TBDBITL Preview: Week 4

Written September 20th, 2013 by Charles

OSUMB_logo2-300x280One of the first things that anyone watching the OSU at Cal game this past week noticed was the amount of scarlet in the stands as Ohio State fans invaded Memorial Stadium, turning it into a sort of ‘Horseshoe West’.  The feeling of a home game was enhanced by the fact that the Ohio State University Marching Band was also in attendance.  Thanks to a new funding deal put in place by former university president Gordon Gee, the band had money to travel to additional road game this year and they have already taken advantage of that thanks to a busy road trip to California that included performing at pep rallies and fundraisers in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The OSUMB always tends to be well received on the road, even initially hostile fan bases tend to be won over by the quality of the performance put on by the band, Michigan fans tending to be the exception.  The band didn’t have to fight too hard for a warm reception in Berkley though thanks to the number of Buckeyes present, something that became immediately obviously during pregame as the band was met with a roar from the crowd when they took the field and launched into Fight The Team while forming a floating ‘OHIO’ that traveled down the field.  The band then did its customary salute to the opponent, playing the Cal fight song while forming their logo, something that was well received by the Cal fans.  The customary road game double Script Ohio also felt like a home game as you could easily hear the crowd clapping along and then erupting into cheers as the ‘i’s were dotted. 

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Behind Enemy Lines: Bucks Conquer Berkeley

Written September 16th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye
California Dreamin'

California Dreamin’

In lieu of “Shots From The ‘Shoe” this week, here’s what the day was like for Ohio State fans as the team was on the road. We’ve covered the ins and outs on the field, this is more of a travelogue from gameday.

Seemingly like the rest of Buckeye Nation, I made the trek north to the Bay Area for an amazing weekend of college football. I actually hesitate to call this “Behind Enemy Lines”, as Berkeley seemed to have turned into Columbus west for the better part of Friday and Saturday.

The atmosphere was energized… a gorgeous fall day, the fog burned off around 11:30 or so and we spent the afternoon in sun and temperatures around the high 70s. Even from blocks away, you could tell that Ohio State fans would be well represented in the newly renovated Memorial Stadium.

As you may have heard, Cal is not configured for much “tailgating” in the traditional sense. I guess they’d much rather have another organic chai shop than creating accessible parking that the pre-game festivities would require. Nevertheless, folks found a way.


On Friday, I’d gone by famous Telegraph Avenue with the wife to do some shopping in Berkeley’s well known music and book stores. I chose to “blend in” by wearing my tie-dyed shirt… Buckeye specific, of course. It didn’t take long for me to get severa “O!H!” greetings, as well as a “F***the Buckeyes!” from a moron in blue and gold. Must have been a Michigan exchange students.

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What Do You Want to See On Saturday? Cal

Written September 13th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

This week marks the Buckeyes’ first road game of the campaign so let’s see what our staff wishlist look like:

Moar Please


  1. Run the Ball – Cal is giving up 5.75 YPC. And it will keep Cal  below their 90-95 plays per game target.
  2. Pressure on their QB –  Come at Goff via stunts, blitzes, whatever. They want to throw and we should break them of this habit.
  3. Mix Up Play Calling with Play Action – Cal’s D is young and relatively inexperienced. They can be had; let’s have them.
  4. No Injuries
  5. A Win
  1. Poll Rising – Score 60-70 points so we stop falling in the polls.


  1. Ball Control – Want to see what ball control offense really looks like prior to Hyde returning. Feed Hall/Wilson/Smith/Ball the rock. Pass when we need to.
  2. Electricity – Simple. Electrify and quiet the stadium at the same time with a KO return for TD by Wilson.
  3. QB Controversy? – Even if Braxton is healthy. We may have a QB semi-controversy   Kenny G deserves playing time but maybe not at the expense of a rolling O under Braxton’s command. If they stumble a little lets see what Kenny does. He’s earned it. Read More

TBDBITL Preview: Week 3

Written September 13th, 2013 by Charles

OSUMB_logo2The Ohio State University Marching Band obtained its fame and reputation of excellence thanks to the hard works of thousands of alumni stretching back over a century.  Just as all those alumni left a lasting mark on the band, the band left a lasting mark on them; most band alumni wouldn’t hesitate to say the being a member of the band was one of the best parts of their college career.  It is this lasting mark left by the band that causes hundreds of band alumni to make the journey back to Columbus for the annual TBDBITL alumni reunion game.

Participating in the TBDBITL alumni reunion is no trivial task.  Band alumni report to St. John Arena on Friday evening for a two hour music rehearsal where they work through all the music that will be played on the field and in the stands during the game.  After spending the rest of the evening catching up with old friends, Saturday morning comes all too soon.  Thanks to the 3:30 pm kickoff this year band alumni got a bit of break, not having to report to St. John until 9:00 am; most reunion games are at noon which requires a 5:30 am report time.  After a short music rehearsal, the alumni head out to the practice field when in a short, two hour rehearsal they will learn their entire halftime show and practice the ramp entrance and the quadruple Script Ohio with the current marching band.    Lunch follows the marching rehearsal and then it is time for Skull Session and pregame.

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Shots From The Shoe: SDSU

Written September 8th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye
Juice, Juice, Juice Thank you Mekka!

Juice, Juice, Juice
Thank you Mekka!

