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Housekeeping

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

housekeepingYes, yes. We haven’t really posted much. To be fair, 2014 has been a pretty awful year to be a Buckeye fan. There was the Orange bowl debacle, the almost blowout, almost comeback heartbreaker loss to Sparty in basketball. There was the whole month of January really for basketball. Then there was last night’s embarrassing loss to TTUN in basketball for the first time in Columbus since 2003. That was awful but the pain was lessened for us because, you know, it’s basketball.

On the bright side, the Spring Game isn’t that far away, and we always look forward to seeing performances that have hardly any bearing on the upcoming football season.

Seriously, has Mike Thomas testified against the mob yet or is he still in witness protection?

There’s recruiting news and apparently Urban the First and his staff pulled in a pretty nice haul. Like the Spring Game though, it’s tough for us to get too invested in recruiting news because so much of it is guesswork. It makes the NFL Draft look like real science – the same NFL Draft where more than half of all first round picks become busts.

Oh yeah, the NFL Draft is coming up. We believe we can speak for all Bengals fans when we say “eh, whatever.” Fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.

There’s baseball, where pitchers and catchers have begun reporting for Spring Training. Of course, we’re Reds fans which means we have the Skip Schumaker signing to get excited about. And…nope that’s about it.

So please to forgive for not posting much lately. Once March Madness kicks in we’ll be running another contest that hopefully we do a little better in than Bowl Mania. And hopefully we’ll be rolling out a bit of new content once a week or so until the bread and butter of our site starts again in August.

In the meantime, you can follow us on the Twitters. GOGOGO!

Introduction to the BuckeyeSphere

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

It’s not much of a secret that simply having a degree from a journalism school and having a job working in the industry doesn’t by itself get you a whole lot of respect from me as someone who understands what he’s talking about*. Over at NDNS I’ve been known to rant on Twitter from time to time about baseball beat writers who write things that show they don’t know nearly as much about baseball as their followers think. This isn’t to say that all journalists are incompetent hacks who don’t understand most of that which they report. But some of them are.

* – the first time I read about the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect it changed my life. I’m not sure it was for the better yet because it sure made me even more cynical somehow.

Now, I told you all that to tell you this: there are a ton of awesome people who provide content for Buckeye fans on a daily basis out here on the internet – I’ve been calling it the BuckeyeSphere just because I thought it sounded kind of cool. These guys write and write and write, posting multiple articles every day, year round (and if you haven’t tried this, trust me – it’s a lot harder than it looks. I’m terrible at it.) Every one of these guys works his or her butt off providing information and analysis to Buckeye fans and very very few – if any of them – do so for a living.

Of all the teams I follow the Buckeyes easily have the largest fanbase and – as a result – the most prolific writer base. And there’s at least one site for anyone out there depending on your tastes.

  • Men of the Scarlet and Gray - the classic that’s been there since Eddie George (it seems) and somehow manages to keep getting better.* They took a chance on a nobody in Colorado a few years ago who ended up not having the kind of time he’d expected to write for them, but he’ll always appreciate their kindness in getting him into this community. No one loves Vernon Gholston’s guns more.
  • There’s Eleven Warriors - the massive SHEILD Heli-carrier of the BuckeyeSphere. It hovers over everything, kicking ass, taking names, making sure we eat our vegetables.
  • The Buckeye Battle Cry - where they’ve been bringing everyone else together for years and showing how a bunch of amateurs can turn out stuff that makes it look easy.
  • Then there’s the irreverent upstart Buckeye Empire that brings an off-kilter approach to delivering all things Buckeye and just knocks it out of the park every time.
  • Over at SB Nation there are Land Grant Holy Land and Off Tackle Empire (which covers the B1G as a whole) both of whom make you realize how below-average a writer you actually are. In a good way.

* – Seriously: read this and then come back.

This is by no means complete – it’s just the sites with which I personally have dealt over the years. Each one of them is staffed by anywhere from a couple to (in 11W’s case) seemingly dozens of talented writers that you can find on Twitter in just about every Buckeye fan’s follow list. And most of them are awesome, friendly guys and ladies who will bring you right in and talk Buckeyes with you whether you’ve just started following them in the Urban Era or you’ve been around since Woody or Earle.

Except for Michael at 11w. He’s a cranky old man. Seriously, if anyone has a “get off my lawn” kind of attitude it’s him. It’s his daily proximity to UF and the rest of the SEC, I think.

Kidding – Michael is awesome too.

If you’re here you probably already knew this. But I couldn’t take the chance that you might be new to the area, so to speak, and just accidentally got out of your car in my neck of the woods. So I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you to the big city where the talent really is.

Catching Up

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

No, we’re not dead. Just being all invisible, as is our habit from time to time.

We will be adding more content shortly, but for now…join our ESPN Bowl Mania group. Yes, it requires patronizing the WWL’s website which is tragic, but tradition is tradition.

Group: Buckeye Ninja
Password: faturkel

Go.

Soft Opening

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Hi everyone! If you’ve seen Ocean’s Thirteen (and if you haven’t, shame on you) you remember how Al Pacino’s casino was open before the official opening so they could tweak the hotel and make sure things were perfect before the actual grand opening. Well, I’m doing the same thing here.

About the site:
This is the bastard offspring of Not Dead Ninja Storage, which has been on hiatus for a few months. One of the problems NDNS had was a lack of focus. It discussed sports, movies, video games, life stuff. It was just too much for one site, so the Buckeye Ninja was created.

Over the next few weeks we hope to import old Buckeye-related posts from NDNS and launch Twitter & Facebook accounts to go along with this site. And if you’re paying attention already, you might find it interesting. Here we go!