Basketball is dumb. There, I said it, and I'd say it again if I had to.
For this week's edition of the Eleven Dubcast, Michael and I talk about the finer things in life, like pizza and football and recruiting and stuff, as we try to spend as little time as possible thinking about the foibles of one of Thad Matta's worst Ohio State teams in years.
To that end we've recruited 11W's very own Kyle Rowland to talk about the first day of spring football practice, and he gives us some great updates on players to watch out for, the general attitude of the team, and how our commander in chief is doing after literal brain surgery.
All that, and Ask Us Anything, where you can ask us pretty dang near anything by sending us an e-mail at email@example.com, or hitting us up on twitter!
One of the weird things about February is that every few years there's an extra day. They call it a leap year.
This isn't one of those years, but nevertheless, you're getting your extra serving — in the form of an extra bonus guest on this, the final Eleven Dubcast of February, 2014.
None other than former Ohio State basketball great Scoonie Penn stops by the Dubcast to talk about Buckeye hoops and the recently completed Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. A great player in his own right, Scoonie tells us about the Big Ten race, why so many upsets are occurring this year, Sam Thompson, Aaron Craft and more. He also drops the info on a worthwhile event he's hosting in March.
Our friend Ben Jones from StateCollege.com also dropped in (again) to talk about the upcoming Ohio State-Penn State hoops contest tomorrow night and how James Franklin is changing the culture of Nittany Lion football.
And we answer your questions about literally anything. Johnny and I are always happy to take your queries and go into way too much detail in our responses when you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can hit us up on Twitter if you prefer going that route.
And here's the breakdown:
0:24- Johnny and I discuss Ohio State's 6-1 run over the last seven games, new money for Mark Dantonio and his staff, weeknight football in the B1G and the NFL Combine.
14:20- Scoonie Penn joins the fun to talk about the recent Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, what's going on in Big Ten basketball this year, which teams might make a run in the B1G tournament, Sam Thompson's development and Aaron Craft's legacy.
25:10- Ben Jones jumps on to talk about Ohio State at Penn State tomorrow night, the job Pat Chambers is doing with PSU hoops, James Franklin, and whether it's a good thing for the Nitts to flip so many Vandy recruits.
37:47- Is Johnny a dog or a cat? Can Big McLargeHuge take out Vladimir Putin? What is our favorite secondary violation? We answer these and more in our Ask Us Anything segment.
51:02- Just don't ask us to take the Wonderlic Test.
Music for the Dubcast this week was "Down by the Water" by The Decemberists, "Let It Go" by Toto, and "Black as the Sky" by Transatlantic.
Computers are difficult things to wrangle sometimes. When they're not trying to kill you with their Skynets and turning us into blob monsters, they're hitting on us and then evolving into ascended beings that leave us brokenhearted that we don't have a sexy voice to check our e-mail anymore.
So computers and technology is pretty dumb, and this episode of the eleven Dubcast makes that abundantly clear. Michael and I talk through tin cans because Skype failed us, but what DID end up working out was a pretty sweet interview with the Dispatch's own Bill Rabinowtiz.
Rabinowitz talks to us about the potential draft stock of the six Ohio State players who were invited to the NFL combine (and one very notable exception who wasn't). He's a little higher on some of these guys than Michael and I, and I take that as a really positive sign.
All that and Ask Us Anything, which you can do by sending us an e-mail to email@example.com!
As Ohio State fans, it's pretty easy to get caught up in football and basketball and overlook some of the true gems of the Olympic sports.
Take ice hockey, for example. The Buckeyes — or Puckeyes as I like to call them — are skating through the first season in the new Big Ten hockey conference, and they're doing pretty well.
OSU hockey holds a special place in the crispy cinder where my heart was, prior to all those bricks the basketball team laid last night. As a journalism student back in the day, I covered Ohio State hockey for the Lantern. To this day, it remains the sport other than football or hoops in which I'd most like to see a Buckeye national championship.
Joining us this week to talk a little about the Puckeyes is our own Aubrey Nelson, who writes about Ohio State hockey here at 11W on Tuesdays and Fridays. Aubrey offers up her view of B1G hockey and this year's Ohio State squad, including its two big shootout victories at Sparty over the weekend.
Johnny and I also discuss the shooty hoops team's newly extinguished three-game winning streak, Ohio State football recruiting, and the Marcus Smart suspension.
