Paying Foward: Win Two Tickets to Ohio State's Opener Against Navy

By 11W Staff on August 18, 2014 at 1:50p
This is your chance to win two tickets to the Navy game.

UPDATE: Another anonymous donor has stepped up, so we now have three pairs of Ohio State–Navy tickets to give away. Read on for details.

As an Ohio State fan, you understand the importance of paying forward. It's a mindset and something we all try to do whenever possible.

Today, an anonymous Eleven Warriors reader is paying forward by offering two free tickets to Ohio State's opener against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Would you like those tickets? Of course you would. To enter for a chance to win them, simply leave a comment here telling us why they should go to you. Per our donor's request, special consideration will be given to active duty and former military, so be sure to mention that if it applies to you.

We'll pick the winner on Friday and send the tickets electronically.


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Earle's picture

I nominate AirBuckeye.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

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Gobucks2204's picture

I second your nomination.

"Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends"

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Habu71's picture

I just logged on and saw this. My first thought was AirBuckeye. If there is something done, collection taken, to help him enjoy the trip, I'm all in for making a contribution.

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FitzBuck's picture

Anyone that served is my vote.  Air buckeye works for me.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Knarcisi's picture

Third that nomination for Airbuckeye !

Very cool thing to do, whoever did this!

BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Respect. I love this. 

"You're damn right thats daddy" - Urban Meyer 

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v65animal's picture

I am a contractor working on a project for Army Aviation, stuck living in Bama! (SEC country)

Go Bucks!

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Chaseko24's picture

Living in Bama too bro, I know that feel. 

UFest57's picture

Very cool of the donor and just shows the strong family that is 11W and Buckeye Nation. As much as I would LOVE these tickets, I'll bow out in favor of any US armed forces members on here.

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osu78's picture

I am already going to the game, and as an OSU NROTC grad am a bit conflicted. I want OSU to win but Navy to look good. I was at the Horseshoe for the last meeting and throughly enjoyed it; especially John Glenn at the Skull Session and dotting the i.

Kudos to the donor.

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MattyBeingMatty's picture

I am heading out there with a few friends.  My best friend lives in DC and is putting us up for the holiday weekend.  I already have tickets but would love to be able to give him this as a present as he doesn't get to see the Buckeyes a whole lot anymore.  He is an active police officer in Montgomery County and he and his wife have a baby on the way (designated driver). 

If not selected I still really enjoy this being brought to the website.  Excellent idea!

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

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Vinsaniti's picture

I would love the opportunity to go to this game. I am a huge buckeye fanatic and army veteran of 7 years. I made sure to watch all the games that were televised while deployed. Had an Ohio State flag in my room while there. I've always wanted to see the service academies play and against the buckeyes would be awesome!

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Vinsaniti's picture

This would also be a cool gift to take my dad a 20 year army vet to the game

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D-Day0043's picture

I'm so poor I couldn't afford to get there if I had tickets.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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TNbuckeye91's picture

i am not in any armed forces, my brother's in the navy. i haven't been to a buckeye game in a long, long time, because i've been stuck in the south for so long. if i were to get the tickets; i'd give one to my dad. we've never had a good relationship, and I really think something like that would help. But then again, i need to quit being lazy; man up and buy some damned tickets. Either way; hats off to whomever is donating those tickets. that's righteous, my friend.

I come from a long line high, low, and in-between, the same as you. - TVZ

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apack614's picture

All you gotta do is say his name!

This will be the response!

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

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WOLFofOHIO's picture

Well..I would say to enjoy my first game of seeing the buckeyes play in person. And against navy it would be a special experience to behold. And visiting Baltimore would be a special experience as well. And To the person donating the tickets, I thank you for giving them to 2 lucky people :)

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

scribeohio's picture

My wife has an Air Force nephew who has served two hitches in Afghanistan working helicopter drops to disassemble bases under fire and he has orders for a third tour early next year. His wife was rejected for reenlistment due to medical problems and the nephew is being treated privately for his mental condition. He is on his second hitch and hopes to become an engineer in civilian life which he has studied in the AF.

They are not huge football fans and may even root for AF but I know they would be thrilled with the game and spectacle and they live near Baltimore. Edit: I know they would be thrilled and respectful of the OSU fans and ticket donor.

Thank you for consideration.

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DisplacedBuckeye's picture

I spent 10 years active duty in the Marine Corps, and I was deployed 6 times during that span. I've never been to an Ohio State game, and I spent those 6 seasons watching the games I could while in Iraq, plus the season I missed while I was in recruit training. Unfortunately, I will be missing this season once again, as I am currently working as a contractor in Afghanistan providing training and support to Marines. I would, however like to give these tickets to my brother, who is also former Marine infantry. He fought in Fallujah during Phantom Fury, along with Ramadi and a handful of other places in Iraq. 

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DWright's picture

Thank you for your service.

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DaveStephens's picture

First off, Semper Fi. 

Secondly, does AFN show Ohio State games regularly?  I'm in Bahrain till the first bye week. I'll be able to catch all of the October games in San Diego, but I'll be in Oki I for the last part of the season. What's the best way to make sure you don't miss a game OCONUS?

The Dude abides.

