Graphic Content: The Dream ’14

Written February 10th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

It’s been a while since our friend Kevin Dearth has graced our pages with a new wallpaper for your desktop or laptop… or to sneak onto the tablet of the office Wolverine. Luckily, though, he’s got a couple of things today to fix that situation… and something more in the works.

First up, a look back and forward at this year’s newest members of the Ohio State Family:

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Two weeks ago, the staff here at The Buckeye Battle Cry expanded by one new writer. Well, not necessarily NEW, but it’s one more writer than there was in 2013.

My name is Jeff, and I founded this website back in 2006. I’ll be rejoining the gang here for a weekly article (probably more than that over time. Baby steps to the elevator, baby steps to the door.)

This morning, my duty was to write an article – my choice. For some reason, they treat me well. They allow me to write whatever I choose.

But therein lies the problem I face as I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, whatever).

You see, I couldn’t find a topic to write about this week. The people I brought in to run this website (and the people who they brought on to add further growth) have done such an amazing job that I cannot find a subject that they do not have under control.

When I began this website, it was strictly about football and basketball. I didn’t cover wrestling or women’s basketball, barely touched recruiting, only mentioned TBDBITL on occasion. All of those are now staples of tBBC experience.

It’s been nearly four years since I last roamed the proverbial sidelines here at tBBC, and every day I am impressed with how far this site has come.

So for today, allow me to pay tribute to the men and women that run The Buckeye Battle Cry. They are the ones that bring you amazing coverage of The Ohio State University. I’m just lucky to have them around. Thanks for having me back.

Enjoy, and Go Bucks!

- Jeff Seemann, founder – The Buckeye Battle Cry

One Fan’s Opinion: From The Mouth Of Babes

Written January 11th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

As is tradition here at tBBC, we give contest winners the chance to write an article to share with the rest of the world. This year is no different, even if the contest winner is a seven year old Oklahoma State fan. Introducing Caleb, as interviewed by his dad (our B1g12 correspondent):

IMG_20140111_0953431) Caleb, do you like playing the pick ‘em games? I don’t know.  Kind of.  I prefer not to but I never knew you could win before so now I like it.

2) What was your strategy in picking the games? At first I picked the teams that I liked the most, and then I looked at the match ups and picked the team with the highest percentage.

3)  Caleb, you said you picked the teams you liked most.  What made you like them the most? From states I’ve been to (CO, TX, KS, NE), states I grew up in (Cali and OK), and states I’ve learned to like.

4)  What is your favorite state? California, because I grew up in it and have a lot of family in it.

5)  Who is your favorite sports team? OKC Thunder because they are the first team I’ve known about and I really like going to their games.

6)   What are your thoughts on winning this game? I’m a kid and I beat all the grown ups.  I should teach my dad and uncle Mali how to pick better.

7)  What sport would you like to play?  None of them because I like science experiments, math and building things.

9)  Caleb, as we end, do you have anything else you want to say? I have a joke.  “Where do all the sport shirts come from?  Jersey”

And The Winner Is…

Written January 7th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

With Florida State’s last minute victory in Pasadena last night, the BCS era comes to an end.

Congratulations to the Seminoles on their victory; thanks too for ensuring that the SECSECSEC went winless in the last year of the BCS.

Now that the Bowls have concluded for 2013-14, we also need to congratulate the winner(s) of our Pick-em contest.

The overall winner, believe it or not, is the seven year old son of a friend of mine (our Big12 correspondent). He blew away the competition, and won our contest with three more correct picks than the second place entries. In second place is Troy, who tied yours truly with 22 correct picks. Bro, check your mail for information regarding your major awards. As for your favorite tBBC staffers, Ken and Patrick were first and second runners up, with Jason ending up at the bottom.

Thanks again to ALL who played this season, and to our great sponsors for helping us out this way. Be sure to keep following the news here at tBBC for your next chance to win!

tBBC’s Buckeye Resolutions, 2014

Written January 1st, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Amidst all of the revelry from last night (hoops win, amazing bowl game, good news from All American practices, traditional end of year festivities), we asked the staff to come up with some resolutions that members of the Ohio State football and basketball programs should adapt for 2014. Just for giggles, we’ve added a “wild card” where people could either make another “suggestion” or publicly announce one of their own.

Let’s see what they came up with:

Legend In The Making

Buckeye Football

  • I, Curtis Grant, do hereby resolve to live up to the reputation that preceded my arrival at THE Ohio State University. I will step into the limelight and make sure people don’t miss Ryan Shazier next season.
  • “I, Urban Meyer, do hereby resolve to maintain a healthy perspective and work-life balance in order to keep from getting burned out while starting a new winning streak.”
  • “I, Luke Fickell, do hereby resolve to spend the off-season getting my head out of my tuchas and learning how to coach defense”.
  • “I, Bryce Haynes, do hereby resolve to become the first longsnapper to win the Heisman trophy, even though I’ll have less than three snaps on punts the entire 2014 season.”
  • “I, Braxton Miller, do hereby resolve to spend the off-season learning how to actually ‘read’ the zone-read play for 2014″.
  • “I, Joey Bosa, do hereby resolve to build on my freshman season and spend the off-season becoming the best defensive tackle in college football.”
  • “We, the running backs remaining at The Ohio State University, resolve to spend this spring and summer training and working as hard as possible and then even harder to replace Carlos Hyde and ensure the position is a massive strength and loaded with depth in 2014″. Read More

What Do You Want To See On Christmas?

