Spring football is over at Ohio State and the off-season is officially upon us.
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and from now until August, we'll be growing pretty darn fond of our beloved college football. Meanwhile, Johnny and I are here to talk about Ohio State's Spring Game both on the field and in the temporarily insane box office.
Our own journalistic bloodhound Kyle Rowland joins us to give us his take, both on the Spring Game and the entire spring practice period in general. Kyle is all over Ohio State sports, so you won't want to miss his thoughts on the offensive line, wide receivers and, yes, even the special teams.
We round out this extravaganza with our Ask Us Anything section, in which you ask 'em and we answer 'em, no matter how odd the question. You can always ask us anything by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us up on the Twitters.
Let me break it down for you:
0:25- Johnny and I talk about the Spring Game, which one of us watched and one of us read all about. We discuss the ticket price/refund fiasco and ponder what exactly would make the Spring Game worth a $20 admission fee.
22:05- Kyle Rowland hops on the call and gives us some actual insider's insight into Buckeye spring ball and how things are looking as we head toward the 2014 season.
46:40- Our Ask Us Anything segment, in which we tell you exactly who the best X-Man is, which beers are our preferred selections for Buckeye football games, and (by popular demand) more about Mystery Science Theater 3000.
57:16- The ultimate Ohio State circle drill.
Music for this week's Dubcast included "Land of Hope and Dreams" by Bruce Springsteen, "Life Beyond L.A." by Ambrosia, and "Roll with the Changes" by REO Speedwagon.
Basketball season has left us behind and we are left with spring football and then the long wretched off-season.
The end of the basketball Buckeyes' season came as mercifully and perplexing as an M. Night Shyamalan movie. And as such we are left now to wonder what the hell we just witnessed and why we bothered at all. Just kidding — a 25-win season is still not terrible. (Seriously, ask Northwestern.)
Johnny and I looked back at the season that was for the 2013-14 OSU team and like many of you we are left with far more questions than answers. We also discuss Gene Smith's hefty bonus for all the hard work that Logan Stieber did over the weekend and, like many before us, we wonder why the fruits of one man's labor ended up in another man's pocket.
Our old friend Doug Lesmerises from Cleveland.com dropped in to talk about the end of the Buckeyes' season and the eternal optimism (and question marks) of that which we call "spring football." Doug had a lot of good insights on both Thad Matta's and Urban Meyer's squads and we appreciate his thoughts, as usual.
And no Eleven Dubcast would be complete without our Ask Us Anything segment, in which you can (as the title suggests) question us about absolutely anything that's on your mind. You can do so by writing us at email@example.com or hit us up on Twitter.
And here's how it all went down:
0:25- Me and Johnny discuss the end of the OSU hoops season, the Dayton game, the NCAA tournament and Gene Smith getting $18K for Logan Stieber's ability to destroy people.
21:15- Doug Lesmerises jumps aboard to give his thoughts on Matta's and Meyer's Buckeyes, the backup quarterback race, replacing Ryan Shazier and more. Dude knows his stuff.
45:58- In our Ask Us Anything segment, we talk way too early about the 2015 recruiting class and where you should go for spring break if you are forced to stay within a six-hour drive of Columbus.
1:02:23- Spielman for president?
Music for this week's Dubcast included "Turnin' Left" by Chickenfoot, "Cerulean Blue" by Abigails Ghost, and "Closing the Door" by Lee Abraham.
Well, after chomping at the bit to take a swing at us, the University of Dayton Flyers finally have a reason to raise fisticuffs with the Ohio State University.
And I welcome the challenge! Come at us, thy bros, and we will engage handily in basketball-related combat in the round of 64. Joining Michael and I to talk about this storied and titanic matchup is David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News, and we drops all kinds of juicy info about Jordan Sibert's plan for revenge, how Dayton might attack the Buckeyes, and their complete lack of zone defense (THANK YOU BASED BASKETBALL GOD).
All this, plus Michael and I breaking down the brackets just for YOU, and of course Ask Us Anything (which you can do by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!). It's another vitamin enriched Dubcast, so check it out!
There's absolutely no way to predict this season of Ohio State basketball. But the same is true throughout the entire Big Ten conference, where no team seemed immune to sudden moments of Alzhoopers Disease, where it was almost as if the favored squad completely forgot how to play competently (Hi, Iowa!).
Let's face it...this year there are no college basketball experts and we're all huddled in the dark together, riding it out.
Nevertheless, Johnny and I broke down the Ohio State-Michigan State B1G finale, in which both teams were stricken at times with this particular malady. In the end, the good guys came out on top and sent Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. out as Senior Day winners.
We also tried to shed some light on the upcoming Big Ten and NCAA tournaments, and our amigo Chris Lauderback of this very site was kind enough to add his more cogent thoughts about those topics to our own.
In addition, we gave a little love to former Buckeyes who were in the NFL news this week, and of course there's the ever-popular Ask Us Anything segment, which allows us to talk about the most random things ever. We'll answer your queries too if you simply email them to email@example.com.
Your weekly Dubcast awaits. Here's the breakdown:
0:25- Johnny and I discuss Ohio State's Senior Day win over Sparty, postseason Buckeye basketball accolades, and the NFL news concerning former wearers of the Scarlet & Gray.
20:58- Chris jumps in with his thoughts on Ohio State and college basketball, including which B1G team he thinks will advance the furthest during March Madness.
37:11- Ask Us Anything is just a game, and we prove it by talking about game shows and board games, as well as which obscure schools we'd love to see in the NCAA tourney.
50:28- It's time to play the Feud, Buckeye style.
Music for this week's Eleven Dubcast was "Defenders of the Flag" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, "Spanish Bombs" by The Clash, and "Biggest Mistake" by A.C.T.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)! 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.