Superman in the Horseshoe
October 31, 2004 10:35pm EST

Yesterday, as always, Ohio State hosted a number of high school recruits.  It is something that doesn't get much publicity.  One of those in Columbus was Jason Gwaltney of Babylon, New York.  Jason is one of the premier tailbacks in the country.  He was just mildly interested (at best) coming into Ohio Stadium yesterday.  Our sources learned that apparently he was just blown away with his trip and now has OSU at or near the top of his short list.

Jason's last game was almost super-human; 406 yards, 9 TD's on 29 carries.  Yes, you read it correctly, LAST GAME.  And, we understand he rested most of the fourth quarter in that game.  Just one good game?  How about, 5,112 yards 90 TD's and 546 points after his first three years.  He is 5'11"/230lbs./4.52 40 speed.  He intends to announce his school in January at the U.S. Army High School All-Star game.  Think Scarlet and Gray, Jason!

pjs buck

Sunday, October 31, 2004 6:50 PM

Joe Casey's exclusive Play-by-Play diagrams for the Penn State game are now available.  Remember, Joe's excellent coverage of Ohio State football is available ONLY here, on the Fifty Yard Line.  These are available in both PDF - Adobe Reader-based format and browser-based HTML.

HTML Link

PDF Link

pjs buck


Sunday, October 31, 2004 3:20 PM

Injury update:

  • Rory Nicol - ankle, may miss MSU
  • Nate Salley - mild shoulder strain, should be ready for MSU
  • Jay Richardson - should return next week
  • Rob Harley - out for the season
  • Donte Whitner - leg, possible for MSU

pjs buck

Sunday, October 31, 2004 10:30 AM

"Mr. Smith goes to Michigan State as the starting QB." Link (direct link to Cleveland Plain Dealer Story)

MORE DAILY LINKS FOR SUNDAY Link

We will have much more later today and tomorrow on the upcoming trip to Spartan-Land, including why this game will be our toughest to date.

pjs buck

Saturday, October 30, 2004 10:45 PM

General Ramblings From Today's Game

A friend at the game today asked me just how fast is Ginn? 
I gave him his official 40 time and then realized that didn't really explain it.  I then thought to myself that if you think of most really good athletes having at least 3 gears, Ted must have at least five.  I also noticed he has started running better (but not yet great) pass routes.  This is going to be some special kind of player for us. 

I think I see improved play on the offensive line, except when Tim Shafer is in the rotation.  Our total offensive output wasn't good by any stretch, but we were running the ball better (often with authority in the first half) against what has so far proven to be a good defensive unit against the run (Penn State). 

Troy's fumble in my mind is excusable - someone didn't do their job protecting his backside.  

It was good to see Maurice Hall set the kick-return record, have an excellent return, and generally run the ball well today.  I thought Antonio Pittman looked good at times, but seemed tentative at other times.  We need to remember he is just a freshman.

Finally, I think I see some improved play on the defense, both in the secondary and at the point of attack.

We'll have more tomorrow.

pjs buck 


Thursday, October 28, 12:05 PM

Which offensive line personnel package shows up this week?  In case you didn't know it, we had an offensive line-up change in the early part of the game last week against Indiana.  One which I think showed better chemistry and better results.  This new package featured Rehring and several starters in different positions, including Sims at guard.

At the 7:42 second mark in the second quarter the coaches put in the same personnel package that had been used mostly during the first three Big Ten games.  If my record keeping is correct, we not only didn't score but had little success moving the ball the rest of the quarter.  Look for the offensive line package and line-up early in the game against Penn State.  It could be an indicator for the future.

pjs buck

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004 8:10 PM

Some daily news links are up. Link

Also, the Buckeyes will host a high profile high school recruit this weekend; Jason Gwaltney from North Babylon HS in Babylon, New York.  He is a  four star RB prospect at 5'11"/235lbs./4.50 40.  He is considered a soft verbal to West Virginia at this point.  I have seen videos of him and he is probably the second most impressive high school TB I have seen this year behind Jonathan Stewart.  At one time he had no interest in Ohio State and we have NOT offered him yet.  It seems to me he is an extreme stretch for OSU, but you never know.

pjs buck

Monday, Oct. 25, 2004 11:59 PM

Joe Casey's exclusive Play-by-Play diagrams for the Indiana game are now available.  They are more pleasant to review than the last three weeks.  Joe's excellent coverage of Ohio State football is available ONLY here, on the Fifty Yard Line.  Thanks, Joe! 

