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Member since 05 September 2011 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Coaching my son and his class to a league championship against our hated rival ;)
  • NFL TEAM: Green Bay Packers
  • NHL TEAM: New Jersey Devils
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Play a real game.

Recent Activity

Comment 31 Aug 2015

I agree -- they are going to show up for this expecting us to use Zeke all night long. And, good for them; it would be stupid of them to think we wouldn't use him, after the way he ran down the 3 game stretch to finish the season.

I don' think it will matter much, though. I don't think they have enough horses to deal with the Slobs. I don't think they can prepare enough for all the ways we can use Braxton to hurt them. And I think we still have and will still use Michael Thomas to hurt them deep and Nick Vannett to hurt them within the first 10 - 15 yards of the line. This offense, even short-handed, will hum.

And they will have to contend with our Defense, which has improved probably more than any unit on the field, with the possible exception of the Slobs.

It should be a fun night. For us.

Comment 02 Jul 2015

I personally like the fact that Cardale puts a shoulder into their all-star safety (Collins?), plants him on his ass, and then he slides for three yards from the force of the contact. And I agree with most everyone else here: 'Bama just flat got out-coached and out-played. Respect the Champs!!

Edit: CC and Buckeye read my mind and beat me to the punch...

Comment 19 Jun 2015

Or when Urban retires and Ed takes the reins as Head Coach... Providing he hasn't left by then for another head coaching job elsewhere.

Having attended a coaching clinic where Bentley spoke, and having used a ton of his videos as resources for my own O-line drills, I can fully get behind the idea of him coming on staff. His philosophy on O-line play seems to me to be a great fit for how Ed runs the unit and the offensive philosophy as a whole.

Certainly either of them are light-years ahead of the Walrus...

Comment 16 Jan 2015

I personally don't want to hear anything from Oregon about not being as effective because they lost a few people. Boo hoo. Everyone knows what we lost with regard to QBs... but we also had Spense suspended, Rod Smith got the boot halfway through the season, Dontre Wilson got hurt, Heuermann was playing hurt... and as you said, FOUR turnovers from us in that game. Oregon should just count themselves lucky that we turned it over at all. Three of those lost balls were on the plus side of the field and at the very least, we would of <likely> scored on the next play if Thomas hadn't fumbled the ball inside the 10. The scoreboard could have been a lot more lopsided for them.

Now, they need to spend some time visiting the Midwest and South, and learn how *real* defense it played...

Comment 02 Jan 2015

These offensive coordinators -- sometimes, they get too enthralled with their sexy spread offensive schemes and forget that, sometimes, football is just blood and guts and line up under center and destroy the guys in front of you, man-to-man. So many of them get stars in their eyes thinking about the motion and the matchups, and leverage on the edge/over the top/to the outside, and forget that you can just ask your big guys to move their big guys and drive the ball.

It makes me crazy.

Comment 02 Jan 2015

They were definitely allowing a lot of holding, but at least they were being (relatively) even-handed about it. There were a number of plays where they could have flagged our O-line for holding, too...

Still, on the whole, not great officiating. I hope that the crew we get for the championship is a good one...

Comment 28 Mar 2012

^ + 1,000,000

I don't see how anyone can NOT like Aaron Craft, and I agree -- I see him stretching his game and becoming a solid (probably not spectacular, but solid) scoring threat. We had so many scoring weapons last year, I'm confident it was a conscious decision for him to focus on defense and moving the ball to his teammates -- but this year, he has been far more willing to drive the lane or take an outside shot when it's been needed, or when someone has peeled off to help-D someone else instread of keeping him honest.

Between that and the way he is running this team on the court, I don't know if the BBall team does the whole "captain" thing, but if they do, you're looking at him -- that kid is the real deal.

Comment 27 Mar 2012

My kid LOVES football. The day after his basketball team lost in the sectionals, he told me "football season started today, Pops". He's been lifting and conditioning like mad since, and while the coaches can do that -- they can't do *football* drills. Only conditioning. 10 days in the Spring -- right now -- would be enough for them to do some basic work with the guys and talk to them about where they might fit come August, and what they need to focus on, AND show them some basic drills to work on their football skills. Even at a small school like ours, we've got a lot of boys that are not running track or playing baseball -- just working out and waiting for July.

