My Worst Ohio State Football Experience Ever

jeremytwoface's picture
May 14, 2013 at 4:27p
74 Comments

In a forum thread, someone was talking about how they were getting married the day after the first Buckeye game this year.

 

This got me thinking about the absolute WORSE experience I had with an Ohio State game... You'll see why it reminds me of this after I tell the story. I'm going to try to paint a very vivid picture in your mind so you can see just how upsetting the experience was.

 

It was a cool day on the second to last Saturday in October. Me and my fiancé were house shopping at the time and had appointment to view a house (the house we would eventually buy) about 20 minutes away from my parents where we were staying. Our appointment was at 3pm. This was the only time we could see the house that day and it was a HUD home so there was a very strict timeline we had to follow if we wanted to offer on the house. Long story short, if we didn't see the house that day, we probably wouldn't have gotten it.

Now, if you are any bit of an Ohio State fan, you know that there was a game on that day (of course). And if you have a good memory (hell, it doesn't really even have to be that good), you know which game it was. But I will get to that later.

The game started at "high noon" (as douchey douche Beau Bishop would say) and my parents were recording the game and starting it at about 2pm because they had people coming out to watch and those people had something going on and couldn't make it there at noon. So you can see the dilemma I was facing. I could either watch some of the game, pause it and watch it after our appointment, or I could watch it with my parents when we got back from the appointment. Well, my parents decided to wait until we got back to start it so that's what we decided on.

So we went and saw the house and then hurried home so that my parents could start the game. I avoided the radio like the plague and my phone like the bird flu and I was unaware of any updates on the game. It was a week-before-Halloween miracle. I settled in at my parents with some family and friends, grabbed a beer and we started the game up to hopefully enjoy a win. Or so I thought.

My Buckeyes started out pretty slow... They had only scored 7 points by halftime and were down by 6. I was a little worried.

At some point during the game; I can't remember the exact point in time or even who it was, but an Ohio State player went down and was a little banged up. At this point, my sister and my fiancé were sitting beside me. They weren't really watching the game to begin with but came in after half time... I thought it was weird at the time but didn't give it much thought. When they saw the aforementioned player being helped off the field, their conversation went something like this....

Fiancé: Is this when he gets hurt? Is that him?

Sister: No he's not the quarterback.

Me: Hey!! Shut the hell up!!!

They had evidently been talking to someone in the other room who knew what had happened in the game.

They apologized and didn't realize I was listening. But they couldn't keep the secret. They then proceeded to tell me that Braxton Miller would be seriously injured (or so it would seem) and taken to the hospital.

Me: SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!

I wasn't happy. The game was close. Ohio State was under-performing. And now I had been informed that they would be without their star quarterback in a short amount of time. I told them to leave me alone so they wouldn't spoil anything else for me.

And then it happened. Just as they said it would. Towards the end of the 3rd quarter, Miller took a read option right up the middle, bounced a little bit to the outside towards the sideline and was pulled down by a Purdue defender after a big game. Looked harmless enough and everyone else around me was pretty excited, but when he didn't get up I knew that this is was the moment that had been spoiled for me.

This, of course, isn't the reason that I call this "my worst buckeye football experience ever". There wasn't anything I could do about it. I wasn't terribly upset that I had found out that Braxton Miller would eventually leave the game and not return. So I continued to watch the game with hope in my eyes and that terrible feeling in my stomach that you get during these close games.

Ohio State was down 6 at this point and things weren't looking good. Purdue got a safety and the Buckeyes were now down 8 and I started to get depressed. And things would only get worse from here.

Ohio State got the ball back on their own 30 with about 6 minutes left. They got one first down and then Kenny G threw an interception. I was devestated. With less than 3 minutes to go in the game, the Buckeyes were down 8 without their star quarterback. It seemed like they needed a miracle to keep their undefeated season alive. Even if they stopped Purdue on this drive, they would probably have less than a minute to go down and score AND execute two-point conversion. Not likely in my eyes.

