Things didn’t go as expected in Miami. Players are deciding to stay or go. New recruits are on board. We’ll start putting a bow on the 2013 season. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
By now you’re probably tired of hearing about what went wrong and what should or could have happened at the Orange Bowl on Friday night. I won’t deny it, I’m with you. Unfortunately there are a few things I think need discussed, or at least have my opinion weighed in on. Some are a bit out of the box.
I’ve read and heard a lot of people talk about how Clemson is a talented team, and that can’t be denied. I’ve read and heard people say that the better team won, and maybe there’s some truth to that.
The fact is that you can throw out whatever cliched line you want, the Buckeyes were winning at halftime 22-20. A lead that came about despite one of the worst halves of football we’ve seen since Urban Meyer took the controls. Ohio State came out of the locker room looking uninpsired and as though they really didn’t want to be in Miami at all. Of course Clemson errors played a big part in the Buckeye advantage, but no matter how you slice it up, they were leading at halftime.
The third quarter absolutely belonged to Carlos Hyde. I’m not sure what was discussed at the break, but the decision to come out and ride Carlos was simple and magnificent. The offensive live began getting huge movement as Hyde bullied behind them and brought the Buckeyes to a 29-20 lead with 5:50 to play in the 3rd. Camera shots on the Clemson sideline showed a team that was done. I had mentioned several times during the week that Clemson was prone to quit when a team leaned on them and took a lead, especially if they had been ahead early. It was happening. Read More
The Clemson Tigers await the Buckeyes in Miami to do battle in the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3rd. Meanwhile a little farther north in Georgia the Silver Bullets picked up what could be a centerpiece to the future. We’ll discuss “Youngstown Boys” and attack with quick hitters. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
Orange decisions and Clemson (who also wears orange)
While it was unthinkable prior to, after the final gun sounded on the Big Ten Championship Game it became obvious to everyone where the Buckeye football team would be bowling this January. Outside of Dade County and the walls of the Orange Bowl committee, nobody wanted to think about or even consider the possiblity of the team being anywhere except Pasadena either on New Years Day or, more likely, the following Monday in the BCS National Championship Game. Meanwhile, all along it was a foregone conclusion that if eliminated from the games being played in the Rose Bowl the Buckeyes were going to be South Beach bound.
And while it seems like a consolation prize, and to a large extent it is, that’s something as fans we should take great pride in. With their first pick of the at-large schools (after Alabama was scooped up by the Sugar Bowl, which is an SEC tradition) the Orange quickly hopped on the Buckeyes because they know that it will get a high rating on television and there will be butts in the seats. Buckeye Nation travels and likes to spend money. Read More
You can’t tell me that you were surprised.
I have a hard time believing that anyone, particularly Ohio State fans, thought that the NCAA’s decision regarding Miami’s morass would be severe.
If you were, then I have some lovely desert space in that state up north to sell you.
That Tuesday’s announcement of the Hurricane program finally receiving it’s clarification following a two year process filled with grandstanding, ineptitude, and foot dragging would shock some folks is difficult to fathom. In spite of the allegations, in spite of the evidence and information gathered by an outside source, in spite of what seemed to be a tsunami of facts and accounts that was described as “the biggest scandal in college sports”, the NCAA’s decision to accept Miami’s self imposed sanctions and add a few minor flourishes was just the latest in the long decline in that Association’s ability to be considered integrous.
Actually, that’s not correct. Being consistently inconsistent has a certain integrity of it’s own, right? Broken clocks being right twice daily and all that.
Before we go much further, let me state that this is not an attempt to critique the Hurricane program or it’s fans. I’ve long believed that consequences should be levied at the players/coaches/administrators who were involved, and am glad that the ‘Canes are now able to move past Damocles’ sword and instead focus on the upcoming run at an ACC/BCS title.
However, it’s difficult to not see Tuesday’s decision as anything other than a justification for what many have been calling for in a while- a complete overhaul of the NCAA’s “judicial” arm, if not a full dissolution of the Association itself. Read More
As you’re reading this, I’m prepping for the drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area with the Mrs. for Saturday’s game. Given that we got engaged on the Marin Headlands, this song by one of her favorite performers is the obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack. Gonna’ warn you, though… this week’s reflection is… uh… verbose.
Well, it’s certainly been an… interesting… day as far as news goes. But before we dive into the dregs of college sports (and those who “oversee” it), let’s enjoy the fact that it’s finally FOOTBAW! season. Here’s your “pump up”/palate cleanser before the season kicks off.
Heisenberg’s words to Hank ring true for the remaining seven episodes, they also should sound as a warning for the rest of the B1G. There are still a lot of question marks on the Ohio State team as camp progresses… and if you don’t truly know who the Buckeyes are and what they are capable of, well…
(You know, at some point I’ll probably write an SBP without a Breaking Bad reference… but today ain’t that day. Here’s your soundtrack.)
And so it has begun! The 2013 football season is underway as camp has officially opened and the Buckeyes are back to work. A few things I’m looking for, some news on “Johnny Football” and we won’t stop there! It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
On Sunday afternoon all of the Buckeye blog sites began posting their “check in” photos of the football players unloading their cars or being dropped off at The Blackwell (I don’t care what it’s called now, it’s still The Blackwell) hotel where the program sets up shop for the month of August to train and prepare for the season. The BBC was no different. We see kids coming in with big screen TV’s, Playstation, X-Box, even an occasional book.
What I don’t understand is: Why are we so fascinated with this? And I use the word “we” inclusive of myself because I’m the same way. I wait for it every year and around the end of July/early August I’m looking for the “check in” photos to be posted. I did it this past Sunday.
Let me ask you this: Is there something we are looking for? Do we feel like seeing them in street clothes will give us some kind of indicator as to how much work they put in during the offseason? Who looks slimmer, who looks more muscular, “He looks fast!” kind of stuff?
I don’t ask these questions in an accusatory tone. I promise. Like I said, I do it too. When I sat back and thought about it, it made wonder “what is so fascinating about college kids carrying stuff into a hotel?” And I laughed a little bit.
I will say this: Based on the pictures I’ve seen, Chris Carter looks slimmer, more muscular and a LOT faster!
Emergence of a leader
It’s tough for me to say that there is something I’ll be following as camp opens up since I don’t actually get to see anything other than clips from local media outlets that have access to practices. And even if The BBC was worthy (which it is and we should be given) of press access, it’s not like I live in Columbus and could go and see for myself anyways. So I find it hard to write “what’s happening” type pieces that so many other sites with the same access as us seem to write. In all actuality, and I made this clear in the spring, there are things I’ll be hoping to read about from those that do have access. So, anyways, now that I’ve confused you all… Read More