Remembering the Time Michael Wiley Took a Cab to Class in the Snow

By Jason Priestas on October 23, 2013 at 10:11a
Mike Wiley's snow chariot. Probably.

Central Ohio was hit with a light dusting of snow this morning. Some of the younger players on the Ohio State football team, particularly those from Florida and Texas handled it as you'd expect they would, while seasoned vets took things in stride.

But tweets are nothing compared to what former Buckeye and native Californian Michael Wiley did once he met snow for the first time as a freshman in Columbus.

Take it away, Jim Naveau...

Now you can add "Took a cab to class while snowing" next to "Strongly resembles Jamie Foxx" on your list of Michael Wiley facts.

Source: @Lima_Naveau

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gwalther's picture

I drove from 14th and Indianola to the Architecture building once to avoid the cold. Paid for parking. Don't regret it. #texasbuckeye

Class of 2008

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

You people are so weak. XD

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

hail2victors9's picture

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

gwalther's picture

Haha. Yeah.. I can't really debate that.. But keep in mind, if you were in south Texas in mid-August you might be called weak for a different reason. Then you'd be happily handed a Shiner/St Arnolds/Bombshell Blonde/or Lone Star.

Class of 2008

HighBallAce's picture

OMG yes! I remember my first August in Texas. I thought I was going to die in the heat! I got married on July the 8th after I had spent a year in Texas so I was a little bit used to the heat by then but I thought my family was going to pass out during the
People from here in Ohio don't have any clue what real heat is but then people down there have no clue what real cold is. I remember my first summer in Texas, they kept giving those heat advisories and I had a Jeep Wrangler that I had bought from here in Ohio a few summers before I moved to East Texas so I wanted to take it with me because I figured it would be nice to drive with the top down in the summer. WRONG! I was on my way home from work with the top down in August and it was like a sauna in the Jeep. The heat would come up off the asphalt and swirl around in my Jeep and when I got home and looked in the mirror, my body was bright red like I had been roasted. Everyone told me it would do that but I didn't believe
Another time I had ignored the warnings about mowing your lawn during those heat index warnings. We had a large ditch embankement out front of our house and you had to use a push mower to mow it. Well it was around noon that I got to it and I kid you not I thought I was going to die. I was in really good shape but I mean that almost did me in! I couldn't finish it and had to go back in and I ended up passing out on our living room floor. Luckily my brother-in-law came over and found me and got me to the ER or they said I would have died from a heat stroke. That heat in Texas is crazy!

RedStorm45's picture

I have visited Texas and AZ.  It's not that bad.  I actually hate Ohio heat more (when it does get to be 95+ for a few days) because the humidity makes it worse.

gwalther's picture

Um, the climate in Houston is sub-tropical. It's 48 miles from the coast. The humidity there is probably greater than central Ohio's. Now if you're talking west Texas, ok, sure. Pretty dry out there. But make no mistake about the average level of humidity along the Gulf Coast. (FYI- Columbus's will be higher today because, you know, it's snowing.)

Class of 2008

RedStorm45's picture

Yeah, sorry I meant farther in-land.  The whole "dry heat" isn't all that bad compared to 95 with ridiculous humidity.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm a freshman at ASU (starting at tOSU in the spring). The weather here is terrible, I promise you. Its October and its finally cooling down into the VERY HIGH 80's.

HighBallAce's picture

Yeah in August in the part of Texas where we are talking about, it gets up to around 110 with 100% humidity! I have lived in Ohio for 28 of my 38 years and 10 in Texas and trust me, it doesn't get anywhere near as hot as it does in the part of Texas I lived in. That's straight heat, not heat index. It gets so bad that where there are stop signs in the summer time and you have to stop, the road kind of lumps up cause the pavement melts and it forces the road to push up where you stop! I've NEVER seen it get that hot in Ohio. 

40 Degrees North's picture

I spent many a summer day in the Corpus Christi area over the years. Even the 2012 Heat Wave in Columbus doesn't come close to Texas summers.

CALPOPPY's picture

Where'd you live at 14th and Indy? I used to live on that corner (but likely about 10 years earlier).

