The Week That Were: 11.27.10

Written November 28th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s the soundtrack for this week’s journey through the recent past. It’s from one of my favorite artists, and the greatest Thanksgiving movie ever ANDIWILLFIGHTYOUIFYOUDISAGREE. Ahem.

Although I usually don’t take requests, I almost made an exception for Coach Rodriguez.

What a great week of football- three days worth of collegiate goodness, interspersed with some NFL stuff, lots of food, and the occasional neighborhood game. Although, this year things ended up being a little messy.

There, there... let it all out...

I guess you could say that the mess all started on Thursday, when our friends in burnt orange managed to lose their rivalry game against the Aggies.  As you can imagine, the good folks at Shaggy Bevo are taking this well, particularly given that most of the losses happened in Austin.

The Longhorn’s collapse is the first time in recent memory that a team has gone from the BCS championship game to not even being bowl eligible.  As a “fun fact”; this BCS season will be without the following names: Pete Carroll, Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Les Miles, with the jury still out on whether Bobby Stoops gets an invite.  You know who’s going to be at the BCS Ball?  Jim Tressel.  Again.

Fridays’ games were just as exciting, with Auburn performing the “Greatest Iron Bowl Comeback Ever To Be Vacated” against ‘Bama after being down 21-0 in the first quarter.  Granted, Alabama QB McElroy was injured in the second half, but the Tide followed their protocol and inserted the next person with the same haircut. Read More

The Week That Were: 11.13.10

Written November 14th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Time once again to take a look back at all the fancy doin’s in the realm of college football.  This week’s theme music reminds you to not call it a comeback…

Some sad news to end the weekend: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Southern Miss players who were shot last night following their game. Word is that they’re stable, and we hope their recovery goes well.

Speaking of injuries, Northwestern’s QB Dan Persa ruptured his Achilles on the winning TD toss, as Iowa went down to defeat at the hands of the Purple yet again. Interestingly enough, he was not tackled on the play. This is the second year in a row that a QB has gotten injured in this epic (?) match up between the Hawkeyes and Wildkitties; you’ve got to hope that wonder if Persa’s backup has an attractive mom as well. Persa will be missed- he played with a ton of heart and skill, and had just the right amount of moxie. Read More

Know your enemy: Indiana edition

Written October 9th, 2010 by Jay

Bill Lynch: Bringing a t-shirt launcher to a gun fight for over three years.

This week we feature Indiana University head coach Bill Lynch.  Like last week’s coach, Illinois’ Ron Zook, there are questions swirling around Lynch regarding his long-term fit as the head coach for the Hoosiers.  However, also like Zook, Lynch has the support of his school’s athletic director.  While some of the Indiana faithful adamantly demand that Lynch be fired, it seems that the school can afford to be patient.  Lacking a strong football tradition to look back upon, IU is a school looking to establish itself in a strong Big Ten conference, so it just remains to be seen whether or not Lynch is the man to make it happen.

Lynch playing "all-time QB" during an Indiana practice. His players like to call him "Dad."

Looking at Lynch’s resume, not to mention his appearance, a Buckeye fan could reasonably think of another Big Ten football coach.  Previous experience at smaller schools?  A prior stint as an assistant at the present school?  Focus on a family-like team and quality people?  A Senator-ish image, perhaps?  Hmmm.  Interesting.  But before we go too far with the Lynch-is-like-Tressel train of thought, let’s remember that Lynch’s first three years look like this…

7-6     3-9    4-8

…while Tressel’s first three year’s look like this…

7-5   14-0*   11-2

*National Championship

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