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Another noon kick vs weak opponent = another quiet crowd.
Exactly. I've been to plenty of other stadiums. Its the same everywhere. Noon games against teams you know you are going to beat don't get that loud. After UAB the rest of the games will be loud.
Can't argue against these type of comments. Even when the stadium/fans get called out, they react by sitting on their hands and providing the stadium with its lowest attendence in years. Whats worse is when those of us who love to be 'That Guy' stand up and yell, you get weird looks from others in your section rather than having them join in and create some sort of yelling competition that fuels crowd intensity. There is a classic picture of a woman at the USC game sitting in the front row reading a book during the game. Said it before, its not just the team that needs to embrace an 'SEC mentality', but its the fans as well.
This all traces to the Athletic Department's "brilliant" idea to move the students all into the south and north stands. The stadium was ROCKING at all times when the students were sprinkled throughout. The students' entusiasm forced the fogies in their section to get up and cheer. Now that's all gone.
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I think having them in the South endzone is a good placement because you have the tunnels for both teams and the band right there... the North endzone section makes less sense to me. Do you think moving them to the South-East side of the stadium would make more sense? I think youre right, its a bit of a blunder to split them up so much.
When I was an undergrad (and my first year of law school), South stands had Block O, and everybody else was everywhere. This seemed to get the crowd up on its feet and louder more often. Then my 2nd year of law school, they moved the non-Block O kids to the N and S stands, MUCH quieter.
I'd personally go back to the old way. Have dedicaded groups of students be able to block seats and spread them out. Gets the old folks in the middle standing at least, and IMO makes them get into the game with noise more often.
Have you been to either game this year? The students are fired up and it is actually infectious. The stadium was quite loud (by usual pre B1G season standards) last week. South Stands definitely leads the way for the rest of the stadium. I think the "new" seating arrangement is working quite well, and despite my initial misgivings regarding "quick cals" I am now sold. It's pretty awesome to see.
Getting called out again for supposedly having a quiet, unintimidating stadium is the best thing that can happen. The Horsehoe will be rocking Saturday.
I have not, unfortunately. My comments are directed more at the rest of the stadium, not the student sections. I think the students being dispersed make the rest of the crowd louder. That's my beef.
I remember back in the 90s when I had tickets in the north end zone, upper deck, just under the two drill sargents. First half, all I remember is yelling loudly after a good play by the good guys, and some blue haired woman says to the bald 89 year old man next to him, a couple rows in front of me, "Boy, I guess he's really excited.
Killed the party right there. I believe she had one foot in the grave and was afraid of any loud noise, unless it's The Gaither's Homecoming Tour coming full blast out of her vacuum tube, low def TV.
"Here officer, hold my beer while I find my license."
I don't know where you guys sit, but I have never experienced folks around me sitting on their hands or giving me weird stares for standing up and yelling. Last year we had a guy behind us a the Wisky game that kept yelling stupid stuff like "an SEC coach would have gone for it" etc. He was quickly dispatched, left at half time and never returned.
Really depends on where you sit. My family has a pair of tickets up in B deck that I specifically ask *not* to get, because the entire section will yell at you for standing and making noise. Completely baffles me...
The university needs to do its part to fill the seats as well, and that isn't happening
It's the economy, stupid dude.
What stadium does get excited for a noon, non-conference match-up that should be an easy win? The SEC seems like they play more night games and they schedule conference games early in the season. Early season conference conference games are more exciting than washing over MAC schools.
LSU. Been to Tiger Stadium a few times. Obviously gets crazier at night and agaisnt elite teams, but even the weaker opponents at midday received an insane atmosphere. Then again, the entire crowd is smashed off of beer and moonshine.
Virginia Tech. I live in DC and have been to a few games. Their stadium is rocking even against FCS teams.
That's because to VT an FCS team is a formidable opponent.
Beg to differ with you. Tech fans love their football just as much as OSU fans do. They fill the stadium for every game, even though VT is in the absolute boonies, hours away from any large metropolitan areas. Tech has also been consistently ranked in the top 25 for years.
@ SouthByMidwest I was actually a student at VT for approximately 2 weeks before I decided to not withdrawl from OSU. Got the ID and everything. It's absolutely beautiful there but I couldn't help but laugh at the football fans...it was a weird experience. They are always in the Top 25 but they never win against good out of conference opponents.
Virginia Tech has had ten or more wins every year for the last seven years.
I agree that they have an incredible stadium environment, but they get their ass kicked every year in a bowl game, so there's that. They have exactly 0 national titles.
