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Picks of the Weak: 2011 Week One

Written September 2nd, 2011 by Joe Dexter

The turning of the leaves, the smell of fresh grilled dogs, the crack of a cold beer, and the blinding of the college football fans’ eyes by the uniforms so beloved by the players of one of the best sports in the world. Florescent shoes, designs within designs, and 4 different helmets per team. College Football is here! Week one is now officially on the books, and we are here to help you out by determining the picks for the weak (Friday – Monday) to start the season. This year, we’re doing things with a twist, as every week a national writer will join me in an audio sucker punch of information to help garner stronger picks out of you every week! Our guest will analyze the top five games and make his or her picks in our top ten games every week. In week one, we will just break down nine, in memory of when week 1 had some meaning.

Not to be forgotten, the good ole boys here at tBBC will add our picks, and the daunting and daring What If Sports computer will be along for the ride. You know, the game predictin’ machine that makes the BCS system look like a prehistoric  3.5″ floppy. Screw a New Year’s Resolution. My goal this season is to beat the machine. Can I do it?  Hell no. But you have a chance to brag all freakin’ fall and winter. Join us for all the fun by joining our Yahoo! Sports Pick’em pool. All you got to do is click join group, and type in these as your Group ID and Password:

Group ID#: 8801
Password: Moeller

The Expert Analysis:


Picks of the Weak: 2011 Week One With David Fox by The Buckeye Battle Cry

David Fox of Yahoo! Sports and Rivals.com joins us this week to break down Boise/Georgia, LSU/Oregon and Notre Dame/USF. We break down the chances of the favorites, the evolution of the Notre Dame and USF programs as they both head into year two of their respected coach’s regime. We also breakdown the quarterback battle in Atlanta on Saturday night, as Sophomore Aaron Murphy is pitted up against touted senior Kellen Moore. And the battle of NCAA Violations gets underway on Saturday as well at Jerry Jones’ Place. David and I break down that game in regards to suspension and allegations as well.
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Silver Bullet Points Locked And Loaded

Written August 31st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

 

Ready... aim...

It’s finally here… the first SBP of the 2011 season. No more preseason talk, no more countdowns- it’s time to squeeze the trigger. Let’s do this.

Buckeye 411

  • Injury update- Word is that the Buckeyes are healthy, with the exception of Jamaal Berry (nursing a hamstring). Tyler Moeller and Etienne Sabino have been practicing at full strength, and are part of the lineup for Saturday.
  • Fickell Speaks- The head coach of the Buckeyes held his first presser of the season, and the initial reaction was how different it was than the previous administration- a lot more openness in the Q&A, which went for about half an hour. Missing, though, were the “as so forth”s… it’s up to us to continue the legacy. Great quote from the new boss-

Come Sunday morning, the first thing I do when I come in is I put on the special teams reel and I’m going to put on the fourth quarter. I want to see what your body language is like, your competitive nature is like. I don’t care if you’re a third team, a first team guy. If you’re on special teams, I want to see how you compete. I want to see your body language looks like in the fourth quarter whether you’re up 35 or down 35, whether it’s a tie ball game or not. Those are the things we want to see. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Aims For The Tank

Written August 2nd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Yet another Discovery

Just little nibbles this week… you know where to go if you want bigger bites… or if you need a bigger boat.

Who wants a hug?

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Two wrecked vehicles... or programs?

Can you imagine being in the stands of Candlestick Park on that fateful day in October, 1989?  I remember watching the World Series and seeing the picture go out.  I remember the change in the quality of the audio as Al Michaels remained calm and tried to explain what was happening to the rest of the world.  The World Series was delayed due to a term we call force majeure.

One thing I know was that the reading on the Richter Scale was less than 10.1.  Any college football fan is scratching his head while just reading that number.  Does it sound familiar?  Well it should.  Two of the top programs face the NCAA Committee on Infractions because of violations of NCAA’s “10.1 Violation”.  Loosely translated, this is when a college program fails to notify its compliance office when the coach of the program suspects a violation of NCAA laws.

Call this College Football’s “earthquake”.  The head coaches of The Ohio State University and University of Oregon are on the way to see the “dean” so to speak because they either committed a violation that needed to be reported or failed to report a violation, which itself is a violation.  Now let’s take a peek at the cast of “Liar Liar 2″.

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Silver Bullet Points Gets Pyrotechnic

Written July 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

What's more American than blowing stuff up?

Happy Independence Day, Buck-aroos! As you’re enjoying the cold beverage and grilled meat product that the founded fathers gave their lives to provide, we thought we’d give you a quick update on the news you may have missed when you were stuck in traffic this holiday weekend.

Buckeyes

  • Not Done Yet- The NCAA was back in town last week to check into the “golf gate” allegations that Eric covered last Wednesday. Again, it’ll be difficult to prove the students in question didn’t just pay for the rounds themselves, but that still leaves “access to an exclusive course” as a perk that may have been illegal.
  • Shifting Time-line- Ohio State had until Friday to submit their response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, but have been given an extension until the 12th due to this festive holiday weekend (When Gene Smith starts smoking the ribs, there’s no bothering him…). However, given the re-visit from Indy’s Finest, it’s possible that the NCAA will ask to see some reflections on golf-gate as well, which could push this back even further. That may not be a bad thing for this year’s class of seniors- since it might mean that any possible post-season ban wouldn’t kick in until next year.  Although, that would certainly hose recruiting and any long term coaching decisions.
  • Speaking of Coaching- We hinted at this last week, but we’re hearing that a decision regarding the open linebacker’s coaching position has been made and will be announced following Coach Fickell’s return from wherever he gets his  shirts vacation.
  • In England, They Call It “Rugby”- And Ohio State is still awesome at it… but you can help by going here and voting for them against (savor the irony) Army.  It won’t mean you love America… just that your “Red White And Blue” is more “Scarlet Gray and… well, this runs out of steam, since we don’t want anything to do with blue”.

