My Experience at The GAME 2012

Alhan's picture
November 29, 2012 at 10:53a

I took my parents to see Nebraska get stomped for their first-ever Buckeye football game this year.  We had an absolute blast even considering the pesky column that came with our seats.  They got to experience the great Skull Session, the amazing video game halftime performance by TBDBITL, as well as all of the post game traditions (we ventured down to A deck for this part).  All in all, it was an amazing night.

Our Seats for Nebraska and the Infamous Column

After getting home I immediately began looking for tickets to go to the game.  I asked my Dad if he would want to go since they would be back in the are for Thanksgiving.  He initially said no, because he thought it would take too much time from being able to visit our other family members, but I eventually convinced him that the opportunity to see UfM's first win against *ichigan would be a far better use of our time.  I procured three tickets for Dad, my brother, and me (making sure there were no obstructions in the area) and we began the long, slow wait to the biggest game any of us had ever been to.

After what seemed like eons, but was only a month, the day finally arrived!  We bundled up the best we could and ventured forth to what glorious moments might await us.  We pulled into the parking lot just South of Ackerman at 9:30am and began the long trek down Fred Taylor Dr toward Lane.  We could hardly contain our excitement as our first glimpse of Ohio Stadium greeted us through the dim mid-morning light and snow flurries.

We made our way to the stadium through the happy throngs, and eventually found our seats.  Does it get much better than the 50 yd line in C deck?  I would argue that no, it does not!

We found many sources of entertainment in the hour leading up to kick-off.  Watching Hoke try to run across the field, the players warming up, the team getting in *ichigan's face as they ran onto the field for warm-ups.

The most amusing moment was probably when one of the attendees in one of the boxes behind us began flying a roll of toilet paper out the window, letting it flap about in the cold wind that whipped through the stadium.  

The team led the South stands in the final Quick Cals of the season.  I was extremely impressed to see the entire South stands participating as well as some people in the East and West sections of The 'Shoe!

The marching bands came out and played the opposing team's fight songs.  The Buckeyes (sans seniors) ran through the Block O.  The seniors were called one-by-one to run out and greet Urban at mid-field in recognition of their hard work and sacrifice, culminating in this, the greatest show on earth.  Finally John Simon walked out onto the field.  Until that point I had no idea that he was hurt and would not be playing this day.

With this unhappy news in mind, I stood as the game started, and watched as our Buckeye heroes began their battle against That Team Up North.  

At some point during the first series, my viewing bliss was interrupted by someone behind me tapping me on my shoulder:

"Are you planning on standing the whole game?" he asked with a sneer.

"I'm thinking about it!" I replied with a grin.

"Look around you," he said sticking his nose in the air, "no one else in this section is standing."  (This was untrue as my brother and Dad were standing right next to me.)  

"Are you serious?" I asked incredulously.  "It's Ohio State vs. Michigan!"

He ended the conversation with me but continued to grumble.  Later I saw him talking to the cop at the entrance to our section, pointing in my direction.  The cop looked at me, smirked, shook his head and dismissed the tattle-tale.

"Oh, its on!" I thought as I proceeded to stand for the entire first half through the passive aggressive remarks being made at my back.

I sat down for half-time and recorded TBDBITL's rendition of Fantasia, which was fantastic.  I especially like the dancing figures, mop and bucket, and fire bird they created.  Immediately following their performance, another man stepped in front of my Dad to address me yet again (why they kept talking to me when my Dad and brother were also standing I still don't know).

"I didn't want to say anything because I saw you were recording the half-time show, but you are ruining the game for about 10 people behind you." he said with a glower.

"Why, because I'm standing, cheering, and supporting my team?" I asked in disbelief.  "If I wanted to sit for the whole game, I would have stayed home where there aren't any metal benches to freeze my butt off!"  I continued.

With that, he turned to my Dad and asked, "Is that your son?"  When my Dad replied yes, he said "I thought so!" before storming off in a huff.

The second half went pretty much the same as the first half, with me standing.  My Dad had a conversation with the younger gentlemen sitting next to him who's Father apparently owns the season tickets to the seats we had purchased.

