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Buckeyes are Champs! (of NIT)

So, this doesn’t make up for anything. It doesn’t make up for the fact that the Buckeyes missed the NCAA Tourney this year. It doesn’t make up for the losses in their conference. It certainly doesn’t make up for the loss in the championship game to Florida last year with Greg Oden and company. But it is a nice thing for a team that is trying to rebuild after losing some of the best freshmen to ever play at the college level.

This current Buckeye team with freshmen Kosta Koufos, Evan Turner and Jon Diebler is just starting their college careers. They aren’t like the shooting stars that played for Ohio State last year. More than likely, they will be in Buckeye uniforms for at least 3, if not 4 college seasons. With that in mind, the Buckeyes took a big step toward bigger and better things in years to come by winning that other tournament, the NIT.

Mix in some good recruits, and the Buckeyes will be dancing again before too long. Until then, all you can do is try to win the games they let you play in and the Buckeyes certainly did that in NYC last night against UMass.

Terrelle Pryor Chooses Ohio State

The number 1 QB recruit in the nation from Jeannette, PA has chosen The Ohio State University.  I am cautiously optimistic about this.  Just because a guy was amazing in high school doesn’t mean he will be amazing on the next level.  But for now, fans can dream of Ohio State being set at QB for the near future.  That’s not to say that Pryor will be the starter this year over Todd Boeckman, but it seems to me that he should be given every opportunity to compete for the position.  Boeckman had a nice season, but he isn’t anywhere near the top QB in the nation or probably even the Big Ten.

If they can replace him with a guy who has the potential to be the best QB in the nation, then they should go ahead and do it.  I would at least expect Pryor to have some formations and situations where he gets to be a meaningful part of Ohio State’s offense this season.

Rodriguez and Tressell Meet Behind the Bleachers

Rich Rodriguez was recently named head coach at Michigan and they are the other team, reportedly in the top of the running for Terrelle Pryor. Pryor is the highly touted QB out of Jeanette Pennsylvania that has the nation in wait to see where he decides to go to college. As a result, both Michigan and Ohio State coaches were at Pryor’s high school basketball game this weekend in PA. At halftime the coaches of the nation’s fiercest college football rivals met behind the bleachers.

Judging by this picture, I think Tressell just told Rodriguez that the Buckeyes are going to beat their faces in next year. Rodriguez is laughing because he thinks Jim is kidding. He isn’t.

Meanwhile, Pryor has put off announcing where he is going to go to school in order to visit Penn State this weekend. This guy could have the entire Big Eleven Ten losing their mind before this thing is over.

Cleveland Sports Curse Podcast – 2008-01-12

This week we were live on 1540 KNR2. As we were talking about the Browns’ vacated Defensive coordinator job, they promoted Mel Tucker from within the organization. We talked about Derek Anderson and his being named the starter for next season. We talked about the Buckeyes and their problems in the national championship game.

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Pat Forde is an Ignorant Hack (Notes on Ohio State)

Pat Forde “covered” the BCS National Championship game for ESPN.com with this article.

In that article, Forde basically lambasted the Ohio State Buckeyes for losing to LSU in the national championship game.

An example of Forde’s “journalism” can be seen in this quote.

If you’ve ever seen lions maul a water buffalo, you’ve seen the last two title games. You’ve seen a fierce pair of SEC teams — Florida last year, LSU this year — blow the vulnerable Buckeyes back to the Bratwurst Belt by a combined 41 points. You’ve seen the best of one league flex, and the best of an inferior league collapse.

Now, let me explain something.  Ohio State was beaten by a superior team last night in Louisiana.  That much is true.  What I don’t understand is the venom with which people are discussing Ohio State this season.  Ohio State was supposed to be on the outside looking in when it came to the national championship this year.  They lost a huge amount of talent to the NFL after last season.  They didn’t schedule a particularly difficult roster of opponents like they have in years past when they put Texas on the non-conference schedule.  This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Buckeyes.

They were picked to finish third in the Big 10 behind Michigan and Wisconsin.  They weren’t at the top of any of the polls until all these other teams started to fail miserably.  Ohio State fans root like crazy, even in rebuilding years.  After Ohio State lost to Illinois there were no cries of unfairness as Ohio State dropped out of the number one slot.  They weren’t supposed to get a sniff of the number one slot to begin with this season.

So, where does all the hatred come from?

Ohio State didn’t have any Heisman finalists.  Ohio State lost many players to the draft in 2007.  Todd Boeckman was a first time starter and questionable at QB.  Yet, the national media spent all this time slamming Ohio State like they were loaded with Troy Smith, Ted Ginn, and Anthony Gonzalez all over again to try and beat the SEC.

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Can someone please tell the media that they missed the point of this story?  Ohio State being a perennial failure doesn’t wash.  They should be considered an over-achiever at best or proof that the BCS system didn’t work THIS YEAR at worst.

The fact is that Ohio State didn’t unfairly lobby their way into the game.  They didn’t walk into the game with the cocky attitude that earned them an embarrassing defeat last year against Florida.  All they did was show up when they were asked to play.  So if you want to toss some venom around, these media members like Pat Forde should probably reserve it for the BCS, Mizzou, WVU or someone else who failed miserably this season.

I would say Ohio State did quite well considering this was their rebuilding year.

Cleveland Sports Curse Podcast 2008-01-05

This is the first podcast of 2008.  There were three participants today.  Wood from WKNR2, Antonio Castro and yours truly did about a half hour today on the Browns, Cavaliers and looking ahead to the BCS National Championship on Monday night between Ohio State and LSU down in Louisiana.

This is our last show before we go live next Saturday.  That show will be available for streaming on the web and you can call in and contribute if the feeling strikes you.  I will be sure to post more info on that later this week.

For now, check out this show.

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