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Joe-S-U Shares His Insight into the Win over the Gophers
October 31st, 2006 9:00 pm EST

Troy Smith ran his record as a starter in Ohio Stadium to 14-0, Antonio Pittman moved to within 106 yards of another 1000-yard season and the Buckeye defense finally pitched that elusive shutout to move into the #1 spot in the country in scoring defense as Ohio State blanked Minnesota 44-0 on Homecoming Saturday.  Click here for the complete game review as only our very own Joe-S-U can bring it.


Northwestern Start Time Set
October 30th, 2006 9:00 am EST

OSU has announced the game in Evanston against Northwestern will start at 3:30pm.  For a complete look at this year's schedule/results, as well as future schedules, click here.


Send In Your Michigan Game and Buckeye Stories, Photos. etc.
October 29th, 2006 6:50 pm EST

Please, PLEASE send in anything you have of interest for our THE ULTIMATE GAME page.  We are updating it now until start of THE ULTIMATE GAME.  Last year was exceptional, as we received a tremendous number of great jokes (MOST of which could be published) and stories.  This year, we would like to emphasize your photos more.  Please send in your photos to either Gregg or Pat at our Buckeye 50 e-mail addresses.  Please note that we will be giving special attention and emphasis to military families of all branches, with premium site positioning for those on active duty defending our great country!

A CELEBRITY WAS SPOTTED AT THE GAME YESTERDAY!

Most of you know that we give some preference to our Buckeye 50 Fan Forum members.  Yesterday, I had a great honor of meeting one of them in person; our own, "Buckeye Tex."  He drove to the game with a friend, and my wife and I met them before kick-off in the lobby of the Blackwell Hotel on campus.  

You long-timers here know that I believe without qualification that our Fan Forum is literally second to none on the web.   Some of which is due to the quality and depth of knowledge demonstrated by our members in all discussions.  Another part is that everyone respects each other and shows it consistently.  The third reason is known to all by what Woody used to say; "You win with people."  I had the opportunity to spend plenty of time with Buckeye Tex yesterday.  He was even more pleasant, knowledgeable and energetic in person about Ohio State football than he is on the Fan Forum (which is say a lot!).  His passion and love of the university showed instantly.  I consider it a real honor that he took the team to want to meet with me.  This is just another example of the spirit, while smaller in size at the Buckeye 50 Yard Line, literally takes a back seat to no other site.

Buckeye Tex made my day yesterday.  We had a great time together and the opportunity to meet and know some of the people who visit our site is a privilege and an honor.  Look for Tex's posts - they are well thought out and often blended with a solid dash of humor.  Thanks Casey!!!  You are a Celebrity in my eyes.

GO BUCKS!!

Pat

Nicklaus dots the 'i' as Buckeyes Ground Gophers
October 28th, 2006 7:30 pm EST

Ohio State records it first shutout since 2003 season defeating Minnesota 44-0.  Halftime activities were highlighted when OSU graduate Jack Nicklaus dotted the 'i' in Script Ohio.  Above photo shows Jack (after editing out the stupid camera man behind him) adding his name to an elite list of non band member to perform this honor.  Click here for more exclusive photos from Buckeye50 of the victory.


OSU Welcomes the Golden Gophers for Homecoming Week
October 27th, 2006 1:30 pm EST

They say you always to schedule an opponent for Homecoming that you can defeat to keep the alumni happy.  Did the Buckeyes do that this year?  Read Gregg's Minnesota preview to see his thoughts on the game.


Feature Article on James Laurinaitis (from Dean Sprio, (Star Tribune of Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota).....
October 26th, 2006 11:30 am EST

Here is the link to an excellent article on The Little Animal (James Laurinaitis) done by the home town paper.  That is, James' hometown paper in Minneapolis.  LINK TO ARTICLE  

FYI - if you are going to the game tomorrow, better bring your snorkel/mask/flippers as we are getting soaked here in Columbus, and the forecast is calling for non-stop rain through early Sunday morning.  Of course, you already know this because you know you can check out the game day forecasts here through our link on the bottom left to the Unysis Weather system!

ALSO, note that our link to THE GAME has been re-activated.  This year's ULTIMATE GAME link will be updated soon.  PLEASE, send us any and all Michigan (oops, I mean, TBGUN) related material that you would like to see posted on our link.  Same rules as last year - NO LIMITS!  This is the enemy, and we don't pretend to want to make nice!!!!

