While the details are still coming out, I can’t stop thinking about how amazing the situation in Cleveland was yesterday. We need more folks like Charles Ramsey who would be willing to get involved when it’s easier to just mind their own business. Only one soundtrack possibility today, then.
It’s championship week here at tBBC, and we’ll have all your B1G Tournament coverage coming up until the Buckeyes cut down the nets. So, it only makes sense, then, to have our soundtrack for today be the latest from OSU alum and friend of the site Mekka Don, who’s scored an exclusive deal to provide music for their coverage. From the press release:
The intersection of music and sports is prominently on display during high profile sporting events. Almost every sports arena has a DJ; players submit playlists to be played during warmups; and networks license music to help create excitement for their broadcasting. Mekka Don, an independent hip-hop artist and former NCAA athlete (Ohio State football), has inked a multi-song licensing deal with the Big Ten Network to provide music for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament games and coverage. The Big Ten Tournament begins on March 14th on the Big Ten Network.
And here, in an exclusive for tBBC readers, is the the title track for tournament time:
You can support Mekka Don and download this at his site on iTunes… just in time for March’s Madness.
Welcome Back? Rumors have been swirling all week that former Buckeye Defensive Coordinator Jim Heacock would be returning to the WHAC in a “quality control” capacity; huge tip, it seems, to Nevadabuck from the Scout site for dropping the knowledge first. The position would be similar to what a number of schools (most specifically Alabama) are doing in expanding their staff, and you’ve got to think that it will not only strengthen the Silver Bullets but also maintain the relationships that Heacock had with area high school coaches. In addition, it provides a fallback of sorts should the defensive staff lose a member to another opportunity.
This could quite possibly be the last SBP of… well… forever. The Mayans have spoken… or the Aztecs, I always get them confused. So, of course there’s only one soundtrack for the moment… it’s been a good ride.
As a part of this, though, the University is requiring students to have “open” bank accounts- to allow the University to better monitor incoming funds to avoid no-show jobs and booster “gifts”. Read More
Fox Sports Ohio was gracious enough to invite us to write a bit about the #Hop2theRafters movement, and published the following article yesterday.
In an era defined by highlights, by “Oh! Did you see that!!” tweets and texts to friends, every fan is convinced that the others they know need to recognized the greatness of their favorite star or team.
But, as quickly as the excitement builds, it also dissipates; athletes who are all over today’s timeline or emailed YouTube clips are soon out of the public conscious as “Next!” becomes “Now.”
Sure, there are those who transcend the sport – the hall of famers, the heroes of a championship team, the persons responsible for iconic moments in a franchise or team history — those names are readily offered up by the fanatics and casual fans.
Most, though, end up in the “Hey, what happened to?” file, the “I remember that guy…” area of conversations between people who are deeply knowledgeable about the sport, or the discussions where followers of an earlier area are defending their favorites against the young guns of the modern day.
What does it take to be recognized, though, by the institution itself? For some Ohio State basketball fans, that question has been answered in their quest to have the University retire the number of the career scoring leader, Dennis Hopson. Read More
From the “He started it!” files- This week, we join our friends at 11W in celebrating Oktoberfest and all it’s splendor. So, break out the lederhosen, get your sauerkraut all warmed up, and find grandma’s recipe for schnitzel…
This weekend looked to be the best thus far in terms of quality matchups, but only a few actually lived up to those expectations. Let’s start in the SEC, shall we?
Alabama, man… Another “can’t they both lose?” as the Crimson Tide invited the Gators to their place. As we were reminded over and over and over again by unbiased network analysts, when these two team play, the winner usually heads on to a national championship. As much as I hated to see Urban’s squadron be held without a touchdown (sarcasm alert), it was interesting that Alabama seems to be perfecting the tenets of Tresselball- No mistakes on offense, aggressive defense, solid special teams. Granted, they’ve got a Heisman Trophy running back to hand it to, but it’s important for Buckeye fans to remember these successes when they start screaming for offensive coordinators. I was also more than pleased to see that sometimes the Gators can get too cute for their own good.
Allow us a moment of celebration….today is our birthday!
During the early stages of the magical 2006 season, I was a big fan of a few different Ohio State blogs, including Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Eleven Warriors, and Around The Oval (which is now an administrative blog for Ohio State academics). I loved reading the Buckeye blogs, but I wasn’t as involved with them as I would have liked. But I did LOVE to make highlight videos.
Two days after Ohio State beat Texas 24-7, I posted this video;
That video was pure therapy for me. I created it and posted it on YouTube and it gave me closure from the 2005 loss to Texas.
The video got a LOT of hits thanks to el Kaiser at MotSag, who posted the following;
I know it was cathartic to watch the Buckeye’s loss to Texas be avenged in convincing fashion, but
whoever made this videoJeff is just being mean.
Soon after, Jason at Eleven Warriors embedded the video on his site under the title “Oscar Quality YouTube”
This may be the finest film ever uploaded to YouTube..
The writers and the blogs that I loved were now watching my stuff. It was an awakening for me. In the middle of the night before the Penn State game, I decided to start my own blog.
The first posting of The BBC was hosted on blogspot.com and the template was very very basic. I was thrilled when I found out that it got a half-dozen views. JD Arney at Around The Oval told me to “keep writing and people will notice”.
So I did. Again and again. I created more videos, I began posting stats and observations, I branched out into professional sports and I just kept writing.
Today, The Buckeye Battle Cry has grown more than I ever expected it to. You know the growth already, you can see it all over this site. Five excellent writers, a thriving live-blog, the Big Ten Bloggers, and a plethora of great features and dedicated Buckeye fans reading our stuff have made The BBC the blog I always dreamed it could be. So I’ve set my goals higher, and we’ll keep growing.
Three years ago today, The BBC began with the help of some friends. Today, it is succeeding thanks to more friends.
Thank you to my new writers – MaliBuckeye, Jim, Eric, and Dave at The BBC.
Thank you, JD Arney (wherever you are).
Thank you, el Kaiser.
Thank you, Jason.
I couldn’t have done it without you.
Two days before kickoff. 48 hours. Are you ready?
In keeping with the tradition of our countdown format, we bring you a player who has worn #2 for the Buckeyes. But Jeebus, who to pick???? Oh, the hell with it…..let’s just do a series of our #2 legends!
Let’s start with our current hero, Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor has been given an appropriate nickname by the guys at Eleven Warriors….”LeBron In Cleats”. Admit it, you love it.
Pryor is entering his sophomore year at quarterback for Ohio State, and he’s already the team leader. When college football analysts begin to talk about the fresh faces that the Buckeyes will field, and how that will be a problem for Ohio State, they never mention Pryor. He’s already considered a veteran for the Bucks. When was the last time a sophomore QB for any team was looked upon in that light (besides Saint Tebow)???
LeBron In Cleats begins his second season at Ohio State the day after tomorrow, and we all expect to see a bevy of highlights. Of course, The Buckeye Battle Cry will be replaying those highlights as much as we can, but let’s just relive some of his highlights now. Sit back and enjoy…
Now are you ready?