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ONE MORE TIME. After big Ohio State wins, if it’s late enough at night when the game ends, I usually have trouble falling asleep. I’m sure I’m not alone in this regard. I think I watched Sports Center until 4 in the morning after the Buckeyes won the National Championship in 2002, just to watch the highlights one more time. You did too, right? All of that is set up to say that I was having troubling falling asleep Tuesday night after the massive upset at Indiana. So why not relive those moments one more time by reading Eamonn Brennan’s excellent recap of the game.
My last big ten road game is tonight! Have to make it my best!
— Evan Ravenel (@erav30osu) March 5, 2013
PROGRESS. You know, I really thought we were making progress. I thought we were getting past this kind of thinking. But then someone like Duncan Couch has to go and screw it all up. I’m sure you’ve already read his piece, but I’ll link it here again for posterity.
He still receives more hype than he would if he were black and that has been the case throughout his college career. So many around the sport — mostly those not wearing scarlet and gray briefs this morning — agree with me on this.
As our own SYR asked him, point-blank, on Twitter, we also ask Graham Couch: Who are those “around the sport” that “agree with [you] on this”? Just name one. If you’re so brave to make this statement and this assertion, then man-up and tell us who else is.
We should be past this. This is the 21st century, where we are supposed to be in a post-racial culture where we judge based on merits (Craft has outworked Appling his whole career, by the way) and no on the rudy hue of their cheeks. But no, some mouth-breather has to dredge up the same old tropes. And he we are again.
I NEED AT LEAST TWO GEES IN MY KHAKIS. Congrats to former Buckeye Brain Hartline, inking a new five year, 30+ million dollar deal with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins took Hartline in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Hartline, to me, has always been an enigma. I know he was never comfortable with Terrelle Pryor at QB (Hartline and Todd Boeckman were good friends) but there was just something a bit “off” in my view. Maybe it simply was that strained relationship, maybe it was something more. Either way, it’s good to see another Buckeye succeeding in the NFL.
RULES. The NCAA released some information regarding changes to enforcement of football players “targeting other players”:
The new rule in football means that discipline for those players flagged for violations will mirror the penalty for fighting. If the foul occurs in the first half of a game, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game. If the foul occurs in the second half or overtime of a game, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next contest.
In an effort to address concerns when one of these plays is erroneously called on the field, the ejection portion of the penalty will be reviewable through video replay. The replay official must have conclusive evidence that a player should not be ejected to overturn the call on the field.
Great. As we have seen this season during basketball, video reviews has been a roaring success. I think this is a conspiracy between the NCAA and networks broadcasting these sporting events, because you know we’ll be going to commercials every time there is a reviewable play. Mo’ Rotel, mo’ money.
But the real problem is not the change to the football rules, but the proposed changes to the “padding in and around the pole vault box”. This is something that has to be discussed? What happened to safety first?