Silver Bullet Points Is Talking About Practice

Written March 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

If they can celebrate The Answer in Philly, we can celebrate Spring with this great musical tribute that includes his most notorious catchphrase

Buckeye 411

  • Spring Has Sprung- Ohio State started spring practice on Tuesday, and will do so again on Thursday prior to the players taking off for Spring Break. There was a lot of media coverage, be sure to check out Josh Winslow’s photo gallery for all your “guys running around in helmets” needs.
  • Injury Updates- Devan Bogard, Evan Spencer, and Chase Farris will be missing from practice this spring as they recover/rehab.  James Clark and Braxton will also be limited- Brax has shoulder surgery this past week, but will still be running and participating in “mental drills” with every snap of the first team.
  • Also banged up? Jeff Heuerman broke his nose in a weight room incident of sorts, Curtis Samuel missed work due to a hamstring issue, and Eli Apple was not participating for reasons that weren’t made clear.
  • And Also- Coach Meyer had a procedure on Monday to deal with a cyst that was giving him headaches.  From reports, it sounded as if it’s something he’s been aware of and treating for quite some time.
  • Alas- It’s official: uber-Linebacker Mike Mitchell will not practice with the team this spring.
  • Old Face, New Space- A couple of position changes to be aware of: Chase Farris and Joel Hale both leave Coach Johnson’s legions to bolster the offensive line, and Cam Burrows has been slid back from corner to safety.
  • Deep, Man- The folks at the OZone grabbed these photos of Tuesday’s depth charts (offense and defense). The buzz at practice was Darron Lee’s move to the starting Will Linebacker- Coach Meyer in particular highlighted his ability to trigger to the ball and the work he’d put in over the off season.
  • n00bs- Raekwon McMillan saw a lot of reps at middle linebacker today, and those in attendance said that the freshman absolutely looked the part.
  • Speedsters- Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson turned heads with their jets, and Mike Thomas continues to impress. People also talked about Jeff Green, the Georgia Tech transfer- his size, hands, and speed will create problems for other teams this year. Troubled tight end Marcus Baugh also saw some significant action.
  • Numerology- If you’re into that kind of thing, there were a couple of number swaps today. Dontre is back to wearing #2 (his high school number), while the #1 jersey goes to Johnny Dixon. Stephen Collier takes the mantle of #13 from Smooth Jazz, while Raekwon will be sporting #5. Curtis Samuel in #4, Mike Thomas in #3, and Marcelys Jones at #64 wrap up the new “it’s not the players, it’s the jersey” allocations for this season.
  • Four Letter Network- They were in the house today, and if you haven’t boycotted them (as your humble correspondent has), you can check out some video hereabouts.
  • Night Moves? Some speculation that Ohio State’s trip to East Lansing this season, an early November tilt, will be a prime time game… one of the first for the B1G in November.
  • Floppy Haired President? I’m not sure what the rules are for non-American born student body presidents at Ohio State (kidding, it’s totally cool), but our favorite Italian seems to be gaining momentum at taking that position.  Now supported by the Lantern (sort of), his campaign includes making Troy Smith very happy by bringing In-N-Out to Columbus.  Check out the video here:

  •  Also Awesome?  Mekka Don’s new release!!! Check it out on Amazon and iTunes!

Other News

  • Well, Gee… Our favorite bow-tied former Buckeye (sorry Malcolm) was named the new president in Morgantown this week, after being the “interim” president for the past few months.  Well wishes to Dr. Gee… and I think I’m not the only one who’d love to see you have one more tour of duty in Columbus.
  • Ah, Jersey- Other than Springsteen and Tony Soprano, what has the Garden State ever really given America? You’ve got to think that the B1G is wondering that every week as the Rutgers financial situation becomes more and more clear.  But “NYC TV Market!!!” and so forth.
  • I Still Heart Rich Rod- Actor? Nope… but I love that he’s taking a shot:

And Finally-

Today’s my dad’s birthday. So, this is relevant (and may explain a few things):

Dad

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

Silver Bullet Points Makes Memories

Written May 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Hopefully you’re either recovering from the long weekend or making plans for the next one… as an educational moment, though, be sure to know what you’re doing. As for me, I had a great weekend up above the treeline and enjoying some music that made me remember my college days… so, it’s also your soundtrack.

