WNR Special Edition: Homecoming

Written March 17th, 2014 by Jason

There was a time when as kids when we would meet outside for pickup basketball or football games. Sometimes games would run long and have to be continued the next day after school. During those epic battles for neighborhood superiority, we all envisioned being our heroes from the professional or college ranks. And typically those players would fall into one of several categories: They came from the team your family passed on to you or they played for the local city/university.

Donte Whitner is finally home

Donte Whitner is finally home

For me, being 10 or 11 years old on “the field” out behind our house in the Youngstown suburb of Struthers, I wanted to be Bernie Kosar. Not only did he play for my local-inherited team the Cleveland Browns but he was specifically local in that he went to high school at Boardman, the next town over. I still remember driving with my parents down Mathews Road by Zedakers Horse Farm and seeing the newly installed sign that read “Welcome to Boardman: A nice place to call home, Hometown of Bernie Kosar”. The legend grew.  Read More

Rumblin’, Stumblin’, Bumblin’

Written January 24th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

It’s taken me quite a while to build to just talking about basketball on a Friday night in RSB and alas, I will have a singular reference to football. To be fair, I will take care of that pre-RSB.

Someone in Happy Valley won't be so happy Larry Johnson Sr. landed in Columbus, HUGE recruiting get.

Someone in Happy Valley won’t be so happy Larry Johnson Sr. landed in Columbus, HUGE recruiting get.

The Buckeyes football program has done some work the past couple weeks with respect to coaching staff additions that will cause a lot of fans to be quiet, for now. First and foremost, and probably the biggest hire since Coach Meyer hired his original staff is the hiring of Larry Johnson Sr. to replace Mike Vrabel. Johnson will coach the defensive line where he was hugely successful at PSU and has already helped in some of the damage briefly felt after the Vrabel exit. Kudos to Coach Meyer for bringing him in.

The new co-defensive coordinator, Chris Ash, will have an opportunity to infuse some of his beliefs in a defense that needs a new direction. We will see a glimpse of them in the spring and should know pretty quickly what kind of an effect he has had. He will be going against an offense that will probably no longer be about power and be mostly about speed. It’ll be fun to see the match-ups in the spring! Now let’s get rolling with rumblin’.

RUMBLIN’

There are a lot of sports teams that you could change coaches with and the change would be minimal. Then you have the situation at Ohio State with the women’s program that has shed some considerable light on how little Coach Foster was actually coaching the women’s team. It had been said by several and was really probably the reason he was dismissed, but the proof they say, is definitely in the pudding.

the moment the change began. Coach McGuff has turned the program around with what was given to him. B1G COTY candidate

The Moment The Change Began

What Coach McGuff and his staff has done in a short amount of time, with practically the same group from last season is remarkable. There has been a higher standard of work ethic for sure. Coach McGuff has two on staff in Joy Cheek and holdover Patrick Klein who have done an amazing job developing what they have into contenders. With upsets against ranked opponents and paying TTUN back last night on the record, they have sent a message loud and clear, get your shots in while you can because they will be stealing some win this season.

They have what could arguably be the number one class coming in next season and has a great start on the future with two really good tranfers. The next class could have an impact on some of the size being lost. It’s nasty defense with some up tempo scoring that will get better as the season goes and then next year . . , look out. High fives all around for their efforts so far.

STUMBLIN

This will be the first time all season that I do not mention the stupidty of some fans . . , wait . . , I just did. Oh well, it will be okay!!

Hopefully The Worst Is Over

Even though the Buckeye men’s team got the monkey off their backs against the Illini last night, I don’t think they are out of the woods just yet. They played a team that is in an even worse downward spiral which may cost John Groce his job at the end of the season. The mesmerizing part of the Buckeye stumble is the play of the ever-consistent Aaron Craft. During the four game losing streak his assist to turnover ration was a disastrous 1:1, 31 assists to 31 turnovers!!! To put that in perspective, his career ration is 4.9 to 2.4 or right at 2 to 1.

