Nothing Conflicted About Silver Bullet Points

Written March 26th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Life is full of decisions. Sometime soon (Friday?) we’ll get the official word that LaQuinton Ross has decided to head to greener pastures… but until then, here’s the soundtrack for our midweek musings.

Decisions, Decisions…

Practice Notes

  • Receiving Praise- Coach Meyer talked on Tuesday about the need for the receiving corps to be a strength of the team, and highlighted Devin Smith,  Corey Smith, Michael Thomas, and Johnnie Dixon as players who were standing out.  Jeff Greene is working hard as well, but has some catching up to do. Dontre Wilson is in the “H” position full time now, and has put on the weight necessary to be successful this season.
  • We Are The Champions- After Saturday’s scrimmage, Tyvis Powell and Nick Vannett joined Pat Elflien as those who graded out with a “champion” mark. Elflien has also earned the starting right guard spot, according to Meyer. The center position is a “toss up” between Jacoby Boren and Billy Price, according to coach Tom Herman
  • Getting Defensive- The defense “won” the scrimmage this past weekend, and Meyer said that the Fickell/Ash process is going well.
  • Those Who Can’t, Teach- Braxton is being used to help groom the younger quarterbacks, including breaking down and grading their practice footage. Cardale still is taking the majority of reps at the position, but the others are coming along, according to Tom Herman.
  • Running On Empty? Not a chance, with the backfield being a source of strength for Ohio State this season.  That being said, the coaches spoke about how the offense will look different- losing four starting linemen and El Guapo will do that to you. Rod Smith had a good Tuesday practice, and EzE is still showing some “freshman moments”. Read More

TTUN Week: Roy Hall Top 10 Dont’s and DRIVEN Update

Written November 24th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

Roy Hall has been gracious enough to write out his Top Ten dont’s  for the best week in college football. It’s Ohio State versus TTUN hate week and Roy tells it like it is around the players headed into this game. 

2006 – Big third down grab here and a TD later, Roy knows how big this game is. And what NOT to do this week!

The Rivalry

The Ohio State-M*chigan rivalry is the best rivalry ever! With that being said, there are certain things that you don’t do during M*chigan week. Associating with yellow in any way is unacceptable! So here is a guide, my top 10 things not to do during M*chigan week.

#NoYellowDuringM*chiganWeek 

10) When the waitress asks you “Do you want lemon in your water?” the answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! Alternative: Get extra ice

9) No matter how much your son or daughter may love SpongeBob, he needs to stay in the sea and off of your tv. Alternative: Watch Dora

8)Yellow deer crossing signs…Those deer need to stay in the woods this week! If they come in the street, they are from M*chigan and deserve to suffer the consequences. Alternative: Walk

7) Forbidden Fruits AND vegetables: Pineapples, bananas and corn! Yes, that means no corn in your Chipotle bowl! Alternative: Try black beans in your bowl

6) If its snowing during the game, like in 2002, AVOID ALL YELLOW SNOW! Alternative: Try a cherry icee

5) No scrambled eggs with cheese! If you eat eggs with a yolk you’re not a Buckeye! Alternative: Egg Whites

4) Do not, I repeat, DO NOT let your child ride the yellow school bus to school! Alternative: Drive them yourself

3) I’m sorry all you “Golden Arch” supporters but no McDonald’s! It’s a giant yellow “m!” Alternative: Wendy’s (The entire sign is scarlet, and they’re from Ohio) 

2) Again, I’m sorry, but if you’re a Hugh Jackman fan, take your posters down. He played “Wolverine” in X-MEN. Not to mention in the cartoon he wore a yellow outfit. That’s the ultimate No! Alternative: Become a Magneto fan for the day! 

1) Do not use the bathroom (#1) unless you are fully hydrated! What’s in you will eventually come out of you. If yellow comes out YOU ARE NOT A BUCKEYE! Drink tons of Fruit Punch Gatorade and you should be “clear.” Alternative: Only use the bathroom in the dark. That way you can’t see if you are one if them….