I sunk down in my seat for a moment and then got up to use the restroom. I walked into the other room and my fiancé asked what was wrong as I was visibly upset.

"They threw and interception," I said. "I don't want to watch anymore."

Now, I wasn't actually giving up and not watching. I was just going to go empty my bladder and come back and watch my beloved Buckeyes get beat for the first time this year. I thought she knew better than to think I would actually stop watching a game. But she didn't....

"No! Don't stop watching!!!!" she said, almost immediately.

BOOM!! That was it. The moment that everything came crashing down.

My fiancé knows me well enough to know that I get super depressed and grumpy when Ohio State loses, just like a lot of other fans. And I know that she knows that. I also knew that she knew the outcome of the game already.

Now, I don't consider myself a genius by any means at all. But you don't have to be a genius to put 2 and 2 together. I knew that there was no way that she would want me to watch the rest of that game unless the Buckeyes won.

So that was it. Now I was even more depressed than I was when I thought they were going to lose. I knew that I had to go back in that room with all of those other people who had no idea what was going to happen. I knew that Ohio State would stop Purdue on that possession after the INT. I knew that, when they were on the 2 yard line with only seconds to go, they would score. I knew that, after that touchdown, they would convert their two point conversion. And I knew they would eventually win in OT.

Some people might say, "Well why were you so upset? You knew they were going to win so you should be happy."

Well part of me was. Of course I was happy that they were going to win. But I couldn't enjoy it.

This was the absolute worse thing ever because, while my dad and mom and aunt and uncle were all screaming their brains out when Jeff Heuerman caught that 2 point conversion pass to send it to overtime, I was sitting slouched in my seat with nothing to get excited about.

Worse Ever.

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Hovenaut's picture

Man. Sounds like you missed out on the 90's.

Trust me, that's a good thing.

Congrats on the house, your betrothal and to future football happiness.

Soon.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

faux_maestro's picture

Man. Sounds like you missed out on the 90's.

 
Truer words have never been spoken. '91 scUM, '93 scUM, '94 pedo state, '95 scUM, '96 scUM, '97 scUM, '98 Sparty, nearly every bowl game from '89-'01. Man it's still depressing.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

jeremytwoface's picture

I didn't miss the 90's. But I was born in '88. I was a huge Ohio State fan, but I was just a kid through those years and it wasn't as big of a deal to me as it is in my adulthood..
 
And let me clarify. There have been worse losses that I've seen, but this was the worse experience.
Mostly because I couldn't get the most of it. I coudn't enjoy a huge, surprising win.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

jeremytwoface's picture

Thank you! 
We are actually getting married this Saturday.
 
I will NEVER have an event like that on an Ohio State game day. I've learned my lesson.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

RedStorm45's picture

Worse blog post ever.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

My worst Ohio state football experience you ask. Hmmmm. One time, I shit my pants in front of 105,000 people in the Shoe.
--Joe Paterno

Northbrook's picture

BigDump from the top rope!!

Hovenaut's picture

Yeah, but that's still better than his worst Penn State football experience...

(too soon?)

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

jeremytwoface's picture

Well thanks for the honesty.
I was just going to do a forum topic but I ended up typing a book.
 
Next time I guess I'll just do it in the forum.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

RedStorm45's picture

It was a sarcastic response to worse/worst.
 
And it doesn't sound that bad...any Michigan game in the '90s.  1998 Michigan State.  '05 Texas.  '09 USC.

jeremytwoface's picture

Well, I don't consider the Texas and USC games "bad" losses. Both teams were ranked pretty high so a loss didn't ruin Ohio States season.
If they would have loss to Purdue, it wouldn't have ruined their season.
 
