Buckeyes Gear Up For Clash With Wolverines

Written February 11th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye
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The news broke last week that tonight would be a very special game for Ohio State… as if the hoops version of The Game needed any extra attention.

With the Wolverines, Spartans, and Badgers all falling over the past week, tonight’s matchup against That Team Up North has extra importance- A win by the Buckeyes would certainly go a long way at getting them back into the heat of the B1G Conference title race.

So, what better opportunity for the Scarlet and Gray to break out the hoops version of the “Pro Combat” uniforms- special threads that are part throwback (in style) and part future (fabric and fit).

And, if you’re like many fans, you’re going to want to add a set to your collection. Our friends at The Buckeye Room have got you connected… but there’s a limited number, so you’d better move fast.

While you’re there, you can also add to your “Beat Blue” gear with a full sized “chrome” helmet, similar to the one that Carlos Hyde* imbedded in Wolverine defenders for the past two seasons.

They’re obviously great partners with us, and you can join the Buckeye Room’s VIP list by subscribing to their email list for daily deals… I got a new hat for my birthday recently.

Will you be able to be as dreamy as Aaron Craft? Unpossible… but the Buckeye Room will keep you geared up for your pick up games, tailgating adventures, and trips to the ‘Shoe.

Check ‘em out, and Go Bucks!!

 

*El Guapo not included

Silver Bullet Points Goes Trophy Hunting

Written December 5th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

We’re in uncharted waters here… it’s really an odd feeling to have a game after THE GAME. If you’re heading to the game, be sure to check out a great blues bar downtown… these guys are playing this weekend!

Trophy… bullet… either way

Buckeye 411

  • Meaningful Awards- Clair gave you the lowdown on the All Conference awards on Tuesday morning; later that afternoon, the Offensive, Defensive, Freshman, and Coach of the Year accolades were handed out.  Braxton repeated as the Offensive Player of the year, while Shazier was snubbed for Defensive POTY to Wisconsin’s Borland. The annual “Exceeded Expectations” award for Coach of the Year went to Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio. I actually don’t disagree with this, and am happy for ‘Dino, but am wondering if a Buckeye Coach will ever win this award- Cooper didn’t, Tressel didn’t, and now Meyer hasn’t after two undefeated seasons.
  • Got You Covered- Hey, if you happen to see a copy of this week’s Sports Illustrated at the store, can you pick one up for me? It’s Braxton’s third cover, and even it’s a regional one, it’s still pretty awesome (note: I retract that comment if the SI Jinx bites OSU on Saturday). Best part of the cover, as the guys at Eleven Warriors pointed out- Braxton is wearing his gold pants in The Game.  Like a Boss.
  • Got You Covered, Part Two- If you’re headed to Indy, here’s what’s waiting for you for what I’m sure will be a fair price. tBBC’s Patrick will be on scene covering the festivities, and our friend Janelle will be there as a part of her internship as well. Stay tuned!
  • It Ain’t Braggin’- Speaking of the B1GCG, the matchup with Michigan State is going to be spectacular, and the Spartans are ready for it. I’ve joked with friends that one of the things that worries me about this is that OSU has been preparing all season to win a national title while MSU has been focused specifically on beating Buckeyes. You can hear some of that in quotes from the defensive backs, calling for a “no fly zone” and saying that any ball in the air belongs to them. Connor Cook also mentioned on Monday that watching the Michigan games made him excited to play the Buckeyes, and that he’d be “licking his chops” at thinking about going against the tarnished Silver Bullets.  This season, the Spartans have certainly backed it up with excellent play on the field… like I said, this is going to be a spectacular matchup.
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Wednesday Night Rumble: On to Indy!

Written December 4th, 2013 by Jason

The regular season is over and the Buckeyes are 12-0 for the second year in a row. Their school record winning streak now sits at 24 straight games. After a thriller in Ann Arbor, the scarlet and grey now travel to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game and a date with the Michigan State Spartans. We’ll look back, ahead and farther forward. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

The Game blues 

Carlos Hyde on a record setting day

Carlos Hyde on a record setting day

As much as we all tried to say we expected a tough game, it didn’t seem like many of us actually believed it could possibly happen. I’m no different. After seeing Michigan the past couple of weeks and reading their stat-lines, I felt a blowout was imminent. We were reminded by the Wolverines just what rivalry is all about.

