Silver Bullet Points Looks For Heroes

Written January 25th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Weekly updates and miscellany from around the world of college sports…

Urban Meyer's Secret Identity?

Buckeye 411

  • Hoops, There It Is- #Hop2theRafters
  • We’re Stars- With the Senior Bowl nigh upon us, we’ve been hearing good things about the former Buckeyes in attendance. Mike Adams, in particular, is getting rave reviews; his form and size have many projecting him into the first round. Mike Brewster has been, according to report, owning Michigan’s Mike Martin (what else is new?), and things are getting a bit chippy between the two. DeVier has been rumored to have a case of the dropsies, and we haven’t heard much from Boom as of yet.
  • Don’t Just Take Our Word For It- From an article on the Cleveland Browns website about DeVier, it sounds a bit like he picked up with Tressel was laying down,

“To be able to lead, you have to serve first,” Posey said. “I feel like being on scout team, helping the younger guys and being in the meeting room and telling them the little tips that I have allowed me to understand the game more and it humbled me as well. That’s what I needed going into this process and going to the next level. Through this process, everything you hear is what you can’t do and everyone’s tearing you down. Going through the draft, you’re going to hear a lot of negative things and then, when you get into camp as well, you have to be humble as well. You have to serve the team and show them you can play. I felt like I learned all those lessons this past year.”

  • Don’t Just Take Our Word For It, Part Two-  Again, from the Browns’ website, Mike Brewster said that his work at OSU prepared him well,

“Every day at practice was a challenge, so I definitely think that will pay dividends,” Brewster said of Ohio State. “It really comes in the preparation the last couple weeks and really, four years of college. Now, it’s just show time and it’s time to go out there and do it. Anytime you get a chance to go against the best, you want to measure yourself.”

  • Crunching Numbers At Crunch Time- Even though we’ve hit a lull in the Urban Meyer Recruiting Cavalcade, there are still worries that Ohio State might have some issues when it comes to making the 2012 class fit under the 82 scholarship limit imposed by the NCAA.  The Dispatch takes a close look at the numbers, while the OZone’s Brandon Castel has some insider information on some of the attrition that usually happens when there’s a change in coaching. While we (and our friends at Oversigning.com) will be watching the numbers closely to see if there are any SEC shenanigans, it should be remembered that this is not something Urban’s been wont to do. Oh, and Cincinnati has over thirty current verbals. I guess Ohio’s BCS team is trying to become Ohio’s SEC team.
  • You Will Comply- The Lantern has an update on the move to make athletic compliance a part of the larger University oversight.
  • Urban Sez- Bonus material from the interview with the BTN-

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Silver Bullet Points Reads Up

Written January 11th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Books. Saving Lives For Years.

With the “off season” (or as Urban calls it- “Hunting Season”) upon us, SBP takes a bit of a different twist. Usually focused on news and updates from OSU press conferences and weekly preparation, during the off season, we’ll use this spot to affirm my ADD and help you stay on top of news from the national scene. In other words- things that you might have missed or will want to print to read during those boring meetings or  your “consulting” trips to the washroom. I read it so you don’t have to.

Bowl championship Series

But because the agreement between cable network and bowl series has to make you wonder where the relationship between ESPN and the football it pretends to cover begins and ends. Are they partners? Is this a legitimate subject-reporter situation? Once ESPN buys access to an event don’t they then turn from journalist to promoter?

Don’t answer.

Everyone already knows.

When ESPN selectively covers stories, as it does during a college football season, and attempts to dictate what is news and what is not to the public, how can any of us not be left wondering if they’re really reporting the news or simply protecting their bowl-week product? After all, they’re in this thing together now. When they’re slow to break a story, can we be sure why?

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Buckeye LiveBlog: M*ch*g*n

Written November 26th, 2011 by Eric

Today, the Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to participate in the first competitive version of The Game for the last several years.

We’ll be here chatting our way through it with all of our blog friends: The Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.

The Game kicks off at Noon, the LiveBlog will lead off at 11:30.

Go Bucks, Beat M*ch*g*n!

Shots from the Shoe – Penn State

Written November 22nd, 2011 by Eric

Dr. Jon Woods dots the I in the first ever Second Script in a single game.

I’m not going to wax philosophic after that Penn State game.  Being in the stadium for Dr. Wood’s last home game was wonderful – particularly getting a chance to shake his hand and thank him for everything after the game.  The game, though, left a lot to be desired.

  • The Buckeye fans were wonderful during the game.  Lots of people will point to the fact that the PSU team was booed when they came into the stadium.  I will simply point out (and it’s something that has always annoyed me) that every team is booed coming into the stadium.  I can think of no better way to show respect to the other team given the situation then to treat them no differently than you would have otherwise.  It’s like the whole situation never happened.

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Buckeyes Fall Short On Senior Day, Lose 20-14 to Penn State

Written November 19th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

It was a memorable Senior Day in Columbus, although not the memories that Buckeye fans were hoping for.  Ohio State’s offense continued to struggle against a solid PSU defense, and the Buckeye D were unable to effectively stop the big plays as Penn State moved to a Wildcat package to have success running the ball.

