A bit of a different version of WDYWTSOS, since we all want to see the same thing- Awesomeness and no injuries.
So, we’ve polled our staff of experts for their predictions on the following aspects for “Getting Down At Paul Brown”- let’s see how much everyone’s been paying attention to the Spring Practice Updates:
What player scores the first points of the game?
WVa: Braxton Miller will score first and it will be on a long run.
Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax
Jason: Rod Smith. My bet is they limit Hyde and with Brax wearing the black shirt his running is cut out.
Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton
Eric: Might as well ask what your favorite color of M&M is based on the taste. I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass.
Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer on a Bomb downfield from Braxton Miller. That is my favorite color M&M.
Charles: To be a bit different, I’ll go with Drew Basil
Mali: The obvious answer is Drew Basil.
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Kenny G. We talk about this a lot; implying that Ohio State should be ahead enough to get the backup some time. However, after Saturday’s performance, the “old right-hander” has deserved a series or two… mmmm, smooth jazz.
Pick Six U. It’s a legacy for the Lions, and even something McGloin has been a part of. PSU loves to work the short passing game, it would be amazing to continue this part of the “curse” that we have on their season.
Silence. OK, you can’t really “see” silence, but taking the crowd out of this game will be important.
Poise. Maybe if I write it this way, the offense will focus enough to not have any you know whats.
Linebacker? You. On the first play Saturday, Ohio State’s LB corps put them in a difficult hole with poor play. The Lions run a no-huddle offense that looks to get a lot of plays on the board- over ninety for the past two weeks. Having the players at this position step up and own it will go a long way to slowing down PSU’s short passing game.
Fast Start. Hit the ground running and do not look back. This team has started slow in virtually every game this year. Let’s put it all together from the beginning.
Silence the Crowd. Nothing more obnoxious than 106,000 PSU fans all dressed in white…and I’ll be right there in Beaver Stadium among them proudly wearing scarlet and gray. Take them out of the game early, please.
Pick Six University. I’d hate to see such a wonderful tradition come to an end, so let’s not let it. Looking at you, secondary. Don’t let me down.
Just win, baby! Most of you know that I have a personal aversion to Penn State, and I’m going to be in Happy Valley for the game this weekend as I said. I don’t care if it’s by one point, by ten, or if it’s a blowout (although I’d really enjoy seeing a blowout), just WIN.
Happy 2012! Here’s our version of the weekly wish list for the Gator Bowl… the last Buckeye bowl game for a while.
A Will To Win - This is the first time since 2004 that Ohio State isn’t in a BCS bowl…. With a whole new fold in place for the upcoming season, it’s important to go out and play like you want to win this meaningless bowl. It just sets up momentum heading into the spring and leaves a lasting mark.
Seniors and Juniors Play their Best - Seniors and Juniors, this is the last time you will ever compete in a bowl situation ever again. Cherish it. Enjoy it. Play your heart out like your life depended on it. It might just be another bowl to everyone else, but for you guys– it’s your last chance to compete in the “post-season.”
Run it Up the Gut - As much as everyone is looking forward to new Urban Meyer folds in the offense, I want to see a game like the Illinois contest, where Ohio State runs it a heavy amount. Okay, not that much, but still I’d love to see two 100 yard rushers and some secondary scorers out of the backfield.
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Even with the damper that Tuesday brought to the Christmas holiday season, there’s still reason to hope. We remembered to send our list in a bit earlier this year, but thought it’d still be something that we could share with Buckeye Nation… although, to be honest, we already opened our mostestest awesomest present earlier this month.
Basketball National Championships - I’m extremely impressed with the way the OSU basketball teams have developed of late. I would love nothing more than to see Jared Sullinger and Samantha Prahalis pick up the hardware for the Buckeyes. This goes double for the women’s team so that Jim Foster gets the credit he deserves for the excellent work he’s put in.
Continued positive news from the football team – This last year was a serious emotional drain with the sheer quantity of negative news. I want to see the turnaround we’ve experienced in the news cycle continue unabated from here on out.
The development of official university Curling and Cricket teams – Ok, this is my guilty little pleasure, and I would totally watch them if they were aired on TV. I greatly enjoy both of these games and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. Obviously the Title 9 advantage of these sports is that they’re gender neutral. Men’s and Women’s teams would be easy to create. Seems like the university should get on the bandwagon for this immediately!
It’s Senior Day in the ‘Shoe, and we put together a wish list for what we’d like to give them all as going away presents:
this building again.
Wow… I think we may have hit a record for “wishes granted” this week. Here’s the tale of the tape…
Well, we got an email from S.Nick@Northpole.org that reminded us we hadn’t sent in our Christmas list this year. Given the late hour, we appreciate his looking out for us, although he said he would be limited to three requests- one personal, one for the Buckeyes, and one for sports fans everywhere.
Claus gave us a couple of caveats- we couldn’t wish for wins or losses… Razorback fans are wishing for the same, and he’d rather see it settled on the field. He also said he couldn’t undo any of the NCAA stuff; something about naughty lists and so forth.
So, we had an impromptu meeting at our annual tBBC Christmas Chaos, and chatted about what Santa could bring for us. Jeff and Jim were out finishing up last minute shopping, but here’s what the rest of us came up with.
Personal: All I really want is a nice, pleasant, relaxing Christmas. Thankfully I should have no trouble getting it with the next week off work and a trip to Columbus to visit family and friends. Mali Note: This was written before Eric had to hold down the fort all day Thursday on top of the basketball livechat. Thanks, man.
Buckeyes: I wish we would stop becoming so “professional”. The looks of both Ohio Stadium and the Schott have been “improved” to the point of looking more like NFL/NBA style stadiums. Worse yet, the extra stuff they do during the game with the fans (i.e. the Kiss Cam) are atrocious examples of terrible decision making from the athletic department. What’s next? Piped in music in Ohio Stadium instead of the Marching Band on 50% of the downs during a game? These things do not add to the fan experience. If I want to experience these things, I’ll waste my money on a pro game. I spend my money on OSU games to enjoy the collegiate sports atmosphere, not a horrendous mock-up of professional garbage.
Sports: I would deeply appreciate a National Collegiate Sports Organization that didn’t suck. Some of the more recent gaffes (including, but not limited to, Cam Newton) just go to show you that the NCAA is completely and utterly out of control, and unable to clue in to what they need to be doing. The absolute first thing the NCAA needs to do is start judging cases by the spirit of the rule rather than the wording of the rule. That, by itself, would go a long way to making the organization a whole lot less oppressive. And lets not beat around the bush, oppressive is exactly the word that describes them best right now. Mali Note: Seriously, this was written before the Festivus Fiasco. Prophetic, that Eric.
Well, it’s a bye week for the Buckeyes, so let’s take a moment to reflect on what your humble correspondents might be up to when they’re not hosting a live chat or putting on the scarlet and gray face paint. What do we want to see, and what will we see this weekend?