I certainly don’t mean to talk them up or give them much time in this column at all, but credit goes where it is deserved. Brady Hoke had his team ready to play and they performed for him. The Wolverines were not intimidated, they kept the Buckeye coaching staff guessing and turned the Silver Bullets greatest strength against them by keeping the Buckeye defensive line in check for the majority of the game.
The team up north reminded us of several things on Saturday: 1. Never count out your rivals and 2. Anything can happen, that’s why they play the game. Read More

Are You Not Entertained? The Game

Written December 2nd, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Well, TTUN threw all their best “punches” at the Buckeyes but still couldn’t put a blemish on the Buckeyes resume.  Let’s see if our wishes were able to roll with the “punches”!

Photo Courtesy of Josh Winslow

  1. Carlos Hyde - Needs 134 yards to reach the 1,200 yard mark. Do it.  226 yards definitely put him over the 1,200 yard mark!
  2. Defense - TTUN has been held to < 200 yards total offense 2 of last 3 games. Make it 3 of 4.  Not even close on this one since they allowed 603 yards!
  3. Takeaways - 2; Any combination of interception/fumble.  Just one….but it lead to 7 for the Bucks!
  4. No Injuries – No injuries but Marcus Hall and Dontre Wilson made early exits with their ejections. 
  5. A Win – Oh Yeay Baby!
Jason
  1. Silver Bullets - Crush their run game, make Gardner scared to take a snap, break their spirit.  152 yards rushing and 451 yards passing allowed is hardly breaking anyone’s spirits.
  2. El Guapo - Monster truck – That truck destroyed scUM all day!
  3. Points – And lots of them. Mercy is for the week. Time to put these people firmly in their place.  42 and they needed everyone of them!
  4. No Punts - Simple enough.  Sorry….3 punts in all!
  5. Take it to the House – Special teams or a defensive touchdown. I’d prefer one of each.  Neither one came through!
Charles
  1. A Fast Start - Take the crowd out of it early.  Not getting the lead until the second half is not what you had in mind for fast!
  2. Hit Gardner - He has taken lots of hits this season, continue that and make him worry about protecting himself.  May not of registered a lot of sacks but they definitely roughed him up!
  3. No Rushing Allowed - In losses to MSU and Nebraska M*ch*g*n was held to negative yards on the ground, let’s do that.  Again…152 yards!
  4. No Turnovers  Wrong again!
  5. No Injuries – Again…ejections but Pat Elflein stepped up BIG time!
  6. TBDBITL Being Amazing – Force the crowd to acknowledge that they got beat at halftime too.  Aren’t they always awesome?

The Week That Were: 11.30.13

Written December 2nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

As we enter the last week of college football’s regular season, this song is running through my mind. Plus, I was on #TeamCourtney from the moment she got on stage with Bruce.

If the pounds of fried turkey and sweet potato pie that you ate on Thursday didn’t give you a heart attack, this week’s college football games certainly were going to do their damnedest to finish the job.

Photo Courtesy of Josh Winslow

Rivalries, by nature, raise the blood pressure of those involved… if they didn’t it would be called a “friendly tiff” or an “untimely spat”. Add the magnitude of what was on the line for some teams, and you’ve surely got the makings for one of the most memorable weekends of the year, if not all times.

We’ve already discussed the awesomeness that was the victory in The Game, and join the rest of Buckeye Nation in sending Tyvis Powell the kinds of “thank you” that would be approved by the NCAA. TWTW doesn’t often spend time rehashing Buckeye wins, but man… that’s one to savor. Right, Eddie?

Kudos to Coach Hoke and his team in their preparation and gameplan, and for the decision to go for it all at the end. It didn’t work out, but it was a great call.  Kudos to Devin Gardner as well- after a rough year, and on a bad wheel, he really put it all on the line for his team. I’m not gloating, but that’s how the game is meant to be played… win or lose, you leave everything on the field.

While I’m here, I can’t figure out how only one of these guys was ejected from the game, and that it wasn’t the first one to throw a punch (#34). The Buckeye reaction was understandable, but inappropriate given the program and the magnitude of the game. That being said, if you’re looking for Christmas gifts for me…

But this amazing weekend started well before kickoff in Ann Arbor. Thursday’s rivalry action in the Egg Bowl saw an injured quarterback enter into Mississippi State legend status, leading his team to an overtime win with a touchdown run on fourth and 1 from near the goal-line. Sometimes, gutsy calls work out for the home team.  Also on Thursday, Texas fans saw another big win… one big enough to celebrate with a shirt and a Mack Brown contract extension? Yeah, probably not.

