Practice Makes Silver Bullet Points

Written August 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Little switcheroo this week; with camp in full swing as of yesterday, here’s some notes and so forth from the start of Ohio State’s 125th Season.  Inspired by Scott’s wise-acreage in our group chat this week, you’re stuck with this as your morning soundtrack.

The Band

  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes- The University announced on Monday that the OSUMB will be led by two current staff persons for the coming season, with Ohio State’s director of university bands, Russel C. Mikkelson as the primary contact person. The associate director of bands, Scott A. Jones, will be coordinating student safety and compliance with Title IX and other university directives. TBDBITL Alumni Lisa Galvin will also be assisting in the day to day operations… So they tabbed three people to do the job they expected one person to do previously. Huh.
  • Look! We’re On TV!- Jon Waters will be on both the Today Show and Good Morning America this morning. Getcha’ popcorn.

Buckeye 411

  • Roster Updates- We told you about Tracy Sprinkle; Tommy Brown was also absent, as he is planning on transferring to another program (Akron?). J.T. Moore was in a “student coach” role, due to a knee injury. Michael Hill received a medical redshirt for last season, and will be a freshman eligibility wise for the coming year. Darron Lee was also granted a medical redshirt.
  • Pay The Piper- Sprinkle will be suspended for the Navy game and have community service to complete before he’s fully reinstated, though, as was speculated earlier.
  • Split Squad- On Monday, the “rookies” practiced in the morning while the “veterans” went in the afternoon, with a few exceptions.  Jeff Greene (WR transfer from Georgia Tech, sat out last year) and Chad Lindsay (C transfer from Alabama) were with the AM crowd, while Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon practiced in the afternoon session. This was due, in part, to McMillan and Dixon’s work during the spring and off-season, but also due to some numbers issues (needing a certain number of players at a position to practice)
  • One Flu Over- Gareon Conley sat out due to illness issues.
  • For Kicks- Cameron Johnston was booming punts today, but shanked one when “Born In The USA” was blaring on the loudspeakers.  We’ll just chalk that up to an international incident. Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, and Corey Smith were on the receiving end of the punts for today’s practice.
  • Man Of Many Talents- Sam Hubbard, once a defensive back, then a tight end, practiced at linebacker today (his projected position)
  • Captain, My Captain- Coach Meyer turned this morning’s pre-practice meeting over to Jeff Heuerman, saying “it’s your team”. Foreshadowing?
  • Recovering Nicely- Braxton was “tired” today, but there’s no doubt in Coach Meyer’s mind that he’s 100% entering fall practice. The team will monitor his throwing though- a pitch count of sorts.
  • Battle Tested- Two to watch this fall: Left guard is up for grabs, as are the safety positions. Underwood, Hale, Farris, and Price all fighting for the offensive line spot, while Bell, Burrows, and Powell are vying for the safety slots.
  • Sonic Booms- According to those who were there, Coach Ash was the most vocal member of the defensive coaching staff today. Given that he works in the backfield with Coach Coombs, that’s quite an accomplishment.
  • See For Yourself- The gang at 11W have practice videos, and you can hear the thoughts of the head coach at the official OSU site.
  • Back In Black- It’s time for the annual whispers of a black alternate jersey for Ohio State this season.  If it must happen, I wholeheartedly support Josh Winslow’s idea for the look (Hyde not included).
  • This Is Gonna’ Be Fun- We love Michael Bennett hereabouts, but this story on his roommate situation makes it all that much easier to do so.
  • Culture Of Hazing- Somehow, still ok (and hilarious) in the NFL, as Jack Mewhort can attest:

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Spring Shapes Silver Bullet Points

Written April 10th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

In Process

Spring has finally arrived in Columbus, it seems- time to enjoy Oval Beach and discover all of the kids’ toys that were buried under the snow.  Being Ohio, though, it only means that there’s another storm on the horizon… so, there’s but one choice for today’s soundtrack.

