Beat The Heat With Silver Bullet Points

Written July 17th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Now that the rain has subsided, maybe the Buckeye State can enjoy the summer sunshine and higher temperatures… or as we call it in Los Angeles, “Wednesday”. Today’s soundtrack hearkens back to the halcyon days of the 80′s, before I had to actually pay for air conditioning. Back then, I thought that a Power Station meant something completely different…

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Refreshing

Buckeye 411

  • Watching The Watched, Men- Following up from last week, we’ve got a few more Buckeyes on “watch lists” this week. Two thirds of the secondary is on the Thorpe Award list- Roby, Barnett, Bryant; while Corey Brown and Devin Smith were named to the counterpart Biletnikoff list. Ryan Shazier doubled dipped this week, being targeted for the Butkis and Lombardi lists; he joins Andrew Norwell on the latter.
  • Thoughts And Prayers- Go out to the family of Buckeye legend Jim Jackson, who lost his father this weekend.
  • “I ain’t drunk… I’m just drinkin’” I’m pretty sure that Marcus Baugh is not familiar with the work of Albert Collins; just as I’m sure that Mr. Baugh is going to be intimately familiar with the work of strength coach Mickey Mariotti following the news from this past weekend. If you hadn’t heard, Marcus was arrested for underaged consumption and use of another person’s identification- it sounds like a double dose of trouble, to be honest. If you believe message boards and whatnot, Baugh was brought back to his dorm when initially confronted by police; he chose to return to the party and use another student’s ID when confronted a second time. We’ll continue to monitor this as it develops.
  • Urban’s Fault? With everyone jumping on the bandwagon to blame Coach Meyer for global warming housing bubble crash assassination of Archduke Firdinand the Aaron Hernandez situation, it was interesting to read an account of the Meyer legacy from someone who was actually there. You know, in stead of someone who’s digging for pageviews and interviewing disgruntled former players.
  • Your Killing Me, Small(s)- MotSaG with the latest in this trainwreck.
  • The Game, Junior- Since Pennsylvania backed out of their annual High School All Star game against Ohio’s best (I guess they couldn’t handle the annual loss, in spite of the shady officiating), That State Up North has stepped up the the challenge. As the OZone’s Tony Gerdeman notes, this event will see the best from Michigan and the best from Ohio play for bragging rights, beginning next year. Several of our twitter friends pointed out that this matchup will feature TTUN and OSU players against MAC Conference players- unless, that is, Ohio’s roster gives players to Michigan to make the game interesting. You know, just like in November.
  • Buckeyes Grow On Money Trees- Kyle Rowland from 11Warriors with a great article Tuesday morning about the spending habits in college athletics.  Guess what? The teams that spend more are more successful.
  • Lineup- From Sammy Silverman, the front wall of the B1G’s best offense: Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: The Toledo War

Written July 10th, 2013 by Jason

Whenever it is asked “why do Ohio and Michigan dislike each other so much? What caused it?” inevitably there’s always someone who says “Ohio and Michigan went to war over Toledo a long time ago” and that thus ends the discussion. Tonight we look at what went on, set the record straight, and give the skinny (in my terms with my vocabulary) as to what this war was really about and why it happened. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Northwest Ordinance of 1787

The NWO of 1787 established the "Northwest Territory"

The NWO of 1787 established the “Northwest Territory”

Per the NWO of ’87, the northern boundary of Ohio was described as “an east west line drawn through the southerly bend of extreme of Lake Michigan.” So now that we all know and are familiar with the area being discussed, we can dip into this a little deeper, because that isn’t complicated and vague description of a border line and would surely and concisely end any border disputes.

The Enabling Act of 1802

Obviously, the locals haggled about where the line was exactly. In the Enabling Act of 1802, the United States Congress looked to clear up any confusion by clearly stating that Ohio’s northern border would be precisely “an east west line drawn through the southerly bend of extreme Lake Michigan.” Sound familiar? Read More

Wednesday’s Rumble: E. Gordon Gone

Written June 5th, 2013 by Jason

Good morning/afternoon/evening/whenever you are reading this! We are yet another week closer to the start of fall camp and finally having actual football to talk about. However, for now, the dead period rolls on. One of the things we’ve discussed is the importance of Ohio State football players keeping themselves out of the news during the dead period. Someone forgot to mention that idea to the schools president. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

E. Moron Gee

E. Gordon Gee was the bow tie wearing “hipster” president at Ohio State. Certainly you’ve all seen him at one time or another and I’d bet most of you instantly cringe at the first letter of his name being pronounced. He’s been a maverick. He’s gone to other schools around the country and done some great work. He’s done some great work at Ohio State. But, it was time for him to go. And yesterday, he did the right thing for The Ohio State University and announced his retirement effective July 1st.