Memorial Day for the Buckeyes

Buckeye 411

As I studied the statistics from year #1 to year #2 at Meyer’s three previous colleges, I noticed that the rushing offense and scoring offense improved at all three programs.  Outside of those statistics, it’s hard to recognize any trends.

Good news for OSU fans… bad news for the B1G.

  • Sadder News- Former Ohio and Ohio State coach Tom Lichtenberg passed away on Sunday after a fight with cancer. He was 72. A coach under Earl Bruce, one tie he has to the current team is that one of his former graduate assistants is now the head coach. Thoughts and prayers to the Lichtenberg family.
  • Uniformity? Since we didn’t have any major bombshells this Memorial Day Weekend (thank God), it was good to see that Buckeye Nation was all atwitter about the possibility of going full Oregon this fall in terms of costume selection. We know for a fact that there will be a change in the uniforms this year (it’s been a while, and it’s a good time to capitalize on what’s sure to be an epic season by making new jerseys that will sell and make money for everyone but the players have the new staff put their mark on the program), but I’m hoping that we’ll get a little more Eddie and Orlando rather than Phil Knight’s other monstrosities.
  • Some Recruiting News- The Nation’s top quarterback put out his list, and Ohio State is in the final five; Kyle Allen has plans to make it to Columbus this summer. Also, this weekend is the Nike Elite 11 and NFTC Camps, so there will be a number of top tier athletes on campus. They won’t be able to meet with coaches while they are at camp, however… unless they set up unofficial visits, which is what #1 overall 2014 player DaShawn Hand and top 2015 recruit Tim Settle have elected to do. Stay tuned.
  • Troll Tide- Today, the SEC discussed the move to 9 conference games, a decision that would take away some of the cherished home games that SEC fans are packing the stadium to see. Alabama coach Nick Saban seems to be behind the idea, although in his comments regarding SEC strength of schedule was this fantastic gem:

How many (of the SEC’s top 6 programs) would Ohio St have beaten? Would they have won 3? I don’t know.

It’s always nice to know that someone is thinking of you, right?  Anywho, as you can imagine, the response was pretty interesting: Spencer Hall brought his usual crack-analysis (why the UC photo at the top, though?), while other voices brought a bit more reason into the discussion. At any rate, with Coach Meyer talking openly about the Tide and Saban having his mind on the doin’s up in Columbus… this is going to be a hell of a season.

  • “I Wanna Go Back To Ohio State, To Old Columbus Town…” Silverman’s work this week reminds us of yet another reason why: Read More

Ohio State Announces 2014 B1G Schedule

Written May 16th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Welcome to the family, Terrapins and Knights!

Ohio State will open the 2014 B1G season by traveling to College Park on October 4th for the n00bs first home conference game. Ohio State will then host Rutgers two weeks later as a part of the Conference Welcome Wagon.

Rutgers seems to have gotten the “Nebraska” treatment; wherein a new conference team has a bloodbath of a schedule. The Knights will play Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State (all East Division foes) as well as Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Maryland swaps one set of “Children of the Corn” for another, and will see Wisconsin and Iowa as a part of their cross-divisional experience.

The B1G 9 game schedule isn’t set to start until 2015, so OSU will still have four non-conference games this season. The full schedule is as follows.

