Sunday Bullet Points

Written March 23rd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

How ’bout a little weekend “catch up” of all the news and notes? Since it’s a Sunday, we’ve got to choose our soundtrack wisely- something sacred, perhaps.

Hallowed Ground

Buckeye 411

  • Prendere i miei talenti a- A thousand apologies to those loyal readers who actually speak Italian; that’s what Google Translate gave me as a lead in for the Floppy Haired Mayhem’s exodus from Columbus and a return to Italy for a pro hoops career. Announced via his twitter account on Saturday and confirmed by the University, Amadeo Della Valle will be a professional basketball player sooner than later, and is reportedly going to make pretty good cash while the rest of this year’s college players are still waiting for their names to be called on draft day. Look, I’ve heard of celebrities swearing they’d leave the United States if their candidate didn’t win the presidency, but this is the first time that I’m aware of an actual candidate choosing to make the same commitment.  Best wishes and happy shooting, Amadeo!
  • Let’s Just Hope- Jim Tressel doesn’t take the same route should his presidential campaign not be successful.
  • Ross Next? According to insiders, LaQuinton Ross will be meeting with Thad Matta on Monday to let him know that he will also be leaving Ohio State early. This had always been the plan, particularly given the additional responsibilities and family commitments that “Q” has; it’s just a shame that he didn’t have that huge season to help his draft stock.
  • Champion, Times Three- Ohio State’s Logan Steiber won his third consecutive NCAA title on Saturday, becoming the first Buckeye to do so in wrestling. He did so one weight class above his prior two; it’ll be interesting to see where he chooses to compete for his senior season.
  • Mat Men- Senior Nick Heflin finished as a national runner up in OKC, after losing points due to a controversial stalling call AND missing takedown points at the end of the match by hundreths of a second.  A great career, Nick- best wishes for the next part of your journey!
  • Buckeye Bridesmaids- After beating #1 seed Minnesota earlier, Ohio State’s men’s hockey team faced Wisconsin for the inaugural B1G Championship title. While they dominated for most of the game, the Buckeyes gave up two quick goals late in the third and lost 5-4 in overtime. This concludes their season, but not hopes for the program, which made huge strides as the year progressed.
  • In Thawed Ice- The OSU synchronized swimming team also finished second at nationals on Saturday… eleven places ahead of Michigan.
  • Getting Defensive- Over in the WHAC, the defense “won” Saturday’s spring scrimmage and then had the honor of hearing from some true heroes.
  • Speedy Recovery- Sounds as if Jalin Marshall’s surgery on Friday went smoothly… looking forward to seeing him in action this July.
  • This Week In Make Believe Stories- If you read this article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, you might catch the following quote from Coach Urban Meyer,

Why should Georgia’s elite 2015 prospects consider Ohio State? “You get a premium education with the opportunity to go compete for a national championship in a large city that really has no professional sports team. There’s a lot to be offered up here.”

So, of course folks decided to make this statement a slight against the Crew and BlueJackets… because, Bianchi.  At any rate, we remind you of this:

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Silver Bullet Points Minds The Madness

Written March 19th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Sorry, Iowa and Tennessee- the tournament don’t get rolling until tomorrow, no matter what you told people yesterday. So, we’ve got one more day of work before distraction takes us all… it’s madness, I say!

Come March, Foucalt knows of which he speaks

Buckeye 411

  • Welcome Back! The Scarlet and Gray returned tanned and rested from Spring Break, and hit the field today
  • Students Of The Game- Coach Meyer announced this week that the annual “student day” will be April 5th… no foolin’.
  • Spring Game Sprung? After an article this week positing that many coaches would prefer a 15th practice to a “spring game”, Coach Meyer today said that this wouldn’t be the case at Ohio State. He talked about the value that he has in watching his team perform “in front of a crowd”.
  • We Come Here To Play Football- According to Coach Meyer, Cardale Jones is a “changed man” and leading the first string offense as Braxton heals from his shoulder injury.
  • Effusive- High praise today for Darron Lee and Raekwon McMillan, and said that Taylor Decker has taken a real obvious leadership role this spring.
  • Running On Ez? Not as of yet, as Meyer points to others that are having decent spring practices thus far. Elliott may end up being “the guy”, but it’s great to hear that the stable is still full.
  • Bell’s Toll- Missing Vonn for the spring (knee) has impacted the secondary a bit, but Cam Burrows and Tyvis Powell have stepped up their game thus far
  • More Walking Wounded? One of the whispers from Tuesday is that redshirt freshman Jalin Marshall may have also been banged up a bit in practice as well… while no injury is a good one, thank goodness it’s spring ball, right?
  • Matta Wins Again! Great three-peat for Coach in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge... and great win for the Ronald McDonald House.
  • The Bigger Picture- Remember, these are “students”, so another solid measure of success is brought to us by Sammy Silverman: Read More

