Do NOT mess with her Buckeye Football

jdagrava.1's picture
September 13, 2013 at 9:13a

I met the woman who is now my wife when I was a freshman at The GLORIOUS Ohio State University.  No it wasn't love at first sight (we didn't start dating until our sophomore year and didn't get engaged until we were about to graduate) but humble beginnings, right?  I love my wife for all of the same reasons that every other man loves his wife, I assume.  But there is one thing about my wife that really gets me going.  Something that really presses my buttons, if you catch my drift.  Something that most sorry schmucks out there can't even fathom.  I'm not even sure it's legal in all 50 states!

My wife is a Buckeye Football Fanatic.  Cue my Happy Dance...

It's true!  Fanatic is the only word to describe her.  And she's not just putting it on, either.  You know what I mean - you've all met that woman that shows up with her husband to a tailgate.  There is still a tag on her jersey.  She tries to have conversations about the game but can't identify a single player.  She giggles when someone says "tight end".  She messes up the OH-IO chant.  She "hopes that we score a bunch of homeruns!  Woo-hoo!!!"  This is not my wife.

I don't know very many men that can honestly say that their wives are their favorite people to watch football with.  Common football-watching atmospheres involve a bar with a bunch of bros or the man cave while the little lady tends to the children upstairs.  Not at my house folks.  My wife is right beside me, jersey on, buckeyes around her neck, screaming at the television in angst and joy.  She's the real deal.

I can't say that watching football with my wife is the equivalent of watching it with, say, my old high school football buddies.  But it's not far off.  As a fellow alumni, she knows the thrill of Ohio Stadium and the all the traditions that come with it.  She prepares for each season by asking me to quiz her on the roster and the coaches and the positions.  For the first time this past offseason she actually paid attention to recruiting.  And what she lacks in knowledge of the game she makes up with genuine, unadulterated love for the Buckeyes.  Her emotional ties to this team and university are as authentic as the Beanie Wells autograph in my basement.  She boos and swears at the other team when we are fortunate enough to make it to a game.  She gets nervous and looks away from the TV when the games are too close for comfort.

She hates M!ch*g@n.

A few months before I "popped the question" I went with her to her Uncle's house in Bexley to watch a TTUN game with some of her family.  Now her uncle was a fan, but a casual fan at best.  He was the kind of guy that was OK with flipping stations during commercials to see what LSU and USC were doing.  This infuriated me.  I had BEGGED my wife to let me stay behind.  The Game was too important to chance it to the likes of low definition televisions and channel-flipping-uncles.  She assured me that everything would be fine.  I noticed a look in her eye every time her uncle picked up the remote or stood in front of the TV to smear some garden vegetable cream cheese on his flatbread cracker.  She was fixin' to snap.  It wasn't long before she went off - ON HER OWN UNCLE - and let him know that if he "picked that remote up one more time, he'd be wearing it for a permanent hat."  True story.

I know this may sound crazy, but it was at that moment that I knew that I was going to propose to this girl.  We had a very good relationship without any major quarrels up to that point... so I was sure something was bound to implode before too long.  But right then and there, I realized that there wasn't going to be some massive argument or fall-out.  Here was a woman that was more invested into being a Buckeye than I ever could have imagined.  And it just so happened that being a Buckeye was one of the most important things to me in the world - as crazy as that may seem.

My wife and I just celebrated our third anniversary in August.  This past March she got her first tattoo.  Her right foot now reads "How Firm Thy Friendship".  Almost every Saturday from late August to early January, we put on our jerseys together and watch our Buckeyes take the field.  We cheer and boo and she even wishes injuries on the other team occasionally.  (I'm telling you, she's cutthroat!)  People at work don't believe me when I tell them about her.  I've been asked to meet at bars to watch the game with coworkers or friends and I always decline.  I want to watch Buckeye football with someone that cares about it as much as I do.  That someone is my wife.

I can't say that I know the secrets to a happy marriage.  But I can say that, from the explosion at her Uncle's house in Bexley through every autumn Saturday since, I've learned that there is one line not to cross when it comes to my wife.

Do NOT mess with her Buckeye Football.

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KingsRite's picture

Good stuff! Hooray for the women who really get it! Go Bucks!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

njclebuckeye5's picture

thats awesome, man! 
My mom had to deal with my 3 brothers and dad watching every game growing up, and after a while, she gave in and became as crazy as the rest of us. Its great when you can watch with a passionate family.
Go Bucks!

