The Best in Bye

By Johnny Ginter on October 11, 2013 at 2:00p

Football really isn't that great. Yes, we hype it up and make a big deal out of young men giving each other concussions during a five month period in the fall and early winter, but honestly in the end it's just a grim march toward sadness and doubt.

But there is something that makes all these wasted Saturdays worth it, and that is the glorious Bye Week. Yes, Bye Week, when possibilities are endless, where men and women and children and pets and grandma all sit at the table of brotherhood as equals, telling each other "I can't stand that godawful football, but at least it gives us the unending wonder of Bye Week!"

Ohio State has been lucky enough to have been given a whopping TWO Bye Weeks this season, and today I thought that it might be prudent to take a little trip down memory lane to discuss some of the best Bye Weeks of the 2000s. There's thrills, chills, and above all a sense of belonging that reminds us of home. God bless you, Bye Week.

November 1st, 2008

Ah yes, the halcyon days of 2008.  One of my favorite Bye Weeks of all time, Ohio State was coming off an incredibly irritating loss to Penn State that saw Beanie Wells repeatedly slam into a loaded d-line to no avail. And really, what better prescription for the football blues is there than to dwell on it for several weeks as you stare into space and wonder if Terrelle Pryor would ever live up to his hype.

But really, the 2008 Bye Week is great because one man finally got to revel in being correct about something, ANYTHING, for once in his life.

MmmmmmmmIt's gonna be a gooooood weekend

November 6th, 2010

Let's be honest: you really need time to savor those 42 point road wins over a Minnesota team that had just fired their head coach. I know that I personally watched and rewatched every nuance of that game over the course of two weeks, wanting to sear into my brain every Adam Weber incompletion, every De'Leon Eskridge carry for no gain, and every futile attempt by Goldy to get anything done on defense period.

That game, and the subsequent Caligula-esque blood orgy that I threw to commemorate it, remains a personal highlight of my football watching life.

October 4th, 2003

The high water mark in recent Ohio State history. The Buckeyes had won 19 games in a row and had positioned themselves as the re-emergent power in college football. The team had their throne, and now comely ladies were dropping grapes into their mouths while visions of Ken Dorsey danced in their heads.

And at the head of this dynastic reign were the God-Kings Scott McMullen (taking over for an injured Krenzel) and the legendary Lydell Ross. Ohio State nation, knowing that these stout deities would never fail them, began dreaming of the grandeur that would surely follow them.

Then they went out and lost to Wisconsin the next week.

January 17th, 2000

N*Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" exploded on the scene, quickly becoming a favorite of John Cooper as he made it the theme of his final season in Columbus. Cooper and Justin Timberlake remain good friends to this day.

November 10th, 2012

The most recent Bye Week is always the sweetest, and who needs football anyway? So what if Ohio State will take a hit in the rankings by sitting on the sidelines? Who cares if Alabama destroying a bad Kentucky team will somehow give it brownie points simply because they play in the SEC? Isn't it more fun to sit and stew over the poor performance of Braxton and the secondary rather than watching them get out there and do better next time?

The Bye Week last year was simply exquisite. I wrote something about Mike Leach, we talked up Hyde a bunch, and overall everybody took it easy after making Tim Beckman look bad (which in itself is the sweetest fruit of all).

So that's what I'm saying guys! Screw it, football is lame. Ohio State is awesome. Let's take this opportunity to be as lazy and surly as we wanna be. We've earned it, dammit.


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ToledoBuckeye's picture

Hahahah......John Cooper and Justin Timberlake remain best friends to this day!

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

Poison nuts's picture

Caligula-esque blood orgy

Nicely done. 

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

741's picture

No links or photos bro?

Baroclinicity's picture

That look on Meyer's face scares the sh!t out of me.

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

stittracer99's picture

Yeah and just think, he had just been awarded a touchdown a few seconds earlier. Damn, he really wanted that timeout back!

Clinger76's picture

Bahahaha! Right!?!

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats, But if you take no risks, you will earn no victories."

GoBucks10's picture

That whole sequence needs to be GIF'ed.  Immediately.  That is almost as good as the Meyer pointing at the camera GIF from last year.

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

Hovenaut's picture

I almost get the feeling that sequence ends in a roundhouse kick...

cinserious's picture

MEYER: "They have that footage upstairs and I want to see it right here, right now!
REF: "blurb,blurb"
MEYER: "That's what I'm talking about muther----er...Make it right!"
Anybody else have better lip sync-ing decoding?

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

EnlistedBuckeye's picture

His "angry football team" is spot on and it shows

MassiveAttack's picture

Seriously!  I was watching it live and it scared me, too. I like how the refs "formed a posse" so that Urban wouldn't kick any of their asses.  You should get unlimited red flags, if you are correct and replay overturns a call
The only problem with GIFing this footage, is that trolls (fans of other teams) will be using it just as much as us.

The Ohio State University - "Haters love us!"

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Great minds, BARO!
Can you imagine that look directed at YOU as a player?!
When my youngest son was about 6 he got into trouble for something or other with mom; he tiold me when I got home, "Mommy had MEAN EYES!"
That pic of UFM qualifies as the definition!

RBuck's picture

Here's what we do the weekend:

Josey Wales: Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is.

Long live the southend.

sloopy88's picture
Now just to keep up this level of intensity for a week.

Seattle Linga's picture

Stepbrothers interview farting scene is the best

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Jesus - Urban's got a mean fucking war face!!!

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BeijingBucks's picture

Something about when Urban points that finger... people listen

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buckskin's picture

I'll bet those refs are glad that looks can't kill. 

bucksfan92's picture

Bye weeks drive me nuts, and it worries me that they can interrupt the rhythm a team has.  But since the coaches don't seem to have issues with it and they have pretty much been a staple now for the last 10 years I suppose everyone is used to them.  And the upside is that this is one of the better weather weekends we have had and with no game today there is plenty of time for some outdoor activities.  

bukyze's picture

Love how when you scroll over the screenshot, it says MEYER LOCO.  Perfect!