It’s taken me quite a while to build to just talking about basketball on a Friday night in RSB and alas, I will have a singular reference to football. To be fair, I will take care of that pre-RSB.
The Buckeyes football program has done some work the past couple weeks with respect to coaching staff additions that will cause a lot of fans to be quiet, for now. First and foremost, and probably the biggest hire since Coach Meyer hired his original staff is the hiring of Larry Johnson Sr. to replace Mike Vrabel. Johnson will coach the defensive line where he was hugely successful at PSU and has already helped in some of the damage briefly felt after the Vrabel exit. Kudos to Coach Meyer for bringing him in.
The new co-defensive coordinator, Chris Ash, will have an opportunity to infuse some of his beliefs in a defense that needs a new direction. We will see a glimpse of them in the spring and should know pretty quickly what kind of an effect he has had. He will be going against an offense that will probably no longer be about power and be mostly about speed. It’ll be fun to see the match-ups in the spring! Now let’s get rolling with rumblin’.
There are a lot of sports teams that you could change coaches with and the change would be minimal. Then you have the situation at Ohio State with the women’s program that has shed some considerable light on how little Coach Foster was actually coaching the women’s team. It had been said by several and was really probably the reason he was dismissed, but the proof they say, is definitely in the pudding.
What Coach McGuff and his staff has done in a short amount of time, with practically the same group from last season is remarkable. There has been a higher standard of work ethic for sure. Coach McGuff has two on staff in Joy Cheek and holdover Patrick Klein who have done an amazing job developing what they have into contenders. With upsets against ranked opponents and paying TTUN back last night on the record, they have sent a message loud and clear, get your shots in while you can because they will be stealing some win this season.
They have what could arguably be the number one class coming in next season and has a great start on the future with two really good tranfers. The next class could have an impact on some of the size being lost. It’s nasty defense with some up tempo scoring that will get better as the season goes and then next year . . , look out. High fives all around for their efforts so far.
This will be the first time all season that I do not mention the stupidty of some fans . . , wait . . , I just did. Oh well, it will be okay!!
Even though the Buckeye men’s team got the monkey off their backs against the Illini last night, I don’t think they are out of the woods just yet. They played a team that is in an even worse downward spiral which may cost John Groce his job at the end of the season. The mesmerizing part of the Buckeye stumble is the play of the ever-consistent Aaron Craft. During the four game losing streak his assist to turnover ration was a disastrous 1:1, 31 assists to 31 turnovers!!! To put that in perspective, his career ration is 4.9 to 2.4 or right at 2 to 1.
To right this ship permanently, Shannon Scott is going to have to weather some of the load and Aaron needs to score alot more. It has been very uncharacteristic of the team but they will go as their leader goes with regards to taking care of the basketball. The other stumblin piece is the fact that this team could win a title with the level of defense they play; however, they haven’t got an offense going that requires a special defense by the opponent. Very little threat to bust the zone they have seen much of the time this season.
It amazes me at how frequently people provide me a topic to discuss in this portion of RSB. I haven’t been very picky in the past when it comes to who to include because mostly its been about the fans that have been off their rockers, and the one time I went off on our favorite person to hate in Mark “I’m a TOOL” May. The people square in my sites this week are the owners of the Cleveland Browns.
At what point do the fans give up hope of things ever changing? They finally have their man, but I can tell you that most fans probably believe that he will not last two to three seasons. Pettine has an impressive defensive resume, but it is not the resume that Jim Tressel has. I don’t care what level you expect a coach to have experience at, JT can flat out coach any level in my opinion. The fact that Browns brass refused to even acknowledge the fans desire to give him a shot tells me they do not care what the fans think.
First and foremost, the fans pay the bills folks. I don’t care how many sponsors they bring in to suppor their payroll, the fans are the ones that never leave or base their decisions on how good the return on the investment will be. I am not a Browns fan, but I remember how disastrous it was when the original team left for Baltimore. All of those sponsors pulled out and went on their merry way and the local radio that carried the broadcasts suffered for it. Those fans that went through that then should have a say in what happens now.
The request to at least give Coach Tressel an interview was viable and needed. Now because of their refusal to do so, JT may end up in Detroit of all places. Hopefully this group will learn from this mistake and do whats necessary to bring coach in when Pettine fails to get things going.
The Clemson Tigers await the Buckeyes in Miami to do battle in the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3rd. Meanwhile a little farther north in Georgia the Silver Bullets picked up what could be a centerpiece to the future. We’ll discuss “Youngstown Boys” and attack with quick hitters. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
Orange decisions and Clemson (who also wears orange)
While it was unthinkable prior to, after the final gun sounded on the Big Ten Championship Game it became obvious to everyone where the Buckeye football team would be bowling this January. Outside of Dade County and the walls of the Orange Bowl committee, nobody wanted to think about or even consider the possiblity of the team being anywhere except Pasadena either on New Years Day or, more likely, the following Monday in the BCS National Championship Game. Meanwhile, all along it was a foregone conclusion that if eliminated from the games being played in the Rose Bowl the Buckeyes were going to be South Beach bound.
