I get 11 Warriors through e-mail as well as going straight to the blog. In e-mail on Thursday there was a bit on how we comment when people remark (to us-Buckeye Fans/Nation) about not going to a bowl game/the bowl ban. I couldn't find it on the site today... Most of the remarks or concerns are addressed by the fact our coaches can hit the recruiting trail HARD. This is a wonderful thing, for sure.
I own a small drive-thru coffee shop in Salt Lake and I represent TOSU as best I can. If you can't tell I'm a Buckeye by what I'm wearing, you certainly can as you drive up. You'll pass my car that has a huge see-through OSU logo on the center of my back window, along with 7 helmet stickers on one side, to represent each of our NC's. Both windows in my shop have OSU stickers proximately displayed. Plus, there are other OSU items and stickers in the shop, which might be harder to see from my customers viewpoint, but they are there.
So, I get plenty of sarcastic comments about OSU not going to a bowl...people will act like they don't know about it; "sooooo, what um, I haven't heard... what bowl game is Ohio State going to THIS year?" Stupid, sarcastic stuff like that- and there are more obvious comments that I'm really getting tired of. I have plenty of normal conversations about OSU without the bs, so not everyone is being a jerk about it, which is nice.
The jest of this post is; 1. I'm really tired of people busting my chops over the ban and 2. I haven't read anything (doesn't mean it's not there) that addresses the bowl ban in an all encompassing way- as in, let's put EVERYONE in the same boat, except for one team. And that one team would be the future nation champions. I've come up with this comeback.
Granted, this may not be the most original response but it focuses on the "big picture." "Yeah, Ohio State is banned from a bowl game this year. That means (insert their school here) will be in the same boat at the end of the year as OSU (at this date, sans Notre Dame, 'bama or UGA) ..NOT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS". And who remembers number two? It usually gets a satisfying response or nod of the head that I take as "yeah, doesn't really matter that (insert their team here) is playing in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, or the BBVA Compass Bowl....would you rather be 12-0 and banned from a bowl for one year or go to a crappy bowl game that really doesn't matter (not that the top bowls aren't good for biz, but as far as NC's go-there is only one bowl that matters)? For one year? I'll take 12-0.