After returning from his 10 game suspension, Devier Posey received a warm welcome at his introduction during the Senior celebration; there was speculation that the fans might not have responded well to the last member of the Tat 5. His presence helped in the game, but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Ohio State deferred to the second half, and PSU started on the OSU 20 after a huge kick. However, on the first play, Howard committed pass interference after biting on the play action.  OSU’s D managed to shut out the Lions on first and second down, but gave up a slant for the first. PSU went to the wildcat, with Drake taking the snap and handing off to Green; who burst up the middle (and past Ryan Shazier) and ran 39 yards for the early PSU touchdown.

Ohio State’s Offense started with a run up the middle. Surprise, right? Miller took a sack on second down, and completed a pass to DeVier on a broken play. A pass to Herron on first down fell incomplete, but Miller’s keeper on the option look picked up eight yards; Boom picked up the first down off tackle. Boom was tripped up after a three yard gain on first down, but picked up nothing on the second.  A fumbled snap on third down, and Buchanan came out and punted into the endzone.
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Buckeye LiveBlog: Penn State

Written November 19th, 2011 by Eric

The Penn State Nittany Lions come to Columbus tomorrow to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes, and we’ll be here to chat through the action!

As usual, you’ll be able to talk with your favorite bloggers: OSU Silver Bullet, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, The Buckeye Blog, Our Honor Defend, Buckeye House Call, and Fox Sports Ohio.

The game kicks at 3:30, with the LiveBlog starting around 3.

Go Bucks!

What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Penn State Edition

Written November 18th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

It’s Senior Day in the ‘Shoe, and we put together a wish list for what we’d like to give them all as going away presents:

Eric

  • Ohio Stadium-  I’ll be attending the game, and let me tell you I desperately want to see

    Welcome Back

    this building again.

  • The Best from Buckeye Fans- It shouldn’t have to be said in order for OSU fans to be as respectful as possible, but let’s remember that the PSU players are not responsible for what happened.  If anything, they deserve our applause for continuing to play hard despite this dreadful situation.  A lesser team would have completely folded already.
  • 100 Yards from DeVier Posey- He’s not supposed to start, but he will play.  Here’s hoping Braxton Miller can hit him plenty of times.
  • 100 Yards from Boom Herron- I was disappointed that he didn’t break 100 against Purdue, but with Posey back he at least stands a chance against PSU.  That’s assuming, of course, that Penn State actually starts to respect our passing game.
  • A passing game that Penn State has to respect- Yea, like I said.  Make the Nittany Lions respect our ability to throw and it will open up what we do best – running the football down defenses’ throats.
  • A pick-six- Penn State is famous these days for throwing pick-sixes in Ohio Stadium.  I would definitely like to see that streak continue.

Chris

  • Boom goes the dynamite – This is Boom’s last appearance in the ‘Shoe. I think something in the vicinity of 25 carries for 200 yards and a pair of TDs will do nicely. It would give Boom a nice send off for what has been a tough season in Columbus.
  • A pocket full of Poseys – Same goes for Devier. His first game back. I would love to see the offense target Devier 10-15 times at least. He needs to become a threat down field. The Buckeyes need to go to him early and often.
  • Shazier sharp defense – I think we all love what Ryan Shazier can do, but I was impressed watching the energy the guy brought to the field. There aren’t too many excitable coaches on this staff or on this defense. Shazier can inject some fun and energy into the game, and this may be just what the Silver Bullets need.
  • A senior moment - Maybe this year hasn’t been up to snuff for what the Buckeyes normally on the field.  This however is a very resilient class. They have put up with a ton of garbage that no senior class should have to put up with. I would love nothing more for there to be a great send off for a great senior class. Read More

Scarlet and Gray Q&A – Week Eleven

Written November 16th, 2011 by Chris

What is it about Ross-Ade Stadium? The stadium, with the obscenely big press box, always turns into a house of horrors when the Buckeyes take the field in on Purdue’s campus.

Lots and lots and lots of questions

Whatever you think plagued the scarlet and gray this past weekend, one theory that has been floated out there is the pressure of mistakes from the past. Perhaps exercising the demons of past losses proved to be a tougher challenge for this young Buckeye team. Not to mention the fact that this actually is a fairly talented Boilermaker squad.

As I stated in last week’s column, this was a game that scared the daylights out of me. Ohio State didn’t handle the spread offense the week before, and I figured a better version of that offense would have a better success this past weekend. If you think about it, the fact that the Buckeyes were even in this football game at the end is a small miracle. The fact that the scarlet and gray even had a chance to win the football game at the end was impressive, considering they had no business winning the football game the way they played.

Now that I got that off my chest, let’s get into a little Scarlet and Gray Q&A.

The running game was rather poor this past weekend. Who’s to blame? Read More