With the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the news lately for his recent scandal, it’s easy to forget just how good Pryor has been. While he may not appreciate the pride of the university and the legacy of players before him, he comes from a long line of very successful Buckeye quarterbacks. Men such as Troy Smith, Joe Germaine, Craig Krenzel, and Mike Tomczak have all worn the scarlet and gray, but one name you won’t see on any “Top Buckeye QB lists” is the one and only Shane Falco.
Maybe you overlooked this former All-American. Maybe you don’t remember that he suffered an embarrassing loss in the 1996 Sugar Bowl, falling by a whopping 45 points, and earning the nickname “Footsteps” because he was too quick to dump the ball off and shied away from contact. Maybe you forgot he was drafted by San Diego and that his professional career lasted just a single season when he was unable to overcome his tendency to choke. Maybe you don’t know any of this because Shane Falco isn’t a real person. He’s just a character played by legendary Keanu Reeves in the movie The Replacements. (Thank you TBS for showing this last night…twice.)
Whether Evan Turner was dunking his head off, or beating Michigan with 1/4-court last second shots, or recovering from an early-season broken back to lead Ohio State to the Big Ten title, one thing’s pretty clear: While a lot of people were busy doing the John Wall Dance, college basketball was moving the sounds of Evan Turner and his successful Player of the Year campaign. For his efforts, Turner averaged 20 points, a hair under six assists and almost 10 rebounds a game, all while being Thad Matta’s primary playmaker for the Buckeyes’ offensive possessions.
Keep in mind that, as the primary ball-handler, Turner’s height is listed as 6-7.
Sounds like someone’s been attending “The Scottie Pippen School of Effective Basketball,” because the Villain’s game is awfully similar. Of course, playing along side a Michael Jordan only helped make Pippen greater, and it’s doubtful Turner will get to be paired with such an awesome basketball specimen, unless the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Miami Heat somehow wind up with a top three pick in the NBA draft.
Turner’s Player of the Year award was won in a landslide fashion. While John Wall was considered to be Turner’s primary competition, when the final voting was tallied, Turner received 54 votes (out of 65) to Wall’s nine. Of course, Wall is poised to be the overall top draft pick, so I think he’ll be OK with not winning the award.
That, friends, might be one of the last successful highlights of Chris “Beanie” Wells’ fledgling career if he can’t get his ankle under control. While he’s obviously a hard, effective runner — when he’s healthy — the problem is staying away from the training room. Hell, Wells was even victimized by his lack of durability against Texas, a game where Wells was getting whatever yards he wanted (16 carries for 106 yards), until, that is, he got a concussion. In fact, Wells was plagued by nagging injuries at Ohio State and it looks like the durability issues are following him to Arizona.
This here’s James Louis, one of the better prep wide receivers in the nation — #31 out of the Rivals top 100 receivers. Schools want him. Men want to be him. James, like most awesome prep football players, is from the state of Florida, meaning he’ll probably wind up at one of the Florida schools to play college ball, right? Not so fast, my friends. Although he is desirable recruit, Louis does not have time for any of the drama that comes along with the recruiting process.
Now that’s the way you end your collegiate career: By scoring the game-winning touchdown that catapults your team to a Fiesta Bowl victory. Not only that, but your touchdown puts Texas in the thick of the National Championship decision and it goes a long way towards relieving any hard feelings leftover from the Michael Crabtree incident.
Would you have it any other way? Are there better methods to decide a national championship than the BCS? Ask Division II football. But until a cataclysmic shift in the cosmos occurs, the BCS is what we have so we might as well go with it — unless, that is, the football teams in question decide to boycott these upcoming games, making a protest that would be impossible to ignore.
Oh well. Perfect world and all that. Anyway, here’s our little preview of the upcoming BCS games and may God have mercy on our “we want a playoff” souls.
Lots of great match ups this weekend, including the headliner of Penn State at Ohio State. It seems everyone wants Penn State to beat the Buckeyes in order to keep them from boring up the BCS Championship game — except for OSU fans, of course. Looking at this game from strictly a historical perspective, even though Penn State has been playing lights-out football this season, they don’t do well in Columbus.
In fact, they haven’t won there since 1978 and Joe Pa has an overall losing record against Ohio State (5-7-0). Should we expect more of the same tomorrow night? Well, if karma has anything to do with it, Penn State will probably get smashed by the Buckeyes and if they do, I’m going to blame this douche bag guy.