Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: Spring (almost) Cleaning

Written April 4th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

After being away for a while experiencing my oldest daughter giving birth to my first grandchild, I have had plenty of time getting ready for a little bit of spring cleaning. So I am going to take this opportunity to kinda wrap up everything that is RSB overall from football and basketball. Let’s get rolling with the good of Buckeye sports.

Rumblin’

It’s time to start the argument. My favorite all-time basketball buckeye on the men’s side has been Jay Burson for a very long time obviously. So here is the dilemma for you to ponder. Has there been a better point guard in Ohio State history than Aaron Craft? Let’s do a quick comparison of their career numbers, and then I will give you my two-cents as to why there never has been a player like AC, and probably never will be.

                    JB          AC

Scorer, through and through

Scorer, through and through

GP            122         148

FG%         50%      46%

3P%         41%       33%

FT%        81%        74%

APG        2.77        4.7

SPG         1.67        2.3

RPG         3.3         3.3

The big difference between the two basically comes down to their area of expertise and what was asked of them by their head coaches and the era’s in which they played. Jay Burson was always a scorer and told me in an interview a couple years ago about the adjustments he had to make to college and how he realized he had a lot to learn after his freshman year. Jay was a pure scorer first and foremost and worked hard to become a better defender. He will go down as the second best at the position in my book now. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Is Talking About Practice

Written March 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

If they can celebrate The Answer in Philly, we can celebrate Spring with this great musical tribute that includes his most notorious catchphrase

Buckeye 411

  • Spring Has Sprung- Ohio State started spring practice on Tuesday, and will do so again on Thursday prior to the players taking off for Spring Break. There was a lot of media coverage, be sure to check out Josh Winslow’s photo gallery for all your “guys running around in helmets” needs.
  • Injury Updates- Devan Bogard, Evan Spencer, and Chase Farris will be missing from practice this spring as they recover/rehab.  James Clark and Braxton will also be limited- Brax has shoulder surgery this past week, but will still be running and participating in “mental drills” with every snap of the first team.
  • Also banged up? Jeff Heuerman broke his nose in a weight room incident of sorts, Curtis Samuel missed work due to a hamstring issue, and Eli Apple was not participating for reasons that weren’t made clear.
  • And Also- Coach Meyer had a procedure on Monday to deal with a cyst that was giving him headaches.  From reports, it sounded as if it’s something he’s been aware of and treating for quite some time.
  • Alas- It’s official: uber-Linebacker Mike Mitchell will not practice with the team this spring.
  • Old Face, New Space- A couple of position changes to be aware of: Chase Farris and Joel Hale both leave Coach Johnson’s legions to bolster the offensive line, and Cam Burrows has been slid back from corner to safety.
  • Deep, Man- The folks at the OZone grabbed these photos of Tuesday’s depth charts (offense and defense). The buzz at practice was Darron Lee’s move to the starting Will Linebacker- Coach Meyer in particular highlighted his ability to trigger to the ball and the work he’d put in over the off season.
  • n00bs- Raekwon McMillan saw a lot of reps at middle linebacker today, and those in attendance said that the freshman absolutely looked the part.
  • Speedsters- Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson turned heads with their jets, and Mike Thomas continues to impress. People also talked about Jeff Green, the Georgia Tech transfer- his size, hands, and speed will create problems for other teams this year. Troubled tight end Marcus Baugh also saw some significant action.
  • Numerology- If you’re into that kind of thing, there were a couple of number swaps today. Dontre is back to wearing #2 (his high school number), while the #1 jersey goes to Johnny Dixon. Stephen Collier takes the mantle of #13 from Smooth Jazz, while Raekwon will be sporting #5. Curtis Samuel in #4, Mike Thomas in #3, and Marcelys Jones at #64 wrap up the new “it’s not the players, it’s the jersey” allocations for this season.
  • Four Letter Network- They were in the house today, and if you haven’t boycotted them (as your humble correspondent has), you can check out some video hereabouts.
  • Night Moves? Some speculation that Ohio State’s trip to East Lansing this season, an early November tilt, will be a prime time game… one of the first for the B1G in November.
  • Floppy Haired President? I’m not sure what the rules are for non-American born student body presidents at Ohio State (kidding, it’s totally cool), but our favorite Italian seems to be gaining momentum at taking that position.  Now supported by the Lantern (sort of), his campaign includes making Troy Smith very happy by bringing In-N-Out to Columbus.  Check out the video here:

  •  Also Awesome?  Mekka Don’s new release!!! Check it out on Amazon and iTunes!

