Johnny Ginter, Future Documentary Star

January 25, 2013 at 7:17a    by Jason Priestas    

Go ahead and cross "see Johnny Ginter in documentary test footage" off your bucket list.

Mike Newman, Ohio State alumnus and filmmaker behind Nuts: The Best Damn Fans in the Land, is still seeking "unique and interesting" Buckeye fans for the documentary. If that's you, or you know someone like that, hit him up.


BME_Buckeye's picture

I've never seen the Buckeyeman without face paint on. That's a first! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


jvd253's picture

His wife was actually my 9th grade biology teacher. 

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Poison nuts's picture

Right...weird - he's like a regular standard American dude. Never pictured him in a suit...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

AndyVance's picture

Larry's a great guy - I've known him for years and years.
Fun facts about Larry Lokai (AKA Buckeyeman):

  • He is a retired high school agriculture education instructor;
  • He is one of the best judges of 4-H poultry shows in the country; and,
  • He makes literally thousands of Buckeye necklaces every season and gives them away.

Absolutely my favorite of the Ohio State "super fans."

JollyFatMan's picture

Agreed. Met him on my first visit to Ohio Stadium.

How firm thy friendship..

Baroclinicity's picture

This is interesting to hear.  There have been threads on here about how much people despise these guys -- the "superfans".

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

AndyVance's picture

I know Buckeyeman personally, so I think he's great. If I'm being honest though, the others annoy the hell out of me when I see them on TV, but only because they strike me as "the other guys" because I know Larry in the real world (so yes, I'm a Superfan homer of sorts, I guess).

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I love being a Buckeye

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

jkleva's picture

That is badass!!!!!......I love us being described as "a Mongol horde"!!!.....that's a great description!!!


Buckeyeman, Buckeye Guy, Big Nut all pretty amazing people. Have had the privlege of meeting all three and all carried a convo, were interactive with eveyone and just general average people with facepaint! lol

Pay It Forward!

Earle's picture

How many boards could the Mongols hoard if the Mongol Horde got bored?

The revolution will not be moderated.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Great work, Johnny! You manage to make Buckeye fans seem cool, hip, and balanced while also still being crazy football fanatics who are deeply embedded into a midwestern ("flyover country") culture. Take that, coastal elites!

onetwentyeight's picture

They're trying to time the filming of this so that it coincides with our upcoming 2013 Nat'l Championship run, right? 
I have no problem with that. 

AngryWoody's picture

Can't wait until it's finished.

Our Honor Defend!

Johnny Ginter's picture

uuugghhh i need a haircut

jvd253's picture

I don't know.  You're pulling off Short North hipster pretty well.  

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

OSU2002Grad's picture

I think very little of the Super Fans and I find them generally embarrassing for the fanbase. In the NFL, they're more appropriate and bearable. For college sports where the athletes are unpaid students and the most important fans are the other students, they're annoying and self-promoting distractions from the people who truly deserve the attention.

Bolt's picture

Agreed. It's one thing when it's a student but it's kind of creepy with these older men. We get bombarded week after week with middle aged men in their makeup/costumes trying desperately to get on tv. 

Bolt's picture

I'm sure this won't be popular on here and I know the guys (the "superfans") are all good people...but I've actually had the misfortune of sitting with these guys on different occasions at games. The reason I say that is because I had 2nd row seats to the Big House in '07 when I was in school and these gents did not. They instead got pulled all the way down into our section and were planted next to us/in front of us/on top of us just because of who they are. What annoyed me about that is that if you've been to the Big House, you know seating is already very cramped and throw in a couple more of these large individuals shoving their way into your seats and it makes your experience a tad less appealing. This, however, did not bother me too much. What bothered me each time I've sat with these guys is they don't even watch the game half the time. Buck-I-Guy in particular just hollars at the nearest camera men the whole game, "come on bro, gimme some love gimme some love!" Big Nutt (the big bald guy I believe) actually watched the game and was loud and screaming, so I'll give him a pass. Buckeyeman fell somewhere in between. I've found myself just saying, watch the game and support the team we all aren't here for you! These guys dress up in these costumes to get on TV as superfans and do it more to get on TV themselves than to support the team and they wind up becoming superfan celebrities that get to sit wherever they want at games. Neutron Man these guys are not.
Also must note that I haven't had the chance to watch the video on here yet, I can't watch while at work...just saw some chatter about these guys and felt like putting in my two cents.

AndyVance's picture

Your 2-cents pretty much read like what I think after seeing them on TV (Buckeyeman aside, for the reasons I mentioned above). Buck-I-Guy definitely strikes me (on camera at least) as an attention-whore.
The one other thing I'll say about Larry which I'm assuming sets him apart from the other guys is that he does provide some service to the Buckeye community; he's extremely active with the local Alumni Association, makes tens of thousands of Buckeye necklaces to give to incoming freshmen each year, and does dozens of speaking engagements and appearances for local civic groups - for free - to promote Ohio State and the whole Buckeye nation thing.
So at least in his case, he's using his "superfan" status for good, in a sense.

