Monday Skull Session

By DJ Byrnes on January 30, 2012 at 6:00a
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my girlfriend has the softest hair in the world. my girlfriend is also my cat. donate ur gold coins to a cause a lot of people put a lot of work into (we promise we won't snitch to the NCAA investigators) ------------------------>

ALL HAIL THE MASTER PURVEYOR OF RAW TALENT, URBAN MEYER. I know I have said this, but damnit, I'm going to say it again. I have yet to see any of this man's recruits play football for Ohio State, but as a fan of awesome names, I am already a huge fan of his work. "Adolphus Wahington", "Noah Spence" and now he's brought an "Armani Reeves" into the ranks, defeating Michigan for the former Penn State recruit's commitment? I definitely subscribe to "names mean a lot in athletics" school of thought. I don't even need to see this Armani to know he is a better player than anybody named "Doug". At this rate, I'll be talked into "Ohio State is going undefeated and beating everybody in the Big 10 by sixty" by early March. Hell, I may already be there. This is all especially exciting because Ohio State now employs a coach who will award playing time based on merit alone, so there's a chance we will see a lot of these guys very soon. 

 JIM TRESS, LOOPHOLE SURFER? H/T to reader Dan S. for passing this along: ESPN's talking head, Adam Schefter, (he's the one usually talking to you from in front of his home's bookshelf) tweeted speculation of Jim Tressel returning to the college ranks of as an administrator, even possibly at Ohio State. 

While I agree with ProFootballTalk.com's John Taylor, a reunion at Ohio State sounds unlikely given Tressel's acrimonious dismissal, I must admit it'd be a (somewhat) hilarious troll-gambit by Gene Smith in an effort to stick it to the NCAA without fear of reprisal. It's the least Smith could give Ohio State fans, since the last year of his tenure has been abject failure on all fronts. 

 MICHIGAN GOT WHOOPED. The Armani Reeves announcement came on the heels of Ohio State's men's basketball team dismantling the men's basketball team from some broke ass state north of the border. (Making their tears delightful.) I tried to watch this game, college basketball fans, I really did. I made it to halftime, which is about 19 minutes and 55 seconds more than I usually give to college basketball not occuring in the month of March. The saddest part wasn't even Michigan (the 20th best team in the country, apparently) only being able to muster a pitiful 21 points in 20 minutes of basketball. Whoever was in charge of the arena announcer-led "O-H", "I-O" chant during a referee review in yesterday's game should be fired... and I mean everybody. 

Look, the "O-H", "I-O" chant is stupid. I cringe every time a middle aged dude who's pathetically drunk after an afternoon of casually drinking six Yuenglings yell it at me while I'm standing on the corner waiting for the traffic police to be gracious enough to allow me to cross the street in their presence. It's unseemly, and if I never heard that chant again, it'd increase my Ohio State fandom by at least 13%. If this horrifying blunder doesn't get Gene Smith fired, then I may have no choice but to plant heroin in his car and snitch him out to the police, just to see if Gordon Gee would even care. (#LIFEHACK: Never underestimate what a Marionaire can arrange with a simple phone call.) Honestly, Gee would probably make a call to the state attorney's office and get the whole thing pled down to six months house arrest and allow Smith to work from home. 

and yeah, ppl apparently take fashin advice from this guy or something? idk, im confused. UM FANS DISTRAUGHT ARMANI CHOSE THE OLENTANGY.

 THE NCAA IS TERRIBLE. My hate for the NCAA is well documented. I look forward to the day the glorified tax shelter that is the NCAA is nothing more than an anecdote on "How crazy things used to be," that I'll some day tell my fictional grandkids about. 

Have the powers-to-be heard my stream-of-consciousness, grammatically flawed ramblings over the internet? Perhaps. The NCAA has announced they will hold a conference this summer looking at, as they so eloquently put it, "the way in which Division I is organized for the purposes of making decisions." As for Exhibit 1A) in my case against the NCAA and its bullshit, Your Honor, I present that last sentence. 

​It's 2012. Sorry bout'cha, NCAA, but the gig is up. Tragically, there's no time to get together and hodgepodge over $800 bottles of Tequila while talking about how your tax evasion scheme is "organized for the purposes of making decisions." And this is stuff being lauded by the media as "change"? When people who are financially benefiting off the current system are in charge of bringing change to the system, one would be forced to ask if those people are the best gatekeepers of such change. (Namely, more money going to the athletes risking bodily injury and chronic dehibilitation for our entertainment, and less of it to guys who look like Gio Armani over there with his balls swangin' low.)

