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BuckInNashville


from Canton (now Nashville)

MEMBER SINCE   March 15, 2014

Born and raised in the Hall of Fame City, and now living in Nashville where it's all Alabama all the time. Played WR at D3 Ohio Wesleyan where we used to practice in the shoe to prepare for artificial surface games back in the 80's. My QB was Jeff Long, former AD at Arkansas, who was head of the NCAA playoff selection committee for 2014 and 2015 seasons. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Midnight on Jan.1,2015 celebrating at the SuperDome after we beat Bama in the first semifinal round playoff ever
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Dane Sanzenbacher
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns & Whoever I draft in fantasy

Recent Activity

Comment 11 hours ago

It DOES seem odd that we are all walking around feeling great about the depth and athleticism of a line with only 1 returning starter. But go back to last season’s tape and see just how many times Haskins had to pick the ball off the ground from the snap. And how many times in short yardage that Dobbins and Weber were hit in the back field. I mean three or four yards deep in the backfield. It was like we had five tackles with all the length desired for an NFL line, but very little ability to drive block on a run play. 

I think the athleticism that we are all anticipating will translate to a much more balanced attack and a threat in the run game as well as pass protection.

Comment 05 Aug 2019

I don’t know, you think the fact that Alabama has a top (or top three) recruiting class year after year after year has anything to do with their juggernaut status ?

thats just a fact that they do, and now we have been riding a top five wave for a few years with the 2020 class being rated the highest. So I don’t think it’s braggadocio talking here.

Comment 01 Aug 2019

On Mike Thomas mismanagement - We’re going to have to just get over the fact that there were more tools in the shed than could be used under Coach Meyer. That might sound bad, but he brought them here, and the offense only had so many balls to go around - AFTER the QB’s 600+ runs. That was the philosophy of the offense. It changed in 2018 for the roster.

i think we might see a change back this year, but I hope the pendulum doesn’t swing all the way back.

Comment 29 Jul 2019

Sorry - didn’t mean to sound like a Smart ass.

what I meant to say was that I have gone back in the last two weeks, and watched several games. I was appalled at how many times both Weber and Dobbins were hit behind the line. It was amazing how many times both of them fought, and were able to make it back to the line.

When you watch the PSU game , it was Dobbins who scored on a screen, and then broke out on another screen and scamper that brought us from the 5 to about the 40, setting up binjamin career highlight TD. That game showed what he could do if not stopped in the backfield. 

Comment 29 Jul 2019

Yesss.

time for Dobbins to shut everyone up because he is the real deal and will play behind a line including dudes groomed to play guard and center.

time for the veteran defense to show that they either have talent or they don’t - and that it was the scheme, or not

time for Fields to ball out surrounded by future NFL players on offense !

Comment 21 Jul 2019

I would agree with you if it was someone coaching for three weeks,  like what happened in Minnesota when jerry  Kill was experiencing seizures.  This was much much more. 

There is as much media attention in august as there is during the season. Then there was the entire controversy surrounding the program. I disagree it was a test drive akin to a backup QB subbing. 

And motivation ? How about coaching against them top 20 TCU while your defense is crumbling before your eyes?

Comment 21 Jul 2019

Seriously for a moment , I just don’t see Ryan Day as a first year coach. Urban was a shell of himself last year, Day ran August and September, and surely ran the offense after that, coaching Haskins to a record breaking year. He has recovered recruits who were 100% Urban (Z Harrison, L Cvazos) and has assembled yet another top 5 class after cleaning house. The dude is in charge and recruits keep coming. 

I just don’t see the drop off 

Comment 19 Jul 2019

Here’s the difference though with Ryan Day vs all of those other first year OSU coaches. 

1. None of them served as OC the prior two years.

2. None of them served as interim head coach through part of August camp and went 3-0 for the first three weeks , not just running the team, but also having to handle the media questions about his head coach’s decisions.

3. None of them called the plays the prior year that hung 55 embarrassing offensive points on ttun 

Comment 18 Jul 2019

Well I think you answered you’re own quandary there. It IS by default that the writers pick UM.

If their logic is  new Qb, new defensive scheme & coaches, and new HC add up to no championship for OSU , then who else would they pick ?  Penn state with no McSorley ? MSU with Rocky Balboa at QB ? 

And then in the west it’s the usual tossed salad with Nebraska garnering a lot of preseason hype because of the return of Taylor Martinez, but not much left on D. 

In my opinion, the new HC will be a game day upgrade as will the defensive coaching staff changes. (No disrespect to the legend, but sideline composure and decision making were never his strongest suits.). The only question for me is how long it will take for the former 5* QB to take over. 

Comment 15 Jul 2019

Not sure that Dobbins performance was the problem. Was Mike Weber as good last year as he was after he healed up in 2017 ?  Yeah, I didn’t think so either - here’s why ... 

1. Last season’s O line was not a good run block line. They struggled against everyone except maybe the last three games of the season.

2. the run game was still structured around a read option for the most part, with a QB who ran like Joe Germaine. 

3. They split carries right down the middle.

Comment 14 Jul 2019

So you answered your own question I think. In addition, Jarrett Guarantano was a long pursued target of Meyer, but he chose Tennessee under Butch Jones (who coached his dad at Rutgers). He had very limited success at UT and would not have started over Haskins which means he wouldn’t have beaten out Barrett either. So whether Urban recruited a guy or not isn’t the end all.

Comment 12 Jul 2019

Try the rooftop bar at the Bobby Hotel on 4th Ave North, and then go next door for lunch or dinner at the Stateside Kitchen (restaurant at the Dream hotel). 

These are Nashville gems that most visitors never see because they are so concerned with going to Broadway bars named after country stars who have absolutely nothing to do with their namesake establishments. Good live music but no connection to Kid Rock, Luke Bryan or Jason Aldean. 

Also, go spend some time in the Gulch area on 12th. Biscuit Love for breakfast, Thompson Hotel rooftop, and Whiskey Kitchen are great places. Check out Two Hippies for cool threads you can’t find in malls. 

Comment 04 Jul 2019

Because we know that Michael Thomas was a 3* and so was Darren Lee. And because we know that Iowa , MSU and Purdue are perennially stocked with 3*’s and they either give us fits or beat our ass. 

I have way more confidence in this staff’s ability to develop players than the last one. Did you ever imagine that even 4* LBs would develop into great players with last year’s staff ?

Comment 02 Jul 2019

This is exactly what I thought. Don’t forget also that the coach had headaches on the sideline as well AND the run game was anemic. 

I like to tell ttun fans who seem relieved with Ryan Day’s entrance, “who the hell do you think called those plays that rung up 63 points on you? I’ve got news for you, It wasn’t urban Meyer.”

Comment 22 Jun 2019

You won’t get crap for wearing buckeye gear in this town for two reasons :

1. there are 3 bars in Nashville dedicated to OSU on fall saturdays , and they are all louder than vandy stadium ( except when Bama plays here).

2. We beat Bama and won a natty , which means “sec baby” doesn’t carry much weight in local bar discussions. It really won’t until Bama or Georgia beats us in a playoff game 

Comment 20 Jun 2019

I always had tremendous respect for the  psu Engineering school based on experience with guys I work with at a large tier one automotive supplier company. But I was surprised to see that they are not rated very highly in the rankings of engineering programs (US news & World report etc)