Allow us a moment of celebration….today is our birthday!
During the early stages of the magical 2006 season, I was a big fan of a few different Ohio State blogs, including Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Eleven Warriors, and Around The Oval (which is now an administrative blog for Ohio State academics). I loved reading the Buckeye blogs, but I wasn’t as involved with them as I would have liked. But I did LOVE to make highlight videos.
Two days after Ohio State beat Texas 24-7, I posted this video;
That video was pure therapy for me. I created it and posted it on YouTube and it gave me closure from the 2005 loss to Texas.
The video got a LOT of hits thanks to el Kaiser at MotSag, who posted the following;
I know it was cathartic to watch the Buckeye’s loss to Texas be avenged in convincing fashion, but
whoever made this videoJeff is just being mean.
Soon after, Jason at Eleven Warriors embedded the video on his site under the title “Oscar Quality YouTube”
This may be the finest film ever uploaded to YouTube..
The writers and the blogs that I loved were now watching my stuff. It was an awakening for me. In the middle of the night before the Penn State game, I decided to start my own blog.
The first posting of The BBC was hosted on blogspot.com and the template was very very basic. I was thrilled when I found out that it got a half-dozen views. JD Arney at Around The Oval told me to “keep writing and people will notice”.
So I did. Again and again. I created more videos, I began posting stats and observations, I branched out into professional sports and I just kept writing.
Today, The Buckeye Battle Cry has grown more than I ever expected it to. You know the growth already, you can see it all over this site. Five excellent writers, a thriving live-blog, the Big Ten Bloggers, and a plethora of great features and dedicated Buckeye fans reading our stuff have made The BBC the blog I always dreamed it could be. So I’ve set my goals higher, and we’ll keep growing.
Three years ago today, The BBC began with the help of some friends. Today, it is succeeding thanks to more friends.
Thank you to my new writers – MaliBuckeye, Jim, Eric, and Dave at The BBC.
Thank you, JD Arney (wherever you are).
Thank you, el Kaiser.
Thank you, Jason.
I couldn’t have done it without you.
Three weeks ago, I asked the question “Are we 11-0 already?”. At the time, we were actually 5-0, but were facing a string of 6 consecutive weak opponents.
I took criticism and praise for suggesting this. Around The Oval agreed with me immediately, while personal friends claimed I was tempting fate and daring it to strike back in the form of Michigan State’s 1998 defeat of the then-#1 Bucks.
I’d like to look back at that prognostication and see how I fared so far….
- Bowling Green – The Falcons are 3-2, but two of their wins came against teams ESPN had in their “Bottom 10″. And here’s two facts that will allow you to breathe easy this weeks – BG’s defense allows 30 points per game, and they lost to Kent State by a score of 38-3. This one’s going to be a walk in the park.
We blew out BGSU 35-7 to nobody’s surprise. We actually didn’t beat the 35-point spread, but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to call this game.
- Michigan State – OK, now I was a little bit worried about this game, until I saw them collapse against Notre Dame and then actually lose to Illinois. Now they seem like the bottom-half team they usually are. Wins against Idaho and Eastern Michigan now appear to be their backbone to 6 wins and getting into a bowl, and that doesn’t scare me. Drew Stanton is their biggest weapon, and I’m no longer afraid of QBs named Drew. It’ll be a tough game for about a half, if MSU can play on emotion. After that, if they’re still around, John L. Smith will find a way to lose.
Granted, MSU made it easy to predict against them after the ND and Illinois losses, but the prospect of a road game against a team with the capability to win was slightly scary. I expected to win, but I thought MSU would make a game of it. This one was over by halftime, though.
- Indiana – The only drama about this game is whether or not I’ll be able to find 2 tickets, so I can take my daughter to her first game the day before she turns 8. Whatever the point spread is, take the Buckeyes.
Long story short, I found tickets, took my daughter, and she now believes that Ohio State destroys everybody because that is all she has witnessed in her whole life. Oh, and the point spread was 31, so I hope you took it.
A quick statistical look at the previous three games:
-Ohio State has scored 39 points per game.
-Ohio State has allowed 5.7 points per game.
-Ohio State has allowed 249 yards rushing combined (21 less than we rushed for against IU alone)
-Troy Smith has 9 TDs and 0 INTs
-Ohio State has turned the ball over only twice.
Now, you may say that these games are against inferior competition. Well, when you are #1 and you play inferior opponents, THESE are the numbers you SHOULD have. We are doing the things we SHOULD be doing. Beating the good teams and slaughtering the weak ones. We do have strong teams on the schedule and nobody has yet been within 17 points at game’s end.
By the way, we have scored 30+ points in 12 of our last 15 games. Under Jim Tressel, Ohio State has NEVER lost when scoring 30 or more points.
Some of you recognize my video work, especially this classic, called “Texas Had A Bad Day”. Around The Oval said it “just about summed it up for Texas and their fans”, and MotSAG said I was “just being mean” (but I think they were being sarcastic).
I’ve seen a number of e-mails come in to my YouTube account, asking for a new version from the Iowa game…and I’ve told them all what I’ll tell you right now.
Yes, I will be doing another “lowlight video” about the OSU/Iowa game. I’m working on it now and it should be up late tonight. A new song will be used too…don’t want to get stale and use old material.
As I browse the sports section looking for commetary on the Ohio State victory over Penn State (or any other victory), I like to look for little nuggets of wisdom. With the defense clicking and the offense finding the magic when needed, everyone has a lot to say about our beloved boys in scarlet.
But when Troy Smith threw his only TD on Saturday to Brian Robiskie, my first thought was “Heisman Trophy”. I immediately commented to my friends that this was the play that would be shown over and over again on sports shows when promoting Smith’s Heisman chances. Many people only recall one TD that Doug Flutie threw when he won the trophy. That’s what it’s going to be like for Troy Smith.
However, one person I found came up with the perfect comment. It describes perfectly what that touchdown was like, and it only took one sentence.
Troy Smith’s touchdown pass to Brian Robiskie was like something straight out of NCAA 2007.
That came from JD Arney over at Around The Oval. On face value, it’s a very basic sentence. But it is a perfect summary, because we all know EXACTLY the type of play he means. Something so incredible, it could only be perfomed on a X-Box or a PlayStation. But for those of us who got to witness it as it happened, it was magic.
JD’s got some great insight and has started himself a nice blog. Give him some love and visit him as often as you can.