BEASTLY

Plowin’ Under Some Corn

Friday’s game that should be called “Farmageddon” but isn’t saw the start of the Christmas season in Lincoln Nebraska. At least that had to be what the Huskers thought, since One Weisman was enough to do a ton of damage to the Blackshirt defense. That Nebraska lost was surprising enough, but for me the really interesting part of the game was the media response during and after.  Coach Pelini has been on a hot seat, and you could sense his frustration even during the typical halftime “let’s chat on your way to the locker room” interview.

Postgame, someone asked him about his job status and… well, listen to his response here.

Essentially, he says “look, you’re making a story out of something that I have no control over, and your decision to do so is hurting our players and our team. If the people in charge want to fire me, they can.”

The storyline from the game? “If they want to fire me, go ahead“, as if he was calling his AD and the University leadership out. Of course they didn’t talk about his comments ripping the media for impacting the program… it’s like they say. Read More

BBN Football Liveblog: The Game

Written November 30th, 2013 by Eric

It’s that time of year again, the day we all wait for. The day we crash a fence and jump into a lake for.

It’s time to beat that worthless team up north.

The Game is scheduled to kick at Noon Eastern. Be sure to stop by the liveblog and chat with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends!

Go Bucks!

Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on The Game

Written November 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Finally, it’s time for The Game.

Ohio State versus “that school up North.”

In this exclusive from the team at Campus Insiders, Urban Meyer discusses his strategy to beat the Wolverines, go 12-0, and put the Buckeyes in position to secure a spot in the BCS Championship.

And if you’re not sufficiently excited for The Game yet, check out this amazing video from the Ohio State Athletic Department: Read More

Across The Web: THE GAME

Written November 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

If it’s Thanksgiving week, it’s time for our yearly check in with That Blogger Up North, Yost from the often hilarious and occasionally comprehensible MZone. Before I got started writing, Yost’s was the only “enemy” site that I visited regularly; my “career” is mostly “Hell, if he can do it, anyone can…”.  We were able to pull him out from under his barstool for this year’s visit, and made sure to use small words in our questions.

In spite of his obvious deficiency, he’s a great guy who’s mostly on the twitter these days, and worth a follow.

Lots of speculation that Devin Gardner has a significant injury. Do you believe that he’ll be able to play, or will Shane Morris get his first taste of The Game? If it’s Morris, what does he bring to the table that’s different than Gardner?

Hello, Sunshine.

I think rather than a singular injury, Devin is suffering from the effects of 11 games of playing behind an O-line providing him with all the protection of jello pudding.  Couple that with a schizophrenic offensive strategy at the coaching level and it’s hard to tell where player injuries merge with play calling incoherence.

There’s no question Devin will play and I’ll think he’ll play the entire game barring any new injuries in the OSU game.  Good, bad or otherwise, I think we’re long past the point of Morris coming into the game and expecting any significant improvement.  He hasn’t had any real meaningful game experience all season.

Unfortunately, all the “easy” games he was supposed to get experience in (Akron, UConn, etc.), Michigan ended up in dogfights so he sat on the bench.  To put him in Saturday unless it’s an emergency would just be pointless.

In addition to Morris, Brady Hoke has been able to bring in some top recruiting classes- what’s your take on the future of the program in Ann Arbor?

Long term, I think U-M is going to be fine, although I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed at the regression this season compared to Hoke’s initial campaign.  I thought – and still think – Hoke can lead Michigan to great things.  However, I’d be surprised if the head-scratchingly bad 2013 season hasn’t instilled a wisp of doubt in even the most ardent Brady Hoke supporters.

After the way this fall’s campaign has disintegrated before my maize and blue eyes, next year is crucial for Hoke.  Because if 2014 is another substandard year like 2013, I think you’ll see the bottom drop out of Hoke’s support.  And if he doesn’t make needed changes to his staff (yeah, you know who), then he’s turning the heat up another 20 degrees before next September even rolls around.  Because if Hoke doesn’t realize something isn’t working on his staff at a coaching level, then much more of the blame will shift to him and not just on coordinators or position coaches.

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