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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.

Comment 22 Nov 2018

IMO, the best insult we can pay them is being nice to them after we crush their milquetoast team.

To be honest, I rather enjoy the rivalry and the respect on the field. Gardner's behavior towards Barrett was total class, and I'll never forget that. Of course there are clowns on both sides (mainly on the UM side), and I enjoy ribbing my Michigander relations, but the insult game on our side isn't too strong these days.

Comment 22 Nov 2018

It’s actually frankly pathetic. SIX FIELD GOALS. SIX. 

On the other hand, maybe they were attempting to do as little as possible and still win, hoping to leave a couple head fakes on film without exposing the wrinkles they want to bring out for The Game.  It's the sort of explanation we offer with some regularity after a restrained win against a team we should have destroyed.

Even so, following your point: the 2002 Buckeyes won a lot of games with field goals and punting. People poop all over field position and anemic offense, and I just don't get it. Tresselball works as long as your trench play is just good enough.  (Have we forgotten that The Walrus was our O-Line coach in 2002?)  It's pure dumbassery to assume that UM's offensive output against IU has any bearing whatever on The Game.  All you have to do to beat an electric offense is keep them off the field (see Oregon, 2010).  This is why defense wins championships.

I have high hopes for Saturday, but taking a dump on UM because they kicked six field goals against IU seems a bit overconfident.

Comment 22 Nov 2018

Funny, but kicking six field goals because you can’t score TD’s on Indiana’s D doesn’t sound like an offense firing on all cylinders to me.

Every time someone complains about another team's offense, I always think about the 2002 Buckeyes.  You don't have to have a great offense.  You just have to win.  UM may not be that great after all, but our game vs. Indiana came with a bit of its own drama.

Comment 22 Nov 2018

I spent Thanksgiving 2001 on campus because I had no car and home was prohibitively far to train (flying was out of the question at the time). Campus was dead: the Game was in Ann Arbor that year.  After the Good Guys won and our season came to its rightful close, I opened up my room window. Campus had erupted in cheers, screams, and "We Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan." It remains one of my fondest memories from my time on campus.

Comment 22 Nov 2018

Um's defense is good but 2002 OSU offense and special teams play was all time great.

When we beat UM 14-9, a reporter asked Tressel what his father would say to him.  His response?  "Score more points."

Our offense wasn't great during that season—it was the defense that carried us.  Every game felt close.  Watching any game was a heart attack waiting to happen.  If Clarett had been healthier and we had another wideout besides Michael Jenkins, I think it would've been more comfortable...but if you're arguing that the offense was all time great because it was prolific...that seems like a bit of a stretch to me.

Comment 21 Nov 2018

Or...maybe you'd like a committee to decide the outcome of...The Game?

That's exactly what I meant.

Win, don't whine.  Don't lose to 2017 Iowa or 2018 Purdue and you don't have Committee-related heartburn because they might prefer OU over OSU. (Maybe they got confused by the acronyms and it's all a big joke after all.)  Maybe avoid wetting the bed against Clemson twice?  I don't know, perhaps if we were dominant the Committee might rank us higher?

Lest you forget, in 2006 we almost had a B1G do-over in the MNC given how close The Game was.  It's not an ABC/Disney/ESPN/SEC conspiracy keeping us out of the playoffs—it's an undisciplined back seven.