(Not So) Deep Thoughts for September

By Jake on May 18, 2011 at 9:49a
When boys were men, and men had different centers of gravity (not obese)Les Horvath catching his own pass for a touchdown

I've almost forgotten over the last few weeks, with all of the rending of garments and cacophonous caterwauls echoing about the halls of college football, that in four more months we'll watch Ohio State engage in an actual sport. The last few months have been a bit like reading A People's History of the United States: riveting, eye-opening, and thoroughly depressing. In a way, however, it's also given me an opportunity to think about what it is that draws me to the sport in the first place

Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.

- Knute Rockne

I have a pretty strong football background, as little as my own personal life reflected that. While I never played football myself, other than an abortive 2-week stint in peewee, I have coaches on both sides of my family, one of which coached a multiple Rose Bowl winning team. Many of my cousins played the sport, and I grew up going to games (including the afformentioned Rose Bowls). Perhaps most importantly, I went to High School in Stark County, where football is religion. 

All that said, it wasn't until my Freshman year at Ohio State that I actually gave a damn. 

My senior year of High School was the year we won the championship. I was a fan, sure, but I was rooting for the team everyone else was. Ohio State wasn't my team. But, I only applied to one school that winter, and once I was accepted to Ohio State I started a crash course in everything Buckeye related. 

The first thing that drew me to football was the paegentry. I was in the marching band in high school, and while the football games were nice, I only really cared about the groupies and cocaine parties that go with being a trumpet player in high school. Football games at Ohio State were an entirely different animal. The roar of the crowd overwhelms you. The euphoric walk from dorm or apartment to the stadium, people tossing bean bags, beer in hand, tension and anticipation rising with every step, is an experience everyone should have at least once. 

And the truth is, I revel in the vitriol. Not the thrown beers, spittle-flecked curses, or poisened trees, but the sheer joy in watching my team win after weeks of shit-talking. As awful as it would be to see wins vacated, scholarships lost, or any other penalties, nothing can take away the sheer exultation I felt after Solomon Thomas picked off Ryan Mallett to ice the game. College Football is war. It's rooting for your side to dismantle the other side, piece by piece, and wave it in their fans' faces the next day at the office. It's letting your inner animal take over for 2 hours a week, 13 weeks out of the year. I can't wait.

If those sonsabitches want to fight the Civil War all over again, we'll certainly do it.

-Woody Hayes

You're damn right Mr. Hayes.


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Irricoir's picture

I have always said the SEC versus the world is an after image of their defeat at the hands of the "Great Northern Oppression". For everyone waiting for the day that the B1G (or frankly anyone else) takes the crown home and puts the SEC in their place, I tell you that they are not going to relinquish that easily. They care and hold onto their (shared) championships more passionately than anyone else in history. They lean on their recent accomplishments more frequently and fiercely than a _ichigan man chanting they are the winningest program in NCAA history and gloat of Championships won before the automobile was even conceived [sarcasm]. A victory for one team here is shared by all. Ohio State and the rest of the NCAA doesn't fight one team from the SEC, they fight 9 states all at once in one culminating attempt at reliving the past, fighting for a different outcome. Their unification given birth by their demise. How do you conquer that? We have to want it more. Our players have to want it more. The kids playing for their respective teams may not view the games in these terms but the fans, the passionate fuel that drives the kids forward, are motivated by other factors than just team pride. That is the success of College Football. It is territorial, a source of pride. Everyone knows that every kids that goes to your local school is not homegrown, but no one cares. Such is the case of SEC speed and the Slohio Suckeye monikers. It is us against them. That mentality has pushed many of teams to over come great adversity, and heavy odds. [See 2002 National Championship] Has winning made us soft? I hope that it has not and we can reclaim what is ours. Ohio is the birthplace of football [at least in my eyes]. It is time that the glory be returned home. 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

GoBucks713's picture

*slow clap*

-The Aristocrats!

Irricoir's picture

Just asking, is a slow clap a good thing?

