Monday Musings

Written June 10th, 2013 by Ken


It’s Monday, so you know what that means. Not a whole lot going on athletically this week that really interests me, so this will not be a “sporting” effort. With that disclaimer, get your beverage of choice and let’s wade into the swamp.

The James/Wexner

A couple of items regarding The James/Wexner this week. It’s a brief announcement, well worth the click.

First, Steven Clinton,MD, PhD, has been named to serve on the national 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
The committee’s recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The Dietary Guidelines serve as the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards and education. They also provide the key recommendations for the general population as well as specific population groups to help people choose an overall healthy diet that works for them…

The next article gets into the weeds a bit on research, but is well enough written that a lay-person such as myself understands it.

A virus that infects most Americans but that usually remains dormant in the body might speed the progression of an aggressive form of brain cancer when particular genes are shut off in tumor cells, new research shows…

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infects most middle-aged Americans, and it is often associated with an aggressive form of brain cancer; whether it plays a role in the cancer is unknown…
The findings suggest that viruses might influence cancer progression, and that anti-viral therapy might improve the treatment of these aggressive brain tumors.

Somehow, a critter with ‘megalo’ and ‘virus’ in it’s name is unsettling to me.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: The Dead Period Trudges On

Written May 29th, 2013 by Jason

Another week rolls on toward the start of camp as the “dead period” continues to trudge forward with it. That doesn’t mean we don’t have Buckeye sports items/thingy’s to talk about. And what are the Cleveland Cavaliers going to do now that they have the first pick in the NBA’s draft lottery for the second time in three years? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Keep it quiet

Admittedly, it makes it hard on those of us who blog about Buckeye sports when we hit a lull in the action. The period we are in now, basically from the end of the NCAA basketball tournament to the opening of Urban Meyer’s second fall camp is without a doubt the most, well, to be honest, boring time of the year. There’s baseball on campus, I’m sure some other non revenue sports that deserve our attention as well, but the big two (the football and basketball programs) are in hibernation mode waiting to get cranked back up.

Remember this?

Remember this?

For the football program this has traditionally been a “danger zone” of sorts. Last year’s dead period was highlighted by Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort being chased by police in Shawnee Hills and upon being caught being arrested for obstructing official business (whatever that means) when they were (allegedly) urinating between two buildings at a golf tournament. Remember that? Fun times.

Who could ever forget the saga of the summer of 1998: Will Andy Katzenmoyer pass his golf and AIDS awareness classes to be eligible for that falls season? (side note: A season that started with a 34-17 season whipping on West Virginia in Morgantown, someone remind Ben Nesselroad of that night for me!)

The “Big Kat” story leads us to our first no-no of the 2013 dead period…

Notre Dame quarterbacks 

For the second year in a row dead period mischief has been kicked off by Notre Dame quarterbacks.

Last season returning starter Tommy Rees was arrested after fleeing a party that was being broken up by police. After being caught and pepper sprayed, Rees was charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count each of battery and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Rees received a crushing one game suspension.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: I’m Sorry

Written January 9th, 2013 by Jason

The National Championship has been awarded. Recruits are making commitments. Excitement for the 2013 Buckeye football season is already full throttle. Let’s rumble!

Notre Lame and the championship debacle

Let me be the first to say it, I was wrong, just completely and utterly wrong. I thought that the Irish would have learned from the mistakes of the 06 Buckeyes and some of the other programs to challenge the SEC in the years since. I was wrong. They had to learn for themselves, stubborn to the end.

So to you, the great people of Buckeye Nation, I am sorry. I allowed my disdain and overall loathing for the Southeastern Conference to put my faith in one of the most heinous college football villains of all time, the Fighting Irish. This is a mistake I shall not repeat. Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me.

