Silver Bullet Points Changes The Game

Written January 9th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, it’s the day that I’m certain you have all been anxiously awaiting, leading us to only one choice for today’s soundtrack. Well, Ok… two, and anything from these guys would also suffice.

Spark Something Great

Buckeye 411

  • Turf to Surf- Well, it’s 9 days into 2013, and day two of Ohio State’s reign as National Champion… what are you going to do to celebrate? Coach Meyer seems to be interested in doing some fishing with his son, and will be doing a special edition of “Gridiron Outdoors“.  According to the press release we got earlier, the episode will

provide viewers a unique look into his life away from the sidelines. Urban offers insight into why he came back to coach, the passion he has to coach college athletes and what it truly means to “get away.” The episode is about more than just fishing as a sport; it captures how the spirit of the outdoors brings families closer as Urban and his son Nate tackle shark, barracuda, black jack, grouper and tarpon.

Not to be left out, Coach Hoke will head over to Long John Silvers’ for their “Whitefish Wednesdays”. Hushpuppies, beware.

Coach Meyer’s episode will air on Saturday, July 12th at 7:00 PM ET on the Outdoor Channel. Consult your local blah blah blah

  • Surf AND Turf? Following Ohio State’s third place finish in the AP poll (like anyone pays attention to that), Urban landed a $150K bonus as a part of his salary… enough to get some steak to go with the salmon he catches, I’m sure. There have been a number of articles written about the arbitrary nature of the final poll- why some people had the only undefeated team in the country ranked tenth, for instance- but when you realize that ending up one spot down the rung cost Urban an additional $100K, you can understand that your consternation is probably not anywhere close to what it could be.
  • Target Practice- Tuesday saw the “unveiling” of the BCS Championship Logo for 2014, the final year of the current configuration (more later). That’s the goal for this Buckeye team… and if you follow any current members on twitter or facebook, you know that they’re fully aware of this fact.  January 2014 will see the 100th Rose Bowl Game AND the BCS Championship hosted in Pasadena- tBBC is already working on tailgate options for either matchup should the Buckeyes head out to my backyard.  ‘Cause last time was AMAZING.
  • This Week In Slam Thompson- This happened 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

tBBC Preview: Rose Bowl – Wisconsin vs. Stanford

Written December 31st, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

The granddaddy of them all… and the reason why southern California smells like wine and cheese this New Year’s.

Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) vs. Stanford (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12)
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN

The History: “The Grandaddy of Them All.” The Rose Bowl is the oldest of all the bowl games, with the first game being played in 1902. The game then took a break until 1916 and has been played annually since. Traditionally, the Rose Bowl sees the champion of the Big Ten and the Pac-12 square off and this year is no different. USC has made the most appearances in the Rose Bowl with 33. After the Trojans, the teams with the most appearances are: Michigan (20), Washington (14) and Ohio State (14). The game is held in Pasadena, Calif.

Wisconsin Scouting Report: Wisconsin the the first team five-loss team to ever appear in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers made their way to the Big Ten Championship Game by default as both Ohio State and Penn State finished ahead of the Badgers in the Leaders Division, but were ineligible for postseason play. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is the all-time FBS leader in rushing touchdowns with 76 and is no doubt the key to the Badgers’ offense.

Stanford Scouting Report: Not many people expected Stanford to be in this situation after losing the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft last year in Andrew Luck. But the Cardinal finished the season as Pac-12 champions, with their big victory coming against Oregon back in November. The Cardinal feature a balanced offensive attack, much like they did a season ago, and a solid defense.

tBBC “Expert Selections:

  • Tim- Stanford
  • Gary- Wisconsin
  • WVa- Stanford
  • Janelle- Stanford
  • Mali- Stanford
  • Jason- Wisconsin
  • Eric- Stanford

My Selection: On paper, this seems like a great match-up for Wisconsin. If the Badgers had to deal with Oregon in this game, it would be a blowout. But, Stanford and Wisconsin play similar styles of football which will give Wisconsin a chance to hang in the game. In the end, though, Stanford is too much for Wisconsin as the Cardinal defeat the Badgers, 24-16.

Remembering Tress: Fire And Nice

Written May 28th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

On this anniversary of James Patrick Tressel’s last day at work, several of the folks from tBBC are joining others in the BBN to talk about the impact that The Vest had on the program.

Senatorial? Well...

Coach Jim Tressel’s public persona has taken a beating over the past thirteen months, and understandably so. His transgressions deserved to be punished, and they were.

It’s still my contention that much of the animus and vitriol that’s been aimed at Jim Tressel and the Ohio State program, though, is due not to the magnitude of the infractions, but instead because the “fallen from grace” narrative is one that is attractive. It makes us feel better about ourselves, “Look at that hypocrite… see, I’m not so bad!” and provides an easy way to gain ratings and readers in our 24-7 media frenzy.

No one reads stories about “Guy did what he was supposed to do, and was consistently a good person”. Hard to sell advertising that way.