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DisplacedBuckeye's picture

They show a good portion of the bigger games. The games against teams like Buffalo and even Indiana, etc. are less likely to be on. The Navy game will definitely be on, as service academy games always take priority. They like to show a lot of SEC games that no one cares about though, like Texas A&M/Rice, etc. You do have to get a bit creative sometimes. In Iraq, it wasn't always an option, so we had people in the COC on the radio update us on scores while we were on patrol. If you have Internet, you can watch the games on BTN, WatchESPN, or any other networks they may be on as long as you have a cable provider that they list. I've even gone as far as downloading the games and avoiding communicating with anyone for days while they finished so I could watch them. If it comes down to desperation, there's always Gametracker and 97.1 The Fan. 

Haha, I read through that and realize how crazy it sounds, but when you have missed as much Ohio State football as I have, you find ways.

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D-Day0043's picture

Doesn't sound crazy to me. You've got to do what you've got to do. ;-)

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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DaveStephens's picture

Awesome. I was able to get the Navy game on one of the monitors thanks to the SIX!  Hopefully the VT game holds enough water. 

The Dude abides.

apack614's picture

This is awesome whoever you are, I am in the Marine Corps currently and deeply appreciate the support! I already have tickets for me and my wife though, again I appreciate this more than you know! Go Bucks, and Go 11W!

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

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thatlillefty's picture

I'd like two free tickets because I'll be there anyway and I can sell them for an easy profit.

Joking... Nice to see so many service members on here. Thank you all.

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D-Day0043's picture

God bless all of you military men and women and the sacrifices you make to selflessly serve our country. You all are awesome.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

I don't want to be considered for the tickets, but I do want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone on here that has served, or is serving, in the military.  You are putting your life on the line to protect our freedoms and it is greatly appreciated.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

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QBYBuckeye's picture

As a veteran of both the Coast Guard ('67 - '68) and the Army ('71 - '74), I love the Service Academies and what they stand for. Now I am a displaced Buckeye living in upstate New York and missing the intensity of Buckeye Nation from my days in Central Ohio ('87 - '02).  A trip to Baltimore would give me the opportunity to reconnect with a CG Academy roommate living in Silver Springs who I haven't seen since 1968.

Go Buckeyes!

New York Buckeye

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RBuck's picture

I nominate Buckeyechief.

Long live the southend.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Thank you a million times for this, unfortunately I am on deployment and can't make it...I really wanted to go to this game!

"2014 National with it!!!"

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ericfisher24's picture

I live in Orlando Fl and all of my family is from Ohio but I landed here due to my parents in the Navy. My Dad and I have traveled to a couple games including a 14 hour drive from Orlando to Indianapolis for last years Big Ten Championship and they lost.  I also traveled to Jacksonville to watch them play the Gators in the Gator Bowl in 2011 and they lost. Then I traveled with the Central Fl Buckeyes club to Miami where we lost to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. I have NEVER seen the Buckeyes win a game in person. Also my little brother just finished at the Navel Academy and I would like to take him as a graduation gift. 

85 yards through the heart of BAMA!!!!!!

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YTOWNBUCKI's picture

As a Navy vet residing in southern Maryland I'd like to see them go to a Navy vet in the DC/Baltimore area.  I will not plead my case since I would rather nominate Airbuckeye if he lives in the area.

CJDPHoS Board of Directors

Go get your shine box, Gumar!

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WyoBuckeye's picture

I am a veteran of the US Navy as well as a Ohio State alumnus and current employee.  I'm not sure I deserve these tickets any more than anybody else as there are plenty of Navy Veterans who are also Buckeye fans, but I will say that I will be loud and I will be proud to cheer on the Buckeyes (and the Middies too) in Baltimore.  Also, I have never been to an away game.  So that would be fun too.  I'd take my brother who just recently retired from the US Army, and who is a life-long Buckeyes fan who hasn't been to a game in over 20 years due to his service.

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WarriorBuckeye's picture

As a Veteran of Afghanistan and an Active member of the Ohio Army National Guard, I love to see people paying it forward to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines whenever possible. I had an opportunity to attend an Ohio State Football practice 3 years ago as a member of the Guard. It was a great experience. I am not going to vote for myself because I would feel selfish. That is not how I live my life as a Solider, Husband or Father. Thank you to the anonymous donor and I hope whoever gets these tickets has a great time at the game! Go Bucks!

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kgab11's picture

I'm a huge Buckeye fan, I have a college degree but can't find a job. So I'm stuck with a crappy job, too much debt, and I'll never be able to afford an OSU game again. 

And also, TTUN SUCKS!!!

DCBucki's picture

I don't know anybody here well enough to nominate anybody and I already have my tickets. As a former Active Duty Marine, I'd like them to go to a Navy or Marine Corps veteran (considering it is VS Navy) living in the DC area. I would even start the donation pot by contributing some money towards travel costs if said person lived outside the imeediate area. Go Bucks and Semper Fi!!

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"

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mmounts's picture

Never been to a Buckeye game. Planned on making Navy vs. OSU my first, regardless of this! Lived in SEC country and was a military brat my whole life (until a year ago moving to DC), so OSU games were never an option. Would love to have them. If given, I would be taking my roommate who ships out to OTS school for the Air Force later this year. I will be joining the Army after I complete my Masters. 

AirForceNUT's picture

I've spent every last second of the past six years serving the World's greatest Air Force.  Often missing seasons at a time.  One of my best friends is a recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  He is also an avid Buckeye fan and this game would be awesome if we can see it together. But I too cast my vote for AirBuckeye.

