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Monday Musings debates bad OSU losses, looks at future offense and more

Welcome back from the first weekend of summer. We’ve got lots of football on the agenda today…

Over at BuckeyeSports.com, a discussion broke out about the most painful losses Ohio State has suffered this decade.

That’s interesting for a few reasons, not the least of which is that one can fit a list of all of Ohio State’s losses in 16 years into a reasonably sized message board post.

Also there is more than one way to judge a loss. They seem to inflict more pain if there is no or little explanation for why they happened. Obviously the stakes are a major factor, too.  Continue reading Monday Musings debates bad OSU losses, looks at future offense and more

Thursday Theories on the Finals, football and more

I’ll have final thoughts on the NBA Finals later, but for now here’s some fallout from FiveThirtyEight.com:

Is the Steph Curry revolution already over?

I’m going to go with no. While it did appear he and the Warriors played worse after getting punched in the nose, that doesn’t mean they can’t get their swagger back. Nor does it mean they were a fraud exposed by the Cavs.  Continue reading Thursday Theories on the Finals, football and more

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Friday Finds: More changes coming to satellite camps?

We begin today with an interesting story from The Virginian-Pilot about potential changes that could be coming to NCAA football regulations.

Satellite camps got the headline, but there is a lot to consider.  Continue reading Friday Finds: More changes coming to satellite camps?

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Thursday Thoughts: A hit record by any other name…

Got to side with Pete Rose here and say it is totally absurd to pretend Ichiro Suzuki matched in any meaningful way what Rose did in recording his 4,256th “professional” hit.

And apparently Ichiro agrees, too.

”I don’t think you can compare,” Ichiro said through his interpreter. “Obviously, it’s a combined record. So I always just say, ‘What people think about that record, if they recognize it, I’ll be happy.’ But obviously, 3,000, it’s a no-doubter. Obviously, it’s a record here. So that is a goal I want to achieve.”

And yet somehow an entire story is written around this quote that, well, you know, contradicts the entire premise of the story. Excellent news judgement there. Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: A hit record by any other name…

R.I.P. Will Smith

If you didn’t have the pleasure of watching Will Smith, who was tragically and senselessly  killed in New Orleans on Saturday night, play for Ohio State, he was the most dominant defensive lineman I have seen in Scarlet and Gray.

He wasn’t quite the physical marvel Joey Bosa is, but he was even more disruptive.

While Sports Illustrated put Craig Krenzel on the cover after the Buckeyes won the national championship over Miami in January 2003, Austin Murphy focused on the defensive line’s role in ending the Buckeyes’ three-decade national title drought and gave Smith the first quote in his cover story.

 

If you listened closely, you could hear it calling out: Pop my cork–you’ve earned it!

Someone had left a bottle of Moet in the ice bucket in Room 6414 of the Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Even as the hundreds of Ohio State fans at the hotel — and the rest of the red-clad horde that had descended by the tens of thousands on the Valley of the Sun for the Fiesta Bowl — swung into full party mode, neither Will Smith nor Darrion Scott seemed much interested in champagne.

‘It hurts to move,’ Smith said.

Source: “The Best Damn Team…” Wins The Big One Underdog Ohio State stunned mighty Miami in a two-overtime thriller to win its first national championship since 1968