"Oh, it's the same thing every game someone else gets those seats," they claimed. "Those guys always try to intimidate the new guys to get what they want.  Just ignore them!"  And that's exactly what we did.

Even with all of these wonderful interactions, I was able to watch the whole game.  It had all of the ups and downs that one would expect from The Game, though the referees received a lot of fan's displeasure for the blatant missed calls they appeared to make.  When the Buckeyes made their last first down.  I looked down and saw Urban bouncing down the side line, jumping so emphatically that it appeared his knees kept hitting his chest.  He ripped off his headset and launched it into the air to the crowd's enormous appreciation.  As the team assumed the victory formation to run out the clock on a hard fought win, my Dad, brother, and I celebrated with high-fives and cheers.  We watched as the team and then the fans began to rush the field as the clock wound down with huge grins on our faces.

We decided not to run down and join them, as by this point we were all getting decidedly chilly (though I dare say the crowd would have been warmer) and we began to make our way to the exit.  As we were getting ready to enter the tunnel to the area under the stands, one of my new friends behind where we sat yelled down to me, "Next time sit in the student section if you want to stand up the whole game!"  I gave her a thumbs up with no intention of that ever happening.  These seats were too damn good!

We made our way back to my waiting car where we quickly warmed up and began to recount the experiences we had that day.  We looked at each other and grinned as we began to contemplate which games we wanted to attend next year!

I'm so thankful that we had the opportunity to watch two great games in person to kick off the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State!  Thanks for all of the memories, and GO BUCKS!


bassplayer7770's picture

I'm glad you had a great experience.  Did the people around you ever stand up during the game?

Alhan's picture

Haha, I don't really know, I couldn't be bothered to look back there after that guy talked to me the first time!
If they didn't they saw a lot of me jumping and cheering with my arms in the air :-)

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

BucksfanXC's picture

Great blog post. Don't let other fans ruin the experience whether you are the guy standing or the guy with someone standing in front of you. That's my rule.

“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

BME_Buckeye's picture

Sounds like a great experiences and glad you were able to go with family. A few notes. 

  • I sat in that area you sat in for the Nebraska game but in D deck and had a pole block my view. Need I say I understand where you are coming from. 
  • Screw people who don't wanna stand and you're right to tell them what you did. You're a fan and you're not gonna sit. However, I will say that if you're at an away game, be respectful of the home team. We had to respect the wisconsin crowd when we went. 
  • If you like home games, away games are much better. While very few stadiums outside of Wisconsin and Penn State can compare to OSU, seeing the crowd of OSU fans on the road and learning new traditions make for fun after going to several OSU games. Hopefully you guys consider this an option. 

Thanks for the story, I enjoyed reading it! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


misterbulbous's picture

Those are awesome pictures.  I've said it in a few other threads, but I really, really hope the athletic department or "somebody" puts together a DVD of this entire season from Spring Practice through the end of the season.  There were so many dramatic moments.

Buckeyeneer's picture

I wouldn't be surprised if BTN did something. I know in years past the Dispatch would often put together a book for undefeated seasons.

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

THE Ohio State University

JasonBuck's picture

I despise passive aggressive people.  Just stand, there's games you watch of away games and seems the opposing teams fans are standing most of the time.  I would have told the guy to mind his own business and to go sit down (glad the cop just ignored him).  Don't come to the game if you don't want to enjoy it, sell it to actual FANS who want to stand and be into the game (I've also noticed that A LOT of "older" fans attend tOSU games, my message to them SELL YOUR TICKETS!).

Alhan's picture

Yeah, I guess some part of me was hoping that if by standing, I was blocking their view, that would encourage them to stand, starting a chain reaction of everyone in the stadium standing.

That would make for a rockin' scene!

Didn't happen though...

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Oyster's picture

So basically you made then stare at your backside all day.  Nice.

3M hoards the KoolAid like Elaine hoards sponges.

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Alhan's picture

I didn't "make" them do anything. I wanted to stand and did. If they would rather stare at my backside instead of join me, that's their decision.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Pam's picture

I don't what you consider "older" fans, but I stand the entire game and so do the people in our section. I'm 59 and my friend is 62. I have never been told to sit down and wouldn't if asked. Especiall if it was "The Game"

Oyster's picture

That's probably because they know you are a MOD on 11W and are afraid to ask.

