You Should Love Dave Steckel

Just letting all of you Ohio sports fans that Washington Capitals Center Dave Steckel is someone you should be loving right now. He’s got everything you could ever want in an athlete: he attended The Ohio State University, and he is giving the city of Pittsburgh fits. I think we can all agree any misery brought that that horrific city is something we can all get behind.

Steckel scored the game winner in overtime last night, and also was the only player other than Sydney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin to score in game 2 of the series, where the Caps won by a goal. Thatta way, Steckel! Could we trouble you for an O-H! after your game winner in Game 7?

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What’s the deal with Kenny George?

So with the Terrelle Pryor announcment scheduled for tomorrow at Noon, and the basketball Buckeyes not making the NCAA torney, this by all accounts will be the last Ohio State basketball post for a good while. Tongiht, they are opening up the NIT at home against UNC-Asheville. Asheville was a loser in the Big South tourney championship to Winthrop, so that’s why they’re here. Here’s my question:

HOW DO YOU NOT WIN A CONFERENCE LIKE THE BIG SOUTH WITH A GUY ON YOUR TEAM THAT IS 7’7″, 360 POUNDS?!

Yes that’s right, Kenny George, a 7’7″ 360 pound man-beast in the paint isn’t enough to get UNC-Asheville into the dance. That’s unbelieveable. I mean I’m not claiming to be an avid UNC-A Bulldog fan, but how isn’t this team better?

I found out why, when I took a look at the numbers:

— George rarely starts. In fact, he plays about 19 minutes a game.

— George is ninteenth in his conference in scoring. 

— George (who is 7’7″ if you forgot) gets SIX REBOUNDS A GAME. SIX. REBOUNDS. A. GAME. So this means, on average, George is one foot taller than the number of rebounds he pulls down.

I urge all of you to watch the OSU UNC-A game tonight, and try and figure out why this guy, Kenny George, just can’t get it done.

Buckeyes’ Bubble Hopes Rest in Cleveland

 

With championship week now in full swing, near-locks for at large bids keep falling by the wayside. You’ve heard the names: Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, South Alabama. And, of course, with every win by the likes of San Diego the bubble chances for a host of high major teams shrink even further; just ask Gary Williams, whose Maryland Terrapins likely saw their bubble burst in the West Coast Conference finals last night.

Another team in a similar predicament is Ohio State. With a couple of horrendous losses on their resume and a so-so performance in the top-heavy Big Ten, the young Buckeyes have their tournament hopes pinned to late-season home wins over Purdue and Michigan State. Last night’s craziness that saw Gonzaga and South Alabama fall to at-large status put the Bucks down to the bottom of most bracketologists’ “Last Four In” categories, meaning that if OSU can’t pull back-to-back wins over the Spartans (not outside the realm of possibility), they’ll need a lot of help to avoid hosting a first-round NIT game.

That help for the Buckeyes may have to come twofold from their neighbors to the northeast in Cleveland.

 

The first bit of help from Cleveland could come tonight–in the form of a loss. That is to say, Ohio State would really, really appreciate it if Cleveland State went ahead and lost to Butler. A win by Gary Waters’ Vikings would be a real double-whammy on OSU, as Butler falling to at-large status would soak up another bid that could’ve gone the Bucks’ way while in turn making the thrashing the Bulldogs laid on the Scarlet and Gray earlier this season a weaker loss in the eyes of the committee (though, on the other hand, it would improve the OSU win over CSU, so maybe that last part’s a wash).

The next bit of help Ohio State could use from Cuyahoga County kicks off Thursday at The Q (as mentioned previously) with the start of MAC Tournament play. What would really help OSU here is wins; lots of wins–by Kent State. With a strong second half–including a huge Bracket Buster win over aforementioned St. Mary’s–the Golden Flashes have become the first MAC team since Wally Szczerbiak’s Miami team (some 10 years ago) to have a tourney bid sewn up pre-conference tourney. Anything short of a MAC title for Kent would prove catastrophic for Ohio State, as their neighbors to the northeast would snipe away yet another precious at-large bid.

Again, OSU can make this all a moot point on Friday if they can go back-to-back on Michigan State. A second win over Sparty and the Buckeyes are in comfortably; a loss in the season series’ rubber match, though, and the Bucks’ are going to be eyeing the North Coast all weekend long.

DECIDE ALREADY

I used to be in high school. I realize that when you are that age that events in your life seem crucially important to you at that time, but, in the grand scheme of things, they really don’t mean that much. I wish I had a forum to directly tell Terrelle Pryor this fact. This will be as close as I get.

An article today in the Detroit Free Press making it seem like we aren’t really getting anywhere close to the end of this saga. Apparently, the star quarterback of Jeannette High School and the number one college football recruit still has to visit Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, and the latter two are RETURN trips to those campuses.

I am not a fan of any of the teams that have the wondrous privilege of landing Pryor, so this is a completely unbiased take on his situation. The longer and longer he waits, the more and more pressure will be put on him when he finally does make his decision. Think about the pressure that Jimmy Clausen was under at Notre Dame last season, and he declared to be apart of the Fighting Irish during his junior year in High School. Pryor better be the bee’s knees to make everyone in the country wait this long, or he will be subject to some of the harshest criticism ever leveled at an amateur athlete.

Here’s the thing. This kid is going to Ohio State. Not just because two of his close friends have already declared (you know– on signing day when all kids declare), not because Ohio State is far and away the best team that he has to choose from, but because this is his best fit. If he ends up playing this year, he will not be expected to carry the offense (like he will be in Michigan), and he will have an opportunity to run a variation of the offense that he is used to (unlike at Penn State). It’s the right move for him, but this kid so far has not made the right move, so who knows if he will actually end up choosing the Buckeyes. What he does need to realize is that playing at the Division one level (I refuse to call it “Bowl Subdivision level”) in a conference like the Big Ten is a privilege, not a right. Just ask that poor idiot that faked his own signing at Cal that just wanted to feel like he was good enough to play at that level. Whenever you do decide, you will be held to the same standards as every other athlete that has walked the line at OSU, U of M or PSU. Terrelle, by all accounts you are a fantastic athlete, and you need to start getting people talking about that again, rather than what they are talking about now: the 18 year old kid that can’t decide.