And The Silver Bullet Points Go To…

Written February 26th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

We lost a great one on Monday, and another iconic figure on Tuesday.  Today’s soundtrack hopes that these guys are both on a better path, if you can dig it.

Buckeye 411

  • Birthday Wishes- Belated, sure, but happy birthday to Aaron Craft and Michael Bennett… I’d love to be a fly on the wall for a combined party for those guys.
  • They Can’t Thrive at 55- Interesting article in Tuesday’s CPD, talking about Ohio State’s numbers problem with injuries, transfers, redshirts, etc.  And they still couldn’t get Mike Mitchell on the field? *sigh*
  • Combined Excellence- The “big show” in Indy this past week saw the Scarlet and Gray represented well. Ryan Shazier set the bar (at a heavier weight) for the vertical jump, and Bradley Roby ran a sizzling 4.39 40 yard dash.  Carlos Hyde struggled in the lifting measures and pulled a hamstring on his 40, Corey Brown’s unofficial 4.37 40 was exciting for Ohio State fans to watch, and Corey Linsley managed 36 reps on the bench test, which was among the best at his position.
  • More Roby- B-Rad made news earlier in the week when he acknowledged not working as hard during his early season suspension, which cost him on the field (in his opinion). He also talked some about his belief that football players at major programs should see financial compensation, and compared his last two seasons to being an NFL-like experience.
  • Gettin’ Paid- Along those same lines, several former Buckeyes weighed in on the idea of college players getting compensated. Kirk Herbstreit spoke about the immeasurable intangibles of an Ohio State/College experience, while Robert Smith and Joey Galloway took positions that seemed to support the players’ cause.  Our friend Jeff Svoboda also got Urban Meyer’s take on the matter... really interesting reading, given where this seems to be headed.
  • REALLY Gettin’ Paid- All of these comments were part of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer, which managed to raise $1.5 million for a number of cancer-related charities and arenas at Ohio State.  Given the amount of pasty white midwesterners on a cruise ship that we’re talking about, I’m hoping that research for squamous cell carcinoma will also be addressed. “$1.5 mill? That’s cute.” say PSU’s amazing Thon students
  • Gettin’ Ray’d- Oh, Ray… we had such higher hopes for you.  Well, maybe “higher” was a poor choice of verbiage there.
  • Friday Night Lights? While Ohio State hasn’t weighed in as of yet, the conference’s leadership is exploring football on Friday Nights in the future.  I hate it, and hope that it never happens, but I understand it: more programs need exposure, BTN needs content.  The problem, as I see it, is that this continues to push fans toward television as their primary resource for the sport at a time where attendance is waning and Universities need butts in the seats to pay the bills.
  • Dy-NASTY! Quick, what Ohio State team has not lost a conference contest in nine years? Yup, your NCAA Indoor Champion Tennis program… that’s a lot of net-jumping.
  • The BEST Damn Band In The Land Lends A Hand- If you’re most known for this, you’ve got to appreciate the help of the folks known for this: Read More

tBBC Radio Hour: BBall Roundup/Rutgers/Spielman

Written April 8th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

We are back with a brand new addition of The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour! This week is chock full of great content, as we are blessed with some great guests and solid commentary from our friends here at tBBC.tbbc Radio Hour itunes

In our first segment, Eric and MaliBuckeye swing by to chat about the recent happenings on the court.

Eric, Mali and I recap the season, discuss Deshaun Thomas’ legacy, break down the national championship game and how the refs have helped TTUN’s run to the final Game.

Mali also gives us his perspective from Los Angeles as he took in the West Region as a member of game management staff.

Eric also breaks down how the Buckeyes will replace Deshaun’s scoring and inside presence next season.

Then we are joined by Dave White of On The Banks, to dissect the Rutgers saga that has rained down on New Jersey basketball fans. White gives us his opinion on the latest from Chris Christie, who could fill the vacancy of head coach, and just how long it will take the program to rebuild from the wreckage.

Finally, Buckeye Great Chris Spielman joins us to talk about the 14th annual Stefanie’s Champions Awards and the luncheon accompanying them on Wednesday. The event will take place at noon in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom of the Ohio Union. Event tickets and registrations are available by clicking here — or calling 614-293-3752.

As a Buckeye and Detroit Lions fan (yes they exist), it was an honor to talk to Chris. Yet my fandom for his play on the field doesn’t even come close for my admiration of the dedication he has toward the fight against Cancer. What a great man with a strong will and dedication to win.

Once again thanks to our guest for joining us, and thanks for listening!

Jim and Ellen Tressel – Charity King and Queen

Written May 31st, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

The Tressels

Jim Tressel is a great coach and will have a legacy at Ohio State that may be tough to match. From the relationships he forged with his players to the overall record that dominated the college football scene for ten years. He will be a tough act to follow in Scarlet and Gray even for Urban Meyer. One area in Coach Tressel’s life that will go unmatched by anyone is his involvement in charities. It will be difficult for me to honor all of the charities that Coach Tressel and his wife Ellen have been involved in. That is exactly how he felt when he responded to my e-mail asking him to answer some questions.

“Chris – I would not know where to begin to list all the charities that we have been involved with….I think I’ll opt to go with Paul Brown’s advice on your email template…..so as not to forget someone !!  Happy Memorial Weekend !!   JT”

What he is referring to is one of my favorite quotes. “When you win say nothing. When you lose, say less.”  I am sure that this is a quote he is very familiar with and basically means to let your actions do their speaking for themselves. I had hoped for more out of Coach Tressel but got something that was perfect for what I am writing about. It helped me sit back and reflect on a lot of things that I was considering writing about and all of the charities I was going to try to mention in this article.

I had the opportunity to interview Jennifer McDonald, Senior Director of Development, OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. She has spent a lot of time with the Tressel’s with the Tressel Family Fund there and it is the charity they spent a lot of time being involved in for good reason. Read More