And a Dubcast simply would not be a Dubcast without us answering your questions in our Ask Us Anything segment. You can always hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the answers you seek on any topic.
Here's the breakdown:
0:25- Johnny and I discuss Ohio State's three-game hoops winning streak and how neither of us feels great about it. [Edit: feeling pretty vindicated right now about that uneasiness.]
18:53- Aubrey Nelson joins the scrum to give us the lowdown on Ohio State's exciting first season of B1G hockey.
35:03- You ask us anything and we tell you that no team stands a chance against the All-Matta squad.
45:30- The Fab Four, Buckeye style.
Music for the Dubcast this week was "Don't Take Me Alive" by Steely Dan, "Red Season" by Starcastle, and "Porcelain Heart" by Opeth.
Christmas is over. The presents are unwrapped, and the man-children are rubbing their eyes sleepily as mom (Michael), dad (me), and Santa (Jeremy Birmingham) all sit around the fire and discuss the day's events.
Yes little ones, it's a special edition of the Eleven Dubcast. Sorry we're a little late this week, but we thought that nothing could sing you off sweetly into this cold winter's night than a signing day recap where we delve into all the thrills, chills, and of course, the spills that all were apparently wrapped up for the Buckeyes by about, oh, 10:30 am EST.
But that's cool though because Urban Meyer and company once again hauled in an incredible recruiting class, one with 16 four star players, one widely heralded five star player, and a random assortment of three star players that in four years we'll either completely forget the names of or hold up as paragons of virtue that smashed a biased ranking system with their amazing play.
SIGNING DAY! The craziest, hopefulest, weirdest, schadenfreudiest, creepiest day of the year in college football! Join us after the cut as Michael (sorry I made you the mom), Jeremy, and I break down the day that was, and talk about why it was the single most important day in Ohio State football history in at least a month.
All this, plus Ask Us Anything (which you can do by either hitting us up on Twitter or sending an e-mail to email@example.com)! I talk about which animal I want to be reincarnated as, yesssssss!
Camping is a fun activity you can enjoy with a few friends or your entire family. Or you could be like the crazy folks in Mattaritaville and spend a whole day (or longer) before a basketball game hanging out in tents, playing cornhole and enjoying free Buckeye Donuts from Amedeo Della Valle.
Jake Johnson, President of the OSU student organization known as Mattaritaville joins us this week to tell us a little bit about his organization. Johnny and I learned a lot about the current student scene for Ohio State hoops and we even found out how you can get involved with Mattaritaville - just drop Jake a line!
But before that, we break down the end of Ohio State's four-game losing streak in hoops. The victory over Illinois last Thursday...was it a turning point, or just a bad win over a bad team? We decide!
We also talk about Athletic Director Gene Smith's contract extension and bump in title to VP, and what it all means. And we discuss the interesting stuff going on in Evanston, Ill., with the Northwestern Wildcats trying to unionize.
That's a pretty big show in and of itself, but it doesn't stop there. We take on your questions in our Ask Us Anything segment. Did you know you could ask us anything by sending a simple electronic mail message to ElevenDubcast@gmail.com? It's true.
So join us after the jump for this week's Eleven Dubcast and an entire list of this week's topics of discussion.
0:24- Johnny and I tell you exactly what Ohio State's skid-snapping win over Illinois meant. We dive into Gene Smith's contract extension and fancy shmancy new title. And we round out the segment with a discussion of the possible unionization of Northwestern.
20:30- Jake Johnson of Mattaritaville joins us to talk about camping out by the Schottenstein Center and all the fun happenings surrounding one of Ohio State's newest official student organizations.
32:13- Ask Us Anything! This week's questions get Johnny and I going about the Winter Olympics and a bunch of other stuff.
50:00- We're up all night to get lucky.
Music for the Dubcast this week was Go by Flicker, Was it Something I Said? by Brandon Flowers, and Losers' Day Parade by Kino. And that's it for another can't-stop, won't-stop Eleven Dubcast. We'll see you again next time.
Come one, come all, come see what four losses in a row will do to a man! THRILL at the snarky comments! CHILL at the angry lectures to college kids! Bite your knuckles in sheer sadness as we take a look at the remaining schedule!
