Jim Tressel's Facebook Moment

By Jason Priestas on June 5, 2011 at 6:39a
Aspect ratio courtesy of a cell phone

For a guy that might claim that he doesn't even know what "a Facebook" is, Jim Tressel and about 200 fans shared a pretty special moment courtesy of the social network.

Organized as the Walk to UA for Tressel as a way of showing support in the wake of his stunning resignation, students and fans met at 6pm at a nearby park and walked a half mile to Tressel's home before serenading the coach with their blatant disregard for the well being of our neighbors to the north.

After which, the coach delivered a line for the ages:

"Don't forget: November 26th we're going to kick their ass!"

10 and a half years after telling his new friends that they could proud of his "young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the football field," Tressel was reminding us once more that it was and always will be about Michigan.

His constraint-breaking plays, willingness to go for the jugular and the singular focus he devoted to the Wolverines always brought out the best in Jim Tressel and his 9-1 mark in that series -- good enough for demigod status in the 614, regardless of recent events -- was a product of that.

For one night at least, brave souls willing to trek through Upper Arlington in 90° heat got one more glimpse of it.

Love it.

An editor for the Michigan Daily walks into a Buckeye bar...He said we didn't have to be brilliant

Further capturing the moment was what we believe to be the first cursing of any type on the record for Jim Tressel (the Sugar Bowl halftime speech, which featued some colorful language, was leaked1).

It was as if he had decided that he was going to just go ahead and be a villain since the national press was accusing him of being one, anyway. But an "ass" here and there in place of an "and so forth" is as far as he's willing to go. And that's why we like him.

So yeah, thanks for the spontaneously awesome moment, internet (particularly to the event planners). But we have to ask, where were the 1200+ of you that said you'd attend but did not?


  • 1 In other news, it just dawned on me that I got to attend Jim Tressel's final game at Ohio State. And it was an 11 on a scale of 1 to bonkers.

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Lucys Daddy is a Buckeye's picture

Damn...wish I lived in Da' Bus! I would've called off work just to be there. He needed to resign. No doubt. But he is still a Buckeye. I am not going to miss his conservative play calling or his affinity for the punt, but he will forever be a legend and a true Coach.

...And when we win the game, We'll buy a keg of booze....And we'll drink to old Ohio til we wobble in our shoes...

Lucys Daddy is a Buckeye's picture

By the by...please allow myself to introduce...<ahem> myself.


I am a dyed-in-the-wool, "Woody Hayes is a God", Carmen Ohio singing and "air-Sousaphone" high-stepping and 'i-dotting' Buckeye fanatic.  My profile pic is of my wife and I at the BW's on Lane and High last year for the Marshall game...my wife's initial (though not last, I assure you) Baptism into Buckeyedom. 


I piss Maize and crap Blue.


I am so glad I found this site...FINALLY--a site that I can relate to.  And I am looking forward to crushing scUM trolls and defending all that is Buckeye Football until I  am carried by six. 

...And when we win the game, We'll buy a keg of booze....And we'll drink to old Ohio til we wobble in our shoes...

NW Buckeye's picture

Welcome to 11W!! Yes, this is a very comfortable site for Buckeye fans. One of the best features is that you do have to register in order to post comments. Trolls do come on occasionally but usually don't last long once they figure out the system. And we do actually attract rational commenters from other fan bases. You will find M Man (who runs a Michigan blog) to be quite knowledgable and fair with his comments. You will also find some disgruntled OSU fans to be quite brash at times, but for the most part posts are quite civil here - even when we do bash the occasional troll.

Enjoy your new found home!!!!

Scott K's picture


Was also at the Marshall game with my Dad.

My first game since Michigan St. 1998 (lost, lost the MNC because of it)

My first game sitting with my Dad since Illinois 1984, the epic running out of his shoe for one of his 5 tds Keith Byars game. He carried us to the win, and I was baptised into Buckeye football forever and ever, amen.

This is by far the best Bucks site around. Enjoy.

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

Jason Priestas's picture

Welcome! And thanks for the kind words, guys.

slippy's picture

My bad, I guess that pic was a little big.


Can we organize a walk to Fickell's house now to show our support?  Don't want him to think we don't have faith.

buckeyedude's picture

9-1 vs. Michelin. Nuff said. Wish I lived in C-bus. I would have crawled there if there were no other way to go. Tress made a mistake an I will always hold him in high regard. Just as I do Earle and to a lesser extent, Coop. Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.