For those in search of interesting details, compare the offensive line personnel package during the first and third quarters with the running game's performance. Link

Monday, Oct. 25, 2004 12:35 PM

Daily Links

A pleased, but still edgy Buckeye nation awakes today awaiting our next game against Penn State this Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004.  So many questions still remain this week.  We'll start off with some daily links trying to put the Indiana game in final perspective. Link

The Penn State game will be another noon kick-off this Saturday 10/30/2004.

Also, the final "lost files" draft of the Big Ten preview from Andy Steger have been found and can be read on the "Watch List" Link to the right.

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004 8:00 PM

This season has more drama than a long-running soap opera.  Just what did we see yesterday?  For one, I saw in the first quarter, a new offensive line combination that actually "looked and acted" like they wanted to play ball!  A post-game analysis and editorial is now available Link.

Either later or tomorrow we will have Joe Casey's Play-by-Play graphical analysis available.  This one won't be as painful to look at.

Saturday, Oct 23, 7:30 a.m.

Game Day

It is currently 61 degrees on campus with an expected high today in the mid 60's.  There is good chance of rain, but that rain could hold up until after the game.

Ohio State is currently a 13 1/2 point favorite over Indiana, who like Ohio State, is looking for their first Big Ten win.

Buckeye captain Lydell Ross will not play today.  Ross was suspended because of an incident at a local strip club.  Police are investigating charges that Ross passed fake money at the club.  This marks the second time in the Tressel era that a Buckeye captain has been suspended.

Quarterback Troy Smith will get his first collegiate start today with Justin Zwick ailing.  There was talk earlier in the weak that Zwick would dress and be available Saturday, but it now looks doubtful that Zwick will play, even if Smith were injured.  Todd Boeckman, who was originally expected to redshirt this year, likely is the #2 guy behind Smith right now.

There also could be a few other freshmen that see their first action today.  Left tackle Steve Rehring may see playing time as could tailback Erik Haw.  With the unexpected 3-game losing streak, it would not be shocking to see several changes in the two-deep today.

The Call

Ohio State's football team is a train wreck right now.  Today is a big-day for Coach Tressel and this team.  Losing to Indiana at home was unimaginable two-months ago, but now you have to wonder if this team has anything left.  I think most Buckeye fans expect a win today, but I also think these same fans would not be shocked if Indiana came away with a win.

As always, the Buckeyes have to win the turnover battle, a battle that they have lost in most games this year.  The defense has to play better and the offense has to find some way to move the football.  Tony Pittman may have his coming out party today against an Indiana game that is giving up more than 30 points a game and over 200 yards a game on the ground.

Prediction: Ohio State 27 Indiana 17

blb

Friday, October 22, 2004 8:15 PM

As if we haven't had enough fun this week with the losing streak, Troy Smith starting, new offensive line changes, now, more drama.  Senior Captain Lydell Ross has been suspended for at least one game due to an incident at a strip club early this week.  

Thoughts on the Lydell Ross situation Link

Your Big Ten TV line-up for Saturday, 10/23/2004 is now available.

Northwestern at Wisconsin  Madison, Wisc.  10/23/2004  11:00 a.m. CDT  ESPN

Iowa at Penn State State College, Pa. 10/23/2004 12:00 p.m. EDT ESPN2

Indiana at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio 10/23/2004 12:00 p.m. EDT ESPN Plus

Michigan at Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. 10/23/2004 2:30 p.m. EST/CDT ABC

pjs buck

Thursday, October 21, 2004 10:50 PM

Pre-game editorial; "Thoughts on the Hoosier's" Link

Misc. News Updates

  • It is confirmed that Ohio State has offered a scholarship to Jonathan Stewart of Washington state.  Many recruiting services rank him as the #1 high school TB in the country.  I have seen him run and he reminds me a lot of Clarett in that he is strong, runs over AND around people, and has excellent-superior balance (his balance reminds me of Archie).  
  • You probably know by now that Troy Smith will start, with Boeckman sitting at #2.
  • We have unconfirmed reports there could be a significant shake-up along the offensive line this Sat.  Again, this is unofficial but comes from a normally reliable source.

pjs buck

Wednesday, October 20, 9:50 PM

Finally, some really good daily links, including one on OSU QB recruit (2005 verbal) Rob Schoenhoft (6' 6"/240lbs.). Link
pjs

Monday, Oct 18, 9:30 p.m.

