All Glory is Fleeting

By Sarah on November 29, 2011 at 2:00p
94 Comments
Beauty in the BeastO will stand for "ownage" again

In my lifetime as an Ohio State fan, the majority of which I've spent residing in the state of Michigan, there was one sight I had not witnessed in person until this past Saturday: a Michigan team, and its fans, celebrating a win over the Buckeyes in the Big House.

I probably should have been devastated. Or livid in a way that would make Woody Hayes throw a first-down marker in solidarity. After all, as someone who spent her adolescence as an Ohio State fan living in Michigan during the Cooper years, I hold the ultimate trump card over anyone who bemoans getting teased by his/her one Wolverine friend.

Instead of experiencing PTSD flashbacks to my peers trolling me with a Charles Woodson-featured Sports Illustrated cover in school, I felt somewhat nonchalant about the whole affair. It's unrealistic to expect Ohio State, especially in the greatest rivalry in sports, to emerge victorious every year. At some point, Michigan was going to win.

I obviously would have preferred for the Buckeyes to have pulled it out, crushing the Maize and Blue's spirits once again. I would have preferred for my previous 3-0 record in the Big House to have remained unscathed. I would have preferred sending the senior class and HC Luke Fickell as the real victors to be hailed.

And yet, if the good guys were going to lose, it might as well have been this year. This was not a very good Ohio State team. I did not expect them to beat Michigan. The Buckeyes boasted a more talented roster, but the Wolverines claimed the better team this season.

OSU, losers of five Big Ten contests by an average of 5.6 points, had difficulties putting together a complete game. Save for the W against Wisconsin, they had a way of coming up just short. The patchwork defense was decimated with injuries and the offense was often an inept and inexperienced mess.

Overall, this was a season marred with scandal and full of failures, frustrations, and other f-words less suitable for this forum.

Beating Michigan could have changed that, but if this season will be remembered for anything, it should be as a bridge between eras. The previous one was a success; the future one has incredible potential. One only has to look as far as the gritty play of freshmen like Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier for evidence of that.

So, if you had seen my face in the Big House as the students stormed the field, the smirk on my face would have revealed my inner thoughts. Though the hate was still boiling underneath, I recognized how their fans felt. It was the same emotion Scarlet and Gray faithful were swept up in after the Wisconsin game, and it was the same sensation as when John Cooper was hoisted in the air by his team in 1994.

It was relief.

They knew they would never avenge the hold Jim Tressel possessed over them. They knew that in any other year, especially if the man in the sweatervest had still been around, it's doubtful they'd be reveling in such festivity. They knew a two-time national championship-winning coach was about to be announced as the next leader of the Ohio State football team.

Their win will probably not usher in a 90s-like dominance from Michigan. Brady Hoke and his Poinsettia Bowl champs resume is not about own Urban Meyer1. Perhaps that's why after the game, Michigan fans were mostly innocuous and lacking in braggadocio. They knew what I knew: this is a temporary setback. Ohio State will be back. And soon. 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE GAME

In all likelihood, my mood would have been far less serene if I had been watching The Game from home. I tend to let my more irascible side materialize in private where I can curse the demons of overthrowing wide-open receivers and allowing Denard Robinson's completion rate to go from Joe Bauserman to Russell Wilson territory.

One of the perks of attending a game, even a loss, is the exposure to elements2 that television cameras miss. Wolverine fans, maybe ready to change their reputation as key-jinglers, found an even quieter form of noisemakers in yellow pom-poms. Though they reached a respectable level of loudness on Ohio State's last drive, they remained sonically unintimidating.

Despite a stadium playlist with stale songs bogarted from every other fanbase in the country, including "Build Me Up Buttercup", "Sweet Caroline", and the tune that needs to be shot behind the barn, "Seven Nation Army", the worst sins against music occurred pregame and at halftime, when the UM band followed TBDBITL. This would be akin to The Black Keys opening up for Nickelback, a hypothetical example that must never happen.

For sportsmanship purposes, each band plays the other's fight song before kickoff. To keep the analogy train coming, TBDBITL being forced to bust out "Hail to the Victors" was like a talented artist ironically covering a terrible and overplayed song. Think Jeff Tweedy performing "I Gotta Feeling".