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

BierStube's picture

Does she have a sister??!!!  I am sure there are several single members on this site that would like to meet a proper woman!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

jdagrava.1's picture

Haha, she does have a younger sister.... that knows absolutely NOTHING about football.  She couldn't carry my wife's jock - so to speak :)

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

hail2victors9's picture

Pic or I'm calling a TEO!

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Jonnferrell's picture

My wife is a college football and basketball fanatic, too.  She schedules everything around the Bucks, and that's just fine with me.  She does a weekly score prediction with her friends, she always does two brackets in March, and she wears Buckeye gear all over and under on game day.  I am the luckiest man in the world.  :)  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

jdagrava.1's picture

LOL no problem bro.

This is us with her mom and her little brother at the game against Toledo in Cleveland Browns stadium.

And this is her new (and only) tattoo!

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

We cheer and boo and she even wishes injuries on the other team occasionally.  (I'm telling you, she's cutthroat!)

She's a keeper for sure!  Has she ever blurted out "I hope he's dead!" at another team's injury?  My wife is coming around to getting in to Buckeye football, but she still looks at me in utter shock when I say that.  

Class of 2010.

Jonnferrell's picture

One of the funniest things about my wife was how she hated Urban Meyer when Florida beat us in the NC game.  I said, "Be careful, he will probably be our coach one day."  She said, "That will never happen!"  LOL, she had to really wrestle with UFM coming to OSU.  I think she has finally accepted him.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

jdagrava.1's picture

Her favorite thing to say is, "Break his f*cking legs!!!!"  Usually she saves the F-Bomb for M!ch*g@n and substitutes it with friggin' or freakin' for other teams.  She also really likes to call the other player "pussies".  LOL she's the best!

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

Buckeyeneer's picture

That is great! Congrats! My wife is not that hard core but she is a fan. I love seeing girls in jerseys and other buckeye attire. I swear it makes them hotter.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

JD: this is really good blog post. Fun to read. Your story does a nice job of building up to the climatic action sequence, when your wife-to-be orders her uncle to cease and desist, and thus touches the heart strings with the "I've found my soul mate" angle.
One minor quibble, though: I don't get the placement of the GIFs in this piece. The GIFs kept sucking my attention (I'm sort of ADD with a short-attention span). I also kept expecting you tell me (the reader) that your wife was in the GFIFs - at the Winthrop game dancing with Brutus, or holding a funny sign up behind Herbstreit and Corso on College Game Day. I realize that the overall themes of the GIFs fit with your story, but I wonder if they detract more than add to your excellent (written) story.

jdagrava.1's picture

Fido - thanks for the comments and constructive criticism!  I love GIFs - and I think it's fair to say that I overuse them a bit.  I'm definitely no professional journalist (even though I sure would love to be!) but in my amateur opinion the images add a "polished" look to the blog post.  Also, from experience with commenting all across 11W, I typically get more comments when I find a good GIF or image to put inside my posts.  Call it shameless eye-catching if you like, but it works for me!!  Sorry to trigger your ADD, but I hope you liked it anyway. :o)

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

theDuke's picture

not married yet, but my current gf (maybe the one) is a huge Florida Gator.... ugh, what did i get myself into. 
But my mom, man you don't try to even call her on game day.  She sits on the floor and screams and pounds it when a play breaks open. One time the neighbors called the cops because they thought my folks were going at it.  Nope, just a die hard 60 something little lady cheerin' for her team! 
its a priveledge and a great time to be a Buckeye! 


jdagrava.1's picture

Funny you should mention this - my wife also happens to be a Browns fan. I grew up in the Pittsburgh area, making me a Steelers fan.  We get along perfectly on Saturdays and are on each other's nerves on Sundays.
We live in Cleveland and I have grown fond of the Browns.  However, to this day my wife still says, "I can deal with you being a Steelers fan.  But if you were a Michigan fan, I never would have married you."  She's pretty awesome.

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

theDuke's picture

haha!!! first thing my folks said when they found out she was a gator, "At least she's not a wolverine."  


causeicouldntgo43's picture

Nice! I met my future wife at OSU as well and it sure is nice to be in sync on Fall Saturdays. Get her, or make her a customized  buckeye necklace, and I guarantee you will be taken care of quite well, if you know what I mean.......this also works well if you have screwed up and want to make a peace offering. 

jdagrava.1's picture

Like I mentioned in the post, we just celebrated our third anniversary.  The traditional gift for that particular anniversary is something made of leather.  Pandora makes a charm bracelet made of leather.  I got a nice gray one with some scarlet beads, a helmet charm, and a football charm.  Then I found a local place that could engrave Pandora beads.  That's where I got this and added it to the bracelet too.