And Lucys Daddy: Welcome, and I agree. Best FREE Buckeye website. Period. I was at the Marshall game also with my 17 year old son. Hot as Hell that day. Phew! Sat right behind the student section in the south end zone and got to see a few boisterous students get escorted out of the game. Good times.  LOL.



Nappy's picture

Id be willing to argue it's the best Buckeye site PERIOD.  

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

buckeyedude's picture

I don't have many complaints Nappy, but I do wish there were more on the recruiting side, as at Bucknuts. But, I can always go over to Rivals.com or Scout.com for that. I like the fact this website doesn't get the Trolls declaring "My team rulz, yer teams sux, because I said so." That shit gets old. I also like the fact that most of the folks in here know a few things about football, as opposed to the girl in 5th grade that stumbles upon this website.  I don't mind intelligent banter, like M Man provides, but Trolls need to KEEP OUT!



Nappy's picture

I wouldn't be opposed to a recruit database either, but I think the writing and content of the articles more than make up for any lack of recruiting info.  

I definitely agree on the toll postings though.  I've been reading this site since about 2008, and while we may not always agree, we can still be civil most of the time.  The nationally known sites (ESPN, CFT etc...) just seems to be hate spewing comments that add nothing of substance to any conversation.  Not that I'm against a random "Fuck Michigan" or anything.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

lol..the facebook response is why i love being a Buckeye!


vid gave me the chills...still having a hard time getting over the vest being gone

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

BuckeyeMark's picture

the video is greatness and it made me realize ... he is gone.  he really is gone.  on the sideline this year there will be no Vest.  after the game, no Tress singing Carmen.  I just can't believe it.

I won't miss his ultra conservative playcalling.  I'm so frustrated with him for lying to the NCAA (really?!  just walk that email down to compliance Tress!).  but he was a great, great coach, led the program to new heights (six BCS bowls in a row ... ponder that), and was the most Buckeye coach since Woody and maybe even ever.  

he will be terribly, terribly missed.

Jason Priestas's picture

Yeah, me, too. I got a little misty-eyed and was telling my wife that the video portrayed him as just a "normal dude". Not the millionaire head coach of one of college football's biggest programs.

I do hope he spends the rest of his life in Columbus and is involved in some way down the road.

cal3713's picture

Wow, wish I hadn't read the comments on the ESPN link above.  Here are a couple good examples: 


"Wow, Tressel is a bigger loser than I thought. Here he is promising a victory over Michigan and he's not even on the team....even disgraced the team. He is the epitome of the BC$...classless, ludicrious, selfish, puts down others, and hateful. Way to go Ohio State....you are showing the world how classless you and the BC$ really are. (and I mean the fans too because they cheer everything he says like he's a politician running for president). I will always cheer for Michigan to beat these idiots in all sports from now on."


"If the coach of my school cheated, lied and led brought shame onto my university, I would be mad at him and would want him as far removed from the school as possible.

But Ohio state scumbags are embracing Tressel's cheating and lying, just because he was successful* against Michigan. Never seen a more shameless and pathetic fan base. 

* denotes results achieved through cheating, lying, deception and fraud. "

Irricoir's picture

Case and point, you wish you wouldn't have read them and now we have to suffer with you. Misery loves company, I guess. That is the reason I stay away from ESPn blogs and others. I don't need reasons to get my temper flaired up. I keep it in check most times on here. I don't want to read that stuff either.

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

Scott K's picture

I refuse to read the vitrol that is spewed by "fans" in comment sections on almost every sports news site I visit, especially EPSN.  Most comments are almost exclusively disgusting, ridiculous and completely uninformed. This isn't just about OSU, it's for all sports in general.

Just because you have a computer and an opinion doesn't mean you should voice/post it.

However, that is why I LOVE this site.  Most post here with genuine insight and respect.  I even like that the amount of homerism isn't too high, even though all fans, no matter how unbiased they claim to be, are homers to some extent.


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

Pam's picture

I canceled my subscription to ESPN the Mag and to SI.  I will be receiving a combined $87.38 in refunds for the balance of the subscriptions. I will donate the money to the the NJ Buckeye alumni scholarship fun.  I cannot and will not support either of them. 

NeARBuckeye's picture

Good luck getting that money back. It took me 3 months to get my refund from SI.

buckeyedude's picture

Bravo Pam! I wish I had an SI or ESPN subscrip. to cancel.



BuckeyeChief's picture

"This isn't just about OSU, it's for all sports in general."


100% agree.

