Truth in advertising.
I’m in Chucktown as well. It’s actually a terrific college football town because there’s no local team (outside of The Citadel, Bama’s Chickenshit Saturday “rival”) and many of us are transplants from somewhere else. I work with a ton of Clemson and Carolina fans, and let them know their rivalry is *cute* compared to The Greatest Rivalry. Clemson fans are pretty full of themselves right now, but they’re also grateful for the current performance, knowing that it has been, and could bee, fleeting. Carolina fans are tight lipped because it hasn’t been pretty for the last five years.
We have a bunch of Bama bandwagoners, a bunch of Virginia Tech fans, plenty of Buckeyes and Penn Staters, more TTUN fans than I’d expect. In short, there are a lot of Navy and Air Force vets who finished their stints here and settled in. It’s a great town, there’s plenty of banter and ball busting, and everyone has one eye on the Buckeyes.
I give Gerbil the nod because he had all the numbers. He was a solid punt returner. Less presnap dancing than Norfleet, but much better production with the ball in his hands. He played 11 different positions in one season. He was lost in coverage, but filled the “go get ‘em” all-time blitz role very well. He was viewed by the esteemed football evaluators from the Downtown Athaletic Club paid for an all expenses paid trip to New York City to bring him in and put him on TV with Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. Finally, he dug deep and willed TTUN to victory in their 2016 rivalry game, getting 74 yards and two TDs, leading the way to a 78-0 win.
Gary has done none of these things. He wears the same glasses he had in sixth grade and loves his mama. Other than that, he’s no Gerbil.
Isn’t Gary a true Sophomore? If so, all that packing is probably what caused the shoulder injury.
There were rumors that Gary was having shoulder problems in the preseason, but any information surrounding it was shut down completely. I’m wondering if they’ll give it time to try to heal and, if not, he’ll have surgery. A bigger fizzle than Gerbil so far, but at least he’s played in a bowl game.
EDIT: just checked, and it turns out he is a Junior?!? What has he been up to all this time?
Some perspective that I saw elsewhere. Don’t know who originally put it together, but it certainly is concerning.
OPP - RUNNING GAME YPC
OREGON STATE - 7.08
RUTGERS - 5.63
TCU - 4.33
TULANE - 3.97
PENN STATE - 3.22
INDIANA - 3.21
MINNESOTA - 2.88
Likely yet another example of anti-anxiety meds working for some, but in the reverse for others. I’ve known friends of friends who act totally normal, then kill themselves - so often by asphyxiation. One was taken into the hospital for observation, was totally fine so they left him alone for five minutes and he hung himself with a bed sheet. So many who do it in a flash, with few warning signs other than the meds. Had just gotten off the phone with Geldof, too.
The biggest change with respect to the Big Ten in the Urban era hasnt been head coaches, it’s been the bump in salaries for assistants across the board. Ash, Durkin, Love Smith and Tom Allen are basically doing what their predecessors did. Or less. Imagine what Bill O’Brien could have done at PSU with a full roster, like Franklin has. They’d be scary good. Harbaugh has the highest paid staff in history, and I don’t think there’s anyone who’s ever done less with more. Chryst is Alvarez, Part III. Brohm is a huge upgrade. Fleck is a nice hire, but Glen Mason had a lot of good first halves of seasons in Minny, before lack of quality depth caught up to him.
I think the talent has improved, the bowl performances are starting to improve, and assistants are a step change improvement. It still hasn’t been enough.
Can they do Rockaway Beach with blue cheese slaw and sweet potato mustard instead?
Does a plain hot dog really have to be an option? Like they couldn’t custom make a plain wiener from any of the other options?
Is a merkin pickle something anyone would order?
Notice that I said ‘great’, and not ‘elite’. PSU would be happy with the last two games.
So you’re saying we should be happy being fans of a great program?
We also could lose any combination of Schiano, Davis, Day, Wilson or Hartline. Coaching turnover, almost turnover, and the distractions from Urban’s suspension took its toll this year. More turnover next offseason willbe something that’ll have to be managed closely to minimize the chaos.
Some focus on scoreboards, some focus on the process. Against PSU, they essentially had four scoring drives, one resulting in a missed FG. In each of those drives, the O took advantage of the D in ways that was there all night long. Yet, for whatever reason, we called the rest of the game to go right into the teeth of the D. - not man to man, but five men on 8 men. We talk so much about the running QB giving us a numbers advantage, yet we somehow expect plays a 5-8 numbers disadvantage to work, for whatever reason. And when it fails, we get on the five for not getting it done.
We won against PSU by a point. Scoreboard, I know. People who only want final results should be ecstatic over that. Same with the Indiana and Minnesota results. Those who focus on the process see OSU making the same mistakes while our lesser skilled opponents continue to sharpen their attacks week in, week out. At some point, those focused on the process recognize that we’ll come up against teams where the talent and coaching are equal. Or maybe even slanted towards our opponent. The effort of the last two games likely won’t be enough to give the scoreboard crowd what they need. So we’ll both be in the same boat.
Just recognize that folks watch to support, but the takeaways can be very different. That’s ok. It doesn’t make one more of a fan or one less of a fan. It doesn’t make one better or worse. It just is, always has been and always will be. Scoreboard or process. I don’t even think it’s a choice. I think it chooses you.
As bad as it can get, there’s never been anything that tops Jerome Bettis’ shimmy shake after a three yard gain. Ifthat dude ever crossed line line of scrimmage, he was sure to break into a dance.
It has to start on the sideline, IMO. Penn State defended us as if every play was on the ten yard line. Tighten the D, bring everyone close to the LOS and attack. Force the plays by overloading the box, flood the line and force the offense to do things hurriedly, rather than let Haskins set up in the pocket and pick them apart. We’ve seen this aggressive D from other teams, and will continue. Will the coaches pick one guy to call the shots and allow him to put together a plan to attack this style of D? Or will we continue using the three headed monster, working from the same playbook, trying to force square pegs into round holes?
Just win. That’s all you can control.
How many times did the turnover chain win Player of the Week last year?
Hornibrook is so deep in his own head that you almost have to pull him. However, how do you put some untested QB into this environment. It couldn’t ever work, could it?
Uniforms, they are sick. We cannot open run lanes. Passing plays we hit them very much. Run play, uniforms are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from uniforms. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.
True, but Auburn shouldn’t drop lower than 24.
I think you’re on the wrong board, dude. Let me help.
Actually, Martinez can play. He’s not the problem.
Need to stay disciplined. Wisky is doing best when they keep him in the pocket and make him make throws. Staying disciplined is not our strength, but I don’t think Shea can move the pocket and get the D to shift, but he can move when he gets loose. Gap integrity will be key.
We mismanaged the clock worse than the refs, so I’d imagine odds are low it was directed st the refs.