Waters Under The Bridge? Or Under The Bus?

Written July 30th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Initially, this was a part of this morning’s Silver Bullet Points, but I’ve been encouraged to move it to a separate article to allow folks a chance to comment and so forth.

Time, like The Best Damn Band In The Land, marches on.

Waters

Listen To All Of The Voices

It’s not yet been a week since Jon Waters was fired, and the wounds are still fresh. You’ve read the stories from band members here at tBBC, and will continue to do so: we want to be sure that all voices are heard in this matter, as the Ohio State Marching Band is a deep part of our hearts.

Charles has done a great job of covering the perspective of those close to the program, even sharing a story with us last night of yet another student who felt that the OSUMB was a place of acceptance and safety in spite of what “official reports” and media coverage might have indicated.

With the season upcoming, they continue their preparation and performance schedule with the controversy still swirling. Even before the latest news, you heard the frustration from some of the band members- they represent the University so well, and yet the Athletic Department would rather pipe in “modern” music instead of letting the band do what they were designed to do.

And yet, the band plays on. How firm thy friendship, indeed.

For today’s reflection though, I want to take a different look at the circumstances at hand.

You see, I understand why the University felt the need to fire Jon Waters.

To be clear, I’m not saying that I agree with the decision nor am I saying that the termination was handled correctly. Those discussions are still be had way above my paygrade.

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Silver Bullet Points Are Firing On All Cylinders

Written July 30th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Well hello there! I take off for a week into the wilderness and come back to find that a) Dexter went Lizard King on me and b) Charles broke the site with his excellent coverage of the Waters situation (more later). It’s good to be needed, ya heard?

Seriously, thanks for your patience as we’ve been updating our server and so forth. I especially want to apologize to those band members who were kind enough to let us publish their stories… you deserved better than having us offline as much as we’ve been.  At any rate, I think we’ve got a good handle on things now and ideas for a strong future as well… I think we’ve got the problems derezzed.

Buckeye 411

  • Targeted- At the B1G Media Days, the BTN took several informal polls among the players who attended. As you can imagine, the Buckeyes were pretty well represented, including Top Team, Toughest Stadium, Best Uniform, and Best Player.  #LikeABoss
  • Waterfall? Waterwall- If you haven’t seen the new Ohio State football locker room, check out this look from Sammy Silverman. Worth every penny, but certainly doesn’t help the “we can’t pay student athletes” argument much.
  • Meyer Muses- You can read all Coach Meyer’s remarks here, but there were a couple of things that stood out. The battle for starting center is going well, with Boren, Lindsay, and Price all in the thick of things.. which is good, as the Offensive Line is the key worry for Ohio State this preseason. Dontre Wilson has made a significant jump in the offseason, putting on good weight and getting a better understanding of his role. The linebackers, while young, are a position of strength if they can rise to their talent level on gameday. Braxton is full go and healthy, and the goal of fall camp will be to keep he and the rest of the team that way.
  • Tracy Sprinkle- Not with the team, according to Meyer, although he did say that there was always the possibility of that changing.
  • Players’ Perspectives- Michael Bennett also echoed the remarks about the linebacker corps, saying that it’s deep and fast and will surprise some people. Both he and Jeff Heuerman talked about the Michigan State game and the need to make up for last year’s efforts- something they’ve been focusing on. Heuerman also said that he was healthy, and that the tight end depth chart will be a surprise to folks as well, with Baugh and Hubbard standing out.  Braxton spoke briefly about not “liking” Mr. Bennett, since the latter tends to go a bit more “all out” than the QB would like during practice. He also said, though, that he’s not concerned about his offensive line, and has been throwing for some time now. Seems like they all had a pretty good trip.
  • Buckeyes With Sticks- Great news for the women’s lacrosse program, who announced this week two additional members of their coaching staff.
  • Enjoy It While It Lasts- “It” being “The Tom Herman Experience”, as he’s been tabbed as the top assistant coach in the country as far as future employment goes.  We’re hearing that WVa may take a run at him at some juncture, based on his relationship with Head Mountaineer E. Gordon Gee.
  • The King Wears A Crown… And A Shoe- As a part of his comments during B1G Media Days, Coach Meyer indicated that he’d already informed LeBron James that his presence was expected on the sidelines come Fall.  Makes you wonder who really rules Ohio, don’t it? (hint… it probably doesn’t)
  • Recruiting Thoughts- Coach Meyer talked today about how the media circus that comes with recruiting high school kids is a problem, and how he actually works to “de-recruit” an athlete to get him to think beyond himself and focus on the team.  Nebraska’s Bo Pelini made comments about recruiting as well, which makes sense if you look at the context.

