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Comment 27 Apr 2017

It's a shame that Gareon Conley won't be able to join them in the first round of the draft tonight. I've got nothing to say about the allegations because we don't know the details yet, but it's just sad that a young man will likely miss his night to shine with his Buckeye brothers--as well as potentially tens of millions of dollars.

Here's to hoping that the truth comes out, and that the justice system does exactly its job--no more, no less.

Comment 13 Dec 2016

I may be in the minority, but I think that the OSU staff realized in their tough games this year that handing off to Weber was not going to lead to touchdowns. He's a tough kid who does everything pretty well, and will certainly improve. But I didn't see much wiggle to make people miss OR big-time acceleration to turn those 5-yard gains into 20-yard gains. Add that he's not big enough to really blow up the line, and it seemed like he's a decent back who will pick up yards but won't win you championships. Obviously, the special athletic talent of a Braxton Miller or Zeke Elliott doesn't come around every year. But with Barrett and Weber both limited athletically, it seemed to really hamper the Buckeyes' offense at times this year.

Flamethrow away, but our last natty run was bolstered by elite talent/performance in three areas:

  1. Cardale Jones's arm
  2. Zeke Elliott's overall talent including speed
  3. Devin Smith's speed
  4. The O-line's talent, experience, and cohesion

Other than Curtis Samuel's talent & speed, and maybe J.T.'s short-yardage ability, do you see any other elite weaponry on the offensive side of the ball? I want to be wrong, but unless Samuel gets near 200 total yards, I'm not sure how this team scores more than 20 points against Clemson or Bama.

Comment 17 Dec 2015

Grandstaff saw the court plenty. I know it's a rebuilding year but freshmen guards under Matta don't typically get a lot of burn. He was getting plenty of PT and plenty of shots. Like Mike Mitchell, some just aren't ready to be so far from home at 18-19. Both of those guys seem to have family reasons to want to be closer, too.

Now, if Grandstaff transfers to UofM or UConn or something, then I'll be ticked.

Comment 02 Jun 2015

Tuesday is a very good day for this Buckeye fan! It's my last day working in Dearborn, Michigan: tomorrow I start a new job in C'bus.


Comment 06 May 2015

I have trouble conjuring hate in my heart for Sparty. Maybe it's Dantonio's lovable irascibility, or his Buckeye roots. Maybe it's because of my grudging respect for Tom Izzo, Mateen Cleaves, and Draymond Green. Maybe it's just that I love so much how UofM can't have nice things--losing regularly now to Little Brother, too.

Still, on 11/21/2015, there will be blood in the 'Shoe.

Comment 17 Apr 2015

A bit of context on the Michigan ticket situation. A friend of mine works on UofM's staff, and I was with him when he checked his phone and said, "Well, they're giving tickets away again." The administration did it before in the non-conf schedule, plus the Coke debacle. So I took the opportunity to wear my OSU beanie and gloves and go to my first game at the Big House, vs. Maryland. Great venue, but it was cold and damp and the stadium was largely dead. Big swaths of empty seats, and the conversation was all about whether or not they'd nose above 100K in announced attendance, which they barely did.

Surprisingly, I got only one bitter comment all afternoon on my Buckeyes hat! I think the Maize & Blue fanbase had been totally neutered by that point. I'm glad they've got their mojo back with the Harbaugh hire; it's always more fun to puncture a bloated balloon than a sagging one.

Comment 10 Apr 2015

Such a stellar coaching staff. I know a championship makes everything look rosy, but in the postseason run there wasn't a single position group that graded out below average, right? Which means that every coach on Meyer's staff did a salutary job prepping their players to deliver stunning performances against three top-15 teams, away from the 'Shoe (four if you include MSU a few weeks before that).

Neither the coaches nor the players are perfect, and there will undoubtedly be some bumps in the road in 2015, but it truly was a perfect blend of coaching and talent combining to make Ohio proud last season.

