Acclimatized Buckeyes

southernstatesbuckeye's picture
November 18, 2013 at 12:13a


If you were to be taken by plane from sea level up to the summit of Mt. Everest and dropped off in your favorite fur laden survival suit...

You would double over in pain, be unconscious in moments, and dead soon after. 

However, if you were to hike up from a base camp, and take your time, resting, exercising, and eating properly on the way, you would be just fine when you reached the summit, even be able to stay there awhile!

Why?  Because your body begins producing an exponentially greater number of red blood cells in order to absorb more of the less oxygen at that altitude, which increases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood...and by the time you reach the summit, your body is producing twice the red blood cells than it did at base camp!

It is called "acclimatizing."  When an organism, or entity...or team...has to adjust to a changing environment. 

Ohio State has endured a changing environment in the college football landscape.  We're still suffering (recruiting wise, anyway) from the NCAA action that resulted in a ban from post season play.  It was an intended hammer at one of football's most storied programs from an entity (the NCAA) desperate to be seen as an actual authority...and all for an offense that is not an offense three years later!  In fact, one would have to agree that everyone, including most of the media pundits, seems to be just fine with selling what is personally yours to sell

Like signatures.  And rings.  What you do with the money is your business.  You can buy grandma a new girdle, stick bills in a stripper's panties, or get yourself a tattoo.  I don't know of any laws that have changed, or even NCAA rules for that matter, since 2009, that indicate Johnny should be thought of any differently than Terrelle.  Pryor's deal was only made worse because we as fans saw it as a betrayal to see our guys sell those golden pants or a championship ring!  But it was still his stuff!

Changing environment indeed.

Respect.  When a team from anywhere in the college world is busy winning twenty-two games in a row, it deserves a look see.  Yet instead of even modest admiration and acknowledgment, it seems the great majority of college football punditry is on board with a collective narrative that disrespects the tradition of greatness that Ohio State has contributed to the historical narrative of the sport of college football.

This year has been somewhat of a rocky path in itself for some of the climbers.  Some were on the precipice of failure.  Some had lost their footing and strayed from the path placed before them.  But throughout the year, bridges were made from where the team where they are now.

You see...Urban Meyer is acclimatizing.  Braxton Miller...and Hyde, Shazier, and the rest of this team...they are acclimatizing.  The red blood is beginning to boil.  And none of us have to look back at the last team that Urban Meyer got playing pissed off. 

And make no mistake about it.  This team is pissed off.

They're pissed off at that disrespect.  Period.  For them, it's truly personal.  It is a glove across the accusation against their performance, their manhood.  And Meyer doesn't have to concoct some clever plan at creating the critical chip on the shoulder.  The media, pundits, and whoever else fancies himself an expert...are doing an admirable job at that. 

Ohio State is at the base camp of Mt. Everest.  Up quite a ways, despite the odds...and the cries of the naysayers...especially those that live in the bizarro world of the SEC/ESPN/ACC circle jerk.  It's a world in which Ohio State has to be ridiculed.  Because of the conference, because of the schedule, because of whatever.  Just find a reason.  Any reason.  It doesn't even have to be reasonable.  That's the new attitude.  The new environment.

But the summit is in sight.  Even Urban was a bit distracted at base camp the other day...because he looked up.  He admitted to being distracted about "national stuff", but pledged to go back to "getting a little bit better".  Please note the psychology of saying that.  He is saying that this team only needs a little more to be at that place of greatness.  And that he's confident this team can get there.  He is saying "elite" without using the word, simply letting the world know he will take his Buckeyes anywhere, against anyone...and will come out on top.  And I can promise you...Tom Herman didn't even need to help him with that bit of psychological geniusing. 

When they do stand unbeaten at the end of the bowl season...and they will, they'll likely shut a few mouths.  A few others might even jump aboard the new train, but ESPN and its witless tongue flappers will prattle on, along with Twitter's Talking Twits...all of them together a collection of anuses incessantly mouth farting...gleefully predicting soon failure, or criticizing some other aspect of how the Buckeyes won or how they wouldn't have won if they had played that other team.

It is, after all, a new environment. 

But this Ohio State team is built for the journey over the long haul, and is beginning to understand the hostile new environment. 

Well, they are striking camp for the final push to the summit!

...And guess what? 

The Signs all point to the fact that they plan to stay there awhile.



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Whoa Nellie's picture

Well done!
Be nice to break OK's all time streak.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Johnny_Buck71's picture

I enjoyed the read. Well done indeed!

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. - Yogi Berra

TMac's picture

Enjoyed the read, and great opening picture!

ONE Not Done!

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Ohio State didn't receive an 'intended hammer' because of the actions of Terrelle Pryor & Co. It received the sanctions because Coach Tressel kept his knowledge of said actions from NCAA investigators.

Buckeyeneer's picture

You are correct, but what if everyone in the media sit up back then and said what they are saying now? What if the narrative was Tressel lied, but the rules are archaic and nonsensical and we agree with him.

