Five… and counting

Written August 31st, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

Since we’ve entered “game week”, it would make sense to highlight Michael Wiley or the great James Laughlin, 1979 team MVP.

Actually, since Jim’s blocked punt in the 1979 MACh1gAAn game led to another loss by TTUN, and since we seem to be making a lot of friends from “bluer” websites, let’s take day five in a different direction.

As in the last five versions of The Game:

2004- 37 to 21 Troy and Teddy lead to the upset of the #7 team in the nation.

2005- 25 to 21 “The Catch”. Oh, and the amazing tackle by Shawn Crable on Ohio State’s last score.

2006- 42 to 39 The Game of the Century. #1 vs. #2. Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and the Buckeyes win again, with help from Morgan Trent and Shawn Crable.

2007- 14 to 3 All Beanie, All Day. Plus, Jake Long allows Chad Henne into the Gun Show that is Vernon Gholston.

2008- 42 to 7 Goodbye, Beanie. Hello, Boom and Terrelle.

Just think, if they hadn’t been breaking all of those practice and training rules, they would have been shut out.

To be honest, the best thing about day five  is that next year we’ll be able to use this template for countdown day six.

Random thoughts as the season approaches

Written August 16th, 2009 by Jeff

Some random thoughts floating around my skull tonight……

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The Buckeyes have a LOT to live up to this year, and it’s much much more than a fifth straight Big Ten title and another crack at a big BCS bowl game.

Ohio State is more than just the champions of this league four straight years. We are downright dominating it, and that needs to continue. Take a look at this stat – here’s what the league looks like over the past four seasons;

Big Ten records 2005-2008

W L Games back
Ohio State 29 3 0
Penn State 23 9 6
Michigan 20 12 9
Wisconsin 20 12 9
Iowa 16 16 13
Northwestern 15 17 14
Purdue 13 19 16
Michigan State 12 20 17
Minnesota 10 22 19
Illinois 10 22 19
Indiana 8 24 21

Ohio State has lost only 3 games in 4 years.  EVERY other team in the Big Ten has had AT LEAST one season with 4 losses in it….and we don’t have a TOTAL of four losses combined.

That’s not just champion material….that’s total control. And it needs to continue.

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Earlier today, Wisconsin suspended a pair of players, Aubrey Pleasant and Shane Carter.  So far, no word on why the two were suspended, or any word on how long they’ll be out.

aubrey plaza

Surly teenager + nothing to do + Wisconsin = trouble

But it will hurt the Badgers. Both were starting safeties and both were seniors.

My biggest concern is not whether or not they players will return to the field this year, but whether or not it will affect the lineup on “Parks And Recreation” this fall.

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Word from Penn State today is that sophomore LB Michael Mauti has an ACL tear in his knee. Not good news for a linebacker. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Tomorrow morning, I’ll be taking my daughter up to Cedar Point for one last time before she enters the 5th Grade. THIS is why I got two new writers….vacation days!

Just kidding guys…but make sure you put up a post for Day #19. Hint – use a punter whose name rhymes with Rom Rupa. And clean the kitchen. I don’t know who left those dishes, but it’s not my turn to wash them.

For those of you unfamiliar with Cedar Point, it’s THE place to go if you’re a roller coaster freak. Charlotte and I LOVE the coasters, so we’re all about it tomorrow. Also, it’s a few miles from the border of TSUN, so I’m wearing my Beanie Wells jersey. It’s been fun going up to CP for the last several years. Michigan fans usually just put their heads down and don’t look you in the eye up there anymore.

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The BBC is using Twitter right now (follow us here), but we’re still new to the medium and we’re just getting revved up in taking full advantage of it’s technology. We are still trying to become as popular as Eleven Warriors (story of our life, huh?).

Anyway, I was at work yesterday when I got word of my latest follower on Twitter. Yeah, I was pretty jazzed about it for the rest of the day.

Bo Biafra.

For those of you who don’t know the magic that is Bo Biafra, let me give you a taste. Here’s my favorite song of theirs, that I put into a video. Ladies and gentlemen, the lead singer of the Dead Schembechlers with their classic tune, “Chad Henne Is A Joke”. Lyrics are probably NSFW. Hide the kids and/or distract the boss.

Yeah, that was also a good excuse to post that video. It always pisses off the Michigan bastards. 250,000 viewers can’t be wrong.

Thanks, Bo. Nice to see you read The BBC. I’m a big fan.

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Cavalcade of Comedy, part 75

Written August 10th, 2009 by Jeff

Let’s take a journey back in time.  Let’s try….oh, I don’t know….say, February 6th, 2008.

