Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 12.3.13

Written December 3rd, 2013 by Clair

And The Chase Continues…

  • Sparty in his Sights-Urban Meyer was very business like in his weekly press conference on Monday. Not wanting to give a flea’s breath of a doubt that his team was focused only on the Big Ten Championship Game ahead, Meyer brushed aside any questions regarding Auburn, the BCS or a possible national title
    game appearance by his Buckeyes
  • Balancing Act- Both Urban Meyer and Tom Herman were asked about concerns with the offense being unbalanced at times. Both coaches mentioned in their own ways that it was not particularly a concern and against certain teams certain offenses work better. I think if we can get that nit picky about a balanced offense when our receivers, quarterback and running backs are efficient when called up on, the Buckeyes must have a pretty balanced offense in the stable.
  • Spartan Reserve- Michigan State will certainly be the toughest defense Ohio State has faced all year. From Urban Meyer and Tom Hermans description of the Spartan scheme it sound like they are a disciplined and talented bunch that is very proficient in disguising coverages. This may be a game where Meyer and Herman just throw off the gloves, say I don’t care what your throw at us, just try and stop it.
  • Tricks Are For Kids- This Ohio State pass defense has resurfaced as a problem as of late. As a fan, it is maddening to see what offenses are doing against a talented, albeit, misguided bunch. Michigan State is notorious for trickery, trickeration and all manner of trickstering. That being said, it will take all of the discipline the Buckeye secondary can muster to stop all the tom foolery and blatant wide open receivers that have been allowed to roam free in their zone!
  • For Crying in the Sunshine- Can a sister get an Amen for some pressure on the quarterback? This rushing three business really grinds my gears when clearly the linebackers have been served most useful in getting to the quarterback when the scheme allows. Get it together Fickell. I love ya buddy but the lack of pressure on Devan Gardener last weekend during one of the most EPIC Buckeye vs. UM games of all times was nothing short of underwhelming.
  • Trophy Time- All Conference teams named on Monday, and to no surprise Ohio State was well represented. Braxton, Carlos, Philly, Mewhort, Lindsley, Norwell were honored for the offense as first or second teamers, while Shazier, Spence, Roby, and Bennett got the nod for the Defense.
  • Yeah, But-  Michigan’s Lewan  was awarded the Offensive Lineman of the Year over Jack Mewhort, while Ryan Shazier lost the B1G Linebacker trophy to Wisconsin’s Borland. I guess we’ll see what the NFL has to say about that… Read More

The Week That Were: 11.30.13

Written December 2nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

As we enter the last week of college football’s regular season, this song is running through my mind. Plus, I was on #TeamCourtney from the moment she got on stage with Bruce.

If the pounds of fried turkey and sweet potato pie that you ate on Thursday didn’t give you a heart attack, this week’s college football games certainly were going to do their damnedest to finish the job.

Photo Courtesy of Josh Winslow

Rivalries, by nature, raise the blood pressure of those involved… if they didn’t it would be called a “friendly tiff” or an “untimely spat”. Add the magnitude of what was on the line for some teams, and you’ve surely got the makings for one of the most memorable weekends of the year, if not all times.

We’ve already discussed the awesomeness that was the victory in The Game, and join the rest of Buckeye Nation in sending Tyvis Powell the kinds of “thank you” that would be approved by the NCAA. TWTW doesn’t often spend time rehashing Buckeye wins, but man… that’s one to savor. Right, Eddie?

Kudos to Coach Hoke and his team in their preparation and gameplan, and for the decision to go for it all at the end. It didn’t work out, but it was a great call.  Kudos to Devin Gardner as well- after a rough year, and on a bad wheel, he really put it all on the line for his team. I’m not gloating, but that’s how the game is meant to be played… win or lose, you leave everything on the field.

