Weekend Wonderings: Happy New Year!

Written January 5th, 2014 by Ken
thinking golfer

Wondering when I’ll see a golf course

Welcome to the New Year’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. I hope that everyone brought in the New Year in a safe and enjoyable manner. And, didn’t overindulge. Too much.

Mali, Eric and Joe spent last week going up and down the hallway here at tBBC World Headquarters reminding us to empty out our Inboxes to get ready for the new year.  Let me dust things off to see what I can find..

Here we go; something from The James, something from Cleveland Clinic and a miscellaneous brain-dump in the Commentary. We wrap it up with some help from Bob Seger.

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

Here is some research news from The James.

A new study led by researchers at the (OSUCCC – James) helps confirm that a molecule targeted by the experimental drug DoubleHelixibrutinib is critical for the development of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common form of adult leukemia.
In clinical trials, ibrutinib has often shown exceptional activity in people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The agent targets a molecule called Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK). It permanently incapacitates the molecule, and this stops the transmission of an important signal that promotes cell growth and proliferation.
But ibrutinib also inhibits other molecules in CLL cells. Like BTK, these molecules are proteins called kinases, and they might be important for CLL-cell survival, the researchers say.”

This is a pretty big deal. Now the research is targeting specific, and related molecules in cancer treatment. This type of success will lead to “peeling the onion” with further research, and provide some guidance to development and use of this type of treatment.

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tBBC’s Buckeye Resolutions, 2014

Written January 1st, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Amidst all of the revelry from last night (hoops win, amazing bowl game, good news from All American practices, traditional end of year festivities), we asked the staff to come up with some resolutions that members of the Ohio State football and basketball programs should adapt for 2014. Just for giggles, we’ve added a “wild card” where people could either make another “suggestion” or publicly announce one of their own.

Let’s see what they came up with:

Legend In The Making

Buckeye Football

  • I, Curtis Grant, do hereby resolve to live up to the reputation that preceded my arrival at THE Ohio State University. I will step into the limelight and make sure people don’t miss Ryan Shazier next season.
  • “I, Urban Meyer, do hereby resolve to maintain a healthy perspective and work-life balance in order to keep from getting burned out while starting a new winning streak.”
  • “I, Luke Fickell, do hereby resolve to spend the off-season getting my head out of my tuchas and learning how to coach defense”.
  • “I, Bryce Haynes, do hereby resolve to become the first longsnapper to win the Heisman trophy, even though I’ll have less than three snaps on punts the entire 2014 season.”
  • “I, Braxton Miller, do hereby resolve to spend the off-season learning how to actually ‘read’ the zone-read play for 2014″.
  • “I, Joey Bosa, do hereby resolve to build on my freshman season and spend the off-season becoming the best defensive tackle in college football.”
  • “We, the running backs remaining at The Ohio State University, resolve to spend this spring and summer training and working as hard as possible and then even harder to replace Carlos Hyde and ensure the position is a massive strength and loaded with depth in 2014″. Read More

tBBC Preview: Outback Bowl – Iowa vs. LSU

Written December 30th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

You want a classic coaching matchup? Well, do we have a bloomin’ onion for you.

Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) vs. Louisiana State (9-3, 5-3 SEC)

Wednesday, January 1st, 1:00 EST ESPN

The History: Originally called the Hall of Fame Bowl when it began in 1986, the Outback Bowl became the staple it is today in 1995 when Outback Steakhouse became its official sponsor. The last 22 years the game has been played in Tampa, with the game seeing the Big Ten and SEC squaring off since 2000- the SEC holds an 9-5 edge.

If you’re looking for a reason to watch this game, I offer this to you: This bowl is often home to HUGE hits (we here at tBBC don’t celebrate these, as we don’t want to get flagged for targeting). Here’s two Outback moments that Ohio State fans will absolutely love.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Christmas Edition

Written December 25th, 2013 by Jason

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has had a great day and is settling in for a great evening. I’d ask what you’re doing reading this, but hey, everybody needs a break from in-laws. Without and further ado or fanfare, it’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

The seriousness of Clemson and the Orange Bowl 

Christmas lights at Mirror Lake

Christmas lights at Mirror Lake

Before we have some fun, I want to try and drive home the point on just how important this Orange Bowl and beating Clemson next Friday is. The nation will be watching and the Buckeyes need to make a statement.

