Archive for August, 2010



The start of fall camp meant the return of the Dispatch’s Buckeyextra podcast, featuring the paper’s two Ohio State football writers, Tim May and Ken Gordon. A new ‘cast showed up last night, and we’ll probably see one more before they pick up a weekly schedule once the season starts.

I wanted to mention the podcast here, because Ken and Tim do a nice job with it for a couple of old-media dinosaurs*. Tim has been covering the team for years, is a native of Alabama and tosses around folksy Southernisms a little like John Cooper used to (although my sense is that much of that schtick is done ironically — and at least Tim understands the importance of the Michigan game). And I actually went to school with Ken — I think he had started at The Post the same year I began my Army vacation — and he does a nice job on the mic as well. Also, he’s already started hassling Tim about ‘Bama’s national title, and I’d bet that’ll continue through the season.

There are a couple of ways you can get to the podcasts: you can listen at the Dispatch’s podcast page or you can download them from iTunes and listen in the car as you pass dozens of Steelers bumper stickers on your way to work.

OK. Maybe that’s just me.

*That’s a joke only I am allowed to make, boys and girls.



And no, the jinx doesn’t apply — this is one of four regional covers.



We have a little time to kill before prep for Marshall gets started. But that doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about the upcoming season — and games we’ve seen in the past — pretty much 24 hours a day.

And you should be too.

Does that help?

(h/t Men of the Scarlet and Gray)


one of ours.

My Pittsburgh friends have spent a lot of time this weekend talking about the induction of Dick LeBeau into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

They should. As much as anyone, LeBeau has been responsible for fielding a consistently terrifying defense for the Steelers for two stints, in the 90s and again since 2004.

But LeBeau was inducted as a player, after a 14-year career playing cornerback for the Lions. He still sits in seventh place all time for interceptions in the NFL with 62, a remarkable record given that his playing days were over after the 1972 season.

However — I’m a fan because of LeBeau’s college career at Ohio State, particularly his junior year. In that season, LeBeau played both as a defensive back and halfback; he scored two touchdowns against Michigan, locking down a Big Ten championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl, where the Buckeyes beat Oregon and won a national championship.

In his acceptance speech on Saturday, LeBeau tipped his hat both to Woody, his coach, and to Jim Tressel, whom he said he still learns something from every day.

Dick LeBeau may belong to the Steelers now, but he is, and always will be, one of ours.



The players reported to camp on Thursday and had their first practice — as the No. 2 team in the coaches’ poll — on Friday. Justin Boren is ready to eat your children.

(Photo from


this will be fun.

I’ve only been thinking about this blog for three years. Time to pull the trigger.

2017 schedule

Aug. 31: vs. at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Sept. 9: Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16: Army, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: UNLV
Sept. 30: at Rutgers
Oct. 4: at Maryland
Oct. 7: Maryland
Oct. 14: at Nebraska
Oct. 28: Penn State, 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: at Iowa
Nov. 11: Michigan State
Nov. 18: Illinois
Nov. 22: Indiana
Nov. 25: at Team Up North, noon
Dec. 2: B1G Championship, 8 p.m.

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