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OldColumbusTown


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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being able to witness the 2006 game between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan. It is something I will never, ever forget. Electric moment in time with a buildup that was second to none, and a game result to match.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Braxton Miller
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA

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Comment 10 hours ago

I look at this schedule (especially the conference schedule) a few different ways...

1) The teams OSU play twice are probably the most winnable this season.  That is good for accumulating wins, but isn't the most helpful for SOS.
2) The teams OSU only play once in conference and on the road are probably the top teams in the B1G this season.  It will be more difficult to win those games, but any win against those teams will be huge road wins and help SOS/RPI/BPI and all those metrics.

Overall, OSU's schedule is much tougher this year than in year's past.  The non-conference schedule includes more high-major conference teams, and more chances for good wins.  It is unfortunate it happens this year with a slimmed down roster, but maybe Holtmann can produce some magic with this group.  The opportunities are there!

Comment 11 Aug 2017

It's funny, just yesterday I read an article about Tyjon Lindsey.  After reading Andrew Ellis's For The Better article, it reminded me of him and led me to dig in to how he was currently doing at Nebraska.

Here is the article.  Who knows the true story - but this makes it sound like Tyjon became much closer to "cousin" Brendan Radley-Hiles, who was a silent commit to Nebraska at the time.  Then, Tyjon actually says Ohio State doesn't need him to be great.  Instead, he'd rather go somewhere he can put them back on the map, so to speak. 

Comment 10 Aug 2017

He looks good!  It's amazing how much his body has transformed in the past two years.  A lot of hard work, I'm sure, has gone into that and it shows what type of work ethic this kid has.

With his basketball skills, the only thing that could seemingly hold Wesson back was his conditioning and lack of explosive athleticism.  Can't wait to see him on the floor this season!

Comment 07 Aug 2017

I thought I had read he was not a big fan of Jeremy Pruitt, who came in and replaced Kirby Smart as DC at Bama.  Smart would have recruited Sheffield, but after redshirting under Smart as a true freshman and not seeing a happy future under Pruitt, he left for junior college.

Comment 26 Jul 2017

Jamaica hasn't looked very dangerous going forward most of the tournament, but when they start to build momentum they seem to become very dangerous very quickly.  They've got a few guys up front who are able to hold the ball just enough, but also beat their man and run at goal.  The US's outside backs always concern me - I am hoping they are able to play mistake free in the back.

Andre Blake has been spectacular in goal for Jamaica.  It will take quality to beat him, but with Altidore finishing well against Costa Rica, Morris looking good, and Dempsey's super-sub role, I think the US will get the job done tonight! 

Comment 26 Jul 2017

Sometimes I feel disgusted and ashamed that I have an unhealthy obsession with a college football team full of 18-22 year olds.

I think Ezekiel Elliott is turning into a punk right in front of our eyes.

I could survive back-to-back 6-6 seasons of Ohio State football if it meant the USMNT winning the World Cup (preferably all of this happening around 2026 when the US should be hosting).

Comment 21 Jul 2017

Kyrie wants to "have his own team" and has apparently been on the fence all of the past 3 years as to whether he wanted to play second fiddle to LeBron or not, according to Windhorst's story.

I just don't get it - he had his "own" team in Cleveland pre-LeBron, and we saw that result.  He becomes #2 when LeBron gets to Cleveland, but immediately becomes a true superstar because of the platform allowed by being part of this Cavs team.  He raises his brand, increases his star power, and now wants out.  Other than maybe the LA Clippers or Miami Heat, where is he going to go where he has a chance to be the go-to-guy on a winning team?  The Spurs?  Even then he'd play second fiddle to Kawhi.  It's puzzling, to say the least, when he's almost guaranteed another NBA Finals appearance next season.

Comment 11 Jul 2017

That was my first thought as well!

That is a positive consequence of this, but in reality Scoonie Penn will bring a huge added value to the program with his ability to connect to past and current players, as well as incoming recruits.  Add Dom in the mix now too as a '20 recruit!

Comment 10 Jul 2017

Which could be huge, if it is the right player or players.  Opportunity is there right away for a big-time PG to come in and claim playing time.  Even with CJ returning, Holtmann has no "connection" to any of the returning players.  It is a perfect situation for a newcomer to make an instant impact.

Comment 07 Jul 2017

That would put OSU at the maximum of 13 scholarship players.  Holtmann has said he plans to have 10-11 scholarship players on his team at a time.  With the proliferation of transfers in college basketball, it doesn't make sense to have a full scholarship roster with 3-4 players guaranteed to not see a minute of time.  That leads to more and more transfers, and a constant battle of reprocessing your roster every year.

You also would really never want to bring in 7 players in one class, in my opinion, unless you had no choice but to do that to fill a roster.  That leads to an off-balance roster heavy in one class, and that cycle will continue every few years where you would have to bring in a huge class just to have proper depth.

Comment 07 Jul 2017

Hope to see Holtmann pull in his first recruit here with Jallow, and then hopefully the flood gates open with Cohill and Hunter.  Pair those with a big, and you have a nice class already with the potential for a really nice class if you can get Weaver or another borderline 5-star kid.