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Baroclinicity's picture

After reading these, I think the donor is going to have a very difficult choice to make!  To the donor: would love to know who wins in the end!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

KansasBuckeye's picture

Well, I'm in the Army and a life long Buckeye fan!  I have dual motivators for rooting extremely hard for The Ohio State University in this game.  Plus it'd be awesome to take either my wife or my son to their first ever Ohio State football game!

Note:  My wife and son have lived their entire lives in Kansas.  We plan on going to the 2016 game at Oklahoma and/or the 2017 Nebraska game in Lincoln.  It should be noted that despite a large family with ties to other schools, my son and wife are now die-hard Buckeye fans.  My wife even excitedly watched Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell commit to the good guys with me!

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camcop71's picture

I am the son of a Marine veteran, an Army veteran and a retired police officer from Ohio but recently moved to NC. Although I have been fortunate to attend two games at the 'Shoe, my wife has never had the joy of watching the Buckeyes in person. I guess they would really be for her. Thanks.

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back so I just ran him over.” -Joey Bosa, PSU 10/25/14

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JOhio1560's picture

I've been a huge Buckeye fan since I was very young but have only managed to attend two games in person.  I've looked for tickets to this game for months but I couldn't find any in my price range.  I currently reside about an two hours away from Baltimore and would easily be able to go.  I am not in the military but my father and both my grandfathers served brief stints.  

I'm probably not the most deserving person to get the tickets.  There are some great people on this site.  But that can't stop me from trying!

michigan sucks, Go Buckeyes!

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

Hovenaut's picture

I initially didn't want to post on this thread, but this is a great excellent representation of the Buckeye and 11W community.

A salute to my fellow veterans, as well as those currently serving.

Go Buckeyes!

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

Dude, if they don't go to a Vet, then I'd nominate you.  You said you've never seen them play, and don't you live in Maryland?

BTW, where if you don't mind asking?  After my grandparents moved from Cleveland in the 70's, they spent 15 years or so in Severna Park (I loved visiting that house) and then moved to an amazing Senior Living Community in Annapolis.  Due to this I've always loved Maryland and especially Annapolis and the Baltimore waterfront.

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Hovenaut's picture

I appreciate the sentiment, very nearly took up an offer to go a couple weeks back. My work schedule has been pretty hectic as of late (I need a serious change here), and nearly shelved a family vacation to the Jersey Shore Labor Day week - thought about going to see the home team.

Story short, the vacation is back on. Would have thought about the Maryland game, but the Mrs. and I have a wedding (her friend, not mine) to attend.

I'm going to make up for the missed opportunity someday, on my terms. I'd love nothing better than to get home at see the good guys in the 'Shoe - along with meeting some cool people from this website I know of...

To answer your question, I'm in Frederick - working in Rockville (at the moment), the Mrs. in D.C. Love Baltimore - haven't made as many visits the past couple years, but as our toddler gets older we're finding our way back (took him to the aquarium last month).

My wife was almost apologetic when she heard about this opportunity - especially after serving in the Navy (four years, many moons ago), it would have been a great first game to get to.

That's why I initially didn't want to post on the thread. My time will come, and there are definitely others who've served/who are serving more worthy than me.

What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

A wedding? Did you not read Ramzy's article? Haha.

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Hovenaut's picture

I didn't forward Ramzy's article to the Mrs...


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Buckeyeneer's picture

Not throwing my hat in the ring, just wanted to comment that this is a great gesture and thank those who served.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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buckeyebean81's picture

Hello everyone, I'm a submarine sailor of 14 years, served with many officers from the  Naval Academy  over the years one a former player. I had the interesting pleasure to host some of the football team this summer during their midshipmen cruise.  They are very sharp, and their quarterback Reynolds  is not intimidated by our team one bit. I would love the opportunity to take my 10 year old boy to his first buckeye game. Go bucks!

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Jason Priestas's picture


We've tried to email you a couple of times to hand over two tickets to the game. Could you contact us when you get a chance at, so that we can get you the tickets?

mrspray's picture

My dad went to pretty much every OSU home game with his dad growing up. He and I have been to one game in Columbus in about 2007, and are super pumped that they're playing two games in our area this year (we're in northern va).

32 years ago today my dad reported to the Army - on Friday we'll celebrate Command Sergeant Major Spray's retirement from the United States Army Band Pershing's Own. I can't think of a better retirement gift than two tickets to a game for a great career of service to our country!

EDIT: he visits this site every once in a while - here's hoping he doesn't stumble across this article as it would be an awesome surprise!

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray

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pjtobin's picture

This is awesome! A very nice way to pay it forward. I can't go. But wanted to say thanks to the donor!! It's great being a BUCKEYE!!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

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DBell8's picture

I am already going to the game so I will not throw my name in the hat, but this is a very cool thing to do and I hope to see whoever wins these over in Baltimore in 12 days!!

Montana silver bullet's picture

I'm proud of 11dubbers support of our military men and women and the unselfish nature of our (11W) family that this thread has brought out. Thanks to the donor, and to whom ever scores these tickets---enjoy it! GO BUCKS!!! 

Montana Silver Bullet

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

I hope a current or former serviceman/woman gets these tickets. They deserve it for serving our country. As for the rest of us who can't attend the game in person, is the game still on CBS's Sports Network cable channel? And if so, is the game going to be shown in Toledo on Buckeye Cablesystem, even though Buckeye Cable doesn't carry CBS Sports Network?

