Mid-day navel-gazing

Written September 1st, 2009 by Jeff

Just a quick few notes on what to expect from the BBC as we ramp up and launch our 2009 season…..

We’ve got a weekly feature called “What Do You Want To See On Saturday?”, in which our crack staff (or is that “staff which is on crack?”) will discuss the keys to victory, and the necessary milestones for upcoming big games. We’ll be running that every Thursday.

On Game Day, we’ll be hosting a live chat courtesy of Cover It Live. So far, we’ve got a few other Buckeye blogs on board and we’re looking for more. Join us for pre-game discussion and a live chat during each and every Ohio State game.

There used to be a wonderful feature on Buckeye Commentary, a “play of the week” video that could be either downloaded or streamed live. That was Keith’s brianchild, but we don’t know if he is bringing that feature with him over to Eleven Warriors. We’re going to give it a try here at The BBC and see how it goes. We have unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth on our servers, so it’s worth a shot (psst…Site5 hosting is awesome).

We will be participating in the Big Ten Bloggers’ Pick’Em contest every week. Two years ago, The BBC were champions of the league, but we slipped into the lower half of the league last year. We shall avenge our fall from grace in 2009!

All that being said, one year ago today, The Buckeye Battle Cry is celebrating an anniversary today. One year ago today, we moved from a free blogspot blog onto our own private domain name. Back then, it was just me writing as much as possible, and I knew it was a big step forward, but I didn’t know how much this site had left to grow. The blog itself is nearly three years old, but we made our big move onto this domain a year ago.

Today, we feature five writers – myself, Dave, Jim, MaliBuckeye, and Eric. We’ve got a handful of advertisers so we can actually afford to pay the costs of our domain/servers! And more importantly, we went from about 100 readers a day (a year ago) to 700 readers a day (today).

No, we’re not the biggest dog on the block, but I am thrilled with the progress we’ve made, and I’m overjoyed that you have stayed with us and you keep coming back to check out The BBC. We promise we will keep giving you the content and the humor you love, and thanks for sticking with us throughout our early days and into our latest growth spurt.

Awwwwwww

Written August 31st, 2009 by Jeff
Looks like Michigan players were doing A LOT more "after hours" than just practicing.....

Looks like Michigan players were doing A LOT more "after hours" than just practicing.....

Isn’t it cute how they’re gently cradling each other’s balls?

h/t – Good Shizzy, Eleven Warriors

Random thoughts as the season approaches

Written August 16th, 2009 by Jeff

Some random thoughts floating around my skull tonight……

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The Buckeyes have a LOT to live up to this year, and it’s much much more than a fifth straight Big Ten title and another crack at a big BCS bowl game.

Ohio State is more than just the champions of this league four straight years. We are downright dominating it, and that needs to continue. Take a look at this stat – here’s what the league looks like over the past four seasons;

Big Ten records 2005-2008

W L Games back
Ohio State 29 3 0
Penn State 23 9 6
Michigan 20 12 9
Wisconsin 20 12 9
Iowa 16 16 13
Northwestern 15 17 14
Purdue 13 19 16
Michigan State 12 20 17
Minnesota 10 22 19
Illinois 10 22 19
Indiana 8 24 21

Ohio State has lost only 3 games in 4 years.  EVERY other team in the Big Ten has had AT LEAST one season with 4 losses in it….and we don’t have a TOTAL of four losses combined.

That’s not just champion material….that’s total control. And it needs to continue.

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Earlier today, Wisconsin suspended a pair of players, Aubrey Pleasant and Shane Carter.  So far, no word on why the two were suspended, or any word on how long they’ll be out.

aubrey plaza

Surly teenager + nothing to do + Wisconsin = trouble

But it will hurt the Badgers. Both were starting safeties and both were seniors.

My biggest concern is not whether or not they players will return to the field this year, but whether or not it will affect the lineup on “Parks And Recreation” this fall.

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Word from Penn State today is that sophomore LB Michael Mauti has an ACL tear in his knee. Not good news for a linebacker. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Tomorrow morning, I’ll be taking my daughter up to Cedar Point for one last time before she enters the 5th Grade. THIS is why I got two new writers….vacation days!

Just kidding guys…but make sure you put up a post for Day #19. Hint – use a punter whose name rhymes with Rom Rupa. And clean the kitchen. I don’t know who left those dishes, but it’s not my turn to wash them.

For those of you unfamiliar with Cedar Point, it’s THE place to go if you’re a roller coaster freak. Charlotte and I LOVE the coasters, so we’re all about it tomorrow. Also, it’s a few miles from the border of TSUN, so I’m wearing my Beanie Wells jersey. It’s been fun going up to CP for the last several years. Michigan fans usually just put their heads down and don’t look you in the eye up there anymore.

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The BBC is using Twitter right now (follow us here), but we’re still new to the medium and we’re just getting revved up in taking full advantage of it’s technology. We are still trying to become as popular as Eleven Warriors (story of our life, huh?).

Anyway, I was at work yesterday when I got word of my latest follower on Twitter. Yeah, I was pretty jazzed about it for the rest of the day.

