Countdown to Kickoff: 16 Days

16. JT Barrett will go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Ohio State history. He already holds a number of Ohio State records, including career passing touchdowns (69), career completions (529) and total touchdowns responsible for in a career (100). If all goes well this year he could end up with several more by the season’s end, including career passing yards and career completion percentage. While Barrett has been inconsistent at times, part of the blame for that falls on the offensive line and the play calling. A new offensive coordinator and a more experienced line should do wonders for Barrett and the Buckeyes this year. Barrett will likely be in the top 5 favorites for the Heisman Trophy this year, and he has the talent and the tools to land himself a spot at ceremony in Manhattan at the end of the year.

RAW Recap 08/14/17

Well folks we only have six days until the biggest party of the summer. WWE's pay per view SummerSlam is this Sundays, and it will be a joint brand show. You will have to  follow @MillironMac for all the updates on Smackdown leading into this jammed packed show. The build on both sides is clear though; we may possibly see the two top titles switch hands. Tonight's installment of RAW was all about the final push to  SummerSlam and it was a crazy show.

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It Turns Out Bryce Harper Isn’t Double Jointed After All

Bryce Harper is many things. Great ballplayer, fan favorite, spoiled brat with a bad attitude. Saturday night proved there’s at least one thing he isn’t, and that’s double jointed.

It’s pretty much Baseball 101 that you should step on the front end of the bag at first base. Too much can go wrong when you step on top of the bag, near the back, or side. I guess maybe Bryce missed that part of base running class while he was busy making sure his weird hair cut looked fluffy enough when he takes his helmet off.

The Washington Nationals are still awaiting the results of an MRI to determine the damage done to his knee by the poor base running and inability to look cool while falling down. Bryce is just lucky this happened when he still has a two seasons left to recover before his Unrestricted Free Agency off-season. I would’ve hated for him to have to settle for $350 million rather than the $425 million he’s probably going to ask for.

Breaking: Team Picks Kicker in 2nd Round, Backfires Terribly

Who didn't see this coming? It was a head scratcher from day one when the Buccaneers used their second round pick on Roberto Aguayo in the 2016 NFL Draft. Sure, reliable kicking can be hard to find, but unless they are a franchise changing kicker with a cannon for a leg (see: Sebastian Janikowski), there's no reason to use a draft pick, let alone an early round pick on a kicker. They're not even real football players, so in a way it's a crock of shit that they're even eligible for the draft.

Hopefully the rest of the NFL learns from the Bucs' mistake and in turn, kicking gets phased out of the game. Go watch soccer if you wanna see 5'8" 135lb men kick stuff. I'll stick to my 6'7" 285lb tight end colliding with a linebacker and a healthy dose of CTE.

Wake Up With Whitty – 8/12/2017

Welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty.  It’s mid-August which means football season is right around the corner. Even if it is just the preseason, it’s great to see football back on TV, and it’s even more fun watching everyone overreact to how a specific player performs during two series in a meaningless game. Last night the Bengals defeated the Buccaneers 23-12. Based on that performance I think it’s safe for Bengals fans to start booking hotels in Minneapolis for that first weekend in February. At this point I don’t see any way the Bengals don’t make it to the Super Bowl this year. And once you’re done finalizing your travel arrangements, be sure to come back here and let me know what you think of this week’s Wake Up With Whitty. Continue reading

Zeke Suspended 6 Games, Proving Once Again That Roger Goodell Has No Idea What He’s Doing

 

It’s hard to have any confidence in the NFL’s leadership when they are so wildly off-base with the bulk of their punishments.

NFL sees video proof of Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé in an elevator: 2 games

NFL hears kicker Josh Brown admit to physically abusing his wife: 1 game

NFL sees no charges filed against Zeke because of inaccuracies in the stories: 6 games

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Countdown to Kickoff: 21 Days

21.  This is Parris Campbell’s year to be the man on Ohio State’s offense.  With 12 career starts, he is the most experience member of the wide receiver group.  His 121 career yards on 13 receptions are far from impressive, but he has an opportunity to expand on that greatly.  Campbell looks to slide into the H-back role previously filled by Curtis Samuel.  Urban Meyer has been raving about Campbell this off season, and by all accounts he looks like he’s ready to be the featured man in OSU’s passing attack.  Campbell should get touches on special teams as well, as he was the Buckeyes’ main kick returner last year.  He’s going to have plenty of opportunities to make plays this year, and I’m excited to see what he and JT Barrett can do together under new OC Kevin Wilson.

Countdown to Kickoff: 22 Days

22.  Les Horvath was Ohio State’s first Heisman Trophy winner, taking home the coveted award in 1944 after leading the Big 10 in rushing and total offense.  Horvath was a jack of all trades, playing quarterback, halfback and safety for the Buckeyes.  In addition to a Big 10 championship in 1944, he helped lead the Buckeyes to the school’s first national championship in 1942.  Horvath’s number 22 was retired by the Buckeyes in 2001.  Being the first Heisman Trophy winner at a school known for having more Heisman Trophies than any other.  Hopefully the Buckeyes can add another to that list soon.

Hamilton and Duvall Make Some Sweet Plays in the Outfield

The Reds haven’t been too much fun to watch recently, what, with all of their losing.  I’ll still flip on the games each night to see if we’ve got a shot at winning.  In last nights game, Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall both had some spectacular plays in the outfield within about 15 minutes of each other.

Billy’s wall climb didn’t seem 100% necessary to snag that ball, but at least it looked cool.  Did you know that he was fast?

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Countdown to Kickoff: 23 Days

23. The Buckeyes have 23 bowl victories during their history. Technically they have 22 official victories, as the 2011 Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas was vacated by the school, but since I saw the game myself on TV and witnessed the Ohio State victory, you can't convince me that it didn't happen (but stay tuned for tomorrow's Countdown to Kickoff where I talk about Ohio State's 22 official bowl victories). While that number doesn't rank anywhere at the top of the list of most bowl victories of all time, it's still an impressive stat. Their overall bowl record isn't as impressive, however, with 22/23 wins and 25 losses. Of the 23ish bowl victories, 7 came from the Rose Bowl (7-7 overall) and 2 have come in National Championship Games (2-2 overall). Getting to the big dance is great, but ultimately it doesn't mean anything if you don't come away with the victory. Luckily for the Buckeyes there are now two chances every season to add to their bowl victory total, thanks to the College Football Playoff. And this year they have an opportunity to add to their Rose Bowl and Championship Game totals, so it's win-win (hopefully).