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Comment 10 May 2020

A couple more:

"Vehicle" by Ides of March

"Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock. (Strawberry Alarm Clock was a California psychedelia band. After they broke up, they learned that some other musicians had picked up the name and were playing gigs back east. Legal proceedings later, the original band ends up playing in Atlanta, where Ronnie Van Zandt happened to see them. One thing led to another, and SAC guitarist Ed King ended up a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. )

Comment 09 May 2020

I'm late to this party, and most of the good ones are taken. But here's an obscura: 1973: "Brother Louie" by Stories

Comment 09 May 2020

Did 10cc make the top 40 with "I'm Not in Love"? Godley and Creme were in 10cc at the time, but neither of them have writing credit for "I'm Not in Love".

Comment 30 Apr 2020

If you do get COVID-19, you're going to stay home and let the infection run its course, right?

No matter how bad it gets, you're not going to go to the hospital and risk infecting a paramedic squad, nurses, personal care assistants, and doctors, right?

Your family is fine with leaving your dead body in your bed for a week, so that nobody else has to risk contact with your corpse while the virus is still viable, right?

Comment 28 Apr 2020

My recollection is that he had spent a couple days in the hospital that week, receiving IV antibiotics for a staph infection. So, yeah, he probably was a bit less than 100%. 

But here's the bad part: Curtis Samuel was a sophomore; as a freshman he had 58 rushes for 383 yards and 6 touches. So, how many carries would you guess he had in that game?

The answer is zero. (Which, coincidentally, is how many brains you need to devise that offensive game plan.) I mean, your star RB is in the hospital in the middle of the week; you should expect him to be less than full strength on Saturday, and you have time to scheme some stuff to exploit what Samuel does well.

Absolute coaching malpractice. SMDH.

Comment 26 Apr 2020

This is a good site for Draft info. You can filter by round, position, team, and school. 

Comment 20 Apr 2020

About Eddie George's huge game vs. Illinois: Illinois DE Kevin Hardy and LB Simeon Rice were chose #2 and #3 overall in the 1996 draft, while George was taken #14. Pretty impressive to put up those numbers against a defense with at least 2 outstanding players.

(And probably very gratifying to George after his 2 fumbles vs. Illinois, in the 'shoe in '92, probably cost the Buckeyes that game.)

Comment 18 Apr 2020

With the disclaimers that a) this article is just meaningless content, and b) I wouldn't normally bother responding to it, but cabin fever is getting to me ...

With regard to the scoring system, I take issue with a couple concepts:

1. Draft position: who cares? The scoring system should evaluate NFL performance, not expectations. (In fact, there is probably a pretty good correlation between starts and draft position, since teams are "invested" in early draftees; so draft position is probably reflected in that measure, too.)

2. Awards: why the distinction between QBs and non-QBs? Why not give QBs points for offensive POY, or all pro, and then just give the MVP a +2 bonus.

Side note: I hope the quarantine ends soon so that Reid Foster can go get a decent haircut. I give him 0 points for his DIY do.

Comment 16 Apr 2020

Burson's senior season was Gary Williams' last as coach of the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes came into that game at Iowa with a 6-4 record in the Big Ten, but lost that game and the remaining 7 regular season games. I recall that Williams' big adjustment, after losing Burson, was to start forcing the ball into the post for Perry Carter. Carter was the physical prototype for Dwight Howard, and a pretty good rebounder, but was seriously miscast as the centerpiece of the offense.

The Bucks managed to win a couple games in the NIT before losing at home to St. John's, and Gary Williams was out the door and off to Maryland.

Comment 14 Apr 2020

Lachey played mostly guard at OSU, where they used his speed as a pulling guard.

I know a guy who says that Lachey ran the 100-meters (heck, maybe it was yards) in high school and won his share of meets.

Comment 14 Apr 2020

I followed the link to his 247sports.com page. His 247 rating was 4-star, 7th nationally as a dual-threat QB, 210th overall, and 10th best prospect in Ohio; the 247 Composite has him as a 4-star, 8th nationally as a dual-threat QB, 280th overall, and 11th best in Ohio. 

Those are pretty good ratings, but not necessarily "can't miss", so sure, they deserve some credit for offering him (although it's possible that higher-rated guys, had previously turned them down; I think his OSU offer came kind of late in the process).

I guess I just take issue with the expression that they "found" him. I'd be surprised if they're not looking at film of the top 10 (or 20) dual-threat QBs, and the top 20 in-state prospects, every year. He was right out there in the open.

My memory for this sort of thing isn't particularly stellar, but I seem to recall that a lot of schools assumed that Burrow was a lock for either Nebraska (his dad had been played there, and had been an assistant coach there with Solich; and I think maybe he had an uncle who played there too) or Ohio State, so they didn't bother offering him.

Comment 14 Apr 2020

I'm not sure where to look up sacks allowed by an OL, but my recollection is that Jim Lachey went several years without allowing a sack, and played twice per year against Taylor and White. They were dominant players, but they weren't un-blockable.

Comment 14 Apr 2020

But Joe Burrow was not. He was a guy that did not have some of the big offers. So that goes to show you that our recruiting staff and coaching staff did their jobs and went out and found the best of the best.

This is just a bit absurd. Meyer makes it sound as if his scouts found Burrow playing rugby in Madagascar and improbably projected him as a QB prospect.

The guy was putting up ridiculous numbers in a high school about 80 miles from Columbus, and led his team to the state championship in Ohio Stadium. Was it obvious that he would be an eventual Heisman winner? Nah, but it was clear that he had the requisite size and athleticism, and the potential to clean up his mechanics and improve his delivery. And because he came from a football family, you could assume that he understood the game and what it takes to succeed in a Power 5 program.

Comment 12 Apr 2020

Observation: In addition to flattening the curve, the social distancing / social shutdown has bought some needed time to address some of the problems we faced in fighting the pandemic. (For a military analogy: we're trying to limit the fight to minor skirmishes, while we build the tanks and jets we need to wage all-out war.) To site 3 examples:

  1. Battelle developed a method to disinfect N95 masks, helping to ease the shortage of masks needed by medical professionals.
  2. Ohio State developed a way to produce test kits more rapidly, and the tests return results more quickly.
  3. There have been numerous companies that have adapted their existing facilities to produce needed personal protective equipment. We are resilient and adaptive and it's inspiring to see people rising to the challenge. But they would not have been ready to do that day 1.

Opinion: I totally sympathize with staffers and business owners who have been hurt by the shutdown. I'd like to see the government devise a fair way to compensate them for their sacrifice, and I share the concern about the long-term effects of tanking the economy. But I am really frustrated by people who disregard the risks of unnecessary social contact. Everyone who gets infected and goes to the hospital puts doctors, nurses, and hospital staff at risk. (And if you call 911 to take you to the hospital, the squad who responds.)

We have all kinds of laws that attempt to allow people the freedom to do something (e.g. drink alcohol) but impose restrictions (e.g. no driving with BAC > 0.08) to protect other people. You can drive your car almost anywhere / anytime, but you must observe traffic laws (e.g., speed limits, maintain assured clear distance) to prevent your indifference to risk from imperiling others.

Comment 09 Apr 2020

That Wisconsin game was dreadful. Nothing like sitting in cold rain watching your team do absolutely nothing offensively.

I recall that the most impressive play of the game, for the Buckeyes, was a bone-jarring tackle by Tim Spencer, on interception return. And if that's the highlight of the game, well ... it doesn't make the long walk home in the rain any more enjoyable.