It is said that a football team takes on the personality of its head coach.
With that in mind, it is easy to see the similarities between Coach Tressel and his Ohio State squads over the past decade.
The Buckeyes went about their business with a quiet calm that almost overshadowed the intense drive that is required to achieve a 106-22 record over ten seasons (that’s right, I’m not deducting the vacated wins, what are you going to do about it?).
This understated style was so well known that it inspired the coining of a term which defined the coach and his teams: Tresselball.
With a focus on suffocating defense, superior special teams, field position, and a conservative style of offense that avoided mistakes, Tresselball was extremely effective, but also incredibly frustrating at times.
Coach Tressel’s time on the sidelines is over, but that doesn’t mean we have witnessed the end of Tresselball in Columbus.
In a perfect world, Coach Fickell will take up Tressel’s torch by building on his proven and successful coaching philosophies.
At the same time, by infusing his characteristic aggressiveness into the offense, Fickell can minimize some of the most frustrating aspects of the old system.
Tresselball may not be dead, but it certainly won’t be the same in the hands of a new personality.
It wasn’t pretty, but the big wooden turtle comes back to Columbus:
Thanks again to Cole for taking the game’s pressure and turning it into a diamond.
What is there to say about the game on Saturday?
Immediately after the game, I sent a text message to some of my friends which read: ‘thank God, there was nothing good about that game, nothing, move on and thank God we won.’
That was going to be my summation of the game for the blog as well. I had no clue what I was going to write about after the game, good or bad, and frankly, I really didn’t feel like talking about it.
Luckily for you (maybe), I have calmed down a bit since then and have a few things to say.
While I still agree with what I wrote in the text for the most part, almost 48 hours later and I am feeling a little, tiny bit better about that game. A win is a win, you learn from your mistakes, I would rather lay an egg early than save them for later and so forth.
I do want to say that getting specific with concerns from Illinois is not a productive use of time. I am sure that plenty of fans will be more than happy to voice their concerns in the coming days (no 97.1 for me this week, thank you very much), but I, for one, will not be joining them.
The line didn’t block well? The coaches were tighter than [insert joke about something that is tight, nothing too raunchy]. Terrelle Pryor didn’t look crisp throwing the ball? Posey dropped some easy catches? You can’t win championships playing like that? Yadda yadda?
Yeah, it was a bad, bad, BAD game all around. We played bad, we coached bad, we executed bad, the pre-game meal was probably bad.
It was a bad, bad, ugly, bad game.
It was also a win. A bad, bad, ugly, bad win.
Ohio State took one on the chin on the road in the Big Ten and came away with a win. So it’s not all bad, right?
Join me after the jump for some more thoughts on the game, I promise not to use the word ‘bad’ more than 50 or 60 more times. Read More
From the “He started it!” files- This week, we join our friends at 11W in celebrating Oktoberfest and all it’s splendor. So, break out the lederhosen, get your sauerkraut all warmed up, and find grandma’s recipe for schnitzel…
This weekend looked to be the best thus far in terms of quality matchups, but only a few actually lived up to those expectations. Let’s start in the SEC, shall we?
Alabama, man… Another “can’t they both lose?” as the Crimson Tide invited the Gators to their place. As we were reminded over and over and over again by unbiased network analysts, when these two team play, the winner usually heads on to a national championship. As much as I hated to see Urban’s squadron be held without a touchdown (sarcasm alert), it was interesting that Alabama seems to be perfecting the tenets of Tresselball- No mistakes on offense, aggressive defense, solid special teams. Granted, they’ve got a Heisman Trophy running back to hand it to, but it’s important for Buckeye fans to remember these successes when they start screaming for offensive coordinators. I was also more than pleased to see that sometimes the Gators can get too cute for their own good.