The Michigan band, on the other hand, taking on the Buckeye Battle Cry? Well, there exists a Michael Bolton's version of "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay"3

According to the announcer, OSU's leading tackler was CJ Bryant, meaning CJ Barnett was either adopted by his teammate's family or he and Christian Bryant merged to form one super-safety that still could not pick off a QB who entered the matchup with 14 interceptions on the year.

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.Harvard of the West

Although I expected a plethora of tattoo jokes, I heard or saw nary a one. Possibly in an attempt to erase the past decade from their minds, I only saw one Wolverine fan carrying a Tressel-centric sign. To prove his taste in humor is as sagacious as his choice in favorite teams, that fan decided a Tressel/Sandusky mock campaign poster was the height of comedy.  

With my Droid Bionic, I enjoyed Verizon's 4G LTE network4, which is as impressive as Jeremy Cash's dance moves. I observed firsthand how much faster and cooperative it was compared to the 3G network from another company who shall remain nameless5.

Even amongst 114,000 people, I had no difficulty whatsoever posting pictures on Twitter, reading updates on Shazier's injury, and receiving confirmation that yes, even from a seat near the top of the stadium, my eyes did not deceive me as I noted John Simon and Big Hank were being held.

When I was disheartened by the action on the field, I was able to luxuriate in the now-famous Will Hagerup GIF. Unlike certain other phones, my Droid supports animation and the amusement obtained from that was off the charts. 

As I watched the Buckeyes finish up their 0-for-November in the same Maxwell Smart manner as they played their first two games of the month, those laughs were much needed.

But, as the Michigan fans spilled onto the field in cathartic exhultation, there was only one thought running through my mind:

Next time, Wolverines. Next time.

  • 1 Except maybe in a hot dog-eating contest. 
  • 2 I'll spare you a description of the smell. 
  • 3 Sorry if you were unaware that was a real thing. Here's the original as a palette cleanser.
  • 4 And now it's time for your FTC disclaimer portion of the evening: Verizon bestowed the phone to 11W, which I am testing out. If anyone questions whether these are my own words, take a look at the next footnote. 
  • 5 Let's just say it's the Britta of service providers.
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Denny's picture

Tweedy's 'I've Got A Feeling' is a delightful cover, and quite the apt comparison.

Taquitos.

builderofcoalitions's picture

Nice.

Because we couldn't go for three.

JLP36's picture

Disagree with everyone who feels its OK.  Yes, the D was decimated and the odds were long.  All the better to drive a stake through their hearts.  One moment of happiness for Michigan in this series is one way too many.  That DB still hasn't caught up to Posey.  It absolutely sucks that next season is so far away...

JLP36

Buckeyejason's picture

You have to be realistic JLP36. We're not going to beat Michigan every year, especially if they have a solid coaching staff.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyejason's picture

You have to be realistic JLP36. We're not going to beat Michigan every year, especially if they have a solid coaching staff.

BUCKEYES BABY!

JLP36's picture

fact remains the play to win the game was sitting there for the taking and it would have been SWEET TO CRUSH THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS.  I don't even expect them to show up in Ohio Stadium next year with any hopes to crush

JLP36

dharmabuckeye's picture

you were tweeting during the game? come on, Sarah, focus! 

Sarah's picture

Most of my tweets came before the game! I did keep an eye on Twitter for updates, though. 

The Braden's picture

"This would be akin to The Black Keys opening up for Nickelback."

Bravo.

BuckeyeSki's picture

That show line-up would be so awful, the universe might implode

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chibuck's picture

Is there a worse voice than that Nickelback guy's??

Nappy's picture

have you ever heard Billy Corgan live?

Fan of bacon since 1981

BuckeyeSki's picture

Lead singer of puddle of mudd was turrrrrrrrrrrble

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Denny's picture

Everclear is not good live either. Like, really, really bad.

Taquitos.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Audioslave sounds terrible live.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

rider1's picture

Chris Cornell has the best voice in rock. Listen to his acoustic version of "like a stone" I respect your right to have an opinion, just not this one:)

poguemahone's picture

I see your Chris Cornell and raise you a Rob Halford

rider1's picture

I was never a JP fan. There is room for debate in naming CC as best, but to say Audioslave sucks is just irresponsible.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

If you're going to go all Rob Halford, I'm going to go all Bruce Dickinson! And Chris Cornell and sing it. His cover of Billie Jean is all sorts of awesome. Almost as good as Tori Amos covering Reign in Blood.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I almost ripped my face off when i was watching the NFL on Thanksgiving and they had Pickleback playing the halftime show

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

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

My old lady asked what "gheyness" was playing during halftime of the Detroit - Green Bay game.  I had to tell her "BrokeBackNickel". 

