I wish I could agree with you. This staff has shown a propensity over and over to play veterans and guys who’ve been in the program, regardless if younger guys are performing better. At best, we get a “rotation”.. and it looks like we’re in for another year of that. No way will they bench any of last year’s starters, even if Mack is outplaying them.
Nobody would disagree that stocking a roster with great talent isnt important in CFB. The point I was making was that talent is just a part of the equation. Utilizing the right personnel in the right situations is another part of that equation, and that’s exactly what Saban did last night. In 2016, OSU was down 17-0 at halftime to Clemson.. and the offense had looked terrible all night. Would Meyer have benched JT at half so he could insert true freshmen Dwayne Haskins to “spark some life” into the offense. The answer is a resounding NO, and that’s because Meyer is loyal to a fault. Saban isn’t, and he earned himself another championship because of it.
Urban is a fantastic recruiter, motivator, and leader of young men. But he’s loyal to a fault.. and that undoubtably hurts him. There is NO WAY in hell Meyer switches QB’s at halftime like Saban did.. and that change earned Saban another championship. I wish Urban had the ability to objectively look at his position groups without seniority tainting his view, but alas, he cannot. We’re still blessed with a top 5 coach and staff... but the NC Game showed what separates elite from “all time”.
Craaaaazy idea... Take the helmets away. When you know you don't have any protection, you'd stop using your head as the focal point of impact. Athletes are only going to keep getting bigger, faster, and stronger.. It may come to a point where drastic measures may need to be taken to continue the sport.
Does anyone have any insight on the occurrence of CTE in sports like rugby, where contact occurs often but no helmet is worn?
I hope that at least once in my lifetime, I get to see an OSU/Mich game with both teams wearing their home colors. No alternates... just the standard scarlet & gray uni's vs yellow and blue. That would be amazing.
Is it wrong to have no confidence in the linebackers and secondary, outside of Ward? I don't bet either, but taking MSU with no points doesn't seem like a reach either. Let's hope the team finds a reason to fight this week.. they never got off the bus last week.
Personally... I prefer wheated bourbons, so Weller it would be! I may have one myself later tonight now that I'm thinking about it. Thanks!
Ahh damn. I live off Hurstbourne and Westport.. I could have over-indulged and walked home!
Completely off topic, but fairly new to Louisville.. Any pro-Buckeye bars in town?
I had a thought yesterday that it would have been a nice gesture from OSU to have done something similar with their jersey's, albeit in some sort of support for our armed forces and troops. Not sure what the exact slogan or phrase in OSU's jerseys should be, but it would have been a classy move.
I'm not so sure the staff learned a lesson at all. How many times have we seen underclassmen come in and outperform their upperclassmen teammates? I believe the staff leans heavily toward "experience", and not so much towards "production". Ex: JT Barret
Likely so, unless the offense really finds its feet, and continues to perform against quality competition. I think there is a large contingent of the fan base growing increasingly frustrated with the annual underachievement of the offense. Bad coaching, bad play calling, and poor execution by players.. and every year we get the "we've just gotta get better", or the "we have to get this fixed". In the last 2+ years, they haven't fixed shit. Meyer has blown out the coaching on that side of the ball, and two games in, they are no better than they were last year. OSU has been STOMPED in two out of the last three games they've played... embarrassed really. When you're a perennial Top 5 team, with yearly Top 5 recruiting classes, that's simply not ok. It's going to get much worse around here until the offense gets much better.
Oh how I wish I could agree with you. Even if they do gain separation, there is a difference between "open", and "open enough for JT to throw it".
So true. Urban built a power running team, but has thus far tried to make it a pass first team this year. Establish the running game (which was working last night), then sprinkle in some throws. The offense has no identity at all, and they look like it.
Agreed. The blueprint to beat this team has been outlined, every team they play going forward is going to attack the secondary with quick passes, and absolutely dare Barret to beat them with his arm. Even if the coaches do remember to call some freaking runs, any team we play is just going to load the box. Major personnel changes need to be made.. This is a broken record going back to last season
I can say with a high degree of confidence that if Urban likes his game and wants to take him, his "star ranking" would mean absolutely nothing. Identifying talent and winning games brings a coach success, not a worthless "recruiting title".
How did all of Brady's Hoke's top 10 classes turn out for him?
I also have DirectTV, which is airing the Clemson - Troy game that is just now starting the 4th quarter... Guess I'll be missing the start of the OSU game. Damn,
Really going to miss him. I was concerned after we lost Shazier (still one of my favorite LB's ever) to the NFL, but man did Lee step up and make losing Shazier much easier. Now the question is, who's gong to replace Lee?
I lived in Ann Arbor when he was hired, I thought it was a great hire. Most people (including almost every UM fan) seem to forget that offense wasn't the problem during his tenure, it was the woeful lack of any defense. I don't have the numbers, but I would be shocked if the RR teams didn't average over 30 points a game. But that doesn't mean anything when your D gives up 40 a game.
Damn it Dale, stop interrupting!!!
Totally agree. I think RB is a lot like QB in that when you don't know when your next touch is going to come, you try to force things and try to do too much. Fumbles, negative carries, injuries.. All are more likely when you're not taking what your O-line or the defense if giving you.
I do not, always use a CC. I emailed the staff with a link to this post hoping they may be able to help out. I would think an officially licensed 11W banner would be even better, I have to believe it would make national sports headlines.
Seems like we have the support, it's just a matter of putting the funds together do we can book it.
Alright all, I just spoke to a very nice woman named Catherine at:
Phone number to reach her: 888-645-3442, ext. 118
Details: $1500.00 for 20-25 minutes of flight time, that includes the cost of the sign, taxes, flight, pilot, etc. I used "Go Buckeyes", but that can obviously be changed. She mentioned that often times there are flight restrictions around games, events, etc., so it might be better to fly it a half hour before the start of UM's practice, as they may not be able to fly over the stadium during practice. They do accept Paypal, or all major credit cards. We need to pay up front, then we will be provided with a detailed drawing of the sign, flight itinerary, etc.
Can someone (staff?!?) help set up a Paypal account or something we can all contribute to?
Relevant details: IMG's football address is 5691 Bollettieri Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34210
UM practice on Friday will begin at 5pm, so probably best to slot in for that 4:30-5pm time slot.
This seems like a fairly obvious opportunity for 11W to extend its influence, or at the very least facilitate the 11W membership to exert their Buckeye influence. Give us a date and monetary requirement, then let the fans take care of the rest...
Closest I could find is:
If someone can set up a Paypal and an itinerary, I would be more than obliged to donate. F*%+ UM.
Edit: or crowd source money...I'm not terribly familiar with this new format but it seems like a pretty fairway to do things.