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Stuck in the Stone Age

Atlanta, GA

#1 Oct 17, 2010
Why is Larrimore starting over Hankins? Simon and Hankins should be the starting defensive tackles, or at least, the bigger Hankins should have been playing more against Wisconsin's gigantic offensive line. Why is our linebacking talent and depth so poor? Why don't we have at least one star player in the secondary, like we used to every year? This defense lacks the size, speed, and general athleticism that we once saw in Buckeye defenses. Who's accountable and responsible for this slide? Tressell? Heacock? Fickle? Bo Pelini would surely improve the defense.
fritz johnson

New Philadelphia, OH

#2 Oct 17, 2010
weak schedule + poor play calling at critical moments = no more #1.
Greg

Houston, TX

#3 Oct 17, 2010
I love Wisconsin's style of play. When you have the horses to do it, it works. It also takes a good defense. If you fall behind...it doesn't work. The Badgers had the luxury of a large lead. Special teams play cost the Buckeyes and allowed Wisconsin to get comfortable.
Loyal

Columbus, OH

#4 Oct 17, 2010
Wow- After reading all that the Dispatch writers have to say about the Buckeyes, one would certainly think they had been transplanted in Ohio from Wisconsin! With local writers like this, who needs enemies?
Ron

Beverly Hills, CA

#5 Oct 17, 2010
OK, Wisconsin is huge, and plays great football. So, how about this?

10/02/10 vs. Wisconsin * East Lansing, Mich. W, 34-24

What happened with the Badger's awesome physical game there? With their deadly "one-two punch"? With their crafty ball control? Doesn't a better team simply beat them? Looks like it.
Ace

Astoria, NY

#6 Oct 17, 2010
Wisconsin gave OSU a good wippin. The OSU slow overrated offensive and defensive lines are terrible. The self-absorbed, self-complimentary, self-congratulatory Columbus press gives a lie to the fans from Ohio.
Ron

Beverly Hills, CA

#7 Oct 18, 2010
Well, you should know.
Patrick Kelley

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#8 Oct 18, 2010
Last night as I tried to distance myself from the anguish of losing to the Badgers, my mind began to wonder.

I recalled the devastating, colossal losses of Jim Tressel's career: Michigan 2003, Iowa '04, Texas '05, Illinois '07, USC '08 & '09, and of course, Florida and LSU. Each year owns an epic failure of this kind, where, less these events, another trophy might be collecting dust in the Woody Hayes Center; where each is punctuated with a theme of either one-sidedness or a grasping at greatness, both only to end with devastation. Cut to Ryan Hamby bobbling a pass in the end zone. Without much effort, it is as if each was made anew.

It is easy to follow the familiar path of indignation to the size of the loss and the unaffected demeanor of Tressel. And further dissatisfaction with another national exhibition filed under "Overrated". Dissatisfied with the disparity between expectations and execution. 21-0, two minutes into the second quarter. The number ONE team in the country. That really says it all. If you can't handle this, you don't deserve a chance to embarrass the entire state of Ohio against Boise State in January.

But as reason sets in, I remember two coaches at mid-field—reminding me of so many other, similar exchanges. I remember the now fired Tim Brewster embarrassing himself after a blowout loss last week, a thrown headset in Tennessee, Butch Jones's red face in Cincinnati, a sputtering John L. Smith at half-time in 2005, the rantings of Lloyd Carr, and yes, even the scene of a Clemson player on the sidelines of the 1978 Gator Bowl. Coaches with a style and demeanor more synonymous with a drunken soccer fan than someone who may represent me, or my school, or my favorite team, or my state.

Cut to another scene, as Jim Tressel walks across a field to provide genuine congratulations to his counterpart, and then go single out his opponent's quarterback and congratulate him, and then go back to the locker room and pick up the pieces. Then pick up the pieces when he gets home to Columbus. And do it again on media day. Call another play. Run another practice. Play another game. Guide another season to its close.

Suddenly my dissatisfaction has faded. 11-1 and a bowl game. Beat Michigan. Share a Big Ten title, maybe. Maybe watch an old friend take Sparty to a title game. Get Pryor back next year and reload. If he stays, he breaks every offensive record at OSU. Maybe a Heisman. Maybe another shot at the title.

In any event, we’ll always have a dog in the fight. A light of constant strain, whose staying power is seldom questioned, and an image which transcends trite idioms like good sportsmanship, mostly because he embodies that quality to a degree that might convince you he invented it.

Krenzel, Smith, Pryor, Doss, Gamble, Hawk, whose face do you remember best? I remember a grey-haired, unassuming coach with a headset, vigorously chewing gum, and wearing something called a sweater-vest.
Ron

Beverly Hills, CA

#9 Oct 18, 2010
Patrick Kelley wrote:
Krenzel, Smith, Pryor, Doss, Gamble, Hawk, whose face do you remember best? I remember a grey-haired, unassuming coach with a headset, vigorously chewing gum, and wearing something called a sweater-vest.
Patrick, very well said! Thanks....
Ron

Beverly Hills, CA

#10 Oct 18, 2010
Patrick Kelley wrote:
Krenzel, Smith, Pryor, Doss, Gamble, Hawk, whose face do you remember best? I remember a grey-haired, unassuming coach with a headset, vigorously chewing gum, and wearing something called a sweater-vest.
Thanks, Patrick. Very well said!
ArizonaBadger

United States

#11 Oct 18, 2010
Ron wrote:
OK, Wisconsin is huge, and plays great football. So, how about this?
10/02/10 vs. Wisconsin * East Lansing, Mich. W, 34-24
What happened with the Badger's awesome physical game there? With their deadly "one-two punch"? With their crafty ball control? Doesn't a better team simply beat them? Looks like it.
two things happened Ron that may have had somethimg to do with the loss? First: Toon, was out and also Gilbreath which took a lot of the passing game away. Second and I think the most important was James White. He was used sparingly (freshman) and now he's brought in because he's the real deal and can change the entire game.
Ron

Beverly Hills, CA

#12 Oct 21, 2010
ArizonaBadger wrote:
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two things happened Ron that may have had somethimg to do with the loss? First: Toon, was out and also Gilbreath which took a lot of the passing game away. Second and I think the most important was James White. He was used sparingly (freshman) and now he's brought in because he's the real deal and can change the entire game.
Great points, ArizonaBuckeye. I suppose some might say OSU also has problems with players out, injuries, etc. Toon is more pivotal to U-Dub than any of our injured guys are to us. Still, it was interesting--and not entirely unrewarding---to see U-Dub pick up a "W." Stay tuned, I guess....

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