Silver Bullet Points Knows Best

Written May 7th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Well, we’ve grown yet again. Not only did we add Mike to the team, but Joe and Scott are both newly christened fathers! Congrats, and we hope that you survive all of the smelly diapers and sleep deprivation.  That goes for you also, Scott and Joe.  Here’s today’s musical kickstart, dedicated to our new dads, even though Mother’s Day is right around the corner.

tBBC Breakroom

Buckeye 411

  • Movin’ On Up- We talked about this last week, but Saturday’s graduation saw a number of Buckeye Idols receive their degrees and walking papers. Marcus Hartman hits the triumvirate of tBBC favorites in pointing out that Aaron Craft, John Simon, and Katie Smith are all now on the list of people the Alumni Office will hit up for donations.
  • Step Off Of That Ledge- To build on Mike’s take from Tuesday morning, there’s no need to panic regarding Ohio State football recruiting thus far.  If you don’t believe me, trust Eleven Warriors’ Jeremy Birmingham, one of the best in the business. Plus, getting emotionally invested in high school kids’ decisions and actions is never a wise move.
  • No More Pro Combat?- Carlos Hyde, adidas rep.  If only they’d stop making ridiculous uniforms, though…
  • Getting Drafty- Believe it or not, there are people involved in Thursday’s draft who aren’t named “Clowney” or “Manziel” (as a side note, you realize that Johnny Football is the new Tim Tebow in the eyes of the Four Letter Network, right?). At any rate the University put out a great website resource for all of the draft junkies: The Buckeyes are second in terms of overall first round picks and third in terms of total players chosen. No wonder the Worldwide Leader has invited Urban Meyer to be a part of their draft day coverage.
  • Or, For You Visual Learners- Sammy Silverman’s got you covered:

Gettin’ B1G

  • Hoops, There It Is- Monday saw the first move in the Eastern Takeover Experience for the conference, as the B1G and Big East announced a tip-0ff challenge between the two conferences. While matchups have not been announced as of yet, the possibilities are intriguing: Ohio State/Xavier, Nebraska/Creighton, Northwestern/DePaul, Minnesota/Marquette, Indiana/Butler are all games that, if history has taught us anything, we won’t be seeing anytime soon. Because, logic.
  • Hoops, There It Also Is- The other shoe dropped on Tuesday, when it was announced that the 2017 Big Ten Tournament would be moved to Washington DC. Again, the conference is looking to establish a beachhead midst the eastern population centers, so don’t be surprised if one of New York City’s basketball venues hosts the tournament in the future.
  • Hoops, There It’s Not- UConn and Indiana have schedule a home and away series! Hooray! It’s in football, not basketball!  Wait… what?
  • Mo’ Money, Mo’ Something- ESPN had a solid look at the revenue intake and outflow for major college programs… and there’s not enough for student athletes to have because why now? At any rate, the Buckeyes made money in droves, which is no surprise to season ticket holders who are seeing price increases for games that matter in the coming year.  What’s interesting is that Wisconsin spends tons of cash on… what exactly, I’m not sure.  Bo Ryan’s hair gel?  Since it was 12-13, it could have also gone to support Bert’s addiction to mainlining barbecue sauce and Ro*Tel…
  • Happy Birthday! In case you forgot, don’t sweat it… Purdue was shown love by everyone in the conference on their big day.
  • You Got That Right… Eventually- Eric LeGrand was invited to speak at Rutgers’ commencement, then uninvited, then re-invited.  As if commencement ceremonies weren’t already long enough (I kid, I kid)
  • The Internet Never Forgets- Courtesy of MSPaint Monday at r/CFB:

Warning: May Cause Seizures Or Gales Of Laughter

Around The NCAA

“While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.”

While some would point to this as yet another example of law enforcement turning a blind eye when athletes are involved, it should be noted that criminal cases have a different standard of evidence than university investigations- think OJ Simpson’s criminal and civil cases.  As we hope for support and recovery for all those involved, it will be interesting to see what steps the University takes in the following days, as their deliberation is based on “more likely than not” that something happened.

And Finally-

No matter your faith tradition or perspective, this is pretty freaking cool.  Full story here.


  1. Michael Doty SrNo Gravatar
    May 7th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Nice summary!! Congrats to the new fathers!!



  2. KenNo Gravatar
    May 7th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Mali, it’s a good thing that we updated our breakroom and decided to offer day care.

    Indiana vs UConn in football? Yikes.

    Interesting article on scholarship pricing. Seems to be getting pretty close to transfer pricing territory.

    The Dancing Monks, eh? Pretty cool. Much better than the Dancing Itos.


  3. wildman1056No Gravatar
    May 7th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    It appears to me that a lot of the recruits that Ohio State is missing out on are going elsewhere because of one simple fact: Good players wanna play, and they wanna play ASAP. Why would you go to OSU in the near future if you are a big time QB? You graduate in 2015, have at least two guys to fight your way past in 2016 (one of whom started in 2015, with more years to come), and then Danny Clark shows up in 2017.

    At Penn State, Winbush graduates high school in 2015. Hackenberg plays in 2014, 2015, and maybe 2016, so Winbush faces at worst one year as Hackenberg’s caddy before taking over in the fall of 2017. This is a better deal for the kid.

    The same thing goes for the lineman in question. This is increasingly a numbers game, and kids aren’t stupid. You can only stockpile so much talent. It used to be that one third of the guys on a football team could really play, one third had aspirations not yet squashed, and the other third were happy to get a free education, wear the suit on Saturday, and be tackling dummies the rest of the week. Not so much any more.

    If your whole roster is four and five-star recruits, a bunch of them are going to transfer out after a year, when they recalculate their odds for the future. You will lose some others up front who do the math in advance. Since we all admire/hate/aspire-to-be Alabama, let me point out that Alabama accepts this as a reality and deals with it. It appears that Ohio State is starting to make this transition (Jayme Thompson, among others). The fans had better figure it out, too, and quit crying.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    May 7th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I agree with you, to a point.
    Alabama has no problem bringing in player after player at the same position, and with the same “recruiting ranking”.
    Think of Southern Cal and their stable of running backs under Pete… hell, look at Ohio State and their running backs.
    Players want to play, but competitors aren’t afraid of competition. If playing time was the only factor, you’d see a lot better programs in the Mid American Conference.


  4. wildman1056No Gravatar
    May 7th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    In fact OSU appears to be openly enabling this revolving door approach by quietly granting guys like Thompson their release without any expression of regret. It only took one year for the coaches to figure out that Thompson couldn’t help them. OSU wants to get on with life, and they want this kid to do so, as well. This is all part of becoming the machine. I still love OSU football, but part of me winces at this.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    May 7th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I agree with you, particularly as one who loves “college sports” and not “semi-professional sports”.

    That being said, if a kid wants to change his major, she transfers and no one has a problem with it. It’s part of the game.


  5. wildman1056No Gravatar
    May 7th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I know they aren’t “afraid of competition” and that this is something that is said to recruits to bait them into coming into talent-rich programs. And, by the way, some MAC programs are pretty good. With more and more D1 programs out there, recruits have options.


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