Silver Bullet Points- Reloaded

Written September 15th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Like the annual haircut (whether needed or not), a new “look” makes a world of difference, no? Since all of the cool kids were getting new school clothes, we thought in only appropriate to join in on the blog couture arms race.

Big thanks to Chad of Digital:Construct, an OSU alum who was great to work with (even upgraded the old Etch-a-Sketch) throughout the process.

Now, news and notes from the intertubes:

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report- As mentioned in the comments, CJ Barnett is out for the season after suffering a knee injury against the Hurricanes. While this leaves the Buckeyes a bit thin in the secondary, the good news is that Orhian Johnson is more than capable and was the anticipated starter until injuries impacted his fall practice. There is a possibility of a redshirt, but that’s a discussion from another day.
  • Tress Press Conference- Believe it or not, the Buckeyes actually performed better than Miami in the special teams game, according to the Senator. While the two returns for TDs (first time in Ohio Stadium history) stick in everyone’s minds, the rest of the kicking game was all sorts of win: great yardage on returns and only one missed field goal as contrasted to a missed and blocked field goal and only two returns of significance.  Again, the Vests’ perspective… I just link to this stuff.
  • Tress Press, Continued- Barclay, Chekwa, Pryor, Boren, Larimore with “winning” performances or team accolades; Coach Tressel took the blame for not preparing Terrelle better for the type of situation the Buckeyes encountered at the end of the first half; Not looking past Ohio- well coached, disciplined, blah blah blah
  • Jim Tressel, Comedian- Best part of the press conference, by far:

REPORTER: You’ve lost 41 times playing other Ohio colleges.

COACH TRESSEL: You said that last year but you used 40.

REPORTER: Can you imagine what it would be like –

COACH TRESSEL: You asked the same question. You’ve got to get new material.

REPORTER: I need a better answer maybe.

COACH TRESSEL: What was my answer last time?

REPORTER: I don’t remember.

COACH TRESSEL: Then how do you know it wasn’t good? You weren’t pleased with it, but you don’t know what it was. Man!

  • Awkward Thanksgiving Dinner- One of the big stories this week will be Devier Posey going against his older brother, a starting DB for the Bobcats.  Justin Boren talks about it with the OZone, and the general overview is that, yeah, there’ll be a lot of chatter going on.

Miami news

  • Another Excuse- You want to know what cost the Hurricanes the game? You REALLY want to know? What some fans of ‘Da U will be complaining about for the next seven more years? Twitter.
  • This Week In Schadenfreude- Our friend Josh Winslow caught this after the game. Sad panda ibis?

No Clue At All: I know I’m a little late on this, but it’s been a busy week…

  • Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is- Both Michael Wilbon and Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky have both weighed in on the situation with Georgia’s A.J. Green being suspended for selling a jersey while the NCAA, Nike, and the University are making theirs. Meanwhile…
  • The “Two” Is For “Second Class Citizen”- Over at the Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis, the golf program found itself on a two year probation due to the head coach participating

in various online fantasy football and baseball leagues. In all instances, he paid an entry fee and played for a chance to win prizes, which meets the NCAA definition of sports wagering.

Not only did the former head coach participate in wagering, he also purchased an online fantasy football business and oversaw its operations as part owner and managing partner. In 2008, the former volunteer coach, who was already employed by the university at the time, was hired by the former head coach to work in this business. The former volunteer coach acted as “commissioner” of the fantasy leagues, coordinating the competitions and monitoring the selection of players by those who paid entry fees to participate. In the spring of 2008, he traveled to Las Vegas to oversee a live “draft.”

Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #1 Troy Smith

Written August 30th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Troy Smith (2004-2006)

They could make a movie about Troy Smith’s journey at Ohio State. From an athlete who struggled to find a position on the team to a Heisman winning quarterback, the path Smith took was incredible, and there were many ups and downs along the way.

Troy’s transformation from an athlete into a quarterback was almost as drastic as his transformation from an immature college student into one of the best leaders to ever play at Ohio State.

Smith had a few run ins with trouble (including accepting illegal benefits that resulted in a two game suspension) but he learned from them and grew from them like only a true champion could. Read More

Number nine… number nine…

Written August 24th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Let’s talk legacy, shall we?  You think this year’s #9 has anything to live up to?

Something to look forward to

Not only is he at the university where his dad works, playing on the field where his dad won two Heisman Trophies (only one with two- suck it, Tebow!), when he looks at his number he sees 4+5. Yeah, those are some pretty big cleats to fill. Read More

Heisman-winning quarterback days left!