Make it stop

Make it stop

During a meeting on December 5th, 2012 with the Ohio State Athletic council, Gordo let a few huge bombs slip. What he didn’t know was that someone was recording it and sent it to Sports Illustrated.

Gee on Notre Dame: “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.”

When talking about what the Big Ten was looking for in a school during expansion Gee said the top goal is to “make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won’t see us adding Louisville.” Gee went on to add that the Big Ten wouldn’t be adding Kentucky, either. Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Lola Montez

Written May 22nd, 2013 by Jason

Another week has gone by and we are yet another week closer to August and “fall” football camp opening up at The Ohio State University. We’ve hit the “dull” period, basically just waiting for camp to open. And (God willingly) the players stay out of the news. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun here at the BBC! So, without further ado: It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Improvements:

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Perfection… almost

I’ve been thinking a bit about a few minor improvements I’d like to see regarding the game day experience and football aesthetics in general. Would you like to know what they are? Of course you would or you wouldn’t still be reading this paragraph. Here’s 3 things:

1. I still want it, but I know that going back to grass in Ohio Stadium is essentially out of the question until one of the countries largest agriculture schools figures out a way to maintain, care for and regrow grass during the weeks off from games (you wouldn’t think this would be that hard of a process). It’s a shame that the 2006 season (a season when it rained more than human thought can process) has totally ruined the idea of having natural grass.

They really didn’t have a turf problem until The Game that year, the epic 1 vs 2 showdown won the Buckeyes 42-39. The issue became an issue after it rained during the season opener against Northern Illinois and then it rained like mad during the Penn State game (the one where Joe Pa lost his luggage in his drawers and had to run into the locker room.) Even with that said, they had two weeks to work on it after the PSU downpour before the next home game. They then had two weeks prior to TSUN to get it in order again and made the call to re-sod, which we all saw was a disaster.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: East vs West

Written May 1st, 2013 by Jason

The Leaders and the Legends will sing their swan song in 2013. The NFL draft has come and gone: Where did the Buckeyes end up? How stupid or smart were the Cleveland Browns? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

 Don’t go away mad, just go away…

“It’s good for the fans, it’s good for the players. It strengthens our schedule from the perspective of the postseason and binds the conference together in a powerful way.”

And with those Jim Delaney comments, the Big Ten has realigned for the 2014 season. The first year to include Maryland and Rutgers will also include the newly realigned Big Ten East and Big Ten West.

Those eyebrows look like a bunch of spiders in a wrestling match!

Those eyebrows look like a bunch of spiders in a wrestling match!

Let me say it, Hallelujah!

Last week I mentioned in Quick Hitters that the BCS had tapped the strongest of their think tanks to come up with the name of the college football playoff and appropriately named it The College Football Playoff. Kudos to Delaney, Gene Smith and the guy who ruined Domino’s Pizza (can you really ruin something already terrible?) and is now AD at TTUN for bringing in some world class nerds to do major research and realize that the fans of the Big Ten were almost unanimously in favor of one thing: Michigan sucks. What I meant to say is they were in favor of the divisions being called anything other than Leader and Legends and preferred a more simple approach like North/South or East/West. Thanks to Jim Delaney and those crazy eyebrows for finally giving the people what they want.

Side note: I remember being in favor of Lakes and Plains over what they chose.

The Buckeyes are in the East division with Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers and TTUN.

Meanwhile the West will be home to Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota. Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: The Truck Stop Mogul

Written April 24th, 2013 by Jason

Tomorrow is the NFL Draft and the Browns are set to be on the clock. Their owner, however, may be in some serious hot water. When will this year’s crop of Buckeyes come off the board? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Nightmare on Lou Groza Blvd.

Compliments of an outstanding 2012, the Browns find themselves once again not only picking in the top half of the draft but in the top 10 at number 6. Obviously the team has plenty of needs to fill and they did a solid job this offseason in the free agent market to help sure up some of the more glaring weaknesses.

