Silver Bullet Points Fingers

Written September 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

As you’re reading this, I’m prepping for the drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area with the Mrs. for Saturday’s game. Given that we got engaged on the Marin Headlands, this song by one of her favorite performers is the obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack. Gonna’ warn you, though… this week’s reflection is… uh… verbose.

Waiting

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- The question that everyone’s been asking hasn’t yet been answered, as Coach Meyer said that Braxton threw a bit on Wednesday before leaving practice to get more treatment on his knee. Coach commented that the issue isn’t pain, but seems to be “stability”, and that Braxton is adjusting to his knee brace. It would not be surprising to see Kenny G start and be relieved by Miller, nor would it be a shock to have them split time at the position. Both will travel, Coach Meyer indicated that they would know more after Thursday’s practice and that he remained optimistic.
  • Two Thoughts- 1) The last time Braxton was held out of play in a game he returned to action and performed pretty well. 2) That being said, if Ohio State feels that they can win the game with Smooth Jazz and give Braxton a week (or two) to recover, I wholeheartedly support that decision. Long term goals here, peeps.
  • Also- Adolphus Washington did not practice on Wednesday, but is expected to travel. His is a bit of a different situation, as the injury is something that can linger. Also, as amazing as Washington is on the field, the Young Bucks are doing good work under Coach Vrable’s direction.
  • Good News- Corey Linsley is scheduled to play the entire game this week at center, having gotten the clearance to do so from the medical staff after his foot injury has significantly healed
  • Red, Not Scarlet- A couple of older “back ups” that many are surprised have not gotten the playing time they were expected to were discussed on Wednesday, and Coach Meyer said that it’s a possibility that Bri’onte Dunn and Michael Thomas may end up redshirting if they aren’t going to be a part of the planning this season. He also discussed how he felt that they were “wasted” by the coaches last year, and didn’t want to make the same mistake moving forward.
  • Getting Defensive- Ryan Shazier talked about the Silver Bullets’ excitement to play Cal, and that they were working diligently to ensure that the Bears didn’t have the success necessary to string together drives and run 100 plays a game. He also spoke about the need to maintain leverage on Cal’s running back Brendan Bigelow, as his ability to get to the edge is a strength that created issues for Oho State last year. However, Shazier mentioned that Bigelow’s talents were helped by a number of small mistakes that the young defense made last season.
  • Getting Ready- Playing the role of Bigelow this week in practice? Carlos “I’ll be back next week” Hyde. Not too shabby.
  • Stripes Lost- I guess we’re still doing that now, as Cameron Johnston, Tyquan Lewis, and Trey Johnson all had their black stripes removed today. Woot!
  • Honors- This week’s Sammy Silverman graphics, for your enjoyment Read More

Silver Bullet Points Can Feel It

Written June 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, there won’t be a Rumble later today; Jason’s recovering from the Orion festival (he snuck across the boarder to TSUN, and hopes to come back with his IQ intact and his hearing decimated). As such, your soundtrack for today is my favorite Metallica song from back in the day. Also, we’re launching a new feature later this afternoon to get you ready for kickoff… enjoy!

Yeah, That’s Pretty Cool

Buckeye 411

  • Aloha Means “Hello”- So… you want to play the Rainbow Warriors? I’m totally OK with that, as long as it’s a “home and away” proposition… I’ve got my lei all warmed up and everything.
  • This Week In “The Staff Is Awesome”, Part One- CBS Sports had a twofer on Tuesday about Ohio State assistant coaches, starting with strength and football performance coach Mickey Marotti. Interesting tidbits from that article: Coach wanted to “fight” Christian Bryant to get him to buy in, but now counts him as one of his leaders; Braxton has made great strides, but has a more “laid back” personality than previous people that Mariotti has worked with, and Noah Spence was at the top of the recruiting charts at Florida as well as being a high priority for Ohio State- and he’s gained 15 pounds of muscle since coming to Columbus
  • And Aloha Means “Goodbye”- The staff at LGHL have discovered that former Buckeye linebacker David Perkins will most likely transfer to Illinois State following both his departure from the program and some issues at Bowling Green.
  • This Week In “The Staff Is Awesome”, Part Two- Believe it or not Dennis Dodds wrote a very complementary article on Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman, particularly highlighting both his offensive savvy and his ability to get the Buckeyes to buy in… even when it cost them their dinners:

In the best times, Herman’s offense had lineman Andrew Norwell vomiting. The super-fast version of Ohio State’s no-huddle is labeled “Jet.” Jet took off at a key moment in the third quarter of last year’s game at Penn State.