 CHARLIE WEIS HAS RELEASED HIS HOSTAGE. Another cool feature about the NCAA is even though scholarships are year-by-year, kids can't leave even after they've completed their contract. Their coach can literally keep players' eligibility against their will. There have been a couple of other examples of this around the country, but Charlie Weis was perfectly cast to play the asshole coach usually required to advance one of these storylines, so much so you can see the enjoyment in his role seeping out of his pores. (*said in my Roger Ebert Autotune Voice*) 

Brock Berglund, who was not associated with the Kansas football team during the 2011 season, wasn't immediately let go of by Weis due to the manner in which Berglund announced his plans to transfer. After people rightly called Weis on his antics, he finally released Berglund, but not before making sure he had the last word by taking potshots at the kid's work ethic. Why would anybody sign up to play for Charlie Weis? And not only that, but to do it in a place like Lawrence, Kansas. (Ol' Gio Armani up there is probably wearing the Speedo to shade his eyes from the Jayhawks' bright future on the gridiron.) *And in worse news, I just used my three Gio Armani jokes for the year and it's not even February yet.*

JERRY SANDUSKY, SOCIOPATH. This week's evidence comes from Sandusky's request to allow him to visit his own grandchildren... wait hold on ... can you guys hear me over all of the power-washing the media is doing of Joe Paterno's legacy now that he's dead? (*Penn State fan banging on his keyboard, "OH YEAH, SMARTGUY? TOO BAD YOU'RE TYPING, SO NOISE WOULDN'T MATTER, THEREFORE THE ENTIRE PREMISE OF YOUR JOKE IS IRRATIONAL. PATERNO RULES."  I may have to ride on this entire situation on Thursday. 

CRAIG JAMES, HOOKER BUTCHER. Pirate Fishing is booming... Smuggling takes down Texas deer breeders... 22 fictional characters you don't know the name of... "The job is death itself"... Cleveland & Cincinnati casino collapses very similiar... Pat Sajak used to krump on Wheel of Fortune... Liverpool paid $30 million dollars for a player based on a fake viral video... Nigeria's Boko Haram killed 935 people since 2009... 

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Baroclinicity's picture

I'm right there with you on the O-H...I-O cheer.  I guess it's fine when coordinated in a stadium or arena, but the random dude doing it outside yelling it is irritating at best.  I don't even like to read it in posts on here.

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

Interrobanged's picture

I don't yell it out. But if I see a another Buckeye fan I will casually say OH- if I am within normal talking distance of the person.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

OH-IO is only chringe worthy after the univeraslly agreed upon 3x limit. at the 4th time and beyond it makes me want to punch myself in the face.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

pcon258's picture

i take back my previous approval of the OH IO cheer. its ten o clock on a tuesday night in thompson, extrememly quiet, and some guy just yelled it as loud as he could...not a single person replied...i am no longer as big a fan of this cheer. 

nickma71's picture

So that is 3 that think OH...is gay. I don't partipate. Once in Denver somebody did that to me on the street. I looked at him like he had antlers coming from his head. I realized later that glare wasn't nice. Gene Smith sucks.

Denny's picture

Nope. Nobody said that the cheer is "gay".

Taquitos.

Orlando Buckeye's picture

I hadn't heard the O-H-I-O chant in a while and somebody hit me with an O-H in a grocery store and I thought, "Oh?" and gave them a strange look.  I was two aisles away when it hit me.

Dean's picture

I think the OH thing is a little silly, and it was downright weird during the game, but as someone who lives outside of Ohio, it's nice to have a little moment of shared Ohioanism/Buckeyeism with someone you see on the street.

Maestro's picture

Agreed.

vacuuming sucks

NC_Buckeye's picture

Yeah. I get a lot of shit for being a Buckeye alumnus and fan. So sometimes I break out an "OH" to remind people down here that we're everywhere in the NC...

We're like the barbarian scouts in ancient Rome. The invasion is going to happen very soon. =)

Ethos's picture

"President Goodluck Jonathan h"

That is an awesome name.

I will also say oh-io in a normal conversation type situation like interro.  I use go bucks more often though.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

Denny's picture

In Ohio Stadium O-H-I-O is pretty best. On the street OH-IO is pretty much the worst.

Taquitos.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I would agree with this and forgot that entirely. The "OOOOOOOOOOOO-H-I-O" on kick-offs is one of the coolest things in sports. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

SonOfBuckeye's picture

I definitely subscribe to "names mean a lot in athletics" school of thought.

The 'Barkevious Hypothesis'.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Yes!

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

John Taylor at CFT banned me for asking why there was no story on OSU upset of wisconsin. Ridiculous, but they had a story on some lineman from Kansas getting hurt. CFT sucks ass. You can't say anything or read a story without some lady named Deb trying to correct you and letting you know how good Bama is. 