Pat


Somebody Up There Likes Us.....
October 25th, 2006 7:30 pm EST

I recently corresponded with one of the sports writers from the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dean Spiros.  Dean recently wrote a great article about Troy Smith and told me today that he will be running what should be an outstanding feature story on James Laurinaitis (James is from that area you know) this Friday, October 27, 2006.  Dean's article on Troy Smith was terrific so I suspect this article about Laurinaitis on Friday to be even better.

Troy's article can be found here: Troy's article link.  Dean's e-mail address is: dspiros@startribune.com and I would suggest you check out the following link this Friday for the article on the Little Animal (James Laurinaitis) http://www.startribune.com/gophers.  If you read either article and enjoy it as much as I did, please write Dean and let him know.

Pat


Answer to Last Night's Trivia Question about Dotting the "I"
October 24th, 2006 10:30 pm EST

Last night we asked how many non-band members have ever dotted the "I" and here is the answer: only six people other than actual band members themselves have dotted the "I" in Script Ohio.  They are; Bob Hope, Woody Hayes, former OSU presidents Novice Fawcett and Gordon Gee, former OSU ticket director Robert Ries, and former band director Paul Droste.  This Saturday, only the seventh non-band member on the face of the earth will dot the "I".  That person?

At least for now, the greatest golfer in history, Jack Nicklaus.  Everyone knows Jack is a Buckeye and a big supporter of OSU.  But most don't know that he attends football and basketball games here in Columbus every year.  He was also at the 2002 National Championship game in Tempe, AZ.  I don't have the time to list his accomplishments, and quite frankly if you don't know at least some of them you must have lived most of your life in a cave.

One of the things I personally look forward to every year is the last home game and Senior Day, where each senior is announced individually before kick-off.  This is a great tradition, but one of the things I particularly find interesting is the crowd noise level when popular players are introduced.  I remember just like it was last week when Archie was introduced, the crowd roar was deafening without let up beginning with the last two players introduced ahead of him.  You could hear NOTHING over the loud speakers at all.

I expect, at least for a short time this Saturday, the crowd noise to be equally deafening when Jack dots the "I".

Pat


Joe-S-U Has Posted his Thoughts on the Victory over Indiana
October 23rd, 2006 11:00 pm EST

Ohio State’s #1-ranked 2006 edition overcame only their third deficit of the season to roll Indiana 44-3 for their 15th straight win.  Quarterback Troy Smith equaled his career high with four touchdown passes after missing on his first four attempts, while receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. threw a scoring strike as well.  Click here for the full write-up.


Trivia Time for Buckeye Fans Around the World
October 23rd, 2006 10:45 pm EST

Other than Heisman trophies, national championship and Big Ten trophies, there are few things more "Classic Buckeye" than Script Ohio and dotting the "I" which is coveted by sousaphone players much like Olympic gold medals.

So, WITHOUT looking it up (which can be easily done), how many NON Band Members have dotted the I in Script Ohio?  And before you look this up, keep in mind the band's motto has always been and will always be, "The 'I' is Not for Sale." 

Check back on Tuesday October 24 for the answer.  At that time, if you don't already know, this Saturday at homecoming against Minnesota, one of the greatest, proudest, best known and most accomplished OSU graduates of all time will be joining this incredibly short and prestigious list.  Oh, and, for all you semi-trivia fans, contrary to the popular notion which is often discussed in bars, no U.S. president has ever dotted the I.

Pat


Illinois Start Time Set
October 23rd, 2006 5:00 pm EST

OSU has announced the game in Champaign against Illinois will start at 3:30pm.  For a complete look at this year's schedule/results, as well as future schedules, click here.


Smith Squared Wins Big Ten Honors
October 23rd, 2006 4:00 pm EST

Troy Smith and Antonio Smith were named Big Ten players of the week today for their efforts in the No. 1 Buckeyes' 44-3 victory over Indiana on Saturday.

Antonio Smith, a fifth-year senior and former walk-on from Beechcroft, gained the defensive honor after a career-high 12 tackles, including a sack, as the OSU defense put the clamps on Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis. Antonio Smith shares the award with Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny.

Troy Smith matched a career high with four touchdown passes. He shares the offensive award with Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton, who was part of the biggest comeback in major college history, MSU's rally from 35 points down to a 41-38 win over Northwestern.

