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November 24, 2012 at 10:16p

As I sit here thinking back over this season and I enjoy the success this 2012 Buckeye team has enjoyed, I have to think, "What is the historical significance of this team?"  I started thinking about schools and programs who had success while on probation, or had a beloved team that maybe wasn't the best team in school history but was perhaps the fan's favorite team.  This thinking brought me back to 1 team in particular.  This 2012 Ohio State football team reminds me a lot of the 1992 UK basketball program(Yeah, the team that lost to Laettner's shot). 

How so? The 92 Kentucky team had 4 seniors who came from towns like Paintsville and Maysville Kentucky.  They were guys who grew up loving the school and gave their heart and souls to the name on the front of the jersey.  Also, the team had a hot shot coach(although at the time Pitino was NOT established like Urban is right now), who always said the right things infront of the camera, could recruit like a madman, and was a brilliant motivators.  Most importantly, they were coming off of the hardest time in their program's modern history.  One thing that made that UK team legendary was the iconic game they lost in the postseason, but I didn't say they were identical!

What's this have to do with anything?  That 92 UK Wildcat team is perhaps the most beloved team in the history of their program.  They weren't a champion, and they weren't a Final Four Team.  Think about that, a storied program like that's favorite team wasn't a champ.  Arguably, the biggest names in that program's history are Farmer and Pelphrey not Riley and Mashburn.  They were the guys who against all odds brought the program back from the wilderness and they'll be forever endeared to that fanbase.  

I know people talk about 12-0 and realize it's a big deal, and many love this senior class, but my point for this whole post is to say we just witnessed history.  This season is going to go down in Buckeye Lore.  We'll tell our grandkids about Kenny Guiton's comeback and Philly's punt return against Wisconsin.  What UK's crazy fanbase has taught me is, a season like this one can and probably should have this group elevated to the same level or perhaps even higher than some of the championship teams.  Guys like John Simon and Boren will be remembered and talked about more than All Americans and first round NFL picks.  Most of us know how special these guys are, but for goodness sake just talking about the group MADE URBAN MEYER BREAK DOWN CRYING!!!! Admittedly, I don't know a lot about Urban at Florida, but I have never seen the man shed a tear.  

UK fans call the 92 team The Unforgettables and the name is really fitting.  To me, the 2012 Buckeyes are the Unbelievables.  They weren't supposed to be 12-0, and we've heard all the reasons why over and again, yet here were are. Unbelievable.  It's been a season of Unbelievable comebacks, Unbelievable plays, and Unbelievable seniors.  I hope Buckeye Nation, a far superior fan base to those fools in Lexington, honor this team and love this team the way UK fans love that 92 team.  12-0. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!

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bodast67's picture

Thanks BT....I am very proud of this team and am honored to have seen every game this season, but my best memories will be the game watches themselves with my mother and my son.  Every game was exciting in it's own way, and you could tell that it was going to be a special season.




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allbucksallthetime's picture

My compliments on the thread.  After today's game I tried to think of something I have seen in sports that compared to this Buckeye season and also thought about that 1992 Kentucky backetball team but would not have put my words together as well as you did.  That group at UK fought incredible odds throughout their year and faced adversity with unbelievable resolve.  For the uncommon valor they showed in 1992, they are revered in UK basketball history.
The 2012 football Buckeyes stirred the same feelings in me throughout the year.  Faced with adversity of all sorts, this group always stood tall and proud and was at their best when things seemed to be at their worst.  This group of seniors will always rank, collectively, as one of my all-time favorite groups to ever represent OSU.  Unbelievable!
Like many, I was really bummed when Coach Tressel had to resign.  I loved him and what he did for OSU throughout his tenure and hated to see that era end as it did.  It did, and last year was 'hell' for Buckeye fans across the globe.  Who could have imagined the depths of last year's campaign would lead to the highs we have experienced this year?!  Unbelievable!
Thanks to the OSU administration for understanding what it would take to bring in a staff as qualified as this one and pay them what they deserve, the coaches for their tireless work and leadership, and again, this group of seniors.  They made this football season 'Unbelievable' in ways that can't be properly expressed.  Go Bucks!

Poison nuts's picture

Well said BT. This will be one of if not my very favorite team for a very very long time. When they had no reason to do so, they went out & won every game they played in. Whatever mistakes that they made, they literally refused to lose a game. They are all heart to say the least & a special group that I'm lucky to have gotten to watch this year.

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Rickb25's picture

This was a great season, I dont think hardly anyone but Buckeye fans expected them to be this good this year. When the sanctions were handed down I was glad to see that all the seniors stayed even though they knew they would not be in a bowl game this year. This shows you how much love they have for this great University and how much they don't want to let this fanbase down, the greatest fans in the world. This team is special, they overcame many injuries this year, played bad in plenty of games but always found a way to win. They have a lot of talent and even with some of the bad calls yesterday and that feeling that the refs were trying to give that team up north the game, they found a way to win. This is why I love this school, this team, and my fellow buckeye fans, we believe in the unbelievable.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Well played, BT. I have a hard time putting it all into words. You did it quite well. 2002 will always be my favorite season, but 2012 goes up on the mantle right along side. I guess if I had to sum it all up in one word, it would be this...."Thanks." Thanks to the players of the team of 2012 for buying in to what the Staff was selling. For never quitting on the football field. For making this season "PERFECT".

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