Silver Bullet Points Is Talking About Practice

Written March 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

If they can celebrate The Answer in Philly, we can celebrate Spring with this great musical tribute that includes his most notorious catchphrase

Buckeye 411

  • Spring Has Sprung- Ohio State started spring practice on Tuesday, and will do so again on Thursday prior to the players taking off for Spring Break. There was a lot of media coverage, be sure to check out Josh Winslow’s photo gallery for all your “guys running around in helmets” needs.
  • Injury Updates- Devan Bogard, Evan Spencer, and Chase Farris will be missing from practice this spring as they recover/rehab.  James Clark and Braxton will also be limited- Brax has shoulder surgery this past week, but will still be running and participating in “mental drills” with every snap of the first team.
  • Also banged up? Jeff Heuerman broke his nose in a weight room incident of sorts, Curtis Samuel missed work due to a hamstring issue, and Eli Apple was not participating for reasons that weren’t made clear.
  • And Also- Coach Meyer had a procedure on Monday to deal with a cyst that was giving him headaches.  From reports, it sounded as if it’s something he’s been aware of and treating for quite some time.
  • Alas- It’s official: uber-Linebacker Mike Mitchell will not practice with the team this spring.
  • Old Face, New Space- A couple of position changes to be aware of: Chase Farris and Joel Hale both leave Coach Johnson’s legions to bolster the offensive line, and Cam Burrows has been slid back from corner to safety.
  • Deep, Man- The folks at the OZone grabbed these photos of Tuesday’s depth charts (offense and defense). The buzz at practice was Darron Lee’s move to the starting Will Linebacker- Coach Meyer in particular highlighted his ability to trigger to the ball and the work he’d put in over the off season.
  • n00bs- Raekwon McMillan saw a lot of reps at middle linebacker today, and those in attendance said that the freshman absolutely looked the part.
  • Speedsters- Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson turned heads with their jets, and Mike Thomas continues to impress. People also talked about Jeff Green, the Georgia Tech transfer- his size, hands, and speed will create problems for other teams this year. Troubled tight end Marcus Baugh also saw some significant action.
  • Numerology- If you’re into that kind of thing, there were a couple of number swaps today. Dontre is back to wearing #2 (his high school number), while the #1 jersey goes to Johnny Dixon. Stephen Collier takes the mantle of #13 from Smooth Jazz, while Raekwon will be sporting #5. Curtis Samuel in #4, Mike Thomas in #3, and Marcelys Jones at #64 wrap up the new “it’s not the players, it’s the jersey” allocations for this season.
  • Four Letter Network- They were in the house today, and if you haven’t boycotted them (as your humble correspondent has), you can check out some video hereabouts.
  • Night Moves? Some speculation that Ohio State’s trip to East Lansing this season, an early November tilt, will be a prime time game… one of the first for the B1G in November.
  • Floppy Haired President? I’m not sure what the rules are for non-American born student body presidents at Ohio State (kidding, it’s totally cool), but our favorite Italian seems to be gaining momentum at taking that position.  Now supported by the Lantern (sort of), his campaign includes making Troy Smith very happy by bringing In-N-Out to Columbus.  Check out the video here:

  •  Also Awesome?  Mekka Don’s new release!!! Check it out on Amazon and iTunes!

Other News

  • Well, Gee… Our favorite bow-tied former Buckeye (sorry Malcolm) was named the new president in Morgantown this week, after being the “interim” president for the past few months.  Well wishes to Dr. Gee… and I think I’m not the only one who’d love to see you have one more tour of duty in Columbus.
  • Ah, Jersey- Other than Springsteen and Tony Soprano, what has the Garden State ever really given America? You’ve got to think that the B1G is wondering that every week as the Rutgers financial situation becomes more and more clear.  But “NYC TV Market!!!” and so forth.
  • I Still Heart Rich Rod- Actor? Nope… but I love that he’s taking a shot:

And Finally-

Today’s my dad’s birthday. So, this is relevant (and may explain a few things):

Dad

One Fan’s Opinion: Past And Future

Written January 27th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s some great perspective from our other Bowl Challenge Winner…. Take it away, Troy!