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

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

She is pretty annoying about 90% of the time but sometimes, she just beats the ever living snot out of somebody and makes for some pretty good chuckles!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Hasbro's picture

I just clicked three Al Jazeera and one Nigeria death squad links.

Gotta go... FBI is at the door.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Ughh . . . yeah. DJ, I enjoy reading your posts, but please warn us about the Al Jazeera links. It baffles me how some American media consumers/analysts look at Al Jazeera like it's just another news source - NYT, WSJ, CNN, Fox, MSNBC . . . and Al Jazeera. Ugh, not.   

JoshAlum's picture

You got your order wrong. Fox isn't a news source. 

NYT, BBC, Al Jazeera, and then way way down the line towards the supermarket tabloids is FOX. 

William's picture

So wrong. But let's not enter into this discussion on this site. You can send me an email and we can debate this further if you'd like?

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Exactly, I was mainly poking fun at DJ for blind-linking us to Al Jazeera, which regardless of one's political orientation, is more likely to be flagged by work-based security monitoring, etc.

Actually, I was trying to be somewhat politically neutral by listing both Fox and MSNBC.

Btw, Joshalum, the NYT was the home of Jason Blair and was the paper that printed Mo Clarett's unsubstantiated ravings as if they were the gospel truth - again, setting aside politics, the NYT has engaged in "supermarket tabloid" journalism, itself, at times, which was directly hostile to The Ohio State University and its athletic programs, which is the primary subject of this (awesome) blog.

Peace out. 

William's picture

^ It's raining cold, hard facts up in here. #searscommercial

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGmfgqObtLk

Squirrel Master's picture

well its not really blind linking. If you just go over the link it will show you the site down at the bottom of your browser.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks for the tip. This dinosaur (me) hadn't noticed that before. To be honest, I still probably won't take the time to look before I leap, but this episode was another useful lesson in how technologically backwards I am.

Squirrel Master's picture

comes in handy on many websites. sometimes I have to do that cuz I am at work and if its a youtube video I can get caught web surfing. It is always good to be careful with links.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

cplunk's picture

Please don't be "that guy"; the one who can't let any chance to bring snarky politics into every conversation. Nobody cares about your political leanings when we're talking about the Bucks.

Hasbro's picture

No kidding. I was just trying to be a smart-ass. Wanted to comment on Texas Deer Semen, too, but it seemed redundant and cliche.

cplunk's picture

My comment wasn't at you- more at the guy denegrating Fox. Who cares if Fox is right or MSNBC is left or any other such crap? I'm here to read about the upcoming Urban Meyer period of phenomenal greatness

onetwentyeight's picture

FWIW the State Dept has praised AJ's coverage of the Arab spring events and I personally go to AJEnglish very often for news on that area of the world. There have also been lots of academic studies on how AJ is one of the most influential forces for liberalization in the Arab world - the "Al Jazeera Effect" . Put aside your preconceived notions of AJ as some "terrorist network" and you may realize they are a legit news source. 

William's picture

I'm not denying AJEnglish, however you aren't even considering my argument about AJArabic, which is completely different from AJEnglish. Please read this: 
http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2011/04/29/al_jazeera_one_organiz...

NC_Buckeye's picture

Yeah DJ. I definitely have to scan URLs before clicking with your sessions. My employer has ties to the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Other than that we're cool. I enjoy a good anarchist like yourself.

buckz4evr's picture

That is absolutely one of the funniest posts I have read in a while.  I'll be chuckling all day.  Thanks for the good laugh.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Not sure why the FBI would be at your door? Oh, yeah, I guess it's because all Muslims are terrorist, so reading an Arab news source would automatically mean that Federal government would want to talk to you. That's some interesting logic, I suppose. 

While I'm not going to debate the merits of particular branches of US news, I will say that you people hating on Al-Jazeera obviously have spent zero time watching or reading Al-Jazeera.  Personally, I love Al-Jazeera, if for nothing else, than it usually doesn't involve Tim Tebow or US celebrity bullshit. 

I linked to the stories because they're something different and they're stories (both without really any political leanings at all) I know a lot of people on this site haven't read. Personally, I found the concept of a pirate-fisherman to be rather bad-ass. The second story about the Pakistani ship-breaking yards was also interesting and well written. 

