Friday, December 31, 2010

Ohio State Enters The Big Ten Lions Den

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Deshaun Thomas  of the Ohio State Buckeyes goes up two of his 15 points against the Miami RedHawks at Value City Arena on November 26, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 66-45. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been an impressive bunch to start off the 2010-2011 college basketball season, and that may be an understatement.  The Buckeyes are currently 13-0, and have one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the country.  They'll need to be, as they leave the friendly confines of a relatively easy non-conference schedule, and enter into the bees nest known as Big Ten basketball.

The Big Ten currently has six team ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll (five in the AP), with another team in the honorable mention category.  The worst overall record  for a Big Ten team currently sits at 7-6 (Iowa), while seven of the eleven teams have three losses or less.  Every team has a winning record.  While this will change thanks to inter-league play starting this week, it is interesting to not how even the conference seems to be this year.

Entering tonight's game against Indiana, the Buckeyes seem locked and loaded to make a serious run at a national title.  With such a tough conference schedule this year, there is still a question of whether or not the Bucks will win the conference, let alone make it through the national championship tournament next March and April.  There is some evidence that Ohio State will indeed be the team to beat as the year progresses.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Suspended Buckeyes All Agree to Return to Columbus in 2011

Dec 31, 2009; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel reacts at press conference for the 2010 Rose Bowl at the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown. Photo via Newscom
Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel announced this morning that all five players scheduled to receive a five-game suspension will return for their senior season in 2011.  Each player made their pledge to Tressel in return for a chance to play in next Tuesday's 2011 Sugar Bowl.  , all agreed unanimously to return when given the option of missing the bowl game versus not returning in 2011.

In case you are living under a rock, starters including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, wide receiver Devier Posey, running back Dan Herron, left tackle Mike Adams as well as backup defensive end Solomon Thomas all received five game suspensions for receiving "improver benefits" after selling memorabilia including gold pants, uniforms, autographs and awards in return for cash.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

THE Ohio State suspensions and the NCAA's hypocrisy

Ohio State Buckeyes' quarterback Terrelle Pryor (R) hugs head coach Jim Tressel after victory over the Oregon Ducks 26-17 in the 96th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2010. UPI/Jon SooHoo Photo via Newscom
It's a funny world that we live in, isn't it?

It's hard not to be angry as an Ohio State football fan.  You likely want to direct your anger at Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas, Mike Adams and Jordan Whiting for making the bonehead move of trading Buckeye paraphernalia for cash and tattoos.  They were absolutely wrong for doing that, but if you're directing your anger at these kids, you're aiming a bit short.

Instead, focus the bulk of that anger at the NCAA.  This is the organization that has spent the past three months involved with Cam Newton and his father Papa Newton (a pastor), and their attempt at extorting up to $180,000 from Mississippi St.  Cam, while leading Auburn to a potential national championship and winning the Heisman along the way, did his best Sgt. Schultz (there's my vague, Hogan's Heroes impression) impression, telling the NCAA, "I see nothing, I know nothing."

Ohio State Football: Six Buckeyes suspended for games in the 2011 season

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 20:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is sacked by Terence Moore #20 of the Troy Trojans on September 20, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 28-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Terrelle Pryor, Devier Posey, Boom Herron, Michael Adams and Solomon Thomas were all suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, while Jordan Whiting will be suspended for the 2011 home opener, all for reported NCAA rules violations.  The suspended Buckeyes all committed several violations including the selling of championship rings, jerseys and awards and receiving improper benefits.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Urban Meyer delivers top recruit to Ohio State

Little did we all know that when Urban Meyer resigned from Florida, he'd begin recruiting for THE Ohio State Buckeyes. He's not exactly hitting the recruiting trail for Jim Tressel, but his resignation is changing the minds of previous oral commitments for the 2011 season and beyond. So far, so good for the Scarlet and Gray. According to the Columbus Dispatch, top linebacker recruit Ryan Shazier announced at his graduation party last night that he has rescinded his oral commitment to the Gators, and announced his commitment to join the Buckeyes for the 2011 season.

Monday, December 06, 2010

It's Official: THE Ohio State University set to face of against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19:  Fans gather outside of the of the Louisiana Superdome before the New Orleans Saints take on the Dallas Cowboys on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
THE Ohio State Buckeyes will be heading to the Big Easy on January 4th, 2011 to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Sugar Bowl.  There wasn't much anticipation with regards to the selection, since the pundits have been speculating this match-up for the past three weeks.  The Buckeyes will enter the match-up a month from now as the #6 team in the country, while Arkansas is currently ranked #8.  It should be a good match-up.