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Weekend Wonderings

Written July 27th, 2014 by Ken

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  Here we are, the last weekend in July. As usual, we’ll be joined by our permanent musical accompaniment.  We’re going to have something about The James, immature professional athletes (I know..) and something from Boston. Grab whatever beverage(s) that you prefer and let’s proceed.

By the time you read this, Lovely Bride and I will be on our way back home from a family wedding in Boston, MA. I’m sure there will be stories aplenty; none of which will be told here.. Congratulations Maureen and Bryan.

The James/Wexner:

Here’s a nice, quick read on the food service program at the new James. It provides for patient-customized meals; what you want to eat, when you want to eat it. This is a great way to get the proper nutrition to individual patients when they need it.

Here is an informative interview with Joseph Flynn of The James explaining his research in CDK inhibitors in cancer treatment.

Joseph Flynn, DO, MPH, focuses on the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in his research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Here’s a notice of a live Google+ Hangout with advice to manage cancer treatment side effects while at work. After all, after cancer diagnosis and during cancer treatment, live goes on.  The Hangout is Wednesday July 30th at 6:00PM EST. And work, whatever form it may take, is part of life..

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Silver Bullet Points Gets Matta Dorky

Written July 24th, 2014 by Joe Dexter

Hello and happy Thursday! We might be a day late and a dollar short with this week’s Silver Bullet Points, but we are here! There are a lot of questions heading into August about what the Buckeyes can do on the gridiron. 14 coffee cups in this Thursday afternoon and I’ve come up with the only answer that matters.

Beat Michigan. 

Oh man — it’s amazing how much better I feel… Let’s get things started with today’s soundtrack, because everybody needs a little G-L-O-R-I-A in their life

Buckeye 411

  • The Quotable Urb - The Mothership says that Urban Meyer is one of the most quotable coaches in the B1g. Not very hard to do. He’ll be quoted heavy at the upcoming B1G media days. The only thing Brady Hoke will be hitting heavy is the fresh stalls and the Donut line.
  • Kicking it off – You know how we know it’s still the off-season? Doug Lesmerises is talking special teams vs. special teams in his Buckeyes vs. Spartans series. He also has touched on the two defenses and much more .
  • DB/LB Problems – Jack Jorgensen at Scarlet and Game wonders if the Buckeyes will have an issue at defensive back. It will be tough replacing Bradley Roby, but if there is one position that is young that I don’t worry about, it’s the defensive backfield. Jorgensen also believes the linebacking corps might be under pressure to put up big numbers in 2014.
  • Let it flow Matta – Doug Lesmerises is focusing on football this week but had a great profile of Thad Matta — who admittedly wrote a flowchart in the 90s of how to get to Rick Pitino. Only in true Matta fashion would that happen.
  • OSU must land a Star — Bleacher Report’s Ben Axelrod says that the Buckeyes need to land a star quarterback for 2015. As a recruiting nitwit, I’ll turn things over to Mr. Doty here at tBBC to discuss whether or not this is true. My gut though wants me to tell you to calm down though Ben. This is Ohio State University we’re talking about.
  • Speaking of Recruiting… LGHL’s Brett Favachio updates us on OT James Daniels and all the latest recruiting news.  Including talks about five star QB Torrance Gibson.
  • TBDUNIITL – That’s right. Starting new acronyms here at tBBC. LGHL’s Andrew Lind shared why he voted Ohio State’s uniforms as the best in the B1G and shares thoughts on his other votes.
  • The Year of Bosa – That’s what this season has been donned by Eleven Warriors’ Patrick Maks — who highlights the very talented defensive lineman.
  • A 29% chance – of rain? of meatballs? How about a 29% chance that TTUN fields a quarterback that can actually throw? Nope. That’s too high of odds. Vegas says that Ohio State has a 29% chance of going undefeated next season.
  • Victory. Here’s the latest from the Best Damn Graphics Man in the land. Sammy Silverman.

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Rush To Judgement

Written July 22nd, 2014 by Ken

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Nestled along the western shore of Seneca Lake is the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It’s less than a two hour drive from Buffalo into the heart of the Finger Lakes, and is truly a bucolic setting.