I'm just saying that the experience was the worst. At least with the USC game and Texas games I could enjoy them because I didn't know what was going to happen.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

RedStorm45's picture

Those 2 losses ruined any chance at a national title in September.  At home.  Within a few points.

jeremytwoface's picture

But they didn't ruin any chance at a national title.
The loss to Penn State in 2005 and the loss to Purdue in 2009 ruined their chances at a national title.
 
 
And sorry about the grammar mistakes lol. I was in a hurry writing this and didn't really have time to go back and check. I'm trying to correct some things now.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

RedStorm45's picture

I was just joking around about the grammar.
 
'05 was Texas/USC so yes, the Texas loss knocked us out.  By 3 points.
'09 was Bama/Texas so yes, the USC loss knocked us out.  By 3 points.

jeremytwoface's picture

Yeah I guess you're right in hindsight.
 
I would say that the other losses were more disappointing though...
No one totally wrote off the Buckeyes after those early losses. But the second losses were devastating to me because I went into those first games knowing that a loss is entirely possible.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Earle's picture

It's a good story, but I can think of 7 game day experiences in the 2011 season alone that were much worse than not being able to fully enjoy that win.
The problems of a Buckeye fan in the Urban Meyer era...

Italics are for emphasis.

bodast67's picture

Sigh....I miss football
 

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

cajunbuckeye's picture

My worst Buckeye football experience? I drove to Cbus from Miami, where I was working at the time, to attend the Missagain game with a buddy. He sold the tickets when we were about 30 feet from the gate. He bought all night at the bars, but I really wanted to go to that game.

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

Rapping Bum's picture

So, your 'worst' Ohio State football experience ever was someeone spoiling a game that you had DVR'd and knew what was going to happen before other people?
 
Wow.

Help is on the way.

FitzBuck's picture

This is my worst experience on this site.  JK
i think you should watch the Florida game when our highly rated team that was in the discussion of "best ever" lead by our Heisman winning QB got destroyed.  I still haven't been able to look at images of that game and the worst part for me was it was so bad it took away from the greatness of "the game" and took some of the shine off troy's Heisman.  (Again this is me I'm not speaking for anyone else)
if that game was decided by only 2 scores then I would look back at both of those moments with a greater fondness.  
Again just my opinion (and even I don't like it)

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

jeremytwoface's picture

That was a really bad game.. and I was extremely depressed about it.
 
But this was a win. And an amazing game that will be talked about and remembered for a really long time. And I couldn't enjoy it because I knew everything that was going to happen.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

ih8rolltyde's picture

I drove from the very southernmost part of Alabama to Phoenix in my Honda Accord. The drive back was the worst day and a half ever relating to football.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

bukyze's picture

My worst OSU football experience?  1988.  scUM game.  Out drinking until 3 a.m. Friday night.  In line at 5:45 at Papa Joes to open for Kegs n' Eggs at 6:00.  Continue to drink heavily starting at 6:00.  Go to game.  We lose.  Drank so much, I pretty don't remember anything about the entire day after 11:00 a.m.  Apparently was spraying the crowd with vodka from my boda bag.  Did not recover from hangover until Tuesday.  Waste of precious vodka, loss to scUM, and worst hangover ever = sucks.

DannyAlmonte's picture

1998 Michigan State vs Ohio State
I was 9 years old, at the game, and I will never forget the feeling of being upset at the shoe, at night, ruining the perfect season. I thought I was never going to see a national championship after that game.
My family ate at WG Grinders before the game off henderson/sawmill road, We are convinced their food was bad luck and we no longer visit the establishment on gameday.
 
** Also the first time I saw cars being flipped and stuff being lit on fire

Jack Fu's picture

I was 9 years old

[Looks at username. Becomes skeptical.]

RedStorm45's picture

+1  I lol'd at that haha

BoFuquel's picture

The mugging at Minnesota 1972.Worst night ever.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

harleymanjax's picture

Went to the game in Miami in 2011 with my gf who was a Hurricane fan.....worst experience ever!
Dumped her a few days later!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

741's picture

I agree. Horrific experience. Sorry about the ex-gf, I guess.