At that point, the decision had been made to run Penn State’s defensive line out of the building the same way Herman had done it at Rice. Go fast, make defenders run sideline-to-sideline. History shows an eight-play, 85-yard touchdown drive that lasted 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

And then, regurgitation.

“Norwell came to the sideline, sat on the bench and vomited at the feet of our offensive line coach [Ed Warriner],” Herman said. “He looked him right in the eye and said, ‘Keep jettin’ ‘em.’ That’s when I knew we had them.”

  • If You’re Into That Kind Of Thing- EA Sports seems to be fond of Ohio State’s offense, while Phil Steele has Ohio State at #2 this pre-season; we’ll be talking with him later this summer on tBBC Radio Hour.

Buckeye Hoops News Read More

Corey Smith Is A Buckeye!!!

Written January 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Corey Smith

After a bit of a delay in order to ensure that everything was sorted out on both sides, current Mississippi State verbal wide receiver Corey Smith has flipped his commitment and become the 23rd member of the 2013 recruiting class.

Originally from Akron, Smith is a 6′ 170 pound recruit who will have two years of eligibility left upon enrolling at Ohio State. While at Buchtel, he was listed as one of the top athletes in the state of Ohio for 2011, and attended Ohio State for games and camps during his junior and senior seasons.

He’s listed as a four star receiver by numerous recruiting services, and held offers from Penn State, Tennessee, Alabama, Washington, and North Carolina, among others. He initially verballed to the Volunteers, but needed to take care of some issues with his core classes and chose to do so at EMCC. It was speculated following his visit this past weekend that he would be a part of this class, but it wasn’t until his transcripts were examined that he was able to finally make it official.

After the break, check out his highlights from high school and from this past year at East Mississippi Community College: Read More

The Day That Were- B1G Style

Written January 2nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Slight variation in schedule… think of this as TWTW meets Wednesday’s regular SBP.  Here’s the tunes behind the guy behind the guy.

Pride?

2013 started almost the same way that every other year has started since I can remember… with a slate of B1G Ten games, highlighting how many people who live in the midwest want to flee to warmer climes for some semblance of a vacation.  I still haven’t figured out how the scheduling geniuses who have an entire slate of games and “bowl week” to work with decide to run four of them at semi-simultaneous time times, though.

You’ll note that I said “almost”… one of the major differences this year was the lack of Buckeye football; in case you hadn’t heard, they had a one year vacation from the post-season. What’s intriguing about that fact is that we seemingly had it shoved down our throats throughout the regular season by the good folks at the four letter network, and yet I can count on one hand the times I heard the words “Ohio State” or “Buckeyes” thus far in the bowl season.  Penn State, too, although you’d think that one of the things that would be covered would be how teams playing got their losses this year; the Rose Bowl’s discussion included the review of their overtime losses, but didn’t mention by name two of the teams that handed those to them.

I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised, though… you want the games to be celebrations of the teams that are playing, and it’d be a shame to see anything hamper the narrative of next Monday’s “Championship” game; reminding folks of another undefeated team might cast a pall on that sacred moment.  However, I don’t seem to remember Southern Cal being erased from the post season even when they were ineligible- their 10-2 record last year was certainly a topic of commentary.

Anywho… Ohio State hasn’t lost a game in over a year, and that can’t be taken away from them or their fans.

So let’s dive into the spectacle that was B1G Tuesday, taking a look at all of the outcomes and then reflecting on what this might “mean” for the conference and college football as a whole. Remember, the results you witnessed might have been different should the two outsider programs be in the mix this season… B1G fans, how are those “you’ve got no bowl game” taunts holding up for you these days?

Oh, and just so you’re forwarned, I’m not going to talk about the Orange Bowl… especially given the craptacular legacy of this “event”, and that fact that (almost) no one wanted it.

