Skull Session: Kirk Herbstreit Defends Rose Bowl Honor, Tom Cruise Delivers Message to TBDBITL, and Jim Tressel Helps Marcus Freeman

We lost a legend yesterday.

Rest in peace, Mr Madden. You will certainly not be forgotten.

Word of the day: Mirth.

NO Consolation Awards HERE. There’s been a lot of talk about seeing the Rose Bowl as pointless, and Kirk Herbstreit has none of it.

“Even before we had the BCS and the playoff, the goal was always to go to the Rose Bowl (in the state of Ohio) (but how often did they go? Not that often and yet they went to another bowl.” game and they were excited,” Herbstreit said in a Zoom teleconference ahead of the College Football Playoff. “I just don’t believe in this story of pointless bowl games. These teams have always had goals to get to the championship and it’s happening. not all that often, but you don’t throw in the towel and say, “Well, we haven’t reached our goals.”

“I was on a team that did that. We lost to Michigan in 1990. We went to the Liberty Bowl. We had players on our team who basically mistreated the city of Memphis to the media and we went there and they hated us. don’t blame them for the things that have been said I get angry and don’t beat (your) rival but it’s the Rose Bowl We used to have to try to deal with a consolation prize which is the Citrus Bowl But it’s the Rose Bowl.

“Maybe when these players come on the pitch, they will realize why it’s different and unique. I’m going to be disappointed, but you have to shake it off and move on to the next game and that gets a bad taste out of your mouth.”

He knows that this game is far from pointless. Even if there are no national title implications, you don’t often get that many opportunities to play against a high-ranking non-conference opponent, let alone in a game with so much history and pageantry and nostalgia. Whether it’s where you want to be or not, it’s special and it’s still a huge game that you absolutely should want to win.

That said, I think the bigger point that Rose Bowl has lost a bit of its luster is completely fair. 50 or even 25 years ago, a trip to the Rose Bowl meant beating Michigan and winning the Big Ten. Even if there was no chance of a national title, the Rose Bowl was an inherent celebration of that.

Unfortunately, that’s just not the case this year. If Ohio State had beaten Michigan and won the Big Ten, it would have gone to the College Football Playoff. The only reason Ohio State is in the Rose Bowl is that it lost to Michigan and didn’t win the Big Ten. At the time of Woody Hayes, Ohio would not play in the Rose Bowl this season, but Michigan would. This year’s game just isn’t the same.

Yes, it’s up to the Rose Bowl, but the circumstances are very different, and comparing it to the Rose Bowl games in Ohio state history is downright disrespectful to those games and those teams. Like it or not, this year’s game is the definition of a consolation prize. Like Kirk said, it’s cool that the consolation prize is the Rose Bowl and not the Citrus Bowl, but it’s just not the same as the Rose Bowls of yesteryear, and it’s still a consolation prize. And I think it’s perfectly fair and reasonable for people to start treating it that way.

REALLY REALIZE REAL. Looks like Maverick has found his newest wingman – or rather, ‘wingmen’.

Earlier this year, the Best Damn Band in the Land paid tribute to the 80s classic Top gun. Turns out Tom Cruise was a fan.

An advanced showing of the new movie is cool, but I honestly think they should answer the gesture by running Script Ohio with an F-18. It’s only fair.

CALL ON THE VEST. Marcus Freeman may not be happy that he moved to Ohio state because of Notre Dame, but it looks like he’s happy to be in a relationship with his former head coach.

I hope you like punts, Marcus.

CATCH ONLY. You can get a really good idea of ​​who a coach is as a person based on their relationship with their former players, much more so than even the current players who are essentially forced to have at least a civil relationship with their coach.

I don’t think anyone impressed me more in that department than Tony Alford.

By all accounts, his players love him and continue to love him long after their playing days are over. While his explicit job is to land five stars and turn them into first-round picks, he clearly has a much bigger impact on the lives of his players than that.

Even as an outsider, I recognize that and appreciate it.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal.

NOT AT SPORTS. Amazon’s Alexa tells a 10-year-old girl to touch the plug with a penny… A woman searches for her kidnapped husband… A runaway squirrel terrorizes the city in a 48-hour frenzy, leaving people afraid to go outside to go.. NASA paid priests and theologians to figure out how to deal with aliens… All hail dead week, the best week of the year…

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