Written December 25th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s Christmas morning, and if you’re like me you’ve been up for hours because your kids just had to get to the presents that you were putting together until 3 AM. And now, in the lull between gift opening and your fourth coffee, you turn to the solace of the interwebs for holiday joy.

Santa, Buckeye…

As we do every year, we asked the staff for their holiday wishes… hopefully the big guy hooked everyone up:

What thing do you hope Santa brings the Buckeyes this year?

  • Jason: Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier saying “I’m here for 2014″
  • Joe Dexter: A 2013-14 Big Ten Basketball Championship, Two 2014 Individual NCAA Wrestling Championships and a Luke Kennard commitment to coach Matta and the Hoops program. Is that asking for to much??
  • Ken: Top notch recruiting classes for basketball and football. I’d like for Santa to hang by the chimney with care the ‘Historical Defensive Identity’ that the football team seems to have misplaced the past couple of years.
  • Charles: Excellent player development in all sports.  We’ve done well in recruiting in the top sports but as Michigan football has shown, if you can’t develop the recruits it doesn’t matter how many 5 stars you have.
  • Patrick: A defense that can get stops and make plays. End of story.
  • Scott: A national championship for Thad Matta. He deserves it.
  • Mali: A blowout win in the Orange Bowl. The general “perspective” is that Ohio State’s 24 game win streak was built on smoke and mirrors; handling Clemson would certainly adjust that narrative quite a bit, particularly if the defense manages to rise to the occasion.
  • WVa: I honestly want them all to have a great Christmas and New Year and finish the way they started the year. Undefeated in 2014
  • Eric: A. Freaking. National. Title. In. Basketball.

Who in the B1G found a huge bag of coal this morning? Read More

Announcing: tBBC Bowl Challenge

Written December 9th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Quick update on tBBC’s Championship Chase, our yearly contest for all of our Buckeye Yahoo!s…

Big Games Call For Big Leaders

Big Games Call For Big Leaders

Of the over 50 folks who signed up to play, Toasted Bucknut ended the season on top with 252 points! Drop us a note here at the mothership, and we’ll get you hooked up for your prize package and so forth.

Your humble correspondent ended up atop the Staff challenge, and found myself in the huge logjam that was the second place shootout.  You know what they say, though- “Second place is still not where Michigan finished this year.

And now that the Bowl Movement has been completed, we can also announce the next contest for all of the armchair defensive coordinators in Buckeye Nation. If you’re looking to have yet another reason to watch all 35 of the bowl games this holiday season, you can tell your family that you’ve got something important riding on it since you’ve entered tBBC Bowl Challenge.

In order to join the group, just go to College Football Pick’em, and click the “Join Group” button. From there, enter the following information…

Group ID#: 6433
Password: Shaz1er

As a reminder, since we switched our contests over from ESPN to Yahoo!, the BCS has died. Success! Read More

tBBC Gives Thanks

Written November 28th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

We’re blessed here at tBBC.

Not just in being fans of the greatest program in the country, but also in having the opportunity to come across your intertrons and onto your computer/tablet/mobile device. To have the chance to interact daily with the best fans in the land, and to possibly impact your Ohio State experience in ways that are positive is something that we cherish deeply- thank you for making us a part of your daily lives.

Always A Great Day To Be A Buckeye

Here’s a bit more of our team’s moments of gratitude and what we’re thankful for today as we argue over the other drumstick on Dexter’s rotisserie turkey:

Ken

  • A loving and supportive family. It makes the tough moments endurable and the good moments more enjoyable.
  • OSU’s head coaches: The three sports that we (mostly) cover have two coaches new to the programs in the past two years. It is a treat to watch these teams develop and have success.
  • tBBC Staff: This little venture for me is a nice little hobby, made all the better by our sense of community amongst everyone. And by “everyone”, I mean the editors, my fellow writers and, of course, our readers. Thank you.

Clair

  • I am thankful to have a roof over my head that has running water and electricity every day. I am thankful for the health of my family, specifically the health of my beautiful daughter and my own health.
  • I am thankful for the hard work and dedication that urban Meyer and his staff put in day and night to accomplish the continuing excellence of the Ohio State football program.
  • I’m thankful for the James Cancer research hospital and the folks that work there every day to get one step closer to a cure.

Scott

  • Urban Meyer. As much as I loved The Sweater Vest, his style of play wasn’t working anymore.
  • We escaped the nasty tornadoes that hit a couple weeks ago.
  • My second child will be born in May. Another Buckeye fan on the way. Read More
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