Troy Smith, meanwhile, maintained his standing as the league's most efficient passer and is rated No. 4 nationally in that category after hitting 15 of 23 passes (he missed on his first four) for 220 yards Saturday. A fifth-year player who already owns a college degree, he now has 21 TD passes and just two interceptions this season.  All of his touchdown passes Saturday came in the first half. The OSU quarterback to most recently throw four TD passes in a half was Bob Hoying against Purdue in 1994.


Buckeyes Handle Hoosiers
October 21st, 2006 5:00 pm EST

Ohio State takes care of business at home by defeating Indiana 44-3.  Troy Smith continues to make his case for the Heisman award with 220 yards passing and 4 TD's.  Antonio Pittman goes over the 100 yard mark rushing but ended his streak of games scoring a TD.  Click here to enjoy some game photos of this victory.  Be sure to read Tressel's post-game press conference

Also, you can participate in our Buckeye50 Poll.


Laurinaitis Included in the Final 10 for Butkus Award
October 19th, 2006 3:00 pm EST

Sophomore James Laurinaitis, who leads the Big Ten in interceptions (four) and the Buckeyes in tackles (59), was one of 10 linebackers named today as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.  Last year's Butkus winner, senior Paul Posluszny of Penn State, was also on the list, along with Michigan's David Harris, Pittsburgh's H.B. Blades, Florida State's Buster Davis, LSU's Al Highsmith, USC's Rey Maualuga, Arkansas' Sam Olajubutu, Florida's Brandon Siler and Mississippi's Patrick Willis.  Named after NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, the award recognizes the top collegiate linebacker. This year's ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 9.

OSU's Andy Katzenmoyer won the Butkus after his sophomore season in 1997.


Pitcock a Finalist for the Lombardi Award
October 18th, 2006 8:30 pm EST

Quinn Pitcock was named as one of the 12 finalists for the Lombardi award.  The other finalists were  linebacker Paul Posluszny of Penn State and offensive tackle Joe Thomas of Wisconsin (both semifinalists in 2005), linebackers Buster Davis of Florida State and Patrick Willis of Mississippi; offensive tackles Justin Blalock of Texas and Dan Mozes of West Virginia; defensive ends Gaines Adams of Clemson, Mkristo Bruce of Washington State, Quentin Moses of Georgia, Brian Smith of Missouri, and LaMarr Woodley of Michigan.

OSU's AJ Hawk won last year to become the 36th winner of the award.


ONN to Televise Indiana Game on Delay
October 17th, 2006 6:30 pm EST

Ohio State, ONN and ESPN have reached an agreement that will allow the Buckeyes' football game against Indiana on Saturday to be televised on a delayed basis in Columbus and around the state of Ohio.  ONN will replay the game at 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised live at noon Saturday by ESPNU, which is not available in some areas of central Ohio.


OSU Shuts down MSU in 38-7 Victory
October 17th, 2006 6:00 am EST

Ohio State threw a wrench into an otherwise fabulous sports day for “The State Up North”, throttling Michigan State 38-7 to run their winning streak to 14 in a row.  On a day that saw Michigan avoid a Penn State “white-out” and elevate themselves to #2 in the polls, the Buckeyes did their part to continue setting up a potential epic showdown on November 18.  On a day where Western Michigan held Northern Illinois’ Garrett Wolfe, the nation’s leading rusher, to only 25 yards, the OSU defense turned back MSU’s only real threat very early on and kept the Spartans off the scoreboard until very late.  And on a day where the Detroit Tigers got a walk-off homerun from Magglio Ordonez to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1984, the Bucks refused to let 1974 and 1998’s meetings with Michigan State repeat themselves, instead recalling 2004 as Ted Ginn, Jr. again burned the Spartan punt team.  Read our MSU game summary from Joe-S-U.


OSU #1 in initial BCS Poll
October 15th, 2006 6:00 pm EST

It is no surprise that OSU is #1 in the initial BCS, but it is hard to believe they are third overall in the computer polls behind USC and Michigan.  At any rate, it appears the winner of the November 18th showdown in the 'shoe' will be heading to Glendale.  View the BCS


Road Warrior Buckeyes Smash Spartans
October 14th, 9:00 pm EST

Ohio State ran their winning streak to 14 in impressive fashion, burring the Michigan State Spartans 38-7. Were it not for a late meaningless Spartan TD against Ohio State reserves, this would have been a shutout.  Troy Smith continued his Heisman run, completing 15 of 22 passes for 234 yards, 2 TD's and no interceptions.  Ted Ginn got his first TD of the year in terms of punt returns with a 60-yarder in the second quarter.