Well, not quite.

As this rather extensive article in the NY Times, there are proper ways to investigate sexual assault complaints, but the administration at HWS took a different approach. You need to follow the link to read the article for full impact.

It is lengthy and not for the faint of heart.

For a shorter version, Ophelia of ‘Butterflies and Wheels’ has excerpts and commentary, here.

 

Whatever precisely happened that September night, the internal records, along with interviews with students, sexual-assault experts and college officials, depict a school ill prepared to evaluate an allegation so serious that, if proved in a court of law, would be a felony, with a likely prison sentence. As the case illustrates, school disciplinary panels are a world unto themselves, operating in secret with scant accountability and limited protections for the accuser or the accused.

 

This was one flawed investigation. The investigative panel appointed by the college was evidently ill equipped for its task  and insensitive in its investigation, the investigating detective was less than precise and accurate in filing his report and the colleges’ response was clueless, if not embarrassing.

 

 It took the college just 12 days to investigate the rape report, hold a hearing and clear the football players. The football team went on to finish undefeated in its conference, while the woman was left, she said, to face the consequences — threats and harassment for accusing members of the most popular sports team on campus.

 

Let’s move along, folks, nothing to see here.

One of my first articles with tBBC pertained to sexual assault and social media interaction in Steubenville. I will welcome the day where  ‘sexual assault’ will not be a topic. Ever.

Weekend Wonderings

Written July 20th, 2014 by Ken

weekendwonderings Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  Here we are, mid July, summer is flying by. Of course, that means we’re getting closer to Football Season, so, silver linings and all that. Grab whatever beverage(s) that you need and let’s forge ahead. Of course, we’ll forge ahead to our usual musical accompaniment. We have good stuff regarding The James, commentary of some sort, and some music to wrap it up. Thanks for stopping by.

Speaking of futball, congratulations to Germany for winning the World Cup. In the semi-finals, Deutschland blitzed Brazil like they did the Low Countries in Spring 1940. Sunday was a different story, however. Argentina took Germany to the limit (just ask the players on the pitch) before falling 1-0 on a great goal by Mario Götze

Happy Birthday –  I want to take the time to wish my step-father, Bob, a happy 90th birthday today.  A long life and a well lived life. Here’s hoping for many more, Bob.

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From Columbus To Hollywood: Maurice Hall

Written July 19th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Every now and again, we get an interesting story at tBBC headquarters.

Mr. Hall

Really? Yellow sweater and blue shirt, Mr. Hall?

That was especially true this week, when the team representing Maurice Hall reached out to us to let us know about his new endeavor as well as ways that fans of his work on and off the field could get involved.

Buckeye fans will remember many aspects of Maurice’s Ohio State career, but no moment stands out more than this important fourth quarter opportunity in 2002.

Maurice is no stranger to us here- we’ve been blessed to have chatted with him on a very early edition of The Radio Hour podcast, and have interacted with him on numerous occasions about his experiences in the entertainment industry.  West Coast Buckeyes have to stick together.

His latest project is pretty expansive, and takes advantage of the new business model that we’re seeing in Hollywood.  Formerly, a solid idea or script might languish on the desks of studio heads, waiting for someone to take a chance on a young director or different story.

However recent independent films have found success being funded both by those directly involved and by crowdsourcing the expenses.  But investors and partners are also finding that it’s not just an opportunity to help a new talent out- there are often great “perks” for donors.  You might remember that our friend Mekka Don used this method to release his latest album as well.

After the jump, check out the press release about Maurice’s plan and project, as well as learn how you might be able to win some choice NFL tickets. Read More

See ya, Miami!

See ya, Miami!

On July 8th, 2010, LeBron James went on national television and announced that he was leaving Cleveland to “take his talents” to South Beach and play for the Miami Heat. Hearts all over Ohio, especially in North Eastern Ohio, and most especially mine, were ripped out and crushed.

A lot has happened in the four years since “The Decision”. LeBron James has gone on to four straight NBA Finals appearances, winning two. The Cavaliers fell to the lowest of lows obtaining four straight top four lottery picks including three number one overall.

But maybe most importantly in those four years, everybody grew up and got a little wiser. All the parties involved in the horrible day that was 7/8/10 that was to culminate at the Boys and Girls Club in Camden, New Jersey live on ESPN and sent shock waves through Cleveland realized just how much they needed the other.  Read More

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