Silver Bullet Points. Shaken, Not Stirred.

Written April 2nd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Wednesday, and happiest birthday to the young Buckeye in my avatar photo.  Given all of the excitement here on the left coast over the past weekend, my choice for today’s soundtrack was pretty much decided for me. Thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Chile and South/Central Americas as well…

Ken has his beverage, I have mine

Buckeye 411

  • He Guapo’d Me With Science! In news that’s sure to make Charles and Eric gleeful, former Buckeye Carlos Hyde will be involved in an upcoming edition of Sports Science. He also got some tips from a legend today as a part of his trip to Los Angeles… there are exciting things ahead, for sure!
  • Injury Bug Strikes- Already missing Vonn Bell and Jalin Marshall, the Scarlet and Gray announced today that starting tight end Jeff Heuerman will miss the rest of the spring following surgery to address an ankle sprain. According to Meyer’s press conference on Tuesday, though, Nick Vannett and Marcus Baugh are more than picking up the slack in practice.
  • Good Day For The D… Coaches continue to rave about the defensive line and their efforts during Spring ball; and Coach Meyer pointed to Josh Perry as someone who’s also rising to the occasion at the linebacker position.
  • …Means A Bad Day For The O- Taylor Decker and Cardale Jones were both identified as players who struggled Tuesday, although Curtis Samuel was mentioned as someone who’s really catching on quickly in practice. We’re also hearing solid things from Mike Thomas, who’s work in the off season may be starting to pay huge dividends.
  • On Collars- Coach Meyer again addressed his passion for having a “blue collar” team, and said that the defensive side of the ball was what needed the most attention in this area; that the “culture had slipped”. Later, though, he talked about his belief that college student athletes, while working hard, are not employees… but also said that they deserved a greater stipend than what they currently received.
  • Something To Keep In Mind- Using the NCAA’s Strength Of Schedule Metric, Ohio State’s upcoming season is ranked #35 in the country. The mighty Crimson Tide come in at 95… out of 128 or so.  Roll Freakin’ Tide.
  • Hoop Hope From Hokie? Thad Matta has already added one “big man” via transfer this season, might seven footer Trevor Thompson be next? Would certainly change the face of the team…
  • Spring Game- Will be televised on BTN, and livechatted here at tBBC.
  • Student Day- If you’ve still got your BuckID, head down to the WHAC on Saturday for the third annual event. If you needed motivation, Sammy Silverman provides it: Read More

Nothing Conflicted About Silver Bullet Points

Written March 26th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Life is full of decisions. Sometime soon (Friday?) we’ll get the official word that LaQuinton Ross has decided to head to greener pastures… but until then, here’s the soundtrack for our midweek musings.

Decisions, Decisions…

Practice Notes

  • Receiving Praise- Coach Meyer talked on Tuesday about the need for the receiving corps to be a strength of the team, and highlighted Devin Smith,  Corey Smith, Michael Thomas, and Johnnie Dixon as players who were standing out.  Jeff Greene is working hard as well, but has some catching up to do. Dontre Wilson is in the “H” position full time now, and has put on the weight necessary to be successful this season.
  • We Are The Champions- After Saturday’s scrimmage, Tyvis Powell and Nick Vannett joined Pat Elflien as those who graded out with a “champion” mark. Elflien has also earned the starting right guard spot, according to Meyer. The center position is a “toss up” between Jacoby Boren and Billy Price, according to coach Tom Herman
  • Getting Defensive- The defense “won” the scrimmage this past weekend, and Meyer said that the Fickell/Ash process is going well.
  • Those Who Can’t, Teach- Braxton is being used to help groom the younger quarterbacks, including breaking down and grading their practice footage. Cardale still is taking the majority of reps at the position, but the others are coming along, according to Tom Herman.
  • Running On Empty? Not a chance, with the backfield being a source of strength for Ohio State this season.  That being said, the coaches spoke about how the offense will look different- losing four starting linemen and El Guapo will do that to you. Rod Smith had a good Tuesday practice, and EzE is still showing some “freshman moments”. Read More

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Northwestern

Written February 19th, 2014 by Eric

The Buckeyes are playing hosts again this evening. This time, the surprisingly stout Northwestern Wildcats are visiting Columbus. The Wildcats are on a bit of a slide, losing their last three. However, their wins at Wisconsin and at Minnesota at the beginning of the month stand out as big, blaring warnings for the Buckeyes this evening.

The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 PM Eastern time. You’ll be able to see the game on the Big Ten Network. Go Bucks!
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Silver Bullet Points Celebrates Excellence

Written February 19th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

This week we lost a musical legend and great Ohioan… so, this morning’s soundtrack should help you get through the middle of your workweek.