Bo Biafra.

For those of you who don’t know the magic that is Bo Biafra, let me give you a taste. Here’s my favorite song of theirs, that I put into a video. Ladies and gentlemen, the lead singer of the Dead Schembechlers with their classic tune, “Chad Henne Is A Joke”. Lyrics are probably NSFW. Hide the kids and/or distract the boss.

Yeah, that was also a good excuse to post that video. It always pisses off the Michigan bastards. 250,000 viewers can’t be wrong.

Thanks, Bo. Nice to see you read The BBC. I’m a big fan.

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The BBC has new family members

Written August 13th, 2009 by Jeff

That didn’t take long.

Yesterday, I discussed how I wanted to expand the reach of The BBC and I needed more regular contributors to help. Frankly, I love this blog and I want to have original content up here several times a day, but I don’t have the time by myself to do that much writing.

My favorite Ohio State blogs all have multiple contributors – Our Honor Defend has three, MotSaG has two, Eleven Warriors has four, Waiting For Next Year has about 34 – I can’t keep up with the best by myself.

Today, The BBC welcomes two new staffers – Jim, and MaliBuckeye. I couldn’t be happier with what these guys are going to bring to the site. Expect to hear a lot of great Buckeye lovin’ from them.

Both will be introducing themselves to you later today. Treat them well and play nice.

My real-life big brother, Dave at The BBC will be chiming in from time to time, especially during the college football season. Also, we will be featuring posts from a few other Buckeye fans along the way. More on that as the ideas formulate.

The Beanie Hop

Written August 8th, 2009 by Jeff
A piece of paper!  Somebody threw a piece of paper on me!

A piece of paper! Somebody threw a piece of paper on me!

Today we pay tribute to Ohio State’s 4th leading rusher of all time. Our hero for the past three seasons, Chris “Beanie” Wells.

I was conflicted about putting Beanie in today’s spot, because the timing was slightly bad. You see, yesterday was Beanie’s 21st birthday, and the one day difference between that and day #28….well, it was just an unfortunate coincidence. So happy birthday to you (yesterday) Beanie!

I could go on and on about Wells’ accomplishments and all the happiness he has brought to Buckeye fans. This posting could literally take days to write.

First, the stats – 3,382 yards rushing, 4th most in OSU history. 30 touchdowns. 5.7 yards per carry.

Second, the visuals – we’ll start with what our friends at Eleven Warriors call the Beanie Hop;


Next – The Stiff Arm of Justice (hat tip to MotSaG)

Next – Beanie, Michigan Killer

Is there anything else to add?

28 days until kickoff!

Lauinaitis Return Football

They told us again and again and again that he wasn’t going to be a great linebacker. He’s too small. He’s overrated. He’s not even a good linebacker.

But enough about what Penn State fans think.

Every game I watched, Little Animal got better and better. And when I was there for his final home game as a Buckeye, he was one angry dude.

November 22, 2008 – Michigan starts their first possession at the Ohio State 13 yard line following an interception. But the Ohio State defense is especially fired up, because well after the interception had ended, a Wolverine took a cheap shot on Terrelle Pryor, and everybody saw it (except for seven guys wearing black and white stripes).

Laurinaitis, as the leader of the defense, took it upon himself to shut down this short drive. He pumped his fists in the air to motivate the home crowd, and then took over.

On first down, he busted the middle of the line up and held Carlos Brown to a 2-yard gain.

On second down, he stayed back in coverage as the rest of the linebacking crew blitzed and sacked Nick Sheridan for a two yard loss.

On third down, a rattled Michigan line could not get set, and a lineman jumped early for a five yard penalty.

On the ensuing third down and 15, Sheridan went back for a pass and had to rush it as Laurinaitis blitzed him from the right side. He went in untouched, and as Sheridan tried to throw the ball, Animal hit him high, chest-to-chest, and took the QB off his feet and stayed on him, driving him into the ground. The pass sailed 15 yards over everybody’s heads and brought up 4th down.

Michigan missed the field goal, and the Wolverines’ day was practically over. Final score – 42-7. Laurinaitis had been very efficient in ending UM’s only real threat of the afternoon. From that moment on, the defense controlled everything, the crowd was on fire, and it was only a matter of time before Beanie Wells and LeBron in Cleats (LIC)* ran up the score.

James Laurinaitis, this is your day.

33 day until kickoff!

* – LIC is a written copyright of Eleven Warriors, but we have expressed written consent to use the title.

Ohio State picked to win 5th straight Big Ten title

Written July 27th, 2009 by Jeff

Big Ten media days are happening as we speak (my cell phone’s twitter feed won’t stop chirping. Jason at 11 Warriors is a busy boy), and the early news is all good for the Buckeyes.

The writers have selected their picks for the Big Ten, and Ohio State is projected to win the conference, their 5th straight championship (if they follow through). Penn State was selected 2nd with Michigan State in 3rd.

Also, Terrelle Pryor was selected as the Preseason Offensive MVP. Hell yeah. Apparently, Penn State fans are beginning to get pissy, and Michigan fans are realizing that four of their quarterbacks have already transferred away from UM since Pryor announced his desire to attend Ohio State.

