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01/08 Afternoon Minute: What If?

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Just going through a few hypotheticals here, so bare with me.

Before last night’s game, Ohio State lost to Illinois at home, giving them their only loss of the season.  LSU, Georgia, USC, Missouri, and West Virginia all had two losses.  Regardless of Ohio State losing to the Illini, the selection committee felt that LSU was the “best of the rest” per se, allowing them to play in the National Championship game.

But what if Ohio State wouldn’t have lost that game to Illinois, and went into the National Championship game undefeated?  Even if they lost to LSU, and finished with one loss, what would the pollsters say? 

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January 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm

01/08 Morning Minute: Unseasonably Warm?

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First, let me say that I cannot get over the fact that it is the eighth day of January, at 8 o’clock in the morning, and it already “feels” like it is 61 degrees outside.  Just don’t click on the 10-day forecast, unless you like finding out that it is going to be (Spoiler Alert!)  30 by Monday.  But I’m sure that many of you would give back a few of these degrees for a few more points on the football field.

So, why can’t college football games only last about two or three minutes?  If this was the case, not only would Ohio State be back-to-back Champions, but it would also give Fox’s broadcasting team a smaller window of time to say things like, “Don’t let Jim Tressel’s sweater vest fool you. He’ll show a lot of sets.”  You can thank Chaz Davis for that one.  But it would also not allow for a complete meltdown over the next three quarters of play, as that seems to be Ohio State’s thing.  Personal fouls and blown coverage.  Sums it up right there.

If you’re reading this, I don’t even need to link a score as you already know what happened during last night’s National Championship game.  Buckeye fans should obviously prepare for the backlash that they will hear for the next few months, likely including (but not limited to) words like “inferior,” “undeserving,” and “pathetic.”  You cannot say that you didn’t see this coming.  It is what happens when other teams – though not getting the job done themselves – feel that they can cast judgement, thanks to a system that is obviously not the answer.  I’m not going to make excuses, as the Buckeyes just did not get it done from the second quarter on.  Todd Boeckman makes Craig Krenzel look like Johnny Unitas at times, and as good as the defense has been this year, it is far from the days of Will Smith, Chris Gamble, and Tim Anderson.

If you do one thing today, it should be this: Get out a marker and circle September 13th on the calendar.  This will be the long-awaited contest where Ohio State travels to Southern California to take on the Trojans.  The same Trojans that are fresh off of a borderline bludgeoning of the Illinois Fighting Illini – also of the Big Ten.  If Bill Plaschke feels that we weren’t even a top-10 team this year, you can only imagine what they’ll be saying once James Laurinaitis, Vernon Gholston, and Malcom Jenkins declare for the NFL Draft.

The Buckeyes were ranked 12th at one point in the season, and that was after winning their season-opening game, so maybe they shouldn’t have been in the National Championship.  But to those that question Ohio State’s schedule in the past, the USC game will be the true test.  Will it be like Texas in 2005, or more like Texas of 2006?  As long as it isn’t like either of the past two National Championship games.

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January 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

01/07 Evening Minute: May I Direct Your Attention To…

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Two quick things.

1) Orson from EDSBS is reporting live from New Orleans. Word on Bourbon Street is that the OSU fans are out-classing the LSU fans. Plus, he uses the term “adult gymnastics,” making it that much better. Check it out here. (h/t to Rick over at Halftime Adjustments)

2) If you’re catching the game from home tonight, make sure to swing by Awful Announcing for a live blog of the game as well all of the wisdom of Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis.  You won’t be disappointed. Also, Busted Coverage will be handling the duties over at Epic Carnival, but I would make sure the kids are asleep by the time you head that way.

Go Bucks. See you all tomorrow.

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January 7, 2008 at 9:48 pm

01/05 Morning Minute: King James, More Bucks, and Let’s Go Jags

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Hello, fourth quarter. I’d like to introduce you to LeBron James. Oh, you’ve met?

The kid wearing the #23 did it again, helping the Cavaliers outscore the Kings by 10 in the fourth quarter last night as the Cavs took it home, 97-93. But he didn’t do it by scoring (as he did versus Atlanta just days ago), instead, he added five assists thanks to some double and triple-teams. Finding Boobie Gibson open to nail a three with 11 seconds left sealed the deal. I assume Tom Ziller just isn’t awake yet, as he is West Coast and all, but I’m interested to see what he has to say regarding James just taking the game over. FWIW, LeBron leads the league in fourth quarter scoring this season with an average of 9.1 points per game.

Malcom Jenkins thinks that the LSU Tigers would “fit very well” in to the Big Ten. While this statement will likely open a floodgate of Big Ten bashing, the fact that the Buckeyes are viewing the Tigers as a diverse version of the Wolverines is a decent start. They were completely blindsided last season when Florida was on the other side of the ball. Let’s hope that Malcom is on to something – aside from what NFL team he’ll be lacing them up for come next season. If you’re the gambling kind, the line stands at LSU being a 3.5 point favorite – it was a full four points when the line was originally opened.

How great will it be if Jacksonville uses Pittsburgh’s old style of play to beat them this weekend? Those of you that think the Steelers will be “fired up” or whatever after Fred Taylor pretty much said that Heinz Field is garbage have something coming. With 224 yards on the ground the last time that the Jags topped the Steelers, there’s a reason that those up here are calling the Jags the “Steelers South.” Willie Parker or not, this should be one of the better games of the Wild Card weekend.

Home on a Saturday? Here’s what’s on the tube:

12:00p: College Hoops (Kansas at Boston College) – ESPN
12:00p: Soccer: Chelsea vs. Manchester United (replay) – Fox Soccer
1:00p: HS Football U.S. Army All American Bowl – NBC
2:00p: College Hoops (Oregon at Arizona) – FSN
2:00p: Movie (Mr. 3000) – FX-E
2:00p: College Hoops (Michigan at Purdue) – ESPN
4:00p: College Hoops (Oregon State at Arizona State) – FSN
4:30p: NFL Playoffs (Washington at Seattle) – NBC

Have a good Saturday.

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January 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm