I concur. I would LOVE if just one person in the B1G called out the other conferences for not canceling their seasons yet.. if you have information that makes it such a risk to play, why aren’t you calling out for the player safety in other conferences?
While I agree they should have self imposed & I also hate Gene Smith, the NCAA was out for blood that year. No telling if they wouldn’t have banned us anyway in ‘12. However, I’d rather have made them ban us an additional year than watch the POS that was the Gator Bowl.
LOL “We haven’t spent any time on it.” Glad they threw away fall football with no plan for spring football. This whole situation makes me sick. For the kids and for myself as a fan. Don’t come at me with “player safety” if 3 other conferences play and your “plan” is to make players play 2 seasons in a year. You cancelled bc you didn’t want the liability or players organizing. I’d feel much better if they just admitted that.
The 14 day quarantine could play big.. any number of positive tests from either OSU or UM’s star players a week before the game would taint the result. Don’t even want to think about hanging up an L to the weasels bc we have a key pieces out..
The TTUN game randomly in the middle of the season feels dirty
I think he will be just fine. Even if he has a question on how to approach a recruit near the end of a cycle, he’s got one of the best ever in Meyer on speed dial. Not that I think Coach Day is much for pitching recruits, he seems to take a genuine, honest approach in recruiting that I imagine will treat him well each signing day.
2018 was such a weird year.. the defense was so bad that year it makes looking back seem like we had a bad year.. then you remember we beat the brakes off TTUN, won the B1G and a Rose Bowl. How in the hell did we lose by 29 that night??
Just a horrible draw. Wasn’t Gene Smith the head of the selection committee that year, too? Probably had to recuse himself (I think basketball does that like the CFP committee does) but still mind boggling he could be in the committee and allow the brackets to fall how they did. That Kentucky team with their future NBA talent and length was one of the only teams that couldve tripped us up. I think if we play that game 10 times, we still win 9. Just a perfect storm that lead to the L. Best buckeye basketball team in my lifetime IMO (I think they were deeper than the 06-07 squad)
I really wish I was wired differently. Every part of me knows what we saw last year was something very, very special, but all I can think about is the pain of how we lost that last game. Anyone whose been around to experience other heart breakers have any advice? Does it ever get better? Just seeing Fields in that photo wearing the jersey from that game leaves a pit in my stomach.
Clarett literally taking the ball from Sean Taylor could be the best effort/football play on the list.. yes, people force fumbles all the time and often recover them.. but how often do you see someone literally just take the ball from the other player? Then take into account the situation and it amplifies the magnitude of the play. Clarett gave us a ton of highlights that year but this play alone was his greatest as a Buckeye IMO. Great read as always, Ramzy
The MFT series has been EXACTLY what we’ve needed as sports fans over the last handful of months. Thanks again for another awesome article, Ramzy. I laughed at the “hugs, remember those? Hugs were awesome”
I was a 10 year old at that game in PBS.. so funny to look back on, but I was there with my Aunt (OSU grad) and Uncle (UC grad). although I was raised to be a huge Buckeye by my dad, my uncle took me to a number of UC games & he actually had me rooting for UC to make the comeback.. seems incomprehensible I ever could have been pulling for another team to beat OSU. looking back now it’s funny how important that game was for the next two decades of Buckeye football, who knows if we run the table and are able to beat Miami if we stumble against UC that day. If we don’t win that natty, who knows if in January of ‘15 I’m sitting in the stands watching my Buckeyes win a national title my senior year.
SW Ohio born and raised, OSU was the only school I applied to. 2015 Engineering grad. Outside of my family and friends, there are few things I cherish more than my OSU degree and fandom.
A lot of to choose from.. recency bias would have me change the Clemson game. I “gave up sports” for a good month or two after that ripped my heart out.
One mention I haven’t seen is that I’ve always wondered what the 2003 team would have looked like if Clarett didn’t get the boot after ‘02.. those subsequent years the team sorely missed a presence in the backfield. In addition, if Drushawn Humphries doesn’t tragically pass away, you wonder what that stretch from ‘02-‘05 looks like with that two headed monster in the backfield..