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Buckeyejason's picture

Geez, did Nickel Back sleep with all your guy's girlfriends?

#Haterz

BUCKEYES BABY!

Idot08bojangles's picture

Scarlet and Grey until the day I die.
idotter: September 27, 2008. OSU vs. Minnesota

poguemahone's picture

The common thread here is that all of these bands are terrible.

buckeyedude's picture

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer the old days of rock when bands like Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin dominated, and you could understand what they were sayin'! I'm just sayin'.

 

 

M Man's picture

Absolutely, Sarah.  "Relief."

I have never felt less triumphant after a big win.  We were one long Devier Posey stride from devastation.

"Sweet Caroline" belongs to the Red Sox, and any self-respecting Detroit Tigers fan ought to spit up at the thought of our copying the Sox.  Any Sox.  I hope that we stole "Build Me Up Buttercup."  I'd hate to think that we originated it.

"Seven Nation Army" probably should have been ours from the beginning; White Stripes/Detroit/etc.  Whatever.

As for TBDBITL, their version of The Victors was pathetic; it sounded like it was machine-generated.  Maybe we ought to stay away from each others' fight songs (I thought Michigan sounded quite good doing yours, btw.) 

But TBDBITL sounded amazing for their classically-oriented halftime show.  (Dvorak's From the New World, et al)  What a concept; a band marches out, plays some great music and sounds good doing it, and marches off.  (With a script "Ohio" and a fine pregame show just to prove that they really can march, too.)

If you were unimpressed with the sound levels (I was behind your bench, and I thought it was loud), that's bad for us, because that is probably the loudest I have ever heard Michigan Stadium.   Where were you sitting?  High up in the South endzone?

You missed my tailgate!  Maybe in '13?

Jdadams01's picture

I think part of it is that the big house is poorly designed for holding sound. It's just not a good stadium for noise. Also, Michigan fans haven't seemed hardcore at games since Tress started beating them.

Sarah's picture

Sorry, M Man! I appreciate the invite, but there wasn't much spare time before the game, since I accomplished the impossible and left for Ann Arbor at 6 in the morning.

And yes, I was near the top of the South end. Like I said, it didn't seem that loud until the final drive, but then again, I've been to many ear-splitting games in Ohio Stadium. 

I've heard Wisconsin do "Build Me Up Buttercup", but maybe the hiring of Brady Hoke made you adopt a song with the word butter in it. 

The Michigan band performing Ohio State's fight song was just wrong. All-brass is the only way to go. 

 

M Man's picture

The top of the South end of the bowl has to be the queitest, least-contained part of the entire Stadium.  Not to mention you are at the farthest-away point from the sound system which is largely incorporated into the North scoreboard at the opposite end of the field.

See you in Columbus next year!

Doc's picture

Is "Buttercup" popular because of the movie "Ther's Something About Mary"?  I heard "Caroline" on the tv broadcast and thought it was pretty lame.

 

Meatchicken's band is just awful.  First off any band that still has a flag line and/or baton twirlers is so 1984 high school.  Secondly the herky jerky marching they do is pathetic, and don't get me started on the poor quality of music.

 

My wife asked if it was a prerequisit to be "as ugly as a mud fence" to be a cheerleader for TSUN.  I about spit bean dip all over myself.

"Say my name."

ArTbkward's picture

Guy flag twirlers at that.....

I can think of another name for them, but I might get censored.

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Elika's picture

My brother asked me if Michigan was trying to lose the game, because otherwise they'd have to hook up with those cheerleaders...

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

Doc's picture

I'm glad we weren't the only ones to see this.  They were haneous.

"Say my name."

blazers34's picture

I was sitting in row 41 in the south end zone, and I agree with you on the sound.  it was loud a few times, but it also got weirdly quiet a few times.