  • August 30: Navy (in Baltimore)
  • OPEN WEEK
  • September 13: Kent State
  • September 20: Virginia Tech
  • September 27: Cincinnati
  • October 4: @Maryland
  • OPEN WEEK
  • October 18: Rutgers
  • October 25: @Penn State
  • November 1: Illinois (IlliBuck Game)
  • November 8: @Michigan State
  • November 15: @Minnesota
  • November 22: Indiana
  • November 29: THE GAME

You’ll note that Ohio State “misses” Wisconsin in 2014… Eric will just have to find another outlet for his loathing (or save it for basketball season). In fact, the Badgers don’t play Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, either… and you thought their 2013 basketball schedule was easy.

Silver Bullet Points Is Recovering Nicely

Written April 3rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After a weekend filled with excitement and disappointment, it’s a bit of a quiet mood at tBBC headquarters. We like baseball, and know that OSU sports are amazing even if not the “got to be on television” variety, but I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that there’s a bit of a let down these days.  Ah well… only two songs possible for today’s soundtrack. Onward.

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- As you may have read, Ohio State offensive lineman Antonio Underwood will miss up to 6 months with a torn ACL that he experienced in Spring Practice this week.  There’s significant speculation that he’s going to red-shirt.
  • Fired Up- The other “injury” news from Tuesday was Braxton getting blasted as a part of a scrimmage drill, in spite of the fact that he was wearing a black “no contact” jersey. He spent some time on the turf, but then got up and returned to drills later in the practice. There are reports that he tried to lower his shoulder on a run following his return, and that he approached the defense very heated about being knocked to the ground. After practice, Urban talked about the need to have a competitive spirit and to be the kind of quarter back that “want to go get in a street fight and get after it”.
  • The Stable- Carlos Hyde sat most of the “team” portion of Tuesday’s scrimmage to get the Young Bucks more opportunities. Rod Smith and Brionte Dunn continue to impress, but Warren Ball seems to have not missed a beat by missing last season with a foot injury, and was a highlight for the second straight week.
  • Make Them Pay- Linebacker Armani Reeves took an interception 71 yards in the team portion of practice, but was leveled at the end of his run by Chase Farris.
  • Diamonds In The Rough- The Buckeyes showed a bit of the “diamond” formation that the 49ers have made popular since last season (and that Nebraska gashed OSU with in Lincoln two years ago). Today, Hyde was joined by Smith and Dunn in the backfield in a “broken wishbone” look. Woody would be so proud.
  • Wither The Slot- Jordan Hall is still recovering this spring, so the “slot” position has fallen to Chris Fields.
  • Jonesing- Saturday, Cardale Jones had one of his best practices; enough to make Coach Meyer say that he was confident that Cardale could play Quarterback at Ohio State.  While his accuracy continues to be an adventure, those who saw him in practice said that his running reminded them of a current Raiders QB (No, not Matt Flynn).
  • Manning Up- Coach Meyer had good things to say about Patrick Elflein, who saw time at several positions on the offensive line.
  • Sparing No XSpence- Noah continues to be the defensive lineman that stands out… man, we need to come up with a nickname for him.
  • ‘Preciate It- As you can tell by today’s graphic, something special is in the air for Ohio State Students this week. Here- let Urban tell you about it: Read More

Welcome to the newest B1G Brother!

Rutgers (9-3, 5-2 Big East) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC)

December 28, 2012 5:30 PM ET ESPN

The History: Did you know the Russell Athletic Bowl was originally the Blockbuster Bowl and first played in Miami in 1990? In 2001, however, the game was moved to Orlando and renamed the Tangerine Bowl.  In 2004, it became the Champs Sports Bowl and early in 2012, Russell Athletic signed an agreement with Florida Citrus Sports to become the game’s sponsor through 2015.  The game features the top non-BCS selection from the Big East and the top non-BCS selection from the ACC.

Rutgers Scouting Report: Rutgers comes into this game with a 9-3 record including wins over Cincinnati & Syracuse and losses to Louisville & Pittsburgh. The key for the Scarlet Knights’ offense will be the play of quarterback Gary Nova and running back Jawan Jamison. In the team’s three losses, Nova threw nine interceptions. In their nine wins, he threw only six combined. As for Jamison, before suffering an ankle injury on November 10th agains Army, he was in contention for Big East Player of the Year. Before his injury, he averaged 105.7 yards per game, leading his team to an 8-1 record before going 1-2 in their last three games in which he averaged just 34.3 yards per game.