Silver Is Pretty Freaking Awesome

Buckeye 411

  • Net Success- Congrats to the Tennis-Bucks, who won this year’s NCAA Indoor Championship earlier this week. In doing so, Ohio State defeated top ranked Virginia (who hadn’t lost in 30+ matches) and perennial power Southern Cal. When you’re led by the B1G Athlete Of The Week, good things happen.
  • Decorated And Bona-fied- Tonight as the Buckeye hoopsters face off against Nerdwestern, Braxton Miller will be awarded his second straight silver football as the B1G’s top player. This brings Braxton up to 7 conference year end awards, most for any player according to OSU’s SID.
  • Mat Excellence- After falling to Minnesota in the National Duals, Ohio State rebounded with a solid beating of Oklahoma to pick up third in the tourney… although, I’d love to have seen them square off against second ranked Cornell.
  • Even More Awarding- The Aaron Craft Tour De Elegance continues, with Swoony C being a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.
  • Proud Moment- Ignore the misspelling on this thing… I’d be totally down with an annual “Marcus Hall” award as an addition to the Gold Pants, for the MVP of The Game.  Thoughts??
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Silver Bullet Points Dethaws

Written January 29th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Well, given the news today in college sports and elsewhere, I think I’ve got a couple of soundtrack offerings that will draw it all together.  Stay warm people!! (it’s supposed to be down to the 60s in Los Angeles today… brrrrrrr.)

Squirtgun In January

Buckeye 411

  • Chosen Frozen- We’ve got to give major kudos to Buckeye coach Tom Herman, who was stuck for 12 hours in the Atlanta Traffic crapstorm following their epic blizzard of about one inch or so of snow.  Seriously, I guess the folks in the Snow Emergency Conference are in need of someone from the north to show them how to deal with the cold.
  • RE: Crootin’- Last time we chatted, it was Demetrius Knox that had Buckeye Nation wringing their hands in worry of a last minute exodus from #TheDream14. That was addressed by Coach Meyer and Coach Johnson, and ‘Meech is fully locked and loaded once again.  Now, though, we’ve got another offensive lineman who may be wavering, this time Illinois’ Jamarco Jones who is reconsidering his choice of Ohio State over the Spartans from East Lansing. Jones, who has several friends headed to Sparty in the fall, has his official “in home” from Dantonio and staff today, with Ohio State’s Warriner and Johnson following up tomorrow.  Jeremy Birmingham at Eleven Warriors has the best overview of the situation, and it will definitely be worth watching… if Jones heads to East Lansing this weekend for his “official”, then I think the writing is on the wall.
  • Four! More! Years? Well, if you’re not a fan of current Athletic Director Gene Smith, this won’t make you happy: It was announced today that he’s been promoted to Vice President and given a contract extension/raise.  Hooray?
  • Final Visit, Final Answer? Also of note this last weekend of “recruiting season 2014″ is that H-Back David Njoku will be in Columbus on an official visit, as will Michigan defensive lineman standout (and one time Wolverine “lock”) Malik McDowell.  Again, Birm’s got the latest.
  • Presidential News? Rumors on Tuesday began swirling (I think they started on Scout, but I saw it on twitter and other OSU boards) that The Ohio State University would soon be naming Michael Drake as their next President. Drake currently serves as the Chancellor at the University of California at Irvine, and is notable for his work with the health sciences within the UC system.  Given the significance of Ohio State’s medical centers, that may be an important skill set to bring to the table. Even though he’s currently an Anteater, there’s hope that Mr. Drake can bring something else to Columbus with him…
  • This Week In Silverman- Another great design from Ohio State’s master of visual excitement: Read More

The Week That Were: 10.12.13

Written October 14th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Great week to be on a bye- Three undefeateds and a top ten team lost, and two other top 10 teams struggled…  And, as much as I hate to admit it, only one song came to mind for Monday’s soundtrack.  Enjoy.

KI37Ggw

Yup.

Of course we’re going to start off in Happy Valley, where Michigan’s Brady Hoke continued his longstanding legacy of struggling on the road. As excellent as the Wolverines have been at home under his tenure *coughhomecookingcough* he’s only 6-8 on the road, including a nailbiter of a win against something called a UConn this season.

Hats off to the Penn State coaching staff, who essentially nullified Michigan’s running game- Toussiant and Green had 30 rushes for 28 yards. And big kudos to the Lion’s Christian Hackenburg and Allen Robinson, who made big plays late to tie the game and send it into what would be four overtimes.

But “player of the game” award goes to that upstanding citizen Brendan Gibbons, who missed three of four field goals, including big shanks in overtime and a kick at the end of regulation that was just short. Penn State played to win, Michigan played not to lose and still managed to do so. The Lions will now have a bye week before heading to Columbus to face Ohio State in what’s sure to be a hard fought battle.

Because I’m a petty person, we’ll be enjoying visual reminders of this game throughout the rest of this post… but let’s talk about the other games of note.

We’ve talked before about “Big Game Bob” and the pass that Coach Stoops gets in spite of some collapses on the national stage; recently, though, his Sooners have made hay in the Red River Shootout at the expense of a down Texas program.  So much so, in fact, that they even tried to make a clever graphic about it- it was assumed that yesterday’s game would be the final straw to lead to Mack Brown getting the Lane Kiffin treatment on the grounds of the Texas State Fairground. Funny thing about narratives, though…

Not only did Texas dominate the Sooners from the opening snap on their way to a 36-20 victory, they also gave us that greatest of college football gifts: a fat guy touchdown. Enjoy the majesty:

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Are You Not Entertained? Northwestern

Written October 7th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

After the Buckeyes escaped Evanston with a victory, let’s see how many of experts escaped with wishes that came true.