Buckeye 411

  • Spring Forward- Lots and lots of news this week in preparation for the Spring Game in Cincinnati. Again, the “move” is due to a) Renovations in The Shoe and b) Wanting to increase the Buckeye presence in the southeast corner of the state. Kerry Coombs can only do so much, you guys.
  • Tickets And Stuff- Sounds like there are a number of seats still available… you can get all of the information you need at the University site. Oh, and did we mention that they’d be selling/serving “BEvERages” at the event?
  • Difference Makers- In the comments, we want your opinion: Who will be the “surprise” of this year’s Spring Game? Anyone primed for a breakout?
  • Chasin’ A Dream- Jeff Svoboda over at Buckeye Sports Bulletin ($) has a great article on “The Chase” for Ohio State, both for the team as a whole, and for the players’ individual goals and expectations. Well worth the read, if only for a better understanding of the focus for a team coming off of an undefeated, yet incomplete, season.
  • This Week In Sammy Silverman: Seriously, I’m convinced that Ohio State has the best graphics team in the country… Read More

The previews continue here at the BBC with the rush of games scheduled for tomorrow. While the Air Force history may make you want to curl into a ball and cry, it’s worth it for the Rice history. Enjoy!

Air Force (6-6, 5-3 MWC) vs. Rice (6-6, 4-4 CUSA) December 29th, 2012 11:45 AM ET ESPN

History: The bowl game first appeared in 2003 as the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl. That sponsorship lasted all of two seasons and led to a rather unique situation in 2005 – a bowl game without a sponsor. Bell Helicopter came to the rescue in 2006, and has remained the sponsor ever since. The game is traditionally a match-up of the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA, played in Amon G. Carter Stadium at TCU. That pairing has survived this year, and allowed Air Force to play their fourth game in 6 years at the Armed Forces Bowl.

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2011 Military Bowl: Toledo -vs- Air Force

Written December 27th, 2011 by Eric

I finally get to add my two bits into the bowl preview discussion. I couldn’t pick a better game to start it off with.

The Basics: Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, 4:30 PM EST on ESPN, from Washington D.C. Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC) and Air Force (7-5, 3-4 MWC).

History: This is the second year that Northrop Grumman, a big military contractor, has sponsored this game. Not surprisingly we’ve already covered the history of this game in detail.

Toledo: The Rockets are a strong running team this year, ranking 14th in rushing behind Adonis Thomas’ 963 yards. They’re also a scoring machine, picking up 11 touchdowns from each of their top rushers, and 15 from each of their quarterbacks. This could have been an even better year for the Rockets if their defense had been a little more stiff.

Air Force: While Toledo is a strong running team, Air Force is a spectacular one. The Falcons are ranked 2nd in rushing with a 320 yards per game average. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to anyone who has actually watched an Air Force game in the last several years. Adding a dimension to their attack, however, is QB Tim Jefferson Jr. who has picked up 12 touchdowns and 1478 yards on a 60.9% completion rate. While they won’t go call his number often, he’s successful enough to give defenses something to think about.

Fun Fact: While Northrop Grumman is most famous for their aircraft, such as the B-2 and BQ-4, and spacecraft, like the LEM (as Grumman), they are also big ship-builders. In fact, every US Aircraft Carrier, including the Supercarriers, has been constructed at the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. There’s a reason why they’re a major military contractor.

Who we got?

  • Chris -Toledo
  • Eric – Air Force
  • Jim – Toledo
  • JoeD – Air Force
  • Mali – Toledo
  • JoeL – Toledo

Welcome to our continuing preview coverage of the 2010 Bowl Season!  The matchup of the day is…

Air Force (8-4, 5-3 MWC) vs. Georgia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC)

December 27, 2010 5:00 PM ET ESPN

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

History

Independence Stadium

The Independence Bowl is one of the older bowl games still in existence.  It was given its name because the first game was played during the bicentennial year – 1976.  The game is played in Independence Stadium, though why that facility is in Shreveport, Louisiana as opposed to, say, Philidelphia is beyond me.