While I’m here, I can’t figure out how only one of these guys was ejected from the game, and that it wasn’t the first one to throw a punch (#34). The Buckeye reaction was understandable, but inappropriate given the program and the magnitude of the game. That being said, if you’re looking for Christmas gifts for me…

But this amazing weekend started well before kickoff in Ann Arbor. Thursday’s rivalry action in the Egg Bowl saw an injured quarterback enter into Mississippi State legend status, leading his team to an overtime win with a touchdown run on fourth and 1 from near the goal-line. Sometimes, gutsy calls work out for the home team.  Also on Thursday, Texas fans saw another big win… one big enough to celebrate with a shirt and a Mack Brown contract extension? Yeah, probably not.

BEASTLY

Plowin’ Under Some Corn

Friday’s game that should be called “Farmageddon” but isn’t saw the start of the Christmas season in Lincoln Nebraska. At least that had to be what the Huskers thought, since One Weisman was enough to do a ton of damage to the Blackshirt defense. That Nebraska lost was surprising enough, but for me the really interesting part of the game was the media response during and after.  Coach Pelini has been on a hot seat, and you could sense his frustration even during the typical halftime “let’s chat on your way to the locker room” interview.

Postgame, someone asked him about his job status and… well, listen to his response here.

Essentially, he says “look, you’re making a story out of something that I have no control over, and your decision to do so is hurting our players and our team. If the people in charge want to fire me, they can.”

The storyline from the game? “If they want to fire me, go ahead“, as if he was calling his AD and the University leadership out. Of course they didn’t talk about his comments ripping the media for impacting the program… it’s like they say. Read More

The Week That Were: 11.16.13

Written November 18th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

In a week full of surprises, this is a pretty good soundtrack for your Monday morning reading.

Sometimes life gives you some unexpected gifts.  You’re set up on a date to be a wingman for a friend who’s girl has a cousin in town, and you end up in an amazing marriage together. You open a book and find an old letter from a friend that you’d forgotten about. A seldom worn jacket has cash in the pocket.  Mowing the grass reveals a dog you’d forgotten you had. You let a friend borrow your truck and he has it detailed while he’s got it.

Emptying A Small Lake

Emptying A Small Lake

On second thought, that last one probably means that he used it to transport a body or something.  Let’s move on.

This week in college football was like that- on paper, there weren’t any marquee “games of the century”. But, as we know, games aren’t played on paper- instead the tiny men who square off in our TV sets gave us some fantastic finishes and an incredible weekend of sports.

Let’s start in the B12… We give Charlie Weis and the Jayhawk program a lot of well deserved grief hereabouts, so I’ll be among the first to celebrate their win over the couch fire that has become the West Virginia program. It’s hard to say that Coach Holgorsen might be in a bit of a rebuilding year, but it’s certainly difficult to see the Mountaineer program fall so quickly from the tops of the conference.

That’s not to take anything away from Kansas- great win, gang. However, let’s not get all carried away, shall we?

Ohio State fans are certainly well aware of the Baylor Bears, who now are poised to jump the Buckeyes in the “we’re still totally making this up as we go” BCS standings. Baylor continued their undefeated season with a big win over Texas Tech on Saturday, a Raiders team that was a media darling following a soft early season schedule, but has now dropped four straight games.  What the #narrative won’t tell you as they tout Baylor’s 63-34 win is that the Bears were trailing 20-7 in the first quarter.  But hey… shiny!

With all the firepower that the Bears bring to the table one of the surprises is that it was Tech that gave us our first “catch of the week” nominee. For another angle,  check this out:

O-WOW

Interestingly enough, the B12 also brings us the hit of the week, which was 100% targeting. It’s a Vine, but check out the shot that this trooper puts on this fan who decides that he wants to be a part of the action… If only Stoops’ team had tackled that well against Baylor. Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Don’t Be Scared

Written November 13th, 2013 by Jason

The Buckeyes needed some help during the bye week in the form of three wishes: A loss for Florida State, Alabama and/or Oregon. One of those wishes came true. Now the final stretch is upon us as they head to Illinois and prepare to close out the regular season in a convincing fashion. In the AP and the BCS, the Buckeys are up to number 3. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

The Big 3 games

Last Thursday was an absolutely huge night in the world of college football and for the imminent future of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Quick rising Baylor hosted 10th ranked Oklahoma while the number 2 team in the country went on the road to their biggest nemesis of late, the Stanford Cardinal.

