Gary Benz, arguably the most reliable and consistent football writer on this site, started his last piece with this statement:
“There is a palpable sense of dread in the air as the Buckeyes begin their final preparations for Monday night's BCS national championship game. It's the kind of dread that most Cleveland fans certainly recognize having lived with, the "please don't let my team lose another big game" feeling, most of their lives.”
What’s up with that? C’mon Holmes.
I have no dread about The Sweater Vest’s troops in a big game, any big game. Ask Lloyd Carr if you have any doubts. In fact, I’m really looking forward to Monday night. The Buckeye’s don’t represent The Cleveland Experience ™ under The Sweater Vest (TSV). They actually win big games instead of finding excruciating and creative ways to break my heart.
Look, last year was a fluke, a gork, an aberration. Those Buckeyes weren’t a typical Ohio team; they were LA rock stars. They were so arrogant in their play and perhaps rightfully so to a degree. Once they emerged successfully from the Game of the Century they thought all they needed to do was show up and the coronation would begin. Their overconfidence and lack of preparation was palpable. The only wonder is how Jim Tressel let it happen. But if you take last year as the national media does and project it, then you are going to miss it. It’s not another sequel. Don’t believe the hype.
The Buckeyes are as talented as any team in the nation. This non-sense of the myth of southern speed is about the dumbest chattering class axiom since the allegedly liberally biased media. Remember about a decade ago when it was all about “Florida speed” being invincible and the rest of the nation was irrelevant? Well, how’s that working for FSU, UF, USF now; all losers to teams from states that wore Union blue 150 years ago. In fact, Florida was 1 – 4 in bowl season with the only winner being – snicker – Florida Atlantic. Is that a program or a cut rate puddle jumper air line? Now I’m told that all the best and fasted players come from “the south”, right? And so I’m supposed to believe that the Buckeye linebackers can’t run with….. Jacob Hester? Bitch please. Just look at this Gump. He can’t carry Beanie’s jock.
Ohio State is a national program with a national recruiting base. The reason so many starting players are from Ohio is – newsflash – Ohio high school football is, um, good. Ohio State is the only big-time, Big 10 program in the state so there is no dissolution of talent save for the Fred Davis-type exceptions and the traitors that Michigan traditionally plucks away. Don’t kid yourself – the talent to win a title is in Columbus.
The schedule and conference debates and Ohio State’s history against the SEC are mere distractions. When it comes down to it, Ohio State is playing LSU in one game in 2008. That’s it. Not the 1970 something Buckeyes that Ozzie Newsome and Alabama shredded. All that matters is that the Buckeyes are a very good team playing for the title and deservedly so. Do all the internet warrior wankin’ that’s needed to have fun, but it is what it is if one is intellectually honest.
The keys to the game are pretty simple, and here they are:
I’m not heading into Monday with TCE ™ fear and loathing and neither should you. In no way do I have any dread. I’m gonna enjoy this like a filet and Irish red ale at the Cleveland Chop House and in the end The Sweater Vest will again hoist the Waterford football.
O – H !
You best answer “I – O” , bitches. And you KNOW this.