Radio Archive

It surely didn't sound the prettiest with me fighting a bad sore throat over the weekend, but here is the archive of SportsTalkCleveland's Reality Check (WKNR 850 am) show that aired this past Saturday morning.  I am on for about 10 minutes at the beginning of the program (about 5 minutes into the show).

blb

Monday, October 18, 7:30 PM

Joe Casey's award winning Play-by-Play diagrams are now available for the Iowa game.  You can view them in either HTML (browser-based) or PDF if you have Adobe Acrobat. Link

pjs


Sunday, Oct 17, 11:45 a.m.

New 'Darkest Day'

It seems silly to even try to break things down right now.  This team has collapsed in every way possible.  It is hard to believe that a team that won 28 out of 30 games, won back-to-back BCS bowl games including a national title, started the year preseason top 10 and is coached by a man with 5 National Titles and is right in the prime of his coaching career could be 0-3 in the Big Ten right now and in a complete freefall.  Yes, this team did lose plenty of talent to the NFL, but I can't believe many people could foresee a collapse of this type of proportion.  It's very hard to not point fingers at the Ohio State coaches right now.  It is there job to make sure this kind of thing does not happen.

If my calculations are correct, Ohio State has not started 0-4 in the Big Ten since 1922.  In August, the Indiana game was considered the biggest gimme on the schedule this season.  Now it looks like this team may in for quite a battle.  The coaches have quite a task on hand to try to find something that works before next Saturday.  Right now there appears to be little connection between the coaching staff and the players.  Have the coaches just flat out 'lost' this team?  

There are many questions and few answers right now.

blb


Sunday, October 17, 10:40 AM

If you have the stomach for it, some daily links are now available.  Link

Saturday, October 16, 10:30 AM

Keep it simple

Just win baby!  Execute.  Execute.  Execute.

The team needs to gel this week, and play as a team.  Trust one another.  Individuals need to stop trying to win the game based on their effort alone, and play as a unit.  Tressel will NOT change his style.  And he shouldn't have to.  The team simply needs to execute, in all phases.  

Prediction:  OSU Victory.  No matter the score.  A new winning streak needs to start today.  Play with pride!!

jdm/rb

Friday, Oct 15 4:30 p.m.

Radio Appearance

Take a break from ESPN's GameDay tomorrow around 11:00 a.m. ET. tomorrow.  I will be on Ron Glasenapp's Reality Check on SportstalkCleveland.com on 820 a.m. in Cleveland and also on the web (click here to listen on-line).  The discussion?  What has is wrong with this Buckeye team?  What else?

Ron, Dave Adams and Rick Morris talk sports on Reality Check each Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  They cover all the hot sport topics and provide good discussion and debate each week.  Check it out.

blb

Friday, Oct 15 7:45 a.m.

Finally Made it Back

A big thanks to PJS again, for continuing to work on the site almost daily, despite the busy life that he has.  Things for me (i.e. my personal life and real job) have been quite chaotic, so I have been away for awhile.  I know this is the worst time to bail out, right in the middle of the football season, but for the rest of '04, I probably won't be able to do nearly as much as I did prior to mid-September.  We'll have to see how things go.  We will try will still try to update the site as much as possible.  

I know many have asked about recruiting and I know we have asked for some patience.  I must still ask that you hang tight.  We have never had as much recruiting info during the regular season, but we obviously have usually been much more up to date.  Still trying to find some time here.

blb

The Two-game Skid

Well, I certainly did not see it coming.  The Northwestern loss was the biggest shock to me since pre-Tressel.  It's just a game that Ohio State should not lose....at least not against this year's Northwestern squad.  I was definitely more concerned about Wisconsin after the shocking loss the week before, but still thought OSU would find a way to win....after all, they usually do find ways to win and the oddsmakers agreed.  Unfortunately, Wisconsin (in my opinion) dominated Ohio State all day; it was much worse than the score.

