The 3 point line move isn't too big of a deal, but I do not like the change of shortening the shot clock on on offensive rebound. That's nonsensical. Why reward the defense for failing to secure the rebound? That ball is free once it hits the rim and whoever grabs it should get the same amount of time. Now, as far as the shot clock goes, I'd prefer to see it disappear entirely, I think the pace of play would actually increase, but that's a whole different discussion.
Love the new name! And really looking forward to watching them at Cap again this summer!
I went to that Sugar Bowl vs Arky as well. There was one very loud belligerent fan who was yelling "0 and TEN!" at the top of his lungs before the game started. Then he would laugh his (I assume for his sake) drunken stupid giggle. Some of the other Razorback fans were apologizing for him, but he got pretty quiet when we raced out to that big first half lead. And I don't think he made it the entire game :)
As far as opposing fans though, I think the Texas A&M fans were by far the most polite fans. We beat them pretty badly ('99 Sugar Bowl) but they were all just so happy to be in that game and I didn't encounter a single negative Aggie fan.
I'll give 4, 2 in person, 2 I only saw on TV.
Best game I've seen in person - OSU vs Miami
Best moment I've seen in person - Matt Sylvester's shot vs Illinois (interestingly enough I got to meet him in person at the Final Four a few years later - very nice and down to earth guy)
Best game I watched on TV- OSU BTFOing Oregon in the NCG
Best moment I watched on TV - Buster Douglass's KO of Mike Tyson in 1990. He was a 42-1 shot and knocked the champ out.
The only team that would be a surprise winner is Illinois, and even that wouldn't be the biggest shock either. Not like, say Rutgers winning the East would be. Any of the other 6 teams could do it this year. I don't think Wisconsin will though, their crossover is too tough plus they have started to backslide, it doesn't appear that Chryst is the next Alvarez. Anyway going forward I think Nebraska and Minnesota are the top 2 programs out there. They have the 2 best coaches and if those guys stay there (big if with Fleck and Minny, not so much an if with Frost) that could end up being the ballet for the West year in and year out. Interestingly, the cross-overs play a big role in who wins the West, while in the East cross-overs aren't even mentioned. Nebraska and Minnesota both have the most advantageous cross-overs this year so I think the winner of that game wins the West. And gets hammered in Indy by OSU.
Yeah I was surprised. I thought if we got a 4 we'd be slotted against the weakest 1, which I think is WVU. I was kind of look gin froward to that. Having to play Vandy is not ideal. Of course Vandy is probably not terribly happy they got OSU either. But hopefully they don't get embarrassed in game 1 and can make it back to the final round against them.
The reason why is because they have been terrible for the last 15 years or so. The last few years under Bob Todd the program, which had been very strong and did get significant attention, really started to slide. Then Beals was hired and the program has really stagnated under him. I am shocked he is still here, but for whatever reason, he seems to be our Kirk Ferentz. Pulls a saving season out of his ass the day before he was going to get fired. I guess we are stuck with him for a while longer now.
That would be a lot of people, myself included. Today's result doesn't really change the fact that he has underperformed for the vast majority of his time here. Maybe this turns it around and we get back to expecting to win these titles instead of being surprise winners. I hope so, but I am not holding my breath based on what I've seen since he's been here.
As Magno has said more than once this week "The Bucks are hot! and you don't like it when the Bucks are hot!"
It's going to be very interesting to see where they get sent and what seed they get. If they get a 4 seed, which is probably what their RPI would suggest, that #1 is probably not going to be very happy.
Back when I was a student in the late '80s-early '90s B1G baseball was Big 2 Little 8 with OSU and Minnesota being the 2.
Every silver lining has a cloud... or something... lol
It's been a pretty strange and wild tournament, so it makes sense that 7th seed OSU wins it. Unbelievable. This team looked dead less than a month ago.
Great call, wow what an inning!
Alright boys 3 up 3 down and get a title!
Every time I started to check in on them they'd start losing games. They started out B1G play by getting swept by NW of all teams. Then they took 2 of 3 from Michigan who finished a half game out of first. Their only sweep in conference play was vs Purdue in the last weekend and if they didn't get that they don't even make this tournament.
Would love a couple insurance runs in the bottom fo the 8th to help it!
edit - and there's one!
OK review will give us that tag out back. 2-0. Needed that run badly.
Wow OSU is letting Nebraska hang around in this at 1-0 far too long. Should have had at least 2 more runs, and probably 3, now with that tag out at home in the bottom of the 4th. Can't miss out on runs in a game like this.
I came here to say the same thing. Putting that game as #2 is beyond laughable. It isn't even in the top 10 of good OOC games, in a weak year for B1G OOC games.
I read about this the other day and it seems that it isn't just football - they have won the "all sports title" for like the last decade so I assume they are dominating everywhere. Even so, this is nothing but weak-minded, scared people behind this. But it will be fun to see St Thomas break the century mark a few games over the next 2 seasons. This is one of those instances where a scorched-earth strategy is not only acceptable, it is mandatory.
He's got some big shoes to fill, but he's also got quite a bit of experience for someone his age. UC Irvine is a strong program and Penn State's women's program was a dynasty for a while. Best of luck coach, Buckeye fans are all rooting for you!
Yeah I don't like the scarlet end zones, and HATE the white lettering. I'd be OK with some color in the end zones, but if they are going to do it, make one scarlet and one gray. Or just have some interesting use of color over a mostly green background. And I'd love to see a return of the diamond lettering that I've never seen live, only in old photos from the '60s.
There is absolutely no question that grass is a safer surface. It absorbs the contact with more give, you don't have rubber pellets causing problems, and it is MUCH cooler during the warm/hot weather games. The drawback is that it isn't as durable and needs to be replaced every 4 or 5 years or so. The problem that OSU had with their last season of natural grass had little to do with the lowering of the field, it had to do with the fact that OSU was trying to stretch out a 7th year of the surface that should have been replaced 2 years earlier. I'm an old guy and turf was first installed in Ohio Stadium the year before I was born. The switch back to natural grass was made during my sophomore year at OSU and at first I wasn't sure it was a good idea. It was, and I'd love to see a return. The interesting thing though, is that with OSU's grass surface you rarely saw grass stains, and almost never saw mud of any kind because the field was so well constructed. It is absolutely doable, it just will cost more over the long haul and OSU doesn't want to spend the money there.
I sort of get the point you are making here, but it's apples to oranges. OSU is a single institution, so comparing the situation where the 2 big sports prop up the remain gin 34 isn't the same scenario as a consortium of 14 institutions being mostly propped up by the top 1 (or 2 or 3). I also don't necessarily think it's a call for OSU to go independent either - although honestly that wouldn't bother me at all, it's a belief I've held for decades. But everyone knows and has already agreed to the rules about how the pie is divided up, so there is no room for complaints at this point. We could have been like Texas in the B12 and demanded an outsized share, and we would have a more legitimate claim to that than Texas, but we didn't, so you can't come back now and protest (not suggesting you are, just a general statement). It's equitable but not fair. Like literally everything in life that is divided into equal parts. But it's the agreement OSU entered into, and it's $50 million more into the bucket.