Basketball recruiting is a fickle thing.  Look at Western Kentucky, Texas, LSU, etc. - they bring in a new coach or have a dynamic recruiter that is able to make strong connections with a big-time recruit, and that is all it takes for a strong class to come together.  If Holtmann and crew can show these recruits a path to early playing time, plenty of opportunity, and better than expected on-court results right out of the gate.. look out!

Comment 05 Jul 2017

I used to comment quite a bit on basketball topics, and still do when I have time, but over the past 3 years or so, it has become an exhausting endeavor to watch and truly invest in the Buckeye basketball program.  I still watched at least a portion of every game last year, but the team and program came to a head where something drastic needed to be done.

I am looking forward to this new era, though I find myself wistful that the previous era has ended.  Thad Matta took Ohio State basketball to places we'd never seen, and at one point had the program on the path of becoming (and remaining) a consistent top 5 program nationally.  A few things happen here and there, and suddenly it feels like we are back in the O'Brien days, or even in year 1 of the Matta regime.

There are a lot of unknowns, a ton of roster turnover that will be taking place in the next year or two, and that does excite me.  I look forward to more healthy discussions on OSU basketball in the near future, especially now that we can move past the #FireThad era and actually talk about the team and their (hopefully) strong on-court performances.

Comment 29 Jun 2017

From everything Tim has mentioned recently, it seems like the new staff did not pursue Nance at all.  Northwestern seems like a terrific fit for Nance.

Comment 26 Jun 2017

I agree.  As much crap as Thad has taken from OSU fans over the past few years, it is sometimes hard to fathom and realize just how much he did for Ohio State basketball.  Yes, the last 3 years were painful and a change was needed, but Thad took OSU basketball to places we had never seen before in the modern era.

There is a reason Chris Holtmann took this job, and it is mainly due to what Thad built and accomplished in his time in Columbus, and the name recognition recruits still have when they think of Buckeye basketball.  Here's hoping Coach Holtmann and his staff can take advantage of that, and build off it even further.

Comment 04 May 2017

I'll take Christians first.  Kirk and Wilkins, that is.

Kirk, by far, is the most dynamic player on offense in the country.  He can be what Curtis Samuel was, but is also an immediate threat on kick/punt return and as a deep threat at receiver.  OSU's defense will be fine, even with a brand new secondary.  Against the best of the best, this OSU team needs someone who can be a threat over the top, or anytime he touches the ball.  Kirk is that guy.

Wilkins is a dominant defensive lineman.  You can line him up at end or tackle, and he's an elite pass rusher.  OSU is stacked already on the d-line, but if you can put him on the same line as Lewis, Hubbard, Bosa, Jones, Holmes, et al, I just don't know how any college offense is going to operate against that front.

The only other players I see as substantial upgrades over what OSU has would be at OT.  McGlinchey, Hyatt, and others would make an instant impact at either left or right tackle, and would solidify the o-line.

Comment 17 Apr 2017

Burrow will be a RS Soph in 2017, and Haskins a RS Frosh.  I was/am as big of a Dwayne Haskins fan as anyone, and when he decided to flip to the Buckeyes I was ecstatic.  With that said, every time we've seen Burrow in action, he's been impressive.  And he gets more and more impressive each time.  Whether it is garbage time, the spring game, or hearing what his teammates say about him in practice, there is something special about Joe Burrow.

Now.. in 2018, who's to say Joe cannot put up big-time numbers and leave after starting just one year?  Mitch Trubisky did it, and he couldn't beat out Marquise Williams, who was a good college QB but went undrafted.  Sound familiar?

I think Joe Burrow is the guy for 2018, and I'm not so sure that means Dwayne Haskins transfers.  If Burrow performs like I think he would as a starter and leaves early, Haskins would still have 1-2 years to start as well.

Comment 13 Apr 2017

Believe it or not, but Thompson has developed greatly while at Ohio State.  If he doesn't get the feedback he wants from the NBA, why would he not return and develop some more?

Many, myself included, have been critical of the overall lack of development in this program over the past 3-4 years.  When the shoe is on the other foot, I think it is fair that we point out how much this staff has helped Trevor become a better player over the past 3 years.  If not for his penchant for silly fouls, he would have/could have been a 2nd-team All Conference player, in my opinion.

Comment 28 Mar 2017

The more I think of it, the more I agree with you on the back line.  Honestly, I think I'm too used to JK's philosophy of completely changing the team's identify from game to game.  My one main concern would be keeping Omar in there due to his penchant for AWFUL giveaways in the back, but his size on set pieces are hard to replace.

I don't know if Dempsey starts due to lingering effects of his time off.  I wonder what type of fitness level he has.  If he does start, I'd say any concern whatsoever is gone, which would be tremendous for both him and the team.  Agreed on Jozy as the lone striker, but in my lineup without Dempsey, there is really no replacement.  You cannot put Wondo in there. Like I said, hopefully Clint is good and he's ready to play 90 once again.

Looking at this roster, it's amazing how many injuries there are at the moment.  Wood, Johnson, Brooks, Yedlin, Morris.  You have 4-5 main contributors who cannot go.