The Buckeyes will be playing in their record sixth straight BCS Bowl game, their seventh BCS in the past eight years, and their record ninth BCS game overall.  The Buckeyes are 5-3 overall in their appearances.  This will be the Razorbacks first appearance in the BCS.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Ohio State Football Goes Legacy: Jacoby Boren is a Buckeye!

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 14:  Offensive lineman Justin Boren #65 of the Ohio State Buckeyes blocks against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up their fifth recruit for the 2012 season yesterday when Jacoby Boren from Pickerington (OH) Central officially committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. For those wondering, Boren IS from that family of Borens.

Boren is a bit of an undersized offensive linemen/defensive end for the Buckeyes, coming in at 6'3" and 275 pounds. Don't let the size fool you though, since his style of play may help him overcome any size issues. Both of Jacoby's brothers describe him as having a bit of a "nasty streak," which would be a solid description for all of the Borens. According to the patriarch of the family, Mike, "Jacoby has got a chip on his shoulder. He's a really tough kid."

Boren was the starting center as a freshman at Pickering. He currently plays right guard on offense, and plays both tackle and end on the defensive line, as well as middle linebacker. He's the only lineman for Pickering that's a two-way starter.

It's unknown where Boren will play when he joins the Buckeyes, since we really can't be sure how big the kid is going to be. As a freshman, Boren was 6'1" and 250 pounds. He's already grown two inches and 25 pounds. His size could ultimately dictate his position, although he does seem destined to bring his mean streak to the offensive side of things.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Chronicles of LeBron-ia: a story of talent, tampering and, Albert Belle?

LeBron James is introduced to 10,000 fans after The Miami Heat signed free agents LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade to 6 year contracts at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on July 9, 2010. UPI/Michael Bush Photo via Newscom
While typing this story, it's come to light that the Cleveland Cavaliers have allegedly been spending millions on suspicions that the Miami Heat tampered in their quest to sign LeBron James.  Apparently the plan is for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to present David Stern with a bevy of evidence that will show that the Heat met with LeBron in one form or another as early as 2008.  While I truly could care a less about tampering, it surely does add to the spectacle that has taken over the world of sports since the Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semis.  Who are we kidding, this is a story that started way back in eighth grade...

Okay, I'm not going back that far...

The saga of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers really is some sort of strange trip for us Cavs fans, isn't it?  There's a small part of me that's waiting for the eight-part series, complete with a wardrobe, and a talking Lion.  That's how utterly ridiculous all of this is.  LeBron James, a hometown hero turned villain, returning home as a player for the Miami Heat.

With tomorrow night's reunion festivities between the Heat and the Cavaliers growing ever so close, it's hard to believe that this is what it has come to.  Seriously, think back about seven years ago when LeBron was drafted by the Cavs.  The consensus worry from the second he signed and beyond was whether or not LeBron James would re-sign with his home team.  Every day, someone asked the question, and every day, the answer was always, "Enjoy what you have right now, don't worry about free agency.  It will take care of itself," or "Don't worry, LeBron will never leave Cleveland.  IT'S HOME!"

Ohio State rolls over Florida State: "There's a reason why we call it, THE Ohio State University"

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Guard Jon Diebler  of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates a victory against the Florida Gators November 16, 2010 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

"When you walk in...and have that Buckeye Block O on your chest, it's like walking in with a Louisville Slugger."
  • Fran Fraschilla, ESPN Analyst
THE Ohio State Buckeyes walked into the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee and beat the Florida St. Seminoles 58-44 in a hard-nosed, defensive battle.  Don't let the naysayers fool you, there was never any doubt at who was going to win this basketball game.

The Buckeyes didn't shoot particularly well during the game (32% overall, 20% from behind the arc), but were in control from the outset, jumping to a 7-0 lead, and never looking back.  Despite the Buckeyes struggles shooting the ball, they still managed to hit big shots in big situations.  That, combined with tenacious defense, and a scrappy, workmanlike approach to the game, led the Buckeyes to another key victory.

The Key Points:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanks for the Memories, RichRod!!!

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Head Coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with Head Coach Rich Rodriguez after the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines 37-7 at Ohio Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
THE Ohio State Buckeyes blew the Michigan Wolverines out of the Horseshoe this past Saturday in what's become almost a right of passage since Jim Tressel became head coach nearly ten years ago.  In his ten years as coach, Tress is an unbelievable 9-1 against the Wolverines to right the John Cooper, 2-10-1 ship.  Tressel set the tone on January 18, 2001 at an Ohio State basketball game when he introduced himself to a packed house of frenzied Ohio State students, alumni and fans.  The Buckeyes were playing Michigan: 
"I can assure you that you will be proud of your young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan."
The rest is history, and eventually, so was Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. Sure, there was more to Lloyd Carr's departure than his losses to the Buckeyes, but one would have to imagine that his 6-7 record (1-5 against Tressel) overall had more than a little something to do with it.