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MEMBER SINCE   December 13, 2013

New England born, Ohio resident, Buckeye fan for life


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Comment 10 Sep 2019

He’s going to be treated like he’s in a perpetual hot seat even if he remains status quo this year and for the foreseeable future, but I don’t think he’ll be fired for that.

I think Harbaugh is their guy whether they like it or not until:

  • a better option comes along 
  • he quits to pursue other options or to “spend more time with his family”
  • some unendurable storm like a sub .500 season or major scandal forces him out. 
Comment 08 Jan 2019

Ohio State was a dangerous team this year that showed flashes of brilliance and stupidity....that couldn't get over the top to become a complete team in any game.  They have demonstrated they could have had the potential to hang with these two, but they never pulled it all together.  They haven't been 9 units strong since January 2015.

Clemson is a complete team and Alabama is too except when they play someone who can play on their level.  Then they show cracks.  Clemson also benefits from having played Alabama 37 times in the last 4 years and has had nearly the same obstacles to overcome each year.  Under the current format and paradigm, they are built to dominate the system.  But I'm hopeful that Ryan Day is putting together the pieces to become a complete team in the future.

Comment 30 Nov 2018

One of the things that’s funny is that a couple of SEC fans with a YouTube account are putting the committee and ESPN pundits to shame by talking about football like grown ups instead of having exercises in confirmation bias (committee) and creating a bunch of fake drama and emotion to justify their takes (ESPN). Now the SEC Fans have their limitations too. Their model picked Michigan to win by a lot and one could easily see why a model that can’t measure intangibles would do that at that point in time. But their discussion about the model is then supposed to at least discuss those intangibles with some legitimate data to back it up. I’d like to see them do hypothetical matchups at this point between the top 8 teams and then determine a ranking based on what these matchups suggest. Not saying it would be perfect, but I’d be much more interested in that than hearing what Pawwwwwl or Stephie A Smith have to say.  

Side note: one way to fix ESPN and the sports punditry in general is to make them pay consequences for being wrong. Who wouldn’t want to see Desmond Howard in an OSU hoodie for an entire broadcast every time his hot take is obliterated by reality?  Might force them to do a little homework before running their mouths. 

Comment 28 Nov 2018

Big Nut goes around to several schools on their award nights in my area and presents a graduate with an OSU scholarship.  I met him in 2017 when he announced the scholarship for my neighbor.  That doesn't mean that I'm into the costumes or this particular behavior involving a mannequin head, but in his case, I don't find his love of the school to be something he's exploiting for personal gain.  He does genuinely love OSU and OSU football.

Comment 21 Nov 2018

If you had 4 and 5 stars with development and mentoring by seniors who care as much about the program as they do about their careers, and under the tutelage of a consistent coaching staff, then I don’t doubt that this team would be giving bama and Clemson a run for their money right now. But instead we have a bias toward early departure of our franchise players and changes in coaching such that we are hitting the reset button too many times in too many areas and this is where we are at. And with all of that, Urban has this team scraping and clawing their way to a one loss conference championship season.

I’m both grateful for the results that OSU gets under these circumstances, and frustrated that the program has allowed itself to be put in this situation and will continue to be in it for the foreseeable future under this model. 

To truly be an elite contender, more continuity is not only needed, it is essential. Without it, this is our ceiling. 

Comment 17 Nov 2018

Oh, and Maryland also benefitted from a lot of Buckeye stupidity too. Like walking linebackers up to the line who can’t shed blocks leaving a single safety to make a tackle in space on a ball carrier at full speed. If that counts as luck, then yes, Maryland was lucky. 

Comment 13 Nov 2018

I can’t think of a better example of a post that does deserve its own thread. Well researched thesis supported by evidence shouldn’t be buried in long comment threads only to be read by those who spend their entire day on the site. 

Comment 09 Nov 2018

I'm not prepared to make any predictions as there are just too many inconsistencies with what goes well, and too many consistencies with what doesn't. 

The SEC Fans ran a mock scenario a few weeks ago of how OSU would stack up against scum if the game were played that week and the biggest takeaway from that very long analysis for me was that every team that plays Ohio State this year statistically overachieves on both sides of the ball beyond their season averages against their other opponents. 

This game will be a bellwether in that regard.  We'll know if they have truly improved or not based on whether MSU exceeds 360 yards of offense and whether OSU exceeds 325 yards of offense.  If not, I'm prepared to say they have not truly turned a corner and will likely lose the game.  Either way, I see this game as a harbinger of what's to come for the remainder of the season. 

Comment 05 Nov 2018

One of the things that is so difficult to accept though is that the loss of key components and key coaches is by design.  Building an NFL pipeline roster and coaching them with coordinators and position coaches who view OSU as a step on a career ladder leads to this.  I'm not saying that you don't want 1st rounders or future HCs and NFL coordinators on your team and staff, but it's been so tilted in that direction that there is no core identity from year to year.

'The Chase' was a great identity.  Rugby tackling was an excellent and proven concept.  Coach Red Bull could set water on fire.  'E+R=O?'  Haven't heard that in a while.  Tim Kite? 'Power of the Unit?' 'Nine units strong?'  Nah.  We've moved on from all of that.  No need to retain any of it.  

Comment 22 Oct 2018

It's funny, I was going to write this in another post and then I saw yours:

We've been playing whack-a-mole since the confetti fell in Dallas on each unit with the exception of Larry Johnson's.  "The back 7 are great this year, if we could only get the WRs going on offen.......ooh wait it switched, the WRs are great and the back 7 are horrible now."  When Johnson retires, the DL will be in play to become another "on-again/off-again" unit from year to year.  And to stay in character, we'll have to get Brian Hartline a HC or NFL position coaching job just as soon as we start solving all of the other problems so that the WRs can be an issue again.  Wash/rinse/repeat since January 13, 2015.

Comment 22 Oct 2018

The top 5 terms that I wouldn't miss if they were to disappear from the lexicon for a while in regards to this program are:

5: "Heisman Candidate"

4: "Go get paid"

3: "Playoff hopes are still alive"

2: "A win is a win"

And the hands down runaway winner at number 1 is: "We don't rebuild.  We re-load." 

All of these terms reek of an entitlement culture with the wrong priorities.  Rebuilding isn't a dirty word.  Hubris is.  Bring your lunch pail to work and those phrases all become irrelevant, and the goals they all make reference to take care of themselves.

Comment 16 Oct 2018

I agree with what you’re saying as far as what will happen. But the premise of a lot of comments on here is “why risk injury (or in Bosa’s case, further injury) when his draft stock is as high as he needs it to be now” or, “these guys only play college ball for the purpose of getting into the NFL and no other reason.”  If that’s the criteria for this decision, then Haskins shouldn’t play another single snap. Yet he will, which shoots down a lot of the arguments made about why players should do this and why we should think it’s ok. I don’t have malice toward a player who does this, but I don’t sugarcoat it either. I call it what it is which is quitting the team. Some people get upset when I say that, but that’s what it is no matter how many arguments about futures, draft stock, money, etc can be made, it is a decision on whether or not to quit the team that got you there.

I do consider it different if someone finishes out their season and then declares early. But I taught my kids to finish out their commitments for the season unless they were unable to. If they didn’t do that, then they were qutting. I don’t think of it any differently for anyone else. 

Comment 16 Oct 2018

There's the challenge as a coach.  "Do it for your brothers!" speeches in the locker room ring a little hollower when the elephant in the room is that the brotherhood surrenders to money.  I'm not saying that I don't understand or respect what the Bosas and Wards of the college football world decide to do, but believing in the brotherhood is key to those who are still suiting up.