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

William's picture

Yeah its were one person slowly begins clapping and then the surrounding crowd slowly picks it up and joins in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whytAReStUQ


Jason Priestas's picture

Just another reason to be in awe of the internet's greatness: 20 years ago*, man had nowhere to go to watch a slow clap montage should the fancy strike him.

* Six if we're going to be strict and just go back to the dawn of the YouTube era.

GoBucks713's picture

Yeah, you pretty much had to pop in a VHS of pretty much any 80s comedy. Revenge of the Nerds, Coming to America, Lucas, the Breakfast Club, Without A Clue, Star Trek IV the Voyage Home (yes it was a comedy if you think about it), Bachelor Party, Can't Buy Me Love. What other slow clap scenes can we think of?

-The Aristocrats!

BuckeyeSki's picture

She's All That makes fun of the slow clap...I mean, uhhh...I've never seen that, a friend told me about it...

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

Colin's picture

For even more contemorary members that have a sense of humor so juvenile that they would watch Not Another Teen Movie (such as myself).


KE's picture

"I only really cared about the groupies and cocaine parties that go with being a trumpet player in high school."

On which planet does this occur?

Hoody Wayes's picture

WDIV (NBC-DETROIT) just reported buy-out talks are taking place. between Ohio State University and Jim Tressel.

741's picture

Doesn't make sense to me. I'm no lawyer, but my read of his contract leads me to to the pretty obvious conclusion the university is well within their rights to fire him with cause right now, and not be required to pay him a nickel. They have chosen to stand by their man however.


Luke's picture

Did you hear this on the local news or something? I can't find anything anywhere corroborating this.

Hoody Wayes's picture

Bernie Smilovitz (WDIV-Local 4 Sports-Deytoit), blurbed it, as he wrapped his sports report, on the 11 o'clock news, last night. We get Detroit newscasts here - in Sylvania - via Buckeye Cable.

See his e-mail link, above right, of his picture:



Scott K's picture

Anybody who lists "His favorite book is "The Prince of Tides."" loses all credibility with me.  Instantly.

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel

Scott K's picture

I guess that's marginally better than listing it as ones' favorite movie...

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel

btalbert25's picture

Great post Jake!  I grew up in Erlanger and Florence, KY and have never lived in Ohio.  I always, for some reason, kind of gravitated toward Ohio State.  I don't know why really.  My dad hates football, and to be quite honest I'm not that much of a fan of the game itself either.  I remember my first experience watching an Ohio State game was when I was about 10, my grandpa had the Ohio State Michigan game on.  It was one from the early 90's and I think it was one of Coopers wins against the Wolverines.  My grandpa really didn't have any rooting interest, but for some reason, I just didn't like Michigan.

I've told the story on here a few times before, but I grew to love Ohio State a couple years later when the beat Notre Dame.  I went to a catholic school and everyone loved Notre Dame.  The ones who didn't loved Michigan.  So, I didn't want to like the same team as everyone else, I went for the team that everyone else couldn't stand.  Boy am I glad I did.

I didn't actually attend my first game until the National Championship year.  I went to the UC game at PBS.  When I got in the stadium and the Buckeyes took the field I had goosebumps and just a huge grin on my face.  That same season I went to the homecoming game at Ohio Stadium.  When Script Ohio was being played, and the band I was dotted, I teared up.  I've tried to go to a game every year, don't always make it, but I have gone to Iowa for a game, and seen several games in the Shoe.  It's an Iconic place.  I tell people let me take you to 1 game and you'll be a fan.  The same can be said for other places and other sports I know, but there are a few places that are special.  That are more than getting wasted and trying to get laid.  Some places it's a priveledge to be on game day.  Ohio Stadium on game day is definitely that kind of place.

I've never lived in Ohio, and I wasn't a student at Ohio State.  As I said earlier, football is ok, but I don't particularly love the game.  I'm not sure quite how I got hooked on Ohio State football, but I'm sure glad I did.