So, the backlash that Buckeye Nation has felt since December 2010 (not to mention the Tressel family) is, in many ways, magnified by the joy that people have at seeing someone dragged off of their high horse. Particularly when, as may be the case here, that persona was so carefully crafted by the man himself.

He wasn’t called the “Senator” for nothing.

Prior to “The Unfortunate Business”, the national perception of Jim Tressel was similar to the national perception of the “flyover states”- nice people, kind of boring. And some of that was accurate- from his seeming lack of offensive creativity to his efforts on behalf of his faith to the incredibly frustrating (for the media) press conference filibusters, Tress was bland, according to most. Mashed potatoes, Butter optional. Still played smoochie-pants with his wife… just like your mom and dad did, and it made you feel just as awkward.

But the fact of the matter is that, underneath the sweatervest was a man of passion and fire. While it would be hard to tell watching “Dave” crash over and over and over and over into the line, Jim Tressel had a fire that only occasionally would leak out to the public.  Luckily for me, though, I was present during two of these incidents. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Hears The Whispers

Written May 16th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

All The Better To Hear You With

Buckeye 411

  • Shower Ends Sweat- This “Duh!” headline actually points to an interesting story Tuesday about why former Buckeye Andrew Sweat chose to end his bid at a professional career. According to the Dispatch, Sweat slipped in the shower the morning that mini-camp was to start and experienced concussive-like symptoms similar to what he wrestled with during his time in Columbus. After they lingered longer than he’d expected, he sat down and talked with his family; I’m sure the recent news about health issues in the NFL had to be at the back of his mind (OK, maybe not the best choice of phrase there). Given that he’s also been accepted to several law programs, it does make sense to look at the bigger picture- heck, even Michigan fans think so. Godspeed and best wishes, Mr. Sweat!
  • Hall Of Fame? More Like Hall O’ Lame, AmIRite?-  The College Football Hall of Fame announced their incoming class, and somehow Orlando Pace was not amongst the nominees in spite of the fact that he was a potential candidate. Seriously- the best offensive tackle in the history of Ohio State sports, a two time Lombardi trophy winner and one of two people to win either the Lombardi/Outland three times.  Pace was also a Heisman (!) finalist, and should have been a cake walk into the CHoF.  Doubt me? Watch this video…  Pace wasn’t the only snubbed choice, as Nebraska’s Tommie Frazier also missed the cut. You remember Frazier; three time National Championship Game MVP, Heisman runner up to Eddie George, and dude I met last fall. Video evidence hereabouts.  You know who did get in? Ty Detmer, the guy who brought us such memorable moments as this.
  • Rocketman-  JD Weatherspoon announced today what we’d expected for a while- he’s transferring to Toledo to finish his college career. Best of luck, ‘Spoon!
  • Justice, Of Sorts- The man who shot former Buckeye recruit Jamel Turner was found guilty on all charges today. The shooting took the life of another Youngstown native.
  • Your Weekly Dose Of Swoon- Double shot this week: Craft the pitcher and meeting the governor.
  • A Hairy Situation- Nick Mangold getting his chest waxed? Nick Mangold getting his chest waxed.
  • Meet The New Boss- Tuesday was the Urban Meyer Town Hall for students at OSU; it was pretty much what you’d expect (huge thanks to @KristinPantoni), except for this bit of brilliance: Read More

Silver Bullet Points To The Money

Written April 26th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

In this week’s edition of news and notes, we take a look at the ever swirling world of college “playoffs”; helping you get to the bottom of the matter. You can probably guess where this is headed…

Never forget

Buckeye 411

  • Hangin’ With Urb- Hopefully you were one of the students who were able to get your tickets to the upcoming “meet and greet” with Ohio State’s new head coach. If so, I’m sure you’re in for a treat. Absolutely no disrespect to Coach Tressel, but the public speaking and offensive styles of these two men were pretty consistent: The Senator wanted to kill clock, lull you into complacency, and wait for you to make a mistake. Coach Meyer will see how many questions he can answer in a minute, and expects every one of them to score.
  • Ah, Gee-  Ohio State’s president was in the news again, this time for saying what most of us realized anyway- the recent “print media” coverage of the Ohio State program was less than flattering, often inaccurate, and aimed at drawing eyeballs/pageviews more than conveying the truth.  My favorite part of that interview? George “Buckeye Raffles and UCLA Weed OMG!!” Dohrmann comment-

(Gee) knows more about bow ties than he does about journalism.

Probably true, but since Gordo is a fifteenth level bow-tie ninja, what does that say about your point?

OT J.B. Shugarts (seventh or free agent): Good size, but had false start and some foot problems with the Buckeyes.

