Football Primer: Big Ten Non-Conference Schedule

Written May 25th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

Despite the fact that news could be on the way that throws more fuel on the fire that is Tressel Gate 2011, there is no doubt that the staff here at The Buckeye Battle Cry is excited about the upcoming football season.

When it comes to football conferences, there has never been a question that the Big Ten is one of the top leagues. With the restructuring of the conference,  the addition of Nebrasksa, and a handful of resurgent teams, this season should be no different.

But one media outlet believes the Big Ten is becoming soft; especially with it’s non-conference scheduling.

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Barbarians At The Gate: Heirs To The Throne?

Written May 18th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Everybody wants some

This morning, we continue our examination of “The Potential Decline And Fall of the Buckeye Empire”-  in our last adventure, we talked about the stuff that’s all over the news and all over the WHAC.  Today’s journey will look more closely at two of the factors that can change the course of history on the gridiron- foes across the field.

Let me have men about me that are fat,
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look,
He thinks too much; such men are dangerous

William Shakespeare- Julius Caesar

As much as Ohio State fans are more than ready to get past the “news” and head deep into the fall season, the fact of the matter is that this will be a season like no other.

Certainly, the Buckeyes have not helped themselves in this- I cannot think of another time when so many crucial elements of a team (including coaching) will be absent from autumn Saturdays due to the suspensions that they have rightfully earned. But the challenge that Ohio State will face in the fall will actually transcend this season- as the new B1G Conference kicks off it’s inaugural season, it does so with coaches and players who bring a lean and hungry look to the sidelines and gameday experiences.

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Buckeye Football Ready For Prime Time

Written May 12th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

The night time must be the right time, as Ohio State has announced two 8:00 pm EST games for the 2011 season, in addition to the game at Miami on September 17th.

The Buckeyes will travel to Lincoln Nebraska for their third ever meeting with the Cornhuskers, and the first as members of the newly configured B1G Ten Conference.  This game will be the first of the season for the five players suspended, and may also be the first with Jim Tressel on the sidelines. Across the field will be Nebraska head coach and former Buckeye captain Bo Pelini. tBBC will be bringing you exclusive coverage from Lincoln for this epic match up.

Three weeks later, Ohio State returns home to Columbus to face Wisconsin in an 8:00 pm start time. This will be the first night home game on the road for the Badgers against a conference opponent in recent memory- the good folks in Madison seem to prefer to only play under the lights at home or against west coast opposition. You can imagine that the Buckeyes will have greater motivation for this matchup, as last year’s upset by the Badgers may have cost them a chance to play for the National title.

All games mentioned above will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN.  It will be interesting to see how Kirk Herbstreit is received on his return to Columbus on October 29th, assuming that he’s assigned to be in the booth for this prime time game.  You’ve got to wonder if the upcoming Halloween holiday might have an impact on fans’ response… but since they are the “Best Damn Fans In The Land“, it’s probably unlikely.

Barbarians At The Gate: Decline and Fall?

Written May 10th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Look to the past and remember no empire rises that sooner or later won’t fall.- Al Stewart

"The Sack of Rome by the Visigoths on August 24, 410" by J.N. Sylvestre

This is the summer of our discontent- the dreaded “off season” that brings with it a lack of coverage for stories about life on the field, and instead finds the 24 hour news cycle filled with rumor, speculation, innuendo rather than stats or previews of upcoming contests. When it’s good, it’s good (see last year’s expansion excitement) and when it’s bad, it’s awful… mostly because it seems to be ever present.

Before we get any further, I need to clarify that yes, there is a question mark in this post’s title.  I am not suggesting that Buckeye Nation has ended; as loudly as those in the media and other fan bases and even some of those on campus are calling for scorched earth along the Olentangy, THE Ohio State University has and will survive whatever will come from the current trials and investigations.

However, it would also be naive to believe that the state of things is not going to change. The Buckeyes have enjoyed a lengthy period of success, have weathered more than a few storms (Clarett saga, 2006, ’07 Bowl games; basketball issues in the 90′s), and currently find themselves at the top of the heap, both in the Conference and nationally. Ohio State fans have enjoyed almost unprecedented success over our arch rival; enough that we are able to overlook some of the struggles against big game opposition. Even without the things that I hope to address, it’s unlikely that this would continue forever- there’s a season for everything, and all that.

Just look at the landscape of college sports- Army used to be a national football power. Indiana and UCLA were at one time the pinnacles of college basketball.  The programs that I grew up seeing on the cover of Sports Illustrated (Miami, Florida State, UNLV, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma) have all gone through (or are going through) falls from the grace and glory that they once held. Heck, even the mighty Longhorns just went from a National Title berth to their worst record in memory. Nothing gold can stay.

