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Across The Web: Michigan State

Written September 30th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

As we get ready for conference play, we wanted to do something “special” for our weekly chat with an “enemy” blogger.  Given that we were playing co-champion Michigan State, and given the multiple connections that Spartan and Buckeye football have (coaches, players from the same high schools, hatred for all things scUM), it was even more imperative that we brought someone in that represented the Green and White with excellence.  And, if they continued to refer to themselves in third person, all the better.  So, we’re grateful to have The Enlightened Spartan swing by for nachos and chit-chat this week… be sure to check out Eric’s response to his inquisition, in the first (and most likely last) MSU PhD B1G Blog-off.

Kirk Cousins has obviously been a bright star for the team, and represented MSU particularly well at the B1G media days. Do you feel he’s reached the top of his game, or are there areas that he is still developing in?

Cousins has not reached the top of his game… but can he?  Yes, it is possible, he could be the best QB in the B1G, if not the country.  He has the talent, smarts, and confidence to be a la Tom Brady.  But, he seems to have difficulty consistently responding to difficult challenges.  He is showing how he can let the buzz get to his head.  While Cousins may have come from nowhere to be the Spartan starter, but he seems to be OVERconfident – Cousins throws off his back foot far too often, he still does, and he knows better.  With OSU pressure in his face, Cousins may likely give up an INT or two as much as he hits a streaking Cunningham or Nichol.  It’s a crap shoot with Cousins, but it shouldn’t be in senior year five.  Frustratingly fantastically just-short-of-championship potential – kind of like David Bowie or George Lopez. Read More

Nike Reveals Ohio State Uniforms

Written September 13th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Scarlet and Meh?

Today, Nike released photos of the uniforms the Ohio State football team will be wearing against Wisconsin on their Facebook page.

This will be the third year of the “special” uniform promotion; the previous two honored past Ohio State teams, and this one seeks to honor the 1961 National Champions.

Unfortunately, the concerns of this writer were fulfilled, as the helmet has the distinctive wide stripe that we saw Georgia wear earlier this season. In addition, the base layer and gloves emulate the bark on the buckeye trees that are planted on campus to honor All Americans.  However, rumors of an all-black or dark gray uniform were unfounded- the design stays within the University’s color scheme.

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Silver Bullet Points Is A Real Patriot

Written September 6th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

News and notes from the Ohio State Press Luncheon and around the world of college sports

Wanna shoot down Rockets? Here you go...

Buckeye News

  • Injury Update- Today, Coach Fickell said that he was hopeful regarding having Jamaal Berry back from his hamstring injury- as of this time, though, there is, no news on Underwood/Philly Brown.
  • Captain, My Captain- This weeks’ leaders, based on the performance against Akron: Joe Bauserman, Andrew Sweat, and Nate Ebner. We write about a guy, and good things happen…
  • More of the same- No change in the QB rotation/depth chart are in the works for Toledo; if it ain’t broke and so forth.
  • Guess who’s back- As of this week, all of the “Trinket Three” (Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, Pittsburgh Corey Brown) have been reinstated as was tattoo recipient Jordan Whiting- however, Coach Fickell was adamant that all will need to earn their positions.
  • Get off my front yard! Old Man Bauserman talked about owning a house and mowing his own lawn the only way he knows how.
  • Game Awards- Following his first career win, Coach Fickell got a game ball from Gene Smith. Got to wonder if it was autographed, though?
  • Picture’s worth a thousand words- Check out this action shot of Evan Spencer’s catch:

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The Week That Were: 9.2.11

Written September 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Welcome back to tBBC’s weekly wrapup- random thoughts, snarky observations, random hyperlinks, and occasionally intelligent insight from the weekend in college football.  As always, we aspire to bring you the best soundtracks to help you enjoy the words and pictures… so here we go- thanks to Tony Gerdeman for this week’s musical number:

I’ll admit- I was more than ready for the college football season to begin… particularly after the off season that my favorite squadron had this year. So on Thursday, when my favorite sportscaster was in the booth and the “marquee” game was a matchup at a place that I’d visited before… you can say that I was a bit excited.

Mad? About kickoff weekend? Never!