It Really Is The Small Things In Life That Count........ 
October 12th, 8:15 pm EST

Here at the Buckeye 50 Yard Line we are trying to be more efficient with our front page "real estate."  A move we all think is the right thing to do by providing links to most stories.  With that in mind, I must apologize in advance to Gregg, Joe and Rick for violating this new procedure for something that has truly inspired me, and I hope strikes a similar cord with all Buckeyes around the world.

I read something last night that brought a tears to my eyes; Tyson Gentry was able for the first time to move a toe on his left foot.  Seems pretty silly, doesn't it, that something like moving a toe is newsworthy?  I mean, come on, it really is a "small thing."  But for Ty Gentry, it is probably more important than just about anything else that has happened to him in his life so far.
 
I was privy early to the degree of devastation of his injury.  I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news, and was sworn to silence, for many reasons.  Since then, his entire story and injury are now public.  I do not know Ty or his family, but felt like it was news about someone close to me.  
 
At the time, the prognosis was very grim.  Very grim, except for the statement that neurological injuries can be unpredictable relative to long term recovery, and that, "Ya never know about spinal cord injuries..."  To me, that was of virtually no consolation.  I suspect it was similar for the Gentry family, except that was the ONLY thing they had to hold onto.  Hope and faith that a miracle might happen.
 
For Ty and his family, that “small thing” of moving a toe, couldn't possibly have been bigger.  It was the first tangible ray of hope in an otherwise bleak and uneventful turn of events.  That small thing was bigger than birthdays and holidays combined.  No one knows what is left to be written in Ty's story, but for me, this little toe movement was as small as, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" words said by Neil Armstrong when he first stepped on the moon.  After all, that too was, “Just one footstep", right?
 
Let's all continue to keep Ty and his family in our prayers.  For me personally, it must have been the Faith because one doctor at the time of injury told me that in his experience and professional opinion, he felt it would be a great accomplishment if they could just get Ty to the point where he could use one of his arms for the wheel chair controls.  
 
Ty and his family and friends have, “Kept the faith.”  They have prayed and worked diligently for something, anything that could provide more than just mere hope.  So what did they get for all of their faith?  Simply wiggling one toe on one foot - now that’s a really small thing, most people do it everyday!  But it is one that for Ty Gentry, at least for now, that will give him the encouragement and motivation to continue his long, arduous fight to recovery.  A fight some have no doubt told him couldn’t be done.

Funny; people said the same thing to Orville and Wilbur Wright.......
 
Pat


Michigan State Preview - Buckeye50 Weekly Pics - Game on ESPNU
October 12th, 9:00 am EST

The Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to face an up-and-down Spartan team, as they continue their drive for a championship.  There are several other match-ups this weekend, and you can find the best of them can be found in our Buckeye50 weekly picks, be sure to see how the B50 staff views those contests.  

For a preview of the game with MSU, read Rick's write-up.

The university said Tuesday that the Oct. 21 game will be televised by ESPNU, which is not readily available on all cable systems. "WBNS-10TV will not have any opportunity to broadcast this game," the statement reads. " ... the Big 10's rights are exclusive to ESPN-U and there is no opportunity to carry the game on WBNS-TV, our digital channels, ONN, or any other venue. Our commitment to the Buckeyes and their fans is a strong one. If there was any opportunity to carry this game, we absolutely would."


Gentry Experiences First Movement in Lower Body Since Injury
October 11th, 2006 6:00 pm EST

Injured Ohio State player Tyson Gentry is ecstatic after regaining movement in a toe, Buckeyes receivers coach Darrell Hazell said today. Gentry, a punter and receiver, suffered a broken C-4 vertebra in his neck during an April 14 scrimmage. He has been wheelchair-bound with limited movement in his upper body and no movement in his lower body until this newest development.


Smith Named Co-Offensive Player of the Week
October 10th, 2006 6:00 pm EST

On the heels of a 17-for-20 (.850) passing performance that resulted in three touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Bowling Green last week, Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith has been named as the Big Ten co-offensive player of the week.


