Friday, September 09, 2011

I Respect You Today, Ohio State

I've had it up to HERE with light mayonnaise!
DISCLAIMER - What I'm talking about today is something that a few of you may have already known, but I had not heard until Wednesday night.  While the figures might not be 100% accurate, I'd guess that they are close enough considering the character of people that I heard it from.  Don't let the title of today's post fool you.  I am going to give the Buckeyes a pat on the back today in hopes that they continue to do this.  On with the point of today's post.

Why do FCS and MAC and Sun Belt schools agree to play against the powerhouse programs in September?  Money.  They don't generate much themselves so the little guys give away their dignity for one day in return for a sizable paycheck that helps support numerous programs in their tiny athletic departments.  It's been going on like this for years and probably will forever.  Even though the scoreboard may say differently, it is a win-win for everybody (except for the people that go to the game and waste their fucking time).

Do you know how much Akron made last week to get dilly-whopped by Ohio State?  990K...give or take a few bucks.  Do you know how much Toledo is making this weekend by making that exact same trip?  Nothing.  Because they already got paid.

I'm really not sure why or how the Rockets were able to pull this off, but when they "hosted" Ohio State at Cleveland Browns Stadium two years ago, Toledo kept all the money in exchange for playing a freebie in Columbus in 2011.  Toledo made 4.5 million dollars from that beatdown.  That helped them build an indoor practice facility.  That is 100% fucking awesome of Ohio State to do that.  They didn't have to do that either.  But Tressel and Company decided awhile back to do the right thing and help out the little guys in the state (at least I hope that is why they did it).  And I hope that it continues.

Think about it.  OSU gets 7-8 home games a year.  Why not give one of those away, play "road" games in Cincy and Cleveland in alternating years (and the local economies would enjoy have a weekend of Buckeye fans in town), give fans in those areas the chance to see their team in person, and work the same deal with the other state schools that you did with Toledo?  So in 2012, you would open at home still with the RedHawks and a few weeks later go up to Believeland and destroy the Zips again.  In 2013, you play Miami at Paul Brown (both of those teams could beat the Bengals) and play BG at home.  And so on and so forth.  Now, obviously, they don't HAVE to keep giving MAC schools 4.5 million dollars or whatever the gate would be, but I think that it would be pretty cool of them to do.  It's not like they are ever going to lose any of these "road" games anyway.  And they sure as shit don't NEED that money.  Hell, I'm pretty damn sure that it would lessen my hate for the school if they helped the Hawks out financially.

After all, in a few years, the MAC might not even be an FBS conference anymore after all of these asshole super-conferences take shape.  We could use all the help that we can get.  So again, and like I said, many of you probably already knew about the UT/OSU deal, good job, Buckeyes.

A few predictions for the three big area games this weekend:
Ohio State 38, Toledo 28.  No cover but the Rockets give them a nice test.
Alabama 34, Penn State 10.  I have no idea why this is only a ten point line.
Michigan 31, Notre Dame 27.  Who benches their starting QB after one game?  I guess Iverson was right about practice being worthless.  I hope that Brian Kelly dies of ass-lupus.

There you go, boys.  I'll be back on Monday with the rundown of the NFL's opening weekend.

30 comments:

Grumpy said...

I'm pretty sure the Aggies only started playing Ohio schools because the state legislature forced them.

The Iceman said...

Sean Peyton's 4th and goal play call from the one yard line with zero seconds left last night was easily the worst play selection I have ever seen in my years of watching/playing football at any level. And I played 3 years under John Snoad.

The Iceman said...

Oh...and is there a Moore brother playing for UT this year? I heard it was mandatory for Toledo to field a team.

GMoney said...

Oh, Sean Payton's play-calling will be a huge focus on Monday. Why Brees didn't "Moxon" that shit and throw it to Jimmy Graham, I will never know.

Anonymous said...

I FEEL THE LOVE AT THE MONEY SHOT BLOG TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!

My predictions on the three games you listed...

I like your Bama/PSU score...right around what I'd go with. Bama 34-10

Buckeyes 35 Tony Packo's 17

I have no clue who's gonna win that UM/ND game. Hopefully, Michael Floyd is sober and catches a heartbreaker late. ND 35 UM 33

--Drew

Jeff said...

G$,
On the saints second to last drive, I said a brees-graham td would be the end of me! Congratulations, well played sir.

On a side note, that was a terrible play call only because the ELITE Ryan Pickett blew the whole thing up!!!! And AJ Hawks sick superman pass breakup was not pi.

Anonymous said...

