Archives for February 2010

Malcolm Jenkins is a classy guy

I wanted to post this earlier, but didn’t have a chance until today.

A lot of times we get caught up in following these young kids, these young athletes, building them up to the point of expecting too much of them. For some reason we gleefully rejoice in their failings and scoff at the “nice guys” (see: Tim Tebow, in both cases). We often dehumanize them at the same time we deify them.

This is just a quick story showing these guys can be really good people. I don’t remember Malcolm ever getting into much trouble as a Buckeye, and it’s good to see he’s still such a good, classy kind of guy:

Malcolm Jenkins came in late to the Jim Thorpe Award banquet Monday. On purpose. He didn’t want to upstage Eric Berry, the man of the hour and the 2009 Thorpe Award winner. Jenkins, the 2008 Thorpe winner, knocked down a Peyton Manning pass in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Some 22 hours later, he was at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, to help honor his successor.

Make sure you read the whole thing. Kudos to Malcolm for being a stand-up guy, congrats for winning the Super Bowl and thanks for being a great example of what a Buckeye truly is.

That thing is operational!

We all knew that after the New Mexico State game that Pryor was injured. It was mentioned more than once that he was running on gimpy wheels, whether it be a bum ankle or an injured knee. Yesterday it was made known (as far as I can tell, first by Pryor himself on Twitter) that Pryor had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Here’s the scary thing: On a gimpy leg, Terrelle Pryor went out against Oregon in the Rose Bowl and had the best statistical performance of his Buckeye career, winning the MVP of the game and setting the Buckeyes up for a run in 2010. All on a busted wheel.

Now that the mental aspect of the game is coming in to focus for Terrelle, imagine what he’s going to do now that he’s at 100% physically. It should be enough to keep Big Ten coaches up at night.

Caption this!

I’m currently working on a post about the recruiting haul, so in the meantime, let’s caption this picture of Senator Tressel visiting with super-recruit Seantrel Henderson.

We’re talking about expansion? Expansion?

Normally, our in-house rabble rouser Sylvester Yon-Rambo can be found on stirring up fans of opposing teams after another Buckeye beat-down (how many times have you been banned from ESPN, SYR? Five? Six times?) but recently SYR was nothing but civil participating in Adam Rittenburg’s weekly B10 chat. We normally wouldn’t link to Adam’s chats but the one’s with MotSaG input hold a little place in our hearts:

Jeremiah (Pittsburgh)

With all the expansion talk I have been trying my best to figure out how they would split the divisions. My best guess is East and West. But this completely makes the divisions unfair IMO. Is there a way to make the divisions where OSU and PSU and Michigan aren’t in the same division? Is there something I am missing where making 2 divisions wont be unbalanced to one side?

Adam Rittenberg (4:28 PM)

Jeremiah, I’m glad you asked this. Everyone needs to put the geography thing aside when trying to form the divisions. It’d be great if everything was neat and nice, but I’m more interested in competitive balance. Putting Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State in the same division would be a major mistake. I would either put Penn State in a division with Wisconsin, Iowa, etc., or split Ohio State and Michigan and maintain a protected crossover rivalry like the SEC does. You still run the risk of rematches in the championship game, but it’s not a terrible option.

We haven’t talked much about expansion around these parts (outside of the occasional rumor) but we all have our preferences (I’d prefer to see Pitt, SYR would like to see UConn) but when things eventually do happen, we’ll be ready.