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Ball State-Indiana State Live Post

OTP Liveblog200So we’re going to try something  a little different here at the Pylon this week. Rather than run a liveblog that’s cumbersome and tricky to navigate, we’re going to have a rolling post, this post, that will get updated as the game goes on. If you’d like to participate, drop a comment in the comment section and join along. Reminder that your first one will have to be approved, but that won’t take more than a minute or two today. Refresh the page and the new things will show up below, but you probably already knew that.

* The drivers in New Castle are the absolute worst. I’ve driven in DC rush hour with no A/C in July and would rather do that than have to go through that town and those people ever again.

* Indiana State’s offensive line is working the Ball State defensive front. Three of their first four plays resulted in first downs. That cannot continue.
* Field goal ISU makes it 3-0 and if all their drives result in 3 instead of 7, that would just be swell.
* Big return by Eric Patterson and the Cards have 34 yards to paydirt. Short fields are a good thing today.* 6 plays later, Quake finds the end zone from a yard out. 7-3 good guys.
* Defense holds Indiana State to a three-and-out and the BSU offense can go back to work. 7:47 to go in the first quarter, BSU ball on their own 34.
* ISU does the same along with an Ozzie Football sack, BSU punts the Fighting Trees down to their own 24.
* BSU defense forces a three and out, BSU takes over after a Sycamore punt at their own 34. Someone needs to let ISU know that BSU is Punter U. YOU CANNOT WIN THIS PUNTFIGHT, TREEBROS.
* Ozzie Football had a couple of nice throws on this drive, neither of which were caught. Another drive, another BSU punt. Rushing and passing both looking a bit pedestrian.
* After a stalled ISU drive at midfield, BSU takes over at their 23. Two rushes, and it’s 1st and 10 on the 41. This Cardinal rushing attack is like good bourbon. Use it frequently enough and it’s going to work wonders.

* The first drive of the 2nd was a confounding drive. Mix of great gashing runs against stops at the line. Couple of very poor pass decisions and one beautiful ball for the TD. Such is life, I suppose, when you have a first-year starter under center.
* The Indiana State TD drive, culminating in a 25 yard TD toss, was WAY too easy. Lot of separation for the Sycamore WRs against the BSU secondary and Mike Perish is a good enough QB to take advantage of it.
* Shout out to the crowd today. Fantastic turnout.
* Big series for Ozzie Football with 2:20 to go and BSU ball on the ISU 40. Have to get points on this drive. If that happens, BSU is at minimum two scores up with the ball to open the 2nd half.
* After failing to convert the drive, the oddest of things happen. BSU muffs a miskicked punt, ISU recovers, then marches down the field where BSU is called for pass interference in the end zone. Trees follow that with a TD pass and lead at the half 17-14. Last three minutes of this half was just as bad as the last four minutes at Iowa.
* On the panic scale, I’m not like, totally freaked out. But this offense has got to move the ball in the 2nd half. It is nut-cutting time for Ozzie Football because the one-dimensional feed it to the running backs strategy isn’t a sustainable kind of thing.

* Needing a statement on the first play of the second half? Holding penalty on the return and the drive will start on the 9. Chalk up another unforced error that puts the Cardinals in a hole. Biggest reason for a three and out and the continuation of PUNT WAR 2014 after a shanked Cardinal punt gives ISU great field position at the BSU 43.
* Indiana State essentially moving the ball at will through the air. It is extremely possible that this comes down to whomever doesn’t turn the ball over down the stretch.
* I will be the first to admit that I underestimated this ISU team, but this BSU team should not be trailing an FCS squad under any circumstance or situation at home. Completely inexcusable.

* Penalties, sacks, poor throws, general ineptitude all around. Whether it’s ISU is better than expected, BSU is worse, or the matchup led to one team playing head and shoulders above the other is unknown.
* I need to go back and watch the tape, but it almost appears like the game is moving too fast for Ozzie Football. I know this is his first year starting, but this is his 3rd year in the program.
* As it stands while I write this, BSU is 69 yards away from the end zone with 3:43 to go. And for the first time in a while, I have not very much confidence this works out.
* Final in Muncie after perhaps the craziest final play since maybe Arizona State/Wisconsin


Cardinal Liveblog: Eastern Michigan

OTP Liveblog200It’s time once again to fire up the old OTP Cardinal Liveblog as the Cards take flight in Ypsilanti, MI for Eastern Michigan’s homecoming. It’s the MAC opener for both schools, and since many of us around BSU have our sights set on a MAC Championship, winning the conference opener seems like a good game to win.

The story lines in this one are plentiful, and with the OTP Cardinal Liveblog you can talk about all of them with fellow BSU fans. Can BSU ruin Eastern Michigan’s homecoming? Hopefully. Does Keith Wenning and the offense burst out in style? Maybe. Will Stan Parrish get angry and yell about something? Definitely. To join in on the Cardinal party and be part of the only interactive BSU liveblog where you, the user, gets to contribute as well, click on through at the link below. You’ll be glad you did.


