Buckeye Fan?

CleSteve's picture
November 23, 2013 at 4:08a

Tonight i was having some drinks with friends and we got into a discussion about football, my friends know how much I love The Ohio State Buckeyes. As drinks poured and passion became topic of the discussion I was called out by a girlfriend of one of my friends. She said "you didn't go to OSU"?! The tone of the comment was implying why should I pull for a University that I did not attend. I am twenty six years old and have lived in Cleveland my whole life, she's right i never attended Ohio State but yet I find myself pulling for the Buckeyes every Saturday and every time I know any Ohio State team plays. So my first thought was to yell I live in OHHHIIIOOO THATTTSSS OOOUUURRR TTEEAAAM, when I realized maybe that's not everyone who lives in Ohio's team. Instead I replied with ridiculous counter arguments (like the previous). I had lost my chance to make a point as to why I love a team that I've never truly been apart of, a team that pulls a University together a Community together a City together,which I've never been apart of...... Now I'm at home thinking of childhood memories, garage parties, family parties,Saturday mornings with Dad yelling at the television... ALL for what? A University a Community a City he has never been apart of. I Love and Trust my father and with those things he has introduced me into a fan hood that I hope to pass to my son whether he chooses to attend OSU or not. Without attending Ohio State I WAS BORN A BUCKEYE AND I WILL DIE A BUCKEYE! So in my head I ask the girlfriend of my beloved friend, is that good enough for you?.................................................................... P.s Don't mind the grammar obviously I didn't attend THE Ohio State University.                                                                                                     

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TMac's picture

I've long thought one reason The Ohio State University had the fan base it does, is not only the alumni, but because it was the only major program (sorry MAC, I said major) in a fairly populous state. And so you had many fans that never attended, and even attended other colleges in Ohio, but have always identified with The Buckeyes.  Look at the surrounding states: PA has PSU & Pitt, Indiana has IU, Purdont & ND, That state up north has tTUN and Sparty,  Down south you get Alabama Auburn, Florida FSU Miami, Georgia Georgia Tech, Texas has about a dozen, CA too.......so I'm not sure there is another state (of consequence) with such a clear identification with just one program. 

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NoVA Buckeye's picture


The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

4thandinches's picture

He said 'of consequence.'

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

............................. Boise State?

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

buckuar's picture

CLSTEVE, I understand your situation. I was born a Buckeye, but when it came time to choose where to go, I fell in love with the city of Athens. It epitomized everything I thought a campus should look like. OU was my one and only college visit. I didn't pick it for the sports teams (obviously.)
I now live in Florida and I get that argument a lot. Ironically enough, most people that argue that point with me root for Florida or Florida State, but have never attended ANY university. 
Yes, I graduated from Ohio University. I root for the Bobcats as an alum any time they are playing... Except when they're playing the Buckeyes. There's something about knowing that your team has a chance for greatness every year. No amount of tuition paid can take away the team I was raised on. 
I am a Buckeye fan. I bleed scarlet and grey. I just happen to have a degree from another university.
Today, my brother (who also did not attend OSU) and I will be in Columbus for my once a year trip to the 'Shoe yelling just as loudly (if not louder) as anyone else in those stands. It's days like this, when you're raised a Buckeye fan, that you can't take for granted. I get one game a year. I'll make it count no matter where I went to school. 
See you in a few hours, Buckeyes. I'll be the guy in the scarlet jersey from Florida with a degree from OU in 28AA, freezing his ass off and loving every minute of it. 

Hovenaut's picture


Well put, BuckUar.

Nutinpa's picture

I have had many conversations like yours....and I have kids your age, buckuar!   I am a proud Bowling Green alum....and follow them as best as I can from far away.
But I grew up a Buckeye fan and am Ohio born and bred despite living most of my life in PA.
Will always remember the game vs. Purdue in 1968 when the Super Sophs beat Leyoy Keyes and Mike Phipps.  Then went on to beat future felons from USC in the Rose Bowl...and I have been hooked ever since.  No need to explain anything further to a family with many, divided college and college football ties!
Yeah, I can dig Aye Ziggi zoomba.....and Hang on Sloopy!  Nothing wrong with that!  OH!

CentralFLBuckeye's picture

I am with ya brother. Grew up a huge Buckeye fan and attending at least one home game every year, but when it came time to select a college Bowling Green's Education BS was a better fit. I still support the Falcons, but rock out my Buckeyes gear here in Florida.  Funny, how many fair weather Florida, Florida State, and Miami fan live in this state. 

buckuar's picture

An update to the above:  I DID freeze my ass off for every minute of that game. From Script Ohio to Carmen. It was cold, but, like I told my wife who laid out by the pool today in Jacksonville...  I wouldn't have missed it for the world. 
Go Bucks! Beat That STATE up North!!!!

