Saturday, December 27, 2008

Catching Up With Todd Boeckman

I found this video today and thought I'd post it. Its from last year but its a good video to watch anyways!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ohio State in bowl games - Tressel Era (2001-08)

I thought this was kinda interesting. Looks like Ohio State has a winning record, lets hope it stays this way! Now we all have something to brag about to our friends who are always rooting for the "other" team. :)

Jan. 1, 2002 Outback Bowl: South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28

Jan. 3, 2003 Fiesta Bowl (National Championship Game): Ohio State 31, Miami (Fla.) 24 2OT

Jan. 2, 2004 Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28

Dec. 29, 2004 Alamo Bowl: Ohio State 33, Oklahoma State 7

Jan. 2, 2006 Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20

Jan. 8, 2007 BCS Championships Game: Florida 41, Ohio State 14

Jan. 7, 2008 BCS Championship Game: LSU 38, Ohio State 24

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Sorry for the lack of post when ever I update my other blog I always forget to update this one too!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

I know my last post was titled "This is the game everyone looks forward too" and it is. The sad part is after the game, when you realize that the college football season is winding down. This was a great year! I wish that Boeckman would have got to play more but there's nothing I can do about's over now. Todd might not have got to play as much as I wished he would have. But, Todd has something that a lot of players don't have class. Both on the field and off the field. I hope that he won't just be overlooked like so many players are; but instead he will be remembered as the "classy guy" who never complained even when he was replaced by a freshman after winning the Big Ten and leading his team to the National title game the year before. Todd is everything an athlete should be and more.

Taking 1 for the team

COLUMBUS - If it seemed like he had been around forever, that's because the Ohio football journey of Todd Boeckman spanned a full decade.
It began when he quarterbacked his St. Henry High School team to the Division V state championship game as a freshman back in the fall of 1999. It concluded yesterday with a backup appearance in the fourth quarter of Ohio State's 42-7 pounding of Michigan at Ohio Stadium.
In his swan song at the Horseshoe, Boeckman completed all three of his passes for 64 yards, including an 18-yard TD strike to Brian Hartline with 13:16 remaining to cap Ohio State's fifth straight win over UM.
The play drew a sizable ovation from the crowd of 105,564, a nice sendoff for Boeckman, who received a different response from impatient Buckeye supporters early this season.
"I guess, personally, it felt pretty good to get out there just to get that back," Boeckman said. "To know that you can still go out there and make some things happen. It feels good to have people on your side and wanting to see you succeed and do things well."
Boeckman's ride had its ups and downs. His St. Henry Redskins, for instance, never again qualified for Ohio's prep playoffs after 1999, this despite his career 7,021 passing yards and 64 TDs.
Boeckman enrolled part-time at Ohio State and became what was termed a "gray shirt," participating in preseason practice in August of 2003 in the wake of the Buckeyes' national championship season. He enrolled full-time in January of '04.
Following a red-shirt season in 2004, he backed up Troy Smith and Justin Zwick in 2005, and then was behind Smith during his Heisman Trophy season in 2006. That's when OSU closed the regular season 12-0 and ranked No. 1 before being humbled by Florida in the national championship game.
Last year, Boeckman's term as understudy expired. He took the keys to the Buckeye offense and earned first-team All-Big Ten quarterback honors, guiding OSU to an 11-2 mark and a second straight trip to the BCS title game, a loss to LSU.
Boeckman started his senior season (his sixth year on campus) with the shadow of a prize QB recruit - prep All-America Terrelle Pryor from Pennsylvania. - looming large.
The 6-4, 244-pound Boeckman had completed 191 of 299 passes for 2,379 yards and 25 TDs with 14 interceptions in 2007. But, after struggling in Ohio State's 35-3 loss at USC, he lost his starting job and never got it back.
"What was hard was not being out there with my teammates," Boeckman said. "They were out there celebrating winning games. I'm excited for everybody and excited for this team, and it was kind of tough for me not being out there with them."
The Pryor era began on Sept. 20 when the Buckeyes hosted Troy. Boeckman was relegated to clipboard duty during games, pressed into service helping Pryor learn the offense, and was dubbed by some as the "best backup quarterback in thenation."
"I had to help him because I had to do what's best for this football team," Boeckman said. "Terrelle's a phenomenal athlete. I'm looking forward to see what he can do in the future.
"You can't divide a team or separate a team when something like that happens. I just figured the best thing for me would be to be a team player and do what's best for the team. Terrelle did some great things out there this year, and he's getting better each and every week. I'm excited for him."
Still, it was a bitter pill for Boeckman in his sixth year at OSU.
"When anybody loses their job to somebody else, it's going to be tough," he said. "But that's something you've got to fight through. If this is one of the worst things in my life that happens to me, I'll feel pretty good about myself.
"It's a great honor to be a part of this football team, and it's an even better honor to beat Michigan like this."
As rough as the ride was, the end came on a good note.
"It was very emotional being out there," Boeckman said. "It's been a tough year for me, but it felt pretty good to get out there and throw [for] that touchdown

Friday, November 21, 2008

This is the game everyone looks forward too...

