The Ohio State Fan's Five Stages of Grief

By Jeff Beck on December 9, 2013 at 2:30p

What happened is hard to deal with. Ohio State, winners of 24 straight, was four quarters away from winning the B1G and punching a ticket to play in their first national championship since 2008.

There was no denying the defense had problems heading into the matchup with Michigan State, but the thought was enough could be done on the defensive side of the ball to allow the offense to do it’s thing. Of course, we all know what happened.

A sea of scarlet in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium was left dejected and searching for answers in a 34-24 defeat. The game felt surreal as many of OSU’s season goals evaporated in a single evening. Two full years without an L is enough to make any fanbase believe they deserve a storybook ending, and the fact that Ohio State’s fairy-tale ended so unceremoniously is a hard pill for Buckeye Nation to swallow.  What follows are the five stages of grief; a healthy process that most OSU fans will have to walk through in order to come to terms with the roller coaster of emotions they’ve been riding since Saturday night. 


This is probably the stage you felt for the remainder of Saturday evening. “This can’t be happening”. I was in Lucas Oil for the game and this was the emotion worn on the face of nearly every Buckeye fan exiting the stadium. It was certainly the quietest exodus I’ve ever experienced. Hordes of human shells leaving the stadium in silence refusing to accept the facts presented to them.

Head Up FellasKeep your head up. You're gonna get through this.

Denial is a defense mechanism; a way to shield oneself from the reality of the situation by deflecting it entirely. Some people can become locked in this stage, so the hope is that you’ve moved on. The Buckeyes lost. It’s all over the Internet. Take my word for it, but don’t actually go on the Internet. It’s only going to make the next stage more intense.


Immediately following grief is anger, or the need to blame someone or something for the problem. My guess is this is where 98% of Buckeye Nation was on Sunday. “Who made the call to run Braxton Miller to the outside on 4th and 2?” Why didn’t they #FEEDELGUAPO when they had the lead?” “How does Luke Fickell still have a job?” “Where has the passing game gone over the past few games?” “WHO IS TO BLAME?!”

This is a dangerous phase for anyone involved as it can lead to rash decisions and terrible public proclamations. Did the coaching staff make mistakes? Yes. But did that same coaching staff turn a 6-7 program into winners of 24 straight. Yes. Make no mistake, Urban Meyer is not Jim Tressel. He wont dole out loyalty in the face of underperformance. If particular coaches on his staff failed to meet expectations, he’ll find some who will. Don’t waste your time blaming. There’s no question it will be sorted out in the offseason.


After anger comes bargaining where you’ll try to concoct a way in which Ohio State can win back some confidence on the national stage. “If Ohio State beats Clemson AND Michigan State beats Stanford maybe the media will respect us.” “Let’s hope the SEC finishes their bowls with a losing record, while the B1G does the opposite.”

All of this will play out in a couple of weeks so there’s no need to worry about it until then. Ohio State can only control what they can control. Root for Ohio State, root for the B1G. If both perform well it could help shift the national narrative in 2014.


Then comes the inevitable sadness. This might set in leading up to Jan. 1. You’ll be bombarded with talk of the BCS National Championship, a game the Buckeyes were a hair away from making. You’ll be blindsided by talking heads saying “I told you so” in reference to Ohio State’s strength of schedule and you’ll lose sleep re-living plays that should have been.

It’s going to be hard to watch TV, listen to sports radio or log-on to Twitter without being constantly reminded of Ohio State’s shortcomings. My suggestion: unplug and enjoy the holidays with friends and family. They’re more important than any game could ever be.


The hope is that days before Ohio State’s Jan. 3rd tilt with Clemson you’ll transition into the acceptance phase, ultimately appreciating what the Buckeyes have accomplished while getting excited about the future of your favorite football team.

Going undefeated is nearly impossible. Doing it for two straight regular seasons is basically unheard of. What this football team has accomplished over the past two seasons is historic and it should be remembered as such.