The Independence Bowl started out as a matchup between teams from the Southland Conference playing against any at-large team of the Bowl’s choice.  Big Ten teams that have played the game include Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan State.  The Buckeyes have never accepted an offer to visit Shreveport.

In 1995, the Independence Bowl switched it’s affiliation to the Southeastern Conference which it would match against at-large teams.  In 1998, the Bowl began to take Big 12 teams as its at-large choice, making the Independence Bowl an ad-hoc Big 12 tie-in.  In the case that there were no available teams from those conferences to fill its tie-ins, the Independence Bowl would take at-large teams from any conference.  In 2008, there were no teams from either conference available, resulting in a game between Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois – a game that Lousiana Tech won 17-10.

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The Week That Were- 9.11.10

Written September 13th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Once again, it’s time for a quick tour de farce around the week in college football. You know, in case you don’t have ESPN and this is the only website you read (as it should be). Today’s musical accompaniment: This amazing cover. Good luck getting it out of your head during the TPS meeting.

So much for strength of schedule

James Madison, welcome to the BCS championship game!  Wait, you have to do something more than beat Virginia Tech? Since when?

Quick comment on the Miami game- I like Randy Shannon, and gained a lot of respect for Jacory Harris as a person during the game (as a QB? Nope). Just thought I’d put that out there, since there seems to be a conspicuous absence of the Miami fans that were so prevalent last week in our little corner of the interwebs.

So, the ACC is back to being a basketball conference, right? This week, all of their ranked squadrons went down, including the JMU upset mentioned earlier and The “Rambling Wreck” falling to a team that only scored three points in their loss to North Dakota State.  You want to fix the BCS? One could argue for taking away the ACC’s automatic bid and making them split it with the Big lEast, and then make the MWC and WAC fight over the other one. Problem solved.

That running back that Michigan lets throw the ball is pretty good.  Of course, their opponent wasn’t called Notre Ame for nothing… It would be interesting to see how the game would be different with Irish starting QB Crist in for the entire game, especially given what we’ve seen from the Wolverine defense.

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The Week That Were- Opening Weekend 2010!

Written September 6th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Late Sunday/early Monday during the season (what can I say- west coast timezone), tBBC will be bringing you reflections on that week’s game. And, since it’s always great to have mood music to read to, let’s start with this clip from Pitchfork’s top ten videos from the ’90′s

All is right with the world- football is back, baby! And what a slate of games we had… although, for Buckeye fans, it all seems anticlimactic after Thursday night, amiright?

Ignore Akbar at your peril

In case you’ve forgotten, Houston Nutt has a penchant for overtime games, being on the sidelines for several of the longest contests in history while at Arkansas.  The one thing, though- he needs to remember how to “win” in OT and not just “play for OT”, as the Rebels were upset Saturday by the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State. As a public service announcement, tBBC would like to remind you that Jeremiah Masoli is now 0-2 in his last two games. Best part? Ole’ Miss paid $300,000 for the pleasure of the upset. Almost as much fun as my favorite season opener ever.

We talked about Mich1gAAn during the livechat, and will do so again later on Monday. I will say this; their version of the wildcat offense looked pretty good. And UConn’s defense and offense looked pretty terrible. In my opinion, the highlight wasn’t the running game but something far more significant.

Kentucky’s new coach beat Louisville’s new coach, in the first match up of these two teams while each had an African American at the helm.  Interestingly enough, Kentucky’s three major programs (UK, UofL, WKU) are all led by African American head coaches- there are only nine others in Division 1A (FBS, whatever). For the Kats and Cards, it’s probably exciting to talk about coaches and not use the word “investigation” or “payoff“.

Late Saturday night “Ohio’s BCS Team” gave up a late comeback to lose to Fresno State… Are we sure they didn’t import the entire Western Michigan team along with their coach? In addition on Thursday, The Utes upset the Pitt Stachers, in overtime. Let’s see- UofL, UC, UConn, Pitt all blow opening weekend games… Yup, Big lEast it is. I hope Jim Delaney was watching as he ponders even more expansion options… each of these teams has a chance to win that conference. Read More

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