And while it seems like a consolation prize, and to a large extent it is, that’s something as fans we should take great pride in. With their first pick of the at-large schools (after Alabama was scooped up by the Sugar Bowl, which is an SEC tradition) the Orange quickly hopped on the Buckeyes because they know that it will get a high rating on television and there will be butts in the seats. Buckeye Nation travels and likes to spend money. Read More
We’re in uncharted waters here… it’s really an odd feeling to have a game after THE GAME. If you’re heading to the game, be sure to check out a great blues bar downtown… these guys are playing this weekend!
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 9, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl, 26-17.
This was an interesting matchup between the racehorse offense of Oregon’s Coach Kelly (Brian or Chip;I can’t remember, and it really doesn’t matter) and the relatively much slower defense of Jim Tressel. It was actually a fairly exciting game, with a tie and two lead changes, before the Buckeyes outscored the Ducks 10-0 in the last quarter and a half to secure the win.
How? Well, the hyperkinetic Oregon offense was held to 260 yards on only 53 plays. Meanwhile the Ohio State offense rolled up 419 yards on 89 plays. The other statistic that I usually don’t pay too much attention to is Time of Possession. Ohio State held the ball 41 .5 minutes to 18.5 minutes, which is a reflection of the number of plays metric. Quite a contrast isn’t it? I imagine the Oregon defense was a bit winded at the end of the game.
Nonetheless, you’ll enjoy this video. Note Devier Posey’s adjustment to the ball in his 4th quarter reception. Read More
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 14, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl on January 1st, 2006, 34-20.
This game matched up Big
Game Girth Charlie Weiss against the plodding, we’ll-get-there-eventually Buckeyes under Jim Tressel. Ohio State managed to plod their way to 617 total yards. Quite a bit of that yardage and scoring came via non-plod big plays (Ginn Jr 56 yard TD reception, 68 yard TD run; Holmes 85 yard TD reception; Pittman 60 yard TD run).
For you keeping score at home, that’s four TD’s on 269 yards on four plays. Why mess around with ‘Red Zone’ offense when you can do that?
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In today’s edition, we celebrate number 15, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over San Diego State on October 20th, 2001, 27-12. This game was originally scheduled for September 15 but was postponed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. So, there was some profound, non-football context involved that season. In terms of football context, this was Jim Tressel’s 1st year as head coach at Ohio State.
The visiting Aztecs took a 12-6 lead into the half and maintained it through most of the 3rd quarter until two SDSU turnovers gave OSU red zone scoring opportunities. The Buckeye offense wasn’t very efficient at the time, so short fields were appreciated.
After a fumble recovery on the SDSU 18, QB Steve Bellisari “led” a 6-play TD drive as scored from 4 yards out. On SDSU’s next possession, Derek Ross picks off an Aztec pass giving the Buckeyes possession at the Aztec 5 yard line. Three plays later Jonathan Wells scored a TD to effectively put the game on ice.
Lydell Ross wrapped up the scoring with his second TD of the day, a 51-yard run early in the 4th quarter. Although total yardage was fairly close, 334-319 in favor of Ohio State, the Buckeyes did take advantage of 5 Aztec turnovers (4 INT’s, 1 Fumble).
Buckeye fan Patrick jumps in with his pre-season look at what may be an epic year in Columbus. Remember, if you’d like to give us your two cents, or even are interested in joining our merry band on a more regular basis, feel free to hit us up via gmail.
When Jim Tressel led the #13th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes onto the field August 24th, 2002, the expectation in his second year was not very high.
Coming off a less than impressive 7-5 campaign in his first season, albeit defeating Michigan, most Buckeye fans were just hoping for improvement. There was a new quarterback, a freshman running back, and an offensive line that had lost its anchor in LeCharles Bentley.
If you had told the most die hard fan that day, “hey, this team is going 14-0 and will win a national championship” they may have thought you’d stayed too long at the Varsity Club before the game. What happened that year was magical and historical as we know.
We can only hope that year two of Urban Meyer can have the same result. The only key difference is the expectations. Most of the country in 2002 didn’t have the Buckeyes winning the Big Ten, let alone a national championship. Ohio State was picked second in the Big Ten media poll behind Michigan and many felt this was just simply a rebuilding year for Tressel and the Bucks.
As for Urban and the 2013 Buckeyes, many have picked this team to unseat the SEC and win his 3rd National Championship.
There are many similarities when you look at what was for ’02 Bucks and ahead for the ’13 Bucks. Read More