Written August 23rd, 2010 by Jay


There isn’t a better choice than Mr. Troy Smith to take us into the final 10 days of the countdown.  We haven’t seen Troy yet on the Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade list, but you know he’s got to be on there. Where will he finish in the ranking?  There are only a few spots left…

The USC saga continues

Written July 20th, 2010 by Eric

I win, USC and the NCAA lose. (Getty Images)

ESPiN is reporting that USC has hired a new Athletic Director to replace embattled veteran Mike Garrett.  Garrett, fairly or unfairly viewed as responsible for USC’s disasters off the Football Gridiron has been let go in place of former Trojan’s Quarterback Pat Haden, who also served with NBC covering Notre Dame Football.  Talk about your crappy job posts…

Haden has already come out swinging, declaring that there will be no more cheating at USC.  To that end, USC has decided to return their copy of Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy, choosing to distance themselves from the running back and the troubles that he caused the program.  This decision comes despite the fact that they were not required to return the trophy.  After Mike Garrett’s repeated stance that USC never did anything wrong, this gesture clearly demonstrates a 180 degree switch in USC’s athletic department thinking.

Any guesses on how long Lane Kiffin is likely to last now?

The Day of Reckoning is Nigh

Written June 10th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Hang on… this one needs a soundtrack:

According to the good folks over at ESPN, Southern Cal’s football team has received a two year ban from postseason play, in addition to scholarship reductions and forfeiting wins from at least their 2004 season. According to the LA Times, the Trojans will lose 20 scholarships in football, more than likely over numerous years.

There are still a lot of questions to be answered:

  • What are the specifics of the findings?
  • How will the basketball team be impacted?
  • Will the Heisman committee strip Reggie Bush of the trophy?
  • Is there a finding of either “lack of institutional control” or “repeat violators”?
  • How does Seantrel Henderson’s dad feel about these decisions?

Quick update on this last one- I’d forgotten about this:

Kiffin wanted to reassure the family once more. He spoke with Sean and then Seantrel, a 6-foot-8, 330-pound senior at Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.), telling both that any upcoming penalties from the NCAA’s infractions committee would not make the Trojans ineligible for future bowl games. USC is expected to appear in front of the committee between Feb. 19 and 21 to answer charges of major rules violations.

Yeah.

In addition to being excited to live in Los Angeles while this is all coming down, I’m also looking forward to LSUfreek’s take on this matter.

LSUfreek = Sooper genius

Oh, and bonus BBC points to the best photoshop update of this thing:

As always,  we’ll keep you updated as this continues to develop.

Ohio State’s Best Decade Ever?

Written May 6th, 2010 by Jim

As promised, here is a look at various ten year periods of Ohio State football.

1993-2002

The Cooper years, with some serious 2002 assistance from Tressel.

Record: 97-27-1 (.78226)

vs. Michigan: 4-6

Bowl Games: 4-5

Big Ten Championships: 3

National Championships: 1

All-Americans: 25

All-Big Ten: 51

Heisman Trophy: 1

I threw this one in mostly for fun and cheated by including 2002. Even with that, this ten year period is behind in all categories… but not by much.

The record against Michigan and in bowl games, as well as a lack of Big Ten championships,  is what really brings this decade down a notch. Read More

The Week That Were: 9.26.09

Written September 28th, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

Finishing what Jeff started, as we do every week.

Here’s this week’s soundtrack/music to piss off the people in the cubicle next to you.

Every season, there’s one or two weeks that just screw up everything. From the Vegas lines, to the “pundit’s choices”, to alumni plans for Bowl Game Tailgating, and even the coaching hot seats get impacted by what actually manifests on the fields of play.

Welcome to that week. Be it the weather, the injuries, the flu, whatever- some astounding and amazing stuff happened over the past few days.

The top teams all continue to cruise along, with the exception of Florida who lost their Heisman Trophy fullback that throws the ball to one of the poorest pieces of blocking I’ve ever seen:

Up 31-7 late in the third quarter, you have to wonder why Tebow (who also suffered with the flu all week) was even in the game. Sure, the Gators won, but at what cost? At least they’re not Baylor, who lost their all-amazing QB to injury on Saturday.

