The End Of Madness: tBBC Bracket Challenge

Written April 8th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies, winner of their fourth national championship Monday night with a 60-54 victory over Big Blue Nation and the Kentucky Wildcats in Arlington Texas.

Moment. Shining.

Following a season where the Huskies were ineligible for post-season play due to APR/Academic issues, the upperclassman who stayed with the program earned their second title in four years, and brought a sense of redemption to UConn. Led by UConn alumni Kevin Ollie, who inherited the program following Jim Calhoun’s retirement, the Huskies went from a team that struggled in their opener against St. Joseph’s to knocking off the “team of destiny” from Lexington.

Calipari’s starters are expected to announce for the NBA in the coming days, similar to the squad that won the title for UK in 2012. Rumors are also swirling that Calipari himself may be headed to The League, as the future coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.  If you’ve followed Calipari’s career and are a WildKat fan, you’ve got to hope beyond hope that he stays, as programs he leaves tend to have visits from the NCAA soon thereafter.

So, congrats to the Huskies, who look to see their undefeated women’s team double dip on Tuesday night when they face the also undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Should Coach Auriemma’s team win, it will be the second time that both titles have ended in Connecticut in the same year… no other team has even done it once.

Fear not, UK faithful- The Yankees’ season just began and the Miami Heat look solid this year as well. And then you get to live vicariously through the successes of your SEC brethern… the same ones who hate you all during hoops season.

In our Yahoo! Challenge, Ryan had it all sewn up on Saturday, correctly picking Kentucky and Florida in the Final Four. Huge kudos also go to Kris, who had the most correct picks, but not the most points per our scoring system. Ryan wins the great prize package from The Buckeye Room, Fresh Brewed Tees, and Mekka Don, and you’ll be hopefully reading his thoughts in this space in the near future.

This year’s tBBC Bragging Rights go to Ken, who blew the rest of us out of the water at… wait for it… 21st place.  Proud. Your humble correspondent finished in dead last, right behind a staffer who was too busy with his dissertation to spend more than a few minutes filling out his bracket.

Huge thanks go to our friend Bacon Ninja for keeping me from having the lowest score of the people I talk to regularly.  Oh, and that 8 year old that finished in the running for our bowl challenge? Ninth place.

Thanks again for participating, and look for our next contest sometime in mid-August as we get ready for the 2014-15 season to kick off.  Remember, we’ll be livechatting the Ohio State spring game this Saturday afternoon… see you then!

tBBC Bracketology: Final Four

Written April 1st, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Not everything was awful…

Since it’s April Fool’s Day, it totally makes sense to look at the clown show that is most of our brackets.

There’s a real possibility that the “Conference full of fans who like to prove they can spell three letter words” will have the only two teams with a basketball pulse in the finals on Monday; be prepared for a lot of reciprocal couch burning from Vanderbilt and Missouri backers.

Even worse? A Bo Ryan team may cut down the nets when it’s all over. Insert Tom Crean “that doesn’t mean they’ve won” joke here.

In the Yahoo! group, we’ve got a two way tie at the top, with Hunter and Kris right up there with 77 points.

However, there are a lot of points still on the table, and at least two former champions have the possibility of winning it all yet again. But, if Florida doesn’t win it all… all bets are off.

Ken is leading our tBBC in house competition… and that’s all that matters. Let’s pay no attention to the names at the very bottom of the list, shall we??

Stay tuned this weekend for our last livechats of the hoops season… See you then!

tBBC Bracketology: Sweet 16

Written March 24th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye
The Correct Reaction

The Correct Reaction

Well, the past four days certainly lived up to the “Madness” legacy, didn’t they?

Indianapolis hosts Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Louisville… That’s got to be a scalper’s dream scenario, right?

Huge upsets, surprise teams moving on to the next round, and favorites being pushed to the wire across all of the regions.

And yet, there’s still that one guy who will have his final four all still alive that will want to talk about it for the next four days… man, I hate that guy. <is actually that guy>

Let’s take a quick look at our Yahoo! contest to see how awfully amazingly each of our participants are doing thus far.  Also, this will hopefully make Kevin stop emailing me to rub it in. :)

Yup, our graphic whiz Kevin Dearth was in first place until Sunday’s games… but today, Grant stands atop the leader board (I’m not giving you lots of money, but will buy you dinner when you’re out here next).  As an interesting note- the 8 year old that won our Bowl Picks contest is only sitting four points behind the leader.  So… yeah.

Charles had an amazing first round and early second round for tBBC Staff Bragging Rights, and still is on top of our insider’s bracket, even if he’s fallen behind his initial glory. Jason’s the only reason that your humble correspondent isn’t dead last… thanks, bro!

Remember, just because you may be out of the running for the big prize package, you can always get awesome swag from our partners The Buckeye Room, Fresh Brewed Tees, and Mekka Don.

Even though the Buckeyes aren’t moving on this coming weekend, we’ll be still watching closely to see what happens next. Stay tuned to tBBC for weekend livechats and all your Scarlet and Gray updates.

tBBC 2014 Tournament Challenge

Written March 17th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

We gave you a preview earlier, but now that the brackets are out it’s time to start making your picks. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Fingers

Written September 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

As you’re reading this, I’m prepping for the drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area with the Mrs. for Saturday’s game. Given that we got engaged on the Marin Headlands, this song by one of her favorite performers is the obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack. Gonna’ warn you, though… this week’s reflection is… uh… verbose.

