August 16, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Defense Lacking, Marty-Ball and the Real McCoy?

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Jamison seems baffled by the Cavs’ terrible perimeter defense- “I’ve been in the league for a while and to have so many teams shoot so well against you on the three-point line, I don’t think I have experienced the way teams are shooting the three-ball against us. I don’t know if teams playing us have a lot of confidence or what. (The coaches) preach to run guys off the line and in all honesty, it’s common sense to know certain teams are really going to shoot it and certain teams are not. There have been instances with a couple of teams (where) we have been there and they just couldn’t miss.” [Cavaliers United] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Cleveland Browns Sadness, Ted Williams, Doran Grant

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Struggling to find optimism within the early candidates for the Cleveland Browns head coaching position: “Each new name thrown out there is like another throbbing pain to an already immensely painful migraine: Mike Mularkey? Pat Shurmur? Perry Fewell?

Someone wake me when this coaching search is over, or when team president Mike Holmgren has a press conference to announce either Jon Gruden or himself as the next head coach of the Browns. And I don’t say that simply because I want to see the team coached by a high-profile guy.” [Steve DiMatteo/Dawg Pound Daily] [Read more...]

Buckeyes Start Fast, Hold On Late To Beat Arkansas

That’s the way the ball bounces.

For the Buckeyes, it bounced in their favor a couple times in Tuesday night’s Allstate Sugar Bowl. Dane Sanzenbacher’s fumble recovery in the end zone was  merely a glimpse of what was to come. There were bounces, and calls that went against Ohio State as well, so don’t let anyone tell you this was a lucky win.

It was a hard fought win. It was a resilient win. [Read more...]

Ohio State Once Again Playing For More Than Just a Simple Bowl Win

As we approach tonight’s Sugar Bowl battle between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Arkansas Razorbacks, we find the Buckeyes in familiar territory. Once again Ohio State is fighting more than just their opponent on the field. They’re fighting against fans who feel that the players involved in sold merchandise scandal shouldn’t be allowed to play. They’re fighting for respect for the Big Ten after the humiliation the conference suffered on New Years Day. They’re fighting to get the SEC monkey off their back. Above all else, they’re fighting to make a statement.

Whether it’s fair or not, the majority of all of this scrutiny and pressure falls pretty squarely on the coaching mind of Jim Tressel and on the legs and arm of quarterback Terrelle Pryor. For Pryor, someone who already has to carry far too much of the offensive load for this team, his share of the work load could be increased if whispers and radio rumors are true. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… NFL Week 17, Big Ten Struggles and LeBron’s Year

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Finding motivation and particular advantages against those pesky Steelers: “Besides trying to prevent the Pittsburgh Steelers from getting a first-round bye, there is another thing they are trying to do: avoid finishing in the cellar of the AFC North. The only way the Browns would finish in last place is if they lose to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati beats Baltimore. A victory over Pittsburgh would also give the Browns one more win than they had last season.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature] [Read more...]

Tressel Defends OSU’s Honor With Sugar Bowl Ultimatum

The Sugar Bowl is coming  Tuesday, and it that should be a cheerful occasion for Ohio State University fans everywhere. Previously, it appeared  the game would be a stepping stone to the NFL for several key underclassmen, but that was until head coach Jim Tressel took control.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Boom Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, left tackle Mike Adams and defensive lineman Soloman Thomas, all juniors, were suspended by the NCAA for next season’s first five games, but remained eligible to play Tuesday. Thus, most assumed that it would be the final game for nearly all those players in a Buckeye uniform.

But as it turned out, Tressel demanded a promise from the players before even letting them travel down to New Orleans for the game. The players will not be punished in terms of playing time Tuesday, and all will be returning next season for their senior years.
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Buckeye 12-Pack- Tattoo Parlors and Suspension Edition

Seeing as how we’ve busted out the twelve pack of facts following all the big games this season, I thought it might be appropriate to break one out after yesterday’s bombshell. Here are my 12 takes from the big news.

No. 1- Here’s the official news release from the University. The following players are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season- Mike Adams, Daniel Herron, Devier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas. Jordan Whiting is suspended for just the first game of 2011. All players have been deemed eligible for the Sugar Bowl however. [Read more...]

Ohio State Buckeyes to Serve 5 Game Suspension Next Season. Eligible for Sugar Bowl

Mike Adams, Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Dan Herron & Solomon Thomas will sit out 1st 5 games of 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and apparel. The group will be eligible for the Sugar Bowl. This ruling could drastically change the thought process of underclassmen Adams, Posey, Pryor and Herron in regards to entering the NFL draft after this season.

The players must repay the money they received for the items, including “Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants.”

The Columbus Dispatch ran these details today-

Ohio State is investigating whether several of its football players traded signed memorabilia for tattoos and perhaps other favors from the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor, actions that could put their eligibility for the Jan.4 Sugar Bowl and beyond in jeopardy, The Dispatch has learned.

An athletic department spokesman said yesterday that no players had been suspended for the bowl and would not acknowledge that an investigation was taking place, citing privacy issues. Athletic director Gene Smith has not responded to multiple attempts for comment but has scheduled a news conference at noon today.

But quarterback Terrelle Pryor commented on Twitter last night, apparently after seeing his name on some websites as one of those being investigated.

“I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks,” Pryor tweeted.

Sources said the investigation is ongoing and might not be concluded by the bowl.

A press conference has been scheduled for noon today.

Buckeyes Appear Destined for Sugar Bowl

The Big Ten Conference schedule might be over, but stay tuned to this weekend’s college football action for an update on where the Ohio State Buckeyes will land in the BCS. The way it stands now, No. 6 OSU looks headed to New Orleans for the second time in four seasons while No. 5 Wisconsin is likely to grab the automatic bid to the Rose Bowl.

It’s been yet another successful season in Columbus, and the probable BCS berth would just add to the team’s already nation-high of eight in the the 13th year of the system. OSU is 5-3 in those contests, with all but one occurring in the past nine years, and posted a big 26-17 Rose Bowl victory over Oregon last season.

Stay tuned for a detailed look at why Ohio State seems headed for Louisiana, who they are likely to play, and why you probably won’t see a Big Ten-Pac 10 Rose Bowl match up.
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