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Comment 27 Nov 2019

As a freshman I had an opportunity to listen to a talk by a member of the '55 team who ran a self-publishing firm.  He exemplified Woody's practices: he got a list of the attendees ahead of time and memorized a few biographical details (stuff like location) and asked questions for those who stayed afterward.  (He's how I learned about the idea of forced questioning.) He shared a couple good stories:

When Coach Hayes was fired, some hundred(s?) of his former players attended a party held on his behalf.  He greeted each of them by name.  And then proceeded to ask about their parents by name.

One of the services Coach would provide for his players was to provide a job reference.  A backup player listed him as a reference on a job application in Cincinnati, and the prospective boss decided he'd call up Hayes. He was surprised when Woody refused to give the reference by phone, and doubly surprised when he showed up to give it in person.

Comment 14 Nov 2019

As someone who has been to Camden multiple times (thankfully only passing through) all I can say is stay away from that place (not sure how far away it is from Piscataway but I know one of the Rutgers University campuses is in Camden). It's on par with Gary, IN as one of the worst cities in the country and even their cops know that (they'll actually encourage you to avoid making any stops within the city limits if you're passing through).

New Brunswick / Piscataway is a world away from Camden.  Yes, it's true: passports should be required to enter and exit New Jersey.  But this is a stretch too far for me: it'd be like complaining about Columbus because of Youngstown.

Comment 13 Nov 2019

You, myself and most fans don't care if he plays this week or not but I would bet Chase does.

I'm guessing he'd rather play Penn State more.  Consider that he'd play about half of the Rutgers (more like Buttgers, amirite?) game with the potential to be suspended for a game (or more!) that's much more competitive.  The choice really isn't very difficult.  It's also pretty easy considering that it puts the team first, too, by guaranteeing his availability for later games and giving understudies additional reps.  This is practically a no-lose situation.

Comment 11 Nov 2019

They really are.

Handoff off RT

Handoff off LT

Handoff up the middle 


I have a crazy theory:  maybe Walrusball is contagious.  When Bollman went to MSU, I wonder if a mushroom cloud of offensive ineptitude wafted over to Ann Arbor and seeped into the UM offensive braintrust like BSE.

(I kid, I kid.  I don't miss the Walrus, really, but there was something strangely beautiful about Dave after all those years of Cooper's futility.)

Comment 27 Oct 2019

Gist is he put the Bucks at 4 / Clemson at 1 

Ahhhh, yes, the personal polls that determine the outcome of the OSU season.  Wisconsin was a significant challenge, weather was a challenge.  UM seems to be coming back online with their win over ND, and PSU is highly ranked for a reason.  We'll have a good bit of work at the back end of the season to change his mind.

Comment 16 Oct 2019

Watch Tressel's reaction to Boom scoring an unnecessary touchdown as time expired.

I was about to add the same comment.  Class.

Comment 16 Oct 2019

 You have to turn the sound down.

Just the video is NSFW.  How about Maurice Wells channeling Sweetness there?

Comment 29 May 2019

  In the 2007 game against Florida, OSU went for it on fourth-and-one from their own 29 yard line in the second quarter. That's about the "least Tressel" moment possible - handing the opponent at least three guaranteed points (possibly more) by not punting the ball away. And the game was only 24-14 at that point, with plenty of time left to even things up.

PJ Fleck described the moment on the sideline:

"Jim Tressel is on the headset in the second quarter going, 'If we don't get this fourth down boys, the game is over,' " Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, a grad assistant on that Ohio State team, said in his press conference this week. "And I've never heard Jim Tressel ever panic or ever say anything (like that). You knew you were in trouble." [1]

And he was basically right, I think.  UF's defense was giving our O a pretty significant FU in that game.  Just wasn't going to go unless we could get yards.

Another least-Tressel Tressel moment (though I have to give Ramzy the nod here) was the fake against the scumbags in the 2006 tilt leading up to that game: everyone knew it was going to be Beanie for the yard on 2d and one, but the fake faked out the camera man, too.


Comment 31 Jan 2019

So I like to watch a game, especially where I have personal interest like with these guys, I like to be glued in front of my TV and enjoy the game and enjoy just thinking about what a special opportunity that is for those kids. And plus, it’s a big game, and it’s fun to watch how those types of games unfold.

Raises the question: will we see a special edition of Jim Tressel's Least Favorite Moment for the Super Bowl?  Especially given the fact that fully 67% of the OSU alums are on special teams?

Comment 06 Dec 2018

I also get the impression that as much as he loved winning, he hated losing infinitely, infinitely more, to the point that he admitted an overtime loss to Maryland would have ruined his and his families lives for the next seven (!!!) months.

If you haven't read Agassi's autobiography, Open, you have to.  The dirty secret, he shares, is that losing is much worse than winning is better, at least for a certain kind of people for whom the sport is the end in itself, and it robs even the best victories of their rightful accomplishment. Tressel, I think, always had a compass outside of football; I like to think Meyer found it during his retirement from Florida, but I really don't know.