Skull Session: Buckeyes Are Top Blue Blood, Ryan Day is a Gambler’s Delight, and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham Helps With NIL


Michigan football – when you have to go back literally 10 years to find a gif of any sort of confetti celebration…

To put that in perspective, LeBron James was still in Miami at that point, and would be for more than another year. Also, I was barely able to legally drive a car.

Big yikes.

Word of the Day: Ameliorate.

 BLUEST OF BLUE BLOODS. Crowning the « best » college football program of all time, or even just identifying the true « Blue Bloods » of college football ain’t an easy task. But an Internet hero did just that. And our beloved Buckeyes are right at the top.

Behold, the bluest of the blue bloods.

On one hand, I’ll proudly claim first-place in this made up algorith. On the other hand, this same algorithm spit out Notre Dame as the second place program, so who the hell knows what this really means.

Regardless, I’ll take it.

 BET ON RYAN DAY.  Good coaches win, great coaches cover.

And folks, I’m proud to inform you that Ryan Day qualifies as a great coach with the best record against the spread in all of college football.

Top 5 ATS career [minimum 20 games]:

  • Ohio State’s Ryan Day: 70.0% (14-6-0 ATS)
  • Kansas State’s Chris Klieman 68.2% (15-7-0 ATS)
  • Louisiana’s Billy Napier 64.7% (22-12-0 ATS)
  • Georgia Southern’s Chad Lunsford 61.9% (26-16-0 ATS)
  • Iowa State’s Matt Campbell: 60.8% (62-40-3 ATS)

Needless to say, if you’re looking to nearly double up that ole bank account, Ohio State -13.5 against Minnesota is ripe for the taking.

 BUCKEYES HELPING BUCKEYES. No matter how you slice it, the NIL landscape is confusing as hell with rules still in progress, precedent still being set, and uniformity still nowhere to be found.

It’s like the wild, wild west out there right now, but thankfully the Buckeyes have a Cowboy to help lead them through it – former Ohio State point guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham.

With Ohio Stadium looming through the windows and Value City Arena just a few blocks down the road, Fuss-Cheatham has seen the campus experience change for student-athletes. And now, with Buckeyes freely allowed to earn money from their names, images and likenesses, the former point guard has positioned himself to help those who are enjoying a decidedly different college experience than what he had.

It’s a natural extension of Fuss-Cheatham’s undergraduate years and professional business life ever since.

“I wouldn’t even say it’s a transition,” he said. “We just opened our door wider for the athletes. I’m an ex-Ohio State basketball player so I’m very passionate about the athletes. I lived their life.

“I understand what they’re going through and the life that they’re living, and now with the great opportunity and experiences that I’ve had over the last nine years in business, being able to lend that knowledge and experience to them and then represent them in the right way.”

Doing so is the culmination of roughly two decades’ worth of experience.

An extremely underrated advantage Ohio State has is the sheer number of competent and educated alumni, especially athletes. If there’s a problem or a new challenge, odds are you can find somebody with both the skills and knowledge required while also relating to the players as an athlete.

Look at C.J. Barnett and his new position. Look at all those Buckeye businessmen they bring in for Real Life Wednesday. Look at Scoonie Penn during his time here. There is always somebody to help.

 THE LOCAL TEAM. Important note: as far as I’m concerned, the Little League World Series squad Hamilton West Side is The Local Team, too.

Notice one person notably missing from this video? Ryan Day. That’s probably because Hamilton West Side played the Manchester North/Hooksett team that both Day and his wife played for as kids.

Unfortunately for Ryan, his team got dumped by our beloved squad of Ohioans by a score of 4-3. So his loyalties will no longer be divided.

 SONG OF THE DAY. « Loneliness » by Birdy.

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