Look, it's hard out there for an Ohio State fan. Money sports are 1-5 in 2014, and the faithful are losing hope. Michael and I are just as at a loss to explain what's going on as you are, but hey! At least we're adding jokes.
Still, there is one man to save us from these winter doldrums, and that's 11W's own Jeremy Birmingham, who will float your boat with all kinds of great recruiting info as we approach signing day. Add this to our Ask Us Anything segment (which you can do by asking us anything either on Twitter or firstname.lastname@example.org), and maybe, just maybe there's some light at the end of the tunnel.
Ohio State's basketball team has been uncharacteristically sloppy the past two games, giving the ball away 38 (!) times. That's pretty charitable. Who better to talk about sloppy than yours truly and my extremely charitable Dubcast partner Johnny Ginter?
Johnny and I talk about the two-game skid and how the sky isn't exactly falling on one of the nation's top hoops programs. We also welcome in our resident 11W roundball expert Chris Lauderback to break down the recent problems and what Thad Matta and company can do to right the ship.
But it isn't all about what happens on the court. There's big off-season news a-brewin' in Columbus regarding Ohio State's coaching vacancies. We discuss the (strongly) rumored new additions to Urban Meyer's staff and how they might fit in, and what may happen in 2014 on the gridiron.
But it's not all about us. It's about you, the home listener. And so we attack your questions with our usual fervor in the ever-popular Ask Us Anything segment. Remember, you too can ask us anything your heart desires by hitting us up at email@example.com!
0:28- Johnny and I decide whether the basketball team should even play any more games this season. They totally should!
21:59- Our own Chris Lauderback jumps on to talk about the current two-game hoops slide and what's going on with Thad Matta's Buckeyes.
36:52- Ask Us Anything! We tell you which Breaking Bad characters the B1G basketball coaches are like, because these are the things you need to know (and apparently want to know).
48:55- Twice the Oden!
We're back! Michael and I just couldn't stay away from you wonderful people forever, and after a nice holiday hiatus, the Eleven Dubcast is back in action. We have so, so many things to talk about this week (and in many subsequent weeks), not the least of which is the Orange Bowl and Ohio State's performance in it.
To help us with this, we've brought along Kyle Rowland, freshly returned from Florida, to break down the ins and outs of the Orange Bowl, the attitude of the team, and what it might mean for some of the players going forwards as they look to the NFL. There aren't many with the insight of a beat writer, and we're lucky to have Kyle on the case.
Also: Ask Us Anything! There are some questions that have taken us a while to get to, but rest assured Dubskateers, we get to them all. If you would like to ask Michael and I a question, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org (or hit us up on Twitter, if you're one of those web 2.0 kinda people).
And that's it! It's good to be back, and we're gonna be on this weekly grind all the way through basketball season. See you guys next week.
We're still getting over the first Ohio State loss in two years, but hey, the Orange Bowl awaits. A BCS bowl game is not the worst consolation prize in the world and we're here to help you through this time of infinite sadness.
Despite the fact that the Buckeyes may have forgotten the faces of their fathers for the start and finish of a hotly contested B1G title game, we move on with our lives and search for deeper meaning — and we take a look at sports that are played with a round ball or no ball at all.
Johnny and I move past Indianapolis and look ahead to what could be a really fun Orange Bowl matchup with Clemson. We also talk about LaQuinton Ross's resurgence and then we bring in special guest Curt Heinrichs — who blogs about wrestling here at 11W — to tell us a little something about the growing power that is the mighty Buckeye wrestling program.
Throw in some lengthy and in-depth answers to your questions in our Ask Us Anything segment (you can do just that at email@example.com), and we're all suddenly seeing the world in much brighter colors again.
Here's the rundown of events:
0:25- Johnny and I break down the Big Ten championship game against Michigan State and all that might have been. We also look ahead to Clemson in the Orange Bowl and yay, LaQuinton Ross is back!
27:05- Curt Heinrich jumps on to tell us all about Ohio State wrestling. Yes, the Buckeyes have grown into a national powerhouse in the sport and Curt explains how this season is going to be great but next year may be even better.
39:58- Ask Us Anything! So many football questions!
56:25- Getting out of bed for the sole purpose of throwing away the butter that came with the pizza.
Music for the Dubcast this week was Cosmic Distance Ladder by Sound of Contact, Cinema by Yes, and Hyperventilate by Frost*. And that'll do it for this cast, check us out next week!