The transformation of the team over the past two years has been something to behold and conventional wisdom would suggest they’re only going to get better as Urban has amassed an embarrassment of riches in the pipeline.

Premiere talent is coming and premiere coaching is already in-house. The combination of the two should make for an incredibly bright future for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

So move through these phases at your own pace, just make sure you’re in a good place by Jan. 3rd. It’s ok to dwell on what could have been as long as you keep one eye fixed toward the horizon. Good things are coming for this Buckeye program. Don’t be too mired in your own grief to miss them.


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Yamosu's picture


Denny's picture

Based on your 'burn everything to the ground' statement, I'd say you're stuck in 2002.


Yamosu's picture

I'd love to be stuck in 2002.  I'd have 25 less pounds, be playing ball at JO north every night and watching Krenzel make me think any person, no matter how un-athletic, could win a national championship. 

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

I would be 12 years old and my ONLY f**king care in the world would be OSU football.  Literally no other responsibilities.  Damn those were the days...

Denny's picture

We are not so different, you and I.


zachattack32's picture

Thanks Jeff, spot on. I needed this... Now I know what I'm up against.

buckeyemanda's picture

I'm still in denial...
Edit: I should add that I'm 90% sure I'm still hungover from Saturday. Emotionally, too.

FailtotheVictors's picture

Here Here.  Still have that feeling in my stomach..

- Respect the Rivalry -

Normal Buck's picture

Two guys walked into my office this morning, and asked me how I was.  I responded:  "I kinda feel like I'm hungover."  Wierd.

Matt M.'s picture

How dare you try to claim that my family will EVER be more important than an Ohio State National Championship!! This is the only STAGE that matters.

FailtotheVictors's picture

Pretty sure I'm still in Denial with some depression mixed in. Is this normal??
Nothing is more important than a national Championship - right?

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Matt M.'s picture

No, but seriously. I'm going to watch Christmasy junk on TV tonight and just try to bask in the comfort of nostalgia and laughter. We are a spoiled bunch, even if the defense has been awful. Great to be a Buckeye. This isn't nearly as bad as some of the losses we've suffered and it came after a 24-0 run. Time and change... and a bit more change will lead to big stage wins. I have no doubt about that. So close to being a more of a powerhouse than the program already is.
It stings, obviously. But we have so much to be thankful for and we'll pick up and move on from this. Here's to a good showing a the Orange Bowl. 

dumpus's picture

i submit a 6th, possibly exclusive stage:
seriously - how many of us kinda/sorta knew the game was up the way that those fat pigs up north marched the field on us?  the supposed matchup of the weekend was their D against our O, but we kinda all knew that our number was up with our stark-naked-exposed D against an O that finally learned how to play football.  
being 100% honest, this is the first time in a long time that i've gone into a game hoping for the best but kinda expecting the worst.  in retrospect, i should have gone into the Florida game feeling like this too after those fat pigs up north exposed us too.  
its one thing knowing that you lost to a worse team...but maybe i just dont feel so down about this one because, deep down, i've been waiting for our D to finally let the other shoe drop?
oh, and get ready for footage of woody throat-biffing some undereducated clemson kid to be on infinite repeat in the leadup to the orange bowl.  

RufusVonDufus's picture

You're kidding about MSU's offense, right?    Exactly what offense are you talking about?    Their offense freaking stinks and Stanford is going to prove it stinks.    I can't wait for a real D like Stanford has to show just how great Connor Cook really is.    Cook's goose is going to be cooked! The only thing they were able to do is throw the ball on us just as every other team did all year.    Stanford might not move the ball on them as much as we did, but I'll bet anyone who wants to contribute to my kids' college tuition fund that Stanford beats them.     People on here are saying Bollman helped beat us.    That is bullshit, too.    There were no surprises in their passing game, only wide open people to throw to as our coverage has been non existent all year.    Meyer and Herman choked on a big one in the way our offense was called almost all night.    Who the hell ever tried to make us a BMiller team only?    That's the person who threw the game away.    I'm not quite sure exactly how good this coaching staff, in its entirety, really is!