Chestnut Ridge Buckeye's picture

I know what you mean. I went to Akron U, not exactly a football powerhouse, but have been a Buckeye fan since h.s. And now that I live in PA, I enjoy rooting for OSU even more, because it annoys some of my PSU loving neighbors, and the Nittany Kittens have one of the most annoying fan bases in all of CFB. So that gives things a nice symmetry. 

Hovenaut's picture

Born in Ohio, I spent all of my first six years in the Buckeye state before my father shifted gears career-wise and moved our family on to opportunities in Indiana, Virginia and Pennsylvania as I grew up.

We always made it back home to Ohio, as both my father and mother's families were still there. I remember passionate stories of Woody, Archie and the Ten Year War from a very early age, and it didn't take me long to understand how important Ohio State was to my family.

My own love of football blossomed growing up in Virginia, and I played from elementary school through high school before blowing out my right knee early my senior year. Without a strong college or pro football presence (UVA and Va Tech were not good, the Redskins were just getting going under Gibbs) in the early 80's it was easy to stick with Ohio State. I wasn't always able to keep up with the Buckeyes under Earle Bruce, but I remember watching them playing M...igan every year at the least.

Fast forward to adulthood...I was able to recover from my knee injuries and enter the Navy after high school, taking some time to serve my country while building an opportunity to go to college on my own.....which I did after four years of service.

My family had moved to Pennsylvania by that time with my father's last career stop, and that's where I finished high school. In my best interests I stayed in-state to go to undergrad school in central Pa, and have since stayed in the mid-Atlantic, since moving further south to the D.C. metro area.

But Ohio remains my home, Ohio State football (and basketball, to a lesser extent) the team(s) I root for.

I've brushed off the "yeah, you didn't go there" talk as well, not even worth explaining as most don't understand.

I left Ohio and Ohio State early on, but they never left me.

Nice post, CleSteve.

Go Buckeyes!

Maestro's picture

Very similar story for me Hove.  Born into it, no need to explain or apologize.  

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Squirrel Master's picture

If you watch games and the team you are "supposed" to root for you like winning but losing really doesn't bother you as much...
then you watch the Buckeyes and every play good or bad keeps you on the edge of your seat, you get emotional, you can't stop watching and time restroom breaks early in the commercial (or beer breaks), if you even thought for a moment that I shouldn't go out of my house to watch these games because I don't want any distractions.
I tried to enjoy the games of the school I work for but in the end, I don't really feel good or bad for the results. Ohio State, It's my world! I love them.
so whether you went or not, doesn't matter. It is how you feel, but don't bandwagon because then your friends wil never let that down. My best friend went from ND, to FSU, to UF now while I will never, ever root for anyone like I do Ohio State!

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Chestnut Ridge Buckeye's picture

When I stop and think about it, it amazes me how strong and abiding this passion for the Buckeyes has been through these past 45 years. Like you CleSteve, I have no direct connection to the team or the university. I even tried to switch rooting interest to another college football team back in the late '70's, when OSU got shellacked by 'Bama in the Sugar Bowl. But I couldn't do it. Once Michigan Week rolled around, it was time to get out the boiling oil and man the barricades, the barbarians were at the gates! I've never entertained the notion of trying to change my spots since. 
That's not true for some people, and I have friends who pick their teams based on who's winning right now, like ordering from a menu. I honestly don't know how they do it. 

CharlieBuckeye's picture

CLESTEVE- I am the dunce with the big thumb who hit the down vote instead of the up vote for you. I apologize for that and hope someone brings your up votes to where they belong.

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."

Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

Bucksfan's picture

People always do this.  Don't let it get to you.  I'm a fan of several college teams that I didn't attend, and I took a lot of flak from friends when I'd openly root for those other teams while I was a student at Ohio State.  If there was a rule book on this, and there most certainly ISN'T, rooting for the teams your parents rooted for would probably be exception #1.
But I feel you made a good point about Ohio State being "Ohio's team."  It is.  We don't have another big time national college football program that rivals OSU within our borders.  If you're a football fan, and you go to one of these other schools, are you supposed to give up watching nationally relevant football for the rest of your life?  That makes even less sense.
So, short of it is keep rooting for whomever you want to root.  And your friend's girlfriend be damned.
P.S. One other thing...even though Ohio State is a massive school with a massive alumni base.  If only students and alumni went to the games, the stadium would be maybe a little over half-full.  That goes for every college football program out there.  Non-affiliated fans make up a large portion of all fanbases.  So, you're in good company.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

So many words i would want to say to your friends girlfriend but ill just say this if you love this team and cheer for this team i dont care what school you went to or even if you went to school.  Saturdays are a time when i can get together with 200000 strangers and cheer on the team we love.  