Alabama and Texas rolled, so there’s really nothing to talk about there. But number 4 Mississippi either completely spit the bit against the Old Ball Coach (emphasis on “old”, as in “formerly good”), or revealed that their ranking was based on the smoke and mirrors of a bowl win against a not very good TTU team.

Then, number 5 State Penn went down against Iowa for the second straight year. This time, at home in a game characterized by sloppy fourth quarter play:

Your friends may have high-fived you, but your mother is pretty embarrassed right about now

Your friends may have high-fived you, but your mother is pretty embarrassed right about now

The six possessions that PSU had in the second half included 4 turnovers, a blocked punt, and a blown field goal. What did we learn in unHappy Valley? Either 1) Scheduling cupcakes may not be a healthy diet, 2) The Hawkeyes have got the Lions figured out, 3) PSU might want to rethink the whole “white out” idea, since it’s not a guarantee and may add more pressure, 4) If you decide to go to the “white out” in a costume, be prepared to look like an idiot on national tv….

Rolling right along, number 6 Cal got absolutely worked by the Oregon Knights. As one Cal fan said to me on Saturday- “looks like we started our late season collapse a bit early… you know, to get it out of the way.” Good thinking, that. What’s ironic is that for once, the Ducks didn’t have the ugliest uniforms in the Pacific Northwet. Perhaps they should stick with the classic look; and perhaps the Seahawks should fire whoever came up with those monstrosities. Fire them with real fire.

Number seven LSU needed a late game goal-line stand to hold off Mississippi State, and number 8 Boise State cruised. Number nine Miami dropped an ACC tilt against Virginia Tech- I guess discussions of their resurgence were a bit premature, no? Number ten was idle, and we’ve covered number 11 VaTach. U$C took vengeance on all things Washington by pounding the ‘Cougs. We’ll get to lucky number 13 in a bit- fourteenth ranked Cincinnati and fifteenth ranked TCU both squeaked by their unranked opponents. Number sixteen TBPU destroyed the school of one of my favorite coaches, while Houston earned their number seventeen ranking with a win over Texas Tech (great coaching hire). Elsewheres in the top 25, Georgia held off unranked Arizona State in Tempe and North Carolina fell to Georgia Tech. Florida State… well, they’re Florida State.

Other “interesting” games- Notre Ame needed to rally to beat Purdue (!), Washington proved that it couldn’t keep the momentum going by dropping to Stanford, and Mich1gAAn needed some serious home cooking from the officials to ensure a victory over Indiana.

You read that right, the Hoosiers almost beat TTUN in Ann Arbor. I really hope their QB can hold up until November.

Soo… let’s talk a bit about the number 300. Saturday marked the three hundreth consecutive sell out at Nebraska, a feat that dates back to 1962. That’s a ton of games, as the Sullivans can attest. The Huskers/Bugeaters celebrated with cool throwback uniforms and by beating the andouille out of the Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana Lafayette. Best quote about the streak? “Congratulations, Nebraska fans, for preserving the lone streak Steve Pederson and Bill Callahan couldn’t destroy” Here’s to 300 more, Husker fans.

But that wasn’t the only 300 on Saturday- Ohio State’s Jim Tressel marked his 300th game as the Buckeyes squared off against the Fighting (kinda’) Zooks of Illinois, in the battle for the ugly turtle. Tressel entered the game 220-77-2 and left the game 221-77-2, after #13 Ohio State handed a 30-0 (300?) beating to the Illini. It was a game that saw a bit of everything- a tribute to Woody (0 passing yards in the first half), going for it on fourth and goal (late in the game, too…), and defensive lineman Doug Worthington attempting to fly. Major kudos for anyone who can send me video of the leap of doom. UPDATE- BuckeyeSki from Eleven Warriors with the assist! Thanks man-


Obscure Schools update: Tuskegee was triumphant in the Gateway Classic, while Wartburg easily handled Loras at home.

Coming this week: Conference games continue, as LSU and Georgia kick off the SEC in earnest. Cal tries to rebound against U$C, and Indiana hosts the Buckeyes. The first annual “nicknames that make me giggle” game as Mich1gAAn and MAChigan State square off.

“It’s Ty Willingham’s Fault”- Washington travels to Notre Ame. War Tiger rolls into Rocky Top, and OU heads to the sunny beaches of Miami. Illinois hosts Penn State, Nebraska is off, and TCU welcomes SMU.

And here’s a friendly video from the Mich1gAAn Department of Tourism:

Back Thursday with a visit from June Cleaver’s favorite neighbor.