Thanks for the advice bro - but don't worry, I got this!

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

FitzBuck's picture

Does she have her own 11w account?

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

jdagrava.1's picture

LOL no - she actually does WORK at work, unlike myself.  But you never know, maybe some day I can get her interested in the Buckeye Blogosphere.

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

bodast67's picture

She hates M!ch*g@n.

You had me at this !
Also, please have her sign up for an account. She sounds like she belongs here. 




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Baroclinicity's picture

I have to come form the opposite end of the spectrum.  My wife went to a small college in Virginia, so she's is relatively unaware of the entity that is college football fandom, let alone Ohio State.  She has been to  Va. Tech game or two in her time, but it was in hopes that they would lose. 
I had a very tough time explaining to here a few years ago why we wanted Va. Tech to beat Michigan in their BCS game.  She wasn't having any of it.  She just hates Va. Tech that much.
But...she's always had an open mind, and on our first anniversary this year, Sept. 28, we will at her first game vs. Wisconsin.  Very excited to finally get her there.  I hope she can get lost in all things Ohio State after this, so I'm under a bit of pressure to make sure the day goes perfectly.
It was crucial that I picked this game.  Not because it was on our anniversary, but she is a casual football fan, and would have absolutely zero interest in a blowout game like SDSU or Buffalo.  With a weak home slate this season, it was Wisc. or Penn State.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

droessl's picture

Congrats to you, JDA!  My wife isn't a big football fan; she loves tailgating and enjoys the game, but just doesn't get INTO the games (she grew up an NC State fan, so that probably explains it).  However, she's really gotten into hockey and has season tickets with me now.
Sharing the experience of sporting events with the wife is far better than I pictured it when I was younger where my only example of that was Married With Children.

twalsh's picture

Good story, my wife is a what I would call a good Buckeye fan, not nuts but a good fan.
Go Bucks!!

Kevbo714's picture

I tried describing the difference between a 3-4 and 4-3 defense to a girl I was dating and she gave me the same look that I probably gave her when she wanted to go shopping for curtains...

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

ChillitownBuck30's picture

My EX-WIFE used to always ask me to DVR the games and watch them later when she wasn't around...pfffhhhhh...the nerve of that woman!

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”

Shayla39's picture

Well I have been married twice and both husband's were jealous of TOSU!
Plan everything around FB & BB games and any other sport being televised.

buckeyedude's picture

I personally think there is nothing more SEXY than a woman that is fanatical about the Buckeyes!
My ex-wife was more interested in watching American Idol than the Buckeyes.
A good woman is hard to find. A good woman who loves the Buckeyes is even harder to find.



cajunbuckeye's picture

I salute you JDAGRAVA. Lucky is the man that finds his soulmate and Buckeye-mate in the same woman. I have been that fortunate as well. Fairy tales can come true!

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

AngryWoody's picture

This is great bro. My wife is the Shiz but alas she is a casual Buckeye fan. But damn, don't talk bad about her Bengals lol.

Our Honor Defend!

pjtobin's picture

Congrats on being happily married. My wife is a big fan too. She usually is the one who buys tickets for us each year. One game is just for her and I. We celebrate our anniversary during this game. The next game is my Father's Day gift. She has done the fathers day since 01. We got married September 2, 2003. Since then we do the anniversary game. I know how ya feel. It's a joy sharing TOSU together. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Idaho Helga's picture

You married well.  For years I always watched "the game" or any other important game with my oldest brother (and I have 4 brothers + a sister) , because we couldn't stand being at a party where people expected you to converse/be social  while you really just wanted to watch the game with people who like YOU wanted to only watch the game and make an occasional remark or WOOO-HHOOOO.   We ducked a lot of Buckeye Family Parties but never regretted it.   Our spouses saw it as a social event and eventually got the message we weren't attending or hosting anymore (which in early years of marriage I did. Ugh.)
Tailgating before and after is a social event and man, are we for that!  But as soon as kickoff has started we don't care how your new job is, what your kids or even mine are doing , etc.  Tell me before or save it for after the game.
Congrats and an upvote on the wedding!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great story!  She sounds like a keeper for sure.  Love her intensity about watching the Bucks!!
Thanks for sharing.

Haybucks's picture

Great wife, great life!  Congrats!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain