Silver Bullet Points Salutes You

Written April 16th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Those of you who play along with us during Fall liveblogs know my propensity for helping make stadium sound effects on third down as a way to manage my ADD help the team. As such, today’s news hit me with a bit of both nostalgia and sadness… The band that gave us the bell may be no more. We’ve only got one choice for today’s soundtrack, then… Happy Wednesday!

For Those About To Rock…. Fire!

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MBB B1G Tourney: Ohio State vs Michigan LiveBlog

Written March 15th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Ohio State’s efforts to return to the B1G Finals run through the hearts and souls of That Team Up North, just as it should be.

The Buckeyes will look to not only punch their ticket to the finals with a win today, but also to get revenge for the 10 point loss to the Wolverines earlier this year in Columbus.

Tip is approximately at 1:40 PM in CBS… Go Bucks!

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Meeeechigan

Written February 11th, 2014 by Eric

The Buckeyes and Wolverines do battle in their only regular season meeting tonight in Value City Arena.

The game is scheduled to tip at 9:00 PM Eastern on ESPN. Stop by and say hi to all of your favorite Buckeyes tonight! Go Bucks!
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Ohio State Gets Revenge on Michigan 61-50

Written January 23rd, 2014 by Charles

Raven Ferguson came off the bench to lead Ohio State with 16 points.

Raven Ferguson came off the bench to lead Ohio State with 16 points.

The Ohio State men’s basketball team wasn’t the only Buckeye squad looking to end a losing streak tonight.  The OSU women’s basketball team came into tonight on a two game losing streak and were looking to break that as they traveled to Ann Arbor to face rival Michigan.  The game was even more meaningful as the Buckeyes were looking for revenge after losing to the Wolverines in Columbus earlier in the month.

Neither team started out shooting well in the game and points were difficult to come by early on; at the midpoint of the first Ohio State led 8-7.  The Buckeyes managed to get the offense going a little better over the next three minutes as they used an 8 to 1 run to open up a 16-8 lead with just over six minutes remaining.  The two teams then traded baskets and with three and a half minutes remaining OSU held up 21-15.  Unfortunately, the Buckeye offense hit a wall at that point and didn’t score the rest of the half while Michigan closed with 11 straight points and the Wolverines headed into the locker room with a 26-21 lead.  Ohio State shot atrociously in the first half, going 29% from the field and 22% from three point range.  Fortunately, Michigan didn’t shoot much better going 33% from the field and 20% from beyond-the-arc.

Michigan hit a layup to open the scoring in the second half but Ohio State responded with a 10 to 3 run to tie the game at 31 six minutes into the second period.  The Wolverines quickly fired back, outscoring the Buckeyes 9 to 2 over the next two and a half minutes to retake a 40-33 lead.  Ashley Adams and Raven Ferguson weren’t impressed by the Michigan run though and teamed up on the next three baskets with Ferguson hitting a jumper sandwiched between assisting on layups by Adams.  The baskets by Ferguson and Adams sparked the rest of the Buckeyes and ignited a 17 to 2 run that put Ohio State up 50-42 with five minutes remaining in the game.  That run pretty much broke Michigan’s spirits and the Wolverines would never get closer as Ohio State cruised the rest of the way to a 61-50 win.

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No, Michigan State Is Not Our New Rival

Written January 9th, 2014 by Jeff

“Michigan State is Ohio State’s new rival.”  This theme began around 11:30pm Tuesday night.

To be fair, rumblings of this new theme began long before the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes in overtime at the Breslin Center, but they began to emerge heavily after the scarlet and gray’s 72-68 defeat.

I reject this thought immediately. Michigan State is NOT our new rival. Ohio State has one rival, and only one rival.

Tradition dictates that the Michigan Wolverines are the lone rival to my alma mater, and their misfortunes of late do not knock them from the ranks of rivalry. (By “misfortunes of late”, I mean their football team being a steaming heap of dung throughout the entire 21st century. Boom, roasted.)

Michigan State is atop the Big Ten, and they earned it by knocking the Buckeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten twice in five weeks. I can accept that they are the champions in football and the current leaders in basketball. They’re a damn good team in both sports, and while I am not happy about it, there’s no denying it.

But I cannot and will not allow history and tradition to be rewritten over an excellent stretch of athletic competition.

To me, a rivalry requires more than wins and losses on a stat sheet. It takes decades of hatred, frustration, glory, and respect. Michigan State will never evoke those emotions the way Michigan does.

The Spartans are our chief competitors for the title. They are our most difficult opponents. They are our toughest struggle. But they are NOT our rival.

So what’s the difference between MSU and UM?

  • If I’m watching a pro sport and I see a player has played for MSU, it’s no big deal. “Oh, I remember Mateen Cleaves. He was great.” But if there’s a former Wolverine on the team, I’m immediately pulling for the other team (or a minor injury of some sort).
  • In 1998, Michigan State gave us our only loss and ruined a championship season. I can’t name more than one or two players from that Spartan team off the top of my head. But I can tell you exactly where I was when Michigan’s John Kolesar caught a game-winning pass against us in 1987, that traitorous sonofabitch.
  • If a Buckeye assistant coach were to take a job as Michigan’s head coach, we’d curse him until the day he died (Ex – Bo Schembechler). Meanwhile, Mark Dantonio roams the MSU sidelines without a harsh word from our fan base.
  • There isn’t a punk band in Columbus called the Dead Heathcotes.
  • Nobody knows how many days until we play MSU again. Maybe Jack Park knows, but the rest of us don’t. But I can tell you that it’s 324 days until “The Game” renews in Columbus.
  • Here’s a list of the “Ten Greatest Michigan State Spartans”. Hell, I forgot half the names on this list. You don’t do that with a team that is actually your rival.