Bolt's picture

Yeah, I can't argue with that. Like I said, they all seem like they're good people.

BrewstersMillions's picture

On Saturday's he's the annoying Buck-I-Guy but on Friday nights, he's Chubs-your friendly ticket scalper.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

buckeyedude's picture

Yeah, but Buck-I-Guy has a pretty sweet ride.



buckeyedude's picture

I met Buck-I-Guy after a game a couple years ago and he was gracious and a good sport. I don't understand the disdain for this man. All these dudes are attracting attention to themselves. So what?
They're having fun, and so were me and my son.



AndyVance's picture

I actually think that's the bigger point of the discussion - they're all probably really great guys... who drive a lot of "normal" fans crazy with their antics. I know for a fact that Larry Lokai (Buckeyeman) is a great individual,  in my opinion he's a huge asset to the Ohio State community, and I enjoy his schtick as Buckeyeman.
On the other hand, I don't know the other guys personally, and they drive me crazy when I see them on TV, but I can't explain why... It's one of those things either you like it or you don't, without having a deep philosophical reason why.

hodge's picture

Columbus native (and snowboarder extrordinaire) Louie Vito was at the Michigan game?  Awesome.

AndyVance's picture

I've never met Louie, but I used to do business with his Dad back in my radio days (a million years ago, it seems). Louie the elder and Louie the snowboarder are a big deal up in Bellefontaine. I keep saying I'm going to go to the Rail Jam at Mad River one of these years, but I've never quite made it.

hodge's picture

Haha, I was there this year; it was absolutely nuts!  I was just there to ride, though.  It made getting a coffee and bourbon damn near impossible all night.

Poison nuts's picture

Hodge - I've heard you mention snowboarding a few you skate by any chance as well? Just wondering...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

hodge's picture

Naw, just a snowboarder.  I gotta say--surfing down a snow blanketed mountain (or hill, in Ohio) with DJ Krush on the Pandora is about the closest I've ever came to a zen-like state of tranquility.

Poison nuts's picture

Snowboarding for me started as being something similar to surfing/skating, a life I lived for many many years. Just wondering if that's how it started for you... Yeah - it's an amazing feeling. Between 2 ACL reconstructs & living in Fl, it's pretty much in the past for me now unfortunately... :(

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

MindTwinMedia's picture

Super fans seem to dominate a lot of conversations about Buckeye Nation, but please understand that super fans are only a part of the documentary. I'm very interested in finding the unique fans that no one knows about. Buckeye fans are diverse and the documentary needs to reflect this.
In regards to the super fans, I think it's vital that people get to see the person behind the costume. It's easy to make false assumptions about them. Larry blew away my expectations. He will gain a lot of fans after people watch the finished movie.
Andy, don't forget that he's also a Urbana city counsel member. As you have pointed out, Larry is an interesting person and very nice guy. I can't wait to get footage of him as a chicken judge.  For the amount of time and effort he donates to OSU he should get season tickets for life.
Bolt, would you be interested in sharing your experience on camera? I want to cover all the angles.

Bolt's picture

Perhaps, but what specifically? My experience with these particular fans or just in general? I'd rather not be perceived as badmouthing these guys in a documentary. I don't have any hard feelings toward them or believe that they're wrong or bad people or anyhing like that. 

MindTwinMedia's picture

your experience in general. yeah, i don't want you to be perceived that way.

Bolt's picture

I'd be happy to. I was born and raised on the other side of the Olentangy (Grandview), my whole family went to OSU and grew up Columbus. I've traveled all over the country for this team/school and have had tons of great experiences. Not even just the US. It's surreal being in a soccer stadium in Seoul, South Korea and having total strangers shout "O-H!" to you. 
I was actually a teacher in Korea for a year and on my first day of school taught every class of mine that no matter what if they see me around in the halls or whatever and they shout "O-H!" I'll respond "I-O!". They got a kick out of this and all year I had 10 year old Korean kids shouting "O-H!" at me all day every day. It at least made me a feel a bit more at home!

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

I am a published author, playwright, artist, and street preacher (street preaching since the 1981 Super Bowl between the Bengals and Forty-Niners). In the first chapter of my 2006 book, "Seven Trumpets", I did manage to sneak in a guy in the first chapter with an Ohio State cap on! He is the book's main character. Heheh.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

I also worked for the Department of Defense from 1997 to 2008 as an antiterrorism trainer (got the gig because I was former special forces member)

buckeye76BHop's picture

Loved it!  Great stuff Johnny!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987