Midweek Mierda: Grasping at Straws Edition

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Midweek Mierda: Grasping at Straws Edition

Let’s talk about this: As near as I can tell, Ohio State’s choice to host the Thundering Herd in primetime on Thursday, September 2, 2010, was met with general praise . I think it totally sucks.

Let me first admit, my opinion is founded on almost completely selfish ideals.  I do not want to rush out of work at 5:30pm, drive 30 minutes home, change my clothes, and ride my bike to the stadium...for what?  Marshall?  I am going to get home at 11:30 for no acceptable reason.  I just don’t get it.  I am not being a conservative curmudgeon, as some would suggest , but I find it hard to identify a major positive for this new date.

“A national television audience?”  Doubtful, since the game is likely to be on BTN , and I would be willing to bet that the ESPN noon slot gets more viewers.  “What about the awesome vibe for the game?”  Contrary to often espoused statements, the night game will not create a great opening game atmosphere.  In fact, I think the exact opposite is true.  My guess is there will be less tailgating, a longer game (more commercials in prime time), and far worse traffic.  And, unless you live within a few miles of campus, you will not get home until after the local news.  How many kids get to go that game?

I am sure you think I totally suck, but the new Marshall time seems like a needless waste of chest-thumping and pandering to a time-slot created for the have-nots.

Time heals all wounds?  Not really: My diehard recruitnik friends seem to be getting rather restless these days.  I have never dedicated an unceasing amount of energy to following recruiting, and it boggles my mind the amount of time that gets devoted to it.  When I say, “They consistently get mega-recruits and heroes of All American games.  What more do you want?”  invariably, with a minutely discernible, yet punctuating pause, they say: “They can’t close…”

Terrelle Pryor is the clear, immediate exception that should be flying through your temporal lope right now.  But what if he is the only exception?  Is the Buckeyes’ coaching staff losing out on game-changing players when the chips are down?  I don’t know, but let’s look at some numbers.

YEAR COMMITMENTS AFTER DEC. 1 NAT'L RANK OF CLASS* AVG. STAR RATING*
2005

7

12

3.50

2006

12

12

3.60

2007

6

15

3.80

2008

6

4

3.85

2009

2

3

3.76

2010

4

25**

3.35**

So, while there may be the smallest of somethings to this armchair theory for the current season, there is no historical credibility.  From the looks of the tremendously unscientific data table above, there does seem to be reason for the increased frustration experienced by some fans, and presumably the coaches, but why should we assume it is anything more than an isolated incident?  I may find the number of commitments after December 1st to be the kinda troubling, as more recruiting seem to wait for the all-star games and signing to announce their choices.  And, that stat does yell “closer!”, yet it seems so decidedly unfulfilling to make an argument based on such arbitrary vagaries of the calendar.

If coffee is for closers, I’d say the OSU coaching staff is plenty caffeinated.

Grasping at straws: A friend of mine recently pointed our some similarities between the upcoming season and Ohio State’s 2002 season:

  1. Ohio State played in the opening CFB game
  2. Played PSU and scUM in Columbus
  3. Played the Miami Hurricanes
  4. BCS Title Game is at the Fiesta Bowl

It is a long off-season.  I need every distraction/good vibe I can get.

*Courtesy of Rivals.com [HT: Hinton ]
**As of Jan. 20

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