this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
First, a checklist of things that are pure awesome we would like to see at games: RAWK music? check
Night game? check
HYP-P-P-P-PE VIDEOOOOOOOOS!!!(with annoying announcer guy)? check
A GIANT WOLVERINE HEAD TO RUN OUT OF?
We look to the Chicago Bears introductions for inspiration:
As for the Wolverine to run out of, we have two choices for the "style":
First Example: The full snarling/attack position wolverine. In this configuration, the players run out from underneath the wolverine. This type of wolverine intro would imply the players are protected by it, like, "Don't mess with us...we've got this ANGRY wolverine backing us up." Which...ok, it looks frightening from the front, but from the sides or back, not so much. This is a big issue for me considering the position of the tunnel at Michigan Stadium. See picture below. Note: Maize jerseys provide maximum intimidation factor (like the Orange jerseys pictured definitely achieve.)
Second Example: The head of the Wolverine appears to be coming out of the ground. In this configuration, the players run out of the mouth of the Wolverine. This implies, "We're so TUFF even this scary-ass wolverine couldn't eat us. We're gonna destroy you!". I prefer this method, as the visual is better from all angles, the giant teeth would be pretty scary, and it would achieve maximum intimidation for opposing players and fans.
Stay tuned: In the next issue of RAWK&RULE, we'll discuss the awesome power of intimidation with eye black....
That's a pretty good record of good play from All-American kids that didn't end up transferring/quitting or pulling a Benedict Arnold. An especially big haul (9 contributers)in 2003 and 2004 probably directly contributed to the stellar 2006 season.
I'm hoping all the 2009 talent (10 All-Americans) will emerge en force in the 2011 season and we will see an 11-0 spread 'n' shred edition of the Maize&Blue destroy the Buckeyes the next time they come to Ann Arbor...maybe on the way to a National Championship.
OK - everyone jump!
Where did you land?
---------- Warning - Motivational Speech Follows - I wrote it to pump myself more than anything. Laugh if you want, but I'm serious. I posted it here in the hopes that some others would enjoy it:
In all seriousness...There is a ton of pressure on these kids and coaches right now. Enormous amounts that I can't even fathom. They need our support this week and next more than ever.
I'm sure everyone reading this has come to a point in their life where there is a crisis moment. Some point in time where you just can deal with anything. you're tired, beaten up mentally and/or physically. It's frustrating beyond belief. You just want to get the hell out or cry or punch something or scream or all of it. But it passes. We get through it. We move on. Time moves on with or without us. It's at these times that friends and teammates get together. Band together and get through. I have faith that this team has winners and character individuals that will get through this rough spot. Fight through it. Don't let it consume you. Keep your head up, Tate, Denard, Obi, Jonas, Mike, Jordan - everyone - Do the best you can. That is all we are asking and we know that is what you are doing.
Remember this from the summer: ALL IN! It seemed silly at first, then awesome and now trite. But, I don't think it has ever been more relevant than for these last two games of the regular season.
Let's hope the team (the team the team) is ON this weekend and next weekend and that the metaphorical second-season roller coaster was just cranking up that final hill for a really fun home-stretch... I think it is mandatory that we all re-watch this at some point this week (if you watch it now it helps): As we all know, Brian is a genius. The prescient nature of that video is ridiculous. The song, the juxtaposition of Purdue and Wisconsin highlights, not to mention the transition point of the TD to Hemingway against Wisconsin - it's uncanny. Let's all take a step back, put our pacifiers and binky's down (read whiskey and whiny internet message boards), suck it up and cheer our asses off for these kids the rest of the way. Are we going to be returning to glory for 20 years? Are we going to be at the bottom of the big ten standings next year? NO We are fucking Michigan and we are getting better every play, every practice, every weight-lighting session, every training table meal, every study session, every day, every week, every year. There is championship mentality and leadership in this program, in this locker room, in Schembechler Hall, in the fieldhouse, out on that practice field and in the stadium.
We have the best facilities in the country. We have the biggest stadium. We have the biggest alumni base. We have the best uniforms. We have the best rivalry. We have the highest winning percentage. We have the most wins.
Our coaches know how to win championships at all levels and beat the snot out of high-profile programs in BCS games. Barwis is still eating nails for breakfast and forming these freshman and sophomores into men that are going to wreck people - every day. Everyone is working their ass off. Everyone is learning. Everyone is doing their best. The recruits are coming. We have a TON of awesome kids coming in next year that will add another layer to an amazing foundation. We are going to win championships. IN ROD WE TRUST - LETS DO THIS!
Full analysis for Response to WinWithPeople from Dinosaur Thread:
OSU Out of Conference games since 2002:
2003: Losses @ Wisc 17-10 and #4 OSU @ #5 Michigan in 100th game 35-38
#17 Washington v #2 OSU W 28-9
San Diego State v #2 OSU W 16-13 (!)
#24 NC State v #2 OSU W 44-38 3OT - OSU had a 14 points in 1Q
Bowling Green v #5 OSU W 24-17 (!)
