tBBC Interview: Catching Up With Terrelle Pryor

Written June 12th, 2014 by Jason
Pryor

3-0 Against That Team Up North

There are all different types of Buckeye student athletes.

Most are the ones that put in their time and move on to “regular” life beyond college, while some others go on to be mega stars professionally in their sport. And though they are few, there are those in both categories who are honored and cheered at just the mere mention of their name.

Then there is the even rarer athlete whose name always manages evoke a response; emotionally and sometimes even causing people to discuss their careers. Terrelle Pryor is one of those athletes- from your barber to your mother-in-law, everyone in Buckeye Nation has an opinion on the legacy he left at Ohio State.

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Silver Bullet Points Elevates

Written May 28th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye
Morning Glory

Morning Glory

It’s Wednesday, so you totally should be sobered up from your Memorial Day celebrations.  While many of y’all were enjoying your Saturday slumber, your humble correspondent was up planting flags before the sun arose… certainly better than the usual Los Angeles morning. Well, what do you think was going through my head on the trail? What do you think I saw?

Buckeye 411

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Silver Bullet Points Needs A Spring Break

Written March 12th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Well, not really- it’s still sunny and eighty degrees here in California. But our Ohio (and TSUN and Buffalo) readers certainly could use a break from all of the snow and ice, and might enjoy a trip to some warmer climes. So, perhaps we can celebrate Ohio State’s break with a soundtrack that will encourage and enlighten your Winter Wednesday.

Sun, Surf, Scarlet And Gray

Buckeye 411

  • Meaningful Awards- For the first time in a long time, no Buckeyes were named to either the coaches’ or media’s All B1G Team for men’s shootyhoops this year, which pretty much sums up what most of us have observed this season. Even All-Swoon leader Aaron Craft was second team with the press and third team with the coaches, where he joined LaQuinton Ross as well. Lenzelle was on the “sportsmanship” list, so that’s nice.
  • Getting Defensive- Senior Craft, though, was awarded his second “B1G Defensive Player of the Year” accolades on Monday… perhaps that’s why the coaches didn’t have him on the first or second teams, as he spent much of the year making their players struggle to bring the ball upcourt.
  • Welcome Home- Donte wHitner, who signed with the Cleveland Browns as a part of Tuesday’s “NFL Free Agent Frenzy”. A Glenville graduate, it will be great to see another Buckeye defending the home turf…
  • Getting Paid- Whitner wasn’t the only former Buck on the move, as safety Malcolm Jenkins signed a deal to play with Philadelphia next season as well. Jake Ballard also inked a one year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, who hope to find a quarterback to throw him the damn ball.
  • It May Be Winter- But the Buckeyes are out on the links… rough life.
  • Pay It Forward- Our favorite Buckeye from the St. Louis Area spent some time following Woody’s mantra this past week, with a visit to the Children’s Hospital to say “hello” to some young fans.  Great kid, that EzE…
  • Never EVER Too Young- You’ve got to raise your kids well, so having them understand The Rivalry from an up-close and personal perspective is crucial. Today was a step in the right direction, as the rosters for the Ohio-TSUN all star showdown was released… and the mitten state doesn’t stand a chance.
  • Fly On The Wall- That’s what I’d have loved to have been at last week’s meeting of the offensive minds in Columbus, involving Tom Hermann, Chad Morris, and Jake Spavital from aTm. That’s a lot of firepower…
  • Well, Duh- Archie Griffin, greatest Buckeye football player ever.
  • Laying The Foundation- If there was any doubt that the NFL takes Ohio State’s program seriously, last week’s “Career Day” certainly put that to rest. Here’s a reminder from Sammy Silverman: Read More

Weekend Wonderings

Written February 23rd, 2014 by Ken

greyWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  Grab any beverage(s) that you need and let’s proceed. Or, if you don’t need a beverage, that’s fine, too.

The James/Wexner

Well, as you can imagine, it’s not all “rainbows and lollipops” in cancer research..

A drug that doctors were hoping would extend the lives of those with the most-common type of adult brain cancer has shown no benefit in a large study.

Researchers compared Avastin — generically called bevacizumab — to a placebo in more than 600 patients with glioblastoma and found similar survival rates. Worsened quality of life and a decline in cognitive function were more common in the group that received the drug…

The results point to a need to better understand how to personalize care for brain-cancer patients and figure out which ones — based on genetics and other factors — might respond best to which drugs, said Dr. Arnab Chakravarti, who had a leading role in the study and is chairman of radiation oncology at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes too often, and why clinical trials are so critical to cancer care.  As Dr Chakravarti states, it also highlights the need for a ‘personalized’ treatment protocol.