Comment 06 Apr 2015

When the Buckeyes signed Johnston, I had visions of a rugby player coming up and laying a hit on a befuddled returner who thought he just had a typical punter to beat. But our athletes + scheme + Johnston's kicking prowess = no long returns, so no opportunities for him to hit (has he even tackled anyone in the last two years?). Also, Johnston's not very big--that may be part of the reason why Meyer hasn't utilized him much in fakes.

Comment 20 Mar 2015

Do you mean potential to have the greatest career at OSU? Then I'd agree. Tate will endear himself to the fanbase as a hardworking, athletic glue guy, but he probably won't be 1st-team all-B1G, let alone an All-American. The NBA is salivating over Russell, but like Mike Conley, Jr. or Greg Oden vs. David Lighty or Aaron Craft, 4 years' contribution to winning Buckeyes teams (probably) trumps 1 transcendent year.

Bates-Diop could very well grow into a star at Ohio State over the next couple of years. He's going to be dueling Marc Loving for minutes the next two seasons, which might be the governor on both players' potential.

Comment 17 Mar 2015

Does he have the size and chops to be a true "plus" blocker? Heuerman and Vannett may not have ever been the big-play threats that Baugh could be, but they both were capable blockers so the defense never knew what if they were going to stay in and protect, or go out for the 8-yard flare.

Comment 16 Mar 2015

Other than Wisconsin and Maryland, the rest of the B1G has powers like Virginia, Kansas, Arizona, and <gulp> Kentucky waiting in the round of 32. So yeah, I can see how 5 might be a realistic worst-case scenario. But...Iowa is long and athletic and deep--they could possibly knock off Gonzaga to reach the Sweet 16. Sparty at least knows how to beat Virginia. Wisconsin is flat-out impressive. Give me the Badgers in the Final Four and that's 4 wins there. My best guess is 8-9 wins for the conference.

Comment 11 Mar 2015

If Iowa somehow knocks off Wisconsin, they're talented enough to take the whole thing. If Sparty can knock down some shots, they could ride Dawson & Valentine to the B1G title. I'd love to see Russell put his stamp on the season (and on his top-3 spot in this year's NBA draft) with a crazy kind of 23-7-7 run in March, dragging the Buckeyes to the Elite Eight or so. But I can't assume Scott & Thompson & Loving & K. Williams will suddenly catch fire from outside--and that's what it would take.

Comment 26 Feb 2015

I can't add much that hasn't already been said, but back in January I pored through Phil Steele's 2014 game scores for comparison. He assigns a number based on not just yardage or quality of opponent but total efficiency & dominance in a single performance. The Buckeyes' blowout of Wiscy was by far the highest score of any team all season, and the Oregon game was also in the top 5. Just amazing to watch!

Comment 28 Oct 2014

I can't be the only one Googling "Ohio State" "drugs" "suspension" etc., within the last 24 hours. It's disappointing, and I agree that it's one more indication that this team is one year away from being a true championship contender. Even if MSU takes the Buckeyes down up in E. Lansing on 11/8, they can still go on a roll to end the year like the 2009 team did, to set up momentum for 2015.

Comment 16 Oct 2014

I can't complain with a #20 rating. What does irk me is how MSU and Michigan are ranked at #18 and #23, respectively. Those teams lost a LOT of talent and aren't bringing in any top-20, one-&-done type of superstar recruits, right? Izzo and Beilein are great coaches, and those squads might be peaking by tournament time, but the rosters sure aren't flush with elite talent right now.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

Shortly after the video chop of Braxton getting stuffed early in the 3rd quarter was the muffed punt by Philly Brown with tOSU up by 9 in the 3rd. Ugh...I had forgotten how close we were to taking control of that game, and then a SR kicks the door open for Clemson's comeback! I wonder how different the tone of this spring and summer would have been--both in the Buckeyes' camp and on the national scene--if tOSU had finished with, say, a 42-33 win?