So I'm reading all about the B1G media days and all of a sudden I get that familiar twinge when I read about our rivals. The article mentions how Hoke is facing a make or break season because he's underperformed over the last two years. Ok... is that supposed to make me happy? Should I be upset about it? What's the proper protocol here people?
This topic has been endlessly debated on message boards and forums across this great state of ours, but have we reached a consensus? I'm good with whatever, just tell me. I mean, on the one hand, I want them to lose and be humiliated, but on the other, I get why it's good for Ohio State when our rivals are a national power.
I am a lot like many of you. I have a close coworker who is crazy for that school up north. The arrogance is there, festering just below the surface. I see it at the slightest sign of hope (Oh... oh... Jabrill Peppers!) The last thing I want is for their team to be undefeated going into The Game. Hoke is an annoyance right now too. Can you fathom what it'd be like if he was experiencing success? Ugh, makes me quiver just thinking about it.
On the other side of the equation, is my painful SEC bruise that's yet to heal. Imagine a scenario where our rival is undefeated until Braxton goes all video game on them. Imagine that season ending with a fantastic beatdown of an SEC power. Vindication! That's a dream right there, my friends. Beating an SEC school to win the title would be amazing, don't get me wrong, but first pummeling an undefeated rival in the Game of the Century(TM) would be on par with meeting a naked Carrie Underwood at the pearly gates, am I wrong? Am I wrong?
So just to summarize... if they win it's good, if they lose, it's good.
...and my head has exploded.