Ohio State and the NFL: Ballin’ Buckeyes, Week Two

Written September 18th, 2013 by Patrick

All He Does… Is Run REALLY Fast

Week 2 of the NFL season began with a barnburner in New England and a few Buckeyes had a hand in both the Jets loss and Patriots win. Santonio Holmes improved off his week 1 numbers with 3 catches for 51 yards. Nate Ebner saw some time in the Pats defensive backfield as well on special teams. And Nick Mangold had a “moment”. Yup.

Week 2 former Bucks were led by Ted Ginn (Panthers) and followed close by Terrelle Pryor (Raiders) and Brian Hartline (Dolphins). Ginn hauled in 3 catches for 62 yards and his first touchdown of the season in the Panthers 24-23 loss.

Pryor led the Raiders to their first win of the season with 126 passing yards and another 50 yards on the ground.

Hartline had 5 catche4s for 68 yards as the Dolphins edged the Colts 24-20 and moved to 2-0.

On the defensive side of the ball, last year’s B1G defensive player of the year, John Simon, recorded his first tackle in his first action as a Raven as they defeated the Browns 14-6. James Laurinatis registered 5 tackles in the Rams loss to the Falcons. Donte Whitner recorded 5 tackles and 2 pass deflections in the 49ers 29-3 defeat on SNF.

Will Allen continued his good season in Dallas with 4 tackles and 1 pass deflection in the 17-16 loss to the Chiefs. Malcolm Jenkins sealed the win for the Saints over the Bucs with an INT late in the game and returned it 31 yards. Jenkins also recorded 2 tackles and 1 pass deflection.

The Packers AJ Hawk shone with 5 tackles and Ryan Pickett had 1 pass deflection in the 38-20 drubbing of the Redskins. Former Buckeyes raised their games on MNF as the Bengals Mike Nugent was 2-2 on FG’s and Cam Heyward recorded 2 pass deflections as the Steelers lost a close one to the Bengals, 20-10.

Last but not least, long snapper Jake McQuaide was perfect on all snaps in the 31-24 Rams loss to the Falcons.

The Hunter Needs Silver Bullet Points

Written September 5th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, given Coach Meyer’s perspective for this season, the soundtrack for today should be pretty obvious. There’s the awesome option, and the Ah!Sum! possibility. Happy Thursday, Buck-aroos!

Heart you, Dee Dee McCall

Buckeye 411

  • Health Update- According to Coach Meyer, CJ Barnett will be back in action this week against SDSU, and Corey Lindsley will see more time; although the staff will continue to be cautious with his recovery.
  • Back On The Attack? Although he had a good practice today, Bradley Roby has not yet been bumped up to the starter at corner this weekend. Rod Smith, curiously left off the depth chart released on Tuesday, finds himself on several special teams this weekend, which is a pretty good sign.
  • Isn’t That Special- A lot has been made of Ohio State’s practice of having players earn playing time by being a part of Coach Coombs’ charges for a time. If you want to play, prove that you’ve got the heart and passion… I like it, and am hopeful Bri’onte Dunn (who seems to have been singled out this week) will rise to the challenge.
  • Hybrid No More? Coach Meyer mentioned that Dontre Wilson is more of a receiver at this point than a running back.
  • Getting Defensive- San Diego State runs a 3-3-5 Stack Defense, which is a bit different than what the Buckeyes have seen in the past. However, several players mentioned that Buffalo chose a similar look on Saturday, so they feel more prepared. That being said, don’t be surprised to see quite a bit of unorthodox pressure coming from the Aztecs.
  • The Chase- While Ohio State dropped in the AP poll to #3 (I guess beating an FCS school is a good idea, huh NikeU?), they stayed at the #2 slot in the Coaches’ poll.  Oh, and they’re #1 on the Facebook poll… which reminds me; can we be friends? Read More

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 18

Written August 13th, 2013 by Ken
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Touchdown celebration!

In today’s edition, we celebrate number 18, the margin of an Ohio State victory over Troy on September 20th, 2008, 28-10.

 The Buckeyes came off a loss to Men of Troy (USC) the previous week, to host the other men of Troy.. Granted, it was a September game, but it was still an odd one. Despite the somewhat comfortable margin of victory, Troy out gained Ohio State 315-309. Ohio State took a 14-10 lead into the half, then nursed it through the 3rd quarter. The Buckeyes iced the game with two Terrelle Pryor TD passes. Mr Pryor ended the game with 4 TD passes; Nichol, Robiskie and Hartline (2).

Video proof for your enjoyment:

 

Former Buckeyes and Their Apologies

Written August 13th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

The idea of this article came to me this past weekend as I was trying to keep up with my timeline on Twitter. There were obviously a ton of former Buckeyes playing in preseason NFL games and the tweets that were the most intriguing to me were the ones in support of Terrelle Pryor. Bear in mind, if you will, that I am not on the fence when it comes to TP and how he should be viewed by Buckeye Nation. I am also not writing this to convince you of my position on the matter.

What we are here to do is to look back over the years and try and figure out exactly what it is that Buckeye Nation expects out of a former player who caused problems for the program due to their selfish actions. Before I introduce the primary three that have done so, let’s talk briefly about one who did after he was gone. A few of my comrades wanted me to touch on it so I will.