I can appreciate your point of view and I see that you’re trying to get to what the root of the problems are. However, where are the statistics that show blacks are more likely to commit crimes? Do you think that maybe a country that was built upon slavery may still be biased in the arrests and charging of black folks?
I don’t disagree that black on black crime is an issue, but how does that correlate to the disproportionate amount of blacks being killed year after year by officers who continually aren’t charged? I get that being a police officer is a damn tough job and deciding whether to pull your weapon is not a situation I’d want to be in either. And I do trust most officers are good officers. But good or bad, officers must be held accountable when innocent lives are taken.
At the end of the day, I don’t want to get into a pissing match with those on this site. I just urge everyone to have an open mind. I’m a white male. I surely have benefitted from privilege. Does that mean I haven’t had to work my ass off to get where I’m at? No. But have opportunities in society been presented to me that may not have been otherwise? I don’t know for sure. But just because it hasn’t been a problem for me, doesn’t mean it’s not a problem for someone else. Growing up in small town Ohio in a town with 98% white people, I lived in a town that surely had its biases. I can never know what if feels like to be a black man in America. I don’t know what it feels like to not know whether or not you can trust a cop. So I stand with them and their struggle. I just hope everyone opens their hearts and remembers that empathy, compassion and understanding are what we need most right now.
Thank you Wargor. It’s mind boggling to me that people try to use that false narrative to justify what’s happening. There are 6x as many whites as blacks in this country.. simple statistics show that there should be 6x as many white deaths than black. However, the numbers show that blacks are 3.5x more likely to be killed. Continuing to say “White Lives Matter” misses the entire point of this movement and is very narrow minded. Open your mind to what’s happening and be part of the solution, not the problem.
Do the comebacks in 2017 & 2018 make up for that 2016 loss in your opinion? I was super pissed they threw that game away, but we really weren’t going anywhere that season anyway. (Evidenced by the Clemson beatdown)
I hope TTUN never figures it out.. admittedly, we obsess over The Game. It is everything to this program and that’s why we’ve been on the run we are on. I’m 28 years old and hardly can remember ever losing to them, yet I still abhor them and get sick even thinking about losing to them once.
Teddy was the number I wanted when I received my first buckeye jersey. Still break out the old #7 from time to time. I was 12-14 years old when he was here, so I know I didn't appreciate the greatness I was seeing. Will never forget the manic feelings that went from elation to devastation after that kick off return against UF.
Also, how have I never read the story of Drushaun Humphrey?! Very sad, I had no idea there was actually a tailback who was potentially better than Clarett in his class..
You do OHPs? NERD
Would love to see Smith get healthy and make an impact in the NFL.. however, with all the WR talent Dallas just brought in it looks like that may have to be somewhere else
Wild he was able to take that all the way.. JTs Freshman year was far and away his best IMO. You wonder how the rest of his career would’ve panned out had he not had the injury, he seemingly lost a lot of explosiveness after he went down. (Obviously had a great career, may have been even better)
Dudes a gamer, hope for the best for him. would’ve liked to see him CLE but the personnel didn’t really make it a great fit.. although I’d have preferred K.J. to Peoples-Jones, who seemingly dropped 5 passes in The Game this past year.
edit: Just read that DPJ never even had a 100 yard game in college.. WOW.
The video has since been removed from YouTube, unfortunately. I was able to watch about half of the first round, pretty interesting to hear the takes. Kiper was pretty spot on with the initial picks, absolutely nailed the character concerns with Laurence Phillips. Id like to think in 2020 we’d be better than we were in ‘96, but Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, and Joe Mixon say hello.
F Art Modell. His first draft in Baltimore is better than any draft he had in CLE. Jonathon Ogden & Ray Lewis in the 1st RD. You wonder what an alternate universe looks like if Baltimore has drafted Laurence Phillips rather than Ogden.
Haha I really appreciate the depths to which the staff at 11W are reaching to provide content during the pandemic.. the old mysterious short disappearance of ‘23-24.. CLASSIC