Spencer Hall Visits Columbus

By Johnny Ginter on November 26, 2012 at 8:18p

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Normal Buck's picture

What a perfect day.  Perfect weather.

Denny's picture

But, he's s'posed to be SEC!


M tots's picture

Entertaining to read an outsider's take on The Game. My favorite lines:

Ryan Shazier is a very mean person. Do not ever, ever deny him a single request.


Ohio State's band SLAUGHTERED Michigan's band. If this were a football game, it would have been Florida State/Savannah State.

gravey's picture

I recall the same slaughter at the Rose Bowl a couple of years ago vs. Oregon.  Looks like the band finished 12-0 again.

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

That was very entertaining and well written.
And yes, our band did SLAUGHTER theirs...I actually spent 0.6 seconds feeling bad for their sad, pathetic ambitions, uniforms and lack of self-worth on Saturday...

"The revolution will be televised."

Alhan's picture

I thought it was funny that their band spelled out crooked USA at the end of their "show" in a blatant attempt to get cheers, which sorta worked, albeit extremely briefly.  As soon as they started marching off the field the boos rained in louder than ever.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Poe McKnoe's picture

I wish Spencer Hall would write everything I read.  Even when ragging on Ohio State (in this article and many other articles), it's a genuine expression, a result of actually taking the time to learn other perspectives.

bedheadjc's picture

Agreed. Wow. This Orwellian bit just nailed The Game (and is the best summary of the rivalry I've read yet):
"Which, in cliche and reality, is totally what Michigan/ Ohio State is. I get that now after seeing it, because this is not about fun, glorious spite, or simple culture-clashes. Robots programmed this rivalry, and its only prime directives on either side is opposition. You may joke about other rivalries claiming to have been at war with Eastasia, but to either side, the war is eternal, and it is the other side that believes in obliteration of the self and will not stop chewing at the borders of the free nation of Oceania."

bedheadjc's picture

Ramzy, I mean this with all good intention, you better sharpen your pencil. You spoil us.
And then...there's this guy. 

MediBuck's picture

That was really awesome. I used this line from that book in a thread before the game, which I think encapsulates our mentality:

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.

OSU-scUM is not like FSU-Florida, Florida-Georgia, Texas-OU, or even Cal-Stanford. These rivalries break up over time, wax and wane with the decades, and look fickle based on the strength of that team each year. Ours is an eternal struggle in which we are convinced that we are the boot, and the Wolverines are the face--just as our enemies up north assume the opposite.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Another Orwell novel that evokes The Game is Animal Farm, with Hoke playing the role of Pinkeye, the pig that tastes Napoleon's food to make sure that it is not poisoned.
The difference in our version is that Pinkeye Hoke doesn't just taste the food, he gobbles up every morsel; Napoleon starves; and the fox named Urbz stages a coup d'etat against the Michigan pigs.  

LadyBuck's picture

Great read. I wish there were more outside views on The Game.

Danify's picture

I loved how in the comments a person said ...
In my head this comes out in Keith Jackson's voice... thinking about it that way, this article is beyond magical in how he perfectly described the OSU football game experience.

gravey's picture

And this my friends is why traditional journalism is dying a slow painful death.  
This is outstanding prose and outstanding reporting.  You'd read a million sports pages before you found something this well done.

buck-I.8's picture

You may never find a Spencer Hall or a Ramzy in the mundane pages of a daily periodical

ArTbkward's picture

I'm trying in vain to come up with something other than, "Wow" to adequately describe how impressed I am with this article.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Kurt's picture

Indeed a spectacular read.  For those who haven't read his piece from the USC game in 2009 click this link...another brilliantly written article.

Doc's picture

What a great piece.  I was at the game and he describes scenes I feel I witnessed, and possibly did.  The rivalry is more than a football game, and sadly Jim Delaney doesn't understand it.  I'm afraid it will be moved, or not played every year in the name of progress.

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