May the Restless Spirit of Woody . . .

Jonnferrell's picture
January 3, 2014 at 9:30a
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I remember the 1978 Gator Bowl.  I remember a game we threw away--but I remember more the great controversy afterwards.  I remember the unthinkable--Woody Hayes--Coach Woody Hayes--fired.  He didn't resign--Woody didn't quit.  He was not a quitter.  Right or wrong, he never, ever gave up.  Somehow, in the great cosmic scheme of things there has been an imbalance--a travesty of celestial proportions since that fateful day.  Woody Hayes, a man not without fault, but a great, great man, truly larger than life and a changer of lives for many people during the short time given to him on this earth.  Many of you were not alive when Woody was fired.  You relate to it through the Jim Tressel experience--but it was different.  Coach Hayes, being Coach Hayes, swinging, screaming, angry, hating to lose, and hitting some guy in the pads.   "He didn't hurt me," Bauman said later.  There is injustice in the space-time continuum--I'm not talking like the usual injustice in the world, but a major out of whack chasm of wrongness.  It is time for that to be undone--it is time to be rectified.  You may say this team, this game has nothing to do with that day in 1978.  You're wrong.  

May the Restless Spirit of Woody be avenged against the Clemson plague on this day.  May every Buckeye player be empowered with the punch of Woody, as redemption draweth nigh.  Clemson must be pulverized with the 21st century roundhouse punch of Woody Hayes.  To hell with all the platitudes and love for Tahj Boyd!  It's Clemson, and we hate them!  Revenge!  All of the rage of that moment in 1978 needs to be bottled and then poured in high concentration into the gatorade on the Buckeye sideline.  Clemson is TTUN in orange.  Beat them!  Beat them!   Screw the National Championship! Screw TTUN! Screw the Spartans! Screw Clemson! Screw Charlie Bauman! Avenge the greatest coach in the history of the world!

That's how I feel about this damn game.

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InvertMyVeer's picture

Closure for Woody! Let's do this.

Football is complicated...

Hovenaut's picture

I've never seen that pic of Woody - I've read that he punched Ken Fritz in addition to Bauman, but have never seen it (other than in a hurried video clip or two).
I recall hearing Woody had issues maintaining his blood sugar/diabetes and lost it (more than he'd ever had) after Schlichter's pick. Fritz tried to restrain Woody and got slugged as well.
I want closure for these Buckeyes, but I'll be thinking of ghosts past as well.
 
Nice post, JF.

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

fanfarris's picture

"Ghosts past". Woody at 40 years of age,Bo at 30 yrs.TEN rounds.How many rounds do you think Bo will last ?

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Hovenaut's picture

Ten.
Based on what I've read/heard, those two always went the distance.
Bo won on the scorecards (5-4-1), but Woody made his wins count with National Championships and Rose Bowl victories (5 titles, 4 Rose Bowl wins for Woody, zero and two for Bo).

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

Jonnferrell's picture

Woody's son said that his dad was not the best at taking his meds.  I can imagine that bowl preparations and all could help get things out of whack.  The older I get, the more I understand this medication stuff and realize it's not an exact science.  That being said, Woody was known to punch some of his boys to get their attention.  Back then it was like disciplining your own kids--it was okay to take care of yours but bad form to discipline those belonging to others.

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

buckuar's picture

I don't have enough helmet stickers yet to upvote you, but I would do it in a heartbeat for this post.
Heartfelt and passionate...  Similar to those speeches Woody used to give...  :)
Very nice.
Thank you.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I want this win for the current team, my friends, my self, but more importantly for the '78 Buckeyes.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Jonnferrell's picture

I wonder how many of the 78 team will be there.  I haven't heard any comments from Glen Mason yet.  

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

BuckeyeChief's picture

BTW, has anyone heard thoughts from Glenn Mason on the game?

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Jonnferrell's picture

During an interview with the Big Ten Network, Mason recalled the flight from Jacksonville to Columbus on that evening in 1978 and the shocking news that followed.
Mason said, “We landed in Columbus.  Literally, the TV trucks were out on the run way.  Before Coach Hayes got off the plane, he addressed the team in the usual manner.  He told them to drive home safe and get back to school on time and announced that he was no longer the football coach at Ohio State and would never coach again.  We were shocked.”
 

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

ATXbucknut's picture

Part of me thinks that if we got a few of the old timers from back in '78 to play in tonight's game (I don't know, maybe in the defensive backfield) that they would throw every gimpy appendage and sore joint into avenging 1978.
Seeing the 1978 loss avenged has been on my bucket list for years.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

When we are up by 3 touchdowns tonight, could we please, please, go for a 2 point conversion............

Jonnferrell's picture

That would be justice.  

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

doodah_man's picture

Woody was all we knew for 27 years. When he died, I was standing in the base exchange at Grissom AFB watching the breaking news on CNN, and all they could show was "the punch". I was never so pissed in my life that all of this wonderful man's accomplishments (which you couldn't live in Columbus without knowing about many of them) were reduced to that one moment. 
 
"And in the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love hears the rustle of a wing"

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

Jonnferrell's picture

Why is it that I believe that UFM has invoked the restless spirit of Woody to inspire this team to win this for him?  Go Bucks!

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

Jonnferrell's picture

That quote that DooDah referred to was Woody's favorite, for those of you that might not know.
 More here: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-07-26/features/8702240620_1_envelope-woody-hayes-ohio-state-university

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

Jonnferrell's picture

You're damn right we will.  Woody is watching.

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

BamaBuckeye144's picture

Charlie Bauman had it coming.
 
Tajh Boyd has is coming too. Jack Mewberryhort or whatever is gonna see to it.

OH-IO!

Jonnferrell's picture

They will be too damn scared to intercept Braxton Miller tonight.  The ghost of Woody will rise up!

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

BuckeyeChief's picture

you gotta think Urban had some combo of Woody, Earle, and former players as a motivational speech.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

From your mouth, to woody's ears.

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.

www.septemberheisman.com

 

Jonnferrell's picture

Here's some Woody for you. . .

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

cjkanski's picture

Would be nice to see the likes of this get a little air time on the networks instead of the punch from '78.

Jonnferrell's picture

Not this time--sorry Woody. 

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

doodah_man's picture

Yea, the DBs at ESPN managed to bookend the game with video of the punch; just in case you didn't get to see it....

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.