This is a Special Team

216ToThe614's picture
November 24, 2013 at 11:07p
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As a member of the Ohio State marching band, I was given the opportunity to get to meet the team and march them through Script Ohio at the WHAC indoor field in what has been an established tradition for beat _*ch*g@n week for a very long time, and this account is going to echo much of what Ramzy said about appreciating this team. This is a special, SPECIAL team full of bigger than life personalities, excellent coaching/leadership, and just genuinely great people. After meeting the team for the second year tonight, I realized how unique this team is.

They're GOOD, which we already know, but out of pure chance I was selected by Tyvis Powell to march my spot in Script, and after meeting him I began to realize just how special every member of this team is. Let me explain how this evening works: First we watch them wrap up practice, upon which time they are released and can choose whatever instrument they want and the person they choose will help them march through Script Ohio while holding or attempting to play said instrument.

What usually happens first is a mad dash to the percussion section, because who doesn't like to bang on some drums when you don't know how to play any instruments? After the first year players sheepishly realize they have absolutely no shot at receiving a drum (there are only 29 of them to choose and the most senior players get their picks first), they turn to find the next most desirable instrument (which is a sousaphone) only to realize they spent so much time looking for a drum that those were gone too (I'm basically describing Vonn Bell, because this is what literally happened to him) and then kind of settle for a horn or a trumpet or some other instrument. This is why Tyvis stood out to me once again, when the players were released he understood all of this and immediately sought me out and plucked the Trumpet from my hands. I couldn't help but think just how intelligent he was to do so, until I remember this wasn't the first time he made a well thought out, accurate decision.

This link immediately sprung from my memory, and one of my favorite players on this team became my favorite. This was a mere 3 star recruit (vastly underrated and correctly spotted by Fickell and co.) who decided to pledge his affirmation to the school he had always loved, regardless of the turmoil that had and that was about to engulf the program. This was someone who 'gets' it, and I could not have been more lucky to get to show him how to go through Script Ohio. While marching around with him, it was a real special treat to get to see the players joke, have fun, and just have their guards totally down because this wasn't a media interview or some forced press conference they had to sit through, there were no over watching PR employees of the university, no public to judge them and every move they make. I got the chance to see the real people that they actually are.
 

After we were finished and given time to mingle with the players and for the 4th and 5th year members to get autographs signed or whatever they wanted, I stood and talked to Tyvis, a player the average fan would not know and certainly most from the band did not know him. I thanked him for marching with me, as I had a great time, but then I told him how much I appreciated him, how much he meant to me and this university, and the statement he made by staying with us during our most dire moments. I thanked him for working hard and making an impact, and that we couldn't play loudly enough or make people cheer enough to equate what he had done. At a loss for words, Tyvis just smiled after a moment, said it was no problem and that he loved being here, shook my hand and made his way to the locker rooms, beaming at everyone he saw along the way. 

 (as you can see, they are large human beings, unlike myself)

This is what we need to be doing to the players. Instead of judging them so harshly, and not appreciating what they have done to be here and to be on the precipice of greatness, we need to just sit back and enjoy the product they are putting out on the field, week in and week out. I spoke to Jacoby Boren, who only wanted to know about our 52 year old member Kris Tikson and how she made band, and then chuckled and stated he wished he could be in that good of shape when he was done with football. I spoke to Kenny G (who was our I-dotter today, complete with sousaphone), I spoke to Joshua Perry and Chris Carter, and I spoke to Stan Drayton who was hanging around by himself. I told them the same things along the lines of what I told Tyvis.

"Thank you for what you do, thank you for working so hard and giving up so much", for there was one common theme among those I spoke to: no one else sought them out. No one else knew who they were. No one cared who they were (with the exception of Guiton). No one ever expressed appreciation or praise for what they do, contributors or not. This team is FULL of people like them. The foundation of this team is laid by their hard work, forcing the uber talented blue chips recruited above them to push and work to become better as well. They are the glue, the amazing individuals who grease this well oiled machine Urban operates. These guys are only used to regurgitating statements to the media, and never hear things like this. These are players who are often swept under the carpet by their greater counterparts. Carlos Hyde and Braxton slipped away relatively soon upon being released, as did most big name players and coaches because they were used to dealing with fans all the time and know how to escape doing so after a short while. I hope that I made an impact on their day by thanking them as much as they make an impact in my life everyday by being great. 

