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Tossing It Back for the Win

There’s “Toss Back Tuesday” and then there’s “Toss Back Tuesday.” 

It seems fitting to apply this specific type of throwback (I see you Thursday) by promoting an event that incorporates a literal toss back in its lexicon. And this is where college football’s “Granddaddy of them all” comes into play.

On this day last week, The Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten champions) played the Washington Huskies (Pac-12 champions) in the 2019 Rose Bowl. I was fortunate to attend this grand, picturesque sporting event with my dad to cheer on the Buckeyes.

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There is just something uniquely special about this game, the preceding parade and the beautiful and historic stadium set against the San Gabriel mountains. And that special quality extended to the game played on January 1, 2019.

The game was going great, then it was concerning…then finally awesome.

These are the three stages of an Urban Meyer-coached team.

Sorry, there’s a fourth stage: Championships.

Congratulations to The Ohio State Buckeyes on winning a thrilling Rose Bowl championship that puts an exclamation point on Urban Meyer’s storied coaching career.

P.S. When Ohio State lost to Florida 41-14 in the 2007 National Championship game, there was absolutely zero hesitation by members of the media to universally deem this defeat humiliating and embarrassing for the Buckeyes and the Big Ten by extension. 

Guess what Alabama and SEC fans?

The same applies to you after getting dominated by Clemson 44-16 in the 2019 National Championship game. Last night’s game will go down as a humiliating and embarrassing loss for the Tide and the SEC by extension. 

You always chant “SEC! SEC!” when you win. Well, for at least the next year, you just might hear chants like “44-16! 44-16!” 

Have fun with that, Alabama. We all know you’re such good sports down there in the SEC 44-16. 

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Happy Monday!

Breaking Sports News: 

On the college sports beat–specifically Ohio State–the painfully ineffective Defensive Coordinator Greg Schiano is out in Columbus.

Finally.

Mr. Schiano’s replacement appears to be the Defensive Line coach from that team up north, Greg Mattison. Mr. Mattison will be Co-Defensive Coordinator with Jeff Hafley, who was the Defensive Backs coach with the San Francisco 49ers.

Interesting.

Ohio State’s current Defensive Line coach extraordinaire, Larry Johnson, will remain as such whilst simultaneously being promoted to Associate Head Coach alongside Ryan Day.

Awesome.

And Ohio State’s record-breaking quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, has declared for the 2019 NFL draft.

His storybook journey from a 10-year-old kid from Maryland at an Ohio State camp (wearing a #7 Buckeyes jersey, BTW) declaring he was going to play quarterback at Ohio State to be a great Buckeyes quarterback and Heisman finalist who helped his team win the 2019 Rose Bowl (while wearing #7, BTW) is complete. The NFL will be his next chapter.

Good luck.

And Go Bucks!

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Jerry’s World Has Cowboys, Buckeyes & Horned Frogs

How great is the show ‘Westworld’?

Anyways: A poisonous chestnut and a horned frog meet in the Texas desert at a place called Jerry’s World…

Tomorrow night, the world of college football will zoom down into “Jerry’s World”/AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to watch #4 Ohio State vs. #15 TCU. This primetime matchup will feature a Buckeye team without its head coach, Urban Meyer, on the sideline. However, its coaching staff is very capable of filling the void for this particular game, especially given the insane amount of talent who will be sporting scarlet & gray.

The game should be a great one with various challenges on various fronts for both Ohio State and TCU. The Buckeyes want to make a statement that they are for real akin to its 2014 championship season, and TCU wants to make a statement that they are worthy of being compared with the top college football programs in the country.

Are you ready?

Am I ready?

OH-YES.

The Ohio State Buckeyes battle the TCU Horned Frogs tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Columbus, OH Is Thunderstruck

What did Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer know? When did Urban Meyer know? Why didn’t he act back in 2015?

Right now, there are more questions than answers in the breaking story concerning former assistant Zach Smith–the grandson of Mr. Meyer’s mentor Earle Bruce–and accusations against Mr. Smith regarding domestic violence against his wife. One answer we do know is that Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave while Ohio State investigates this matter.

A fair speculation we can presume at this point is that, like former OSU head coach Jim Tressel, there was an effort by Mr. Meyer to slide a critical issue under the rug to prevent a tough personal decision. Particularly given the severity of the situation, Mr. Meyer absolutely should have acted to protect Zach Smith’s wife, regardless of the lifelong family connection via Mr. Bruce.

More recently, Mr. Meyer should have told the truth when publicly asked about whether he knew about the aforementioned allegation against Zach Smith back in 2015.

This story will develop by the day, hour and minute. For now, in the immediate aftermath, it’s difficult envisioning Urban Meyer remaining the head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes.