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tBBC Tuesday BuckNotes: Super Bowl Buckeyes, Giddens, Lavender, Artwork

Joe Dexter

Tuesday BuckNotes: Super Bowl Buckeyes, Giddens, Lavender, Artwork
Joe Dexter
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There’s nothing quite like starting your Monday after an impending blizzard caves you in for the whole weekend. It’s okay though, because the Buckeyes of the east tortured the Arizona Cardinals all evening Sunday.

The best part of the weekend though? Former Buckeye Bradley Roby intercepting Tom Brady to end his Super Bowl hopes and send Peyton Manning back to the Super Bowl for what could be his last football game.

Is there anything better than seeing Michigan fans defend Brady — acting like they loved him when he threw 16 interceptions in two years while being given the cold shoulder. Lloyd Carr was quicker to pull the trigger on Brady in any given game than he was at pushing Appalachian State off any future schedule.

Drew Henson is the future, they said.

The future never came.

Instead, we have to listen to said fans banter on Tom Brady as if they’ve been in his corner since the beginning. At least this time, they won’t be getting off their punch drunk stool after the NFC championship round.

Now that my bashing of Michigan fans is out of the way (It should be mandatory on every Monday), let’s get into some of this weekend’s top BuckNotes.

CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates as Ted Ginn Jr. #19 scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ginn, Philly Brown, Coleman, Norwell and Roby Shine in the Spotlight of Conference Championship Weekend

Ted Ginn Jr. has played for seven different coaches in the NFL. As great as he has been as a special teams player over the years, the only coach to truly unlock his offensive potential is Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.

And it took a second go-around to figure it out.

What was so special about this weekend wasn’t that Ginn and Philly proved they are superior wide receivers in the NFL, but for the first time a coach has worked an offense around their elite abilities on the field.

It also doesn’t hurt that they are playing alongside the best all-around quarterback in the league right now.

Ginn is second in the league in dropped passes, but is averaging an insane 26 yards per catch in the playoffs. Brown is averaging nearly 23 yards per reception.

Sometimes, less is more. That’s what Rivera figured out with both receivers this season.

Just like their was doubt that the Panthers could make plays in the passing game after the the loss of Kelvin Benjamin before the season, everyone doubted the level of play that Kurt Coleman could bring to the table in the secondary.

How about the growth of Brad Roby in Denver?

Nothing feels better as a fan of Ohio State players in the NFL, than seeing Roby pick off Tom Brady in the endzone to end a game. Sweet Justice tastes better than nectar.

Daniel Giddens is a Man

I won’t have much basketball analysis here, because Ken did a great job recapping the game last night, as Ohio State dominated Penn State from start to finish. He will also have his 2nd thoughts either later today or tomorrow.

The only point that I want to make is that we are seeing the future of Ohio State basketball in glimpses this season. One thing that has been proven time after time is that in another year, Daniel Giddens is going to be a man on the court.

Meaning he is going to dominate exchanges in the paint on both ends of the floor. Kinda like he did here in the first half.

“He’s only a freshman, but that was a grown man’s move.” – @stephenbardo, on @OhioStAthletics F Daniel Giddens’ dunk https://t.co/IvU6312w0t

— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) January 26, 2016

KenPom predicted just three wins for the Buckeyes in the final 11 games. I have a hard time agreeing with that, just because the stats can’t tell the story that this team can beat anyone at any given time if things click. We’ll see if they continue that growth on Thursday against the Illini.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 19: Jantel Lavender #42 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives the lane through the defense of the Connecticut Huskies in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Jantel Lavender Named a U.S. Olympic Finalist

The only player in Ohio State basketball history to win four-straight Big Ten Player of the Year Awards is a finalist for the 2016 Olympic team. Jantel Lavender, who set nearly every offensive record at Ohio State, is one of 25 players selected to participate in a training camp at the University of Connecticut. Twelve of those players will be selected to compete in Rio. Lavender has been on four Team USA squads and is one of five centers competing for what will either be two or three open spots. Brittney Griner will more than likely land the starter’s spot. Lavender will be competing with former UConn post players Stefanie Diggins, Tina Charles, and Stefanie Dolson. Syliva Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx will also compete for a roster spot. Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma will be leading the 2016 team. The rosters selections will be made by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee. A group that includes former Ohio State star Katie Smith.

“I often say that we teach for Ohio, but we do research for the world.” –@OSUPrezDrake #OSU2020Vision pic.twitter.com/EuRjKp6BJT

— OhioState (@ohiostate) January 21, 2016

Ohio State to Increase Student Aid by 20 Million in 2016

The future is now according to Ohio State preidsent Michael Drake, who has put together a vision for the university leading up to 2020.

Part of that vision is providing $20 Million more in financial aid to students in need.

According to the Associated Press, the funds will go to nearly 15,700 undergraduates — 3,000 of those students being on regional campuses.

This announcement is another solid move in securing the future of students in the state of Ohio that are looking to gain the greatest college education possible in their home state.

Drake announced last year that the institution plans to lower student cost by $400 million over a five-year period.

Unfortunately, that means out-of-state tuition could rise over that period, according to Columbus Business First.

That shouldn’t be as much of an issue as advertised though, as nearly 80 percent of students at Ohio State University are from the state itself.

Billy Price’s Art Gets a Stamp of Approval

Before some Michigan fan storms on here and says that tattoos are flying all over the place, please remember that it is your program that is in the top 25 when it comes to arrests over the last 5 years.

Anyways, how about this tattoo that left guard Billy Price recently got?

Oh and by the way, Ed — I don’t think it’s fair that you call a man that buffed out a slob.

It might be time for a new nickname.

Now if only I could get the one question answered that I have about this impeccable work of art.

Is that cut into the skin above the Block O and 54 an outline of the great state of Ohio.

If so, this thing instantly becomes a masterpiece.

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