 

also have to agree on how mild the crowd was.  didnt expect to get in a fight or anything, but I figured I'd need to laugh off an insult or two.  Not the case.  no one said a word.

cbusbuckeye's picture

It was really disappointing...when drunk students dont even say anything...anything...it was just strange

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

The Wolverines are already a 6-point underdog to the Buckeyes next year.

Moses Cleveland's picture

Sarah,
I too, was at the game on Saturday. It was so annoying that the announcer kept calling C.J. Barnett, CJ "Bryant." Absolutely no professionalism.
To their credit, the scUM fans kept fairly quiet before, during, and after the game. You could tell they knew this moment was fleeting. I suppose you can’t get beat 7 times and act cocky when you win on the eighth attempt.
One obnoxious female fan did stick her yellow pom-pom in my face and exclaim, “Are you seeing yellow?” Whatever. I’m pretty certain Ohio State will be seeing many more BCS games, Big 10 Championships, and wins vs. TSUN in the near future …
 

cbusbuckeye's picture

As someone who was born and raised in Columbus and had to spend high school in Michigan, I feel your pain. (Although 2006-2010 was a great span to be a buckeye against scUM). Was in the student section for the game and I have to say they have some of this whiniest fans I have ever encountered...it was more than an embarrassment. That and the fact that U of M students had no problem with me (a scarlet and grey clad OSU undergrad) sitting in their student section

jeffbuck's picture

With all the negatives surrounding the buckeyes for this years Game, they performed well on offense and lack of depth was exposed with the injury to Shazier.  OSU's future prospects for the Game starting next year look very, very positve.

jeffbuck

BuckeyeSki's picture

Its sad that Shazier, lookin' like a one-legged pirate, hobbling all around, played better than any of the other LB's did all year

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Ski, it has been a really bad month between both our teams.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

BuckeyeSki's picture

Don't even get me started on the G-Men buddy

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Lost nut in Michigan's picture

I am looking forward to see them put a few pounds on Shazier, I think he has the potential to game changer on every play.

 

Lost Nut in Michigan

M Man's picture

Shazier is a monster; a completely awesome talent.  Given how hurt he was, he was unbelievable.  I think he may be an All-American.

frozen buckeye's picture

I look at it this way:  the one-legged, hobbling, pirate version of Shazier is still one bad motherfu----

M tots's picture

Yes.  Even on one leg he's still faster than Klein and Sabino

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Taking on Brady Hoke in a hot dog eating contest would be caloric suicide.  Sadly, my fat ass could probably make it interesting. 

Class of 2010.

flipbuckeye's picture

Yeah, not too bummed about the loss. There was no sense of the tide turning, and if anything, Michigan knows they got away with one when they caught us at a very low point. It was an opportune year for inferior teams to get their licks in, and many of them capitalized. It's a win Michigan can still enjoy and it still sucks for us when we lose to them, but by no means was this game a sign for things to come, and I think everyone on both sides with common sense is aware that it won't be this easy facing the Buckeyes for a long time.

Hoody Wayes's picture

sic transit gloria

BuckeyeSaab's picture

sic semper gulo gulo

I'm sorry for not being sorry.

Bucksfan's picture

I echo your sentiment that this loss to Michigan didn't hit me as hard as some of our other losses over the years (Florida, both USC games especially).  And it didn't hit me nearly as badly as it did in 2003 when I was a junior at OSU.  I almost punched a hole in my wall and I didn't speak for hours.  But I'd hope that I've matured over the last 8 years.

Anyway, it's definitely not OK to lose to Michigan.  I hate losing to them.  It still sucks, even if I don't act like a child when we do lose.  It was actually a very good game, and I liked how the Buckeye offense made a game of it.  The defense disappeared, but that's typical of John Cooper players against Michigan (sorry, Fick and Vrabel, I was already prepared for you to get Biakabatuka'd again).

Sarah's picture

I don't think it's okay to lose to them either, but this was far less worse than games in the 90s when Ohio State fielded superior teams that could never come through against Michigan. 

I failed to mention that it was a good game, another reason I wasn't in the doldrums. The competitive, back-and-forth matchup made for an entertaining afternoon, anyway. 

joel121270's picture

Absolutely, the 90's made me want to gouge my eyes out after some of the great teams OSU had. Running the table and kicking ass only to choke on it hard to scUM. I questioned my loyalty for not being pissed about this game but hell the way the season was going I was just glad to see passing (I almost needed resuscitation).