On the brighter side, The James has developed into a “destination” location for top cancer researchers this past decade.

“We’ve become a talent magnet,” he adds. “Cancer experts from all over the country are flocking here to be part of a world-class cancer-fighting team. If you talk to the physicians who are here now, they’ll tell you that this is one of the best places in the country and in the world.

“It’s one of the jewels in the crown of cancer care and cancer research.”

Click on the link to see the article and see the short video with Dr Michael Caligiuri. (Dr. Caligiuri is from Buffalo.. just thought that  I’d throw that in. You’re welcome..) Read More

Something’s Got To Change

Written February 20th, 2014 by Jeff

Over the weekend, we had another incident. No, not with a Buckeye, but with our culture itself.

If you haven’t heard or seen the reports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with domestic assault of his fiance, Janay Palmer.  Palmer was also arrested for the altercation and reports are still emerging, but it appears to be a violent episode.  There’s footage of Rice trying to drag her unconscious body from the elevator (presumably to the couple’s room).

There’s no argument to be made here that this type of violence is unique to athletes, but the most highly-publicized cases of it seem to come from sports figures.  It should go without saying that something needs to be done to stem the tide.

Over the summer, Ohio State fans were witness to a series of events that threatened to shake up the Buckeyes’ roster when top running back Carlos Hyde was accused of assaulting a woman at a bar.  Video footage supported the accusation of assault, but also laid the groundwork for a legal defense for Hyde (i.e. it appeared as if the female in question may have struck him first).

Let’s get this clear right away – there may be a legal defense that will prevent a conviction, but there is no excuse for assaulting a woman.  None.

Hyde was never charged for his actions that evening, but Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer took a stand.  Hyde was suspended for three games (and sat for most of the fourth game, tallying only five carries).

2013 was supposed to be Hyde’s big year, a potential Heisman ballot and a first-round draft pick were on the line.  Missing 1/4 of the season ended those hopes, and Hyde showed remorse following the Northwestern game (week 6). Read More

Silver Bullet Points Has A Senior Moment

Written November 21st, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

And so, we draw closer to another season in Ohio Stadium. Senior Day is always special, but this one even more so… and there’s more work yet to be done.  Aw, heck… I’m getting all choked up just thinking about it. Here, listen to the soundtrack and enjoy your Thursday.

Señor Day for El Guapo

Buckeye 411

  • Bradly RoBYE- The “news” of the afternoon was that Coach Meyer confirmed what Brad Roby had let us know back in July; this would be his last season in Columbus, as the fourth year junior will be pursuing his career in the NFL. While some might see this as a distraction, it was announced today in order to help prepare for Saturday’s Senior Day events- Roby will complete his academic work this year, and be honored with his teammates.
  • Meaningful Awards- In case you missed it, the Buckeyes swept the major Big Ten Player of the Week Awards, with Carlos Hyde getting accolades for the offense and Ryan Shazier noted for his defensive work against the Illini. Shazier was also awarded his second Lott Impact Player of the Week Award, you can help vote for him to win the national trophy here:  Lott Impact Player Of The Year
  • Also- Coach Meyer is a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Club National Coach of the Year; the Conference CotY has already been awarded to Kirk Ferentz.
  • Yeah, But- Somehow Jack Mewhort was left off the list of semifinalists for the Remington Award for best collegiate offensive lineman. Guess he’ll just have to take that frustration out on his next three or four opponents.
  • Game Recognitions- Against Illinois, Carlos Hyde and Anrew Norwell were team offensive players of the game, with Ron Tanner getting the nod for special teams and Barnett, Spence, and Shazier on defense.
  • Walking Wounded- On Monday, Coach Meyer talked about the nine players who were out for the season this year, and the need to have new players in positions on special teams. Wednesday, Meyer said that some of the recently dinged would be ready for action on Saturday: Curtis Grant, Joey Bosa, Josh Perry, and Jack Mewhort are all “good to go” for gametime.
  • Holding Pattern- Earlier, Christian Bryant talked about not knowing what the future held in terms of his recovery and return to the team. He mentioned the possibility of being ready for a bowl opportunity, and that there’s also the consideration of having him apply for a redshirt. CB2 had a great feature on BTN’s “The Journey” last night as well.
  • Coach Guiton- This week, Kenny Guiton talked about his plans to continue at Ohio State as a graduate assistant. He’d earned the name “coach” last year for his knowledge of the offense and this year has been incredible in preparing the team for gamedays. While I love the possibility of more Smooth Jazz, my real hope would be that he could find a place to play in the NFL for a while… you’re telling me that he couldn’t be as successful as whoever the hell is playing in Cleveland this week?
  • On Second Thought- I’m not done with Kenny just yet. I want to see him get the start on Saturday, even if only for one series, so that the team and fans can truly show this incredible young man how much they appreciate him and what he means to the program. Read More

