What did we do to deserve this?

Maestro's picture
October 10, 2011 at 10:36a
10 Comments

Buckeye Nation, I beg you to repent, ask for forgiveness, sacrifice a chicken or something.

I know there are long suffering fan bases throughout this great nation.  I know there are lovable losers and plenty of folks who have had their collective hearts ripped out by their favorite sports teams, but I contend that being an Ohio State Buckeyes fan is as tough as it gets in the world of sports.

That statement will strike a chord with Buckeye fans, and it will likely flat out piss off fans of teams who have never been to the top of the mountain.  I can see the comments to follow, "I would take 50 seasons of losing for just 1 National Championship" or "you are a spoiled a-hole" or perhaps some even less flattering than those.  Well, you can't please everyone.

So it begs the question in my mind..........WHY????  What did Ohio State do to deserve such heartache???  Please someone tell me so we can atone and move on.  Move on to happy days filled with B1G championships and Heisman Trophies and crystal trophies.  At this point I would actually just be happy to move on to happy days without National TV embarrassments.  Forget about the championships for a bit, just give me a winning season and a win over Michigan.  How many Hail Mary's do I have to say for that?  How many chicken carcasses need to be in my trash bin to accomplish that modest goal?

The list is getting almost too long to bear.  Desmond Howard's pose, 41-14, 38-24, 0-9, 35-3 those were all really painful, however, some others have even been harder to stomach like 24-28 in 1998, 2-10-1, 22-25 in C-bus vs VY, 15-18 in 2009, 21-24 2009 Fiesta Bowl, Tatgate et. al, and now 27-34 in Lincoln.  PAIN.  NIGHTMARE.  CRUEL AND UNUSUAL.

What makes it soooooooooooo hard is that it seems to always come with a tease.  A late lead against VY's Texas.........dagger.  A late lead against USC in 2009...........dagger.  A late lead against Texas in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl...........dagger.  A win over an SEC team in a bowl............erased, and now 2011 Lincoln.  Feelings of hope and visions of victory all snatched away with a rolled ankle..................dagger.

Of course most of those losses come with a counterpart win.  1997 Rose, 2002 Michigan, 2002 Fiesta, 2006 Michigan, 2010 Rose and the feeling after 2011 Sugar will never be completely erased.  Celebration.  Joy.  Adrenaline Rush.  You know what though?  The pain lasts longer.  The pain hurts more.  The pain keeps you up at night.  The pain sucks.

So where do we go from here?  Of course we will press on.  We will cheer.  We will gnash teeth.  We will suffer and we will celebrate, but the pain has left scars that will never go away.  Perhaps that's just comes with the territory, but right now that doesn't seem to give me any comfort.

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RBuck's picture

I thought that I had paid for my sins with the Browns and the Tribe. Guess that isn't enough. I'm going to hell.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Maestro's picture

Yes, as Browns fans we should be used to it, but it just doesn't get easier to have your heart stomped on.

vacuuming sucks

theDuke's picture

Maestro, I'll tell you where we go from here. We plan for the worst and hope for the best. while last weekend stung, it was intriguing because it wasn't supposed to be anykind of game at all.  Now we start divisional play! Lets shock the world starting with the Orange!

As a homegrown C-bus Ohioan, I realize the rest of the country laughs at us all the time. I mean look at that one election, I think the whole world was laughing at Ohio for that one. But the truth is, they're all just jelly cuz they ain't in the Player's Club.  KEep ballin. That's what Buckeyes do. 

theDuke

Maestro's picture

Intriguing is nice, but it doesn't quite do it for me today. Thanks for the response.

vacuuming sucks

theDuke's picture

there is only one guarantee i can make for the upcoming games: If Baus comes in, then we will lose. That is a fact. Otherwise, if can play 2 halves like the first one on Sat. I think we can make any game interesting. Or intriguing. But i know you're not feeling it. 

theDuke

Maestro's picture

I hear you. If Miller is out, which I fear will be the case, PLEASE LET GUITON PLAY!!!!!!!!

vacuuming sucks

theDuke's picture

amen to that brother.

theDuke

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Deserve's got nothing to do with it, as a great man once said.

But even though you acknowledge up front that there have been good times to counteract the bad, your focus on the bad seems to imply that somehow we have been MORE unlucky, MORE star-crossed, than most other programs, and I can assure you this is not the case. Almost any school you can name, except for those who are so irrelevant that they never have big games to lose, can rattle off a similar list of disappointments.

And I also suspect you're on the younger side, because those of us who are a little older, while we might not be able to remember a season quite this disastrous, are definitely able to remember when there weren't a lot of recent happy memories to get us through the bad times. How about a 23-year stretch between Rose Bowl victories (1973-96)? Heck, there was a 12-year gap between Rose Bowl appearances (1984-96). There were all the losses to Michigan in the Cooper years, and a similar record in the bowls (let's leave aside that the Cooper years, which hardly anyone in Columbus remembers fondly, were objectively pretty damn good). There were numerous teams that needed just one more win to claim a national championship, but couldn't get it, until 2002.

We've been to 7 BCS bowls since our last .500 season. If the Buckeyes can make that tradeoff for the rest of my life, I'd take it. Wouldn't you?

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Maestro's picture

Of course Chuck, but that game Saturday night just crushed me. After all that has happened in 2011 to this fan base, not to mention the players, it would have been that much sweeter to see the team pull off a great win on National TV. It also made it that much harder to swallow.

vacuuming sucks

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

We're 1-9 against the SEC in bowls, the NCAA recordbooks and ESPiN can kiss my fucking ass on that one.  Vacating games is pointless; it's just asskissing for the NCAA, which is fine for our situation.  But I'm not going to act like the 2011 Sugar Bowl didn't happen.

Since Texas A&M is joining the SEC, does that mean we're now 3-9 (or 2-9 if you ask the dickheads at ESPiN) vs. the SEC in bowls?  After all, if you watch BTN promos, Tommy Frazier is all of a sudden a Big Ten legend or something.  LOL. 

You take the bad with the good.  Without the bad, the good wouldn't mean as much.  Without the good, the bad wouldn't suck so bad. 

Class of 2010.