Numero Uno

Written September 4th, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

Nope, not that one

number1With kickoff of the 120th season of Buckeye football mere hours away, it’s time to celebrate being on top.

As St. Woody once said, “Without winners, there’d be no civilization.”

And he should know. At the end of the season, The Ohio State University left the field as the number one team in the land seven times, five of them under Coach Hayes’ watch.

The other two championships came under Coach Paul Brown (1942) and Coach Jim Tressel (2002), the last of which was the culmination of a 14-0 season.

Tomorrow, as we sit back to watch the scarlet and gray begin yet another quest, let’s enjoy the moment as much as the monument they are striving for.

Polls, BCS systems, Congress, television networks, and others may have opinions on who the number one team in the land is, but for the young men who strap on their helmets, it’s only important to be the best one play at a time.

The rest will work itself out.

Go Bucks!

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.Oh, OK- Here’s a video of #1 Boom Herron against MACh1gAAn…


Dropping a deuce – Part Four – Cris Carter

Written September 3rd, 2009 by Jeff

Two days before kickoff.  48 hours.  Are you ready?

In keeping with the tradition of our countdown format, we bring you a player who has worn #2 for the Buckeyes.  But Jeebus, who to pick????  Oh, the hell with it…..let’s just do a series of our #2 legends!

Our final honoree of the day, the legend himself, Cris Carter!

Sometimes you wondered if Carter even needed a second hand....

Sometimes you wondered if Carter even needed a second hand....

There is nothing more that can ever be said about Carter. He was a legend while in a Buckeye uniform, and he stayed that way throughout his NFL career. We thank him for all the amazing catches, and we honor him to this day all over Buckeye Nation.

And if you ask Vico over at Our Honor Defend, he’ll show you a picture of me on ABC from the 1987 Ohio State-Michigan game, which shows me going nuts in Ann Arbor wearing a Cris Carter jersey.

But this year, we’ll be thanking the entire Carter family for being loyal to Columbus. Carter’s son, Duron is a freshman WR on the team. We all can’t wait to see those magic Carter hands in action again.

One additional note – Carter is on the short list for the NFL Hall Of Fame next year. If he makes it, The BBC will be hosting a party in Canton Ohio for all Buckeye fans! We promise!

Thank you, Carter family!

2 days to go!!!!

Dropping a deuce – Part Three – Mike Doss

Written September 3rd, 2009 by Jeff

Two days before kickoff.  48 hours.  Are you ready?

In keeping with the tradition of our countdown format, we bring you a player who has worn #2 for the Buckeyes.  But Jeebus, who to pick????  Oh, the hell with it…..let’s just do a series of our #2 legends!

Part 3 belongs to a guy from Canton, Ohio – Mike Doss.

Makin' the Buckeye legends happy

Makin' the Buckeye legends happy

When the 2001 season ended, Ohio State had compiled a 7-5 record and lost their bowl game. Junior defensive back Mike Doss was already hearing the NFL calling his name. Nobody would have said boo if he declared himself eligible for the draft.

But he saw something in the Buckeyes that the rest of the NCAA didn’t. He saw the realistic potential for a National Championship the following season. So he stayed. A rookie coach with a 7-5 squad, and he wanted to stay and win a title….damn, THAT is pride!

“My one goal, it was to win a National Championship. I won a championship on every level since I was 8 years old, and to come back and to get it done, I give all glory to God, and I thank the best damn fans in the land.”

A simple request to any Buckeye fan who ever runs into Doss – make sure you THANK the man for that. He stayed on and you know what happened….he didn’t lose a single game in his senior season, and that 14-0 Buckeye squad won the whole enchilada down in Tempe.

One last note – go back and look at the picture at the top of this post again….look at the faces on the sidelines behind Doss. Ever seen Eddie George and Kirk Herbstreit look so happy?

Dropping a deuce – Part Two – Malcolm Jenkins

Written September 3rd, 2009 by Jeff

Two days before kickoff.  48 hours.  Are you ready?

In keeping with the tradition of our countdown format, we bring you a player who has worn #2 for the Buckeyes.  But Jeebus, who to pick????  Oh, the hell with it…..let’s just do a series of our #2 legends!

Next up, Malcolm Jenkins!

2 - Jenkins

It’s going to be hard to imagine a defense without Jenkins on the field. He’s been with us as a strength since the 2006 season, and he has saved many a game for the Buckeyes.

We salute Jenkins with one of his biggest highlights of the 2008 season (although bodyslamming that Michigan player in the first quarter last year ranks high on the list).

