Sunday, October 23, 2016

Special teams break down,cost Ohio State win in State College

Marcus Allen (I thought he had exhausted his eligibilty) blocked a Tyler Durbin field goal and when Grant Haley covered the 60 yards with the football,Penn State had a touchdown,the lead and eventually the game as the Nittany Lions shocked the second ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 24-21 in State College PA.
J.T. Barrett threw for 245 yards and a score,while Curtis Samuel rushed for a 74 yard score.
Ohio State falls to 6-1 on the season (3-1 Big 10) and will host Northwestern next Saturday...

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1) Special teams breakdowns was the biggest part of the loss.
A blocked punt led to one score and the blocked field goal cost the Buckeyes the lead.
Combine that with the continuing issues of Dontrae Wilson fielding punts and you have the main reasons for this defeat...

2) Yes,I know the late pass to James Clark was clearly pass interference as the defender held Clark's arm to the point that he couldn't raise it as the pass hit him in the helmet,but I'm not convinced that would have changed anything on the final drive.
Sure would have helped and you never know what could have happened,but I'm not going to scream about that costing OSU the game...

3) The offensive line was pretty offensive as the Penn State offensive line dropped J.T.Barrett for six sacks and eleven tackles for loss.
Barrett was rushed constantly and the Penn State line controlled the line of scrimmage and that might have been the main reason for the Penn State win-other than the blocks that is...

4) Curtis Samuel did have the long touchdown run,but that was just one of two carries.
Samuel did catch eight passes,but their biggest playmaker didn't touch the ball enough...

5) For the second consecutive year,an Ohio State loss is looked at with questions about the decisions to run an vanilla offense without utilizing their best offensive player enough.
The Michigan State loss in 2015 saw Ezekiel Elliott not given the opportunity to wear down the Spartans and last night,it was Curtis Samuel's two carries in State College.
Who does this fall on? Urban Meyer to an extent,but mainly on the offensive leaders Ed Warriner and Tim Beck.
I generally don't go nuts over a loss about coaching staff changes and I won't this time,but combine this with the loss last season and there are lots of parallels in the losses-maybe it's something to keep tabs on..

6) The defense didn't play badly as they held Penn State to  276 yards on offense and often the most effective plays for their offense was throwing the ball up and hoping for the best.
Penn State did make some plays that way,but on the overall,I wouldn't say the Buckeyes defense played badly at all other than some occasional completions...

7) J.T.Barrett didn't have the luxury of a great night from his offensive line and he sure didn't have some brilliant plays to run,but that said-it still wasn't anything special for the junior from Texas.
Barrett wasn't good enough to overcome such a poor night by various units on this night...

8) In hindsight,I might have overestimated this team.
Before you rip me for being one of the THOSE fans,I think the issue might be that many and me as well overrated Oklahoma and that led to why the Buckeyes rose to where they did.
I spoke more about this on College Football 101,but that call led to me taking a team that had several spots of inexperience and move them up prematurely.
Does that mean that this isn't a good team? Of course not,but maybe they aren't the second best team in the country.

9) I'm also guilty of not looking at this as a trap game.
Second road game in a row,two hostile environments and a team coming off a bye along with a team coming off a physical and emotional game and things were set for a surprise.
I didn't think Penn State was good enough to pull that surprise off and most days,I think I'd be right.
But I only had to be wrong once.....

10) Ohio State still controls its own destiny-win out and they go to the playoff.
That's doable as the schedule begins to lighten other than undefeated Nebraska at home.
Northwestern and Nebraska at home will be tests,but finally they get someone at home after a bit.
Maryland and a suddenly weak Michigan State on the road could give Ohio State a chance to rest and I'm still not convinced Michigan is as tough as the Harbaugh hype suggests and I know they whipped Penn State,but there is a huge difference between a home game and a road game under the above circumstances.
Clearly,this needs to be a perfect run,but the season is not over for the Buckeyes.
Urban Meyer's track record shows his best work comes under stress,he'll need to do that one more time...

Editor's Note; Late addition to this is the issue on the blocked field goal.
I didn't have an issue with attempting the long field goal,I did with a clearly unorganized team rushing onto the field to try it.
It would have been far more prudent to take a timeout and reorganize things a bit.
Had that been done and then the field goal was blocked,I could say these things happen.
Instead,that falls back on Urban Meyer for taking so long to make the decision and then hurry an out of sync team to attempt the kick...

Podcast :College Football 101

Lots of talk from a big Saturday in college football...

Friday, October 21, 2016

TRS Boxing Ratings-Part Two

Our ratings continue with the lightweights down through the flyweights with our first ever pound for pound ratings...