I will continue to link to Al-Jazeera just like I'll link to anything I find interesting. If this makes me the equivalent of Osama bin Laden in your eyes, then so be it. I think you guys would have a much different reaction if you guys had read the stories; but hey, to each his own, I suppose. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Squirrel Master's picture

just for in the future could you throw in some links like who is going to be the next "bollywood idol" or "Which muslim movie star was caught throwing her burka at the paparazzi".

fyi, being sarcastic! lol

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

William's picture

I just find a news source that is funded by a government, in this case Al-Jazeera, which is funded by Qatar to be a complete conflict of interest. How can you report on an issue without censorship, or government influenced bias, if the news network is funded by the government itself? Also DJ if you're unaware, Al Jazeera has two publications, their English, and their Arabic publications. If you have the time, get someone to break down the differences between the two. My friend's father who serves for the US Military, is fluent in Arabic, and reads the Arabic publication of Al-Jazeera from time to time and is confounded with how much of what is printed in it is Anti-American. Here's some food for thought, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani had this to say about Al-Jazeera, " It's ability to influence public opinion is a substantial source of leverage for Qatar." and he has also stated that "The network is willing to adjust its coverage in exchange for political favors." Total journalistic integrity right there...

onetwentyeight's picture

Conflict of interest because of why? Because its Qatar? And Qatar MUST be anti-American? For the record Qatar is one of our closest allies in the M. East. Georgetown, A&M, and many other US universities have branches in Qatar. 

 

Would you say the same thing if the link was to BBC or god forbid PBS? 

 

William's picture

It's a conflict of interest because the government is funding the news source itself, as well as changing views and reporting for political favors. That is not journalistic integrity whatsoever. I would say the same if the United States were funding the WSJ, of if the Uk was funding the Daily Mirror. I can provide you with my email if you want to debate this topic, as this blog should be apolitical.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

DJ, I strongly suspect that the FBI thing was a joke. Sure, it was un-PC, but much of your humor is not exactly PC either. Some of us might be concerned about surfing AJ website(s) for less dramatic reasons than the FBI barging into our offices/cubicles.

You never know, though, with data mining: some federal supercomputers/networks do passively track millions of persons' web traffic, purchasing patterns, and other data - and if Billy Bob's habits key off the "right" combination of variables, they might flag him, along with 80,000 other people on a "watch list," which they'll do nothing about anyway, until the day when Billy Bob tries to hijack a food truck.

For example, maybe the following pattern of behavior might get someone flagged by the data mining systems: AJ web visits + large purchases of garden supplies + online purchase of a case of Arak using a false (Christian-sounding) name, only to use that same credit card at a gentleman's club + registering as a fan of the Detroit Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, and Sri Lankan national cricket team.

GhostofWoody's picture

With regards to the OH - IO on the street, I'd agree that yelling it on the street is a bit over the top.  However, having moved from Ohio to SEC country, its nice to hear an OH from another Buckeye on occasion.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Absolutely. I like these little reminders of how far-flung our empire is, especially since moving to a part of the country where disrespect for midwestern football and the midwest generally is an article of faith.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

blazers34's picture

so Alex Kozan picked Iowa over scUM?  man, yesterday sucked for those guys.  gotta love it.

Leanenaud's picture

I totally agree with your comment about the "O-H" shit during the game. He did it like 10 times and it was as if he was having a conversation with someone and would casually mutter it into the microphone every few seconds. Just badly done. My friend even said he thought it was dumb and he was embarrassed for me. In general I don't mind the cheer but leave it to the fans in the crowd and cheerleaders.

I went to Pensacola Beach a few years ago and some scary butch lesbian yelled "O-H mother fucker" at me and I said "I-O bitch." She gave me a chicken leg and beer too. Good times.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Pretty classless work by Van Bergeren. I guess its expected though when his under achieving career peaked with one season of winning football. Good thing the NFL likes 6'0 270 pound nose tackles....oh they don't? Um....Good season VB!

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

acBuckeye's picture

I was wondering if Bill Raftery and Kevin Harlan needed cataract surgery after talking about Thomas catching the very real elbow to the face. I especially chuckled when the CBS cameras kept showing a close-up of Thomas and his busted bottom lip, yet Dumb and Dumber kept talking about how he faked it.

Production crew: 1

Statler and Waldorf: 0

Chris Lauderback's picture

Yeah. I had to keep correcting people on Twitter during the game. All of them acting as if Thomas flopped. I kept asking if that was fake blood on his lip too. Hell, even Lost Letterman has a link today calling it a gigantic flop.

Statler and Waldorf. Well played.

acBuckeye's picture

It looked to me like even in the replays he was hit..... i kept wondering, "what game are these guys watching?" Then I got confirmation when i saw the blood on his lip. But hey, saying "Give him an Oscar!!" is so much more fun, right?

I saw the Lost Letterman link, and the first comment was of someone saying Thomas' lip was split and calling out Raftery.

 

Morgan's picture

reminder: lost letterman is operated by a michigan alumn who grew up in upper arlington. all his opinions are irrelevant.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Ah, didn't realize that. Thanks for the nugget.

Jason Priestas's picture

Confirmed. He is most certainly a Michigan grad. Take everything he says with a grain of salt.

