College baseball sucks. Seasons starting in February, structural factors guaranteeing HUGE advantages to southern programs, most good players skipping college, aluminum bats. Until/unless these things change, why beat our heads against the wall here.
I can see a scenario becoming more and more common where the Conference Championship game is just something to " get through" before the playoffs, especially if playoffs move to 8 teams.
I have never been a fan of the Conference Championship game, it seems artificial and contrived to me. Just think of all the SEC championship games that featured a 12-0 or and 11-1 team against an 8-4 or 9-3 team. Last year's game against Northwestern is another good example.
Expanded playoffs will also lead to situations where a team would do better to rest guys in a CC game rather than go all out to win it. Lets' say there is one undefeated team, two one loss teams and maybe 6 two loss teams out there. No way would the undefeated team losing the CC game keep them out of the playoffs,unless they got completely humiliated. I think ending CC games is a MUST if the playoffs are ever expanded.
Given today's TV landscape, carving out noon as the kickoff times for the biggest Big 10 games makes a huge amount of sense. It sets the expectation of the fans, that there are big games early, and it doesn't move every big game to Saturday night, when it interferes with going out, attending dinners/parties or causes heartburn with your spouse because she wants to spend Saturday night together doing something other than watching football. I'm sure there will still be night games for those of you who like them, but it was getting to the point that other than UM, EVERY big game was happening at night.
Yeah, in retrospect, JT was the 21st century version of Pete Johnson, I think Pete Johnson was only stopped 1 time where it was 4th and goal or 4th and 2 or less in his entire OSU career. Some how a QB run doesn't look as impressive as a fullback plowing guys over backwards.
I think it was Haskins who took it upon himself to show everyone that he can run and with his football knowledge he can pick his spots, and he did. He might have looked at Craig Krenzel's stats from 2002 that showed he ran for 368 yards that year. And that is minus the sacks he took, so in NFL yardage, that is probably over 500.
Are the Royal Family secret Buckeye fans?
Get the Bucks to the playoffs and perform well there. Of course a National Championship would be nice, but it's hard to EXPECT a national title seeing that there have only been two of those in the last 50 years.
Beck was a complete bum as a coach, we don't want him back!
Yeah, that list is embarrassing. What other successful program over the last 50 years even comes close to that ineptitude at QB in the NFL, maybe Penn State? I not entirely facetiously blame John Borton's injury in 1953. Because of that Woody decided he never was going to rely on one guy to lead his team. Unfortunately that is the way football has developed over the next 65 years, and here we are.
Restroom attendants are something out of the 1940's and need to go. No one needs someone else to hand them a freaking towel after they take a leak. Plus what horrible job conditions, they get to literally spend 8 hours a day in a restroom watching and listening to other people relieve themselves!
I was ( and am ) a slow white guy, and I benched 280 in high school and wasn't even a division 3 recruit. It is shocking to me to hear that only 3 or 4 guys could only bench over 300 in 1988. Perhaps I should have tried to walk on. I'm sure a 5'11 230 lb Defensive Tackle would have flown in that era's Big 10....not really.
This guy is a clown without a suit. He obviously learned nothing at Ohio State.
Who in their right mind would be calling for Holtmann's head at this point, or say that he needs a Final Four run next year to save his job? To me he has not had a disappointing year yet, we just had our hopes up for this year with the hot start. To me he would get a full mulligan even if he has a sub par year next year before his seat would start to heat up, not that I expect that to happen.
Maybe start Ahrens and play him for 30 min?
Not arguing your point, but JTB's performance against Iowa and Clemson was a major factor in both of those losses. Hell, his performance against UM in the 2016 game was putrid, it just carried over to the Clemson game as well.
Agree, it was a Woodyism to say TSUN, which is quirky and great, but, that was Woody. I don't go out in sub zero temps wearing a white short sleeved shirt, but that doesn't mean I don't respect Woody and think he was the greatest coach in program history, despite his flaws.
I know people don't want to hear it, but this really does seem like he is angling to get back on the sideline somewhere. I just hope it is at USC rather than ND. Plus it would make beating USC in a Rose Bowl or playoff game that much sweeter. I would never hate Urban for leaving, but you are damned sure I would want to do a reverse 2007 NC game on him!
Can I get my voting record corrected so that my vote for the option of " Yes, but they need a win over Indiana" does not register in the " L" column, if in fact we do beat Indiana and we do in fact get into the tournament? if we somehow beat MSU also, then I don't care what you do with my vote...I will be happy just to register that victory!
In my day (ancient times) it was Rick Smith, who elicited huge cheers from the crowd when he rarely made an appearance in the game.
Which has the higher Douchieness Quotient?
Man Bun v. Backwards Baseball Cap v. Mets Jersey ?
I blame the hippie lettuce....No, seriously this team is flawed, we knew this was going to be a rough year and the team got our hopes up with a strong start. Which was somewhat smoke and mirrors. Once we hit the tough Big 10, we found out this team is not that good.
One has to speculate if the Hippie Lettuce was involved.
I honestly wonder about the future of college basketball, as the NBA becomes more predatory with the dropping of the one and done rule, along with wanting to beef up its D ( or " g" how stupid) league, college basketball players could become even more anonymous than they are now. Comparing now to the days of knowing and wanting to beat guys like Bill Walton, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Chrstian Laettner, etc. who would be back year over year, to today, trying to work up any type of emotion over facing the 5 unknown freshman Duke or KY starts just because of their uniform, the sport really suffers for me.
Trying to set up a false rivalry especially now, seems futile. We have to just hope one naturally forms, kind of how the Blue Jackets/Penguins rivalry has.
Who knows, maybe players will stay longer now because they are not NBA prospects, but that kind of makes college basketball like minor league baseball or college baseball, where only the occasional superstar makes it to the next level.
I think there is a difference between coming in from an area with its own college football tradition ( Tennessee, the south ) and an area with pretty much no college football tradition (New Hampshire). I would think it would be easier to adopt a tradition as your own if you did not have to discard the one you grew up with, and that you probably felt was superior to anyone else's at the time you were younger.
The quote from a Bronx tale is instructive here:
Mickey Mantle? That's what you're upset about? Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? If your father can't pay the rent go ask Mickey Mantle and see what what he tells you. Mickey Mantle don't care about you. Why should you care about him?
As my sports viewing has matured, and I have dealt with issues in real life much worse that my favorite teams losing championships, I have come more toward this attitude.