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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture
August 30, 2010 at 9:41a
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Ok,  lets get something straight.  I am a crumudgeon.  I am also very old school.  New things I like are limited in number.  From a Buckeye perspective, they are things like:

  1. Stadium Refurbishment
  2. Throwing the ball more than 8 times a game (God Bless you Woody)
  3. Moving the Band to the endzone so the entire stadium can hear it.  (see the debates on the Hippie's site about a band that isn't heard in their own stadium.  As a closet band geek, I get a big charge any time the popsicle stick up their ass marchers get dissed)

There are other things that really hack me off.  For one, opening day on a freakin Thursday Night!!!!!!  As a 33 year season ticket holder, I have always referred to opening day as new years day.  It drives my patient wife nuts because for about two weeks out of the year she gets confused (plus amazed that I might actually be doing some form of long term planning). 

Thursday Night football is for the wannabees like our little sister in the Queen City.  Its for up and coming conferences that can't get enough attention on Saturdays when the Big Boys play.  Because God created Saturdays for college football.  When he rested on the sabbath, it was because he was the last one to leave the tailgate after the Lions beat the Unicorns 21-0 and then promptly ate them all.  (now you know why you never see any unicorns....apologies to the New Barleycorn)  When Gene Smith agreed to play a shit team like Marshall on a Thursday Night, he lost me for good, so I'm not surprised that he's ready to destroy the greatest rivalry in College Football.   

Ohio State Football IS NOT A WANNABEE program.  They should've told the B10 network, you want to televise the Marshall game?  See ya at noon on Saturday.  See, even I'm willing to compromise!  But there is no excuse for this monstrosity of a schedule.  Somehow, I believe that Andy Geiger wouldn't have allowed this to happen.

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

+1...i'm only 24 and still feel the same about this change in schedule..i don't like having to rush home from work (even though i took off) but i like it just being on a classic fall saturday with tons of other football to watch..enjoyed the post though

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Poe McKnoe's picture

Gene Smith doesn't care about us people.

Denny's picture

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, "US PEOPLE"?!

Taquitos.

Sean's picture

What do YOU mean, "us people"?!

thePhilipJFry's picture

I think it has more to do with 2 extra days to prepare for Miami.

BTwrestle04's picture

While the Thursday night game is not ideal, at least I get to attend and then I am also able to watch all the games on Saturday.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I'm 33 and I like it as long as it doesn't become routine
reasons I like it:
I love night games
It's right before a holiday weekend which gives me a fantastic excuse to take some extra time off
to THEPHILIPJRFY's point -- it gives us two extra days of prep time for the big OOC game
I embrace change and like to mix things up and this does just that

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

If we need two extra days to get over on Cryami, then we aren't what we claim to be. I doubt the two extra days will cause Craig Heyward to sack Jacory Harris two extra times. He is going to eat Harris for lunch anyway.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

same thing i was thinking...2 days ain't a lot of time..period

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

thePhilipJFry's picture

The Cowboys are 26-14 in the week following their Thanksgiving Thursday game.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

So what. Overall, in the last five years they are 53-16 or almost exactly the same winning percentage, so the extra two days hasn't changed anything.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

thePhilipJFry's picture

did you just compare 40 years worth of games to 5 years and assume it was the same thing? really?

They have an all time winning percentage of 0.577 (This contains 8 seasons that they didn't play a thanksgiving day game in, but surely we can agree this is better than just the last 5 seasons) vs the 0.65 winning percentage the week after thanksgiving.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

I really don't care about the Cowboys. Apples and Oranges in my book. But I just took the last five years as a decent sample size. I could care less about the Dallas Cowboys.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

thePhilipJFry's picture

If you turn around and drive really fast you may catch the point.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

ok..lol..now thaaaaat was funny

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Luke's picture

Thanks for being the first monkey shot into space Todd.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

No problem. I had a beef that I was gratified I could find a platform to air.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Totally agree with you, TNB, on the Thursday night stuff. It's for pansy programs trying to make a name for themselves and get in a little TV exposure - neither of which OSU needs to remain badass.

Poe McKnoe's picture

The only good thing about a Thursday night game to start the season is that I don't have to wait until Saturday to watch the Buckeyes. But then, dammit, I have to wait 9 days for the next game.

BuckeyeSaab's picture

Agreed. Ohio State should not be playing in the WAC's time slot.

I'm sorry for not being sorry.

Doc's picture

When Tress and Gene made their decision earlier this year it was to be the only one playing that night. Now the lower half of the Big10 is playing Thursday. This is the dumbest thing ever. You won't see any of the other top 10 teams playing on Thursdays. Come on Gene give me a break.

"Say my name."

Powers's picture

I would much prefer to play the marshall game at noon so the next week's U game can be a night game like it should be!

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

"get off my lawn"

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Buckrific's picture

I to am not thrilled with the Thursday night game. Leave those for the WAC!!!

btalbert25's picture

I don't like the Thursday night game much at all, but I'm one of the few that hates Saturday night games. I hate watching a game til midnight. When it's a big game, the atmosphere is always good. That's just me though. I'm surprised so many people do like games under the lights, being as it's not a "traditional" college football practice.

Kevin's picture

I'm actually open to the game on thursday. Lets all take a deep breath and see how it turns out before calling for a change

Bucksfan's picture

I think this is a bit of overanalysis. Sure, it sucks if you can't make the trip to see the game in person (which is what happened to me). But it's also awesome that we get the game 2 days earlier than the rest of the country. Only pansy schools play on Thursday? USC plays Hawaii the same night. Oregon and Boise State opened the season last year - Oregon won the Pac-10 and went to the Rose Bowl, Boise went undefeated again and won the Fiesta again.

I have a friend who roots for Notre Dame, and he's jealous as hell that we don't have to wait until Saturday.

So, can we all please just get over the silly little things like when a game is played, and just get jacked that there's a game at all?!

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

If you are a season ticket holder it more than sucks.  I'm not throwing away $70 tickets.  SO I'm stuck going on a night that really is inconvenient.  Not every fan lives in Columbus.  I live in Lakewood outside Cleveland.  I also run my own business, so this is a really inconvenient development in the schedule. 

Its bad enough I have to pay $70 a ticket to watch Eastern Michigan, now I have to rearrange my work in order to go see Marshall get their ass kicked.  As I said, college football was meant to be played on Saturday.  I am an old school crumudgeon.  Thats just the way I feel.  You don't have to agree with me, but this was my blog.  So tough.  You can be a dick about it like PhilipJFry, or you can just agree to disagree.  But I'm not changing my opinion.   (Oh and phil, don't turn around or the bus will run you over, cuz you sure missed MY point.) 

And I will be there Thursday.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I've changed my mind.  I want to watch a bunch of nobody school's play really crappy football for a couple of days and then get my heavy dose of Buckeye football.  I don't like it being played so early.

Doc's picture

My problem with a Thursday night game is getting to C'bus for the game.  As a season ticket holder this game "messes up" two days, instead of none.  Having a weakday game every 10 years is no biggie, I just hope it doesn't turn into an every year or even every couple of year thing.  With that said I'll be in my seats waiting for the Ramp Entrance just like I have since getting my tickets in '03.  GO BUCKS!

"Say my name."

RBuck's picture

The only reason I don't mind the Thursday game is that it gives 2 extra days to prepare for the thUg. Plus getting healthy.

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

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

yeah, but Miami also plays this Thursday....

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