Buckeye Connection: The Buckeyes and the Scarlet Knights have never faced off on the football field. That will soon change when Rutgers makes its move to the Big Ten Conference in 2014. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Gears Up

Written November 21st, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

This week, there’s only one song that will suffice for Buckeye Nation. Enjoy!

Shiny

Buckeye 411

The “reveal” was a part of the Beat Blue rally in the Student Union on Monday night, and saw former Ohio State running back Raymont Harris taking the catwalk at the party.  The biggest question is about the Buckeye leafs awards on the helmet- the jersey will have seven of them to commemorate the seven national titles, but it’s unlikely that the awards the players have won this season will make the helmet. That being said, the official Nike blog has a Buckeye sticker on the helmet, so there may be something in the works.

My take: I like these the most of the ones we’ve seen, although I wish they’d stop screwing around with the gear for Mich1gAAn week. But, the students like them, as do all of the recruits who will be in attendance... and that’s the target demographic.

  • Meyer’s Musings- In this week’s B1G Conference Call, Coach Meyer talked anew about how growing up in Ohio makes him understand The Game as the most important thing that matters.

“You’re taught at a very young age who the enemy is, but you have a lot respect for the enemy.”

He spoke fondly about this year’s senior class, and how he’s been impressed that they stuck around once the bowl ban was announced.  He talked about the need to be ready for both Denard and Devin at quarterback on Saturday, and that there was more than likely a chance for something “interesting” to happen. On his own quarterback, Coach Meyer talks to him daily and reminds him that the goal is to be a QB that can run rather than a running back who throws the ball. “It’s a big week in Columbus Ohio”

  • Oh, Davey!!-  Braxton is one of three finalists for the Davey O’Brian Award this year, and there’s a chance for fans to vote as well. Personally, I hope that the fan votes are taken with a huge grain of salt- NCAA accolades should not be like an American Idol competition, plus Texas A&M fans are notorious for their online balloting prowess.
  • That Coach Up North- was also on the B1G conference call, and clarified his position on calling OSU “Ohio”, saying that he didn’t mean it to be disrespectful, but that it was something he’d done since he was a kid.  He also talked about Braxton, and said his decision making has improved greatly from last year and throughout the season… something they will be focusing on.
  • Show Urb The Money- While I still don’t give a flying fig for the AP rankings until AFTER the season is over, Coach Meyer has at least a nominal reason to pay a little more attention to where his team ends up- his contract was reworked to reward him for a high AP position this year, in lieu of the BCS ban the Buckeyes are facing.
  • Might As Well Jump! Huge thanks to our own Janelle for this great photo of this year’s Mirror Lake Jump!

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The Week That Were: 11.17.12

Written November 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

We’re going to do things just a little bit differently this week, given all of the amazing news and events that happened this past weekend. So, this will be part Silver Bullet Points, part Monday Morning Commentary, and the usual chunk of random observations from Saturday’s events in the world of college football.  Here’s something to listen to while you’re fighting the urge to tl;dr- we’ve certainly got a lot to be Thankful for.

Prepping for Kiffy?

In this year’s edition of the Battle For Los Angeles, the upstart UCLA Bruins jumped out to a quick lead and held on to “upset” the Trojans by ten points on a gray day in Pasadena.  While the Bruins obviously have been playing much better football this year, you’ve also got to wonder if the trajectories of the programs have now crossed, particularly given some of the issues that continue to swirl at Southern Cal.