On gamedays, many fans don’t get the full experience around the stadium and actually in the crowd. So, I started this feature a couple years ago and enjoyed doing it in an independent blog before joining tBBC to give readers a taste of Columbus Saturdays

It really never gets boring because there is always some good things to talk about and/or take pics of. As my good friend Gary eluded to yesterday, I may have been lazy, until I heard the #Juice

Most games have a lot of exciting things going on to keep peoples attention during tailgating and whatever may be taking place inside the stadium before the gates open. Yesterday was no such day. Due to a very late arriving tailgating and attending the game crowd I will just bore you with what I saw and remembered to take a pic of with my trusty iPhone.

The day started off great getting to walk up and spend some time at the DRIVEN tent talking to Roy Hall and Josselyn Temko at their fancy new digs reminded me its time to get back into the groove of doing our part to help out. Roy’s organization is one of the fastest growing and most helpful I’ve been involved in. Please do your part, become a part of the Impact Team  and visit DRIVEN and do what you can. Read More

TBDBITL Preview: Week 2

Written September 6th, 2013 by Charles

OSUMB_logo2-300x280While people can debate about the proper reaction from fans to the football team’s 20 point win in their season opener, what cannot be debated is that the Ohio State Marching Band got the season off to a great start.  Coming off an amazing 2012 season that featured several shows that received international attention, expectations for the band were sky high this season and with an a show featuring music from some of our favorite animated movies including Shrek, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and The Incredibles; TBDBITL showed that it is ready to meet and exceed those expectations.

Perhaps the most popular parts of last season’s shows were the animated formations and the band broke out a pair of them in this show: a dancing crab (at 3:15 in the video) and a superhero lifting a car (at 6:47).  The tricky part of these animated formations is that you have created a recognizable image and thus everyone in the audience can tell if a mistake is made in forming or moving that image; more abstract formations are safer for a band as the audience cannot tell as easily if the formation is off from the design.

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The Hunter Needs Silver Bullet Points

Written September 5th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, given Coach Meyer’s perspective for this season, the soundtrack for today should be pretty obvious. There’s the awesome option, and the Ah!Sum! possibility. Happy Thursday, Buck-aroos!

Heart you, Dee Dee McCall

Buckeye 411

  • Health Update- According to Coach Meyer, CJ Barnett will be back in action this week against SDSU, and Corey Lindsley will see more time; although the staff will continue to be cautious with his recovery.
  • Back On The Attack? Although he had a good practice today, Bradley Roby has not yet been bumped up to the starter at corner this weekend. Rod Smith, curiously left off the depth chart released on Tuesday, finds himself on several special teams this weekend, which is a pretty good sign.
  • Isn’t That Special- A lot has been made of Ohio State’s practice of having players earn playing time by being a part of Coach Coombs’ charges for a time. If you want to play, prove that you’ve got the heart and passion… I like it, and am hopeful Bri’onte Dunn (who seems to have been singled out this week) will rise to the challenge.
  • Hybrid No More? Coach Meyer mentioned that Dontre Wilson is more of a receiver at this point than a running back.
  • Getting Defensive- San Diego State runs a 3-3-5 Stack Defense, which is a bit different than what the Buckeyes have seen in the past. However, several players mentioned that Buffalo chose a similar look on Saturday, so they feel more prepared. That being said, don’t be surprised to see quite a bit of unorthodox pressure coming from the Aztecs.
  • The Chase- While Ohio State dropped in the AP poll to #3 (I guess beating an FCS school is a good idea, huh NikeU?), they stayed at the #2 slot in the Coaches’ poll.  Oh, and they’re #1 on the Facebook poll… which reminds me; can we be friends? Read More

The Week That Were: 8.31.13

Written September 2nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

For those unfamiliar with this feature, consider it your cheat sheet for the conversations around the grill on Labor Day. As always, these come with a melodic interlude to play gently in the background during your perusal… because you’re that important to me.

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It was the best of times, it was the… well… best of times. Football was played, plays were made, and the long summer doldrums finally came to an end.

Sawkaralyna got us started off in style, scoring on the third play of their first possession and kicking off the annual “Hey, we’re pretty good! Oh, that’s right… we have to play  in the same conference as Alabama/Georgia/Florida/LSU… nevermind.” The only significant storyline to come out of this game, other than the fact that sometimes “new school clothes” aren’t always fashionable, is the fact that ESPN’s love-fest for all things Clowney turned into the predictable hate-fest for the sophomore after he didn’t balance the budget/solve global warming/play like a Heisman candidate. Whatever helps them get their ratings points, right?

Speaking of firsts, the news this offseason was about the new “targeting” rule and it’s potential impact on the game.  Your future trivia answer to “who was the first college player to be ejected under this rule?’ is none other than Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss. Small Ohio State related fact that’s stuck in my brain for some reason- In 1995, the NCAA decided to crack down on “showboating” and OSU’s Terry Glenn was the first person flagged after signaling “First Down” following a catch against Boston College in the Kickoff Classic.  What a cute rule that was…

At any rate, the impact (see what I did there?) of the new rule was certainly felt across the first weekend; Northwestern had a game-winning drive extended after Cal’s best pass rusher was flagged for “targeting” on a tackle in the end zone, Texas A&M lost a player for a similar infraction (although, to be honest, it was a really bad call), and Oregon had to go and “one up them” (as always) with this potentially crippling hit against Nicholls State. To be fair to the defender, though, everyone in the stadium was yelling “Duck!” to the Nicholls QB. At least that’s what I think they meant…

Another major story this weekend was the debilitating sanctions that hit Heisman winner Johnny Manziel following the “autograph” scandal. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to sit there on the sidelines for that time, missing the change to be with his teammates and… yeah, in the time it took you to read this sentence, his “suspension” was over. I wish my car had a suspension that cushy…. Read More