I swore up and down before the 2014 and 2015 seasons that Jeff Greene was going to be a crucial part to the offense and be a huge red zone threat for us... so I double tapped myself on that venture.
After all, here's what an additional loss per season would've done to Meyer's tenure at Ohio State, if each season's key nail-biter had gone the other way:
I read as far as this line and then closed the tab out. "Let's pretend history didn't happen the way it happened" is an enjoyable game we like to play while drinking beer with our buddies and for journalists during the off-season. If you are using it as a way to support your thesis statement... yikes.
As the saying goes "If my aunt had balls, she would be my uncle, but she doesn't so she's not".
First game was September 16th, 2006 against Cincinnati. The Buckeyes were the number one team in the country, coming off a huge win over number two Texas in Austin the week prior. The game got out of hand fairly quickly as the Bucks cruised to a 37-7 win.
I remember my step-dad (who is an Ohio State alumnus) showing me around campus before the game, and then showing me where additions were made to the stadium. At 13 years old I was in complete awe and loved everything about my first experience. It only served to strengthen and fuel my early fandom for Ohio State!
That's what is amazing to me, they watched the game unfold and still tried to turn around and say "Well we still scored 39 points". If you go back and really watch that game again, take away the inept officiating (in their favor I might add), our muffed kickoff return, and have the offense keep their foot on the gas pedal... that game easily ends 70-13.
As Mike Valenti put it: "That was a beat down of Biblical proportions".
I work in Detroit and the attitude is still the same. They treat the last twenty years like it is a minor inconvenience, an unfortunate outlier in this rivalry rather than the new norm. That attitude permeates through this entire state and it's honestly hilarious to watch them continuously refer back to the "tHe wINniNgEsT pROgrAm oF aLl tIMe" and their lead in the overall series... with the rationalization that you would have to be 112 years old to see ScUM have a winning record against the Buckeyes be damned.
It was a quiet Monday after the game last year, I look forward to that for 2019.
Find yourself the next Boyd/Watson/Lawerence succession at QB, a stable of five 1st-Rd. DL and maintain the best assistant coaching staff in all of CFB by a wide margin; then we can talk.
And PEDs... lots and lots of PEDs...
Love to see it! To reference Zach Smith and the Menace 2 Society Podcast...where do I pound the table for Gee Scott Jr.'s fifth star??
My parents divorced when I was two years old. My mother got remarried when I was four years old to an Ohio State alumnus. I remember trying to find common ground with him to start our relationship off and him always watching Ohio State games. It was the first thing we bonded over and we’ve watched almost every game together since!
Side Note: He has been an awesome father to me and my brother, couldn’t be more thankful for the sacrifices he has made for children who aren’t biologically his own!
I remember my buddy and I watching the replays of both semi-finals, realizing that Oregon only played three down lineman, and thinking that Zeke could go for 250 and 3 TDs... and we were pretty much right
But seriously - you'll most likely have to deal with a lot more TTUN fans.
You're absolutely spot on with this. I grew up in Sylvania, and currently live in Toledo now. If I had to put a ratio to it, I would say it's 60/40 good guys but there are definitely plenty of Skunk Weasel fans who have come out of the woodwork in years past.
As you've seen there are plenty of fellow 11W in the area if you are looking to watch games with some fellow Buckeyes!
I really, truly wish I could like this more than once... I'm not sure why officials feel the need to allow dudes who are just fat versions of their fans tackle our DEs because they are simply incapable of blocking them. The same happened in last year's B1G Championship game against Wisconsin. We consistently recruit the best defensive lineman in the country, who are then coached by one of, if not THE greatest D-Line coach in the game... it's not a stretch to say that we really are better than the pedestrian offensive lines the B1G conference has to offer.
I’m honestly surprised they aren’t looking at DeAndre Haynes closer... I know his experience is limited but I got to see his coaching and player development up close while I was at Kent State and the dude is legit. He’s going to be a good coach someday and some program will be very happy that ScUM missed on him.
