Archives for June 2008

Start stocking up on antacids

The preseason hype is starting already.

So it could be the Big 10 versus the SEC for the third year in a row. Power and speed versus just speed. The good guys versus the bad. 73-16 Tressel versus 72-19 Richt. The Stiff Arm of Justice and Tackling FailTM versus Knowshon Moreno. Boeckman’s wounded ducks versus Stafford’s overthrows. The North versus the South – CFB’s metaphorical civil war may continue.

I hope hope hope hope this happens. Not only because it’ll mean another chance at redemption, but also because, if Georgia’s involved, we might be able to recycle all of our Waterboy jokes again.

Happy Birthday MotSaG

This post should have went up Sunday, but like everything around here, it’s going up late. Better late than never, right?

Sunday marked two full years of Ohio State Blogging here at Men of the Scarlet and Gray. It’s crazy to think that since then, we’ve watched our Buckeyes compete for two football championships, one basketball championship and countless other milestones. We’ve witnessed mountains of men and watched them reach the highest peaks of the sport and the lowest of the lows. We had our guts wrenched, our breath taken away and our hearts thrilled.

And the best part of it all is that we’ve met some pretty cool people and pissed some people off. Since we missed our first birthday, allow us a bit of navel gazing as we look back on a few of our favorite MotSaG moments.

Our first “big hit” was the sportsMonkey’s Game Day Preview before the 2006 season started. We had mucho LOLs working on that one.

The 2006 season went rather well, culminating in an Armageddon-like OSU/Michigan bedlam for #1. What a rush that was.

The days leading up to the 2006 Michigan game were great. We stumbled across a 911 transcript of Ypsilanti dispatchers responding to a call concerning one Adrian Arrington. There was a visit from our own Tressnac to liven things up. And, of course, we all know how that game ended (best OSU/UM game ever?) and the instant backlash from certain bloggers and how they were treated down here in Columbus. I had enough of that noise and spoke my peace. That felt good. Of course, we couldn’t let any opportunity to needle our foes up north, and sportsMonkey did it was pizazz.

Yeah, so the BCS title game didn’t go how we planned. It sure started out how we planned, but went downhill from there.

After football season, the hits kept coming with the Thad 5. What a ride that was. The Xavier and Tennessee games were easily some of the greatest Buckeye basketball games I have ever witnessed. Holy smokes, that was a crazy ride.

After March Madness ended, things got slow around these parts but we began crushing on someone near and dear to our hearts, and Mount Vernon became our patron saint around these parts.

Again, the Game Day crew was lampooned to much hilarity again, in preparation for a new season of college football. We couldn’t wait.

The 2007 season rolled around and started out in a most humorous fashion. What a weird day that was. We eventually came to our senses and made sense of the whole mess.

The season didn’t start bad just for the Wolverines. We couldn’t help noticing Notre Dame was having a rough go at it, too.

In fact, the entire Big Ten had a rough time last year. Right in the middle of it all we were all witnesses to some ugliness at Penn State. In a year where we needed all the good karma we could get, this did not help things.

Things looked rather gloomy in Buckeye Nation on the fateful day in November. But that’s nothing a royal pounding of Henne & Hart couldn’t cure.

And so was born the legend of Mount Vernon. I don’t think we’ll ever see the likes of him again.

So once again, we found our Buckeyes poised for redemption against another Southern foe. People sure didn’t like them apples. We don’t need to recap what happened there. Everyone knows.

But it gave us a chance to really see who were fans and who were simply eating whatever was being feed at the hands of the backwards logic of the ESPN. It’s as it’s always been: Buckeye Nation versus the world.

Finally, we watched closely as the Buckeyes won the Pryor Lottery, complete with all the creepiness associated with recruiting. We were appalled by the spectacle of it all.

And now, here we are. That was a fun little look back at the goings-on around these parts. We’d also like to highlight a few items we think deserve a second look:

One of the posts we were rather proud of but didn’t get much traffic was a post sportsMonkey did looking back at some Sweatervest Memories. We highly recommend it.

Our favorite comment goes to Buckeye in Texas after the Michigan game. Thank you for that great, great piece of hilarity.

Our SMRTest commenter award goes to Steve, who read our “Colts embarass themselves post” and completely and utterly missed the point. Much to the delight of us MotSaG’ers.

So thanks for letting us indulge a little in selfish promotion. We’ve had a great ride these past two years, and hope to continue bringing the snark and wit to the Buckeye Blogosphere!

So long, farewell…

Auf wiedersehen, good night.

Yost is packing up things and closing up shop at the MZone. As a Buckeye fan, we shed no tears at the loss of a Michigan blog, but as a member of the college football blogosphere as a whole, we wish Yost (and the rest of his crew) best wishes and good luck in their future endeavors.

NCAA 09 Covers

First of all, did you know Wal-Mart had a Blog? Not just a blog, but a rather large, multi-authored blog? I sure didn’t.

Anyway, I’ve railed for a long time that EA should offer regional covers for their sports games, but more specifically, for the NCAA 0X series. I don’t mind buying a college football game with Reggie Bush or Jared Zabransky on the cover, but as a Buckeye fan, I’d be much more inclined to get one with Troy Smith or Vernon Gholston on my cover.

Well, this year for NCAA 09, you can do just that. You can “customize” your NCAA cover to fit your fandom. But, it’s exclusively available at Sam’s Club:

Sam’s Club will be the ONLY retailer to offer OFFICIAL EA alternative cover images. What does this mean to you? Well, if you are like me and NOT a Razorback fan (almost illegal here in Arkansas, I still will not to that “wooooo pig” thing), you can put an image from a selection of images on YOUR box front at no additional charge.

It’s a very cool idea, but it looks like it’s being executed poorly. First of all, the example posted at the Check Out blog, with the Lucky Charm Leprechaun, looks like a character model from the game. If they use mascots from the game engine as the cover pictures, that is pretty lame. If they’re not using actual photographs, this is a bad idea. And I know there are licensing agreements and NFL player associations to deal with, but it would be really cool if they worked it out to have a few fan favorites from each team available for covers. That would make it an instant buy.

And for those wondering, here’s my dream cover:

NCAA 09 Cover

(And by “dream cover,” I mean that literally. I dream about buying NCAA 09 with Mount Vernon on the cover. Nightly)

[Cross posted at my other blog, for obvious reasons]

Technical Issues

Things seem to be borked around these parts at the moment. I’m not sure what is up, but we’ll try to work things as soon as we can.

Update: Things seem to have fixed themselves. Let us know if you’re having any kind of problems.

Take that, Michigan University!

You can take your high US News and World Report rankings, we don’t need ’em! Brian Williams says that, “There is nothing wrong with America that someone from Ohio State can’t fix.”

You know this, man!

Embedded video removed for the time being, it was slowing the page to a halt. Click the Breitbart Link below.


Huge congratulations to the OSU class of 2008. Welcome to the family.

All Together Now: (Caption This!) - Dad?

“Confiming what we already knew: Michigan fans are a bunch of man-babies” – el Kaiser

You guys can do better than that. Add your captions in the comments.