RuGettinIt's picture

So, Anger stage for you....


I think I went straight to the depression stage, as I couldn't muster any more anger after The Game.  I hate to say it, but the only pill that is going to help ease this sadness is going to be a NC.  Many have posted how they are glad we are not in the NC game for fear of a deeper embarrassment and sadness, and a part of me agrees, but to not even have the chance... ugh.
As they say, winning cures a lot...  I just hope someone cures our defense.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

AndyVance's picture

Ditto. Pretty sure I went from anger straight to depression. Acceptance is a work in progress.

FailtotheVictors's picture

Which stage does rationalization fall under?  I think all of us have said at some point since Saturday "in hindsight we were over rated" or "our defense wasn't good enough to compete for national title anyway." 

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Idaho Helga's picture

I believe "bargaining".

Buckinthemiddle's picture

I think there only needs to be 2 stages. Anger and acceptance. They got flat out beat by a team which had no business being on the same field with them given the buckeye defense played just marginally. The anger needs to be directed at Fickell and Withers, and they need to be held accountable. Keeping Fickell in the first place was I'm sure a move made to please some athletic board because he's a former player. The guy has more talent at his disposal than he knows what to do with, and still can't even put together an average defense. That's NOT Buckeye football.
Acceptance will come when that situation is rectified, and we bring in a stud D-coordinator who knows what they're doing. We've got the horses, we need the trainer.

"I'm in favor of it" - John McKay, on the execution of his team.

Bamabucknut's picture

Until the defense is fixed* ....nothing is fixed.
*fixed= those responsible for its current state are replaced.

Bobcat04's picture

I'd upvote this more than once if I could. 

BassDropper's picture

Lucky for me I had went through the first 4 stages before the game was even played. It took until about an hour after the game for me to accept it. The only time in the Urban-era where I had an awful feeling about the game, even though I had said all season we would destroy MSU. 
I thought I would take the loss much worse than I did. 


Boxley's picture

Me too. Maybe because deep down I knew our D was going to cost us a game. I never thought it would be because our O couldn't score though. So I have to give MSU their props, because they did shut us down, and they did change their attack to hone in on our weaknesses. Just like every other team we have faced this year that could score.
Unfortunately our O could not get it together to cover for them.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Jdadams01's picture

Fat fingers while on bumpy public transit. Sorry man

Thajinn's picture

I'm with you 100% I was the same way, when MSU was up by almost 2 scores in 1st half I stopped watching the game and started going through the Stages then. I was already pissed, so much I just stopped watching. And looked at txt and tweets maybe twice rest of the night. To me I judged the game right away by the Defense line, was it getting enough penetration and putting a lot of pressure on Cook?  NOPE, they where Not. And if MSU got out to a early big lead I already I already chalked it up as a lost. that's when I decided to start with those stages I guess.
I'vd been through the 90's and 2007,08 so now I'm getting used to it. lol  I'm fine now and I Want MSU to PWD Stanford, and Rest of the BIG to DOMINATE there Bowl games even that Tsun too. I would rather tOSU play Bama but didn't work out.
I strongly feel that Clemson is got a Shit storm coming to them in the bowl game come Jan 3rd. I trust Meyer and the D to fix what happen in the BIGCG, they got nothing to lose now.
But am I the only one that is also relived that it's over the stress of losing a game?

Actorjonnyb's picture

What makes you so sure they will fix the defense before the bowl game? They haven't fixed it in 2 yrs. if its not fixed by the end of this season after 12 games, little chance the next 3 weeks will matter.