Fiesta Bowl: Kansas v #10 OSU W 35-28 “Krenzel overcame two first quarter interceptions to complete 11-of-24 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns, finding both Michael Jenkins and Santonio Holmes for two scoring strikes each. He earned his second straight Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP honor.” Wha? How does that earn MVP?
2004: 8-4 3 losses in a row mid-season
Cincinnati v #9 OSU W 27-6
Marshall v #9 OSU W 24-21
#9 OSU @ NC State W 22-14
Alamo Bowl: Ok State v OSU W 33-7
Notes: Losses on the season - @NWU, Wisc, @Iowa (33-7!), @PU Troy smith sucked a lot, beat Michigan, and then was suspended for the bowl game because someone found out he was getting paid.
2005: 11-2 Loss @ PSU 10-17
Miami(NTM) v #6 OSU W 27-6
Game in question #1: #2Texas v #4 OSU L 25-22 more later
SDSU v #9 OSU W 72-6
Fiesta Bowl: #6 ND v #4 OSU W 34-20 (even dinosaurs can out-scheme Jabba)
Northern ILL v #1(!)OSU W 35-12
#1OSU @ #2 Texas W 24-7 (Colt McCoy’s second start ever – T. Smith is a buckeye god)
Cincinnati @ #1 OSU W 37-7
BCS National Championship Game: BEAT DOWN by Florida 41-14
Notes: Halftime score 34-14 with Ted Ginn kick return on first play. Total Yards from scrimmage – FL: 370 OSU: 82 (hur hur !!!11!!) Heisman Trophy winner T. Smith: 4-14 (29%) 35 Yards 1Int – not a god anymore.
Hello Future Football, nice to meet you. Hey Urban, Senator Tressel wants to know where you got that Delorean…oh, some guy named Rich Rodriquez? Cool.
2007: 11-2 season – Lost to ILL at home
Youngstown State v #10 OSU W 38-6
Akron v #11 OSU W 20-2 (2-3 OSU lead at half-time!!!)
#10 OSU @ Washington W 33-14
Kent State v #3 OSU W 48-2
BCS National Championship Game: BEAT DOWN by LSU 38-24
Notes: OSU should never have been in this game. Their schedule was horrendous. Anywho: 4th play of the game wells scores a 65 yard TD. 25-yard field goal on next possession to make it 10-0. Dinosaur then takes hold… LSU scores the next 31 points!!! “The Buckeyes made the score more respectable on Boeckman’s 5-yard TD pass on fourth down to Brian Robiskie, only to have Flynn come back and throw his second TD pass to Dickson.
As the clock ticked down, Boeckman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hartline.”
2008: 10-3 w/ loss to PSU @ home 16-3!
Youngstown State v OSU W 43-0
Ohio U v #3 OSU W 26-14 (losing 7-6 at halftime!!! Had a punt return TD and one other TD in fourth quarter)
OSU @ USC L 35-3 BEAT DOWN – no need to recap this, right? 207 total yards for the buckeyes in this one and the FG was in 1Q.
Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas v #10 OSU L 24-21
Notes: Texas Total Defense was ranked 110th (!) in 2008. Their offense ranked 11th. OSU? Total offense: 69th Total Defense: 40th Tressel ball comes up short again.
OSU Record since 2005 in “Big Time” national out-of-conference games: 2 wins and 5 losses <b>Big Wins:</b>
[UPDAE: Texas Lost 2009 BCS Bowl to Texas - sorry. I was thinking of 2005 ND I think]Texas twice- 2006 Texas in Austin – see full analysis for more notes – Colt McCoy’s 2nd game. Texas team coming off national title – OSU should have won this big and did. 2008-09 BCS bowl - Beat an Texas team with the 111th ranked defense by 3 points.
Obvious Beat Downs:
2007 LSU - see full analysis. This was a beat-down.
Close Losses, or “Non-Beat-downs” in question (really only 2):
USC 2009: USC just lost to Washington, who had lost 19 straight games, then beat Idaho, then beat USC. I think it is safe to say the USC is not that good and OSU should have destroyed them like the beat down OSU received in 2008 in L.A. This qualifies as a ‘bad-beat’ at least, if not a full beat down due to the sheer magnitude of the USC follow-up loss. Plus, this was in Columbus at night.
2005 #1 Texas @ USO: OSU was down 10-0, after 1Q, and outscored 9-0 in 4Q. School record 5 field goals made by OSU. "A.J. Hawk had an interception, two sacks, a team-high 12 tackles (including three for loss), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery." also "In the game, Ohio State had 255 yards of total offense, Texas 382." also "With his seventh career interception, Hawk doubled back and returned the ball 24 yards to the UT 18-yard line, but Ohio State could not pick up a first down and settled for the go-ahead field goal." "Hawk fell on a fumble on the ensuing Texas possession to give the ball back to Ohio State. OSU defensive end Jay Richardson forced Texas tailback Selvin Young to fumble and Hawk pounced on the ball at the UT 30-yard line. Nine plays later, Huston kicked his third field goal of the night to build the Buckeye lead to 16-10 with 35 seconds to play before intermission. Texas pulled within three points on a Pino 37-yard field goal with two seconds left in the opening half. In the second half, another Texas turnover led to another Huston field goal. On the Longhorns’ second play of their first second-half drive, Vince Young threw his second interception of the game as safety Nate Salley picked off a ball tipped by linebacker Bobby Carpenter. Six plays later, Huston booted his fourth field goal of the game, this time connecting from 44 yards to give the Buckeyes a 19-13 lead with 11:46 to play in the third quarter." Despite the score - that was a smackdown, spectacularly punctuated by Smith taking a safety while down 1 point with 2 mins to go. Without two linebackers currently starting in the NFL, and Vince Young being generous with the ball, it is a blowout.