Gcbuckeye62's picture

4 year Navy veteran, tours to Spain & aboard USS Nimitz, love this country, the Navy, Eleven Warriors and a die hard Buckeye fan!

Go Bucks..Meatchiken sucks!

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airbuckeye's picture

I am overwhelmed by all who have thought of me that im at a total lose for words but i will try to express my feelings the best i can. This is a wonderful idea from the donor to do something like this for all Buckeye Fans on this site and even more thoughtful to think of those who are serving now or have served.

I know that i have had the great pleasure and chance over the last 57 years to enjoy going to a few games in my life to support what i have felt to be the Greatest College program to take the field. I have had  many opportunities to set in the Shoe and a few other Stadiums on a chrisp fall Saturday afternoon and root my Buckeye's on to victory and also lose my voice for days doing so.

I am deeply HONORED by all those who have taken the time to mention me but im sure their is someone more deserving than i to have a chance that may not be as lucky or fortuned enough to have that experience in life to be able to carry those life memories like most of us have.

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chitown buckeye's picture

Class act, Airbuckeye, Class act. Good Luck to all who have thrown their name in the hat as well as thank you to all those serving or have served.

"I'm having a heart attack!"


Last season I sat on the messdeck of my Coast Guard ship trying to watch the Buckeyes battle Michigan. The reception was horrible, and the game tuned in and out as we sailed around the San Diego bay. I had been pestered all day long by the captain of my boat, being forced to hear the same old garbage about how overrated my Buckeyes are. Being a homesick sailor, Captain had something going for him that especially filled me with rage: HE WAS FROM OHIO AND HE WAS A MICHIGAN FAN. He always used his rank in a manner in which I could not argue for Ohio State.

We all saw last years battle, well exempt me, I heard most of it because of the awful reception--but that was enough for me. Ill never forget what I heard: "Gardner--right side... IT's intercepted!! Ohio State intercepts it!!!.... Tyvis Powell savees the SeEason!!" (Roll Hang On Sloppy).

Regardless if I watch the game at home or Baltimore, I can not wait to see the Buckeyes open their season and beat the Midshipmen. For all of the Navy guys who mocked my Buckeye gear in San Diego, to all of the critics who count us out, to all of the bandwagon MI fans who pretend they know their team--GO BUCKS.

For Loyalty For Courage

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Buckeyeinsc's picture

Only in my 3rd year enlisted Air Force. I am a lifelong bucknut and not afraid to show it down here in sc. There is a war going on for those of you still safe up home. A war against the sec that your brothers and sisters  down here with me are fighting against an arrogant and fact-less enemy. It is a tough fight but one I will gladly partake. Our Honor Defend!!

Fighting the good fight in SEC country. "Our honor defend"

Sicily of the 614's picture

Just taking a shot at this, no big deal if I'm not chosen. I'm an active duty sailor based in Jacksonville, FL. As in Seminole/Gator/Dawgs country. I've been in the navy for about 8 years. My wife and I grew up in central Ohio, both die hard buckeyes. I'm currently writing this comment on my phone from Bahrain. Luckily I'm coming back to the states on Thursday. The tickets would be an amazing welcome home gift. Lol if not, no worries, I'm just glad to be back. Go bucks!

Nobody panic

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USArmyBuckeye's picture

If only I was returning from deployment a few weeks earlier.  Regardless, if whoever put the tickets up reads this, thank you for doing something worthwhile and honorable with them!  It's great to see a gesture like this, and whoever ends up going is one lucky Buckeye! Enjoy it for all of us :)

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count vertigo's picture

I don't compare to many of the other commenters and likely don't deserve them,but here goes-lifelong Buckeye fan,formerly of Ashland.Exiled in MD for far too many years and never seen the Bucks live.

Maybe some year,I'll win tickets at Maryland when there are fewer deserving competitors....

Thanks for listening

BrutusBuckey3's picture

With these tickets I would be able to take my brother to an ohio state game. It's always been his dream. But never has been able to afford it. That being said, there are truly some deserving participants commenting in this thread. So I also would not be upset to see one of them recieve the tickets. Go buckeyes!

COB's picture

I live in DC and will be rocking the pickles scene before hand.  I was planning on scalping for seats but if the powers-that-be are so inclined, I'd love to go on the 11w hook up.  

MaxMan248's picture

Hello there Eleven Warrior Nation,

Even on the day after some of the worst news possible (regarding Braxton) I would still love an opportunity to see THE Ohio State University play some football. A little about myself, Its rather ironic but I am currently active duty Navy. I am AD3 (AW) by trade which is aviation machinist mate for anyone who doesn't know. My term in the Navy is almost up and I am heading back to the buckeye state to pursue a degree at OSU of coarse. But anyway I'd love to take a few buddies of mine who are also Buckeye fans to head up and watch the game. If I get the opportunity that would be amazing if not its still and always will be ...O-H !!!

Max Weidenborner

Aztooh's picture

Suppose I'll throw myself into the ring. Formerly active duty Air Force, separated and joined the air guard...only to be activated due to manning needs. Currently in the middle of nowhere PA, but Baltimore is about perfectly equidistant for me and my best friend who is still active duty AF at Langley. 

Whoever gets the tickets, have fun and go bucks!