Ethos's picture

hell I thought he flopped

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

bukyze's picture

I've heard the PA guy at the Schott do that at other games - very embarrassing.  But I don't mind hearing the O-H ....I-O chants that always go on before games, or walking to the stadium next to St Johns Arena.  It may get old after awhile, but whatever.  Kids like it too.  Every year I ski out west, I wear my OSU ski coat.  And EVERY single time, I've had at least one person yell out O-H.  It's an awesome feeling hearing a fellow buckeye fan so far away from home.

Doug Funnie's picture

The OH-IO chant is nice if you live out of state, or its right before a game and everyone is hyped up, in the stadium is cool too.  However I get irritated when some guy will scream that chant MULTIPLE times, my personal rule: Only do the cheer at max 3 times, after that people lose steam.  Drunk people tend to go over the 3 cheer rule, and they are too smashed to realize they are the only ones screaming at attempt #5.

Pam's picture

I am more of a "Go Bucks" kinda gal when I see a fellow Buckeye out and about. There is a pretty good representation in my area of NJ. I have had the O-H thrown my way from across the aisle in Target.  I threw back the I-O without even thinking.  Just a reflex I guess.

southbymidwest's picture

Same here. I went ot OSU back in the dark ages when women wore shoulder pads, big hair, and the Newport was called the Agora. We didn't have the O-H chant as far as I can recall back then, so I am not as tired of it as many are. I am also in the land of ACC/SEC, so it is a welcome call out as compared to "OSU sucks" or the like. But yeah, drunk middle aged men yelling O-H.. is going to make me irritable. Heck, drunk middle aged men yelling anything will make me irritable.

Pam's picture

I was there when Eddie Georges Bar and Grill was called Varsity Subs.

DarthSweaterVest's picture

I typically will not initiate the O-H, but I am more than happy to return a lusty I-O if someone acknowledges me with an O-H, have heard it in Alaska, Nebraska, Iraq, Honduras.  There are Buckeyes everywhere!!!  And I must admit to busting out with an O-H while on stage at Indy Children's Museum dressed as Capt Buckeye for Halloween and got several return I-Os.

SPreston2001's picture

I may be in the minority here but the OH-IO is the BEST!!! Long live the chant!! Its what we do here at OSU! I bleed scarlet & gray so bring it on! O-H!!!

AltaBuck's picture

Armani 'The Suit' Reeves.... Because WRs will be wearing one (and I'm not talking about Bama)

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

southbymidwest's picture

Can you hear the crowd all hollering "Suuuuuuuuuittttttt" when he picks off a pass or breaks up a throw?

Squirrel Master's picture

O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H,O-H.

I love it. Although I do not initiate it in general public, I refuse to hate a chant that lets everyone know the passion that comes from being an OSU fan.

now on topics I hate, I hate the middle aged man who is not "currently" attending the University, to dress up like an idiot with a basketball hoop around his neck. Leave the face paint and dress up for the student population. Wear a jersey or a hat but stop for the love of god acting like your in your 20's when your bald spot is older than 20 years.

and white cowboy hats with capes!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Hasbro's picture

This^

... and guy with neck so fat he can put five rub-on tattos on it. Yikes!

Irricoir's picture

Damn DJ,

I typically don't even look to see who the author is of the posts I read. I often can figure out who the writer is before I get to the end. Your constant references to "the hard life", drug trafficking, and race issues really turn me off and is not what I come to this site to read. I would sit here and keep my mouth shut and avoid all of the responses I am sure to get from the DJ support group, if you hadn't trashed the Ohio chant. I don't know how common it is to be heard in state, but living in Bama I welcome any declaration from another Buckeye to state vocally that they are a fan of our Buckeyes and looking for a call back. I love it. Sorry you don't feel the same way. You would never hear, nor have I ever heard a Tide fan say they hate "Roll Tide".

Now for the hate responses I am sure receive, this is just my opinion shared on a blog.

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

Pam's picture

Favorite O-H moment: Flying to Cols. in '07 to see the Wisky game. Flew SW Airlines out of Philly on a plane loaded with Buckeye fans in full game day gear. The pilot comes on to give us his speil about cruising speed, wind, flying etc. and signs off with "O-H" the plane erupted with an "I-O" Awesome

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

And that is one of the several perfect moments for it! I like hearing it when walking through the airports from random strangers.

DallasTheologian's picture

O-H indeed. How can an OSU fan's fandom increase? If you're not 100% can you really be called a fan?

