One Fan’s Opinion: A Year Two Remember

Written July 19th, 2013 by Patrick

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

Wednesday Night Rumble: The Toledo War

Written July 10th, 2013 by Jason

Whenever it is asked “why do Ohio and Michigan dislike each other so much? What caused it?” inevitably there’s always someone who says “Ohio and Michigan went to war over Toledo a long time ago” and that thus ends the discussion. Tonight we look at what went on, set the record straight, and give the skinny (in my terms with my vocabulary) as to what this war was really about and why it happened. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Northwest Ordinance of 1787

The NWO of 1787 established the "Northwest Territory"

The NWO of 1787 established the “Northwest Territory”

Per the NWO of ’87, the northern boundary of Ohio was described as “an east west line drawn through the southerly bend of extreme of Lake Michigan.” So now that we all know and are familiar with the area being discussed, we can dip into this a little deeper, because that isn’t complicated and vague description of a border line and would surely and concisely end any border disputes.

The Enabling Act of 1802

Obviously, the locals haggled about where the line was exactly. In the Enabling Act of 1802, the United States Congress looked to clear up any confusion by clearly stating that Ohio’s northern border would be precisely “an east west line drawn through the southerly bend of extreme Lake Michigan.” Sound familiar? Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Fair is fair?

Written July 3rd, 2013 by Jason

What can I say, the dead period trudges forward like an Iowa running back in a race against an SEC cornerback. Up in Eugene the penalties on the Oregon Ducks have been levied. Aaron Hernandez is an idiot and his actions have allowed a door to open for a former Buckeye. Meanwhile, over in Youngstown the city mourns the loss of a great local business and sportsman. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Duck hunt

The 27 month investigation into Chip Kelly and Oregon is over. Remember 27 months ago? We were all tied up in the ongoing “tattoo” saga. Jim Tressel was still the head coach at Ohio State, and we all waited to hear what the next turn would be in the debacle that it was.

Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor after beating Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl

Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor after beating Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl

Before we get into the Oregon sanctions, something funny I wanted to talk about regarding the Oregon scandal. On June 1, 2011, a little twitter account called @ScriptOhio posted an innocent comment reporting what it had been told regarding the school (Oregon) to be the next ones put in the NCAA’s gun sights for investigation. The “tweets heard round Twitter” simply read “Remember the “recruiting scandal” that was about to hit Oregon and got buried when the Tressel story broke in March?” followed by “VERY STRONG source tells me that within a week the Oregon story will break and its going to make Ohio State look like “child’s play”.”

These two tweets were the definition of “viral” for someone as small time as myself, as they were both retweeted well over 100x each. I wrote about it then, I’ll summarize it for you right now: A friend went down and visited his very good friend Jim Tressel in mid May before the resignation/firing. Sitting in the coaches office with JT and a few assistants, they were discussing the impending sanctions etc., like guys do when they sit around and shoot the breeze. Tressel then let out that Oregon was next on the block and the assistants in the room all chimed in in agreement that what they were hearing about the Ducks was way worse. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Has Been To The Mountain Top

Written July 3rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

If you’re following us on the book of face, you know that I made it back from my trip to Mt. Whitney last week- when you’d usually be reading SBP, I was at 14,508 ft, as the picture to the right can attest. It’s Buckeye Nation everywhere, people. 

To celebrate, today’s soundtrack is a personal favorite… And I’ll include a few more photos/notes from the trip at the end of this post.

Flag. Planted.

Flag. Planted.

Buckeye 411

  • Hah-vahd Man- Tuesday evening we were informed that Ohio State linebacker Luke Roberts would be transferring from Columbus to attend… get this… Harvard. Not exactly running kids off to Southern Alabama, is it Nicholas? Luke, from what we are told, leaves the program on great terms and with the coaches’ blessing, although this continues to raise issues for the Buckeyes at linebacker depth for the coming season.
  • Plus One- While not directly related, Tuesday we also were given word that Ohio State had added another “preferred walk on” for the 2013 class- Cincinnati Elder’s Joe “Could My Last Name Be Cooler” Ramstetter is a wide receiver who had initially signed with Dayton to play baseball. the 6’3″, 200 pound receiver had had 51 receptions for 1,005 yards and 15 scores during his senior season.
  • Speaking Of N00bs- If you’ve been paying attention to twitter over the past weekend, you know that Ohio State was well represented at Nike’s “The Opening”; having 9 well dressed members of the 2014 class participate in this “invite only” event. Newest Buckeye Terry McLaurin represented amazingly well, and was this close to winning Mike Mitchell’s SPARQ trophy. The quarterback and linemen competitions were Wednesday, with the 7-7 challenge beginning as well.
  • Oh, We’re Serious Now- When your coach is turning in someone he hired at his former program for an alleged recruiting violation, well…
  • Going Campin’- This year’s Ohio State football camp kicks off on August 3. Thanks for the anniversary present, Coach Meyer!
  • Busted Wing On The Songbird- Kenny G will have his hand in a splint for a couple of weeks, according to Coach Meyer. I’m sure that things will be fine… he can play the sax with his left, right?
  • Our Long National MSPaint Filled Nightmare Is Over- According to Sammy Silverman, THIS is the new Ohio State athletics logo (and not the earlier abomination): Read More