I won’t take anything away from Clemson. It’s a good school that seems to follow the rules and does things the right way. They have a young coach that has brought them some recent success and talent all over the field. That being said, they cannot be allowed to beat the Ohio State University at football in a major bowl game to close a season in which said Buckeye team had realistic national championship dreams.

I say “realistic” national championship dreams because this is the chance to prove that all the talk coming out of Columbus was legitimate. Beating Clemson (and if it happens by a lot, the better) and their high powered offense sends a message that the Buckeye program under Urban Meyer is ready to compete on a national stage again and expects to win. A loss would be devastating on so many levels: National perception, recruits, senior send-offs, building for 2014. Read More

What Do You Want To See On Christmas?

Written December 25th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s Christmas morning, and if you’re like me you’ve been up for hours because your kids just had to get to the presents that you were putting together until 3 AM. And now, in the lull between gift opening and your fourth coffee, you turn to the solace of the interwebs for holiday joy.

Santa, Buckeye…

As we do every year, we asked the staff for their holiday wishes… hopefully the big guy hooked everyone up:

What thing do you hope Santa brings the Buckeyes this year?

  • Jason: Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier saying “I’m here for 2014″
  • Joe Dexter: A 2013-14 Big Ten Basketball Championship, Two 2014 Individual NCAA Wrestling Championships and a Luke Kennard commitment to coach Matta and the Hoops program. Is that asking for to much??
  • Ken: Top notch recruiting classes for basketball and football. I’d like for Santa to hang by the chimney with care the ‘Historical Defensive Identity’ that the football team seems to have misplaced the past couple of years.
  • Charles: Excellent player development in all sports.  We’ve done well in recruiting in the top sports but as Michigan football has shown, if you can’t develop the recruits it doesn’t matter how many 5 stars you have.
  • Patrick: A defense that can get stops and make plays. End of story.
  • Scott: A national championship for Thad Matta. He deserves it.
  • Mali: A blowout win in the Orange Bowl. The general “perspective” is that Ohio State’s 24 game win streak was built on smoke and mirrors; handling Clemson would certainly adjust that narrative quite a bit, particularly if the defense manages to rise to the occasion.
  • WVa: I honestly want them all to have a great Christmas and New Year and finish the way they started the year. Undefeated in 2014
  • Eric: A. Freaking. National. Title. In. Basketball.

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Happy Festivus From tBBC

Written December 23rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Festivus-PoleIt’s pretty great to be a Buckeye fan… we’re in the midst of a great two year run in football and multiple years of success in men’s basketball- our teams are major news story, and people even pay attention to what the former University president says and does.

That being said… there’s still some grievances that need aired, so before we see if someone can pin Ken in the feats of strength, here we go:

What’s the thing about Ohio State sports that enraged you the most this year?

Jason: Wichita State and Michigan State ending dream seasons that were set up with what appeared to be cake-walk runs to a championship opportunity.

Joe Dexter: The one thing that bugged me most this year about Ohio State athletics was how the athletic administration handled some of it’s coaching changes during 2013. Many will argue about former girls basketball head coach Jim Foster, but the way it was handled was way off kilter in my opinion.

The one firing that made no sense to me was former head hockey coach Mark Osiecki. Athletic Director Gene Smith noted it was a “difference of opinion” that couldn’t be resolved. The program was on the upswing, was in the CCHA Semis despite being very very young, and had a ton of talent coming to Columbus despite always battling not having their own arena to call home.

I’m not saying that Steve Rohlik doesn’t deserve to be the head coach, but the whole situation was handled horribly.

Ken: This would be football related. The inability to show any meaningful improvement in the defense. “Defense wins Championships”, as MSU aptly demonstrated.

Eric: Like just about everyone else, losing out on potential National Title runs to Wichita State and Michigan State.  Both losses were incredibly painful to watch.

Patrick:  Charging more for “Premium Games”. As a season ticket holder, I pa them enough and then they pull this BS!?!?

