haskins-led Bengals? In my opinion this is a win-win-win situation for Haskins, the Bengals, and the fans. It seems so logical to me. And that is the scary part---how often have the Bengals done the logical thing?
Cronin will emphasize defense first and foremost. He is a decent recruiter. It is tough recruiting the best of the best at U C. Their league is not a real favorite of recruits. He has an in your face type of attitude. He does a good job of developing players to their fullest potential. So, he has some very good points as a coach. He did develop a major health problem a couple of years ago because of stress he put on himself. (Sound familiar Urban?) His players rarely--if ever--have problems with the law. The rumors have the Northern Kentucky coach as a leading candidate to replace him. NKU has only been a Division 1 school for 3 years and they have made the Big Dance twice. They gave Kentucky the scare of their tournament lives in 2016. The other candidate seems to be ex-player Nick Van Exel who is currently an assistant coach in the NBA.
C Deck is a great view. Don't like climbing the steep walk up. There is an elevator at Section 10 on the East Side of the Stadium. Enter gate 10 and it is right in front of you. There is also an elevator on the West Side of the stadium--but I am not sure what gate it is near. Sure beats the heck out of that climb! P.S.---no matter what your ticket says about which gate to enter, you can enter any gate you want.
Maybe the reason Trevor Rosenthal is not what he used to be is because he has been on the disabled list the last two years with arm problems. He could be near the end.
Good advice about waiting late to buy a ticket. Also, great point about the teams records as game time approaches. Anyone who is debating whether or not to go to Ann Arbor this year, 2 other factors to consider before rushing to buy tickets. That is Thanksgiving weekend and some season ticket holders at Michigan might have other plans and might be looking to dump tickets. Also, the game this year is on November 30. And that could be a day at 40 degrees or a day of snow. This might be the year that a ticket to THE GAME could be very affordable. And if anyone is debating whether or not it would be safe to go to the game in Michigan, have no fear, this is not like going to Penn State. As long as YOU are civilized, you will have no problems. GO BUCKS!
Not an NFL "expert" like Mr. Haley. But, I think Weber has lots of potential. The main flaw in his game at Ohio State--in my humble opinion --was that he put the ball on the ground too much. No NFL team will put up with a guy who fumbles as much as he did in college. Good luck Mike and hold on to the damn ball! GO BUCKS!
To fulfill my physical education class requirements--I took tennis, bowling, and beginning golf at OSU--how good was that!
Michigan sure looked like they did not belong last night. Not going to repeat the stats--most people know how bad offensively they were. I was not rooting for them. But, at least for me, the hate that I have for them in football is great. But I don't share that same hate in basketball. I always hope they lose. But, I have to admit that I do admire John Belein (SP). He is a very good basketball coach and does not go out of his way to ridicule his opponents. I remember a few years ago in Indy, we knocked them out of the Big Ten Tournament in the semifinals and his comment about the Buckeyes was very simple--"that is one of the best basketball teams I have ever seen". Contrast that to Dick Rod, Hoake, and Crazy Jimmy. It is very easy to hate those guys. Michigan has a class act for a basketball coach. And they have had crap coaches and crap people that have followed Lloyd Carr. GO BUCKS!
I still hold out hope that Haskins falls to the Bengals. Advantage for him--a year to understudy Andy Dalton--a good but not a great quarterback whose contract is up after this year and you can bet Bengals will not offer him a huge contract. Advantage for Bengals--drafting a potential franchise quarterback that will help sell tickets to the games. 20,000 empty seats average last year. Advantage for fans--maybe a great old rivalry between the Bengals and Browns would be started again between Mayfield and the Browns and Haskins and the Bengals. I think this would be the logical puck for the Bengals. However, when was the last time the Bengals did anything that even resembled logic?
This game of college football has changed so much from the era of Coach Tress. Nobody ran the spread offense. I won't say that Coach Tress would not have changed with the times. We will never know that. Urban--as successful as he was had to undergo some changes in his philosophy as well. But, he had excellent assistants that helped him realize that certain things had to change. But, even Urban wanted that quarterback to basically be a runner first---then a passer. He was a master of the read-option. Then along came Haskins and his tremendous passing ability and even Urban realized that this guy was not a great runner and we became more of the pro--type offense. Everybody knows the offensive numbers he put up. The only downside in the one year of Haskins was the defense had many problems and he needed to put up those kind of numbers. College football will continue to change as the years go by. So, far we have adjusted fairly well. And I think Day will continue the trend. But, we should be happy as well that we had Coach Tress and Urban to guide us the past few years. GO BUCKS!
Great game Buckeyes! Great first round Big Ten--7 of 8 Big Ten teams advanced to round 2. ACC gets all the pub. And with Carolina, Duke, and Virginia that is understandable. But, a Big Ten team has to come to play every conference game because we are solid from top to bottom and you have to be ready every game no matter who you play. And we beat a good Iowa State team on a "neutral court" where at least 85% of the crowd were cheering for them. Houston is talented and seeded 3. But, they better come to play or they could be in deep trouble. GO BUCKS!
The Indiana Hoosiers think you are wrong!
You are about to go on a journey that you will never forget. I took the train from Williams Arizona to the Canyon. The train stops at a spot that is extremely close to the center of the Canyon. You walk up a slight hill that has handrails--cross the street--cut through one of the shops and immediately you are at the center of the Canyon. The view is spectacular. You look straight ahead, to your right, to your left and all you see is the Canyon. And the good thing is that you can walk on paved sidewalks and see the entire Canyon in about a half hour. Get ready to take some amazing pictures! There are not a lot of restaurants at the stop. But, if you are looking for good food at reasonable prices, the hotels located there know how to take care of travelers. And they specialize in knowing what travelers like and they are very efficient at what they do. Have a great trip and you will be amazed at what you see.
Bryce Harper at guard--Mike Tout at one forward --Kris Bryant at the other forward--Francisco Lindor at the other guard--Wesson at center----bring on the Iowa State crybabies! GO BUCKS!