Each week I’ll be bringing you a weekly Chalk Talk or Film Session regarding not only the week’s opponent, but also the other musings going around throughout college football, as well as the overall sports landscape. This summer has been quite the interesting concoction of stories, with everything ranging from arrests to steroid allegations to the birth of a competitor for our friends over at ESECPN. There’s a lot to talk about, including the Buffalo Bills in our opening game, or whatever their actual mascot is.
Sticking to college football first, it’s been a long offseason for some teams, most notably Texas A&M and Johnny Boozeball. After allegations came from multiple “sources” ESPN reported that Manziel had signed some things for a cash payday. These sources have gone unnamed the entire time, but it’d be hard to believe without this much smoke there isn’t fire, unless this scandal was happening at LSU, then the smoke would probably just be Honey Badger coming back to give the team a speech.
It was recently reported that Manziel met with NCAA officials on Sunday for 6 hours, or just enough time for him to sign about 3000 jerseys they’re trying to clear from their online shop that Jay Bilas made a mockery of. Either way, it’s clear something happened, but with the “deny, deny, deny” mentality in place, I’d be quite surprised if we saw any suspension.
Speaking of LSU, their recent team transgressions have been noted, but kept rather low on the totem pole of sports talk due to the Manziel story. After their running back Jeremy Hill plead guilty to a sexual assault charge on a minor he was put on probation. Now after this altercation in a parking lot, some LSU fan-judge has given him something I didn’t think actually existed, a stern warning and “double probation.” The only thing that could make this story even more of a farce is if he were somehow not punished by LSU for his issues. Then Les Miles decided to leave his punishments up to his teammates, who obviously voted for no punishments.
Not that you would hear much about this beyond a quick comment here or there on ESPN, but we had all hoped for something different from their new competitor, Fox Sports 1. What I’ve noticed so far about FS1 is that instead of competing with ESPN by being different, they’re trying to do their best impersonation of them. Is it normal for a brand new station to show so many reruns? All I’ve really seen is soccer, their College Football preview show about 6 times and two guys from Canada not doing an awful job at being amusing. We’ll see if that lasts. As far as reporting the punishments, or lack there of, for Jeremy Hill’s actions, they too seem to not really care.
Punishments are something that have been handed down to more than a few athletes this summer, Ohio State included. Both Roby and Hyde ran into their own problems in bars, which landed them one and three game suspensions respectively. That’s nothing compared to the suspension Alex Rodriguez received from the MLB, which has landed him a nice spot batting cleanup, with all his paychecks still intact.
Now onto the Colorado Buffalo Bulls from Chicago. Playing in the MAC the Bulls amassed a whopping 4 wins last season, but did lose to Georgia in their opener by fewer points than Michigan lost to Alabama. By Georgia being 4 yards short of beating Alabama last year, this essentially states that Buffalo (New York for those not following) is actually a better team than Michigan, which makes sense. That being said, I fully expect Braxton Miller & Co. to come out for the first game of the season with the same energy they will play the final game of the season. I look for Miller to air it out on the first play of the game, then the running game to take over from there. Even without Hyde the Ohio State running backs will make that Buffalo defense look as sloppy as Brady Hoke after an all-you-can-eat crab leg contest. Everyday is a great day to be a Buckeye, but 13 Saturdays (and 1 Monday, hopefully) of the year are just that much sweeter. Let’s Go Bucks!
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