1) Jorge Linares WBA Champ 15 pts
2) Dejan Zlaticanin WBC Champ 12 pts
3) Terry Flanagan WBO Champ 8 pts
4) Anthony Crolla 5 pts (up one)
5) Robert Easter IBF Champ 4 pts (unranked)
Also received votes:Rances Barthelemy

Junior Lightweights
1) Vasyl Lomachenko WBO Champ 15 pts
2) Francisco Vargas WBC Champ 11 pts
3) Jezreel Corrales WBA Champ 6 pts (unranked)
4) Takashi Miura 4 pts (unranked)
     Orlando Salido (up one)
Also received votes:Jose Pedraza IBF Champ,Nicholas Walters,Takashi Uchiyama

1) Carl Frampton WBA Champ 15 pts (up two)
2) Oscar Valdez WBO Champ 12 pts  (up three)
3) Gary Russell WBC Champ 8 pts (down one)
     Leo Santa Cruz (down two)
5) Jesus Cuellar 2 pts (down two)
Also received votes:Lee Selby IBF Champ

Junior Featherweights
1) Guillermo Rigondeaux WBA Champ 15 pts
2) Nonito Donaire WBO Champ 12 pts
3) Scott Quigg 9 pts
4) Hozumi Hazegawa WBC Champ 7 pts (unranked)
5) Hugo Ruiz 2 pts
Also received votes;Jessie Magdaleno

1) Shinsuke Yamanaka WBC Champ 15 pts
2) Rau'Shee Warren WBA Champ 11 pts (up one)
3) Lee Haskins IBF Champ (up one)
    Juan Carlos Payano (down one)
5) Jamie McDonnell 2 pts
Also received votes:Anselmo Moreno

Junior Bantamweights
1) Naoya Inoue WBO Champ 15 pts
2) Roman Gonzalez WBC Champ 12 pts (unranked at this weight)
3) Carlos Cuadras 9 pts (down one)
4) Juan Francisco Estrada 4 pts (unranked at this weight)
5) Luis Concepcion WBA Champ 3 pts
Also received votes; Jerwin Ancajas IBF Champ

1) Kazuto Ioka WBA Champ 15 pts (up two)
2) Johnriel Casimero IBF Champ 10 pts (up two)
3) Donnie Nietes 8 pts (unranked)
4) Amrat Ruenwrong 3 pts (unranked)
5) Giovanni Segura 2 pts (unranked)
Also received votes;Juan Carlos Reveco

Pound for Pound
1:Gennady Golovkin 22 pts
2:Sergei Kovalev 19 pts
   Vasyl Lomachenko
4:Roman Gonzalez 18 pts
5:Terence Crawford 14 pts
6:Andre Ward 10 pts
7:Canelo Alvarez 6 pts
   Naoya Inoue
9:Guillermo Rigondeaux 5 pts
10: Manny Pacquiao 2 pts
    Keith Thurman
Also received votes;Kell Brook

Pigskin Picking Machine

This weeks PPM!!

Last Week:5-3
Overall: 44-13

Ohio State over Penn State 42-21
Boise State over BYU 35-29
Bowling Green over Miami Ohio 40-31
Oklahoma over Texas Tech 60-43
Washington over Oregon State 55-13
Middle Tennessee State over Missouri 30-28

Game of the Week
Alabama over Texas A&M 30-21

Bengals over Browns 28-10
Chiefs over Saints 28-23

Game of the Week
Patriots over Steelers 32-17

Beaten in Boston-Devils lose 2-1

After a scoreless first two periods,the New Jersey Devils looked to be in position for a road win after Kyle Palmeiri (2 Power Play) scored the first goal of the game..
However,the Boston Bruins scored twice in the final ten minutes,one with under two minutes to play and left the Devils grasping at air in a 2-1 Boston win.
Cory Schneider finished with 34 saves in the loss.
The Devils face Minnesota on Saturday-no coverage as the game is against the Ohio State trip to Penn State

Hell Raisers

1) The Devils lived by the deflection and died by it.
The Kyle Palmeiri goal was redirected off a skate of Boston's Brandon Cairo and the game winner by Patrice Bergeron ticked off the skate of Kyle Quincey,handcuffing Cory Schneider and giving Boston the win.

2) New Jersey just seemed out of sync in this loss and was outskated by the Bruins.
I'm going to give a lot of the credit for this to being the Boston home opener.
The Devils were boosted vs Anaheim by that factor,I'll assume that was the case for Boston in this one...

3) Cory Schneider was excellent in defeat.
Being beaten by a deflection and a well placed shot to defeat him,no shame there...

4) Remember the last edition of Hell Raisers when I raved about Taylor Hall being a finisher?
Hall missed an open net in this one and should have scored a goal,but Zdeno Chara did get a piece of the puck on a stick check and the penalty called on the play turned out to set up the Kyle Palmieri goal..

5) The Bruins honored my all time favorite player before the game as the 50th (I cannot believe that is so!) anniversary of Bobby Orr's debut is this year.
Orr pushed 98 year old Milt Schmidt to center ice for the ceremonial puck drop.
Orr is currently a player agent and looks like with a drop or two or hair dye that he could still play today....