M Man's picture

"Troy Smith" and "Beanie Wells" are my two "Worst Ohio State Football Experiences."  Thank you for asking and have a nice day.

ATLBuckeye09's picture

You may want to add Braton to that since he is 1-1 vs. scUM and will add at least 1 more (2 if he stays and does not go pro) victory against you guys.

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

jeremytwoface's picture

Hahaha I love this... 
+1 to you.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

No love for Ginn?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

20sider's picture

"Troy Smith" and "Beanie Wells" are my two "Worst Ohio State Football Experiences."  Thank you for asking and have a nice day.

 
... payback for Biakabutuka! ugh, 1995
 
 
edit: hehe, just read ALTBUCK's post. Safe to say it ruined many a Buckeye fan's season.

GO BUCKS!

BME_Buckeye's picture

This was a pretty funny story IMO. At least you caught some of the game, I slept right through the damn game only to have my friend blow up my phone and tell me what I miss. Next time, I won't drink and stay awake until 5am. 
My worst experience isn't even a football game. Its was Kentucky beating us in the sweet 16 in 2010. This game will haunt me until I die and I still haven't been able to get over it. I was depressed for the entire quarter and it doesn't help when you have UK fans among you on campus either. But if I have to stick with the football theme, losing to Penn State in 05' was horrible. 

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

 

lamplighter's picture

2- the USC game called for lightening
and Shawn Springs falling down to start the 2nd half (I think it was the start of the 2nd)

ATLBuckeye09's picture

I grew up in ttun. And I lived through the Cooper years. It's close for me as my 1A is 1995 sitting in the Big F*G House as I watched Biakabpuka (what did he ever do in the pros?????) run all over an undefeated tOSU team led by the future Heisman winner Eddie George. Sitting there knowing not only did we get our azzes handed to us on defense but Northwestern of all teams was going to the Rose Bowl all because Cooper couldn't close.
But the #1 is Janaury 2007 in The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale watching UF defense and Chris Leak kick the crap out of Troy and the boys that night. Started with Ginn taking the opening kickoff back 100 yrds and then he was done. I was sitting in the end zone where he scored and it was all tOSU fans except 1 lone Florida fan sitting directly in front of me. What a friggin jagov this clown was during the game. And he left in the 3rd because he was so friggin obnoxious that he was about to get his azz kicked! Smartest thing I have ever seen a UF fan do I can say that for a fact.

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

jeremytwoface's picture

See I was too you to appropriately be pissed off about those 1990's Michigan losses. 
 
And yeah that NCG sucked but this experience sucked because I was so disappointed for an amazing game and an important win.
 
I was happy they won, but I was insanely depressed that it was ruined for me.
The most depressing thing was my dad jumping up and screaming when they tied it and me not being able to celebrate with him. That's what makes winning so much fun... being able to celebrate with others.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

twalsh's picture

My worst experience was the Cooper years at Ohio Sate. Man I hated the Cooper Years, and was so mad that we let Coach Bruce go.
 
Go Bucks!! and I'm looking forward to the Coach Meyers years to come!

dubjayfootball90's picture

Man, tough luck. I laughed out loud a few times while reading this. I know how you feel man.
On an unrelated/related note, I was watching this game in a bar with a buddy of mine in PA. It was my college homecoming game, and I decided to watch this game instead, haha. The buckeyes tied it up with the 2 point, and I was going insane. Then, all of a sudden, when OT started, the TV station changed to the Buffalo game, where the stands were barely empty and they were playing some cupcake. I WAS PISSED. I did not see the overtime and I was so upset. I could not believe they switched to Buffalo when Ohio State just took it to OT. TV stations suck so much ass

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

FitzBuck's picture

Correction PA sucks.  The TV station sucking is just another example of why.  
Other reasons include PSU, Pitt, Mark May and the Steelers.  