Scott: Both teams were set up nicely to make it to the championship game and defense let us down. Read More

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Silver Bullet Points

Written December 18th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

One more week until Christmas! Hopefully you’re getting your shopping all taken care of… and today’s soundtrack from three of my favorite artists will help inspire you to remember the real meaning of the season. (Honestly, that wasn’t the strangest thing I found this year…)

Someone made Santa’s list

Buckeye 411

  • Major Awards- This is the week that all of the “Best Of” lists and awards come out, and there were several Buckeyes who were acknowledged for their efforts during the 2013 season. Ryan Shazier led the list, being named a first team Associate Press All American (tree in the Buckeye grove!), to go along with the same honor from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today.  Jack Mewhort was tabbed a first team AA by ESPN, a second team member from Sports Illustrated, and third team honors from CBSSports and the Associated Press.  Carlos Hyde was third team by the Associate Press, while Devan Bogard was third team according to CBSSports
  • Even More Importantly- A number of Buckeyes graduated this past weekend, including our soon to be favorite graduate assistant coach.
  • Did Someone Say Awards? You too can be swagtastic by winning our Bowl Challenge. Heck, join Bacon’s too.
  • Wheee. More Special Uniforms- The Lantern has great coverage of the University’s huge deal with Nike… you can bet there’s a ton of money involved.  While it’s certainly better than the adidas/Under Armour alternatives, I still can’t wrap my mind around Ohio State entering into a partnership which will essentially help build Oregon’s program.
  • Speaking Of Uniformity- Buckeyes will be in scarlet in the Orange bowl; the first time that they’ve worn the home gear in a post season game since… hell, I have no idea. 2000? Let’s see if this can break some of the recent bad luck in Florida, shall we?
  • Plenty Of Good Seats Still Available- If you’re headed to Florida (and why wouldn’t you?) you should be aware that tickets for the Orange Bowl are among the lowest on the secondary market for BCS contests.  While the Bowl itself says that it’s only got 1000 or so ducats left, I know where you can find a lot more than that… and for lower than face value.  So, go ahead and take your talents to South Beach- Be sure to celebrate the holiday appropriately there, though.
  • Coaching Carousel- At this point, none of the Ohio State coaching staff has left for another opportunity, although there’ve been plenty of rumors. Both Coach Fickel and Drayton were tied to the FAU job, with the former allegedly being offered the position and choosing to stay closer to home. Some folks said that Luke may be in the crosshairs for a position at Notre Dame, but at this point there’s nothing definitive. Coach Warriner has been linked to the Bowling Green and Army openings, although both sound as if they’ve got other candidates as their primary targets.  Interestingly enough, Coach Herman’s name hasn’t come up as of yet (knocks on redwood forest full of wood), but I wouldn’t be surprised to see his name listed as a candidate following the inevitable Texas Two-step shuffle.
  • I Think Santa Does This For The Elves On Christmas Eve- A couple of days old, but if this video of Coach Coombs doesn’t make you want to run through a brick wall, then bah freaking humbug: Read More

Weekend Wonderings

Written December 8th, 2013 by Ken

thinking chimpWelcome to this week’s latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Since I write this before the Big Ten Championship Game, the outcome is still in doubt. However the game turns out, I hope you’ve all recovered, for good or ill, and we move on with our lives. And hopefully, we move on to the NCG. Please take a few minutes, grab a beverage and let’s get into this. Also, the Browns play the Patriots today, so you may need to double up the elixir.

The James/Wexner

Here’s some interesting news from The James. Due to the generous efforts and donations of Pelotonia volunteers and donors, nine research grants have been awarded.

“These pilot grants, funded by Pelotonia, are so critical to ensure that Ohio State stays at the forefront of speeding the development and delivery of treatments that target the molecules and markers fueling each person’s unique cancer,” says Michael Caligiuri, MD, director of OSUCCC and chief executive officer of the James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. “These projects represent bold, out-of-the box thinking to develop preventions and treatments that target individual cancers. None of these ideas would have been funded—along with so many other big ideas in cancer research—were it not for the thousands and thousands of Pelotonia riders and donors. Each of rider helps bring us closer to our shared vision of a cancer-free world.”

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