At Wisconsin last year, the Buckeyes trailed the Badgers 17-13 late in the game. Another #2, Terrelle Pryor led the offense the field to take the lead 20-13 with 1 minute left, but there was still time left on the clock for Wisky to make a final drive to tie it or win it. there was time for about 7 or 8 plays if they played their hurry-up offense right.

Or, if they throw it to Jenkins’ side of the field, there was time for just one play and then go into the locker room on the losing side.

The first play of Wisconsin’s final drive…..

Here’s to you, Malcolm!

2 days left!

Dropping a deuce – Part One – Terrelle Pryor

Written September 3rd, 2009 by Jeff

Two days before kickoff.  48 hours.  Are you ready?

In keeping with the tradition of our countdown format, we bring you a player who has worn #2 for the Buckeyes.  But Jeebus, who to pick????  Oh, the hell with it…..let’s just do a series of our #2 legends!

Let’s start with our current hero, Terrelle Pryor.

LeBron In Cleats sees you, but you won't see him until he's past you.

Pryor sees you, but you won't see him until he's past you.

Pryor has been given an appropriate nickname by the guys at Eleven Warriors….”LeBron In Cleats”. Admit it, you love it.

Pryor is entering his sophomore year at quarterback for Ohio State, and he’s already the team leader. When college football analysts begin to talk about the fresh faces that the Buckeyes will field, and how that will be a problem for Ohio State, they never mention Pryor. He’s already considered a veteran for the Bucks. When was the last time a sophomore QB for any team was looked upon in that light (besides Saint Tebow)???

LeBron In Cleats begins his second season at Ohio State the day after tomorrow, and we all expect to see a bevy of highlights. Of course, The Buckeye Battle Cry will be replaying those highlights as much as we can, but let’s just relive some of his highlights now. Sit back and enjoy…

Now are you ready?

And that’s a magic number…..

Written September 2nd, 2009 by Jeff

Holy crap, only three days to go. Let’s show you the best play by a Buckeye ever to not reach the end zone….

Thank you, Dimitrious Stanley.

3 Days until kickoff!!!!

Four he’s a jolly good fellow…

Written September 1st, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

scene: My house, immediately following Super Bowl XLIII

*phone rings*

Me: Hello?

Mom: Hi, honey… did you watch the big game?

Me: Of course. Everyone’s here, and we just finished the chili.

Mom: Wasn’t it exciting? With the running and stuff?

Me: Yup. Especially the stuff part, mom.

Mom: I was really hoping that that nice Warner boy would win… You know he loves Jesus, and his wife seems so stylish

Me: Sure…

Mom: That last catch- wasn’t that amazing? I didn’t know that San Antonio  was that good.

Me: Well, you should have. We watched him all through college. He’s a Buckeye.

Mom: Really ? I thought he was from Texas…

Me: No kidding… Wonder why you thought that?

Mom: Well, I wanted to call and say “hi”.  Have fun with the rest of your little party.

Me: Thanks, mom. Enjoy the Mary Tyler Moore re-runs.

Mom (laughing): How did you know? I think this is the crazy one where Lou gets so angry…

Me: Aren’t they all. Bye mom.

end scene

With four days to kickoff, who else but “San Antonio” to get us ready for amazing things yet to come:

Oh, OK. Here’s Herbie’s only highlight- stop emailing me, Corso:

Four more days!!

Five… and counting

Written August 31st, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

Since we’ve entered “game week”, it would make sense to highlight Michael Wiley or the great James Laughlin, 1979 team MVP.

Actually, since Jim’s blocked punt in the 1979 MACh1gAAn game led to another loss by TTUN, and since we seem to be making a lot of friends from “bluer” websites, let’s take day five in a different direction.

As in the last five versions of The Game:

2004- 37 to 21 Troy and Teddy lead to the upset of the #7 team in the nation.

2005- 25 to 21 “The Catch”. Oh, and the amazing tackle by Shawn Crable on Ohio State’s last score.

2006- 42 to 39 The Game of the Century. #1 vs. #2. Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and the Buckeyes win again, with help from Morgan Trent and Shawn Crable.

2007- 14 to 3 All Beanie, All Day. Plus, Jake Long allows Chad Henne into the Gun Show that is Vernon Gholston.

2008- 42 to 7 Goodbye, Beanie. Hello, Boom and Terrelle.

Just think, if they hadn’t been breaking all of those practice and training rules, they would have been shut out.

To be honest, the best thing about day five  is that next year we’ll be able to use this template for countdown day six.