OTP Cardinal Liveblog: North Texas

OTP Liveblog200Come one come all to the OTP Cardinal Liveblog! You can enter the liveblog by clicking the below link. We are going live early to let yourself get ready for all the action. Should be a rocking good time and you can make it so. Click below, buckle up, and hang with other Cardinal faithful as the Cardinals lay the smack down on the Mean Green of North Texas!


Get Your Beef’O’Brady’s Live Blog On

OTP Liveblog logoCome one come all to your one stop shop for Cardinal and White tonight as OTP does a throwback liveblog of the Beef’O’Brady’s Bowl in St. Pete. We are busting out the old school for this since OTPLiveblogs took off so well in 2008 and we’re hoping to capitalize on some good juju for this one. Grab a frosty beverage, and be here when we kick it off at 7pm with some pregame entertainment until kickoff at 7:30. Chirp…. mother f’ing chirp.

Click Here to join the Liveblog. LIVEBLOG? LIVEBLOG!

Cardinal Liveblog: Purdue!

Watching the game today on the Big 10 Network? Need to chat up this stellar upset with other likeminded Cardinal fans? Then you’re in luck. OTP will be coming to you live from The Bottom Line in Washington, DC at the Ball State Alumni Association watch party. In the area? Awesome. Come and join. Not in the area and watching the game at home? Perfect. You can converse with other friends of the feather rather than your loved ones.

The Liveblog is in a new window and you can click here or the link below and get ready to have awesome unleashed upon you. Go time is 11:45 or so, kickoff is 12:00. We’ll touch on the early games and also the other MAC action. Get it on.


Joint Liveblog Action!

OTP Liveblog logoThe game tonight kicks at 6:00pm, and it’s televised on ESPNU. Perhaps you don’t want to make the drive to NIU, perhaps you don’t get ESPNU. Perhaps you simply want to mix it up with fans of both programs. Regardless of the reason, this is where you need to be, starting at 5:30pm or so. It’s a joint Liveblog, hosted by your faithful OTPites and the ever awesome Red and Black Attack. Should be a blasty blast, and you simply need to click below to get that puppy up and running. We chat with readers, pop up polls for folks to vote in, and select the OTP Liveblog Player of the Game. It’s perhaps the reason the internet was invented.

Go. Do it. Or Jerry Kill will live up to his last name.



Liveblog it up, or I will Jerry Kill you

OTP Liveblog! EMU

OTP Liveblog logoWhat’s that? Not heading to Eastern Michigan to watch your Cardinals? Not paying for the all access internet pass for the television feed? Want to chit chat with fellow Cardinal fans win, lose or draw? Want to participate in reader polls and commentary all while BSU wins its first game? Excellent… you’ve come to the right place.

The Liveblog is in a new window and you can click here or the link below and get ready to have awesome unleashed upon you. Go time is 12:30 or so, kickoff is 1:00. We’ll touch on the early games and also the other MAC action. Get it on.


Liveblog Saturday! Be There.

OTP Liveblog logoIs it a sexy game on Saturday as winless Ball State straps it up against winless Eastern Michigan? Of course not. Is it televised? No. However… your fearless OTP leaders are going to be rocking and rolling an OTP Liveblog. A tasty little treat that’s one part play by play, one part smarmy, one part discussion, many parts awesome, the OTP Liveblog returns triumphantly for this weekend’s game. Game kicks at 1:00, the Liveblog kicks off around 12:30.

For those that haven’t been a part of these before, it’s very interactive with user comments, user polls, all that good stuff. It’s easily the best way to watch or comment on a MAC game with two teams that are a combined 0-13. So come on back on Saturday and get your Liveblog on.

Cardinal Liveblog: North Texas

OTP Liveblog logoRoughly 4 hours away from kickoff and it’s time to get this party started on our end. Some pregaming, some trash talking, perhaps some cornhole out in the yard to the chagrin of the East Coasters. Last year, on the old antiquated Blogspot host, we simply embedded the Liveblog software right in the post. That’s a little different here at the new digs. It’s a simply fix, you just click on the link below and a window pops up on your computer. Simple stuff.

Liveblog gets rolling around 7:15 or so at the latest, hopefully earlier. Grab a beer, settle in, and get yourself ready for some Cardinal football.

For the Cardinal Liveblog CLICK HERE to make sure everything is squared away for your Liveblog awesomeness.

First Cardinal Liveblog of 2009… Thursday at 6:30

Oh baby… this is what we’ve been waiting for. It’s almost time. Time to put the women and children to bed and go lookin’ for dinner. And by “lookin’ for dinner” I mean “hang out at the Cardinal Liveblog on Thursday Night.”

For those of you who dropped by our Liveblogs last season, you know what’s about to happen. For those that didn’t, come get your fill of interactive conversation with BSU fans from across the country. The game’s on ESPNU, so feel free to hop on and give your thoughts as the thing unwinds. We’ll select the OTP Liveblog Player of the Game based on fan voting, and I assure you good times had by all.

Giddy up. Get it on. Liveblog or be square. Thursday 6:30.