Welcome to a special edition tBBC Round-table© where a few staffers decided to get together and come up with some admittedly absurd comments. We just went around the table looking for possible events this football season, be it on the stage of Ohio State, B1G or college football in general.
Disclaimer: this is presented in the spirit of pre-season ‘decompression’; no one here suggests that you use this information for possibly nefarious purposes.
Here we go, in no particular order… well, actually it’s in alphabetical order.
Q: How many times will the media try to justify Johnny Manziel’s actions?
A: Over for sure…..one a day for the remainder of the football season.
And I’ve already seen one!
Q: How many games will Ohio State win?
A: Well we aren’t losing any games so figure out the answer yourself!
Follow up comment by Eric
A: Set the bar at 11.5 games and you’ll have a tough bet. I might take the under on that.
(Eric may have his research methodology down pat, something to consider.)
It’s that time of season when the burn of anticipation is at a higher level than the heat index of the midwest. There is a reason I live in the doldrums of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where professional sports don’t exist. No it’s not because I support those trolls below the bridge and their racing striped helmets. It has nothing to do with the fact that I live in the belt that is Badger and Cheese Packin’ Nation. There are not many things in this universe that bug me more than warm weather.
One of those things is the period of time from the start of July through August that moves slower than a wolverine defensive lineman.
Sure, we’ve had our topics to discuss, watched as the Buckeyes wiped their slate– clearing off wins and handing them back to teams that couldn’t earn them. We’ve watched as this team has be given multiple personalities with a new formed identity that is defined differently by fans, opposing critics, and the national media.
I don’t know about you, but for this Buckeye fan it’s made the wait for the season that much longer. As bad as it sounds, this summer has been a coping process as a sports fan. I’ve dealt with it in many different ways. I’ve put more time and effort into preparing for the high school football season. Normally I don’t get prepared to broadcast until the start of August. But this year I’ve been calling ADs and coaches looking to enjoy the last weeks of their vacation. I’ve analyzed new coaches who have replaced legends.
And I haven’t written about Buckeye Football since June 13th.
Only one thing has been clear as we get closer to kickoff. The healing process for the open wounds aren’t enclosed in current or upcoming infractions. Slaps on the wrist continue to feed the indifference and void of the off-season. The only thing that will bring back that Buckeye pride is to watch this set of men get back on the field and play the game of college football.
And finally, with The Big Ten Media Days right around the corner, I can feel the loving addiction creeping up on my sports soul.
There are so many questions to be asked in the upcoming month, and TBBC will be there to discuss those topics as we inch closer to first and ten on the 50 yard line. Starting next week, when coaches meet in Chicago to promote their talent, claim they’ve learned from past mistakes, and give us a little insight on their personalities and coaching style, we’ll finally start to see the identity of the 2011 season start to form.
Here are a few questions this football fan hopes to have answered at the 2011 Big Ten Media Days.
As we enter into the Big T1e1n Season, we’re giving tBBC readers the chance to gain insight into the teams and fans that the Buckeyes will be matching up with on Saturday. John from the great IU site The Crimson Quarry was gracious enough to give us feedback on the rambling questions we came up with- he’s popular today!. Here you go!
Being a traditional basketball school, is there an ongoing sense during football season that you are just getting through the fall in anticipation of basketball season, or does football stand in its own right at Indiana? Does opening up so successfully change that?
I can’t speak for all IU fans. Unquestionably, basketball is the favored sport among IU fans, and many more people live and die with the basketball program than with the football program. Personally, I’ve been a big IU football fan since my freshman year of 1992, and football season generally holds my interest until the end. I’m not sure that this season’s beginning has all that much impact. In recent years, against weak non-conference schedules, it hasn’t been unusual for IU to have a strong start. For whatever reason, IU has been able to turn the tide, a little, in attendance without improving much on the field. Last week’s Michigan game, which drew 53,000, was the first 50K+ crowd at IU, other than for games against OSU and Purdue, since 1992. I don’t have a great explanation for why. Marketing? An unexplained influx in school spirit? The Big Ten Network increasing the ability to watch all non-conference games and road games? The success of the Colts increasing the popularity of football in the state? I don’t know, but fan interest is improving, and I hope like hell the team can find some Big Ten wins to keep the momentum going.