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2006 Defensive Preview – Line

OSU FootballIn the third and final installment of our 2006 Defensive Preview, we’ll be taking a look at OSU’s front four. Like the other two defensive corps, the 2006 D-line has a healthy mix of veterans and talented underclassmen.

Doing the research for this article left me with the impression that this line is not only above average, but should collectively be better than last year’s. This season’s starting four are (as a group) much bigger, stronger, and faster. There is some youth, but all players one- and two-deep have significant playing experience.

Overall, I expect these young men to contribute to a far superior pash rush this year. That should help immensely with countering teams that try and take advantage of our young secondary.

Instead of the two-deep discussions we presented in parts one and two of this preview, I’ll present the two fer-shure starters for each position, with a third that could back up either of them. In addition, there are four other talented young men that could be moved around and back up any of the front four.


Quinn PitcockQuinn Pitcock 6’3”, 295 lbs, Sr. – Pitcock is the senior veteran and the anchor for the 2006 defensive squad. His OSU profile says it all: “Strong as a bull, quick as a cat, and tough as they come.” He’s been starting games going back to the mid-2004 season. Last year he scrapped in the trenches, accumulating 28 tackles, and was every bit the stable, dependable tackle as Hawk was as a linebacker. He’s unquestionably the strongest player on the team, but don’t let that fool you – he has dangerous speed, as he showed against Northwestern when he tossed some offensive linemen aside and blocked a punt (that the Hawk scooped up and turned it into a TD). Expect Pitcock to be double-teamed most of the season, which may allow the other front three to work some magic.

David PattersonDavid Patterson, 6’3”, 285 lbs., Sr. – Starting alongside the dangerous Pitcock, Patterson is rumored to be every bit as quick. He’s been moved around the past few years back and forth (from end to tackle), but when Sweater Vest formally decided on a four-man front, he found a home on the inside, and recorded two dozen tackles last year. He’s got tons of high-pressure game experience, too… starting 36 of the past 37 games. Oh, and did I mention that he loves to hit people? He dropped Chad Henne in the only sack of last November’s rivalry matchup. Whattya bet Lllloyd double-teams him this year?

Joel Penton, 6’5”, 290 lbs, Sr. – Penton is the third “veteran anchor” to the line, and could back up either Pitcock or Patterson. Expect to see two of these three on the field at any given time, unless the game is in hand and the younger players are sent in. Tressel has used Penton as a “secret weapon” of sorts, sending him in to create havoc when the opposing line starts to get a bit tired… he’s got plenty of game experience, having played in almost every game for the past three years, and tons of speed (there’s that recurring theme again!), and doesn’t tire easily. His speed makes him versatile; so it’s possible that we could see him playing some reps at defensive end. It’s always great to give a player credit for his brains, too; Penton is an OSU-Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Big Te(leve)n honoree, as is his wife.


Jay RichardsonJay Richardson, 6’6” 276 lbs, Sr. – If Richardson can stay healthy, he can be as deadly a defensive end as any other in the country. I say, “if,” because injuries have plagued his career. He has plenty of experience, being a regular on the line going back to the 2003 season. Richardson is known for his discipline; he’s not the type to get out of position. (Perhaps that discipline comes from the time he’s had to spend in the film room with a bag of ice on his knee?) Tressel likes to use him as a “jack of all trades” type of lineman – he’s great at the pass rush, but also has enough speed to catch up with a sprinting ball carrier and bring him down. Richardson is great at breaking up passes and was able to force a fumble against the mighty Vince Young.

Lawrence Wilson, 6’6” 270 lbs, So. – So, imagine you’re on a team with veterans like Teddy Ginn, Pittman, Pitcock, Patterson, etc. Then, during the spring game, your name is the first to be drafted for your position by your teammates. Think you might impress them a bit; maybe have their respect? Welcome to the world of Wilson. The most exciting story on the defensive line, Wilson has had a buzz about him since last season. How many 270 lb. men do you know that can squat over 600 lbs., bench 300, leap 36”, and run a 4.6? (There once again is the 2006 theme: speed and strength.) He lettered last year as a true freshman, added 20 pounds since then, and has been drawing comparisons to the OSU great Will Smith.