So what now?  Yes, being the optimist that I usually am, I still have hope.  Although this team is not on par with the team's the past two seasons, there is still a lot of talent and Tressel still knows how to win.  Can they win out?  I doubt it, but stranger things have happened (see the 2002 preseason picks and see who was crowned the 2002 National Champion).  Could they have a losing record?  It could happen if the coaches and players don't pull together as....."a team".  Click here to read about some of the key problems with the 2004 team and some of the reasons for the two-game skid.

Response to a Few Emails

The last piece that I (really) posted on the site was something that I titled "Optimism versus Pessimism".  I was basically out of touch with the site for about three weeks, but I did get a chance to read the emails and to respond to a few.  A couple of the emails thought I had pretty much gone overboard with the optimism.  I'd probably be lying to you if I said that this was not the case.  I was pretty optimistic after the 3-0 start.

To me, the NC State game and the start of the 2004 campaign was more of what we had seen before.  The offense was not clicking, but the defense was exceptional and Tressel, his staff and the players were doing what they needed to do to win games.  Although I figured it would never be anything to brag about, I thought the offense would make strides and I thought this defense would again carry this team.  Neither has happened and I expanded on these issues in the piece linked above.

As for the tone of the "Optimism versus Pessimism" piece, I probably didn't do the best job of conveying part of what I wanted to say.  To me, when you win 28 out of 30, win back-to-back BCS games, win a National Championship, start the season 3-0 and pull an upset win on the road....these are the times you should enjoy.  I thought too many people were way too negative.  I am almost always happy when we win, no matter how ugly it is.

Now, with back-to-back losses and the thought of another season like 1999, it is pretty sobering.  Maybe we should have enjoyed it more while it lasted or maybe this team pulls together....I don't know.  I hope for the latter.

blb

Thursday, October 14, 10:30 PM

Our predictions on game outcomes this year has been borderline embarrassing.  So?  Let's try it again.  Click this link for a short match-up analysis for this Sat. Link

pjs 

Thursday, October 14, 6:15 PM

Want to know what games will be televised on ABC-TV besides Ohio State/Iowa on Sat.?  Click here and find their game schedules for the entire country. Link  This does require having Adobe Acrobat installed.  If you don't have it, you can get it from our Joe Casey's Play-by-Play diagram page here.  

Also, here's a link for everything about Iowa you could ever want to know! Link

Later tonight, a quick overview of Ohio State vs. Iowa and why I think we get our first Big Ten win this weekend!

pjs

Thursday, October 14, 2004

More daily links, plus commentary later this evening on Iowa. Daily Links

Response to a Few Emails

The last piece that I (really) posted on the site was something that I titled "Optimism versus Pessimism".  I was basically out of touch with the site for about three weeks, but I did get a chance to read the emails and to respond to a few.  A couple of the emails thought I had pretty much gone overboard with the optimism.  I'd probably be lying to you if I said that this was not the case.  I was pretty optimistic after the 3-0 start.

To me, the NC State game and the start of the 2004 campaign was more of what we had seen before.  The offense was not clicking, but the defense was exceptional and Tressel, his staff and the players were doing what they needed to do to win games.  Although I figured it would never be anything to brag about, I thought the offense would make strides and I thought this defense would again carry this team.  Neither has happened and I expanded on these issues in the piece linked above.

As for the tone of the "Optimism versus Pessimism" piece, I probably didn't do the best job of conveying part of what I wanted to say.  To me, when you win 28 out of 30, win back-to-back BCS games, win a National Championship, start the season 3-0 and pull an upset win on the road....these are the times you should enjoy.  I thought too many people were way too negative.  I am almost always happy when we win, no matter how ugly it is.

