You’re either reading this from home on a “ice day”, or from work after having dug yourself out of yet another mid-week snow storm. Stupid freaking groundhog… At any rate, here’s today’s soundtrack… for reasons that will hopefully soon be evident.
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My favorite feature that I have been involved in since joining in December of 2011 is this twitter interaction we have done. Along the way I have been able include some of my favorite former players and in this feature, I bring in some new buddies from 95.5 The Game in Columbus who is a new big dog making some noise.
The most fun has been with you fans. Your insight into the Buckeyes players and coaches is phenomenal and I would say the Best Damn Fans In The Land!!!
Let’s pass out some end of year awards!
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So much has happened since the last time we ventured down the RSB path that I really had to put forth some thought into what I was going to talk about. There are a lot of things to discuss before tomorrow title match-up with Sparty that I want to briefly hit them before Rumblin.
As much as it hurts me to say this, I applaud the TTUN coaching staff for their game plan last Saturday. What’s funny about the plan is that everyone in #BuckeyeNation saw it coming, they just weren’t too worried because it was TTUN and their struggling offense. What most were saying was how easily the Buckeyes were going to roll and those fans couldn’t have been further from the truth. The Game or The Rivalry, whatever you choose to call it, has rarely disappointed in regards to level of competition. As Buckeye fans know all too painfully, the underdog has had the sun shine on its back side quite a few times in this series.
What their coaching staff did, and it’s why most people in TSUN love Hoke, is keep their focus on the prize and that was destroy the Buckeyes season. They came into the game ignored by many, including the Buckeyes defense, and just about put it to them. If not for the gutsy, putting it all on one play, decision by Hoke to go for two, the Buckeyes may have lost in OT and be settling for the Outback Bowl, again. I tipped my hat to a couple TTUN twitter friends after the game, they could feel a little bit of pride for the way their team performed.
As I have said before, I could go on and on every week about Carlos Hyde and what he has done in his abbreviated season. One of the relationships on twitter that I have enjoyed this season has been with Corey Linsley, who last week was named First Team All B1G Center. He is the anchor to that offensive line who has been destroying the opposition this season. Read More
I have been a buckeye fan for a very long time and that’s mostly because I am old now. Not really. Truth is, I fell in love with the Buckeye’s in 1973 watching #45 run for a long TD on the TV while visiting relatives in Columbus. Their every Saturday ritual as a family was to gather around the big (in that time) color television and do what I refer to as house-gating. The food my aunt prepared was ridiculous and also had me hooked on the tradition of Ohio State football on Saturdays during the fall.
In those 40 years I can honestly only think of one team that has been a thorn in our side that shouldn’t have been. The Boilermakers of PurDON’T. They have really done a great job of messing up some of those Saturdays. I am of the belief that this may be different for once because of the Buckeye’s performance last weekend against The Nittany Lions.
Let’s get going with who Rumbled last week.
Let’s be totally honest with each other here. Two weeks ago, everyone was concerned about the play calling with regards to just running the ball and how the offensive coaching staff was not spreading the wealth. Fans were having a hard time understanding why Dontre Wilson and others were getting their well earned touches. My oh my, how a single game against a semi-rival who was suppose to be an issue can cure what ails us.
We’re lucky to have several staffers who have either gameday assignments at Ohio Stadium or season tickets. After each home game, we’ll get you some quick thoughts “from the cheap seats”.
As I awoke around 3:30am Saturday morning, my excitement for what the day held overtook my desire and need to go back to sleep. It would be three short hours until I’d begin my two hour journey south to Columbus. As I arrived in Columbus with my family and friends and plotted our route from the Ackerman lots to our traditional stop at Conrads for our game day “beat Buffalo” buttons and then on to the Skull Session, I found myself with a sense of joy and giddiness knowing the 2013 Buckeye season was less than three hours away.
We took our seats at St John’s Arena and begin our annual bet of who’s going to speak before Urban at the Skull Session. The guesses ranged from Jordan Hall to Corey Linsley to Christian Bryant. We were all wrong as Garret Goebel grabbed the mike and began to get the crowd ready. As he handed the mike to Urban after speaking, I thought to myself, will he tie in something regarding “the journey” of which he spoke of many times last year. He didn’t disappoint ending by talking about “a new journey begins today”!
We made our way over to The Shoe, on to Buckeye Grove and back around to enter in the rotunda. The crowd seemed excited and the music was booming from the loud speakers. We made the long winding climb up to C-deck level and then what seemed to be the even longer climb to our row 36 seats in 10C. We were shortly joined by many Buckeye fans and much to our joy, a row of Buffalo fans topped off by a gentleman who claimed to have played for Buffalo donning a Michigan hat. As kickoff grew closer, fans chatted about great expectations and the excitement of seeing players like Dontre Wilson, Ezekiel Elliot, and Joey Bosa as well as the improved passing of Braxton Miller. The Bulls fans joked of cheering for settle things such as getting the play off on time, completed passes, and holding Buckeye plays to under 7 yards an attempt. Little did we know what was about to ensue. As pregame festivities began, we were treated to a double script Ohio by The Best Damn Band In The Land. Read More
Those eight individuals were:
These represent the “game captains” for the season. At the end of the year, a handful of these will be selected as the “Season Captains”.
The first four on the list are fifth-year seniors. Bryant and Brown are both fourth year seniors, while Miller and Shazier are both true juniors. Five of the captains come from the offense, and three from the defense.
This is the first time since Todd Boeckmann in 2008 that OSU has had a Quarterback named captain – and two of them made the list.
There is no doubt the 2013 Ohio State Buckeye football team has all the tools to be something special. Sixteen starters return from last season under the best coaching staff in the nation. This year’s recruiting class adds a speed aspect to the game that was lacking during the undefeated 2012 campaign. The defense returns some of the best play makers in the conference. The offense is led by the B1G Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback. The Buckeyes are ranked as the #2 team in the nation.
Yet one major question still surrounds this team as we head into the first game of the season. Which players will step into the role of team leader?
Urban Meyer knows the answer.
The bottom line to success in 2013 begins and ends up front on the offensive line.
80 starts return to a front five that improved drastically throughout last season. Led by team captain Jack Mewhort, the Buckeye offensive line led the offense to 242 rushing yards per game and 37 points per game. Marcus Hall, Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, and Corey Linsley bought into what coach Ed Warinner was selling.
And now, Ohio State’s run game coordinator believes that this unit is one of, if not the best in the nation.