Other News

  • Well, Gee… Our favorite bow-tied former Buckeye (sorry Malcolm) was named the new president in Morgantown this week, after being the “interim” president for the past few months.  Well wishes to Dr. Gee… and I think I’m not the only one who’d love to see you have one more tour of duty in Columbus.
  • Ah, Jersey- Other than Springsteen and Tony Soprano, what has the Garden State ever really given America? You’ve got to think that the B1G is wondering that every week as the Rutgers financial situation becomes more and more clear.  But “NYC TV Market!!!” and so forth.
  • I Still Heart Rich Rod- Actor? Nope… but I love that he’s taking a shot:

And Finally-

Today’s my dad’s birthday. So, this is relevant (and may explain a few things):

Dad

tBBC Preview: The Game

Written November 28th, 2013 by Ken

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The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) head north for their home-away-from-home game against the TTUN Gulo gulo’s ¹ (7-4, 3-4). The Buckeyes look to continue their habit of winning, 23 in a row (impressive, no?) while the Whatevers look to regain respectability (hahaha).  This will be the 110th time The Game will be contested, so we’ve been doing this for a while. Playing football, not blogging.. Since the beginning of this century (2001) Ohio State holds a 10-2 edge. Now for this year’s edition:

¹ Gulo is Latin for ‘glutton’. Surprised?

Ohio State on Offense

Carlos Hyde... grown man.

Could see a lot of this…

Ohio State brings the top scoring team in the conference (48.7 ppg and 531 ypg), which is 12 points and 100 yards per game better than last year’s undefeated team. The tempo is a bit higher, running 75 plays per game this year, compared to 70 last year.

This offensive touchstone for this season was accomplished last week with Carlos Hyde achieving the 1,000 yard mark. As you’re aware, this was Coach Meyer’s first 1,000 yard rusher and validation for Hyde for his patience and dedication. And a testament to the OSU offensive line.

In contrast, TTUN brings a so-so defense to The Game, (25 ppg, 353 ypg), ranking a meh 7th and 5th in the Conference, respectively. TTUN gives up 116 YPG rushing but with Ohio State averaging 315 YPG rushing, that wall will be breached by halftime. With OSU averaging 216 YPG and TTUN allowing 237 YPG, average performance by both units will work out well for the Buckeyes.

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tBBC Game Preview: Indiana Hoosiers

Written November 21st, 2013 by Ken
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Candy cane for the Holidays

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0) host the Indiana Hoosiers (4-6, 2-4) for a 3:30 PM EST kickoff at the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes, the Rodney Dangerfield of BCS-Land comes off a 60-35 “squeaker” over Illinois while Indiana’s high-flying offense got badgered by Wisconsin in a 51-3 loss. Oof. Ohio State is on a 22 game winning streak, which ties the school record. The next win, this one, will establish a school record.

Ohio State on Offense

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Millenium Man

Ohio State brings in a high-powered offense (49.4 ppg and 536 ypg), which is 12 points and 100 yards per game better than last year’s undefeated team. The tempo is a bit higher, running 75 plays per game this year, compared to 70 last year.

This offensive touchstone for this game will be Carlos Hyde’s’ quest for 1,000 yards. As you’re aware, this will be Coach Meyer’s first 1,000 yard rusher and will be a validation for Hyde for his patience and dedication.

Indiana brings a defensive unit that is last in the B1G in rushing defense (251 YPG) and total defense (535 YPG). So, I guess in that sense, it’s a well-balanced defense. At this point, Indiana’s rushing defense is a bit better than Illinois, but after OSU drops 250 – 300 yards on them, they won’t be.

Ohio State on Defense

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Coming to a QB near you

If you were uncomfortable/annoyed with OSU’s defense performance against Illinois last week, get ready for more of the same this week. Indiana’s offense ranks only a spot or two below OSU’s in most categories, 39 PPG, and 497 YPG. In fact Indiana leads the Conference in passing offense. If Scheelhaase made you uncomfortable last week, keep the Maalox handy Saturday.

The Hoosiers run a dual quarterback system of sorts, similar to Northwestern. Nate Sudfeld plays the part of Trevor Siemian while Tre Roberson is the Kain Colter. Although Sudfeld is a top-notch passer (224 YPG 144 QBR), when he is in the game you either play the pass or key on RB Tevin Coleman (106 YPG). With Roberson, we can get anything. Hopefully, the Buckeye defense can get close to full strength for this game.

Wrap Up

So, how’s it going to shake out? The line has OSU -33 with the over/under at 76, which comes out to around a 56-20 score. The weather forecast for Saturday is 40 degrees, possibility of snow and windy. If so, this may take the air out of the ball, since we have a great offensive line and Carlos Hyde, and Indiana doesn’t. I see a comfortable win, in terms of margin of victory, but not necessarily a relaxing one.

The game is scheduled for a 3:30 PM EST kickoff with television coverage on ABC/ESPN2. Please join us at tBBC for live in-game chat approximately 30 minutes before kickoff.  We look forward to seeing you.

tBBC Game Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

Written November 14th, 2013 by Ken
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I don’t know, and I’m afraid to ask..

