Welp, there’s only so much Midwest my family can handle. Wait… that’s not right. There’s only so much of my family that the Midwest can handle. That’s more accurate. Since I’m flying back to LaLa land as we speak, here’s some traveling music for your morning interlude.
Short answer- “Of course”. Longer answer- “Now, more than one”.
We take a brief moment from our mayhem and merriment to publicly congratulate our own Eric on successfully defending his dissertation on Friday night, meaning that he now holds a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics. Yup, he’s certifiably dense.
Given that his advanced degree is from Michigan State (B!1!G!), we’re still trying to determine if his researched was centered on the particular kind of thermodynamics that East Lansing is known for.
On his behalf, I’m also going to give a shout out to Ken. As is usually the case, he was a part of Eric’s process far beyond the call of duty by serving as a reader/reviewer of dissertation. In unrelated news, Ken’s insomnia seems to have been cured. Funny that.
For those of you keeping track at home, that brings the number of PhD’s on staff to two; Eric’s in Physics joins Charles’ in Astronomy. I guess we can now fully attest that writing here sometimes is rocket surgery.
With one more staffer (cough) starting his own doctoral work in the fall, future roundtables might just be a bit more interesting.
Congrats, Eric… and thanks for using small words so the rest of us can follow along.
Tight End, Loose Cannon? Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors broke the news late Tuesday that Buckeye tight end Marcus Baugh had been suspended from the team indefinitely for yet another issue with underaged alcohol usage. While many of us would file this either under “meh” or “college lyfe!!”, it’s important to note that this would be Baugh’s third “incident” while a Buckeye, and his second involving alcohol. He was removed from scholarship last summer, and was removed from team activities in September as well… it will be interesting to see if Coach Meyer believes in a “three strikes and you’re done” policy. Baugh has always been seen as an amazing athlete, but his absence will mean that the other tight ends in the system (Heuerman, Moore, and Vannett) may be asked to bear the burden during the spring and beyond; the 2014 recruiting class does not have a tight end in the mix as of yet.
As we have reported in many stories here at tBBC, including Ken’s excellent updates on things going on at the James, Ohio State does exceptional things in the classrooms and research labs as well as on the field and court. However, awareness of OSU’s academic and research excellence isn’t as widespread as its reputation for athletic achievement, often leading to people view Ohio State as an athletics factory where education comes second; see for example numerous comments made across the internet by Cal fans last week as well as an insulting column that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. While Buckeyes know that this reputation isn’t correct, it does speak to the need for the university to do a better job of spreading the message about how good the academic side of OSU is; in fact most of the Big Ten needs to do this better. To help with this, let’s take a look at how OSU and the rest of the Big Ten stack up in terms of some academic metrics.
There are numerous rankings of universities out there that all employ different methodologies, none of which can completely reflect a university, and it would take forever to look through all of them so we will use two of the most cited and respected ones. First let’s take a look at how the Big Ten compares to the rest of the US using the US News and World Report ranking of American universities. In the 2013 edition of the rankings, Ohio State comes in 52nd among National Universities and 16th among public universities.
If you think the “Final Verdict” segments of College Gameday are amazing places for rhetoric and logic, you’re probably excited for the beginning of the Presidential Debates tonight. Me? I’d rather argue about college sports… compared to politics, the BCS makes sense.
If you’re reading this, you’ve survived Bloody Tuesday… don’t you just hate corporate bonding retreats? Here’s some happy music to get you through the day.
Yup, it’s that week again- we find ourselves looking to the skies and hoping for an astronomical event to head toward… let’s see… this year the game is in South Bend, so that will do just fine. Just think, if Notre Dame’s previous coach was still on the sidelines, there just might be enough gravitational pull between the two head men to facilitate this.
So here’s the thing.
The story of the day yesterday was the first episode of All Access, a behind the scenes look at the Buckeye program under the new regime.
But… in a moment of weakness, I DVR’d it And watched it.
And loved ever second.
How can you hate quotes like “Abso-smurfly”, “Bozo the freakin’ clown”, “I’m glad you’re a Buckeye, bro…”, “I like coaching you…” and other admonitions to play “hungry” and “angry”.
And the precision of the offensive staff’s work, the pride that Coach Mariotti puts into his time with the team, and the focus and plan that Coach Meyer is instilling into the team… it’s a really good piece. If you missed it and don’t mind the spoilers, the gang at LGHL have a really good review with picture pages and everything.
I’d be really excited about this, to be honest, if all things were equal. Given the bad PR that my favorite program received over the past few years for numerous self inflicted wounds, it’s great to get excited about OSU football again- and to see a national response (including Southern Cal and Clemson recruits commenting on it) that was pretty positive.
But, I’ll be honest- It’s still hard for me to not be wary about this series. You kick a dog and reach to pet him, he’ll wince and cower even if he lets you stroke his head again. Given what we know about ESPN’s agenda (Entertainment Sports Programming Network), it safe to see that they are interested in a narrative of redemption up until the point that they bang the drums marking a fall from grace.
Just watch the history- 2002 upset their narrative, and then the 2003 Clarett story was a bottom. The 2006 season’s coverage was the apex of good vibes, and then this past year seems to be yet another trough in their coverage- again, a story that Ohio State wrote for itself, but one that got presented over and over and over again on the largest stage while others were way way off Broadway in Coral Gables and Columbia and Chapel Hill.
So- we’ll watch (yup) and see. And, if nothing else, this will give us the chance to celebrate the splendor and power of an Ohio State team on a very particular mission.
Buckle Buckeye up.