Spring football would be AWESOME.

Comment 10 Jan 2012
+1000000 Total complacency on a 10 point lead, and they let the Illini walk right back into the game. Hey, guys, maybe after Paul hits his 3rd or 4th 3 someone should be picking him up in transition, you think? Maybe we can exercise a little better shot selection instead of going for and missing 3s of our own. Maybe we can do a little better feeding Sully on the block and put some pressure on their big man, who is creeping into foul trouble... Or maybe you can crap yourselves again and show the world how you're still a freakin' year away. Unless there is some major change, mark my word, this team gets bounced again in the sweet sixteen. Pathetic.
Comment 09 Jan 2012
I'm sorry -are you a Buckeye fan, or paid any attention whatsoever to the line play from this team? If so, have you noticed the ridiculous number of bad penalties they've received? These are 4 and 5 star guys-our line has (had) major problems; to me, that's definitely on Bollman.
Comment 19 Nov 2011

It's just, sadly, par for the course that Shugarts would false start at the MOST inopportune time, but I have to agree 1000% -- Brewster has been a disappointment this season. I don't know if he's got sand in his vagina due to Fickell not naming full-time captains, but he has had problems not only with snap counts and shotguns, but also with picking up his assignments, and more than once. Mike Adams has been 50/50 at best since he came back. We know what Shugarts is. *I* could coach this O-Line better than it has been, and I normally deal with 11/12 year olds. It's ridiculous.

Don't get me started about the linebackers. Shazier, God bless 'im, is going to be huge for the next three years. Klein and Sabino -- just sit down, boys. You're a disappointment, too. Sweat has been okay. but just okay. Not special. Not like Homan, Laurinaitis, Hawk, Carpenter... how far back to you want to go? These are the worst linebackers as a group that I can remember at tOSU, ever.

What can you say about Fickell? I almost agree with an above poster -- he knew he was 1 and done. He has no options. He's stuck with these Offensive coaches, either by his own choice, by circumstances, or due to some loyalty to Tress -- I don't know. But he's been in a no-win situation, and he clearly wasn't ready. I don't see how he can stay -- don't know if they'd want him to -- but it's a damn shame. If Urban is coming, I guess I'll have to accept it, but I'm not sure I like it. Sadly, I'm just glad this season is almost over. For the love of Pete, beat Michigan, would ya?


Comment 10 Nov 2011

Yeah, he usually holds off until the most inopportune time...

Comment 10 Nov 2011

Shugarts went out early in that game, didn't he? QED...


Comment 10 Nov 2011


AT LEAST 500% fewer. Is it wrong of me to wish Shugarts well, but be glad he's not starting? I swear, as a line coach, it is everything I can do not to throw something through my TV every single game. Sometimes I wish he'd just do it on the first play from scrimmage, just to get it out of the way.

Unfortunately, false starts are Pringles to that kid, and he can't have JUST ONE...

Comment 09 Sep 2011

I love Fickell. I want him to get a long-term opportunity to right this ship and lead tOSU back to a championship. I'm optimistic because I believe he has the killer instinct Tress either lacked or kept chained up in the basement. But he really needs to exert some control over his team with all the off-field crap first, and then just continue putting the boots to our opponents defensively...

Comment 09 Sep 2011

You know what? I don't care if the DON'T play. They took money, and I'm not buying the I-thought-it-was-from-a-teammate/I-thought-I-was-getting-paid-for-work BS. This SI/ESECPN/NCAA firestorm is crushing our program, we've lost a coach and vacated wins, and these knuckleheads can't be bothered to A) get clearance for the event, or B) stay clear of anything questionable? Wouldn't you stop and think "Gee, maybe I shouldn't take this money..."

Fickell needs to take a tougher stance on this and shit-can the next guy to step over the line. There is no excuse, not anymore.