DRIVEN Basketball: Marysville High School Benefit

Written April 23rd, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

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If there’s one thing I have learned officiating two of DRIVEN’s events, it’s that the former Buckeyes involved are just as competitive now as they were when they played. A few are just recently removed from their playing days for the Scarlet and Gray and the others? Well, they all hail from the National Championship Buckeyes and a couple stole the show Friday night at Marysville High School

The night began with a dinner of fellowship with the former Buckeyes and their guests. Some of the players brought family with them and some just brought themselves. After the eating and hobnobbing finished, the emcee for the evening, Pastor Steve Rouch began a question and answer session with each player asking them all about where they went to high school and how they became a Buckeye;what it meant to be a Buckeye; what was their favorite memory, and why DRIVEN.

One of my favorites during the dinner Nate Oliver, HUGE DRIVEN supporter and works with FCA

One of my favorites during the dinner Nate Oliver, HUGE DRIVEN supporter and works with FCA

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Monday Morning Commentary – Media Access

Written August 20th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

There are numerous times in the life of a blogger that you just wish you had the opportunity to cover a football game like the local media in Columbus. Let’s face it, for the most part, those of us who are online entities just do not have the chances that the O-Zone does. They have some of the best writers covering Ohio State sports and do a good job of delivering the facts, and have a legacy of doing so.

If you were paying attention to twitter at all on Saturday, with the help of Brandon Castel and Tony Gerdeman, we got our information through RT’s and a heaping spoon of sarcasm. I have to be honest and admit right up front that I love the OZone and what they do. I frequent their message board and read a lot of their stuff and wouldn’t be honest if I said I didn’t wish I was in their shoes.

What happened Saturday to the local media was very interesting, and seemed to be a slap in their collective faces. It seems, and I am not sure why it happened, only the Big Ten Network and ESPN have been given permission to cover the team during this preseason- at least in comparison to other years. I for one wasn’t very happy about it and can only imagine how the Ozone felt about it. If you’d like to get a good idea of how Gerd felt about it you can read it here.

Online sites seem to almost always be on the outside looking in when it comes to getting first hand information as it is delivered. We do have people writing that have contacts in the recruiting realm, and that can sometimes be a huge plus since other times everyone else is receiving the same info at the same time and from the local guys. We do our best to put it in a great little package and most of the time at the same level as the fans.

I myself will probably never be a writer who works for a site like the Ozone or a local media outlet. I just do not have what it takes to get there. So I will continue to look in from out here and admire the job that those guys do that provides us with a ton of information on a daily basis. I will also continue to side with them and support them when something like this happens. They deserve it and they’ve definitely earned my respect. Read More

Playing Safe Is Playing Scared

Written September 14th, 2011 by Chris

QB1?

New writer Chris brings us insight into the quarterback situation in Columbus, with a look back at some previous QB tandems…

There is an old saying that history often repeats itself. When it comes to a quarterback derby, Ohio State’s history is fraught with them.

It became clear with each boo on Saturday from the 105,000 fans crammed into Ohio Stadium that the honeymoon with Joe Bauserman is over. With every errant pass, throngs of scarlet and gray clad spectators wondered when it was going to be Miller Time, well Braxton Miller time.

Whether a change needs to be made or not, the problem is nothing new when it comes to Buckeye signal callers.

Stan Jackson and Joe Germaine duked it out in the late 90’s. Steve Bellisari and Austin Moherman dueled at the turn of the century, and most recently Terelle and Todd fought for the job in 2008.

While the Bauserman – Braxton affair has many similarities to the Boeckman and Pryor battle, this one resembles one that unfolded right in front of my eyes: Troy Smith vs. Justin Zwick.

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Troy Smith is way, way better than you

Written August 26th, 2009 by Jeff
This picture marks the one and only occasion in which a Michigan player actually got within 8 feet of Troy Smith

This picture marks the one and only occasion in which a Michigan player actually got within 8 feet of Troy Smith

We had a couple of interesting pieces to publish today, so the countdown had to wait until the street lights went on….thanks for your patience!

There’s only ten days left until the Ohio State Buckeyes take the field for the opening game of the 2009 season.  Now is the time that you begin to literally taste the excitement.  You can begin to smell the air in Ohio turning crisp, that genuine aroma of fall that you don’t truly recognize if you’re not from the midwest.  To me, that is the actual essence of college football.

Day #10 could have had so many great athletes recognized here at The BBC.

  • Rex Kern,  QB from the legendary teams of 1968-1970.
  • Art Schlichter, the brash QB from 1978-1981
  • Rich Spangler, the sure-shot kicker from 1982-1985

Or we could just go with the guy that still thrills us all here in Ohio and still gives them nightmares in that state up north.

Yeah, let’s go with Troy Smith.

Ohio State football has long been a force, and no single man can be credited with being the savior of the game (well, maybe Woody).  But earlier this decade things did not look so good for us until Troy Smith returned the Buckeyes to greatness.

Justin Zwick was our quarterback in 2004, and we struggled a lot with him at the helm early on.  It actually took a 55-yard FG at the buzzer to beat lowly Marshall.  More than half of Zwick’s passes ended up incomplete or in the hands of our opponents.

Then the losses started coming.  An OT loss to Northwestern showed just how bad things were about to get.  The murmurs about removing Zwick for Smith began to turn into screams.  The next week, a loss at home to Wisconsin started Buckeye fans into panic mode.  Tressel felt the heat to make a switch at QB.

Against Iowa, with the Buckeyes trailing 17-0, Zwick fumbled the ball deep in his own territory, and the change was made.  Troy Smith took over during Ohio State’s worst slump in over a decade and the weight was now on his shoulders.

Smith won 5 of the remaining 6 Buckeye games in 2004, turning a 3-3 Zwick team into an 8-4 Alamo Bowl champion….and a complete destruction over #7 Michigan, 37-21.

In 2005, his starting record was 9-1, which included a come-from-behind win at Michigan 25-21 and a 34-20 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame.

Then came the dream season of 2006, in which the Buckeyes ended up 12-1.  Smith’s final home game was known as the “Game Of The Century” between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan.  Guess who won?

Wanna know just how much we love Troy Smith in northeast Ohio?  We actually didn’t mind that he got drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Smith’s record as a starter was 25-3.
  • He became only the second QB ever to go 3-0 against Michigan.
  • He was the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner
  • He has a National Championship ring
  • He gained over 1,000 yards….against Michigan alone.

But none of those stats are as pretty as it is to actually watch the man in action.  Thank God for YouTube….

“The Catch” against Michigan, 2005;

The play that won him the Heisman against Penn State;

The entire day against Notre Dame;

And then there’s this collection of dominance over Michigan….Troy’s in WAY too many of these clips;

Troy Smith, thank you for all you did for us.  This day is for you.

10 days left!

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