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Comment 31 Dec 2019

The last time I felt this way was the 1976 Rose Bowl.  Ohio State had handily beaten UCLA early in the season, were undefeated and #1 and it was Archie's last game. The one red flag heading into the game was that the previous game against TTUN, Archie's 31 game, 100-yard rushing streak was broken with 46 yards total on 19 carries. The tension was high in the news commentary leading into the game about a rematch and how the previous loser can learn from their mistakes while the winner has little to know what to change.

The game had a quiet first half but the wheels started coming off in the second half and we could feel the game slipping away.  It was apparent much earlier than this year's game that we would lose, but this was to be two-time Heisman's Archie's sendoff, with an undefeated season, a national championship and proof that Woody could get it done. Prayers were made, Archie was too good of a person and player to have this not be a storybook ending. I think that the 1976 Rose Bowl loss was the precipice that numbered the remaining days of Woody's coaching. I could not open the newspaper or listen to talk radio for a week as I didn't want to think about those young men and the devastation that they felt with this loss.  I was only 10 years old.  It still hurts.  UCLA did nothing wrong, they just got it done with great coaching and execution.

The loss this time hurts the same way as those players will be haunted by "what if?" nightmares that will never go away. But, our future is bright for next year with a solid coach on his way up (if there is even more "up" than this year for Coach Day), a returning Heisman candidate, solid backups that benefited from much second half playing time this year and unlike 1976, a solid and attractive brand in Ohio State with top recruiting classes projected.  And, an anger and focus heading into 2020 that should make opponents quake in their cleats.

All of the Bucks that are graduating, or leaving early, can look at the coming years and know that their hard work and determination left the program in great shape and we will continue to bring in top recruits going forward.  I hope that to a man, they return and share with future Buckeye teams, the passion and pent-up frustrations of how things ended this year so that when the future puts the big prize within their grasp, they reach up and grab it and hold on for all those that came before them and had it slip away.

Comment 31 Dec 2019

I feel for JK as he will likely always look back on that night of misses and leaving with "unfinished business".  We will watch his future endeavors at the next level and proud of those moments of success headed his way.  We should never forget the pain that all Buckeye fans felt with the loss so that this team is never relegated to obscurity having not won the NC.  Those of you who will outlive this Boomer, need to pass on the greatness of this team to those coming behind you.  How they were elite in all phases of the game and conducted themselves in a manner that we can be proud of forever. 

Comment 18 Nov 2019

While I have confidence in the Bucks this year, I keep thinking back to a motivation tool that Bo discussed when reflecting on that 1969 win.  He told his team that the Buckeye's starting group hadn't played four quarters all season and that they would tire out at the end if they could keep them close into the fourth quarter. 

When you look at the "Background" section under the Wikipedia entry for the 1969 game.

There are some parallels that are quite intriguing,  I look forward to those from MGoBlog finding it and using it as an omen for a guaranteed win by the fighting khakis.

Comment 18 Oct 2019

Friday night, not a great choice if you intend to invite star High School recruits to the game.

Comment 10 Jan 2019

Jeaux didn't tweet like Tate and leaves in great graces, fans supporting him all year.  Tate tweets like a braggart and we jump all over him.  Both gave it their all when given the opportunity on the field for our team.  If he leaves, Tate will leave with one of the highest efficiency ratings ever, 174.6, even if he did not get enough snaps for it to register that way.  I would love if we could have kept the QB room SRO, but that cannot happen.  If he leaves, I would love us to support him and wish him the best like we did Jeaux.  He is a kid, used to playing and winning. I can't fault him for at least keeping his options open and popping up on the portal.

Comment 02 Jan 2019

There were at least two plays where our defense had only ten players on the field and I don't get what exactly happened when we had a hockey-like line change that the zebras supported by holding up the Huskies snap for us.  Peterson went nuts.  Why did they hold things up for us?

I am grateful to Schiano and do think that execution was lacking this year, but if he goes, who would Ryan want to bring in his place?

Comment 19 Sep 2018

I am sympathetic to not running up the score, but look at the box score

  • Three QB's played and had a total of 21 attempts, 14 by the starter; they completed 19.
  • Eight running running backs, and the starter being pulled after 5, albeit with 192 yards at that point.
  • Eight receivers catching passes. All but one scoring a TD.  Each of those only catching only a single pass scored a TD.

Do you tell the third and fourth stringers not to try?  I think the winning coach should be given a break that he apologized instead of quoting Bobby Bowden as he rightly could have. 

Comment 07 Sep 2018

I hope his story is one of rehab and rejoining the team.  Such promise and future ahead of him.  When I read about Branden needing another surgery, my thoughts drifted back to the days and frustrations of one Mr. Mike D'Andrea.  I so looked forward to watching him coming out of high school.

Comment 31 Aug 2018

Great post-1975 Rose Bowl quotes from Tom in this article:

"I remember Woody got ticked off at breakfast right before the game, and he started clanging his fork on his glass, which means you better sit up and listen. And he starts screaming for the maitre 'd to come out, and he said, 'I want you to go and cut four ounces off everyone's steaks. I think [John] McKay has infiltrated our breakfast.'"

and the "handprint"...

Comment 31 Aug 2018

The 1975 Rose Bowl was the first OSU televised game that I watched beginning to end at 9 years old.  We had season tickets and went to all the home games 1973-1976. 

That game had all kinds of sloppy, weirdness to it.  Lots of turnovers on both sides, Archie fumbling TWICE inside the USC 10 yard line, the end of his 22 game 100-yard streak, the RB from USC going down and the backup not missing a beat.  When Tom trotted out instead of Klaben, those in our household really thought he was going to shock the world with his strong leg.  Sadly his kick was caught about two yards inside the back of the end zone by a USC player so it was at least five yards short.  But had he made it, video of his old-school, straight-on kicking style field goal would be shown every Saturday in the Shoe as part of the Legends clips they show.  Here is a great article about how the two point play by USC made the difference and all of the gaffes that poisoned what should have been an amazing game between powerhouses. https://www.nytimes.com/1975/01/02/archives/twopoint-play-is-decisive-in-the-rose-bowl-ohio-st-is-upset-by-usc.html

Comment 15 Aug 2018

Tom Tupa’s Touchdowns: Remembering One Of Patriots-Jets Rivalry’s Wildest Games

I love this story when he was pressed into QB service when Vinny Testaverde went down with a ruptured achilles and since the only other QB was Rick Mirer marked as an Emergency QB... well you can watch and learn about the rest.  My favorite part was Tupa's shoes.


Comment 23 Dec 2016

I would love it if Brutus and the cheerleaders kept something like those Australian Rules Football referee's lab coats with them and when Cam gets lined up to kick one through, they don them and when he makes it, signals like the AFR ref does.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

325 E. 15th was the address of the apartment building I lived in at 15th and 4th.  Anyone that lived there had something happen.  One year I was there, someone decided to throw a Molotov cocktail at the door of someone on the top floor.  I had my motorcycle's tires slashed multiple times and apartment windows broken so many times I installed my own alarm system even though I rented,