Vernon GholstonVernon Gholston, 6’4”, 260 lbs, So. – If Pitcock is the strongest man on the team, then Gholston isn’t far behind; he reportedly benches 455 lbs (no – that’s not a typo). Despite his bulk, he’s got a reputation for being a great pass rusher. The experts at Buckeye Commentary predict Gholston will be the starter, ahead of the talented Wilson. My best guess is that Tressel will make that decision come September. Again, however, who is a “starter” for the defensive line tends to be academic on an OSU team… often, the backups play just as much time as starters do on other teams around the country. It will be exciting to occasionally see Gholston and Wilson on opposite ends of the line while Richardson catches his breath. If offensive coordinators are double-teaming Pitcock and Patterson, then they’ll have to choose between Gholston and Wilson; and both are scary enough to wreak all sorts of havoc in the minds of most Big Te(leve)n QBs.

Players to keep an eye on

Alex Barrow, 6’5″, 275, So. – Barrow will likely rotate in and out behind Richardson at the end position. He’s a third-year player out of OSU’s “other” farm team: Dublin Coffman. Barrow has had a great spring, adding 20 pounds to his bulk and increasing his strength under new coach Eric Lichter.

Doug Worthington, 6’7″, 274, Fr. – A former Parade All American, Worthington was rated the #2 prospect overall in the state of New York, and considered one of the greatest defensive line prospects in the nation. His size and speed make him absolutely dangerous at the end spot. Worthington hurt his knee during bowl practice last season, and had surgery earlier this year. We’ll know more about his status by the time fall camp starts.

Ryan Williams, 6’6″, 245, Fr. – Williams redshirted last season, and like Worthington, injured his knee during bowl practice with the scout team. Coaches like what they see in him, and – if his knee permits it – will use him extensively as a backup at the end position. Expect to see him used on special teams, as well.

Nader Abdallah, 6’5″, 310, So. – Fast enough to play end, but big enough to play tackle, Abdallah is expected to be a physical presence on the line. He’s in his third year with the program, and played in four games last year. Abdallah has had to endure quite a bit of drama in his young life; his home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and his entire family had to move to Columbus to live with him. Abdallah’s “portable” nature should serve him well as a lineman backup, on special teams, and on short-yardage or goal-line situations.

Final Thoughts

That wraps it up for MotSaG’s 2006 Defensive Preview. How’d we do? Make sure to check out parts one and two of our preview, if you haven’t already.

Most of the country considers the OSU defense a weak point – the folks in Texas even go so far as to call OSU “defenseless.” But after analyzing the three defensive corps, it seems clear that Tressel has things well-in-hand for an “above-average” to “pretty-darn-good” defense this season. I think this group of men is a year or two away from peaking, but there should be moments of greatness this season, and that’s all the Buckeyes need to complement what should be the highest-powered offense in the country.

2006 Defensive Preview – Secondary

OSU Football Our defensive preview continues with a look at the defensive backs. OSU’s secondary will be replacing all four starters from a year ago. The new players, for the most part, are unproven and untested in game situations. Second year coaches Tim Beckman (cornerbacks) and Paul Haynes (safties), do not have much time to make these players a cohesive unit. Sept 9th will be here before we know it, and even without Vince Young our players will face a huge test. We are not trying to downplay the importance of the season opener, but OSU plays N. Illinois at home. On the road, at night, will go a long way in determining how well the relatively new DB coaches and players continue to adapt to big time college football. (It is too early for a prediction, but revenge will taste so sweet). Here’s a look at the top two players at each position going into training camp this fall and a talented incoming freshman to keep an eye on.