As the team that was picked by many to contend for the national title, the frustration for many SC fans has been swirling since the loss to what we now know is a pretty good Stanford team. That game highlighted the Trojans’ issues with depth; injuries since then have continued to create problems and have certainly didn’t help in their back to back losses to Arizona and Oregon. The defeat by the Ducks made things even more problematic, since SC’s defense was a point of strength for them under current coordinator Monte Kiffin; their being gashed turned up the heat on the current coaching administration. And now, to lose to “little brother” has many wondering if it’s not time to make a change.

Coach Kiffin’s actions certainly haven’t helped this season- cutting media opportunities short, banning reporters outright… it certainly makes sense that he’d not want to leave the Rose Bowl via the obvious entrance on Saturday night.  Other controversy swirls around Lane as well; while possibly not related, it’s definitely not helping matters at all.  You may remember “inflation-gate” and the termination of a student manager following the revelation that game balls for kickers were under-inflated against Oregon. For those not infatuated with special teams- a “flatter” pigskin has a much larger “sweet spot”; as a great Buckeye Planet poster pointed out, the Trojan’s kicking game has not been anywhere near as efficient ever since they were penalized for this “mistake”.

In addition, earlier this week Tennessee was dinged for recruiting issues that occurred under Kiffin’s one year tenure in Knoxville- issues that involved Chip Kelly’s favorite videographer, Willie Lyles.  Given the length of the investigation into Oregon’s program and this new decision at UT involving Lyles, you’ve got to think that there’s more than a few million good reasons for Kelly to take the Pete Carroll route and jump to the NFL ASAP.

What does this mean for Kiffin? At this time, it’s difficult to say, but losing Matt Barkley for the matchup against Notre Dame this weekend, combined with the continuing scholarship losses for the next couple of years would certainly be reason to wonder how warm his office chair will be getting this winter.

Sentient?

Interestingly enough, the other two programs involved in “affair du Lyles” also had difficult weekends. Derek Dooley’s Volunteers lost to cross-state foe Vanderbilt, and it wasn’t even close. The win ensures that UT will have a losing season for the third time in as many years, and was only the second victory for the Commodores in 35 years.  Following the game, the inevitable happened… Dooley was fired, effective immediately.  If you’re an Ohio State fan, you’ve got to wonder if this might have an impact on current recruits looking at both programs… Vonn Bell is the name that pops up, but there may be others in the 2014 class. This year’s season ending clash between the Vols and ‘Kats will feature both coaches in either interim or lame duck status… it’s going to be a fun coaching carousel for the SEC this season.

Lyle’s third “partner” in all of this felt the sting of their first loss on Saturday, at home, to a Stanford team that should be in the conversation about the top programs in the nation.  Remember, they’re a botched call from extending overtime in South Bend and possibly ending the Irish Nightmare that we are currently facing.  I was most impressed with The Cardinal’s defense on Saturday- disciplined, aggressive, and never seemed to give up the big play to an offense that most often looks like throwing kerosene on a bonfire… one blink, and it’s over. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Ahem.

Does Nike gear wick away tears?

The loss can easily be attributed to a lot of things- Oregon being too confident, and this being the Duck’s annual brain fart game; Questionable officiating, A “trap” game, with the resurgent Beavers looming Thanksgiving week… But all of these would not do a service to the great work that the coaches at Stanford, starting with Jim Harbaugh, have done in building a program that can certainly play with anyone in the country. It’s also why I think that Alabama, if given the usual bowl prep to face Oregon, would beat them- I believe that the Tide’s defense is more athletic and much more disruptive than Stanford’s… and the template we’ve seen in the Ducks’ losses over the past four years is now pretty well known. You just need to have the horses to pull it off; Stanford did on Saturday, and now control their PAC12 destiny. They’ll need to beat UCLA twice in two weeks to do so, but doing so may have the Oregon Ducks on the outside of the BCS championship game AND the automatic Rose Bowl berth… along with USC.  It’s been that kind of year.

Oh, and on Saturday Northwestern, Stanford, and Vanderbilt all won.  Nerds, y’all.

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