Waiting

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- The question that everyone’s been asking hasn’t yet been answered, as Coach Meyer said that Braxton threw a bit on Wednesday before leaving practice to get more treatment on his knee. Coach commented that the issue isn’t pain, but seems to be “stability”, and that Braxton is adjusting to his knee brace. It would not be surprising to see Kenny G start and be relieved by Miller, nor would it be a shock to have them split time at the position. Both will travel, Coach Meyer indicated that they would know more after Thursday’s practice and that he remained optimistic.
  • Two Thoughts- 1) The last time Braxton was held out of play in a game he returned to action and performed pretty well. 2) That being said, if Ohio State feels that they can win the game with Smooth Jazz and give Braxton a week (or two) to recover, I wholeheartedly support that decision. Long term goals here, peeps.
  • Also- Adolphus Washington did not practice on Wednesday, but is expected to travel. His is a bit of a different situation, as the injury is something that can linger. Also, as amazing as Washington is on the field, the Young Bucks are doing good work under Coach Vrable’s direction.
  • Good News- Corey Linsley is scheduled to play the entire game this week at center, having gotten the clearance to do so from the medical staff after his foot injury has significantly healed
  • Red, Not Scarlet- A couple of older “back ups” that many are surprised have not gotten the playing time they were expected to were discussed on Wednesday, and Coach Meyer said that it’s a possibility that Bri’onte Dunn and Michael Thomas may end up redshirting if they aren’t going to be a part of the planning this season. He also discussed how he felt that they were “wasted” by the coaches last year, and didn’t want to make the same mistake moving forward.
  • Getting Defensive- Ryan Shazier talked about the Silver Bullets’ excitement to play Cal, and that they were working diligently to ensure that the Bears didn’t have the success necessary to string together drives and run 100 plays a game. He also spoke about the need to maintain leverage on Cal’s running back Brendan Bigelow, as his ability to get to the edge is a strength that created issues for Oho State last year. However, Shazier mentioned that Bigelow’s talents were helped by a number of small mistakes that the young defense made last season.
  • Getting Ready- Playing the role of Bigelow this week in practice? Carlos “I’ll be back next week” Hyde. Not too shabby.
  • Stripes Lost- I guess we’re still doing that now, as Cameron Johnston, Tyquan Lewis, and Trey Johnson all had their black stripes removed today. Woot!
  • Honors- This week’s Sammy Silverman graphics, for your enjoyment Read More

2013 Picks Challenge!!

Written August 24th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

thechaseIt’s here. Game week.

The 2013 Ohio State season kicks off Saturday with one goal in mind: Pasadena. For all the Roses… or for the Crystal Trophy.

Between now and then, though, there’s a lot of football that will happen- big plays, controversial calls, fantastic finishes, amazing performances… and we’ve got your chance to get involved, with our annual “Pick-Em” contest. Read More

tBBC Goes Bowling!

Written December 4th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Winning The Game That Matters

Just because Ohio State doesn’t get the “privilege” of spending a lot of money going to a post season exhibition game doesn’t mean that Buckeye Fans shouldn’t care about the 2012-13 Bowl Season.

(although, the fact that 34 of the 36 games are being broadcast on ESPN/ABC might change your opinion)

At any rate, the post-season means that it’s contest time again. But first, a huge “Congrats!!” to Ken for winning our season-long Picks’ Challenge… his prize is on the way, and your prize will be a guest post from him here at tBBC.

And now to the good stuff… your chance to win. We’re using Yahoo! again instead of the Four Letter Network; let the record show that since we made the switch Charles Robinson has not been to Columbus.

/knocks on wood; rubs lucky Buckeye necklace

Here’s what you need to know- To get involved, click through the awesome link. You can also get there with this information

Group ID#: 13348
Password: elguap0

(note, that’s a zero and not an “O” at the end)

We’re still compiling a prize package, but you can bet that our friends at The Buckeye Room and Easy Canvas Prints will be involved somehow!

Bonus points for picking the one B1G team to win their game… so much for Wisconsin, am I right?

Don’t miss out…

Silver Bullet Points Has Read The Published Reports

Written September 12th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Spiral bound and everything!

Another Wednesday, another mainstream media member making less than accurately informed statements about issues they think they understand…

Buckeye 411

  • Hall? Maybe- This week, Jordan Hall was cleared physically to play by the OSU medical staff, but the jury is still out on how “ready” he is- game speed, etc. Tuesday was a testing day, so we may hear more as the week progresses; personally, I’d prefer that he rest and get ready for B1G season.
  • Dodson? Better- Late Tuesday night news broke that Ohio State freshman Kyle Dodson had experienced dehydration as a part of Tuesday’s grueling practices.  The University reports that he is healthy, though, and we will keep you up to date as the situation develops.
  • Injury Updates- Nathan Williams is still banged up, and may be limited this week. Michael Bennett’s groin injury is more complicated than initially thought, he will need further time off to recover (some whispers of a possible redshirt for the sophomore).
  • Bears: One of the points that Coach Meyer emphasized was that normally this week would be a chance to review the fundamentals with the team, particularly given some of the miscommunication that still is happening on offense and defense.  However, the Cal Bears run a defense that Ohio State will only see in this week’s matchup, the famous Buddy Ryan 46 (named after former Buckeye Doug Plank). If there weren’t concerns already about OSU’s ability to run in the interior of the line, Carlos Hyde’s replacements will have to do so against a stout three man front.
  • Consider Yourself Warned- There’s a strike in Chicago that’s getting all of the news these days, but Buckeye fans should be aware of a brewing controversy on campus as well... #TeamGroundCrew
  • West Coast Speed- Cal is a program known for producing great receivers and return specialists, and this year is no exception. In the teleconference this morning, Coach Meyer pointed to Keenum Allen as yet another in the long line of skill position performers for Coach Tedford; given some of the miscommunication in the secondary, this has got to be a concern for Ohio State on Saturday.
  • Greatness Comes In Pairs: Newest Nissan “Heisman House” video is amazing for all the right reasons: Read More