@CPlunk They also lost to James Madison not too long ago.
Seventy wins plus in seven years. Yeah, losing to JMU is pretty embarrasing and awful, but its one loss on one day.
VT is a solid team year after year. They're never gonna be a national champion, or even realistically top five in a given year, but they are very solid.
Mostly because there aren't many older fans that make the pilgrimmage to Blacksburg. I live in DC and I know VT fans... the casual ones do NOT go to games.
VT is also set up a lot like Penn State. In the middle of nowhere.
That was my point. Tech is in the boonies, they haven't had a shot at a national title in ever, BUT STILL make top 25, fill up their stadium, love their Beamer ball, and have a very loyal and strong fan base, mascot not withstanding. As a Northern Virginia resident, and one who married into a VT family, I know quite a few NoVa VT fans who either have season tickets and make the trek down there (4-5 hours-ugh) for most of the games, or make it a point to go to a couple of games a year. Many of them graduated from Tech, and have/had kids down at Tech. They love their school like we love OSU, and they show it.
There is definitely some correlation between PSU and VT. I call it the Appalachian factor. (Cue banjo music.) These people are not normal. If we've learned anything from the Penn State cover-up it's that.
You know what would be really cool. If PSU, VT, WVU, and Tenn would play a series called the Appalachian Cup. Imagine the hijinks that would result from those games. lol
I have to say that I was disappointed in the actual reaction to O'Leary's comments on Saturday. I wasn't at the game, but on TV it seemed a lot quieter tan I recall Ohio Stadium ever being.
Needs more night games.
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I said this on another blog post earlier, my wife and I were at the game this weekend and it was certainly not quiet. The crowd showed up and cheered loud. The TV broadcast did the crowd no justice. Reference the false starts by UCF at the beginning of the game and their QB's comments after the game.
I know there's a game saturday, and my ass will be there.
can I ask where you were sitting?
Certainly. 7A, row 22 seat 10.
I've sat near there a few times(last time qwas Texas in 2005) and it can get loud down there. From my vantage point(in the pacific time zone, on my couch) it seemed to be a little lack luster for 75% of the game. But hey, I trust your experience.
After having read a few more posts from other folks who were at the game also, it seems like there are mixed reviews. I would guess it's largely dependent on where people were sitting as to how loud the crowd sounded. I'm not trying to call anyone a liar or something like that but from where we were sitting it was pretty loud. Sucks that didn't translate to tv.
I go to every home game and the crowd was excellent for the competition that the Bucks played that day.
anyone who disagrees is probably only used to "BIG" games.
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I'm not getting worked up over stuff like this. It is what it is. I have been to games at the Shoe that were dead quiet and games where the atmosphere was electric. Everyone has brought up the reasons: the opponent, the kickoff time, the significance of the game, etc.
I would be all for playing early season conference games, but I have a feeling if Indiana was coming to town in September we would have the same issues.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but when we originally scheduled Cal, weren't we trying to set up a formidable game against a strong opponent? It's not our fault Cal turned into the baby of California teams...
I'll take this opportunity to complain again about not having more night games.
I hear ya on this. Seeing as they have to bring in temporary lights for night games currently, unfortunately, I think unless they make a move to install permanent lights on the stadium, we will continue to see only one night game a year.
I'm not quite sure why a new scoreboard and sound system were higher on the list than lights, which cannot possibly cost close to as much as the former
Because a new scoreboard can run advertisements, lights cannot.
OSU actually doesn't pay for the lights -- the TV networks do. That said, I think night games are more expensive for the school because of the additional security required, I believe.
If the crowd is quiet for your team, well, that's a reflection of your team. Not all of us can be obnoxious, drunk rednecks like SEC fans.
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Because Ohio doesn't have its share of obnoxious drunk rednecks? My God so many people on here are blatant hypocrites when they take such petty jabs at the SEC and South in general. These posts reek of butthurt folks.
I have only been to a few Buckeye home games. The crowd is generally older than other stadiums I have been in. It makes sense, they donate the most money which is why the Athletic Department caters to them. They also have the most expendable income of anyone else I meet. But they are the quietest. I was told to sit down during the 2008 Purdue game because they could not see. This was when Etienne Sabino returned a blocked punt for a Touchdown during an extremely boring game. So yeah, there can be an issue.
But I was also at the 2009 USC game when the crowd was generally younger ( or more exciteable) and the place was rockin'.