There are several teams that want to claim us as their rival. That’s fine with me – they do it because beating us would make their season. We’re the kings. But just because Penn State or Indiana wants to declare us their rival doesn’t mean we should reciprocate. Let it go. Take the games seriously, but there simply is no massive rivalry aside from the maize and blue. You’ll never compare to our greatest rival.

If that’s not enough to convince you, perhaps a history lesson is in order.

Towards the end of the John Cooper era at Ohio State, there were similar rumblings coming from Ann Arbor. Michigan had handled us so many times recently, and their fans were losing the flavor for The Game. They were declaring Michigan State to be their biggest rival. Perhaps they were doing it to get under our skin, because that’s what Ohio State and Michigan does to one another – constant contempt and mockery.

It worked. It got under our skin. Michigan began to take us for granted, and after they knocked us off 38-26 in 2000, we’d had enough. We went and hired Jim Tressel. Since that day, the Wolverines have paid the price for disrespecting The Rivalry. They’ve only tasted victory twice in the 13 years since.

Buckeye fans, I urge you – do not declare MSU to be our new rival. They simply aren’t.

Keep your eyes on the ball. Those bastards to the north are our rivals, and they always will be.

Ohio State Falls to Michigan 64-49

Written January 5th, 2014 by Charles

Alston's team high 15 points weren't enough for the win.

Alston’s team high 15 points weren’t enough for the win.

After opening Big Ten play with an upset win over 17th ranked Purdue, the Ohio State women’s basketball team looked to continue their great start to conference play as they hosted the hated Michigan Wolverines.  Michigan entered the game 9-4 with a narrow loss to #15 LSU and a loss in the season opener to Bowling Green, who handled Ohio State one of their 6 losses.

Ameryst Alston got things going early, hitting a three pointer on the first possession to open the scoring.  Ohio State struggled to follow that and Michigan went on a 16 to 4 run to take a 16-7 lead just over nine minutes into the game.  The two teams began trading baskets though neither team shot particularly well.  The Buckeyes weren’t helped by struggles with turnovers (8 in the first half) and fouls (8 in the first half compared to only 4 for Michigan) but at least got a bit of a break as the Wolverines also struggled to take care of the ball (9 turnovers).  When the horn sounded for halftime, Michigan led 25-13.

After shooting amazingly well against Purdue, the first half was a disaster for the Buckeyes as they only shot 19% from the field while going 1 of 12 from three point range.  Fortunately the OSU defense kept the Wolverines from completely taking advantage, limiting Michigan to 35% from the field.  Rebounding also went Michigan’s way as they grabbed 28 boards to OSU’s 18.

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Hooray! One final chance to make fun of TTUN in 2013!

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Kansas State (7-5, 5-4 B12) vs. Michigan (7-5, 3-5 B1G)

December 28, 2013 1o:15 PM ET ESPN

The history: This is the 25th edition of the game. Since it began in 1989, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl has been played in Arizona at three stadiums. For the first 10 years, the game was played at Arizona Stadium, on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 2000, the game was moved to Bank One Ballpark, a baseball-only stadium in Phoenix. In 2006 the game moved to Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe to replace the Fiesta Bowl which had moved to University of Phoenix Stadium.

The game was formerly known as the Copper Bowl from 1989 until 1996 when sponsorship and naming rights were assumed by Insight Enterprises and it became the Insight.com Bowl (1997 to 2001), and then the Insight Bowl. For 2012, Buffalo Wild Wings assumes sponsorship after Insight Enterprises elected not to renew the fifteen-year agreement. It has featured teams from the WAC, the Big 12, the Big East and Pac-10. Starting in 2006, the Insight Bowl began featuring an annual matchup between teams from the Big Ten and the Big 12.

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Kansas State scouting report: After a Fiesta Bowl appearance last season, the Wildcats had high hopes with a high flying offense. But the defense was decimated by graduation and any visions of grandeur were blurred by a 2-4 start. They rebounded to win five of six but only held four opponents under 20 points all season.

Jake Waters sparked the passing offense, completing nearly 60 percent of his throws for almost 2,200 yards. His favorite target was Tyler Lockett, who snatched 71 balls for 1,146 yards and 8 touchdowns. When it came to running from the QB position, Daniel Sams took charge with 784 yards and a team-leading 11 touchdowns. John Hubert led with 968 yards while scoring nine times. Read More

Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on The Game

Written November 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Finally, it’s time for The Game.

Ohio State versus “that school up North.”

In this exclusive from the team at Campus Insiders, Urban Meyer discusses his strategy to beat the Wolverines, go 12-0, and put the Buckeyes in position to secure a spot in the BCS Championship.

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