JLP36's picture

Perhaps the loss did not feel as bad to some because it did not seem like the Bucks had that much to lose.  ABSOLUTELY WRONG!  A tremendous opportunity to lay a crushing defeat on Michigan was lost.  If they could have snatched a victory on a late bomb to Posey this year, they would have completely given up hope, Hoke would have taken a lot of heat, the players would have reached historic lows.  They would have been devastated after thinking they finally had done it.  It would have been GREAT!  And now we have to wait a whole f****** year to beat their ass.  And you know we are absolutely going to beat their ass next year, and the year after and the year after.......

JLP36

ColdBuckeye's picture

Next year's biggest concern: O line

JLP36's picture

Yep, Bollman's failure to recruit tackles in recent years is going to hit home next year.  Lots of guards, probably ok at center, but who plays tackle?

JLP36

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

"Although I expected a plethora of tattoo jokes, I heard or saw nary a one."

 

I felt the same way when I was at the game at Illinois earlier this year.  It was pathetic sitting in the student section that only 2-3 people gave me any sort of crap.  I expect more "respectful" hazing from the students.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

buckIalum's picture

I too was at the game this weekend and I too was 3-0 (and 7-0 home included) before we came up just short as we have much of this season. I was there with my brother, a diehard scUMbag, and his reaction was that of relief. Walking out of the game he commented that if that team still had Tressel and Pryor that Michigan would not have won the game.

With the recruiting class Hoke is bringing in this season, you have to believe that Michigan did well in their one year shot to play catch-up to the Buckeyes. But with the coaching and recruiting staff that is coming to Columbus this offseason, they may find it to be all too short-lived. 

So welcome back to the rivalry, Michigan fans. It's not ok that you won, but you had to for the both of us. As much as my hatred for Wisconsin has skyrocketed over the years, it is still you that I enjoy beating most. With your win this year, maybe I can have those same euphoric feelings as 04-07 when we kick your asses back north of the border next year.

AltaBuck's picture

We'll have an opportunity to kick their ass twice next year.  I believe both teams will have the inside track to the B1G championship. How sweet will that be when the Urban effing Meyer (BTW - his middle initial is F) led Bucks beat TSUN twice in the same season to make up for this one loss.

And really TSUN.....Neil Diamond and Journey?  I bet you like Coldplay too.

 

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

William's picture

Hey now, Coldplay produced some excellent music before they experimented with all this techno-pop crap.

BuckeyeSki's picture

You know how I know your (redacted by David Stern):

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Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Way to go all Kobe on 'em....

AltaBuck's picture

Thanks for catching the ref... Buckeyeski

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Enzyte Bob's picture

Best line I've read comes from the Chicago Sun-Times:

"Only in America can a major college scandal actually work out better for a program. Make that, only in Columbus, where a Tattoo-palooza cost Jim Tressel his job."

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/9124956-419/its-an-urban-environment.html

Scott's picture

Good work, Sarah.

I feel much the same. Their best team in five years had to put up 40 to beat our worst team in a decade. They can have this one, but the next few years won't be a stroll.

Class of 2008

timdogdad's picture

i know i'll  get a "whatever, pryor is gone, get over it" response, but sadly for them, scum fans know that without the scandal pryor would have produced more than the 7 pts needed to win.  ignorance is bliss if that isn't in the back of their minds. imagine if denard didn't play either.   i'll absolutely admit that back in '07 that if the weather didn't suck and hart/henne were healthy, that game would have been different from  the beanie hand off every play game. 

JLP36's picture

I think it would have taken 1 normal Buckeye LB and one normal Buckeye SS to win.  They only needed to force a couple of punts to win.  Picture either Homan or Brian Rolle on the field and I bet you don't picture Robinson running wild.

JLP36

ArTbkward's picture

I was at the game as well, and I heard plenty of comments about tattoos and cheating.  I will say a few people (mostly 40 to 50 yr old's) were quite nice and welcomed us to Michigan though. 

I was also unimpressed with the sound.  I was in row 46, about halfway up, in the more red of the two endzones.  From that height, the place should have been ROARING but I don't think the stadium is designed to be as loud as the 'Shoe.  I remember during the '06 game that the band came out onto the field playing and I couldn't hear them.  At all.  In A deck.