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

Denny's picture

Sometimes when I feel bad about myself I look at Yahoo! comments, especially those on BDL. Then I feel much better.


buckeyes763's picture

The fact that it is finals week probably kept a number of students from attending, just saying.

Jason Priestas's picture

They hold finals on Sunday now? :)

Bucks's picture

Jason, message sent to you.

buckeyedude's picture

You know, just throwing out an idea to the dudes at 11W: Tressel started a lot of new traditions since he was hired in 2001, and I wonder if we could have a poll as to which ones Buckeye fans like the most? Which ones should we keep? Get rid of?



Denny's picture

That's an excellent poll idea. Personally, the singing of Carmen Ohio after games is my favorite tradition he started.


Jason Priestas's picture

Help me out, guys. What other traditions were you thinking about?

Denny's picture

The stadium walk was started by Tressel, right? 

Also, beating the piss out of Michigan with frequency.


bcWEcouldn&#039;tGOfor3's picture

That rocking a sweater vest is (and probably always will be...in memory) appropriate attire to a football game in the 'Shoe.

bcWEcouldn&#039;tGOfor3's picture

Unleashing the 3 other "stars" that were lying dormant in 2-star players

Pam's picture

It was his idea to put "Coached by____insert HS coach name" when players were introduced via Jumbotron.

slidingscrapes's picture

wasn't tressel the one that began bringing the football team through skull session?

Show them Ohio's here!

blazers34's picture

probably should put this in the forum, but what the shit is going on at WVU?

BuckeyeChief's picture


"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

cal3713's picture

A quote from Desmond Howard (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6627436):

"Even after they have this interim coach, Luke Fickell, coach this season they start a search for a new coach," he said. "Whoever that new coach is going to be, he's coming into a situation where they may lose scholarships, they may not be able to play in bowl games and they may not be on TV for a while. There's some big penalties that can potentially hit the Buckeyes."


Seriously Desmond?? We are not going to be banned from television.  I can't imagine getting hit as strongly as USC, and they didn't even get this penalty.

Johnny Ginter's picture

a hell of a lot of things might potentially happen to OSU, but i feel pretty safe in saying that i'm 100% confident we wont get banned from tv. scholarships, postseason for a couple of years, maybe. but tv? hahaha come on

JakeBuckeye's picture

Call me crazy, but the prospect of having a postseason ban for a year or two isn't all that terrible to me. Yeah, it wouldn't be good, but I think it would make the Michigan game so much better on our side. We would be playing for that game the entire season, as opposed to playing for a bowl game. And yeah, I'll be watching the Bucks from Orange County on my high definition television for many falls to come.

Kurt's picture

It's valuable practice time lost.

Pam's picture

Desmond for a lack of a better word, is a moron.  He destroys the English language regularly despite his UM education that he touts at every opportunity. "Axe" for ask, "esactly" for exactly" On twiitter he asked if a source was "creditable" and when called out he said that it meant the same as "credible" How can this guy be a CFB "expert" and not know that a TV ban will never happen ever again? Answer? His a moron

Pam's picture

Exhibit A:

@desmond_howard lol... U criticize tressel all the time...I disagree with pretty much all your tweets N wat u say on tv

@SoutheastG What are you Tressel's son? I don't criticism him "all the time" And you disagree w/much of what I have to say...okay.

BuckeyeChief's picture

As far as ol' Benedict "Horse teeth" Howard goes, we'll just get Phil Simms to kick his ass.

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

Pam's picture

Instead of kicking his ass, Phil should challenge him with a grammar quiz.  Much more humilitating since Des loves to claim superiority with his UM "degree"

buckeyedude's picture

Do they still teach Ebonics at MU?



Doc's picture

Coach was wearing an OSU shirt too.  I just found that telling.  My Mom thinks his next coaching stop will be in A.A..  I told her that she didn't know much about Tress if she thinks that will ever happen.



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theDuke's picture

did desmond forget to check the listings for this season?  Miami, Nebraska and Wisconsin all at night and in primetime... I think. That's the kind of "reporters" they hire at SeCspn.  Yet another feeble attempt to damn OSU again. 


Oh yeah, Bravo!!! to you Pam!  I now only turn to BIG Ten Network for my sporting news. 


Pam's picture

I thought I would have withdrawal symptoms not watching CFB Live, however I realized that every time I turned it on I had a knot in my stomach waiting for their next snarky comment about Tress which would make me turn it off.  My life is much more pleasant now.

Mark's picture

Jason, that fb post from above is classic.  As far as I'm concerned, Tyler is a genius.

Jason Priestas's picture

Yeah, he nailed it.