A heart breaking loss for Michigan in the Shithouse would be breathtaking.

I also love the Bama line. Penn State blows.

What was wrong with Paytons play selection? He was just tryin to get my fantasy team a TD!


Dut

Anonymous said...

Damn Jeff, you're right. Look at all those elite former Buckeyes!

Dut

Anonymous said...

ELITE Ryan Pickett definitely blew up that play.

--Drew

Prime99 said...

Brees to Graham on that last play would've been boner producing for me. As it stands, Ace is is still very much in our match up because of stupid James Starks scoring a TD. Now if you'll excuse me... I have crucial work that I'm going to "hand off" to a brand fucking new employee.

GMoney said...

Anyway, would you Buckeye fans be OK playing a game in Cleve or Cincy every year? I figure you would be alright not having to go to a shitty game in town.

Daniel said...

I know we are playing Navy up in Baltimore in a few years. I'm sure Navy will get a pretty nice pay out for this. Tressel always had a soft spot for the service academies. Hopefully they don't almost beat us like they did at teh Shoe a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

I would have no problem playing a MAC team in Cincy or Cleveland every couple of years. I was up in Cleveland a couple years ago and it was real fun.

--Drew

MUDawgfan said...

Not sure when Ohio State plays UC again - but if it's at Paul Brown, I sure as hell hope that the Buckeyes aren't splitting the pot with them again.

Cunts from clifton don't need any more money.

Mr. Ace said...

I am pretty are Toledo just out-negotiated the fuckeyes and made them look stupid. Thats what Toledo does.

I like your picks as well. I don't think mbama Wilkinson score that much, but will cover. Michigan will win because nd will have turnover and can't stop our offense when it matters. And the Rockets are going to blow up the Shoe...and i am going to poop in somebody's cooler.

GMoney said...

Your comment makes no sense, Ape. Who is this Wilkinson character? Is Big Daddy back?

After 2002, I wouldn't be surprised if OSU doesn't schedule UC again.

GMoney said...

Not really related at all, but how awesome was Bill Buckner on Curb last Sunday?

Mr. Ace said...

Wow, Droid autocorrect fail.

Prime99 said...

Buckner on Curb was phenomnenal. Leon's glasses schtick was also pretty fucking tits.

Anonymous said...

Cincinnati is playing in Columbus in both 2012 and 2014.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

UC also played in Columbus in 2006 I believe.

My dominance of the G$FL looks to be continuing this season. Drew can attest to this.

-Damman

GMoney said...

Per Demetrius, those three fuckwads that got suspended last week took straight cash money from a former player because "they thought they were working the event". This is literally straight from the mouf of the biggest OSU homer.

On behalf of everyone who stopped here last Friday, I accept Dut, Drew, and LS's apology for lying to us.

Anonymous said...

I will admit I was wrong and that I was relying on the best information at the time, which proved to be inaccurate. Although the players took only a couple hundred bucks, there still should have been an inkling of hesitation before they took the cash. Nevertheless, you can expect my apology when hell freezes over.

-Lil' Strut

Mr. Ace said...

Fuckeye Faggots.

Anonymous said...

I normally hate it when Ohio State fans act like idiots and treat opposing fans like shit, but I will make an exception for Mr. Ace. I hope he gets his shit kicked in tomorrow while at the game.

-Lil' Strut

Anonymous said...

Ill apologize when Charles Woodson apologizes for taking a 10k handout at Michigan.

Dut

The Iceman said...

Ill apologize when Charles Woodson apologizes for taking a 10k handout at Michigan.

Bitter.

Anonymous said...

"I will admit I was wrong and that I was relying on the best information at the time, which proved to be inaccurate. Although the players took only a couple hundred bucks, there still should have been an inkling of hesitation before they took the cash. Nevertheless, you can expect my apology when hell freezes over."

and

"I normally hate it when Ohio State fans act like idiots and treat opposing fans like shit, but I will make an exception for Mr. Ace. I hope he gets his shit kicked in tomorrow while at the game."

--Drew

GMoney said...

Mr. Ace is going to have one badass day tomorrow. Toledo and Michigan win AND he's going to get sent to the morgue!

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. LeGarrette Blount...

Whatever the case, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount gave Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh a little extra motivation for Sunday's season opener when he wrote on Facebook he was planning on “runnin right through” him this weekend.
“Almost game time, son!” Blount wrote on his Facebook page, per BucsCentral.com. “Let’s get this!! Aye Suh! Figured I should give ya a heads up and let you know I’m runnin right through you Sunday. Practice all you want but you can’t stop LGB.”

--Drew