Idaho Helga's picture

My feelings exactly.  From the minute Hoke went for 2 I thought "Sparty is gonna win next week" and that feeling didn't go away at all.   I told a coworker "I never bet against my team but this week I'd take Sparty and the points".  Turns out Sparty didn't even need 'em.
We keep making average QB's look like Peyton Manniing.  That HAS to stop. 
Am I the only one who took the TTUN win worse than this loss?  I know that sounds crazy, but it bugs the hell out of me that we didn't curb stomp them because, folks, they are a crappy team.

FailtotheVictors's picture

Maybe your still in denial Bass

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osu07asu10's picture

“If Ohio State beats Clemson AND Michigan State beats Stanford maybe the media will respect us.” “Let’s hope the SEC finishes their bowls with a losing record, while the B1G does the opposite.”


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Boxley's picture

I made it through all five phases on Saturday, well Sunday very early am, when I could finally lay down and go to sleep without throwing up.
Now I am glad we did not win, because no mater what folks try to "rationalize" we would get slaughtered by FSU, and then have to live with how many more years of anti-buckeye trash talk. Does anyone want to go through that again. I still remember the Florida NC game, what a disaster, so on the positive side...............
We lost, we got beat by a better team, better in that they shut down our offense, whether or not it was our play calling, they stopped the plays we ran. Period. And I hate that, but it is what it is. could we have played beterr, who knows, but we didn't at the time we had the chance to. That is the reality.
Now, as Jeff has so well put it, we can simply go on and hope that the team will play better, call the plays better, execute the plays better, utilize our best players better.
Just hoping for better on Jan 4th, 2014.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Michael's picture

The only way I will be sad after this season is if we slaughter Clemson (similar to what FSU did) and Auburn demolishes FSU.
Any other combination and I think it just proves that we were not the best team in the nation this year and were probably not going to win the NCG.

brandonbauer87's picture

I skipped straight to the bargaining stage. As soon as the game was over I flipped to NCIS re-runs. I handled previous losses pretty poorly. The 24 game win streak prepared me to be a better fan. Also, a midnight (thanks Fox) loss is easier to deal with than a 3:00 loss. 

buckeyepastor's picture

I moved past denial when the Michigan game showed that this year's defense's best days were behind them which left me with anger that we were really only elite on one side of the ball.  That made last Saturday not as much a surprise.  I am at the bargaining stage, looking at Clemaon as a game we need as a quality win outside of conference for this program.  A loss to Clemson I think will send me to depression.  A win in the orange bowl moves me straight to acceptance and optimism for next year.  
ESPN suggested last night that lack of motivation could be an issue for us in the bowl game.  I think the opposite. I think this is a very important game for a young program still finding a lot of doubters.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

Maestro's picture

I definitely went though several.
Rage, exhaustion, bargaining, reassessment, rationalization, bewilderment, closing in on acceptance.

vacuuming sucks

BuckeyeSki's picture

What phase am I?

Yep....anger still

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Tanner's picture

Connor Cook just shredded our defense so we don't deserve to win a championship. That's what stage I'm in.

Dublin68's picture

I guess I am still at the anger phase, so mad they did not feed ELGUAPO for at least 30 carries, so mad that Auburn Running back had 46 carries against Mizzou. Myer and Herman made the game so hard and outsmarted themselves. Just feed the D Ball to ELGaupo, he avg 6.8 yard per carry

Matt M.'s picture

I apologize in advance, but it's just so fitting right now:



Call me manic, but I feel it is better to burn out than fade away.  This defense has nothing to lose in the Orange Bowl, so they better just throw this soft-@ss gameplanning out the damn door and play to dictate the game for once.  I know this is hoping for a miracle, but it's Christmas season... did ya hear that Clarence?!

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

MemphisBuckeye's picture

I'm over this game, but what stage is the "Sammy Watkins is gonna torch our D? And El Guapo better get 35+ carries" stage?

Alabama Buckeye's picture

Already went through the 5 stages...looking forward to a victory on January 3rd!

baz's picture

What ever happened to Rod Smith ?  Is he still on the team ?  In the doghouse ?  Haven't heard his name in months. 