DRIVEN UPDATE

The DRIVEN Foundation is growing by leaps and bounds with regards to success and the number of events that take place during the calendar year. The crown jewel of the foundation is the upcoming #DRIVENFoodOutreach #100000PoundsOfHOPE on December 14th at Moler Elementary in Columbus. If you click on the hashtag link it will take you to the site where you can do your part and help feed the needy in and around Columbus. Just $20 feeds a family for two weeks!!! Read More

DRIVEN: #CancerIsSCUM Flag Football

Written October 6th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

If you needed a way to pass the time in a good way on Saturday, then being at Bloom Carroll high school would have done just the trick. The flag football game between the “Bulldogs”of Roy Hall(white) and the Buckeyes of Antonio Smith(Black) turned out to be just as exciting as the Buckeyes game last night.

During pre-game I surprised Jamal Luke with a pic.

Roy Hall "what are you gonna do with that football JLuke?" JLuke"gonna be 'ballin"

Roy Hall “what are you gonna do with that football JLuke?” JLuke”gonna be ‘ballin”

The event was just like any other event that Roy Hall and Antonio Smith sponsor through DRIVEN. It helps those who cannot help themselves. A great crowd turned out to support the event on a beautiful day. Much better than the 40 degrees of last October’s event! The event itself will touch many lives but some not as much as Jennifer Sawchuck and her family. One of her twin sons, Nick is only twelve years old and has been battling cancer and is a testament to the fight children have.

Jennifer with her sons, Nick in red on this side is battling cancer

Jennifer with her sons, Nick in red on this side is battling cancer

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tBBC Fans Interact: SDSU

Written September 11th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye
Come out and meet some former Buckeyes and boo the refs

Pay It Forward

Week two of tBBC Fans Interact, and what a difference a week makes! It appears the Buckeyes will have many choices for their picks each week and the ” ‘ol right hander” made it real easy for most.

Huge shout-out and thank you to Roy Hall for being our special guest this week. One of my favorite charities to help is his DRIVEN Foundation, so please go help them out, and become a part of the #DRIVENOffensiveLine like me. Gary and I and a few of our friends will be officiating “Cancer is ScUM” on October 5th at Bloom Carroll high school. Several former Buckeyes will be playing, so it’s a great opportunity to meet them and boo the ref’s!
Their impact on communities is becoming boundless. They recently lost a benefactor of one of their events, Ballin’ for Boston Charity Basketball, four-year-old Boston passed away a week after the event. His passing has effected many people and reminds us to keep going. Do your part to help whoever you can, whenever you can. DRIVEN is making a profound impact on the community and you can help, it’s that easy. Be sure to vote for the in the Miles of Smiles campaign as well.
Lets see what Roy had to say!
Roy Hall and co-founder Antonio Smith at one of DRIVENs many summer events for kids

Roy Hall and co-founder Antonio Smith at one of DRIVENs many summer events for kids

#SDSUTopPlay We knew Braxton “#Xbrax360″ Miller could run, but watching KG bolt to the end-zone on a 44 yrds run was Saturday’s Top play!

#SDSUOMVP Kenny Guiton’s performance was smooth, calm and confidence building! I don’t call him PEANUT BUTTER BABY BOTTOM for nothing! #PBBB

#SDSUFAV PlayGreat receivers are judged by how they catch the ball in traffic! Phily Brown made a spectacular catch in the 3rd qtr over two defenders!

#SDSUDMVP I don’t watch the defensive line as much as I should but this week Michael Bennett had a monster game!

#SDSUSTMVP Drew Basil! Why? He was 6/6 on PAT’s and had excellent placement on kickoffs. Plus, 2 weeks ago he blocked for KG on a 2-point play! #VERSATILITY

#SDSUOUnsung Jack Mewhort helped keep Kenny G off of his back this week and because of the great protection allowed KG to lead us to victory.

#SDSUDUnsung Leadership can’t always be seen but having Bradley roby on the field added a much needed edge and attitude to the defense!

#SDSUMorePT I would like to see Chris Fields get a few more touches this week. 2 TD’s in the opener and 0 catches last week.

Big thank you to all who participated this week, we look forward to tBBC Fans Interact growing into a full time occurrence. Thanks to you we will use it for many Buckeye events!!! How close did our fans come to Roy’s choices? Read More

Shots From The Shoe: SDSU

Written September 8th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye
Juice, Juice, Juice Thank you Mekka!

Juice, Juice, Juice
Thank you Mekka!