New Brown Paul Kruger sacking QB Brandon Weeden in 2012

New Brown Paul Kruger sacking QB Brandon Weeden in 2012

According to experts, the addition of former Baltimore Raven Paul Kruger was one the off-season’s biggest moves not just in Cleveland but the NFL in general. Putting him at rush end in the 3-4 (as he played with the Ravens) opposite Jabaal Sheard is supposed to give the Browns (Along with Phil Taylor inside) a formidable front 3. I’m not sold.

I love Phil Taylor and the possibilities of him sliding out into the gaps off the nose and being paired with Aytahba Rubin at the same time. I like the thought of Sheard as a hybrid DE/OLB with his wheels giving him an ability to play standing up or in a 3-point stance. Now, from what I am led to believe, Paul Kruger is the “missing link” to bring the defensive line from good to great. I just can’t help thinking: This is a guy who in his entire career has been strictly a third down pass rusher, literally, almost exclusively. Don’t believe me? I’ll bet you didn’t know that in 2011 he played 373 total plays. That number nearly tripled in 2012 when with Terrell Suggs nursing an Achilles tear. Read More

Illustrating Sports With Silver Bullet Points

Written February 27th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Sexier than the swimsuit issue

Today’s soundtrack is brought to you by 70 degrees and sunny skies in Los Angeles. Oh, and a little bit of EW&F.

Buckeye 411

  • Buck And Cover- That thing over there is this week’s Sports Illustrated cover, well everywhere but the southeast. I think that the expectations and so forth for this team are pretty high…
  • In Case You Were Wondering- Here’s the other cover… which may explain why Braxton looks so terrified on his “Breakout” photo.
  • Healing Nicely- At the Combine last week, we learned that John Simon was recovering from shoulder surgery. It sounds as if it was pretty routine, if you call “requiring diamond tipped instruments to cut through his muscle tissue” routine.
  • Nice Gig- Brandon Castel has a great article from the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer (unfortunately named, but it sounds like there are plans to change it). Who do I need to talk to to get assigned to the “Ohio State Cruise” beat?
  • Updates- From Brandon: Jordan Hall is no longer a running back, but will be a “pivot”; Christian Bryant is the emotional leader of the defense (more later); and Urban didn’t really ‘call out’ the other coaches but challenged the conference to raise it’s standards.
  • Gene’s Scene- We’ve talked before about the expansion landscape; Gene Smith this week said that the conferences is not looking to grow until they see how Maryland and Rutgers fit in. So- the B1G is totally annexing the entire B12 on Thursday.
  • So Dreamy- Aaron Craft doing Aaron Craft things, on the radio this time.
  • But… He only gets that interview because he’s a rosy cheeked white guy.
  • Great Read- MoC’s new book is out, part of his Redemption Tour. Check it out here...
  • This Week In Sammy Silv- Seriously, this needs to be a regular feature: Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Hoops and Clowns?

Written February 21st, 2013 by Jason

The Buckeye basketball teams backs are against the wall. A big time football player is rumored to be contemplating sitting out a season to his protect draft status and financial future. It’s Wednesday night, let’s rumble!

Hoops getting interesting

As you’re reading this, or maybe after you read this or a little before you read this, the Buckeye basketball team will be on the court facing the Minnesota Golden Gophers at The Schottenstein Center. This is a huge week for the Buckeyes after being slapped in the face with a backhand in Wisconsin on Sunday to the tune of a 71-49 beat-down.

Backs against the wall after the Wisconsin meltdown

Backs against the wall after the Wisconsin meltdown

At 18-7 the Buckeyes see their backs against the wall but home turf on their side as they face a must win situation against the Gophers. This would set up a huge showdown/rematch, again at home, against Michigan State. Win both games and watch the swagger return to set up the final push before the tournaments begin. A split has to be what the Buckeyes consider a worst case scenario as losing both would be catastrophic.

Michigan State took on the Indiana Hoosiers last night in a #1 vs #4 matchup. In a tight game that was actually pretty exciting to watch, it was the Hoosiers holding on to win 72-68 and keep their #1 ranking at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Sparty will now come to Columbus facing the possibility of a two game losing streak and certainly a little grumpy. Tom Izzo will have his team ready for what should be a war at 4pm on Sunday. (CBS tv) Read More