Reality Check - we have a top ten recruiting class right now, a kick-ass coach and tons of star-potential youngsters.
The stadium renovations (going to be loud!) and new practice facility (which will both be awe inspiring) will help recruiting even more next year.
We had an awesome recruiting class last year, with a ton of the kids redshirting. This means a bigger stronger faster meaner Roundtree, T-Rob, Omameh, Barnum, Smith, and Floyd to name a few.
Not to mention guys like Martin, Cissoko, Odoms, Shaw, Fitzgerald and Stonum all got a ton of experience by true freshman standards.
There is the potential to a top 5 recruiting class this year with a strong close (Campbell, Robinson, snake oil 1, snake oil 2).
Other reasons for excitement:
- Brandon Graham destroying QB's (fingers and toes crossed)
- Another off season of Barwisization
- Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown destroying safeties and linebackers next year (over-under on Minor-caused concussions is 3.5)
- Hemingway will be back
- Offensive line that will be big-ten caliber with depth
- Forcier and an improved/healthy Dual-Threet
- Jonas Mouton's potential & Obi Ezeh being another year better
- T-Rob and Gallon to help out Odoms
- About 9 months to figure out who can return kicks without fumbling (freshmen?)
- Incoming FG kicker that hits like a linebacker
- And of course - Zoltan
Lots to be excited about if you ask me.
- Who are the top candidates to return kick-offs and punts?
- What incoming freshmen will have the biggest impact?
(Update - Picking Tate Forcier is cheating...not really and I agree he will have a big impact, but could it be someone else? For instance, I don't know anyone that thought Odoms would have had as big an impact as he did. Another good question would be, who do you guys think will be the biggest 'sleeper' impact player in the class next year?)
Seems to be a lot of questions about LLP, so I thought I would throw this out there.
First Game: December 20th versus Oakland at the Palace.
I attended the open practice/scrimmage after the northwestern game this fall (I think I get a double black belt or something...anywho) and this kid is legit. The practice and scrimmage were intense. Obviously, things can change 'when the lights come on' but nothing suggests he won't be able to perform at the same level or better in games.
Notes on the scrimmage - He absolutely drained a three from the top of the key. nice stroke and very confident. He also jumped into a passing lane, stealing the ball, taking about three dribbles and jamming it home on the other end before anyone really had time to react. My friend turned to me eyebrows raised and said 'shot out of a cannon'. Notably - he 'ran with the ones' as they say the whole time as well, which was a little surprising to me, but obviously speaks to what Beilein thinks he will contribute.
On to the impact for the team:
To address some points from previous threads, first is chemistry. He has been with the team for about a year. He gets along with everyone and has been practicing and lifting and working with them that whole time. If anything, I think the team will be really happy that he finally gets to play because they all realize he is going to make them a better team.
Second - Offensive Impact - he is a 'combo guard' meaning he will play both the 1 and 2. He is a very good shooter and a scorer. He can drive and is a good passer. He will be the best guard on the team. (this excludes Manny as he is playing wing this year). Will he score 20 a game? no. Can he in a single game? yes. He will take a significant amount of pressure off Manny and Sims and will be that third consistent scorer contributing probably 8 to 12 points a night.
Third - Defensive Impact - this has been the most talked about aspect of his game is his voracity on the defensive side of the ball. He will immediately give the team the ability to play significantly more effective man-to-man defense if he is in at the two guard and Grady is at the one. If he is at the point, he also gives the baseline man in the 1-3-1 significantly better height/more of a presence running out to challenge the corner three pointer.
Fourth - Minutes - He will take minutes from Merrit, Lee, Novak and probably a lot of Douglass' minutes. I don't think any one person will be affected to the point where they become disgruntled, except for maybe Douglas if he takes that starting spot.
To sum up - LLP will have a tremendous impact in upgrading the team's performance in games and being able to consistently score within games and also on a game to game basis. He has ALREADY had an impact by making practices more challenging and has positively affected the other guards games' by pressuring them in practice and providing competition for their minutes.
Update: Link to highlights from open gym while LLP was at AZ below. This is roughly 1.5 years old and he is presumably improved from that time, especially under Beilein's tutelage.
(link ganked from comments on another thread. Thanks to baorao for finding it. as he noted, music on the highlihgt movie might not be safe for work.)