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

jeremytwoface's picture

Man that sucks... I would be irate.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

luckynutz's picture

My worst experience came in person. In west lafayette in 2011. It wasn't enough to be surrounded by the 17 purdue fans who were there. But I was sitting 15 feet away from the XP that basil absolutely blew which would have sealed the game. Yes, 2011 season as a whole was an absolute root canal for us all. But driving to purdue, sitting next to a douchebag who scoreboard checked me 3 minutes into the game, watching braxton miller lead a game tying drive in the closing seconds and being insanely pumped that we had gotten the ross ade monkey off our backs this time...was all in vain. Because drew basil missed what is arguably one of the closest things to a gimme in college football...the extra point. The walk to the stadium that seemed pretty quick and full of hopes of watching a fine display of buckeye football...became a seemingly endless trek just 3 and half hours later. Longest, most disheartening walk I've had to make as a fan. If I ever hear the term boiler up again, I just might lose control and throttle the poor unsuspecting bastard who utters the words. Must be how most B1G fans feel when they leave The Shoe on a fine fall Saturday afternoon. I didn't like it then, and even now typing these words it brings back the feelings of utter horro of having scores of purdue fans screaming boiler up in my face.

Any buckeye loss puts me ina foul mood. But being there, watching it happen in person justs intensifies the bad feelings. And being taunted by purdue fans? I can take TSUN fans. I can deal with Notre Lame fans. And the SEC loving mouth breathers. But purdon't fans? Just an absolute train wreck of a perfectly good day. No pun intended.

BME_Buckeye's picture

I was at the game in 2011 to and I think you might have been in my section by their score board. I remember going ape shit crazy when Miller helped us scored but then went O crap on the blocked point. Following that we blew it and on their score board they say in the Exponent (Purdue student newspaper), "Purdue does it again". Marve scores, the students rush the field and it happens and hell breaks loose. I can handle losing but my friend can't and all he did was bitch on the way back to the bus and back to Columbus. Things only got worse when Purdue fans started taunting us, "how many tattoos do you get for a lost" and coming on their frat porches and yelling at us. I can relate to your experience. 

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

 

PlanningBuck12's picture

I was at this game too, and experienced much of the same things you did BME. Sounds like we may have been apart of the same group. I went out with the Make a Difference Day crew, we were up behind Block O. 

PlanningBuck

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn" - Woody Hayes

BME_Buckeye's picture

Lol, how small is this world. I was a part of the Make A Difference Day group as well. Participated in the community service projects, then hung out with Purdue students that night before going to the game in the morning. Needless to say, Purdue was a nice experience, better campus food than Ohio State, cool student union but game was just horrible. I was so disappointed that we lost and getting taunted. The ride back to Columbus wasn't to good after hearing my friend complain about losing most of the way back. Overall, not to bad of an experience for just $50. 

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

 

Buckeyeneer's picture


Nuff Said.

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

sb97's picture

Liberty Bowl.  Air Force.  Dick Vitale crowing about it during a basketball game he was calling that night (In truth, Dick was just congratulating Air Force but it still sucked for Buckeye fans).

gobucks96's picture

Try being in AA and watching the buckeyes lose while getting hit by frozen marshmallows with coins in them.. Yeah, sorry, I win this..

sb97's picture

I was in AA for the Heisman pose.  I still maintain the Liberty bowl was worse.