The Ducks were no match for the Cardinal

The Ducks were no match for the Cardinal

On Saturday the defending national champions and top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide hosted their regular season rivals, the LSU Tigers.

Baylor vs Oklahoma

While the Baylor game had nothing to do with the three teams ahead of the Buckeyes, it was of some concern in that the undefeated Bears are seemingly winning over voters in the Associated Press and Harris polls on a week basis. They are gaining ground on Ohio State and are a clear threat to potentially jump the Buckeyes in the upcoming weeks should they win their games over TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. It would have been nice to see the Sooners end the Baylor discussion, but alas it was not meant to be as Bob Stoops and his gang did what they do when the spolight is brightest: They melted and were obliterated.

Call me a Big 12 pessimist, despite their recent success I don’t see Baylor beating Texas and probably not Oklahoma State either. I realize they score points in bunches (they’ve gone over 70 four times this year) but when the rubber hits the road they aren’t experienced in games that have a lot on the line. Should they win their next three, the big night is December 7th when the Bears host Texas to close the season. Don’t look now, but Mack Brown is coaching his rear end off in Austin and would like nothing more than to steal the Big 12 automatic BCS bid by upsetting Baylor.

As for the much discussed jump of the Buckeyes and if it should happen, I don’t see it lasting even if they finish unbeaten. A Big Ten Championship game win over a top ten ranked and 11-1 Michigan State will be plenty to vault the Buckeyes back ahead of the Bears.

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Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 11.12.13

Written November 12th, 2013 by Clair

Comin’ off a bye, The Chase continues…

  • Injury Update- Both Josh Perry and Curtis Grant were banged up a bit but apparently Perry had surgery on a dislocated finger and is already up to full speed at practice and Curtis Grant suffered a sprained ankle and low back injury that he will finally be able to shake off a bit at practice this week. Taylor Decker is practicing as well, meaning that he’s well on his way to recovering from his MCL strain.
  • Angry Buckeyes-Urban Meyer was asked if he wanted his team to be angry. Being a contrarian he answered no…but Meyer did mention that his team is invested. It’s a much more appropriate term and more effective way of leading a team to a focused goal in my opinion. Anger can die down and fade but the blood sweat and tears, the two a days, the broken bones, bumps and bruises have all been deposited into a championship account and Urban Meyer will eventually ask his men to cash in..
  • Fight for your right-Urban Meyer’s coaches poll ballot was released and he was asked how the Buckeyes ranked among the nations top teams. Urban has Ohio State at number two right now but thinks his team is playing at a high level. As part politician Coach Meyer can’t come out and say he’s talked to his team about the necessity for style points. He did say they need to play great to be mentioned in the same breath with the Florida States of the world right now. Naturally we’d all love to see the Buckeyes hang 50 on their remaining opponents but what Coach Meyer is saying is, if they play great, the score will reflect their efficiency. No Coach wants to hear that the next opponent needs style points. It’s disrespectful and gives the opponent fuel for the already burning inferno of a fire they already have for the Buckeyes. Read More

Weekend Wonderings

Written November 10th, 2013 by Ken

thinking chimp

Welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon/evening and let’s carry on. This will be a nice break from yard work for you. Besides, the Browns and the Buckeyes are off this weekend, so what else would you have planned?

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

As expected, we have a couple items this week.

First up, researchers at The James have determined, through whole-genome sequencing, that the human papillomavirus (HPV) can directly damage genes and chromosomes, thus contributing to cancer.