Northwestern/Mississippi State

What a great win for the Wildcats… their first since 1949, which resulted in SBN’s “Sippin’ On Purple” summarizing the festivities thusly: Read More

Hey, it’s the Gator Bowl! Did they play this last year? I don’t seem to remember it…

Miss. St (8-4, 4-4 SEC) vs. #20 Northwestern (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten)

Tue, Jan 1 12:00 PM ET ESPN2

The History: Did you know the Gator Bowl is the sixth oldest bowl game and the first bowl to ever be televised nationally? It has been played every year since 1946 in Jacksonville.  It features the third selections from the Big Ten and the SEC.

Northwestern Scouting Report: The Wildcats bring a 9-3 record into the Gator Bowl.  Their three losses easily could’ve gone the other way and therefore, they are a very dangerous team.  They are hungry for a bowl victory as they have not gotten one since the 1948 Rose Bowl.  The most important player on the field for Northwestern will be quarterback Kain Colter.  He suffered an “upper extremity” injury against Michigan in November, causing him to miss one game, but he was back in action against Illinois and is seemingly good to go for the game against the Bulldogs.  He is much more dangerous with his feet, so look for Northwestern to let him make things happen on his own.

Buckeye Connection: Ohio State is 59-14 all time against the Wildcats.  They last played in 2008 in a game which resulted in a 45-10 win. Read More

The Week That Were: 10.27.12

Written October 29th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

In spite of the huge win in Happy Valley on Saturday, I’m feeling a bit of the blues are in order for this week’s recap. So, enjoy some Collins, Cray, and Copeland.

It’d be easy to say that this week was “spook-tacular”, and “scary” for a lot of top teams, but that would be way to easy. So, let’s just admit that Saturday once again proved that we’re fans of the greatest sport in the world; because anything can happen once the ball is kicked.

Whoops

As a promise to a “friend” that’s a Notre Dame fan who I’ve been justifiably ripping for the last ten years, we’re leading off this week with the Irish’s huge win in Norman over the Sooners.  Like most of America who pays attention to the sport, I imagined that Oklahoma would stomp a mud hole into Brian Kelley’s team- Stoop’s defense, high powered offense… not exactly playing Air Force here. So, because the Irish emerged victorious, undefeated, and “relevant” enough to bump up to the third ranking spot in the BCS, I tip my journalistic cap to them- particularly their defense, which is playing lights out this season.  Although they gave up their first* (non-official assisted) rushing touchdown to Oklahoma, they were able to keep Sooner QB Landry Jones guessing all night long. That’s not to say that we’re not without some controversy, as the “luck of the Irish” continued when Heisman Candidate Manti Te’o intercepted the Sooners late in the game to seal away the victory. Your perspective of the play will depend on your hopes prior to the game- Irish fans were elated, others thought that the initial play was a case of pass interference resulting in a ball that clearly touched the ground. At any rate, complaining about the officiating is better left to other fan bases; the Irish are undefeated, and have overcome all but one of the games that had people pointing to theirs as the toughest schedule in college football. Congrats indeed.

Although… How much of this gets pinned on Bob Stoops? “Big Game Bob”, as we’ve discussed before, has built a reputation on an early BCS championship and his ability to beat his rival. However, given the state of his rival over the past few years, is it really fair to continue to give him a pass for his team’s coming up short in these types of games? The loss to Notre Dame is the second at home this year… although, to be fair, both teams are undefeated currently. So, Sooner fans- enjoy that BCS win over Connecticut a few years back, and hope that things can get turned around in the B12 for your squadron in the near future.

Since we alluded to them, let’s talk Texas, shall we? It took some late game heroics by a McCoy (no, not that one) to keep from being beaten by Kansas.  You read that correctly… the Jayhawks and their “Coach by weight” strategy were within seconds of beating the Longhorns and turning the heat even higher up on coach Mack Brown. I’m not one to jump on a dead bandwagon- check out the great “post a picture of our defense” thread on Shaggy Bevo- but I still can’t figure out how the flagship school in one of the most talent rich states in the nation continues to struggle on the field. Granted, it may be the competition in the conference and adjacent conferences, but you’ve got to think they’d be able to be successful whether or not there’s a prodigy at quarterback.