Speaking of the band, UM's band made me cringe.  As a former hs band geek, I despise when band's either run around the field or try to dance in place.  UM managed both.  Also, not sure who to blame for this but bands/speaker systems should NOT play simultaneously.  TBDBITL was playing Sloopy while something was blaring over the speaker system.  Like I said, I don't know who started playing first so whoever started second is to blame, but that is a very rude thing to do.

The pom-pom's were effective, much better than the stupid key thing.  Does anyone know if people are just expected to bring them or they hand them out before the game? I was glad to have brought my own scarlet and grey pom-pom which I shook with fury when appropriate.

Also, that was the slowest field rush I've ever seen.  It's like they were all asking themselves, "Do we rush the field for beating an unranked team even though we were favored by 7.5 and couldn't cover".  Then, an hour later, everyone was like, "Ah, screw it we finally beat OSU".

My final compliant is the traffic.  Three hours after the game ended, Ann Arbor was still an absolute gridlock of absurd proportions.  Whoever coordinates traffic in AA should be fired immediately.  I've driven through my fair share of post game and concert traffic and NOTHING HAS EVER BEEN THIS BAD.  Ever. 

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

ovalbrewing's picture

Had the same thought during Sloopy, posted below.

AltaBuck's picture

"For over a 100 years TSUN Victors returning from THE GAME enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous post game parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and a strange walrus from a conquered state, together with Escalades laden with treasure and captured snack foods. The Victor rode in Dominoes Pizza Delivery car, the dazed Buckeyes walking into the tunnel before him. Sometimes his players robed in maize and blue rode with him or in Mateen Cleave’s Explorer. A blogger stood behind the Victor holding a golden box of French Fries and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting."
- Gen. Urban F. Meyer
 

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Hoff_TBDBITL's picture

You just won the internet.

T-Row, The Row, The Quality Row!

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Take the terrible holding call on Adams away during the first half that gave scUM the safety, and the game is TOTALLY different.  Needless to say Hankins and Simon never get any calls, I felt that the B1G officials effed us quite a bit.  And we still were capable of leaving the Big Hush with an "upset".  The spike on 3rd down during the last set of downs on the final drive, however, were a fitting way to end what I consider the WORST tOSU season I have EVER sat through in my 32 years of existance.  Hopefully Meyer will do to Hoke what Tress' did to Carr/Rodriguez.  Most Bichagain fans I know were willing to admit it was NOT that great of a victory, it did NOT qipe away the 7 straight Tress' reeled off, and know that Meyer > Hoke.  So they are still rather quiet...

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ovalbrewing's picture

I too was at the game... had great seats thanks to my friends dad. This was my 4th trip to AA (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011). This was the loudest I have heard their fans and the most energy I have seen. My complaint about the sound was how loud they amplified the band over the PA. Several times I had to verify they were actually playing by seeing the trombones moving, I coulnd't hear any sound from the band itself (though they were only a few sections over) and it sounded like they were just playing recordings over the loudspeakers.

 

When TBDBITL started playing Hang On Sloopy, the OSU fans were pretty loud, then the Michigan band started playing, and you could still hear TBDBITL for a second (I was on the opisite side of the field), until they turned up the PA volume... felt like cheating to me.

ArTbkward's picture

I honestly thought they were playing a recording...

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
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buckeyenut10's picture

Who the heck mics a band? 

M Man's picture

Question - Do they mic the OSU band in Ohio Stadium?  It is a new thing in the B1G; actually ennabled by a change in the conference rules.  We do it; Northwestern does it.  I am pretty sure that MSU does it and that Iowa does too.  The issue in Michigan Stadium was that the thing was so big, people sitting opposite the band (on the East sideline) could hear the band just fine, but people in the southwest part of the Stadium could not hear it very well.

buckeyenut10's picture

They don't mic the band in Ohio Stadium. I'm pretty sure Dr. Woods would have a heart attack if they did.

Hoff_TBDBITL's picture

No, they don't mic us. I have a feeling it will happen eventually, but the OSUMB will likely fight it until absolutely necessary. Right now our sound reaches the majority of Ohio Stadium with only the South Stands being left out. The thing we do have going for us are our 3rd quarter cheer groups which try and reach every section of the stadium.