Now, with back-to-back losses and the thought of another season like 1999, it is pretty sobering.  Maybe we should have enjoyed it more while it lasted or maybe this team pulls together....I don't know.  I hope for the latter.

blb

Thursday, October 14, 10:30 PM

Our predictions on game outcomes this year has been borderline embarrassing.  So?  Let's try it again.  Click this link for a short match-up analysis for this Sat. Link

pjs 

Thursday, October 14, 6:15 PM

Want to know what games will be televised on ABC-TV besides Ohio State/Iowa on Sat.?  Click here and find their game schedules for the entire country. Link  This does require having Adobe Acrobat installed.  If you don't have it, you can get it from our Joe Casey's Play-by-Play diagram page here.  

Also, here's a link for everything about Iowa you could ever want to know! Link

Later tonight, a quick overview of Ohio State vs. Iowa and why I think we get our first Big Ten win this weekend!

pjs

Thursday, October 14, 2004

More daily links, plus commentary later this evening on Iowa. Daily Links





Monday, October 11, 3:30 PM

Dancing

A number of people have asked about the dancing and fighting that occurred at the end of the game.  I was there, but did not see what caused the fighting.  However, one of our sources, Chris Miller of Mansfield, did confirm at an event following the game that the fight started as a result of a Wisconsin player dancing on the O.  Additionally, it appears the player was the brother of a former OSU player, Darnell Sanders.  Dontez Sanders, who player a considerable amount in the game, was apparently stopped by Branden Schnittker.  There are also reports that head coach Jim Tressel was a little too close for comfort as the incident occurred, and may have been struck or pushed down.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

jdm/rb

Monday, October 11,  11:00 AM

The Daily Links are up.  Link

pjs

Friday, October 8, 8:35 PM

"Shaken, not stirred."  These are the famous words of James Bond, 007.  The could also apply to what the Big Ten could look like at the end of the day tomorrow.  Here is "Showdown Saturday's" Big Ten line up:

Minnesota at Michigan - Ann Arbor, Mich. 10/09/2004 12:00 p.m. EDT  ESPN Classic and ESPN*

Illinois at Michigan State - East Lansing, Mich. 10/09/2004 12:00 p.m. EDT ESPN Plus

Indiana at Northwestern - Evanston, Ill. 10/09/2004 11:00 a.m. CDT ESPN Plus

Wisconsin at Ohio State - Columbus, Ohio 10/09/2004 3:30 p.m. EDT ABC

Purdue at Penn State - State College, Pa. 10/09/2004 4:30 p.m. EDT ESPN

pjs

Friday, October 8, 1:50 PM

There is a particularly good article we missed this morning in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  For example, the article points out, "Alvarez's teams are 88-1-4 when they out-rush an opponent and 16-46 when out-rushed."  

It's now up in the Daily Links. Link

Friday, October 8, 9:19 AM

Some daily links are up.  Link

pjs


Thursday, October 7, 7:45 PM

The "lost files" of the Big Ten pre-season analysis by Andy Steger which was believed lost, has now been found and available in the section along with the "Watch Lists."  Please remember this was writtern before the season started.

pjs

Thursday, October 7, 4:00 PM

The Fifty Yard Line has just learned that "The Neutron Man" passed away yesterday.  If we learn of more, we will share it. Meanwhile, The Fifty Yard Line wishes his family and friends the deepest sympathies. 

pjs

Wednesday, October 6, 9:00 am

Daily links are up. Link


Tuesday, October 5, 2004 7:35 pm

Joe Casey's Play-by-Play diagrams of the Northwestern game are now available.  We have both the .pdf and html versions available, but I think the .pdf is better if you have Adobe.  If not, download it from the top of the diagram page. Link

pjs

Monday, October 4, 10:10 PM

The final editorial "Can Tressel be an Executive?" is now up.. Link

Monday, October 4, 7:45 PM

Short streams of data have been received periodically from our HaveBlue operatives.  It will take a few days to decipher and then assemble their next report.

A further editorial is in line to hopefully put a final perspective to the NW game.  We hope to have it up later tonight.

