Ohio IS The Heart Of March Madness

Written March 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Ain't That The Truth

What an amazing first two rounds of college basketball action. In case you missed it, the State of Ohio is the State of College Hoops- sending 4 teams to the Sweet Sixteen is the first for a state in the history of the tourney.

And, since I know you’re wondering… Ohio Teams are 8-0 after two rounds. Teams from Canada’s Alabama2-2. The B1G also did pretty well for itself, and will make up 1/4 of the next round’s opponents.

When the Buckeyes and Bearcats tip off in Boston next Thursday at 9:45 pm, it will be their first meeting in the tournament since the 1961 and 1962 championship games, both won by UC. You may recognize some of the names from those teams: John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas for the Buckeyes, and Oscar Robertson for the Bearcats.

So, this next weekend looks to be yet another great set of matchups- and for those playing in the BBN Bracket Challenge, hope still lives on. That’s right, each round holds more possible points; so just because you’ve fallen to the back of the pack thus far, it’s not over by a longshot.

That being said, HUGE kudos to the three entries who sit atop the leaderboard after the first week’s chaos. In fact, we’ve got a great bonus prize package from the folks at Wheat Thins (no, you can’t be in their commercial) to help Mercutioh, keithj, and Tyler enjoy this week’s games and to talk smack and check stats while at work. Check it out:

To The Winners Belong The Spoils

For the rest of us, we’ll just have to refer to the handy guide that Wheat Thins put together if we have to work during Thursday and Friday’s matchup. As awesome as the coverage is across the Buckeye Bloggers Network, you can’t exactly read it while you’re supposed to be filling out your TPS reports.

Again, great weekend of sports behind us- great one yet ahead. Please show some love to the Wheat Thins folks by “liking” them over on the Book of Face. They’re giving away some Final Four tickets, where you can possibly watch at least three of the for teams from the Buckeye State square off for the title.

But not UC- their dance ends in Boston. Go Bucks!!

BBN Bracket Challenge: Major Awards

Written March 14th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

We told you earlier that we were in process of coming up with some cool swag for the winners of our BBN Bracket Challenge, and now we’ve got enough that we can let you in on the awesome.

It's Italian

Our overall winner will get their choice of a shirt from the guys at Fresh Brewed Tees, their choice of Buckeye Flag from CVS Flags, a Cholula Hot Sauce Gift pack, some goodies from Fox Sports Ohio, and the opportunity to write a guest post here at tBBC. There may be a couple of things we’ll throw in here as well, but this is what we’ve got for now.

UPDATE:  Since I posted this, we were given a $25 gift card for The Buckeye Room- they’ve also got a promo where all OSU fans can get 10-20% off on purchased during March- Use the promo code MADNESS2012 when you buy gear online!

UPDATE2: We’ve also been given a “Rise And Grind” shirt from the guys at Time and Change for the winner!

If you’re in the #2-#5 spot, you’ll win one of the CVS Flags; if you’re #6-#10, you get one of the gift packs from Cholula. Huge thanks to Annapolis at The Buckeye Blog for coordinating the giveaways.

In the case of any ties, we’ll go with best first round score as the tiebreaker. After that, we’ll draw names from a pith helmet we’ve got laying around the office (don’t ask).

IMPORTANT: When you sign up, PLEASE don’t forget to include your email address so we can get in touch with you if you win.

Here’s the important details again: Our boycott of the four letter network continues, so we’re using Yahoo for our contest. For reference, here’s the group information.

Group ID#: 78517  Password: sw00n&su11y

(those are zeroes and ones)

Deadline is 12:15 Eastern on Thursday- That’s TOMORROW. Good luck!!

BBN Bracket Challenge- Welcome To March Madness!

Written March 11th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

The brackets are set, the glass slippers are polished, and Brady Hoke’s head is exploding in anticipation of cheering for his school’s first round. The good news, though, is that Rick Neuheisal can participate in a “pick-em” competition without having it impact his employment.

So, there’s no reason that he can’t toss his hat into the ring of this year’s Buckeye Bloggers Network tournament challenge!  With all of the sites involved, you’ve got to think that winning this thing would be pretty significant in terms of bragging rights across Buckeye Nation.

We’ve got a great prize package that’s still being solidified, but in the mean time, here’s all that you need to know to get involved:

Our boycott of the four letter network continues, so we’re using Yahoo for our contest. For reference, here’s the group information.

Group ID#: 78517  Password: sw00n&su11y

(those are zeroes and ones)

Deadline is 12:15 Eastern on Thursday, March 15… no, we’re not including “the first four” in our contest. Good Luck!!

Also, here at tBBC we’re going to be busy this week giving you all the coverage that you’ll need and more than you’ll want to get you ready for the greatest week in college sports. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Monday: Joe and Eric preview the West and East Regions
  • Tuesday: WVaBuckeye and Mali have looks at the South and Midwest’s breakdowns
  • Wednesday: We take a pregame glance Loyola (MD)
  • Friday: Should the Bucks win on Thursday, we’ll introduce you to their next opponent (Gonzaga or WVa)
  • Thursday- Sunday:All day BBN LiveBlog Coverage of rounds 2 and 3!
  • Sunday: First Weekend final thoughts

And that’s in addition to our usual coverage of breaking news and other insanity… Stay Tuned!!

Rob Harley Is A… Spartan!

Written January 7th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Still Bleeds Scarlet And Gray

It’s not often that we here at tBBC celebrate great things that happen in East Lansing… well, there’s one regular occurrence, and we give major props to graduate work completed there (Eric- what’s taking so long?).

