Good morning, Hive fans and welcome to your Monday. Besides the Army v. Navy game, there was no college football this weekend, giving us all a preview of life as we know it beginning Jan. 8. I used my time to do some Christmas shopping and craft making. I decided to decorate my own stockings, among other homemade Christmas decorations, only one idea courtesy of Pinterest. I woke up Saturday morning in sort of a shock about the lack of football. I actually forgot what this open Saturday life was like.
Not everyone was mourning its absence, though. With no post-season to prepare for, Urban Meyer and his staff have been busy on the recruiting trail, picking up verbals from two top national recruits, Gareon Conley and Donovan Munger. These were Meyer’s first two commitments since September. Conley, a senior corner out of Massilon, previously committed to Michigan, but began to have second thoughts with offers from Oregon and Ohio State. Conley could either continue at corner or play wide receiver at Ohio State, it all depends where his impact is needed. Munger, a defensive tackle from Shaker Heights, Ohio, had numerous offers from Pitt, UCLA, Auburn, and many others. Mike Vrabel and Stan Drayton did the work of reeling him in at defensive tackle, and it appears he will have a superb impact once acquainted in the system.
Braxton Miller came in fifth
In Heisman voting, of course. Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to ever win a Heisman, though he’s actually a sophomore who redshirted his freshman year. Regardless, it’s quite the accomplishment. More exciting news for us Buckeye fans, though, is finding out Miller came in fifth in the voting. With that, Miller is now the favorite for 2013, which can’t come soon enough. Off-seasons are long, especially when you know what is coming in the future.
Men’s and women’s Shooty Hoops win big
Both Buckeye basketball teams cruised to big wins this weekend. The women dismantled Lafayette 81-41 while the men handled Long Beach State 89-55. It always makes for a lovely end to the weekend when both teams come away with big wins. Both teams need to continue to dominate the ball in these non-conference match-ups before heading into B1G play. Five other B1G teams on the men side are ranked in the top 25, four of those in the top 15. After this dismal football season, the B1g is certainly making a case of being a stronger basketball conference. At least for now.
Links and things
John Simon, Zach Boren and Jack Stoneburner let us know Santa is real…Only one AFC North team got a win yesterday…SNOW PUPPIES!!!…#AwkwardPackersFan…Stan Drayton is a candidate for the Southern Miss job…Johnny Football is now Johnny Heisman…Indians are actually in the running for former Buckeye star Nick Swisher…last night’s fat guy touchdown, brought to you by a former Iowa player…vote for Awesome Phil Dawson.