The dispicamus monkey was once believed to be extinct. It appeared as if Jim Tressel and his mighty Ohio State Buckeyes were sitting on top of the world when Ohio State defeated Notre Dame 34-20 in the 2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The win was Ohio State's fourth consecutive BCS bowl victory, and a convincing one at that. The conference supremacy arguments were at a stand still. The BigTen had a respectable bowl record against the other BCS conferences, and Ohio State's two consecutive losses to South Carolina in bowl games were history, history that Ohio State had put behind them. Tressel still had the weight of the world on his shoulders, but there was no monkey in sight. No one had seen the monkey in years.
Fast forward to January 8th, 2007. Ohio State entered the National Championship as a touchdown favorite. Ted Ginn Jr. took the opening kick-off 100 yards to the house - the monkey was the last thing on the minds of the Ohio State faithful. Just then, like a theif in the night, the monkey jumped out of the stands and into the celebration huddle, twisted Ted Ginn's ankle, and later, ran off with Troy Smith's arm. He also tied together the offensive lines' shoe-laces. I swear I heard him giggling on my surround sound. The result(a 41-14 defeat) would resonate for years, and the Tressel Monkey(gatorus dispicamus) would appear in Ohio State forums, message boards, and casual conversation like a pop-up on meetlocalsdotcom. After every victory, after every defeat, whenever Ohio State showed up on the sidelines, or on sportscenter, the Tressel Monkey followed. At times, the Bucks had the monkey in their crosshairs.To read more or comment...
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The first topic today is the second, yes, second shooting of Ohio State DE commitment Jamel Turner. You may recall that Turner was shot about two months ago. He was doing well after being wounded by two bullets in that shooting - until today's AP release stated that Turner was shot again while at a house in Youngstown, and is apparently in critical condition at an area hospital. It appears as if Turner's life, and football career, may both be in jeopardy. Both incidents could be gang related. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jamel and his family. He's not the only Buckeye who's football future is in question.To read more or comment...
When you consider the addition of Nebraska, the rivalries, historic trophies, and regional locations of the other BigTen Schools, it's not difficult to come up with the Divisions. Here they are. These will take effect next season.
In the parenthesis there are two numbers... the first, their seed for this season(of course Nebraska isn't playing in the bigten this season so it's hypothetical), the second number is the approximate seeding for all-time production. The West! Nebraska(3/3)) Iowa(2/5)) Wisconsin(4/7) Northwestern(8/10] Minnesota(9/11) Illinois(12/8] 6.84ave
The East! Ohio St.(1/2)) Michigan(5/1)) Penn St.(6/4) Michigan St.(7/6) Purdue(11/9) Indiana(10/12) 6.17ave
The first thing to note is that Nebraska helps balance things out by adding another strong team in the West. You cannot break up Ohio State/Michigan... it's not the argument about being able to play every yr even though they're in different divisions.... the fact is you have to keep them in the same division because the traditionalists, and the Ohio State/Michigan fans DO NOT want to see a rematch of the biggest rivalry in College Football. Quit thinking it - it will NEVER happen. They'll be in the same division, the game will remain as each teams' final regular season game, and now it will likely have a conference championship game berth on the line - as if the game needed anymore excitement. And don't think that Penn St. won't always be in the mix in the East - because more often than not, they will. While the East has the two strongest teams traditionally, they also have the two weakest. This format also keeps most of the traditional 'Trophy' rivalries intact.
Look at it.... it's practically perfect... The Heartland Trophy between Iowa/Wisconsin = Still intact. The Old Oaken Bucket between Indiana and Purdue = still intact. The Sweet Sioux/Land of Lincoln Trophy between Ill/NW = still intact. Floyd of Rosedale between Iowa/Minn = still intact. Paul's axe between Minn/Wisc = still intact, and his trophy between Mich/MSU ALSO = still intact. These games will continue to be played on an annual basis. The only historic trophy that would be lost(at least on an annual basis).... The inauspicious 'Illibuck' trophy.... perhaps the least recognized of the bunch. So you see, not only is the Mich/OSU rivalry kept where every BigTen fan wants it, but all those historic trophies stay intact under this division.
For those worried about the integration of Division play.... DON'T. TO use the Ohio State 2011 schedule as an example... NOT A SINGLE GAME ON THEIR ENTIRE SCHEDULE would have to be changed... rt now all 5 other teams in their division are already on the schedule, as well as 3 from the other division. It will stay that way... 8 conference games... 5 in-division and 3 out of division(which will rotate between teams from the other division).
As for the Championship game.... Put Indianapolis as the odds-on favorite. Other possibilities include Cincinnati, Chicago, and Detroit.To read more or comment...
Expansion discussion began as a simple, slow-paced isolated change, but has evolved into what might become the reworking of collegiate athletics at break-neck speed. Hold on tight.
A couple of months ago, the Big Ten announced it would look into expanding to a twelve team conference.To read more or comment...
The top rated dual-threat quarterback in the nation(according to rivals) verbally committed to Ohio State on Thursday. Braxton Miller was coveted by Alabama and Florida, but when the time came to announce his college choice, he decided to stay at home and play for the Buckeyes. Braxton becomes the 12th member of the 2011 class.
The 2010 signing class was one of the lowest rated classes in recent memory. That, coupled with the fact that Ohio State has not signed a marquee quarterback since signing Terrelle Pryor in 2008, had Ohio State fans wondering what would happen next. It appears as if their prayers have been answered in the form of a 6 foot 3, 195 pound scatback with an arm. Miller has all the tools to become the next starter at Ohio State, but after watching Ken Guiton's performance in the spring game, if he wants that title, he'll have to earn it.
3 of Ohio State's early commitments are among the newly released rivals100. The class also includes 4 highly touted OL that average a mere 6'4" 310 - including Firestone's Tommy Brown(6'5" 330).