Left Cornerback

Malcolm JenkinsMalcolm Jenkins (6-1, 202, So.) – As a true freshman, Jenkins started four games last year because of an injury to then starter Tyler Everett. This year, with those starts under his belt and an off-season where he added 15 pounds, Jenkins will have added responsibility. He will, on most occasions, be asked to cover the opponent’s best receiver. I expect with OSU’s inexperience at DB, teams will try to throw on the defense early and often, testing our young secondary. Jenkins, after not being highly recruited out of high school, is poised to show what a lot of schools missed. He has high hopes of becoming the next great cornerback from Ohio State. He has the size, ability, and speed to be great, but time will tell how great he will be.

Andre AmosAndre Amos (6-1, 180, R-Fr.) – Amos, a converted wide receiver, goes into the fall as the backup to Jenkins. After red-shirting last year, Amos has not played a down in college (a theme that will be repeated throughout the secondary). Amos will add important depth to a young corps of cornerbacks. He will compete for playing time as the Nickel corner, but look for him mainly on special teams this year.

Right Cornerback

Antonio Smith (5-9, 195, Sr.) – Antonio Smith, a former walk-on from Beechcroft High School here in Columbus, has paid his dues at Ohio State, having now earned his scholarship. Antonio has been a strong contributor on special teams, and this year he will get his shot to be a starter for the Buckeye’s defense. At first glance, Antonio does not look the part of a cornerback (as evidenced by the picture, have you ever seen a cornerback wear a neck brace?). He started his career at OSU listed as a strong safety and was known for his hard-hitting. Over the years he has developed his cover skills. Standing only 5-9, he will use his quickness and smarts to challenge and out-think the receivers. He won’t be the next Antoine Winfield, but assuming he continues on top of the depth chart, look for Antonio to provide senior leadership to the young defensive backfield.

Donald WashingtonDonald Washington (6-1, 195, R-Fr.) – Washington, like Andre Amos, red-shirted last year. Another backup corner that has not seen a snap in college, Washington will play the same role as Amos; however, due to the lack of Antonio Smith’s experience, having never started a game either, Washington may be in the mix for more playing time.

Strong Safety

Jamario O'Neal 1Jamario O’Neal (6-1, 190, So.) – O’Neal is another former player from Ohio State’s farm team, Cleveland Glenville. Jamario will be replacing top-ten draft pick, and fellow Glenville Tarblooder, Donte Whitner at strong safety. There is a lot of hype that has followed Jamario to OSU. He was ranked in the top five nationally for defensive backs and was the second best overall prospect in the state of Ohio coming out of high school. He was a regular on special teams last year as a true freshman, but this year much more will be asked of Jamario. We will quickly find out if he is worthy of all the hype. Hype drives pressure, and some people thrive under pressure while others fade. Jamario has a chance to be spectacular, here’s hoping he is one who thrives.

Anderson RussellAnderson Russell (6-0, 190, R-Fr.) – Russell is from the same high school class as Andre Amos and Donald Washington. In effort to avoid being redundant, his role on the team will be much of the same. Russell, like the other two, will get on the field in special teams situations, but all three will need to show signs of brilliance this fall to contend for regular playing time during the season. Again, we mention the importance of building depth and Russell will help bolster the depth of this young and talented secondary.

Free Safety

Nick PattersonNick Patterson (6-2, 210, So.) – Patterson going into fall is listed atop the depth chart at free safety. Nick will be taking over the spot left vacant by the graduation of Nate Salley. We hope Nick will dish out as many punishing hits we came so accustomed to seeing from Salley. Patterson red-shirted in 2004 and lettered last year playing on special teams. He is yet another player that will have to step up this year to prove he is ready to start for the Buckeye defense. I have to admit I was surprised to see him listed above Brandon Mitchell on the depth chart. Patterson must be a special player to be listed in front of a senior with considerable game experience.

Brandon MitchellBrandon Mitchell (6-3, 205, Sr.) – Brandon is one of only two seniors (along with Antonio Smith) in the Buckeye secondary, but unlike Antonio, he will bring game experience to the defense. Mitchell has started 8 and played in 33 games in his career. He will see significant playing time this season even if he is not starting. I expect to see Mitchell in the game in most nickel situations. Due to the nature of college football the young secondary will look to Mitchell for some leadership. After losing so many players from a senior-laden defense a year ago, OSU needs to find new leaders on and off the field. Mitchell has a chance to be one of those guys. Time will tell if he grabs the responsibility.

Player to keep an eye on:

Kurt Coleman (5-11, 185, Fr., CB) – Coleman graduated early from Northmont high school in Clayton, Ohio. He enrolled at OSU this spring and was able to participate in spring practice and the spring game. He had a strong spring, making the coaches take notice, which culminated with an nice interception in the spring game.

That’s a look at the defensive backs ready to make an impact for the 2006 OSU Buckeyes. Unless you have memorized the depth chart in the previous year or two, there may be some names listed here that you have never heard before, or at least players not very familiar to you. Now is the time to get to know them. Love them like they are family (we, the Ohio State community are one big family anyway, right? O-H!). We are going to have to live with some mistakes. The players are raw, but man they are talented. The new players all have the size, speed, and ability to become good if not great players at OSU. It will required hard work and determination from each individual player to acheive greatness. Here are some sentiments from their new DB coaches (courtesy of the Ozone):

“Surprisingly I think we’ll be faster in the secondary than we were last year. These guys fly around,”

said safeties coach Paul Haynes. Cornerbacks coach Tim Beckman added:

“We’ve got a lot of guys that can run. I think with their physicalness and the stature of each one of them, we’ve got some big kids back there, that this could be a special group. It’s up to them to take their game to the next level.”

Nobody likes the “P” word: potential, but these guys have it. Who will be the next Mike Doss, Antoine Winifield, Nate Clements, or Shawn Springs, to name a few? Will any of them come close? Time will tell. Luckily for OSU fans there are three or four years to figure that out.

More importantly for the 2006 season, OSU needs these young players to adapt quickly to the college game. As I said before, most of these players have not played at all (aside from special teams) in college, and only a couple have played any significant minutes. One thing OSU can hang their hat on… it can’t hurt going against the OSU offense on a daily basis come fall camp. The chance for the DBs to cover Ginn, Gonzalez, Hall, etc. will only help their development. At this point in their young careers OSU doesn’t need superstars – that will come. As long as they can be good collectively, the defense should be fine. The DBs will rely heavily on the pass rush of the front four. The more pressure on the QB, the easier the job for the DBs.

Stayed tuned in the coming days for our preview of defensive line.

Link Roundup

Here are some links you need to be reading.

The most excellent Notre Dame blog, The Blue-Gray Sky, just finished up their look back at OSU’s four big plays from the Fiesta Bowl. It’s excellent work, we tip our hat to them. You can see their breakdown of: Ginn’s 56 yard catch, Ginn’s 68 yard reverse, Santonio’s 85 yard catch, and Pittman’s 60 yd run.

Speaking of Notre Dame, I was going to write up a post about why I think Notre Dame’s chances of getting to the Fiesta Bowl are slim, but Joe Schlabach has already done that. That schedule is going to be bah-root-al. Good luck with that, Weis & Co.

Troy Smith lists his five favorite players to watch, with a sideways shoot-out to his main man, TGJ. He’s also puffing up future OSU opponent Garrett Wolfe. Garrett Wolfe?

The Ciskie Blog has posted his Big Ten preview, with the Scarlet and Gray leading the pack. The Sports Network, on the otherhand, has OSU at #3.