3M hoards the KoolAid like Elaine hoards sponges.

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

zjhousley's picture

I don't get people who want to come to the games and sit during the entire game.  Yea, I sit during breaks and what not, but if the players are playing I am up and screaming.  I'm 30 and purposely got my season tickets in the student section this year for that exact reason.  The view of the whole field isn't as good, but still have a ton of fun.  I was one of those crazy fans on the field after the game, in fact, i opened the gate in our section because some college kids didnt want to.  It was an experience I will never forget.  And if you had ran on to the field, I promise you being cold would have been the last thing on your mind.

Alhan's picture

I didn't put it in my post, but my dad actually started sitting between each play "To give them hope" and then immediately stood when the play would start. It was amusing :-)

If it had been just me I would have found some way to get to the field, but not with others in tow who probably wouldn't appreciate it. Not to mention the fast we had plans with other family later in the day.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

JasonBuck's picture

HAHA go Dad....that's funny! 

Oyster's picture

That's cold!  I love it.

3M hoards the KoolAid like Elaine hoards sponges.

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Doc's picture

Alhan, I had a very similar experience at the Nebraska and AACC games.  My tickets have been in section 24C row 20 seats 10 and 11 for 5 or 6 years now.  I had people telling me during the UN game to sit down.  I made a joke of it and got the people behind me to stand as well(the people were two rows behind me who were complaining.  My wife was with me for the AACC game and she said the people two rows back were telling me to sit down as well.  I didn't hear them, because if I had I would have gone nuclear on their asses.  This is a football game not the symphony.  If I wanted to sit I would have watched from my own house.
Keep cheering, stand up, yell, scream, qnd root the Buckeyes on to victory.  FUCK the Negative Nancy's that wouldn't know Urban if he kicked them in the goobies.

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
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Alhan's picture

Haha. Glad it isn't just me! I had no problems at the Nebby game other than that Damn column.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

JasonBuck's picture

Agree with you man, ridiculous, it's a new era of tOSU football...and more FANS need to stand up and be into the games. 

raki's picture

Man I had a great experience too except i was stuck with the fans from that team up north, The worst thing was when they started calling My fav coach Tressel cheater when he was lifted by his players, that just pissed me so much i wanted to beat some of those scum fans. Also some of those idiots kept saying the entire game How scum football is back and BLAH blah blah.
The game was awesome even thought  I don't like some of the offensive play calling from our side the second and one sack which braxton gave , i have no idea why they just didn't give it to Carlos that time we could have got the touch down and be up by two scores but we won and thats what matters against that TTUM.

spqr2008's picture

They need to start recording TBDBITL's shows on HD cams at the stadium, and with really good microphones at the Skull Session, splice them together, then put them out on DVD.  I'd pay $20 for that, especially if it was a dual disc (one side CD, other side DVD)

BME_Buckeye's picture

You can watch them on youtube if you search for Mbandfan2

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


PWLafferty. TBDBITL. TRow.'s picture

I love you for telling those people to shove it.  Great post!!!

"I'm up there with Chris and Dave Pass, getting ready to broadcast that game, and that band came out of that tunnel, I was wiping tears out of my eyes and all the memories came back." ~Urban Meyer

KeithMC33's picture

Good for you buddy! I was seated in 8C and the SCUM fans behind us kept making comments about how obnoxious OSU fans are for standing and ruining everyones view of the game. This group had 2 mid 20's men and and a husband and wife who were in their late 40's and they bitched the whole time. Best part was the 60 yr old SCUM fan next to them who told them to quit their whining and just stand like everyone else. It was great. I just had knee surgery 2 weeks ago and i was able to stand most of the game (ok it hurt like a bitch at times, but its the GAME) so I wasn't going to give in to their excuses or whining.
Go Bucks!!!!!!!!!!

Menexenus's picture

I only stand on third downs, and I *still* got the same reaction you got from a fan behind me on Saturday.  :-\  This is The Game, people!
I agree with you: the "fans" who want to watch the game on their asses, they should do it in their living rooms!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

My seats are in 30A, row 14, and everyone around us under the age of 70 was standing... The older couple that sits beside me (We call them 'grandma and grandpa') never complain, the older gentleman stood the whole time, and whenever we stand (3rd down most games, this entire game) grandma just goes from watching the game on the field to watching the game on the scoreboard in south stands. Get up and cheer people! That's helping your team, not you sitting there reading your 'Cat Fancy'!

