Thoughts From Buckeye Nation: 5.26.12

Written May 26th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Memorial Day Weekend…here’s a little something to peruse whilst you get ready for the 500

Hate “Leaders” and “Legends”? Us too, which is why we were so excited to read Jason’s take on what the first year of the new B1G would look like if they’d divided the conference differently-

While a few more years in the books are necessary before any real conclusions can be reached (and who knows how many teams/divisions the Big Ten will have by then), it seems that the Big Ten was right to go for competitive balance, but may not have properly achieved it.  For now, the fan favorite East/West split is actually better than what we have, so we can at least pat ourselves on the back for that.

One of the best things going in the Buckeye Inter-trons is the “Favorite Buckeye” series at OHD. Check out this week’s edition, where Michael reminds us of Jay Burson’s greatness-

Baby-faced Burson arrived at Ohio State after scoring an Ohio state high school record 2,958 points in four seasons at John Glenn High School in New Concord. That record held sway for 22 seasons, until another assassin—one Jon Keith “Threebler” Diebler—blew it up in 2007. Burson (and ultimately, Diebler) scored more points in high school than the likes of Jim Jackson, LeBron James and Jerry Lucas. For those of you who never saw Burson play, we call that “putting it into perspective.”

After the “situation” with Alex Anzalone, a lot of Ohio State writers and fans got introspective about how they should act and react to Buckeyes (and potential Buckeyes) online and elsewhere. Michael has a solid reflection this week; check it out-

I think it is time we all, I included, take a deep look inside and realize that our “fanaticism” has gone a little too far; actually, a lot too far.  When fans are threatening the lives of families after a missed shot, and when 17-year-old boys incur the wrath of a university fan base to the point where their daily living is influenced, things have gotten out of hand.

It was overzealous fans that got OSU in trouble in the first place.  Overzealous fans paid money for players’ paraphernalia, paid too much money for jobs, and sent emails to coaches.  Ohio State has a three-year probation and has already taken great pains to ensure that no further damage will take place to the football program. Let we, the fans, not make it any harder.

If you haven’t already downloaded Grant’s Season Schedule for your laptop, you should go ahead and do that now.  We’ll wait.

Back? Cool- now click back over to BHC and take a gander at what a little internet surfing will help you discover about a conference foe; this time, the good people in Iowa-

It’s amazing what you can find online – or at a tailgate – or a dorm – or – at volleyball practice (video). Today we look at those who support the black and gold of the University of Iowa. It’s not always pretty, but it can be. As is the case with any fan base, you’ll find your share of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Truer words have never been spoken in and around Kinnick Stadium. Apparently.

With the release of the 2015-16 football schedules, Chris Holloway decided to get a little round table together with other “experts” and discuss initial impressions of Ohio State’s chances-

Many thanks to everyone who participated: Jeremy Birmingham, Professor of Birminology at UnScripted Ohio, Grant Edgell, Editor in Chief of BuckeyeHouseCall.com, Jeremy Schneider of OurHonorDefend.com and my good friend Chris Hunt, writer for TheBuckeyeBattleCry.com

We went through many virtual adult beverages in this conversation, had a few laughs, and generally had a Real Good Time discussing Buckeye Football in a positive manner. The questions may have been written down beforehand, but the answers are all UnScripted.

James brings his summertime looks at various positional situations, starting with the Defense-

Overall: B+

The line will carry the defense and hopefully mask some of the growing pains and/or lack of depth at linebacker and in the secondary. If everything goes as planned (no injuries, living up to potential etc.), this could be an above average to very good unit.

It will almost certainly be an improvement over last season. The key will be whether the front can get a consistent pass rush and pressure the QB.

An offense that can stay on the field wouldn’t hurt either.

Thoughts From Buckeye Nation: 5.19.12

Written May 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

It was a quiet week near Mirror Lake, where all the students are above average…

This week, you’ll (hopefully) be seeing a concerted effort from the BBN fellers to honor The Senator as the one year anniversary of “The Happening” approaches.  Grant has kicked things off with a great series of interviews with former players-

Devin Barclay

BHC: What is your single fondest memory of JT the man, not the coach?

