that is nice bonus change
I'm just curious what people enjoy more. The vehement, blind defense of JT by OSU diehards, that blindly defend their coach against a mountain of evidence is pretty entertaining. Both their absurd anger and their horribly blind defense are wildly entertaining.
On the other hand, we have JT finally taking crap for being a slime ball. It seems like it has taken so long (see Brian's front page post of all the things he's gotten away with), and to finally see some form of justice, albeit slight so far, is very satisfying.
Personally, I love seeing the dirt on JT most. Thoughts?
Can you picture Richard Rodriguez today?
"I was playing without my punter on that last Saturday of November for some chicken shit team violation that cost me at least 7 points. What if that little dick had been missing half his offense, like he should have? The Feds had to wait until December didn't they? You couldn't have moved that raid up a couple of weeks. Leave it to the governement to take 7 months to organize a raid on a tattoo parlor. Sure the win would have had an asterisk, but it would have been enough. Mother ffffffffffffffff....... 3 years being told I was adirt ball? Uh huh Uh huh..........I tell ya what I'd like to take that little prick and ....never mind. Great to see the basket ball team getting some wins now. Thanks a lot Coach, would have been nice to have recruits in watching us beat MSU. That would have been helpful."
All his dog can do is look back with that quizical look.
This ride has been wild. It hasn't been all bad or all good, but if you consider Michigan's fortunes and their rivals success since Bo died up until Rich got canned and then notice the flip of such success since Hoke came in. It is kinda remarkable.
Rich-OSU violations swept away
Hoke-Shitstorm coming down
Rich-MSU's best football season in over 40 years
Hoke-MSU's worst basketball season in 15 years
orson nails it, as always.
"It's not that I want lettuce. We've liked lettuce before, and with the drug trafficking case, and the mayo, I'm just not sure, but I want to focus on what's important here. We're trying to feed everyone in this car right now. That might be me. It might be three people sitting next to me. It might be all of us or none of us, and then you'll understand why the mustard has to be on the side, and why I'm proud of us not doing what some programs would do and go to Subway. I wanted to do the right thing, and did the wrong thing, but for the right reasons, which I can explain after you make us a double with or without cheese, which is really another issue completely..."
quick update on today's bracketology, at least from lunardi's perspective.
he has us as an 11 seed. his last four in are in the "first four." there are two other 12 seeds (clemson and BC) meaning that as it stands there are at least 6 at-large teams behind us.
the bracket matrix has us as an 11 seed too, but because they average seeds, there are actually nine 11 seeds at the moment and we're number six of those nine. better statistical minds will have to interpret that for me.
Jason Lloyd is a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, he is well known especially in northeast Ohio and the Cleveland area. He was one of my favorite sports columnists.
Jason absolutely kills it in this article, and before he wrote it he even tweeted, "Attention OSU apologists: Don't read tomorrow's column in the ABJ. Then we'll kiss and make up before next Cavs game. Deal?"
Some quotes :
-"Typically, lying to all of those people is a fireable offense — it's even written into his contract as such. But Tressel is returning to work today as the football coach at Ohio State University because of six consecutive Big Ten championships, a 9-1 record against Michigan and a national championship soiled in the same stains that cloak the program again today."
-"School officials didn't discover the e-mails until stumbling upon them while investigating a separate matter. Otherwise, it's fair to assume Tressel never was going to come forward with his knowledge or the e-mails.
He would've simply strolled through life and pleaded ignorance, just as he did when Clarett was cashing in with cars and Isaac and Troy Smith were taking cash payments from boosters."
For your reading pleasure:
According to Mark Schlabach's article on espn.com, OSU president Gordon Gee admitted where the real power lies in Columbus:
Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said he never considered firing Tressel.
"No, are you kidding me?" Gee said. "Let me be very clear. I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."
Gee was the president of my undergraduate school (not OSU) for a few years after I graduated, and I learned a little about him through the alumni magazine. Principally, he's kind of a weasel, which makes him a perfect fit for OSU. In addition, he likes to think of himself as kind of clever and cavalier (hence those stupid bow ties). So I'm sure he would say that his remark was just in jest. I think it's closer to the bone than he'd like to admit.
Here's a link to the article.