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

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buckeyedude's picture

Man. What a great blog post SouthernStatesBuckeye! I had to double check to make sure it wasn't a Ramzy post.
I love your last picture and comment. If it was me, I'd be thinking, "Ok great. Beautiful view. Nice accomplishment/getting acclimated. I climbed Mt. Everest and forgot I'm afraid of heights. Can someone send a helicopter to get me down?"



FitzBuck's picture

Very nice.  I would still like to acclimatize my foot with Mark May and Clay Travis ass.  

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

Haybucks's picture

That would make a decent pair of snowboots! Warm, butt probably would wear out before you reached the summit.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


MN Buckeye's picture

Great article and photos, SSB! I enjoyed the read and agree with you about acclimatizing. And I think the term 'mouth fart' coined by Chris is his Five Things article, is a classic that is catching on.

RedStorm45's picture

We're still suffering (recruiting wise, anyway)

People don't seem to get it...Tat5 left a paper trail.  And Tressel lied about it.  There's the difference.  So we can stop with the pity party of "but, but, but it's fine today!"  They are not identical.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

What I meant was that we are suffering in the numbers of recruits we can take.  I know Urban has done a great job with quality.  That flies in the face of the intended punishment...limiting scholarships.  But we won't have a full scholarship class until this next class.
Sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.
As far as the Tat5, I get it.  Paper trails and lies.  But it doesn't make it any more noble that Manziel was able to hide his own paper trail.  It was obvious he did what he did, and then lied about it himself, and the media backed him on it, saying he shouldn't come out and tell the truth.  What's the difference?
And say what you want about Tressel.  He treated his players as sons, and made a wrong decision, yes.  But he was, and is today, a good man that should not have been blacklisted like he was. 

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Upvote for photos alone, especially the last one.
Fun facts:
Tallahasse - 55 feet above sea level
Tuscaloosa - 227 feet above sea level
Waco - 470 feet above sea level
Columbus, Ohio - highest point is 1,132 feet above sea level (this has to be somewhere on campus, right?)
So the Bucks have been acclimatizing all along and with Marotti as their Sherpa, the red blood cells have been gaining exponentially!

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Off the top of my head and without looking, I think the highest point above sea level in Ohio is somewhere near the Bellefontaine area.  Wherever it is, it's likely Coach Mick has a torture chamber near by.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

It's Campbell Hill (which is indeed in Bellefontaine).

Davep160's picture

Bring on global warming!

hetuck's picture

I hope I live to see an SEC team "acclimatize" to a playoff game in Columbus in December. Gray skies, spitting snow, and 105,000 screaming, enunciating Yankees. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

Hovenaut's picture

You are an artist, SSB....well done as always.

Great pics too....especially that last one.

BUCKSOMIES's picture

Great stuff SSB.  The bottom line....We Are THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, and we will acclimatize.

Aesculus.'s picture

Did I meet you on the Annapurna?

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Don't know if that's a serious question, or if you're even a climber, but I climbed a lot in the 80's and 90's.  I've never been on Annapurna's peaks.  In 1982, I stupidly thought I would try the south face of Kangchenjunga, which I failed miserably at.  At least I didn't die.
So there's that.

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Aesculus.'s picture

We did Annapurna last year and in Manang there was a Buckeye grad teaching about AMS.  I concur, with the surviving part.  I think back and man, so many times the coin came up heads.   

NH-IO's picture

Not a very good shot, but that is Everest (way back) as the I.

Go Bucks!

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Ha Ha!  Excellent!
Is that Rich Rodriquez starting it off?

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doodah_man's picture

Great article! BTW, there is the same amount of oxygen at the top of Everest as there is in Columbus. So it is incorrect to say "...of the less oxygen at that altitude".
It's the partial pressure that is less. Sorry for going all climatological nerd on you.

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Technically, there is less oxygen.  While the decrease in pressure means that the molecules are dispersed further apart, the percentage of oxygen in the air is still the same (about 21%), hence the validity of your point. 
However, because of that "partial pressure", and the more "spaced out" molecules, there is less of everything breathable...including oxygen.  So when you say there is "the same amount" of oxygen available, that is not true (because of that partial pressure).
This is why the human body must manufacture more red blood cells (which carry oxygen) to compensate for the oxygen availability problem.  It must acclimatize to make the best possible use of every single breath of [thinner] air.
Sorry to go all college professor on you.

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doodah_man's picture

Your logic about the amount of oxygen is correct, however, the problem is with the partial pressure of the oxygen that is there (the same 21% mix as at sea level).  At the lowered partial pressure, oxygen does not pass as efficiently through the blood cells as it does at lower altitudes. You could be breathing a 100% oxygen mixture but, if it doesn't have the pressure to pass through the cell wall, you are dead. That is why diluter demand systems provide increasing pressure at higher altitudes. Typically, pressure begins at cabin altitudes of about 25,000 feet, and you are in full pressure breathing at 35,000 feet.
The pressurization you encounter in commercial airlines is there to keep the pressure on your lungs. It uses the same oxygen (in the same quantity the aircraft is flying through) but under pressure.

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910