Just a quick blurb about this so-called Napoleon Complex UC has towards Ohio State. That's not exactly right. On the college football landscape, I would say that UC fans really do know who's boss, but it's just really fun for them to talk trash as of late. They hit the jackpot on a few coaching hires, and that really did elevate their football program. I know this was annoying, but I think Buckeye fans let them have their fun in the sun for the most part (at least I did). We're playing gridiron ball in a couple of seasons, and I have a feeling it will be more of the same (although, I do think they have a point when it comes to Ohio State reneiging on making the 100 mile trek down I-71 to play it in UC's backyard). I think we do need to sack up and play games down there. If Oklahoma can do it, so can we.
Basketball is a different story. UC does have the edge in win % and national championships, both of which came over Ohio State. They had a premier national program in the 1990's, despite Huggins's propensity to straight gag it in March. There is a lot of cross-over when it comes to fanbases moving to each others' cities (myself included). So, when it comes to basketball, I never got a sense of it being a "little brother" mentality. I think they tend to feel that Ohio State fans look at them that way, though. And since Ohio State seems to shun scheduling that game (at least, as it appears from UC's perspective), there's no way to prove it where it counts...having to point to a 50-year old result as the basis of superiority. To OSU's credit, though, UC is horrible at scheduling big non-conference games in basketball. Why? I don't know. You'd think they'd be able to do better.
So, what do you think? What are your experiences dealing with UC/Ohio State fans about this? I know my dad acts insufferably when he goes up to Columbus...wears UC apparell the whole time, and talks trash when he's given an opportunity. I tell him he's playing with fire. But trash talk is fun.
Would you want to have, maybe, an every-other-year basketball game against each other? Something has to change - it's the 21st Century. We can't just ignore each other any longer.