You can get the gist of Art Schlicter’s whole story from Wikipedia (Thank you Eric). From my perspective, his problem was always there, but Woody Hayes was able to keep him focused on football. Woody probably believed that he fixed Art, which in fact, he only slowed down the inevitable. When Woody passed, he probably did so with a broken heart. Read More

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 24

Written August 7th, 2013 by Ken
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Brandon Saine up and over

In today’s edition, we celebrate number 24, an Ohio State victory over Penn State on November 7th, 2009, 24-7. We’re coming down the homestretch with our countdown, so I’m going to mix in some games where the days remaining will equal an Ohio State score.

Ohio State rolled into Happy Valley and left smiling after dominating the Nittany Lions. The buckeyes took a 10-7 lead into halftime, then wrapped things up with a 3rd quarter Prior-Posey TD (62 yards) and a 4th quarter Prior-Saine TD (6 yards) TD. Both teams recorded 125 yards passing, but OSU gained 228 rushing while holding PSU to 76 yards on 20 attempts. This game was also notable that there were no pick-6’s.Ross Homan did have the only interception of the game, but despite the opponent, could not return it for a score.

To jog your memory, here’s this:

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Fair is fair?

Written July 3rd, 2013 by Jason

What can I say, the dead period trudges forward like an Iowa running back in a race against an SEC cornerback. Up in Eugene the penalties on the Oregon Ducks have been levied. Aaron Hernandez is an idiot and his actions have allowed a door to open for a former Buckeye. Meanwhile, over in Youngstown the city mourns the loss of a great local business and sportsman. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Duck hunt

The 27 month investigation into Chip Kelly and Oregon is over. Remember 27 months ago? We were all tied up in the ongoing “tattoo” saga. Jim Tressel was still the head coach at Ohio State, and we all waited to hear what the next turn would be in the debacle that it was.

Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor after beating Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl

Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor after beating Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl

Before we get into the Oregon sanctions, something funny I wanted to talk about regarding the Oregon scandal. On June 1, 2011, a little twitter account called @ScriptOhio posted an innocent comment reporting what it had been told regarding the school (Oregon) to be the next ones put in the NCAA’s gun sights for investigation. The “tweets heard round Twitter” simply read “Remember the “recruiting scandal” that was about to hit Oregon and got buried when the Tressel story broke in March?” followed by “VERY STRONG source tells me that within a week the Oregon story will break and its going to make Ohio State look like “child’s play”.”

These two tweets were the definition of “viral” for someone as small time as myself, as they were both retweeted well over 100x each. I wrote about it then, I’ll summarize it for you right now: A friend went down and visited his very good friend Jim Tressel in mid May before the resignation/firing. Sitting in the coaches office with JT and a few assistants, they were discussing the impending sanctions etc., like guys do when they sit around and shoot the breeze. Tressel then let out that Oregon was next on the block and the assistants in the room all chimed in in agreement that what they were hearing about the Ducks was way worse. Read More

Monday Musings

Written April 1st, 2013 by Ken

Some weekend, eh? Grab your coffee and let’s get right to it.

Men’s Basketball

A week that started out fairly well, then crashed and burned. In the NCAA’s, they’ve managed to dust Iowa State 78-75, Arizona 73-70 and then fell flat against Wichita State 66-70.  I don’t have much to add to the fine recaps, above, however you can bet that after some musing on my part, I’ll have something to say next week. It seemed that Thad was pushing the right buttons and the team responded in the first two games. On Saturday, things were pretty disjointed. I’d hoped the 2nd half effort against Arizona would carry into the WSU game, but alas, no. Although the offense gott significant points from senior junior DeShaun Thomas and LQR, that was it, unfortunately.

General Thoughts

I hate to do this, but let’s start with a definition: to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy. Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Rules On ESPN Lawsuit

Written June 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

We interrupt our regularly scheduled naval gazing to bring you this update.

As you may remember, the Four Letter Network sued the Ohio State University to gain access to documents that it felt were being shielded from public view. I’m sure they were only interested in getting the truth out to the masses.

The University’s decision was based on the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act, which limits student information being released without the student’s permission. ESPN held that emails regarding the relationship between Terelle Pryor and Ted Sarniak did not meet the standard of “educational records”, but the Ohio Supreme Court disagreed-

Because, for the most part, Ohio State established that FERPA and the  attorney-client privilege prohibited the disclosure of the requested records, we deny the writ to that extent. For those limited records that should have been disclosed—at Respondent’s Evidence, Vol. III, Part 2, pages 668, 829-835, 859- 863, 999-1001, and 1009-1012, following the redaction of personally identifiable information, that is, the names of the student-athlete, his parents, his parents’ addresses, and the person associated with the student-athlete mentioned therein— and were thus not exempt from disclosure based on FERPA, however, we grant the writ.

We also deny ESPN’s request for attorney fees.

This shouldn’t be a surprise, given the large number of educational advocates and groups that came to the defense of Ohio State’s FERPA interpretation. If you’d care to read the entire ruling, here ’tis: State ex rel. ESPN v. Ohio State Univ., Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-2690.

In an email from Dan Wallenberg, the University has also issued a response.

Ohio State appreciates the clarity given today by the Ohio Supreme Court affirming the university’s interpretation of federal student privacy laws.   Our student athletes are treated the same way as all of our 64,000 students, and we take seriously our obligation to protect the confidentiality of all of our students’ education records. At the same time, the university also takes seriously its obligation to provide public information in accordance with Ohio law. The university provided ESPN with thousands of pages of records during the course of our NCAA investigation, and as now affirmed by a unanimous court, it acted responsibly in responding to the many varied and broad public record requests it received.

It’s interesting that the four letter network has taken to suing Ohio State while simultaneously trying to profit from their brand.

At any rate, this is good Tuesday news.  If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some Cee Lo to listen to.