I would first of all like to thank Mali and the BBC staff for giving me this opportunity to take up 10 minutes of your life and let my Ohio State favoritism corrupt all of you. I still can’t believe that I lost to the 7 year old in the tBBC CFB Bowl Challenge. I give him credit though; it’s definitely not easy. But let’s get into it….

Not The Plan

Due to everybody’s surprise, Ohio State didn’t have the year that we all thought they would have had. Especially with an offense coming in as arguable one of the best in the country from both an O-line and playmaker standpoint. Yeah, the defense had a lot of question marks on it but it was well understood that with Urban Meyer’s track record, the defense was going to become championship caliber soon enough. Meyer never won a championship without his defense/ special teams being one of the best in the country. If you look back to the two national titles, you’ll see some of the best defenses in the country at the time.

But Ohio State’s inability to sure up that secondary issue that lingered all year (It started with Roby playing bad and then Christian Bryant’s season ending injury, along with a couple other injuries/ illnesses that came bowl season) and Tom Herman not feeding Hyde in crunch time were both ultimately the end of Ohio State’s “Chase.” Which I don’t really want to get started on the not feeding Hyde in crunch time part because it still sickens me to this day when I think about it… You are up by 7 early in the 4th Quarter in the B1G Ship and you have a guy who’s average almost 8 yards per carry on the season and you decide to put all of your chips on Braxton’s passing ability against a very good secondary? But as we all know, we can’t dwell on the past and must look forward to 2014, which I might add brings a very good recruiting class (In the Top 5 in every credible recruiting source, notice how ESecPN isn’t in there). But what else is new with UFM at the helm?

So now with both Hyde, one of the best running backs in the country, and that oh so dominating offensive line leaving, us buckeye fans are at a period of questioning in our football team. You along with many outsiders feel that Ohio State won’t have nearly as good of a team as they did last year. And with last year being THE year to win it all if it was going to be any year, right? I mean there’s no possible way that even a young stud like EZE and the rest of the stable will be able to replace Hyde’s play-making ability just like there’s no possible way Ed Warriner will be able to produce an offensive line anywhere close to what Ohio State fielded last year.

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What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Florida A&M

Written September 20th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Another week, another victim, and another round of wishes:

Mr. Popular

Patrick

  1. Duel Threat –   Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall w 100 yards. Want to see Hyde get in there w the 1 O line and run over people.
  2. Less Penalties –  Penalties are killing this team and 75% of them are of the stupid variety.
  3. A special teams TD
  4. One Half - Braxton to play a half, just to knock the rust off.
  5. Mix It Up - A good mixture of Wilson and Elliot late in the game.
 Charles
  1. Tackling - I still believe that one day this hope will come true.
  2. Did We Mention One Half? –   No more than one half for Braxton and at least one quarter for Cardale – this is going to be a blowout so get Braxton out there long enough to shake off some rust and then get him back on the sideline, personally I’d prefer him only in for a quarter. Give Kenny one quarter or so and then bring on Cardale and the 3rd team.
  3. Touchdown? - A defense or special teams score
  4. No stupid penalties
  5. Focus – Consistent focus from the team, no looking ahead to next week
WvaBuckeye
  1. Figure It Out –  Have it figured out what Kenny G will do in the regular offense. Hyde may be in dire straights because of his and Halls performances. My favorite quote from analysts is the offense is more efficient with Kenny G at the helm
  2. Leave Bosa Alone –  Kid is going to be an AA defensive end. Turn him loose and find somewhere for Washington.
  3. To that remark –  Play ALL of the twos and threes in this game. Would like to see Cardale take snaps finally Read More

Silver Bullet Points: Media Day 2013 Edition

Written August 11th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Lots of news and notes to catch you up on before Walter White gets back to work.

  • Senior Photo

    Absent- Donovan Munger has missed most of camp thus far with some academic issues, and now has a medical (blood clot?) that will see him redshirting for this season.  Najee Murray was also not present today, having been suspended for the team for at least the duration of training camp for a violation of team rules. Lots of speculation on this one, but at this point it’s only speculation.