To right this ship permanently, Shannon Scott is going to have to weather some of the load and Aaron needs to score alot more. It has been very uncharacteristic of the team but they will go as their leader goes with regards to taking care of the basketball. The other stumblin piece is the fact that this team could win a title with the level of defense they play; however, they haven’t got an offense going that requires a special defense by the opponent. Very little threat to bust the zone they have seen much of the time this season.

BUMBLIN

It amazes me at how frequently people provide me a topic to discuss in this portion of RSB. I haven’t been very picky in the past when it comes to who to include because mostly its been about the fans that have been off their rockers, and the one time I went off on our favorite person to hate in Mark “I’m a TOOL” May. The people square in my sites this week are the owners of the Cleveland Browns.

I am sorry, I couldn't hear you. Who?!

I am sorry, I couldn’t hear you. Who?!

At what point do the fans give up hope of things ever changing? They finally have their man, but I can tell you that most fans probably believe that he will not last two to three seasons. Pettine has an impressive defensive resume, but it is not the resume that Jim Tressel has. I don’t care what level you expect a coach to have experience at, JT can flat out coach any level in my opinion. The fact that Browns brass refused to even acknowledge the fans desire to give him a shot tells me they do not care what the fans think.

First and foremost, the fans pay the bills folks. I don’t care how many sponsors they bring in to suppor their payroll, the fans are the ones that never leave or base their decisions on how good the return on the investment will be. I am not a Browns fan, but I remember how disastrous it was when the original team left for Baltimore. All of those sponsors pulled out and went on their merry way and the local radio that carried the broadcasts suffered for it. Those fans that went through that then should have a say in what happens now.

The request to at least give Coach Tressel an interview was viable and needed. Now because of their refusal to do so, JT may end up in Detroit of all places. Hopefully this group will learn from this mistake and do whats necessary to bring coach in when Pettine fails to get things going.

Imagine him riding the shoulders of Browns’ fans

Weekend Wonderings

Written October 6th, 2013 by Ken

thinkerWelcome to the latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon and let’s carry on. This will provide a nice break from lawn work for you.

The James/Wexner

As mentioned last couple of weeks, there is more effort given to MicroRNA in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. We’re at it again, with what I think is a great announcement; Ohio State is partnering with Micro Bio, Inc. This partnership licenses nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents.

 The Ohio State University today announced the signing of an exclusive world-wide agreement with Microlin Bio Inc., licensing a large portfolio of Ohio State’s groundbreaking cancer discoveries. The portfolio includes nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents that could lead to entirely new, more effective and more targeted ways to diagnose and treat prostate, ovarian, colon and lung cancers. Additionally, Microlin Bio Inc. has licensed a novel nucleic acid delivery technology to deliver these transformational therapies to cancer cells.

I’m actually glad to see the commercialization of OSU’s research. This arrangement gets the patent information into the hands of an entity that can, hopefully, take this work and “bring it to market” where the OSU results can be use for diagnosis and treatment. Similarly, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in Buffalo has licensed/spun off various research into commercial endeavors to get their research to market. Ohio State will also have an equity position in Microlin Bio Inc.

“Our goal is to support the researchers at Ohio State in the commercialization process,” says Erin Bender, associate director of Ohio State’s Technology Commercialization Office, whose team worked on the license deal. “We believe that the licensing of these technologies will transform the care of cancer patients in Ohio and throughout the world.”

I think it is interesting that OSU will take an equity position in this venture. I’m speculating, since I don’t know the deal details, but it seems that OSU, in addition to receiving financial licensing benefits,  will have a significant say in the development of their work. I like this business model. It’ll be good for OSU and it will be good for the medical community.

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Sometimes I think of something. Then other times I think I thought of something before but can’t remember the details of what I was thinking. Then other times I think I think something, but I’m not really sure. One thing I know? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

One of my favorite sports writers is Sports Illustrated legend Peter King. Some of you may only know him for his role on Football Night in America on Sunday nights during the NFL season. I’m here to tell you, Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” is a must read for me every week and, if you haven’t, something I think you may like as well. 20091027_mmqb_250x375

Let’s put it this way: Wednesday Night Rumble isn’t a rip-off of Monday Morning Quarterback, but it is very much influenced by it.

One of my favorite parts of King’s weekly column is his segment called “10 things I Think I Think”. Ten ideas that have popped into his head that span a variety of subjects, not just NFL related though he does stick to his core subject matter primarily. There ideas that he feels may work out, or maybe outside the box quips that try and make the reader think outside the box with him.

So, without any further ado, here is sort of version of “Things I Think I Think”.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: East vs West

Written May 1st, 2013 by Jason

The Leaders and the Legends will sing their swan song in 2013. The NFL draft has come and gone: Where did the Buckeyes end up? How stupid or smart were the Cleveland Browns? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

 Don’t go away mad, just go away…

“It’s good for the fans, it’s good for the players. It strengthens our schedule from the perspective of the postseason and binds the conference together in a powerful way.”

And with those Jim Delaney comments, the Big Ten has realigned for the 2014 season. The first year to include Maryland and Rutgers will also include the newly realigned Big Ten East and Big Ten West.

Those eyebrows look like a bunch of spiders in a wrestling match!

Those eyebrows look like a bunch of spiders in a wrestling match!

Let me say it, Hallelujah!

Last week I mentioned in Quick Hitters that the BCS had tapped the strongest of their think tanks to come up with the name of the college football playoff and appropriately named it The College Football Playoff. Kudos to Delaney, Gene Smith and the guy who ruined Domino’s Pizza (can you really ruin something already terrible?) and is now AD at TTUN for bringing in some world class nerds to do major research and realize that the fans of the Big Ten were almost unanimously in favor of one thing: Michigan sucks. What I meant to say is they were in favor of the divisions being called anything other than Leader and Legends and preferred a more simple approach like North/South or East/West. Thanks to Jim Delaney and those crazy eyebrows for finally giving the people what they want.

Side note: I remember being in favor of Lakes and Plains over what they chose.

The Buckeyes are in the East division with Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers and TTUN.

Meanwhile the West will be home to Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Is Done Camping

Written August 22nd, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Much More Successful Than This

As we get closer to Kickoff Week, here’s some quick notes from Ohio State and beyond. Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s “Pick-em” contest!

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report- It’s no surprise to anyone who’s played or followed college football that this time of year is when people start getting dinged up. The body, no matter how well tuned, is not built for two a days and the amount of stress that those can bring- especially with the philosophy of “Make practice so hard that the games are easy”. As such, the Buckeye Walking Wounded are a significant number, but there are no serious injuries. John Simon missed today’s practice, but only as precautionary measures.  Kyle Dodson, Ryan Shazier, and Michael Bennett were all limited today as well, while Zach Domicone continues to heal from his knee scope.
  • That Being Said- Jordan Hall was running today, and said the boot comes off tomorrow. Jacoby Boren is back at practice, and is the second string center at this point.
  • Snappy- As a former longsnapper, we loves us some Bryce Haynes here at tBBC. So, reports that his already fast delivery has improved the punt timing by around .2 of a second was yet another reason to consume a celebratory cupcake here in the office. To be fair, though… not much of an excuse was needed.
  • Weighty Matters- Adolphus Washington has moved inside to tackle, and is having a great camp- Hankins talks about how his presence will definitely improve the pass rush this season.
  • Star Light? The team is still trying to find who will fill the “Star” role in nickle defense- Christian Bryant may move down, although Corey Brown is also getting a look.
  • Stripes Stripped- Walkon linebacker Joe Burger lost his today, as did QB Cardale Jones.
  • Candles- Happy Belated Birthday to Archie Griffin. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Looks For Heroes

Written January 25th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Weekly updates and miscellany from around the world of college sports…

Urban Meyer's Secret Identity?