BuckeyeSki's picture

He fumbled his plane ticket to Indy in the terminal

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lamplighter's picture

did he go to the Greg Little football camp?

brandonbauer87's picture

He's on my fantasy team. As in the team I'd play when I fantasize that I'm the coach. 

droessl's picture

I'm in a strange combination of acceptance, anger, and depression.  This still really, really sucks. 

2morrow's picture

I have posted in several places that we were out coached, our secondary and linebackers were bad, and had we run Hyde 30-35 times, we would have beaten MSU by two scores. Basically complaining, bitc+ing and moaning.
Then I happened to see an old article written by some homer from um in 2012 that said last year OSU would finish 8-4 with a 4-4 conference record with losses to MSU, PSU, Wisc, and um While prediciting um to finish 11-1 with a 3 point loss to Alabama in the opener. My response at the time was we might lose two  (Wisc and MSU) but no way would um beat us, we might only lose one and had an outside shot at going undefeated. And then this year, I said we might lose 2, Wisconsin and some other game, a one loss season was possible and we might even possibly run the board again.
Even though I still think we could be sitting here today with a 25-0 streak and a win over a top 10 team, if we had beaten MSU, the national media would have said they were weak.
After a little reflection, and two years of the new regime, our expectations are sky high, and I think that is a good thing. Lets start a new streak and beat the sh+t out of Clemson.

ABrown07's picture

Maybe it's because I played football all my life and this is the thought process instilled in me so we wouldn't lose focus for the next game but I'm over it, sure it stings to think about it but why focus on what's behind us now? We lost, its Monday of the next week, we know our new opponent. Now, let's get ready to whip their ass and start anew!!! #GOBUCKS

I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people.

-Woody Hayes

coloradobuckeye's picture

Don't worry, we still have a gut wrenching loss to an inferior team in the NCAA to look forward too in March!  There, did that help? 

Let your hobbies and interests supplement your life, not be the main course.

slippy's picture

You're the worst.

ABrown07's picture

I want to punch you in the face... with a steel chair... while its caught on fire.... and wrapped in barbed wire.

I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people.

-Woody Hayes

BeijingBucks's picture

While you are being waterboarded, a car battery, and alligator clips to your nether region. 
Not funny. 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

TilstheHun3's picture

No :*(

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

coloradobuckeye's picture

I apologize.  I did not mean to hurt anyones feelings... just years of seeing the Bucks one game away more times that I care to recall.

Let your hobbies and interests supplement your life, not be the main course.

aphill89's picture

Watching that clock hit double zero, no actually watching Jeremy Langford scamper in the endzone to seal it = a complete loss and exodus of my emotions.
I can't imagine that moment and feeling to all my fellow bucks in Lucas Oil.  I think I might have just stood there for 10 minutes still at my seat looking at the field if I would've been in the building for the game.

"The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes 

Bobcat04's picture

It's still pretty raw for me.  My Dad grew up in northern Michigan, and is a lifelong Sparty fan, so I've been happy for him that they have gotten the best of scUM lately, as it's a new thing for them.  However, I never thought that we'd be clearly below them looking up in football.  So, happy holidays to me. 
  Honestly, it's ranging between anger/depression/and apathy for me right now.  I'm angry that our defensive staff can't seem to teach or make necessary adjustments with superior talent for going on 2 years now.  I'll believe that we are moving forward when I see Urban start to swing the ax.  I'm depressed, because the narrative is true to some point:  We were not ready for the big stage, even a team from our own downtrodden conference.  I think MSU's defense is the real deal, but that team is supremely beatable.  Just not by us.  Finally, the whole thing is making me apathetic towards the bowl game and the rest of the college football season in general.  It's just hard to care.  Maybe this is the product of being spoiled over the last 2 years, but I feel way worse about this one than 2010 in Wisconsin, and I hate Bielema and respect Dino.  I'm just emotionally shot on OSU football for the year, and I hope the feeling goes away soon. 
  If y'all want to downvote, go ahead.  I understand, I'm depressing.  I'm not trying to be mean, I'm depressing because I'm depressed.  I really do hope Urbs is able to marshal his feelings and make business-based decisions about the defensive staff, because it's true that we have way too much talent to look so unprepared on that side of the ball.  Teams that are full of players we didn't offer look like the Steel Curtain in comparison.  That IS on coaching.  I don't want to see Bell, Burrows, Mitchell, Apple, etc., languish in an undeveloped hell, doing what they can on pure talent alone.  That would be a crime.