This is my charge to you, fellow 11w commentariat: thank them. Tell the players how much you appreciate them. Buy tickets to the remaining games this year, and go take in and experience the atmosphere, the excitement, and the really REALLY good product they are putting on the field in hand with the W's they are gathering by the truckload. This all may be over soon. Urban may retire again at any time, we are losing basically our entire line, best DB, two senior safeties, our bruising starting running back, several wide receivers and special teams contributors, and possibly our heisman finalist QB and outstanding linebacker. Next year we may see the win streak come to an end, it could be any game they play. But it hasn't happened yet. Despite the continual media noise and churned out stories about how we will get jumped by this team or that team, they have prepared like champions and carried out their business on a weekly basis for two years. That is something that may never be accomplished again, and this streak now extends into new territory for a program as rich with history and great football as ours is. Take a moment and step back, and just enjoy what this year has been, and what it will be when you look back upon it.
 

Before I slip back into anonymity (I comment on here like once a month) just listen to my few words of advice.

 

Enjoy what's left of this wild ride.

Appreciate this team for what they are.

Comments

NCBuck1's picture

There is only one word that can describe this post....Wow! Thank you for sharing that. Message received. GO BUCKS!!!!!

DefendYoungstown's picture

Nice write up...

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

Maestro's picture

Wonderful post.  Fantastic experience that I am sure you will never forget and thanks for sharing it.

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InvertMyVeer's picture

Wow, awesome post. Thank you for sharing and thank you for what you do for tOSU too. I can't even imagine all the hard work and preparation you put in to those performances. You guys/gals truly are the best damn band in the land and like the football team that you share the field with you make the state of Ohio proud.

Football is complicated...

Hovenaut's picture

This is one of the best posts I've read here.

This season has been so special, for both the football team and TBDBITL. I had not known of this tradition before, but the team getting to practice Script Ohio with the band just exemplifies The Ohio State University....people, tradition, excellence.

Appreciate you sharing this, what an amazing experience.

I may not get a chance to thank a member of the football team anytime soon, but I'll happily extend my gratitude to a member of TBDBITL.

Thank you, 216.

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

216ToThe614's picture

No thank YOU man! This post wasn't meant to be about me or our band, I just wanted to share my experience getting to know the real side of many of these players. No thanks to me necessary, just keep supporting our team during this magical season and beyond.

....and keep supporting our great writers and community here at 11w!! :D

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!
WB

Phoenix824's picture

216,  No your post was not intended to be about the band but it is more than just about the team and the band.    I think you said it best "Thank YOU for what you do, thank you for working so hard and giving up so much.  This team,  Band, and community is FULL of people like YOU.  The foundation of this team, band and community is laid by YOUR and their hard work."
Thank you for sharing this with us.   Your insight is amazing.   
You expressed to many the thanks to these players that most of us will never have a chance to give and in my opinion you said it to the right people.    Those who like yourself go un-noticed as Braxton or Carlos score their third TD of the game.    Those who work hard everyday to make our game day experience all the better.   
Thank you for what you do and what your fellow band mates do and Thank you for thanking others for the rest of us in the community.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Excellent post, 216!
Exactly what Buckeye Nation should be doing.
And the best way, as fans, to show our appreciation for what these kids have done, and are doing...is to not let the negative talk in the media affect the pure joy we should be feeling right now as we witness one of the greatest accomplishments in Ohio State history...taking place before our eyes.
 

cjmgobucks's picture

Such a fun post to read. This was awesome and you're spot on. GO BUCKS!!!

"When I look in the mirror, I want to take a swing at me."
Wayne Woodrow Hayes

NashBuckeye's picture

Thanks for sharing your experience with us. We all hear about the bad things that happen to College Football players, so it is good to hear someone that had such close contact with this team had such good things to say about them. 
I hope Tyvis picks off a ball against TTUN or at least makes a great Special Teams play.

216ToThe614's picture

So about this actually happening.....lol this might have been the greatest prediction ever!

