Wake Up With Whitty – 10/14/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty.  It’s finally every Bengals fan’s favorite time of year: the week that the Bengals place Tyler Eifert on season ending injured reserve.  It only took a little over 4 weeks this year, almost a record time.  Fun fact, I bought an Eifert jersey prior to the 2014 season.  He didn’t even make it through the first game that year. Since I purchased the jersey he’ll have played in 24 out of a possible 64 games for the Bengals (including the remainder of the 2017 season).  Many people are saying he’s fallen victim to the infamous Whitty Jersey Curse.  Did I contribute to his inability to stay healthy by purchasing his jersey? (Maybe.). Is it just a coincidence? (Probably.)  Should I grow up and be an adult and stop wearing sports jerseys in general? (Never.)  There’s a pretty good chance that we’ve seen him play his last game as a Bengal.  As an Eifert fan, that’s tough to swallow, but it’s hard to justify keeping a guy around when he’s on the field for less than half of the team’s games.  So instead, fans have to come to terms and do the only thing that’s reasonable: focus on other peoples’ problems to distract us from our own.  Here’s Wake Up With Whitty. Continue reading

Wake Up With Whitty – 10/7/2017

Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. It’s October and the NHL season is finally here. The Blue Jackets looked sharp in their season-opening 5-0 victory over the Islanders.  As an unbiased observer (fan) I honestly cannot envision a scenario where the Jackets don’t go 82-0 (Editor’s Note: 81-1-0) and then sweep their way to a Stanley Cup championship. I know it was only one game, but I’ve seen enough to say that I can’t see anyone beating this team (Editor’s Note: Again.).  It was also great seeing the Penguins on the wrong side of a 10-1 ass kicking.  I don’t usually care for the Blackhawks, but anyone that embarrasses the Pens like that is okay in my book.  Let’s just hope they got it all out of their systems for tonight.
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Dick of the Week presented by Milliron Sports

I know the week isn’t quite over yet, but I’m ready to call the fight in the race of this week’s Dick of the Week. It was shaping up to be a pretty tight race. There was a marathon runner in Slovakia. There was that asshole that cut me off on my way home from work yesterday (I know you fucking saw me when you merged into my lane, jerk!). There was a certain Yankee’s catcher whose package was getting quite a bit of attention last night. And of course there was perennial DotW contender, Jefe. Then along comes Cam Newton and makes my decision much, much easier. It’s only Hump Day but Cam Newton has the Milliron Sports Dick of the Week locked up.

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Wake Up With Whitty – 9/30/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. A lot is going on in the sports world right now. The college basketball world has been rocked by scandal, which hits particularly hard if you happen to be a Louisville fan. We’re just a day away from October, which is a huge month for sports. College football teams start to get into the bulk of their conference schedules, MLB playoffs get underway, and the NHL and NBA seasons start up (Wake me up when September ends, am I right?). So go ahead and settle in with your caffeinated beverage of choice. Maybe it’s coffee. Maybe it’s tea. Maybe it’s an energy drink. Maybe it’s something really cool that I don’t even know about. I’m accepting of all ways of life here, unlike one of my coffee-drinking elitist fellow bloggers. Unless you’re one of those people that just wake up naturally energized and don’t need caffeine to get through life. That’s weird. Get out of here with that shit.

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Wake Up With Whitty – 9/23/2017

I just want to take a minute to wish my good friend Marvin Lewis a happy birthday. The Bengals head coach celebrated earlier this week by firing long-time assistant, and most recent Bengals’ offensive coordinator, Ken Zampese. He followed it up by letting the team know that Zampese didn’t get himself fired, the team did, and if they don’t turn things around soon then they may be next. While I admire the motivational tactic, I think Marvin may be the next one on the chopping block if the Bengals fortunes don’t change soon. It seems like at least one NFL expert agrees with me. A few more ugly losses and Marvin may not make it past the bye week. So, like I said, Happy Birthday Marvin! And now that we’ve gotten things off to such a positive note, welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty…

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Wake Up With Whitty – 9/16/2017

Oh, hello there. I didn’t see you come in. I was too busy reading last week’s Wake Up With Whitty. Look at me. So young and innocent. So vibrant and happy. So optimistic and full of enthusiasm. So ignorant and naive. A lot has happened since we last met. The Buckeyes were beaten by the Sooners. Baker Mayfield planted an Oklahoma flag right through my heart. The Bengals lost. Twice. People are calling for quarterback changes on both teams. The Reds were officially eliminated from playoff contention (we knew that was coming months ago, but it still stings when it becomes official). Now I sit here, dejected. Jaded. My spirit broken. I hate sports. Here’s Wake Up With Whitty:

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Wake Up With Whitty – 9/9/2017

Welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. There’s a lot to be excited about this weekend with some big college football matchups, including No. 2 Ohio State against No. 5 Oklahoma, which has huge playoff implications. The NFL season is finally underway as well, and if football isn’t your thing, the MLB playoff races are heating up as that season enters the home stretch. There’s a little something for everyone this weekend, which is why this is hands down the best time of the year for sports fans. So while you’re waiting for that chili to finish cooking before your favorite team kicks off this weekend, check out this week’s Wake Up With Whitty and let me know what you think.