Michigan Sucks!

Whoa Nellie's picture

Another Akron alum here, who has been a Buckeye fan since long, long before that.  I was one of those baby boys who had a mini football put in his crib at the hospital.  Every week in the fall was a holiday.  You could hear the band practicing from miles away.  Friday night lights, Buckeye games on the radio while raking leaves, or watching after a pickup game in the morning.  That's all part of my being born and bred in Ohio. 
I guess what it comes down to is that the Buckeyes are just a central part of life in Ohio, and in Ohioans.  It's who we are.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

denner's picture

You live in the state of Ohio and pay taxes that support TOSU.  And your friend should dump his girlfriend, pronto.
Go Bucks!


I did not attend OSU. Visited the campus my senior year in high school. Wanted to go there but the finances wouldnt work for me. My entire college career (all 5 years LOL) I drove the 2 hours to campus every weekend during football season (and some hoops) to either see football games or tailgate with friends or a brother in law who is an OSU graduate. The first football game I ever watched when I was a child was an OSU replay on WOSU. I think I was 6 and I watched it with my dad (who is an OU grad but he loved Woody Hayes). Loved the Bucks ever since.
I'm not an OSU graduate but was born and raised and lived for 35 years in Ohio. My mother and grandparents are buried there. My dad and brother and nephews are there. I fly home every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's home. I view OSU as the state's team and my home team no matter what the sport. I realize it rubs some people the wrong way and can cause some scorn since I did not go there, but I view the Buckeyes as part of my identity regardless. I actually love OSU a little more than my own alma mater.
One thing you can shoot back at anyone that asks you that is "Well, who are you to tell me what I can love?" or "They're a part of my identity and who I am." and leave it at that. Whatever she responds with will make her look even more condescending (i.e., you win) LOL

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daytonbuckeye's picture

I did not go to tOSU either, but I am a die-hard Buckeye fan and I will raise my kids (and hopefully grandkids) to be die-hard fans as well. I never completely got the whole argument that some people use by saying that you cannot support the team of a school that you did not attend. With that criteria, should fans of professional teams only be able to root for them if they played for them? On a side note, I have a tsun fan that never went there but that has an alumni credit card. Go figure.

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southbymidwest's picture

Isn't there a banner in the WHAC that reads, "Making the great state of Ohio proud"?
Ohio State is Ohio's team.
As an aside, does anyone think all the Bama fans are graduates of that institution? Umm no.

btalbert25's picture

I wasn't born in Ohio, have never lived there, and didn't attend Ohio State, but I've been a diehard fan for the last 20 years or so of my life.  My love for Ohio State came quite simply from my mom buying me a Buckeye Sweatshirt and 12 a couple weeks later 12 year old me sitting down to watch Eddie destroy Notre Dame.  I've said it before on here, I went to a small catholic school in Northern Kentucky and most everyone loved Notre Dame, and a sizeable portion of TTUN fans.  I liked to be contrary so after that massacre of a game I decided I loved Ohio State.  It would piss everyone else off lol.  Plus, I couldn't stand the people who liked Michigan.  
So, essentially a 12 dollar sweatshirt and the need to be different than the rest of the crowd began my early fandom.  20 years, thousands of bucks worth of gear, and way too many hours on 11W later, I've found that not only do I really love the football bucks, but I have a great love for the university.  I respond to anyone who challenges fandom simply because you've never gone to the school to prove to me why simply attending classes there gives you the right to be a fan more than someone who opted to go somewhere else or couldn't afford the out of state tuition, or had family obligations etc. 

fanosu99's picture

I thought it was odd when a friend of mine, who is a Miami of Ohio grad, was rooting for the buckeyes last year when they played. His explanation made sense- he grew up a buckeye fan.

741's picture

She's got a point.

buckeyefanatic's picture

I grew up in Ohio, following Buckeye football and basketball at every turn.
I sometimes cry when I stand in the stadium and the players sing Carmen Ohio.
I bleed Scarlet and Gray.
I'm a Buckeye.
Sorry, that's all I have to say about that.
EDIT:  I always cry.  I try to hide it.

