The Week That Were: 11.19.11

Written November 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

After yesterday’s slate of games, the soundtrack for this episode should be pretty obvious.  Onward!

Ain’t chaos beautiful?  While the end result may be less than desirable, you’ve got to be amazed at the ways that each week is different, each week has the possibility for the unexpected and amazing.  And this week was proof positive that the football gods have both a sense of humor AND a mischievous side.

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We start on Friday, with a shout out and hat tip to our BFF’s from Ames who saw their mighty Cyclones upset the #2 ranked Cowboys of T. Boone Pickens U. It was a perfect “storm” of sorts- ISU’s freshman quarterback played the game of his life, while Gundy’s squad seemed incapable of being able to hang onto the ball and put points on the board.  Somehow, a team that managed to shut out Texas Tech at home couldn’t cover a basic wheel route; a Cyclone TD and a senior citizen moment from Weeden ended any hopes that Oklahoma State had at playing for the national championship… at least, so it would seem (more later).

Congrats to Coach Paul Rhodes and his staff for getting his team prepared to square off against the ‘Pokes, and for having Iowa State bowl eligible once again.

So- we had early warnings that something was astir in this week’s slate of games, but “The Oracle” was able to solidify our beliefs that it was going to be an unforgettable experience. I’ll just link to Lee Corso’s commentary, since it’s not all that family friendly; let’s remember a) he had a stroke a while back and b) he spoke the truest college preview that’s ever been spoken. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Hunts Tatanka

Written September 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Notes from the Fickell presser, and other happenings around the world of college football, including updated NCAA investigation information (it’s not just us) and the latest on conference expansion.

Straight Shootin'

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- Nathan Williams is still out, and Adam Homan had surgery this week. Andrew Sweat is banged up, but expected to play, but there’s no official word on Philly Brown at this time.
  • Fickell Speaks- If you’re a fan of discussing time outs and so forth, you’d have loved today’s press conference. The long and short of it- He wished he would have called a time out prior to Miami doing so late in the fourth, but was also thinking that the offense would need at least two if they were going to make a comeback from being down two scores.
  • Captain, My Captain- This week’s representatives: John “Sandman” Simon and Zach “Kill Everything That Moves” Boren
  • Just For Giggles- Fickell, on Joe Bauserman being shown laughing on the sidelines late in the game,

I know Joe hurts every bit as bad as I do. Just like me up here, I smile and I show that I’m happy and everything’s going great when my stomach down inside is sometimes in a knot.

No, that’s not something you want to see. Whether he was disguising or masking how his gut felt, I have confidence that Joe hurts every bit as much as I hurt. We try and tell those guys, nothing goes unnoticed whether it’s on the sidelines of a game, whether it’s in a classroom, wherever you are having something to eat. Just make sure you understand that.

But I haven’t noticed anything that would tell me that Joe isn’t 100% with us

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Guest Post- Who’s Next?

Written June 9th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Part two from Ty Kelly’s manifesto after winning our bowl competition; for background, allow him to reintroduce himself.

Time to spin the wheel?

Now, let’s talk about the future of the head football coaching position at The Ohio State University. Clearly, we have to look at it from the administration and the athletic director’s viewpoint – whoever that may be in seven months, (because an argument can be made that A.D. Gene Smith, and Pres. E. Gordon Gee may not last another three months at Ohio State).

Regardless, the 2012 A.D. and OSU brass will likely be looking for three main criteria-

  1. Somebody who has an impressive record of head coaching experience.
  2. A candidate with a proven record not only on the field, but a record of a clean, drama-free program.
  3. Someone with a disciplinarian personality, who can endure the pressures of  the NCAA microscope while executing his duties as CEO of one of the elite Division 1 teams in America.

So…who fit this description ?  Bo Pelini? … Probably.  Jon Gruden? … Maybe. Gary Patterson? Urban Meyer?  Each candidate has their pros and cons. I will go in to full detail for the top tier candidates as to why or why not they may be the head coach at OSU in 2012, and I will briefly go over the rest of the candidates who could be considered viable in the position.

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The Week That Were: 11.06.10

Written November 7th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Our weekly foray into the world of college sports brings with it certain challenges, not the least being the choice of an appropriate soundtrack. For instance, this week we were looking to honor the new month as well as the chaos that’s come out west to the Big 12 teams that travel from home. So, here’s where we ended up- although the sentiment may be a bit misplaced:


This week’s common theme in seems to be that “There’s no place like home”, as teams fell left and right without their home fans and support. Texas certainly proved that they don’t need to be in Austin to look terrible, losing to a Kansas State team that didn’t have a passing yard until after they were up 32-0, and one that only had 9 yards on 2 completions for the night. Five interceptions by Blake Gilbert were enough to do the damage for the Horns; the defensive backs for the Wildcats had more than twice the receptions of their offensive counterparts.

Remember when we laughed at Texas as they fell to Iowa State? Well, Nebraska almost got sucked into the cyclone as well, winning in OT when ISU’s fake extra point was intercepted. Granted, the Huskers were using their third string QB and were without Roy Helu, but still; there may be something happening in Ames. Read More

I beg to differ…

Written August 17th, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

The Oklahoman has an interesting article today by Jake Trotter, which attempts to compare the current status of the Oklahoma Sooner and Ohio State Buckeye programs.

Seems like the good folks in Norman need to figure out a way to reconcile their recent problems, and have settled on the “I’m not the only one” strategy that’s worked so well in elementary school recesses for years.

Trotter writes-

Of the last six BCS National Championships, five have been lost by either OU or Ohio State. And only one of those defeats came by less than double digits.

It goes beyond that.

Ohio State has lost five straight to Top 5 teams. OU hasn’t won a BCS bowl game since 2002. It’s hard to believe with all the promise the two programs held at the beginning of the decade.

While true, that glosses over the fact that Ohio State has been better over the same time period.

For instance, the Buckeyes have gone 2- 3 in BCS games since their national championship season (including a victory over the KSU team that upset the Sooners, and a last second loss last year to the Texas team that dominated the Sooners in the fourth quarter of their matchup).

Meanwhile, since their championship, Oklahoma is 1-5 in BCS games. Three of those losses were in BCS Championships- one being a 30 point blowout. One of the other losses is considered one of the greatest upsets of all times. The other was a blowout loss to a team that was a significant underdog.

So- Buckeyes and Sooners birds of a feather? Not at all. Although, you’ll not hear about that on ESPN.

In fact, Trotter himself seems to admit as much in his reflection on the state of OU fans-

Of more than 100 OU fans polled last weekend during Meet The Sooners Day, one-third said they’d rather see OU win the Cotton Bowl this season than lose the national title game again.

Huh. Wonder why they feel that way? Could it be that they’re 1-3 against their rival in games played at the Cotton Bowl during the last four years?

And the Buckeyes? Well… I’m sure any MACh1gAAn fan can tell you what it’s been like to be the Buckeyes’ rival since Tressel arrived.