On gamedays, many fans don’t get the full experience around the stadium and actually in the crowd. So, I started this feature a couple years ago and enjoyed doing it in an independent blog before joining tBBC to give readers a taste of Columbus Saturdays

It really never gets boring because there is always some good things to talk about and/or take pics of. As my good friend Gary eluded to yesterday, I may have been lazy, until I heard the #Juice

Most games have a lot of exciting things going on to keep peoples attention during tailgating and whatever may be taking place inside the stadium before the gates open. Yesterday was no such day. Due to a very late arriving tailgating and attending the game crowd I will just bore you with what I saw and remembered to take a pic of with my trusty iPhone.

The day started off great getting to walk up and spend some time at the DRIVEN tent talking to Roy Hall and Josselyn Temko at their fancy new digs reminded me its time to get back into the groove of doing our part to help out. Roy’s organization is one of the fastest growing and most helpful I’ve been involved in. Please do your part, become a part of the Impact Team  and visit DRIVEN and do what you can. Read More

DRIVEN Basketball: Marysville High School Benefit

Written April 23rd, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

BBALL

If there’s one thing I have learned officiating two of DRIVEN’s events, it’s that the former Buckeyes involved are just as competitive now as they were when they played. A few are just recently removed from their playing days for the Scarlet and Gray and the others? Well, they all hail from the National Championship Buckeyes and a couple stole the show Friday night at Marysville High School

The night began with a dinner of fellowship with the former Buckeyes and their guests. Some of the players brought family with them and some just brought themselves. After the eating and hobnobbing finished, the emcee for the evening, Pastor Steve Rouch began a question and answer session with each player asking them all about where they went to high school and how they became a Buckeye;what it meant to be a Buckeye; what was their favorite memory, and why DRIVEN.

One of my favorites during the dinner Nate Oliver, HUGE DRIVEN supporter and works with FCA

One of my favorites during the dinner Nate Oliver, HUGE DRIVEN supporter and works with FCA

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tBBC Radio Hour: Spring Game/Roy Hall

Written April 15th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

It’s that time of the year again… Football is back! On this week’s edition of The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour, we’ve got plenty story lines, predictions and performances to talk about after Saturday’s annual Spring game, held at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday for the first time in school history.tbbc Radio Hour itunes

Helping us do so is the great Jeremy Birmingham of Eleven Warriors. Birm brings us his perspective from the game, as well as breaks down who he though had a solid showing in the game and what can be taken from the scrimmage.

He also breaks down his thoughts on Braxton Miller, Urban Meyer’s second year, and the depth surrounding this Buckeye team.

Then we go from the Gridiron, to the Hardwood. Former Buckeye Wide Receiver Roy Hall joins us, to talk about the Driven Foundation’s basketball game for charity coming up on Friday. The Driven Foundation president also talks about his relationships with fellow Buckeyes Maurice Clarett and Antonio Smith — as well as what his foundation has been able to accomplish over the last few years.

That’s all jam packed in another addition of tBBC Radio Hour! Enjoy!

 

DRIVEN Food Outreach: 100,000 Blessings

Written January 11th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

How many people does it take to pull off a miracle? It’s kind of a trick question, since ‘miracles’ usually imply divine intervention but the amazing truth is that many inspired and faithful people are looking to find ways to create daily miracles for those who live near the heart of Ohio. What follows the pictorial update is the original article helping get the word out about the DRIVEN event that took place on December 15th. As you will be able to see, many families were blessed by this event and these three wonderful people are the DRIV(ing)EN force behind it.

Former Buckeyes Roy Hall and Antonio Smith with DRIVEN do-all  Josselyn Timko.

“The DRIVEN Food Outreach has just as much impact on me as it does the families in attendance. Giving to others means so much to me! Giving breaks the back of greed!

Playing at Ohio State and in the NFL were some of the best days of my life, but I can honestly say that scoring touchdowns or playing “that team up north” is not even close to as important as it is to help others! Everyone reading this had someone, at some point, that helped them through a tough time. What if that person hadn’t been there? My goal is to make sure that people can ALWAYS count on the DRIVEN Foundation to BE THERE. We will impact the world, starting with Columbus, OHIO. Everybody can be great because ANYBODY can serve!” – Roy Hall Read More