That was the day that Terrelle Pryor, 5-star QB from Jeanette High School in PA, announced that he was not going to sign a letter of intent for any school.  At a nationally televised press conference, Pryor made the decision to make no decisions.

He quickly announced that his selection would be among four schools, Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon and Michigan.  Before that day, it was believed that Pryor would end up a Wolverine, but there was no clear indication of any school becoming his new home.  But after Pryor’s announcement, Michigan’s chances were quickly fading.  Extra time meant bad things for the maize and blue, and having a new coach and a program in transition was not going to be viewed favorably with Pryor taking more time to investigate.

Pryor was supposed to be Michigan’s prize recruit and the QB that Rich Rodriquez needed.  Now, with the graduation of Chad Henne, the transfer of Ryan Mallett, and the sub-par skills of Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan, Michigan needed a quick QB for the new spread system.

They did a quick re-evaluation of their needs and grabbed the first QB they could find.  they needed speed and they didn’t care where or how they got it.

Two days later, Michigan blogs were celebrating their new recruit who had committed to Ann Arbor.

Justin Feagin.

Scout.com labeled him as a dual threat, and the rest of Michiganville began partying and mocking Terrelle Pryor.  One blog commented “who needs Pryor, we got Feagin!”.

Six weeks later, Pryor officially committed to play football at The Ohio State University;

Pryor would never amount to anything, and Feagin would develop into the best QB in the Big Ten, if you listened to Michigan fans.  The sycophants up north truly believed that.

Feagin spent most of his freshman year on the bench, and backing up his flailing team during garbage time (usually referred to as “the third quarter” when they played decent teams).  He saw some snaps at QB, some at WR, some on kick return.

But sure enough, he was the future of this team.  As soon as we can get into his sophomore year, he’ll take over the starting job and we’ll be back in the BCS!  That was the call of the Wolverine!  Thank God Threet is gone, now it’s Feagin’s turn!

Let’s play a little game of “where are they now”, shall we?

Terrelle Pryor was recently named as the pre-season Offensive Player Of The Year in the Big Ten.

Meanwhile, Justin Feagin was released from the team because he was trafficking cocaine from Florida. One of his drug deals went bad and he found himself on the receiving end of an angry client who tried to set fire to his apartment in retaliation.  Basically, Feagin took the guy’s money and didn’t deliver the coke.

Once again, we laugh at the Michigan football program.  They can’t seem to get anything right.

Rule #1, boys.  When your client pays you for coke, deliver the coke.  Otherwise, you’re not behaving like a Michigan Man.

Time to start making Ohio State/Michigan comparisons

Written October 14th, 2006 by Jeff

Michigan State’s out of the way. Four lightweights in front of us. The next test is Michigan.

In my opinion (and about half the country’s as well), these two teams are on a collision course to be #1 and #2 on November 18th. I watched ABC tonight and heard about the overpowering defense of Michigan and listened as they talked about how UM “could be the best team in the country”. But I also heard them talk about “who should be #2″, which says that there is NO discussion over #1, it’s a foregone conclusion.

However, we now have two games to start comparing Ohio State to Michigan. Both have played Penn State and both have played Michigan State. So let’s get down to it, shall we??? Yes, I’ve cherry-picked a few stats favorable to the Buckeyes to start.

-Michigan TDs scored against MSU, PSU – 6
-Ohio State TDs scored against MSU, PSU – 9

-MSU, PSU TDs allowed by Michigan – 3
-MSU, PSU TDs allowed by Ohio State – 1

-Margin of victory for Michigan – 12.5
-Margin of victory for Ohio State – 26.5

The Buckeyes are dominating these three, clearly. There’s also a few stats that are AMAZINGLY close!

-Ohio State rushing against MSU/PSU – 324 yards
-Michigan rushing against MSU/PSU – 327 yards

-Ohio State passing against MSU/PSU – 345 yards
-Michigan passing against MSU/PSU – 336 yards

But when you get down to a few more in-depth stats, you see where the battle will unfold. It’s in the DEFENSIVE passing game vs. DEFENSIVE running game.

-MSU/PSU rushing yards allowed by Ohio State – 102 per game
-MSU/PSU rushing yards allowed by Michigan – 23 per game

-MSU/PSU passing yards allowed by Ohio State – 120 per game
-MSU/PSU passing yards allowed by Michigan – 229 per game

So there it is. Michigan stops the run, but gives up a lot of passing yards. Ohio State stops the pass, but allows a lot of rushing yards. Now you look at each teams weapons and the picture gets clearer.

Mike Hart will get his yards, but Chad Henne will not. Troy Smith will get his yards, but Antonio Pittman will not.

Which means that Michigan will be relying on Mike Hart and Ohio State will be relying on Troy Smith.

I like those odds.

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