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