Earle's picture

Just a comment to say that my recommendation above in no way diminishes my respect for the many other fellow Eleven Dubbers who have served or are serving.  You are all deserving of the opportunity.  My sincere thanks to you all.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

Frankmcdee's picture

I am a lifelong Buckeyes fan born and raised near Toledo Ohio, and a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during Desert Storm and Desert Shield.  I served aboard the USS Arkansas and I was certainly a displaced Buckeye since the ship's mascot was the Razorback.  I have spent the last decade working across the country from Hershey Pa, to Seattle Wa, and Reno Nv.  I move my beloved Buckeyes man cave from city to city and hang my Ohio State flag proudly everywhere I have lived.  I recently moved to Lexington Ky to be nearer the families of my wife and I.  We have attended the last spring game and I have traveled to Columbus several times to show my daughter the campus.  She is a talented basketball player and would tell you her goal is to play for the women's Buckeye basketball team.  I spend most of my "extra" money on camps for her and my younger daughter so paying out of pocket game tickets is not feasible.  I would love to take my daughter to an Ohio State vs. Navy game not only for the game itself, but it is rare that the team and the opponent truly reflect who I am in life.  Being raised a Buckeye and proudly serving in the Navy truly has molded me into the person I am today.   This is a road trip I would love to make.

As I get closer to my 50's, I notice there is more gray and less scarlet.

9DeuceAlum's picture

I am a former OSU student who will be moving from Ohio to North Carolina. NC is a place I have always dreamed of living and I am making the life changing decision to quit my job and move and hope for the best. The last place I remember feeling at home was attending school at OSU. I was thinking about dropping 100 dollars on a ticket because the game would be on my way to my new location but can't justify it because I am already going to be in a tough spot financially if i don't find a job in a couple months. Getting the chance to spend some of this life changing day with people I feel are like family would really go along way.  That's all I've got. It would be a giant boost and bonus if I got to attend this game as I start a new journey in life.

socbum's picture

I would be honored to represent servicemen past and present at the OSU v Navy. My father retired from the airforce aget 24 years as a full bird, I did ten years in the army as an MP and comms specialist and my son has now joined the ranks as a combat engineer. We have been a strong military family with deep roots in Ohio and love the tradition and ceremony that is represented at OSU events.

Go Bucks!

SmoothJazz13's picture

i deserve the tickets because my best friend is going to the game and every time we have gone to a buckeye game together we have never lost. Please consider this guys.

Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it. -WOODY HAYES

Oyster's picture

Is your best friend going alone?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

DawestBuckNut0369's picture

I am a current United States Marine SSgt and would love to go to this game and see tOSU beat up on the Navy!!! But because i am currently stationed in Kansas i wouldnt be able to get there. But this is a wonderful thing our fellow fan is doing! Keep it up and whoever gets to go have fun!!!

CamTCampbell11's picture

Wow, first off, what a class act and a wonderful gesture to pay forward 2 tickets to the season opener. My name is Cameron Campbell and I am an Active Duty United States Marine! I am an E-4 (Corporal) and I am currently stationed in San Diego, CA at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Prior to being stationed in San Diego just recently, I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for two years. I was unable to take leave to come home to Ohio and see a game. Also because of the time difference where Okinawa is 13 hours ahead of eastern time zone; I had to watch the Ohio State games most of the time at 1:00 a.m. or 4:30 a.m for a regular noon 12:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. kickoff. It so happens that I will be home in Ohio for annual leave Aug 24th-Sep13th and would be very grateful to be able to make it to see the season opener. My last game and also my last season opener I was able to attend was on Sep 2, 2010 against Marshall, just before I left for Marine Boot Camp. Thank you for consideration; Go Bucks and God bless!

CampbellCt Go Buckeyes!

BuckeyeRef's picture

If AirBuckeye can't go, I'd love to go see J.T. Barrett lead the Buckeyes to victory!

Go Bucks!!!!

airbuckeye's picture

I just hope who ever is lucky enough to recive these tickets realize they will be part of the BUCKEYE NATION faithful representing tOSU. I also hope that and pray that everyone who has thrown their name in are doing so because they truly wish to be a part of the fan base there and not for the mere fact they see a chance to make a buck on saleing them.

So i wish everyone the best of luck and who every gets the tickets have fun and enjoy the WIN and be PROUD and most of all be LOUD lose your damn VOICE thats the real fun in it LOL at least it always has been for me. I tell you a little story here about losing my voice at the last hame i was lucky enough to go to and i was broke for 4 months doing so but it was damn well worth.

It was the Game against U S C and my grilfriend's very first game in the Shoe and she had a ball after the game got started because she is one of those few people that have panic attacks when there are to many people around her. But i expland to her keep your eyes on me at all time's till the game starts and you will be fine.

She got so into the game she was high fiving everyone one around us LOL but she too lost her voice that game like i did but the funny part is the next night i cook dinner for her Aunt /cousin and his wife and all he could do was make fun of the fact when i talked was i sounded like a girl because of no voice.

I said that's ok bitch laugh now but wait till you get my bill for this meal you'll have wish you went down on Main St and paid for a hooker instead LOL. So weather like i said whom ever wins and i know there are a lot of us who are hopping to get the tickets show just how strong and proud the Buckeye Nation is on TV and by all mean's be respectful to the host team and their fans.