Buckeyejason's picture

Good post and pics. Thanks for the info.
I have to say though..and pardon my French but what the fuck is wrong with alot of Buckeye fans at games!?!? Telling you to sit down during the last game of the year and an intense rivalry. Not to mention the crowd sounds like a library half the time. Glad you had a great time!


jestertcf's picture

Thanks man. This was a GREAT read.
I know I would have been standing too, I couldn't sit down at my house. I was pacing around my couch, wearing circles in my carpet, and that was the HOUSE!!

~Because we couldn't go for three~

T4EHill's picture

Great read man!! Glad you told those pepole behind you to shove it!! It OSU vs scUM how can you not be standing if you're a real fan???

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." Woody Hayes

Poison nuts's picture

Great post Alhan!

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

bgohio22's picture

Great pictures!  I was also a little confused at why so few people were standing during The Game.  I was in 10C (though seemingly all of A deck was up the whole game) and was never addressed by anyone behind be . . . but I got the feeling that some folks weren't too pleased when I stood.  I'd say 5% of my section was standing the whole game.  I eventually only stood up on 3rd downs, still had a blast, and had the joy of standing on midfield with another few thousand Buckeye fans after an exciting win.       

doodah_man's picture

I'm not sure if the sit/stand issue was the result of a poorly communicated request or one of the excesses of fandom.
Three years ago, I was in an auto accident that herniated the  patellar tendons in both knees. After four surgeries and close to 50 physical therapy sessions, I am able to walk, carefully, with a cane and a constant mind to balance. I attended the "Game" and managed to make the climb half way up C Deck. All that considered, I cannot stand for three hours and cannot stand up without considerable effort. Yes, the people around me stood/sat at certain times and my view was blocked. I really had no choice but sitting, looking around their body, and hoping to see whatever play got them excited. Of course the large TV allowed me some relief. 
I guess my concern is the ongoing opinion here is that fandom somehow trumps even a modicum of civility. There seems to be an awful lot of MEism in a crowd of 105,000 people. I have been to many tOSU games and NASCAR races where the same effect occurs (standing at pivotal moments and then sitting). But generally, I find that eventually, although they may stand for a few minutes, they sit for the majority of the race.
Yea, last game, 12-0, the Game, blah blah. I'm happy that YOU had an enjoyable experience, YOU had the satisfaction of irritating a douche bag who couldn't politely ask you to sit occasionally, and I am glad that YOU didn't sit in the row in front of C 4, row 12, seat.
But, I will compliment the gentleman who, at half time, made a special effort to walk slowly and carefully in front of me, to make sure I didn't fall (although he was not leaving and returned to his seat after I got down) as I climbed down th 12 rows. Thank you sir. You are a tue fan.
Go Bucks

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

klfeck's picture

I have had season tickets for 4 years and go to almost all the home games minus 2 or 3 that I could not attend. I have never had anyone ask me to sit down, nor have I ever asked anyone to sit. If the person in front of me stands, I stand. Easy enough.  Here are my thoughts:
1. Just because you are at a football game you do not have to stand for the entire game. My section typically stands on 3rd downs, knockoffs, punts etc. if you refuse to sit for the entire game then you are probably being an ass. In your case, you were probably justified.
2. If someone in front of me stands, I am standing up. The people behind me can do the same or not see the action. I am not gonna miss the game so the people behind me can sit.
3. I was at the UM game and it was far warmer standing than sitting. Either your section was different than mine or the people behind you were too stupid to figure this out. If they were the covered in blanket huddled together like penguins crowd than that's their choice. If you care more about staying warm than watching the UM OSU game then you should probably watch it on TV.
My advice to you is to find a happy medium at future games. Don't go out of your way to be an ass, but feel free to cheer on your team enthusiastically. If people have a problem with that, screw em.



Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

GoldenBearBuckeye's picture

Like your post and that you held your ground.
I do think that I would side against you though if you were using an umbrella