Pam's picture

I agree. Honestly, none of the stuff we do as part of our tradition embarasses me. There is something comforting to know that no matter where I am, if a I hear an OH, I will respond with a knee jerk reaction IO. It is unique to our fan base just as Hang on Sloopy and Script Ohio.  I love all of it

DJ Byrnes's picture

Irricoir, I am, like my writing I guess, a different taste? It's like when people unfollow me on Twitter. It's not a big deal and I don't take it personally. Hell, I'm not even sure I would read myself if I were you. There are certainly much better things you could be doing with your time and life. 

As for the Ohio chant, I guess we will just have to disagree. While I can see you might feel differently living in Alabama (not sure why you would subjugate yourself to this, but whatevs), your "you would never hear, nor have I ever heard a Tide fan say they hate 'Roll Tide'" makes me laugh.

Nevermind that "Roll Tide" is much cooler than "O-H", "I-O" chants and doesn't require a response to dispel the awkward silence that tends to occure when a stranger screams in your face, these are the same people who have grown ass fans teabagging 18 year old kids in Krystals after the football games. F*** them. If you are basically calling me a "Fake Buckeye", then I'd like you to consider I have pretty sizable tattoo of the State of Ohio on my torso; so I guess that'd be a conversation we can have.

 

 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Poison nuts's picture

I-O SPreston. I-O indeed.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Haters Gonna Hate's picture

I'm pretty sure that O-H during the review was a canned video of a player on the scoreboard. I wasn't at this game, but they do have videos of all the players to use as pump up material. The videos are very awkward, but they still play them a lot. Not trying to defend it because it was pretty bad, just throwing it out there.

"Because I couldn't go for three" - Woody

Keith's picture

You are correct.  It's not the PA guy but players on the video screen.

NYC Buckeye's picture

Thanks for clarification... whatever it was, it was awful and needs to be stopped immediately...

German Buckeye's picture

Wearing my prevalent OSU gear around on the mean streets of Deutschland, I'm always struck by the randomness of a faint "O-H"....its like I register it then think, "O yea, I'm supposed to say I-O back".  By the time it clears my noggin, the person is out of sight and I'm left wondering what just happened.  But it does remind me just how many OSU fans/grads/followers there are worldwide.  

Denny's picture

Hell, I get confused when I hear a random 'O-H' on the street in DC. Except from the guy who runs on my street every Monday/Wednesday around 7 AM when I'm walking my dogs. He and I have had an ongoing two-line-at-a-time conversation for the past year or so.

I usually opt for 'Go Buckeyes' when I pass folks wearing OSU gear. It's more work, but I usually see people when I'm out running, and an out-of-breath 'Let's Go Bucks' can sound dangerously close to vulgarity.

Taquitos.

Squirrel Master's picture

not to mention what if at one moment a hot chick (or if you are a hot buckeye chick, hot guy) comes up to you in Public and says O-H? I am sure it would be hard to "hate it" when you are drooling all over yourselves and say I-O back hoping beyond hope that she/he will want to have hot buckeye sex causing you to send a letter to penthouse diaries with the words, "it all started with a simple O-H...."

Come on. I understand if you feel there are times its inappropriate but don't hate on it because there could be that one time where it will create the memory of your life!

 

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I'm like Pam; I've always been partial to the simple "Go Bucks."

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

joel121270's picture

I love GO BUCKS and am kinda of torn on the OH-IO thing. I was really pissed when watching the game and hearing that damn dead beat stadium announcer in the most monitone voice bellow out OH. If that's what it's like at a BBall game then I'll have to pass, hard for a crowd to get reved up the way he was doing it I think. On the street on the other hand I'll do it all day long.

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Buckeyes über alles!!!

WB

Colin's picture

I hate the chant, but only because as a student I just see it as a way other students try to get  attention during the games. Oh yeah you can start a cheer, you're REAL COOL. They pretty much gauge themselves on how many people they can get to respond. And then they don't know when to stop it which I always find amusing. And if it on the street or somewhere on campus normally it's just kind of awkward.

But if its something out of state or somewhere where few buckeyes actually live I find it acceptable.

William's picture

^ This. Having a bunch of drunk hippos( err I mean women students) scream this next to me was horrible this year. Made me want to jump out of the south stands.

Muss_15's picture

My least favorite moment for the OH-IO chant was at freshman orientation when they would constantly use it to get everyone's attention.  It no longer felt like a school tradition or a cheer of pride, but a form of discipline.  Haven't felt the same way about it since.

Colin's picture

The same with those first few freshmen courses where on the first day the instructor would make us do it, over and over again because it wasn't loud enough, because we were supposed to be enthusiastic freshmen...or something.

The_Lurker's picture

I pretty much never "O-H" someone, but if I get O-H'd, I will "I-O" right back at someone. This happens to me all the time living in Orlando, as there are a lot of transplants and tourists. If I wear my colors to one of the theme parks I get as many as 10-12 O-H's over the course of a day. To me it feels pretty good because it's easy to feel disconnected to Buckeye Nation when you live among the SEC Speed crowd.