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

FROMTHE18's picture

There was something awesome about trudging through a foot of slush to sit in a Latin class at 8:30 in the morning. Oh, wait, no it sucked. But, embrace the snow, campus looks amazing with it and OSU students have upped their 'Snowman' building skills recently so the Oval should be nice and decorated. 

BucksfanXC's picture

He took that cab uphill, BOTH WAYS!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BuckeyeVet's picture

True. But Ryan Damn Shazier walked. Barefoot. Uphill, too. Both ways.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

"The recipient of Oyster's ONLY down vote".

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

There was snow this morning? I missed it. :(

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

hodge's picture

Heheh, that reminds me of my winter ritual on cold-ass nights.  I worked in Powell my freshman year, typically three nights of the week (plus weekends), but since I couldn't have my car on campus, I had to keep my car in the parking lot of our Clintonville store.  Anywho, I'd normally ride my bike up there, but when it got cold I'd ride the bus there and back.  And let me tell you, riding the ol' Deuce (#2) at 10:30 with the crackheads was awesome -- but hey, I wasn't cold.
That winter I remember it being so cold that, during a midnight walk back to Park Hall from Taylor Tower, my breath would freeze when I inhaled through my nose, only to melt again when I exhaled.
It's kind of sad how fondly I look back on all of that.

HighBallAce's picture

Oh how I miss the warm winters of East Texas. I think in the 10 years I lived there it only snowed 3 times. 

Maffro's picture

Columbus winters are only a little worse than Baltimore's, so I didn't have too difficult of a transition when I went to OSU (although a lot of my friends from NE Ohio would always say winter in Columbus was nothing).
My personal favorite OSU winter story involves the heat in my off-campus apartment being broken from about mid-January to mid-February. Fun times... Though I'd much rather deal with that than the 100 degree summers I have now in North Carolina.

Notthatguy's picture

Was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for four years. Snowed 10 inches on my birthday, September 16. I was never so depressed in all my life...

I would've sent a check but I already sealed up the envelope...

sbentz4's picture

I remember "the blizzard of '08" aka a foot and a half of snow.  I thought it was hilarious, but the day out of class was nice.

buckeyepastor's picture

20 years ago this week it snowed on the DAY OF the Penn State game, more than just a dusting.    Raymont Harris went off and OSU rolled in their first game against PSU as a conference foe.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

JakeBuckeye's picture

I was admitted for Spring semester and I can't frickin' wait. I'm a California kid, but dammit: rain, snow, or hail, I'm a Buckeye till the end.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Outside of mountain warfare school in Bridgeport (CA) and the occasional ski trip up to Big Bear I saw zero snow during my time in the USMC, of course that was countered by the opportunity to visit wonderful vacation spots like Saudi Arabia & Somalia. Want to really enjoy the heat? Try a Steel Beach BBQ on a flight deck near the equator in the the Indian Ocean...but I digress.
Following that, while an undergrad I could (and often did) get out of class, grab a surfboard & walk to the beach.
Where is this going? The first winter after I moved back to Ohio was rough, really rough. It wasn't a particularly bad one, but it really does take time to acclimatize to cold weather if you haven't been exposed to it for awhile (or ever).

The Rill Dill's picture

At least he came to play skool.

Fugelere's picture

When I went to visit my family in Ohio I was saddened to discover I had lost tolerance for the cold. And despite living in south Texas and Georgia for nearly a decade I had not gained any tolerance for the heat or humidity either.  

JTownBuckeye's picture

I once got on the Campus bus from the NE Oval to go to the Ohio Union when it was 10 below wind chill. Maybe not the most book smart, but I'm not stupid.

Brutus's picture

Say what you will about California politics, traffic, and cost of living, but it's currently 82 degrees here in the East Bay.  Not missing Columbus one bit right now.

40 Degrees North's picture

If we were at our place and a roommate needed a ride to class in any inclement weather, we would step up and give them a ride. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
Funny that it was Michael Wiley. Met him at a tailgate after the San Diego State game. Great guy. 

harleymanjax's picture

Bunch of sissies! I went to school in Northern Wisconsin!
Of course that's why I live in Florida now!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"