Some of this is a sign of the times- once you’re at the top of the heap, there are those who revel in bringing you down.  And, it’s quite possible that their zenith was due to false foundations; that it was only a moment in time before the house of cards crumbled (think UNLV basketball). However, it’s also possible that we live in a time where it’s more “newsworthy” to see something destroyed than it is to see something established and tended- look no further than every teen pop “idol” that is force fed to us by the very media that then devotes time to covering (creating?) their collapse.

In college football, the current teams under investigation, probation, or allegations reads like a “who’s who” of the BCS: Ohio State, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, LSU, Boise State, Michigan, Texas A&M. If you include other programs making “news” for the wrong reasons, then the list grows to include Florida, Penn State, and Notre Dame.

For some fans, this is indicative of the entire system being broken.  Honestly, there are times that I fall firmly in this camp, particularly from the standpoint of “how does this all fit into a culture that’s supposed to be about academic excellence and education?” For others, this is nothing more than “outsiders” and people who just don’t “get it”. And another group of people has learned to deal with the fact that this comes with the territory- It is what it is, so just roll with it. Celebrate your favorite squadron’s successes, mock others’ failures, and pray that it doesn’t happen too close to you.

I believe, though, that there are a multiplicity of factors that may be signaling that the change we dread is on the way sooner rather than later, and I believe that it’s as important to think about those as it is to follow the “future” of the program while they’re still playing high school sports.  So over the next few posts, I want to look at three of the things that I believe will change the place and status of  “The Empire”, beginning with the most obvious one. Read More

Well, Crap- We’re stuck with Leaders and Legends

Written January 13th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

News today from ESPN is that we’re stuck with “Leaders” and “Legends” at least through 2011.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that this shirt is both awesome and relevant:

Sporty, saucy, and emo

In other “Are you sure that you want to go with that?” news, there’s an awesome site of potential logo replacements for the B1G conference that you can check out here. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Goes Shotgun

Written December 16th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Cartridge in a pear tree?

Given that it’s the start of bowl week, this’ll probably be more scattered than usual. If that’s even possible.

  • Healing powers: Christian Bryant is back, baby, according to his Twitter and (most importantly) according to Tressel.
  • This week in clothing: The Buckeyes will be wearing away jerseys in the Sugar Bowl.  Worked well last year… Their Rose opponents from 2010 are wearing highlighters.
  • Raise the roof. Please: You’ve probably heard that Minnesota’s stadium might be used for Monday’s Vikings/Bears game. There are lots of glitches, not including the buckets of snow on the field and elsewheres- It seats 55k, and there are 65 The stadium doesn’t serve alcohol, There are no luxury boxes, and it’s been “winterized” since November so it’s hard to know if the pipes will be OK.  Wait… no alcohol? What do they think this is… a crappy bowl game?
  • All a matter of perspective: Disappointed in Iowa’s season? Haven’t you been paying attention?
  • You know who’s not back? Boubacar… unless you mean “back in trouble
  • We’ve all got our own opinions on the Big T1e2n logo, and I’m starting to like the one I saw on the MZone.
  • New coaches: Haywood to Pitt, Golden to the Hurricanes, Muschamp at Florida, Stewart still at WVA (for now). Still no decision at Vanderbilt or Michigan (what? He’s not done yet? Mea Culpa)
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Leaders and Legends- Continued

Written December 14th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Guest post from our friend Lurking_Michael… great work, bro- I’m guessing you want one of these for Christmas, right?

Legends and Leaders?

After completely screwing the pooch with their non-geographic divisional alignment, this task was not going to be easy, but I can’t imagine that a worse job could be done. The “winners” – Legends and Leaders. Huh? Wha?

Just off the top of my head, what about Heartland and Midwest, or Great Lakes and Great Plains or even Black and Blue? That’s just riffing, without any research or thought at all, and all of those are STILL better than Legends and Leaders. Plus, those examples I just gave are far less likely to be ridiculed by the rest of the footballing nation, which is already gleefully rubbing our collective noses in it.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says, correctly, that any time you have something new, it will take time for people to get used to. However, Delany can rest assured, no matter how many years go by, the division names the Big Ten have chosen will continue to suck more than words can say. Read More

Big Ten Reveals Logo, Divisional Names

Written December 13th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Earlier today, the Big T1e2n announced both its division names for football and revealed a new logo. Let the branding of obedience begin:

Still not sure how that equals twelve

Other options for your bootleg t-shirt needs:

Yup, we’re “Big”. You’ve got to wonder if the failure to try to build a number into the logo like with the Big T1e1n means something about future expansion.  Ooooooh! Conspiracy!! Read More

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