Passing Along Some Silver Bullet Points

Written May 15th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s not summer yet, no matter how many days of 90+ degree weather that we have in Los Angeles… but the summer blockbuster season is upon us. With that in mind, let’s revisit an SBP favorite for this week’s soundtrack.

Buckeye 411

It’s Disney? Rats…

The beauty of it is, kids are kids and people are people, and if they first and foremost feel that you care about them and that you really are there to serve them, it’s easy. I’ve had the chance to hone those skills for many, many, many years, and to me it’s second nature to want to see what I can do for someone.

This also sounds familiar,

That marketing and television and all of the funds that are involved in major college athletics have certainly taken a little bit of control, not just for the institution, but I think it’s affected the experience for the youngsters. It’s not necessarily what I believe in, and I worry a little bit that there’s so much time invested into that singular passion, that — are we giving them the experiences that they are going to need through the rest of their lives?

Akron students… I hope you know how fortunate you are.

Buckeye Hoops

Silver Bullet Points Is A Dead Giveaway

Written May 8th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

While the details are still coming out, I can’t stop thinking about how amazing the situation in Cleveland was yesterday. We need more folks like Charles Ramsey who would be willing to get involved when it’s easier to just mind their own business. Only one soundtrack possibility today, then.

Silver Dollar Pancakes- Exquisite!

Buckeye 411

Monday Musings

Written March 4th, 2013 by Ken

Here we are, another week. Grab your coffee and let’s get right to it.

Football

A bit of a slow week, but not entirely dormant for Buckeye fans. Obviously, I’m referring to Jim Bollman being hired as OC by Michigan State after a quite brief stint as offensive line coach at Purdue. Evidently, Jim thought that he only needed a month or so to get the Purdue offensive line to the standards that we experienced in Columbus during his tenure.  Since this chain of events involved Bollman, Mark Dantonio and Darrell Hazell, the Jim Tressel Coaching Tree is in full leaf.

Men’s Basketball

Entering the week, the Buckeyes came off an impressive display of basketball, gouging the Gophers 71-45 in Columbus. Then Ohio State had a truly inspired effort to beat a tough, especially this time of year, Michigan State team, 68-60 on Sunday. On Wednesday OSU had an all too common experience in Evanston, toughing out a 63-53 win over a shorthanded Northwestern squad. There was quite a bit of ebb and flow until about the 3:57 mark, after ‘Zelle Smith’s 3-pointer gave OSU the lead 51-49. From that point on, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots by the Buckeyes ebbed the Wildcats into submission. Read More

Counting The Cost With Silver Bullet Points

Written January 16th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s a relatively quiet week for Ohio State sports (*knocks on wood*); coaches are recruiting, hoops is preparing for an attempt to sweep That State Up North, and all the students are above average.  So, let’s dig around the ol’ interwebs and see what we can find to chat about today, shall we? Oh, and I’m enjoying this at the moment.

Nothing is free

Buckeye 411

  • Tress Talks- He’s gone, but not forgotten, and 97.1 had an interview with the new Akron administrator today that was chock full of the types of discussion that Ohio State fans were familiar with for ten years. He comments that he does “everything but Saturday afternoons” at Akron, but that he hasn’t had a moment where he felt like he needed to put the whistle back on an coach as much as he misses the chess game and camaraderie. He said that there’s a “whole bunch of things I’d have done differently”, but that he gave his heart and soul to the University for 10 years- something that he feels wonderful about. About his legacy, he looks to the players and coaches that he worked with, and sees those relationships as strong as ever no matter the circumstances. When questioned about the NCAA process, he said that he felt that he was treated more than fairly throughout and doesn’t worry too much about that now that it’s in the rearview mirror. Coach talked about his philosophy for helping engage students who might find themselves in trouble… that you support them through the process, you walk alongside them through the consequences, and that these have been watershed moments for many of the students he’s had a chance to work with. Tressel is confident that Coach Meyer is in the midst of doing amazing things, and that the Buckeyes are in great hands for the long haul.