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Wake Up With Whitty – 9/2/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. College football is officially here, as we have a full slate of games ahead of us today. Among those games is possibly one of the most anticipated season openers ever, #1 Alabama vs #3 Florida State. This very well could be a preview of one of our College Football Playoff matchups. Several other teams kicked off their seasons earlier this week, including the Ohio State Buckeyes (check out my recap here) and the Cincinnati Bearcats, who both opened the season with wins on Thursday night. If you’re looking to kill some time between now and that next big game, then check out this edition of Wake Up With Whitty and let me know what you think.
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#2 Ohio State – 49, Indiana – 21

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It was a tale of two halves in Bloomington tonight, as the Buckeyes pulled out a 49-21 victory.  Things started out promising as Ohio State moved down the field relatively quickly before stalling out inside the 10 yard line and settling for the field goal.  Indiana then took it straight down the field and took the lead on a Richard Lagow to Ian Thomas pass.  The teams then traded punts over the next several drives before the Buckeyes brought it back within 1 with another field goal.  Lagow found Simmie Cobbs for a touchdown on the ensuing Indiana drive and OSU capped of the first half scoring with an Antonio Williams touchdown.

Indiana was moving the ball pretty handily during the first half, and the Buckeyes were unable to make adjustments thanks to the Hoosiers’ fast pace.  Lagow finished the game with 410 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.  He looked particularly sharp in the first half, getting the ball out quickly and not allowing the Buckeye defense to get much pressure on him.  Cobbs looked very impressive at receiver for IU, including some spectacular one-handed grabs.  It’s safe to say that Cobbs will be playing on Sundays in the near future.

Things took a dramatic turn in the second half as Ohio State showed why they’re the #2 ranked team in the country.  The Buckeyes scored on 5 of their 7 second half possessions, and should have had a 6th if not for a dropped pass in the end zone by Parris Campbell.  Campbell more than made up for it by scampering to a 74-yard score on a slant from Barrett later in the half.  Barrett shared the wealth, hitting 3 different receivers for touchdowns in the second half, while running for one himself as well.  

By contrast, the Hoosiers only managed one second half score, and had 4 three-and-outs against the the Buckeyes defense.  Ohio State’s second half adjustments worked wonders.  The secondary switched up coverages, preventing Lagow from picking them apart like he did in the first half and allowing the front 4 to get some pressure on the quarterback.  Ohio State ended the game with 5 sacks, including two by Tyquan Lewis and one by Nick Bosa. 

Probably the most impressive performance of the night was by Buckeyes’ true freshman running back JK Dobbins.  Thrusted into the starting position due to a lingering hamstring injury for Mike Weber, Dobbins only managed to set an OSU record for most rushing yards by a true freshman running back in his debut.  Dobbins finished with 181 yards on 29 carries.  He failed to reach the end zone as his potential scoring opportunities were sniped by Antonio Williams, but he showed exactly why Buckeyes fans need to be excited about this kid’s future.  He may not have stolen the starting job from Weber just yet, but it’s clear that Ohio State will have to make him a significant part of the offense going forward.  

The Buckeyes now have 9 days to prepare for a visit from the Oklahoma Sooners.  Don’t expect a blowout like last year’s matchup in Norman.  Heisman hopeful Baker Mayfield will be looking to exact some revenge and first year head coach Lincoln Riley will be looking for his first big statement win.  This game may very well have playoff implications, so expect a battle in Ohio State’s home opener.

Countdown to Kickoff: 1 Day

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1. Ohio State has spent more time atop the AP poll than any other team in college football history. The Buckeyes have found themselves at number 1 a total of 105 times. Their 871 weeks in the top 25 also ranks first among all schools. This year they start out ranked #2, behind Alabama, but there’s a strong possibility that the Buckeyes spend some at the #1 spot this year. Of course it doesn’t really matter where you start, it’s all about where you finish. Urban Meyer has the Bucks ready to go and, barring any major setbacks, the Buckeyes should return to the College Football Playoff for a chance to redeem themselves after last season’s abysmal semi-finals performance. Ohio State has the talent and the coaching staff to run the table this year, but they’re going to need be more consistent in all facets of the game. Of course you can’t go 14-0 without first going 1-0, and we’re just a day away from seeing if the Buckeyes will start the season unblemished. It’s bound to be an exciting season, and I fully expect to see the Buckeyes hoist the National Championship trophy in January.