Silver Bullet Points Reads Up

Written January 11th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Books. Saving Lives For Years.

With the “off season” (or as Urban calls it- “Hunting Season”) upon us, SBP takes a bit of a different twist. Usually focused on news and updates from OSU press conferences and weekly preparation, during the off season, we’ll use this spot to affirm my ADD and help you stay on top of news from the national scene. In other words- things that you might have missed or will want to print to read during those boring meetings or  your “consulting” trips to the washroom. I read it so you don’t have to.

Bowl championship Series

But because the agreement between cable network and bowl series has to make you wonder where the relationship between ESPN and the football it pretends to cover begins and ends. Are they partners? Is this a legitimate subject-reporter situation? Once ESPN buys access to an event don’t they then turn from journalist to promoter?

Don’t answer.

Everyone already knows.

When ESPN selectively covers stories, as it does during a college football season, and attempts to dictate what is news and what is not to the public, how can any of us not be left wondering if they’re really reporting the news or simply protecting their bowl-week product? After all, they’re in this thing together now. When they’re slow to break a story, can we be sure why?

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Silver Bullet Points Goes Mobile

Written May 25th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Too soon for a car reference?

Quick announcement and some short news updates this morning…

Introducing: tBBC Mobile platform. If you’ve been reading us on your iPhone or Android Device, hopefully you’ve noticed that we’re a lot more user friendly these days.  Thanks to the great work of Chad at digital:construct, we’ve launched a version of this that you can take with you- especially helpful in solving bar arguments with fans from other programs.

Over the next couple of months, we hope to roll out a couple of other ideas and initiatives to help our goal of getting you the news, commentary, and shenanigans that you’ve come to expect whenever and wherever you want it. Now, there’s no excuse to not get involved… in your tweets, on your book of face, or on your phone. In spite of what they say, we think it’s awesome.

Buckeye News

  • Making The Grades- Although it certainly didn’t make SportsCenter, the NCAA released APR rates today, and the Buckeye football program came in at 971, with a 4 year average of 985. That 4 year average is second in the conference only to Northwestern over the same time period, and is the highest in the program’s history. Bringing up the rear during that same time period? The Harvard of the West, the Leaders and the Best.
  • Great Linkage- The gang at the OZone has a round table with Jim Cordle about the Media Coverage of the current Ohio State scandal, and Ramzy reminds us why 24-7 media sucks.
  • Whispers- Yup, we’ve heard them too. We’ll let you know what we know as soon as we know it. For now, though, we stay the course.
  • TENNIS! Congrats to the Buckeyes, who finished their season 34-3 with a loss to Virginia, and now begin play for singles and doubles honors.
  • BASEBALL!! Tomorrow the Bucks open up against the Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament… head out to the game if you get a chance.

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The Tater Has Landed

Written February 9th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

courtesy EDSBS

in Coral Gables, as a new member of the Miami Hurricanes. Another classy addition to South Beach...

Forcier experience the joy of two consecutive beatings from the Buckeyes, it’s really a shame that he won’t be eligible for the match up this fall.

Between he and Jacory, we’ll see passing records broken, I’m sure. Particularly in the “look, the guy with the other jersey caught the ball” category.

Best of luck, Tate… hope you experience the same successes that other transfers from the Rodriguez Regime did.

Turning Point in the Forcier Saga

Written January 12th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Amidst the joy and adulation of Michigan’s new coach, it’s easy to lose the smaller things in the ticker tape and key shaking.

Things like the rumor that our favorite back up quarterback is not enrolled in classes this semester, which might be the harbinger to the transfer that we’ve been hearing about for a while.

Taking my talents to... well, somewhere else.

Again, these are just whispers in the wind at this point, but with speculation that Denard Robinson might also be transferring due to the new coaching philosophy, it certainly would put Coach Hoke in a deep hole to start his administration.

Although, it could also be that Tate has decided to avoid any possibility of future suspensions for grade related issues by forgoing classes all together.  Savvy, that.

We’ll keep you posted…

UPDATE: According to Dave Brandon, Tate Forcier is no longer a Michigan Wolverine.