Devin: His leadership. He was and is a tremendous leader! He always knows how to get the best out of people, and understands what it takes to do so without being negative. He meets people once and remembers their names, it’s unreal. You know how many people Tress met? Haha

Brian Rolle

BHC: What do you miss about having Tress in your life on a daily basis?

Brian: I just miss his overall presence as a person. When coach Tress is around it isn’t like most coaches where you have to get uptight because he was like one of the guys and that’s why he was so successful. He created a family atmosphere in the locker room and didn’t look down on his players.

T.J. Downing

BHC: What was the most important thing coach Tressel taught you in your years at Ohio State?

T.J: I mostly learned how to be a man. I showed up on campus in 2002 thinking I was the man and I wasn’t. He was there to pick up the pieces and shape me into a guy that was able to contribute to the success of the program. Physically he always challenged me to be a better athlete from stretching and jump roping to always getting on my case about playing lower and bending at the hips. Mentally he expected 100% focus at all times. From knowing your assignment to snap counts and not committing stupid errors that would hurt the unit as a whole. I always felt very military like with the discipline we were expected to have. Those things stick with you for life.

 

Here on the Mothership, Eric and I had a friendly debate about the “worth” and “purpose” of college football. After looking at my initial attempt, Eric weighed in: Read More

Thoughts From Buckeye Nation: 4.28.12

Written April 28th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Time for another wander around the BBN for a look back at the week in Ohio State Sports. Oh, and be sure to check out one of the newest places for news from Buckeye Athletics, Unscripted Ohio, from our friends Chris and Jeremy and the Buckeye Sports Bulletin/Yahoo!/Rivals family. It’s a great resource… and we hope to add them as the seventh seal on the BBN in the near future.

We’ll toot tBBC’s horn first this week, if only to give best wishes to our own Jim, who ties the knot to his beautiful fiance today.  Mazel Tov, guys… Enjoy your amazing day and your time together on the honeymoon. Oh, and remember: come August his heart belongs to Urban.

James led off our double look at recruiting this week, covering the post- spring game options for football’s class of 2013-

Most people are projecting 21 as the upper limit of scholarships in 2013, so with Heuerman on board (speculation as I write this- ed. He verballed to Notre Dame… what can you do?), that leaves approximately seven spots to fill.

On Friday, Joe talked hoops, given that there are still some options for the Buckeye 2012 class now that transfers and the NBA have increased Ohio State’s numbers-

Now that it seems that the rest of Ohio State’s open scholarships will be turned down for other programs across the country (Amile Jefferson, Anthony Bennett), Thad Matta and company will be looking at the best transfer options and gauging interest in the upcoming month.

Yet, there is still one more interesting option that has evolved from the class of 2012…

The team from the Buckeye Blog evaluated last Saturday’s Spring Game, first with a take on the “Hoot And Holler” drill that kicked off the game-

This is exactly what the 2012 Ohio State team will be playing for – pride and respect. There is no Rose Bowl or Big Ten Championship to play for this year, and some (including myself) have worried about where the motivation will come from for the players. Worry no more. This new coaching staff has instilled a competitive spirit amongst the Scarlet and Gray ranks that was palpable throughout the stadium during this drill.

The review continued by evaluating not only the quarterback performances, but the way that their new coach is grooming them to be the tip of the spear for the new Buckeye offensive philosophy-

Although I’m still a fan of Big 10 style threeyardsandacloudof football, at some point even a successful Jim Bollman offense gets frustrating (not to mention the emotions associated with an unsuccessful Bollman offense). Meyer has said that this is still Ohio State and that we can expect to see a solid running game come fall. Unlike 2011 however, not only will there be the threat of a passing game (which was non-existent at times last year), we should actually have a solid passing game in place.

While there were a number of great articles at TSB this week, the one that made national news was Michael’s interview with Kyle Dodson, which addressed the “Bret Bielema” allegations of a “bumping” recruiting violation- Read More

Thoughts From Buckeye Nation: 04.14.12

Written April 14th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

With seven days to go until the Spring Game, let’s take a gander around the BBN to see what folks are a’talkin’ about.

