Ten Years of Buckeye Blogging

motsagProfileIt’s still doesn’t seem possible, but today marks ten years (TEN FREAKING YEARS) since I posted the first post here at Men of the Scarlet and Gray dot com. Join with me for a little navel gazing as I reminiscence on the wild ride that started when myself (el Kaiser), Jeremiah (SYR), Grant (sportsMonkey) and Trevor (Zeke) started this here Ohio State blog. (Don’t ask us why we went with nicknames. We were young and dumb)

In the lifetime of the site, we’ve seen a Heisman Trophy Winner (should have been at least 1 more), 3 trips to the National Championship game, a Final Four and an NCAA Finals (including that amazing comeback in the Sweet 16), a major scandal, and the most amazing run of a football team in 2014.

We’ve gone through not one, not two, not three but FOUR Michigan coaches.

We’ve humiliated and/or killed off Kirk Herbstreit in a number of ways (here, here, here, here, and here). We introduced the world to Tressnac The Magnificent and his trusty side-kick Lllloyd Carr.

We spawned at least one other blog, with the birth of blog The Buckeye Battle Cry, happening here in these comments. As far as we know we haven’t fathered any other blogs, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out there.

As fans, we’ve witnessed all sorts of ups and downs. We’ve witnessed some heartbreaking moments. We had Jeremiah breaking the Carlos Hyde story. We’ve had interviews with former and future Buckeyes, (we even had Cris Carter agree to be interviewed by Shannon but that fell through.)

While having fun at our opponents expense, we coined the phrase “Stiff Arm of Justice” (this one was a personal fave, as is this video)

Oh, and if you’ve been around since the beginning, you know that we single-handledly put Vernon Gholston (and his glorious biceps) on the map.

Look at them. LOOK!
Vernon Gholston

He even followed @MotSaG on twitter!

As you may have noticed, my regular posting around these parts has been next to zilch the past year plus. It kills me that Real Life© has gotten in the way, but I’d like to thank all of our writers contributors, past and present, for all the hard work they’ve put in to keep the site going and bringing you guys the top-notch Buckeye writing we hope you’ve come to expect. We are going to be losing a couple of our staff to our brothers at tBBC but this site will still be chugging along. I would be remiss if I didn’t profusely thank my co-founder and Best Friend Jeremiah. The work he has put in the past few years dragging the site into the limelight has been nothing short of amazing. He’s the hardest working blogger out there and his Twitter Troll Game is strong. Thanks for everything you do, big fella.

It’s been a wild ride and it’s been a great time spending it with all of you. We have some changes that are going on behind the scenes and we’ll be making an announcement soon about some exciting changes, but we hope you’ll stick around with us for another 10 years of Buckeye (and Ohio) greatness!

Evening Games Open Thread: Week 6

Had enough football yet? Here’s some more!

Week 3
Game Time TV
#25 Boise State vs. Colorado State 7:00 PM CBSSN
Arkansas vs. #8 Alabama 7:00 PM ESPN
#21 Oklahoma State vs West Virginia 7:00 PM ESPN2
#2 TCU vs Kansas State 7:30 PM FOX
#11 Florida vs Missouri 7:30 PM SECN
Miami (FL) vs #12 Florida State 8:00 PM ABC
#4 Michigan State vs Rutgers 8:00 PM BTN/td>
#23 California vs #5 Utah 10:00 PM ESPN

Afternoon Games Open Thread: Week 6

Some notable games of interest this afternoon:

Week 3
Game Time TV
Kent State vs. #24 Toledo 3:00 PM ESPN3
Georgia Tech vs. #6 Clemson 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
#7 LSU vs. South Carolina 3:30 PM ESPN
#19 Georgia vs. Tennessee 3:30 PM
Navy vs. #15 Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC
#13 Northwestern vs. #18 Michigan 3:30 PM BTN
Wisconsin vs. Nebraska 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
Minnesota vs. Purdue 3:30 PM ESPNU

Maryland Open Thread

It’s the Noon Game Open Thread, which means you’ll be watching the Buckeyes and who cares who else is play?

But seriously, feel free to rant, rave, complain and chat about the games going on this early afternoon, but most especially the Buckeyes beating Maryland on Homecoming.

Evening Games Open Thread – Week 5

Western Michigan Open Thread

Here’s the Open Thread for the Buckeye’s tilt against Western Michigan University.

Noon Games Open Thread: Week 4

Some notable games today at noon:

Week 3
Game Time TV
#8 LSU vs. Syracuse 12:00 PM ESPN
#20 Georgia Tech vs. Duke 12:00 PM ESPN2
Southern vs. #7 Georgia 12:00 PM SECN
#22 BYU vs. Michigan 12:00 PM ABC
Central Michigan vs. #2 Michigan State 12:00 PM BTN
Bowling Green vs. Purdue 12:00 PM BTN
Kansas vs. Rutgers 12:00 PM BTN
Southern Mississippi vs. Nebraska 12:00 PM ESNN
Indiana vs. Wake Forest 12:30 PM ESPN3
Northern Illinois vs. Boston College 1:00 PM ESPN3

Northern Illinois Open Thread

It’s the Open Thread for the Buckeye’s tilt against Northern Illinois University.

Noon Games Open Thread: Week 3

Week 3
Game Time TV
Savannah State vs. Akron 12:00 PM ESPN3
South Florida vs. Maryland 12:00 PM ESPNU
UNLV vs. Michigan 12:00 PM BTN
Air Force vs. #4 Michigan State 12:00 PM ABC
Kent State vs. Minnesota 12:00 PM BTN
Buffalo vs. Florida Atlantic 12:00 PM N/A
Nevada vs. #17 Texas A&M 12:00 PM SECN
Illinois vs. North Carolina 12:00 PM ESPN2
Connecticut vs. #22 Missouri 12:00 PM ESPN
Wake Forest vs. Army 12:00 PM CBSN
Tulsa vs. #16 Oklahoma 12:00 PM FOXS1
Central Michigan vs. Syracuse 12:30 PM ESPN3
#23 Northwestern vs. Duke 12:30 PM ESPN3

Ohio State Rolls Late, Spins to a 42-24 Victory Over Virginia Tech

Going in to Blacksburg, there was a feeling that revenge was on the minds of Buckeye Fans, hoping that Evil Urban would make an appearance and silence any doubt that the 2014 team at the end of the season was not the same team that lost to Virginia Tech in early September. And early on, all things pointed to just that. Two easy scores in the first quarter, including an 80 yard run by Ezekiel Elliot had Buckeye fans puffing their chests and gearing up for a rout. Cardale took an option off the left edge for another first quarter score, only to have it called back on a holding call. An almost 21-0 lead still had the Buckeyes up 14-0.

Then a muffed punt, an interception, and two throw back passes from Virginia Tech’s Mike Brewer led to 17 unanswered points and a half-time lead, 17-14. Uh-oh.

On, and Ohio State Twitter was kind of on fire. Par for the course, really.

Then the second half happened and nothing went the Hokies way. Their starting QB, Michael Brewer, was hurt on a crunching sack from Aldophus Washington, sending him to the locker room. If there was a glimmer of an upset, it left with Brewer.

Also, if there was a glimmer of an upset, Braxton Miller’s touchdown catch and absolutely ridiculous spin (see above) snuffed that out quickly.

Everything wasn’t perfect. There were defensive missteps, occasional goofy offensive play calls and just some sloppiness in special teams. Ultimately, minus a garbage time touchdown, Ohio State buckled down and dominated the second half to come out on top, 42-24.