BuckeyeEd's picture

I just cannot get out of my head that Minnesota held MSU to 14 points and they scored 34 on us a week later. Help me to cope with this, because I know we have better athletes on the bench than the Golden Gophers have on the field.

Bucks777's picture

1000% CORRECT>>>> Defensive COACHING HAS TO CHANGE it's philosophy and schematics. Or else change the coaching, players did NOT improve as the season progressed = Coaching defect.

AAStagg's picture

I am astounded that a man my age could possibly be as depressed as I've been over the outcome of a college football game.  I thought my mental health was on stronger footing, frankly.  After nearly 60 years of watching the Bucks, you'd think I might have learned.
Thanks for the 11W therapy, Jeff.  Knowing there are others going through the grief with me is comforting somehow.  Misery really does love company, I guess.
Go Bucks!

Keep calm.  It's only a game.

stantmann's picture

I used to deny it, blamed it on injuries, suspensions, etc, but now I know - OSU makes every QB look like Johnny Manziel - Is this acceptance?

DefendYoungstown's picture

I was angry, confused, sad, and then happy.  Why am I happy you ask?  I was able to get 4 BCS tickets at the Pasadena resident sale on Saturday and I noticed that they are going for $1500-$2000 each on StubHub and Ebay.     

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

CALPOPPY's picture

Nice! Enjoy something special with your newfound funds.
So there IS something good about OSU not going to the title game.
BTW, so Pasadena offers tix to residents ahead of time? Never knew that (and had relatives out there for awhile).

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Bucksfan's picture

24 straight wins, and two consecutive undefeated regular seasons.  Yet, no conference championships, no Rose Bowls, no national titles.  Braxton Miller shattered seemingly every single Ohio State regular season quarterback record in 2012 and wasn't even invited to New York.  And he won't be invited this year, either.
Getting beaten by Sparty really sucked.  But everything just feels wrong.  Two straight seasons is an accomplishment to us, sure.  But for some reason it's not an accomplishment to the sport itself.  No one cared.  It all fell on blind eyes, deaf ears, and finally it fell smack dab on the ego of every single person who hates Ohio State.
They're the ones who seem to have won it all.  And they seem to keep winning year after year after year.  And that's a tough pill to swallow.  Again.

buckeyedude's picture

As you can see by the satellite pictures, De Nile is a fertile river valley, responsible for supporting millions of people and is the longest river in the entire world. If you were to ask the people that live there, I'm sure they would say they have no problem being there.



Buckeye419er's picture

Wait..crushed isn't a phase?? I hate phases. PHASE YOU A******!!! 

Ok. Probably somewhere between anger and death.

There can be only one

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

It is what it is and I lost my anger once the hangover kicked in.  I'm just online slapping haters around - it is very therapeutic!!!
I'm not all about burning shit down over a 24-1 record!  No offense - but some of the Buckeye Nation need to calm the fuck down and trust in Urban Meyer a bit more.  TWENTY FOUR AND ONE!!!  I get the need to analyze what went wrong after a game but christ - some people act as though we barely won a game over the last 2 years and the coaching staff just finished kicking bunch of puppies and punching old ladies!
In the words of the great Sgt. Hulka - lighten up Francis!!!

