Curb Your Expectations

Written August 3rd, 2013 by Eric

Well worth recognizing - for it's rarity.

Well worth recognizing – for it’s rarity.

The Buckeyes are going to be returning to Fall Camp tomorrow for the 2013 season amid incredible expectations. After going undefeated last season in a year many expected us to crumble, the only limit seen for this version of the Scarlet and Gray is the sky itself.

But will the Buckeyes go undefeated in 2013? Statistically speaking no, and to be perfectly honest I don’t particularly think they’ll beat the odds either.

Ohio State has been playing football since 1890, 122 straight years of play. They have earned unbeaten seasons only 10 times in 122 years. If that doesn’t jive with what you’ve been hearing this summer, that’s because four of those seasons include a game where the Buckeyes played to a tie. Only 6 times have they won every single game they played.

That means that the Buckeyes at best have a 8.2% chance of going undefeated, assuming historical averages. At worst it’s a 4.92% chance. Those aren’t atrocious odds considering it means that a Buckeye fan is statistically likely to see roughly 3 undefeated seasons in his lifetime. However, they’re pretty bad odds for any given season.

Let’s take this a step further. Since the Buckeyes beat the odds last season, what are the odds, based on historical precedence, that they manage to go undefeated the following year?

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Happy 3rd Birthday to The BBC

Written September 23rd, 2009 by Jeff

Allow us a moment of celebration….today is our birthday!

During the early stages of the magical 2006 season, I was a big fan of a few different Ohio State blogs, including Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Eleven Warriors, and Around The Oval (which is now an administrative blog for Ohio State academics).  I loved reading the Buckeye blogs, but I wasn’t as involved with them as I would have liked.  But I did LOVE to make highlight videos.

Two days after Ohio State beat Texas 24-7, I posted this video;

That video was pure therapy for me.  I created it and posted it on YouTube and it gave me closure from the 2005 loss to Texas.

The video got a LOT of hits thanks to el Kaiser at MotSag, who posted the following;

I know it was cathartic to watch the Buckeye’s loss to Texas be avenged in convincing fashion, but whoever made this video Jeff is just being mean.

Soon after, Jason at Eleven Warriors embedded the video on his site under the title “Oscar Quality YouTube”

This may be the finest film ever uploaded to YouTube..

The writers and the blogs that I loved were now watching my stuff.  It was an awakening for me.  In the middle of the night before the Penn State game, I decided to start my own blog.

The first posting of The BBC was hosted on blogspot.com and the template was very very basic.  I was thrilled when I found out that it got a half-dozen views.  JD Arney at Around The Oval told me to “keep writing and people will notice”.

So I did.  Again and again.  I created more videos, I began posting stats and observations, I branched out into professional sports and I just kept writing.

Today, The Buckeye Battle Cry has grown more than I ever expected it to.  You know the growth already, you can see it all over this site.  Five excellent writers,  a thriving live-blog, the Big Ten Bloggers, and a plethora of great features and dedicated Buckeye fans reading our stuff have made The BBC the blog I always dreamed it could be.  So I’ve set my goals higher, and we’ll keep growing.

Three years ago today, The BBC began with the help of some friends.  Today, it is succeeding thanks to more friends.

Thank you to my new writers – MaliBuckeye, Jim, Eric, and Dave at The BBC.

Thank you, JD Arney (wherever you are).

Thank you, el Kaiser.

Thank you, Jason.

I couldn’t have done it without you.

Mid-day navel-gazing

Written September 1st, 2009 by Jeff

Just a quick few notes on what to expect from the BBC as we ramp up and launch our 2009 season…..

We’ve got a weekly feature called “What Do You Want To See On Saturday?”, in which our crack staff (or is that “staff which is on crack?”) will discuss the keys to victory, and the necessary milestones for upcoming big games. We’ll be running that every Thursday.

On Game Day, we’ll be hosting a live chat courtesy of Cover It Live. So far, we’ve got a few other Buckeye blogs on board and we’re looking for more. Join us for pre-game discussion and a live chat during each and every Ohio State game.

There used to be a wonderful feature on Buckeye Commentary, a “play of the week” video that could be either downloaded or streamed live. That was Keith’s brianchild, but we don’t know if he is bringing that feature with him over to Eleven Warriors. We’re going to give it a try here at The BBC and see how it goes. We have unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth on our servers, so it’s worth a shot (psst…Site5 hosting is awesome).

We will be participating in the Big Ten Bloggers’ Pick’Em contest every week. Two years ago, The BBC were champions of the league, but we slipped into the lower half of the league last year. We shall avenge our fall from grace in 2009!

All that being said, one year ago today, The Buckeye Battle Cry is celebrating an anniversary today. One year ago today, we moved from a free blogspot blog onto our own private domain name. Back then, it was just me writing as much as possible, and I knew it was a big step forward, but I didn’t know how much this site had left to grow. The blog itself is nearly three years old, but we made our big move onto this domain a year ago.

Today, we feature five writers – myself, Dave, Jim, MaliBuckeye, and Eric. We’ve got a handful of advertisers so we can actually afford to pay the costs of our domain/servers! And more importantly, we went from about 100 readers a day (a year ago) to 700 readers a day (today).

No, we’re not the biggest dog on the block, but I am thrilled with the progress we’ve made, and I’m overjoyed that you have stayed with us and you keep coming back to check out The BBC. We promise we will keep giving you the content and the humor you love, and thanks for sticking with us throughout our early days and into our latest growth spurt.

The BBC has new family members

Written August 13th, 2009 by Jeff

That didn’t take long.

Yesterday, I discussed how I wanted to expand the reach of The BBC and I needed more regular contributors to help. Frankly, I love this blog and I want to have original content up here several times a day, but I don’t have the time by myself to do that much writing.

My favorite Ohio State blogs all have multiple contributors – Our Honor Defend has three, MotSaG has two, Eleven Warriors has four, Waiting For Next Year has about 34 – I can’t keep up with the best by myself.

Today, The BBC welcomes two new staffers – Jim, and MaliBuckeye. I couldn’t be happier with what these guys are going to bring to the site. Expect to hear a lot of great Buckeye lovin’ from them.

Both will be introducing themselves to you later today. Treat them well and play nice.

My real-life big brother, Dave at The BBC will be chiming in from time to time, especially during the college football season. Also, we will be featuring posts from a few other Buckeye fans along the way. More on that as the ideas formulate.

The BBC is looking to add writers

Written August 12th, 2009 by Jeff

For nearly three years, I’ve run this blog by my lonesome, and it’s grown quite a lot.

When I started The BBC, it was a free blog on blogspot, and I never intended anybody to take it seriously. Last year, I switched to WordPress, and I purchased my own domain name. Four advertisers have been brought on board, and I suddenly realized that this site needs to grow more than I ever intended it to.

My favorite Buckeye blogs all have multiple writers, and they thrive for that reason (plus many many other reasons).

I want this site to be more than it is now, and I can’t do it myself anymore. I need help, and I’d like to add a writer or two to give the site more content that it already gets. You, my loyal readers deserve the best, and with college football season fast approaching, I want to provide you with more.

I’d like to start adding more members to the BBC family soon, so if you are interested, or you know somebody who is interested, drop me a line at webmaster@thebuckeyebattlecry.com

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