Regarding the daily updates, several news sources are requiring individual sign-on which is making it difficult to put reliable links to these sources on our site.  We will try our best to still offer the best selection of readily AVAILABLE links we can.  Although late, here are some from today. Link 

October 1, 2004 6:50 PM

Many have been wondering why there have been no HaveBlue articles lately. The answer is that for the last two weeks, our operatives have been under extreme suspicion by Lloyd Carr and the other coaches.  Any kind of transmission would have blown their cover.  However, we received notice late this afternoon that apparently they have been taken back into the fold.  Subsequently, the next HaveBlue article should appear very early next week.  

pjs

October 1, 2004 9:45 am

Finally, some decent Daily Links are back! Link

pjs

September 30, 9:45 PM
 
Noted radio personality Paul Harvey says, "you can't 'un-ring' a bell."  My guess is the Northwestern coaches have tried like the devil to do just that this week.  Click to find out more. Link

September 29, 7:05 PM

Daily Links

We have been remiss in our daily posting due soley to everyone's hyper-busy schedules.  

Who said, "I am concerned about inconsistency, our young team, and injuries.  We are just one or two plays away from being a very good team?"

If you said Jim Tressel or Lloyd Carr, you are wrong.  If you said Randy Walker, head coach of Northwestern, you are right.  Click here for an interesting article in our daily links section and more insight into coach Walker's thinking. Link

pjs

September 29, 12:20 am

Wow, how time flies.  Here is the Bronko Nagurski pre-season watch list. Link

More on Northwestern later today.
pjs

September 28, 11:50 PM

Somehow lost in the suffle were two pre-season award Watch Lists; the Lou Groza and Bronko Nagurski awards. The Lou Groza Watch list is available now, while the Bronko Nagurski Watch list will be online tomorrowLink

pjs

September 28, 5:20 PM

QUICK KICKS:

The daily links are still slow, that's why we haven't posted.  We'll check in the morning - as it picks up, so will we.

We will have more later, but during his press conference Coach Tressel indicated that Brandon Joe and Antonio Pittman will be ready to go for Northwestern.

Also, Northwestern coach Randy Walker comments on his team's performance against Minnesota and upcoming match against Ohio State....... more on both later tonight.

September 26, 2004 10:30 a.m.

Thoughts on "Big Ten Saturday" yesterday.

I was expecting an interesting and informative day yesterday about most of the rest of the teams in our conference.  It wasn't very interesting, but I think we did learn some things:

  • Iowa was pathetic yesterday - their offense was worse than their defense (TBGUN 30, Iw 17) 
  • TBGUN (The Bad Guys Up North) was average, but nothing so far this year will keep me up at night before THE GAME (TBGUN 30, Iw 17) 
  • Illinois improved from last year, but is now just bad (Pur. 38, Ill. 30)
  • Indiana and Michigan State slugged it out for mediocrity yesterday (MS 30, Ind 20)
  • Purdue's offense is the real deal - their defense is average (Pur. 38, Ill. 30)
  • Minnesota is the real deal - their running game is as advertised, but their defense is inconsistent (Minn 43, NW 17)
  • Wisconsin is young and inconsistent on offense, their defense was just average (Wis 16, PSU 3)
  • Penn State tried hard, but I think poses no serious threat this year on either side of their ball (Wis 16, PSU 3)
  • Northwestern is not as potent as in the past - we should probably count to make sure they always have 11 guys on the field on defense because often it SEEMED like they may have only had 8-9 guys out there (Minn 43, NW 17)

If my pre-season prediction of 2 losses hold up, I am not sure now where they will come from based solely on everyone else's performance yesterday.  I thought we might falter at NC State and Purdue.  Since we already have one of those two win, I think it is very likely we win both.  Yes, I know most of the other teams are young like we are, but I also didn't see anyone get better during their game yesterday, like I thought our Defense did against NC State.  THIS, is going to be a really intersting season!

pjs

Daily Updates: No daily updates today as the pickings are still slim.  That should change tomorrow as we get back to action this coming Saturday, October 2, @ Northwestern @ 9:00 pm Eastern on ESPN2.

pjs

September 25, 10:15 a.m.

Buckeye and Big Ten fans, here is your homework assignment for the day:

  • Watch the Big Ten match-up of the week: Iowa @ TBGUN 3:30 PM Eastern (ABC Sports)
  • Also, Northwestern @ Minnesota 8:00 PM Central (ESPN2)

Iowa @ Michigan should be a war.  Check out HaveBlue article #2 in the archives for more information on why.

