Normally, the NFL Draft is a bit of an insider’s broadcast. After the first round selections, the repetition begins to overwhelm interest in watching—in effect—the NFL’s annual ‘Groundhog Day.’
But this year’s NFL Draft wasn’t entirely normal, aside from the Cleveland Browns wasting another #1 pick. There was a very special guest announcer.
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That seemingly casual-looking walk is a wonderful showcase of the power of sports.
Pittsburgh Steeler and Ohio State Buckeye Ryan Shazier, who has been recovering from a spinal injury from last December, is living proof of the inspirational nature of the human spirit. Even writing the words “spinal injury” sends a paralyzing chill through one’s body. That pain and accompanying fear are unimaginable for anyone who has not experienced that kind of living hell.
Forget the draft picks, over-saturated analysis and the newly minted millionaires this year. If you remember one thing from the 2018 NFL Draft, remember Ryan Shazier for his movement off the football field.
Ironically, it’s The Ohio State Buckeyes defense/”The Silver Bullets” that believe Saturday’s football game can’t come soon enough.
For some context, #14 Oklahoma Sooners backup quarterback Austin Kendall recently said a few words about the Buckeyes.
“I think they really have a very basic defense,” Kendall told Sooner Sports TV. “I think we can go out there…I mean [starting quarterback] Baker [Mayfield], he’ll light them up. I’m really looking forward to it. If my number is called, I think I can do the same. I’m really looking forward to the game. It’s going to be really exciting.”
A few players on Ohio State, specifically the defense, had a few words in response via Twitter.
A particularly reserved ESPN College Gameday analyst (and former Ohio State QB) even tweeted a response.
“Not a smart decision during a hyped game week by a BACK UP QB!!!”
The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes visit Norman, Oklahoma for a night game against the Oklahoma Sooners this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.on FOX. The Buckeyes are 2-0. With a surprising opening week loss to the Houston Cougars (Tom Herman, remember that name), the Sooners bounced back with a 59-17 home win versus Louisiana-Monroe last week for a 1-1 record. There is tremendous pressure on both teams to perform in the bright spotlight. However, if the Sooners lose for the second time during their first three games, at home, against a potential playoff contender on national TV, Oklahoma football fans will likely foresee a lost season.
If the Buckeyes defeat the Sooners, Ohio State will solidify their spot among the best in college football just three weeks into the 2016 season. Keeping this in mind, games are played for a reason and not on paper. Ohio State vs. Oklahoma should be an exciting game with all the bells and whistles and horses named Boomer and Sooner that are tasked with pulling the Sooner Schooner onto the field. Plus, you can’t miss the Oklahoma crowd chanting, “Boomer Sooner!”
On the flip side, courtesy of Austin Kendall, Ohio State will make sure to bring their silver bullets (sans blanks) tomorrow night.
The Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos?
“The Dab” or the old school high-five?
Dannon Oikos Triple Zero yogurt or Papa John’s pizza?
Super Bowl 50 features a young gun trying to make a name for himself in the NFL’s biggest game and a veteran cementing his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks in league history. The game should be great, with plenty of dynamic play makers. On that note, for Buckeye fans, Sunday’s Super Bowl will feature 5 players between the Panthers and the Broncos:
- Corey Brown (WR, Panthers)
- Ted Ginn, Jr. (WR, Panthers)
- Andrew Norwell (OL, Panthers)
- Kurt Coleman (S, Panthers)
- Bradley Roby (CB, Broncos)
- Jeff Heuerman (TE, Broncos, Injured)
Buckeye Nation is still in a bit of shock at how the 2015 season did not culminate in a shower of golden confetti and the school’s second straight national championship. Speaking as a Buckeye fan, that Michigan State loss at home…it still hurts. However, seeing former Buckeyes attempt to pull of a Santonio Holmes Super Bowl 43 performance will be a lot of fun to watch.
Which has better agility:
A panther or a bronco?
January 12, 2015: A gr8t night for Buckeye Nation.
It was a result 12 years in the making that was an absolute dream for the fans, players and coaches for The Ohio State Buckeyes football team. The last national title win was back in January 2003 against the explosively fast, electric and seemingly unbeatable Miami Hurricanes. Interestingly, both of Ohio State’s last two national championships were not-so-subtly underscored by notions by the “experts” that we don’t belong, aren’t fast or talented enough. The Oregon Ducks (and Alabama Crimson Tide) were each a Goliath in their own right in 2014.
And yet, the video below is The reality:
The journey to becoming the best damn team in the land for the 8th time was historically improbable, as the Buckeyes were not guided by their Heisman-caliber QB in Braxton Miller, but first by their backup J.T. Barrett and then by their 3rd string quarterback Cardale Jones. They were, by all accounts, a year early in their return as the kings of college football. But before the 2015 season starts, this past season will not soon be forgotten.