And it was totally worth it- the TCU/Baylor game exceeded my expectations as merely the appetizer for the weekend’s game, and launched officially the Robert Griffin Heisman campaign… man, the kid can play.  To be perfectly fair, if he and Luck and Jones and Moore have similar numbers, you’ve got to go with RG3 simply because his supporting cast is more ‘cast’ than ‘supporting’.

Remember when everyone was super excited about TCU and their unique defensive strategy? Yeah… about that. Like many have said, it certainly looked like they’d decided to play Big lEast caliber D in preparation for their new home.  That’s not to take anything away from the Bears, who absolutely did what they needed to do to set the college football season off on an amazing foot. ‘Sic ‘em!

The theme of the week, though, had to be everyone’s awesome back to school clothes… who would be the fashionistas this year, and who would be stuck at the loser’s table? Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Silver Bullet Points Goes Shotgun

Written December 16th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Cartridge in a pear tree?

Given that it’s the start of bowl week, this’ll probably be more scattered than usual. If that’s even possible.

  • Healing powers: Christian Bryant is back, baby, according to his Twitter and (most importantly) according to Tressel.
  • This week in clothing: The Buckeyes will be wearing away jerseys in the Sugar Bowl.  Worked well last year… Their Rose opponents from 2010 are wearing highlighters.
  • Raise the roof. Please: You’ve probably heard that Minnesota’s stadium might be used for Monday’s Vikings/Bears game. There are lots of glitches, not including the buckets of snow on the field and elsewheres- It seats 55k, and there are 65 The stadium doesn’t serve alcohol, There are no luxury boxes, and it’s been “winterized” since November so it’s hard to know if the pipes will be OK.  Wait… no alcohol? What do they think this is… a crappy bowl game?
  • All a matter of perspective: Disappointed in Iowa’s season? Haven’t you been paying attention?
  • You know who’s not back? Boubacar… unless you mean “back in trouble
  • We’ve all got our own opinions on the Big T1e2n logo, and I’m starting to like the one I saw on the MZone.
  • New coaches: Haywood to Pitt, Golden to the Hurricanes, Muschamp at Florida, Stewart still at WVA (for now). Still no decision at Vanderbilt or Michigan (what? He’s not done yet? Mea Culpa)
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The Week That Were: 11.06.10

Written November 7th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Our weekly foray into the world of college sports brings with it certain challenges, not the least being the choice of an appropriate soundtrack. For instance, this week we were looking to honor the new month as well as the chaos that’s come out west to the Big 12 teams that travel from home. So, here’s where we ended up- although the sentiment may be a bit misplaced:


This week’s common theme in seems to be that “There’s no place like home”, as teams fell left and right without their home fans and support. Texas certainly proved that they don’t need to be in Austin to look terrible, losing to a Kansas State team that didn’t have a passing yard until after they were up 32-0, and one that only had 9 yards on 2 completions for the night. Five interceptions by Blake Gilbert were enough to do the damage for the Horns; the defensive backs for the Wildcats had more than twice the receptions of their offensive counterparts.

Remember when we laughed at Texas as they fell to Iowa State? Well, Nebraska almost got sucked into the cyclone as well, winning in OT when ISU’s fake extra point was intercepted. Granted, the Huskers were using their third string QB and were without Roy Helu, but still; there may be something happening in Ames. Read More

Ohio State throwbacks unveiled

Written September 1st, 2010 by Jim

Background on the designs from Nike.

At least they are actually throw backs this year.

The design is a throw back to the 1942 Buckeye squad. It honors both their national championship in 1942 and their service to our country in WW2. Whether you like or dislike the way it looks, it is great to pay tribute to men that couldn’t  deserve it more.

Uniformity

Written August 31st, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Since I seem to be the go-to guy for all things wardrobe related (no malfunctions, thanks be to God), here’s the latest news on the Nike Pro-Combat front.

The “big doin’s” is tomorrow in New York, but from what the Miami website posted we discovered the following:

Ohio State: Stylized script numbers, a replica U.S. flag on the jersey sleeve and the camouflage-print base layer honor the WWII-bound Buckeyes, National Champions of 1942.

Here’s the “official” website for the unveiling; tBBC is working on exclusive coverage of this event.

If it’s a 1942 model, then it might look like this: Read More