There's a thread on /r/cfb right now asking which moments in college football still give you chills. I didn't see a ton of love for OSU on there, and I miss football, so I figured that we should have a thread like that here.
I'm going into my junior year here, and wasn't an OSU fan at all until I decided to come here for college. So, for me, all of my "chills" Buckeye moments have come in the last two years. So, here are my moments. With the exception of the last one, which is my personal favorite, these are in no particular order.
#6: Script Ohio. Every damn time.
I will never, ever get tired of this. This is why I get to every game early. It's the best tradition in college football, by far.
#5: John Simon's Senior Day Introduction
This confirmed what we were all afraid of -- John Simon would not play in his last game for Ohio State. I knew he was injured, but, as you would expect, I was unable to check Twitter at the Horseshoe due to the terrible cell phone service on gamedays, so I didn't know he would be out for the game. Seeing the heart and soul of the team, and the toughest guy on the team, miss what was maybe the biggest game of his career was heartbreaking. But he got a huge ovation, and a big hug from Urban, and from that point on, I think we all knew that the team was going to play for him.
#4: The Game. Carmen Ohio. Perfection
12-0 never felt so good.
#3: Holy Buckeye 2.0: The Smooth Jazz Edition
I convinced my father to come up to a game at the horseshoe, and got him into the student section with my sister's BuckID. And, up until the final minute, I picked an awful game to bring him to. Before the game, I told him that I'd never seen an overtime game in person, and really wanted to. And he reminded me of that as everyone began pouring out of the stands after Kenny Guiton threw an interception. But I refused to leave. The 2012 team is seen by many as not being as good as their record was, but they had heart. This proved it. Kenny Guiton, Chris Fields, and Jeff Heuerman saved the day.
#2: Air Braxton. Wisconsin, 2011
I'm a huge Kanye West fan. That may sound strange, given the context, but I can explain. Under Jim Tressel, we were on top of the world. We shocked the world in 2002, winning the national championship, without being overly flashy, going back to the basics. And that team, like the 2012 team, had heart. This was like when Kanye released College Dropout, and really put himself on the map. The following years, specifically 2006, are akin to Kanye's Late Registration, showing that the first performance was not a fluke, showing that we had staying power, but getting a bit more flashy in the process. Then, there were the Pryor years. This is Graduation, where the ego started to show, and everything was extremely flashy.
Tatgate, and the 2011 season, was our 808's and Heartbreak. Dark, depressing, and a far departure from what we were used to. The Wisconsin game was a reminder of what Ohio State football was in the past, and a preview of what it could be in the future. It's like the song Paranoid, which is my favorite song on 808's, and is a brief departure from the dark tone of the record.
Anyways, this play, and the subsequent field-storming, is still one of my fondest memories at this school. And this play, in my two years here, is the loudest I've ever heard the stadium. But it comes in at #2 on my list.
#1: There Ain't No Party Like An Urban Meyer Party
Not my video, but I apologize for the poor quality nonetheless. But yeah, this gives me chills every time. Continuing the Kanye analagy, 2012 was our Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It was a triumph, a return to the top. Even the haters had to acknowledge how impressive it was. And, for me, this is the signature moment of that season.
And now a little bit of background on me, something that I've mentioned here a few times. I moved around a lot as a kid, and I never really followed college football closely until I was in sixth grade. I had always cheered for my mothers' alma mater, Penn State, but everyone I went to school with kept on talking about a local team. The year was 2004, and the local team was the Utah Utes. I watched most of the games that year, culminating in the Fiesta Bowl, when Urban's team curb-stomped a very overwhelmed Pitt team. I became a huge fan of the team, and I remember wearing my Utah jersey after the Utes beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl a few years later. So, I've always been a huge Urban Meyer fan. So, seeing that moment, with my dad next to me, was incredible.
Honorable Mention: So Close I Could've Blocked It
First row. My computer wallpaper is this picture, but with an arrow pointing to me. This really should be on my list, probably around #2 or #3, now that I think about it, but it's getting late.
Anyways, what are the Buckeye moments that give you guys chills every time?