Sean at The 614 let’s us in on his private Q&A wherein he discusses the 2006 Buckeyes. Sean isn’t as bullish on the OSU offense as we are, but he’s got a valid point – Tressel loves to control the clock and run the ball. We still think (and hope) that OSU is going to air it out more than they have in the past, but with a backfield of Pitmann and Wells2, you can’t really blame them. Sean hits it on the nose with:

They should be able to move the ball effectively on the ground and in the air, and they’ll put some points on the board, but I think Tressel would prefer a 28-17 win with a big edge in time of possession over a 42-31 win with a more even time of possession.

Have to agree with him on that point, no argument here. I just want to see 500 yards and 42 points every once and a while.

Also, in MotSaG news, we should have our preview of the Secondary up soon. Stay tuned!

Ref’s eye view

LLLLoydFormer Big Ten official James Filson has filed suit against the conference, claiming he was unfairly fired for his visual disability.

Filson, who only has one working eye due to an unfortunate incident with a piece of home furnishing, alleges that Lllloyd Carr discovered his disability and pressured the commissioner to terminate him.

In a MotSaG exclusive, we have obtained the memorandum that Lllloyd sent to Delaney, here presented in all its one-eyed ref goodness:

Click to enlarge (68 KB file).

2006 Defensive Preview – Linebackers

OSU FootballHere at the Men of the Scarlet and Gray we’re going to look at the upcoming 2006 OSU football team, previewing the team as the season approaches. We’re starting with the defense but hope to follow up with a preview of the offense as well. We’ll start our preview with the linebacker position.

Last year’s squad was one of the best LB corps in the nation, if not the best. With all three starters going on to the NFL, there will be some huge shoes to fill. We’ll look at the likely top six players stepping into the middle of the defense. The linebackers are coached by former OSU player Luke Fickell, and he should have this linebacker group ready to play. We’ve listed the top two players at each position, starting with the middle linebacker, and have included a couple other players to keep an eye on.

Mike Linebacker

John KerrJohn Kerr (6-1, 246, 5th Sr.) – John wasn’t heavily recruited by the Buckeyes while playing at St. Ignatius, so John went to Indiana, where as a freshman had a lot of success. Sensing a chance to show OSU what they passed up on, he had a heck of a game, recording 13 tackles. He became disenchanted with Indiana’s Head coach and looked to transfer to Ohio State. John has had a tough row to hoe, not being afforded a scholarship due to his transfer, but he’s worked hard and is poised to step up this year as OSU’s defensive anchor. He hasn’t seen much playing time until this year but will hopefully step into the leadership role in the middle and continue the tradition of smash-mouth linebacker play.

Mike D'AndreaMike D’Andrea (6-3, 248, Sr.) – D’Andrea was the third member of the shining 2001 recruiting class that included Clarrett and Zwick (and, of course, Smith) but, so far, Mike’s career at OSU has been plagued with bad luck and injuries. A man-child as a freshman, D’Andrea worked hard and saw some playing time backing up Matt Wilhelm but had shortened sophomore and junior seasons. His junior season ending with knee surgery. He sat out all of last year and seems to be struggling to get back in health for this season. If he can get everything together and stay healthy, OSU will be thick at middle linebacker.

Sam Linebacker

James LaurinaitisJames Laurinaitis (6-3, 231, So.) – Let’s be honest about this – when your dad is a WWE wrestler, a Road Warrior, you’re already schooled in the school of trash-kicking. James instantly has linebacker cred with a childhood like that. James is the only other linebacker to see any significant amount of playing time last year. James came into the Michigan game after Bobby Carpenter went down with his injury and helped the defense hold Michigan’s running game to a paltry 32 yards. He also played well in the Fiesta Bowl, giving Laurinaitis experience. Being thrust into the Michigan game, at the Big House, must have been a mind-job. Talk about a trial by fire! James should see a lot of action this year.

