Why I Hate

rampageripster's picture
November 23, 2011 at 9:47a

There are some that say that this rivalry has lost it's spark.  Somewhere between the Vest's dominance of the Midwest and the miserable RichRod years, the passion and intrigue disappeared..  Screw that noise.

We hate because it's in our blood.  Our fathers hated, their fathers hated, and their fathers before them hated.  Our sons will hate, as will their sons after him (and daughters too, no sexism in hate).  This is hatred that supersedes generation gaps.  Time and change will surly show how firm the hatred remains.

We hate because these states have never been allies.  Ohio and that state up north are the only two states to engage in actual battle with each other (outside the civil war of course).  Each state sent their militia to the border in a territorial battle over the Toledo strip.  Ohio won (though no one was actually killed) and those people up north are still bitter.

We hate because we've known the bitterness of defeat.  Desmond's Heisman pose.  The Cooper years.  Bo's win in '69.  The collapse in '95.  The Snow Bowl.  These loses haunt us to this day.

We hate because we've known the sweetness of victory.  Going for 2 in '68.  The first win in '19. The Woody golden years.  2001.  2002.  The Game of the Century.  7 in a row.  These wins are the greatest in the history of the program.

We hate because we know that this is the greatest rivalry in sports.  My hate is only matched by the hate from the other sideline.  In the same sense that Woody and Bo were actually the best of friends, we realize that our two schools, our two states, or tied together in a way few can possibly comprehend.  We know that no matter what happens in the world, this rivalry will persist in a profound way that defies the decaying effects of time.

We hate because we love it.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Great write up.

I live up North now. I have a new way to hate. I hate with respect. I hate like Woody hated Bo and Bo hated Woody. Hate is a passion. I love it.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BED's picture

Awesome.  I'm saving this for later!

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

BED's picture

Also, not mine, but I just remembered I had it in my Gmail inbox.  This was posted over at MotSaG 2 years ago:

The university of michigan represents not only everything that is wrong and foul and terrible about college football, but also about humanity. they are the sneering elitists who live without passion or joy: indeed, they seek to extinguish fun and laughter wherever they find it, through their slow, plodding funeral dirge of an existence. they are indifferent to winning but revel in defeat, as if failure is their preferred state of being. their heroes are cynical and bitter, and reflect the darkness in their hearts.

The Ohio State University is the epitome of life. Optimistic, joyous, and bright, we are the antithesis of michigan’s dreary mindset. Football is celebrated here, not endured. Ohio State is a place where the underdog and the everyman are held up for acclaim; anyone can be a star, be it an undersized walk-on engineering major or a tough as nails molecular biology major. all that matters in this egalitarian mindet is that you share our passion for the game. Humbleness, heart, and toughness. With these three qualities you will live on in our lore forever.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Abuck10's picture

Great read.....I dont hate them like I did in the Cooper years but, still dont want to lose. Not to pick but Bo's win in '69

rampageripster's picture

you are right... fixed

Cause I couldn't go for three