I personally dont care about the quiet stadium when we are playing so-so non-conference opponents. I would be freaking irate if they were quiet during a close conference game. No lights, no more than 1 night game-no reason to get excited most of the time.
I am 59 freakin' years old and have as much or more energy than some of the students. I stand and yell and if someone were to tell me to sit down they would not like my response. Not all of us "older" fans sit on our hands.
Pam, some students drive me crazy. Half of the time they're too busy checking their twitter feed.
I am serious, no one has ever told me to sit down, but if they did, it's on. Some students I think treat the game as a social event and not a football game
It's not the biggest fans that buy student season tickets, it's the ones with the money
Pam, I wasn't talking about people like you lol. The crowd I was around was in their 70's and they were not tolerable of any noise-it was frustrating.
I know, I know. I will punch a 70 year old.
I like you.
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Of course you do.
I want to buy you a beer sooo bad (or other beverage of your choice).
I am a Sam Adams gal for game day and a Absolut Martini straight up with three olives any other time.
I have sat in that section.
What was that movie back in the late 80s,(Cocoon?), where all the old people became young again because of aliens? I felt like I was going to get attack by the Blu-hairs and clubbed to death by their canes/walking sticks/walkers every time I raised my voice to cheer.
The good news? They're only here for a short time. Hopefully someone younger will get their tix.
Heh. Probably their 60 year old children who have been waiting to get the tickets from them for 25 years!
This is nothing new. I was a student in 1982, the year we lost 3 straight games in the Shoe for the first time ever, and most of my friends sold their season tickets at that point (and missed a Michigan win). Student interest in football, as opposed to the regarding the Buckeyes as the focus of campus social life, has always been hit-or-miss.
As for the column, Jon Wilner's disdain for Ohio State is nothing new either.
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I certainly wasn't talking about folks like you Pam. I know there are die-hards out there who are above the age of 30. It's just disappointing when you're stuck in the student section in North stands for a Michigan game and the general public/alumni seats aren't even standing, let alone making noise (even though it was when we put the hurt on DickRod 42-7, I don't care stand and cheer dammit, it's Michigan!).
I would be willing to bet most of the real diehards are above 30.
I mean as in actually standing and being "in" the game for the whole thing. I'm sorry, but you're not a die-hard if you're not still screaming on 3rd down if we're up 14, or if you leave early to beat the traffic.
Seemed to me that the students (at least around me at every game I've been to) are always in the game, with limited exceptions.
I was at the game. Sat in 24AA. There were times when the crowd was loud -- especially in the first quarter -- but also critical moments in the second half when the crowd sat on its hands. When third downs were in front of us, they were loud. When they were at the other end of the Shoe, the crowd just watched. I stood and yelled a lot and got some strange looks ( people around me did not even stand for Sloopy, for instance). Totally lost my voice screaming at times. That's what we need from everyone, imo. This was a close game. It shouldn't be quiet.
Having students at the early games definitely helps. You feel the energy from south stands that was never there before in early September. But our alums are not very good at bringing it for these noon kicks.
I was at Wisky and USC and we were incredibly loud those nights. I was proud to be there. Need more night games, for sure. But I was at the Wyoming night game a ways back and it was quiet -- so quality of opponent (and students in school) is important.
Best seats I ever had was first row, endzone for the 2009 Navy game. I remember remarking to my brother that this was the quietest game I can remember at the Shoe. And that game was very close. We came an interception away from going to overtime with the Midshipmen.
I think older alumni are a big part of the problem. Prior to this year, the students were never back in town for the first three games. So the Alumni Association was able to grab a huge portion of the usual student seats. Now it appears that the profit strategy employed by the Athletic Dept is doing the same with club seating.
So here's my question for the day -- are students ever denied season tickets? I know the Alumni Association went to a lottery system a couple of years ago... which drove up the demand for the Athletic Dept club seating. Are students having to submit ticket applications to a lottery system as well now?
Ohio State failed to sell all of its student tickets because people don't want to pay an extra 100 to go to Miami, UCF, Cal, and UAB.
I mean, I did. I payed the extra 100, but I can't speak for every other student at Ohio State.
I paid it as well, but honestly I really don't feel like dropping another $270 for tickets as well.
FWIW, Block "O" sold out in under seven minutes for each window.
Night games are definetely fun, but also a night game gives the fanbase a lot more time to get "juiced". not every game is going to be loud and electric, it is impossible. I have no idea how LSU does it, but doesn't their stadium only hold 80,000? Maybe the extra blue hairs make the difference:/
I'm a very reserved fan, and I rarely yell. Sue me.
