Big Dance Wide Open

Written March 16th, 2014 by Scott

The decisions have been made.

The picks are in.

It’s anybody’s NCAA Tournament.

Really.

Ohio State has a tough, but winnable draw.

OSU is the No. 6 seed in the South and will play the Dayton Flyers, who many thought would be in the First Four, in Buffalo.

The Flyers made it without having to play in the extra game.

The winner gets a very beatable Syracuse in its own backyard.

The Big Ten got interesting draws. In addition to OSU having to play a hungry Dayton team, Wisconsin could get Oregon, with five scorers, in the third round.

Nebraska gets Baylor in the second round and then Creighton in the third round. Brutal. A CBS guy was already talking about Baylor-Creighton in third round.

Michigan got a No. 2 seed in the Midwest when many had TTUN as a No. 1. The Wolverines get two easy games, Wofford and then the winner of Texas-Arizona State.

Iowa got stuck in a First Four game against Tennessee and will play No. 6 UMass with a win. Most projections had Iowa in cleanly, meaning no First Four.

Michigan State gets a No. 4 seed and plays Delaware in Spokane and then either Cincinnati or Harvard in the third round.

The Midwest is loaded. Louisville, Wichita State, Kentucky, Michigan, Duke. Three of last year’s Final Four Teams. Holy stacked bracket, Batman.

Wow!

Stay tuned.

And The Silver Bullet Points Go To…

Written February 26th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

We lost a great one on Monday, and another iconic figure on Tuesday.  Today’s soundtrack hopes that these guys are both on a better path, if you can dig it.

Buckeye 411

  • Birthday Wishes- Belated, sure, but happy birthday to Aaron Craft and Michael Bennett… I’d love to be a fly on the wall for a combined party for those guys.
  • They Can’t Thrive at 55- Interesting article in Tuesday’s CPD, talking about Ohio State’s numbers problem with injuries, transfers, redshirts, etc.  And they still couldn’t get Mike Mitchell on the field? *sigh*
  • Combined Excellence- The “big show” in Indy this past week saw the Scarlet and Gray represented well. Ryan Shazier set the bar (at a heavier weight) for the vertical jump, and Bradley Roby ran a sizzling 4.39 40 yard dash.  Carlos Hyde struggled in the lifting measures and pulled a hamstring on his 40, Corey Brown’s unofficial 4.37 40 was exciting for Ohio State fans to watch, and Corey Linsley managed 36 reps on the bench test, which was among the best at his position.
  • More Roby- B-Rad made news earlier in the week when he acknowledged not working as hard during his early season suspension, which cost him on the field (in his opinion). He also talked some about his belief that football players at major programs should see financial compensation, and compared his last two seasons to being an NFL-like experience.
  • Gettin’ Paid- Along those same lines, several former Buckeyes weighed in on the idea of college players getting compensated. Kirk Herbstreit spoke about the immeasurable intangibles of an Ohio State/College experience, while Robert Smith and Joey Galloway took positions that seemed to support the players’ cause.  Our friend Jeff Svoboda also got Urban Meyer’s take on the matter... really interesting reading, given where this seems to be headed.
  • REALLY Gettin’ Paid- All of these comments were part of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer, which managed to raise $1.5 million for a number of cancer-related charities and arenas at Ohio State.  Given the amount of pasty white midwesterners on a cruise ship that we’re talking about, I’m hoping that research for squamous cell carcinoma will also be addressed. “$1.5 mill? That’s cute.” say PSU’s amazing Thon students
  • Gettin’ Ray’d- Oh, Ray… we had such higher hopes for you.  Well, maybe “higher” was a poor choice of verbiage there.
  • Friday Night Lights? While Ohio State hasn’t weighed in as of yet, the conference’s leadership is exploring football on Friday Nights in the future.  I hate it, and hope that it never happens, but I understand it: more programs need exposure, BTN needs content.  The problem, as I see it, is that this continues to push fans toward television as their primary resource for the sport at a time where attendance is waning and Universities need butts in the seats to pay the bills.
  • Dy-NASTY! Quick, what Ohio State team has not lost a conference contest in nine years? Yup, your NCAA Indoor Champion Tennis program… that’s a lot of net-jumping.
  • The BEST Damn Band In The Land Lends A Hand- If you’re most known for this, you’ve got to appreciate the help of the folks known for this: Read More

Buckeyes Gear Up For Clash With Wolverines

Written February 11th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye
Throwback14

Snazzy

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

Pick ‘em: The last week?

Written November 28th, 2013 by Scott

It’s the last week of the regular season and just like when we started our pick ‘em we are tied.

Big-10-logoLast week’s dud by Gary allowed me to tie it up. I was sooooooo close to taking Iowa over Michigan but I didn’t want to risk it.

Oops.

Gary went 3-3 last week, picking OSU, Sparty and Whiskey correctly, while whiffing on TTUN, Purdon’t and Penn State. The only difference with my picks was that I took Illinois over the Boilerstinkers.

Hey, I know when a team is really bad. I’m a Cubs fan.

So this week we have six games.

SPOILER ALERT: We will have to have a tiebreaker next week.

Gary and I have picked the same on all the games. We are taking Ohio State, Nebraska, Sparty, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Indiana.

No matter how you slice it, we are going to end up tied. I really, really tried to pick one game against Gary. But I couldn’t find one where I felt even remotely comfortable. Gary didn’t want to take any chances either.

Soooooooooooooooooooo, we will look ahead to next week where there are eight games we will use as our tiebreaker. And total points in the B1G title game will serve as the ultimate tiebreaker. IF we both pick the same number of points, I don’t know what to tell you.

Beer chugging contest? Jagerbombs?

Maybe we will take suggestions from our readers.

