Correct, it sure wasn't. I don't believe in the officials being able to be any more accurate with these calls than they have ever been, and I'm prepared to not be less pissed about anything.
Oh for sure. Shoot, if he were even just a couple inches taller, he would have been an NFL tight end. I think he made final cuts with the Falcons back after he graduated. He's had a great career overseas though, and comes from a good family. Good to see him get this opportunity!
Can't tell you how excited I am to see fellow Otterbein alum Jeff Gibbs on the TBT team. Not having Sully hurts, but having Jeff in his place is very good news - best post player I've ever seen or played against. No, he's not the tallest, but with him, that doesn't matter. This is going to be fun!
My #2 jersey is a Mike Doss vintage - gray on the sleeves and everything, looking forward to wearing it more than normal this season!
LET'S. FUCKING. GO!!
Absolutely the loudest, and one of the most amazing moments I've ever experienced in the Shoe. That roar was just the release of all the frustration of that season.
Thanks for this one, it'd been a while since I relived it!
Thank you for this piece. So many people scream about the B1G officials being the absolute worst (in football AND basketball - yikes) and are called conspiracy theorists, whiners, what have you. I don't think it's a coincidence at all that the games not officiated by the B1G were our lowest penalized games.
I'd forgotten about a couple of the calls you mentioned above, and can't believe how horrible they were. Not to mention, I can't remember a deep pass that fell incomplete against our defense this past year that didn't draw a flag. I swear, our guys farted in the general area of a receiver and got called for PI - probably half the time, there wasn't even any contact, or there was contact from the offensive player. Ugh. Now I'm #madonline.
Thought he was still playing - Philly Brown too.
Those assessments of Dwayne Haskins and Mike Weber are comedic gold, and show that they know so little about each of those players (and likely, many others.) Also really makes one wonder how much these teams actually do their homework before drafting players. There are those that do and it tends to show (Patriots) and those that don't, which tends to show even more (nearly everyone else.)
Didn't say I liked them - I said I don't understand the seething hatred and I currently have no beef with them. Big difference.
- Cardale Jones needed Devin Smith a lot more than Devin Smith needed Cardale Jones. See the 2015 season.
- I don't understand the hate for Alabama - until they've won the most recent meeting, I have no beef.
- I also don't understand Ohio State football fans that hate Duke basketball - both programs elicit very strong feelings one way or the other from outsiders, and both are at or near the top just about every year.
- The last two seasons have been incredibly successful and fun.
- College football is supposed to be fun. If you are making yourself physically ill over games every week and can't enjoy the season, you need to walk away. It makes it a lot less enjoyable for those around you.
- Don't sit there in the winter saying how excited you are for the season and then complain about the quality of the match-ups every week once the season. The schedule is the schedule - of course we'd love to play top 10 teams every week, but that's not the way it works.
- Alternate uniforms are awesome. It may be a ploy for Nike to sell more merch, but I'll be damned if they don't get me every time!
If Haskins "benefitting from YAC" is the biggest beef the guy has, then that's pretty good. I certainly don't see how that's a negative.
Acknowledgement of mistakes that could be corrected in a manner and with a justification that makes sense would effectively eliminate the concept of the make-up call.
I agree, but the biggest issue I have is that so often, they STILL don't get it correct - best example is with the targeting review process when replay clearly shows it shouldn't be a targeting call, but they uphold it anyway. Sometimes after VERY long reviews, and when literally everyone else watching the game can see it. This isn't that hard, but yet here we are.
either Drew Brees or Matt Painter
You do mean Curtis Painter, right?
Thank you. I went out in an Ohio State shirt yesterday and was asked three different times if I was embarrassed to be wearing it. It made me thankful to root for a team that loses so infrequently that it's the end of the world when they do, and also made me rather disgusted with these fair-weather fans. This whole season's been like that - seemingly no one enjoys wins anymore, and has just been waiting for the moment this year to dive headlong into this sea of self-loathing.
I'm not saying we can't be mad and that everything is sunshine and rainbows, but to just give up on the team after a loss? We spend so much energy looking forward to the season in the interim months and get so amped up about recruiting, etc., but then when the season is here and all we do is pick, pick pick even though the team is winning? Come on.
As you so aptly put it, this is supposed to be fun. That's why I watch, because the world pretty much sucks right now and sports are supposed to be a nice escape.
Herbie was so worried about being unbiased for so long that he overcompensated, but over the last few years has finally basically said, "fuck it, I don't care anymore if you think I'm a homer or not." He's even said on Twitter that he doesn't know how, according to fans, he's simultaneously a homer and hates every single team in America.
Also, Howard and Pollack are douchebags.
One of my all time favorite commercials!
Any time I started feeling anxious about how things were going, their 3rd down stat would pop up and would remind me that we were, in fact, doing all right.
Penn State played as well as they are capable of playing. Ohio State did not.
Biggest takeaway right here, same as the TCU game. Ohio State is every other team's Super Bowl, they're always going to come out swinging above their weight. I said before the game that the biggest thing our boys needed to do was going to be to weather the storm, because PeeSU was going to come out hot. They just stayed hot longer than I anticipated, but that White Out does strange things. It'd be nice to see the Bucks whoop a high level opponent, but as long as they win, that's all that matters. Go Bucks!
I remember him almost going after one of his own players after a Gatorade bath when they won their bowl game this past year, you could see that rage and then he remembered where he was and the fact that there was likely a camera on him. That guy sucks.
For fucks sake, this is getting as dumb as the LeBron vs. Michael debate.
One of a couple of essential reads on this day every year. Thank you, Ramzy. How firm thy friendship.
Points 4, 5, and 9 above bother me regarding the suspension, particularly this bit from #4:
though investigators do find it likely both Urban and Shelley had "at least some communication about these allegations."
So, "finding it likely" counts as proof now? I don't like that at all - it's an incredibly slippery slope if we're going to start making that a basis for rendering decisions. I still believe in the old saying, "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove" but that seems to have gone completely out the window here.
Point 9 speaks for itself - and make it clear that this suspension was all for the optics. And they even bungled that, because seemingly no one is happy.
RE: Point 5 - Should ZS have been fired a long time ago? Absolutely, but as has been noted above, giving a guy more chances than he deserved seems to be the thing Urban is guilty of.
Draymond Green was an asshole at MSU but that has increased x1000000 playing with those fuckheads out west. The Warriors are honestly like the old "U" - the constantly preening and trash talking front runners that those late 80s and early 2000s Miami teams were.
That's actually how the 2016 Finals shook out too, double digit margin of victory in each game, but at the start of game 7, the cumulative score was deadlocked.