It's an awful thing. It absolutely disgusts me.
And this has nothing to do with burritos as big as your head.
I am talking about
I see it way too much.
In case you didn't know, I
double as a sports editor of a newspaper in Madison County. I see a
lot of high school games and every time I see one of our in-state schools use a
I mean, what could be a bigger
slap in the face to
Specifically, I will tell you
about two incidents I witnessed at
The first game of this season, Jonathan Alder opened up with a home game against Maria Stein Marion Local, the defending VI state champions.
Sometime during the first quarter, I heard someone in the press box say, "What the hell is that?" Soon after, I am hearing the horrible sounds of UM's fight song. At halftime, the lady who was announcing for Marion Local's band actually got booed out of the press box. Not a very classy move, but neither is an in-state school playing that dreaded song. (Marion Local won 34-33 that night, so the local fans had two reasons to go home angry.)
Here's the better of the two
stories: Last year, Alder hosted Sidney Lehman, coached by former Buckeye and
Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jeff Uhlenhake (Jeff is also known for his
cameo roll in the movie "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective"). Lehman uses the
After the game (an Alder win),
I asked Uhlenhake about his team using the
"They have always been that way, long before I got here," the then second-year coach said. "I love working here, but that would be the one thing I would change if it was up to me. It's difficult to see those helmets everyday."
Spoken like a true Buckeye. Fortunately, Uhlenhake seems like he can get over it. Unfortunately, I cannot.
But seriously, what are these AD's and superintendents thinking? They should have the final say on something like this. Are they really oblivious that they are disrespecting tOSU?
And don't tell me they can't change, just because of tradition.
If college and pro teams can
change their nicknames, like several have,
Alright, got that off my chest. Now let's move on to the important stuff...
The offense that Jim Kelly made
I am actually more impressed with his kickoffs than his placekicking (and perfect is hard to beat). Nuge seems to be able to pin the ball in the corner at the one or two yard-line, or nail it deep in the endzone whenever he wants. He's toying with people. It's like sometimes they have to tell him to ease up and aim for the corner just to give the kickoff coverage team some reps. Nugent's kickoffs make our defense even that much better. After the Buckeyes score, you won't begin your drive past the 20 (unless you are that crazy guy from Texas Tech who would have brought it back from the Varsity Club).
The Bucks are ranked No. 6 in
the AP poll and No. 8 in the Coaches/ESPN. When was the last time they were
ranked that high? Two years ago, OSU elevated to No. 5 and responded with a
29-17 home loss to
This must be the biggest group
of receivers that
One more note about Jenkins and Carter: Both of them are standouts on OSU's track team. Big guys that can run? That sounds good to me. And you really have to like the fact that they'll all be back next year, except Vance.
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Jim Tressel said on his radio show this week that the one cornerback who is really coming on is junior Bobby Britton. Tressel said Britton was a little banged up during camp, but is now healthy and is starting to prove he deserves more playing time. Remember, Fred Pagac Sr. (I'm sure he loves the senior tag) played Britton as a true frosh two years ago, so he obviously saw something in the kid. And Pug was always a very good judge of talent.
Britton missed most of last year with a groin injury, but if he can continue to push starters Dustin Fox and Rich McNutt, it will only help the team. It looks like the Buckeyes have a solid group of five corners which also includes EJ Underwood and Harlen Jacobs (Tress mentioned both of them in a positive light as well). While I say solid, I still think there are going to be some long afternoons for this group. I don't think they will kill us, but they will keep the defense from being one of the top two or three in the nation.
Eventually, the Bucks are going to run out of new offensive captains. Who will be the man after Ben Hartsock? My guess is Alex Stepanovich. After that? Maybe Jenkins. Or possibly one of the junior offensive linemen.
But, I think at some point the team needs a full-time offensive captain. After the rounds are made, maybe someone like Krenzel will get the honor each game.
Good to see ESPN made the right choice and nice campaigning by Herbie. He really plays the politician role well.
Now, it's on us. Buckeye fans need to be loud and then much, much louder than that. And after you leave the bar at , continue being loud. Be exceptionally loud at the GameDay set (show airs live from - ) and after that, be loud as you can imagine at Skull Session. At the game, turn it up about 20 notches and if Gesser ever completes a pass after an audible, you should fine yourself 20 push-ups.
Come on Bucknuts. Anyone else sick of hearing national TV commentators say that crowds at Ohio Stadium are quiet? Well, if you are going to the game, do something about it.
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