Hat Tip Week of 7-23-15

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Buckeyes, Former Buckeyes, Buckeye Coaches Weigh In On Braxton

Braxton Miller told Sports Illustrated that he’s moving from quarterback to H-Back.

Here’s reaction on Twitter from some of his Ohio State teammates, coaches, and a couple former Buckeyes.

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Kelsey Mitchell Throws Out The First Pitch

The Buckeyes provided a catcher’s-eye view of this pitch.

Throwing from the front part of the mound at the Reds Great American Ballpark is Ohio State women’s basketball player Kelsey Mitchell, who appears to have quite an arm.

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Beamer Might Think OSU Is The Best Team In the Country

“The last few years, we haven’t gotten as many wins as we wanted for our players, coaches, fans, students, the whole deal,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said at ACC Media Days.

One of those wins, however, came at the expense of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes, and there is—as you probably know—a rematch coming up.

“I think it’s the most anticipated game ever to come to Lane Stadium,” said Beamer of the September 7th kickoff.

“How many times do you play the number one team in the country?” he said. “And I mean, by far, the number one team in the country. You know, I don’t know anyone would argue…who’s the best team in the country.”

Are the Hokies ready to face a team that Beamer referred to as the best team in the country three times in the span of 14.9 seconds?

“We’ve got some good players, and I’ve got a great coaching staff,” said Beamer. Plus, he believes the entire group is working hard. “You’ve got better summer workouts and preseason workouts and even spring practice because there is something big to look forward to. It’s the only game on that Monday night against the best team in the country.”

In addition, Virginia Tech has announced that classes will be canceled that day. Not only is it Labor Day with the Buckeyes coming to town, but school President Timothy Sands said there are “other as yet unannounced major events” that could “also add significantly to campus traffic loads.”

OSU will be looking for payback for their 35-21 loss at Ohio Stadium last year. The game will air on 97.1 The Fan.

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OSU Running Backs Paint the Town

Coach Urban Meyer said that there was so much individual work done in Spring ball, that the Buckeyes would really need to redouble their team-building efforts this Summer.

To that end, running backs coach Tony Alford took his players out to shoot each other.

Hey, guys! Rookie paintball mistake not having someone hiding close to the flag to pick off the man who captured it.

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Hat Tip Week of 7-1-15

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What They’re Saying About Saad

TSN

“He was affectionately called “Man Child” by his teammates…

“…If Saad kept progressing, into what Joel Quenneville believed would be one of the top power forwards in the game, the Blackhawks were going to need to pay dearly either way…

“… Make no mistake: Saad was far and away the centrepiece, a commodity hard to come by in today’s game. He finished fourth on the Blackhawks last season in scoring, setting career highs with 23 goals and 52 points. He chipped in with another 11 points in 23 playoff games, including one game-winner.

“Kekalainen spoke highly of the fact Saad is a “proven winner,” a key contributor on two different Stanley Cup teams at such a young age.

“The bonus is Saad is intimately familiar with the Ohio area. He played junior hockey in Youngstown and grew up on the other side of the Pennsylvania border near Pittsburgh.”

USA Today “For all intents and purposes, Saad was a big part of the future of the Blackhawks. A skilled player, a good teammate and a fan favorite who was starting to thrive under Joel Quenneville until the harsh reality of monetary compensation got in the way.”

Chicago Tribune

“The Blackhawks’ fast, tough and talented left wing was sent to the Blue Jackets. The Hawks general manager was consigned to facing hard questions about a hard decision.

Understand, both sides did the right thing. It’s what happens when you pay to win a Stanley Cup and must serve the salary cap…

“…I get the shock and anger in Hawk Nation. It looks as awful as it feels. The Hawks received four forwards who combined did not match Saad’s 23 goals.”

ESPN

“His range of skills, his understanding of the game and his maturity are that impressive.

“He has two Stanley Cup rings to his credit and has already played in 67 postseason games. This past spring he played top-six minutes, moving up the Chicago lineup ahead of players like Patrick Sharp and Antoine Vermette. He scored eight times, two of which proved to be game winners.

“And did we mention that he’s just 22 years old?

“…Kekalainen is already imagining Saad playing with top center Ryan Johansen, also 22.

“Factor in another possible linemate in Boone Jenner, 22; captain Nick Foligno, 27; Cam Atkinson, 26; hard-nosed veteran Scott Hartnell; plus a defense corps that includes Ryan Murray, 21; and veteran Jack Johnson, 28; and former Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky; and this is a team built for both the short and long haul.

Saad, a few weeks ago seen as untouchable in Chicago, now becomes a foundation piece in Columbus. With the New York Rangers in a bit of a state of flux and the Pittsburgh Penguins also in transition, the Blue Jackets are no longer just cannon fodder…”

Sporting News

“Saad is the best player involved in the deal.

“Saad, 22, had 52 points (23 goals, 29 assists) last season, and continued his growth into an impressive blend of size, skill and speed.”

NBC Chicago

“Saad is still incredibly young, coming off of a postseason where he was one of the most dominant players on the ice for the Stanley Cup champions, and best of all, he is capable of filling numerous roles and playing in all sorts of situations because of his on-ice intellect and skill set…

“… Anyone suggesting that Saad will be easy to replace is either delusional or way too eager to sugarcoat things…”

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