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Bring Your Floaties – Mirror Lake 2009

November 20, 2009

It’s Ohio State – Michigan week and that means one of the craziest traditions in all of college sports has just taken place. Last night, thousands of students stumbled to the center of Ohio State’s campus and jumped into the icy waters of Mirror Lake. The tradition goes back many years and is rumored to have begun as some type of freshman hazing back in the early 1900’s and has since morphed into the Michigan week tradition. Some make the jump as part of superstition while others just want to be a part of the party – either way alcohol typically plays a role in the decision. Many of the authors of Thunder Treats have taken the plunge into Mirror Lake, some of us multiple times. Some highlights of the event include: mud sliding, funny flotation devices, lost/ruined cell phones and cameras, half naked people, naked people, cannonballs, shrinkage, chicken fights, oars, snowball fights and throwing other peoples shoes while they are in the lake. There’s nothing like jumping into a lake in Ohio in the middle of November. While enjoying these pictures, please keep in mind that next years game will be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For those of you keeping track at home, this means that the Mirror Lake Jump is in serious danger of losing a lot of it’s participants due to the fact that the tradition will fall on Thanksgiving. Ouch. Ohio State students, I know there are only about 50,000 of you, maybe you guys should speak up and organize a new date? I’m not sayin, I’m just saying. With that said…LET’S GO BUCKS! Enjoy the pictures after the jump!

Below are our Ohio State University correspondents without whom this would not be possible. Big thanks to K-Lo and her trusty assistant Johnny C on their photos!!

USC vs OSU 9/12/09

September 10, 2009

It’s been a year since OSU entered the Coliseum and got handled like a pit-bull playing with a rag doll. USC came away with the lopsided 35-3 victory. Beanie was out and Terrelle Pryor was not the starting QB yet. That’s still no excuse for them not showing up in the Coliseum. OSU and the Big Ten conference in general have looked like JV teams going up against Varsity when it comes to the big game. This is a chance not only for OSU but for the Big Ten overall to show the country that they can play and win vs. the big boys. This year’s game has a different feel to it. Here’s the breakdown.

USC – Coaching – Pete Carroll – 9th year (89-15)
There may not be a better coach in college football today. I love his laid back swagger he brings to the field which is contagious with his players and teams. He has fun and his teams have fun. Carroll get top recruits year after year and has built a power house of a program in USC.

Offense-Trojans have lost there top WR in Patrick Turner to injury, however Damian Williams is suppose to be the real deal. Turners injury gives Williams a chance to blossom with freshman QB Matt Barkley. The one thing USC can rely on is its running backs. No program in the country has the type of talent like the Trojans at the RB spot. They are six deep and each one of them has something different they bring to the table. Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson will give the Trojans the one two punch that will be similar to when they had Reggie Bush and Lendale White. USC’s Offensive line should help out with this running game as they return most of there starters from last year. USC’s starting a freshman QB in Matt Barkley for the first time in its schools history. Barkley had a nice showing in week one dumping the ball off and letting his play makers do the rest. It’s going to be in a little different situation when he comes to the Shoe and is the most hated player on the field. This game we will see his true colors good or bad.

Defense-Coming into the season defense is the biggest questions mark when it comes to USC. We know they have a man child at FS in Taylor Mays. Other than that I couldn’t name a USC defensive player mainly because they sent almost there entire defense to the draft last year. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before more of there defensive players become household names but for now it’s still a questionable.

Key to Trojans Victory-Offensively the Trojans need to run the ball effectively and Freshman QB Matt Barkley needs to play mistake free football.
Defensively the keys are containing Pryor and turning him into a passer. Keeping him in the pocket will be key.

OSU – Coaching – Jim Tressel – 9th year (84-19)
As a passionate OSU fan and being from Youngstown you will not find a bigger supporter of Tressel then myself. He got OSU to three National Championship games and winning one of them in 2002. On the other hand, his play calling is making me lose my mind. We have the talent and play makers to be one of the top offensive teams in the country yet Tressel wants to play Tressel ball and line up with double tight most the time and hand the ball off up the gut. The problem with this is, everyone watching the game knows what’s coming and the opposing defense sure the hell know its coming. Please keep your athletes on the field and let your sophomore freak of a QB and his talented young receivers take the game over.

Like USC, OSU has lost a significant amount of players to the draft. They lost their top two WR to the draft. This does not concern me as they are returning DeVier Posey, Ray Small and Dane Sanzenbacher. Added bonus is freshman Duron Carter who looked very comfortable being on the field in week one. OSU lost the “Black and Decker Helmet Wrecker” aka Bennie Wells to the draft but bring back “Boom” Herron, “Zoom” Saine and they also have freshman Jamal “Two Scoops” Berry who could step in if injuries should occur. This gives OSU a solid cast at the RB position. The O line for OSU is much improved since last year, Justin Boren has been the biggest addition to a cast of young and talented lineman. Now to Terrelle Pryor, speed, power, athletic ability, throwing power, he has it all. The only thing holding him back is one Jim Tressel. Let him take over the game and be special and I’m not talking about running a QB draw when everyone can clearly see your running a QB draw. Spread the offense out and give him a pass/run option. USC has trouble with scrambling QB’s as they did last year when Pryor was in.

