3 Reasons Ohio State Will Kick Ass This Season

Miller Time!

Braxton Miller

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As we count down the final days before Ohio State’s first victory of the year, I’ve compiled 3 reasons the Buckeyes are sure to have a winning season.

1. Braxton Miller

The quarterback now knows Urban Meyer’s system and has really improved footwork since last season. Expect big numbers from the third-year starter as he goes for the Heisman again this year.

2. Urban Meyer

After a perfect 12-0 mark last year, Meyer has his team ranked number 2 in AP’s latest poll. The Buckeyes had their fair share of bullshit during this off-season, but the new Twitter user took it in stride handling each issue in his own ballsy manner.

3. No Bowl Ban

Although it’s clear who would’ve come out on top, the Buckeyes weren’t able to test themselves in the post-season last year because of the bowl ban. This year, that is all behind them. As The Notorious B.I.G. said, “The Sky’s the Limit.”

Yes! I knew I’d be able to reference a Biggie song on The Troof at least one time.

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Bar Brawls in Buckeye Nation

The Urban Meyer advice. *photo from Uwire

Urban Meyer mid-thought *photo from Uwire

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UPDATE 7/24 1PM: Yahoo! Sports reports that “footage from a Columbus nightclub appears to clear Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde.” The story continues, “From the video, it doesn’t appear Hyde ever made contact with the woman – either before or after she struck him.”

Trouble never seems to leave the Buckeyes lately. Two important players have disappointed Buckeye Nation.

Coach Urban Meyer suspended Carlos Hyde yesterday.  The running back is a person of interest in an assault case that took place Saturday morning at a bar on S. Front St. The alleged victim is said to be the daughter of a Westerville police officer.

If Hyde wasn’t shameful enough, Bradley Roby was also involved in a bar brawl. Roby is probably the second most exciting player on the team next to Braxton Miller. Roby allegedly hit a bouncer in the chest for not allowing him to reenter the bar after having been kicked out earlier that night. The Bloomington police report states that Roby had, “attempted to start a fight with another patron. He was removed from the bar by the bar staff.”

What the fuck where you guys thinking? You had it all! Both possible first-round draft picks throwing (or punching) away their future. We’ve dealt with Hyde’s scenario last year when Newark native, Storm Klein, was removed from the team for an altercation involving a TV and someone he shouldn’t have had his hands on. Storm was eventually let back on the team. Charges were dropped. For the sake of this season, let’s hope this asshole has the same luck.

Newark native, Storm Klein.

Newark native, Storm Klein *photo from Buckeye Empire

If not, we can put our faith in 5th year senior running back, Jordan Hill. He has the speed, talent and veteran-ism (this is a word now) it takes to get the job done.

Look for severe punishment for Roby, especially if any more details of his wild night in Bloomington are uncovered. Urban Meyer wants to look like a hardass when handling players and their mishaps, and he will . Unfortunately, Roby is not as easy to be replaced as Hyde will be. I can see him being unavailable for the first few games but not off the team.

Can we agree?

The Greats

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For a refresher on my feelings toward Lebron and Lebron haters, click here.

The Good and Bad of Cleveland Cavalier’s Draft Picks

NBA 2013 Draft

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Ranking the Cavalier’s 2013 draft class was not an easy task. I was shocked to hear Anthony Bennett’s name called first; thinking the Cavs would take the best available player as barter for other teams to offer big time trades.

Bennett was an All-American at UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) this past season leading them to a few big wins. The Cavs get a piece of the puzzle with Bennett but they’re in desperate need of a big man. With guys out there like Cody Zeller Alex Len and Nerlens Noel I think that the Cavs reached a little on Bennett.

It’s even possible that Bennett could have been around for the Cav’s 19th pick with the way this years draft went. Shooting was the next necessity and they didn’t fuck up here. They picked up Russian shooter, Sergey Karasev, former Cal Bear’s star forward Allen Crabbe and Arizonan State’s Carrick Felix; all shooting guards.

Some think that Karasev will play some 3, but can he really hold up in the league at 165 lbs? Doubt it. A wondrous miracle would have to take place. Not to mention how many overseaers (I invented that word) have crossed the pond just to fall flat on their faces. With the remainder of the off-season, look for the Cavs to try to acquire a low-key presence and add some veterans to this very young roster.

Tim’s Overall Draft Grade: B

Bengals to Show Their Stripes on HBO

Season Premier Aug. 6

Season Premier Aug. 6

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If there was a Hard Knocks curse, I don’t believe in it. Teams appearing on the hit HBO show have a combined record of 57-55 in the season they appeared in the show. The Cincinnati Bengals have signed on for their second season of the show.

The show, now in its eighth season, follows draft picks and journeymen (a player who moves from one team to another in the offseason) as well as big-time position battles. After the Bengal’s first season on the show, they finished 10-6 losing in the wild card round of the playoffs.

The Kansas City Chiefs (2007) is a prime example of this so-called curse, but so many have overcame it. With players like Adam “Pacman” Jones (unless he pulls another Chris Brown), 3rd year starter Andy Dalton and journeyman James Harrison in the Bengals locker room, we are in for a good show. I’m predicting the Bengals will makes the playoffs and advance. A Super Bowl appearance may be overreaching here but another step closer with or without a supposed curse.

This 5-episode season is set to start on August 6.

The Greatest Ever? Don’t Hate.

King James in celebration mode via Yahoo! News

King James in celebration mode via Yahoo! News

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Lebron James won his second title at the NBA Finals last week (check out his MVP performance in this GIF). I’ve never been a fan of a team, just a fan of the league and couldn’t be happier for a guy from Ohio. I’m sure much of the state feels differently after Lebron left Cleveland for South Beach a long 3 years ago. I believe that Lebron earning his second ring is good for the NBA.

With comparisons to Michael Jordan for nearly all of his career, he has now passed or tied MJ in most major statistical aspects of the game at the same point in each others’ careers. It would be nonsense to think that this won’t continue as long as Lebron is still playing.

When everything is said and done, Lebron will leave the court surpassing most anyone on any statistical category in basketball. This excludes Most Points in a Single Game and quite possibly excludes the Assists category either. I’m proud to call Lebron an Ohioan, just like me.

Hater's gon' hate.

Hater’s gon’ hate.

Gordon Gee and his Bowties will be Missed

Gordon Gee at his finest

Gee at his finest (*photo from GameDayR.com)

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Gordon Gee was the face of The Ohio State University…twice. He first held office from September 1, 1990 to January 2, 1998. He left Ohio State for Brown University, then to Vanderbilt before returning to the Buckeye State for his latest tenure.

Gee was once named Best University President by Time Magazine. Unfortunately the successful president had a sense of humor unlike the rest of the world. Comments about the University of Norte Dam and Catholics in early December of last year went public a couple of weeks ago. And when running one of the largest universities in the country, remarks even the slightest bit offensive can decay one’s reputation. His current tenure will end on the first of July.

I can’t say he was forced out by university officials. I can say he had so much left he wanted to accomplish. Responsible for pushing the university to new heights, he will remain an important part of OSU history.

Carrie Ghose of BizJournals reported last week that Gee is house hunting in the Short North. Columbus will not lose the colorful bow-tied president so easily after all.