Curtis Terry (6-2, 200, Jr.) – From Ohio State’s personal farm team, Terry hails from Glenville High School. I admittedly don’t know alot about Terry, other than his long, hard road to Ohio State. It’s hard not to root for the guy down on his luck, and Terry has seen his share of bad luck. Hopefully he can channel some of that negativity into postive motivation on the football field.

Will Linebacker

Marcus FreemanMarcus Freeman (6-2, 230, So.) – The weakside linebacker spot has been anchored for a while by a player you might have heard of – A. J. Hawk. Out of the three new starters, Marcus will probably have the most eyes fixed on him. Marcus played all 12 games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams, but coaches have been high on Marcus for awhile. He unfortunately got hurt in the 2005 opener and was awarded a medical red shirt after complications resulted after knee surgery. Many said at the beginning of last season that Freeman would be a starter on any team that didn’t have a Hawk, Schelegel or Carpenter.

Austin Spitler (6-3, 228) – Spitler is someone I don’t know a lot about but was the rated the #2 linebacker in Ohio by Rivals. Defensive coordinator Heacock has been positive on Spitler’s progress, however, and he’s built like a prototypical linebacker. Good speed and strength put him in a good postion. He’s got another thing going for him – he’s smart (He, Laurinaitis, and Gonzalez all earned 4.0 GPAs this past spring).

Players to keep an eye on:

Ross Homan (6-1, 237, Fr.) – Homan had a great spring game that impressed everyone who saw it. Homan may be a bit undersized now, but he’s only a freshman. So, obviously, there’s room to grow. With as much depth as there is at linebacker, though, I won’t be surprised if Ross redshirts the 2006 season. He should be an excellent backer in years to come.

Larry Grant (6-3, 225, JuCo transfer) – Coach Tressel doesn’t normally go after Junior College players, but Grant seems to have a big upside, even if it will only be for two years. Coaches are betting on his experience to help out the younger players. He did play for a National Champsionship while at San Francisco Community College. I’m not sure I agree that a “national championship is a national championship,” but I’m sure there was still pressure in that situation. Grant won’t be able to rely purely on his athleticism at this level. He’s got alot to learn.

So that’s a look at the individuals. But how will they play as a team? Let’s see how they’ll stack up in certain situations. First, how will they play against the run? OSU’s defense has always been stingy against the run, but this group of linebackers will be tested early in the season and often in the Big Ten. Kerr and Company will have their hands full. Kerr was tough against the run at Indiana, and Laurinaitis and Freeman on the corners are fast enough to contain most running games. Together with another stacked defensive line, I’m not too worried about the Buckeyes’ run defense.

The second situation would be the pass rush. Carpenter and Hawk got quarterbacks running all over the place last year, but I always cringed watching Schlegel blitz. He didn’t seem quick enough to make a big difference with the up-the-middle pass rush. Kerr should excell in that regard, as he seems lighter on his feet. D’Andrea can become an excellent blitzer if he’s given the chance. Freeman coming around the corner should see a lot of sacks, but I wonder if Laurinaitis will be a little under-sized going up against mammoth OTs.

Finally, how will these linebackers play the pass? This is what has me most worried, as this is where experience will play the biggest part. All three projected starters have decent height and wing-span, but the question will be how well they can match up against running backs in the flats and TEs over the middle. This will be the largest unknown but will play to OSU’s advantage as they won’t see a tested QB until Iowa. That gives them some time to gel as a unit, together with a new group of DBs. Time will tell how well the linebackers will play against the pass.

Overall, the more I look at the linebackers stepping into starting positions this year, the more I get excited about this defense. Individually, there isn’t a lot of experience for most of these guys. Collectively, however, you’ve got a decent pool of experience. Alot of them have played plenty of time on special teams and some have had spots where they’ve played decent minutes of meaningful game time. They should come together quickly as another group of linebackers worthy of the lineage of linebackers at Ohio State.