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!
WB

Haybucks's picture

What an insightful young man you are. The best of luck to you as you continue your education and career. Glad to learn of Buckeyes like you!

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

Johnny_Buck71's picture

This is such a cool story. Excellent insider perspective. I just sent this to no fewer than a dozen fellow Buckeyes. By the way, the band has been doing pretty excellent work too. I make a journey to check out the half time performance after every home game as part of my Sunday ritual.

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. - Yogi Berra

acapell99's picture

Tyvis lives in my dorm!

Roll Hyde

Clinger76's picture

Great post!! Thanks for write up!

Our Honor Defend, I will fight to the end for......O-HI-O!!

TMac's picture

Your write up is only exceeded by your experience!! Well Done!! 
And THANK YOU!! and your band mates for all the hard work and dedication in entertaining us all!

popeurban's picture

 
 
Fantastic post!  This is what it is all about:

Despite the continual media noise and churned out stories about how we will get jumped by this team or that team, they have prepared like champions and carried out their business on a weekly basis for two years. That is something that may never be accomplished again, and this streak now extends into new territory for a program as rich with history and great football as ours is. Take a moment and step back, and just enjoy what this year has been, and what it will be when you look back upon it.

Chestnut Ridge Buckeye's picture

I have been a long time lurker in these parts, never posting but just soaking up info and commentary for the past 4-5 years. From that perspective, let me say that this is the finest comment I have ever read here, just so insightful and wonderfully distilling what it means to love the Buckeyes. What a fantastic way to begin Thanksgiving/Beat Michigan week! 
Thank you so much for sharing that experience and your observations. I'll be sharing this with family and friends. 
 
GO BUCKS!

Buckabroad's picture

Incredible post. Insightful, thoughtful, inspiring.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Wow, this post just goes right to the heart of what it means to be a Buckeye, 216. The appreciation you showed to fellow students and the sacrifices they make to make Ohio State the best it can be, the positive belief that we can make a difference through our actions (paying it forward), and the humility you displayed by never realizing that you and your fellow band mates are equally worthy of our gratitude. We feel your great Buckeye spirit in your music and I can't wait to hear it ring out on the field the next 2 Saturdays.  

Doc's picture

Great write up, and a wonderful story.  We tend to forget about the second and third teamers during this ride.  Without them the starters have no one to practice against.
Secondly, 216, TBDBITL is absolutely killing it this season.  The half time performances have been off the charts.  I went to the restroom during the later half of the second quarter Saturday to not miss you guys/gals.  The team is why I buy my season tickets, but it is the band that makes me love OSU.  Thank you.

"Say my name."

CharlieBuckeye's picture

I don't know how old the majority of you are but every time I read about people like 216ToThe614 and see how much they appreciate the University they attend, the traditions (and being a physical part of the tradition) and those around them it makes me feel good.
261 - thank you for the write up as it actually actually makes me tear up.  (Sentimental older fool here).
Thank you for being a part of the TBDBITL. Thank you for being a Buckeye.  Thank you for being a great young man for who I hope nothing but the best for in the future.
 
GO BUCKEYES!!!!!
 

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."
Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

ChazBuckeye's picture

This post is the most thoughtful and touching articles I believe I've ever read on this site. Thank you for being part of TBDBITL and also for sharing a moment I know you'll never forget.  Pretty cool and to be quite honest, I never knew you guys did this with the players (show's what I know;-)  Cool Stuff 216 and again, thanks so much for sharing!

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

bigbadbuck's picture

THAT was an amazing post! It must have been an amazing time and experience for you. It's also one that I and everyone else is jealous of because we wish it could be us! Thank you so very much for shining the light and giving thanks to those who normally don't get to bask in the spotlight even for a minute! This is an amazing time to be a Buckeye fan, a time quite frankly that may never be matched again!

saltybuck61's picture

One of the most well written posts I have ever read on here. Although this is a football site, you chose to focus on something much more important: the person underneath the jersey. These people are individuals who just happen to play football. Thank you for the write up, and thank you for your contributions to TBDBITL and the university.

buckeyedude's picture

Excuse my language, but that was just f%*king awesome. I wish that BTN would have been there to see and record this, because they always like to get the "behind the scenes" stories.