No problem, just don't tell me to sit down or stop yelling
Don't get me wrong, I like it when it gets loud, so that would not be me. I just am more subdued when it comes to cheering. I'm the guy who is always standing, however.
So much this. We got told in 2005 one time to sit by an older fan. Yeah, that didn't happen. You're at a football game. If you want to sit, watch it at home.
Same applies to a rock concert. Except the watching at home part. I'm not sitting at a rock concert.
I got into a fight at Packers/Lions game in Detroit on Thanksgiving day in 2007 (my 22 b-day) for telling an old man that if he wanted to sit and watch the game he should have stayed home lol. I'm glad I'm not the only one. The Detroit fans around me thought he was ridiculous too.
So, you're the problem. Lol.
I guess. I'm usually at about 3 games per year.
You know, I really don't care what a random sports writer (or coach that we've met all of 1 time) has to say about the decibel level of our home games. Its like someone coming into your house and telling you they don't like something about it. Kind of rude, but they're not the ones that "live" there. We all know we can be loud when we want to, and for those games, we don't want to. (Also, if you think about it, the opposing teams probably wants it to be loud, because thats what you expect. To be able to hear a pin drop in a place that holds 107,000 has to be a bit intimidating, too.)
It's been said a million times, but the media and coaches spouting off and driving this topic into a discussion point is irritating:
The loudest stadiums are never measured for a noon OOC game against frickin CUSA. Stadiums are loudest for night games against marquee opponents. People have longer to tailgate, get tuned up if they choose, and get psyched up for the game. The anticipation of waiting for a 7pm kickoff just creates a more intense atmosphere. Good competition creates a more intense atmosphere.
To O'Leary and that Cal columnist: You will get to experience Ohio Stadium in all it's noisy fury once you become relevant in the national title picture. We'll be there...just waiting for you to make it...still waiting. Maybe next year? Ok then. Until then, you're not good enough to a) get a prime time slot for your game, and b) get our fans' loudest effort.
When told OSU set school record for 50+ games this year, UFM said "That's good. We're gonna break that next year."
Absolutely 100% agree with you. They should have come to the night OSU - UM game at OSU in 2006.
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Splitting hairs, but that wasn't even an 8pm kick off. It was 3:30pm. I'll even take more 3:30 kick offs. It seems like all we have this season are noon. Feels like a few seasons back we had almost as many 3:30 kick offs as noon.
I was at the game Saturday and it was my first since 2005. We sat in the first row of C deck, Section 23, around the 40 yard line. Next to me were a couple undergrads. We were loud, and on the first couple 3rd downs we stood up to really project our voices.
There was a group of old fogie season ticket holders behind us, as well as a couple that appeared to be undergrad age.
I am not sure when it happened, but at some point, the couple that was in there early 20s started to yell at the undergrands seated next to me that they should "sit the F down." They actually got into an argument that got pretty heated. I couldn't believe it. Fans of the same age from the same team arguing because one set of them wanted to stand up and yell loudly on key plays. I of course came to the defense of the yellers. "You can stand up too!" "Buy tickets in the first row next time." "Move your head 6 inches to the side." That subdued them for a bit, but they got into the game again later and this time the fogies joined them and they were all yelling at the undergrads in our row to STFU and sit down. Why they didn't yell at us too, I do not know; maybe because we were older? We argued back, more vocally this time, but it was weird and there was tension after that point.
Of course thereafter we felt like idiots if we stood. We wound up half standing, half sitting for most of the key plays. It was awkward. But they didn't say much more after I started heckling Braxton to "sit down because I can't see Linsley hike the ball if you are standing there" and heckling the cheerleaders to "stop trying so hard and sit down, you are getting the crowd all riled up!"
All that being said, the Shoe was very quiet. Maybe if these asshats could get as worked up over the game as they do over the people cheering on the Buckeyes vocally and physically, we'd be on to something.
And we'll drink to old Ohio, 'Til we wobble in our shoes!
I've settled on this compromise which I think is fair:
1) Stand on all 3rd/4th downs, *especially* on defense.
2) Stand on all plays in the red zone.
3) Stand on all plays during key emotional swings/end of half drives/etc.
4) Sit the rest of the time* and let the people behind me rest their legs (I *am* kind of tall, and for some people it's pretty uncomfortable to stand up all game).
5) Sitting should in no way reduce the volume of your cheers.
