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So now we just wait on Pryor…

James Laurinaitis is coming back for his senior year. Sorry about your luck Michigan.

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So let’s get this straight- The Buckeyes will return 9 starters on defense. That’s 9 starters on a unit that ranked first in the nation in most categories, and held Michigan to 91 yards of total offense. On offense, they lose Kirk Barton and Dionte Johnson, who was splitting time with 2 other players anyway. Coming back are Hartline and Robiskie who combined for over 1600 yards and 17 TD’s, and Chris Wells who had 1609 yards himself and 15 TD’s.

That same Michigan team has lost QB’s Chad Henne and Ryan Mallet, RB Mike Hart, WR’s Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington, plus OL’s Jake Long and Adam Kraus. Defensively they lose 4 starters, including Sean Crable. On top of that Michigan will have to travel to Columbus this year. All of that with a new coach and system to learn. Yep. Good luck with that ground hogs.

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Making Headlines…at least small ones

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Let me be pretty clear about this, the only circumstances under which Halftime Adjustments will refer to the ballpark in which the Indians play as ‘Progressive Field’, would be in some sort of sarcastic harsh tone. Since 1994 the Indians have, and until it is knocked down, will always play at the Jake.

Cavalier Shannon Brown requested to be sent to the developmental league. The Cavs granted his wish yesterday. My guess is that barring injury or trade that will be the last we see of Shannon Brown in Cleveland. It is obvious that the Cavs have no interest in Shannon past this season, and he wasn’t getting playing time lately. Shannon had an opportunity to play when LeBron was injured, but really wasn’t ready to shoulder that much of the load. Perhaps a couple weeks of solid games for the Vipers will increase Shannon’s trade value. I’m sure that was his intention, plus the opportunity to play every day. Continue reading

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Buckeyes Beaten, Again

A familiar feeling this morning as once again a Halftime Adjustment favorite is denied a championship.

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The Buckeyes were outplayed and out coached last night, losing to LSU 38-24. The only bright spot for the Scarlett and Gray was Beanie Wells, who had an outstanding game rushing for 146 yards on 20 carries. The Buckeye passing attack was grounded, and Boeckman found himself running for cover as wide outs Robiske and Hartline struggled to get open. Boeckman was not exactly sharp when a receiver did manage to find some room, not hitting players in stride, and under throwing the deep ball several times. One of those under throws was picked off, and another should have been. Todd finished the game with 2 picks and a lost fumble.

The Buckeyes made way too many mistakes to have a chance in this one, and to LSU’s credit they made the Buckeyes pay for those mistakes. Ohio State’s special teams were terrible. The blocked field goal and roughing the punter were responsible for at least a 10 point swing in this game. In addition, the kick-off return team was awful. LSU kicked the ball to the up-back all night, and we looked confused on how to return a kick from the 15 all game. When the kick-off fails to reach the 10 yard line you should end up with good field position. At least the Buckeyes managed to boom the ball into the end zone eliminating LSU’s return game. Continue reading

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Tressel did what???

Here’s the first line of an article I came across…

Jim Tressel encouraged 13 of his juniors to ask the NFL where they might be selected in the next draft.

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Of course my first thought was along the lines of, “What are you thinking? Have you gone mad?” But as I continued to read through the article, which is an AP article available after the jump, I realized Tressel was simply trying to control the situation. There is no doubt that some of these young men would be entertaining notions of leaving early, and Tressel wants them to understand where they would stand if they decided to enter the upcoming draft. It also seems like he is trying to avoid a repeat of what happened last year, when players might have been distracted by talk of the NFL before the big game. It seems the players themselves realized this could have been a problem last year, and are taking steps to correct it. They have decided as a group not to talk about it until after the game against LSU. Let’s hope that’s true.