For the absolute best Buckeye-based coverage from Big Ten media days, go check out Eleven Warriors twitter feed. For overall Big Ten twittering, check out the kickoff feed! Enjoy!

John Cooper remembered – And NOT in a good way

Written July 20th, 2009 by Jeff

This morning, our old friends at Eleven Warriors published a brilliant piece on John Cooper and his recent induction in the College Football Hall Of Fame.

Of course, you can’t write a Cooper-based piece with using the numbers 2, 10, and 1. 11W did that. Sprinkled around the article is a list of Coop’s accomplishments, and The BBC will not argue with the fact that these feats qualify our former coach for the HOF.

But our disagreements about Cooper end there. I haven’t yet forgiven Coach for many of his failures and perhaps I still hold too much of a grudge….but my frustration with him hasn’t faded.

My freshman year at The Ohio State University was 1987. Earle Bruce had a team with minimal talent and he caught a few horrible breaks that year (seriously, a TD on 4th-and-23 to Iowa….in The Shoe). But four days after the administration fired Bruce, his team went up to Michigan Stadium and beat Bo Schembechler. With Greg freaking Frey taking snaps, no less.

My sophomore year was Cooper’s first year, and the season hadn’t even begun before Cooper’s heart was being questioned. I recall an article in The Lantern in which Cooper was openly mocking students who had casually reminded him that he shouldn’t be wearing a blue blazer around campus. Rather than run to complain to the student newspaper, he should have pulled aside any one of his assistant coaches or players and asked them why it was so important to ditch the blue (and/or maize) colored apparel.

When the season began, the first three games would tell you all you needed to know.

  • Game 1 – No turnovers, no penalties against the Bucks, as Ohio State laid waste to Syracuse on national TV
  • Game 2 – Travel to Pitt, give up 6 touchdowns to the Panthers and lose by more than 30 points.
  • Game 3 – Fall behind 33-20 to visiting LSU with 2 minutes to play, and pull off the miracle win.  They scored 16 points in less than 90 seconds and beat the Tigers 36-33.

The Buckeyes were schizophrenic under Cooper and when they finally captured some sort of consistency, it wasn’t the type of consistency we wanted to see.

John Cooper, during the off-season, was a brilliant recruiter and nobody could ever (and possibly will ever again) put together a team like he could.  Every amazing player you saw in the 1990s was brought to Columbus through the charm and brilliance of John Cooper.  Eddie George.  David Boston.  Orlando Pace.  Shawn Springs.  Joey Galloway.  Etc, etc, etc.

But where we may have been the most talented team on the field every single Saturday, that talent was often wasted with poor coaching decisions time and time again.  Let’s not forget…..

  • Sensation RB Robert Smith, who was chastized by the coaches for missing a practice….to attend class.  Smith’s well-publicized run-in with the coaching staff led to his leaving the Buckeyes prematurely.
  • The whole “I was left with a pack of slow white guys” whine-fest.
  • The day Cooper allowed the game to end early because of rain.  In 1990, trailing USC with just under three minutes to play, the Buckeyes began making a hasty exit for the locker room, followed by the Trojans team.  A sold-out stadium was left wondering what had happened until we were later told that the game had been called due to weather.  Cooper later told reporters that he didn’t want any players to be in danger from lightning.  He left no word about whether or not he was concerned about the 100,000 fans in attendance who had no opportunity to run to the locker room before their job was complete.
  • Two words.  Air F***ing Force.
  • In the 4th quarter of a tie game in Michigan territory, Cooper calls for Greg Frey…yes, Greg Frey…to run an option play. On 4th down. Seriously.  Having never run an option play before, the Buckeyes failed.  Michigan used a handful of plays to move the ball forward just enough to kick the game-winning field goal.
  • Following the huge victory over Arizona State in the Rose Bowl, reporters rushed in to get the first comment from Cooper.  Rather than praise his team, his first words were an attack on Buckeye fans, as he said “let’s see if that’s a big enough win for them”.  Classy, Cooper.
  • Cooper’s final game against South Carolina, when the team fell apart and lost all semblance of discipline.  After a series of cheap shots from Buckeye players, LB Joe Cooper was finally ejected for a late hit in the end zone. John Cooper’s career came to end with that woeful afternoon.

I could actually go on and on for a long time.  I’m sure you could too.  Cooper’s issues are a novel waiting to be written.

Eleven Warriors closes their article with “if you can’t at least bring yourself to recognize and appreciate the good that Cooper did at Ohio State, then you’re either clueless, or hold irrationally long grudges. Neither is healthy.”

11W is right….Cooper deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame.  But let me be the first to stand up and say that while I recognize and appreciate the good that Cooper did, I am not at all prepared to forgive him for the shame and humiliation brought upon us by him.

To this day, I still can’t figure out why we haven’t hired him to be a recruiter for Ohio State, and then put a restraining order on him every Saturday afternoon in the fall to prevent him from showing up at Ohio Stadium.

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