*4 is null and void during season-making games, such as vs USC, Michigan, or between undefeated Big10 opponents. Then you knew what you were getting into.
Good rules. Even in undergrad, I'd say most people tended to sit when we were up big, until 3rd/4th down or when the opponent was inside either 20. Of course, PSU, Wisky, Michigan, you'd better stand the whole game.
My rule was always, you can sit when you're dead. Don't come if you want to sit quietly.
I have to say that the only time I sit during games was during half-time or long time outs (if my feet were hurting). Otherwise, I stood and yelled as loud as I possibly could.
^^ Generally agree. Night games and quality OOC games nullify 4) too though.
"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer
Another rule (which one could also chalk up to common sense) is that if you are the only person standing, and several hundred people around you are not, you may be the one who needs to modify your behavior (not the other way around). Just sayin'.
Not necessarily. If it's a Michigan game, regardless of the score, and you're sitting for long stretches of time, you don't deserve the ticket.
A.) That rarely happens (unless say we are winning by 37-7).
B.) Isn't it a little presumptuous of you to declare what other people deserve?
I just looked back at the last 3-4 years of LSU schedules, and the only one I found that kicked off before 2:30 ET was against Appy State in 2008. Sometimes they're playing even FCS teams at 7 or 8PM.
Tiger Stadium is the loudest week-in-week-out because it's the drunkest week-in-week-out, because they're late kickoffs week-in-week-out. Period. DO THE RESEARCH! Anyone who says otherwise is just flat out wrong.
MOST, not just some, but MOST games at Ohio Stadium take place at noon.
I'm sick of this conversation, really. Every stadium has blue hairs that sit there not doing sh*t. Every single one of them. Tiger Stadium has them. They also have a bunch of people who have been drinking for 12 hours.
When I was at Ohio State, most people didn't roll out of bed until 11. They literally woke up, threw their jersey on, got a mcmuffin at McD's, and went over to the stadium. If they had any wherewithall, they'd have a beer or two on the way. 12PM kickoffs simply don't give students at a party school like Ohio State enough time to get their drink on. I used to hate it when we had tailgates with sororities that started at 8AM after a rager the night before. I literally couldn't see straight as I'm trying to pound beers still drunk. It was a f'ing chore.
Agreed, and this is why we should have more night games...
Night games are way more expensive than day games at Ohio Stadium. I can't remember how much more...like 50% or something. Ohio State has to bring in lights, for one thing, and a buttload of extra security. In my opinion, it's just not worth it if all we're doing is having a pissing contest over being loud when we're playing Toledo.
We don't pay for the lights, the TV networks do, and yes it's been mentioned before that the extra security does cost more, but there is no excuse for why 2 of our non-conference games aren't night games, and for why every B1G game pre-November isn't a night game. Also the B1G's November rule on night games is absolutely ridiculous.
Even if we could get some more 3:30 games, it would be a big improvement over the noon games. It's also hella easier to come from Cleveland/other areas of Ohio for a game at that time.
Agreed, I love 3:30 games. Doesn't start too early and leaves plenty of time to raise the roof after it ends.
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Totally agree about that November rule...I hate it! What's the reasoning for it anyway? Too cold? I don't get it but it ruins some great opportunities for incredible atmospheres. I hope I see the day when we play UM at night in the Shoe. I imagine stadium noise records could be set during that one.
^ like it. @yrro.
TOSU is one of the most dominant football programs of the past 60 years. We expect to win. We don't need to yell, because we generally stomp on other teams in the 'Shoe.
We also don't need stupid props like "white outs" -- or the failed red and gray section thing they tried this past weekend.
Give me a kickass football team with old-school traditions, not gimmicks and yelling rednecks.
The Shoe is deafeningly loud when the game warrants it -- Just ask Matt Barkley or Bret Bielema.
i have had people yell at me to sit down for standing BETWEEN plays (I was sitting when the ball snapped but stood up to cheer a big play).
I absolutely love I have Club level seats at the 40 now, but it is VERY quiet there during the games...They'll stand up and clap, but that is about it.
"Winning takes care of everything. - Woody Hayes"
How about we take out the seats, standing room only, boom problem solved.
So much this.
What if I'm in a wheelchair?
If you are in a wheelchair, you get a free upgrade to front-row handicap-accessible seats, so it isn't a problem.
It's really more of an issue for older people who can still walk, but can't stand all game.