Ohio State And The NFL: Week 7

Written October 23rd, 2013 by Patrick

Admire The Craftsmanship

Week 7 has come and gone in the NFL and 3 former Buckeyes continued their stellar seasons.

For the second week in a row, former All American kicker Mike Nugent kicked the game winning FG as the Benglas beat the Lions 27-24.

AJ Hawk showed another strong week as the Pack destroyed the Browns 31-13. Hawk has shined with most of the starting LB’s hurt for Green Bay. Hawk registered 12 tackles in the win.

Joining this trio of former stars was James Laurinatis. The Rams haven’t found the team success as the aformentioned, but James is turning in a great season. Laurinatis had 11 tackles in the Rams 30-15 loss to the Panthers. Laurinatis’s former teammate, Ted Ginn had 2 catches for 34 yards in the win.

Other Buckeyes that shone in week 7 were:

  • Dane Sanzenbacher, 1 catch for 7 yards
  • DeVier Posey, 1 catch for 42 yards
  • Brian Hartline, 6 catches for 69 yards
  • Austin Spitler, 2 tackles
  • Kurt Coleman, 1 tackle
  • Donte Whitner, 3 tackles
  • Last but certainly not least, Jake McQuaide was once again, perfect on ALL snaps in the Rams loss.

Be sure to stop back next week to catch up on all the former Buckeyes in the NFL. We’ll take a look at all the Bucks and their stats at the mid way point of the NFL season.

Silver Bullet Points Considers The Impact

Written October 10th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

You’d think I’d choose the obvious for today’s soundtrack, and you’d be wrong, mister.  Here’s the tune of the week- Yeaaaaaaah!

Just Stare At This Until Next Saturday

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Updates- Tommy Schutt is expected back against Iowa; Adolphus Washington is dinged, but will be fine in two weeks as well. Jordan Hall has what was described as a “joint issue” in his knee.
  • Meaningful Awards- Ohio State had three players named B1G “…Of The Week” against Northwestern. Carlos Hyde was the 4th consecutive Buckeye to get “Offensive Player”, Joey Bosa was “Freshman”, and Bradley Roby won the “Special Teams” honors.  Celebrate appropriately in ways sanctioned by and approved through the compliance office, fellers! W00t!
  • Secondary First- At least, that’s where they sit on Coach Meyer’s “List of things that need fixed immediately”, according to his comments on this week’s B1G teleconference.  And you get the sense that it transcends Christian Bryant’s injury- a unit that was supposed to help carry the defense has shown itself to be the Achilles Heel thus far into the season, particularly in regards to open-field tackling.  This week’s bye couldn’t have come at a better time.
  • Schedule Woes- Two of my favorite Buckeye writers (and yours, too!) talked about the Ohio State schedule and the challenges that it creates if you look down the road at a possible BCS Title shot.  And by “challenges”, I mean it like “Brady Hoke has challenges managing his belt sizes”.  It ain’t gonna’ be pretty… even the Wall Street Journal has noticed.

Tony Gerdeman started things off wondering why the narrative against Ohio State’s strength of schedule had started so early, particularly when that wasn’t the case for other schools in the past. Hell, ESPN created the “Let Boise State Play!” narrative to counter the BCS “bad guys”, and now they seem to be denigrating a team on an 18 game winning streak.

Gerd points out something that Ramzy Nasrallah highlights as well- the Buckeyes are damned if they do and damned if they don’t- Beating Wisconsin/Northwestern soundly makes the conference look bad, winning close games makes Ohio State look bad. Nice of our old friend confirmation bias to show up before the holiday season.

Ramzy goes on to point out that paying attention to things outside of Ohio State’s ability to control is pointless, and that fans should enjoy every moment as they follow their team. What people outside of the program think is not only beyond your ability to adapt, it also shouldn’t matter.

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