This… Is… Silver Bullet Points

Written September 26th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Gotta have the right ammo

If you’re reading this, you’ve survived Bloody Tuesday… don’t you just hate corporate bonding retreats?  Here’s some happy music to get you through the day.

Buckeye 411

  • Seeking Hyde- Tuesday, Coach Meyer indicated that all signs pointed to Carlos Hyde being cleared to play this weekend against Michigan State, but admitted that they’d know more after Tuesday/Wednesday’s practices.  We’ll keep you updated, but I’m excited to see some of the personnel groupings if Carlos can go- Hall at “Flex” back? Multiple TEs?  The mind, it is boggled.
  • Things That Go Bump In The Night- I’m not the only one excited about what weapons abound for the Buckeyes; in Tuesday’s B1G teleconference, Coach Dantonio stated that the weapons and playmakers that Ohio State had frightened him.
  • Getting Defensive- Also in the teleconference, Coach Meyer said that Ohio State’s distinction as the last team in the conference defensively was something that needed to change in a hurry.  If you would have told me in August that OSU would be last in defense at the beginning of conference play and that Wisconsin would be at the bottom offensively, I would have asked you to reevaluate your medicinal regimen.
  • Running Silent-  As they did last year prior to the OSU game, Michigan State’s assistant coaches and players have been declared “off limits” for the media this week. Interestingly, though, this is also the week that Gameday will be on campus, doing pre-game interviews and all that.  You’ve got to wonder, given what Ohio State’s local media experienced this summer, if ESPN has asked the school to give them an “exclusive” of sorts.
  • Saying Goodbye- There’s a great article at NJ.Com about our friend Jason Winrow- well worth the read. Also, the memorial service is Thursday at 4:00 pm in the Fawcett Center on campus.  Additionally, Dom Tiberi reported this evening that a fund has been established in Jason’s honor in order to assist his wife and kids; donations can be made to the Jason Winrow Memorial Fund at any Chase Bank.
  • The Dark Meyer Rises: Tuesday’s “What in the heck just happened?” internet moment that I’ve watched waaay too many times now: Read More

The Week That Were: 09.22.12

Written September 24th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

And now, it gets real. Conference season. No more cupcakes… although, that hasn’t worked out all that well for a lot of teams.  Today’s soundtrack is from this week’s release, and was chosen just to make our friend Bacon happy.

Quack

Let’s start out west this week, which gives me a chance to do two of my favorite things in the world.  The first is to enjoy this moment: Oh, Rich Rod face, how I’ve missed your sublime poignancy. The second is to post a great FanShot, sent to us from pretty choice seats in Eugene… lots of people making their “O” face in that game, for sure. As a reminder, if you go to a game this year, send us a photo and we’ll run it on Monday mornings.

So, let’s talk about the Ducks.  The wife and I watched the game… at least until Arizona threw a 4th and goal interception in the third quarter. After that, the fate of the Wildcats was sealed and we headed onto other things (Food Network, Ahoy!). ‘Cause here’s the fact- Oregon may take some time to warm up, but once they find weakness they will attack and attack and attack… and the next thing you know, you lose 49-0. Well, until they play a team with a defensive front, that is.

While the Ducks are still doing what they do, I’ve got to tip my hat a bit to Arizona- it was fun to watch the Rodriguez offense again and only have a little bit of hatred for the passes to the slot receivers and so forth. He’ll do well in Tuscon, particularly given that the transition won’t be as drastic as it was heading from Morgantown to Ann Arbor… and he probably doesn’t have alumni and former coaches trying to sabotage him as well.

In fact, I’d love to see RRod’s former team play the one he just faced- What WVa is doing offensively is probably the only thing that can match with the speed and scoring ability that we’re seeing in Eugene. Granted, they only managed 31 against a pretty bad Maryland team, but the potential is there.  A bowl game between Chip Kelly and Dana Holgorsen would certainly surpass the UW/Baylor game from last year, and would feature some of the most unique costumes uniforms in college sports.

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tBBC Postgame Show: Miami

Written September 18th, 2011 by Eric

Eric is joined by Michael of OHD, Josh (Bacon Ninja) of Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Marcus Hartman of Buckeye Sports Bulletin on this week’s postgame show. The crew breaks down the tough 24-6 loss the Buckeyes suffered at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes, particularly focusing on the atrocious quarterbacking play.

There were positive takeaways from the game, and the team spends as much time talking about the things that Ohio State did right as the things they did very very wrong.

All this and more on this week’s BBC Postgame Show!



Are you not Entertained? Miami Edition

Written September 18th, 2011 by Eric

I’m pretty certain the answer is “no”, but let’s look at each individual point anyway just to be sure.

Mali

Braxton Miller saw game time against the Hurricanes.

Brax Attack. Well, he saw the field. That’s about all we can say.

Jacory Harris’ New Name. Jacory Harris played better than last season, though he did hand the ball over a few times – and nearly put OSU back in the game in the end.

Florida Pride. Hyde and Sabino played tough, does that count?

Game Commentary. The commentary was absolutely focused on the game. At some point, though, I think Buckeye fans almost would have rather been thinking about the offseason.

No False Starts. Keep asking Mali.

Jim

No turnovers. The young gun gave it up twice – though both were due more to great play from the Miami defense than his own failings. However, he still tried to put the ball where he shouldn’t have on the tipped interception, and he left the ball floating out away from his body on the punched out fumble.

Enthusiasm and hitting. It took a little while but we saw it eventually. Though, it disappeared more often as the defense wore down.

Big time players making big time plays. I’m pretty certain Joe Bauserman cemented his name in Buckeye History, but not in a good way.