Observation from a regular Buckeye 50 Forum Member
October 9th, 2006 7:53 pm EST

Earlier today one of our forum regulars, Charlie, a.k.a, CMO168, made a great point I wanted to share with everyone.  Here is his post, verbatim:

"OSU'S MAJOR OPPONENTS WIN!!! 
I believe this is always the best barometer of a teams true success and talent. I was thrilled today to see that Texas had a solid victory over Oklahoma 28-10! Actually, Oklahoma as we all know should have been undefeated going into this game. Also, how about them Hawkeyes!!!! I think the score was something like 42-17. Good God! The fact that they manhandled another Big 10 opponents after we whooped them at night at their house gets me all excited. Also, Penn State won today, Cincinnati won and I believe NIU won as well. I like seeing that. I try not to do this, but it will now be interesting to see how scUm handles the opponents we have played and vice versa."

Excellent detail if you get into an argument at your bar regarding strength of schedule and other somewhat "trivial pursuits" some enjoy.  Everyone is welcome to join our Forum.  It is small, but I honestly believe it is comprised by some of the most knowledgeable and objective members of any forum.  OK; as objective as possible given our feelings for the Scarlet & Gray!

Thanks, Charlie!

Pat


OSU Make it 13 in a Row in Win Over BGSU
October 8th, 2006 6:00 am EST

Troy Smith had the third-highest completion percentage in one game in Ohio State history and added to his Heisman highlight reel, while the defense held its fifth opponent in six tries to one touchdown or less, as the Buckeyes finished non-conference play with a 35-7 win over Bowling Green before 105,057 in Ohio Stadium.  Read our BGSU game summary from Joe-S-U as well as our game day photos from Gregg.


Buckeyes Feast on Falcons
October 7th, 2006 8:00 pm EST

Ohio State finishes the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 35-7 win over Bowling Green.  They will retain their spot at #1 in the polls but there will be a new #2 in some of the polls as Auburn falls at home to Arkansas.   Check in here to read Tressel's post-game comments.  For the player's reactions click here.


It's "Showtime"
October 5th, 2006 11:50 pm EST

We are back to Meat n Potatoes, as it should be.  Gregg and Joe are both detailed, great guys and it shows in their magnificent coverage, analysis and photographic reporting.  I love the guts of stuff to death.  For those of you that know me, I am also the RAH-RAH guy here.  Not that the others aren't because they are extremely passionate.  We each contribute differently.

That said, a friend e-mailed a link to me today that I have only watched about 14 times.  For those of you who also like the glitz and "Friday Night Lights" hype, you must visit this site.  It should raise the hair on every Buckeye's neck and arms.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  Watch

Pat

Laurinaitis Added to the Butkus Watch List
October 5th, 5:00 pm EST

The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Inc. (DACO), the organization which annually presents the prestigious Butkus Award® to the nation's best collegiate linebacker has announced that Ohio State sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis has been added to the 2006 Butkus Award® Watch List. There are presently seven Buckeyes on Award Watch lists.  Can you name them?  Check here to see if you are right.


BGSU Preview - OSU favored by 34 - Buckeye50 Weekly Pics
October 4th, 8:00 pm EST

The Buckeyes are expected to take care of business this weekend in the Horseshoe as Bowling Green arrives.  But there are some key top 20 match-ups this week, check here to see how the B50 staff predict they will come out in our weekly picks.  

To review Gregg's Bowling Green outlook, visit our preview page.


Iowa Game Summary from Joe-S-U
October 3rd, 6:00 am EST

The ghosts of October 16, 2004 were exorcised last Saturday night as Ohio State returned to the scene of its worst defeat under Jim Tressel and ripped Iowa 38-17 behind a career-high four touchdown passes from quarterback Troy Smith and four more turnovers from the defense  Visit here to enjoy the complete game review from Joe-S-U or check out the Iowa photo page.


Buckeyes Remain #1 in all Polls - FIRST "UNOFFICIAL" BCS POLL
October 1st, 6:00 pm EST

Not a lot shifting in the polls this week as only a couple of teams in the top 25 lost.  OSU picks up a couple of the 1st place votes they were missing in the AP and USA Today and strengthened their lead.  Check out the latest USAToday-HARRIS-AP polls or the latest update of the Buckeye50 staff Top 25.  For the first look at what the BCS would look like, always come to Buckeye50 for your info.