Silver Bullet Points Locked And Loaded

Written August 31st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye


Ready... aim...

It’s finally here… the first SBP of the 2011 season. No more preseason talk, no more countdowns- it’s time to squeeze the trigger. Let’s do this.

Buckeye 411

  • Injury update- Word is that the Buckeyes are healthy, with the exception of Jamaal Berry (nursing a hamstring). Tyler Moeller and Etienne Sabino have been practicing at full strength, and are part of the lineup for Saturday.
  • Fickell Speaks- The head coach of the Buckeyes held his first presser of the season, and the initial reaction was how different it was than the previous administration- a lot more openness in the Q&A, which went for about half an hour. Missing, though, were the “as so forth”s… it’s up to us to continue the legacy. Great quote from the new boss-

Come Sunday morning, the first thing I do when I come in is I put on the special teams reel and I’m going to put on the fourth quarter. I want to see what your body language is like, your competitive nature is like. I don’t care if you’re a third team, a first team guy. If you’re on special teams, I want to see how you compete. I want to see your body language looks like in the fourth quarter whether you’re up 35 or down 35, whether it’s a tie ball game or not. Those are the things we want to see. Read More

Non-Conference Preview: Thug U

Written August 17th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

What goes with the Miami Hurricanes more than mediocrity, ruthless abandon, and a careless lack of respect to the game of football and institutional learning? How about an NCAA Investigation of the generation that has lasted for the better part of a decade. As mentioned earlier by the great Mali Buckeye, with the help of the great Yahoo! Sports staff, the season is in jeopardy  for who was considered the first test on the schedule for the Ohio State Buckeyes. This preview will be a little bit different than the others, simply because it is unclear what the plan of the staff and university will be for the projected 12 starters that are linked to this horrific example of why there needs to be change in college football.

A new era of football begins under former Temple Owl head coach Al Golden this season, but the same old darkness and swirling whirlwind hangs over a program that just can’t ever seem to clean things up and get over the hump of mediocre to elite.

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ESPN: So is there another team, another organization, another sport that should be nervous right now because you’re working on something comparable?
Robinson: Yeah [laughs], we’ve still got a couple more coming.[several moments of back-and-forth banter]
Robinson: I’ve got probably a six to a seven, maybe an eight depending on where you live coming in the next two weeks, and then by August, a ten.
ESPN: Well, what would you consider the Tressel story, on a one to ten?
Robinson: Probably an eight.
ESPN: So there’s something even bigger than that coming in the summertime?
Robinson: Yeah. Yeah. There’s one I’ve been working on since, I don’t know, I’m probably entering my fourth month on it, and we’ll probably get a good six, seven months more in on it before I’m done.

-Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, in an ESPN Chicago radio interview following the Jim Tressel story

Today, the “ten” fell- an eleven month investigation into alleged improprieties at the University of Miami, specifically at the hands a former booster and donor who is currently serving time for his involvement in a $930 mission Ponzi scheme.

Ten? Perhaps I undersold that a bit. This one is pretty big… from the article:

At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.

Or, if you’re the type that prefers their news from audio/video sources, there’s this:

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Harley In The Huddle: Kickoff Coverage

Written September 30th, 2010 by Rob Harley

Against Miami, the Buckeye’s problems on special teams made what should have been a blow out into a close game early on. Today and tomorrow we’ll be reviewing  the two areas that Ohio State struggled with, and talk about how what adjustments they can make against Big Ten competition.

Video Highlights- Tropical Storm Sebastian

Written September 13th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Cole Blaney brings us something you can forward to the Miami fans in your life:

Never gets old…

Did you see what you wanted to see? Miami

Written September 13th, 2010 by Jim

Without getting too much into the X’s and O’s, there were a lot of good things and a few not so good things to take away from the game on Saturday. The bottom line is that Ohio State got the W, and with four cupcakes in a row before the Buckeyes hit the road for Madison on October 16th, there should be ample opportunity to talk about and fix the not so good.

Ohio, Eastern Michigan, at Illinois, and Indiana are that opportunity. They will provide Ohio State plenty of time to work on their kick coverage issues, Pryor plenty of time to fine tune his progressions and decision making, and CJ Barnett (and whoever else) plenty of time to recover from whatever dings may be ailing them.

The staff here at tBBC had some things they wanted to see against Miami, so let’s take a look at how the team did.

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The Week That Were- 9.11.10

Written September 13th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Once again, it’s time for a quick tour de farce around the week in college football. You know, in case you don’t have ESPN and this is the only website you read (as it should be). Today’s musical accompaniment: This amazing cover. Good luck getting it out of your head during the TPS meeting.

So much for strength of schedule

James Madison, welcome to the BCS championship game!  Wait, you have to do something more than beat Virginia Tech? Since when?

Quick comment on the Miami game- I like Randy Shannon, and gained a lot of respect for Jacory Harris as a person during the game (as a QB? Nope). Just thought I’d put that out there, since there seems to be a conspicuous absence of the Miami fans that were so prevalent last week in our little corner of the interwebs.

So, the ACC is back to being a basketball conference, right? This week, all of their ranked squadrons went down, including the JMU upset mentioned earlier and The “Rambling Wreck” falling to a team that only scored three points in their loss to North Dakota State.  You want to fix the BCS? One could argue for taking away the ACC’s automatic bid and making them split it with the Big lEast, and then make the MWC and WAC fight over the other one. Problem solved.

That running back that Michigan lets throw the ball is pretty good.  Of course, their opponent wasn’t called Notre Ame for nothing… It would be interesting to see how the game would be different with Irish starting QB Crist in for the entire game, especially given what we’ve seen from the Wolverine defense.

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Buckeyes take out ‘Canes 36-24

Written September 11th, 2010 by Eric

Dan Herron was excellent today, especially in helping kill clock at the end.

It was one amazing football game as the Buckeyes faced off today in the Horseshoe with the Hurricanes of Miami (FL) for the first time since their National Championship battle in January of 2003.  The game had been massively anticipated since it’s announcement several years ago and it didn’t disappoint.  Terrelle Pryor guided the Buckeyes to a huge 36-24 win over the ‘Canes on the strength of 12/27 passing for 233 yards and a touchdown plus 105 yards on the ground on 18 carries with a touchdown.  The stat of the game were the four interceptions thrown by Jacory Harris during the game that killed potential Miami scoring drives and gave the Buckeyes a chance to overcome their continued failures in special teams.

The Buckeyes started out with the ball and got going with authority against the quick Miami Defense.  Pryor moved the ball down the field with a series of runs and passes, including a fantastic ten yard scamper for a first down.  However, the drive stalled right after the Bucks crossed mid-field which forced them to punt the ball.  Miami’s defense found good success against the run, getting penetration against the line and dropping Brandon Saine in the backfield.

The Buckeye defense was fast and vicious against Miami, attacking deep into the backfield and preventing Miami from finding much success on the edges.  Miami managed to get a first down on a fortunate spot.  Unfortunately for Miami their worst nightmare occured when they tossed a pass on third down which got tipped into the hands of a waiting Nathan Williams, giving the Buckeyes great field position in Miami territory.

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