T-Row, The Row, The Quality Row!

ArTbkward's picture

OSU does not mic the band but as was previously mentioned, Ohio Stadium holds sounds better too. 

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
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AltaBuck's picture

Typically only Brass and Percussion Bands (British Military Style) don't need amplification compared to bands that include woodwinds.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

JLP36's picture

Michigan Stadium was poorly designed long ago and it is far too late to do anything about it.  The shape of the bowl is such that by row 50 you are about 3.5 miles from the playing field. 

JLP36

faux_maestro's picture

TBDBITL doesn't need amplification. All brass baby.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

costinjr's picture

Tell you what Sarah, I was up there, with mr girlfriend and her family...we were getting tattoo jokes left and right, "where's tressel?" comments, my girlfriends mother was called an Fing C-word, it was pretty incredible, while I'm not one to shy away from jabbing with collee students, I would never go after a family...I was however glad that the rivalry and the massive hatred was still alive, after hearing about how we're not ScUMs real rival. I definitely appreciated being on the other side, it definitely refueled my fire before the game, and after the game I am full ablaze like SoCal 2007. We also sat in the student section, which was funny because the usher asked if we were sure we wanted to go in there. Once we were in there was more heckling from the students, overall I had a blast minus the loss, but would never take a family there.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Where's Tressel?

-Classic humor there. This is a school that prides itself for their academic accomplishment and that's the line they come up with? "Oh you didn't hear, he resinged because of a tatoo scandal over the spring. Funny, I thought you would have heard about that. Anyway, moving on..."

Tatoo Jokes

-See above. Another classic witicism by those Michigen Men and Women.

The C Word

-I believe Sarah's picture with the Harvard caption fites perfectly here. Classless. I'm assuming your girlfriend's mother is an older woman. Not elderly, but late 50s? Early 60's? Michigan men my ass.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Sarah's picture

Yikes, sorry to hear about that. In my experience, Michigan fans are rather nonconfrontational, and that was true even after the game when we walked around campus area. 

costinjr's picture

After the game we had no problems either. Obviously we were asking for it too by sitting in the student section. My girfriends brother, dad and I just kept going back and forth talking about how quickly they forget...I will say once I wasn't around her parents I did debate with a few fans after the game, and left them dumbfounded to the point where they had nothing they could rebuttle with, this was after a few beers, and boy it felt good.

costinjr's picture

Also sorry about the massive typos, I wrote the first post from my phone.

Doc's picture

TSUN's band has to be the worst one in the B1G.  Hands down, no comparison.  They are worse than IU's "Marching 100" and the Boilermakers bigass drum combined.  I'm always a little embarassed for the visiting teams band when they come to Cbus.  They all look like beginners compared to TBDBITL.

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faux_maestro's picture

MY least favorite band is by far Wisconsin. Their marching style is this goofy pound the ground stuff and you can hear how badly it effects their sound.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

jjbinks11's picture

Gotta say I love the buzz about the bands generated by this article. Gonna go a few points here:

  • Sitting in our seats, we thought they sounded like recordings too...
  • We got a lot of flak from the crowd right behind us. Every penalty, someone would scream "CHEEEEAAAAATERS" in a high, nasally voice about four dozen times
  • I absolutely hate playing Victors. It's been four years and it never gets any better. Sounds more stuck-up every time we go over it.
  • We always play Sloopy at the end of the third quarter. Doesn't matter who/what else is going on, we do what we do.
  • Did anyone else notice the north scoreboard consistently spelling players' names wrong on purpose? Braxston Miller, Dan Horron, etc.
  • As the fans decided they were going to rush the field, they jumped on top of us.  And our nice new instruments that we have to pay a lot of money for if damaged. From the wall above us. The policemen that had been on duty watching us all game left to make sure nobody climbed the goal posts. We had three elderly alumni pushing people back up into the stands and hundreds of people screaming at us. Classy bunch.

KL Row - "We dot the 'i' and you don't!"

October 1, 2011 - Michigan State University

ArTbkward's picture

There were several misspellings on the scoreboard, I saw Braxston several times.  Did you also notice that the announcer would said it's, "2nd and 7" and the scoreboard would read, "2nd and 6".  I noticed the two didn't match at least 3-4 times.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Thanks for sharing that info.  Love hearing from the band.