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Brutus Forever's picture

if you are born and raised in ohio, you are a de facto buckeye fan by being an inhabitant of this great state. in many cases, rooting for a team outside of your state is treachery imo. perhaps a good counterargument that i sometimes bring up is 'why do you root for [insert their favorite nfl team]'? if their answer is geographically based, then they answered their own question. if not, then it suffices to provide the same response as theirs in the context of college football; this second case shows them how arbitrary their answer to your question was, so they should realize the parallel w this and their original cfb team affiliation question they asked you.

fwiw (im sure many are in this boat) i was a diehard buckeye fan before i ever enrolled let alone graduated from osu, and everyone has a right to root for whatever team they want. in some respect, the argument that you must attend the univ. to be a fan of its sports teams is a bandwagon one. just my .02 but i feel like its an excuse for people to talk down on someone else, for really no good reason at all. its just a vapid excuse to be condescending imo.

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alust2013's picture

I am about to graduate from tOSU, however, I would completely understand why you would be a fan even without ever setting foot on campus. I was a huge fan since I was a kid, and I know I would still be even if I had gone to school somewhere else. My parents were both buckeyes, so naturally I was too. I also think the analysis that it's just an Ohio thing is fair too, because, really, it is. 

...and Michigan still sucks.

Brutus Forever's picture

and either way, you are entitled to be a fan of whatever cfb team you want, regardless of whether you are from ohio or not.

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

cjmgobucks's picture

Born, raised, and have lived 35 of my 40 years in Southern California...surrounded by idiot Trojan fans. I went to my 1st Ohio State game back in '79 against UCLA. My mom is an Ohio State graduate and I grew up living and dying with the scarlet and gray. When it came time for college, TOSU was, unfortunately, not a realistic option due to out of state tuition. Regardless of my lack of diploma from TOSU, I am a Buckeye, through and through.  I will always wonder "what if I had been able to attend OSU," but it doesn't change the fact that I bleed scarlet and gray, through good and bad, til the day I die. Buckeye Nation is alive and well. GO BUCKS!!!

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Wayne Woodrow Hayes

BUCKSOMIES's picture

Being a TOSU fan is way more than being an alum, its a passion and for some a way of life.  I'm a BGSU grad and still root for the Falcons in all their spots with one exception and that is when they play TOSU.  Growing up in the Buckeye State in the 60"S and 70's there wasn't a whole lot of games on tv like today.  Watched the TOSU replays on public tv every Sat night, after I had listened on my transistor radio when they played earlier in the day.  I never went to any classes at TOSU, never received a degree from TOSU, but I assure you "I Am A Buckeye For Life."

Exhortera's picture

Born in Ohio, raised in Ohio, will most likely die in Ohio. College, so far, hasn't been in the cards for me, but I'm a Buckeye.

rightfield's picture

Raised in eastern Ohio but did not attend tOSU. No one can out yell me while watching a Bucks football or bball game. I am from the great state of Ohio and only one team represents the Buckeye state so I obviously root wildly for our Buckeyes.

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KLF Buckeye's picture

The Ohio State University is founded under the Morrill Act of 1862. Long story short, land grant institutions have a mandate to serve the people of their state. 
Ohio State and its football team belong to all Ohioans and we have legislation to prove it. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Clinger76's picture

Born on Campus @ Ohio State University Hospital in 1976, moved to Ga in 1989. I will ALWAYS be a Buckeye!! Born and will die, through the good and bad! All the talk in the south about how, "we never play anybody" gets real old...... No One in my family has ever attended The Ohio State University but, I've never met a more die hard group of Fans than my family! It doesn't matter where you go to school, as long as you stick with a team and root for them through everything!! Go Buckeyes, Beat blue on Staurday!!

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nrobinsonpe's picture

I live in SEC country now and, purely a stereotypical observation, most of the fans down here never went to high school, much less the college they root for.  Don't let the haters get you down. 
I'm a Buckeye because a) I was born and grew up in Columbus and b) it's hard to find D-III Case Western football games on television.

WC Buckeye's picture

I have had to explain to my wife, who is a Kent State alumnus, that she is - by birth - a Buckeye and is therefore entitled to call herself one of us even though she didn't attend our beloved university.
As such, when we're watching games together, she is expected to hoot and holler, get mad at bad officiating and commentary, and have her eyes well up with pride for Script Ohio, Buckeye Battle Cry, Carmen Ohio, and all of our other fine traditions the same as mine do. She totally understands and embraces this now, even though she's only been with me for 18 months.
After all, Ohio is and has been for some time officially referred to as "the Buckeye State", and all of its native sons and daughters are therefore "Buckeyes" regardless of their university of choice, their service to our fine country on top of or in lieu of academic pursuits, or their career choices that did not call them to seek college educations. Anyone else who likes OSU just because they like what it represents is also, by virtue of uncommonly good instinct, a Buckeye.
All are welcome here.

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