Thursday, October 20, 2016

TRS Boxing Ratings-Part One

Time for the latest rankings from TRS and our esteemed panel with Ramon Malpica and Vincent Samano...

1:Luis Ortiz 13 pts
2:Anthony Joshua IBF Champ 12 pts
3:Deontay Wilder WBC Champ 9 pts (down one)
4:Wladimir Klitschko 8 pts (up one)
5:Tyson Fury 1 pt (down one)
Joseph Parker
Alexander Povetkin

1: Olesander Usyk WBO Champ 15 pts (unranked)
2: Denis Lebedev WBA/IBF Champ 12 pts
3: Krzsytof Glowacki 8 pts (down two)
4  Marco Huck 3 pts (down one)
5: Tony Bellew WBC Champ 2 pts (down one)
    Marias Bredis
Also received votes:Murat Gassiev

Light Heavyweights
1: Sergei Kovalev WBA/IBF/WBO Champ 15 pts
2: Andre Ward 12 pts
3: Adonis Stevenson WBC Champ 9 pts
4: Artur Beterbiev 6 pts
5: Eleider Alvarez 1 pt
    Nathan Cleverly (unranked)
    Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (unranked)

Super Middleweights
1: James DeGale IBF Champ 14 pts
2: Gilberto Ramirez WBO Champ 13 pts
3: Badou Jack WBC Champ 8 pts
4: Anthony Dirrell 4 pts (unranked)
5: Callum Smith 3 pts
Also received votes:Andre Dirrell,George Groves

1: Gennady Golovkin WBA/WBC/IBF Champ 15 pts
2: Daniel Jacobs 12 pts
3: David Lemieux 8 pts (up one)
4: Billy Joe Saunders WBO Champ 7 pts (down one)
5: Andy Lee 2 pts
Also received votes:Chris Eubank Jr.

Junior Middleweights
1: Canelo Alvarez WBO Champ 15 pts
2: Erislandy Lara WBA Champ 12 pts
3: Demetrius Andrade 8 pts (up two)
4: Julian Williams 7 pts (down one)
5: Jermall Charlo IBF Champ 2 pts (down two)
Also received votes:Jermell Charlo WBC Champ

1: Kell Brook IBF Champ 13 pts
2: Keith Thurman WBA Champ 12 pts (up one)
3: Manny Pacquiao 9 pts (down one)
4: Errol Spence 6 pts
5: Shawn Porter 3 pts
Also received votes:Timothy Bradley

Junior Welterweights
1: Terence Crawford WBC/WBO Champ 15 pts
2: Edouard Troyanovsky IBF Champ 9 pts (unranked)
3: Adrien Broner 8 pts
    Viktor Postol (down one)
5: Lucas Matthysse 3 pts (down one)
Also received votes:Antonio Orozco

Merritted! The Indians win the American League!!

The Cleveland Indians were able to piece together four and a third innings from unexpected starter Ryan Merritt with another powerhouse outing from the bullpen and finished off the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 in Game 5 of the American League championship.
Cleveland received solo homers from Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp in the victory.
The Indians now get some badly needed time off to rest and perhaps buy time to heal some injuries before playing the National League winner.
That series is currently tied at two per...

Smoke Signals

1) Ryan Merritt did what you might have hoped for in a perfect world in keeping the Blue Jays off the board for four and a third before handing the ball off to Bryan Shaw,who pitched an inning to get the victory,
Merritt has average stuff at best,but actually challenged the Toronto hitters and made them miss in getting just two singles.
I wrote yesterday that I hoped Ryan Merritt could be this year's Bob Wolcott and he was just that.

2) Overlooked as a big play was the bullet that Mike Napoli drilled off the wall off the wall in the first inning.
Napoli hit the wall with such force that has Ezekiel Carrera played the ball properly,Francisco Lindor would have had to stop at third.
Instead,the ball bounced away and allowed Lindor to score...

3) I wondered about what Coco Crisp would bring when the Indians traded for him late in the season and he has been more than I would have thought.
The Crisp homer put the game away and more or less took the crowd out of the game...

4) So many "stat guys" try to say there is no such thing as clutch hitting and the numbers do reflect that,but the old adage of stats can say whatever you want them to say was somewhat true in this series.
The Indians hit just .168 in the series and hitting that weakly,shows the value of clutch hitting-even if you cannot count on it...

5) Eight more outs from Andrew Miller,who won and deserved the series MVP.
Miller whiffed 14 of 26 Toronto batters that he faced and makes guys like me say "What trade?"
Miller's creative usage in the playoffs has maximized his effectiveness for a team that needs that type of dominance at various times in games-not just the ninth.

6) So a battered bunch of Indians now gets time to rest as the National League series is guaranteed to be at least six games.
Can some of the injured Wahoos return to the lineup?
One can hope,they will need as much help as they can,no matter the opponent..