ATLBuckeye09's picture

F*ck D*ckhead Desmond as I call him. He is so stupid. First he passes on tOSU and then when he does the Heisman pose he does it backwards. Every time it's shown I laugh and point out how for the rest of his life he will be seen as not knowing how to do the Heisman pose. What a MOron!!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

'07 National Championship.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

USMC11917's picture

Living in Alabama, I wither in that shadow and have not emerged from it since that loss. I swear I am a humble fan but if we win it all this year over the Criminal Tide I will be the loudest most abrasive fan you could think of. For all the misery I have had to put up with from this fan base here for the last 6 years it would be a sweet victory.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'll try my best to stay humble, and not be obnoxious. lol

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

CO 303 Buckeye's picture

This might not quite match up with the rest but I was at the Fiesta Bowl against Texas in 08.  It seems to be the forgotten heartbreaking Buckeye loss.  When Russell missed that tackle and UT scored to take the lead with like 20 seconds on the clock, I literally couldn't stay standing and was forced to slouch into my seat in a fit of despair.

Brutus's picture

I was there as well, but the Texas fans were gracious as hell and we played a great game overall so I walked out with my head high. 2006 NC was my worst football experience ever.  I couldn't sleep for a week.  It felt like someone died.  Incidentally, i really started to lighten up about football and basketball after that.  No one died.  It's extremely unhealthy to respond in such a manner to something which I normally enjoy so much.

sb97's picture

I moved from Columbus to Austin six months after that Fiesta Bowl.  To be honest, most Texas fans have a lot of respect for Ohio State football.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I took comfort in your blog post knowing that I'm not the only one who has a family full of people who don't get that you have to live in a bubble if you've got the Buckeyes on DVR.  If my wife wants to do something with the kids on a fall Saturday, I have to go through the whole protocol before we leave the house:  DVR set; no radio; no smart phone updates; don't tell me what's on facebook; don't look at text messages; etc.  Another tip from experience:  make sure you check the channel before you turn off the TV and leave the house.  For example, suppose you're watching Gameday on ESPN and the Buckeyes play on ESPN later in the day.  You set the DVR to record the game and turn off the TV, but don't change off of ESPN.  If you come back later and turn on the TV to watch the game from the beginning, you'll find yourself accidentally seeing the score before you have a chance to get to the DVR.  Terrible.

jeremytwoface's picture

Yep I do all of that...
I've become somewhat of an expert at it.
 
It used to be worse when I had Time Warner and could only record like 2 things at once... That meant that one of the things I had to watch would be one of the things I was recording.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

jthiel09's picture

My worst experience was in person in 1997 vs. Illinois in the Shoe ... I still have nightmares of Kurt Kittner and that game.

JT

ih8rolltyde's picture

I'm totally convinced the reality I experience has all bad things happen when I attempt to DVR the Buckeyes.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

bodast67's picture

We had come off an upset in Michigan in 1979 and Earl Bruce took his Undefeated Team(Woody's team really) into Pasadena with a National Championship at stake. Unfortunately, Charles White and USC could not be stopped on the last drive in the 1980 Rose Bowl. The drive back to Columbus sucked after that. 
Ironically, Charles White was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and disappeared into obscurity soon after. 

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

".......was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and disappeared into obscurity soon after."
 
You've hit upon the Browns' draft strategy.  They have to be doing it on purpose at this point. 

jeremytwoface's picture

As a Browns fan, I can appreciate obscurity.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

So far, I win.  In fact, my #2 probably would win.

#2.  1974 East Lansing Michigan.  Watching Champ Henson score the winning TD only to have the officials hold a half hour meeting on the goal line, with 30,000 MSU students doing a war dance around them.  Yeah, like they were going to rule in tOSU's favor.  To this day, the name Levi jackson makes my stomach turn.  88 yards with 3:00 to go in the game.
 
#1.  My first road trip ever.  (#2 was my third one ever)  1969.  THe Big OutHouse.  Upset of the Century.  I didn't coin it either.  Thats what it was called for years afterwards.  The 1969 team may have been the greatest accumulation of talent ever.  23 players STARTED in the nfl FROM THIS TEAM!!!

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I'd have been happy to be spoiled on the result.  Maybe I'm just weird.
Worst experience for me - the 4th OSU game I attended.  I was just 11 years old but I remember it plain as day...it was in 1998, and therefore, you know exactly what game I'm referring to.
And I lay down the law on football Saturdays - we ain't doing SHIT while the game is on.  It can wait.