That being said, today we are excited to announce that Coach Dantonio has added even more Buckeye to his staff, as our favorite ESPN personality and Ohio Dominican coach Rob Harley adds green and white to his wardrobe as a member of the Michigan State Spartan football program.

I’m tempted to list this as the first known “Sparty YES!!” moment in the school’s history.

We alluded to this on Christmas, but wanted to hold off until he’d announced it to the rest of the world- and Rob did so Friday evening. Personally, we were really hoping that he’d get the open gig at Penn State, but I’m sure they know what they’re doing (not really).

Rob will be a graduate assistant with Coach Dantonio, and will have his role developed over the coming months. GA, Coach, whatever- he’ll always be a Buckeye, and we’re excited for this opportunity in his life. Heck, he’s got twice the reason to hate That School Up North now.

Best of luck, Rob- We’ll be cheering for you always even if we might want your team to lose on occasion!

Merry Christmas From tBBC!

Written December 25th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Nothing Says Christmas Like Venn Diagrams

It’s been an interesting year here at the The Buckeye Battlecry… and we couldn’t be more greatful.

In spite of the 12 months of hell that Ohio State fans have been through beginning 12/23/10, we’ve also been blessed with a growth in staff and in the number folks dropping by our little corner of the interwebs. We’re on target to hit numbers for our year that will echo what previously took years to achieve.  And while it’s true that “if it bleeds, it leads” and bad news sells, I’m also thankful that people who ended up here found coverage and commentary that encouraged them to come back, to invite others, and to share their thoughts with us.

The greatest gift we’ve received today and every day is you- your eyeballs on our work. There are a lot of great OSU websites and message boards out there, but you have chosen to spend some of your days with us… and we’re still amazed by that. People really want to know what we’re thinking about their favorite team? Wow.

So, for our “regulars” and the folks who check in via their RSS reader, for our Facebook and G+ and Twitter friends, for the gang that joins the online sports bar that are the livechats, and for the other members of the Buckeye Blog-o-sphere who are both a blast to work with and great support for tBBC and all Ohio State fans, we are eternally thankful.

May this Christmas season be a blessing to you and your families as well. Thanks for including us in your online adventures.

What Do You Want To See On Christmas?

Written December 24th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Even with the damper that Tuesday brought to the Christmas holiday season, there’s still reason to hope. We remembered to send our list in a bit earlier this year, but thought it’d still be something that we could share with Buckeye Nation… although, to be honest, we already opened our mostestest awesomest present earlier this month.

God Bless Us, Every One...

Eric

Basketball National Championships - I’m extremely impressed with the way the OSU basketball teams have developed of late. I would love nothing more than to see Jared Sullinger and Samantha Prahalis pick up the hardware for the Buckeyes. This goes double for the women’s team so that Jim Foster gets the credit he deserves for the excellent work he’s put in.

Continued positive news from the football team – This last year was a serious emotional drain with the sheer quantity of negative news. I want to see the turnaround we’ve experienced in the news cycle continue unabated from here on out.

The development of official university Curling and Cricket teams – Ok, this is my guilty little pleasure, and I would totally watch them if they were aired on TV. I greatly enjoy both of these games and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. Obviously the Title 9 advantage of these sports is that they’re gender neutral. Men’s and Women’s teams would be easy to create. Seems like the university should get on the bandwagon for this immediately!

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Help Us Help You: Holiday Edition

Written December 18th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

In case you’re wondering what you can get your tBBC Friends for Christmas, here’s an idea that is a win/win!

Ah, the "joys" of shopping

One of the highlights of my Christmas growing up was the “special” gifts from my dad, typically purchased on Christmas Eve at the local Gas-N- Go. Ah, the precious memories of windshield wipers in the stockings, or motor oil wrapped in care under the tree.

The reality is, there are probably a number of folks who haven’t “Decked The Malls” and still have some gift buying to to with a week left in the holiday calendar.  If you’re not the type who shops where my father did, there’s an option that will keep you from having to wrestle with other parents over the last thing on the shelf and only end up with a bass-o-matic.

So, if you’ve still got things on your list that you need to get in the coming week, you could help us here at The Buckeye Battlecry by shopping through our Amazon Store. And why wouldn’t you- they’ve got just about everything there, and you never have to leave the comfort of your couch or your laptop at the office.

Even if you don’t purchase items from the Wheel Of Awesome over in the right, tBBC gets a small percentage of anything you do buy after going through our contact point first. If you were feeling particularly helpful, you could drag that link to your Chrome or Firefox toolbar and make it your Amazon start page for all of your online holiday purchases.

Oh, and this doesn’t do anything to your order- Amazon does not share any information with us regarding who bought what or anyone’s account information, only the total amount that all of the people who have used our “launching point” have purchased.  They don’t charge you any extra either, the amount comes straight out of their profits.

Again- thanks for being a part of this season with us… we’re excited about the coming weeks and months for Ohio State sports, and thankful for your part in being a part of our online community.

tBBC Goes Bowling!!!

Written December 16th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Obligatory Rose Bowl Photo

Ah, the most wonderful time of the year.  As if you needed an excuse to sit around and watch football, having it on eleventy days of the week means that you’ve got a built in excuse to avoid certain members of your family and drown out your kids’ “holiday pageant rehearsal” noise.

‘Cause, really… how many times can a person botch “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” on the recorder before some sort of homicide happens?

And, since you’re going to watch the games anyway (or at least tell people that you are- what you do with the LSU/Alabama matchup is your business) you might as well win something, right?

So- it’s time for The Buckeye Battlecry Bowl Spectacular!!!

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