Northwestern @ Minnesota shouldn't be much of a game but we get a sneak peak at our next opponent, Northwestern.

pjs

Daily Links

Slim pickings again due to bye week, but a good article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer on why the Buckeyes are NOT "Luckeyes." Link

pjs

September 25, 5:45 a.m.

Reality Check with Ron Glasenapp

I will be on "Reality Check" with Ron Glasenapp on SportsTalkCleveland.com (WKNR 850 am radio in Cleveland) around 11:45 ET this morning to talk about the Buckeyes out-of-conference play and their outlook heading into Big Ten play.  Reality Check, along with all of the rest of the sports talk on WKNR, is broadcast over the web at SportsTalkCleveland.com.

Updates

I big thanks to PJS who has picked up some of the slack recently with the site.  I have been buried with a variety of other matters.  Many have asked about the daily links, the recruiting updates and other things that are normally updated on the site.  Bear with us for a bit as we try to catch up on some things.

blb

September 24, 5:15 PM

Think you've looked enough at the N.C. State game?  Check out this unique way to view games.  This will be especially interesting for those who love to analyze a game to death. Joe Casey's exclusive. "PlaybyPlay Diagram's"   

You WILL need Adobe Reader in order to view it.  For a free Adobe Reader download, go here and install it first.

Link to Joe Casey's Diagrams  

pjs


September 24, 9:00 AM

The pickings are slim due to the bye week, but the daily updates are back Link

We will have more interesting things up later today.

pjs

September 23, 10:10 PM 

You say the Horseshoe is going to be empty this Sat.?  You must have the no-Buckeyes-this-weekend blues?  Click here for some solutions to your problems: Link

pjs


September 23, 8:15 PM

We will be back to the daily updates starting tomorrow.  Sorry we are late - I am still getting the hang of things!

pjs

September 20, 7:45 a.m.

Optimism versus Pessimism

There still appears to be two sets of groups in terms of Ohio State fans.  Yes, I think (as a whole) both groups want Ohio State to win just as bad as the other, but each group seems to view things drastically differently.  Group A sees Saturday's win as another game that was won in spite of the pitiful Buckeye offense.  This group says that this offense eventually will perform bad enough that Ohio State will lose because of it.  Group B sees Saturday's win as another huge win that proved the naysayers wrong and a win that again shows why Ohio State is going to be very tough to beat this year.

There is no doubt that I fall into group B.  I understand where group A is coming from; I just don't see it that way.  Call me crazy, but I think this team should be ranked at worst, 3rd in the nation behind USC and Oklahoma.  You don't have a panel that gives weekly points on a scale of 1-10, like gymnastics.  You either win the game or you don't.  Now, if you are lucky to win your game each week and you mask huge problems that will eventually surface, then sure, you need to be very concerned.  But how can one claim that when this team has one the same way for 2+ years now and done it 28 out of 30 times?  

Tressel coached teams win with superior special team play, superior defense and a whole host of intangibles.  With these three things working, as they do more than 90% of the time, the offense is coached to NOT jeopardize that 90%+ chance of winning.

Folks, it works.  To go 9-2, this team needs to win 6 out of the next 8.  There is little doubt in my mind that this will happen.  Will I be satisfied with that?  Probably not, but that will have exceeded Las Vegas' over/under on the number of wins OSU will have had in the 2004 regular season.  (The O/U was 8 1/2 at the start of the season.)

Yes, I feel Ohio State will do that and probably more, possibly going 11-0 with another shot at the National Title. Saturday's win was huge and was one of the three toughest games on the schedule, along with Purdue and Michigan.   And you know what?  The game was controlled by Ohio State basically from start to finish.  Bettors were so confident in NC State, that they moved the line from OSU being a three-point favorite to a three-point dog.

The only thing really bothering me right now is not being able to watch Ohio State play football next Saturday.  Next victim - Northwestern, in two weeks.

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Daily Links

We'll try to have daily links caught up tonight.  I felt the need to talk about my optimism this morning instead of getting to the links and we were unable to get to them yesterday.  Also, we just became aware of the fact that the Dispatch links are no longer available through 1460thefan.com.  Not sure there is any way around this without getting a subscription to the Dispatch.  The Dispatch links were the #1 set of links the readers went to each day.  Wish I had an solution, but I don't right now unless you want to pay for a subscription.

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