Hey, You… Come Down Off Of That Ledge

Written January 23rd, 2014 by Jeff

The last two weeks have not been easy, if you’re a fan of Ohio State basketball. That’s an understatement. No player on this Buckeye squad has experienced a four-game losing streak in their college careers, so this is new territory for everybody on the floor.

It’s Gonna’ Be OK

In fact, it’s new for the fans as well. We’re used to success in shootyhoops, so this rough patch leaves us all with a feeling of helplessness. The problem is that a number of us are going to extremes in our various versions of distress. If you know anybody that has been spouting any of the following statements, please smack ‘em upside the head and send them this article.

(By the way, these are all comments I have read online regarding the Bucks)

“Thad Matta needs to be fired”

No, Thad Matta is not getting fired over this. Seriously, you’re throwing the guy overboard over four straight losses? How many times has he led us to 20+ wins? How many straight trips to the Sweet Sixteen does he need?  You want to fire him because of the past two weeks?  Do you secretly work for the Cleveland Browns front office?

“There goes our NCAA bid”

No, we are not eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. For crying out loud, it’s four losses. We’re 15-4 and we have a minimum of 13 games before the dance begins. By all means, it’s no cakewalk to get through the Big Ten, but it’s also not a failed season already. 22 wins in the toughest league gets you an invite to the NCAAs. Granted, I don’t want to go 7-6 down the stretch to get there, but it would be enough.

 “Bench the entire team, start over again next year”

Nobody is claiming this team is perfect and cannot be tinkered with, but perhaps you’re overreacting a bit? You’d rather start Trey McDonald, Jake Lorbach and three other guys I can’t think of instead of working on the issues the current rotation has?

Yes, Amir Williams seems to have disappeared in the paint and LaQuinton Ross can’t find his shooting touch on a consistent basis, and there are times when it seems like nobody wants to shoot the ball, but why are you tossing them on the scrap heap so easily?

“Worst team ever.”

Yeah, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Perhaps you’re spoiled by success and unable to recall darker days, but that’s a pretty steep declaration.

Let’s take a look at the four losses, shall we?

  • Michigan State - we were a buzzer-beating layup away from victory in one of the toughest environments in the NCAA. Give some credit, they nearly toppled the #3 team in the nation on their home court.
  • Iowa - With under three minutes to play, we were within two points. Iowa pulled away late, and let’s keep in mind that they are currently the 10th-ranked team in the nation.
  • Minnesota - We trailed by four points with just under 4:30 to play, and Minnesota stepped on the gas. Minnesota isn’t ranked, but they should be. They’re 14-5, and four of their five losses are to teams that are ranked.
  • Nebraska - Granted, there’s no excuse for that loss. But they were within 2 points at the 2-minute mark before the Huskers went on a free-throw run that teams named Nebraska are not supposed to have. They shot 15-18 from the line in two minutes, but still…that’s a loss that should not have happened.

Translation – these were not blowout defeats. There appears to be a struggle to close out games, and there hasn’t been any of that magic we saw vs. Notre Dame. But worst ever? Come on, man.

Let these guys figure out their issues and work on them. Trust me, nobody on the team is satisfied with what they’re doing right now. Now more than ever, they need your support, not your petty trash-talk.

Could be worse – it could be early March. There’s six weeks for them to work out their problems before it gets desperate.

I’ve loved Ohio State sports since I was a child. The scarlet and gray is family to me – and trust me, if my daughter brought home failing grades, I wouldn’t disown her and decide to try next year with a different kid. And I’d never cast aside my beloved Buckeyes, either.

One Fan’s Opinion: Scarlet, Gray, and Crystal

Written July 16th, 2013 by Scott

We’re thankful to have Scott give us his early take on the 2013 season. He’s a 1992 graduate from Ohio State, but you may remember him from his time at the Beavercreek News-Current and the Dayton Daily News.

If you’d like to give us your two cents, or even are interested in joining our merry band on a more regular basis, please hit us up via gmail.

Eyes On The Prize

Eyes On The Prize

I don’t have a crystal ball but I see a crystal trophy in the future for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

After finishing last season as the only undefeated team but unable to play for the BCS and/or AP national title thanks to some greedy former players, OSU is eligible for a bowl game and should have it’s sights set on Pasadena.

