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-
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.
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-
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
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.
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.
As part of their ongoing “Favorite Buckeye” series, Dan at OHD gave us a look at wrestler Kevin Randleman, who might just join Vrable in the BBAMF Hall of Fame:
There’s a lot of talk about toughness in sports. In fact, some time there is so much talk that it ends up getting tuned out. Well, I assure you that when I tell you that Kevin Randleman’s 1993 was one of the most impressive displays of toughness that I have ever seen in any sport, I’m not being hyperbolic. Randleman entered the tournament as the #1 overall seed and he backed it up scoring an impressive first-round victory over Clarion’s Dan Payne. In the second round, however, things took an ugly turn. During his match against Central Connecticut’s Mark Frushone, Randleman suffered a dislocated jaw. The injury wasn’t caused by an illegal move, so if Randleman couldn’t get back on the mat within the allotted “injury time” he would forfeit the match and be eliminated from the tournament. However, instead of taking the easy and understandable way out, Randleman popped his jaw back into place and kept wrestling.
The Yahooligans over at the newest OSU Blog and rookie member of the BBN took umbrage at the way that many in the media were responding to some of former OSU Quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s comments in Sports Illustrated, and asked some pointed questions of the “media elite”-
Then there is ESPN. I don’t even know where to start with these guys. Brian Bennett of the Big Ten Blog drew the short straw to do the writeup on this and, as usual, kowtowed to his employer’s agenda. Here’s a tip Brian. When the NCAA has investigated Pryor and found zero evidence of an infraction occurring, that’s probably a good indication that it didn’t occur. For instance, you referenced the ESPN story about how Pryor was receiving a steady stream of checks from Dennis Talbott for signing memorabilia so that Talbott could sell it. I, as well as many others, have talked with Talbott. He categorically denies giving Pryor any monies. In fact, the NCAA declined to even contact Talbott as part of their investigation.