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0) visit the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-6, 0-5) for a 12-noon kickoff in Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL Saturday. Ohio State comes off a much needed bye week while Illinois stumbles into week ten after a 35-52 loss to Indiana. Ohio State has won 21 consecutive games under Urban Meyer while Illinois has lost 5 consecutive games and is suffering a 19 game conference losing streak.

Illinois, under 2nd year coach Tim Beckman has struggled to be competitive on the field. Despite these struggles, he has remained compassionate; for example, offering a home to disaffected PSU players.

Recruiting, man.

Illinois brings a not-too-good defense, allowing 483 yards and 34.7 points per game. In the B1G, only Purdue’s and Indiana’s defense are worse, and not by much. Offensively,  they accumulate 425 yards  and 30 points per game. So, they can put points on the board, just not enough to overcome what they allow.

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tBBC Game Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes

Written October 16th, 2013 by Ken

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The #4/3 Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0) host the Fightin’ Ferentzs’ of Iowa (4-2, 1-1) for an afternoon game in Columbus on Saturday. Up until a couple years ago, I always considered this a match-up of two teams with similar philosophies.  Now, I see the game as the “new/improved” Ohio State playing a Tressel-ball bound team with less quality athletes, in Iowa.

Iowa under 15th year coach Kirk Ferentz are 104-76 (.578). Other than the team uniform’s similarity to the Pittsburgh Steelers (thanks, Hayden), Iowa is noted for cranking out offensive linemen (Bollman, you listening?) and having a stoic note-taking, gum-chewing head coach.

Coming off an very impressive 11-2 season in 2009, Iowa AD Gary Barta decided to elevate Kirk into the Hayden Fry pantheon with a contract extension through the year 2020 at $3.75 million per year, per HawkCentral.. With this contract, that’s a lot of chewing gum and notepads. Since the impressive contract extension, Iowa has been a less-than-impressive 19-19.

Back to football: Iowa ended their non-con portion at 3-1, then opened their B1G slate with an impressive 23-7 win over Minnesota.  The next week, the Hawkeyes got roughed up, physically and statistically, against Michigan State, 26-14. Since I see OSU having a better offense but worse defense than MSU, things will not improve for Iowa. Read More

tBBC Game Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

Written October 2nd, 2013 by Ken

Introduction

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PatFitz musing, no doubt

The #4/3 Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) move their Prime Time show from Columbus, OH to Evanston, IL for another 8:00 PM kickoff. The opponents, the undefeated (4-0, 0-0) #16/15 Northwestern Wildcats. Yes, another night game against another ranked B1G team.

When I saw this game on the schedule, I was only mildly concerned about the outcome. And that was based on the 2004 night game debacle in Evanston, not on this year’s talent/performance. Northwestern will be a different challenge from Wisconsin, in that, despite what we saw on Saturday, the Wildcats bring a legitimate balanced offense into this game.

Northwestern has two legitimate quarterbacks in Kain Colter (27-35, 264 yds, 4TD, 2INT)/Trevor Siemian (47-70, 671, 3,2), two quality running backs in Venric Mark (if healthy)/Treyvon Green (101 YPG)and two quality receivers in Tony Jones/Christian Jones (39 Rec, 15 YPR, 5TD).  Their offense is also a bit different from Wiscy’s in that rather than relying on raw power, Northwestern brings more speed and elusiveness to the field.

Last year’s all-everything running back Venric Mark appears to be healthy enough to be listed on the Wildcats depth chart as the starting running back for Saturday. This could be a Carlos Hyde situation where a player comes back to play in a big game after a 2-3 game layoff. Whether Venric Mark gets the every down workload remains to be seen, but I expect him to see spot duty in the backfield and to line up as kick/punt returner. Last year, Venric was 2nd team all-conference as a running back, and All-American as a punt returner, so look for Pat Fitzgerald and his staff to put him in positions to handle the ball, particularly in the open field.

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Monday Musings

Written September 2nd, 2013 by Ken
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We miss you, Warren

Welcome to Monday Musings, glad that you decided to stop in. Grab your beverage of choice and let’s get to this. If you’re at work, I’d suggest something refreshing, but not too stimulating. If you’re at home, it probably won’t matter. And, since this is Labor Day, I’m guessing it’s possibly the latter.

The James/Wexner

I have two short videos for you today; one on Omega-3′s and breast cancer with Dr. Farrar of The James and the other on coffee’s effect in preventing basal cell carcinoma, with Dr. Trotter.

On a related note, I come across these videos, and other information via Twitter. So can you. Do so @TheJamesOSU

I can see why Coach Meyer followed me to Twitter.  OK, look, he actually doesn’t ‘Follow’ me in Twitter sense, he just created his Twitter account after I did.

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