As for Tressel, it makes a lot of sense for him to help his players make this difficult decision. He has invested a lot into their lives for the last three years, and he is always trying to make them better men, not just better football players. Despite what Mo Clarrett said, Jim Tressel does have his players’ best interest at heart. I suppose I am more comfortable with our young players getting coached through this process by the Vest than Ted Ginn’s dad, like what happened last year. Perhaps Antonio Pittman would have come back for his senior year, instead of bolting for the NFL. He could have been a Heisman finalist this year. Instead, he sits on the Rams’ bench. Full Article follows… Continue reading

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What they are saying about Ohio State vs Illinois

Your weekly round-up of national media and their opinions/predictions for the game this Saturday.

Scout’s Inc. gives the match-up edge to the Buckeyes in all phases of the game except RB. Rashard Mendenhall has over 1300 yards for the season, averaging nearly 7 yards a carry. Seriously, if the guy averages 7 yards how do you ever lose a game? Here’s the final analysis-

Ohio State can’t afford to overlook Illinois with Michigan on the horizon but the chances of that happening are unlikely. After all, the season has been riddled by upsets and there are enough leaders on both sides of the ball to prevent the inexperienced players on the team from getting too caught up in the BCS hype. With that in mind, expect a run defense anchored by ILB Laurinaitis to lead the Buckeyes to another important Big Ten win. Laurinaitis and Co. will slow the potent and dynamic Fighting Illini ground game enough to force QBs Williams and/or McGee to make more plays with their arms than they would most weeks. And Illinois just doesn’t have enough weapons or the consistency at quarterback to consistently convert when this happens. In addition, the chances of Ohio State generating turnovers greatly increase the more the Fighting Illini put the ball in the air.  Buckeyes 31, Illini 10

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What they are saying about Ohio State vs Penn State

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Just thought we would do a little poking around the net and see what the nation is saying about the big game in Happy Valley this Saturday. Let’s start with those close to Penn State.

50 Yard Lion wrote a clever little song. Isn’t that nice.

Black Shoe Diaries thinks the player to watch out for is Brian Robiskie.

He has the ability to get behind our secondary. Fortunately they don’t have Troy Smith to run around for 30 seconds giving him a chance to get open.

There is no name on my jersey, which by the way is a great name for a Penn State blog, seems to be more concerned about the noise in the stadium, and the serious lack of port-a-potties. Let me say that the lack of places to relieve yourself will be a bigger problem than they anticipate because of the late kick-off. (UPDATE- apparently the name of the blog is for the glory of old state. Which is a little disappointing, but go there and tell me which name is more prominent…)

In the national media, Bruce Hooley writes there was a time when Jim Tressel wanted to coach for Joe Paterno. This is worth a look.

Yahoo sports has perhaps the most balanced analysis of the game.

Perhaps the article that is sure to get Buckeye fans fired up is from Fox Sports, which pleads…

For the sake of the national championship game, let’s all hope Ohio State loses to one of its weak sisters in the Big Ten in the next month. Because as things stand, it sure looks like we’re destined to watch a repeat of last season’s BCS championship game – top-ranked Ohio State getting blown out by a much more complete team.

Yep. Don Borst is the man that penned it. But let’s be honest, isn’t that the sentiment around the country? Personally, I don’t care what Don Borst wants. If the Buckeyes win the Big Ten, and they will have to go undefeated to do so, then they deserve the same respect given to the winners of the SEC or the Pac 10. If they are undefeated they will play for the title. And if they finish the job, I don’t want to see you, Mr. Borst try and boost your readership with a dynasty article. You are hereby on notice.

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Buckeyes feast on Golden Gopher

So when the game first came on, Mrs. Adjustment said “Are the Buckeyes playing the McDonald’s All-Americans?” How would you answer that?

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“No, that’s Minnesota. I’m not sure they have any former high school All-Americans.”

The Buckeyes made short work of the Gophers, beating them 37-7 at the Dome yesterday. If you listen to Minnesota coach Tim Brewster, he thinks his club was in it the whole game. He spoke in particular about a sequence in the second quarter where the Buckeyes intercepted a pass and then scored a TD of their own a few plays later.

Said Brewster, “It’s one of those things that could’ve changed the game — 14-14 right there,” Weber said. “Who knows what would’ve happened?”

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