  • Dinged- Curtis Grant is at MLB, but has been out for concussion issues; Jalin Marshall has also missed time for a similar injury. Norwell’s still struggling with plantar fasciitis and Linsley is also feeling the impact of practice schedule- both are expected to be fine. De’Van Bogard will also return to practice on Monday.
  • Off To The Races- The running backs are a “position of strength” for the team, according to Coach Meyer. Carlos Hyde is practicing hard, in spite of being suspended, and is helping the younger players develop. Jordan Hall will be in the “H” role, and says he feels healthier than he had in a long time- that he’s regained his passion to play. Ezekiel Elliott almost lost his black stripe on Saturday, but a late scrimmage fumble disrupted those plans.
  • Texans- Kenny Guiton talked about his hand being close to completely healed, and that he hasn’t lost any velocity off of his passes. Mike Mitchell was identified as a player that is sure to see some action this fall; he also spoke about how Ohio State’s stock is on the rise among Texas preps. Dontre Wilson was a highly sought after interview today- Coach Meyer indicated that he brought something to the team that was totally new, and numerous players spoke about how difficult it was to tackle him in space.  Wilson said that he ran a 4.33 during testing, and that he’d be willing to race Bradley Roby anytime.  He also spoke about practicing at running back, and carried with him a lot of confidence regarding both his abilities and the expectations for the team.
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Picture Pages: Ohio State 2013 Preseason Check In

Written August 4th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, it’s that time of year again. As you’re reading this, the 2013 edition of the Scarlet and Gray are donning practice gear and headed out to battle… well, at least the rookies are, that is.

Last night was Hotel Check In, and while it was a less extravagant event than in the past, Josh Winslow was still able to get some candid shots of the Buckeyes getting ready to launch the season. Be aware that, due to changes in the process, not everyone came in at the same time or via the media-friendly entrance.

His full gallery is a “must view” as we get closer to kickoff, but here are some shots/players that stood out:

The calm before the storm

Ron Swanson wishes he had that beard

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Silver Bullet Points To Los Angeles

Written March 27th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, howdy-do, Buckeye nation! Thanks for paying attention to my little neck of the sunshine state… hope it works out as well as last time Ohio State had a team out here.  You know what? Since we’ve already got a visit scheduled to the Bay Area for September, what say we just go for the trifecta and come on back out this way in January. Multiple options for today’s soundtrack- Vintage, Old School, Hippie, Country, Top 40, Hip Hop, Rock. Oh, and I’ve got a great recommendation for a place to stay.

Silver Bullet, Knotts Berry Farm

Buckeye 411

  • Big Plays- In today’s scrimmage, both Heuerman and Fields had long receptions for scores, coming on the first play and a fourth down play action (respectively).
  • You Rock- Also, we found out today that former DeSales star and one time Michigan defensive end Chris Rock has returned home to Columbus to be a walk-0n third year sophomore at Ohio State. Given the last “walk on” from TTUN, there’s reason to be optimistic regarding his career as a Buckeye. If nothing else, he certainly helped my parenting skills.
  • Backup Plans- It seems that Tuesday’s practice was a chance for the staff to look a bit closer at some of the folks who might be called into service if there’s an injury. Kenny G sat out while Cardale took snaps with the second team, and Carlos Hyde gave way to the “young Bucks” in the backfield. Which brings us to…
  • A Good Problem To Have- Great reports from the Running Backs thus far; Rod Smith had an amazing practice Tuesday, while Brionte Dunn was singled out by some as a highlight  in last week’s practices. Not to be left out, Warren Ball’s shiftiness and ability to get extra yards seemed to be a constant part of Tuesday’s work. Oh, and there were even passes to a fullback during Tuesday’s drills.  Running Back by Committee ain’t to shabby when all of the Committee are stellar.
  • Rising To The Challenge- Coach Withers talked at the end of practice about his wanting to see more from Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, telling him that he wasn’t playing well enough to keep from being jumped on the depth chart by some of the incoming team.  On Tuesday, Brown seemed to be playing with that edge, making key plays in coverage as well as a crucial stop in the goal-line period.
  • Up Front- Coach Meyer talked about how positively he feels about the current offensive line; they’re picking up where they left off, and should be among the best in the conference. Defensively, Michael Bennett has taken a more vocal leadership role for the D, including a firey moment when the Offense managed to score. Bennett, according to Coach Meyer, has graded out as 5/6 “wins” for each practice.
  • New Crush Candidate- Since John Simon has chosen to leave me, I’m just going to get on #TeamSpence for the near future. From what we hear in practice, he’s going to be the next in great Ohio State rush ends. Read More