Buckeye 411

  • Hoops, There It Is- #Hop2theRafters
  • We’re Stars- With the Senior Bowl nigh upon us, we’ve been hearing good things about the former Buckeyes in attendance. Mike Adams, in particular, is getting rave reviews; his form and size have many projecting him into the first round. Mike Brewster has been, according to report, owning Michigan’s Mike Martin (what else is new?), and things are getting a bit chippy between the two. DeVier has been rumored to have a case of the dropsies, and we haven’t heard much from Boom as of yet.
  • Don’t Just Take Our Word For It- From an article on the Cleveland Browns website about DeVier, it sounds a bit like he picked up with Tressel was laying down,

“To be able to lead, you have to serve first,” Posey said. “I feel like being on scout team, helping the younger guys and being in the meeting room and telling them the little tips that I have allowed me to understand the game more and it humbled me as well. That’s what I needed going into this process and going to the next level. Through this process, everything you hear is what you can’t do and everyone’s tearing you down. Going through the draft, you’re going to hear a lot of negative things and then, when you get into camp as well, you have to be humble as well. You have to serve the team and show them you can play. I felt like I learned all those lessons this past year.”

  • Don’t Just Take Our Word For It, Part Two-  Again, from the Browns’ website, Mike Brewster said that his work at OSU prepared him well,

“Every day at practice was a challenge, so I definitely think that will pay dividends,” Brewster said of Ohio State. “It really comes in the preparation the last couple weeks and really, four years of college. Now, it’s just show time and it’s time to go out there and do it. Anytime you get a chance to go against the best, you want to measure yourself.”

  • Crunching Numbers At Crunch Time- Even though we’ve hit a lull in the Urban Meyer Recruiting Cavalcade, there are still worries that Ohio State might have some issues when it comes to making the 2012 class fit under the 82 scholarship limit imposed by the NCAA.  The Dispatch takes a close look at the numbers, while the OZone’s Brandon Castel has some insider information on some of the attrition that usually happens when there’s a change in coaching. While we (and our friends at Oversigning.com) will be watching the numbers closely to see if there are any SEC shenanigans, it should be remembered that this is not something Urban’s been wont to do. Oh, and Cincinnati has over thirty current verbals. I guess Ohio’s BCS team is trying to become Ohio’s SEC team.
  • You Will Comply- The Lantern has an update on the move to make athletic compliance a part of the larger University oversight.
  • Urban Sez- Bonus material from the interview with the BTN-

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The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday through May and June, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Starting in July, we will be announcing new additions on Monday and Thursday.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  For a look at the rest of the Top 25, click here.

LeCharles Bentley (2000-2001)

Bentley looked good in scarlet and gray.

LeCharles Bentley is another stand out center that was a two year starter for the Buckeyes. In 2001, Bentley was named a First-Team All-American as well as a First-Team All-Big Ten player.

For his efforts on the field in 2001, Bentley was also awarded the Rimington trophy, which has been presented to the “most outstanding” center in college football since 2000.

Bentley was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2002 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. He went on to have an outstanding rookie season at guard in which he was named the offensive rookie of the year by Sports Illustrated. He was also named to the all rookie team by Pro Football Weekly.

He followed up his outstanding rookie campaign by being named to the Pro Bowl in 2003, 2004 (alternate), and 2005. Bentley signed with his hometown Cleveland Browns in 2006, unfortunately for him and the city, injuries and complications prevented him from ever suiting up in a game for the Browns.

Despite his career being cut short, Bentley was clearly one of the best lineman in college football and in the NFL when he was healthy.

Slightly off topic, but between Mangold and Bentley, Ohio State has produced two of the finest centers college football has seen in the last ten years. Unfortunately, beyond the pair Ohio State’s offensive line has been below average, at least for Ohio State’s lofty standards. Hopefully that trend will be reversed this year from what looks like the best offensive line in the Tressel era.

Back on topic.

For his All-American and All-Big Ten season in 2001, as well as his short but Pro Bowl caliber NFL career, LeCharles Bentley is 21 on our countdown of the top 25 Buckeyes of the decade.