Published in the journal Genome Research, this laboratory study used whole-genome sequencing to investigate the relationship between the HPV and host genomes in human cancers.

“Our sequencing data showed in vivid detail that HPV can damage host-cell genes and chromosomes at sites of viral insertion,” says co-senior author David Symer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics at the OSUCCC – James.

“HPV can act like a tornado hitting the genome, disrupting and rearranging nearby host-cell genes,” Symer explains. “This can lead to overexpression of cancer-causing genes in some cases, or it can disrupt protective tumor-suppressor genes in others. Both kinds of damage likely promote the development of cancer.”

“HPV can act like a tornado hitting the genome, disrupting and rearranging nearby host-cell genes,” Symer explains. “This can lead to overexpression of cancer-causing genes in some cases, or it can disrupt protective tumor-suppressor genes in others. Both kinds of damage likely promote the development of cancer.”

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Anatomy of a statement

Written October 30th, 2013 by Jason

What a show put on by the Buckeyes! We wrap up quite a night in The Shoe as the Buckeyes wallop Penn State and we look forward to the final four games of the regular season. We’ll also take another peak at the BCS and see where the Buckeyes stand nationally and how they can get themselves into the National Championship game. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

You can’t always get what you want 

Officially all the way back

Officially all the way back

How often do we ask for the Buckeyes to perform to the fullest of their potential and show the world what we all feel they are capable of? We sit and ponder the scenarios of “If this guy can do this and that guy can do that…” in hopes of seeing it all come together. Saturday night was one of those times where it all clicked and the proverbial light bulb turned on.

As a complete unit with Braxton Miller at quarterback and Carlos Hyde at running back, this is only the third game we have seen the Buckeye offense play together. Think about that for a second. After drilling Penn state for 63 points (42 in the first half!) this is an offense that is just now, from a gelling together and games played standpoint, heading into early-mid season form.

The lyrics may say that “you can’t always get what you want”, but I’m here to tell you we are getting what we need. We are getting an offense that is about to hit their high point with four (five including the Big Ten Championship game) games left to play. You couldn’t ask for more.

Anatomy of a force

Braxton Miller is back. I don’t want to hear anything else about it. He is officially the Braxton Miller that was the Heisman frontrunner coming into the season. It took a while and some missed time to get there, but he is here. His feet are back. He looks as tough as ever taking on tacklers. His arm is like a rocket. And the most importantly, he is making great decisions and has his completion percentage is over 70%. Read More

The Week That Were: 10.19.13

Written October 21st, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Monday- if you’re not suspended from work for doing your job the way it’s supposed to be done, then you’ll probably enjoy today’s soundtrack.

Breakfast Of Champions

Who Needs Logic?

You’ve got two choices for this week’s narrative as you talk college sports around the old coffeemaker at the office this morning.

Option one: “Wow, 5 top 25 SEC teams were beaten on Saturday… four in upsets! Is that conference over-rated or what?”

Option two: “Wow, four SEC team upset top 25 teams this weekend!!! What an incredibly deep league… let’s just crown their champion now!”

I’ll let you guess which one will be the talking points of most people… This is, as you may know, the phenomenon of “circular logic“, and when you play games on the field but championships in the polls, it’s something will make a difference for some team.

But, as we said, the games were played on the field, and this week saw 6 of the top 11 upset and two other undefeated teams threatened. We started with a come from behind loss by Team Papa John against UCF on Friday Night. If you’re Louisville, playing anytime anywhere means both that you can build your program AND that you’ve got a national audience when you fall apart late in the game.

Previously, undefeated Miami needed a late score to hold off North Carolina. ACC, y’all.

Saturday’s surprises didn’t include UCLA getting its first loss at Stanford… only because many folks still feel that Stanford is one of the top two teams in the PAC12, and would serve as UCLA’s first test.  Their next text? Oregon.  Have fun, Bruin-bros.  The Stanford Game also brought us what may be the reception of the year… it’s certainly the best catch we saw all week: Read More