Jordan Hall in space. He certainly was a nice change of pace! Early in the game, Hall was averaging more than 13 yards per carry, and ended above 6. That’s some great running from a solid back.

Braxton Miller on the field. He was there, that’s about all we can say on that account.
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Miami smothers Ohio State 24-6

Written September 17th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes took to the road for the first time this season to visit Miami at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.  From the moment the teams took the field, Miami was clearly the better football team, and demonstrated it by shutting Ohio State’s offense down nearly completely on route to a 24-6 victory.  Ohio State’s only successful offensive players were Jordan Hall with 14 carries for 87 yards and Carlos Hyde with 12 carries for 54 yards.  Neither quarterback had a completion percentage beyond 20% on the game.

The game started with the Buckeyes in possession of the football and Joe Bauserman under center.  It’s also worth noting that despite Jordan Hall’s return from suspension the Bucks started out handing the ball off to Carlos Hyde.  Clearly the coaches were sufficiently happy with the work Carlos has done this season to warrant him continuing to start for this team.  Unfortunately, Bauserman was unable to connect on pass plays on 2nd and 3rd down and the Bucks were forced to punt.

On the first play from scrimmage for the Hurricane’s offense, Jacory Harris handed the ball off to Lamar Miller who blitzed through the center of the OSU defense for 54 yards.  The play immediately put Miami in scoring position and set the Buckeye defense back on their heels.  A couple plays later, from three yards out, Jacory Harris found Allen Hurns unguarded in the endzone for the first touchdown of the game.

Despite the rough start, the Buckeyes showed confidence in their gameplan and put “The Baus” back in the game.  Instead of Hyde, however, the Bucks brought Jordan Hall into the game, and even managed to find him on a wheel route out of the backfield.  Again, however, the Buck’s drive ended in a three-and-out.  Benjamin, Miami’s star receiver and return man, succeeded in returning the resulting punt to near the 50, showing great speed on the play to get around the corner of the OSU coverage unit.

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Ohio State at Miami (FL) LiveBlog

Written September 17th, 2011 by Eric

It’s that time again, time for another great BBC gameday LiveBlog!

As usual, we’re joined by Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Our Honor Defend, and Fox Sports Ohio today. Make sure to stop by and check out what they’ve been saying this week.

You can find lots of BBC coverage of the Miami game at the following links:
- Keys to the Game
- Pregame BBC Radio Hour
- What the BBC writers wanted to see
- Our give and take with allCanes.com

Go Bucks!

The Flag Heard ’round the World

Written September 16th, 2011 by Eric

This article originally ran on September 8th, 2010 in the week leading up to last year’s battle between Ohio State and Miami. We post it again heading into tomorrow’s game with the Hurricanes.

This? This could be legal.

There have been few calls in the history of college football that have had earth shattering impacts on the entire collegiate fanbase.  The mysterious 5th down in the Missouri/Colorado game comes to mind as one of the absolute worst.  But in more recent times the first call that will pop off the tongue of anyone old enough is the “Pass Interference” call in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

There has been an awful lot of time wasted in discussion of the topic.  Absolutely everyone has an opinion on it whether or not their favorite team was directly involved in the game.  It has gotten absolutely out of control despite some attempts to end the controversy and despite a few posts of a more vociferous variety. Of course, there have been more than a few attempts to exacerbate it and turn it into a larger than life disaster of epic proportions.

ESPN has begun talking up the pass interference call, along with other major media outlets, mostly because they know the topic sells.  This is, of course, one reason why I’m going to get my shot in on the argument – I’m tired of the fact that this is the one play from that game that everyone remembers.

My hope is to objectively analyze the play from the very basics of the rules.  The question in mind is “Does the defensive player clearly violate the rules as set forth in the College Football Rulebook?”  Of course, in this day and age we’re capable of doing that simply by downloading the appropriate rulebook (pdf)!

Yea yea, that’s not the 2002 rulebook.  I pull that one out later.  That’s the current rulebook which I desperately wanted an excuse to toss out there for you, our loyal readers, to see and enjoy this season.

Lets start off by first setting the stage.  During the first overtime of the 2002 National Championship, Maimi of Florida held the lead after scoring a touchdown on their attempt.  Ohio State was trying to drive the 25 yards but had met stiff resistance.  A spectacular 17 yard play on 4th and 14 to Michael Jenkins put the Buckeyes in good field position but it was squandered.  With the Buckeyes looking at 4th and a 3 from the 5, Craig Krenzel dropped back to throw..

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What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Miami Edition

Written September 16th, 2011 by Eric

It’s the first official test of the season for the young Buckeyes, and they get an infusion of some of their best talent with the return of Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown to the field.  Let’s see what the guys wanted for tomorrow.

Mali

Lots of people want to see this guy go against Miami.

Brax Attack. It will mean that a) he’s healthy, b) we’re in a position to play him (up on the scoreboard?) c) Miami has to figure out what to do next… plus, it’ll keep him further away from those pesky headsets.

Jacory Harris’ New Name. I’d be ok with “Ja-five-ry”… he’ll have almost an extra week to prepare, I’d like for him to visit Howard Island at least once.

Florida Pride. A number of Buckeyes from the “Sunshine and Tourist and Old Retirees State”, it’d be great for Brewster and Hyde and Sabino and Berry and Howard to have big games at home.

Game Commentary. With what’s been going on in Columbus and Coral Gables, I wonder how much time will be spent actually discussing football (oh, and not re-hashing the Fiesta Bowl)?  I’m also curious to see, since this is an “ACC on ESPN” game, if the magnitude of commentary will reflect the magnitude of allegations (8 players vs 60+).

No False Starts. I’ll stop asking once we meet this goal.

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