Lllloyd Carr deathwatch

OSU FootballIt is quite satisfying for us Buckeye fans to see the desperate state of affairs in which UM fans find themselves now. The fans of the Maize and Blue are grabbing at straws, trying to find anything negative about tOSU to report… even if it means going back 30 years to do so.

It must be frustrating to keep losing to ol’ Sweater Vest, but posting videos of “the punch” or reporting on the items you found while digging through Clarett’s garbage can (“his underwear has racing stripes!!!eleventyone!!”) isn’t going to inspire your team to victory.

With that, MotSaG is starting a new tradition: The Lllloyd Carr Deathwatch.


It’s no secret that this is a make-or-break season for Lllloyd. Fan-based loyalties aside, it’s a shame to see Carr’s stock falling. Believe it or not, we here at MotSaG hope UM never fires him – for the same reason UM fans wanted to keep Cooper around. It’s fun beating him.

As the season draws near, we’ll have plenty of analysis on UM football (and Big Te(leve)n football in general). But in the meantime, we’ll try to keep you posted on news and information that could lead to the Cooper-clone’s firing. Stay tuned.

CBJ schedule released

CBJToday, the NHL announced the CBJ schedule for the 2006/7 season.

The season opens against Vancouver on October 6, and features a division matchup on New Year’s Eve against the Blackhawks.

Also, this is currently classified as a “rumor,” but the Jackets might have a home preseason game against the world champion ‘Canes in September! More on that later, if it pans out.

Gopher’s bad news

It looks like the Minnesota Gophers’ backfield just got a lot thinner. After losing Maroney to the NFL draft, it looks like the other half of the 1,000-yard tandem, Gary Russell, won’t be playing this year, either. That isn’t going to help their chances in the Big Ten.

Biggest game?

OSU FootballThere’s a good post over at Burnt Orange Nation that looks at the OSU/Texas game in Dallas, and the writer asks if this is the biggest game ever played in Austin. They look at the best games in Austin and, while there have been some good games played in Memorial Stadium, the Ohio State game will be one of the best. This game will no doubt set in motion the landscape of the National Championship picture in early September and it will have a TON of hype to live up to. If it’s anything like last year’s game, it will be another instant classic.

I attended last year’s heartbreaking game at the Horseshoe. It was one of the most electrifying crowds I have ever been a part of but the crowd was also stifling. The author said it best in the comments:

I’m not claustrophobic, but I swear it felt like tOSUs stadium was closing in on me. The place was just surreal. I thought I was in some kind of bad dream half the time. The lights they trucked in only lit up the field, so everybody in the stands just looked like a bunch of ghosts.

That’s exactly how I felt. It made me feel claustrophobic. But being a home game, it was a comfortable discomfort (if that makes sense). Words can’t describe the intensity and the decibel levels. It was insane. So I wonder if they’ll be able to make as much noise as we did. Texas Memorial Stadium’s capacity is 80,082, a far cry from The Horseshoe’s 101,568. Twenty thousand people can make a lot of noise. It will be interesting to see what difference the Texas crowd can make.

It’s not a stretch to say last years game was one of the most important games of the year. Vince Young and Co. had a tremendous confidence boost that propelled them to greatness. This will no doubt be the must-see game of September. Let’s hope Troy Smith and the boys can follow suit.

Joe’s worthless baseball cards

If you’re like me, you’re a thirty-something sports fan who plays video games and at some point collected baseball cards. More to the point, if you’re really like me, you collected cards during the late eighties/early nineties. If that’s the case, than Joe’s Worthless Baseball Card Collection is for you. Just make sure you put down your Diet Coke because shooting Diet Coke out your nose hurts. Or so I’ve been told.

This is some funny stuff, but it’s even funnier if you have these cards in your collection, because you remember getting these cards and thinking the same sorts of things:

Pete Ladd
Pete Ladd made a living during the 1987 offseason as the stunt double for Weird Al Yankovic in the movie UHF.

Check them all out here: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, and Page 5.