Standings heading into final week:

Gary and Scott: 26-13

The Week That Were: 11.23.13

Written November 25th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Thanksgiving week! Here’s a little music to get you ready for Thursday… and another ditty to prep you for Saturday.

Yowzers

One Of Those Days

You know what’s interesting about college sports? Call it “the circle of life”, call it “karma” (j/k, don’t do that) call it “Brent Musberger’s Vegas Connections”, but the fact is that things just seem to work themselves out.

In spite of efforts to create story lines and “narrative”, teams win and teams lose and everyone gets to play in a bowl. Well, almost everyone.

It’s like I’ve been saying all season- “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” Play well, win the game you’re in, and let the chips fall where they may.

Sure, it’s great that you’re averaging a metric bucketload of points every week, but when you don’t hit that target what will you do? Case in point: Texas A&M, Oregon, and Baylor combined for 41 points in their three losses. yesterday. That’s less than Oregon and Baylor were each averaging per game.

As the prophet said, “Everyone’s got a plan until they get hit in the mouth”.

The Ducks went down in spectacular fashion, giving Rich Rodriguez a home upset of a nationally ranked team that will surely a) earn him an extension and b) give Michi1gAAn fans eternal heartburn. Not only did Mariotti throw his first interception of the year in the game as a result of that great play you see above, but he then tossed his second on the way to a 42-16 loss in Tuscon. It’s not that the Ducks were without flash and sizzle… it’s just that they never found a rhythm and were unable to play Stanford football.

That Kind Of Night

One Of Those Nights

Baylor came into Stillwater not having won there in forever… and left the same way. The nation’s top offensive team was unable to deal with the different looks that TBPU gave them, and struggled to get their high octane offense going.

In addition, their vaunted defensive front didn’t create any consistent pressure or stop Oklahoma State’s bigger specialists from making play after play.  I guess the Lord helps those who help their Chelf.

Helmet sticker goes to the “turf monster”, though, who seemed to be the leading tackler for both teams.  He also made a big play by interfering with a Baylor snap late in the game to solidify the win for the up and coming Cowboy team.

As for Johnny Freaking Football, he and the Aggies continued their trend of underperforming against top competition. As our friend @FightOnTwist pointed out earlier in November, Manziel is an amazing quarterback, but his interceptions often lead to opposing teams’ scores; and other than the win in Tuscaloosa, he’s been pretty pedestrian versus teams that are nationally ranked.

Against LSU on Saturday, his one TD pass was coupled with only 1g completions and two interceptions as the Aggies fell again to LSU by a 34-10 score. I guess you could say he got beaten like a… well… yeah. Read More

Pick ‘em: Closing the gap

Written November 15th, 2013 by Scott

The countdown begins.

To quote The Holy Grail, my favorite Monty Python movie,  “Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three.”
We have three weeks left in the regular season and our Pick ‘Em just got very interesting.

Big-10-logoGary’s lead over me is down to just two games and he is about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. To recap last week, Gary went 3-2, missing on Michigan over Nebraska and Penn State over Minnesota.  I went 4-1, missing only on the Michigan choke job.

This week we have a couple games that could go either way. Scott and Gary both like OSU to crush Illinois and retain the Illibuck Trophy, Wisconsin to handle Indiana, Northwestern to beat TTUN and Penn State to beat Purdue.

But Gary is jumping off the Sparty bandwagon and taking Nebraska. I disagree.
“Sparty will choke and Michigan will continue to spiral out of control,” Gary said. He’s half right.
I can already envision being one game out with two weeks left. And if it weren’t for me battling strep and bronchitis, I’d be talking a lot more trash.

The Illibuck Trophy is staying in Columbus.

The Illibuck Trophy is staying in Columbus.

So to recap:

Gary: Penn State, OSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska.

Scott: Penn State, OSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan State.

Standings:

Gary 20-8

Scott 18-10

tBBC Pick ‘Em: Week Five

Written October 25th, 2013 by Scott

OK, I’m starting to feel a little nauseated.

This pick ‘em thing is not working out like I planned.

I’m losing.

Of course I expected to win. Who expects to lose other than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Let’s recap our last week of picks, which was two weeks ago. Took a week off to attend the funeral of my 95-year-old grandmother in South Bend.

So our picks from the previous week included both Gary and myself picking Penn State over TTUN and Nebraska over Purdon’t.

Gary took Sparty and the Badgers, while I incorrectly took Indiana and Northwestern. Blech!

Once again we don’t have a consensus for this week’s picks.

Gary and I agree that Ohio State will beat Penn State, Nebraska will beat Minnesota and that Northwestern will win at Iowa.

But again, we differ in another game.

I like Illinois to defend the home field against Sparty, who couldn’t score with a pocket full of change in a …. well, never mind.

“Sticking with my hometown boy Dantonio to bring me success in beating down a Chicago Blackhawks fan,” Gary said smugly.

Illinois can’t stink all the time, right?

So to recap:

  • Gary’s picks: OSU, Nebraska, Michigan State and Northwestern.
  • Scott’s picks: OSU, Nebraska, Illinois and Northwestern.

Standings after four weeks:

Gary 11-2
Scott 8-5

tBBC Pick ‘Em: Even After Week One

Written October 4th, 2013 by Scott

They say tying is like kissing your sister.Big-10-logo

Pucker up. That’s where we stand after one week of our head-to-head pick.

Yours truly and Gary were correcting in picking Ohio State and Illinois to win last week. I correctly picked Iowa winning at Minnesota but was disappointed in the effort of Purdue as Gary was right in picking Northern Illinois.

“They are just horrible in every freaking category,” he said in justifying his pick.

This week we have a full slate of Big 10/11/12 games.

Let’s get the obligatory picks out of the way: We both are picking Ohio State and TTUN.

But that’s where it stops. Read More