Archives for September 2007

Link Round-up – Week #3

Blog/site newsOSU FootballHere are some links and other items of interest:

A couple milestones: Tressel will be going for his 200th career win this Saturday at Washington, while OSU has scored a TD in 127 straight games.

Silver Bullets reborn: Gholston = Vrabel (I’d say Gholston = Spellman, but whatever. Different eras I guess), Laurinaitis = Katzenmoyer (In 33’s dreams) and Jenkins = Springs (Possibly).

“… a defensive tackle in a defensive ends body.”

Yes, Virginia, there is a Ray Small.

Filling the shoes of a Heisman. Sure, this is unfair to compare Boeckman to Troy, but the torch has been passed and Todd has some big cleats to fill — the cleats of the Ohio State Buckeyes Quarterback.

Former OSU Linebacker (and my namesake) Matt Wilhelm called former Florida Gator (Grrrr!) Rex Grossman a mental midget, which of course is an insult to mental little people around the world.

Not OSU related, but still fun: Hart’s guarantee, U-M, Notre Dame are jokes.

This has nothing to do with football, but Greg Oden is having exploratory surgery done. Yikes.

Weekly Vernon Gholston shot

Vernon Gholston

2007 Blogpoll – Week #2

Rank Team Delta
1 LSU
2 Oklahoma 3
3 Southern Cal 1
4 Florida 1
5 West Virginia 1
6 Wisconsin 1
7 Texas 2
8 Ohio State
9 Penn State 5
10 Louisville 4
11 UCLA
12 California 2
13 Nebraska 2
14 Arkansas 3
15 Rutgers 3
16 South Carolina 10
17 Clemson 7
18 Georgia Tech 5
19 Oregon 7
20 Boston College 2
21 Alabama 5
22 Hawaii 1
23 Washington 3
24 Texas A&M 1
25 Virginia Tech 13

Dropped Out: Georgia (#13), Auburn (#16), TCU (#19), Boise State (#20).

It’s not Carr’s fault

FootballIt’s time for OSU fans to – (gulp) – rally behind coach Carr.

Now, before you take me outside and stone me, hear me out.

We’ve made our jibes at Carr, even had him as Tressel’s second banana from time to time, but we only mock that which we respect. The fact is that Carr has done a better job of coaching these past few games than what reactionary UM fans (and ESPN analysts) are giving him credit for.

For instance, in the past four games, Michigan has put up about 1600 yards of offense and scored almost 100 points. Three of the teams they’ve done this against have had excellent defenses (including two of the top five Ds in the country last year). They have a handful of future NFL draft picks – perhaps as many as three first rounders.

Of course, the problem is that the UM defense has given up just about 2000 yards and 150 points in these same four games. Yeah, yeah, “it’s been against all these spread offenses.” But Carr has faced and beaten spread offenses in the past. OSU fans will hate me for bringing up all those wide-open-spread-offense OSU teams from the late 90s that Carr had no problem with beating. He also beat a WSU spread offense for his title in 1997. He destroyed a highly touted spread-offensed Notre Dame team last year, (a ND team that was no doubt overrated, but still much better than I-AA App State).

At any rate, even if Carr is giving up a lot of points… does that automatically make him a bad coach? Rich Rodriguez of West Virginia has what is universally considered to be a pathetic, gimmicky defense, yet he is considered an up-and-coming star of Div. I-A. No, it’s not points and yards that matter, but wins and losses.

There’s no doubt that Carr is still effective in the non-tangible ways of being a coach; anyone who has watched Mike Hart’s post-game comments knows that motivation and leadership isn’t a problem in the UM locker room.

Sure, Carr is ultimately responsible as the “head” coach, and if he can’t fix the problem(s), he should be let go. But he’s earned a shot at trying to fix things. The first thing he should do is fire Ron English, who is primarily responsible for these recent losses. UM’s offensive schemes have been plenty good enough to win, but the preparedness & execution hasn’t been there on the other side of the ball.

So OSU fans should rally behind Carr. I have no problem admitting that this motivation primarily comes from a desire to keep the status quo in the modern “Scowler vs. the Sweatervest” era. Trust me, if they get rid of Carr, it’s going to be Tressel vs. Jeff Tedford or Les Miles, and no OSU fan would want that year in and year out.

However, I also say this as a Big Ten fan. This 1950s, ironman, baby boomer, buick-with-fins, asbestos-insulation-and-nuclear-testing-is-good-for-you, polio-vaccine-era style of football that Ron English is using is making a mockery of the Big Ten. Fall on your sword, Ron, so Carr can have an opportunity to hire a defensive coordinator that actually designs schemes and prepares athletes to play 21st century football.

Please don’t make us add “2007” to the MotSaG Carr tombstone:

LLLLoyd

 

Week #2: University of Akron – Open Thread

OSU FootballHere’s the Friday Open Thread for Week 2 of the Buckeye’s 2007 season.

As always, we link the previews for your reading pleasure. No need for us to duplicate what’s already out there. On the blogging front, the guys at Eleven Warriors have their preview up. Buckeye Planet’s in-depth preview is ready for consumption. Don’t those guys get tired of doing those? Tony Gerdman’s preview over at the O-Zone is enlightening. ESPN’s game preview should be a little more subjective and it has pretty bar charts. If there was such a thing.