Rolling

Joe

  1. Throw the Football - If there is a weakness on this Northwestern team, it’s on the pass defense. The Ohio State offense has to take advantage by chucking the pill and creating big plays in the passing attack The passing game was inconsistent to say the least. 
  2. The H-Back - That’s what we are calling it these days right? OC Tom Herman admitted he didn’t get Jordan Hall into last week’s game because he fell back on old play-calling. There’s a need for speed Saturday, I would love to see these guys involved on the edge with Jet sweeps and the like No need for that stuff when you got Hyde jamming down the middle.
  3. A Fast Start - Mali has a point with his desire of a Four Quarters game, but Ohio State also has to do what they do best this season — jump on the back of the opponent early. OSU has outscored opponents 116-21 in the first quarter this season. No where close to fast start, but a decent finish!
  4. Brax Attack - This is the game where Braxton Miller could and should put his name back into the Heisman talks. Last week was a strong showing back. With a solid 4th quarter, I’d love to see #5 propel himself back into the NPOY talks. Braxton came no where close to jumping back in the Heisman race…..1 interception, 2 fumbles lost, and several mis-reads on the read option.
  5. Safety Concerns - There is no doubt this team will miss leader and senior Christian Bryant. A true leader in this program. Corey “Pitt” Brown will be called upon to fill his voice at safety. I would love to see Brown fit right in back there and make a great running mate with C.J. Barnett. Tyvus Powell, the nickel corner also could see time at safety. I’m looking for both men to show the fan base what they bring to the table.  The defensive backs took another one on the chin giving up 343 yards passing.
  6. Keep The Streak Alive - Winning is the name of the game and two streaks are on the line. Let’s extend the NW winning streak to five straight and 29 of the last 30 and the Overall winning streak to 18! And the streak lives on!
Scott
  1. Spread ‘em – I wanna see the spread offense really spread. We have all this speed. Lets go wide and turn the corner. Corners weren’t working but Hyde up the middle sure was. 
  2. Kenny G. - Get him in for a few snaps. Sorry, no Kenny G again….although some may have thought it should have happened.
  3. Silencer – Take crowd out of game early. Crowd was in it from beginning to end unfortunately.
  4. Say What? – Tight end dive pass. Still could see more of this. Read More
Carlos Hyde was one of the key differences in this game.

Carlos Hyde was one of the key differences in this game.

Ohio State travelled to Evanston to face Northwestern for the first time since 2008. While the previous 4 meetings ended with an average score of (51.25 – 8.5), this one seriously broke the trend with the teams posting a 40-30 final. Braxton Miller struggled tonight with 3 turnovers, 2 fumbles and a pick, but threw 15/26 for 203 yards and ran 15 times for 68 yards. Northwestern ran a quarterback by committee with Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian who combined for 24/29 passing for 350 yards 2 touchdowns and an interception. Kain Colter was amazing tonight connecting on all 11 of his passes.

Carlos Hyde was your player of the game for the night. Where the Buckeye offense was struggling, Carlos powered 26 carries for 169 yards and three touchdowns, and 4 catches for 38 yards. In the passing game, Corey “Philly” Brown grabbed 6 passes for 127 yards. Northwestern’s Venric Mark carried 17 times for 60 yards, and caught 4 passes for 57 yards, while Rashad Lawrence received 8 passes for 147 yards.

For the first time this season Ohio State began the game with the ball, and they certainly didn’t waste any time. The offense came out of the gate fast and carved up the Northwestern secondary. Braxton Miller hit 4 straight passes to the left side of the field to rapidly bring the Buckeyes inside the red zone. A fifth pass to Evan Spencer on the right side didn’t gain much, and caused the Buckeyes to switch to the run – a mistake with the defensive look the Wildcats were presenting. The drive resulted in a short field goal after a near interception on third down.

Things looked similarly easy for the Wildcats in the early parts of their drive. A screen pass to Venric Mark, and a nice toss to the sideline found soft spots in the OSU coverage and gained the Wildcats decent yardage. But the Buckeye defense stiffened and forced a punt once Northwestern had made mid-field.

The Buckeyes switched strategies on the second drive. Their first play saw Hyde run straight up the gut with some fantastic blocking from the line for 10 yards. It was the second play that things took a turn for the worst. Braxton Miller ran a zone read with Carlos Hyde. The d-lineman looked to follow Hyde, causing Miller to pull the ball down. As he did, the lineman reached out and knocked the ball out of Miller’s grasp. No-one was around to scoop up the football except for players in the purple and black. Northwesterns offense took immediate advantage of the great field position, dropping a touchdown pass from 9 yards out to Kain Colter who ran as a receiver on the play.
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