  • Tweetles and twootles- If you’re on the twitter, a) give us a follow and b) check out the #BuckeyeNationProblems hashtag from last night.
  • Video And Such- We’re awaiting the next bunch of greatness from a certain southern sportscaster, but in the mean time this ain’t too bad: Read More

Here's your chance

Sponsored Post: Our partners at The Buckeye Room have put together a Star Studded lineup of Former Ohio State Buckeyes to sign autographs at multiple store locations over the next week.  Jared Sullinger will be signing autographs at 4 different stores and they will be hosting a 1997 Rose Bowl Champions Reunion Signing that includes Orlando Pace, Stanley Jackson, Greg Bellisari, Pepe Pearson, & Ryan Miller.  The signing dates are listed below.This is a great opportunity to see some of Ohio State’s Legends and get signed memorabilia at great prices.  “We are happy to be able to offer this opportunity to meet some of the players that Buckeye fans get to watch on TV but never have a chance to meet in person” says Johnny Campbell, President of the Buckeye Room & Cardboard Heroes.

They will have 8×10 photos, OSU Basketballs, OSU Footballs and Mini Helmets available at the signings for purchase.  They also give fans the opportunity to purchase autographed items even if they can’t make an event.  You can call their Internet Sales Division @ 1-800-930-4591 to place an order and have your item autographed, personalized and shipped to you immediately following the event.  That is definitely “Buckeye Friendly” service.

Jared Sullinger Signing Dates & Prices

4/14-Buckeye Room at Tuttle Crossing in Dublin from (Noon-2PM)

4/14-Cardboard Heroes at The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek (6-8PM)

4/15-Cardboard Heroes at Franklin Park Mall in Toledo (1-3PM)

4/16-Buckeye Room at Polaris Mall in Columbus (6-8PM)

**All Autograph tickets are $20 with Inscriptions being an additional $10

1997 Rose Bowl Reunion Signing

4/15-Buckeye Room At the Polaris Mall in Columbus (2-4PM)

  • Orlando Pace- $45.00
  • Greg Bellisari- $15.00
  • Pepe Pearson- $15.00
  • Stanley Jackson- $15.00
  • Ryan Miller- $15.00

**Super Ticket-Gets all 5 autographs for only $75, save $30.

2012 Rose Bowl: Wisconsin -vs- Oregon

Written January 1st, 2012 by Joe Laing

Back with another preview this one of the Grandaddy of them all.  It feels odd that this game is not on today on New Year’s Day.

Rosey

The Basics: Monday, January 2nd from Pasadena California at 5:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ESPN. Wisconsin (11-2) and Oregon (11-2).

History: The Rose Bowl is just oozing with History and probably the bowl game that us Big Ten fans know the most about.  It usually pits the winners of the Pac-10 and the Big 10, unless of course either of those teams make the NC game.  Probably one of the best Ohio State memories comes from the 1997 Rose Bowl when our Buckeyes defeated Arizona St. and Jake Plummer when Joe Germaine hit David Boston in the corner of the endzone.  The Rose bowl started in 1902 and has been played at the Rose Bowl stadium ever since it was built in 1922.  Oh, and there’s also the yearly Rose Bowl parade as well that usually takes place on New Years day.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin is a team that at one point in the season had hopes of playing in the NC after the off-season transfer of Russell Wilson to Quarterback the Badgers.  This was until Michigan State beat them on Hail Mary, which was followed up the following week by Braxton Miller’s back foot throw in the last minute to Devin Smith.  Wisconsin was then able to finish out the season, and win the B1G.

The Badgers are led by a huge offensive line on offense.  They pave the way for Montee Ball who led the Badgers with 1,759 yds and 32 tds.  Ball finished the season with 38 total tds which is one short of the FBS record set by Barry Sanders.  Russell Wilson also has Nick Toon to throw the ball too, who has turned out to be a very good college receiver.  Wisconsin will be looking to avenge last years Rose Bowl lose to TCU.  The game will fall on the shoulders of their Offense to be able to put up plenty of points as well as their D to try and slow down the high powered Oregon offense.  Wisconsin is not to be outdone by Oregon’s new uniforms (more later) with the unveiling of their new Adidas uniforms for the Rose Bowl game.

Also Rosey

Oregon: The Ducks also have a big play maker that totes the rock in LaMichael James.  He led the country with 149.7 yds / game.  They are led on offense by Daron Thomas at QB. Oregon also possesses two more threats out of the backfield with Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas.  Thomas is also the leading receiver for the Ducks.    Oregon will also be unveiling new  Nike uniforms and a “liquid metal” helmet.

This Week's Costume

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More Interesting Than The Game?

Oregon will also be trying to avenge losses in BCS bowl games as they have dropped their last 2-  Last year in the NC game against Auburn and 2 years ago to our own Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl game.  Look for Oregon to really try and go up tempo and put a ton of points on the board; which, to be honest, they should be able to do against a so-so Wisconsin D.

Fun Fact: This game will have 2 of the top 10 Heisman finalists in Ball (4th) and James (10th).  The fun fact is Ball was a 3 star #47 RB in the 2009 class and James was a 3 star #40 RB in the country in the 2007 class. Both were very underrated to say the least, and it’s a great reminder about scouting services.

Who we got?

  • Chris – O
  • Eric –   R
  • Jim –    E
  • JoeD –  G
  • Mali –   O
  • JoeL –  N

None of us have faith in our B1G representative… or maybe we just hate Bielema.