Alas, Poor Tater… I knew him well, Horatio…

Gator Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Michigan

Written January 1st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Don’t forget to join us on Saturday for our All Day Livechat! Better than exchanging Christmas gifts, for sure.

Another game that we should do a better job at previewing. Well, that’s one resolution already screwed up…

Seal of excellence

Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) vs. Michigan (7-5, 3-5 Big T1e1n)

January 1, 2011 1:00 PM ET

History

This is the sixth oldest bowl game, and has been played every year since 1946. For Buckeye fans, it’s pretty forgettable.  The mission of the Gator Bowl Association is to “provide Northeast Florida with the very best in college athletics and related activities in order to maximize positive impact on the area’s economy, national image and community pride”, and they have a president who’s one of the few honest members of bowl committees across the country, saying they don’t care about football, only about money.

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Today’s word- Juxtaposition.

Written December 30th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

From the Five-cier files:

Earlier, Tate Forcier on Michigan Academics-

“I’ve never been the greatest student. …. You really have to try to flunk out here. All you have to do is go to class, it’s not that hard. I’ve always been an average student. I don’t ever see myself being that smart of a student.”

And then, today...

“Reserve sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier did not meet University standards,” Michigan said in release Thursday.

That serves as a statement from Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, according to U-M associate athletic director Dave Ablauf. Ablauf said he could not be more specific about the nature of the reason for Forcier’s ineligibility, but program sources said he was academically ineligible.

It will be interesting to see if the Wolverines can maintain their plans to redshirt freshman Devin Gardner, who is suffering from nothing at all but RRod needs him to have an extra year a back injury.

The Week That Were: 10.16.10

Written October 17th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Yup, it was a difficult weekend… but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a spot of fun, right?

Not a good Saturday around the old Casa Del Mali, which started when Nebraska found out that the option doesn’t work against a defense with speed. This would normally be the part where I pointed out that having a freshman quarterback as your starter is never a good idea, but I really like not sleeping on the couch. What was particularly surprising was the successes that the Longhorns had against the Blackshirts- and this is a rebuilding year for Mack Brown’s team.

The missus was able to keep her sense of humor throughout, though, commenting that she wished that there were three more Acho brothers playing so there could be Acho Cinco. Your humble correspondent is grateful that his internal filter kept the “Nebraska can’t block the two that do exist” comment inside his head.

Wait- I just typed that. Crap. Well, the couch is closer to the TV…

Also in LaLa land, Southern Cal absolutely destroyed Cal. Bears, are you sure you want to cut baseball and your national champion rugby program to save this? I’d love to see the Trojans back into a conference title, which would make the bowl ban that much sweeter. Although, I’m sure that we’d see some “undefeated in bowl play” t-shirts around the beaches and traffic jams. Read More

Is This Goodbye?

Written September 4th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Happier Days...

Speculation  from Ann Arbor seems to indicate what we’ve talked about before: Our favorite Wolverine may not be long for the program.

“All you need to know is I’m out.” – Tate Forcier

Less than a minute had passed since the Michigan football team beat Connecticut, 30-10, in the season opener and sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier appeared to make his decision.

Through his words and his body language, he had no interest in remaining at Michigan. When asked if he had a minute, he responded with those eight words.

While it’s not sure what this might mean, given the earlier speculation, the frustrations about his participation and leadership during the offseason, his potential academic issues, and other factors it may not be long before we see last year’s “QB savior” on another team’s sidelines.

If true, I hope he has as much success as other recent transfers; even if it makes this a whole lot less relevant.

UPDATE: According to Tate’s dad, there’s no transfer in the works.

“This is a good growing experience from this. The way I see it, it’s a long season. We knew disciplinary action was coming.” – Mike Forcier

As people who watch football on TV and write on the ebays, we’ll never know the ins and outs behind the scenes in these situations. Tressel has handled things in-house in the past, so it’s not beyond belief that this could be a response to something else and not a permanent demotion.

However, it would be unfortunate if the decision to limit his playing time was somehow connected to participation (or lack thereof) in off-season workouts. You know, given the circumstances.

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