Ohio State fans this week found themselves again target by “journalists” seeking pageviews; this time in the form of a Sporting News article that “exposed” Urban Meyer’s destruction of the Gator program prior to leaving Gainesville.

Drew took a closer look at the article in question, and helped put some perspective on it for folks who follow the scarlet and gray:

Sadly, I can guarantee that most of the public won’t see through this piece for what it truly is. Like mindless idiots, most will use this as evidence that Ohio State is a dirty program and that Urban Meyer is a cheater (some journalist already are). It amazes me when I talk to rival fans (and some Buckeye fans for that matter) how uneducated they are about the sports world, and how they take these cover stories at face value. While I guess it shouldn’t matter all that much, it still annoys me.

Since “scandal” was already on every sportswriter’s mind with the situation involving Bobby Petrino at the University of Arkansas, several other writers chose to make the lazy connection between his actions and the downfall of former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.  Andrew looked at the coverage and Buckeye fan response and found that the latter says more about us than it does about the state of college football or athletic journalism:

But some refuse to let go, a fact that is proven by fans’ disproportionate reaction to the week’s events. The logic: we lost our coach under humiliating circumstances, so let’s make sure to pile on the Razorbacks when the same thing happens to them. And a member of the media wrote a story tangentially related to and critical of the Buckeyes, so let’s make sure he doesn’t forget he and his colleagues’ misbehavior a year ago.

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Thoughts From Buckeye Nation: 02.18.12

Written February 18th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

A quick glance back around the BBN as you prepare your venom for today’s game against the skunkweasels.

You know that friend of yours that’s got a ton of crazy ideas, and often goes off half cocked when he gets excited? Well, The Buckeye Blog has a friend like that, and he had access to a typewriter this week;

I’ll tell you, PacMan, now known as Adam Jones (formerly from West Virginia Mountaineers, Tennessee Titans, others, and Cincinnati Bengal felon, roommate of Cedric Besnon) after 17 infractions with the law, in one year decided to fly to Reno, buy a gun and shoot up a strip club. Pure genius. For anyone with “Maff Skillz,” that’s more than once a month that this player awakens to his alarm clock, puts on his pants and shoes, then proceeds to go “F something up!” It’s Groundhog Day for serial mental case, Puxutuwany PacMan. I’d hate to be Cedric and PacMan’s manservant. Worse, if one of their wives burnt the toast. Good heavens.

The Price was right for Sylvester Yon-Rambo, who celebrated the first of two 2013 verbals that Ohio State received this past week;

After losing out on a top rated WR recruit on Friday Night Ohio States Coach Meyer and his staff went into complete hibernation and depressed mode….. NOT. They had a huge weekend lined up with Sunday being a one of many Junior Days that will occur this year. Some of those in attendance had already been offered and some walked away with fresh offers. One though came away very impressed and chose to end his recruitment early and committed to Ohio State.

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Thoughts From Buckeye Nation: 2.11.12

Written February 11th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Funhouse from the gang at the BBN- the “best of” from the best in the biz

In case you missed it earlier this week, we dove deeper into the shootyhoops victory against Purdue and took a look at the play of each starter and the coaching mindset exhibited. Check out the coverage as you get ready for today’s MSU game:

Grant and Andrew got a bit offensive this week, first with a diagnosis of “Bert” Bielema’s personality and then with a look at how the 2012 offense hopes to compare to the 2011 edition:

Success in college football is dependant on coaches’ development of their players. On that count, and many others, Jim Bollman failed his charges, who don’t deserve to be punished for their coach’s ineptitude.

In the end, blue-chip talent came in and a sub-MAC product came out. But there’s good news. In art terms, the Buckeyes offense was the football equivalent of a Jackson Pollack. Now, the Buckeyes are staring at a blank canvas. Urban Meyer will have his chance to fill it in September. For now, the best we can do is to speculate.

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Graphic Content: Miami

Written September 5th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Need something on your computer to remind you what week it is? Kevin’s got the answer once again:

Symphony

Brings together the two conductors at the middle of this matchup, and the two fight songs that are rallying cries for the respective fanbases.

Six days until the Hurricanes face the music…