No contest

Heading into the game, the Irish brought one of the country’s best defensive units, at least statistically. They were led by Manti Te’o, a player that I still feel deserved to win the Heisman Trophy, but more on that later. While Te’o was their heart and soul, their defensive line was their backbone. Against Alabama, that backbone was broken in half. Read More

#1 Notre Dame (12-0 Independent) vs. #2 Alabama (12-1, 8-1 SEC)

Monday, January 7th, 8:30 EST, ESPN Television

It all comes down to this: The Fightin’ Irish attempting to “wake up the echoes” from the coma they have been in for nearly twenty years against Nick Saban and his SEC juggernaut, the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Historically this is a match-up for the ages. Two of the nations all-time premier programs, a north versus south pride war for all the marbles.

History: Given the recent history of the SEC some would consider this a surprise, but coming into the championship game Notre Dame holds a 5-1 all-time record vs the Crimson Tide in head to head match-ups. Perhaps the surprise is lessened when it is revealed that these two have not met on the gridiron since 1987, a 37-6 blowout by the Irish in South Bend. The only win in the series for the Tide came a year earlier in 1986, a 28-10 win that was played in Birmingham, Alabama.

This isn’t the first time they have met in a bowl game. Notre Dame edged the Tide 24-23 in the 1973 Sugar Bowl and beat them in the 1975 Orange Bowl 13-11.

As far as championship games pitting the titans of a sport against one another, Notre Dame vs Alabama is hard to beat. The Irish are third on the all-time wins list while the Tide come in at number seven. Alabama has 14 national championships, Notre Dame with 11, however they are tied at 9 a piece if you only count the “poll era” post 1936 to present day. Love them or hate them, they are titans of the sport. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Breaks Wind

Written September 14th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Your weekly update from the Ohio State press conference as well as notes from around the world of college sports- this week, we take a pointed look at the NCAA after the jump.

Usually we reserve soundtracks for TWTW, but someone emailed me a song today that I thought I’d share. They described it as “a warning to South Beach re: Mr. John Simon“… enjoy.

Creating its own hurricane…

Buckeye News

  • Injury Updates- At the presser today, Coach Fickell mentioned that one of the reasons Braxton didn’t play on Saturday was that his prep was impacted somewhat by being dinged up last week. Today, though, several Buckeyes reported that Brax seemed healthy and ready to go.  They also reported that Nathan Williams practiced healthy, so it would be difficult to imagine him missing out on Saturday.  Jamaal Berry is back on the kick off return team, which must mean that his hammy is better.  At this point, though, there’s no word on how “Philly” is after leaving the game with a leg injury- although Coach Fickell said that he “didn’t look good”.
  • Captain, My Captain- Only two captains this week; Florida native Mike Brewster and sixth hear senior Tyler Moeller will serve as game day leaders.
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Hyundai Sun Bowl: Miami vs. Notre Dame

Written December 30th, 2010 by Joe Laing

Another Preview…Do the winners get brand new Sonatas?

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Miami (7-5) vs. Notre Dame (7-5)

Dec. 31, 2 ET

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas


One of the oldest bowls, first played in 1935 at a high school stadium.  The biggest news about this year’s game is the warnings regarding making a run to the border. Although, given what we know about Miami fans the warning may also be for the good people in Juarez.  Consult our research department on this one if you want more bowl trivia, I ran out of time this week.

This will also be a resumption of the famous “Catholics vs Convicts” games from the 80′s… minus the awesome haircuts and so forth.

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The Week That Were- 9.18.10

Written September 19th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

This is being written on September 19th… that’s right, “International Talk Like A Pirate Day“. So, who better to lead us into this weeks’ recap than everyone’s favorite buccaneer, Mike Leach:

Of course, to get the full effect of the day, you’ll need to use the Pirate Translator for this webpage. Avast!

Speaking of Pirates, in the first half East Carolina looked to be adding their name to the list of teams to beat Virginia Tech. Hey, Broncos- that “big win against Virginia Tech” sure is helping your national championship hopes, isn’t it? Well, there’s always that game against powerhouse Oregon State coming up.

Since we’re talking about “out of conference games”- We suspected that UConn had lost quite a bit of their fastball from last year (their DB coach is now in Georgia), and had those suspicions reinforced in Ann Arbor a couple of weeks ago. The game this Saturday against the Cosby Chaneys of Temple proved it… you can stop calling the Huskies a “Big East Contender”, unless it’s immediately followed by derisive snickering.

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