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Frankmcdee's picture

Airbuckeye, I feel the same way.  I would never scalp donated tickets.  That is a total classless act.  Most people of average income would have a very hard time ponying up the money for tickets for their family to attend a home game.  This donation by the unknown benefactor is certainly a gift that should be treasured by the recipient.  I am hoping to win them too, but I would be very happy for the person chosen.  This is a rare opportunity to show people from another area of the country how fanatical Ohio State football supporters are.

As I get closer to my 50's, I notice there is more gray and less scarlet.

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zjhousley's picture

I find it pretty strange that people are recommending themselves to get the tickets.  Not only strange, but selfish.  There are so many service men and women out there who are Buckeyes fans.  I don't know any who live in that area, but I think 11W should honor those who fight and risk their lives for our country, and probably can't afford tickets.

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VABuckeyeInsanity's picture

I have a cousin-n-law (guess that's what you call them) in the Navy now.  He is stationed in VA, but is an avid college football fan.  This would be a cool gift for me to give to him, before he leaves on deployment in December for the year. 

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BuckeyeTrappedInSouth's picture

I would love to go with my Brother-In-Law who is cuurently at Walter Reed in Bethesda Maryland.  He lost both legs below the knee a year ago and finally he has prostetics.  I am sure he would love the break from all the physical therapy he has to go through each day.  If for some reason my wife wouldn't let me drive up for it, his 4 year old son who is stuck there away from their home in Florida would gladly go with him.

In Urban We Trust

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DisplacedBuckeye's picture

I'd like to withdraw my consideration for this. My brother feels the same. One of my Marines lost his legs in Afghanistan many years ago, and it was rough on him and his family. Your brother-in-law gets my vote. 

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BuckeyeTrappedInSouth's picture

Thanks for your consideration.  He also lost them in Afghanistan from a rocket.  He is doing pretty well but not sure how long he willmbe stationed at Walter Reed.  His wife and son at least are with him, and we have traveled there several times and will some more this year.   If We get to go, I think my wife and sons will spend the day with her sister and son in DC.

In Urban We Trust

DisplacedBuckeye's picture

No worries, I'd much rather see them go to someone like your brother-in-law. I saw that you were selected, and hope you guys have a great time.

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SHAKENBAKE68's picture

I can't go but I want to thank the anonymous donors for thinking of men and women who have served this country.

 The Veterans Tickets Foundation has tickets for this game as well. Free to Veterans.


Go Bucks!!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

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OHinTN's picture

Not trying for the tickets.  Just wanted to thank all our veterans and active military for their service!!!  I also want to send a shout out to my fellow Buckeye fans living in SEC country...keep fighting the good fight!

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gm3jones's picture

I would love to go to this game! My reason: I bleed scarlet and gray and was in the Navy (hence my screen name of gm3). A little more detail to my situation: I grew up on the Southwest side of Columbus on Central and Sullivant ave-- not the best part of town (known as "the bottoms"). When I was little, I was a big time trouble maker. My mom worked two jobs so she really didnt have much time to spend with me and my dad left her when I was born. One day when I was in the sixth grade, I got into a fight with a kid and principle told me I was going to be expelled (4th offense). My gym teacher talked him out of it and said he would take care of it. So he told me he wanted me to play football. I told him that sounds like fun, so I went to practice that day. They just got there pads that day as well. He told me to go out there and hit the guy as hard as possible. So I did it and the coach was so impressed with me that he let me start TE and DE for him. It really changed my life... I was able to get out all of my frustation from my day-to-day life I lived on the field-- not on another person. It taught me the meaning of being apart of something bigger than myself, and to always give my all in everything I do. Fast forward a few more years and I decided to change my life again, so I joined the Navy. I went on two deployments and got two Navy Achievement Medals (very rare for an E-2 and E-3 to get). I also got my Associated degree in Computer Science while on both of my Deployments. When I got out, I used my GI Bill to get my BA degree. I have never had the money or means to see my Buckeyes play very many times (two in all in the shoe... and those tickets was also given to me). I would love the chance to see them play in Baltimore!

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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The Vest-er's picture

This is very cool.  I'm already going to the game, so no need to consider me.  I will say some of the best memories of my deployments involved the Buckeyes.  Huddled around a laptop watching a dvd of the 2009 and 2011 spring games.  Fighting like mad to get a ride to Balad to meet Jim Tressel, but being told that my fanaticism was admirable, but not exactly useful.  Doing the O-H-I-O in the desert.  All good times.  I hope the winner enjoys.

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

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BuckNut89's picture

I would love to have this opportunity for a pair of tickets for my 8 year old son who suffers from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in his left knee yet refuses to let it stop him from playing the game of football he loves so much.  My son is my hero for the courage he demonstrates.  I am an OSU graduate (1994) and a veteran of the Ohio Air National Guard (121st ARW in Columbus).   God bless the donors of these tickets.  Go Bucks!


German Buckeye's picture

Lifelong Buckeye fan (grew up in New Carlisle), joined the Army at 18 in 1984 as a Private and havent looked back.  30 years later I'm a Lieuteant Colonel, served in Desert Storm/Shield, Iraq twice and Afghanistan once.  The Army is all I've known as a profession and I love it today as much as I did as a doey eyed Private getting yelled at by SSG Snow and SGT White (no kidding, Snow and White) at basic training at Ft Knox.  I now am XO of one the premier Army Medical Centers that has a large Wounded Warrior Battalion.  I take pride in serving those brothers in arms that have laid it down for our county as well as their spouses and children who have played no less role in serving right along with their military member.  The Army Medical Department's motto is "Serving to Heal, Honored to Serve" O-H brother. 

hewlettbuckeye's picture

I don't want the tixs. I am going to the game with my daughters.. however, I would love to buy a few beers to the person that gets these tixs.. I think it would be great - if everyone can donate something beers, food, swag to the winner...

your Logo on SWAG !!!!!

dcbucks's picture

If they have beers at the game. I will be surprised if they do, but if they don't then maybe this could turn into a hotdog eating contest. 

