Our take on Ohio State: Worried? Not in the least bit...
As someone who follows Ohio State, I find myself shockingly subdued, unmoved and not overly worried about the Buckeyes recent garage sale. The last three years haven’t exactly lived up to expectations and believe me – I know what spoiled is. I also know what needy is – it’s Christmas and I have three kids. Let me say this…
As someone who follows Ohio State, I find myself shockingly subdued, unmoved and not overly worried about the Buckeyes recent garage sale. The last three years haven’t exactly lived up to expectations and believe me – I know what spoiled is. I also know what needy is – it’s Christmas and I have three kids.
And speaking of presents, who would have ever thought a fat man from up north would deliver us our own Fab 5 just days before Christmas? Amazing.
First off, let me say this…Can I blame Terrelle Pryor, Mike Adams, DeVier Posey, Daniel “Boom” Herron and Soloman Thomas for selling personal property for financial gain? No – not at all. If they needed the money – or simply wanted it – they were inclined to it. That was their personal property – wasn’t it? College kids sell stuff on eBay all the time. Ever heard of Craig’s list?
As far as ethics go, that’s another story. I own a championship ring from college too. I consider it mine and I’d like the NCAA to come claim it’s anyone else’s. That being said, I’d never part with my ring. My teammates and the memories mean too much to me. Of course at Ashland University, where I played, championship rings aren’t as common as they are at Ohio State. They may however be more valued.
The fact that these players would part with these items says a lot about their character (although it could be slanted as a slap towards Michigan that such a prized medal – the gold pants – are something so trivial these days that they can be parted with for the equivilent of a case of Four Loko. Plus, Pryor is from Pennsylvania so what does he really care about Ohio State-Michigan, especially when Michigan is so bad? I mean honestly, Pryor has NO appreciation for the OSU-Michigan rivalry and why should he?).
The Fab 5 are going to miss the first five games of next year – if they come back at all. And if they don’t – no sweat. Not worried – at all.
Before this season I told everyone who would listen that Huber Heights Wayne senior QB and OSU recruit Braxton Miller was a better thrower than Pryor already. After the past six months I think Miller is a better QB overall – right now. Big words I know, but in leading the Warriors to within two minutes of the Ohio High School Division I state championship, Miller converted many believers. That’s something Pryor’s never done.
At running back the depth chart is so loaded that I don’t think any true Buckeyes fan thinks (that at least) one of the four guys below Herron – Jordan Hall, Jaamal Berry, Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith – won’t ultimately be better than him. I’m excited to see these guys get carries – not Herron.
At receiver, the bigger loss, plain and simple, is Dane Sanzenbacher. Posey has made some solid catches, but he hasn’t become Chris Carter by any means. Again, lets get some new guys some time.
The biggest loss might be Adams who finally played to his ability this year and was named first team All-Big Ten. After being a highly sought after recruit and struggling with off the field issues his first two years, Adams blossomed. He could return and needs too but who knows if he will.
Regardless, I think Ohio State is set up for success.
The “Insiders” will have you believe Ohio State’s schedule is a “tricky” one next year and littered with “tough” games early. Finally someone thinks Ohio State plays a tough schedule and it’s only because they are missing five starters. Road games at Miami and a home game against Michigan State are suddenly “treacherous.” Really? I mean really?
I’m to believe that Al Golden from Temple can go to Miami and simply beat Jim Tressel and Ohio State in his third game because…why? He’s Al Golden? Really?
And Michigan State? This game seems more “treacherous” than Miami because of one name: LeVeon Bell. This kid from near-by Groveport-Madison wasn’t recruited by Ohio State and simply put is a beast. But again, it’s still Michigan State.
I like Ohio State in both games, and I like them to be 5-0 heading into Week 6 and a road trip to Nebraska. That’s when things get interesting.
Will the Fab 5 come back? Will they start that week? Will Ohio State be 5-0? Will the Buckeyes be 3-2?
In Tressel we trust right?
This I know – when Miller was interviewed on the day he committed to Ohio State, he uttered these words…
“I’m an Ohio guy,” Miller said minutes after putting a Block “O” hat on his head. “It just came down to the fact that it was Ohio State. That was that.”
Does that sound like some one who would sell his pants?