Also in the B12, Kansas State, the new #3 in the BCS continues to roll, playing even with Texas Tech for a half and then making the adjustment necessary to blow out the Raiders in Lubbock. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Has Read The Published Reports

Written September 12th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Spiral bound and everything!

Another Wednesday, another mainstream media member making less than accurately informed statements about issues they think they understand…

Buckeye 411

  • Hall? Maybe- This week, Jordan Hall was cleared physically to play by the OSU medical staff, but the jury is still out on how “ready” he is- game speed, etc. Tuesday was a testing day, so we may hear more as the week progresses; personally, I’d prefer that he rest and get ready for B1G season.
  • Dodson? Better- Late Tuesday night news broke that Ohio State freshman Kyle Dodson had experienced dehydration as a part of Tuesday’s grueling practices.  The University reports that he is healthy, though, and we will keep you up to date as the situation develops.
  • Injury Updates- Nathan Williams is still banged up, and may be limited this week. Michael Bennett’s groin injury is more complicated than initially thought, he will need further time off to recover (some whispers of a possible redshirt for the sophomore).
  • Bears: One of the points that Coach Meyer emphasized was that normally this week would be a chance to review the fundamentals with the team, particularly given some of the miscommunication that still is happening on offense and defense.  However, the Cal Bears run a defense that Ohio State will only see in this week’s matchup, the famous Buddy Ryan 46 (named after former Buckeye Doug Plank). If there weren’t concerns already about OSU’s ability to run in the interior of the line, Carlos Hyde’s replacements will have to do so against a stout three man front.
  • Consider Yourself Warned- There’s a strike in Chicago that’s getting all of the news these days, but Buckeye fans should be aware of a brewing controversy on campus as well... #TeamGroundCrew
  • West Coast Speed- Cal is a program known for producing great receivers and return specialists, and this year is no exception. In the teleconference this morning, Coach Meyer pointed to Keenum Allen as yet another in the long line of skill position performers for Coach Tedford; given some of the miscommunication in the secondary, this has got to be a concern for Ohio State on Saturday.
  • Greatness Comes In Pairs: Newest Nissan “Heisman House” video is amazing for all the right reasons: Read More

Forget Shabazz Muhammad: Rodney Hood is the One EVERYONE Wants

Written April 16th, 2012 by Robby Donoho

Since there are rumors that Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood might be considering Ohio State as a landing location for his transfer, we went to our SEC and MSU Bulldog expert, WCBI’s Robby Donoho.

Looking For A New Home

We begin with the timeline of Rodney Hood’s time leading up to his transfer from Starkville:

October 27, 2010 – Rodney Hood verbally commits to play for Rick Stansbury and Mississippi State University.

2011 – Signs LOI to play for Bulldogs

November 21, 2011 – Hood named SEC Freshman of the Week

January 2012 – Hood returns to his hometown of Meridian, MS to discuss transferring from Mississippi State.

Jan 2012 – March 2012 – MSU falls from #15 in Top 25 polls to missing the NCAA Tournament, the only team in the January 2nd Top 25 to miss the Big Dance.

March 15, 2012 – MSU head coach Rick Stansbury ‘retires’ as coach of the Bulldogs. Immediately following, Rodney Hood ‘feels comfortable’ with Mississippi State.

April 2, 2012 – Mississippi State hires former Purdue assistant coach Rick Ray as newest head coach.

April 3, 2012 – Hood tweets that he had ‘toughest’ workout in his basketball career with Rick Ray.

April 8, 2012 – Rodney Hood is granted his release from his scholarship at Mississippi State. (Full release can be viewed here)
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So…here we are. All-SEC freshman Rodney Hood, a former 5-star prospect according to Rivals.com, is looking for a new school to call home.

An important date on that timeline was during January 2012, when Hood returned to his hometown of Meridian to discuss possibly transferring from Mississippi State.

We still don’t know what spurned this trip home, but we do know his father Ricky had to talk his son OUT of leaving MSU during the season and staying on to play for the Bulldogs.

This, coincidentally, was during the time where the Bulldogs were in the midst of their epic downfall from being a potential sweet 16/elite 8 squad to missing the Tournament all together.

Fans will discuss everything from his character to his demeanor to his work ethic, but being around Hood for his freshman year at MSU: the kid CAN get it.

CAN being the keyword. Read More