It won’t be easy as second-year coach Urban Meyer has to replace four stalwarts on the defensive line and 75 percent of its starting linebacker corps, but if anyone knows about reloading, it’s Meyer, who won a couple BCS titles at Florida, including one over OSU.

But let’s not dwell on the past. Let’s talk about the present. And what a gift it would be for Buckeye Nation if OSU can end the SEC’s seven-season stranglehold on the national title.

This could be one of the top offenses in the country with a smashmouth offensive line and a running game that has a little thunder in Carlos Hyde, and some lightning with Rod Smith and Bri’onte Dunn.

Oh yeah. There’s that Braxton Miller guy, the junior quarterback for whom some are predicting Heisman happenings. He set an OSU QB record with nearly 1,300 rushing yards and if he can get that completion percentage up around 60% he will have the total package.

The defense, which had some coverage and tackling problems last season will be short on experience but not short on talent, led by outside linebacker Ryan Shazier and All-American cornerback Bradley Roby.

Fortunately for OSU, the schedule sets up extremely nicely, which is why I like the Buckeyes to be among the top 2 teams when the final BCS standings are announced.

Because of the great finish to last season and the plethora of talent on offense, OSU should begin the season ranked no worse than 5th in the pre-season coaches poll. Non-conference home games against Buffalo, San Diego State and Florida A&M should allow Meyer to empty the bench and get some guys valuable playing time while impressing the pollsters with some style points. A potential slippery spot could be at California but even a close win won’t hurt too much.

The Big 10, or however many teams there are this month, is going to be somewhat weak. That could hurt in the computer portion of the ratings but will help in the human polls as OSU should rack up easy wins at home over Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State and Indiana and should cruise at Purdue and Illinois, which could be de facto home games given the way OSU fans travel and the way the home fans stay away. A nationally televised night game at Northwestern in early October will actually be the highlight of the conference season until the Nov. 30 finale in Ann Arbor. Read More

Let Penn State Think It’s OSU’s Rival

Written October 25th, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

Everybody Hurts... Sometimes

Penn State fans hate Ohio State fans much more than Ohio State fans hate Penn State ones.

Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti made some comments earlier this week that seem to have OSU fans upset. My advice to OSU fans is just to let it go.

Why? Because Penn State doesn’t have anything else.

I am a firm believer of teams being able to have multiple rivals, but there will always be one that stands above all. For Ohio State, that team is obviously Michigan.

Penn State doesn’t have a Michigan-like rival. So, what do PSU fans do? They hate the team that has seen the most success in the conference in recent years.

The last two times the Buckeyes traveled to Happy Valley–in 2007 and 2009–I was there too. I spent two separate weekends in State College and went to both games at Beaver Stadium, both of which were Buckeye blowout wins I might add.

Before the game, my friends and I couldn’t walk anywhere around town without hearing it from somebody. I found it all in good fun, but you could tell that the PSU fans are just a little bit on edge when the Buckeyes come to town.

One Penn State fan (I’m assuming she was a student) attempted to insult me by asking, “why do you even go to Ohio State, were you too stupid to get in to Penn State?”

Sick burn, I know. I just laughed and said, “actually it’s because I’m from Ohio.”

I don’t think I was ever more excited to be wearing an Ohio State jersey after a game, though. I didn’t even have to say anything to the PSU fans. I simply walked out of the stadium smiling at all of them.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is go easy on the PSU fans because Ohio State is to them what Michigan is to Ohio State.

Even though it’s not like that to Buckeye fans, just remember that it’s not their fault they chose to be a fan of the wrong school.

Is It Time To Ban Silver Bullet Points? That’s Debatable

Written May 9th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

May’s second midweek madness gets existential. The big story of the day was the “discussion” about the future of our favorite sport- more on that after the jump.

Well, shoot.

Buckeye 411

But one thing is for sure – Urban Meyer will bring hardware back to Columbus with him before all is said and done. Gold pants, B1G titles and crystal footballs. For everyone who has piled on over the last twelve months – from those in Ann Arbor, Madison, and SEC country to those posted up at the headquarters of ESPN, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News – there’s simply no way around it. Urban Meyer wins, and he wins big.

The benefactor? THE Ohio State University.

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