And The Silver Bullet Points Go To…

Written February 26th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

We lost a great one on Monday, and another iconic figure on Tuesday.  Today’s soundtrack hopes that these guys are both on a better path, if you can dig it.

Buckeye 411

  • Birthday Wishes- Belated, sure, but happy birthday to Aaron Craft and Michael Bennett… I’d love to be a fly on the wall for a combined party for those guys.
  • They Can’t Thrive at 55- Interesting article in Tuesday’s CPD, talking about Ohio State’s numbers problem with injuries, transfers, redshirts, etc.  And they still couldn’t get Mike Mitchell on the field? *sigh*
  • Combined Excellence- The “big show” in Indy this past week saw the Scarlet and Gray represented well. Ryan Shazier set the bar (at a heavier weight) for the vertical jump, and Bradley Roby ran a sizzling 4.39 40 yard dash.  Carlos Hyde struggled in the lifting measures and pulled a hamstring on his 40, Corey Brown’s unofficial 4.37 40 was exciting for Ohio State fans to watch, and Corey Linsley managed 36 reps on the bench test, which was among the best at his position.
  • More Roby- B-Rad made news earlier in the week when he acknowledged not working as hard during his early season suspension, which cost him on the field (in his opinion). He also talked some about his belief that football players at major programs should see financial compensation, and compared his last two seasons to being an NFL-like experience.
  • Gettin’ Paid- Along those same lines, several former Buckeyes weighed in on the idea of college players getting compensated. Kirk Herbstreit spoke about the immeasurable intangibles of an Ohio State/College experience, while Robert Smith and Joey Galloway took positions that seemed to support the players’ cause.  Our friend Jeff Svoboda also got Urban Meyer’s take on the matter... really interesting reading, given where this seems to be headed.
  • REALLY Gettin’ Paid- All of these comments were part of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer, which managed to raise $1.5 million for a number of cancer-related charities and arenas at Ohio State.  Given the amount of pasty white midwesterners on a cruise ship that we’re talking about, I’m hoping that research for squamous cell carcinoma will also be addressed. “$1.5 mill? That’s cute.” say PSU’s amazing Thon students
  • Gettin’ Ray’d- Oh, Ray… we had such higher hopes for you.  Well, maybe “higher” was a poor choice of verbiage there.
  • Friday Night Lights? While Ohio State hasn’t weighed in as of yet, the conference’s leadership is exploring football on Friday Nights in the future.  I hate it, and hope that it never happens, but I understand it: more programs need exposure, BTN needs content.  The problem, as I see it, is that this continues to push fans toward television as their primary resource for the sport at a time where attendance is waning and Universities need butts in the seats to pay the bills.
  • Dy-NASTY! Quick, what Ohio State team has not lost a conference contest in nine years? Yup, your NCAA Indoor Champion Tennis program… that’s a lot of net-jumping.
  • The BEST Damn Band In The Land Lends A Hand- If you’re most known for this, you’ve got to appreciate the help of the folks known for this: Read More

Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: Valentine’s Day Mojo

Written February 14th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

It’s been awhile since we last visited RSB, so I will keep them short and sweet today. The amazing thing since football season is that I really have to search for things to write about when it comes to the Bumblin part, this week it was handed to me like a lob in slow-pitch softball. Let’s get trucking with the good!

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BE MY VALENTINE!

The men’s and women’s basketball teams have been heading in opposite directions the past couple of weeks. Coach McGuff’s team has hit their hard part of the schedule and Thad Matta’s bunch has picked it up during a rough span save for the loss at home to TTUN.

Coach Kevin McGuff has actually done a great coaching job with this years unit who were not expected to compete in the B1G let alone upset some of the better teams with what was left in the cupboard by Coach Foster. Truth be known he has a first class staff that has been working it’s tail off, and the players tails, since day one. His organizational skills and the ability to get a lot out of those players has been rather remarkable. There is plenty of help on the horizon as he quite possibly has the number one class in the country for next year. Late in the season Coach McGuff and staff get a A- from me personally.

I want to go on record as saying that something I put into a basketball roundtable here a few weeks ago was way off base.

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I WILL CONSIDER IT!

Thad Matta. I have been amazed at the coaching jobs he has done in the past with respect to letting his teams work themselves out of a slump or trouble. I have believed for a long time he could make any team better and is struggling to do so with this group. I don’t see a lot of improvement in them but we will see how they are when it really counts in March.

Funny what a little winning streak can do for a persons beliefs. What I have come to realize is that Thad probably is doing his best coaching job ever. I mean let’s face it, he’s working with far less than maybe he ever has since coming to Columbus. He will win a minimum of 20 games again to start his career. Yeah, think about that for just a second. He will have won atleast 20 games every season he has been a head coach. Really a remarkable statistic considering most people would struggle to 500 with a couple of those teams including the current one.

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