How about people who cant stand all game get the box suites, and wheelchair accessible front row and box suite would be an option as well
What Yrro said. Also, the handicap seats are pretty prime. Front of each section in A deck!
This is correct. I got to watch the Wisconsin game from the handicap seats in the South Stands...best seats I ever had as a student.
If only I wasn't on crutches, then I could have rushed the damned field...
thats ridiculous i couldnt imagine going to a game and not losing my voice
mark may wins douchebag of the year... again
My highschools games kick off at 7:30 and we are always going crazy in the student section. Last weeks game had a lightning delay in the second quarter and we made the game up saturday at 5:00. It was all the same people but the atmosphere was lame. Games in the afternoon just arent as fun.
I do agree that noon games suck.....it's hard to get juiced before the game when you have to drive 100 miles and fight traffic for a noon game. 3:30 games would be perfect. At least early in the season. I would have to think that more than a little bit of the reason so many games are at noon is to minimize the rowdiness.
I can agree that night games always lead to louder crowds but I think gametime is a lousy excuse for a simple fact that Ohio Stadium rarely reaches that 'loud' point. I was on the field for the USC game and it was absolutely deafening but for that one USC game, there are about 5 games that year that were sub-par in terms of crowd intensity. For those of you going to the game saturday, stand up and yell loudly and often then take a second to see how the majority of the fans in your section react. Ive sat in AA before and its amazing how many fans sit on their hands even during 3rd down. Our stadium, at 106,000, shouldnt be a crazy atmosphere for one or two games a year, but for all of them. Instead of being okay with having 1 'loud' game a year, why not be consistent... I mean OSU fans only get to watch a game in the shoe 7-8 saturdays a year... make the most of it.
There's also the sportsmanship issue, too. I mean, I think it's pretty low brow to be a loud obnoxious fan the entire game when you're kicking the sh*t out of someone like Miami (OH). If I were sitting at Tiger Stadium and saw a bunch of drunken sirens shouting at the top of their lungs while LSU is destroying Towson...it wouldn't impress me. It's Towson, act like you've been here before and get a life.
I think having a full house for games against Bowling Green or Toledo is an achievement unto itself. Those games suck. They're tune-ups for tougher games that matter, and they're mandated by law to keep the money in Ohio. I have been getting alumni tickets for 4 years and have yet to get a B1G game or a major non-conference game. So, I give those away. I'm not flying across the country for Miami (OH) or Marshall. If they don't look like an NFL squad in games against the MAC, all we do is criticize them over concerns. Everyone knows what the outcome will be. How they get there is a constant source of frustration. Rubbing it into the face of visiting fans that our team is rocking comes off as pretty ass-hat worthy...particularly if we're lying to ourselves about how good they actually are.
Personally, I like the fact that Ohio State fans recognize what does or does not qualify as a big game. Is it more fun when Ohio Stadium is super electric? Yes. Does it make sense for it to be super electric versus Youngstown State at noon? No.
I thought the Toledo game was actually pretty exciting throughout, last year.
Agree ^! As an out of towner I always get in late the night before, get 3-4 hours of sleep, and take my dad who gets winded making the treck up to the 38th row of C Deck. Give him (and me) and break that we're not standing and screaming until our voice goes over Miami. (This is not to say we don't have a great time, because we do and its annual event we both look foward to, but for heavens sakes I'm not the 18-year-old whippersnapper I used to be and I just like sitting down when the action isn't gripping)
Not trying to sound like a dick, but uhh, students aren't always that into it- how many of them arrive late, inebriated, and leave early? Or don't show up because they can't be pulled away from their football block pregame cornhole or beer pong tournament? (Not talking about the Block Oites here.)
As to standing up, I think you have a generational thing going on. As a student in the late 70's, I don't remember standing up unless it was for some 3 seconds left and we had to score to win the game type of situation, or it was a bounce up and clap for a TD/fabulous catch/fabulous hit. Even then, you sat back down once the hubbub had subsided so as to not block the view of those behind you for any length of time. Scream, yell, cheer, clap, whatever, but they were done sitting down for the most part. So I can understand how the bluehairs get constipated over people standing in front of them. I will admit, after having attended numerous high school football, lacrosse, volleyball and basketball games, I still can't figure out how standing up the whole time makes the game more exciting or shows that you are a bigger fan than the ones sitting down during routine plays. But hey, if that is what floats your boat, and you are cheering for the team, more power to you.
Groupthink is bad.
FWIW - UCF coach just confirmed that "like he said before - the place wasn't very loud" on his TV show...
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