As for the "O-H" on the scoreboard, I found out yesterday that it was a video of a player on the scoreboard being shown in the arena. I hated it because it sounded so inorganic. It comes off much better when initiated by a full cheering section, like Block O. On television, it seemed silly.

NOW...as for Harlan/Raftery...I don't mind them calling the game, usually, but when you use only one inconclusive camera angle to "prove" Tank flopped, you're just going to look stupid. The elbow disappears behind Thomas' face from that angle and then you see him fall. You don't actually see the contact, but the elbow disappearing autmatically leaves room for doubt. It's not like being in the front row for Wrestlemania and watching those guys miss each other by six inches.

I get that they may not have had any other angle to view it from, but it's just idiotic to say that it was "obvious" he wasn't hit when it wasn't obvious and when closeups of his face indicated otherwise. Players who flop are also not trained thespians who continue to wince for several minutes after the play. 

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

If tsun wants to refer to buckeye nation as "Ohio" I think "OH-IO" is a good way to acknowledge and embrace that. After all, the cheer isn't "OH-IO-ST".
That said, I do find it amusing how tickled they all seem to be about referring to tOSU as "Ohio". Talk about little brother complex.

WB

BuckeyeMark's picture

You fans who live deep in Buckeye country may not like the OH-IO cheer but out here far from Mecca it is amazing and magical and wonderful.  You're wearing your Bucks stuff, catching nonsense from SEC idiots, etc. and then someone says "O-H!" and you know you've found a friend and fellow believer.  It's very cool, it's very much our own cheer (not like Seven Nation Army - not a cheer, but what school isn't playing that now?) and just all around greatness.  Don't hate on the cheer!

btalbert25's picture

I love OH-IO in the stadium too.  Quite honestly, I'm not crazy about it in public either.  It catches me by surprise a lot of the time, and as someone mentioned earlier I'll be 2 aisles over at the grocery before it registers that someone said it to me.  Mostly because I'm in my own little world half the time thinking about something else.  I don't hate it or anything, but if I see someone in public wearing buckeye gear I'm more inclined to say go Bucks or actually talk to the person about the team, recruiting, or other news than I am to say OH.

pcon258's picture

I am not a big fan of the OH-IO cheer in Cbus, or anywhere near ohio for that matter, its just weird because there are obviously gona be tOSU alums in that area. That being said, it makes my day when im at home in NJ and i hear it, so as obnoxious as it is, i will always love it. and yea the drunk guy yelling OH at games gets a little old, but i love when someone throws it out during the walk to/from the stadium on gameday. that is all. sorry for adding literally nothing to this conversation, just figured id throw my hat in.

btalbert25's picture

Ya know DJ, I don't have a problem with any of the links, or any of the topics you bring up.  In fact, I kind of like your posts because the usually induce some debating back and forth and well, that's what makes blogs fun in my opinion.  Like Fido, I enjoy getting online and arguing some lol.  The one part of this post I could do with out, and surprised no one has mentioned it yet is the old dude in a white speedo lol.  That is by far the worst thing you've ever posted lol.

Pam's picture

That old dude in the white speedo is Georgio Armani as in Armani Reeves

btalbert25's picture

Gotchya, doesn't make it any more pleasant to look at though lol.

NYC Buckeye's picture

Have no issue with the OH-IO chant at games (when initiated by the crowd), however I think it should be reserved for pre-game and after a big play... during kickoffs and after the defense forces a turnover (football), or after a fast break dunk, one quick O-H-I-O chant should go through the crowd... not a Jets fans, but the timing of their J-E-T-S chant is always right on... it shouldn't be done during EVERY commercial break 10 times in a row...

the PA guy during the basketball game yesterday was particularly dull & awful and the perfect example of how not to do this.... it wan't even a cheer, it sounded like he was reading off prospective juror names during jury duty... it should stand for something to get people hyped, not just something we do out of ritual...  

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I live deep in SEC country, so hearing an OH always makes my day. A "go bucks" is good too. 

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Since there's a bunch of new guys and girls on the site now, probably a good time to reiterate that we want to keep 11W free from ALL political talk and debate. Some of this talk about news sources cuts it too close. 

Colin's picture

Moderators gonna moderate.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Though it seems our moderator "M" is gone

Buckeyeneer's picture

I went to the Funny Bone in Cbus and an out of town comedian started talking to the audience. He shouts "O-H" and the audience responds "I-O". He smiles and says, "The legends are true." He said that in stand up circles if you do a gig in Columbus and need some filler, just shout out "O-H".