Class of 2010.

Dayton Buckeye's picture

Take your pick of Michigan games during the Cooper era.  I lived in Livonia, MI and every Monday following "The Game"  I had maize and blue balloons floating in my office. 

RKMario's picture

First post after many nights reading.  Background is life long buckeye born in OH that had parents move to west michigan when I was 12.  Many long days wearing scarlet and grey where  I live.   1998 I finally (24 years old) was making first trip to see them play live and it was against you know who.  Bad part is I had to make the trip with two wolverine fans to save on gas.  Made it down with just a few bucks to our name and when we got to the gate and scanned ticket (at this point probably greatest feeling ever) only to have a beep go off and the lady yell counterfeit!! She ripped it up in my face and I walked away a broken man.  We had no cash to buy anything or even go to a bar so back to the car and am radio and a few cold beers we went. The guys that let us park there came out and offered to let us come in to watch so in we went.  They were super nice and it was cool to at least see the game.  That's when we started to notice how some of the guys were holding hands and such.  So ended up watching game with a different crowd than we originally had planned...to this day I still have not seen them live but still fly the flag in my front yard every Saturday in the fall. Turning 40 next year and have two boys now that are being raised to love the buckeyes and we have decided we will make the family trip down to finally see a game. I'll feel like Rudy's dad when that day arrives.  Just hope it goes better than the last trip!  

RedStorm45's picture

Uh, where'd you buy your tickets in '98?

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

2008, USC, LA Coliseum...35-3.
Beanie's f'ing foot.
...which only added to the torment of losing the 2009 game, which we had in the bag.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

headina's picture

Bummer. I am still mad I stopped my DVR recording after guiton's pick. Luckily I continued watching and yelled and screamed to nobody because my dad was AT the game instead of watching with me per usual. 

GO BUCKS

Idaho Helga's picture

1987, Iowa game.  I had camped out for a ticket.  I actually had a decent seat directly below the press box, about the 45.   It seemed like the Buckeyes were etching another win with six seconds left and it was 4th and 23.  We were all standing and cheering.
Then goddamn Chuck Hartlieb launched a touchdown pass.  My most vivid memory of that was everyone stunned in silence except the Iowa section on the east side of the closed end which was going absolutely beserk.  It was incredibly crowded leaving the stadium and incredibly sad.   When I got to my car, I realized I lost my wallet.  Spent the rest of the day cancelling everything in it.
I found out on Tuesday someone turned in my wallet, so that turned out ok.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

My worst experience was the entire 1990's. Specially, late in the season in the 1990s. 

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Bolt's picture

I was there for losses in Happy Valley, West Lafayette, New Orleans (Nat'l title), Atlanta (bball nat'l title), Los Angeles, etc...but I'd say that the '06 nat'l title game was the toughest pill to swallow. I wasn't there in person but that was my worst Buckeye football experience. I didn't even wind up watching most of the game. I left the room at one point and we got a first down or something, so out of desperate superstition I stayed out of the room praying I was the bad mojo. My college roommates would come out and give me updates and they were at least better than when I was watching, so I wound up pacing back and forth, drunk in our driveway for the entire 2nd half of the game trying to explain to myself what was happening.
It was shock and total disbelief. It was supposed to be the culmination of the greatest season in Ohio State football history. Wire to wire #1, beating 3 #2 teams along the way. Heisman winner. It would have been one of the greatest seasons in football history let alone Ohio State history. It was my junior year of college and probably one of the most memorable years of my life and the absolute glory time to be a Buckeye. I had gone to every home game including ttun, which I'll always remember as the greatest sports related day of my life. I road tripped that season to Evanston, Illinois, East Lansing, Michigan and Austin, Texas. One of my close friends was on the team. That season was all such a dream. And then it all came crashing down furiously.