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

Even if I were to win, I wouldn't be able to go anyways.  But here we go

Served in the Marine Corps (99-03), I went to boot camp at Parris Island, stationed at MCAS Beaufort and Camp Schwab, Okinawa Japan.  I have only been to the horseshoe once and that was a Columbus Crew match in 98 or 99.  I watched the NC game in Okinawa, which was horrible because we were 13 hours ahead of the East Coast and I had to stash myself away from everyone just so they wouldn't ruin the game for me.  That next morning I walked into my shop with the biggest grin on my face.  My Gunny hated Ohio State, so he made me wear my MOPP gear for a few days. He said he wanted to sweat the grin off my face.  It didn't help, I was still ear to ear.  

Not sure if that counts as a good story, but I lost almost 15 pounds in those few days.  It was worth it and I would do it again.

stanton6's picture

I am a Navy Veteran of 4 years, USS John F. Kennedy CV 67, where I directed Aircraft.  Married for 12 years and have 4 wonderful kids.  We are all Die-Hard Buckeye fans! My Oldest is starting his football journey at the ripe age of 9 and would love to see his new favorite Buckeye Raekwon McMillan.  (He wants to be a Linebacker like his Dad) With a large family and my wife staying at home to take care of the kids, we can't always afford the opportunity to go to the games.  Would like to be considered, but looks like there are a lot of deserving people on here that I've shared the brotherhood of being a Veteran with.  This is really nice that someone is paying it forward like this...  I have always believed in that, whether it be paying for someone behind you in a fast food line or helping another at the grocery store with the last few bucks they need to finish getting their groceries.  It's nice to see good humanity.


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kjonesATX's picture

My wife and I are heading up to Baltimore for the game from Texas, and are going with one of my best friends and his wife (both officers in the Navy). Anyone have much information on Ohio State bars and/or Tailgates for the game?  Whoever ends up with these tickets, I would love to buy a beer for them!

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Oyster's picture

Here is one thread.  There was another one that listed a couple of bars that were in walking distance.  The Pickle or something like that.  Can't seem to find it now though.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

kjonesATX's picture

Awesome. Thanks! I thought I remember seeing a post about anyone going to the game, but it had just been posted and there wasn't much detail. Can't seem to find it either.

BSTP DeCon's picture

I don't want to be considered as I'm currently deployed through the remainder of the year, but would like to tell whoever donated these tickets that you're awesome for doing this. The support and gratitude of the readers on 11W and amongst Buckeye Nation is incredible. Go Bucks!

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Don't put me in consideration for these tickets, because I would much rather have someone associated with the armed forces have it, but damn this is freaking awesome. Everything associated with the Buckeyes are kick *ss. This is a thread that hits you right in the feels.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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That Guy's picture

I'd like to win the tickets, as I am an Ohioan I recently moved to Chicago last year for work. Now against my wishes I have been transfered to New Hampshire. If you don't know this already, New Hampshire is desolate awful area of the country. My roommate up here is a Baltimore native and this would definitely be a silver lining to bad situation and the best chance I'd have at getting to see my buckeyes play this year. Obviously hope the tickets go to the most deserving! Go bucks

AtlantaBuckeye's picture

As you can tell from my username, I am a Buckeye living in the heart of SEC country, Atlanta, GA.  I am a long-time stalker on 11W, but this is my first post.  I figured I would give it a go for the 'Pay it Forward' tickets to the Navy game.  So here it goes....

I grew up in Youngstown and like most, I am a huge Buckeye fan!  I attended Ohio State from 92-97 where I had some of the best times of my life.  It ended up that I had extremely too much fun and that is how I ended up making the best decision of my life- I joined the United States Marine Corps!  I was fortunate to be assigned to a great unit (3/8) and my 5 years of active duty were never boring and non-stop.  In my time in the Corps, I have had the pleasure of serving as security at an Albanian refugee camp, going into Kosovo to push the Serbs back, humanitarian relief after an earthquake in Turkey, compete and win 2 Super Squad competitions, and opening up the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan post 9/11.  The time I had in the military was the hardest and most rewarding in my life and I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

I would love the chance to see our Buckeyes play against the Naval academy for our opener and just appreciate the gesture from some great Buckeye fans to offer their tickets.  To whomever wins the safe, have fun and represent Buckeye Nation well!

Go Bucks and Semper FI!!

But when sloopy wears that red dress, yeah... You know, it gives me the chills

HeuermanTheFireman's picture

Of course I would like to win these, but give them to someone more deserving and thank you to all who have served, today and everyday <3

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

Colby3333's picture

My 10 yr old son and I would love to attend this game.  We are in South Carolina and don't get to games much these days.  Although my heart and soul is all OSU, my son may have me beat.  He wears an OSU shirt & book bag to school everyday.  He cried following the Orange Bowl lose knowing that his buddies (Clemson & SC fans) would give him a hard time.  He held his head high and went the next school day wearing his OSU gear proud to be a Buckeye.  

His uncle just retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service.  He asked my son to join him on the stage during the retirement ceremony. My brother-in-law told all of the civilians and service members in the audience that my son was the most patriotic person he knows and presented him with all of his medals.  I couldn't have been prouder. 

My son and I love and support our military and service men & women. We love and support the buckeyes.  Above all, we love spending time together.  We would be honored to get two tickets.

Thanks for the opportunity and generosity of fellow Buckeye fans paying forward.

BigDrill's picture

I retired as an Army Command Sergeant Major last year and in each of my units, every Soldier there knew I was a Buckeye. I flew the scarlet & gray in all of my deployments - from last year on the Sinai border in Egypt, in my tours in Afghanistan, Iraq (where I proudly displayed the original 11Warriors stickers on the Hummers we had in the command group- they have to be here in the archives somewhere), Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Panama, and in Somalia. As a Drill Sergeant I had a set of maize & blue hands painted in the floor of my office- where new Soldiers from the state up north had to do push-ups. I'd love to take my 13 YO son to this game since it's one state away from us in VA.
 Go Bucks!

BigDrill's picture

Through VetTix I was able to get 4 tickets to the Navy Game.  Please take my name out of consideration and bless someone deserving!

Airborne, and Go Bucks!

awarren84's picture

I would like to nominate my good friend Brandon. I think Brandon is
very deserving of these tickets cause he is truly one of the best
Americans, Buckeye, and human being that i know. To start...i have
known him my whole life and he was always the most straight laced and
to a point naive kid. Always trusted everyone...and would do anything
for anyone. We played football together and he was never the most
talented or biggest but always the hardest working player on the team. He played defensive end at 175 pounds and was known for making the tackle on the opposite side of the field and never letting
up.  He was team MVP as DE and LG.  That just the way he played...didn't know any better than to give everything he had. After he graduated high school in 2003 he joined the Marines while we were at war...I respect anyone who joins the
military...but it takes a really special person to join at a time like
that. He has since been deployed twice and while there, his convoy was hit by an IED and he fortunately escaped unharmed. When he returned, he met a girl who was
also in the military. It was his first girlfriend he had ever had in
his life.  She had already had 2 kids from previous relationships.  She admitted mistakes she had made and changes she had done and Brandon took her at her word.
After they were married, they had 2 beautiful kids. He then got a job
2 hours away from our hometown as a police officer.  He ended up adopting the oldest child.  And here is where the story gets depressing.  Out of the blue she asks to end the marriage.  There were some questionable motives as to the timing of this request.   It was a shock.  Hardest part is he is still 2 hours away from family and friends who would be able to support him.  Been a rough last 6 months for him basically alone. So basically I'm asking that something go right for a guy that has done nothing but give and give and give and give.  

This is is a video that we sent Brandon a DVD of while he was deployed over Christmas. I am the one in the red wig! 

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

airborne12's picture

Hello everyone! My name is Jon Gilbert, and this is why I nominate myself. I have grown up a Buckeye fan and can remember watching our beloved Buckeyes as far back as I can remember. I served with the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division for 6 years as a combat medic (2002-2008). I did two tours in Iraq with 3/505 PIR and 5/73 CAV. I was medically retired out due to developing Crohns disease while in. I attended OSU, but developed renal cell carcinoma and had to return home to Belpre, OH so that my family could help me during my recovery. I have since graduated college despite these limitations. I use to attend many games, but due to being ill I have not been able to attend any since my diagnosis. I am feeling better and am able to get out more nowadays. I also suffer from PTSD due to my deployments to Iraq. I have never attended an away OSU game and it has always been one thing that I promised myself I would do. When I heard about the Navy game I wanted to go, but due to not being able to afford it (paying medical bills,etc.) wasn't able to afford them. I no this is a lengthy post, thank you for taking the time to read it.

gravey's picture

I don't deserve to go any more than the next dude.  But I do want to thank the donors for their absolutely sterling act of Buckeyehood.  Woody smiles down on you!

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Buckloving's picture

As an old Marine who's presently working in Salt Lake City......Thanks for the props fella's.....Semper Fi


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Jime4's picture

Hi 11W and company! Thanks to the anon donors for letting us have this give away, you folks rock!

I should go to the game because I have been a member of the Ohio Air National Guard for a little over 7 years, I have served a tour over in Iraq, and, of course, a life long Buckeyes fan!

If I were to win I would take my good friend who has been in the Guard for around 10 years now, served with me in Iraq, and an even bigger fan of the Buckeyes than myself! The thing that makes this game special for him is that his 2nd favorite sports team is the Baltimore Ravens. I believe his head would absolutely explode if is able to watch our beloved Buckeyes play on the same field as his beloved Ravens!!

I have been humbled by reading other comments here, I would like to thank everyone here for their service and support of our armed forces! 

Thanks for the consideration and GO BUCKS!!!

There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.

Mohio's picture

I would like the tickets for a do-over. My husband is a big Buckeye fan, but has only been to one game ever, and that game was ruined by my 2 drunk and annoying girlfriends. The whole game they would NOT STOP TALKING, giggling, and trying to get him to dance. It my fault for bringing those 2 idiots along, and I would love the chance to make it up to my husband.

Mirullia Morneault

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