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Written by Grant Edgell | 02 October 2011

Buckeye_NationHashtags (#) on Twitter can be very handy. They're simply a user's way to categorize his or her comments. For example if you want to see the support the Ohio State football program is getting, through thick and thin, then simply got to Twitter and do a search for #GoBucks. You'll see comment after comment in support of Ohio State. All things considered this season it's nothing more than an escape from reality. If you want to see people kicking a horse while it's down then you can just as easily search #Suckeyes (although if you're ultimate goal is simply to be annoyed I would suggest searching #Kardashian instead). Either way, these hashtags are a quick, easy way to either categorize your post and make it readily available to those who know what they're searching for or, in our case, go get the pulse of a fan base.

Handy.

The hashtag of choice among Buckeye media members, fans, and athletes is #BuckeyeNation. I've used it a number of times myself with our @fanLinks1 account to get stories and news out to the masses. Ohio State athletes use it to reach their fans. Fans use it to voice their opinion and show their support (or lack there of). I was on Twitter following along during most of yesterday's train wreck against Michigan State. It's instant reaction. It's the digital world's way of high fiving after a score or screaming at the refs after a bad call, only you get to do it with thousands of your closest friends. I'll admit it's very entertaining for the most part. But it can also be very telling in the aftermath of such a brutal performance.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 27 September 2011

SmithWhat started as a hopeful connection with the exchange of cell phone numbers more than a year ago at Ohio State's summer camp for high school seniors has turned into a winning connection in front of 105,000 at the Horseshoe. Wayne HS senior quarterback Braxton Miller was already offered, and committed, to the Buckeyes. Massillon senior wide receiver Devin Smith was at camp hoping to get an offer of his own. One Ohio State phone call later and the rest is history. Actually, it could be historical.

Not many Ohio State QB-WR tandems in our generation have the opportunity to be "historical," mainly because it's very rare for freshmen to come in together and actually start together for three or four seasons. Joey Galloway had three different quarterbacks in three seasons as a starter. Terrelle Pryor started for nearly three full seasons himself, but began with Hartline/Robiskie and ended with Posey/Sanzenbacher. Troy Smith to Santonio Holmes was definitely a notable duo, hooking up 88 times for 1,746 yards and 18 touchdowns over two seasons together. David Boston would give any duo high marks for this conversation but he was catching passes from the two-headed monster known as Stanley Jackson and Joe Jermaine his first two seasons.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 25 September 2011

LukeWhen it was announced in the offseason that Jim Tressel would have to serve a two game suspension to start the 2011 season (later changed to five games), Luke Fickell was immediately named interim head coach. A few secrets, tweets, e-mails, Sports Illustrated articles, press conferences, apologies, loaner cars, and one resignation later the interim tag was removed and we had our new head coach. But don't let that change of status blur the reality of the situation. Coach Fickell is still Interim Head Coach even if the pre-game graphics on the Big Ten Network each Saturday don't say it. Why? Because of two time national champion and current ESPN analyst Urban Meyer. He's had success everywhere from Bowling Green to Utah to Gainesville. Hell he's from Ohio. He was born in Toledo, played college football at the University of Cincinnati, and has even stated that the head coaching job at Ohio State is his "dream job." But we don't need him.

Near the end of the most tumultuous offseason of our Buckeye lifetime we all guessed, projected, and anticipated how much wiggle room Coach Fick may have this year. What does his record need to be in order to keep the job? Does he have to beat Michigan this year? Does he need to win a bowl game? Hell, will we even be allowed to play in a bowl game? Discussions on the topic were all over the forums, message boards, around the water coolers at work, and in story after story in the national news media. Eight nights ago in Miami that question was all but answered within Buckeye Nation. We're calling for his job. Get him out. He's in over his head. "Coach Meyer, Gene Smith is on line 2 for you." I'm here to call bullshit. I chose Coach Fickell.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 24 September 2011

True freshman Braxton Miller just finished off his first career victory as an Ohio State starting quarterback 37-17 against Colorado University and this could very well be the start to a very exciting, successful 3-4 years at THE Ohio State University. That's not as much of a prediction as it is hopeful, positive thinking. That "hope" is exactly what Buckeyes fans need and want at this very point in time. We had a great three years as Ohio State fans watching Terrelle Pryor go 31-4 as a starter at OSU that included two BCS bowl game victories (and subsequent MVP trophies), but Braxton Miller is not Terrelle Pryor. 

BMTP was never really "loved" by the Buckeye masses, even as a true freshman, but 31 W's in three years caused us to tolerate him (and cheer our asses off for him). We loved his potential. We loved what he may be able to do for our Ohio State football team. We loved that Texas coach Mack Brown once "guaranteed" that Ohio State would be national champions again before Pryor would leave the university. But we didn't love his attitude. We didn't love his swagger. We didn't love his interviews. And we sure as hell didn't love his Mike Vick tribute on his eye-black while Vick was in the middle of as bad of a public relations nightmare as a professional athlete, and "role model," could have. The final straw came last Christmas, kicked off by this now infamous Terrelle Pryor tweet. There certainly are plenty of similarities between Braxton and TP: the speed, the agility, the media hype, the distinction of being the "#1 high school quarterback recruit" as seniors in high school, plus they both replaced a senior QB as starter in their 4th career game their true freshman year, took their first snaps at OSU from center Mike Brewster, and each wear a Block O tattoo on their arm (Pryor's, and Miller's). But Braxton Miller is not Terrelle Pryor.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 23 September 2011

SIWe were all a little riled up this summer over the treatment by the national media of our Buckeyes, namely Coach Jim Tressel, during the investigation of Ohio State’s “possible” NCAA infractions. As we all know many questionable decisions were made by players, coaches, Tressel himself, and the administration. I don’t believe that once the FACTS came out anyone has denied, justified, or hidden from those questionable decisions. The Tat-5 (as the talking heads on TV liked to call them) stood up and apologized. Our beloved head coach resigned this past Memorial Day, to everyone’s shock, at the exact same time that another damning Sports Illustrated article was published. But how many non-factual items were reported as truth by the media during the investigation, in particular ESPN and that same Sports Illustrated article? I have yet to see or hear of a retraction, correction, amendment, or apology from any news company. Why is that!?

Thankfully we’re back to actually playing football now but I still wonder if we would have lost our Head Coach if everyone would have stuck to the facts that memorabilia and autographs were traded for tattoos. Instead ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” showed a man hidden in shadows (turned out to be Antoine Henton, TP’s former roommate) making allegations that, among other things, a local Columbus businessman named Dennis Talbott paid Pryor $20,000-$40,000 for autographs and memorabilia. The dirt-digging, witch-hunting, turn-over-every-rock NCAA found so damn much factual truth to those allegations that they contacted Dennis Talbott exactly ZERO times during their investigation after that news broke. None. Nada. Not once. Thanks ESPN for fueling the fire. Those allegations hit every news source, blog, forum, message board, and local news broadcast within 24 hours. I’m sure that didn’t hurt JT’s job security at all! Hell he didn’t resign. OSU didn’t push him out. The NCAA didn’t push him out either. The fire storm of BS in the media did.

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