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

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Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I find it weird when non-Buckeyes use it. I've worked for 2 places HQ'd out of state and they would pull that on us. Never liked it. I've seen this done in churches, during concerts, presentations, etc. I almost feel like it's them testing if the dog really does tricks. On one hand I'm proud to show off some tradition and on the other, a non- Buckeye started it....not sure how to feel about that.

Squirrel Master's picture

I am the opposite. My best friend is born and raised from TSUN, although he is a Gators fan (don't ask how), and I make bets with him that forces him to say I-O all the time. I even made him perform the H when we spelled OHIO on my wedding day!

he hates this picture! Muhahaha!

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NC_Buckeye's picture

My group has our gamewatch at a sports bar that is fairly close to the NC State campus (not to be confused with the Triangle Alumni Club gamewatch which pretty much controls their venue due to turn-out size). We occasionally break out O-H I-O after a big play which becomes an irritant to the locals (and Razorback fans when our gamewatches are at the same time).

This season we got our come-uppance so to speak. The locals started breaking out their own O-H chant as a taunt after bad plays (which they found to be hilarious... us, not so much). Talk about confusing. When they first started taunting us, imagine 12-15 Buckeyes looking at each wondering whether we should reply with I-O. (We did.)
 

Truth be told, things got pretty heated for us during the Nebraska and Wisconsin games. To the point where I was trying to figure out what my credit card balances were in case I needed to post bond. Thank god there weren't any other night games after Wisconsin.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Maybe it's me but I get tired of the OH-IO but love the stadium/arena O-H-I-O chant. Growing up in Columbus, going to school here, living here, and being a season ticket holder has exposed me to some OH-IO chants I'd rather forget. Love to hear it when I'm out of the state. I don't mind if it's half the stadium doing OH and the other half doing IO. I don't like random dude/chick screaming it from some horrible drunken condition.

I feel like DJ is holding back. It's a little Gonzo with a hint of Bukowski but very censored. I would like to suggest an all nighter or two in preparation for the next write up.

Arkansas Buckeye's picture

Living in SEC country, an "O-H-" from a fellow Buckeye warms the heart. 

Hell, in SEC country, ANYone sporting Big 10 colors gets a nod. I've got a tOSU license plate frame and bumper sticker and get honks and nods from even Penn State and Wisconsin cars.

And believe me, "O-H-" is a lot better than:

Wooo Pig Sooie

Roll Tide

Geaux Tigers

War Eagle

 

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I give scUM fans a "go blow" every once in a while. half the time they don't catch that i didn't say blue.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

And better than Tiger or Gator bait......

thatlillefty's picture

disaapointed to see how many buckeye fans don't like the O-H I-O ! chant

Looks like those living outside the mid-west appreciate it though. It's always nice to be verbally reminded how great our fanbase is, especially so far from home.

O - H !

Concord's picture

I - O !

 

I know I could see if it was Woo Pig Sooie or something like that.

But O - H- I - O ?

WTF?

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

there's a big diff between oh-io and O-H-I-O.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Concord's picture

Oh please

O-H

I-O

Better?

Lol

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

as long as we don't surpass 3 O-H's I'm fine.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

SPreston2001's picture

I-O!!! I agree we all should embrace the chant as its a way of showing our wonderful fanbase!!

chitown buckeye's picture

Everyone seems to have an opinion on OH-IO cheer. I have to agree with most out of staters that the cheer is nice to let others know you cheer for the scarlet and grey. Hell lets take this thread and come up with a cheer we can all get behind! Any ideas?

 

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Squirrel Master's picture

F*** Meatchicken? lol

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Ann Arbor gave me an STD

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BuckNut1070's picture

How about...Some yell "Buckeye" then the others yells..."Nation!" After all..."Bitch-Again" hates it when we refer to ourselves as The Buckeye Nation. It may not be the most original thing, but I think it would be very powerful. Just my 2 cents. 

 
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"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium."  ~Woody Hayes~

NC_Buckeye's picture

How about... some yell  "A-A" then others respond with "C-C"?

After going to the Progressive Field hockey game and seeing all the pansy cheers of the scUM student section -- I came away thinking we need some new material.

Maestro's picture

I would venture most fanbases have a cheer like this.  For example at Oklahoma State theirs is Orange-Power, Texas Tech is Raider-Power, Kansas has Rock Chalk-Jayhawk etc. etc. etc.

It's just a way to get people making noise.

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tedglover's picture

The O-H-I-O chant is GREAT--when you're not in Buckeye country.  When I lived in Alabama, nothing made me happier than wearing an OSU hat or shirt and hearing an 'O-H'.  Now I live near St. Louis and love hearing an 'O-H', or throwing one out when there's somebody wearing OSU stuff.

Maybe it's overdone back home, but outside of Buckeye country it can be pretty cool.