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

Ksecus's picture

A Quarterback that gets 100 yards passing in a spread offense and a defense that runs around confused all night is why we lost. 

southbuc's picture

Call me home fries but I think the future is bright. Meyers recruits are maturing and we may actually have a defensive coordinator next year. The d line will be filthy and that is where defense starts. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Yeah, I'm definitely in depression right now.  Majorly bummed out.  I knew our D had it's issues, but overall I still feel we have a team that is better than MSU.  They were just better on Saturday night.  I know it would have been a tall order for us to stop the FSU passing attack, but man you only get so many chance to take a shot at a championship.  That is what I am most depressed about.  That we won't get the shot this year. 
Go Bucks!
Beat Clemson!

RuGettinIt's picture

Thanks for the article, it made me laugh and the perspective of it all was great!

G_off's picture

I'm somewhere between anger and depression. Angry at myself for getting too caught up in the Braxton and El Guapo scoring show to think that the defense could cost us a game and further more a national championship. I was at the Cal game and first noticed we could really have some problems with the secondary. But when the offense makes putting 50+ points on the board each game look as easy as they did, it's too easy to say "We'll just out score them."
Then Illinois put up some points, and TTUN gave the country a blueprint on how to shred the defense alive, and I knew we were going to give up points to sparty.
Hopefully Urban can make some "adjustments" to the D this off season.

"You can not use logic" -Gary Danielson of CBSec

the greek's picture

Oddly enough I went through denial and then acceptance.  I woke several times during the night think "Did we really lose?".  Given the circumstances, I am not sure why this loss has affected me less.  It was easier to accept this loss more than Wisconsin 10, Texas 05, 09, and USC 09.  I don't even want to mention Michigan 96-97 and the grand poobah MSU 98.
I am ready for redemption against Clemson

mtgerken's picture

I willl forever be in a questoning stage until Vonn Bell and Cam Burrows, replace our current players. Or until we decide that it is a good thing when no one from the oppositition gets behind the safeties. Seriously how hard is it for Pitt Brown to back up a few feet and follow a receiver down the field?

"Because I couldn't go for three!"


wjpalumbo's picture

What day is this?



Dillon G's picture

Luke Fickell blaming players (you have to make a play) changes my opinion of him in a very bad way. They are poorly coached and constantly out of position. It isn't the last few games, it is since the departure of Jim Tressel and Jim Heacock.
Everett Withers and Coombs can take the train. We stretching and your a kicker does not qualify one to be a position coach. Predicting a very predictable michigan team once during a game is not either.

el duderino's picture

I must have skipped denial, given the beer bottle I promptly smashed against my friends' fence when the clock went to zeroes.
I'm at acceptance now, unless someone happens to bring up the lack of FEEDELGUAP. Then I want to smash something against a fence again.

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

I didn't realize how depressed I was, but when I woke up on Sunday I thought it was 6 AM because the sun wasn't up.  Then I looked at a clock.  8:30 PM!  I slept from 12 on Saturday night to 8 on Sunday, which is freakin 20 straight
So yeah, safe to say I'm a bit depressed.

angelique's picture

I watched every one of those 24 games in a row that the Buckeyes won.   Trust me, they could have lost 12 of them.     They are not and they were never a "great" team.    How in the world they won all 24 is hard to believe.    But they did.    And they played their hearts out.    The other teams have guys that are the same size and age and speed and they want to win to.  Plus, the Buckeyes have never won 24 games in a row before.   Yes sir, they did all right!!    And I am mighty proud of every one of them.    And if Auburn wins the National Championship then no team is undefeated.    It is extremely hard to do.


jthiel09's picture

I'm still stuck somewhat between Denial and Anger ... sorry I suck at hurdles. 

EDIT: When I say suck, I mean I keep thinking I've cleared the first stage only to realize my feet have fumbled it up again, I've regressed back to denial and am starting over out of pride. This one could take a while, hope I'm through each by Jan. 3rd.