And let's be honest, if you're a Michigan fan, The Troubles are the gift that just keep on giving. So why would you want them to end? After so many years of misery at the hands (and thrown objects) of those scarlet and grey "fans," I think we all deserve to sit back, relax and enjoy.
IN COLUMBUS, THEY SHOOT THE MESSENGER
I guess I should be shocked by the response of some Buckeye fans who seem to be blaming just about everybody but, you know, the guy who lied/cheated/covered it up. But I'm not. It's even to the point where the 21-year-old student reporter who did the Ray Small story for the OSU student newspaper is getting threatened with bodily harm.
WTF?! Seriously. YOUR COACH LIED! Period. He brought this all upon himself. Period. Not Ray Small. Or Kirk Herbstreit. Or any reporters. Jim Tressel is the reason this is all happening. It's self inflicted.
So leave the 21-year-old econ/journalism major alone and turn your anger at the man who deserves it: Jim Tressel.
TRESSEL'S RESIGNATION LETTER
If you haven't seen in yet, here is the text of Tressel's letter of resignation that he delivered to OSU's
After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach.
The recent situation has been a distraction for our great university and I make this decision for the greater good of our school.
The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable. We have been blessed to work with the finest group of young men in America and we love them dearly. In addition, we cannot thank you enough ... the high school coaches we have worked with over these many years.
We know that God has a plan for us and we will be fine. We will be Buckeyes forever.
What a colossal load of shit. First, he calls what's going on "the recent situation" like he's talking about problems with the office fax machines, not the NCAA hammer coming which he caused the school to be smacked with.
Next, he says, "I make the decision for the greater good of our school." Oh, that's rich. If Tressel was so concerned about the greater good of the school, then he'd have turned over the emails last April to his bosses, the compliance department - somebody! - besides Terrelle Pryor's "mentor." If Tressel was so concerned about the school, he wouldn't have hung his school out to dry in December when he knew - he knew! - since the previous spring that it had been going on.
But he didn't.
Because Jim Tressel was more concerned with the greater good of Jim Tressel and his won-loss record. All this "he did it to protect the kids" crap is utter BS. He did it to to protect Jim Tressel.
And, Jim, since you brought up God, I bet God's initial plan for you was not to cheat. Or lie. Or cover-up the first two. In fact, maybe He's not a fan of yours either. And maybe, just maybe, He led that OSU official to those emails in January that you thought you'd buried for good. I'm just sayin'.
Finally, and most importantly, it's not "Buckeye Nation." Tressel has lived long enough now in Columbus to know it's "Buckeye Unincorporated Township."
All you needed to know about Jim Tressel's integrity was revealed long before the infamous March 8th press conference and well before Ohio State stumbled upon the emails in January that he'd been hiding from them for 296 days. For me, Tressel's decision to let Pryor and the Tat 5 play in the Sugar Bowl said it all.
If Tressel had any integrity, if he cared so much about "molding young men" and "teaching life lessons," then he wouldn't have let Pryor and the others play.
Maybe it's because Tressel was simply covering his own ass. Since we now know, despite his bogus claim of "confidentiality," that The Vest discussed the initial emails with Pryor's "mentor" in Pennsylvania, maybe he was worried that if he grew a spine and benched Pryor, his star QB (or his "mentor") might have a story to tell.
Contrast Tressel's gutless call with Bo. I recall in my youth a player for one of Bo's final teams, I believe, missing curfew in LA by like 15 minutes a couple days before the Wolverines were to play in the Rose Bowl. Not only did that player not play in the Rose Bowl, he was on a plane back to Detroit the very next day.
Tressel wouldn't know about integrity if it smacked him in the face.
Oh, and speaking of getting smacked in the face, Andy cooked up this little 'Shop dandy...
|"Couldn't you at least go out like a man!"|
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Yesterday, @beckleys who follows our shenanigans on Twitter, sent us this video of a Buckeye fan who was quite enthusiastic when Terrelle Pryor made his decision to play for "University of Ohio State."
Wonder how he feels today?
I know: you couldn't fake a video of a someone who was that, shall we say, stereotypical of a Buckeye fan.