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Oregon, Chip Kelly, and Will Lyles: Duck and Cover-up?

Written July 2nd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

I told you I'd write...

So I’m “on assignment” here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, trying to get away from all the scandal and stuff that we’ve been covering so far this off-season.  Little did I know that I was walking into Mordor… Sorry ’bout that, Duck fans.

Following their story that Ohio State was working with the NCAA regarding Jim Tressel’s need for a Gmail account, the guys at Yahoo said that they were working on two other stories this summer… one a “7″ and one a “10″ (with OSU being an 8). So, we knew the “summer of love” would continue… and wow, has it delivered.

Yahoo today released the results of their “wide-ranging, multi-day interview” with the man at the center of the storm, “Scouting Guru” Will Lyles. Their documentation is pretty concerning if you love your ducks, and it’s joined by several other media outlets.

(Although, it should be noted that ESPN was late to cover this story- Please try to harness your surprise.)

The article starts with a pretty damning charge, and holds that Oregon coach Chip Kelly’s relationship with Lyles was more than just someone who provided scouting services. Rather, Kelly seemed to be paying Lyles to broker relationships and conversations with student athletes, particularly those in Texas-

Embattled scouting service owner Will Lyles told Yahoo! Sports that University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly personally approved a controversial $25,000 fee that sparked an ongoing NCAA investigation and was in constant contact as Lyles provided the Ducks with recruiting assistance that may have violated NCAA rules.

In a wide-ranging, multi-day interview, Lyles said Kelly “scrambled” in late February and asked Lyles to submit retroactive player profiles to justify the $25,000 payment to his company, just days before the transaction was revealed in a March 3 Yahoo! Sports report.

(Lyles) now says Oregon did not pay him for his work as a traditional scout, but for his influence with top recruits and their families and his ability to usher prospects through the signing and eligibility process. That dual role as mentor to prospects and paid contractor to Oregon is believed to be a focus of the NCAA probe.

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Downtown Indianapolis, Home of the NCAA

Waaay back in March, right before Jim Tressel’s inability to use Microsoft Outlook’s “forward” feature became national news, we told you that there were some allegations regarding a “recruiting specialist” named Will Lyles. There were several programs that were alleged to be recipients of his particular “services”, but the most notable was the University of Oregon.

Today, following a number of the types of Public Records Requests that we Buckeye fans have, unfortunately, gotten pretty used to, the University of Oregon released a number of emails and documents to the media regarding this matter. Oh, to be a private school like Duke, Northwestern, or Southern Cal…

There’s a ton of them to go through, but here are a couple of the things that I found particularly interesting:

For full clarity- There is a little bit of satisfaction/relief that this story is not about Ohio State… it’s been a hard couple of months. However, as college sports fans, it’s important to not get our schadenfreude out of the bag just yet- this is a national issue, and one of the motivators (I’m sure) for the upcoming NCAA summit on the future of Division 1. Plus, we Buckeye fans don’t currently have much solid ground to stand on when we throw stones, and shouldn’t poke the karma gods.

We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops- I’m sure that Yahoo and George Dohrmann are headed to Eugene even as we speak to help keep us abreast of the full details in this matter.

Buckeye Battlecry Roundtable: Media Frenzy

Written June 9th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Fourth installment of our Q&A regarding the recent happenings in Columbus- today’s question was also put to our team before all of the events of this week, and should be viewed as such:

Question- Why do you think this story has gotten more media coverage and “energy” than the ones at Auburn, Oregon, or earlier scandals?

And we're coming... to your citaay...

Jay- Because it’s “sexy.”  This isn’t just recruiting violations.  This is about tattoos (originally), and cars, and trophies.  But more than any of that stuff, this is big because (sadly) it involves Tressel and his well-known reputation.  Ohio State will always get attention when things happen, but Tressel has been such a figure for the school and college football.  The story has shock value because of him.

Joe- Easy, We are the Ohio State University.  We have a ton of alumni all over the country, it is something that everyone from the huge sports fan to the average Joe has an opinion on.

We are disliked by many because we have been successful for the past decade, and it seems that people like to bring down teams that are on top and preach the squeaky clean, “always do the right thing” way- think about if Tim Tebow or Duke basketball were to get in trouble; there’d be big time stories based on the persona that the two put out there.

Everyone feels like Auburn is dirty, but the articles if this were ever proven would probably read “it was just a matter of time”.

Robby- There’s a couple different circumstances that contributed to the more media coverage and energy devoted to this story. For one, ESPN is the Worldwide ‘Never stop talking about the same story over and over again’ Leader in Sports and that’s everyone’s source of sports news now a day. They fed the Ohio State scandal frenzy in the beginning, and kept it going on and on. That was a big factor, and the other centers around Ohio State being at the epicenter of that media scrutiny. Being in the Big Ten, the Midwest, and having a high profile name like THE Ohio State University, everyone wants to see the Buckeyes crumble. When it happened, everyone couldn’t get enough of it. The Cam Newton story at Auburn was pretty significant, but you never saw that story or the allegations at Oregon take off because of what ESPN can do to a story.

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