This is the game that everyone looks forward to...
Arguably the best rivalry in all of college football – and that’s just in regards to the fans. Quite simply, don’t wear red in Ann Arbor, Michigan and don’t dare think about donning maze and blue in Columbus, Ohio. Ever.
This rivalry has been brewing since 1835, but many believe that the official fire was lit during the coaching days of Woody Hayes (OSU) and Bo Schembechler (U of M).

What kicked the hate?
Many believe that this rivalry stemmed from the two states battling over territory in 1835. The football rivalry has seemed to carry over from the Toledo War, which was a bloodless battle over the Michigan-Ohio border.

Who has the lifetime edge?
The Wolverines have a slight lead, note the word slight. The advantage was piled up during the early years of the rivalry. During the John Cooper years at Ohio State, Michigan built on their record as Cooper went
2-10-1 against the Wolverines. Lately, Jim Tressel has revived Ohio State's fortunes by compiling a 4-1 record against Michigan.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Booing Boeckman? Shame On You!

I found this a couple days ago and thought it was really good!

Booing Boeckman? Shame on you

By Tom Archdeacon

Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

To all the so-called Ohio State fans who booed Todd Boeckman, you showed yourself to be a classless bunch.

Your actions stained a day which should have been nothing but a celebration of a young talent's debut at the helm of the Buckeyes.

Cheer new quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the highly acclaimed freshman. He deserved it for leading OSU past overmatched Troy 28-10 Saturday, Sept. 20.

But shower Boeckman with scorn?

That's a new low, even among those twisted few at OSU who think it's cool to spit on Michigan fans and torch old furniture and parked cars after big victories.

On a day when he already had to be crushed, Boeckman entered the game for just two plays, threw an incompletion and got treated worse than O.J. Simpson.

I made this point in my "Through the Arch" blog the other day, and the avalanche of response has been heated — once again showing no team in this state stokes passions like the Buckeyes.

This came from someone called Bob: "It doesn't shock me at all that they booed him. OSU fans are some of the most obnoxious, classless, bandwagon jumping, in-your-face-for-no-reason-at-all chumps that ever rooted for any sports team. I don't enjoy seeing OSU lose as much as I enjoy seeing their fans' ginormous egos deflated. The team? Go Bucks. The fans? Go home."

Matt offered the opposite view:

"Classless? No. Not in the least. You can talk all you want about the 'College Kid,' and how you should not 'boo.' That is crap. OSU fans who attended the game paid to sit in the stands, so if they want to boo Boeckman, more power to them. In reality, the college athlete is getting paid to perform, in the form of a scholarship, room, etc. When you play for one of the elite teams in the country, you are expected to perform. ... "

At his weekly press conference Tuesday, coach Jim Tressel called the booing "disappointing."

After the game, Bucks defensive lineman Lawrence Wilson was more pointed: "Hey, we're just kids. We're not professionals. There is no way adults should treat us that way."

I don't agree with the "kids" part — guys this age are fighting in Iraq, working in factories, married and raising kids — but he's right that this was no way to treat Boeckman.

There is not a classier, more loyal and likeable guy on the Bucks roster than the sixth-year player from St. Henry.

When OSU showed interest in him out of high school — but didn't initially offer a scholarship — he passed on other full rides and came to Columbus for a year as a regular student. He then red-shirted a year when the Bucks wanted to position him for their future.

He supported Troy Smith and watched — without saying a negative word — as the Heisman quarterback starred on the field but sometimes misstepped off it.

When Bucks recruiters fell in love with Pryor, Boeckman stoically soldiered on and made a point of taking the Pennsylvania phenom under his wing as soon as he hit campus. And after Saturday's game, Boeckman again was all class when he praised Pryor's play.

Boeckman helped OSU win the Big Ten last season and is 13-3 as a starter. He's already earned his degree, is working on his masters and has never been in trouble while at OSU.

You boo a guy like that?