Another week has gone by and we are yet another week closer to August and “fall” football camp opening up at The Ohio State University. We’ve hit the “dull” period, basically just waiting for camp to open. And (God willingly) the players stay out of the news. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun here at the BBC! So, without further ado: It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
I’ve been thinking a bit about a few minor improvements I’d like to see regarding the game day experience and football aesthetics in general. Would you like to know what they are? Of course you would or you wouldn’t still be reading this paragraph. Here’s 3 things:
1. I still want it, but I know that going back to grass in Ohio Stadium is essentially out of the question until one of the countries largest agriculture schools figures out a way to maintain, care for and regrow grass during the weeks off from games (you wouldn’t think this would be that hard of a process). It’s a shame that the 2006 season (a season when it rained more than human thought can process) has totally ruined the idea of having natural grass.
They really didn’t have a turf problem until The Game that year, the epic 1 vs 2 showdown won the Buckeyes 42-39. The issue became an issue after it rained during the season opener against Northern Illinois and then it rained like mad during the Penn State game (the one where Joe Pa lost his luggage in his drawers and had to run into the locker room.) Even with that said, they had two weeks to work on it after the PSU downpour before the next home game. They then had two weeks prior to TSUN to get it in order again and made the call to re-sod, which we all saw was a disaster.
Earlier this week on Wednesday night the Duke Blue Devils faced off against the Maryland Terrapins in an ACC game coming just before the halfway point of conference play for both teams. Maryland had already lost once to Duke on the season, a 71-64 final in Durham back on January 9th. For Maryland, Wednesday night’s game represented a chance for a little revenge, not to mention a marquee win to bolster the team’s tournament resume. For the Blue Devils, a victory would count as another quality road win and further solidify Duke’s place as one of the elite teams in the country despite looking vulnerable after picking up their second loss of the season just a few days prior at St. John’s.
Duke came into this season looking like the runaway team of the year, highlighted by the stellar play of freshman point guard Kyrie Irving. However, after a toe injury sidelined Irving (he just got his cast off on Thursday), Duke suddenly became mortal again, and expectations for a run to a second straight national championship diminished somewhat. It still looked like the Blue Devils would run away with the conference title in a relatively weak ACC this year (and it still does), but there would probably be some bumps on the road. Maryland has played Duke as tough as any ACC team over the past decade, and the fans at College Park were chomping at the bit for another shot at their pedigree rival from the South. Read More