Completely agree with this MichiBuck. I always said I would have rather had the Buckeyes lost at Indiana in 2015 than Michigan State. I truly believe that once the loss happened, the weight of being "perfect" and "the favorite" was lifted and they were able to go back to playing confident, uninhibited football.
Move that loss to Indiana in the beginning of October and not only do I think the Buckeyes steamroll the rest of the way through the regular season and decimate Iowa in the B10 Championship Game but the loss happens early enough that we wouldn't be snubbed from the Playoff.
Thank you Buckny! I was only able to catch bits and pieces of the spring game and have been looking for the full video.
First game I remember watching was the 2004 TTUN game. I can still remember Teddy racing down the sidelines to all but seal the upset win in Columbus. From that moment on I was hooked, and look forward to always having something to do on Saturdays in the fall.
As I always ask people: "You want the cool reason or the real reason?"
Real reason: I opened and closed the curtains in our student run production my senior year of high school. Not too many people knew my actual name, so they just called me "Curtain Guy".
Cool reason: I was an avid basketball player and visited the rec center frequently. When people would ask why I was called that, I told them "Because when I step on the court, the show is over". I realize now this is infinitely more corny answer than I intended, but definitely provides some laughs.
... I'll see myself out
As a coach, the first thing I would say to Kaleb in practice is...
Let me continue the tradition of typing while laughing at the "fanboy" attitude you have towards your fellow officials. After all, I wasn't the one who believes because I was an official that everyone who sees an obvious discrepancy between the number of fouls called against Wesson this year as compared to last (93 through 34 games in 2018, 77 through 22 games in 2019) is a tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist.
Rather I was pointing out that the numbers I have provided, along with the statistics provided by IronPastor below, provide a narrative that there is a discrepancy between how Wesson is officiated compared to the rest of the post players in the B1G.
If you are the standard of intelligence for every official... I can see why why so many calls go missed.
I agree that the officiating across the conference is horrendous but the thing that really upsets me is the blatant bias against Kaleb Wesson. Beyond being a Buckeye fan, I truly feel bad for the kid and commend his perseverance and patience with the refs throughout the season because I would be absolutely livid during some of these games if I were him.
They seem to single him out almost every single game, calling ticky-tack fouls while allowing the other B1G posts to be physical with him on the other end of the floor. I understand Wesson is a large kid, and the focal point of the Ohio State offense but I just feel like they are punishing him for using his size to his advantage.
Yikes...This dude is going to take the Turnover Chain, wear it all the time during games, and no one is going to say a damn thing to him.
I'm not sure I would have traded any losses for wins this year, I was extremely pleased with how the Buckeyes rebounded after the Purdue loss to finish the season, 13-1 Rose Bowl Champions is a hell of a season.
Now the 2015 year... I would trade that Michigan State loss for the Indiana win in a heartbeat. To this day, I still firmly believe that had that team dropped that Indiana game on the road they would have steamrolled through the rest of the season on their way to back to back National Championships. The pressure of remaining undefeated, the win streak, and the expectations of repeating would have been washed away with that loss, and the Buckeyes would have been able to play relaxed football once again.
I can tell you who I DO want them to hire...
I was pondering this question last Friday and my impulse reaction is to say "if only KBD stayed one more year this team would have a viable scoring option when the offense stalled". However, the more I watch CJ Jackson turn the ball over what feels like 15 times a game coinciding with questionable decisions on the offensive side of the ball, I fully believe that Russell would be the best addition this team could make.
The immediate thought process is to add a PG who can easily, effortlessly create his own offense. But the thing that really sticks out to me is how he made the rest of the team around him better by being one of the best distributors in college basketball. He consistently put his teammates in great position to score (see the GIF below). With the young guys that we have, giving them easy looks to score and hit open jumpers would build their confidence that would be key later down the road come tournament time (B1G or otherwise).
There's a cool reason and a real reason for my nickname/profile name... and to be honest... neither are good ones...
Whenever the Buckeyes travel to Happy Valley, I always think of the 11W tweet from right before the 2014 game: "WE WORE WHITE TO YOUR WHITEOUT!"
I didn't know I wanted these until now...