Not a lot more to say here. With this week’s game is once again being confined to the Big Ten Network, how do you plan on watching the game if you’re BTN-less? What aspects of Saturday’s game are you’re looking forward to? What’s your final score prediction? Anything else that crosses your mind, let us know!

Personally, I want to see a huge improvement in the running game. I won’t be surprised to see 250+ yards total on the ground tomorrow. Beanie & Co. will have something to prove. As for the final score, I say:
OSU – 45
Akron – 0

sportsMonkey: theMonkey’s quite happy today (as are many other Dish Network subscribers) at being able to see the game tomorrow. **Does Carvey’s church lady superior dance** (H/T: SaS)

Rain and storms are forecast for the Columbus area tomorrow… so I think the weather might impact the game a bit. It’ll be interesting to see how the new turf handles the rain. I’m going lower than Kaiser, with OSU winning 31-0.

Weekly Vernon Gholston shot

That’s right, it’s time for a new feature here at Men of the Scarlet and Gray — the weekly Vernon Gholston shot.

Vernon Gholston

I’m beginning to think Jim Davidson has a bigger man crush on Gholston than I do.

This is rich

FootballSome delusional comments from former Michigan linebacker Dhani Jones:

“How do you put Appalachian State over Michigan as the greatest loss in history?” Jones said. “Because you’re the biggest team, the best team, the most profound team. Because of that, they look at you like the world has been turned upside down.

“People are very jealous of Michigan. People have always been jealous of Michigan. If the same thing happened at Ohio State, USC or Notre Dame, they wouldn’t be reacting like this (nationally), because Michigan is held to another standard. It’s interesting how people say Michigan is not all that and Michigan gets beat and then people can’t stop talking about it. Everybody wishes they went to Michigan.”

I don’t know about you guys, but we sure have been jealous of Michigan the last three years! Man, I wish we could lose to our hated rival three years in a row and then stink up our bowl game. They are so lucky!

Big thanks to Bill at The Blog for the Sports Gamer for this absolutely wonderful link.

Link Round-up – Week #2

Blog/site newsOSU FootballThanks to MotSaG’er Zach for the link to this interview of Eddie George.

Eddie just exudes class. When I was a student at tOSU, I was at the Mickey-Dees on High Street when he walked in with one of his little boys (this was 7 or 8 years ago, when he was at the top of his game) and the restaurant was rather empty. While some of the workers asked for autographs, I decided not to bother him, which I sort of regret now. He was very accommodating and fulfilled all the requests. I was in awe and I couldn’t stop staring. His arms and legs looked like they were chiseled out of a slab of granite. I stood in amazement of that physique (is there something wrong with me?!) but the one thing that stuck with me was how little his head was. I don’t know why. After reading that article, though, I can say he really does have a little head. Figuratively and literally.

We love our Eddie! (Best thing about the article? Eddie = A Ninja Turtle.)

No surprise here, but Appalachian State gear is rather popular around Central Ohio.

Brandon Saine has a bright future as a Buckeye. Interesting side note: I learned from the article that I have something in common with Saine: “He is the same guy he was last week, and that’s one of the neat things about him.” Awesome! I’m the same guy I was last week, too! I never really thought it was one of the neat things about me, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.

Look for Beanie to bounce back big-time. 175 yards+. You heard it here first.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise — Tressel was rooting for Michigan on that fateful Saturday.

Brian Robiskie

We’ll be seeing more of this in a couple days.

2007 Blogpoll – Week #1

Rank Team Delta
1 LSU 1
2 Southern Cal 1
3 Florida 2
4 West Virginia
5 Oklahoma 3
6 Louisville 4
7 Wisconsin
8 Ohio State 1
9 Texas 3
10 California 5
11 UCLA 1
12 Virginia Tech 1
13 Georgia 1
14 Penn State 1
15 Nebraska 5
16 Auburn 1
17 Arkansas 1
18 Rutgers 1
19 TCU 5
20 Boise State 2
21 Hawaii 2
22 Boston College 4
23 Georgia Tech 3
24 Clemson 2
25 Texas A&M

Dropped Out: Michigan (#3), Tennessee (#16), Florida State (#21).

A few notes:

  • A flip-flop at the top due to LSU smoking their opponent while USC … didn’t.
  • Same for Oklahoma and Louisville’s rise and just the opposite for Texas and VT’s fall.
  • I’m still not sold on Penn State, so my vote is bringing them down. The Monkey is high on UCLA, so he’s bringing them up.
  • I couldn’t find Appalachian State on the ballot entry form. I smell conspiracy!

Tennis better than the Foosball?

Blog/site newsIf your a good little sports blog reader, then you’re already reading Fire Joe Morgan. If not, you should be. Sure, it’s mostly about baseball and making fun of Joe Morgan, but they chastise any journalist who needs chastisement, baseball or not. It’s one of my favorite sports blogs out there. This past week they recently roasted the weird Page 2 piece by Scoop Jackson listing the 25 reasons Tennis is better than College Football.

They dismantled it with lan. You need to read it.