Defense-No more James Laurinaitis, Freeman, Jenkins all gone. What OSU will bring back is its entire D-line. D tackles and linebacker are the two questionable spots on the OSU defense. OSU makes up for that with there D ends. I don’t know if there’s a school out there that has the depth at DE like OSU does. Thaddeus “Kill everything that moves” Gibson, “Iron Head” Heyward, Rose and Wilson make up in my opinion the best foursome at DE in the country. OSU also brings back its defense captain at FS Kurt Colman. With that being said the best move OSU has made on defense came this week by benching Anderson Russell!!! Russell got beat on both TD against Navy in week one and also gave up the game winning TD against Texas last year. Jermale Hines is taking Russell place and from what I hear this move should have happen a long time ago.

Keys to a Buckeye Victory-Offensively Tressel has to unleash his offence. Open up the playbook and don’t be so predictable with play calling.
Defensively the Buckeyes have to stop USC run game and tackle in the open field. Do whatever it takes to stop the run and make a Freshman QB beat you in the Shoe.

Thunder Nation Coalition for the Buckeyes

August 11, 2009

Remember when Ohio State won the National Championship? I do. I remember waking up the morning after sans-ass because I had partied it clean off the night before. I remember the joy and the chants of OH-IO. I remember the goose bumps I got when Jimmy T took the crystal ball and raised it above his head. And, of course, I remember Coach T proclaiming that Ohio State not only had the Best Damn Band in the Land, but they also had the Best Damn Team in the Land… All of those are good, nay, great memories. Those great memories have been getting clouded in the years since that great night. They have been clouded with consecutive losses in the National Championship to the Florida Gay-tors and LSU Tigers, a loss against USC Trashcans and a Fiesta Bowl loss to the Texas Donghorns. All of these losses are/were painful with the National Championships weighing a little more heavily on the collective Buckeye hearts. With all of that being said, its time to finally do something about this stigma that has taken hold of the Ohio State Football program. I know what you’re thinking, “But Thunder Treats, how on earth can we do that?” It’s simple really…

Since the entrance of the new style jersey from Nike, Ohio State has come out on the losing side of the ball in most of the big games it has played in. The new jerseys were first worn for the 2006-2007 season. This season saw the Bucks romp and stomp all the way back to the National Championship with an undefeated record, along the way taking down the team up North in the ‘Game of the Century’. I don’t need to go into too much detail about how that season ended because I know we are all well aware. That was strike 1 for the new jerseys. The following year saw another great start for the Bucks but a bit of a stumble when they tripped up again Illinois late in the season. No big deal really, they weren’t supposed to be national championship contenders that year anyway. We would have been thrilled just to get a BCS game. However, after finishing up the season with only one loss, the Buckeyes awaited Selection Sunday. Because of teams unable to win their conference championships and close out a season, the Buckeyes had “backed their way” back into the National Championship. Immediately everyone started telling anyone that would listen how the Bucks were going to get stomped by LSU and we didn’t deserve to be there. Ya, we knew we weren’t supposed to be there, but we couldn’t help it that other teams couldn’t close a season. LSU went on to beat OSU in every aspect of the game. The 38-24 score is much closer than the game was. Strike 2 for the new jerseys. The 2008 season looked to hinge on one game in particular. The away game against the USC Trashcans. This game would make or break Ohio States hopes of a bid to play in another National Championship. Surely the only way OSU would get the bid would be with an undefeated season. Well, as we all clearly know, that game did not go as planned either. The Bucks got beat like they stole something. They failed to score even a touchdown as the Trashcans seemingly did as they pleased most of the game. Strike 3 for the new jerseys. That season ended up with Ohio State getting its fourth straight BCS Bowl appearance against the Texas Donghorns in the Fiesta Bowl. After a hard fought game, Ohio State came up short once again losing its 3rd straight BCS Bowl game. For those of you who have been counting, that would be Strike 4. This is the only time in history that you can get 4 strikes without being out, bowling withheld. Why is this different for the jersey?

With that being said, this is the beginning of the Thunder Nation Coalition for the Buckeyes. We want Ohio State Football to revert back to the jerseys that helped us beat Miami for a National Championship. We want the good, old classic jerseys with the fat scarlet and grey stripes with no sign of black on them. We want our home jerseys to scream OH-IO and not WI-SC. It is time we voice our opinion about how we really feel about the jerseys. Give it a shot right? What do we have to lose? I am sure Nike would oblige to redesign the jerseys seeing as how Buckeye Nation will probably go out and buy them so they have the most up-to-date gear (i.e. best damn fans in the land). It seems like a win-win-win situation. Nike wins. Buckeye Nation wins. And most importantly of all, The Ohio State Buckeyes win.

Click on the link at the top left of the page to sign the e-petition to join the Thunder Nation Coalition for the Buckeyes. Send the link to all family and friends. Let’s get this message across Buckeye Nation that enough is enough and its time for a change!