Wednesday, December 21, 2011
*The NCAA took two months longer than promised to rule on this. Brady lamented on this yesterday and it’s a good point: WTF took so damn long? I love how the NCAA has a book of rules longer than Jabar Gaffney’s dong (apparently TV crews are told not to shoot the Redskins receiver below the waist…true story!) yet no one has any fucking clue about their punishment procedures. It shouldn’t this difficult. If you get slapped with a Failure to Monitor or an LoIC, BAM, you should know EXACTLY what it coming up your dirt road. It shouldn't be this big mystery.
*I will forever feel like “self-punishment” is an insult. If I robbed a bank, felt guilty, turned myself in, and said “probation for two years is sufficient”, I don’t think that that would fly. I don’t like the idea of schools trying to beat the system (although I understand why they do it). I'm glad to see that it backfired in Mean Gene's face.
*On to the rulings themselves, an extra year of probation was added. I don’t even remember how long they put themselves on probation in the first place but I think that this might have some teeth. Probation sounds wussy and girly and whatnot, but it pretty much means that Ohio State has to live a straight edge lifestyle for the next few years and in the shady world of college football, that could potentially be an issue. Because as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan says, “if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’”.
*Jim Tressel was presented with a “show-cause” that pretty much bans him from college sports for the next five years. Yeah, he’s never going to coach again. This punishment is actually quite fitting. He shouldn't be allowed to coach again.
*Instead of five scholarships lost over the next three seasons, they bumped it up to 9. Jesus Christ, what a worthless “punishment”. They get 85 (which is 15-20 too many any way), they aren’t going to miss three per year until the end of the 2014 season. OH NO! HOW CAN WE COMPETE WITH ONLY 82 GUYS GETTING FREE RIDES??? ZOMG! Fucking waste of time…either make it hurt (like say 30 over the next 3 years) or don’t do it at all. This will have no impact on anything ever.
*The 2012 Bowl Ban is a pleasant surprise though. I don’t think anyone saw this coming, I know that ol’ Gene Smiff didn’t, and I’d bet that Urban didn’t either. It really makes the decision to go to one this year even more retarded. I am personally treating the Urban Meyer-to-OSU experiment like I treat LeBron James now. Every year that they don’t win a national title is a great season to me. Well, I already know that 2012 is a failure for Ohio (my opinion, don’t care about yours) and that’s alright. No Big Ten title in 2012, too? Boom-dizzle! But missing one bowl game for the first time in over a decade...honestly, it isn't THAT big of a deal.
*At least Gene Smith and Gordon Gee both got positive performance reviews from this past year. Well deserved for these two titans in the field of fucktardery.
In the end though, none of this punishment really matters. I think that we all sort of saw this coming over the past few months. The only thing that could truly hurt this annoying and fist-fucking program would be to kill it and that was never going to happen. Ohio will survive and somehow they got even better through all of this shit. And that really is the harsh reality of this seedy sport isn’t it?
If you make money and travel well, you can do whatever you want to and still come out smelling like roses (no pun intended until maybe 2013). Ohio still came out as winners from all of this bullshit. I wouldn’t be naïve enough to say that Ohio Football is untouchable, per se, but is seems pretty evident that it is bulletproof (lying and cheating blatantly won’t do it; probably something that is depraved like kiddie porn would though).
So we haters now are back to where we started. Not much has changed but at least we can get back to rooting against the Ohio Buckeyes just on the field as opposed to in the“court room”. In conclusion, the punishment was more severe than I thought it would be, but that doesn’t mean that I feel like justice was served. Gene and Gordon should still be sent packing. What came down and those two getting fired would be acceptable to me but until that happens, I refuse to believe that "justice was served".
I think that most of the haters of the world got caught up in the madness that such a traditional power of a football program felt it necessary to lie and cheat to maintain it's dominance. That was disappointing to see, but at the same time, those offending parties are pretty much all gone now and punishing those that remain is pretty unfair (it's unfair everywhere when this crap happens). So I begrudgingly accept the ruling and look forward to moving on (as we all should). After all, we are less than 9 months away from the Urban Meyer Era starting 0-1...